CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) stock is currently pricing at roughly $26.73. Our analysis shows that the stock is widely covered by equity research firms, and target prices are revealing. From a summary standpoint, we track the median one-year price target among 17 analysts covering the company at $31.00. That suggests shares of the stock may have another 14 percent to the upside left to run. Of those analysts we surveyed, the highest price target on recordsits at $40.00, which would imply another 50 percent in upside potential. If we look for a little more qualitative data on the range of expectations, we find in analyst notes that the stock has 5 “Buy” ratings in place. At the same time, 1 rate the stock a “strong buy”, suggesting more conviction in the story. As for the doubters, 11 equity research analyst firms call this stock a “Hold” and 0 consider it bad enough to warrant a “Sell” rating.
Analysts at Goldman took a look at CF shares in a research note released on Mar 20, 2017, and issued a Buy rating to this company. BofA/Merrill analysts provided their own take on company recently as well. In a research note published on Jan 20, 2017,the house assigned a Buy rating to this stock. According to a piece that hit the wires on Jan 10, 2017, researchers at UBS reconsidered their prior rating on the stock, and lowered it from Buy Perform to Neutral.
CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF) Cap Table Analysis
Breaking down the capitalization table is our next goal. From a bird’s eye view, Executives hold 0.15 percent of the stock.
If we take a more granular look, W. Anthony Will is one of the largest owners in company capital stock among insiders. According to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, this investor owns 217,700 shares, representing a total current market value of roughly $5819121. Mr. Stephen R. Wilson is another major player among company insiders, currently holding 99,327 shares as of less than 0.1%, carrying a current market value of $2655010.71. Robert C. Arzbaecher is currently ranked as the number three insider in terms of representation on the cap table for the stock, holding 88,443 shares, valued at around $2364081.39 as of recent close.
We noted a few insider transactions for the stock recently as well.
In a transaction on 2016-08-16, the company’s Director ARZBAECHER ROBERT C Purchased 21,600 company shares for 502200. That means, once accounting for this transaction, the Director is left with a stake of 90,993 shares, carrying a current total market value of $2432243. In addition, by means of a transaction dated 2016-05-24, Director ARZBAECHER ROBERT C purchased 17,275 shares worth $485430. After that transaction, this investor is left with a total holding of 69,393 shares, representing a total investment value of $1854874.89. We also noted a 2016-05-24 transaction in which CF Sr. VP, Manufacturing Bohn Christopher D purchased 12,500 shares at a stock price of $27.92, carrying a total value of $349000, after which, this insider’s investment stands at 31,718 shares, with an overall financial value of $847822.
CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) Earnings View
In the company’s last quarter, CF EPS moved to $-0.39 from $0.13 compared sequentially with the prior quarter. Revenues for the company came in at $867MM. This stacks up against $680MM, on a sequential basis.
How does this compare with bottom and top-line expectations? Well, according to what we could find, analysts had been looking for the company to post net income of about $-0.05 per share on $908.63MM in revenue. That sets up an interesting next quarter report card. We would note that analysts seem to be projecting earnings, on average, for this quarter in the range of $0.03 to $0.41. On a year-over-year basis, that compares with an EPS comp of $0.40.