Equities research analysts expect Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) to report earnings of $0.69 per share for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Seven analysts have made estimates for Nielsen N.V.’s earnings, with estimates ranging from $0.65 to $0.71. Nielsen N.V. posted earnings of $0.74 per share during the same quarter last year, which would indicate a negative year-over-year growth rate of 6.8%. The firm is expected to issue its next quarterly earnings report on Tuesday, October 24th.

On average, analysts expect that Nielsen N.V. will report full year earnings of $2.60 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.52 to $2.64. For the next financial year, analysts anticipate that the company will post earnings of $2.82 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.70 to $2.96. Zacks’ EPS averages are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that follow Nielsen N.V..

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) last released its earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The business services provider reported $0.49 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.63 by ($0.14). The business had revenue of $1.64 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.65 billion. Nielsen N.V. had a net margin of 7.68% and a return on equity of 15.96%. The business’s revenue was up 3.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.31 earnings per share.

A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on NLSN. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 17th. BidaskClub cut shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 19th. Sanford C. Bernstein restated an “outperform” rating on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. TheStreet upgraded shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Monday, July 31st. Finally, Pivotal Research decreased their price target on shares of Nielsen N.V. from $39.00 to $38.00 and set a “hold” rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, July 27th. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $46.64.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE NLSN) opened at 41.50 on Thursday. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $39.91 and its 200 day moving average price is $39.97. The company has a market capitalization of $14.80 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 30.25 and a beta of 0.99. Nielsen N.V. has a one year low of $36.96 and a one year high of $54.99.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, September 7th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 24th were paid a $0.34 dividend. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.28%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, August 22nd. Nielsen N.V.’s dividend payout ratio is currently 99.27%.

In related news, Director Karen M. Hoguet sold 18,620 shares of Nielsen N.V. stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $39.01, for a total value of $726,366.20. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 44,080 shares in the company, valued at $1,719,560.80. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,762 shares of Nielsen N.V. stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.21, for a total transaction of $185,128.02. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 43,312 shares of company stock worth $1,811,484 over the last ninety days. 0.67% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Bradley Foster & Sargent Inc. CT grew its holdings in Nielsen N.V. by 16.2% during the 2nd quarter. Bradley Foster & Sargent Inc. CT now owns 564,027 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $21,805,000 after acquiring an additional 78,770 shares in the last quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia boosted its holdings in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 20.5% in the 2nd quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia now owns 26,733 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,032,000 after buying an additional 4,543 shares in the last quarter. Copeland Capital Management LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 24.9% in the 2nd quarter. Copeland Capital Management LLC now owns 195,978 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $7,577,000 after buying an additional 39,086 shares in the last quarter. Swiss National Bank boosted its holdings in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 3.2% in the 2nd quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 1,306,461 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $50,508,000 after buying an additional 39,900 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Creative Planning boosted its holdings in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 3.0% in the 2nd quarter. Creative Planning now owns 3,593 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $139,000 after buying an additional 103 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 96.29% of the company’s stock.

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Nielsen N.V. Company Profile

Nielsen N.V. (Nielsen), formerly Nielsen Holdings N.V., is an information and measurement company. The Company is engaged in providing clients with an understanding of consumers and consumer behavior. The Company delivers media and marketing information, and analytics on a global and local basis. Nielsen operates through two business segments: Buy and Watch.

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