Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Vermilion Energy (NYSE:VET) (TSE:VET) from a strong-buy rating to a strong sell rating in a report issued on Wednesday.

According to Zacks, “Vermilion Energy Inc. is an international oil and gas producer with properties in Western Canada, Australia, France and the Netherlands. Vermilion Energy Inc, formerly known as Vermilion Energy Trust, is based in Calgary, Canada. “

A number of other equities research analysts have also recently commented on the stock. JPMorgan Chase & Co. began coverage on shares of Vermilion Energy in a report on Monday, February 12th. They issued an overweight rating for the company. ValuEngine cut shares of Vermilion Energy from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Thursday, February 8th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Vermilion Energy presently has an average rating of Hold and an average target price of $47.83.

Shares of Vermilion Energy (NYSE:VET) opened at $31.69 on Wednesday. Vermilion Energy has a 1 year low of $29.91 and a 1 year high of $40.59. The firm has a market cap of $3,819.88, a price-to-earnings ratio of 83.39 and a beta of 0.71. The company has a quick ratio of 0.67, a current ratio of 0.72 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83.

Vermilion Energy (NYSE:VET) (TSE:VET) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, March 1st. The oil and gas company reported $0.08 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.20 by ($0.12). Vermilion Energy had a net margin of 5.32% and a return on equity of 4.92%. The company had revenue of $249.88 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $244.23 million. equities analysts predict that Vermilion Energy will post 0.76 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, February 28th will be issued a $0.171 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, February 27th. This represents a $2.05 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 6.47%. Vermilion Energy’s payout ratio is 544.74%.

Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Advisor Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of Vermilion Energy by 173.6% during the third quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 3,122 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $111,000 after acquiring an additional 1,981 shares during the period. Icon Wealth Partners LLC acquired a new position in shares of Vermilion Energy during the fourth quarter worth about $127,000. American International Group Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Vermilion Energy during the fourth quarter worth about $204,000. Koch Industries Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Vermilion Energy during the fourth quarter worth about $262,000. Finally, HPM Partners LLC acquired a new position in shares of Vermilion Energy during the fourth quarter worth about $283,000. 56.02% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Vermilion Energy Company Profile

Vermilion Energy Inc produces oil and gas, and focuses on the acquisition, development and optimization of producing properties in North America, the Europe and Australia. Its segments include Canada, which includes production and assets focused in West Pembina near Drayton Valley, Alberta and Northgate in southeast Saskatchewan; France, which produces oil in France; Netherlands, which produces onshore gas and interests include over 24 onshore licenses and two offshore licenses; Germany, which holds interest in a four partner consortium; Ireland, which includes a non-operating interest in the offshore Corrib gas field located approximately 83 kilometers off the northwest coast of Ireland; Australia, which holds an operated working interest in the Wandoo field located approximately 80 kilometers offshore on the northwest shelf of Australia; the United States, which has interests in approximately 97,200 net acres of land in the Powder River Basin of northeastern Wyoming, and Corporate.

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