Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) Director Lori A. Walker acquired 700 shares of Compass Minerals International stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 13th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $52.21 per share, with a total value of $36,547.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 700 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $36,547. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website.

Shares of NYSE:CMP traded up $0.27 on Thursday, reaching $54.77. The company had a trading volume of 2,155 shares, compared to its average volume of 350,988. Compass Minerals International, Inc. has a twelve month low of $38.19 and a twelve month high of $70.40. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.77 billion, a P/E ratio of 28.44 and a beta of 1.36. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.27, a current ratio of 2.16 and a quick ratio of 1.37.

Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, April 30th. The basic materials company reported $0.22 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.01 by $0.21. Compass Minerals International had a return on equity of 11.26% and a net margin of 4.37%. The business had revenue of $403.70 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $417.50 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.37 EPS. The firm’s revenue was down 7.8% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, research analysts expect that Compass Minerals International, Inc. will post 2.55 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 14th. Investors of record on Friday, May 31st will be given a dividend of $0.72 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, May 30th. This represents a $2.88 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 5.26%. Compass Minerals International’s dividend payout ratio is presently 149.22%.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of CMP. Enlightenment Research LLC acquired a new position in shares of Compass Minerals International during the 4th quarter worth about $25,000. Somerset Trust Co lifted its position in shares of Compass Minerals International by 169.0% during the 1st quarter. Somerset Trust Co now owns 530 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $29,000 after purchasing an additional 333 shares during the last quarter. Golden State Wealth Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of Compass Minerals International during the 1st quarter worth about $54,000. Pinnacle Bank acquired a new position in shares of Compass Minerals International during the 4th quarter worth about $64,000. Finally, First Mercantile Trust Co. acquired a new position in shares of Compass Minerals International during the 4th quarter worth about $66,000. 94.73% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

CMP has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Compass Minerals International from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 16th. ValuEngine raised Compass Minerals International from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, February 15th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $60.00 price target on Compass Minerals International and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 2nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $59.02.

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Compass Minerals International Company Profile

Compass Minerals International, Inc, produces and sells salt, and specialty plant nutrition and chemical products primarily in the United States, Canada, Brazil, and the United Kingdom. It operates through three segments: Salt, Plant Nutrition North America, and Plant Nutrition South America. The Salt segment offers sodium chloride and magnesium chloride, including rock salt, mechanically and solar evaporated salt, and brine and flake magnesium chloride products; and purchases potassium chloride and calcium chloride to sell as finished products or to blend with salt to produce specialty products.

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