Insider Selling: Clorox Co (CLX) SVP Sells $1,101,670.56 in Stock

Clorox Co (NYSE:CLX) SVP Michael R. Costello sold 6,882 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $160.08, for a total transaction of $1,101,670.56. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Shares of NYSE CLX opened at $162.02 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.38, a current ratio of 1.07 and a quick ratio of 0.65. The stock has a market cap of $20.68 billion, a P/E ratio of 27.55, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.98 and a beta of 0.28. Clorox Co has a 1 year low of $113.57 and a 1 year high of $162.99.

Clorox (NYSE:CLX) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, October 31st. The company reported $1.62 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.59 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $1.56 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.53 billion. Clorox had a net margin of 13.59% and a return on equity of 102.65%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.46 earnings per share. As a group, research analysts forecast that Clorox Co will post 6.31 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 8th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, January 23rd will be issued a $0.96 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, January 22nd. This represents a $3.84 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.37%. Clorox’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 61.34%.

Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Berkshire Asset Management LLC PA raised its holdings in Clorox by 17.6% in the third quarter. Berkshire Asset Management LLC PA now owns 3,119 shares of the company’s stock worth $469,000 after buying an additional 467 shares during the last quarter. Carillon Tower Advisers Inc. raised its holdings in Clorox by 82.8% in the second quarter. Carillon Tower Advisers Inc. now owns 109,150 shares of the company’s stock worth $14,763,000 after buying an additional 49,450 shares during the last quarter. Legacy Advisors LLC purchased a new position in Clorox in the third quarter worth about $150,000. Victory Capital Management Inc. raised its holdings in Clorox by 0.4% in the second quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 105,329 shares of the company’s stock worth $14,246,000 after buying an additional 456 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. raised its holdings in Clorox by 7.2% in the second quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. now owns 63,730 shares of the company’s stock worth $8,620,000 after buying an additional 4,281 shares during the last quarter. 76.33% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Several equities research analysts have recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research reaffirmed a “sell” rating on shares of Clorox in a research report on Monday, November 12th. Citigroup raised their target price on shares of Clorox from $149.00 to $153.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, November 2nd. Barclays set a $138.00 target price on shares of Clorox and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 1st. BMO Capital Markets raised their target price on shares of Clorox from $153.00 to $165.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, November 2nd. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Clorox in a research report on Wednesday, October 31st. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $141.64.

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About Clorox

The Clorox Company manufactures and markets consumer and professional products worldwide. It operates through four segments: Cleaning, Household, Lifestyle, and International. The company offers laundry additives, including bleach products under the Clorox brand, as well as Clorox 2 stain fighter and color booster; home care products primarily under the Clorox, Formula 409, Liquid-Plumr, Pine-Sol, S.O.S, and Tilex brands; naturally derived products under the Green Works brand; and professional cleaning, disinfecting, and food service products under the Clorox, Dispatch, HealthLink, Clorox Healthcare, Hidden Valley, KC Masterpiece, and Soy Vay brands.

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