Equities research analysts expect LifePoint Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPNT) to report sales of $1.60 billion for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Eight analysts have made estimates for LifePoint Health’s earnings. The lowest sales estimate is $1.58 billion and the highest is $1.61 billion. LifePoint Health reported sales of $1.59 billion during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year-over-year growth rate of 0.6%. The company is scheduled to announce its next quarterly earnings report on Friday, October 27th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that LifePoint Health will report full-year sales of $1.60 billion for the current year, with estimates ranging from $6.44 billion to $6.49 billion. For the next year, analysts expect that the business will report sales of $6.61 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $6.48 billion to $6.72 billion. Zacks’ sales averages are an average based on a survey of research firms that that provide coverage for LifePoint Health.

LifePoint Health (NASDAQ:LPNT) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 1st. The company reported $0.96 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.90 by $0.06. LifePoint Health had a net margin of 2.61% and a return on equity of 7.40%. The firm had revenue of $1.59 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.64 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.69 EPS. The company’s revenue was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year.

LPNT has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. BidaskClub raised shares of LifePoint Health from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, June 30th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of LifePoint Health from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $73.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Thursday, July 13th. Morgan Stanley initiated coverage on shares of LifePoint Health in a research report on Tuesday, June 6th. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $65.00 price target on the stock. Barclays PLC raised their price target on shares of LifePoint Health from $58.00 to $60.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Monday, May 1st. Finally, Leerink Swann raised shares of LifePoint Health from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and raised their price target for the company from $73.00 to $74.00 in a research report on Tuesday, June 6th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. LifePoint Health has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $66.18.

Shares of LifePoint Health (LPNT) opened at 57.55 on Thursday. LifePoint Health has a 52 week low of $50.60 and a 52 week high of $70.95. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $63.64 and a 200 day moving average of $62.83. The firm has a market capitalization of $2.31 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.89 and a beta of 0.86.

In related news, Chairman William F. Carpenter III sold 17,653 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, July 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $65.06, for a total transaction of $1,148,504.18. Following the completion of the sale, the chairman now owns 439,841 shares in the company, valued at $28,616,055.46. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, Chairman William F. Carpenter III sold 82,347 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, June 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $64.15, for a total transaction of $5,282,560.05. Following the sale, the chairman now owns 504,535 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $32,365,920.25. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 7.28% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank increased its stake in LifePoint Health by 10.8% in the second quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 1,678 shares of the company’s stock worth $113,000 after buying an additional 164 shares during the period. LS Investment Advisors LLC increased its stake in LifePoint Health by 43.7% in the second quarter. LS Investment Advisors LLC now owns 1,785 shares of the company’s stock worth $120,000 after buying an additional 543 shares during the period. US Bancorp DE increased its stake in LifePoint Health by 1.6% in the first quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 1,931 shares of the company’s stock worth $127,000 after buying an additional 30 shares during the period. Bank of Montreal Can increased its stake in LifePoint Health by 18.7% in the first quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 1,946 shares of the company’s stock worth $128,000 after buying an additional 306 shares during the period. Finally, Teacher Retirement System of Texas bought a new stake in LifePoint Health during the first quarter worth about $210,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 99.27% of the company’s stock.

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LifePoint Health Company Profile

LifePoint Health, Inc, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates community hospitals, regional health systems, physician practices, outpatient centers and post-acute facilities. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 72 hospital campuses in 22 states, having a total of 9,424 licensed beds. It offers a range of general and specialized healthcare services to patients through a network of hospitals and outpatient facilities.

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