Shares of Element Solutions Inc (NYSE:ESI) have earned a consensus broker rating score of 2.33 (Buy) from the six brokers that cover the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and two have issued a strong buy recommendation on the company. Element Solutions’ rating score has declined by 5.9% from three months ago as a result of a number of analysts’ upgrades and downgrades.

Brokerages have set a 12-month consensus price target of $13.20 for the company and are expecting that the company will post $0.18 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also given Element Solutions an industry rank of 218 out of 255 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

A number of equities analysts recently commented on ESI shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered Element Solutions from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 13th. Raymond James reiterated an “average” rating and issued a $6.50 target price on shares of Element Solutions in a report on Monday, April 8th. Finally, Barclays reiterated an “equal weight” rating and issued a $13.00 target price on shares of Element Solutions in a report on Monday, February 11th.

Shares of Element Solutions stock traded up $0.10 during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $11.05. The company had a trading volume of 2,789,762 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,757,538. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.45, a current ratio of 2.17 and a quick ratio of 2.01. The firm has a market cap of $2.69 billion, a P/E ratio of 78.93, a P/E/G ratio of 4.16 and a beta of 2.32. Element Solutions has a fifty-two week low of $9.26 and a fifty-two week high of $13.54.

Element Solutions (NYSE:ESI) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 28th. The company reported $0.02 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.03 by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $478.40 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $480.00 million. Element Solutions had a positive return on equity of 6.60% and a negative net margin of 10.98%. Equities analysts anticipate that Element Solutions will post 0.82 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other Element Solutions news, insider Pershing Square Capital Manage sold 40,451,506 shares of Element Solutions stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $11.72, for a total value of $474,091,650.32. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Benjamin Gliklich bought 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 14th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $10.73 per share, with a total value of $53,650.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders own 5.40% of the company’s stock.

About Element Solutions

Element Solutions Inc produces and sells specialty chemical products worldwide. It offers a range of specialty chemicals, such as surface and coating materials, functional conversion coatings, electronic assembly materials, water-based hydraulic control fluids, and photopolymers. The company was formerly known as Platform Specialty Products Corporation and changed its name to Element Solutions Inc in January 2019.

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