Equities analysts expect Dean Foods Co (NYSE:DF) to report earnings per share (EPS) of ($0.21) for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Five analysts have provided estimates for Dean Foods’ earnings, with the lowest EPS estimate coming in at ($0.32) and the highest estimate coming in at $0.16. Dean Foods reported earnings per share of $0.25 in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a negative year-over-year growth rate of 184%. The business is scheduled to announce its next quarterly earnings report on Monday, February 25th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Dean Foods will report full year earnings of ($0.06) per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from ($0.29) to $0.41. For the next fiscal year, analysts forecast that the company will post earnings of $0.12 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from ($0.38) to $0.60. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share calculations are an average based on a survey of research firms that follow Dean Foods.

Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 7th. The company reported ($0.28) EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.06) by ($0.22). The firm had revenue of $1.89 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.85 billion. Dean Foods had a negative net margin of 0.19% and a positive return on equity of 4.01%. Dean Foods’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.20 EPS.

A number of equities research analysts recently commented on the stock. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Dean Foods from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 13th. Credit Suisse Group reduced their price objective on shares of Dean Foods from $7.00 to $4.00 and set a “sell” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, November 8th. Jefferies Financial Group downgraded shares of Dean Foods from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and reduced their price objective for the company from $13.00 to $6.00 in a research report on Thursday, November 8th. Deutsche Bank set a $5.00 price objective on shares of Dean Foods and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 7th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Dean Foods from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 16th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Dean Foods has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $7.56.

NYSE:DF traded up $0.08 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $5.72. The stock had a trading volume of 2,225,885 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,705,341. The company has a quick ratio of 1.05, a current ratio of 1.45 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.52. The company has a market cap of $529.21 million, a P/E ratio of 7.33 and a beta of 0.02. Dean Foods has a twelve month low of $5.61 and a twelve month high of $12.09.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 4th. Shareholders of record on Monday, November 19th will be issued a $0.03 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, November 16th. This represents a $0.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.10%. Dean Foods’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 15.00%.

Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Cornerstone Wealth Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Dean Foods during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $516,000. Ridgewood Investments LLC increased its stake in shares of Dean Foods by 26.8% during the 3rd quarter. Ridgewood Investments LLC now owns 31,356 shares of the company’s stock worth $223,000 after purchasing an additional 6,637 shares in the last quarter. Edgestream Partners L.P. increased its stake in shares of Dean Foods by 16.8% during the 2nd quarter. Edgestream Partners L.P. now owns 51,086 shares of the company’s stock worth $537,000 after purchasing an additional 7,366 shares in the last quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA grew its position in shares of Dean Foods by 15.9% during the 2nd quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 62,784 shares of the company’s stock valued at $659,000 after buying an additional 8,600 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Heartland Advisors Inc. boosted its stake in Dean Foods by 43.3% during the 2nd quarter. Heartland Advisors Inc. now owns 29,875 shares of the company’s stock valued at $314,000 after purchasing an additional 9,034 shares during the period. 84.78% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Dean Foods Company Profile

Dean Foods Company, a food and beverage company, processes and distributes milk, and other dairy and dairy case products in the United States. The company manufactures, markets, and distributes various branded and private label dairy, and diary case products, such as fluid milk, ice creams, cultured dairy products, creamers, ice cream mixes, and other dairy products; and juices, teas, bottled water, and other products.

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