Brink’s (NYSE:BCO) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the six ratings firms that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and three have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price target among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $95.00.

Several equities research analysts have recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Heritage Insurance from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Friday, April 26th. Imperial Capital increased their price objective on Brink’s from $100.00 to $105.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday. They noted that the move was a valuation call.

In related news, EVP Amit Zukerman sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, April 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $80.00, for a total value of $400,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. 1.05% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of BCO. Raymond James & Associates lifted its position in Brink’s by 4.5% in the fourth quarter. Raymond James & Associates now owns 25,541 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,651,000 after acquiring an additional 1,096 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its position in Brink’s by 3.9% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,075,897 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $69,555,000 after acquiring an additional 40,248 shares during the last quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System lifted its position in Brink’s by 2.4% in the fourth quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 78,790 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $5,094,000 after acquiring an additional 1,830 shares during the last quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC lifted its position in Brink’s by 8.3% in the fourth quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 541,449 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $35,004,000 after acquiring an additional 41,350 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Two Sigma Investments LP purchased a new stake in Brink’s in the fourth quarter valued at $3,305,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 98.36% of the company’s stock.

NYSE BCO opened at $92.80 on Thursday. The firm has a market cap of $4.64 billion, a P/E ratio of 25.85, a PEG ratio of 1.50 and a beta of 1.45. The company has a current ratio of 1.40, a quick ratio of 1.37 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 7.91. Brink’s has a 12 month low of $59.08 and a 12 month high of $93.81. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $84.26.

Brink’s (NYSE:BCO) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 24th. The business services provider reported $0.84 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.83 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $914.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $898.98 million. Brink’s had a return on equity of 92.10% and a net margin of 2.20%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.74 EPS. As a group, equities analysts predict that Brink’s will post 4.22 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 3rd. Investors of record on Monday, July 29th will be paid a $0.15 dividend. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.65%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, July 26th. Brink’s’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 17.34%.

About Brink’s

The Brink's Company provides secure transportation, cash management, and other security-related services in North America, South America, and internationally. The company offers cash-in-transit services, including armored vehicle transportation of valuables; automated teller machine (ATM) services, such as cash replenishment, replenishment forecasting, cash optimization, ATM remote monitoring, service call dispatching, transaction processing, installation, and first and second line maintenance; and network infrastructure services.

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