Brown-Forman Co. (NYSE:BF.B) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report issued on Wednesday.

According to Zacks, “Brown-Forman started fiscal 2017 on a soft note as earnings for first-quarter missed estimates and fell year over year. While top-line growth was hurt by the persistence of currency headwinds, tough economic conditions in emerging markets and the impact of the sale of Southern Comfort and Tuaca, underlying sales gained from the company's strong portfolio of premium American whiskey brands, along with its Jack Daniel’s trademark. All these led to a downtrend in estimates. Though Brown-Forman anticipates the perils of currency headwinds and unstable emerging market conditions along with an uncertain global economic and geopolitical environment to linger, it remains confident of persistent growth in underlying net sales and operating income in fiscal 2017. The company expects to grow on the back of strong demand for its authentic American whiskey brands worldwide, consumer interest in flavored whiskey and a growing trend in premium spirits.”

Several other research firms have also weighed in on BF.B. Credit Suisse Group AG started coverage on shares of Brown-Forman in a research note on Thursday, September 15th. They set an “outperform” rating on the stock. Bank of America Corp. downgraded shares of Brown-Forman from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 13th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Brown-Forman has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $102.20.

Brown-Forman (NYSE:BF.B) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 31st. The company reported $0.36 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.37 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $856 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $875.50 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.75 earnings per share. Brown-Forman’s revenue was down 4.9% compared to the same quarter last year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 3rd. Stockholders of record on Thursday, September 1st will be issued a $0.17 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, August 30th. This represents a $0.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of Infinity.

Brown-Forman Company Profile

Brown-Forman Corporation is a spirit and wine company. The Company manufactures, bottles, imports, exports, markets and sells a range of alcoholic beverages. The Company has a portfolio of approximately 40 spirit, wine and ready-to-drink cocktail (RTD) brands. Its principal brands include Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s RTDs, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Collection, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select, Jack Daniel’s Winter Jack, Jack Daniel’s No.

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