NYSE:WST - West Pharmaceutical Services Stock Price, News, & Analysis

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$115.40 -0.62 (-0.53 %)
(As of 08/21/2018 08:32 AM ET)
Previous Close$116.02
Today's Range$115.0350 - $116.69
52-Week Range$82.74 - $117.75
Volume260,483 shs
Average Volume385,864 shs
Market Capitalization$8.53 billion
P/E Ratio41.51
Dividend Yield0.48%
Beta1.16
West Pharmaceutical Services logoWest Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. manufactures and sells containment and delivery systems for injectable drugs and healthcare products in the United States, Germany, France, Other European countries, and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Proprietary Products and Contract-Manufactured Products. The Proprietary Products segment offers stoppers and seals for injectable packaging systems; syringe and cartridge components, including custom solutions for the needs of injectable drug applications, as well as administration systems that enhance the safe delivery of drugs through advanced reconstitution, mixing, and transfer technologies; and films, coatings, and washing and sterilization processes and services to enhance the quality of packaging components. It also provides drug containment solutions, including CZ, a cyclic olefin polymer in the form of vials, syringes, and cartridges; and self-injection devices, as well as specialized testing services for drug packaging, devices, and administration systems. This segment serves biologic, generic, and pharmaceutical drug companies. The Contract-Manufactured Products segment is involved in the design, manufacture, and automated assembly of components and devices used in surgical, diagnostic, ophthalmic, injectable, and other drug delivery systems, as well as consumer products. This segment serves pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and medical device companies. The company distributes its products through its sales force and distribution network, as well as contract sales agents and regional distributors. West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. was founded in 1923 and is headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania.

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Industry, Sector and Symbol

Stock Exchange NYSE
Industry Fabricated rubber products, not elsewhere classified
Sub-IndustryHealth Care Supplies
SectorMedical
SymbolNYSE:WST
CUSIP95530610
Phone610-594-2900

Debt

Debt-to-Equity Ratio0.15
Current Ratio2.67
Quick Ratio1.94

Price-To-Earnings

Trailing P/E Ratio41.51
Forward P/E Ratio40.92
P/E Growth3.94

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales$1.60 billion
Price / Sales5.31
Cash Flow$4.1170 per share
Price / Cash28.03
Book Value$17.24 per share
Price / Book6.69

Profitability

EPS (Most Recent Fiscal Year)$2.78
Net Income$150.70 million
Net Margins8.99%
Return on Equity15.38%
Return on Assets10.58%

Miscellaneous

Employees7,500
Outstanding Shares73,540,000
Market Cap$8.53 billion

West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE:WST) Frequently Asked Questions

What is West Pharmaceutical Services' stock symbol?

West Pharmaceutical Services trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "WST."

How often does West Pharmaceutical Services pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for West Pharmaceutical Services?

West Pharmaceutical Services announced a quarterly dividend on Friday, May 4th. Investors of record on Wednesday, July 18th will be given a dividend of $0.14 per share on Wednesday, August 1st. This represents a $0.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.49%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, July 17th. View West Pharmaceutical Services' Dividend History.

How will West Pharmaceutical Services' stock buyback program work?

West Pharmaceutical Services announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a share buyback program on Thursday, February 15th 2018, which allows the company to repurchase 800,000 outstanding shares, according to EventVestor. This repurchase authorization allows the company to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are typically a sign that the company's board believes its stock is undervalued.

How were West Pharmaceutical Services' earnings last quarter?

West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (NYSE:WST) issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July, 26th. The medical instruments supplier reported $0.70 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.67 by $0.03. The medical instruments supplier had revenue of $447.50 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $422.57 million. West Pharmaceutical Services had a net margin of 8.99% and a return on equity of 15.38%. The business's revenue for the quarter was up 12.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.66 earnings per share. View West Pharmaceutical Services' Earnings History.

When is West Pharmaceutical Services' next earnings date?

West Pharmaceutical Services is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Thursday, October, 25th 2018. View Earnings Estimates for West Pharmaceutical Services.

What guidance has West Pharmaceutical Services issued on next quarter's earnings?

West Pharmaceutical Services updated its FY18 earnings guidance on Thursday, July, 26th. The company provided earnings per share (EPS) guidance of $2.80-2.90 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $2.82. The company issued revenue guidance of $1.72-1.73 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $1.73 billion.

What price target have analysts set for WST?

