Brokerages expect that AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) will announce earnings of $1.05 per share for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Three analysts have made estimates for AFLAC’s earnings, with estimates ranging from $1.03 to $1.07. AFLAC also posted earnings of $1.05 per share during the same quarter last year. The firm is expected to issue its next quarterly earnings results after the market closes on Thursday, April 25th.

On average, analysts expect that AFLAC will report full year earnings of $4.22 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.19 to $4.25. For the next year, analysts forecast that the firm will report earnings of $4.42 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.35 to $4.50. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share averages are a mean average based on a survey of analysts that that provide coverage for AFLAC.

AFLAC (NYSE:AFL) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 31st. The financial services provider reported $1.02 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.94 by $0.08. The business had revenue of $5.48 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.47 billion. AFLAC had a return on equity of 13.62% and a net margin of 13.42%.

A number of brokerages have commented on AFL. Zacks Investment Research raised AFLAC from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday. ValuEngine lowered AFLAC from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, March 1st. SunTrust Banks boosted their price objective on AFLAC to $48.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, February 4th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered AFLAC from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $51.00 price objective for the company. in a report on Wednesday, January 2nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. AFLAC currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $48.67.

In other AFLAC news, insider Audrey B. Tillman sold 2,100 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, February 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $48.71, for a total transaction of $102,291.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 105,017 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,115,378.07. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Karole Lloyd acquired 2,000 shares of AFLAC stock in a transaction on Friday, March 22nd. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $49.83 per share, with a total value of $99,660.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 22,160 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,104,232.80. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 89,244 shares of company stock valued at $4,363,557. 1.30% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Hancock Whitney Corp bought a new position in AFLAC during the fourth quarter valued at $1,687,000. Norges Bank bought a new position in AFLAC during the fourth quarter valued at $260,062,000. Transamerica Financial Advisors Inc. bought a new position in AFLAC during the fourth quarter valued at $41,000. Hexavest Inc. grew its holdings in AFLAC by 44.4% during the fourth quarter. Hexavest Inc. now owns 1,463,674 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $66,685,000 after purchasing an additional 450,012 shares during the period. Finally, Brown Advisory Inc. grew its holdings in AFLAC by 0.9% during the fourth quarter. Brown Advisory Inc. now owns 347,517 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $15,833,000 after purchasing an additional 2,985 shares during the period. 68.43% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of AFL opened at $48.89 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.25, a current ratio of 0.06 and a quick ratio of 0.06. The company has a market cap of $36.63 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.75, a P/E/G ratio of 3.38 and a beta of 0.79. AFLAC has a 52 week low of $41.45 and a 52 week high of $50.66.

AFLAC Company Profile

Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, provides voluntary supplemental health and life insurance products. It operates through two segments, Aflac Japan and Aflac U.S. The Aflac Japan segment offers voluntary supplemental insurance products, including cancer plans, general medical indemnity plans, medical/sickness riders, care plans, living benefit life plans, ordinary life insurance plans, and annuities in Japan.

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