Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (SWM) Receives Average Recommendation of “Buy” from Analysts

Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM) has been assigned an average broker rating score of 2.00 (Buy) from the two brokers that provide coverage for the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold recommendation and one has given a strong buy recommendation to the company.

Analysts have set a one year consensus price target of $46.00 for the company and are predicting that the company will post $0.96 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned Schweitzer-Mauduit International an industry rank of 238 out of 256 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

A number of analysts recently issued reports on the stock. TheStreet upgraded shares of Schweitzer-Mauduit International from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Friday, February 22nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Schweitzer-Mauduit International from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, May 18th.

A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in SWM. BlackRock Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Schweitzer-Mauduit International by 0.8% during the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 4,526,624 shares of the company’s stock valued at $175,270,000 after acquiring an additional 35,605 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Schweitzer-Mauduit International by 1.5% during the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 3,210,480 shares of the company’s stock valued at $122,994,000 after acquiring an additional 46,751 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its holdings in shares of Schweitzer-Mauduit International by 2.7% during the first quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,698,911 shares of the company’s stock valued at $65,782,000 after acquiring an additional 44,534 shares during the period. Boston Partners boosted its holdings in shares of Schweitzer-Mauduit International by 18.8% during the first quarter. Boston Partners now owns 1,324,118 shares of the company’s stock valued at $51,270,000 after acquiring an additional 209,830 shares during the period. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company MN boosted its holdings in shares of Schweitzer-Mauduit International by 0.8% during the first quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 1,253,551 shares of the company’s stock valued at $48,538,000 after acquiring an additional 9,679 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 90.34% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NYSE SWM traded down $0.42 during trading on Tuesday, reaching $30.83. 1,812 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 329,381. The company has a current ratio of 3.08, a quick ratio of 1.97 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.10. The stock has a market cap of $965.38 million, a P/E ratio of 8.90 and a beta of 1.62. Schweitzer-Mauduit International has a twelve month low of $24.35 and a twelve month high of $44.92.

Schweitzer-Mauduit International (NYSE:SWM) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 1st. The company reported $0.68 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.78 by ($0.10). The company had revenue of $258.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $274.50 million. Schweitzer-Mauduit International had a return on equity of 18.45% and a net margin of 8.81%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 1.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.83 EPS. On average, research analysts expect that Schweitzer-Mauduit International will post 3.45 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 21st. Shareholders of record on Friday, May 24th will be paid a dividend of $0.44 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 23rd. This represents a $1.76 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.71%. Schweitzer-Mauduit International’s payout ratio is 50.57%.

About Schweitzer-Mauduit International

Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides engineered solutions and advanced materials for various industries worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Engineered Papers and Advanced Materials & Structures. The Engineered Papers segment produces and sells cigarette papers, reconstituted tobacco leaf, and wrapper and binder products to cigarette and cigar manufacturers; and other non-tobacco paper products.

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