Whitbread (WTB) – Analysts’ Weekly Ratings Changes

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Whitbread (LON: WTB) has recently received a number of price target changes and ratings updates:

  • 5/7/2019 – Whitbread had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Numis Securities Ltd. They now have a GBX 4,250 ($55.53) price target on the stock.
  • 5/7/2019 – Whitbread had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Shore Capital. They now have a GBX 5,750 ($75.13) price target on the stock.
  • 5/2/2019 – Whitbread had its price target lowered by analysts at Barclays PLC from GBX 5,200 ($67.95) to GBX 5,000 ($65.33). They now have an “overweight” rating on the stock.
  • 5/2/2019 – Whitbread had its “neutral” rating reaffirmed by analysts at UBS Group AG. They now have a GBX 4,800 ($62.72) price target on the stock, down previously from GBX 4,875 ($63.70).
  • 5/1/2019 – Whitbread had its price target lowered by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada from GBX 4,700 ($61.41) to GBX 4,500 ($58.80). They now have a “sector performer” rating on the stock.
  • 5/1/2019 – Whitbread had its price target lowered by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from GBX 5,400 ($70.56) to GBX 5,100 ($66.64). They now have an “overweight” rating on the stock.
  • 4/30/2019 – Whitbread was downgraded by analysts at Numis Securities Ltd to a “hold” rating.
  • 4/11/2019 – Whitbread was downgraded by analysts at Morgan Stanley to an “equal weight” rating. They now have a GBX 5,200 ($67.95) price target on the stock, down previously from GBX 5,500 ($71.87).
  • 4/10/2019 – Whitbread was downgraded by analysts at Numis Securities Ltd to a “hold” rating. They now have a GBX 5,400 ($70.56) price target on the stock.
  • 3/19/2019 – Whitbread had its price target lowered by analysts at HSBC Holdings plc from GBX 5,400 ($70.56) to GBX 4,900 ($64.03). They now have a “hold” rating on the stock.

WTB traded down GBX 15 ($0.20) during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting GBX 4,542 ($59.35). 226,803 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 564,229. Whitbread plc has a 1-year low of GBX 3,870 ($50.57) and a 1-year high of GBX 5,162 ($67.45). The company has a current ratio of 5.90, a quick ratio of 5.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 13.31. The firm has a market cap of $7.92 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 2.24.

The business also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, July 5th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, May 30th will be issued a dividend of GBX 67 ($0.88) per share. This is an increase from Whitbread’s previous dividend of $32.70. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, May 30th. This represents a yield of 1.5%. Whitbread’s dividend payout ratio is 0.05%.

In other news, insider Louise Smalley sold 3,313 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 4,891 ($63.91), for a total value of £162,038.83 ($211,732.43). Also, insider Frank Fiskers acquired 610 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, February 28th. The stock was acquired at an average price of GBX 4,857 ($63.47) per share, for a total transaction of £29,627.70 ($38,713.84).

Whitbread PLC operates hotels, restaurants, and coffee shops. The company operates through two segments, Premier Inn and Costa. It operates approximately 785 hotels with 72,466 rooms in the United Kingdom, as well as hotels under the Premier Inn brand name; hotels under the hub by Premier Inn brand name in the United Kingdom; and restaurants under the Brewers Fayre, Beefeater Grill, Bar+Block, and Table Table brands.

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