Brokerages expect The Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ:ABCO) to announce sales of $202.29 million for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Ten analysts have issued estimates for The Advisory Board’s earnings, with the highest sales estimate coming in at $210.70 million and the lowest estimate coming in at $194.00 million. The Advisory Board reported sales of $200.46 million in the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year over year growth rate of 0.9%. The firm is expected to report its next earnings report on Tuesday, November 7th.

On average, analysts expect that The Advisory Board will report full-year sales of $202.29 million for the current financial year, with estimates ranging from $792.87 million to $819.50 million. For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the firm will post sales of $845.76 million per share, with estimates ranging from $821.50 million to $862.00 million. Zacks Investment Research’s sales calculations are a mean average based on a survey of research firms that that provide coverage for The Advisory Board.

The Advisory Board (NASDAQ:ABCO) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 8th. The business services provider reported $0.24 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.32 by ($0.08). The business had revenue of $200.30 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $196.16 million. The Advisory Board had a return on equity of 12.69% and a net margin of 13.65%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.46 earnings per share.

Several equities research analysts have issued reports on ABCO shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of The Advisory Board from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 25th. William Blair lowered shares of The Advisory Board from an “outperform” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 29th. Robert W. Baird lowered shares of The Advisory Board from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and lowered their price objective for the stock from $63.00 to $54.00 in a research note on Tuesday, August 29th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “hold” rating and set a $53.00 price objective (up from $48.00) on shares of The Advisory Board in a research note on Thursday, July 6th. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald restated a “hold” rating and set a $54.00 price objective (up from $45.00) on shares of The Advisory Board in a research note on Tuesday, August 29th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The Advisory Board currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $51.95.

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Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in ABCO. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of The Advisory Board by 132.2% during the 1st quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 21,361 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,000,000 after buying an additional 12,162 shares during the period. Karp Capital Management Corp bought a new stake in shares of The Advisory Board during the 1st quarter worth about $244,000. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC boosted its holdings in shares of The Advisory Board by 83.8% during the 1st quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 140,822 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $6,590,000 after buying an additional 64,207 shares during the period. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. bought a new stake in shares of The Advisory Board during the 1st quarter worth about $166,000. Finally, Victory Capital Management Inc. bought a new stake in shares of The Advisory Board during the 1st quarter worth about $109,000.

Shares of The Advisory Board (NASDAQ ABCO) opened at 53.90 on Thursday. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $52.88 and its 200-day moving average is $51.60. The Advisory Board has a 12-month low of $24.85 and a 12-month high of $59.50. The company has a market capitalization of $2.19 billion, a PE ratio of 20.47 and a beta of 1.33.

The Advisory Board Company Profile

The Advisory Board Company is a provider of software and solutions to the healthcare and higher education industries. The Company offers subscription-based membership programs, software and data-enabled services. All of its programs are rooted in best practices and extends across four areas, including Best practices research, Technology, Data-enabled services and Consulting services.

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