Shares of Escalade, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESCA) have earned an average broker rating score of 1.00 (Strong Buy) from the two analysts that cover the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a strong buy recommendation.

Analysts have set a one year consensus target price of $16.50 for the company and are anticipating that the company will post $0.28 EPS for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned Escalade an industry rank of 42 out of 265 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

A number of research firms have commented on ESCA. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Escalade from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Aegis restated a “buy” rating and issued a $16.00 price target on shares of Escalade in a report on Monday, September 25th.

Shares of Escalade (NASDAQ:ESCA) traded up $0.35 during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $13.05. 5,556 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 7,777. Escalade has a fifty-two week low of $11.31 and a fifty-two week high of $14.38. The company has a market capitalization of $187.54, a P/E ratio of 18.38, a PEG ratio of 1.02 and a beta of 0.09. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.23, a current ratio of 3.76 and a quick ratio of 1.84.

Escalade (NASDAQ:ESCA) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The company reported $0.22 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.16 by $0.06. The business had revenue of $41.89 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $40.40 million. Escalade had a net margin of 5.89% and a return on equity of 9.72%. analysts anticipate that Escalade will post 0.75 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP grew its holdings in Escalade by 2.8% in the third quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 381,141 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,184,000 after purchasing an additional 10,556 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its holdings in Escalade by 0.3% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 317,308 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,157,000 after purchasing an additional 890 shares during the period. State Street Corp grew its holdings in Escalade by 9.8% in the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 130,666 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,710,000 after purchasing an additional 11,654 shares during the period. Northern Trust Corp grew its holdings in Escalade by 7.2% in the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 129,228 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,693,000 after purchasing an additional 8,726 shares during the period. Finally, Teachers Advisors LLC grew its holdings in Escalade by 18.2% in the second quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 16,831 shares of the company’s stock worth $220,000 after purchasing an additional 2,586 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 26.71% of the company’s stock.

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Escalade Company Profile

Escalade, Incorporated (Escalade) is a manufacturer and distributor of sporting goods through its subsidiary Escalade Sports. The Company operates in Sporting Goods (Escalade Sports) segment. Escalade Sports manufactures, imports and distributes sporting goods brands in basketball goals, archery, indoor and outdoor game recreation and fitness products through sporting goods retailers, specialty dealers, key online retailers, traditional department stores and mass merchants.

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