Nielsen N.V. (NLSN) Expected to Announce Earnings of $0.40 Per Share

Wall Street brokerages expect Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) to post earnings per share (EPS) of $0.40 for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks. Four analysts have made estimates for Nielsen’s earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $0.48 and the lowest estimate coming in at $0.22. Nielsen posted earnings per share of $0.31 during the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year-over-year growth rate of 29%. The company is scheduled to announce its next quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, April 24th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Nielsen will report full-year earnings of $2.38 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.46 to $2.70. For the next financial year, analysts expect that the company will post earnings of $2.72 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.89 to $3.10. Zacks’ EPS calculations are a mean average based on a survey of analysts that follow Nielsen.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 8th. The business services provider reported $0.71 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.75 by ($0.04). Nielsen had a net margin of 6.53% and a return on equity of 16.85%. The company had revenue of $1.76 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.76 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.44 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 6.3% compared to the same quarter last year.

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on NLSN shares. Cantor Fitzgerald restated a “hold” rating and set a $45.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen in a report on Monday, October 23rd. Morgan Stanley cut their price objective on shares of Nielsen from $50.00 to $49.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, October 26th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “market perform” rating and set a $44.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen in a report on Thursday, October 26th. Credit Suisse Group cut their price objective on shares of Nielsen from $47.00 to $46.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, October 26th. Finally, Needham & Company LLC restated a “buy” rating on shares of Nielsen in a report on Friday, October 27th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Nielsen presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $42.71.

In related news, Director Luca Guerrino De acquired 1,369 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, November 13th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $36.54 per share, for a total transaction of $50,023.26. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, CEO Dwight Barns acquired 13,631 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, December 1st. The stock was bought at an average price of $36.86 per share, for a total transaction of $502,438.66. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 0.67% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Capital Guardian Trust Co. boosted its position in Nielsen by 25.2% in the 3rd quarter. Capital Guardian Trust Co. now owns 1,139,989 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $47,253,000 after purchasing an additional 229,675 shares in the last quarter. Pinebridge Investments L.P. boosted its position in Nielsen by 3,246.9% in the 3rd quarter. Pinebridge Investments L.P. now owns 53,015 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $2,197,000 after purchasing an additional 51,431 shares in the last quarter. First Republic Investment Management Inc. boosted its position in Nielsen by 5.5% in the 3rd quarter. First Republic Investment Management Inc. now owns 54,624 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $2,265,000 after purchasing an additional 2,836 shares in the last quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia boosted its position in Nielsen by 38.5% in the 3rd quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia now owns 37,024 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,529,000 after purchasing an additional 10,291 shares in the last quarter. Finally, KBC Group NV boosted its position in Nielsen by 48.2% in the 3rd quarter. KBC Group NV now owns 99,932 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $4,142,000 after purchasing an additional 32,520 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 96.27% of the company’s stock.

Nielsen (NLSN) opened at $33.70 on Thursday. Nielsen has a fifty-two week low of $33.50 and a fifty-two week high of $45.73. The company has a current ratio of 1.41, a quick ratio of 1.41 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88. The stock has a market cap of $12,018.90, a PE ratio of 16.20, a PEG ratio of 1.72 and a beta of 0.91.

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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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