How Analysts Feel About WestRock Company (WRK)?

As of Friday close, WestRock Company’s (NYSE:WRK) stock was down -$1.25, moving down -2.63 percent to $46.21. The average number of shares traded per day over the past five days has been 3,574,480 shares. 1 time new highs have been achieved over the past 5 days, with a -$7.19 fall in that time frame. In the last twenty days, the average volume was 2,569,855, while in the previous 50 days, it was 2,595,568.

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Since last month, WRK stock retreated -6.61%. Shares of the company fell to $46.20 on 05/13/22, the lowest level in the past month. A 52-week high of $62.03 was reached on 05/05/22 after having rallying from a 52-week low of $40.78. Since the beginning of this year, WRK’s stock price has risen by 4.17% or $1.85, and marked a new high 16 times. However, the stock has declined by -25.50% since its 52-week high.

WestRock Company (WRK) last reported insider trading activity 26 days ago on Apr 18. Stigers Thomas, the President, Mill Operations of the company, disposed of 15,000 shares for $50.10 on Apr 18. It resulted in a $751,500 divestment by the insider. Nevels James E sold 6,690 shares at an average price of $41.38 on Mar 08. The insider now owns 18,092 shares following the transaction. On Nov 16, Director Nevels James E sold 3,050 shares at $49.45 apiece. The transaction was valued at $150,822.

Valuation Metrics

Right now, WestRock Company (WRK) has a P/E ratio of about 15.58. The stock’s beta is 0.99. Besides these, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 0.61, the price-to-book (PB) ratio of 1.05, and the price-to-cash flow ratio of 10.03 may also be considered.

The latest dividend of $0.25 per share was paid out, remained unchanged from last year’s $0.25. On Thursday October 28 2021, a $0.01 dividend increase was announced.

Financial Health

In the three months ended September 29, WestRock Company’s quick ratio stood at 0.90, while its current ratio was 1.60, showing that the company is not able to pay off its debt. According to company report, the long-term debt-to-equity ratio for the quarter ending September 29 was 0.68, and the total debt-to-equity ratio was 0.70. On the profitability front, the trailing twelve-month gross margin is 18.40% percent. In the year ended September 29, EBITDA margin amounted to 15.00%, whereas operating margins totaled 6.30%. Based on annual data, WRK earned $3.43 billion in gross profit and brought in $18.75 billion in revenue.

A company’s management is another factor that investors consider when determining the profitability of an investment. In the past year, return on investment (ROI) was 5.20%. Return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months was 7.30%.

In WestRock Company’s quarter-end financial report for September 29, it reported total debt of $7.95 billion. According to the earnings report, the company had a higher net income in the recent quarter than it did in the previous quarter. WRK’s revenue rose 17.55% to $4.95 billion during the quarter, while net income inched up to $5.38 billion. While analysts expected WestRock Company to report $1.14 quarterly earnings, the actual figure was $1.23 per share, beating the consensus estimate by 7.90%. During the quarter, the company generated $430.2 million in EBITDA. The liabilities of WestRock Company were 17.61 billion at the end of its most recent quarter ended September 29, and its total debt was $8.94 billion. The value of shareholders’ equity is $254.85 million.

Technical Picture

This quick technical analysis looks at WestRock Company’s (WRK) price momentum. With a historical volatility rate of 46.06%, the RSI 9-day stood at 29.34% on 13 May.

With respect to its five-day moving average, the current WestRock Company price is down by -13.46% percent or -$7.19. At present, WRK shares trade -7.45% below its 20-day simple moving average and +8.78% percent above its 100-day simple moving average. However, the stock is currently trading approximately +4.24% above its SMA50 and -6.63% below its SMA200.

Stochastic coefficient K was 15.21% and Stochastic coefficient D was 29.73%, while ATR was 1.98. Given the Stochastic reading of 0.12% for the 14-day period, the RSI (14) reading has been calculated as 36.97%. As of today, the MACD Oscillator reading stands at -2.92, while the 14-day reading stands at -2.43.

Analyst Ratings

WestRock Company downgraded its rating on WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK) to a Neutral in a note to investors on January 20, 2022. The analysts firm previously had a Buy rating on the stock.WestRock Company (WRK) has been rated Overweight by analysts. According to 1 brokerage firm, WRK is a sell, and 5 firms recommend it is a Hold. There are 0 analysts who say the stock is underweight. A total of 1 analyst rate WestRock Company stock as buy, with 8 recommending it as overweight.

With a median target price of $62.00, the current consensus forecast for the stock is $44.00 – $74.00. Based on these forecasts, analysts predict WestRock Company (WRK) will achieve an average price target of $60.77.


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