Allianz Asset Management GmbH increased its position in ASML Holding NV (NASDAQ:ASML) by 73.2% in the fourth quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 51,569 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after acquiring an additional 21,800 shares during the period. Allianz Asset Management GmbH’s holdings in ASML were worth $8,964,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other large investors have also recently bought and sold shares of ASML. Artisan Partners Limited Partnership grew its holdings in ASML by 8.7% in the third quarter. Artisan Partners Limited Partnership now owns 2,422,603 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $414,750,000 after purchasing an additional 193,896 shares during the period. Fisher Asset Management LLC grew its holdings in ASML by 2.8% in the fourth quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC now owns 2,075,281 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $360,725,000 after purchasing an additional 57,055 shares during the period. Winslow Capital Management LLC grew its holdings in ASML by 0.4% in the fourth quarter. Winslow Capital Management LLC now owns 1,975,807 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $343,435,000 after purchasing an additional 7,868 shares during the period. Janus Henderson Group PLC grew its holdings in ASML by 18.1% in the third quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 1,839,320 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $314,892,000 after purchasing an additional 282,357 shares during the period. Finally, Macquarie Group Ltd. grew its holdings in ASML by 31.7% in the third quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 620,866 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $106,292,000 after purchasing an additional 149,609 shares during the period. 16.90% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Shares of ASML Holding NV (NASDAQ ASML) opened at $208.02 on Wednesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.28, a quick ratio of 1.81 and a current ratio of 2.70. ASML Holding NV has a 52 week low of $123.43 and a 52 week high of $213.60. The stock has a market cap of $89,850.00, a P/E ratio of 34.38, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.54 and a beta of 1.15.

ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 17th. The semiconductor company reported $1.77 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.25 by $0.52. ASML had a net margin of 24.28% and a return on equity of 21.16%. The company had revenue of $2.56 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.15 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $1.23 earnings per share. ASML’s revenue for the quarter was up 34.3% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts predict that ASML Holding NV will post 7.31 EPS for the current year.

ASML announced that its board has initiated a stock repurchase program on Wednesday, January 17th that allows the company to buyback shares. This buyback authorization allows the semiconductor company to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are typically an indication that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

The firm also recently disclosed an annual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, May 9th. Shareholders of record on Monday, April 30th will be paid a dividend of $1.7181 per share. This is an increase from ASML’s previous annual dividend of $0.71. This represents a yield of 0.84%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, April 27th. ASML’s payout ratio is currently 18.35%.

A number of research firms recently issued reports on ASML. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of ASML from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of ASML from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, January 11th. B. Riley restated a “hold” rating and issued a $166.00 target price on shares of ASML in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. Credit Suisse Group upgraded shares of ASML from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Monday, January 15th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada boosted their target price on shares of ASML to $210.00 and gave the company a “sector perform” rating in a report on Thursday, January 18th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eleven have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. ASML presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $196.29.

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ASML Company Profile

ASML Holding N.V. is a holding company. The Company is a manufacturer of chip-making equipment. The Company is engaged in the development, production, marketing, selling and servicing of semiconductor equipment systems, consisting of lithography systems. The Company’s products include systems, and installed base products and services.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for ASML (NASDAQ:ASML)

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