Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:BHE) saw a significant increase in short interest in June. As of June 15th, there was short interest totalling 892,600 shares, an increase of 6.3% from the May 15th total of 840,000 shares. Currently, 2.2% of the company’s stock are short sold. Based on an average daily volume of 304,800 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 2.9 days.
A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Advisor Group Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Benchmark Electronics by 41.5% in the 4th quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 4,620 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $98,000 after acquiring an additional 1,355 shares during the last quarter. NumerixS Investment Technologies Inc bought a new position in shares of Benchmark Electronics in the 1st quarter valued at $178,000. Stephens Inc. AR bought a new position in shares of Benchmark Electronics in the 1st quarter valued at $201,000. Everence Capital Management Inc. bought a new position in shares of Benchmark Electronics in the 1st quarter valued at $211,000. Finally, Susquehanna Fundamental Investments LLC acquired a new stake in Benchmark Electronics in the fourth quarter valued at $225,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 97.37% of the company’s stock.
BHE has been the topic of several analyst reports. TheStreet lowered Tribune Publishing from a “c-” rating to a “d+” rating in a report on Monday, May 20th. Needham & Company LLC boosted their price target on Ceridian HCM to $60.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 30th.
Benchmark Electronics (NYSE:BHE) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, April 24th. The technology company reported $0.33 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.33. The business had revenue of $603.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $597.30 million. Benchmark Electronics had a return on equity of 5.24% and a net margin of 2.35%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down .8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.41 earnings per share.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 12th. Investors of record on Friday, June 28th were given a dividend of $0.15 per share. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.40%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, June 27th. Benchmark Electronics’s dividend payout ratio is currently 41.38%.
Benchmark Electronics Company Profile
Benchmark Electronics, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides product design, engineering services, technology solutions, and advanced manufacturing services in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. The company offers engineering services and technology solutions, including new product design, prototype, testing, and related engineering services; and custom testing, and automation equipment design and build services.
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