Brokerages expect Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc (NYSE:NGVC) to announce earnings of $0.11 per share for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Three analysts have provided estimates for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage’s earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $0.09 and the highest is $0.13. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage posted earnings per share of $0.13 in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a negative year over year growth rate of 15.4%. The company is scheduled to issue its next quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 3rd.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage will report full-year earnings of $0.21 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.15 to $0.28. For the next fiscal year, analysts anticipate that the business will post earnings of $0.21 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.13 to $0.29. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS calculations are an average based on a survey of sell-side analysts that that provide coverage for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE:NGVC) last released its earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. The specialty retailer reported $0.04 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.07 by ($0.03). The company had revenue of $202.48 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $195.86 million. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage had a net margin of 1.27% and a return on equity of 4.25%.

Several equities analysts have commented on NGVC shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $9.50 target price on the stock in a research note on Thursday, January 18th. TheStreet raised shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage from a “d+” rating to a “c” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “hold” rating and set a $11.00 target price on shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in a research note on Monday, November 20th. Deutsche Bank lowered their target price on shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage from $8.00 to $6.00 and set a “hold” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, November 17th. Finally, Jefferies Group reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $8.00.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE NGVC) traded down $0.06 during trading on Monday, reaching $7.00. 12,435 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 167,705. The firm has a market cap of $162.70, a PE ratio of 15.58, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 9.90 and a beta of 0.97. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45, a quick ratio of 0.22 and a current ratio of 1.53. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage has a 52-week low of $4.79 and a 52-week high of $12.65.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Citadel Advisors LLC grew its stake in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 165.4% in the 2nd quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC now owns 85,640 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $709,000 after purchasing an additional 53,375 shares during the last quarter. GMT Capital Corp acquired a new position in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $509,000. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP grew its stake in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 29.8% in the 2nd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 448,490 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $3,709,000 after purchasing an additional 102,891 shares during the last quarter. Quantum Capital Management acquired a new position in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $1,040,000. Finally, Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. grew its stake in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 75.8% in the 2nd quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 26,916 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $223,000 after purchasing an additional 11,603 shares during the last quarter. 25.85% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Company Profile

Natural Grocers By Vitamin Cottage Inc (Natural Grocers) is a specialty retailer of natural and organic groceries and dietary supplements. The Company sells natural and organic groceries and dietary supplements. The Company’s grocery products include: bulk food and private label products, dry, frozen and canned groceries, meats and seafood, dairy products and dairy substitutes, prepared foods, bread and baked goods, and beverages.

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