Royce & Associates LP Purchases New Stake in Hologic, Inc. (HOLX)

Royce & Associates LP purchased a new stake in Hologic, Inc. (NASDAQ:HOLX) during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm purchased 20,000 shares of the medical equipment provider’s stock, valued at approximately $908,000.

Several other large investors have also modified their holdings of the company. Great Lakes Advisors LLC grew its position in Hologic by 14.6% during the second quarter. Great Lakes Advisors LLC now owns 99,268 shares of the medical equipment provider’s stock worth $4,505,000 after buying an additional 12,681 shares in the last quarter. Cutter & CO Brokerage Inc. grew its position in Hologic by 1.7% during the second quarter. Cutter & CO Brokerage Inc. now owns 11,530 shares of the medical equipment provider’s stock worth $523,000 after buying an additional 190 shares in the last quarter. Essex Financial Services Inc. acquired a new stake in Hologic during the second quarter worth about $259,000. Meiji Yasuda Asset Management Co Ltd. grew its position in Hologic by 11.1% during the second quarter. Meiji Yasuda Asset Management Co Ltd. now owns 14,047 shares of the medical equipment provider’s stock worth $637,000 after buying an additional 1,400 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Stanley Laman Group Ltd. grew its position in Hologic by 1.9% during the second quarter. Stanley Laman Group Ltd. now owns 105,809 shares of the medical equipment provider’s stock worth $4,802,000 after buying an additional 1,950 shares in the last quarter. 96.39% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Hologic, Inc. (HOLX) opened at 37.72 on Friday. The company has a 50-day moving average of $38.90 and a 200 day moving average of $42.58. Hologic, Inc. has a 52-week low of $35.15 and a 52-week high of $46.80. The company has a market cap of $10.58 billion, a PE ratio of 14.05 and a beta of 0.92.

Hologic (NASDAQ:HOLX) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 2nd. The medical equipment provider reported $0.50 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.49 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $806.10 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $799.70 million. Hologic had a net margin of 25.65% and a return on equity of 23.18%. The firm’s revenue was up 12.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.51 EPS. Equities research analysts predict that Hologic, Inc. will post $2.01 EPS for the current year.

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A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on HOLX shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Hologic from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 23rd. Jefferies Group LLC set a $49.00 target price on Hologic and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, May 28th. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Hologic in a research report on Friday, July 14th. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “buy” rating and set a $51.00 target price on shares of Hologic in a research report on Friday, July 14th. Finally, Barclays PLC reissued an “overweight” rating and set a $53.00 target price (up from $50.00) on shares of Hologic in a research report on Monday, July 17th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. Hologic presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $48.64.

In related news, Director Elaine Ullian sold 8,849 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $45.28, for a total value of $400,682.72. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 23,810 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,078,116.80. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Lawrence M. Levy sold 7,139 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $39.04, for a total transaction of $278,706.56. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 27,594 shares of company stock valued at $1,168,871. 0.79% of the stock is owned by insiders.

About Hologic

Hologic, Inc is a developer, manufacturer and supplier of diagnostics products, medical imaging systems and surgical products with an emphasis on women’s health. The Company operates through four segments: Diagnostics, Breast Health, GYN Surgical and Skeletal Health. The diagnostics products include Aptima family of assays, ThinPrep system, the Rapid Fetal Fibronectin Test and Procleix blood screening assays.

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