Sempra (NYSE:SRE) to Issue $0.60 Quarterly Dividend

Sempra (NYSE:SREGet Free Report) declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, September 6th, RTT News reports. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, September 27th will be given a dividend of 0.595 per share by the utilities provider on Sunday, October 15th. This represents a $2.38 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.42%.

Sempra has raised its dividend by an average of 5.8% per year over the last three years and has increased its dividend annually for the last 19 consecutive years. Sempra has a payout ratio of 49.8% meaning its dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Equities analysts expect Sempra to earn $4.37 per share next year, which means the company should continue to be able to cover its $2.38 annual dividend with an expected future payout ratio of 54.5%.

Sempra Stock Up 0.6 %

SRE stock opened at $69.63 on Thursday. Sempra has a fifty-two week low of $68.27 and a fifty-two week high of $88.24. The business’s 50 day moving average price is $72.37 and its two-hundred day moving average price is $74.01. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91, a quick ratio of 0.53 and a current ratio of 0.57. The company has a market capitalization of $43.82 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.63, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.47 and a beta of 0.74.

Sempra (NYSE:SREGet Free Report) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The utilities provider reported $0.94 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.86 by $0.08. The company had revenue of $3.34 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.54 billion. Sempra had a return on equity of 10.04% and a net margin of 14.90%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 6.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.99 EPS. As a group, analysts forecast that Sempra will post 4.03 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Analysts Set New Price Targets

Several analysts have issued reports on SRE shares. Wells Fargo & Company cut their price target on Sempra from $87.00 to $83.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a report on Friday, August 4th. Royal Bank of Canada lowered their target price on shares of Sempra from $91.00 to $82.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday. BMO Capital Markets decreased their price target on shares of Sempra from $84.00 to $80.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, August 7th. Guggenheim cut their price objective on shares of Sempra from $87.00 to $86.00 in a research report on Friday, July 7th. Finally, The Goldman Sachs Group initiated coverage on Sempra in a research report on Wednesday, June 7th. They set a “buy” rating and a $89.00 target price for the company. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Based on data from MarketBeat, the stock currently has an average rating of “Moderate Buy” and an average price target of $82.38.

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Institutional Inflows and Outflows

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Atlas Capital Advisors LLC boosted its holdings in Sempra by 842.9% during the second quarter. Atlas Capital Advisors LLC now owns 264 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $40,000 after buying an additional 236 shares in the last quarter. Quarry LP acquired a new position in Sempra during the second quarter worth approximately $71,000. Resurgent Financial Advisors LLC acquired a new position in Sempra during the fourth quarter worth approximately $116,000. Benjamin Edwards Inc. increased its position in shares of Sempra by 29.7% in the second quarter. Benjamin Edwards Inc. now owns 848 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $123,000 after acquiring an additional 194 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Pacific Center for Financial Services acquired a new stake in shares of Sempra in the first quarter worth $127,000. 84.83% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About Sempra

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Sempra operates as an energy infrastructure company in the United States and internationally. It operates through four segments: San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Southern California Gas Company, Sempra Texas Utilities, and Sempra Infrastructure. The San Diego Gas & Electric Company segment provides to San Diego and southern Orange counties; and natural gas service to San Diego County.

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