RR Donnelley & Sons Co (NYSE:RRD) saw a significant increase in short interest in the month of August. As of August 15th, there was short interest totalling 7,485,169 shares, an increase of 47.4% from the July 31st total of 5,078,667 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 1,365,827 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 5.5 days. Approximately 10.7% of the shares of the company are sold short.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on the stock. ValuEngine downgraded shares of RR Donnelley & Sons from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 2nd. Buckingham Research assumed coverage on shares of RR Donnelley & Sons in a research note on Monday, June 25th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $8.00 price target on the stock.

Shares of RR Donnelley & Sons stock traded down $0.02 during trading on Friday, reaching $5.13. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 914,722 shares, compared to its average volume of 982,068. The company has a quick ratio of 1.25, a current ratio of 1.48 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -8.22. RR Donnelley & Sons has a one year low of $4.48 and a one year high of $10.68. The stock has a market capitalization of $365.38 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 5.64 and a beta of 1.12.

RR Donnelley & Sons (NYSE:RRD) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 1st. The business services provider reported ($0.09) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.04) by ($0.05). The business had revenue of $1.68 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.64 billion. RR Donnelley & Sons had a negative net margin of 1.18% and a negative return on equity of 32.28%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 3.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned ($0.06) earnings per share. sell-side analysts anticipate that RR Donnelley & Sons will post 0.95 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, September 4th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, August 15th were issued a dividend of $0.03 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, August 14th. This represents a $0.12 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.34%. RR Donnelley & Sons’s dividend payout ratio is currently 10.00%.

In other news, EVP Kenneth E. O’brien purchased 20,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 27th. The shares were bought at an average price of $5.22 per share, with a total value of $104,400.00. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Company insiders own 0.52% of the company’s stock.

A number of large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. BlackRock Inc. grew its position in shares of RR Donnelley & Sons by 13.1% in the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 10,767,877 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $62,023,000 after purchasing an additional 1,250,568 shares during the period. Towle & Co. boosted its position in RR Donnelley & Sons by 32.1% during the 2nd quarter. Towle & Co. now owns 5,755,856 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $33,154,000 after acquiring an additional 1,398,106 shares during the last quarter. LSV Asset Management boosted its position in RR Donnelley & Sons by 1.6% during the 1st quarter. LSV Asset Management now owns 2,782,236 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $24,288,000 after acquiring an additional 43,245 shares during the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. boosted its position in RR Donnelley & Sons by 10.0% during the 2nd quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 1,710,603 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $9,854,000 after acquiring an additional 155,742 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Millennium Management LLC boosted its position in RR Donnelley & Sons by 279.8% during the 1st quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 799,078 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $6,976,000 after acquiring an additional 588,656 shares during the last quarter. 82.08% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

RR Donnelley & Sons Company Profile

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, an integrated communications company, enables organizations to create, manage, deliver, and optimize their multichannel marketing and business communications. The company operates through Variable Print, Strategic Services, and International segments. It offers commercial and digital print, direct mail, statement printing, logistics, sourcing, and digital and creative services, as well as produces and sells labels, forms, educational testing materials, inserts, and books.

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