BB&T Corp reduced its stake in shares of Graham Holdings Co (NYSE:GHC) by 19.7% during the fourth quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 12,082 shares of the company’s stock after selling 2,970 shares during the quarter. BB&T Corp’s holdings in Graham were worth $6,746,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other large investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Cigna Investments Inc. New bought a new position in shares of Graham during the fourth quarter valued at about $505,000. Assenagon Asset Management S.A. bought a new stake in shares of Graham in the fourth quarter worth about $8,902,000. SG Americas Securities LLC grew its stake in shares of Graham by 54.9% in the fourth quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 1,478 shares of the company’s stock worth $825,000 after purchasing an additional 524 shares during the last quarter. First Quadrant L P CA grew its stake in shares of Graham by 107.9% in the fourth quarter. First Quadrant L P CA now owns 1,376 shares of the company’s stock worth $768,000 after purchasing an additional 714 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Regentatlantic Capital LLC bought a new stake in shares of Graham in the fourth quarter worth about $808,000. 68.99% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of Graham Holdings Co (GHC) opened at $594.45 on Thursday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.91, a current ratio of 1.99 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.19. The stock has a market capitalization of $3,290.00, a PE ratio of 26.85 and a beta of 0.75. Graham Holdings Co has a 12 month low of $513.20 and a 12 month high of $615.85.

Graham (NYSE:GHC) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The company reported $4.26 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter. Graham had a return on equity of 5.50% and a net margin of 4.90%.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 22nd. Investors of record on Thursday, February 8th will be paid a $1.33 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 7th. This is a boost from Graham’s previous quarterly dividend of $1.27. This represents a $5.32 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.89%. Graham’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 22.94%.

Graham announced that its board has initiated a stock buyback program on Thursday, November 9th that allows the company to repurchase 500,000 outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization allows the company to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are usually a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its shares are undervalued.

In related news, Director Katharine Weymouth sold 1,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $565.54, for a total value of $848,310.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 14 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $7,917.56. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 22.50% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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Graham Profile

Graham Holdings Company, formerly The Washington Post Company, is a diversified education and media company whose principal operations include educational services, television broadcasting, cable television systems, and online, print and local TV news. The Company owns Kaplan, a provider of educational services to individuals, schools and businesses, serving over one million students annually with operations in more than 30 countries.

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