Short Interest in Ardagh Metal Packaging S.A. (NYSE:AMBP) Increases By 7.9%

Ardagh Metal Packaging S.A. (NYSE:AMBPGet Free Report) saw a large growth in short interest in the month of March. As of March 15th, there was short interest totalling 3,960,000 shares, a growth of 7.9% from the February 29th total of 3,670,000 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 1,070,000 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 3.7 days. Approximately 2.9% of the company’s stock are short sold.

Institutional Investors Weigh In On Ardagh Metal Packaging

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Principal Financial Group Inc. acquired a new position in Ardagh Metal Packaging in the 1st quarter valued at $87,000. Raymond James & Associates bought a new stake in Ardagh Metal Packaging during the first quarter worth about $391,000. Bank of New York Mellon Corp lifted its position in Ardagh Metal Packaging by 46.0% during the first quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 277,080 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,253,000 after purchasing an additional 87,295 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. grew its stake in Ardagh Metal Packaging by 3.2% during the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 1,648,566 shares of the company’s stock worth $13,401,000 after buying an additional 51,261 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc. increased its holdings in Ardagh Metal Packaging by 101.6% in the 1st quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 176,472 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,435,000 after buying an additional 88,922 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 16.93% of the company’s stock.

Ardagh Metal Packaging Stock Performance

AMBP traded up $0.07 during trading hours on Wednesday, reaching $3.44. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 649,351 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,097,645. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 34.34, a quick ratio of 0.68 and a current ratio of 0.99. The company’s 50-day moving average is $3.54 and its 200-day moving average is $3.51. Ardagh Metal Packaging has a 52 week low of $2.57 and a 52 week high of $4.29. The firm has a market cap of $2.06 billion, a PE ratio of -28.42, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.69 and a beta of 0.75.

Ardagh Metal Packaging (NYSE:AMBPGet Free Report) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 22nd. The company reported $0.01 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.04 by ($0.03). The company had revenue of $1.13 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.11 billion. Ardagh Metal Packaging had a negative net margin of 1.04% and a positive return on equity of 38.48%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 5.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.05 EPS. On average, equities analysts forecast that Ardagh Metal Packaging will post 0.18 EPS for the current year.

Ardagh Metal Packaging Dividend Announcement

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, March 27th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, March 13th were given a dividend of $0.10 per share. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 11.63%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, March 12th. Ardagh Metal Packaging’s payout ratio is -333.33%.

Wall Street Analyst Weigh In

Several analysts recently commented on the stock. Wells Fargo & Company decreased their price target on shares of Ardagh Metal Packaging from $4.00 to $3.70 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a report on Friday, February 23rd. Barclays cut Ardagh Metal Packaging from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and set a $4.00 target price for the company. in a research note on Monday, January 8th. UBS Group started coverage on shares of Ardagh Metal Packaging in a research note on Tuesday, January 16th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $5.00 target price for the company. Morgan Stanley started coverage on shares of Ardagh Metal Packaging in a research note on Monday, March 18th. They set an “underweight” rating and a $3.20 price target for the company. Finally, Bank of America cut shares of Ardagh Metal Packaging from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating and reduced their target price for the stock from $4.10 to $3.50 in a report on Monday. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. According to data from, Ardagh Metal Packaging has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $4.30.

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Ardagh Metal Packaging Company Profile

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Ardagh Metal Packaging SA, together with its subsidiaries, supplies consumer metal beverage cans in Europe, the United States, and Brazil. Its products are used in various end-use categories, including beer, carbonated soft drinks, energy drinks, hard seltzers, juices, pre-mixed cocktails, teas, sparkling waters, and wine.

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