Shares of Balfour Beatty plc (LON:BBY) have received an average recommendation of “Buy” from the six brokerages that are covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold recommendation and five have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price target among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is GBX 336.67 ($4.40).

Several research firms recently commented on BBY. Liberum Capital reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Balfour Beatty in a report on Thursday, May 16th. UBS Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Balfour Beatty in a report on Thursday. Peel Hunt reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Balfour Beatty in a report on Monday, May 6th. Berenberg Bank reduced their target price on shares of Balfour Beatty from GBX 360 ($4.70) to GBX 350 ($4.57) and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, January 28th. Finally, Numis Securities reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a GBX 350 ($4.57) target price on shares of Balfour Beatty in a report on Wednesday, March 13th.

Shares of LON:BBY traded up GBX 1.60 ($0.02) during trading on Friday, reaching GBX 228.80 ($2.99). The company had a trading volume of 1,762,357 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,420,000. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.56 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.73. Balfour Beatty has a 12 month low of GBX 230.60 ($3.01) and a 12 month high of GBX 318.60 ($4.16). The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 61.89, a current ratio of 0.96 and a quick ratio of 0.90.

The firm also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, July 5th. Investors of record on Thursday, May 16th will be issued a dividend of GBX 3.20 ($0.04) per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, May 16th. This represents a dividend yield of 1.12%. This is a positive change from Balfour Beatty’s previous dividend of $1.60. Balfour Beatty’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 0.26%.

In other Balfour Beatty news, insider Philip Harrison sold 12,619 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, April 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 262 ($3.42), for a total value of £33,061.78 ($43,201.07). Also, insider Leo Quinn sold 211,216 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, April 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 267 ($3.49), for a total transaction of £563,946.72 ($736,896.28).

Balfour Beatty Company Profile

Balfour Beatty plc finances, designs, develops, builds, and maintains infrastructure in the United Kingdom, the United States, and internationally. It operates through Construction Services, Support Services, and Infrastructure Investments segments. The Construction Services segment provides civil engineering, building, ground engineering, mechanical and electrical installation, refurbishment and fit-out, and rail engineering services.

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