SunTrust Banks, Inc. Reaffirms Buy Rating for Builders FirstSource, Inc. (BLDR)

SunTrust Banks, Inc. reaffirmed their buy rating on shares of Builders FirstSource, Inc. (NASDAQ:BLDR) in a research note released on Friday morning. SunTrust Banks, Inc. currently has a $20.00 price objective on the stock. SunTrust Banks also issued estimates for Builders FirstSource’s Q4 2017 earnings at $0.19 EPS, FY2017 earnings at $1.06 EPS, Q1 2018 earnings at $0.15 EPS, Q2 2018 earnings at $0.48 EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at $0.59 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.31 EPS and FY2018 earnings at $1.53 EPS.

Other equities research analysts have also issued research reports about the stock. B. Riley reissued a buy rating on shares of Builders FirstSource in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. Barclays PLC raised their price target on shares of Builders FirstSource from $15.00 to $17.00 and gave the stock an equal weight rating in a report on Friday. BidaskClub lowered shares of Builders FirstSource from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Monday, July 31st. Deutsche Bank AG raised their price target on shares of Builders FirstSource from $17.00 to $19.00 and gave the stock a buy rating in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. Finally, Citigroup Inc. raised their price target on shares of Builders FirstSource from $18.00 to $20.00 and gave the stock a neutral rating in a report on Friday. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $19.50.

Shares of Builders FirstSource (NASDAQ:BLDR) opened at $18.46 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $2,084.90, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.92 and a beta of 2.14. Builders FirstSource has a twelve month low of $10.07 and a twelve month high of $18.82. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.46, a current ratio of 1.86 and a quick ratio of 1.06.

Builders FirstSource (NASDAQ:BLDR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The company reported $0.39 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.37 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $1.88 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.87 billion. Builders FirstSource had a net margin of 1.29% and a return on equity of 33.66%. The company’s revenue was up 7.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.61 EPS. equities analysts expect that Builders FirstSource will post 1.04 earnings per share for the current year.

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In other news, major shareholder Jll Partners Fund V. Lp sold 13,482,177 shares of Builders FirstSource stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $16.17, for a total transaction of $218,006,802.09. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director Paul S. Levy bought 800,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 6th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $16.17 per share, for a total transaction of $12,936,000.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 13,645,368 shares of company stock worth $220,735,138 in the last ninety days. Insiders own 14.60% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in BLDR. BlackRock Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Builders FirstSource by 68,569.7% during the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 6,349,196 shares of the company’s stock valued at $94,602,000 after purchasing an additional 6,339,950 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Builders FirstSource by 21.7% during the 1st quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 5,914,387 shares of the company’s stock valued at $88,124,000 after purchasing an additional 1,053,799 shares in the last quarter. Eagle Asset Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Builders FirstSource by 30.9% during the 3rd quarter. Eagle Asset Management Inc. now owns 4,224,149 shares of the company’s stock valued at $74,936,000 after purchasing an additional 997,132 shares in the last quarter. Morgan Stanley boosted its stake in shares of Builders FirstSource by 185.2% during the 1st quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 1,122,932 shares of the company’s stock valued at $16,732,000 after purchasing an additional 729,178 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Hodges Capital Management Inc. purchased a new position in Builders FirstSource during the 3rd quarter valued at about $12,170,000. 86.23% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Builders FirstSource Company Profile

Builders FirstSource, Inc is a supplier and manufacturer of building materials, manufactured components and construction services to professional contractors, sub-contractors, remodelers and consumers. The Company’s operating segments include Northeast, Southeast, South and West. As of December 31, 2016, it operated at 400 locations in 40 states across the United States.

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