Analysts expect Dean Foods Co (NYSE:DF) to report $0.26 earnings per share for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Four analysts have issued estimates for Dean Foods’ earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $0.28 and the lowest is $0.25. Dean Foods posted earnings per share of $0.38 during the same quarter last year, which indicates a negative year-over-year growth rate of 31.6%. The firm is expected to announce its next quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 15th.

On average, analysts expect that Dean Foods will report full year earnings of $0.81 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.79 to $0.83. For the next financial year, analysts expect that the business will post earnings of $0.86 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.64 to $1.00. Zacks’ earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of research firms that follow Dean Foods.

Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The company reported $0.20 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.20. The firm had revenue of $1.94 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.97 billion. Dean Foods had a return on equity of 14.04% and a net margin of 0.53%. The company’s revenue was down 1.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.37 EPS.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Jefferies Group set a $16.00 target price on Dean Foods and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, October 29th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Dean Foods from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 31st. Credit Suisse Group cut their target price on Dean Foods from $10.00 to $8.50 and set an “underperform” rating for the company in a research report on Wednesday, November 8th. Morgan Stanley cut their target price on Dean Foods from $10.00 to $9.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research report on Wednesday, November 8th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reissued a “market perform” rating and set a $12.00 price target (down previously from $15.00) on shares of Dean Foods in a report on Wednesday, November 8th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. Dean Foods presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $13.06.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. BlackRock Inc. increased its holdings in Dean Foods by 1.2% in the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 11,384,396 shares of the company’s stock worth $193,534,000 after purchasing an additional 129,537 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its holdings in Dean Foods by 1.6% in the 3rd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 4,998,465 shares of the company’s stock worth $54,383,000 after purchasing an additional 78,538 shares in the last quarter. State Street Corp increased its holdings in Dean Foods by 2.0% in the 2nd quarter. State Street Corp now owns 3,251,809 shares of the company’s stock worth $55,278,000 after purchasing an additional 62,555 shares in the last quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. increased its holdings in Dean Foods by 11.9% in the 3rd quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 3,047,962 shares of the company’s stock worth $33,161,000 after purchasing an additional 323,688 shares in the last quarter. Finally, FMR LLC increased its holdings in Dean Foods by 56.2% in the 2nd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 2,998,781 shares of the company’s stock worth $50,979,000 after purchasing an additional 1,079,205 shares in the last quarter. 94.02% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Dean Foods (DF) traded down $0.10 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $11.56. The stock had a trading volume of 1,076,600 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,732,577. The company has a market cap of $1,052.79, a P/E ratio of 25.13, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.08 and a beta of 0.59. The company has a current ratio of 1.28, a quick ratio of 0.93 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.33. Dean Foods has a 1 year low of $9.01 and a 1 year high of $22.31.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 5th. Shareholders of record on Monday, November 20th were issued a $0.09 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Friday, November 17th. This represents a $0.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.11%. Dean Foods’s payout ratio is presently 78.26%.

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About Dean Foods

Dean Foods Company is a food and beverage company. The Company processes and distributes fluid milk, and other dairy and dairy case products in the United States. It is engaged in manufacturing, marketing, selling and distributing a range of branded and private label dairy and dairy case products. It offers branded and private label dairy case products, including fluid milk, ice cream, cultured dairy products, creamers, ice cream mix and other dairy products to retailers, distributors, foodservice outlets, educational institutions and governmental entities across the United States.

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