Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund bought a new stake in shares of Green Plains Inc (NASDAQ:GPRE) during the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor bought 14,804 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock, valued at approximately $194,000.

Other institutional investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. PEAK6 Investments LLC acquired a new position in Green Plains during the 3rd quarter valued at about $400,000. Rubric Capital Management LP acquired a new position in Green Plains during the 3rd quarter valued at about $38,700,000. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC increased its stake in Green Plains by 59.0% during the 3rd quarter. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC now owns 28,553 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock valued at $491,000 after buying an additional 10,597 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc increased its stake in Green Plains by 1.1% during the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 3,141,627 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock valued at $54,036,000 after buying an additional 32,818 shares during the period. Finally, Granite Investment Partners LLC increased its stake in Green Plains by 3.9% during the 3rd quarter. Granite Investment Partners LLC now owns 500,479 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock valued at $8,608,000 after buying an additional 18,790 shares during the period.

In other news, EVP Anthony R. Vojslavek sold 1,957 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, February 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.50, for a total transaction of $30,333.50. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Jeffrey S. Briggs sold 18,434 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $13.00, for a total transaction of $239,642.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 95,786 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,245,218. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 94,745 shares of company stock valued at $1,328,239. Insiders own 5.90% of the company’s stock.

NASDAQ:GPRE opened at $16.44 on Friday. Green Plains Inc has a twelve month low of $12.00 and a twelve month high of $21.90. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.28, a current ratio of 1.45 and a quick ratio of 0.57. The stock has a market cap of $674.70 million, a PE ratio of -7.58 and a beta of 1.20.

Green Plains (NASDAQ:GPRE) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, February 11th. The specialty chemicals company reported ($0.96) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.07) by ($0.89). Green Plains had a net margin of 0.41% and a negative return on equity of 8.63%. The business had revenue of $827.50 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $894.16 million. During the same quarter last year, the business posted ($0.16) EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 10.2% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts expect that Green Plains Inc will post -0.3 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 22nd were given a dividend of $0.12 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, February 21st. This represents a $0.48 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.92%. Green Plains’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is -22.12%.

Several equities analysts have commented on GPRE shares. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Green Plains from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 7th. ValuEngine cut shares of Green Plains from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, February 8th. BidaskClub cut shares of Green Plains from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, January 11th. TheStreet raised shares of Green Plains from a “d+” rating to a “c” rating in a research note on Monday, February 11th. Finally, Roth Capital lowered their target price on shares of Green Plains from $25.00 to $16.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, February 11th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. Green Plains presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $18.33.

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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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