Chemed Corp. (NYSE:CHE) Releases FY17 Earnings Guidance

Chemed Corp. (NYSE:CHE) updated its FY17 earnings guidance on Thursday. The company provided earnings per share guidance of $8.35-$8.40 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus earnings per share estimate of $8.19.

A number of brokerages have recently weighed in on CHE. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. increased their target price on Chemed Corp. from $220.00 to $225.00 and gave the stock an outperform rating in a research note on Friday, October 27th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Chemed Corp. from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 13th. BidaskClub downgraded Chemed Corp. from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a hold rating and issued a $209.00 target price on shares of Chemed Corp. in a report on Monday, July 31st. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $236.00.

Chemed Corp. (CHE) traded down $0.01 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $231.12. The company had a trading volume of 97,500 shares, compared to its average volume of 93,727. The firm has a market cap of $3,690.00, a P/E ratio of 28.49, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 4.89 and a beta of 1.14. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.15, a quick ratio of 0.48 and a current ratio of 0.50. Chemed Corp. has a 12 month low of $143.87 and a 12 month high of $235.96.

Chemed Corp. (NYSE:CHE) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The company reported $2.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.00 by $0.15. Chemed Corp. had a return on equity of 27.69% and a net margin of 4.62%. The business had revenue of $417.40 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $414.34 million. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.73 EPS. Chemed Corp.’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.3% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts anticipate that Chemed Corp. will post 4.73 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 4th. Stockholders of record on Monday, November 13th will be given a $0.28 dividend. This represents a $1.12 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.48%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, November 10th. Chemed Corp.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 24.94%.

In other news, VP Naomi C. Dallob sold 750 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, October 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $222.09, for a total value of $166,567.50. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 9,097 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,020,352.73. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Patrick P. Grace sold 500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $201.48, for a total value of $100,740.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 4,515 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $909,682.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 15,650 shares of company stock valued at $3,480,193. Corporate insiders own 4.90% of the company’s stock.

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About Chemed Corp.

Chemed Corporation purchases, operates and divests subsidiaries engaged in various business activities. The Company operates through two segments: the VITAS segment (VITAS) and the Roto-Rooter segment (Roto-Rooter). The Company’s VITAS provides hospice and palliative care services to its patients through a network of physicians, registered nurses, home health aides, social workers, clergy and volunteers.

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