Natixis Advisors L.P. trimmed its stake in shares of Carnival plc (NYSE:CUK) by 7.0% in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 47,886 shares of the company’s stock after selling 3,630 shares during the quarter. Natixis Advisors L.P.’s holdings in Carnival were worth $2,333,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Other institutional investors also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Proficio Capital Partners LLC lifted its position in Carnival by 331.8% during the 4th quarter. Proficio Capital Partners LLC now owns 734 shares of the company’s stock worth $36,000 after acquiring an additional 564 shares during the period. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. raised its stake in shares of Carnival by 8.0% during the 4th quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 3,288 shares of the company’s stock worth $160,000 after buying an additional 244 shares in the last quarter. Blueshift Asset Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Carnival during the 4th quarter worth approximately $263,000. Freestone Capital Holdings LLC purchased a new position in shares of Carnival during the 4th quarter worth approximately $307,000. Finally, Advisors Asset Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of Carnival by 314.0% during the 4th quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 8,685 shares of the company’s stock worth $423,000 after buying an additional 6,587 shares in the last quarter. 5.25% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

In related news, CEO Arnold W. Donald bought 21,595 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 26th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $46.43 per share, for a total transaction of $1,002,655.85. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, CFO David Bernstein sold 24,682 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, February 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $57.08, for a total value of $1,408,848.56. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 70,362 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,016,262.96. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 71,504 shares of company stock worth $4,034,372. 0.03% of the stock is owned by insiders.

NYSE CUK opened at $55.72 on Thursday. Carnival plc has a 1-year low of $45.17 and a 1-year high of $68.54. The company has a market capitalization of $11.66 billion, a P/E ratio of 13.08 and a beta of 1.23. The company has a quick ratio of 0.19, a current ratio of 0.24 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.32.

Carnival (NYSE:CUK) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, December 20th. The company reported $0.70 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.70. The firm had revenue of $4.46 billion during the quarter. Carnival had a return on equity of 12.45% and a net margin of 16.70%. On average, equities research analysts expect that Carnival plc will post 4.65 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 22nd were issued a dividend of $0.50 per share. This represents a $2.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.59%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, February 21st. Carnival’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 46.95%.

Separately, Bank of America reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of Carnival in a research note on Monday, February 11th.

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About Carnival

Carnival plc operates as a leisure travel company in North America, Australia, Europe, and Asia. It operates in four segments: North America and Australia Cruise Operations, Europe and Asia Cruise Operations, Cruise Support, and Tour and Other. The company operates cruises under the Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises (Australia), Seabourn, Costa, AIDA, P&O Cruises (UK), and Cunard brand names.

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