Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE:NGVC) insider Kemper Isely purchased 5,400 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were bought at an average price of $6.19 per share, with a total value of $33,426.00. Following the purchase, the insider now directly owns 3,118,302 shares in the company, valued at approximately $19,302,289.38. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE NGVC) traded down 1.83% during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $5.89. 346,952 shares of the company were exchanged. The stock has a market capitalization of $132.31 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.37 and a beta of 0.88. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $8.30 and a 200-day moving average of $10.36. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. has a 1-year low of $5.87 and a 1-year high of $13.79.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE:NGVC) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The specialty retailer reported $0.03 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.11 by $0.08. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage had a return on equity of 5.50% and a net margin of 0.95%. The company had revenue of $194.70 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $196.26 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.12 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.6% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts expect that Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. will post $0.32 earnings per share for the current year.

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NGVC has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 3rd. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $15.00 price target on shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in a research note on Thursday, May 18th. Jefferies Group LLC set a $10.00 price target on Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, June 16th. Wolfe Research upgraded Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Monday. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $8.00 price target (down previously from $12.00) on shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in a research note on Wednesday. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $11.00.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Royce & Associates LP increased its stake in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 25.8% in the second quarter. Royce & Associates LP now owns 824,694 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $6,820,000 after buying an additional 169,046 shares during the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its stake in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 75.8% in the second quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 26,916 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $223,000 after buying an additional 11,603 shares during the last quarter. Rockshelter Capital Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 0.3% in the first quarter. Rockshelter Capital Management LLC now owns 381,431 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $3,963,000 after buying an additional 1,120 shares during the last quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC increased its stake in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 2.7% in the first quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC now owns 32,265 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $335,000 after buying an additional 847 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 32.6% in the first quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 345,599 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $3,591,000 after buying an additional 84,957 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 33.03% of the company’s stock.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Company Profile

Natural Grocers By Vitamin Cottage Inc (Natural Grocers) is a specialty retailer of natural and organic groceries and dietary supplements. The Company sells natural and organic groceries and dietary supplements. The Company’s grocery products include: bulk food and private label products, dry, frozen and canned groceries, meats and seafood, dairy products and dairy substitutes, prepared foods, bread and baked goods, and beverages.

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