Shares of Service Co. International (NYSE:SCI) have earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the five ratings firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, one has given a hold recommendation and three have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $48.50.

A number of analysts have issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Service Co. International from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday. ValuEngine lowered Service Co. International from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday. Finally, Raymond James lowered Service Co. International from a “strong-buy” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 20th.

In related news, Director John W. Mecom, Jr. sold 16,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $41.91, for a total transaction of $670,560.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 114,835 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,812,734.85. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, VP Sumner J. Waring III sold 95,100 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $42.65, for a total value of $4,056,015.00. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 428,631 shares in the company, valued at $18,281,112.15. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 1,316,230 shares of company stock worth $54,840,899 over the last ninety days. Corporate insiders own 6.60% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in SCI. Bank of Montreal Can raised its holdings in shares of Service Co. International by 10.8% during the 3rd quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 26,228 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,159,000 after buying an additional 2,567 shares during the period. US Bancorp DE raised its holdings in shares of Service Co. International by 8.2% during the 3rd quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 41,421 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,831,000 after buying an additional 3,150 shares during the period. Victory Capital Management Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Service Co. International by 7.8% during the 3rd quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 114,662 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,068,000 after buying an additional 8,254 shares during the period. Private Advisor Group LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Service Co. International during the 3rd quarter valued at about $327,000. Finally, Stratos Wealth Partners LTD. purchased a new stake in Service Co. International during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $324,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 87.80% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NYSE:SCI opened at $39.61 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 0.60, a quick ratio of 0.55 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.15. Service Co. International has a 12-month low of $35.19 and a 12-month high of $47.09. The stock has a market capitalization of $7.17 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.13, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.84 and a beta of 1.07.

Service Co. International (NYSE:SCI) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, February 18th. The company reported $0.54 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.56 by ($0.02). Service Co. International had a return on equity of 21.92% and a net margin of 14.02%. The business had revenue of $820.81 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $843.45 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.50 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 1.0% on a year-over-year basis. Sell-side analysts expect that Service Co. International will post 1.93 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 29th. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 15th will be paid a $0.18 dividend. This is a positive change from Service Co. International’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.17. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.82%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 14th. Service Co. International’s payout ratio is currently 37.99%.

About Service Co. International

Service Corporation International provides deathcare products and services in the United States and Canada. The company operates through Funeral and Cemetery segments. Its funeral service and cemetery operations comprise funeral service locations, cemeteries, funeral service/cemetery combination locations, crematoria, and other businesses.

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