$0.79 Earnings Per Share Expected for Nielsen N.V. (NLSN) This Quarter

Wall Street brokerages forecast that Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) will announce $0.79 earnings per share for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Seven analysts have provided estimates for Nielsen’s earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $0.83 and the lowest estimate coming in at $0.75. 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 firm is expected to report its next quarterly earnings results before the market opens on Thursday, February 8th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Nielsen will report full-year earnings of $2.66 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.61 to $2.72. For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the business will post earnings of $2.60 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.55 to $2.67. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS calculations are a mean average based on a survey of research firms that follow Nielsen.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The business services provider reported $0.60 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.64 by ($0.04). Nielsen had a return on equity of 14.79% and a net margin of 7.84%.

Several research firms have recently weighed in on NLSN. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Nielsen from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. BidaskClub raised shares of Nielsen from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 27th. Needham & Company LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Nielsen in a report on Friday, October 27th. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “market perform” rating and issued a $44.00 price target on shares of Nielsen in a report on Thursday, October 26th. Finally, Morgan Stanley decreased their price target on shares of Nielsen from $50.00 to $49.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, October 26th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. Nielsen has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $43.25.

In other Nielsen news, Director Luca Guerrino De purchased 1,369 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 13th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $36.54 per share, for a total transaction of $50,023.26. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,080 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.01, for a total transaction of $110,910.80. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 10,100 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $363,701. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.67% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Cable Hill Partners LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Nielsen during the third quarter worth about $116,000. Group One Trading L.P. purchased a new stake in shares of Nielsen during the second quarter worth about $108,000. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 3,670.1% during the third quarter. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC now owns 3,280 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $136,000 after purchasing an additional 3,193 shares during the period. IFP Advisors Inc boosted its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 133.5% during the third quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 3,605 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $149,000 after purchasing an additional 2,061 shares during the period. Finally, Advisor Group Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 26.6% during the second quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 4,028 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $156,000 after purchasing an additional 847 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 95.63% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Nielsen (NYSE NLSN) opened at $36.71 on Monday. The company has a current ratio of 1.41, a quick ratio of 1.41 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88. Nielsen has a 1-year low of $34.22 and a 1-year high of $45.73. The stock has a market cap of $13,074.93, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.85, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.80 and a beta of 0.94.

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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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