Analysts expect Validus Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE:VR) to post earnings of $0.94 per share for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks. Zero analysts have provided estimates for Validus’ earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $1.15 and the lowest estimate coming in at $0.66. Validus reported earnings per share of $0.80 in the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year-over-year growth rate of 17.5%. The business is expected to report its next earnings report after the market closes on Thursday, February 1st.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Validus will report full-year earnings of ($0.16) per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from ($0.45) to $0.08. For the next fiscal year, analysts expect that the business will report earnings of $4.12 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.75 to $4.55. Zacks’ EPS averages are an average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that follow Validus.

Validus (NYSE:VR) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The insurance provider reported ($3.22) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($3.30) by $0.08. The company had revenue of $407.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $453.04 million. Validus had a negative net margin of 1.38% and a negative return on equity of 0.49%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 24.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.02 EPS.

Several research analysts have recently issued reports on VR shares. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $51.00 target price on shares of Validus in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. UBS increased their price target on shares of Validus from $48.00 to $52.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday, October 30th. Bank of America upgraded shares of Validus from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, October 30th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Validus from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 11th. Finally, TheStreet downgraded shares of Validus from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 11th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Validus has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $54.83.

Shares of Validus (NYSE VR) traded up $0.66 during midday trading on Monday, hitting $47.43. 1,165,542 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 612,503. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52, a quick ratio of 0.95 and a current ratio of 0.95. Validus has a one year low of $41.15 and a one year high of $58.76.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Investors of record on Friday, December 15th will be given a $0.38 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $1.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.20%. Validus’s dividend payout ratio is -233.84%.

In other Validus news, President Kean Driscoll sold 6,875 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.30, for a total transaction of $345,812.50. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CEO Lixin Zeng sold 26,136 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred 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 sale, the chief executive officer now owns 57,855 shares in the company, valued at $3,014,245.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 2.33% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Teacher Retirement System of Texas raised its holdings in Validus by 1.8% during the 2nd quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas now owns 6,354 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $330,000 after buying an additional 112 shares during the period. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company raised its holdings in Validus by 10.1% during the 2nd quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 2,382 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $124,000 after buying an additional 219 shares during the period. IFP Advisors Inc raised its holdings in Validus by 14.0% during the 2nd quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 2,154 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $112,000 after buying an additional 265 shares during the period. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. raised its holdings in Validus by 5.5% during the 2nd quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 5,210 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $271,000 after buying an additional 272 shares during the period. Finally, Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank raised its holdings in Validus by 10.6% during the 2nd quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 2,905 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $151,000 after buying an additional 278 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 96.35% of the company’s stock.

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About Validus

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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