Equities research analysts expect GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:GNC) to report $0.21 earnings per share (EPS) for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Two analysts have made estimates for GNC Holdings’ earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $0.20 and the highest is $0.23. GNC Holdings posted earnings per share of $0.07 during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year over year growth rate of 200%. The company is expected to issue its next earnings results on Thursday, February 15th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that GNC Holdings will report full-year earnings of $1.28 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.15 to $1.33. For the next year, analysts forecast that the company will report earnings of $1.12 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.96 to $1.20. Zacks’ EPS calculations are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that cover GNC Holdings.

GNC Holdings (NYSE:GNC) last released its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The specialty retailer reported $0.32 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.33 by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $609.47 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $614.08 million. GNC Holdings had a negative net margin of 15.11% and a negative return on equity of 133.37%. The firm’s revenue was down 2.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.59 earnings per share.

GNC has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. ValuEngine upgraded shares of GNC Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 2nd. Robert W. Baird restated a “hold” rating and set a $10.00 price target on shares of GNC Holdings in a research note on Sunday, September 17th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of GNC Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, July 31st. Bank of America Corporation dropped their price target on shares of GNC Holdings from $6.25 to $5.50 and set an “underperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, August 22nd. Finally, Barclays PLC dropped their price target on shares of GNC Holdings from $9.00 to $6.00 and set an “underweight” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, October 27th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $7.95.

In other news, EVP Tim Mantel bought 20,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 10th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $5.80 per share, with a total value of $116,000.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CEO Kenneth Martindale sold 64,555 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $9.28, for a total transaction of $599,070.40. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 455,001 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,222,409.28. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 1.85% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. increased its holdings in GNC Holdings by 0.8% during the 1st quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now owns 153,115 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $1,127,000 after acquiring an additional 1,153 shares during the period. Teachers Advisors LLC increased its holdings in GNC Holdings by 1.1% during the 2nd quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 124,251 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $1,047,000 after acquiring an additional 1,315 shares during the period. American International Group Inc. increased its holdings in GNC Holdings by 3.3% during the 1st quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 42,261 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $311,000 after acquiring an additional 1,362 shares during the period. Comerica Bank increased its holdings in GNC Holdings by 6.7% during the 2nd quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 22,443 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $201,000 after acquiring an additional 1,419 shares during the period. Finally, WFG Advisors LP increased its holdings in GNC Holdings by 13.1% during the 2nd quarter. WFG Advisors LP now owns 14,773 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $125,000 after acquiring an additional 1,715 shares during the period. 63.25% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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GNC Holdings (GNC) traded up $0.66 on Monday, reaching $6.85. 3,430,000 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,880,000. The company has a current ratio of 2.44, a quick ratio of 0.70 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -55.95. The stock has a market capitalization of $523.91, a PE ratio of 4.94 and a beta of 0.86. GNC Holdings has a 52-week low of $5.61 and a 52-week high of $15.50.

About GNC Holdings

GNC Holdings, Inc is a specialty retailer of health, wellness and performance products, which include protein, performance supplements, weight management supplements, vitamins, herbs and greens, wellness supplements, health and beauty, food and drink and other general merchandise. The Company’s operations consist of purchasing raw materials, formulating and manufacturing products and selling the finished products.

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