Vantiv Inc. (NYSE:VNTV) Director Third Bancorp Fifth sold 4,801,432 shares of Vantiv stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $59.02, for a total value of $283,380,516.64. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

Shares of Vantiv Inc. (NYSE:VNTV) traded down 1.71% on Tuesday, hitting $58.71. 2,683,882 shares of the stock traded hands. The firm has a market cap of $9.14 billion, a P/E ratio of 43.52 and a beta of 0.57. Vantiv Inc. has a 52 week low of $42.01 and a 52 week high of $60.25. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $57.68 and a 200 day moving average price of $55.60.

Vantiv (NYSE:VNTV) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 26th. The company reported $0.71 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.68 by $0.03. Vantiv had a net margin of 6.22% and a return on equity of 36.18%. The company earned $491 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $472.89 million. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.59 EPS. Vantiv’s quarterly revenue was up 14.2% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts predict that Vantiv Inc. will post $2.70 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Vantiv (NYSE:VNTV)

A number of equities analysts recently commented on VNTV shares. Zacks Investment Research cut Vantiv from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, October 13th. Susquehanna upgraded Vantiv from a “negative” rating to a “neutral” rating and lifted their price target for the stock from $30.00 to $36.00 in a report on Thursday, August 25th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods lifted their price target on Vantiv from $59.00 to $62.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Friday, July 29th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted their price target on Vantiv from $60.00 to $61.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Friday, July 29th. Finally, Jefferies Group reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $65.00 price target on shares of Vantiv in a report on Tuesday, September 13th. Nine research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fifteen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Vantiv presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $57.37.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of VNTV. Lazard Asset Management LLC increased its position in Vantiv by 226.2% in the third quarter. Lazard Asset Management LLC now owns 3,077,544 shares of the company’s stock valued at $173,172,000 after buying an additional 2,134,102 shares during the period. Capital Research Global Investors acquired a new position in Vantiv during the third quarter valued at approximately $91,768,000. Artisan Partners Limited Partnership increased its position in Vantiv by 79.5% in the second quarter. Artisan Partners Limited Partnership now owns 2,980,178 shares of the company’s stock valued at $168,678,000 after buying an additional 1,320,324 shares during the period. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. increased its position in Vantiv by 18,604.2% in the second quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 1,049,117 shares of the company’s stock valued at $59,382,000 after buying an additional 1,043,508 shares during the period. Finally, BlackRock Investment Management LLC increased its position in Vantiv by 1,395.9% in the third quarter. BlackRock Investment Management LLC now owns 1,041,883 shares of the company’s stock valued at $58,627,000 after buying an additional 972,236 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 80.94% of the company’s stock.

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About Vantiv

Vantiv, Inc (Vantiv) is a holding company. The Company conducts its operations through its subsidiary, Vantiv Holding, LLC (Vantiv Holding). The Company is a payment processor, merchant acquirer and personal identification number (PIN) debit acquirer. The Company operates through two segments: Merchant Services and Financial Institution Services.

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