Zacks: Analysts Anticipate Aramark (ARMK) Will Announce Quarterly Sales of $3.90 Billion

Wall Street brokerages expect Aramark (NYSE:ARMK) to report sales of $3.90 billion for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Twelve analysts have issued estimates for Aramark’s earnings, with the highest sales estimate coming in at $4.00 billion and the lowest estimate coming in at $3.78 billion. Aramark reported sales of $3.62 billion in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year-over-year growth rate of 7.7%. The business is scheduled to report its next quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, May 8th.

On average, analysts expect that Aramark will report full year sales of $3.90 billion for the current financial year, with estimates ranging from $15.18 billion to $16.01 billion. For the next fiscal year, analysts forecast that the company will post sales of $16.37 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $15.68 billion to $16.90 billion. Zacks Investment Research’s sales averages are an average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that cover Aramark.

Aramark (NYSE:ARMK) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, February 6th. The company reported $0.54 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.51 by $0.03. Aramark had a return on equity of 18.68% and a net margin of 3.65%. The business had revenue of $3.97 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.88 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.55 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.2% compared to the same quarter last year.

ARMK has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Stifel Nicolaus initiated coverage on Aramark in a research report on Tuesday, December 19th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $50.00 price target on the stock. Barclays upped their price target on Aramark from $45.00 to $47.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Friday, December 22nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Aramark from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 22nd. Nomura reduced their price target on Aramark from $47.00 to $45.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, November 15th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $50.00 price target on shares of Aramark in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, six have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $47.00.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in ARMK. BlackRock Inc. boosted its position in shares of Aramark by 2.3% during the 4th quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 13,588,423 shares of the company’s stock valued at $580,771,000 after purchasing an additional 302,749 shares in the last quarter. Atlanta Capital Management Co. L L C boosted its position in shares of Aramark by 2.4% during the 4th quarter. Atlanta Capital Management Co. L L C now owns 10,219,239 shares of the company’s stock valued at $436,770,000 after purchasing an additional 238,109 shares in the last quarter. First Manhattan Co. boosted its position in shares of Aramark by 7.4% during the 4th quarter. First Manhattan Co. now owns 5,187,057 shares of the company’s stock valued at $221,694,000 after purchasing an additional 355,984 shares in the last quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Aramark by 6.5% during the 4th quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC now owns 3,516,803 shares of the company’s stock valued at $150,308,000 after purchasing an additional 214,992 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Frontier Capital Management Co. LLC boosted its position in shares of Aramark by 0.3% during the 3rd quarter. Frontier Capital Management Co. LLC now owns 3,466,544 shares of the company’s stock valued at $140,776,000 after purchasing an additional 10,207 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 91.70% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Aramark (NYSE:ARMK) traded down $0.15 on Monday, reaching $41.37. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 502,996 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,400,029. Aramark has a fifty-two week low of $35.56 and a fifty-two week high of $46.09. The company has a current ratio of 1.40, a quick ratio of 1.09 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.56. The firm has a market cap of $10,182.34, a PE ratio of 19.34, a PEG ratio of 1.74 and a beta of 0.51.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 1st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 14th will be given a $0.105 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 13th. This represents a $0.42 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.02%. Aramark’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 19.53%.

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About Aramark

Aramark is a global provider of food, facilities and uniform services to education, healthcare, business and industry, and sports, leisure and corrections clients. The Company operates through three segments: Food and Support Services North America (FSS North America), Food and Support Services International (FSS International), and Uniform and Career Apparel (Uniform).

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