Equities analysts predict that Validus Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE:VR) will report earnings of $0.80 per share for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks. Zero analysts have issued estimates for Validus’ earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $0.66 and the highest is $0.90. Validus also posted earnings per share of $0.80 during the same quarter last year. The firm is scheduled to announce its next earnings results after the market closes on Thursday, February 1st.

On average, analysts expect that Validus will report full-year earnings of ($0.30) per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from ($0.45) to ($0.18). For the next fiscal year, analysts anticipate that the firm will report earnings of $4.13 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 sell-side research analysts that cover Validus.

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

VR has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research cut Validus from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Thursday, September 28th. UBS Group reduced their target price on Validus from $50.00 to $48.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, October 2nd. TheStreet cut Validus from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. ValuEngine raised Validus from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 20th. Finally, Bank of America raised Validus from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 30th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $54.33.

In other Validus news, President Kean Driscoll sold 6,875 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $46.16, for a total transaction of $317,350.00. Following the sale, the president now directly owns 110,858 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,117,205.28. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CEO Lixin Zeng sold 26,136 shares of the business’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 value of $1,361,685.60. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 57,855 shares in the company, valued at $3,014,245.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 39,886 shares of company stock worth $2,024,848 over the last ninety days. Insiders own 2.33% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its stake in Validus by 1.8% during the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 6,302,341 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $327,534,000 after acquiring an additional 109,287 shares during the last quarter. State Treasurer State of Michigan increased its stake in Validus by 11.4% during the third quarter. State Treasurer State of Michigan now owns 3,798,643 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $186,931,000 after acquiring an additional 390,000 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. increased its stake in Validus by 11.2% during the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 3,597,480 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $186,963,000 after acquiring an additional 361,617 shares during the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN increased its stake in Validus by 3.2% during the third quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 2,463,909 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $121,248,000 after acquiring an additional 76,636 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Diamond Hill Capital Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of Validus by 10.0% during the third quarter. Diamond Hill Capital Management Inc. now owns 1,960,885 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $96,495,000 after buying an additional 177,479 shares during the period. 96.24% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Validus (VR) remained flat at $$46.61 during trading hours on Friday. 435,480 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 586,266. The company has a quick ratio of 0.95, a current ratio of 0.95 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52. The firm has a market capitalization of $3,703.72, a P/E ratio of -71.71, a PEG ratio of 1.25 and a beta of 0.67. Validus has a twelve month low of $41.15 and a twelve month high of $58.76.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 29th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 15th were issued a $0.38 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $1.52 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.26%. Validus’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is -233.84%.

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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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