Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:MTN) has received an average rating of “Hold” from the twelve analysts that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have issued a hold recommendation and six have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $238.08.

A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on the company. SunTrust Banks increased their price target on Vail Resorts to $247.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, June 7th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Vail Resorts from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $182.00 price target on the stock. in a research report on Monday, May 27th. Macquarie lowered Vail Resorts from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $221.62 target price on the stock. in a research report on Thursday, April 4th. William Blair reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of Vail Resorts in a research report on Friday, June 7th. Finally, KeyCorp raised their target price on Vail Resorts from $240.00 to $250.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Monday, April 1st.

MTN stock traded down $2.82 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $230.54. The company had a trading volume of 458,507 shares, compared to its average volume of 368,201. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69, a current ratio of 0.76 and a quick ratio of 0.62. The firm has a market capitalization of $9.38 billion, a P/E ratio of 36.65, a P/E/G ratio of 2.23 and a beta of 0.70. Vail Resorts has a fifty-two week low of $179.60 and a fifty-two week high of $302.76.

Vail Resorts (NYSE:MTN) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, June 6th. The company reported $7.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $7.03 by $0.09. The company had revenue of $958.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $958.39 million. Vail Resorts had a return on equity of 18.25% and a net margin of 13.71%. Vail Resorts’s revenue for the quarter was up 13.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $6.17 EPS. On average, analysts expect that Vail Resorts will post 6.99 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, July 11th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, June 26th will be given a dividend of $1.76 per share. This represents a $7.04 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.05%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, June 25th. Vail Resorts’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 111.92%.

In related news, Chairman Robert A. Katz sold 64,913 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, June 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $231.95, for a total transaction of $15,056,570.35. Following the transaction, the chairman now owns 425,729 shares in the company, valued at approximately $98,747,841.55. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, insider Patricia A. Campbell sold 6,431 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $235.53, for a total value of $1,514,693.43. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 33,729 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,944,191.37. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.90% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. BlackRock Inc. grew its stake in Vail Resorts by 5.9% during the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 2,491,909 shares of the company’s stock worth $541,493,000 after buying an additional 137,749 shares during the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. grew its stake in Vail Resorts by 51.3% during the 1st quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 1,563,580 shares of the company’s stock worth $339,766,000 after buying an additional 530,235 shares during the last quarter. William Blair Investment Management LLC grew its stake in Vail Resorts by 1.7% during the 1st quarter. William Blair Investment Management LLC now owns 990,320 shares of the company’s stock worth $215,197,000 after buying an additional 16,322 shares during the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN grew its stake in Vail Resorts by 26.9% during the 1st quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 875,639 shares of the company’s stock worth $190,276,000 after buying an additional 185,758 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Jennison Associates LLC grew its stake in Vail Resorts by 19.9% during the 4th quarter. Jennison Associates LLC now owns 561,557 shares of the company’s stock worth $118,387,000 after buying an additional 93,183 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 97.74% of the company’s stock.

Vail Resorts Company Profile

Vail Resorts, Inc, through its subsidiaries, operates mountain resorts and urban ski areas in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Mountain, Lodging, and Real Estate. The Mountain segment operates 11 mountain resorts, including Vail Mountain, Breckenridge Ski, Keystone, and Beaver Creek resorts in Colorado; Park City resort in Utah; Heavenly Mountain, Northstar, and Kirkwood Mountain resorts in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in Canada; Stowe Mountain resort in Vermont; and Perisher in Australia, as well as 3 urban ski areas, such as Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin, Afton Alps in Minnesota, and Mount Brighton in Michigan.

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