Aperio Group LLC trimmed its position in shares of Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN) by 17.8% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 85,480 shares of the business services provider’s stock after selling 18,461 shares during the period. Aperio Group LLC’s holdings in Nielsen were worth $2,644,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Kiltearn Partners LLP acquired a new stake in Nielsen in the 1st quarter valued at $85,454,000. Windacre Partnership LLC increased its holdings in Nielsen by 95.2% in the 1st quarter. Windacre Partnership LLC now owns 4,399,100 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $139,847,000 after purchasing an additional 2,146,000 shares in the last quarter. Clarkston Capital Partners LLC increased its holdings in Nielsen by 73.1% in the 2nd quarter. Clarkston Capital Partners LLC now owns 2,905,160 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $89,857,000 after purchasing an additional 1,227,220 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its holdings in Nielsen by 30.4% in the 1st quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 2,856,251 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $90,800,000 after purchasing an additional 665,127 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Mawer Investment Management Ltd. acquired a new stake in Nielsen in the 1st quarter valued at $11,622,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 94.05% of the company’s stock.

NYSE:NLSN opened at $26.15 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.96, a current ratio of 1.18 and a quick ratio of 1.19. The stock has a market capitalization of $7.80 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.39, a PEG ratio of 1.17 and a beta of 0.85. Nielsen Holdings PLC has a 1-year low of $20.53 and a 1-year high of $42.15.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 26th. The business services provider reported $0.20 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.59 by ($0.39). The firm had revenue of $1.65 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.71 billion. Nielsen had a net margin of 5.57% and a return on equity of 15.28%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up .2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.37 earnings per share. sell-side analysts expect that Nielsen Holdings PLC will post 1.98 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, September 5th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, August 22nd will be given a $0.35 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 21st. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.35%. Nielsen’s payout ratio is currently 66.35%.

Several analysts recently issued reports on the company. Pivotal Research reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $35.00 price target on shares of Nielsen in a report on Thursday, April 26th. Morgan Stanley lowered their price target on Nielsen from $46.00 to $40.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a report on Monday, April 30th. Barclays reiterated a “sell” rating and issued a $35.00 price target on shares of Nielsen in a report on Friday, April 27th. Goldman Sachs Group downgraded Nielsen from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, July 2nd. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded Nielsen from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $33.08.

Nielsen Profile

Nielsen Holdings plc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an information and measurement company. It operates through Buy and Watch segments. The company provides media and marketing information, analytics, and manufacturer and retailer expertise about what and where consumers buy, read, watch, and listen.

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