McCarthy & Stone PLC (LON:MCS) has earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the eight brokerages that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have given a hold recommendation and three have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is GBX 149.86 ($1.97).

A number of equities analysts have weighed in on the company. Peel Hunt reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of McCarthy & Stone in a research report on Monday, January 27th. Jefferies Financial Group downgraded McCarthy & Stone to a “hold” rating and reduced their price target for the stock from GBX 171 ($2.25) to GBX 168 ($2.21) in a research report on Monday, February 3rd. Canaccord Genuity downgraded McCarthy & Stone to a “sell” rating and upped their price target for the stock from GBX 133 ($1.75) to GBX 134 ($1.76) in a research report on Tuesday, January 7th. Berenberg Bank reduced their price target on McCarthy & Stone from GBX 150 ($1.97) to GBX 140 ($1.84) and set a “hold” rating for the company in a research report on Monday. Finally, Peel Hunt reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a GBX 155 ($2.04) price target on shares of McCarthy & Stone in a research report on Friday, October 25th.

LON:MCS traded up GBX 0.50 ($0.01) during trading hours on Friday, reaching GBX 157.30 ($2.07). 436,082 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,060,000. McCarthy & Stone has a twelve month low of GBX 121.40 ($1.60) and a twelve month high of GBX 159.90 ($2.10). The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 11.74, a current ratio of 5.85 and a quick ratio of 0.38. The firm has a 50 day moving average of GBX 148.74 and a 200 day moving average of GBX 143.95. The stock has a market cap of $845.27 million and a PE ratio of 28.09.

The business also recently disclosed a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 3rd. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 5th will be issued a GBX 3.50 ($0.05) dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 2.25%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 5th. This is an increase from McCarthy & Stone’s previous dividend of $1.90. McCarthy & Stone’s dividend payout ratio is presently 0.89%.

About McCarthy & Stone

McCarthy & Stone plc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retirement housing market in the United Kingdom. The company builds, sells, and manages retirement developments. It offers retirement living developments, which provide apartments for customers aged 60 and over; retirement living plus developments, which are designed for customers aged 70 and over, as well as offers retirement properties with management services, domestic assistance, personal care, and additional support; and lifestyle living developments for customers aged 55 and over.

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