Northwestern Mutual Investment Management Company LLC raised its holdings in Dunkin Brands Group Inc (NASDAQ:DNKN) by 42.3% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 16,832 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after acquiring an additional 5,003 shares during the quarter. Northwestern Mutual Investment Management Company LLC’s holdings in Dunkin Brands Group were worth $1,005,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in the business. Aevitas Wealth Management Inc. acquired a new stake in Dunkin Brands Group in the fourth quarter worth $130,000. Capital Analysts LLC acquired a new stake in Dunkin Brands Group in the fourth quarter worth $134,000. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. raised its holdings in Dunkin Brands Group by 91.9% in the first quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 3,239 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $193,000 after purchasing an additional 1,551 shares during the period. First National Bank of Omaha acquired a new stake in Dunkin Brands Group in the first quarter worth $204,000. Finally, High Falls Advisors Inc acquired a new stake in Dunkin Brands Group in the fourth quarter worth $208,000. 98.88% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

In other news, CEO Nigel Travis sold 60,000 shares of Dunkin Brands Group stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $62.16, for a total value of $3,729,600.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 308,254 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $19,161,068.64. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Katherine D. Jaspon sold 1,530 shares of Dunkin Brands Group stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $64.84, for a total transaction of $99,205.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 3.00% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

DNKN has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Citigroup raised their price objective on shares of Dunkin Brands Group from $74.00 to $80.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday. Bank of America raised their price objective on shares of Dunkin Brands Group from $65.00 to $69.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, June 14th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Dunkin Brands Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 12th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Dunkin Brands Group from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 12th. Finally, Barclays raised their price objective on shares of Dunkin Brands Group from $70.00 to $73.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Thursday, June 7th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating, eleven have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $65.37.

Dunkin Brands Group stock opened at $69.15 on Thursday. The firm has a market capitalization of $5.71 billion, a P/E ratio of 28.46, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.01 and a beta of 0.30. Dunkin Brands Group Inc has a 1-year low of $50.89 and a 1-year high of $69.61. The company has a quick ratio of 1.50, a current ratio of 1.50 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -3.54.

Dunkin Brands Group (NASDAQ:DNKN) last released its earnings results on Thursday, April 26th. The restaurant operator reported $0.62 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.52 by $0.10. The business had revenue of $301.30 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $303.72 million. Dunkin Brands Group had a net margin of 36.40% and a negative return on equity of 75.12%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.54 earnings per share. research analysts anticipate that Dunkin Brands Group Inc will post 2.74 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, June 6th. Investors of record on Tuesday, May 29th were given a $0.3475 dividend. This represents a $1.39 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.01%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, May 25th. Dunkin Brands Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 57.20%.

Dunkin Brands Group Company Profile

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, develops, franchises, and licenses quick service restaurants worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Dunkin' Donuts U.S., Dunkin' Donuts International, Baskin-Robbins International, and Baskin-Robbins U.S. Its restaurants offer hot and cold coffee, baked goods, donuts, bagels, muffins, breakfast sandwiches, hard and soft serve ice creams, frozen yogurts, shakes, malts, floats, and cakes.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Dunkin Brands Group (NASDAQ:DNKN)

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