Validus Holdings, Ltd. (VR) Expected to Post Earnings of $0.84 Per Share

Equities research analysts predict that Validus Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE:VR) will announce earnings of $0.84 per share for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Zero analysts have provided estimates for Validus’ earnings. Validus reported earnings per share of $0.95 in the same quarter last year, which suggests a negative year-over-year growth rate of 11.6%. The business is expected to announce its next quarterly earnings report on Wednesday, April 25th.

On average, analysts expect that Validus will report full year earnings of $4.13 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.75 to $4.55. For the next financial year, analysts anticipate that the firm will post earnings of $4.55 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.10 to $5.00. Zacks’ earnings per share averages are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that that provide coverage for Validus.

Validus (NYSE:VR) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 1st. The insurance provider reported $0.05 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.05 by ($1.00). Validus had a negative net margin of 4.60% and a negative return on equity of 0.99%. The firm had revenue of $346.88 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $352.00 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.80 earnings per share. Validus’s quarterly revenue was up 16.1% compared to the same quarter last year.

A number of analysts have recently issued reports on VR shares. Zacks Investment Research reissued a “strong sell” rating on shares of Validus in a research report on Saturday, January 6th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods lowered shares of Validus from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Monday, January 22nd. Buckingham Research lowered shares of Validus from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 13th. JMP Securities lowered shares of Validus from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 30th. Finally, Barclays reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $50.00 price objective on shares of Validus in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $52.80.

In other Validus news, President Kean Driscoll sold 6,875 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $46.16, for a total transaction of $317,350.00. Following the transaction, the president now owns 110,858 shares in the company, valued at $5,117,205.28. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 20,625 shares of company stock worth $1,102,544. Corporate insiders own 2.33% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in VR. Boston Partners grew its stake in shares of Validus by 1,009.9% in the fourth quarter. Boston Partners now owns 4,279,398 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $200,789,000 after acquiring an additional 3,893,816 shares during the last quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Validus in the third quarter worth $78,510,000. Victory Capital Management Inc. grew its stake in shares of Validus by 73.0% in the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 1,985,484 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $93,159,000 after acquiring an additional 837,887 shares during the last quarter. Pzena Investment Management LLC grew its stake in shares of Validus by 87.2% in the fourth quarter. Pzena Investment Management LLC now owns 1,290,251 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $60,539,000 after acquiring an additional 601,187 shares during the last quarter. Finally, State Treasurer State of Michigan boosted its stake in Validus by 11.4% during the third quarter. State Treasurer State of Michigan now owns 3,798,643 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $186,931,000 after buying an additional 390,000 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 95.01% of the company’s stock.

Validus (NYSE VR) traded down $0.06 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $67.54. 106,881 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,766,506. The company has a quick ratio of 0.95, a current ratio of 0.95 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52. The stock has a market capitalization of $5,530.81, a price-to-earnings ratio of -78.60, a PEG ratio of 1.82 and a beta of 1.05. Validus has a 52 week low of $41.15 and a 52 week high of $67.73.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 29th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.38 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 14th. This represents a $1.52 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.25%. Validus’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently -176.74%.

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About Validus

Validus Holdings, Ltd. is a holding company. The Company operates through four segments: Validus Re, Talbot, Western World and AlphaCat. Validus Re is a Bermuda-based reinsurance segment focused treaty reinsurance. Validus Re concentrates on first-party property and other reinsurance risks. Talbot is a specialty insurance segment operating within the Lloyd’s insurance market through Syndicate 1183.

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