Equities analysts expect Acadia Healthcare Company Inc (NASDAQ:ACHC) to post earnings of $0.48 per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Eight analysts have provided estimates for Acadia Healthcare’s earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $0.51 and the lowest is $0.32. Acadia Healthcare posted earnings per share of $0.61 in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a negative year-over-year growth rate of 21.3%. The firm is scheduled to issue its next quarterly earnings report after the market closes on Thursday, February 28th.

On average, analysts expect that Acadia Healthcare will report full year earnings of $2.26 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.24 to $2.28. For the next year, analysts expect that the company will post earnings of $2.42 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.26 to $2.70. Zacks’ EPS averages are an average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that cover Acadia Healthcare.

Several brokerages have weighed in on ACHC. Mizuho set a $37.00 price target on Acadia Healthcare and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 18th. Cantor Fitzgerald restated a “hold” rating and set a $39.00 target price on shares of Acadia Healthcare in a research report on Thursday, October 18th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Acadia Healthcare from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 24th. BidaskClub cut Acadia Healthcare from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, December 15th. Finally, Citigroup dropped their target price on Acadia Healthcare from $46.00 to $43.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, November 14th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $40.36.

A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of ACHC. Millennium Management LLC purchased a new position in Acadia Healthcare in the 2nd quarter valued at about $723,000. State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D lifted its stake in Acadia Healthcare by 22.5% in the 3rd quarter. State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D now owns 980,000 shares of the company’s stock valued at $34,496,000 after buying an additional 180,000 shares in the last quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System lifted its stake in Acadia Healthcare by 9.0% in the 3rd quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 24,200 shares of the company’s stock valued at $852,000 after buying an additional 2,000 shares in the last quarter. BB&T Corp lifted its stake in Acadia Healthcare by 19.2% in the 3rd quarter. BB&T Corp now owns 53,180 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,872,000 after purchasing an additional 8,560 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Strs Ohio purchased a new position in Acadia Healthcare in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $308,000.

ACHC traded up $0.99 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $28.17. 25,754 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 957,770. The company has a market capitalization of $2.39 billion, a P/E ratio of 12.25, a P/E/G ratio of 1.27 and a beta of 0.64. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.19, a quick ratio of 1.26 and a current ratio of 1.26. Acadia Healthcare has a 1-year low of $24.27 and a 1-year high of $45.35.

About Acadia Healthcare

Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc develops and operates inpatient psychiatric facilities, residential treatment centers, group homes, substance abuse facilities, and outpatient behavioral healthcare facilities to serve the behavioral health and recovery needs of communities. The company operates acute inpatient psychiatric facilities, which offer evaluation and crisis stabilization of patients with severe psychiatric diagnoses; specialty treatment facilities, including residential recovery facilities, eating disorder facilities, and comprehensive treatment centers that provide continuum care for adults with addictive disorders and co-occurring mental disorders; and residential treatment centers, which treat patients with behavioral disorders in a non-hospital setting, including outdoor programs.

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