Zoetis Inc (NYSE:ZTS) declared a quarterly dividend on Tuesday, December 12th, Wall Street Journal reports. Investors of record on Friday, January 19th will be paid a dividend of 0.126 per share on Thursday, March 1st. This represents a $0.50 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.67%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, January 18th. This is a boost from Zoetis’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.11.
Zoetis has increased its dividend by an average of 13.4% per year over the last three years and has raised its dividend every year for the last 4 years. Zoetis has a payout ratio of 21.1% indicating that its dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Research analysts expect Zoetis to earn $2.72 per share next year, which means the company should continue to be able to cover its $0.50 annual dividend with an expected future payout ratio of 18.4%.
Zoetis (NYSE ZTS) opened at $75.39 on Friday. Zoetis has a 12-month low of $52.00 and a 12-month high of $75.69. The stock has a market cap of $36,740.00, a PE ratio of 39.68, a P/E/G ratio of 1.91 and a beta of 1.06. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.45, a quick ratio of 1.95 and a current ratio of 2.80.
A number of research analysts recently issued reports on ZTS shares. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and set a $65.00 price target on shares of Zoetis in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd. Cowen set a $80.00 price objective on shares of Zoetis and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, November 17th. Morgan Stanley upgraded shares of Zoetis from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $80.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, November 29th. UBS Group restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Zoetis in a research note on Friday, November 24th. Finally, Citigroup upgraded shares of Zoetis from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $85.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $71.28.
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Zoetis Inc is engaged in the discovery, development, manufacture and commercialization of animal health medicines and vaccines, with a focus on both livestock and companion animals. The Company has a business, commercializing products across eight core species: cattle, swine, poultry, sheep and fish (collectively, livestock) and dogs, cats and horses (collectively, companion animals), and within five product categories: anti-infectives, vaccines, parasiticides, medicated feed additives and other pharmaceuticals.
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