Shares of AMBEV S A/S (NYSE:ABEV) have earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the ten analysts that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have issued a hold recommendation and three have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $7.75.

Several equities analysts recently issued reports on the stock. ValuEngine raised shares of AMBEV S A/S from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, June 7th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of AMBEV S A/S from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday. HSBC raised shares of AMBEV S A/S from a “reduce” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Sunday, June 3rd. TheStreet lowered shares of AMBEV S A/S from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 29th. Finally, UBS Group lowered shares of AMBEV S A/S from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 9th.

AMBEV S A/S traded up $0.12, hitting $5.12, during trading on Monday, MarketBeat reports. 848,655 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 22,070,223. The firm has a market cap of $79.76 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.21, a PEG ratio of 0.93 and a beta of 0.57. The company has a quick ratio of 0.74, a current ratio of 0.94 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.07. AMBEV S A/S has a 1 year low of $4.80 and a 1 year high of $7.43.

AMBEV S A/S (NYSE:ABEV) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 9th. The company reported $0.05 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.07 by ($0.02). The business had revenue of $3.59 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.65 billion. AMBEV S A/S had a net margin of 16.15% and a return on equity of 24.66%. analysts anticipate that AMBEV S A/S will post 0.25 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a special dividend, which will be paid on Monday, August 6th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, June 19th will be issued a $0.0441 dividend. This is a positive change from AMBEV S A/S’s previous special dividend of $0.02. The ex-dividend date is Monday, June 18th. AMBEV S A/S’s payout ratio is currently 65.22%.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in ABEV. Clearbridge Investments LLC purchased a new position in AMBEV S A/S in the fourth quarter worth $105,000. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of AMBEV S A/S during the first quarter valued at $106,000. Arnhold LLC purchased a new stake in shares of AMBEV S A/S during the first quarter valued at $130,000. Premia Global Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of AMBEV S A/S during the fourth quarter valued at $134,000. Finally, Brown Advisory Inc. grew its holdings in shares of AMBEV S A/S by 82.2% during the fourth quarter. Brown Advisory Inc. now owns 22,136 shares of the company’s stock valued at $144,000 after buying an additional 9,989 shares during the last quarter. 6.93% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About AMBEV S A/S

Ambev SA, through its subsidiaries, produces, distributes, and sells beer, draft beer, carbonated soft drinks (CSD), other non-alcoholic beverages, malt, and food in the Americas. It operates through Latin America North, Latin America South, and Canada segments. The company offers beer primarily under the Skol, Brahma, Antarctic, Brahva, Brahva Gold, Extra, Budweiser, Bud Light, Stella Artois, Corona, Modelo Especial, Beck, Leffe, Hoegaarden, Presidente, Brahma Light, President Light, Bohemia, The One, Quilmes Clásica, Paceña, Taquiña, Huari, Becker, Báltica, Ouro Fino, Pilsen, Patricia, Labatt Blue, Alexander Keith's, Kokanee, Banks, and Deputy brands.

Analyst Recommendations for AMBEV S A/S (NYSE:ABEV)

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