Equities analysts expect Autoliv Inc. (NYSE:ALV) to post earnings per share (EPS) of $1.67 for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Three analysts have made estimates for Autoliv’s earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $1.59 and the highest is $1.75. Autoliv posted earnings per share of $1.66 in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year over year growth rate of 0.6%. The firm is scheduled to announce its next earnings report before the market opens on Friday, April 26th.

On average, analysts expect that Autoliv will report full-year earnings of $7.12 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $6.95 to $7.25. For the next fiscal year, analysts forecast that the company will report earnings of $8.12 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $7.60 to $8.65. Zacks’ earnings per share averages are an average based on a survey of research analysts that follow Autoliv.

Autoliv (NYSE:ALV) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, January 29th. The auto parts company reported $1.42 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.62 by ($0.20). The business had revenue of $2.19 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.24 billion. Autoliv had a net margin of 2.06% and a return on equity of 22.59%. Autoliv’s quarterly revenue was up 1.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $2.29 earnings per share.

ALV has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Berenberg Bank upgraded shares of Autoliv from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 19th. KeyCorp restated a “buy” rating and set a $95.00 price objective on shares of Autoliv in a research report on Sunday, January 6th. TheStreet cut shares of Autoliv from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Friday, January 4th. Longbow Research restated a “hold” rating on shares of Autoliv in a research report on Wednesday, March 6th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Autoliv from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday. Nine investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $89.96.

In other news, insider Svante Mogefors sold 1,524 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, February 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $80.69, for a total transaction of $122,971.56. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 643 shares in the company, valued at approximately $51,883.67. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Corporate insiders own 0.19% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Essex Savings Bank bought a new position in Autoliv during the fourth quarter worth $35,000. Kinneret Advisory LLC bought a new position in Autoliv during the fourth quarter worth $71,000. Quantamental Technologies LLC bought a new position in Autoliv during the fourth quarter worth $86,000. Mackenzie Financial Corp bought a new position in Autoliv during the third quarter worth $209,000. Finally, Advisor Group Inc. lifted its stake in Autoliv by 87.1% during the fourth quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 3,034 shares of the auto parts company’s stock worth $215,000 after purchasing an additional 1,412 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 34.28% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NYSE ALV traded up $1.25 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $86.75. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 489,833 shares, compared to its average volume of 512,585. The stock has a market capitalization of $7.57 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.70, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.10 and a beta of 1.34. The company has a quick ratio of 0.88, a current ratio of 1.15 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.85. Autoliv has a 1-year low of $67.26 and a 1-year high of $115.37.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 7th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, May 22nd will be paid a dividend of $0.62 per share. This represents a $2.48 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.86%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, May 21st. Autoliv’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 36.31%.

About Autoliv

Autoliv, Inc, through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and supplies automotive safety systems to the automotive industry. The company offers passive safety systems, including modules and components for frontal-impact airbag protection systems, side-impact airbag protection systems, seatbelts, steering wheels, inflator technologies, battery cable cutters, pedestrian protection systems, and child seats.

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