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Chairman and CEO of Church & Dwight James Craigie Sold 250,000 Shares
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: June 14, 2012 09:13AM

Chairman and CEO of Church & Dwight (CHD) James Craigie sold 250,000 shares on 06/12/2012 at an average price of $53.57. The total transaction amount is $13,392,500. Church & Dwight Co Inc. is the world's producer of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), a versatile chemical which performs a broad range of functions such as cleaning, deodorizing, leavening and buffering. Church & Dwight has a market cap of $7.47 billion; its shares were traded at around $53.53 with a P/E ratio of 23.4 and P/S ratio of 2.7. The dividend yield of Church & Dwight stocks is 1.8%. Church & Dwight had an annual average earnings growth of 15.9% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Church & Dwight the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.

Previously, CEO James Craigie has not made any trades with the company before his selling of 250,000 shares on 6/12/2012. Several other insiders have also decreased their positions in the company, although the share amounts are comparatively smaller than the CEO’s trade. Recently, no insiders have increased their positions in the company.

Mr. James R. Craigie, Jim has been the CEO of Church & Dwight Co. Inc. since July 6, 2004. Mr. Craigie has been an interim president of domestic personal care division of Church & Dwight Co. Inc. since March 18, 2005. Additionally, he also served as president of CHD from July 6, 2004 to May 2007. Before his work at Church & Dwight, he served as CEO and president of The Top-Flite Golf Company. He holds an MBA from Harvard University.

Several our our Gurus hold positions in Church and Dwight. Jean-Marie Eveillard owns 2,400 shares as of 03/31/2012, which accounts for less than 0.01% of the $25.09 billion portfolio of First Eagle Investment Management LLC. Mario Gabelli owns 469,160 shares as of 03/31/2012, which accounts for 0.17% of the $13.95 billion portfolio of GAMCO Investors. Ron Baron owns 2,173,221 shares as of 03/31/2012, which accounts for 0.64% of the $16.69 billion portfolio of Baron Funds.

CHD has a predictability rating of 3.5 stars. According to GuruFocus’ discount cash flow calculator, the fair value of the company is valued at $55.87, with a 4% margin of safety based on recent quarterly EPS of $2.30. Revenue growth for the company averages at 9.3% per year for the past 10 years, and an increase of 7.9% within the last 12 months. It should also be noted that the stock price for CHD is also relatively predictable, with no sharp drops and year-end prices steadily increasing. The company traded at around $10 in 2001; now it trades at around $50.

Church and Dwight has about $251 million cash on hand and $250 million in long-term debts. About 50% of its assets are intangible assets. The company previously issued new shares every year, but last year in 2011 broke the pattern and instead bought back $53.1 million worth of shares.



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