Univar Solutions Inc. (UNVR) picks momentum as shares rise 2.22%

Univar Solutions Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) is 8.94% higher on its value in year-to-date trading and has touched a low of $6.40 and a high of $23.91 in the current 52-week trading range. The UNVR stock was last observed hovering at around $20.71 in the last trading session, with the day’s gains setting it 0.53% off its average median price target of $21.00 for the next 12 months. It is also 21.33% off the consensus price target high of $27.00 offered by 9 analysts, but current levels are -14.81% lower than the price target low of $18.50 for the same period.


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Currently trading at $21.24, the stock is 10.34% and 14.90% above its SMA20 and SMA50 respectively. However, with a daily trading volume of 1.28 million and changing 2.54% at the moment leaves the stock 26.31% off its SMA200. UNVR registered -12.21% loss for a year compared to 6-month loss of 14.10%. The firm has a 50-day simple moving average (SMA 50) of $18.88 and a 200-day simple moving average (SMA200) of $17.98.

The stock witnessed a 14.42% gain in the last 1 month and extending the period to 3 months gives it a 15.63%, and is 2.22% up over the last 5 days. If we measure the stock’s price variations over the week and the month, we find that the volatility rates stand at 3.40% over the week and 3.14% over the month.

Univar Solutions Inc. (UNVR) has around 10300 employees, a market worth around $3.57B and $8.38B in sales. Current P/E ratio is 113.17 and Fwd P/E is 15.81. Profit margin for the company is 0.40%. Distance from 52-week low is 231.80% and -11.19% from its 52-week high. The company has generated returns on investments over the last 12 months (2.30%).

Univar Solutions Inc. (UNVR) Analyst Forecasts

Analyst recommendations provided by FactSet shows that the consensus forecast for Univar Solutions Inc. (UNVR) is a “Overweight”. 9 analysts offering their recommendations for the stock have an average rating of 2.20, where 4 rate it as a Hold and 0 think it is a “Overweight”. 5 of the analysts rate the stock as a “Buy”. 0 analysts have rated the stock as a Sell or Underperform.

Univar Solutions Inc. is expected to release its quarterly report on 05/06/2021 and quarterly earnings per share for the current quarter are estimated at $0.25 with sales reaching $1.96B over the same period.The EPS is expected to shrink by -149.40% this year, but quarterly earnings will post -12.00% year-over-year. Quarterly sales are estimated to shrink -9.10% in year-over-year returns.

Univar Solutions Inc. (UNVR) Top Institutional Holders

293 institutions hold shares in Univar Solutions Inc. (UNVR), with 2.48M shares held by insiders accounting for 1.47% while institutional investors hold 102.89% of the company’s shares. The shares outstanding are 169.00M, and float is at 166.61M with Short Float at 2.40%. Institutions hold 101.38% of the Float.

The top institutional shareholder in the company is Edgepoint Investment Group Inc. with over 15.58 million shares valued at $262.93 million. The investor’s holdings represent 9.21% of the UNVR Shares outstanding. As of Sep 29, 2020, the second largest holder is Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) with 14.45 million shares valued at $243.97 million to account for 8.55% of the shares outstanding. The other top investors are Blackrock Inc. which holds 13.58 million shares representing 8.03% and valued at over $229.3 million, while FPR Partners, LLC holds 6.62% of the shares totaling 11.19 million with a market value of $188.96 million.

Univar Solutions Inc. (UNVR) Insider Activity

A total of 18 insider transactions have happened at Univar Solutions Inc. (UNVR) in the last six months, with sales accounting for 6 and purchases happening 12 times. The most recent transaction is an insider purchase by Pappas Christopher D, the company’s Director. SEC filings show that Pappas Christopher D bought 12,000 shares of the company’s common stock on May 15 at a price of $12.35 per share for a total of $0.15 million. Following the purchase, the insider now owns 0.11 million shares.

Univar Solutions Inc. disclosed in a document filed with the SEC on May 04 that ALEXOS NICHOLAS W (EVP, CFO) bought a total of 250,000 shares of the company’s common stock. The trade occurred on May 04 and was made at $13.33 per share for $3.33 million. Following the transaction, the insider now directly holds 0.25 million shares of the UNVR stock.

Still, SEC filings show that on Mar 10, Pappas Christopher D (Director) acquired 7,000 shares at an average price of $13.61 for $95270.0. The insider now directly holds 97,088 shares of Univar Solutions Inc. (UNVR).

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Univar Solutions Inc. (UNVR): Who are the competitors?

The company’s main competitors (and peers) include Hawkins Inc. (HWKN) that is trading 27.58% up over the past 12 months. Sensient Technologies Corporation (SXT) is 15.84% up on the 1-year trading charts. Short interest in the company’s stock has risen 28.2% from the last report on Nov 29, 2020 to stand at a total of 2.75 million short shares sold with a short interest ratio of 3.24.

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