Zacks: National Research Co. (NRCIA) Given Average Rating of “Hold” by Analysts

Shares of National Research Co. (NASDAQ:NRCIA) have earned an average broker rating score of 3.00 (Hold) from the one analysts that provide coverage for the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating.

Zacks has also given National Research an industry rank of 68 out of 265 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

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Several equities research analysts have issued reports on NRCIA shares. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of National Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday. ValuEngine raised shares of National Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 3rd. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of National Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 22nd.

In other National Research news, major shareholder Amandla Mk Trust purchased 5,494,440 shares of National Research stock in a transaction dated Thursday, February 15th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $19.31 per share, for a total transaction of $106,097,636.40. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, CEO Michael D. Hays sold 1,602,399 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, January 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $39.03, for a total transaction of $62,541,632.97. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 5,261,410 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $205,352,832.30. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 6,870,104 shares of company stock valued at $164,329,548. 5.70% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its holdings in shares of National Research by 1.3% in the 3rd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 605,856 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $22,841,000 after purchasing an additional 7,666 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. raised its holdings in shares of National Research by 0.6% in the 4th quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 476,279 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $17,765,000 after purchasing an additional 2,620 shares in the last quarter. Conestoga Capital Advisors LLC raised its holdings in shares of National Research by 7.5% in the 4th quarter. Conestoga Capital Advisors LLC now owns 453,436 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $16,913,000 after purchasing an additional 31,505 shares in the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC raised its holdings in shares of National Research by 27.1% in the 4th quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 289,900 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $10,813,000 after purchasing an additional 61,900 shares in the last quarter. Finally, State Street Corp raised its holdings in shares of National Research by 12.2% in the 2nd quarter. State Street Corp now owns 157,748 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $4,241,000 after purchasing an additional 17,163 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 33.66% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NRCIA stock traded up $0.10 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $31.20. 16,364 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 17,734. National Research has a 12-month low of $20.19 and a 12-month high of $41.99. The stock has a market cap of $764.71, a PE ratio of 53.79 and a beta of 1.68.

National Research (NASDAQ:NRCIA) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 13th. The business services provider reported $0.10 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.22 by ($0.12). National Research had a return on equity of 27.45% and a net margin of 19.52%. The firm had revenue of $29.90 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $30.60 million. equities research analysts predict that National Research will post 1.11 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 13th. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 30th will be given a $0.10 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 28th. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.28%. National Research’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 68.97%.

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About National Research

National Research Corporation, doing business as NRC Health, is a provider of analytics and insights for healthcare providers, payers and other healthcare organizations. The Company operates through six segments: Experience, The Governance Institute, Market Insights, Transparency, National Research Corporation Canada and Connect.

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