MSA Safety Inc (MSA) Expected to Announce Earnings of $1.37 Per Share

Wall Street brokerages expect that MSA Safety Inc (NYSE:MSA) will announce $1.37 earnings per share for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two analysts have issued estimates for MSA Safety’s earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $1.38 and the lowest is $1.36. MSA Safety posted earnings per share of $1.31 during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year over year growth rate of 4.6%. The company is expected to announce its next quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 19th.

On average, analysts expect that MSA Safety will report full-year earnings of $4.40 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.30 to $4.50. For the next financial year, analysts anticipate that the company will report earnings of $5.07 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $5.00 to $5.14. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS averages are an average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that follow MSA Safety.

MSA Safety (NYSE:MSA) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 24th. The industrial products company reported $1.16 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.05 by $0.11. The business had revenue of $331.10 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $325.53 million. MSA Safety had a return on equity of 28.08% and a net margin of 4.94%.

Several analysts have weighed in on MSA shares. ValuEngine raised MSA Safety from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, July 20th. Stifel Nicolaus lifted their target price on shares of MSA Safety from $100.00 to $108.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, July 27th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. MSA Safety presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $100.00.

Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Livingston Group Asset Management CO operating as Southport Capital Management purchased a new position in shares of MSA Safety during the third quarter valued at approximately $115,000. Vigilant Capital Management LLC lifted its holdings in shares of MSA Safety by 100.0% during the second quarter. Vigilant Capital Management LLC now owns 1,680 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $162,000 after purchasing an additional 840 shares during the last quarter. BerganKDV Wealth Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of MSA Safety during the second quarter valued at approximately $187,000. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC purchased a new position in shares of MSA Safety during the second quarter valued at approximately $226,000. Finally, Diversified Trust Co purchased a new position in shares of MSA Safety during the second quarter valued at approximately $226,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 71.31% of the company’s stock.

MSA Safety stock traded down $3.82 during trading hours on Tuesday, hitting $103.61. 305,775 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 172,754. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.56, a quick ratio of 1.53 and a current ratio of 2.19. The stock has a market cap of $3.98 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.57 and a beta of 1.30. MSA Safety has a one year low of $71.47 and a one year high of $108.99.

MSA Safety Company Profile

MSA Safety Incorporated develops, manufactures, and supplies safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures in the oil, gas, petrochemical, fire service, construction, utilities, and mining industries worldwide. It operates through Americas and International segments. The company's core product offerings include permanently installed fixed gas and flame detection instruments, such as permanently installed gas detection monitoring systems, and flame detectors and open-path infrared gas detectors, as well as replacement components and related services to detect the presence or absence of various gases in the air.

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