Brokers Set Expectations for Viacom, Inc.’s Q2 2020 Earnings (VIAB)
Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB) – Equities research analysts at Barrington Research issued their Q2 2020 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for Viacom in a research note issued on Monday, November 19th. Barrington Research analyst J. Goss expects that the company will earn $0.82 per share for the quarter. Barrington Research currently has a “Hold” rating on the stock. Barrington Research also issued estimates for Viacom’s Q4 2020 earnings at $1.38 EPS.
Several other research firms have also recently commented on VIAB. Citigroup lifted their target price on shares of Viacom from $29.00 to $31.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday. BidaskClub lowered shares of Viacom from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, August 30th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Viacom from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $37.00 price target on the stock in a report on Friday, October 12th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Viacom from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, October 18th. Finally, UBS Group lowered shares of Viacom from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $34.00 price target on the stock. in a report on Monday, November 5th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nineteen have issued a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Viacom presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $34.16.
Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB) last released its earnings results on Friday, November 16th. The company reported $0.99 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.95 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $3.49 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.37 billion. Viacom had a net margin of 13.28% and a return on equity of 23.68%. Viacom’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.77 EPS.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 2nd. Investors of record on Monday, December 17th will be issued a dividend of $0.20 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 14th. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.52%. Viacom’s payout ratio is 19.42%.
Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of VIAB. Signaturefd LLC lifted its holdings in Viacom by 100.7% in the 3rd quarter. Signaturefd LLC now owns 3,879 shares of the company’s stock worth $131,000 after buying an additional 1,946 shares in the last quarter. Nelson Van Denburg & Campbell Wealth Management Group LLC lifted its holdings in Viacom by 36,808.3% in the 2nd quarter. Nelson Van Denburg & Campbell Wealth Management Group LLC now owns 4,429 shares of the company’s stock worth $134,000 after buying an additional 4,417 shares in the last quarter. Ancora Advisors LLC acquired a new position in Viacom in the 3rd quarter worth $169,000. Baird Financial Group Inc. acquired a new position in Viacom in the 3rd quarter worth $201,000. Finally, Commerce Bank acquired a new position in Viacom in the 3rd quarter worth $210,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 81.31% of the company’s stock.
Viacom Company Profile
Viacom, Inc operates media brands that create entertainment content worldwide. The company creates television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, games, consumer products, podcasts, live events, and social media experiences. It operates through two segments, Media Networks and Filmed Entertainment.
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