Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM) has earned a consensus broker rating score of 2.00 (Buy) from the two analysts that provide coverage for the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Schweitzer-Mauduit International’s rating score has declined by 100% from 90 days ago as a result of various analysts’ ratings changes.

Brokerages have set a 12-month consensus price target of $45.00 for the company and are predicting that the company will post $0.66 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also given Schweitzer-Mauduit International an industry rank of 101 out of 257 based on the ratings given to related companies.

Several research firms have recently issued reports on SWM. Sidoti set a $56.00 target price on shares of Schweitzer-Mauduit International and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, September 14th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Schweitzer-Mauduit International from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, October 4th. Finally, TheStreet lowered shares of Schweitzer-Mauduit International from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Thursday, October 18th.

In related news, insider Robert J. Cardin sold 3,579 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $31.11, for a total value of $111,342.69. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 12,561 shares in the company, valued at approximately $390,772.71. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Kimberly E. Ritrievi acquired 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 12th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $31.09 per share, with a total value of $62,180.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 2,000 shares in the company, valued at $62,180. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 1.01% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its holdings in Schweitzer-Mauduit International by 1.5% in the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 3,210,480 shares of the company’s stock worth $122,994,000 after acquiring an additional 46,751 shares during the last quarter. Morgan Stanley raised its holdings in Schweitzer-Mauduit International by 19.9% in the 3rd quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 301,872 shares of the company’s stock worth $11,565,000 after acquiring an additional 50,095 shares during the last quarter. Legal & General Group Plc raised its holdings in Schweitzer-Mauduit International by 8.9% in the 3rd quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 71,811 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,765,000 after acquiring an additional 5,888 shares during the last quarter. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC raised its holdings in Schweitzer-Mauduit International by 34.6% in the 3rd quarter. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC now owns 20,047 shares of the company’s stock worth $768,000 after acquiring an additional 5,149 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Pacer Advisors Inc. raised its holdings in Schweitzer-Mauduit International by 192.4% in the 3rd quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 6,105 shares of the company’s stock worth $234,000 after acquiring an additional 4,017 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 89.15% of the company’s stock.

Shares of SWM stock traded down $1.76 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $27.32. 188,590 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 216,505. Schweitzer-Mauduit International has a 12-month low of $27.22 and a 12-month high of $48.06. The firm has a market capitalization of $877.18 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 8.59, a PEG ratio of 4.47 and a beta of 1.49. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.12, a quick ratio of 1.99 and a current ratio of 3.09.

Schweitzer-Mauduit International (NYSE:SWM) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, November 7th. The company reported $0.77 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.82 by ($0.05). Schweitzer-Mauduit International had a net margin of 5.83% and a return on equity of 17.95%. The business had revenue of $260.30 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $266.80 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $1.00 earnings per share. Schweitzer-Mauduit International’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.0% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, sell-side analysts forecast that Schweitzer-Mauduit International will post 3.25 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 21st. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 30th will be issued a dividend of $0.44 per share. This represents a $1.76 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 6.44%. This is a positive change from Schweitzer-Mauduit International’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.43. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 29th. Schweitzer-Mauduit International’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 55.35%.

About Schweitzer-Mauduit International

Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides engineered solutions and advanced materials for various industries worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Engineered Papers and Advanced Materials & Structures. The Engineered Papers segment produces and sells cigarette papers, reconstituted tobacco leaf, and wrapper and binder products to cigarette and cigar manufacturers; and other non-tobacco paper products.

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