Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE:NGVC) Short Interest Update

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE:NGVCGet Rating) was the recipient of a significant decrease in short interest in the month of April. As of April 15th, there was short interest totalling 190,800 shares, a decrease of 25.9% from the March 31st total of 257,500 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 108,100 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 1.8 days. Currently, 3.1% of the company’s stock are sold short.

Separately, StockNews.com began coverage on shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in a report on Thursday, March 31st. They set a “strong-buy” rating on the stock.

NYSE:NGVC opened at $20.90 on Monday. The company has a current ratio of 1.08, a quick ratio of 0.30 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.39. The stock’s 50-day simple moving average is $19.34. The company has a market capitalization of $473.26 million, a P/E ratio of 17.89 and a beta of 1.17. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage has a one year low of $9.88 and a one year high of $24.25.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE:NGVCGet Rating) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, February 3rd. The specialty retailer reported $0.39 EPS for the quarter. The company had revenue of $277.29 million during the quarter. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage had a net margin of 2.42% and a return on equity of 18.39%. As a group, equities research analysts predict that Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage will post 0.81 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, March 16th. Stockholders of record on Monday, February 28th were given a dividend of $0.10 per share. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.91%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, February 25th. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage’s payout ratio is presently 35.09%.

In other news, CFO Todd Dissinger sold 13,370 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $16.43, for a total transaction of $219,669.10. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. 59.50% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. BlackRock Inc. grew its position in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 9.0% in the 4th quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 677,555 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $9,654,000 after purchasing an additional 55,736 shares in the last quarter. Hillsdale Investment Management Inc. grew its position in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 224.0% in the 1st quarter. Hillsdale Investment Management Inc. now owns 304,215 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $5,963,000 after purchasing an additional 210,332 shares in the last quarter. Shelton Capital Management grew its position in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 14.0% in the 3rd quarter. Shelton Capital Management now owns 285,000 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $3,198,000 after purchasing an additional 35,000 shares in the last quarter. Acuitas Investments LLC grew its position in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 40.1% in the 4th quarter. Acuitas Investments LLC now owns 251,679 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $3,586,000 after purchasing an additional 72,045 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Assenagon Asset Management S.A. grew its position in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 182.4% in the 1st quarter. Assenagon Asset Management S.A. now owns 235,410 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $4,614,000 after purchasing an additional 152,048 shares in the last quarter. 32.03% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Company Profile (Get Rating)

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, retails natural and organic groceries, and dietary supplements in the United States. The company's stores offer natural and organic grocery products, such as organic produce; bulk food products; private label products comprising pasta, pasta sauce, ketchup, canned beans and vegetables, frozen vegetables, frozen fruits, frozen meals, frozen pizza, bread, baking mixes, plant based butter, olive and coconut oil, coconut milk, honey, maple syrup, preserves, chocolate, coffee, bacon, beef jerky, canned seafood, popcorn, tortilla chips, taco shells, eggs, cheese, apple sauce, apple cider vinegar, spring water, paper products, cleaning products, and other products; dry, frozen, and canned groceries; meat and seafood products; dairy products, dairy substitutes, and eggs; prepared foods; bread and baked products; beverages; and beer, wine, and hard cider products.

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