Papa Murphy’s (FRSH) Lowered to Sell at ValuEngine

ValuEngine lowered shares of Papa Murphy’s (NASDAQ:FRSH) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Papa Murphy’s from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Monday, March 19th.

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Shares of Papa Murphy’s stock opened at $5.01 on Wednesday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.31, a current ratio of 0.34 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.85. The company has a market cap of $85.02, a P/E ratio of 33.40, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.54 and a beta of 0.11. Papa Murphy’s has a 52 week low of $3.50 and a 52 week high of $6.80.

Papa Murphy’s (NASDAQ:FRSH) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, March 14th. The company reported $0.25 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.11 by $0.14. The company had revenue of $30.74 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $30.35 million. Papa Murphy’s had a positive return on equity of 7.96% and a negative net margin of 0.01%. equities analysts predict that Papa Murphy’s will post 0.25 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, major shareholder Mfp Partners Lp acquired 155,753 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, March 19th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $5.48 per share, for a total transaction of $853,526.44. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. In the last quarter, insiders acquired 292,891 shares of company stock valued at $1,573,307. 3.10% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its holdings in Papa Murphy’s by 4.0% in the second quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 48,466 shares of the company’s stock worth $212,000 after purchasing an additional 1,863 shares in the last quarter. Spark Investment Management LLC bought a new position in Papa Murphy’s in the fourth quarter worth $100,000. Millennium Management LLC raised its holdings in Papa Murphy’s by 106.8% in the fourth quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 60,240 shares of the company’s stock worth $324,000 after purchasing an additional 31,107 shares in the last quarter. Two Sigma Investments LP bought a new position in Papa Murphy’s in the fourth quarter worth $248,000. Finally, Fondren Management LP bought a new position in Papa Murphy’s in the fourth quarter worth $834,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 30.65% of the company’s stock.

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About Papa Murphy’s

Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and franchises Take ?N' Bake pizza stores. As of May 10, 2017, it operated approximately 1,500 stores franchised and corporate-owned pizza stores in 39 states, Canada, and United Arab Emirates. The company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington.

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