Analysts Expect South Jersey Industries Inc (SJI) Will Announce Earnings of -$0.18 Per Share

Equities research analysts expect South Jersey Industries Inc (NYSE:SJI) to post earnings of ($0.18) per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Two analysts have issued estimates for South Jersey Industries’ earnings, with the lowest EPS estimate coming in at ($0.30) and the highest estimate coming in at ($0.10). South Jersey Industries posted earnings of ($0.05) per share in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a negative year over year growth rate of 260%. The business is expected to issue its next earnings results on Thursday, November 1st.

On average, analysts expect that South Jersey Industries will report full year earnings of $1.60 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.58 to $1.63. For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the business will post earnings of $1.74 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.66 to $1.86. Zacks’ EPS averages are an average based on a survey of research analysts that follow South Jersey Industries.

South Jersey Industries (NYSE:SJI) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, August 8th. The utilities provider reported $0.07 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.04 by $0.03. South Jersey Industries had a negative net margin of 1.22% and a positive return on equity of 11.36%. The business had revenue of $227.33 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $254.54 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.06 earnings per share. South Jersey Industries’s quarterly revenue was down 7.0% on a year-over-year basis.

A number of equities analysts recently weighed in on SJI shares. ValuEngine raised shares of South Jersey Industries from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of South Jersey Industries from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $40.00 target price for the company in a research note on Thursday. TheStreet downgraded shares of South Jersey Industries from a “b+” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 9th. Morgan Stanley lifted their target price on shares of South Jersey Industries from $31.00 to $32.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Monday, July 16th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted their target price on shares of South Jersey Industries from $33.00 to $34.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, August 10th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $36.00.

Shares of NYSE SJI opened at $34.35 on Wednesday. South Jersey Industries has a twelve month low of $25.96 and a twelve month high of $36.72. The firm has a market cap of $3.02 billion, a P/E ratio of 28.67, a PEG ratio of 1.80 and a beta of 0.49. The company has a quick ratio of 1.12, a current ratio of 1.15 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.08.

In related news, Director Sunita Holzer purchased 1,500 shares of South Jersey Industries stock in a transaction on Monday, August 27th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $32.88 per share, for a total transaction of $49,320.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 25,866 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $850,474.08. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Company insiders own 0.64% of the company’s stock.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Hennessy Advisors Inc. grew its holdings in South Jersey Industries by 2.8% in the third quarter. Hennessy Advisors Inc. now owns 368,671 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $13,003,000 after purchasing an additional 10,000 shares during the period. United Services Automobile Association grew its holdings in South Jersey Industries by 12.3% in the second quarter. United Services Automobile Association now owns 14,021 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $469,000 after purchasing an additional 1,536 shares during the period. Northern Trust Corp grew its holdings in South Jersey Industries by 8.8% in the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 1,064,690 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $35,635,000 after purchasing an additional 86,383 shares during the period. FMR LLC grew its holdings in South Jersey Industries by 79.9% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 3,725,457 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $124,692,000 after purchasing an additional 1,655,127 shares during the period. Finally, Bank of New York Mellon Corp grew its holdings in South Jersey Industries by 3.7% in the second quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 1,476,797 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $49,428,000 after purchasing an additional 53,211 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 85.10% of the company’s stock.

South Jersey Industries Company Profile

South Jersey Industries, Inc, through its subsidiaries, provides energy-related products and services. The company engages in the purchase, transmission, and sale of natural gas. It also sells natural gas and pipeline transportation capacity on a wholesale basis to residential, commercial, and industrial customers on the interstate pipeline system, as well as transports natural gas, which is purchased directly from producers or suppliers to their customers.

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