YPF SA (NYSE:YPF) Announces Dividend Increase – $0.14 Per Share

YPF SA (NYSE:YPF) announced an annual dividend on Friday, June 28th, NASDAQ reports. Investors of record on Wednesday, July 10th will be given a dividend of 0.138 per share by the oil and gas exploration company on Wednesday, July 10th. This represents a dividend yield of 0.75%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, July 9th. This is a positive change from YPF’s previous annual dividend of $0.08.

YPF has raised its dividend by an average of 11.2% annually over the last three years and has increased its dividend every year for the last 3 years. YPF has a payout ratio of 15.6% meaning its dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Equities analysts expect YPF to earn $1.43 per share next year, which means the company should continue to be able to cover its $0.28 annual dividend with an expected future payout ratio of 19.6%.

YPF stock opened at $18.44 on Friday. The company has a 50 day simple moving average of $16.96. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79, a quick ratio of 0.82 and a current ratio of 1.13. The stock has a market capitalization of $7.25 billion, a P/E ratio of 5.57 and a beta of 1.15. YPF has a 1-year low of $11.98 and a 1-year high of $18.73.

YPF (NYSE:YPF) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, May 9th. The oil and gas exploration company reported ($0.54) EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.53 by ($1.07). The firm had revenue of $3.37 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.61 billion. YPF had a return on equity of 6.75% and a net margin of 4.70%. Research analysts expect that YPF will post 1.16 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of analysts have commented on YPF shares. ValuEngine downgraded Zumiez from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 2nd. Zacks Investment Research raised Zurich Insurance Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, May 18th.

YPF Company Profile

YPF Sociedad Anónima, an energy company, operates in the oil and gas upstream and downstream activities in Argentina. The company engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). It is also involved in the refining, marketing, transportation, and distribution of oil, petroleum products, petroleum derivatives, petrochemicals, LPG, and bio-fuels, as well as in gas separation and natural gas distribution operations.

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