First Merchants Corp Acquires 1,090 Shares of Amphenol Co. (APH)
First Merchants Corp raised its holdings in Amphenol Co. (NYSE:APH) by 6.1% in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 19,019 shares of the electronics maker’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,090 shares during the period. First Merchants Corp’s holdings in Amphenol were worth $1,540,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.
Other institutional investors and hedge funds have also bought and sold shares of the company. We Are One Seven LLC purchased a new position in shares of Amphenol in the fourth quarter worth about $79,000. First Quadrant L P CA purchased a new position in shares of Amphenol in the fourth quarter worth about $89,000. Bartlett & Co. LLC purchased a new position in shares of Amphenol in the third quarter worth about $110,000. Trust Co. of Vermont increased its stake in shares of Amphenol by 604.7% in the fourth quarter. Trust Co. of Vermont now owns 1,656 shares of the electronics maker’s stock worth $135,000 after purchasing an additional 1,421 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Highwater Wealth Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Amphenol in the fourth quarter worth about $149,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 94.38% of the company’s stock.
Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Amphenol from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Amphenol from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 20th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group assumed coverage on shares of Amphenol in a research note on Tuesday, October 9th. They issued a “neutral” rating for the company. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $99.00.
Amphenol (NYSE:APH) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 23rd. The electronics maker reported $1.05 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.98 by $0.07. The company had revenue of $2.22 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.09 billion. Amphenol had a net margin of 14.69% and a return on equity of 29.82%. Amphenol’s revenue for the quarter was up 14.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.86 earnings per share. As a group, equities research analysts anticipate that Amphenol Co. will post 3.93 earnings per share for the current year.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 10th. Investors of record on Tuesday, March 19th will be paid a dividend of $0.23 per share. This represents a $0.92 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.05%. Amphenol’s dividend payout ratio is currently 24.40%.
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Amphenol Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of electrical, electronic, and fiber optic connectors worldwide. It operates through two segments, Interconnect Products and Assemblies, and Cable Products and Solutions. The Interconnect Products and Assemblies segment offers connector and connector systems, including fiber optic, harsh environment, high-speed, and radio frequency interconnect products, as well as antennas; power interconnect products, bus bars, and distribution systems; and other connectors.
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