Wall Street analysts predict that Wyndham Worldwide Co. (NYSE:WYN) will announce sales of $1.40 billion for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Four analysts have issued estimates for Wyndham Worldwide’s earnings, with the lowest sales estimate coming in at $1.39 billion and the highest estimate coming in at $1.41 billion. Wyndham Worldwide posted sales of $1.32 billion during the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year-over-year growth rate of 6.1%. The firm is scheduled to report its next earnings results on Wednesday, February 21st.

On average, analysts expect that Wyndham Worldwide will report full year sales of $1.40 billion for the current fiscal year, with estimates ranging from $5.82 billion to $5.84 billion. For the next financial year, analysts expect that the firm will report sales of $6.12 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $6.05 billion to $6.16 billion. Zacks’ sales calculations are a mean average based on a survey of analysts that cover Wyndham Worldwide.

Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 25th. The company reported $2.03 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.02 by $0.01. Wyndham Worldwide had a net margin of 10.20% and a return on equity of 97.31%. The company had revenue of $1.63 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.67 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $1.89 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.6% on a year-over-year basis.

A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Wolfe Research upgraded shares of Wyndham Worldwide from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 21st. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Wyndham Worldwide from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Wyndham Worldwide from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $108.29.

In related news, VP Scott G. Mclester sold 15,381 shares of Wyndham Worldwide stock in a transaction on Monday, December 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $115.00, for a total value of $1,768,815.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 8,917 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,025,455. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director George Herrera sold 311 shares of Wyndham Worldwide stock in a transaction on Tuesday, October 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $105.82, for a total transaction of $32,910.02. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 2.39% of the company’s stock.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. San Francisco Sentry Investment Group CA purchased a new position in Wyndham Worldwide in the 2nd quarter valued at $158,000. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. grew its position in Wyndham Worldwide by 26.3% in the 2nd quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 1,625 shares of the company’s stock valued at $163,000 after buying an additional 338 shares during the last quarter. Jane Street Group LLC purchased a new position in Wyndham Worldwide in the 3rd quarter valued at $209,000. Pacer Advisors Inc. grew its position in Wyndham Worldwide by 8.6% in the 2nd quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 2,158 shares of the company’s stock valued at $217,000 after buying an additional 171 shares during the last quarter. Finally, BB&T Securities LLC grew its position in Wyndham Worldwide by 2.3% in the 2nd quarter. BB&T Securities LLC now owns 2,499 shares of the company’s stock valued at $250,000 after buying an additional 56 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 93.92% of the company’s stock.

Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE WYN) opened at $117.50 on Thursday. The company has a current ratio of 0.96, a quick ratio of 0.81 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 9.00. The stock has a market cap of $11,840.00, a P/E ratio of 21.10 and a beta of 1.36. Wyndham Worldwide has a 1 year low of $75.80 and a 1 year high of $117.62.

Wyndham Worldwide declared that its Board of Directors has initiated a share repurchase program on Wednesday, October 25th that allows the company to buyback $1.00 billion in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization allows the company to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are usually an indication that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, December 11th. Stockholders of record on Monday, November 27th were given a dividend of $0.58 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, November 24th. This represents a $2.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.97%. Wyndham Worldwide’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 41.65%.

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About Wyndham Worldwide

Wyndham Worldwide Corporation is a hospitality company. The Company offers a range of hospitality services and products through its global portfolio of brands. The Company operates through three segments: Wyndham Hotel Group, Wyndham Destination Network and Wyndham Vacation Ownership. The Company’s brands include Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8, Howard Johnson, Wingate by Wyndham, Microtel Inns & Suites by Wyndham, TRYP by Wyndham, Dolce Hotels and Resorts, RCI, Landal GreenParks, Novasol, Hoseasons, cottages.com, James Villa Holidays, Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Wyndham Vacation Resorts, Shell Vacations Club and WorldMark by Wyndham.

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