Profund Advisors LLC lowered its position in shares of Ulta Beauty Inc (NASDAQ:ULTA) by 4.7% during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 5,051 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock after selling 248 shares during the period. Profund Advisors LLC’s holdings in Ulta Beauty were worth $1,441,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
Other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Jennison Associates LLC boosted its stake in Ulta Beauty by 83.6% in the third quarter. Jennison Associates LLC now owns 2,029,500 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $482,980,000 after buying an additional 924,308 shares during the last quarter. Norges Bank acquired a new stake in Ulta Beauty during the fourth quarter worth $146,350,000. Scopus Asset Management L.P. acquired a new stake in Ulta Beauty during the third quarter worth $64,256,000. Putnam Investments LLC boosted its stake in Ulta Beauty by 13,876.6% in the fourth quarter. Putnam Investments LLC now owns 193,156 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $49,243,000 after buying an additional 191,774 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Alkeon Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in Ulta Beauty by 80.8% in the fourth quarter. Alkeon Capital Management LLC now owns 361,625 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $92,193,000 after buying an additional 161,625 shares during the last quarter. 86.21% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
Shares of Ulta Beauty Inc (NASDAQ:ULTA) opened at 294.08 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $18.27 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 45.10 and a beta of 0.65. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $287.40 and a 200 day moving average of $270.26. Ulta Beauty Inc has a 12-month low of $205.95 and a 12-month high of $301.40.
Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ:ULTA) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, March 9th. The specialty retailer reported $2.24 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $2.13 by $0.11. The business had revenue of $1.58 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.54 billion. Ulta Beauty had a net margin of 8.31% and a return on equity of 26.87%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 24.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $1.69 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts expect that Ulta Beauty Inc will post $8.09 earnings per share for the current year.
A number of research firms recently weighed in on ULTA. Robert W. Baird set a $315.00 target price on shares of Ulta Beauty and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, March 11th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $285.00 price objective on shares of Ulta Beauty and gave the stock a “sector perform” rating in a research note on Saturday, March 11th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Ulta Beauty from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday. Jefferies Group LLC set a $266.00 price objective on shares of Ulta Beauty and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 27th. Finally, Instinet reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $297.00 price objective (up from $294.00) on shares of Ulta Beauty in a research note on Saturday, March 11th. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and thirteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Ulta Beauty has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $303.32.
In other news, CEO Mary Dillon sold 33,955 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, March 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $286.05, for a total transaction of $9,712,827.75. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 72,622 shares in the company, valued at approximately $20,773,523.10. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, CFO Scott M. Settersten sold 11,519 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, March 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $282.80, for a total transaction of $3,257,573.20. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 15,222 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,304,781.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 150,534 shares of company stock worth $42,979,662. 6.90% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
Ulta Beauty Company Profile
Ulta Beauty, Inc is a holding company for the Ulta Beauty group of companies. The Company is a beauty retailer. The Company offers cosmetics, fragrance, skin, hair care products and salon services. The Company offers approximately 20,000 products from over 500 beauty brands across all categories, including the Company’s own private label.