Bank of America lowered shares of Edgewell Personal Care (NYSE:EPC) from a neutral rating to an underperform rating in a research note issued to investors on Thursday, January 4th, MarketBeat Ratings reports.

A number of other equities research analysts have also commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Edgewell Personal Care from a hold rating to a strong sell rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. Wells Fargo & Co assumed coverage on Edgewell Personal Care in a research report on Tuesday, December 19th. They set a market perform rating for the company. KeyCorp reaffirmed a hold rating on shares of Edgewell Personal Care in a research report on Friday, November 24th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a hold rating and set a $78.00 target price on shares of Edgewell Personal Care in a research report on Thursday, October 19th. Finally, TheStreet lowered Edgewell Personal Care from a c rating to a d+ rating in a research report on Thursday, November 9th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Edgewell Personal Care presently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $74.83.

Shares of Edgewell Personal Care (EPC) traded down $0.47 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $56.96. The stock had a trading volume of 79,541 shares, compared to its average volume of 623,906. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.88, a current ratio of 2.26 and a quick ratio of 1.63. Edgewell Personal Care has a one year low of $55.94 and a one year high of $82.06. The firm has a market capitalization of $3,246.08, a price-to-earnings ratio of 957.17, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.26 and a beta of 0.87.

Edgewell Personal Care (NYSE:EPC) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, November 9th. The company reported $1.00 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.03 by ($0.03). The firm had revenue of $564.90 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $588.28 million. Edgewell Personal Care had a return on equity of 12.54% and a net margin of 0.25%. Edgewell Personal Care’s revenue for the quarter was down 7.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.06 earnings per share. research analysts anticipate that Edgewell Personal Care will post 3.92 EPS for the current year.

In related news, Director Daniel J. Heinrich bought 1,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 13th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $57.08 per share, for a total transaction of $85,620.00. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 3,530 shares in the company, valued at $201,492.40. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. 0.97% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. Twin Capital Management Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Edgewell Personal Care during the 4th quarter valued at about $1,185,000. PGGM Investments bought a new stake in shares of Edgewell Personal Care during the 4th quarter valued at about $9,104,000. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. boosted its position in shares of Edgewell Personal Care by 3,194.8% during the 4th quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. now owns 3,163 shares of the company’s stock valued at $188,000 after acquiring an additional 3,067 shares during the last quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC boosted its position in shares of Edgewell Personal Care by 160.6% during the 4th quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 19,438 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,154,000 after acquiring an additional 11,980 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Fisher Asset Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of Edgewell Personal Care by 16.8% during the 4th quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC now owns 121,597 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,222,000 after buying an additional 17,500 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 93.39% of the company’s stock.

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About Edgewell Personal Care

Edgewell Personal Care Company is a manufacturer and marketer of personal care products in the wet shave, sun and skin care, feminine care and infant care categories. As of September 30, 2016, the Company had a portfolio of over 25 brands. It manages its business in four segments: Wet Shave, Sun and Skin Care, Feminine Care and All Other.

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