Brokerages expect Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN) to report $1.58 billion in sales for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Six analysts have provided estimates for Nielsen’s earnings. The lowest sales estimate is $1.56 billion and the highest is $1.59 billion. Nielsen reported sales of $1.64 billion during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a negative year over year growth rate of 3.7%. The business is expected to report its next earnings report on Wednesday, October 24th.

On average, analysts expect that Nielsen will report full year sales of $6.52 billion for the current fiscal year, with estimates ranging from $6.50 billion to $6.53 billion. For the next year, analysts forecast that the firm will post sales of $6.50 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $6.41 billion to $6.59 billion. Zacks Investment Research’s sales averages are an average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that that provide coverage for Nielsen.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 26th. The business services provider reported $0.20 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.59 by ($0.39). The company had revenue of $1.65 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.71 billion. Nielsen had a return on equity of 15.28% and a net margin of 5.57%. The company’s revenue was up .2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.37 earnings per share.

A number of analysts recently issued reports on NLSN shares. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “market weight” rating and set a $24.00 target price (down previously from $38.00) on shares of Nielsen in a research report on Friday, July 27th. Barclays raised shares of Nielsen from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and increased their target price for the stock from $21.00 to $27.00 in a research report on Tuesday, August 14th. Morgan Stanley dropped their target price on shares of Nielsen from $40.00 to $38.00 and set a “$30.76” rating for the company in a research report on Wednesday, July 18th. Macquarie raised shares of Nielsen from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $34.00 target price for the company in a research report on Tuesday, August 14th. Finally, Robert W. Baird reissued a “buy” rating and set a $26.00 target price on shares of Nielsen in a research report on Friday, July 27th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company. Nielsen currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $30.69.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of NLSN. FMR LLC grew its position in Nielsen by 135.2% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 21,740,698 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $672,439,000 after acquiring an additional 12,496,283 shares in the last quarter. Kiltearn Partners LLP acquired a new stake in Nielsen in the first quarter valued at approximately $85,454,000. Toronto Dominion Bank grew its position in Nielsen by 1,281.8% in the second quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 2,517,432 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $77,846,000 after acquiring an additional 2,335,241 shares in the last quarter. Windacre Partnership LLC grew its position in Nielsen by 95.2% in the first quarter. Windacre Partnership LLC now owns 4,399,100 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $139,847,000 after acquiring an additional 2,146,000 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Clarkston Capital Partners LLC grew its position in Nielsen by 73.1% in the second quarter. Clarkston Capital Partners LLC now owns 2,905,160 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $89,857,000 after acquiring an additional 1,227,220 shares in the last quarter. 95.56% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of NLSN stock traded down $0.19 during trading hours on Tuesday, hitting $26.38. 2,280,700 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 4,549,429. The firm has a market cap of $9.30 billion, a P/E ratio of 12.59, a PEG ratio of 1.40 and a beta of 0.96. Nielsen has a 1 year low of $20.53 and a 1 year high of $42.15. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.96, a current ratio of 1.18 and a quick ratio of 1.19.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, September 5th. Investors of record on Wednesday, August 22nd were given a dividend of $0.35 per share. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.31%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, August 21st. Nielsen’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 66.35%.

Nielsen Company Profile

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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