Pool Co. (NASDAQ:POOL) insider Romain Kenneth G. St sold 27,105 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, March 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $158.06, for a total transaction of $4,284,216.30. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 97,505 shares in the company, valued at $15,411,640.30. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link.

Shares of Pool stock traded up $2.54 during trading on Thursday, hitting $159.76. The stock had a trading volume of 111,180 shares, compared to its average volume of 226,430. The company has a market cap of $6.22 billion, a P/E ratio of 28.43, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.09 and a beta of 0.92. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.94, a current ratio of 2.99 and a quick ratio of 0.79. Pool Co. has a 1 year low of $135.76 and a 1 year high of $175.87.

Pool (NASDAQ:POOL) last released its earnings results on Thursday, February 14th. The specialty retailer reported $0.41 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.44 by ($0.03). The firm had revenue of $543.00 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $551.58 million. Pool had a return on equity of 80.86% and a net margin of 7.82%. The business’s revenue was up 6.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.50 earnings per share. On average, analysts expect that Pool Co. will post 6.19 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 28th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 14th will be given a $0.45 dividend. This represents a $1.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.13%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, March 13th. Pool’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 32.03%.

A number of analysts recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Pool from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $164.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, December 18th. Robert W. Baird upgraded shares of Pool from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and boosted their target price for the stock from $160.00 to $177.00 in a report on Friday, February 22nd. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Pool from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 15th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded shares of Pool from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 11th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. Pool has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $160.25.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in POOL. Enlightenment Research LLC purchased a new position in shares of Pool in the fourth quarter worth approximately $30,000. Executive Wealth Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Pool in the fourth quarter worth approximately $51,000. Riverview Trust Co purchased a new position in shares of Pool in the fourth quarter worth approximately $57,000. Bessemer Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Pool by 81.2% in the fourth quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 520 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $77,000 after acquiring an additional 233 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Paradigm Asset Management Co. LLC purchased a new position in shares of Pool in the third quarter worth approximately $100,000. 95.01% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Pool Company Profile

Pool Corporation distributes swimming pool supplies, equipment, and related leisure products in North America, Europe, South America, and Australia. The company offers maintenance products, including chemicals, supplies, and pool accessories; repair and replacement parts for pool equipment, such as cleaners, filters, heaters, pumps, and lights; packaged pool kits comprising walls, liners, braces, and coping for in-ground and above-ground pools; pool equipment and components for new pool construction and the remodeling of existing pools; and irrigation and landscape products consisting of irrigation system components, and professional lawn care equipment and supplies.

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