Aperio Group LLC raised its position in Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) by 46.0% during the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 24,448 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after buying an additional 7,705 shares during the period. Aperio Group LLC’s holdings in Compass Minerals International were worth $1,596,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of the company. Elkfork Partners LLC raised its position in shares of Compass Minerals International by 26.8% in the first quarter. Elkfork Partners LLC now owns 1,562 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $106,000 after buying an additional 330 shares during the period. Meadow Creek Investment Management LLC raised its position in shares of Compass Minerals International by 26.8% in the first quarter. Meadow Creek Investment Management LLC now owns 1,988 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $135,000 after buying an additional 420 shares during the period. Glen Harbor Capital Management LLC raised its position in shares of Compass Minerals International by 26.8% in the first quarter. Glen Harbor Capital Management LLC now owns 2,414 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $164,000 after buying an additional 510 shares during the period. NEXT Financial Group Inc raised its position in shares of Compass Minerals International by 122.2% in the first quarter. NEXT Financial Group Inc now owns 2,666 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $176,000 after buying an additional 1,466 shares during the period. Finally, Archford Capital Strategies LLC raised its position in shares of Compass Minerals International by 42.4% in the first quarter. Archford Capital Strategies LLC now owns 2,612 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $177,000 after buying an additional 778 shares during the period.

Shares of Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) traded down 0.400% on Friday, hitting $63.495. The company had a trading volume of 188,923 shares. The company has a market capitalization of $2.15 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.741 and a beta of 0.45. Compass Minerals International, Inc. has a 12-month low of $62.70 and a 12-month high of $84.40. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $66.92 and a 200 day moving average price of $69.71.

Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, August 7th. The basic materials company reported ($0.19) EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.07) by $0.12. Compass Minerals International had a net margin of 9.83% and a return on equity of 10.01%. The company had revenue of $228 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $261.13 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.18 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 34.5% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts expect that Compass Minerals International, Inc. will post $3.06 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 1st will be given a $0.72 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 30th. This represents a $2.88 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.52%. Compass Minerals International’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 80.45%.

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A number of research analysts have recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Compass Minerals International from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 1st. BidaskClub upgraded Compass Minerals International from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 12th. Credit Suisse Group set a $63.00 target price on Compass Minerals International and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday. Finally, BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and issued a $75.00 target price on shares of Compass Minerals International in a research note on Monday, May 15th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and three have assigned a hold rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $73.50.

Compass Minerals International Company Profile

Compass Minerals International, Inc (CMI) is a provider of essential minerals that solve nature’s challenges, including salt for winter roadway safety and other consumer, industrial and agricultural uses; specialty plant nutrition minerals for the quality and yield of crops, and specialty chemicals for water treatment and other industrial processes.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP)

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