International Paper (NYSE:IP) – Truist Financial lifted their Q1 2022 earnings estimates for International Paper in a research note issued to investors on Monday, January 31st. Truist Financial analyst M. Roxland now anticipates that the basic materials company will post earnings of $0.60 per share for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $0.56. Truist Financial has a “Hold” rating and a $50.00 price objective on the stock. Truist Financial also issued estimates for International Paper’s FY2022 earnings at $4.45 EPS, FY2023 earnings at $5.35 EPS and FY2024 earnings at $5.80 EPS. International Paper (NYSE:IP) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 27th. The basic materials company reported $0.78 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.89 by ($0.11). International Paper had a return on equity of 17.83% and a net margin of 8.04%. The company had revenue of $5.09 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.06 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.75 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.9% on a year-over-year basis.
IP has been the subject of a number of other reports. Wells Fargo & Company reduced their price objective on shares of International Paper from $78.00 to $65.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research note on Wednesday, January 12th. Royal Bank of Canada boosted their price target on shares of International Paper from $53.00 to $57.00 and gave the company a “sector perform” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 28th. Citigroup reduced their price target on shares of International Paper from $59.00 to $53.00 in a research report on Tuesday, January 4th. KeyCorp reduced their price target on shares of International Paper from $44.00 to $41.00 and set an “underweight” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, January 28th. Finally, Exane BNP Paribas lowered shares of International Paper from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $60.00 price target for the company. in a research report on Tuesday, October 19th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. Based on data from MarketBeat.com, the company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $57.60.
International Paper stock opened at $48.05 on Wednesday. International Paper has a 1-year low of $43.87 and a 1-year high of $65.27. The firm has a market capitalization of $18.61 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.80 and a beta of 0.93. The company has a current ratio of 1.71, a quick ratio of 1.27 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.59. The firm has a 50 day simple moving average of $47.16 and a 200 day simple moving average of $52.55.
International Paper announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase plan on Tuesday, October 12th that authorizes the company to buyback $2.00 billion in shares. This buyback authorization authorizes the basic materials company to reacquire up to 9.2% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback plans are generally a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, March 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 18th will be paid a $0.4625 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, February 17th. This represents a $1.85 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.85%. International Paper’s dividend payout ratio is presently 41.57%.
Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. D Orazio & Associates Inc. bought a new position in International Paper in the third quarter worth approximately $25,000. TCI Wealth Advisors Inc. increased its stake in shares of International Paper by 211.3% in the third quarter. TCI Wealth Advisors Inc. now owns 467 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $26,000 after purchasing an additional 317 shares in the last quarter. Lloyd Advisory Services LLC. grew its stake in International Paper by 107.6% during the third quarter. Lloyd Advisory Services LLC. now owns 492 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $27,000 after acquiring an additional 255 shares in the last quarter. Activest Wealth Management purchased a new position in shares of International Paper in the 2nd quarter worth $29,000. Finally, Canton Hathaway LLC grew its stake in shares of International Paper by 85.0% in the 3rd quarter. Canton Hathaway LLC now owns 555 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $31,000 after buying an additional 255 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 81.34% of the company’s stock.
About International Paper
International Paper Co engages in the manufacture of paper and packaging products. It operates through the following segments: Industrial Packaging, Global Cellulose Fibers, and Printing Papers. The Industrial Packaging segment is involved in manufacturing containerboards, which include linerboard, medium, whitetop, recycled linerboard, recycled medium, and saturating kraft.
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