Analysts Expect Hilton Hotels Co. (NYSE:HLT) to Post $0.95 EPS

Wall Street brokerages expect Hilton Hotels Co. (NYSE:HLT) to post $0.95 earnings per share (EPS) for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Four analysts have issued estimates for Hilton Hotels’ earnings, with estimates ranging from $0.93 to $0.97. Hilton Hotels reported earnings per share of $0.79 in the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year-over-year growth rate of 20.3%. The company is scheduled to issue its next earnings report on Wednesday, February 12th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Hilton Hotels will report full year earnings of $3.85 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.83 to $3.87. For the next year, analysts anticipate that the firm will post earnings of $4.18 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.71 to $4.49. Zacks’ earnings per share calculations are an average based on a survey of research firms that that provide coverage for Hilton Hotels.

Hilton Hotels (NYSE:HLT) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 23rd. The company reported $1.05 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.02 by $0.03. Hilton Hotels had a net margin of 9.92% and a return on equity of 972.97%. The business had revenue of $2.40 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.39 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.77 earnings per share. Hilton Hotels’s revenue was up 6.3% compared to the same quarter last year.

HLT has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Macquarie downgraded shares of Hilton Hotels from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $98.00 price target for the company. in a report on Tuesday, September 3rd. ValuEngine cut shares of Hilton Hotels from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 20th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Hilton Hotels from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $103.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Monday, October 28th. BMO Capital Markets started coverage on Hilton Hotels in a research note on Wednesday, October 16th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $104.00 target price for the company. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein started coverage on Hilton Hotels in a report on Wednesday, September 11th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $108.00 target price on the stock. Ten analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $98.60.

A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of HLT. Usca Ria LLC acquired a new position in shares of Hilton Hotels during the third quarter worth $27,000. AdvisorNet Financial Inc acquired a new stake in shares of Hilton Hotels during the 3rd quarter valued at $34,000. MRA Associates USA LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Hilton Hotels during the 2nd quarter valued at $37,000. Cypress Capital Management LLC WY bought a new stake in Hilton Hotels during the 2nd quarter worth $39,000. Finally, Meeder Asset Management Inc. grew its position in Hilton Hotels by 1,923.8% during the 2nd quarter. Meeder Asset Management Inc. now owns 425 shares of the company’s stock worth $42,000 after acquiring an additional 404 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 97.63% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NYSE:HLT traded down $0.72 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $104.75. The stock had a trading volume of 1,404,600 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,155,240. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $100.06 and its 200-day moving average price is $95.55. The company has a market capitalization of $29.82 billion, a P/E ratio of 37.54, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.40 and a beta of 1.11. The company has a quick ratio of 0.78, a current ratio of 0.78 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 78.08. Hilton Hotels has a fifty-two week low of $65.64 and a fifty-two week high of $106.42.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 27th. Investors of record on Friday, November 8th will be paid a $0.15 dividend. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.57%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 7th. Hilton Hotels’s payout ratio is 21.51%.

About Hilton Hotels

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc, a hospitality company, owns, leases, manages, develops, and franchises hotels and resorts. It operates through two segments, Management and Franchise, and Ownership. The company engages in the hotel management and licensing of its brands to franchisees. It operates hotels under the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, LXR Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Motto by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Grand Vacations, and Signia Hilton brands.

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