5 analysts have issued 12-month price objectives for West Pharmaceutical Services' shares. Their predictions range from $85.00 to $115.00. On average, they anticipate West Pharmaceutical Services' share price to reach $104.20 in the next twelve months. This suggests that the stock has a possible downside of 9.7%. View Analyst Price Targets for West Pharmaceutical Services.

What is the consensus analysts' recommendation for West Pharmaceutical Services?

5 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for West Pharmaceutical Services in the last year. There are currently 1 sell rating, 2 hold ratings and 2 buy ratings for the stock, resulting in a consensus recommendation of "Hold." View Analyst Ratings for West Pharmaceutical Services.

Who are some of West Pharmaceutical Services' key competitors?

Who are West Pharmaceutical Services' key executives?

West Pharmaceutical Services' management team includes the folowing people:
  • Mr. Eric M. Green, CEO, Pres & Director (Age 48)
  • Mr. George Lloyd Miller, Sr. VP, Gen. Counsel & Corp. Sec. (Age 63)
  • Ms. Annette F. Favorite, Chief HR Officer and Sr. VP (Age 53)
  • Ms. Karen A. Flynn, Chief Commercial Officer and Sr. VP (Age 55)
  • Mr. William J. Federici, Advisor (Age 58)

Has West Pharmaceutical Services been receiving favorable news coverage?

Media stories about WST stock have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. West Pharmaceutical Services earned a media and rumor sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern's scale. They also assigned news stories about the medical instruments supplier an impact score of 45.53 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company's share price in the near future. View Recent Headlines for West Pharmaceutical Services.

Who are West Pharmaceutical Services' major shareholders?

West Pharmaceutical Services' stock is owned by a number of of institutional and retail investors. Top institutional investors include BlackRock Inc. (8.93%), Artisan Partners Limited Partnership (1.60%), USS Investment Management Ltd (1.48%), Fisher Asset Management LLC (1.33%), Hermes Investment Management Ltd. (1.32%) and Bessemer Group Inc. (1.29%). Company insiders that own West Pharmaceutical Services stock include Daniel Malone, Karen Flynn, Patrick J Zenner, Paula A Johnson and William J Federici. View Institutional Ownership Trends for West Pharmaceutical Services.

Which institutional investors are selling West Pharmaceutical Services stock?

WST stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Select Equity Group L.P., Wells Fargo & Company MN, Renaissance Technologies LLC, First Quadrant L P CA, AGF Investments Inc., Eagle Asset Management Inc., Artisan Partners Limited Partnership and Carillon Tower Advisers Inc.. Company insiders that have sold West Pharmaceutical Services company stock in the last year include Daniel Malone, Karen Flynn and William J Federici. View Insider Buying and Selling for West Pharmaceutical Services.

Which institutional investors are buying West Pharmaceutical Services stock?

WST stock was acquired by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Bessemer Group Inc., USS Investment Management Ltd, Janus Henderson Group PLC, Cornerstone Wealth Management LLC, BlackRock Inc., Nisa Investment Advisors LLC, Brown Advisory Inc. and Hermes Investment Management Ltd.. View Insider Buying and Selling for West Pharmaceutical Services.

How do I buy shares of West Pharmaceutical Services?

Shares of WST can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.

What is West Pharmaceutical Services' stock price today?

One share of WST stock can currently be purchased for approximately $115.40.

How big of a company is West Pharmaceutical Services?

West Pharmaceutical Services has a market capitalization of $8.53 billion and generates $1.60 billion in revenue each year. The medical instruments supplier earns $150.70 million in net income (profit) each year or $2.78 on an earnings per share basis. West Pharmaceutical Services employs 7,500 workers across the globe.

How can I contact West Pharmaceutical Services?

West Pharmaceutical Services' mailing address is 530 HERMAN O. WEST DRIVE, EXTON PA, 19341. The medical instruments supplier can be reached via phone at 610-594-2900 or via email at [email protected]


MarketBeat Community Rating for West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE WST)

Community Ranking:  1.8 out of 5 (star)
Outperform Votes:  156 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  272 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  428
MarketBeat's community ratings are surveys of what our community members think about West Pharmaceutical Services and other stocks. Vote "Outperform" if you believe WST will outperform the S&P 500 over the long term. Vote "Underperform" if you believe WST will underperform the S&P 500 over the long term. You may vote once every thirty days.
This page was last updated on 8/21/2018 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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