Brokerages expect that Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMPH) will post earnings of $0.02 per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Three analysts have made estimates for Amphastar Pharmaceuticals’ earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $0.08 and the lowest is ($0.04). Amphastar Pharmaceuticals posted earnings per share of $0.14 during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a negative year over year growth rate of 85.7%. The business is expected to announce its next earnings results on Tuesday, November 14th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Amphastar Pharmaceuticals will report full year earnings of $0.26 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.11 to $0.39. For the next year, analysts forecast that the company will post earnings of $0.66 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.37 to $0.92. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS calculations are a mean average based on a survey of research firms that that provide coverage for Amphastar Pharmaceuticals.

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AMPH) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 9th. The company reported $0.11 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.06 by $0.05. Amphastar Pharmaceuticals had a net margin of 1.61% and a return on equity of 2.42%. The firm had revenue of $65.20 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $63.40 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.23 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 4.1% compared to the same quarter last year.

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on AMPH shares. Wells Fargo & Company reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Saturday, July 22nd. BidaskClub lowered Amphastar Pharmaceuticals from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, August 11th. TheStreet raised Amphastar Pharmaceuticals from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Monday, June 26th. Needham & Company LLC raised their target price on Amphastar Pharmaceuticals from $18.00 to $20.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 27th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $19.00 target price on shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Sunday, September 17th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $20.17.

In other news, Director Richard K. Prins sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, August 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $14.80, for a total transaction of $74,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 33,844 shares in the company, valued at approximately $500,891.20. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Diane G. Gerst sold 8,444 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, October 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $18.87, for a total value of $159,338.28. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 126,380 shares of company stock valued at $2,268,933 in the last quarter. 11.10% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Argent Capital Management LLC bought a new position in shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals during the 2nd quarter worth $1,069,000. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company grew its stake in shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals by 1.1% during the 2nd quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 28,701 shares of the company’s stock worth $512,000 after acquiring an additional 312 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP grew its stake in shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals by 25.5% during the 2nd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,331,842 shares of the company’s stock worth $23,786,000 after acquiring an additional 270,654 shares during the period. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC grew its stake in shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals by 72.0% during the 2nd quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 45,615 shares of the company’s stock worth $815,000 after acquiring an additional 19,091 shares during the period. Finally, Nordea Investment Management AB grew its stake in shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals by 12.8% during the 2nd quarter. Nordea Investment Management AB now owns 115,607 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,065,000 after acquiring an additional 13,121 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 44.26% of the company’s stock.

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Amphastar Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AMPH) traded down 0.11% during trading on Tuesday, reaching $18.94. 86,049 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $16.37 and its 200-day moving average price is $16.12. Amphastar Pharmaceuticals has a 12 month low of $12.05 and a 12 month high of $21.75. The firm has a market cap of $874.93 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 245.97 and a beta of 1.69.

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals declared that its board has authorized a stock repurchase program on Wednesday, August 9th that permits the company to buyback $20.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization permits the company to reacquire up to 2.8% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are generally a sign that the company’s board believes its shares are undervalued.

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc is a specialty pharmaceutical company. The Company focuses primarily on developing, manufacturing, marketing and selling generic and injectable, inhalation and intranasal products. The Company has two segments: finished pharmaceutical products and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) products.

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