Vesuvius PLC (LON:VSVS) insider Guy Young sold 60,629 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, April 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 613 ($8.01), for a total transaction of £371,655.77 ($485,634.09).

LON:VSVS opened at GBX 641 ($8.38) on Tuesday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.73, a current ratio of 2.35 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 41.51. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.72 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.57. Vesuvius PLC has a 12 month low of GBX 469.40 ($6.13) and a 12 month high of GBX 663 ($8.66).

Vesuvius (LON:VSVS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 28th. The company reported GBX 49.60 ($0.65) EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of GBX 47.50 ($0.62) by GBX 2.10 ($0.03). As a group, research analysts anticipate that Vesuvius PLC will post 4866.9998396707 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 24th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, April 18th will be issued a GBX 13.80 ($0.18) dividend. This represents a yield of 2.31%. This is a boost from Vesuvius’s previous dividend of $6.00. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, April 18th. Vesuvius’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 0.39%.

VSVS has been the subject of several analyst reports. Goldman Sachs Group dropped their price target on shares of Vesuvius from GBX 640 ($8.36) to GBX 600 ($7.84) and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, January 8th. Bank of America raised shares of Vesuvius to a “buy” rating and set a GBX 620 ($8.10) price target for the company in a research note on Tuesday, January 8th. Morgan Stanley lifted their target price on shares of Vesuvius from GBX 660 ($8.62) to GBX 670 ($8.75) and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Monday, January 14th. Peel Hunt lowered their target price on shares of Vesuvius from GBX 800 ($10.45) to GBX 715 ($9.34) and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Monday, February 11th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of Vesuvius in a research note on Friday, February 15th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. Vesuvius has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of GBX 686.67 ($8.97).

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About Vesuvius

Vesuvius plc provides engineering services and solutions principally to steel and foundry industries worldwide. It operates in two segments, Steel and Foundry. The company offers foundry consumables and equipment, including binders, melt shop refractories, coatings, filtration and gating systems, metallurgical and pouring control systems, feeding systems, die dressings and coatings, melt treatment products, crucibles, and ceramics for the iron, steel, and nonferrous foundries.

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