William Blair Comments on Dun & Bradstreet Corp’s Q1 2018 Earnings (DNB)

Dun & Bradstreet Corp (NYSE:DNB) – Stock analysts at William Blair issued their Q1 2018 earnings per share estimates for shares of Dun & Bradstreet in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday. William Blair analyst T. Mchugh forecasts that the business services provider will post earnings of $1.06 per share for the quarter. William Blair also issued estimates for Dun & Bradstreet’s Q1 2019 earnings at $1.19 EPS and Q2 2019 earnings at $1.67 EPS.

Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE:DNB) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, February 12th. The business services provider reported $3.22 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $3.04 by $0.18. The firm had revenue of $528.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $535.82 million. Dun & Bradstreet had a negative return on equity of 29.86% and a net margin of 8.09%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 2.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company earned $2.99 EPS.

DNB has been the topic of a number of other reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered Dun & Bradstreet from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Robert W. Baird decreased their price objective on Dun & Bradstreet from $130.00 to $127.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Barclays upgraded Dun & Bradstreet from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and increased their price objective for the company from $105.00 to $125.00 in a research report on Monday, November 13th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased their price objective on Dun & Bradstreet from $117.00 to $124.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group began coverage on Dun & Bradstreet in a research report on Wednesday, November 8th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $125.00 price objective on the stock. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. Dun & Bradstreet presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $128.40.

Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE DNB) opened at $119.17 on Thursday. The company has a market capitalization of $4,453.65, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.37, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.69 and a beta of 1.27. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -1.93, a current ratio of 0.92 and a quick ratio of 0.92. Dun & Bradstreet has a 12-month low of $101.17 and a 12-month high of $125.32.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 9th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 22nd will be given a $0.5225 dividend. This is a positive change from Dun & Bradstreet’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.50. This represents a $2.09 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.75%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 21st. Dun & Bradstreet’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 53.03%.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Fox Run Management L.L.C. boosted its position in shares of Dun & Bradstreet by 85.6% in the 4th quarter. Fox Run Management L.L.C. now owns 7,237 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $857,000 after purchasing an additional 3,337 shares during the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of Dun & Bradstreet by 7.0% in the 3rd quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 126,097 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $14,679,000 after purchasing an additional 8,241 shares during the last quarter. Hermes Investment Management Ltd. lifted its holdings in Dun & Bradstreet by 6,933.3% during the fourth quarter. Hermes Investment Management Ltd. now owns 375,013 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $44,405,000 after acquiring an additional 369,681 shares in the last quarter. Lincoln National Corp bought a new position in Dun & Bradstreet during the third quarter worth about $487,000. Finally, Financial Advisors Network Inc. lifted its holdings in Dun & Bradstreet by 29.0% during the fourth quarter. Financial Advisors Network Inc. now owns 3,846 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $455,000 after acquiring an additional 865 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 90.86% of the company’s stock.

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Dun & Bradstreet Company Profile

The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation is the source of commercial data, analytics and insight on businesses. The Company operates through two segments: Americas, which consists of its operations in the United States and Canada, and Non-Americas, which consists of its operations in the United Kingdom, Greater China, India, and its European and Asia Pacific Worldwide Networks.

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