Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. (NYSE:BBW) from a strong sell rating to a hold rating in a report published on Monday morning.

According to Zacks, “Build-A-Bear Workshop is the leading and only national company providing a make your own stuffed animal interactive retail-entertainment experience. “

Several other equities analysts have also commented on BBW. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a hold rating and issued a $13.00 price objective on shares of Build-A-Bear Workshop in a research report on Tuesday, July 19th. TheStreet lowered shares of Build-A-Bear Workshop from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, August 18th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Build-A-Bear Workshop currently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $15.00.

Analyst Recommendations for Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE:BBW)

Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE:BBW) traded up 0.66% during trading on Monday, hitting $10.60. 26,741 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $10.97 and its 200 day moving average price is $12.70. The firm has a market cap of $164.61 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 8.47 and a beta of 0.40. Build-A-Bear Workshop has a 12-month low of $10.01 and a 12-month high of $19.25.

Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE:BBW) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 4th. The company reported ($0.28) EPS for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.28). The firm earned $75.10 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $79.09 million. Build-A-Bear Workshop had a net margin of 5.45% and a return on equity of 11.53%. Build-A-Bear Workshop’s revenue was down 7.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm posted ($0.05) EPS. Equities analysts forecast that Build-A-Bear Workshop will post $0.83 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY bought a new stake in Build-A-Bear Workshop during the first quarter worth about $147,000. HighTower Advisors LLC boosted its stake in Build-A-Bear Workshop by 33.6% in the second quarter. HighTower Advisors LLC now owns 13,969 shares of the company’s stock worth $187,000 after buying an additional 3,514 shares in the last quarter. KBC Group NV boosted its stake in Build-A-Bear Workshop by 127.8% in the second quarter. KBC Group NV now owns 27,747 shares of the company’s stock worth $372,000 after buying an additional 15,568 shares in the last quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System boosted its stake in Build-A-Bear Workshop by 2.5% in the second quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 28,433 shares of the company’s stock worth $382,000 after buying an additional 686 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada boosted its stake in Build-A-Bear Workshop by 4.8% in the first quarter. Royal Bank of Canada now owns 38,370 shares of the company’s stock worth $498,000 after buying an additional 1,744 shares in the last quarter. 66.52% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Build-A-Bear Workshop Company Profile

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc is primarily a specialty retailer offering a make your own stuffed animal interactive retail-entertainment experience. The Company’s segments include direct-to-consumer (DTC), international franchising and commercial. The DTC segment includes the activities of Company-owned stores in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Denmark, and other retail delivery operations, including its e-commerce sites and temporary stores.

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