Strs Ohio purchased a new position in Energizer Holdings Inc (NYSE:ENR) during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm purchased 7,571 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $476,000.

Other institutional investors have also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Principal Financial Group Inc. grew its holdings in Energizer by 94.1% in the 1st quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 969,684 shares of the company’s stock worth $57,774,000 after acquiring an additional 470,010 shares during the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN grew its holdings in Energizer by 7.4% in the 2nd quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 262,988 shares of the company’s stock worth $16,558,000 after acquiring an additional 18,120 shares during the last quarter. Chicago Equity Partners LLC grew its holdings in Energizer by 229.0% in the 1st quarter. Chicago Equity Partners LLC now owns 65,465 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,900,000 after acquiring an additional 45,565 shares during the last quarter. Advisory Services Network LLC grew its holdings in Energizer by 443.8% in the 2nd quarter. Advisory Services Network LLC now owns 1,974 shares of the company’s stock worth $128,000 after acquiring an additional 1,611 shares during the last quarter. Finally, STA Wealth Management LLC bought a new stake in Energizer in the 1st quarter worth $346,000. 96.34% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

In related news, EVP Gregory T. Kinder sold 3,810 shares of Energizer stock in a transaction dated Thursday, July 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $65.00, for a total transaction of $247,650.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 3,811 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $247,715. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, VP Emily K. Boss sold 7,500 shares of Energizer stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $63.00, for a total transaction of $472,500.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 2,208 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $139,104. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 23,794 shares of company stock valued at $1,532,609. 1.79% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on ENR shares. TheStreet raised shares of Energizer from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Monday, June 11th. Jefferies Financial Group raised shares of Energizer to a “buy” rating and set a $80.00 target price for the company in a research report on Thursday, July 19th. Bank of America raised their target price on shares of Energizer from $62.00 to $70.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, July 16th. ValuEngine raised shares of Energizer from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 31st. Finally, Morgan Stanley raised their target price on shares of Energizer from $63.00 to $67.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 2nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $68.20.

NYSE:ENR opened at $60.55 on Friday. Energizer Holdings Inc has a 12 month low of $40.64 and a 12 month high of $65.57. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 20.43, a current ratio of 1.82 and a quick ratio of 1.31. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.75 billion, a PE ratio of 20.36, a P/E/G ratio of 2.40 and a beta of 0.79.

Energizer (NYSE:ENR) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, August 1st. The company reported $0.54 EPS for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.54. Energizer had a net margin of 6.98% and a return on equity of 359.49%. The firm had revenue of $392.80 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $389.13 million. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.43 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 5.6% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts forecast that Energizer Holdings Inc will post 3.36 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, September 12th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 16th will be given a $0.29 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 15th. This represents a $1.16 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.92%. Energizer’s dividend payout ratio is 38.93%.

About Energizer

Energizer Holdings, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, markets, and distributes household batteries, specialty batteries, and lighting products worldwide. It offers lithium, alkaline, carbon zinc, nickel metal hydride, zinc air, and silver oxide batteries under the Energizer and Eveready brands, as well as primary, rechargeable, specialty, and hearing aid products.

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