Jacqui Ferguson Acquires 78 Shares of Croda International Plc (CRDA) Stock

Croda International Plc (LON:CRDA) insider Jacqui Ferguson acquired 78 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, April 1st. The shares were bought at an average cost of GBX 5,077 ($66.34) per share, for a total transaction of £3,960.06 ($5,174.52).

Shares of CRDA stock traded up GBX 66 ($0.86) during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching GBX 5,150 ($67.29). The stock had a trading volume of 249,096 shares, compared to its average volume of 455,652. The company has a current ratio of 2.03, a quick ratio of 1.01 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 49.77. The stock has a market capitalization of $6.73 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.55. Croda International Plc has a 52-week low of GBX 4,360 ($56.97) and a 52-week high of GBX 5,330 ($69.65).

The company also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, May 30th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, April 11th will be given a dividend of GBX 164 ($2.14) per share. This is a boost from Croda International’s previous dividend of $38.00. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, April 11th. This represents a dividend yield of 3.24%. Croda International’s payout ratio is presently 0.54%.

A number of research firms recently weighed in on CRDA. HSBC reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Croda International in a research note on Tuesday, January 8th. Credit Suisse Group raised their price target on shares of Croda International from GBX 3,600 ($47.04) to GBX 3,900 ($50.96) and gave the company an “underperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 9th. Goldman Sachs Group raised their price target on shares of Croda International from GBX 4,905 ($64.09) to GBX 5,000 ($65.33) and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday, February 4th. Liberum Capital reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a GBX 4,600 ($60.11) price objective on shares of Croda International in a report on Tuesday, February 26th. Finally, Deutsche Bank reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a GBX 4,800 ($62.72) price objective on shares of Croda International in a report on Thursday, February 28th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. Croda International has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of GBX 4,840 ($63.24).

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Croda International Company Profile

Croda International Plc creates, makes, and sells specialty chemicals in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America, Asia, and Latin America. The company operates in four segments: Personal Care, Life Sciences, Performance Technologies, and Industrial Chemicals. It offers adhesives; crop protection additives and adjuvants, seed enhancement and animal health chemicals, chemical bio-stimulants, and specialty additives for agricultural films; and lubricant additives, coatings and polymers, vehicle cleaning chemicals, and products for automotive textiles and fibers, as well as specialty additives for plastics, and battery and catalyst industries.

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