Equities research analysts expect Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HLT) to announce earnings of $0.44 per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Four analysts have provided estimates for Hilton Worldwide’s earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $0.43 and the highest is $0.45. Hilton Worldwide reported earnings of $0.70 per share during the same quarter last year, which indicates a negative year-over-year growth rate of 37.1%. The business is expected to issue its next quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 21st.

On average, analysts expect that Hilton Worldwide will report full-year earnings of $1.90 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.89 to $1.91. For the next year, analysts expect that the company will post earnings of $2.26 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.16 to $2.34. Zacks’ EPS calculations are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that follow Hilton Worldwide.

Hilton Worldwide (NYSE:HLT) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The company reported $0.56 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.50 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $2.35 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.28 billion. Hilton Worldwide had a return on equity of 27.32% and a net margin of 0.33%. Hilton Worldwide’s revenue was up 7.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.41 earnings per share.

HLT has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered Hilton Worldwide from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. BidaskClub raised Hilton Worldwide from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 23rd. FBR & Co lowered Hilton Worldwide from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $73.00 target price on the stock. in a research report on Friday, October 27th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Goldman Sachs Group lowered Hilton Worldwide from a “conviction-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $80.00 target price on the stock. in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. Finally, Barclays lifted their target price on Hilton Worldwide from $64.00 to $75.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Friday, October 27th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and thirteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $72.47.

In other Hilton Worldwide news, major shareholder Hlt Holdco Iii Llc sold 15,596,175 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, October 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.11, for a total transaction of $1,077,851,654.25. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. 1.50% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. QS Investors LLC boosted its stake in shares of Hilton Worldwide by 749.6% during the 2nd quarter. QS Investors LLC now owns 2,362 shares of the company’s stock worth $146,000 after acquiring an additional 2,084 shares during the period. Moisand Fitzgerald Tamayo LLC bought a new position in shares of Hilton Worldwide during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $151,000. Commonwealth Bank of Australia boosted its stake in shares of Hilton Worldwide by 255.9% during the 2nd quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia now owns 3,022 shares of the company’s stock worth $185,000 after acquiring an additional 2,173 shares during the period. Hilton Capital Management LLC bought a new position in shares of Hilton Worldwide during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $208,000. Finally, Fuller & Thaler Asset Management Inc. bought a new position in shares of Hilton Worldwide during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $208,000. 99.20% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Hilton Worldwide (NYSE:HLT) traded down $0.91 during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $77.47. The stock had a trading volume of 1,589,700 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,636,822. The firm has a market capitalization of $25,077.79, a price-to-earnings ratio of 36.29, a P/E/G ratio of 8.24 and a beta of 1.33. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.53, a quick ratio of 0.94 and a current ratio of 0.94. Hilton Worldwide has a 52 week low of $52.80 and a 52 week high of $78.62.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 17th will be given a dividend of $0.15 per share. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.77%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 16th. Hilton Worldwide’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 545.45%.

Hilton Worldwide declared that its board has authorized a stock buyback program on Thursday, November 16th that authorizes the company to buyback $1.00 billion in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization authorizes the company to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are generally a sign that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

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About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc is a hospitality company. The Company is engaged in owning, leasing, managing and franchising hotels and resorts. The Company’s segments include ownership, and management and franchise. Its global portfolio of owned and leased properties includes a range of hotels in gateway cities, such as New York City, London, San Francisco, Chicago, Sao Paolo and Tokyo.

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