In the world of finance, nothing is more fascinating than the moves of major investors. And when it comes to stake purchases, few have been as interesting as Xponance Inc.’s latest acquisition. The investment firm has recently purchased a new stake in shares of Ball Co. (NYSE:BALL), according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The new stake comes in at a total of 53,667 shares, valued at approximately $2,745,000.
This move has raised plenty of eyebrows because Ball’s performance has had mixed results in recent months. During the fourth quarter, for instance, Ball’s revenue was $3.55 billion – a figure that fell short of expectations by over $100 million. Meanwhile, its earnings per share were also lower than expected at $0.44 – down from $0.97 during the same period last year.
Despite these setbacks, however, some experts see promise for Ball Co.’s future prospects. In particular, analysts from JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup and Mizuho have all upped their price objectives on shares of Ball since the fourth quarter results came out. Overall sentiment among analysts remains divided though, with eleven hold ratings compared to just two buy ratings for the company.
Given this backdrop and Xponance Inc.’s purchase history and prior instincts as an investment firm in concert with evolving consensus among brokerage firms favoring confidence or even optimism on this near-term opportunity, many are looking closely to see if Xponance’s move will prompt other investors to follow suit.
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Investors Increase Positions in Ball, Boosting Shareholder Value
Investors have made significant changes to their positions in Ball, a leading producer of innovative packaging solutions, resulting in an increased shareholder value. Allworth Financial LP has increased its holdings by 48.2% during the fourth quarter and now owns 861 shares valued at $44,000 after acquiring an additional 280 shares during the period. Covington Capital Management also acquired a new position in Ball in the third quarter valued at approximately $26,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own over 82% of the company’s stock.
Despite these developments, Ball’s stock opened on Tuesday at $55.08 with a current ratio of 0.78 and a quick ratio of 0.47. The company’s market cap stands at $17.32 billion with a P/E ratio of 24.70 and a P/E/G ratio of 3.58 while its beta is pegged at 0.78.
Ball has been the subject of several research reports from investment firms such as JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup, UBS Group, Mizuho and Wells Fargo & Company among others whose consensus rating is “Hold” with a consensus price target of $58.31.
Furthermore, Ball recently declared a quarterly dividend which was paid on Wednesday, March 15th to shareholders who were issued a $0.20 dividend per share representing an annualized basis payout ratio of 35.87%.
In other news relating to Ball, Director John A Hayes sold off 100,000 shares with an average price tag of $58.40 resulting in total revenue equivalent to $5,840,000 which he disclosed through SEC filings.
Ball remains on track for further growth in the packaging industry as it continues to leverage innovation for competitive advantage with consensus rating projections indicating that it is worth keeping hold of shares rather than selling them off in today’s market conditions.