Analysts predict that Validus Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE:VR) will announce earnings per share (EPS) of $1.04 for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Zero analysts have made estimates for Validus Holdings’ earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $0.96 and the highest is $1.15. Validus Holdings reported earnings of $0.80 per share in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year-over-year growth rate of 30%. The firm is scheduled to announce its next quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 7th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Validus Holdings will report full-year earnings of ($0.06) per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from ($0.15) to $0.08. For the next year, analysts forecast that the company will post earnings of $4.12 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.75 to $4.55. Zacks’ earnings per share averages are a mean average based on a survey of research firms that follow Validus Holdings.

Validus Holdings (NYSE:VR) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The insurance provider reported ($3.22) EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of ($3.30) by $0.08. Validus Holdings had a negative net margin of 1.38% and a negative return on equity of 0.47%. The business had revenue of $407.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $453.04 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned $1.02 earnings per share. Validus Holdings’s revenue for the quarter was up 24.3% compared to the same quarter last year.

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on VR shares. Buckingham Research started coverage on Validus Holdings in a research report on Monday, September 11th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $52.00 target price on the stock. ValuEngine upgraded Validus Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st. Bank of America Corporation upgraded Validus Holdings from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, October 30th. TheStreet downgraded Validus Holdings from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 11th. Finally, Barclays PLC decreased their target price on Validus Holdings from $57.00 to $53.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, October 16th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $54.83.

Validus Holdings (NYSE:VR) traded down $0.14 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $50.86. 1,570,000 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 899,364. Validus Holdings has a 1-year low of $41.15 and a 1-year high of $58.76. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.44, a quick ratio of 1.06 and a current ratio of 1.06.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.38 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $1.52 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.99%. Validus Holdings’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is -233.85%.

In other Validus Holdings news, CEO Lixin Zeng sold 26,136 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.10, for a total transaction of $1,361,685.60. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 57,855 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,014,245.50. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. 2.33% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. IFP Advisors Inc grew its stake in shares of Validus Holdings by 14.0% in the second quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 2,154 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $112,000 after buying an additional 265 shares in the last quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Validus Holdings in the second quarter valued at $116,000. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company grew its stake in shares of Validus Holdings by 10.1% in the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 2,382 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $124,000 after buying an additional 219 shares in the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA grew its stake in shares of Validus Holdings by 93.7% in the second quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 2,650 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $138,000 after buying an additional 1,282 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank grew its stake in shares of Validus Holdings by 10.6% in the second quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 2,905 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $151,000 after buying an additional 278 shares in the last quarter. 94.64% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Validus Holdings Company Profile

Validus Holdings, Ltd. is a holding company. The Company operates through four segments: Validus Re, Talbot, Western World and AlphaCat. Validus Re is a Bermuda-based reinsurance segment focused treaty reinsurance. Validus Re concentrates on first-party property and other reinsurance risks. Talbot is a specialty insurance segment operating within the Lloyd’s insurance market through Syndicate 1183.

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