Encompass Capital Advisors Lowers stake in U.S. Silica Holdings Inc (SLCA)

U.S. Silica Holdings Inc (SLCA) : Encompass Capital Advisors reduced its stake in U.S. Silica Holdings Inc by 3.9% during the most recent quarter end. The investment management company now holds a total of 627,135 shares of U.S. Silica Holdings Inc which is valued at $24,088,255 after selling 25,465 shares in U.S. Silica Holdings Inc , the firm said in a disclosure report filed with the SEC on Aug 15, 2016.U.S. Silica Holdings Inc makes up approximately 6.51% of Encompass Capital Advisors’s portfolio.

Other Hedge Funds, Including , Steadfast Advisors Lp added SLCA to its portfolio by purchasing 34,271 company shares during the most recent quarter which is valued at $1,316,349. U.S. Silica Holdings Inc makes up approx 0.84% of Steadfast Advisors Lp’s portfolio. Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management sold out all of its stake in SLCA during the most recent quarter. The investment firm sold 26,524 shares of SLCA which is valued $1,018,787.Van Eck Associates Corp boosted its stake in SLCA in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 58,268 additional shares and now holds a total of 455,671 shares of U.S. Silica Holdings Inc which is valued at $17,502,323. U.S. Silica Holdings Inc makes up approx 0.08% of Van Eck Associates Corp’s portfolio.Glenmede Trust Co Na reduced its stake in SLCA by selling 392 shares or 6.91% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 5,285 shares of SLCA which is valued at $206,591.Barnett Company reduced its stake in SLCA by selling 1,850 shares or 7.35% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 23,330 shares of SLCA which is valued at $911,970. U.S. Silica Holdings Inc makes up approx 0.48% of Barnett Company’s portfolio.

U.S. Silica Holdings Inc opened for trading at $39.15 and hit $39.92 on the upside on Thursday, eventually ending the session at $39.76, with a gain of 1.30% or 0.51 points. The heightened volatility saw the trading volume jump to 16,95,073 shares. Company has a market cap of $2,528 M.

On the company’s financial health, U.S. Silica Holdings Inc reported $-0.17 EPS for the quarter, beating the analyst consensus estimate by $ 0.04 according to the earnings call on Aug 2, 2016. Analyst had a consensus of $-0.21. The company had revenue of $117.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts expectations of $115.59 million. The company’s revenue was down -20.7 % compared to the same quarter last year.During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.08 EPS.

Investors should note that on Jul 25, 2016, U.S. Silica Holdings Inc announced a cash dividend of $0.0625. The company’s management has announced Sep 13, 2016 as the ex-dividend date and fixed the record date on Sep 15, 2016. The payable date has been fixed on Oct 4, 2016.

Many Wall Street Analysts have commented on U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. Barclays Initiated U.S. Silica Holdings Inc on Aug 10, 2016 to “Overweight”, Price Target of the shares are set at $50.Company shares were Reiterated by Scotia Howard Weil on Aug 4, 2016 to “Sector Perform”, Firm has raised the Price Target to $ 35 from a previous price target of $32 .Company shares were Reiterated by Cowen on Jul 20, 2016 to “Outperform”, Firm has raised the Price Target to $ 42 from a previous price target of $29 .

U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. (U.S. Silica) is a domestic producer of commercial silica a specialized mineral that is a critical input into a variety of end markets. The Company operates in two segments: Oil & Gas Proppants and Industrial & Specialty Products. In the Oil & Gas Proppants segment the Company serves the oil and gas recovery market providing fracturing sand or frac sand. The Industrial & Specialty Products segment consists of over 250 products and materials. The Company operates approximately 17 production facilities across the United States and controlled 363 million tons of reserves including approximately 179 million tons of reserves that can be processed to meet the American Petroleum Institute (API) frac sand size specifications. The Company produces a range of frac sand sizes and delivers API grade frac sand to the United States shale basins.

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