Wall Street brokerages expect that Hilton Hotels Co. (NYSE:HLT) will post earnings per share (EPS) of $0.69 for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Five analysts have provided estimates for Hilton Hotels’ earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $0.67 and the highest is $0.70. Hilton Hotels posted earnings of $0.54 per share in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year over year growth rate of 27.8%. The firm is scheduled to issue its next quarterly earnings report on Wednesday, February 13th.

On average, analysts expect that Hilton Hotels will report full-year earnings of $2.71 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.68 to $2.72. For the next year, analysts expect that the company will report earnings of $3.12 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.94 to $3.28. Zacks’ earnings per share averages are an average based on a survey of research firms that follow Hilton Hotels.

Hilton Hotels (NYSE:HLT) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, October 24th. The company reported $0.77 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.75 by $0.02. Hilton Hotels had a net margin of 15.51% and a return on equity of 63.76%. The firm had revenue of $2.25 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.41 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.56 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 7.7% on a year-over-year basis.

Several equities research analysts have commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Hilton Hotels from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, October 1st. ValuEngine raised shares of Hilton Hotels from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, September 14th. Sanford C. Bernstein downgraded shares of Hilton Hotels from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 16th. Longbow Research assumed coverage on shares of Hilton Hotels in a research note on Friday, September 7th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $96.00 target price for the company. Finally, Argus downgraded shares of Hilton Hotels from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, November 5th. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, fourteen have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $85.28.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its holdings in Hilton Hotels by 1.5% during the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 21,281,978 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,719,158,000 after purchasing an additional 320,187 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. boosted its holdings in Hilton Hotels by 5.1% during the third quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 18,548,391 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,498,340,000 after purchasing an additional 896,262 shares during the last quarter. FMR LLC boosted its holdings in Hilton Hotels by 86.0% during the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 14,625,187 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,157,730,000 after purchasing an additional 6,763,660 shares during the last quarter. Capital International Investors boosted its holdings in Hilton Hotels by 0.9% during the third quarter. Capital International Investors now owns 6,697,790 shares of the company’s stock worth $541,047,000 after purchasing an additional 56,933 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Vulcan Value Partners LLC boosted its holdings in Hilton Hotels by 3.3% during the second quarter. Vulcan Value Partners LLC now owns 4,914,914 shares of the company’s stock worth $389,065,000 after purchasing an additional 156,544 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 96.62% of the company’s stock.

NYSE:HLT traded down $2.73 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $72.86. The stock had a trading volume of 3,067,678 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,278,612. Hilton Hotels has a one year low of $63.76 and a one year high of $88.11. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 13.03, a quick ratio of 0.84 and a current ratio of 0.84. The company has a market capitalization of $22.42 billion, a PE ratio of 36.43, a PEG ratio of 4.30 and a beta of 1.32.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 28th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 9th will be issued a $0.15 dividend. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.82%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 8th. Hilton Hotels’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 30.00%.

About Hilton Hotels

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc, a hospitality company, owns, leases, manages, develops, and franchises hotels and resorts. It operates through two segments, Management and Franchise; and Ownership. The company engages in the hotel management and licensing of its brands to franchisees. It operates hotels under the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, and Hilton Grand Vacations brands.

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