Longfellow Investment Management Co. LLC Boosts Stake in VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF)

Longfellow Investment Management Co. LLC increased its stake in VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) by 15.7% during the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 133,000 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 18,000 shares during the period. VCA accounts for approximately 3.5% of Longfellow Investment Management Co. LLC’s holdings, making the stock its 6th largest position. Longfellow Investment Management Co. LLC owned 0.16% of VCA worth $12,277,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other large investors also recently modified their holdings of the company. State Treasurer State of Michigan boosted its position in VCA by 1.5% in the second quarter. State Treasurer State of Michigan now owns 33,500 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,092,000 after buying an additional 500 shares during the last quarter. Exane Asset Management acquired a new position in VCA during the second quarter valued at about $1,177,000. Aperio Group LLC boosted its position in VCA by 18.0% in the second quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 22,569 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,083,000 after buying an additional 3,450 shares during the last quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System boosted its position in VCA by 3.4% in the second quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 21,200 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,957,000 after buying an additional 700 shares during the last quarter. Finally, LS Investment Advisors LLC boosted its position in VCA by 37.4% in the second quarter. LS Investment Advisors LLC now owns 9,224 shares of the company’s stock valued at $851,000 after buying an additional 2,511 shares during the last quarter. 74.38% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of VCA Inc. (NASDAQ WOOF) traded down 0.01% on Friday, hitting $92.50. The stock had a trading volume of 236,061 shares. The firm has a market cap of $7.52 billion, a P/E ratio of 34.76 and a beta of 1.01. VCA Inc. has a 12-month low of $59.51 and a 12-month high of $92.87. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $92.50 and its 200 day moving average price is $91.77.

VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The company reported $0.96 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.94 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $743.13 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $735.75 million. VCA had a return on equity of 15.54% and a net margin of 8.00%. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.87 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts forecast that VCA Inc. will post $3.20 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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Several research firms have issued reports on WOOF. BidaskClub cut VCA from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded VCA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $104.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Tuesday, August 1st. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $93.00 price objective on shares of VCA in a research report on Friday, July 14th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating, two have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $92.17.

About VCA

VCA Inc is an animal healthcare company operating in the United States and Canada. The Company operates through five segments: animal hospitals (Animal Hospital), veterinary diagnostic laboratories (Laboratory), veterinary medical technology (Medical Technology), Vetstreet and Camp Bow Wow Franchising, Inc (Camp Bow Wow).

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF)

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