Wall Street brokerages expect that Greenbrier Companies Inc (NYSE:GBX) will report earnings per share of $1.39 for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks. Six analysts have issued estimates for Greenbrier Companies’ earnings, with the lowest EPS estimate coming in at $1.34 and the highest estimate coming in at $1.45. Greenbrier Companies posted earnings per share of $0.80 in the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year over year growth rate of 73.8%. The firm is scheduled to report its next quarterly earnings report on Friday, October 25th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Greenbrier Companies will report full year earnings of $3.05 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.00 to $3.10. For the next year, analysts expect that the business will report earnings of $3.41 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.00 to $3.90. Zacks’ earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of research analysts that follow Greenbrier Companies.

Greenbrier Companies (NYSE:GBX) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 2nd. The transportation company reported $0.89 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.96 by ($0.07). The company had revenue of $856.20 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $863.24 million. Greenbrier Companies had a return on equity of 5.81% and a net margin of 2.38%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 33.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $1.30 EPS.

Several analysts have recently weighed in on GBX shares. Wells Fargo & Co reduced their price objective on shares of Greenbrier Companies from $36.00 to $30.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a research report on Wednesday, July 3rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Greenbrier Companies from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday. Bank of America restated an “underperform” rating and set a $28.00 price objective (down previously from $34.00) on shares of Greenbrier Companies in a research report on Wednesday, July 3rd. Stifel Nicolaus reduced their price objective on shares of Greenbrier Companies from $44.00 to $36.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Wednesday, July 3rd. Finally, Cowen restated an “outperform” rating and set a $42.00 price objective (down previously from $48.00) on shares of Greenbrier Companies in a research report on Thursday, July 18th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $37.25.

Shares of NYSE:GBX traded up $0.77 during trading on Friday, hitting $23.03. 425,800 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 479,564. The stock has a market capitalization of $723.08 million, a P/E ratio of 5.58, a PEG ratio of 0.77 and a beta of 2.00. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.34, a current ratio of 2.61 and a quick ratio of 1.43. Greenbrier Companies has a 12-month low of $21.37 and a 12-month high of $64.87. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $27.83 and its 200-day moving average price is $33.08.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, August 8th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, July 18th were issued a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, July 17th. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.34%. Greenbrier Companies’s payout ratio is 24.21%.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its holdings in shares of Greenbrier Companies by 10.6% in the 4th quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 2,723,030 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $107,669,000 after acquiring an additional 260,043 shares during the period. Bank of New York Mellon Corp increased its holdings in shares of Greenbrier Companies by 4.9% in the 2nd quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 1,218,422 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $37,039,000 after acquiring an additional 56,634 shares during the period. Victory Capital Management Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Greenbrier Companies by 0.6% in the 1st quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 623,493 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $20,095,000 after acquiring an additional 3,863 shares during the period. Norges Bank acquired a new position in shares of Greenbrier Companies in the 4th quarter valued at $21,503,000. Finally, OppenheimerFunds Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Greenbrier Companies by 2.0% in the 1st quarter. OppenheimerFunds Inc. now owns 534,516 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $17,228,000 after acquiring an additional 10,341 shares during the period. 95.24% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About Greenbrier Companies

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc designs, manufactures, and markets railroad freight car equipment in North America, Europe, and South America. The company operates in three segments: Manufacturing; Wheels, Repair & Parts; and Leasing & Services. The Manufacturing segment offers double-stack intermodal railcars; tank cars; auto-max and multi-max products for the transportation of light vehicles; conventional railcars, such as covered hopper cars, boxcars, center partition cars, bulkhead flat cars, and solid waste service flat cars; pressurized tank cars, non-pressurized tank cars, coil cars, coal cars, gondolas, sliding wall cars, and automobile transporter cars; and marine vessels, including conventional deck barges, double-hull tank barges, railcar/deck barges, barges for aggregates, and other heavy industrial products and dump barges.

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