Croda International Plc (LON:CRDA) Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” from Analysts

Shares of Croda International Plc (LON:CRDA) have received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the sixteen ratings firms that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, ten have assigned a hold recommendation and three have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is GBX 4,932.50 ($60.70).

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on CRDA shares. Jefferies Financial Group lifted their target price on Croda International from GBX 5,160 ($63.50) to GBX 5,700 ($70.15) and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, July 27th. Peel Hunt downgraded Croda International to a “hold” rating and lifted their price objective for the company from GBX 4,200 ($51.69) to GBX 4,650 ($57.22) in a report on Thursday, June 11th. Sanford C. Bernstein upped their price objective on shares of Croda International from GBX 4,500 ($55.38) to GBX 5,100 ($62.76) and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 14th. Morgan Stanley reissued an “overweight” rating on shares of Croda International in a research report on Monday, July 20th. Finally, Barclays reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating on shares of Croda International in a research report on Monday, July 6th.

Shares of LON CRDA opened at GBX 5,730 ($70.51) on Tuesday. Croda International has a 52-week low of GBX 48.62 ($0.60) and a 52-week high of GBX 5,616 ($69.11). The firm has a market capitalization of $7.39 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.24. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of GBX 5,362.72 and a 200 day moving average price of GBX 4,942.40. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 72.48, a quick ratio of 0.86 and a current ratio of 1.69.

The company also recently disclosed a dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, October 1st. Investors of record on Thursday, August 20th will be paid a dividend of GBX 39.50 ($0.49) per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, August 20th. This represents a dividend yield of 0.71%. Croda International’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 58.58%.

In other Croda International news, insider Jez K. Maiden sold 6,832 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 5,020 ($61.78), for a total value of £342,966.40 ($422,060.55). Also, insider Steve Foots sold 27,243 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 5,013 ($61.69), for a total value of £1,365,691.59 ($1,680,644.34).

About Croda International

Croda International Plc creates, makes, and sells specialty chemicals in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America, Asia, and Latin America. The company operates in four segments: Personal Care, Life Sciences, Performance Technologies, and Industrial Chemicals. It offers adhesives; crop protection additives and adjuvants, seed enhancement and animal health chemicals, chemical bio-stimulants, and specialty additives for agricultural films; and lubricant additives, coatings and polymers, vehicle cleaning chemicals, and products for automotive textiles and fibers, as well as specialty additives for plastics, and battery and catalyst industries.

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