U.S. Physical Therapy (USPH) Issues FY 2019 Earnings Guidance

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U.S. Physical Therapy (NYSE:USPH) updated its FY 2019 earnings guidance on Thursday. The company provided EPS guidance of $2.76-2.85 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus EPS estimate of $2.80. The company issued revenue guidance of $35.1-36.4 million, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $480.84 million.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of U.S. Physical Therapy from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Saturday, February 9th. William Blair assumed coverage on U.S. Physical Therapy in a report on Thursday. They set an outperform rating and a $106.61 target price for the company. Finally, ValuEngine cut U.S. Physical Therapy from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a report on Wednesday. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. U.S. Physical Therapy currently has an average rating of Hold and an average target price of $111.90.

Shares of NYSE:USPH opened at $108.80 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26, a current ratio of 1.93 and a quick ratio of 1.93. U.S. Physical Therapy has a 1 year low of $79.40 and a 1 year high of $129.65. The stock has a market cap of $1.38 billion, a PE ratio of 52.31, a PEG ratio of 3.62 and a beta of 1.14.

U.S. Physical Therapy (NYSE:USPH) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, March 7th. The company reported $0.71 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.63 by $0.08. U.S. Physical Therapy had a return on equity of 17.64% and a net margin of 5.58%. The business had revenue of $117.30 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $116.70 million. The company’s revenue was up 7.4% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, sell-side analysts forecast that U.S. Physical Therapy will post 2.53 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 19th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, March 20th will be issued a dividend of $0.27 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, March 19th. This represents a $1.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.99%. This is a boost from U.S. Physical Therapy’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.23. U.S. Physical Therapy’s payout ratio is presently 44.23%.

In related news, Director Harry S. Chapman purchased 1,200 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, December 11th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $110.69 per share, for a total transaction of $132,828.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Regg E. Swanson purchased 500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 26th. The stock was bought at an average price of $101.17 per share, with a total value of $50,585.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 2.50% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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About U.S. Physical Therapy

U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc, through its subsidiaries, operates outpatient physical therapy clinics that provide pre-and post-operative care and treatment for orthopedic-related disorders, sports-related injuries, preventative care, rehabilitation of injured workers, and neurological-related injuries.

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