Green Plains Inc (NASDAQ:GPRE) Director Ejnar A. Knudsen III purchased 30,000 shares of Green Plains stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 20th. The shares were bought at an average price of $4.79 per share, for a total transaction of $143,700.00. Following the acquisition, the director now owns 71,956 shares in the company, valued at $344,669.24. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink.

Shares of GPRE opened at $5.09 on Thursday. The firm has a market cap of $190.11 million, a P/E ratio of -1.16 and a beta of 1.27. Green Plains Inc has a 12-month low of $3.77 and a 12-month high of $17.74. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $10.18 and its 200 day moving average price is $12.34. The company has a current ratio of 1.23, a quick ratio of 0.77 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.33.

Green Plains (NASDAQ:GPRE) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, February 10th. The specialty chemicals company reported ($1.13) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of ($0.52) by ($0.61). The company had revenue of $715.68 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $580.00 million. Green Plains had a negative net margin of 5.78% and a negative return on equity of 15.30%. Equities research analysts forecast that Green Plains Inc will post -1.05 earnings per share for the current year.

GPRE has been the topic of several analyst reports. ValuEngine lowered Green Plains from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 4th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Green Plains from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, March 12th. Jefferies Financial Group lowered shares of Green Plains from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday. Finally, BidaskClub lowered shares of Green Plains from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Saturday, March 7th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $16.00.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Alliancebernstein L.P. grew its position in Green Plains by 411.6% in the 4th quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. now owns 294,153 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock valued at $4,539,000 after acquiring an additional 236,653 shares in the last quarter. Caxton Associates LP grew its position in Green Plains by 523.2% in the 4th quarter. Caxton Associates LP now owns 132,354 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock valued at $2,042,000 after acquiring an additional 111,115 shares in the last quarter. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC acquired a new position in Green Plains in the 4th quarter valued at about $322,000. Jacobs Levy Equity Management Inc. acquired a new position in Green Plains in the 4th quarter valued at about $11,093,000. Finally, UBS Group AG grew its position in Green Plains by 1,551.6% in the 4th quarter. UBS Group AG now owns 31,875 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock valued at $492,000 after acquiring an additional 29,945 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 97.21% of the company’s stock.

Green Plains Company Profile

Green Plains Inc produces, markets, and distributes ethanol in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Ethanol Production; Agribusiness and Energy Services; Food and Ingredients; and Partnership. The Ethanol Production segment produces and sells ethanol, distiller grains, and corn oil.

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