Paragon Capital Management LLC Purchases New Position in Chemed Co. (CHE)

Paragon Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Chemed Co. (NYSE:CHE) in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm purchased 125 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $40,000.

Other large investors have also modified their holdings of the company. Hollencrest Capital Management raised its position in Chemed by 5.9% during the 1st quarter. Hollencrest Capital Management now owns 768 shares of the company’s stock worth $246,000 after buying an additional 43 shares during the last quarter. First Hawaiian Bank increased its holdings in shares of Chemed by 21.3% in the 4th quarter. First Hawaiian Bank now owns 290 shares of the company’s stock valued at $82,000 after purchasing an additional 51 shares in the last quarter. Arizona State Retirement System increased its holdings in shares of Chemed by 0.6% in the 4th quarter. Arizona State Retirement System now owns 11,492 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,255,000 after purchasing an additional 68 shares in the last quarter. Bremer Trust National Association purchased a new position in shares of Chemed in the 4th quarter valued at about $25,000. Finally, Captrust Financial Advisors increased its holdings in shares of Chemed by 32.3% in the 4th quarter. Captrust Financial Advisors now owns 373 shares of the company’s stock valued at $106,000 after purchasing an additional 91 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 88.29% of the company’s stock.

Shares of CHE traded up $2.99 during trading hours on Monday, reaching $327.44. The company had a trading volume of 63,246 shares, compared to its average volume of 130,878. The company has a quick ratio of 0.80, a current ratio of 0.83 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.15. The company has a market capitalization of $5.18 billion, a PE ratio of 27.45, a P/E/G ratio of 2.87 and a beta of 1.20. Chemed Co. has a 12-month low of $260.03 and a 12-month high of $335.99.

Chemed (NYSE:CHE) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 20th. The company reported $3.35 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $3.27 by $0.08. The business had revenue of $457.51 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $460.50 million. Chemed had a net margin of 11.53% and a return on equity of 36.06%. The business’s revenue was up 6.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $2.32 EPS. On average, research analysts anticipate that Chemed Co. will post 12.77 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 22nd. Shareholders of record on Monday, March 4th were issued a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, March 1st. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.37%. Chemed’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 10.06%.

In other Chemed news, CEO Kevin J. Mcnamara sold 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $323.47, for a total transaction of $1,617,350.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 155,094 shares in the company, valued at approximately $50,168,256.18. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director George J. Walsh III sold 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $328.07, for a total transaction of $328,070.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 7,663 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,514,000.41. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 14,599 shares of company stock valued at $4,754,381 over the last 90 days. 4.82% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

CHE has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Chemed from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 2nd. Royal Bank of Canada increased their price target on shares of Chemed from $313.00 to $318.00 and gave the company a “sector perform” rating in a report on Monday, February 25th.

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About Chemed

Chemed Corporation provides hospice and palliative care services to patients through a network of physicians, registered nurses, home health aides, social workers, clergy, and volunteers in the United States. It operates through two segments, VITAS and Roto-Rooter. The company also offers plumbing, drain cleaning, water restoration, and other related services to residential and commercial customers through company-owned and independent contractors, and franchised locations.

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