Greenbrier Companies Inc (NYSE:GBX) has earned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the thirteen ratings firms that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12 month price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $54.57.

A number of brokerages recently issued reports on GBX. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Greenbrier Companies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $54.00 price objective for the company in a report on Monday, November 19th. Buckingham Research upped their price objective on shares of Greenbrier Companies from $55.00 to $56.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday, October 29th. Susquehanna Bancshares raised shares of Greenbrier Companies from a “neutral” rating to a “positive” rating in a report on Monday, October 29th. Bank of America dropped their price objective on shares of Greenbrier Companies from $56.00 to $47.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, January 10th. Finally, Mizuho dropped coverage on shares of Greenbrier Companies in a report on Thursday, January 10th.

Shares of NYSE GBX opened at $40.78 on Tuesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.32 billion, a PE ratio of 9.87, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.99 and a beta of 1.93. The company has a quick ratio of 1.69, a current ratio of 2.76 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.35. Greenbrier Companies has a 52 week low of $37.44 and a 52 week high of $64.87.

Greenbrier Companies (NYSE:GBX) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, January 9th. The transportation company reported $0.54 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.48 by $0.06. The business had revenue of $604.50 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $559.43 million. Greenbrier Companies had a net margin of 5.60% and a return on equity of 8.87%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 8.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.83 earnings per share. As a group, equities research analysts predict that Greenbrier Companies will post 4.3 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, February 20th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, January 30th will be paid a dividend of $0.25 per share. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.45%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, January 29th. Greenbrier Companies’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 24.21%.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in GBX. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its stake in Greenbrier Companies by 14.0% during the third quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 2,462,987 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $148,026,000 after buying an additional 303,419 shares during the period. Matarin Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in Greenbrier Companies during the third quarter worth about $17,418,000. Deutsche Bank AG boosted its stake in Greenbrier Companies by 121.2% during the third quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 232,628 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $13,978,000 after buying an additional 127,453 shares during the period. Renaissance Technologies LLC boosted its stake in Greenbrier Companies by 82.1% during the third quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 266,000 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $15,987,000 after buying an additional 119,900 shares during the period. Finally, Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. purchased a new position in Greenbrier Companies during the third quarter worth about $6,673,000.

Greenbrier Companies Company Profile

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc designs, manufactures, and markets railroad freight car equipment in North America, Europe, and South America. The company operates in three segments: Manufacturing; Wheels, Repair & Parts; and Leasing & Services. The Manufacturing segment offers double-stack intermodal railcars; tank cars; auto-max and multi-max products for the transportation of light vehicles; conventional railcars, such as covered hopper cars, boxcars, center partition cars, bulkhead flat cars, and solid waste service flat cars; pressurized tank cars, non-pressurized tank cars, coil cars, coal cars, gondolas, sliding wall cars, and automobile transporter cars; and marine vessels, including conventional deck barges, double-hull tank barges, railcar/deck barges, barges for aggregates, and other heavy industrial products and dump barges.

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