Analysts expect that Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ:JACK) will report earnings per share (EPS) of $1.07 for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks. Six analysts have provided estimates for Jack in the Box’s earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $0.92 and the highest is $1.30. Jack in the Box posted earnings of $1.18 per share in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a negative year over year growth rate of 9.3%. The firm is expected to issue its next quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 28th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Jack in the Box will report full-year earnings of $4.02 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.68 to $4.90. For the next financial year, analysts expect that the company will post earnings of $4.91 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.14 to $5.69. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS averages are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that follow Jack in the Box.

Jack in the Box (NASDAQ:JACK) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 29th. The restaurant operator reported $0.73 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.89 by ($0.16). The company had revenue of $338.75 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $341.34 million. Jack in the Box had a negative return on equity of 30.55% and a net margin of 8.71%. Jack in the Box’s quarterly revenue was down 15.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.03 EPS.

JACK has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Wedbush restated a “hold” rating and set a $104.00 price objective on shares of Jack in the Box in a report on Friday, December 1st. Zacks Investment Research raised Jack in the Box from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. Wells Fargo & Co lowered their target price on Jack in the Box from $120.00 to $117.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, November 15th. SunTrust Banks set a $110.00 target price on Jack in the Box and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group raised Jack in the Box from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, January 19th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the stock. Jack in the Box presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $111.31.

In related news, insider Keith M. Guilbault sold 525 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $102.22, for a total value of $53,665.50. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 17,110 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,748,984.20. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, VP Dean C. Gordon sold 278 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $102.22, for a total value of $28,417.16. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 3,924 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $401,111.28. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 25,671 shares of company stock valued at $2,586,928. 2.60% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Jana Partners LLC acquired a new stake in Jack in the Box in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $134,200,000. State Street Corp lifted its holdings in Jack in the Box by 0.3% in the 2nd quarter. State Street Corp now owns 1,064,477 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $104,850,000 after purchasing an additional 3,496 shares during the last quarter. Vaughan Nelson Investment Management L.P. lifted its holdings in Jack in the Box by 60.9% in the 3rd quarter. Vaughan Nelson Investment Management L.P. now owns 850,225 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $86,656,000 after purchasing an additional 321,825 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its holdings in Jack in the Box by 1.1% in the 2nd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 746,173 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $73,497,000 after purchasing an additional 8,434 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Janus Henderson Group PLC lifted its holdings in Jack in the Box by 14.2% in the 3rd quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 623,109 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $63,507,000 after purchasing an additional 77,557 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 99.46% of the company’s stock.

Jack in the Box (NASDAQ:JACK) traded down $1.15 during midday trading on Monday, reaching $82.21. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 61,982 shares, compared to its average volume of 860,488. The company has a current ratio of 0.53, a quick ratio of 0.51 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -2.79. The firm has a market cap of $2,496.06, a P/E ratio of 18.95, a PEG ratio of 1.56 and a beta of 0.42. Jack in the Box has a 12-month low of $81.95 and a 12-month high of $113.00.

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Jack in the Box Company Profile

Jack in the Box Inc operates and franchises Jack in the Box quick-service restaurants (QSRs) and Qdoba Mexican Eats (Qdoba) fast-casual restaurants. The Company operates in two segments: Jack in the Box and Qdoba restaurant operations. Qdoba is a fast-casual Mexican food brand in the United States, offering food items including burritos, tacos, salads, and quesadillas.

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