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Ardmore Shipping Co. (NYSE:ASC) Sees Significant Growth in Short Interest

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Ardmore Shipping Co. (NYSE:ASC - Get Free Report) saw a large growth in short interest in the month of May. As of May 31st, there was short interest totalling 2,440,000 shares, a growth of 47.9% from the May 15th total of 1,650,000 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 653,900 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 3.7 days.

Institutional Investors Weigh In On Ardmore Shipping

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Sunbelt Securities Inc. acquired a new stake in Ardmore Shipping during the 1st quarter worth approximately $54,000. Quadrant Capital Group LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Ardmore Shipping by 87.3% during the fourth quarter. Quadrant Capital Group LLC now owns 4,382 shares of the shipping company's stock worth $62,000 after purchasing an additional 2,042 shares during the period. Daiwa Securities Group Inc. purchased a new position in Ardmore Shipping in the 1st quarter valued at $108,000. MJP Associates Inc. ADV purchased a new position in Ardmore Shipping during the 4th quarter worth $141,000. Finally, Advisor OS LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Ardmore Shipping in the 4th quarter worth $141,000. 62.22% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Ardmore Shipping Stock Down 3.3 %

ASC traded down $0.71 on Friday, reaching $20.79. The company's stock had a trading volume of 872,495 shares, compared to its average volume of 745,725. The company has a market capitalization of $844.70 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 7.97 and a beta of 0.43. Ardmore Shipping has a fifty-two week low of $11.59 and a fifty-two week high of $23.44. The company has a quick ratio of 1.79, a current ratio of 1.95 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.04. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $19.64 and a two-hundred day moving average of $16.96.


Ardmore Shipping (NYSE:ASC - Get Free Report) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 8th. The shipping company reported $0.92 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.05. Ardmore Shipping had a net margin of 29.15% and a return on equity of 21.06%. The firm had revenue of $106.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $72.46 million. During the same period last year, the business earned $1.04 EPS. Ardmore Shipping's revenue for the quarter was down 10.1% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, analysts forecast that Ardmore Shipping will post 3.25 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Ardmore Shipping Increases Dividend

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, June 14th. Shareholders of record on Friday, May 31st were paid a $0.31 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, May 31st. This represents a $1.24 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.96%. This is a boost from Ardmore Shipping's previous quarterly dividend of $0.21. Ardmore Shipping's payout ratio is currently 47.51%.

Analysts Set New Price Targets

Several research analysts recently commented on the company. Jefferies Financial Group boosted their target price on Ardmore Shipping from $20.00 to $21.00 and gave the stock a "buy" rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 8th. Stifel Nicolaus boosted their price objective on Ardmore Shipping from $21.00 to $22.00 and gave the stock a "buy" rating in a research report on Friday, April 19th. Finally, StockNews.com raised shares of Ardmore Shipping from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating in a report on Wednesday, May 15th.

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About Ardmore Shipping

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Ardmore Shipping Corporation engages in the seaborne transportation of petroleum products and chemicals worldwide. The company's fleet consists of 22 owned vessels including 21 Eco-design and 1 Eco-mod vessel, and four chartered-in vessels. It serves oil majors, oil companies, oil and chemical traders, chemical companies, and pooling service providers.

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