Watching Utz Brands Inc. (UTZ) For Insider Activity

Utz Brands Inc. (NYSE:UTZ) finished Friday with a subtraction of -$0.12 to close at $16.05, a downside of -0.74 percent. An average of 1,005,080 shares of common stock have been traded in the last five days. There was a gain of $0.48 in the past week, and it reached a new high 32 times over the past 12 months. The last 20 days have seen an average of 811,055 shares traded, while the 50-day average volume stands at 833,386.

UTZ stock has decreased by -13.38% in the last month. The company shares reached their 1-month lowest point of $15.05 on 10/11/21. With the stock rallying to its 52-week high on 05/04/21, shares of the company touched a low of $15.05 and a high of $30.09 in 52 weeks. It has reached a new high 19 times so far this year and lost -27.24% or -$6.01 in price. In spite of this, the price is down -46.66% from the 52-week high.

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Insider Transactions

12 days have passed since Utz Brands Inc. (UTZ) last reported insider trading activity. Giordano Jason K, who is Director, most recently acquired $4,056 shares at $16.13 per share on Oct 04. In this transaction, the insider spent $65,437. 10% Owner, Chu Chinh, disposed of 6,083 shares at a price of $16.13 on Oct 04. The insider now owns more than $98,119 worth of shares. Prior to that, 10% Owner CC Collier Holdings, LLC went on to Sale 6,083 shares at $16.13 each on Oct 04. An amount of $98,119 was transacted.

Valuation Metrics

Utz Brands Inc. (UTZ) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 18.75 for the broader industry and 24.69 for the sector. In the last five years, Utz Brands Inc.’s PE ratio has ranged between 407.17 and 59.88. Other valuation ratios to consider include the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio at 2.16, the price-to-book (PB) ratio at 1.77.

Utz Brands Inc. pays a $0.20 dividend per share annually. It offers a dividend yield of 1.25%. The company’s most recent quarterly dividend payment took place on Oct. 11 , and it was $0.05 a share, without any change from last year.

Utz Brands Inc. will next go ex-dividend on 17-Dec. The next dividend payment Utz Brands Inc. will make is expected to be $0.05.

The quick ratio of Utz Brands Inc. for the three months ended June 29 was 1.30, and the current ratio was 1.70, indicating that the company is able to meet its debt obligations. Further, the company has a long term debt to equity ratio of 1.17 and a total debt to equity ratio of 1.20 for the quarter ending June 29. Utz Brands Inc.’s EBITDA margin for the year ending June 29 is 12.77%, while its operating margin for the same period stands at 1.50%. Its gross profit as reported stood at $332.74 million compared to revenue of $964.31 million.

For investors, determining the potential profitability of the investment also depends on the performance of the company’s management. In the past 12 months, Utz Brands Inc.’s return on assets was -4.50%. For the broader industry, ROE averaged 12.06 over the past year.

Earnings Surprise

For the three-month period that ended June 29, Utz Brands Inc. had $785.64 million in total debt. In the quarter under review, the net income was up than the previous quarter. The company posted a net income of $17.58 million in the quarter, while revenues of -$22.53 million were grew 102.16%. The analyst consensus anticipated Utz Brands Inc.’s latest quarter earnings to come in at $0.15 per share, but it turned out to be $0.13, a -13.30% surprise. For the quarter, EBITDA amounted to $26.68 million. Shareholders own equity worth $136.92 million.

Technical Picture

From a technical analysis perspective, let’s take a brief look at Utz Brands Inc. (UTZ) price momentum. RSI 9-day as of the close on 15 October was 38.44%, suggesting the stock is Neutral, with historical volatility in this time frame at 32.17%.

As of today, UTZ’s price is $15.83 +3.08% or $0.48 from its 5-day moving average. UTZ is currently trading -12.39% lower than its 20-day SMA and -32.11% lower than its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is -27.41% below the SMA50 and -27.90% below the SMA200.

The stochastic %K and %D were 35.13% and 28.04%, respectively, and the average true range (ATR) was 0.56. With the 14-day stochastic at 35.59% and the average true range at 0.58, the RSI (14) stands at 35.51%. The stock has reached 0.16 on the 9-day MACD Oscillator while the 14-day reading was at -0.22.

Analyst Ratings

Stephens upgraded Utz Brands Inc. (NYSE: UTZ) to a an Overweight rating in its most recent analyst report. Previously, the stock was rated as a an Equal-weight.The consensus rating for Utz Brands Inc. (UTZ) among analysts is Overweight. According to current brokerage recommendations, 0 brokerage firms advise that investors sell UTZ, while 2 suggest investors hold. There are 0 analysts who rate the stock as underweight. The stock is rated overweight by 1 analysts, while 5 others rate it as a “buy”.

What is UTZ’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts predict a range of price targets between $20.00 and $26.00, with a median target of $22.50. Taking a look at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts for Utz Brands Inc. (UTZ) stock is $22.56.


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