Matson, Inc. (NYSE:MATX) EVP Sells $408,200.00 in Stock

Matson, Inc. (NYSE:MATXGet Rating) EVP Rusty K. Rolfe sold 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $81.64, for a total transaction of $408,200.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 25,499 shares in the company, valued at $2,081,738.36. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link.

Matson Price Performance

Shares of NYSE MATX traded down $3.74 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $81.08. 246,384 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 454,845. The company has a market cap of $3.16 billion, a PE ratio of 2.41 and a beta of 1.20. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.24, a current ratio of 1.76 and a quick ratio of 1.76. Matson, Inc. has a twelve month low of $68.36 and a twelve month high of $125.34. The firm has a 50 day simple moving average of $79.14 and a two-hundred day simple moving average of $90.95.

Matson (NYSE:MATXGet Rating) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, August 1st. The shipping company reported $9.49 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $9.38 by $0.11. Matson had a return on equity of 79.22% and a net margin of 29.33%. The firm had revenue of $1.26 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.35 billion. As a group, equities research analysts forecast that Matson, Inc. will post 29.88 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Matson Increases Dividend

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 1st. Investors of record on Thursday, August 4th will be given a $0.31 dividend. This represents a $1.24 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.53%. This is a positive change from Matson’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.30. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 3rd. Matson’s payout ratio is presently 3.69%.

Analyst Ratings Changes

Several research firms have recently weighed in on MATX. StockNews.com lowered shares of Matson from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 2nd. Wolfe Research started coverage on Matson in a research note on Tuesday. They set an “underperform” rating and a $80.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus lowered Matson from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and lowered their price objective for the stock from $131.00 to $93.00 in a research note on Tuesday, August 2nd.

Hedge Funds Weigh In On Matson

A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Ellevest Inc. boosted its stake in Matson by 43.8% during the 1st quarter. Ellevest Inc. now owns 358 shares of the shipping company’s stock valued at $43,000 after purchasing an additional 109 shares during the last quarter. Chatham Capital Group Inc. boosted its stake in Matson by 0.3% during the 2nd quarter. Chatham Capital Group Inc. now owns 42,296 shares of the shipping company’s stock valued at $3,083,000 after purchasing an additional 110 shares during the last quarter. Evergreen Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in Matson by 4.0% during the 1st quarter. Evergreen Capital Management LLC now owns 2,995 shares of the shipping company’s stock valued at $361,000 after purchasing an additional 115 shares during the last quarter. Franklin Resources Inc. boosted its stake in Matson by 4.1% during the 2nd quarter. Franklin Resources Inc. now owns 3,899 shares of the shipping company’s stock valued at $284,000 after purchasing an additional 153 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Financial Management Professionals Inc. boosted its stake in Matson by 80.3% during the 1st quarter. Financial Management Professionals Inc. now owns 348 shares of the shipping company’s stock valued at $42,000 after purchasing an additional 155 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 85.85% of the company’s stock.

Matson Company Profile

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Matson, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides ocean transportation and logistics services. The company's Ocean Transportation segment offers ocean freight transportation services to the domestic non-contiguous economies of Hawaii, Alaska, and Guam, as well as to other island economies in Micronesia.

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