Zacks: Brokerages Expect Petmed Express Inc (PETS) to Post $0.43 EPS

Equities analysts predict that Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ:PETS) will post earnings of $0.43 per share for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Three analysts have issued estimates for Petmed Express’ earnings. Petmed Express posted earnings per share of $0.37 in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year-over-year growth rate of 16.2%. The company is expected to report its next quarterly earnings report on Monday, May 14th.

On average, analysts expect that Petmed Express will report full-year earnings of $1.70 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.64 to $1.76. For the next year, analysts anticipate that the firm will report earnings of $1.94 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.73 to $2.14. Zacks’ EPS calculations are an average based on a survey of research firms that follow Petmed Express.

Petmed Express (NASDAQ:PETS) last posted its earnings results on Monday, January 22nd. The company reported $0.44 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.33 by $0.11. Petmed Express had a net margin of 12.84% and a return on equity of 34.04%. The firm had revenue of $60.10 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $56.76 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.24 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 13.6% compared to the same quarter last year.

Several research firms have recently issued reports on PETS. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Petmed Express from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 7th. Northcoast Research set a $58.00 target price on shares of Petmed Express and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. BidaskClub lowered shares of Petmed Express from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, January 19th. Finally, Noble Financial restated a “hold” rating on shares of Petmed Express in a research report on Friday, October 27th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $42.80.

Petmed Express (PETS) traded up $1.52 during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $45.69. 656,956 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 837,624. Petmed Express has a 12-month low of $19.21 and a 12-month high of $57.80. The company has a market cap of $941.26, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.04, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.60 and a beta of 0.95.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, February 16th. Investors of record on Monday, February 5th were given a dividend of $0.25 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, February 2nd. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.19%. This is a positive change from Petmed Express’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.20. Petmed Express’s dividend payout ratio is presently 59.17%.

In related news, CEO Menderes Akdag sold 30,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, January 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $51.00, for a total transaction of $1,530,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 490,000 shares in the company, valued at $24,990,000. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, Director Ronald J. Korn sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, January 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $48.38, for a total transaction of $241,900.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 68,833 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,330,140.54. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 65,000 shares of company stock valued at $3,229,500. 4.00% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC bought a new position in Petmed Express during the fourth quarter valued at about $429,000. BB&T Securities LLC bought a new position in Petmed Express during the fourth quarter worth about $254,000. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan boosted its position in Petmed Express by 23.5% during the fourth quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 20,790 shares of the company’s stock worth $945,000 after purchasing an additional 3,960 shares during the period. LPL Financial LLC bought a new position in Petmed Express during the fourth quarter worth about $238,000. Finally, PEAK6 Investments L.P. bought a new position in Petmed Express during the fourth quarter worth about $439,000. Institutional investors own 92.01% of the company’s stock.

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Petmed Express Company Profile

PetMed Express, Inc (PetMed Express), doing business as 1800PetMeds, is a pet pharmacy. The Company markets prescription and non-prescription pet medications, and other health products for dogs and cats, direct to the consumer. It offers a selection of products for dogs and cats. Its product line contains approximately 3,000 stock keeping units (SKUS) of pet medications, health products and supplies.

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