ValuEngine upgraded shares of RCI Hospitality (NASDAQ:RICK) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note released on Friday morning.

RICK has been the topic of a number of other reports. Westpark Capital restated a buy rating and set a $30.00 price target on shares of RCI Hospitality in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. BidaskClub upgraded RCI Hospitality from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Thursday, January 18th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded RCI Hospitality from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $34.00 price target on the stock in a report on Wednesday, January 24th.

RCI Hospitality (NASDAQ RICK) opened at $28.45 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $276.48, a P/E ratio of 18.97 and a beta of 0.33. RCI Hospitality has a twelve month low of $16.02 and a twelve month high of $33.78. The company has a current ratio of 0.96, a quick ratio of 0.88 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of RICK. Nationwide Fund Advisors raised its position in shares of RCI Hospitality by 269.6% during the second quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 6,848 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $163,000 after purchasing an additional 4,995 shares during the period. Rhumbline Advisers acquired a new position in shares of RCI Hospitality during the third quarter worth approximately $207,000. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company raised its position in shares of RCI Hospitality by 1,244.9% during the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 8,769 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $210,000 after purchasing an additional 8,117 shares during the period. Bessemer Group Inc. raised its position in shares of RCI Hospitality by 74.0% during the third quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 8,700 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $215,000 after purchasing an additional 3,700 shares during the period. Finally, Nordea Investment Management AB raised its position in shares of RCI Hospitality by 11.8% during the second quarter. Nordea Investment Management AB now owns 9,500 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $226,000 after purchasing an additional 1,000 shares during the period. 47.81% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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RCI Hospitality Company Profile

With more than 40 units, RCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc, through its subsidiaries, is the country’s leading company in gentlemen’s clubs and sports bars/restaurants. Clubs in New York City, Miami, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Minneapolis, and other cities operate under brand names, such as “Rick’s Cabaret,” “XTC,” “Club Onyx,” “Vivid Cabaret,” “Jaguars” and “Tootsie’s Cabaret.” Sports bars/restaurants operate under the brand name “Bombshells Restaurant & Bar.” Investors are attracted by RCI’s strong cash flow, operating margins and local laws that create high barriers to entry in the gentlemen’s club business.

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