Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN) Expected to Post Earnings of $0.40 Per Share

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Equities research analysts predict that Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN) will announce earnings per share (EPS) of $0.40 for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Six analysts have issued estimates for Nielsen’s earnings, with estimates ranging from $0.39 to $0.42. Nielsen posted earnings of $0.49 per share during the same quarter last year, which indicates a negative year-over-year growth rate of 18.4%. The firm is expected to report its next earnings report on Thursday, October 24th.

On average, analysts expect that Nielsen will report full year earnings of $1.69 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.66 to $1.71. For the next year, analysts anticipate that the company will report earnings of $1.74 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.70 to $1.78. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share averages are a mean average based on a survey of research analysts that follow Nielsen.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, July 31st. The business services provider reported $0.50 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.38 by $0.12. Nielsen had a negative net margin of 10.70% and a positive return on equity of 18.97%. The business had revenue of $1.63 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.63 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.20 EPS. The firm’s revenue was down 1.2% on a year-over-year basis.

NLSN has been the topic of several recent research reports. Citigroup set a $28.00 target price on shares of Nielsen and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, August 16th. ValuEngine lowered shares of Nielsen from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 28th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Nielsen from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 22nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $26.17.

Several institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Parallel Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in Nielsen by 75.2% during the 1st quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC now owns 1,051 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $25,000 after purchasing an additional 451 shares during the last quarter. Private Capital Group LLC lifted its holdings in Nielsen by 2,265.9% during the 2nd quarter. Private Capital Group LLC now owns 970 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $30,000 after purchasing an additional 929 shares during the last quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. lifted its holdings in Nielsen by 675.1% during the 2nd quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 1,961 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $45,000 after purchasing an additional 1,708 shares during the last quarter. CSat Investment Advisory L.P. lifted its holdings in Nielsen by 66.5% during the 2nd quarter. CSat Investment Advisory L.P. now owns 1,998 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $45,000 after purchasing an additional 798 shares during the last quarter. Finally, NuWave Investment Management LLC lifted its holdings in Nielsen by 2,320.6% during the 2nd quarter. NuWave Investment Management LLC now owns 3,413 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $77,000 after purchasing an additional 3,272 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 96.18% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Nielsen stock opened at $22.65 on Tuesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.90, a quick ratio of 1.07 and a current ratio of 1.07. The firm’s 50-day simple moving average is $21.43 and its 200-day simple moving average is $23.72. Nielsen has a twelve month low of $19.96 and a twelve month high of $28.50. The firm has a market cap of $7.99 billion, a P/E ratio of 13.09, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.11 and a beta of 0.93.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, September 5th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 22nd were given a dividend of $0.35 per share. This is a positive change from Nielsen’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.31. This represents a $1.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 6.18%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, August 21st. Nielsen’s payout ratio is 80.92%.

Nielsen Company Profile

Nielsen Holdings plc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a measurement and data analytics company. It operates in two segments, Buy and Watch. The Buy segment provides retail transactional measurement data, consumer behavior information, and analytics primarily to businesses in the consumer packaged goods industry.

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