Westwood Holdings Group Inc. Trims Position in Energizer Holdings, Inc. (EPC)

Westwood Holdings Group Inc. reduced its position in Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EPC) by 2.1% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 275,129 shares of the company’s stock after selling 5,780 shares during the quarter. Westwood Holdings Group Inc. owned approximately 0.48% of Energizer Holdings worth $20,899,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other hedge funds have also recently modified their holdings of EPC. Russell Investments Group Ltd. lifted its position in Energizer Holdings by 7.7% in the first quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 17,272 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,264,000 after purchasing an additional 1,240 shares during the period. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. lifted its position in Energizer Holdings by 13.9% in the first quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 146,216 shares of the company’s stock worth $10,694,000 after purchasing an additional 17,820 shares during the period. Sei Investments Co. lifted its position in Energizer Holdings by 541.5% in the first quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 13,920 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,019,000 after purchasing an additional 11,750 shares during the period. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC lifted its position in Energizer Holdings by 18.4% in the first quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 96,112 shares of the company’s stock worth $7,030,000 after purchasing an additional 14,915 shares during the period. Finally, Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. bought a new position in Energizer Holdings in the first quarter worth $237,000. 89.29% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE EPC) traded up 0.28% on Friday, reaching $72.20. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 79,762 shares. Energizer Holdings, Inc. has a 12 month low of $69.63 and a 12 month high of $84.45. The company has a market cap of $4.11 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.33 and a beta of 0.94. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $73.59 and a 200 day moving average price of $73.53.

Energizer Holdings (NYSE:EPC) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, August 8th. The company reported $1.11 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.80 by $0.31. The firm had revenue of $637.50 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $648.13 million. Energizer Holdings had a return on equity of 12.71% and a net margin of 8.80%. The company’s revenue was down 1.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.66 EPS. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Energizer Holdings, Inc. will post $3.98 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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Several research analysts recently commented on EPC shares. TheStreet raised Energizer Holdings from a “c” rating to a “b” rating in a research report on Thursday, June 22nd. Societe Generale raised Energizer Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their target price for the stock from $83.00 to $90.00 in a research report on Thursday, June 22nd. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $105.00 target price on shares of Energizer Holdings in a research report on Sunday, July 16th. Zacks Investment Research raised Energizer Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $85.00 target price for the company in a research report on Tuesday, July 4th. Finally, Citigroup Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $87.00 target price (up from $86.00) on shares of Energizer Holdings in a research report on Friday, August 11th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $84.44.

About Energizer Holdings

Edgewell Personal Care Company is a manufacturer and marketer of personal care products in the wet shave, sun and skin care, feminine care and infant care categories. As of September 30, 2016, the Company had a portfolio of over 25 brands. It manages its business in four segments: Wet Shave, Sun and Skin Care, Feminine Care and All Other.

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