An issue of Post Holdings (NYSE:POST) debt fell 1.8% as a percentage of its face value during trading on Friday. The debt issue has a 5.625% coupon and is set to mature on January 15, 2028. The bonds in the issue are now trading at $95.47 and were trading at $96.90 last week. Price changes in a company’s debt in credit markets often anticipate parallel changes in its stock price.

POST has been the topic of several research reports. ValuEngine lowered Post from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. Zacks Investment Research raised Post from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 25th. Pivotal Research reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $105.00 price objective on shares of Post in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Vertical Group raised Post from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, February 5th. Finally, Wells Fargo cut their price objective on Post from $106.00 to $90.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, February 6th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $100.13.

Shares of NYSE POST traded down $1.14 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $76.81. 692,778 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 918,792. Post Holdings has a 52-week low of $70.66 and a 52-week high of $88.93. The firm has a market cap of $5,527.89, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.77, a PEG ratio of 1.27 and a beta of -0.08. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.47, a quick ratio of 3.27 and a current ratio of 4.05.

Post (NYSE:POST) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. The company reported $0.88 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.92 by ($0.04). Post had a return on equity of 7.90% and a net margin of 4.54%. The business had revenue of $1.43 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.42 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.62 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 14.7% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts predict that Post Holdings will post 4.53 EPS for the current year.

In other news, CFO Jeff A. Zadoks purchased 1,353 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, February 6th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $73.30 per share, for a total transaction of $99,174.90. Following the completion of the purchase, the chief financial officer now owns 7,668 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $562,064.40. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director William P. Stiritz purchased 100,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 12th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $71.99 per share, with a total value of $7,199,000.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have bought 104,073 shares of company stock worth $7,498,693. Corporate insiders own 7.40% of the company’s stock.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB acquired a new position in Post in the fourth quarter worth about $389,000. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC acquired a new position in Post in the fourth quarter worth about $3,315,000. Laurel Wealth Advisors Inc. acquired a new position in Post in the fourth quarter worth about $250,000. Flinton Capital Management LLC grew its stake in Post by 22.1% in the fourth quarter. Flinton Capital Management LLC now owns 10,880 shares of the company’s stock worth $862,000 after purchasing an additional 1,972 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Meadow Creek Investment Management LLC grew its stake in Post by 22.1% in the fourth quarter. Meadow Creek Investment Management LLC now owns 5,120 shares of the company’s stock worth $406,000 after purchasing an additional 928 shares in the last quarter.

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About Post

Post Holdings, Inc operates as a consumer packaged goods holding company in the United States and internationally. It manufactures and sells ready-to-eat cereal and hot cereal, egg, refrigerated potato, cheese and other dairy case, and pasta products; and markets and distributes ready-to-drink beverages, bars, powders and other nutritional supplements.

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