As Schweitzer (SWM) Share Value Declined, Shareholder Susquehanna International Group Llp Has Decreased Its Stake by $751,410; Van Berkom & Associates Has Boosted Its Azz (AZZ) Position by $12.03 Million; Stock Price Declined

April 13, 2018 - By Peter Erickson

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Susquehanna International Group Llp decreased its stake in Schweitzer (SWM) by 70.46% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Susquehanna International Group Llp sold 16,698 shares as the company’s stock declined 14.81% with the market. The institutional investor held 7,002 shares of the basic industries company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $318,000, down from 23,700 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Susquehanna International Group Llp who had been investing in Schweitzer for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $1.23 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.52% or $0.21 during the last trading session, reaching $40.11. About 13,499 shares traded. Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM) has declined 5.29% since April 13, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 16.84% the S&P500.

Van Berkom & Associates Inc increased its stake in Azz Inc (AZZ) by 23.06% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Van Berkom & Associates Inc bought 235,854 shares as the company’s stock declined 17.41% with the market. The institutional investor held 1.26 million shares of the building products company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $64.32 million, up from 1.02M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Van Berkom & Associates Inc who had been investing in Azz Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $1.18 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.33% or $0.15 during the last trading session, reaching $45.45. About 9,439 shares traded. AZZ Inc. (NYSE:AZZ) has declined 25.72% since April 13, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 37.27% the S&P500.

Among 3 analysts covering AZZ (NYSE:AZZ), 0 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 0 are positive. AZZ had 9 analyst reports since September 1, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was downgraded by Stifel Nicolaus on Thursday, December 8 to “Sell”. Zacks downgraded the stock to “Buy” rating in Tuesday, September 1 report. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Monday, October 12 by Sidoti. Stifel Nicolaus maintained it with “Hold” rating and $52 target in Wednesday, September 27 report. On Tuesday, January 10 the stock rating was upgraded by Stifel Nicolaus to “Hold”. The company was downgraded on Monday, January 11 by BB&T Capital. The firm has “Hold” rating by Stifel Nicolaus given on Friday, July 7. The rating was initiated by Stifel Nicolaus with “Hold” on Monday, March 28. Stifel Nicolaus maintained it with “Hold” rating and $56.0 target in Thursday, September 7 report.

Van Berkom & Associates Inc, which manages about $3.36B and $3.07 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Chemed Corp New (NYSE:CHE) by 13,100 shares to 381,970 shares, valued at $92.83 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Ctrip Com Intl Ltd (NASDAQ:CTRP) by 38,864 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 68,396 shares, and cut its stake in Firstservice Corp New.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.28 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.09, from 1.19 in 2017Q3. It improved, as 15 investors sold AZZ shares while 39 reduced holdings. 19 funds opened positions while 50 raised stakes. 23.59 million shares or 3.80% more from 22.73 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Moreover, State Of Tennessee Treasury Department has 0% invested in AZZ Inc. (NYSE:AZZ). Endurance Wealth stated it has 150 shares. California Employees Retirement System stated it has 49,800 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Piedmont Invest Advsr Ltd Liability owns 5,335 shares or 0.01% of their US portfolio. Prudential Financial Incorporated holds 0% or 43,196 shares. 183,491 are held by Schwab Charles Management. Goldman Sachs Group reported 81,162 shares. Swiss Bancorp stated it has 0% of its portfolio in AZZ Inc. (NYSE:AZZ). Northern holds 0% or 358,251 shares. Royal Bankshares Of Canada, Ontario – Canada-based fund reported 798,735 shares. Stratos Wealth Prns Limited holds 0% or 31 shares. Philadelphia Trust Co reported 46,498 shares. Ameriprise Fincl has 0% invested in AZZ Inc. (NYSE:AZZ). 2,385 are held by Envestnet Asset. Eulav Asset Mgmt stated it has 0.25% of its portfolio in AZZ Inc. (NYSE:AZZ).

Among 3 analysts covering Schweitzer-Mauduit (NYSE:SWM), 2 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 67% are positive. Schweitzer-Mauduit had 3 analyst reports since August 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, June 23 by Drexel Hamilton. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Monday, August 24 by Sidoti.

Analysts await Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM) to report earnings on May, 2. They expect $0.71 earnings per share, up 7.58% or $0.05 from last year’s $0.66 per share. SWM’s profit will be $21.84 million for 14.12 P/E if the $0.71 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.64 actual earnings per share reported by Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 10.94% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.35 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.03, from 1.38 in 2017Q3. It worsened, as 11 investors sold SWM shares while 52 reduced holdings. 31 funds opened positions while 54 raised stakes. 26.32 million shares or 1.04% more from 26.05 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. 93 are held by Sei Com. Blackrock Incorporated holds 0.01% of its portfolio in Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM) for 3.91M shares. James Inv Research holds 38,700 shares or 0.06% of its portfolio. Louisiana State Employees Retirement accumulated 13,200 shares. Ameritas Incorporated stated it has 2,615 shares. 460,061 were reported by Northern Tru Corp. First Tru Advsr Ltd Partnership holds 47,560 shares. International holds 24,247 shares. Point72 Asia (Hong Kong) has 0.02% invested in Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM). Moreover, Vident Inv Advisory Ltd Liability Corporation has 0.01% invested in Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM). 44 were accumulated by D Scott Neal Inc. Dreman Value Mgmt L L C reported 6,766 shares. Ingalls & Snyder Lc invested 0.03% of its portfolio in Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM). Moreover, Pacad Ltd has 0.01% invested in Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM) for 1,292 shares. Panagora Asset Mgmt reported 6,099 shares.

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