Village Farms International (NASDAQ:VFF) shares saw an uptick in trading volume on Friday . 2,681,772 shares changed hands during trading, an increase of 170% from the previous session’s volume of 993,912 shares.The stock last traded at $5.27 and had previously closed at $4.74.

A number of brokerages have issued reports on VFF. Zacks Investment Research lowered Village Farms International from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday. Raymond James set a $11.00 price target on Village Farms International and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 28th. Finally, Craig Hallum reduced their price target on Village Farms International from $20.00 to $15.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Village Farms International presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $15.69.

The company has a current ratio of 2.10, a quick ratio of 1.23 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.25. The stock has a 50-day simple moving average of $5.67 and a 200-day simple moving average of $8.18. The company has a market cap of $249.59 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.27.

Village Farms International (NASDAQ:VFF) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 14th. The company reported ($0.10) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.13 by ($0.23). Village Farms International had a return on equity of 10.76% and a net margin of 8.47%. The business had revenue of $47.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $44.40 million. The company’s revenue was up 18.8% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, research analysts expect that Village Farms International will post 0.19 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Riggs Asset Managment Co. Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Village Farms International by 31.7% in the fourth quarter. Riggs Asset Managment Co. Inc. now owns 7,823 shares of the company’s stock valued at $49,000 after buying an additional 1,885 shares during the period. Swiss National Bank lifted its holdings in shares of Village Farms International by 2.9% in the fourth quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 75,700 shares of the company’s stock valued at $470,000 after buying an additional 2,100 shares during the period. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Village Farms International by 17.8% in the second quarter. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. now owns 14,601 shares of the company’s stock valued at $167,000 after buying an additional 2,201 shares during the period. D.A. Davidson & CO. lifted its holdings in shares of Village Farms International by 34.4% in the third quarter. D.A. Davidson & CO. now owns 14,850 shares of the company’s stock valued at $134,000 after buying an additional 3,800 shares during the period. Finally, Tower Research Capital LLC TRC lifted its holdings in shares of Village Farms International by 349.4% during the fourth quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 5,078 shares of the company’s stock valued at $32,000 after purchasing an additional 3,948 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 10.79% of the company’s stock.

About Village Farms International (NASDAQ:VFF)

Village Farms International, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, produces, markets, and distributes greenhouse-grown tomatoes, bell peppers, and cucumbers in North America. The company operates in two segments, Produce Business and Energy Business. It also owns and operates a 7.0 megawatt power plant that generates and sells electricity to British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority.

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