Shares of Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM) have been assigned an average broker rating score of 2.00 (Buy) from the two analysts that cover the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold recommendation and one has issued a strong buy recommendation on the company.

Brokers have set a one year consensus target price of $46.00 for the company and are expecting that the company will post $0.73 EPS for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned Schweitzer-Mauduit International an industry rank of 102 out of 255 based on the ratings given to related companies.

Several brokerages have recently issued reports on SWM. TheStreet raised Schweitzer-Mauduit International from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Friday, February 22nd. Zacks Investment Research cut Schweitzer-Mauduit International from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, November 16th.

Schweitzer-Mauduit International stock traded down $0.52 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $37.55. 120,657 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 223,407. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.11, a quick ratio of 1.91 and a current ratio of 2.99. The company has a market cap of $1.18 billion, a PE ratio of 10.79, a PEG ratio of 5.46 and a beta of 1.69. Schweitzer-Mauduit International has a 1 year low of $24.35 and a 1 year high of $45.48.

Schweitzer-Mauduit International (NYSE:SWM) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 21st. The company reported $0.90 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.70 by $0.20. The business had revenue of $248.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $238.90 million. Schweitzer-Mauduit International had a return on equity of 19.22% and a net margin of 9.08%. As a group, analysts predict that Schweitzer-Mauduit International will post 3.48 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 22nd. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 4th will be issued a $0.44 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, March 1st. This represents a $1.76 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.69%. Schweitzer-Mauduit International’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 50.57%.

In other news, EVP Michel Fievez sold 20,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $39.81, for a total value of $796,200.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 66,113 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,631,958.53. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Insiders own 1.01% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. BlackRock Inc. raised its holdings in Schweitzer-Mauduit International by 1.7% in the 4th quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 4,491,019 shares of the company’s stock worth $112,499,000 after purchasing an additional 76,258 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its holdings in Schweitzer-Mauduit International by 1.5% in the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 3,210,480 shares of the company’s stock worth $122,994,000 after purchasing an additional 46,751 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc raised its holdings in Schweitzer-Mauduit International by 1.5% in the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 3,210,480 shares of the company’s stock worth $122,994,000 after purchasing an additional 46,751 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its holdings in Schweitzer-Mauduit International by 9.2% in the 4th quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,654,377 shares of the company’s stock worth $41,443,000 after purchasing an additional 139,487 shares during the period. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company MN raised its holdings in Schweitzer-Mauduit International by 0.8% in the 3rd quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 1,174,974 shares of the company’s stock worth $45,014,000 after purchasing an additional 9,227 shares during the period. 91.04% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Schweitzer-Mauduit International Company Profile

Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides engineered solutions and advanced materials for various industries worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Engineered Papers and Advanced Materials & Structures. The Engineered Papers segment produces and sells cigarette papers, reconstituted tobacco leaf, and wrapper and binder products to cigarette and cigar manufacturers; and other non-tobacco paper products.

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