Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE:GPK) stock is currently pricing at roughly $13.74. 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 10 analysts covering the company at $15.50. That suggests shares of the stock may have another 11 percent to the upside left to run. Of those analysts we surveyed, the highest price target on recordsits at $16.20, which would imply another 82 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, 3 rate the stock a “strong buy”, suggesting more conviction in the story. As for the doubters, 4 equity research analyst firms call this stock a “Hold” and 0 consider it bad enough to warrant a “Sell” rating.
Analysts at Jefferies took a look at GPK shares in a research note released on Jan 20, 2017, and issued a Hold rating to this company. BofA/Merrill analysts provided their own take on company recently as well. In a research note published on Dec 07, 2016,the house assigned a Buy rating to this stock. According to a piece that hit the wires on Oct 03, 2016, researchers at BofA/Merrill reconsidered their prior rating on the stock, and lowered it from Buy Perform to Neutral.
Graphic Packaging Holding Company (GPK) Cap Table Analysis
Breaking down the capitalization table is our next goal. From a bird’s eye view, Executives hold 2.34 percent of the stock.
If we take a more granular look, Mr. David W. Scheible 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 922,678 shares, representing a total current market value of roughly $12677595.72. Donald W. Sturdivant is another major player among company insiders, currently holding 836,608 shares as of 0.27%, carrying a current market value of $11494993.92. Mr. Michael P. Doss is currently ranked as the number three insider in terms of representation on the cap table for the stock, holding 796,703 shares, valued at around $10946699.22 as of recent close.
We noted a few insider transactions for the stock recently as well.
In a transaction on 2017-02-28, the company’s Director LOGAN HAROLD R JR sold 9,200 company shares for 124570. That means, once accounting for this transaction, the Director is left with a stake of 48,876 shares, carrying a current total market value of $671556. In addition, by means of a transaction dated 2016-08-16, Director LOGAN HAROLD R JR sold 14,568 shares worth $203810. After that transaction, this investor is left with a total holding of 58,076 shares, representing a total investment value of $797964.24. We also noted a 2016-05-13 transaction in which GPK Chairman SCHEIBLE DAVID W sold 150,000 shares at a stock price of $13.24, carrying a total value of $1986000, after which, this insider’s investment stands at 922,678 shares, with an overall financial value of $12677596.
Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE:GPK) Earnings View
In the company’s last quarter, GPK EPS moved to $0.14 from $0.14 compared sequentially with the prior quarter. Revenues for the company came in at $1.06BM. This stacks up against $1.06BM, 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 $0.12 per share on $1.04BM 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 $0.14 to $0.19. On a year-over-year basis, that compares with an EPS comp of $0.19.