Wall Street analysts expect Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) to announce earnings of $0.77 per share for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Seven analysts have issued estimates for Verisk Analytics’ earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $0.82 and the lowest estimate coming in at $0.74. Verisk Analytics posted earnings per share of $0.80 in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a negative year-over-year growth rate of 3.8%. The company is scheduled to issue its next earnings report on Tuesday, February 20th.

On average, analysts expect that Verisk Analytics will report full-year earnings of $3.17 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.14 to $3.21. For the next fiscal year, analysts anticipate that the company will post earnings of $3.45 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.30 to $3.60. Zacks’ EPS averages are a mean average based on a survey of research analysts that that provide coverage for Verisk Analytics.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 31st. The business services provider reported $0.84 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.78 by $0.06. The business had revenue of $549.10 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $527.97 million. Verisk Analytics had a net margin of 22.09% and a return on equity of 36.91%. Verisk Analytics’s quarterly revenue was up 10.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.84 earnings per share.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on VRSK shares. Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $108.00 price target on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research note on Friday, December 8th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Verisk Analytics from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Verisk Analytics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $107.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Saturday, January 6th. Finally, Morgan Stanley lifted their price target on shares of Verisk Analytics from $82.00 to $83.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. Verisk Analytics presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $93.36.

In related news, CEO Scott G. Stephenson acquired 22,200 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 6th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $91.16 per share, with a total value of $2,023,752.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the chief executive officer now owns 577,441 shares in the company, valued at $52,639,521.56. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CAO David J. Grover sold 7,000 shares of Verisk Analytics stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $92.45, for a total value of $647,150.00. Following the transaction, the chief accounting officer now directly owns 13,028 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,204,438.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have acquired 22,978 shares of company stock valued at $2,098,817 and have sold 264,946 shares valued at $23,292,843. 3.41% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Veritable L.P. lifted its holdings in shares of Verisk Analytics by 1.3% during the second quarter. Veritable L.P. now owns 3,170 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $267,000 after acquiring an additional 41 shares during the period. Gotham Asset Management LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Verisk Analytics by 1.7% during the second quarter. Gotham Asset Management LLC now owns 2,702 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $228,000 after acquiring an additional 46 shares during the period. Bancorpsouth Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Verisk Analytics by 1.2% during the second quarter. Bancorpsouth Inc. now owns 5,674 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $479,000 after acquiring an additional 66 shares during the period. Sentry Investment Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of Verisk Analytics by 0.9% in the second quarter. Sentry Investment Management LLC now owns 10,963 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $925,000 after buying an additional 103 shares during the last quarter. Finally, HighTower Advisors LLC raised its holdings in shares of Verisk Analytics by 2.7% in the second quarter. HighTower Advisors LLC now owns 3,914 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $326,000 after buying an additional 104 shares during the last quarter. 92.91% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Shares of Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) opened at $98.90 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $16,290.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 36.49, a PEG ratio of 3.20 and a beta of 0.80. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.36, a current ratio of 0.45 and a quick ratio of 0.45. Verisk Analytics has a 52 week low of $75.60 and a 52 week high of $99.09.

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About Verisk Analytics

Verisk Analytics, Inc is a data analytics provider serving customers in insurance, natural resources and financial services. The Company operates through two segments: Risk Assessment and Decision Analytics. Its Risk Assessment segment serves its property and casualty insurance customers and focuses on prediction of loss, selection and pricing of risk, and compliance with their reporting requirements in each United States state in which they operate.

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