Nielsen N.V. (NLSN) Expected to Post Quarterly Sales of $1.62 Billion

Equities analysts expect Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) to report sales of $1.62 billion for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Seven analysts have provided estimates for Nielsen’s earnings, with the highest sales estimate coming in at $1.63 billion and the lowest estimate coming in at $1.58 billion. Nielsen reported sales of $1.53 billion in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year over year growth rate of 5.9%. The company is expected to report its next earnings report on Tuesday, April 24th.

On average, analysts expect that Nielsen will report full-year sales of $1.62 billion for the current year, with estimates ranging from $6.82 billion to $6.92 billion. For the next fiscal year, analysts expect that the firm will report sales of $7.12 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $6.99 billion to $7.20 billion. Zacks’ sales calculations are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that follow Nielsen.

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Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The business services provider reported $0.71 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.75 by ($0.04). Nielsen had a return on equity of 16.79% and a net margin of 6.53%. The firm had revenue of $1.76 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.76 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.44 earnings per share. Nielsen’s quarterly revenue was up 6.3% compared to the same quarter last year.

NLSN has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. SunTrust Banks restated a “buy” rating and set a $38.00 price objective (down from $42.00) on shares of Nielsen in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. Robert W. Baird upgraded Nielsen from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, January 8th. Zacks Investment Research cut Nielsen from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 26th. BMO Capital Markets decreased their price objective on Nielsen from $40.00 to $38.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a research note on Monday, February 12th. Finally, Morgan Stanley decreased their price objective on Nielsen from $47.00 to $46.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, February 9th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Nielsen has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $41.88.

Shares of NLSN stock traded down $0.63 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $31.58. The stock had a trading volume of 1,704,871 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,847,463. Nielsen has a 12-month low of $30.64 and a 12-month high of $43.61. The stock has a market capitalization of $11,180.79, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.07, a P/E/G ratio of 1.56 and a beta of 0.95. The company has a current ratio of 1.34, a quick ratio of 1.34 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, March 21st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, March 7th were paid a $0.34 dividend. This represents a $1.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.31%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, March 6th. Nielsen’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 64.45%.

In other Nielsen news, CFO Jamere Jackson sold 19,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $32.97, for a total value of $626,430.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 81,848 shares in the company, valued at $2,698,528.56. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Company insiders own 0.67% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI increased its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 13.4% in the fourth quarter. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI now owns 12,371 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $450,000 after purchasing an additional 1,465 shares during the period. Fuller & Thaler Asset Management Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 14.0% in the fourth quarter. Fuller & Thaler Asset Management Inc. now owns 12,200 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $444,000 after purchasing an additional 1,500 shares during the period. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 6.8% in the third quarter. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. now owns 24,609 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,020,000 after purchasing an additional 1,563 shares during the period. Profund Advisors LLC increased its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 18.7% in the fourth quarter. Profund Advisors LLC now owns 11,123 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $405,000 after purchasing an additional 1,750 shares during the period. Finally, CIBC Asset Management Inc increased its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 8.7% in the fourth quarter. CIBC Asset Management Inc now owns 23,130 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $842,000 after purchasing an additional 1,859 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 98.07% of the company’s stock.

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About Nielsen

Nielsen N.V. (Nielsen), formerly Nielsen Holdings N.V., is an information and measurement company. The Company is engaged in providing clients with an understanding of consumers and consumer behavior. The Company delivers media and marketing information, and analytics on a global and local basis. Nielsen operates through two business segments: Buy and Watch.

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