Analysts Set J.Jill Inc (JILL) PT at $7.40

Shares of J.Jill Inc (NYSE:JILL) have been given a consensus recommendation of “Hold” by the nine brokerages that are covering the company, MarketBeat reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating on the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $7.40.

JILL has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered J.Jill from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, February 2nd. ValuEngine raised J.Jill from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 6th. TheStreet raised J.Jill from a “d+” rating to a “c” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 6th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co lowered their target price on J.Jill from $7.00 to $6.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, January 2nd.

JILL stock traded down $0.19 during trading on Friday, hitting $5.20. 27,713 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,039,071. The stock has a market cap of $235.81 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 7.22, a PEG ratio of 0.75 and a beta of 1.91. J.Jill has a 52-week low of $4.35 and a 52-week high of $9.62. The company has a quick ratio of 0.91, a current ratio of 1.69 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.13.

J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, March 6th. The specialty retailer reported $0.05 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.03 by $0.02. J.Jill had a return on equity of 15.80% and a net margin of 4.32%. The firm had revenue of $170.90 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $170.91 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.13 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was down 9.4% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, sell-side analysts anticipate that J.Jill will post 0.69 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a special dividend, which was paid on Monday, April 1st. Investors of record on Tuesday, March 19th were paid a dividend of $1.15 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, March 18th.

In related news, insider David Biese sold 171,429 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, March 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $6.85, for a total transaction of $1,174,288.65. Following the sale, the insider now owns 362,329 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,481,953.65. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 9.10% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Geode Capital Management LLC lifted its position in J.Jill by 5.7% during the fourth quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 153,468 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $817,000 after buying an additional 8,231 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its holdings in shares of J.Jill by 35.0% in the 4th quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,022,318 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $5,449,000 after purchasing an additional 265,140 shares during the period. B. Riley Wealth Management Inc. purchased a new position in shares of J.Jill in the 4th quarter worth about $107,000. D. E. Shaw & Co. Inc. purchased a new position in shares of J.Jill in the 4th quarter worth about $66,000. Finally, Stone Ridge Asset Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of J.Jill by 8.3% in the 4th quarter. Stone Ridge Asset Management LLC now owns 62,507 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $333,000 after purchasing an additional 4,772 shares during the period. 24.96% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About J.Jill

J.Jill, Inc operates as an Omni channel retailer women's apparel under the J.Jill brand name in the United States. The company offers knit and woven tops, bottoms, and dresses, as well as sweaters and outerwear; and complementary footwear and accessories, including scarves, jewelry, and hosiery for misses, petites, and women.

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