Bob Evans Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:BOBE) has earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the eleven brokerages that are covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price target among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $77.29.

A number of equities analysts have commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Bob Evans Farms from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $77.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Monday, September 4th. Maxim Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $77.00 target price on shares of Bob Evans Farms in a report on Wednesday, August 30th. CIBC reaffirmed a “market perform” rating and issued a $77.00 target price on shares of Bob Evans Farms in a report on Monday, June 5th. BidaskClub downgraded Bob Evans Farms from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 12th. Finally, Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. reaffirmed a “market perform” rating and set a $77.00 target price on shares of Bob Evans Farms in a research report on Monday, June 5th.

A number of large investors have recently made changes to their positions in BOBE. BlackRock Inc. grew its position in Bob Evans Farms by 7,979.3% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 2,951,515 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $191,465,000 after acquiring an additional 2,914,983 shares in the last quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. boosted its position in Bob Evans Farms by 4,068.0% during the first quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 505,407 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $32,786,000 after buying an additional 493,281 shares during the period. Tudor Investment Corp ET AL purchased a new stake in Bob Evans Farms during the first quarter valued at about $22,705,000. Balyasny Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in Bob Evans Farms during the second quarter valued at about $19,139,000. Finally, Blair William & Co. IL purchased a new stake in Bob Evans Farms during the second quarter valued at about $15,751,000. Institutional investors own 76.85% of the company’s stock.

Bob Evans Farms (BOBE) traded down 0.08% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $77.51. The stock had a trading volume of 673,590 shares. The firm has a market cap of $1.55 billion, a P/E ratio of 12.58 and a beta of 0.55. Bob Evans Farms has a 52 week low of $36.98 and a 52 week high of $78.18. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $67.41 and a 200-day moving average of $67.17.

Bob Evans Farms (NASDAQ:BOBE) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 30th. The restaurant operator reported $0.37 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.37. The company had revenue of $109.30 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $102.29 million. Bob Evans Farms had a return on equity of 19.52% and a net margin of 19.49%. Bob Evans Farms’s revenue for the quarter was up 27.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.48 earnings per share. Analysts forecast that Bob Evans Farms will post $2.18 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, September 18th. Stockholders of record on Monday, September 4th were issued a $0.34 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, August 30th. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.75%. Bob Evans Farms’s payout ratio is currently 22.08%.

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Bob Evans Farms Company Profile

Bob Evans Farms, Inc (Bob Evans) is a producer and distributor of refrigerated potato, pasta and vegetable-based side dishes, pork sausage, and a variety of refrigerated and frozen food items under the Bob Evans and Owens or Country Creek brand names. The Company’s food products are distributed to customers throughout the United States.

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