Robert W. Baird analyst Richard Eastman has downgraded shares of Clarcor to ‘neutral’ from ‘outperform’ after the Franklin-based filtration products maker reported worse-than-expected third-quarter profits. Eastman also has cut to $53 his price target for Clarcor, which closed Thursday’s trading (Ticker: CLC) at $48.39.
Executives at filtration and packaging manufacturer Clarcor said their 2014 acquisitions helped grow second-quarter profits 11 percent versus a year ago to $38.5 million. Sales climbed 3 percent from last spring to $400 million. Excluding various one-time events from those acquisitions, however, profits fell slightly. Chairman, President and CEO Chris Conway and his team have lowered their 2105 EPS guidance range about 5 percent to between $3.00 and $3.15 per share because of continued expected weakness in engine filtration sales, especially overseas.
Shares of Clarcor (Ticker: CLC) are down to about $63.10 slightly Friday morning after jumping Thursday on the back of the earnings news. Year to date, they're down about 5 percent.
The directors of Clarcor have voted to hike the Franklin-based company's quarterly dividend by about 18 percent to 20 cents per share. Investors of record on Oct. 10 will be paid a week later. The filtration and packaging company (Ticker: CLC) has now grown its dividends every year since 1983.
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