GRATRY & Co LLC Buys 3,692 Shares of Allergan PLC. (AGN)

GRATRY & Co LLC grew its holdings in Allergan PLC. (NYSE:AGN) by 61.3% during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 9,713 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 3,692 shares during the period. Allergan PLC. comprises about 2.9% of GRATRY & Co LLC’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 9th biggest position. GRATRY & Co LLC’s holdings in Allergan PLC. were worth $2,361,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in the company. Veritas Asset Management LLP bought a new stake in Allergan PLC. during the first quarter worth approximately $761,339,000. Iridian Asset Management LLC CT increased its stake in Allergan PLC. by 141.3% during the first quarter. Iridian Asset Management LLC CT now owns 1,283,833 shares of the company’s stock worth $306,733,000 after acquiring an additional 751,848 shares during the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC bought a new stake in Allergan PLC. during the first quarter worth approximately $124,255,000. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its stake in Allergan PLC. by 2.2% during the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 22,835,689 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,551,128,000 after acquiring an additional 482,220 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Blue Ridge Capital L.L.C. grew its stake in shares of Allergan PLC. by 24.1% during the first quarter. Blue Ridge Capital L.L.C. now owns 1,909,900 shares of the company’s stock valued at $456,313,000 after buying an additional 370,400 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 82.04% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Allergan PLC. (NYSE AGN) traded up 1.41% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $178.82. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 3,836,922 shares. The stock has a market capitalization of $59.78 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 5.45 and a beta of 1.15. The company has a 50 day moving average of $208.20 and a 200-day moving average of $229.12. Allergan PLC. has a 52 week low of $175.21 and a 52 week high of $256.80.

Allergan PLC. (NYSE:AGN) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The company reported $4.02 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.95 by $0.07. Allergan PLC. had a net margin of 79.17% and a return on equity of 7.37%. The company had revenue of $4.01 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.95 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $3.35 EPS. Allergan PLC.’s revenue was up 8.8% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts predict that Allergan PLC. will post $16.21 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 17th will be given a dividend of $0.70 per share. This represents a $2.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.57%. Allergan PLC.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 9.95%.

Allergan PLC. declared that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock buyback program on Monday, September 25th that allows the company to repurchase $2.00 billion in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization allows the company to buy up to 2.8% of its shares through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are generally a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

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AGN has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Morgan Stanley cut Allergan PLC. from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and cut their target price for the company from $284.00 to $228.00 in a research note on Wednesday, September 20th. J P Morgan Chase & Co set a $275.00 price objective on Allergan PLC. and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, October 22nd. Cowen and Company reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $400.00 price objective on shares of Allergan PLC. in a research note on Tuesday, August 29th. Zacks Investment Research raised Allergan PLC. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $270.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, July 11th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of Allergan PLC. in a research note on Monday, September 11th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Allergan PLC. presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $252.39.

Allergan PLC. Company Profile

Allergan, Inc is a multi-specialty healthcare company. The Company focuses on developing and commercializing pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and over-the-counter (OTC) products. It discovers, develops and commercializes a range of products for the ophthalmic, neurological, medical aesthetics, medical dermatology, breast aesthetics, urological and other specialty markets.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Allergan PLC. (NYSE:AGN)

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