Analysts expect Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD) to post $976.83 million in sales for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks. Ten analysts have made estimates for Church & Dwight’s earnings. The highest sales estimate is $985.00 million and the lowest is $973.40 million. Church & Dwight posted sales of $877.20 million during the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year-over-year growth rate of 11.4%. The business is scheduled to report its next quarterly earnings report on Thursday, May 3rd.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Church & Dwight will report full-year sales of $976.83 million for the current financial year, with estimates ranging from $4.07 billion to $4.11 billion. For the next fiscal year, analysts anticipate that the business will report sales of $4.21 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $4.19 billion to $4.22 billion. Zacks’ sales averages are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side analysts that follow Church & Dwight.

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Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) last released its earnings results on Monday, February 5th. The company reported $0.52 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.50 by $0.02. Church & Dwight had a net margin of 19.69% and a return on equity of 24.95%. The firm had revenue of $1.03 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.44 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 15.3% compared to the same quarter last year.

CHD has been the subject of a number of research reports. Societe Generale raised shares of Church & Dwight from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $54.00 target price for the company in a research report on Wednesday, November 29th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Deutsche Bank started coverage on shares of Church & Dwight in a report on Wednesday, December 13th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $54.00 price objective for the company. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Church & Dwight from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $56.00 price objective for the company in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Wells Fargo & Co raised their price objective on shares of Church & Dwight from $47.00 to $52.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Thursday, January 4th. Finally, Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $62.00 price objective on shares of Church & Dwight in a report on Thursday, January 4th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company. Church & Dwight presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $51.40.

In other Church & Dwight news, VP Steven J. Katz sold 12,600 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.66, for a total value of $638,316.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 13,858 shares in the company, valued at approximately $702,046.28. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director James Craigie sold 24,508 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.03, for a total transaction of $1,226,135.24. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 52,625 shares in the company, valued at $2,632,828.75. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 433,508 shares of company stock worth $21,803,371 over the last quarter. Corporate insiders own 2.00% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Financial Enhancement Group LLC lifted its stake in Church & Dwight by 1.8% in the 3rd quarter. Financial Enhancement Group LLC now owns 149,784 shares of the company’s stock worth $7,257,000 after purchasing an additional 2,654 shares in the last quarter. HM Payson & Co. purchased a new stake in Church & Dwight in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $310,000. Brown Advisory Inc. lifted its stake in Church & Dwight by 4.4% in the 3rd quarter. Brown Advisory Inc. now owns 214,972 shares of the company’s stock worth $10,416,000 after purchasing an additional 9,045 shares in the last quarter. BTIM Corp. lifted its stake in Church & Dwight by 21.6% in the 4th quarter. BTIM Corp. now owns 696,298 shares of the company’s stock worth $34,934,000 after purchasing an additional 123,600 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Toronto Dominion Bank lifted its stake in Church & Dwight by 13.7% in the 4th quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 107,633 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,399,000 after purchasing an additional 13,000 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 83.64% of the company’s stock.

Church & Dwight (CHD) opened at $50.56 on Tuesday. Church & Dwight has a 52-week low of $43.21 and a 52-week high of $54.18. The firm has a market cap of $12,341.05, a P/E ratio of 17.32, a PEG ratio of 2.16 and a beta of 0.43. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.95, a quick ratio of 0.72 and a current ratio of 1.07.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 1st. Shareholders of record on Thursday, February 15th were paid a $0.2175 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, February 14th. This is a boost from Church & Dwight’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.19. This represents a $0.87 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.72%. Church & Dwight’s dividend payout ratio is currently 29.79%.

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About Church & Dwight

Church & Dwight Co, Inc develops, manufactures and markets a range of household, personal care and specialty products. The Company’s segments include Consumer Domestic, Consumer International and Specialty Products Division (SPD). The Company also sells specialty products to industrial customers and distributors.

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