Equities research analysts expect that CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) will announce earnings per share of $0.60 for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two analysts have issued estimates for CF Industries’ earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $0.86 and the lowest estimate coming in at $0.45. CF Industries reported earnings per share of ($0.02) in the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year over year growth rate of 3,100%. The business is scheduled to report its next quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 13th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that CF Industries will report full-year earnings of $1.62 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.45 to $1.81. For the next financial year, analysts anticipate that the business will post earnings of $2.63 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.65 to $3.40. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of research firms that cover CF Industries.

CF Industries (NYSE:CF) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 31st. The basic materials company reported $0.13 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.15 by ($0.02). CF Industries had a net margin of 16.06% and a return on equity of 3.69%. The firm had revenue of $1.04 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $993.94 million. During the same period last year, the business earned ($0.39) EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 19.5% compared to the same quarter last year.

Several equities analysts have recently commented on the company. Morgan Stanley increased their target price on CF Industries from $37.00 to $60.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 10th. TheStreet upgraded CF Industries from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 13th. ValuEngine cut CF Industries from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 15th. Citigroup increased their target price on CF Industries from $50.00 to $56.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 11th. Finally, Bank of America upgraded CF Industries from an “underperform” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $55.00 target price for the company in a research note on Wednesday, October 31st. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $51.52.

NYSE:CF traded down $0.33 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $41.23. The stock had a trading volume of 228,709 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,747,797. The company has a quick ratio of 1.69, a current ratio of 2.03 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.76. CF Industries has a 1-year low of $35.70 and a 1-year high of $56.51. The company has a market capitalization of $9.82 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of -165.08, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 4.43 and a beta of 1.06.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 30th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 15th were paid a dividend of $0.30 per share. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.91%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, November 14th. CF Industries’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently -480.00%.

In related news, Director Stephen A. Furbacher sold 3,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.45, for a total transaction of $183,575.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 50,190 shares in the company, valued at $2,632,465.50. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Company insiders own 1.00% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in CF. Principal Financial Group Inc. lifted its stake in CF Industries by 4.4% in the first quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 506,198 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $19,099,000 after buying an additional 21,485 shares during the last quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan lifted its stake in CF Industries by 96.0% in the second quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 11,820 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $525,000 after buying an additional 5,790 shares during the last quarter. Cornerstone Wealth Management LLC bought a new stake in CF Industries in the second quarter valued at $263,000. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC lifted its stake in CF Industries by 55.7% in the second quarter. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC now owns 19,381 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $861,000 after buying an additional 6,933 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Piedmont Investment Advisors LLC bought a new stake in CF Industries in the second quarter valued at $121,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 95.83% of the company’s stock.

About CF Industries

CF Industries Holdings, Inc manufactures and distributes nitrogen fertilizers and other nitrogen products worldwide. The company operates through Ammonia, Granular Urea, UAN, AN, and Other segments. Its principal nitrogen fertilizer products include ammonia, granular urea, urea ammonium nitrate, and ammonium nitrate.

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