J.Jill’s (NYSE:JILL) “Hold” Rating Reaffirmed at Royal Bank of Canada

Royal Bank of Canada reiterated their hold rating on shares of J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) in a report released on Friday, March 16th. The brokerage currently has a $6.00 target price on the specialty retailer’s stock.

A number of other equities analysts also recently issued reports on JILL. Zacks Investment Research upgraded J.Jill from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, December 6th. ValuEngine downgraded J.Jill from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Sunday, December 31st. Finally, SunTrust Banks set a $5.00 price objective on J.Jill and gave the stock a hold rating in a report on Thursday, March 15th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $7.57.

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Shares of NYSE:JILL traded down $0.07 during trading on Friday, reaching $4.80. 623,718 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,309,752. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.63, a quick ratio of 0.48 and a current ratio of 1.27. The firm has a market cap of $213.05 and a PE ratio of 6.08. J.Jill has a 52-week low of $4.17 and a 52-week high of $14.25.

J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, March 15th. The specialty retailer reported $0.13 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.08 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $188.70 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $179.64 million. J.Jill had a return on equity of 24.25% and a net margin of 7.93%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 13.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.08 earnings per share. research analysts predict that J.Jill will post 0.69 EPS for the current year.

In related news, Director Michael A. Eck bought 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, March 21st. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $4.53 per share, with a total value of $45,300.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now owns 22,707 shares in the company, valued at approximately $102,862.71. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 8.70% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in JILL. Wasatch Advisors Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of J.Jill during the fourth quarter valued at $9,814,000. Cooper Creek Partners Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of J.Jill during the fourth quarter valued at $3,091,000. J. Goldman & Co LP boosted its position in shares of J.Jill by 233.3% during the fourth quarter. J. Goldman & Co LP now owns 450,000 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $3,510,000 after buying an additional 315,000 shares during the last quarter. RK Capital Management LLC boosted its position in shares of J.Jill by 94.1% during the third quarter. RK Capital Management LLC now owns 499,094 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $5,435,000 after buying an additional 241,927 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Boston Partners boosted its position in J.Jill by 93.8% in the third quarter. Boston Partners now owns 483,888 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $5,270,000 after purchasing an additional 234,190 shares during the last quarter. 23.97% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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J.Jill Company Profile

J.Jill, Inc (J.Jill) operates as a specialty retailer in the women’s apparel industry. J.Jill is a women’s apparel brand focused on customer in the 40-65 age segment. The Company operates an integrated omni-channel platform that is diversified across its retail stores, Website and catalogs. It operates in the retail and direct channels segment.

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