FBR & Co restated their outperform rating on shares of SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. (NYSE:SEAS) in a research note released on Tuesday. The firm currently has a $15.00 target price on the stock.

A number of other equities analysts have also weighed in on the company. Dougherty & Co decreased their price target on SeaWorld Entertainment from $6.00 to $5.50 and set a buy rating for the company in a research report on Friday, September 2nd. Citigroup Inc. decreased their price target on SeaWorld Entertainment from $15.00 to $14.00 and set a neutral rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday, August 16th. Barclays PLC set a $12.00 price target on SeaWorld Entertainment and gave the company an underweight rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 16th. Credit Suisse Group AG upgraded SeaWorld Entertainment from an underperform rating to a neutral rating and decreased their price objective for the stock from $15.00 to $12.00 in a research report on Thursday, August 11th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered SeaWorld Entertainment from a hold rating to a strong sell rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 10th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating, six have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $15.07.

SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE:SEAS) opened at 13.23 on Tuesday. SeaWorld Entertainment has a 12-month low of $11.77 and a 12-month high of $21.85. The stock has a market cap of $1.13 billion, a PE ratio of 54.44 and a beta of 0.60. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $12.94 and a 200-day moving average price of $16.40.

SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE:SEAS) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 4th. The company reported $0.21 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.21. SeaWorld Entertainment had a return on equity of 12.97% and a net margin of 1.52%. The business earned $371.10 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $377.19 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.22 EPS. SeaWorld Entertainment’s revenue for the quarter was down 5.2% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts forecast that SeaWorld Entertainment will post $0.61 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 7th. Investors of record on Thursday, September 29th will be paid a $0.10 dividend. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.02%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, September 27th. SeaWorld Entertainment’s payout ratio is 381.84%.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Teacher Retirement System of Texas increased its position in shares of SeaWorld Entertainment by 6.0% in the second quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas now owns 9,353 shares of the company’s stock worth $134,000 after buying an additional 533 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in shares of SeaWorld Entertainment by 7.9% in the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 8,201 shares of the company’s stock worth $117,000 after buying an additional 597 shares during the last quarter. Symons Capital Management Inc. increased its position in shares of SeaWorld Entertainment by 4.4% in the second quarter. Symons Capital Management Inc. now owns 17,765 shares of the company’s stock worth $255,000 after buying an additional 750 shares during the last quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. increased its position in shares of SeaWorld Entertainment by 7.3% in the first quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. now owns 14,075 shares of the company’s stock worth $296,000 after buying an additional 953 shares during the last quarter. Finally, First Trust Advisors LP increased its position in shares of SeaWorld Entertainment by 6.8% in the second quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 27,948 shares of the company’s stock worth $400,000 after buying an additional 1,773 shares during the last quarter. 96.74% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

SeaWorld Entertainment Company Profile

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc is a theme park and entertainment company. It owns or licenses a portfolio of brands, including SeaWorld, Sea Rescue and Busch Gardens. It has a diversified portfolio of approximately 10 destination and regional theme parks that are located across the United States. Its theme parks feature a range of rides, shows and other attractions.

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