Black Knight, Inc. (NYSE:BKI) Brief Interest Update

Black Knight, Inc. (NYSE: BKI – Get Rating) was the target of strong short-term interest growth in April. As of April 15, there was short interest totaling 3,240,000 shares, a growth of 50.0% from the total of 2,160,000 shares as of March 31. Currently, 2.2% of the stock’s shares are sold short. Based on an average daily volume of 1,440,000 shares, the day-to-cover ratio is currently 2.3 days.

BKI has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Jefferies Financial Group cut Black Knight shares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and lowered its target price for the stock from $100.00 to $71.00 in a Tuesday research report February 8. TheStreet reduced Black Knight’s shares from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a Wednesday, March 2 research report. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Black Knight from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a Friday, February 18 research report. Wedbush lowered its price target on Black Knight shares from $85.00 to $70.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a Thursday, Feb. 17 research report. Finally, Oppenheimer lowered his price target on Black Knight shares from $92.00 to $80.00 in a Friday, April 8 research report. Three equity research analysts gave the stock a hold rating and one gave the company’s stock a buy rating. Based on data from MarketBeat, Black Knight currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $79.60.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently changed their holdings in the company. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased its stake in Black Knight shares by 75.3% in the third quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 115,128 shares of the company valued at $8,289,000 after purchasing an additional 49,459 shares in the last quarter. Atria Investments LLC increased its stake in Black Knight by 23.4% during the 4th quarter. Atria Investments LLC now owns 19,074 shares of the company worth $1,581,000 after acquiring 3,618 additional shares in the last quarter. Assenagon Asset Management SA bought a new position in Black Knight during the 4th quarter for a value of approximately $2,385,000. Man Group plc increased its stake in Black Knight by 63.7% during the third quarter. Man Group plc now owns 53,256 shares in the company worth $3,834,000 after acquiring a further 20,723 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund increased its stake in Black Knight by 33.9% during the 4th quarter. The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund now owns 12,723 shares of the company worth $1,055,000 after acquiring 3,218 additional shares in the last quarter. 93.78% of the shares are currently held by institutional investors.

BKI lost $0.44 in Friday’s midday session, hitting $65.79. The company had a trading volume of 1,700,435 shares, compared to an average volume of 1,534,632 shares. The company has a debt ratio of 1.13, a quick ratio of 1.33 and a current ratio of 1.33. The company has a market capitalization of $10.22 billion, a PE ratio of 49.47, a P/E/G ratio of 2.29 and a beta of 0.84. Black Knight has a 12-month low of $52.00 and a 12-month high of $84.27. The company’s 50-day simple moving average is $61.50 and its 200-day simple moving average is $69.66.

Black Knight (NYSE:BKI – Get Rating) last released its results on Tuesday, February 15. The company reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.61 for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.55 by $0.06. The company posted revenue of $386.20 million for the quarter, versus analyst estimates of $381.05 million. Black Knight had a net margin of 14.09% and a return on equity of 14.03%. The company’s revenue for the quarter increased 12.9% year over year. In the same quarter last year, the company achieved EPS of $0.55. As a group, sell-side analysts expect Black Knight to post 2.43 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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Black Knight, Inc provides integrated software, data and analytics solutions in North America and internationally. The Software Solutions segment offers software and hosting solutions including MSP, a software-as-a-service application platform for mortgages, home equity loans and lines of credit; Servicing Digital, a web and mobile solution for consumers that provides easy access to personalized and timely information about their mortgages; Loss Mitigation, an integrated solution that supports retention and liquidation workouts; and Empower, a loan origination system used by lenders to create mortgages, home equity loans and HELOCs.

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