Edgewell Personal Care (EPC) Rating Increased to Hold at Zacks Investment Research

Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Edgewell Personal Care (NYSE:EPC) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note published on Tuesday morning, Zacks.com reports.

According to Zacks, “Edgewell Personal Care Co. manufactures and markets personal care products. The company’s brand consists of Schick(R) and Wilkinson Sword(R) men’s and women’s shaving systems and disposable razors; Edge(R) and Skintimate(R) shave preparations; Playtex(R), Stayfree(R), Carefree(R) and o.b. (R) feminine care products; Banana Boat(R) and Hawaiian Tropic(R) sun care products; Playtex(R) infant feeding, Diaper Genie(R) and gloves; Wet Ones(R) moist wipes. Edgewell Personal Care Co., formerly known as Energizer Holdings, is based in St Louis, United States. “

EPC has been the subject of several other reports. Bank of America raised Edgewell Personal Care from an underperform rating to a neutral rating and set a $46.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Friday, February 8th. Barclays set a $37.00 target price on Edgewell Personal Care and gave the company a sell rating in a report on Saturday, February 9th. SunTrust Banks upped their target price on Edgewell Personal Care to $45.00 and gave the company a hold rating in a report on Monday, March 4th. ValuEngine raised Edgewell Personal Care from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a report on Wednesday, February 13th. Finally, Jefferies Financial Group reaffirmed a hold rating and issued a $38.00 target price on shares of Edgewell Personal Care in a report on Thursday, February 7th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of Hold and an average target price of $45.82.

Shares of Edgewell Personal Care stock opened at $44.08 on Tuesday. The company has a market capitalization of $2.39 billion, a PE ratio of 12.52, a P/E/G ratio of 4.84 and a beta of 0.69. Edgewell Personal Care has a 52 week low of $35.85 and a 52 week high of $59.16. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65, a current ratio of 1.46 and a quick ratio of 0.87.

Edgewell Personal Care (NYSE:EPC) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 7th. The company reported $0.37 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.22 by $0.15. The firm had revenue of $457.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $445.53 million. Edgewell Personal Care had a return on equity of 11.57% and a net margin of 4.33%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 2.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.20 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts predict that Edgewell Personal Care will post 3.4 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of EPC. CX Institutional purchased a new stake in shares of Edgewell Personal Care in the fourth quarter worth $42,000. Eukles Asset Management purchased a new stake in Edgewell Personal Care during the fourth quarter valued at about $77,000. Strs Ohio raised its position in Edgewell Personal Care by 46.7% during the fourth quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 2,200 shares of the company’s stock valued at $82,000 after purchasing an additional 700 shares in the last quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank raised its position in Edgewell Personal Care by 17.1% during the fourth quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 3,797 shares of the company’s stock valued at $142,000 after purchasing an additional 554 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Quantamental Technologies LLC purchased a new stake in Edgewell Personal Care during the fourth quarter valued at about $149,000. Institutional investors own 97.12% of the company’s stock.

Edgewell Personal Care Company Profile

Edgewell Personal Care Company is a manufacturer and marketer of personal care products in the wet shave, sun and skin care, feminine care and infant care categories. As of September 30, 2016, the Company had a portfolio of over 25 brands. It manages its business in four segments: Wet Shave, Sun and Skin Care, Feminine Care and All Other.

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