BlackRock Fund Advisors recently announced the acquisition of new stake in CSG Systems International Inc. (NASDAQ:CSGS). The institutional investor has increased its shareholding in the Technology company by 0.92% to 5.06 million shares with purchase of 45929.0 shares. This fresh investment now brings its stake to 16.07% valued currently at $289.62 million. In addition, The Vanguard Group, Inc. raised its holdings by 60838.0 to 4.1 million shares. And LSV Asset Management has lifted its position by 4.10% or 48022.0 shares – to 1.22 million shares.
With over 81402.0 CSG Systems International Inc. (CSGS) shares trading Tuesday and a closing price of $58.22 on the day, the dollar volume was approximately $4.74 million. The shares have shown a negative half year performance of -7.81% and its price on 01/24/23 lost nearly -0.31%. Currently, there are 30.94M common shares owned by the public and among those 30.53M shares have been available to trade.
An analysis of what Wall Street brokers have to say about the expected price targets for this stock gives us this picture: 4 analysts who have offered their price forecasts for CSGS have a consensus price objective of $72.67. The analysts have set the share’s price value over the next 12 months at a high of $75.00 and a low of $70.00. The average price target is 19.88% above its recent price level and an upside to the estimated low will see the stock gain 16.83% over that period. But an upside of 22.37% will see the stock hit the forecast high price target while median target price for the stock is $73.00.
Insiders at the company have transacted a total of 48 times over the past 12 months, according to data filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 27 of these insider trades were purchases, accounting for 217,475 shares. Insider sales of the common stock occurred on 21 occasions, with total insider shares sold totaling 80,916 shares.
The top 3 mutual fund holders in CSG Systems International Inc. are iShares Core S&P Small Cap ETF, First Trust Value Line Dividend I, and Capitol Series Trust – Fuller & T. iShares Core S&P Small Cap ETF owns 2.24 million shares of the company’s stock, all valued at over $128.06 million. The company sold 5535.0 shares recently to bring their total holdings to about 7.11% of the shares outstanding. Capitol Series Trust – Fuller & T sold 8583.0 shares to bring its total holdings to over 1.04 million shares at a value of $59.56 million. Capitol Series Trust – Fuller & T now owns shares totaling to 3.31% of the shares outstanding.
Shares of CSG Systems International Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGS) opened at $58.25, down -$0.15 from a prior closing price of $58.40. However, the script later moved the day high at 58.34, down -0.31%. The company’s stock has a 5-day price change of -0.09% and -4.45% over the past three months. CSGS shares are trading 1.78% year to date (YTD), with the 12-month market performance up to 3.61% higher. It has a 12-month low price of $52.42 and touched a high of $66.58 over the same period. CSGS has an average intraday trading volume of 172.67K shares. The stock is trading above its simple moving averages at the SMA20, SMA50, and SMA200, as the current price level is off by 0.92%, -0.28%, and -1.39% respectively.
Institutional ownership of CSG Systems International Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGS) shares accounts for 99.01% of the company’s 30.94M shares outstanding. Mutual fund holders own 37.65%, while other institutional holders and individual stakeholders account for 60.33% and 17.32% respectively.
It has a market capitalization of $1.80B and a beta (3y monthly) value of 0.86. The stock’s trailing 12-month PE ratio is 44.72, while the earnings-per-share (ttm) stands at $1.30. The company has a PEG of 6.39 and a Quick Ratio of 1.60 with the debt-to-equity ratio at 1.25. Price movements for the stock have been influenced by the stock’s volatility, which stands at 1.85% over the week and 1.95% over the month.
Analysts forecast that CSG Systems International Inc. (CSGS) will achieve an EPS of $0.9 for the current quarter, $0.97 for the next quarter and $3.87 for 2023. The lowest estimate earnings-per-share for the quarter is $0.88 while analysts give the company a high EPS estimate of $0.92. Comparatively, EPS for the current quarter was $0.88 a year ago. Earnings per share for the fiscal year are expected to increase by 24.20%, and 2.85% over the next financial year. EPS should grow at an annualized rate of 7.00% over the next five years, compared to 3.50% over the past 5-year period.
If you are looking to buy this stock, then you may note that the average analyst recommendation by 4 brokerage firm advisors rate CSG Systems International Inc. (CSGS) as a “Strong Buy” at a consensus score of 1.20. Specifically, 4 Wall Street analysts polled rate the stock as a buy, while 0 of the 4 advise that investors “hold,” and 0 rated it as a “Sell.”
Looking at the support for the CSGS, a number of firms have released research notes about the stock. Oppenheimer stated their Outperform rating for the stock in a research note on November 22, 2022, with the firm’s price target at $75. The Benchmark Company coverage for the CSG Systems International Inc. (CSGS) stock in a research note released on August 19, 2022 offered a Buy rating with a price target of $73. William Blair was of a view on December 21, 2021 that the stock is Outperform, while Sidoti gave the stock Buy rating on March 10, 2020, issuing a price target of $52. Sidoti on their part issued Neutral rating on August 26, 2019.