Wall Street brokerages expect that Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE:NGVC) will post earnings per share (EPS) of $0.05 for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Three analysts have provided estimates for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage’s earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $0.03 and the highest is $0.06. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage reported earnings per share of $0.07 during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a negative year-over-year growth rate of 28.6%. The company is expected to report its next quarterly earnings report after the market closes on Thursday, November 16th.

On average, analysts expect that Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage will report full-year earnings of $0.30 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.28 to $0.32. For the next year, analysts expect that the firm will post earnings of $0.26 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.22 to $0.30. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS averages are an average based on a survey of sell-side analysts that cover Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage.

Several brokerages have recently weighed in on NGVC. Jefferies Group LLC set a $6.00 price target on shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, August 4th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 8th. Royal Bank Of Canada set a $14.00 price target on shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 1st. Citigroup Inc. dropped their price target on shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage from $10.50 to $7.50 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, August 14th. 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, August 9th. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $9.92.

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Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NGVC) traded down $0.12 during trading hours on Thursday, reaching $5.21. 85,000 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 134,660. The company has a market cap of $112.85, a P/E ratio of 16.66, a PEG ratio of 2.93 and a beta of 0.85. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage has a fifty-two week low of $4.79 and a fifty-two week high of $13.79. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.44, a quick ratio of 0.14 and a current ratio of 1.40.

In related news, CFO Sandra Buffa sold 100,000 shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage stock in a transaction on Monday, October 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $5.53, for a total transaction of $553,000.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 135,091 shares in the company, valued at approximately $747,053.23. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. 60.00% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Northern Trust Corp lifted its stake in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 1.0% in the 2nd quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 103,603 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $857,000 after purchasing an additional 1,056 shares in the last quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund lifted its stake in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 17.7% in the 2nd quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 15,284 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $126,000 after purchasing an additional 2,293 shares in the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp lifted its stake in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 4.3% in the 1st quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 81,434 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $846,000 after purchasing an additional 3,382 shares in the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN lifted its stake in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 102.5% in the 1st quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 13,086 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $136,000 after purchasing an additional 6,623 shares in the last quarter. Finally, PNC Financial Services Group Inc. lifted its stake in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 171.0% in the 1st quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 10,840 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $114,000 after purchasing an additional 6,840 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 32.09% 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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