Ardmore Shipping (NYSE:ASC) Upgraded by StockNews.com to “Buy”

StockNews.com upgraded shares of Ardmore Shipping (NYSE:ASCFree Report) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report sent to investors on Thursday.

ASC has been the subject of a number of other reports. Stifel Nicolaus upped their price objective on Ardmore Shipping from $20.00 to $21.00 and gave the stock a buy rating in a research note on Friday, February 16th. Jefferies Financial Group reissued a buy rating and set a $20.00 price target on shares of Ardmore Shipping in a report on Thursday, February 15th.

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Ardmore Shipping Trading Up 4.1 %

Ardmore Shipping stock opened at $16.28 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.15, a quick ratio of 3.38 and a current ratio of 3.75. Ardmore Shipping has a 1 year low of $11.59 and a 1 year high of $17.17. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $16.23 and its 200-day moving average is $14.76. The company has a market cap of $661.41 million, a P/E ratio of 5.96 and a beta of 0.38.

Ardmore Shipping (NYSE:ASCGet Free Report) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, February 15th. The shipping company reported $0.63 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.61 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $98.80 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $64.26 million. Ardmore Shipping had a net margin of 29.50% and a return on equity of 22.76%. Ardmore Shipping’s revenue was down 25.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.33 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts expect that Ardmore Shipping will post 2.6 earnings per share for the current year.

Ardmore Shipping Increases Dividend

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 29th were given a dividend of $0.21 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, February 28th. This is an increase from Ardmore Shipping’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.16. This represents a $0.84 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 5.16%. Ardmore Shipping’s payout ratio is currently 30.77%.

Institutional Trading of Ardmore Shipping

Large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Clear Street Markets LLC acquired a new position in Ardmore Shipping during the 1st quarter worth $36,000. Eqis Capital Management Inc. acquired a new stake in Ardmore Shipping in the first quarter worth about $46,000. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC lifted its holdings in Ardmore Shipping by 253.8% in the third quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 4,621 shares of the shipping company’s stock worth $60,000 after purchasing an additional 3,315 shares during the period. Quadrant Capital Group LLC grew its position in Ardmore Shipping by 87.3% in the 4th quarter. Quadrant Capital Group LLC now owns 4,382 shares of the shipping company’s stock valued at $62,000 after buying an additional 2,042 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Virtu Financial LLC acquired a new position in Ardmore Shipping during the 1st quarter valued at about $68,000. 62.22% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About Ardmore Shipping

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Ardmore Shipping Corporation engages in the seaborne transportation of petroleum products and chemicals worldwide. The company's fleet consists of 22 owned vessels including 21 Eco-design and 1 Eco-mod vessel, and four chartered-in vessels. It serves oil majors, oil companies, oil and chemical traders, chemical companies, and pooling service providers.

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