McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE:MKC) - Research analysts at Jefferies Financial Group lifted their Q4 2020 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for McCormick & Company, Incorporated in a report released on Monday, January 25th. Jefferies Financial Group analyst R. Dickerson now forecasts that the company will earn $0.81 per share for the quarter, up from their previous estimate of $0.80. Jefferies Financial Group has a "Hold" rating on the stock. Jefferies Financial Group also issued estimates for McCormick & Company, Incorporated's Q3 2021 earnings at $0.76 EPS, Q4 2021 earnings at $0.92 EPS, Q2 2022 earnings at $0.78 EPS, Q4 2022 earnings at $0.95 EPS and FY2022 earnings at $3.17 EPS.
Shares of NYSE:MKC opened at $94.07 on Thursday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.42, a current ratio of 0.90 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.95. The company has a market cap of $25.10 billion, a P/E ratio of 33.24, a PEG ratio of 5.74 and a beta of 0.44. McCormick & Company, Incorporated has a 52 week low of $56.11 and a 52 week high of $105.54. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $93.60 and a 200 day moving average price of $96.38.
Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of MKC. Spectrum Management Group LLC lifted its position in shares of McCormick & Company, Incorporated by 336.6% during the 3rd quarter. Spectrum Management Group LLC now owns 179 shares of the company's stock valued at $35,000 after acquiring an additional 138 shares during the period. Sound Income Strategies LLC increased its stake in shares of McCormick & Company, Incorporated by 100.0% during the 4th quarter. Sound Income Strategies LLC now owns 368 shares of the company's stock worth $35,000 after purchasing an additional 184 shares in the last quarter. TFC Financial Management purchased a new stake in McCormick & Company, Incorporated in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $36,000. Security National Trust Co. boosted its holdings in shares of McCormick & Company, Incorporated by 100.0% in the 4th quarter. Security National Trust Co. now owns 380 shares of the company's stock valued at $36,000 after purchasing an additional 190 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Valeo Financial Advisors LLC boosted its holdings in shares of McCormick & Company, Incorporated by 90.9% in the 3rd quarter. Valeo Financial Advisors LLC now owns 189 shares of the company's stock valued at $37,000 after purchasing an additional 90 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 37.49% of the company's stock.
In other news, Director Michael D. Mangan sold 5,000 shares of McCormick & Company, Incorporated stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $183.30, for a total transaction of $916,500.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 22,765 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,172,824.50. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. 11.00% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, January 11th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, December 31st were given a dividend of $0.68 per share. This represents a $2.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.89%. This is an increase from McCormick & Company, Incorporated's previous quarterly dividend of $0.62. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, December 30th. McCormick & Company, Incorporated's dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 50.94%.
About McCormick & Company, Incorporated
McCormick & Company, Incorporated manufactures, markets, and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments, and other flavorful products to the food industry. The company operates in two segments, Consumer and Flavor Solutions. The Consumer segment offers spices, herbs, and seasonings, as well as desserts.
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