Nielsen (NLSN) Issues Quarterly Earnings Results, Beats Estimates By $0.02 EPS

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 25th. The business services provider reported $0.27 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.25 by $0.02, MarketWatch Earnings reports. Nielsen had a net margin of 4.85% and a return on equity of 14.56%. The firm had revenue of $1.60 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.58 billion. Nielsen updated its FY 2018 guidance to $0.95-1.00 EPS.

Nielsen stock traded down $0.08 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $26.46. The company had a trading volume of 2,627,036 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,771,761. The company has a market cap of $9.43 billion, a PE ratio of 12.54, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.43 and a beta of 0.88. Nielsen has a 52 week low of $20.53 and a 52 week high of $39.25. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.97, a current ratio of 1.14 and a quick ratio of 1.14.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 5th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, November 21st will be issued a $0.35 dividend. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.29%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, November 20th. Nielsen’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 66.35%.

A number of research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Morgan Stanley set a $27.00 target price on shares of Nielsen and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 13th. Goldman Sachs Group upgraded shares of Nielsen from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating and raised their target price for the company from $20.00 to $25.00 in a research note on Thursday, August 23rd. Pivotal Research lowered shares of Nielsen from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $27.00 target price on the stock. in a research note on Wednesday, August 15th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “market weight” rating and issued a $24.00 target price (down from $38.00) on shares of Nielsen in a research note on Friday, July 27th. Finally, Needham & Company LLC lowered their target price on shares of Nielsen to $30.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, July 27th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the stock. Nielsen currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $29.67.

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About Nielsen

Nielsen Holdings plc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an information and measurement company. It operates through Buy and Watch segments. The company provides media and marketing information, analytics, and manufacturer and retailer expertise about what and where consumers buy, read, watch, and listen.

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