Equities analysts expect that CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) will report earnings per share of $0.10 for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Two analysts have made estimates for CF Industries’ earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $0.17 and the lowest is $0.05. CF Industries posted earnings of ($0.39) per share during the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year-over-year growth rate of 125.6%. The firm is expected to report its next quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 7th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that CF Industries will report full year earnings of $1.43 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.24 to $1.71. For the next year, analysts anticipate that the firm will report earnings of $1.81 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.50 to $2.32. Zacks’ earnings per share averages are an average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that cover CF Industries.

CF Industries (NYSE:CF) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, August 1st. The basic materials company reported $0.63 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.45 by $0.18. The firm had revenue of $1.30 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.21 billion. CF Industries had a return on equity of 1.82% and a net margin of 13.94%. The company’s revenue was up 15.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.10 EPS.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Barclays assumed coverage on CF Industries in a research report on Tuesday, September 4th. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $55.00 target price for the company. TheStreet upgraded CF Industries from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 13th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded CF Industries from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Thursday, September 6th. Royal Bank of Canada upped their price objective on CF Industries from $42.00 to $45.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, August 3rd. Finally, Scotiabank restated a “buy” rating and set a $53.00 price objective on shares of CF Industries in a research report on Friday, August 3rd. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating, six have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. CF Industries presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $44.04.

Shares of NYSE:CF traded up $0.55 during trading on Tuesday, reaching $52.50. 2,207,600 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,832,897. The company has a market cap of $12.04 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of -209.04, a PEG ratio of 6.03 and a beta of 1.02. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.74, a quick ratio of 2.26 and a current ratio of 2.80. CF Industries has a 52 week low of $33.50 and a 52 week high of $53.17.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, August 31st. Investors of record on Wednesday, August 15th were given a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, August 14th. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.29%. CF Industries’s dividend payout ratio is currently -480.00%.

CF Industries announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a stock repurchase program on Wednesday, August 1st that allows the company to buyback $500.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization allows the basic materials company to purchase up to 4.8% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are often an indication that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

In other CF Industries news, Director Stephen A. Furbacher sold 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $51.43, for a total value of $51,430.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 53,690 shares in the company, valued at $2,761,276.70. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, VP Adam L. Hall sold 20,256 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $48.59, for a total value of $984,239.04. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 40,131 shares of company stock valued at $1,976,560 over the last quarter. Corporate insiders own 1.00% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Convergence Investment Partners LLC raised its position in CF Industries by 1.2% in the second quarter. Convergence Investment Partners LLC now owns 106,567 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $4,732,000 after purchasing an additional 1,312 shares during the last quarter. Dupont Capital Management Corp increased its stake in shares of CF Industries by 46.2% in the second quarter. Dupont Capital Management Corp now owns 4,226 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $188,000 after buying an additional 1,335 shares during the period. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. increased its stake in shares of CF Industries by 4.6% in the second quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. now owns 32,137 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $1,427,000 after buying an additional 1,401 shares during the period. DnB Asset Management AS increased its stake in shares of CF Industries by 6.6% in the second quarter. DnB Asset Management AS now owns 25,945 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $1,152,000 after buying an additional 1,600 shares during the period. Finally, LPL Financial LLC increased its stake in shares of CF Industries by 18.0% in the first quarter. LPL Financial LLC now owns 11,570 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $437,000 after buying an additional 1,761 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 99.07% of the company’s stock.

CF Industries Company Profile

CF Industries Holdings, Inc manufactures and distributes nitrogen fertilizers and other nitrogen products worldwide. The company operates through Ammonia, Granular Urea, UAN, AN, and Other segments. Its principal nitrogen fertilizer products include ammonia, granular urea, urea ammonium nitrate, and ammonium nitrate.

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