Service Co. International (NYSE:SCI) released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday. The company reported $0.50 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.45 by $0.05, Bloomberg Earnings reports. Service Co. International had a net margin of 11.83% and a return on equity of 24.85%. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.47 earnings per share. Service Co. International updated its FY18 guidance to $1.72-1.90 EPS.

Service Co. International (NYSE SCI) opened at $37.65 on Wednesday. The company has a market cap of $7,067.63, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.64, a PEG ratio of 1.97 and a beta of 0.95. The company has a current ratio of 0.70, a quick ratio of 0.65 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.66. Service Co. International has a 1 year low of $30.02 and a 1 year high of $40.28.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 15th will be given a dividend of $0.17 per share. This is a positive change from Service Co. International’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.15. This represents a $0.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.81%. Service Co. International’s payout ratio is 31.58%.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on the stock. Credit Suisse Group boosted their price target on shares of Service Co. International from $40.00 to $46.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, February 5th. Off Wall Street assumed coverage on shares of Service Co. International in a research report on Friday, December 15th. They set a “sell” rating for the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Service Co. International from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $40.00 price target for the company in a research report on Saturday, October 28th. Finally, Oppenheimer restated a “buy” rating and set a $42.00 price target on shares of Service Co. International in a research report on Thursday, January 18th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating, three have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $42.00.

In related news, insider R L. Waltrip sold 84,679 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, December 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $37.90, for a total value of $3,209,334.10. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 765,762 shares in the company, valued at $29,022,379.80. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, VP Elisabeth G. Nash sold 47,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $35.64, for a total transaction of $1,675,080.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 164,441 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,860,677.24. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 6.20% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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About Service Co. International

Service Corporation International is a provider of deathcare products and services, with a network of funeral service locations and cemeteries. The Company’s segments include Funeral, Cemetery and Corporate. It conducts both funeral and cemetery operations in the United States and Canada. As December 31, 2016, it operated 1,502 funeral service locations and 470 cemeteries, including 281 funeral service/cemetery combination locations, which are geographically diversified across 45 states, eight Canadian provinces, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

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