The Vanguard Group, Inc. recently announced the acquisition of new stake in Zurn Elkay Water Solutions Corporation (NYSE:ZWS). The institutional investor has increased its shareholding in the Industrials company by 2.51% to 13.44 million shares with purchase of 0.33 million shares. This fresh investment now brings its stake to 7.70% valued currently at $289.6 million. In addition, Wellington Management Co. LLP raised its holdings by 5.32 million to 12.43 million shares. And Impax Asset Management Ltd. has lifted its position by 1.99% or 0.22 million shares – to 11.5 million shares.
With over 1.4 million Zurn Elkay Water Solutions Corporation (ZWS) shares trading Tuesday and a closing price of $22.39 on the day, the dollar volume was approximately $31.46 million. The shares have shown a negative half year performance of -6.08% and its price on 05/23/23 lost nearly -1.41%. Currently, there are 176.42M common shares owned by the public and among those 173.46M shares have been available to trade.
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An analysis of what Wall Street brokers have to say about the expected price targets for this stock gives us this picture: 6 analysts who have offered their price forecasts for ZWS have a consensus price objective of $25.50. The analysts have set the share’s price value over the next 12 months at a high of $28.00 and a low of $23.00. The average price target is 12.2% above its recent price level and an upside to the estimated low will see the stock gain 2.65% over that period. But an upside of 20.04% will see the stock hit the forecast high price target while median target price for the stock is $25.50.
Insiders at the company have transacted a total of 50 times over the past 12 months, according to data filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 39 of these insider trades were purchases, accounting for 3,573,797 shares. Insider sales of the common stock occurred on 11 occasions, with total insider shares sold totaling 97,154 shares.
The top 3 mutual fund holders in Zurn Elkay Water Solutions Corporation are Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF, Vanguard Explorer Fund, and Vanguard Small Cap Index Fund. Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF owns 4.39 million shares of the company’s stock, all valued at over $94.51 million. The company bought an additional 28819.0 shares recently to bring their total holdings to about 2.51% of the shares outstanding. Vanguard Explorer Fund bought 60976.0 shares to see its total holdings expand to 3.7 million shares valued at over $79.79 million and representing 2.12% of the shares outstanding. Vanguard Small Cap Index Fund sold 20374.0 shares to bring its total holdings to over 3.69 million shares at a value of $79.46 million. Vanguard Small Cap Index Fund now owns shares totaling to 2.11% of the shares outstanding.
Shares of Zurn Elkay Water Solutions Corporation (NYSE: ZWS) opened at $22.52, down -$0.19 from a prior closing price of $22.71. However, the script later moved the day high at 22.82, down -1.41%. The company’s stock has a 5-day price change of 4.87% and -2.48% over the past three months. ZWS shares are trading 5.86% year to date (YTD), with the 12-month market performance down to -16.17% lower. It has a 12-month low price of $19.29 and touched a high of $32.86 over the same period. ZWS has an average intraday trading volume of 1.29 million shares. The stock is trading above its simple moving averages at the SMA20, SMA50, and SMA200, as the current price level is off by 4.19%, 6.39%, and -5.01% respectively.
Institutional ownership of Zurn Elkay Water Solutions Corporation (NYSE: ZWS) shares accounts for 78.70% of the company’s 176.42M shares outstanding. Mutual fund holders own 33.67%, while other institutional holders and individual stakeholders account for 47.53% and 18.33% respectively.
It has a market capitalization of $3.98B and a beta (3y monthly) value of 1.27. The stock’s trailing 12-month PE ratio is 62.54, while the earnings-per-share (ttm) stands at $0.36. The company has a PEG of 3.68 and a Quick Ratio of 1.40 with the debt-to-equity ratio at 0.35. Price movements for the stock have been influenced by the stock’s volatility, which stands at 3.07% over the week and 3.12% over the month.
Analysts forecast that Zurn Elkay Water Solutions Corporation (ZWS) will achieve an EPS of $0.22 for the current quarter, $0.27 for the next quarter and $1.05 for 2024. The lowest estimate earnings-per-share for the quarter is $0.2 while analysts give the company a high EPS estimate of $0.23. Comparatively, EPS for the current quarter was $0.32 a year ago. Earnings per share for the fiscal year are expected to decrease by -7.30%, and 19.05% over the next financial year. EPS should grow at an annualized rate of 17.00% over the next five years, compared to -17.20% over the past 5-year period.
If you are looking to buy this stock, then you may note that the average analyst recommendation by 6 brokerage firm advisors rate Zurn Elkay Water Solutions Corporation (ZWS) as a “Strong Buy” at a consensus score of 1.80. Specifically, 5 Wall Street analysts polled rate the stock as a buy, while 1 of the 6 advise that investors “hold,” and 0 rated it as a “Sell.”
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