Equities analysts expect Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) to post earnings of $0.79 per share for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Seven analysts have provided estimates for Nielsen’s earnings, with the lowest EPS estimate coming in at $0.75 and the highest estimate coming in at $0.83. Nielsen reported earnings of $0.44 per share during the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year over year growth rate of 79.5%. The business is scheduled to report its next earnings results on Thursday, February 8th.

On average, analysts expect that Nielsen will report full year earnings of $2.66 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.61 to $2.72. For the next fiscal year, analysts forecast that the company will report earnings of $2.60 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.55 to $2.67. Zacks’ earnings per share calculations are an average based on a survey of research analysts that that provide coverage for Nielsen.

Several analysts recently issued reports on the stock. BidaskClub raised shares of Nielsen from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 5th. Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $45.00 target price on shares of Nielsen in a report on Monday, October 23rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Nielsen from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 26th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $44.00 target price on shares of Nielsen in a report on Wednesday, September 13th. Finally, Needham & Company LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $55.00 target price on shares of Nielsen in a report on Tuesday, September 12th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company. Nielsen presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $44.07.

In related news, CEO Dwight Barns acquired 13,631 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 1st. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $36.86 per share, for a total transaction of $502,438.66. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director Karen M. Hoguet sold 18,620 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $39.01, for a total transaction 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 disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 25,462 shares of company stock worth $1,022,405. Company insiders own 0.67% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of NLSN. Zurich Insurance Group Ltd FI acquired a new stake in Nielsen during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $2,407,000. Bradley Foster & Sargent Inc. CT increased its position in shares of Nielsen by 16.2% in the 2nd quarter. Bradley Foster & Sargent Inc. CT now owns 564,027 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $21,805,000 after purchasing an additional 78,770 shares during the last quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia increased its position in shares of Nielsen 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 purchasing an additional 4,543 shares during the last quarter. Swiss National Bank increased its position in shares of Nielsen 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 purchasing an additional 39,900 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Creative Planning increased its position in shares of Nielsen 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 purchasing an additional 103 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 95.65% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Nielsen (NYSE NLSN) traded down $0.49 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $36.23. 3,127,041 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,912,790. Nielsen has a one year low of $34.22 and a one year high of $45.73. The stock has a market cap of $12,940.00, a PE ratio of 20.69, a PEG ratio of 1.77 and a beta of 0.94. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88, a quick ratio of 1.41 and a current ratio of 1.41.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 5th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 21st will be issued a $0.34 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Monday, November 20th. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.75%. Nielsen’s payout ratio is 95.77%.

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About Nielsen

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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