$0.38 EPS Expected for Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE:NLSN) This Quarter

Equities analysts expect Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE:NLSN) to announce $0.38 earnings per share for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Four analysts have made estimates for Nielsen’s earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $0.40 and the lowest is $0.36. Nielsen reported earnings per share of $0.41 in the same quarter last year, which suggests a negative year-over-year growth rate of 7.3%. The company is scheduled to report its next earnings results before the market opens on Thursday, July 29th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Nielsen will report full year earnings of $1.55 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.54 to $1.57. For the next year, analysts forecast that the business will post earnings of $1.69 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.65 to $1.75. Zacks’ EPS averages are an average based on a survey of analysts that follow Nielsen.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 6th. The business services provider reported $0.47 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.32 by $0.15. Nielsen had a return on equity of 25.28% and a net margin of 10.46%. The business had revenue of $863.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $847.47 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.29 earnings per share. Nielsen’s quarterly revenue was down 44.6% on a year-over-year basis.

A number of analysts have weighed in on NLSN shares. Royal Bank of Canada began coverage on Nielsen in a research report on Wednesday, July 7th. They issued a “sector perform” rating and a $25.00 price target on the stock. reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a $29.00 price objective (up previously from $27.00) on shares of Nielsen in a report on Thursday, May 27th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Nielsen from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $27.00 price target for the company. in a report on Thursday, June 17th. BMO Capital Markets increased their price target on Nielsen from $30.00 to $33.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, May 13th. Finally, Citigroup downgraded Nielsen from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and increased their price objective for the stock from $27.00 to $29.00 in a report on Friday, May 21st. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Nielsen has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $25.83.

NYSE:NLSN traded down $0.12 during trading hours on Thursday, reaching $24.23. The company had a trading volume of 50,012 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,994,077. The business has a 50-day simple moving average of $25.69. Nielsen has a one year low of $13.13 and a one year high of $28.42. The firm has a market cap of $8.69 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.76 and a beta of 1.45. The company has a quick ratio of 1.28, a current ratio of 1.28 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.86.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 2nd. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 19th will be given a $0.06 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 18th. This represents a $0.24 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.99%. Nielsen’s payout ratio is 15.79%.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Berman Capital Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in Nielsen by 120.6% during the 1st quarter. Berman Capital Advisors LLC now owns 1,476 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $37,000 after purchasing an additional 807 shares during the last quarter. SkyView Investment Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in Nielsen by 261.2% during the 1st quarter. SkyView Investment Advisors LLC now owns 1,882 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $47,000 after purchasing an additional 1,361 shares during the last quarter. Captrust Financial Advisors lifted its holdings in Nielsen by 170.0% during the 4th quarter. Captrust Financial Advisors now owns 2,379 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $50,000 after purchasing an additional 1,498 shares during the last quarter. Daiwa Securities Group Inc. lifted its holdings in Nielsen by 29.7% during the 1st quarter. Daiwa Securities Group Inc. now owns 2,054 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $52,000 after purchasing an additional 470 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Contravisory Investment Management Inc. acquired a new stake in Nielsen during the 1st quarter worth approximately $53,000.

Nielsen Company Profile

Nielsen Holdings plc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a measurement and data analytics company worldwide. It operates in two segments, Nielsen Global Media (Media) and Nielsen Global Connect (Connect). The Media segment provides viewership and listening data, and analytics principally to media publishers and marketers, and advertising agencies for television, radio, digital viewing, and listening platforms.

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