Green Plains Inc (NASDAQ:GPRE) has earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the eight analysts that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have assigned a hold recommendation and four have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price objective among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $26.50.

GPRE has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Green Plains from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $20.00 target price for the company in a research note on Wednesday, April 25th. ValuEngine raised shares of Green Plains from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 2nd. BidaskClub raised shares of Green Plains from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, June 1st. Stephens lowered shares of Green Plains from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Thursday, June 28th. Finally, Roth Capital set a $25.00 target price on shares of Green Plains and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 31st.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Legal & General Group Plc boosted its stake in shares of Green Plains by 4.0% during the 2nd quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 114,286 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock worth $2,083,000 after buying an additional 4,411 shares during the last quarter. Swiss National Bank boosted its stake in shares of Green Plains by 7.0% during the 1st quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 68,600 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock worth $1,152,000 after buying an additional 4,500 shares during the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Green Plains by 2.0% during the 1st quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 297,019 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock worth $4,990,000 after buying an additional 5,873 shares during the last quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC boosted its stake in shares of Green Plains by 1,751.9% during the 2nd quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 8,852 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock worth $162,000 after buying an additional 8,374 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Piedmont Investment Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Green Plains during the 2nd quarter worth about $169,000.

Shares of NASDAQ GPRE opened at $17.35 on Wednesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $737.45 million, a P/E ratio of -20.17 and a beta of 1.04. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.74, a current ratio of 1.51 and a quick ratio of 0.64. Green Plains has a 1-year low of $15.25 and a 1-year high of $21.90.

Green Plains (NASDAQ:GPRE) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, August 1st. The specialty chemicals company reported ($0.02) earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.30) by $0.28. The firm had revenue of $986.80 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1 billion. Green Plains had a net margin of 1.45% and a negative return on equity of 3.73%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned ($0.41) EPS. sell-side analysts expect that Green Plains will post -0.21 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 14th. Stockholders of record on Monday, August 27th will be paid a dividend of $0.12 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, August 24th. This represents a $0.48 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.77%. Green Plains’s dividend payout ratio is -55.81%.

Green Plains Company Profile

Green Plains Inc produces, markets, and distributes ethanol in the United States and internationally. The company operates through four segments: Ethanol Production; Agribusiness and Energy Services; Food and Ingredients; and Partnership. The Ethanol Production segment produces and sells ethanol, distiller grains, and corn oil.

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