Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) – Investment analysts at William Blair issued their Q1 2018 earnings estimates for shares of Express Scripts Holding in a note issued to investors on Wednesday. William Blair analyst J. Kreger forecasts that the company will post earnings per share of $1.51 for the quarter. William Blair also issued estimates for Express Scripts Holding’s Q2 2018 earnings at $1.92 EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at $2.06 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $2.18 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $8.39 EPS and FY2021 earnings at $6.63 EPS.

A number of other brokerages have also weighed in on ESRX. Jefferies Group LLC set a $72.00 target price on Express Scripts Holding and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 29th. BidaskClub lowered Express Scripts Holding from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 12th. Royal Bank Of Canada initiated coverage on Express Scripts Holding in a research note on Tuesday, September 19th. They issued a “sector perform” rating and a $68.00 target price for the company. UBS AG lowered Express Scripts Holding from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note on Monday. Finally, Raymond James Financial, Inc. restated an “underperform” rating on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a research note on Monday. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating, six have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. Express Scripts Holding presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $69.45.

COPYRIGHT VIOLATION WARNING: This article was posted by American Banking News and is the property of of American Banking News. If you are reading this article on another domain, it was stolen and republished in violation of U.S. & international copyright and trademark laws. The original version of this article can be accessed at https://www.americanbankingnews.com/2017/10/12/william-blair-weighs-in-on-express-scripts-holding-companys-q1-2018-earnings-esrx.html.

Express Scripts Holding (NASDAQ:ESRX) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $1.73 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.71 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $25.35 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $25.52 billion. Express Scripts Holding had a net margin of 3.50% and a return on equity of 25.58%. Express Scripts Holding’s revenue was up .5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $1.57 EPS.

In other news, VP Phyllis S. Anderson sold 578 shares of Express Scripts Holding stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $63.13, for a total transaction of $36,489.14. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 10,530 shares in the company, valued at approximately $664,758.90. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, VP Everett Neville sold 1,163 shares of Express Scripts Holding stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $61.48, for a total value of $71,501.24. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 18,232 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,120,903.36. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 5,641 shares of company stock worth $357,317 in the last quarter. 0.68% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 1.6% during the 1st quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 40,251,311 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,652,964,000 after purchasing an additional 649,400 shares in the last quarter. Dodge & Cox lifted its holdings in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 25.7% during the 2nd quarter. Dodge & Cox now owns 36,188,517 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,310,275,000 after purchasing an additional 7,388,021 shares in the last quarter. State Street Corp lifted its holdings in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 1.1% during the 1st quarter. State Street Corp now owns 27,060,709 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,783,569,000 after purchasing an additional 298,341 shares in the last quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 4.2% during the 1st quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC now owns 17,612,834 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,160,862,000 after purchasing an additional 704,218 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Macquarie Group Ltd. lifted its holdings in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 8.4% during the 2nd quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 11,880,919 shares of the company’s stock valued at $758,480,000 after purchasing an additional 922,406 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 88.69% of the company’s stock.

Express Scripts Holding Company Profile

Express Scripts, Inc is a pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company in North America, offering a range of services to its clients, which include health insurers, third-party administrators, employers, union-sponsored benefit plans, workers’ compensation plans and government health programs. It operates in two segments: PBM and Emerging Markets (EM).

Earnings History and Estimates for Express Scripts Holding (NASDAQ:ESRX)

Receive News & Ratings for Express Scripts Holding Company Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for Express Scripts Holding Company and related companies with MarketBeat.com's FREE daily email newsletter.