Robert W. Baird reaffirmed their hold rating on shares of L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) in a report published on Wednesday. Robert W. Baird currently has a $44.00 price target on the specialty retailer’s stock.

A number of other analysts have also recently issued reports on the company. Royal Bank Of Canada set a $40.00 price objective on L Brands and gave the stock a hold rating in a report on Monday. FBR & Co set a $58.00 price objective on L Brands and gave the stock a buy rating in a report on Monday. Jefferies Group LLC set a $30.00 price objective on L Brands and gave the stock a sell rating in a report on Sunday. Buckingham Research cut L Brands from a buy rating to a neutral rating and set a $43.00 price objective on the stock. in a report on Thursday, October 26th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies set a $42.00 price objective on L Brands and gave the stock a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nineteen have assigned a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $46.41.

L Brands (NYSE:LB) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 16th. The specialty retailer reported $0.48 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.45 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $2.76 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.75 billion. L Brands had a negative return on equity of 103.18% and a net margin of 8.04%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 4.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.70 EPS.

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L Brands announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a stock repurchase plan on Monday, September 18th that authorizes the company to buyback $250.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization authorizes the specialty retailer to purchase up to 2.2% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback plans are often a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

In related news, Director Allan R. Tessler bought 20,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 21st. The stock was bought at an average cost of $37.00 per share, for a total transaction of $740,000.00. Following the acquisition, the director now directly owns 43,342 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,603,654. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 16.68% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. First Personal Financial Services lifted its holdings in L Brands by 127.7% in the 2nd quarter. First Personal Financial Services now owns 1,954 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $105,000 after buying an additional 1,096 shares during the period. IFP Advisors Inc lifted its holdings in L Brands by 52.1% in the 3rd quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 4,725 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $197,000 after buying an additional 1,618 shares during the period. Investors Asset Management of Georgia Inc. GA ADV lifted its holdings in L Brands by 11.2% in the 2nd quarter. Investors Asset Management of Georgia Inc. GA ADV now owns 3,719 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $200,000 after buying an additional 375 shares during the period. Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. purchased a new stake in L Brands in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $208,000. Finally, Summit Financial Strategies Inc. purchased a new stake in L Brands in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $214,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 79.66% of the company’s stock.

About L Brands

L Brands, Inc operates specialty retail business. The Company is focused on women’s intimate and other apparel, personal care, beauty and home fragrance categories. Its segments include Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, and Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works International. It sells its merchandise through company-owned specialty retail stores in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Greater China, which are mall-based; through Websites, and through international franchise, license and wholesale partners.

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