Equities research analysts predict that Dean Foods Co (NYSE:DF) will post $1.91 billion in sales for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Five analysts have provided estimates for Dean Foods’ earnings, with the lowest sales estimate coming in at $1.85 billion and the highest estimate coming in at $1.94 billion. Dean Foods reported sales of $1.94 billion in the same quarter last year, which indicates a negative year over year growth rate of 1.5%. The company is scheduled to issue its next quarterly earnings results on Monday, February 25th.

On average, analysts expect that Dean Foods will report full-year sales of $7.73 billion for the current year, with estimates ranging from $7.68 billion to $7.77 billion. For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the business will report sales of $7.63 billion, with estimates ranging from $7.35 billion to $8.06 billion. Zacks’ sales averages are an average based on a survey of research analysts that that provide coverage for Dean Foods.

Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, November 7th. The company reported ($0.28) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.06) by ($0.22). The firm had revenue of $1.89 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.85 billion. Dean Foods had a negative net margin of 0.19% and a positive return on equity of 4.01%. Dean Foods’s revenue was down 2.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.20 earnings per share.

Several brokerages have weighed in on DF. JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded shares of Dean Foods from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating and lowered their target price for the company from $9.00 to $6.00 in a research note on Friday, August 17th. Deutsche Bank set a $5.00 target price on shares of Dean Foods and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 7th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Dean Foods from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 22nd. Credit Suisse Group lowered their target price on shares of Dean Foods from $7.00 to $4.00 and set a “sell” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, November 8th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Dean Foods from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 18th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $7.56.

Shares of DF opened at $4.51 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $426.84 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 5.64 and a beta of -0.03. Dean Foods has a twelve month low of $4.32 and a twelve month high of $12.09. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.52, a current ratio of 1.45 and a quick ratio of 1.05.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 4th. Shareholders of record on Monday, November 19th were issued a $0.03 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, November 16th. This represents a $0.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.66%. Dean Foods’s dividend payout ratio is currently 15.00%.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of DF. GSA Capital Partners LLP purchased a new position in shares of Dean Foods in the third quarter worth $109,000. Bank of Montreal Can raised its holdings in shares of Dean Foods by 92.7% in the third quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 25,891 shares of the company’s stock worth $183,000 after buying an additional 12,452 shares during the last quarter. Jane Street Group LLC raised its holdings in shares of Dean Foods by 276.6% in the second quarter. Jane Street Group LLC now owns 17,835 shares of the company’s stock worth $187,000 after buying an additional 27,935 shares during the last quarter. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS purchased a new position in shares of Dean Foods in the second quarter worth $203,000. Finally, Ridgewood Investments LLC raised its holdings in shares of Dean Foods by 26.8% in the third quarter. Ridgewood Investments LLC now owns 31,356 shares of the company’s stock worth $223,000 after buying an additional 6,637 shares during the last quarter. 83.82% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Dean Foods Company Profile

Dean Foods Company, a food and beverage company, processes and distributes milk, and other dairy and dairy case products in the United States. The company manufactures, markets, and distributes various branded and private label dairy, and diary case products, such as fluid milk, ice creams, cultured dairy products, creamers, ice cream mixes, and other dairy products; and juices, teas, bottled water, and other products.

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