Research Analysts Offer Predictions for NutriSystem Inc’s Q4 2017 Earnings (NTRI)
NutriSystem Inc (NASDAQ:NTRI) – Investment analysts at Barrington Research issued their Q4 2017 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of NutriSystem in a research note issued on Monday. Barrington Research analyst M. Gall forecasts that the company will earn $0.39 per share for the quarter. Barrington Research has a “Outperform” rating and a $65.00 price objective on the stock. Barrington Research also issued estimates for NutriSystem’s Q1 2018 earnings at $0.28 EPS, Q2 2018 earnings at $0.90 EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at $0.58 EPS and Q4 2018 earnings at $0.49 EPS.
NutriSystem (NASDAQ:NTRI) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 25th. The company reported $0.49 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.46 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $158.10 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $155.21 million. NutriSystem had a return on equity of 49.69% and a net margin of 8.27%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 26.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.27 earnings per share.
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Other equities analysts have also issued reports about the company. B. Riley restated a “buy” rating and set a $74.00 price target on shares of NutriSystem in a research report on Friday, July 28th. Craig Hallum set a $80.00 price target on NutriSystem and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. Lake Street Capital set a $73.00 price target on NutriSystem and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. DA Davidson restated a “buy” rating and set a $64.00 price target on shares of NutriSystem in a research report on Monday, July 24th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded NutriSystem from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 9th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the stock. NutriSystem has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $67.44.
NutriSystem (NASDAQ NTRI) traded up 0.30% during trading on Wednesday, hitting $50.10. The company had a trading volume of 101,185 shares. NutriSystem has a 1-year low of $30.10 and a 1-year high of $67.95. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $55.26 and its 200-day moving average price is $53.49. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.49 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 31.04 and a beta of 1.15.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, November 16th. Shareholders of record on Monday, November 6th will be issued a $0.175 dividend. This represents a $0.70 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.40%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, November 3rd. NutriSystem’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 38.25%.
NutriSystem declared that its board has approved a share buyback plan on Wednesday, October 25th that permits the company to repurchase $50.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization permits the company to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are often an indication that the company’s leadership believes its stock is undervalued.
In other NutriSystem news, insider Dawn M. Zier sold 30,121 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.27, for a total value of $1,574,424.67. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 214,646 shares in the company, valued at approximately $11,219,546.42. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, CFO Michael P. Monahan sold 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, September 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $53.33, for a total value of $533,300.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 59,598 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,178,361.34. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 91,355 shares of company stock valued at $4,903,650. Company insiders own 2.40% of the company’s stock.
A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. BlackRock Inc. lifted its holdings in NutriSystem by 114,552.3% in the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 3,554,222 shares of the company’s stock worth $197,259,000 after buying an additional 3,551,122 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its stake in shares of NutriSystem by 50.3% in the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 2,458,686 shares of the company’s stock valued at $127,974,000 after purchasing an additional 823,221 shares during the period. Prudential Financial Inc. lifted its stake in shares of NutriSystem by 73.7% in the 2nd quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 1,302,467 shares of the company’s stock valued at $67,794,000 after purchasing an additional 552,420 shares during the period. Copper Rock Capital Partners LLC lifted its stake in shares of NutriSystem by 74.5% in the 2nd quarter. Copper Rock Capital Partners LLC now owns 1,243,535 shares of the company’s stock valued at $43,088,000 after purchasing an additional 530,805 shares during the period. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its stake in shares of NutriSystem by 0.5% in the 2nd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,105,785 shares of the company’s stock valued at $57,557,000 after purchasing an additional 5,597 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 92.59% of the company’s stock.
NutriSystem Company Profile
Nutrisystem, Inc is a provider of weight management products and services, including nutritionally balanced weight loss programs, multi-day kits available at retail locations and digital tools to support weight loss. The Company’s program customers purchase monthly food packages containing four-week meal plan consisting supply of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks and flex meal plan recipes, which they supplement with fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy.
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