-$0.39 Earnings Per Share Expected for Windstream Holdings, Inc. (WIN) This Quarter

Equities analysts expect Windstream Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIN) to announce earnings per share (EPS) of ($0.39) for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks. Five analysts have made estimates for Windstream’s earnings, with the lowest EPS estimate coming in at ($0.68) and the highest estimate coming in at ($0.21). Windstream reported earnings of ($0.51) per share in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year-over-year growth rate of 23.5%. The firm is scheduled to issue its next earnings report on Wednesday, March 7th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Windstream will report full-year earnings of ($2.18) per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from ($2.48) to ($1.99). For the next year, analysts expect that the business will post earnings of ($1.68) per share, with EPS estimates ranging from ($2.76) to ($0.91). Zacks Investment Research’s EPS calculations are a mean average based on a survey of research analysts that cover Windstream.

Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, November 9th. The technology company reported ($0.55) EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.46) by ($0.09). Windstream had a negative return on equity of 64.22% and a negative net margin of 6.49%. The company had revenue of $1.50 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.51 billion.

WIN has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Windstream from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday. BidaskClub cut shares of Windstream from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 23rd. Barclays initiated coverage on shares of Windstream in a research report on Friday, December 15th. They set an “underweight” rating and a $1.50 price target for the company. Canaccord Genuity reissued a “buy” rating and set a $3.00 price target on shares of Windstream in a research report on Friday, November 24th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut shares of Windstream from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Sell” and an average price target of $2.25.

Windstream (NASDAQ WIN) traded down $0.04 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $1.53. 1,703,256 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,619,427. Windstream has a 12-month low of $1.52 and a 12-month high of $7.93. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 20.24, a quick ratio of 0.70 and a current ratio of 0.77. The stock has a market cap of $285.33, a PE ratio of -0.55 and a beta of 0.05.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Gamco Investors INC. ET AL lifted its position in Windstream by 8.4% during the 4th quarter. Gamco Investors INC. ET AL now owns 582,661 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $1,078,000 after acquiring an additional 44,971 shares during the period. Teton Advisors Inc. increased its stake in Windstream by 20.9% during the 4th quarter. Teton Advisors Inc. now owns 577,914 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $1,069,000 after purchasing an additional 100,000 shares in the last quarter. Aperio Group LLC increased its stake in Windstream by 126.9% during the 4th quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 155,688 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $288,000 after purchasing an additional 87,066 shares in the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its stake in Windstream by 20.5% during the 4th quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 1,702,798 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $3,151,000 after purchasing an additional 289,748 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. increased its stake in Windstream by 848,461.5% during the 4th quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. now owns 110,313 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $204,000 after purchasing an additional 110,300 shares in the last quarter. 66.36% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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About Windstream

Windstream Corporation (Windstream) is a provider of advanced communications and technology solutions, including managed services and cloud computing, to businesses nationwide. In addition to business services, the Company offers broadband, voice and video services to consumers in primarily rural markets.

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