Equities research analysts expect that Validus Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE:VR) will announce earnings per share of $0.94 for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Zero analysts have made estimates for Validus Holdings’ earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $1.15 and the lowest estimate coming in at $0.66. Validus Holdings reported earnings per share of $0.80 during the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year-over-year growth rate of 17.5%. The firm is expected to report its next earnings report on Wednesday, February 7th.

On average, analysts expect that Validus Holdings will report full year earnings of ($0.16) per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from ($0.45) to $0.08. For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the firm will post earnings of $4.12 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.75 to $4.55. Zacks’ EPS averages are an average based on a survey of analysts that cover Validus Holdings.

Validus Holdings (NYSE:VR) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The insurance provider reported ($3.22) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of ($3.30) by $0.08. Validus Holdings had a negative net margin of 1.38% and a negative return on equity of 0.49%. The company had revenue of $407.00 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $453.04 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.02 earnings per share. Validus Holdings’s quarterly revenue was up 24.3% compared to the same quarter last year.

A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. UBS Group AG lifted their target price on shares of Validus Holdings from $48.00 to $52.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Bank of America Corporation upgraded shares of Validus Holdings from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, October 30th. ValuEngine raised shares of Validus Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 20th. Barclays PLC lowered their price target on shares of Validus Holdings from $57.00 to $53.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a report on Monday, October 16th. Finally, TheStreet lowered shares of Validus Holdings from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $54.83.

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Validus Holdings (NYSE:VR) traded down $0.10 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $48.94. 436,400 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 606,466. Validus Holdings has a 52 week low of $41.15 and a 52 week high of $58.76. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52, a current ratio of 0.95 and a quick ratio of 0.95.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Investors of record on Friday, December 15th will be issued a $0.38 dividend. This represents a $1.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.11%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 14th. Validus Holdings’s dividend payout ratio is currently -233.84%.

In other Validus Holdings news, CEO Lixin Zeng sold 26,136 shares of Validus Holdings stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.10, for a total transaction of $1,361,685.60. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 57,855 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,014,245.50. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, President Kean Driscoll sold 6,875 shares of Validus Holdings stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.30, for a total transaction of $345,812.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 2.33% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in VR. Bank of Montreal Can grew its holdings in Validus Holdings by 1.3% during the 2nd quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 106,083 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $5,513,000 after acquiring an additional 1,380 shares during the period. US Bancorp DE grew its holdings in Validus Holdings by 12.7% during the 2nd quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 7,939 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $413,000 after acquiring an additional 896 shares during the period. Breton Hill Capital Ltd. boosted its position in shares of Validus Holdings by 4.2% during the second quarter. Breton Hill Capital Ltd. now owns 19,287 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $1,002,000 after purchasing an additional 774 shares in the last quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. boosted its position in shares of Validus Holdings by 24.5% during the second quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 191,087 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $9,930,000 after purchasing an additional 37,643 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Campbell & CO Investment Adviser LLC bought a new position in shares of Validus Holdings during the second quarter worth $296,000. 95.07% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Validus Holdings

Validus Holdings, Ltd. is a holding company. The Company operates through four segments: Validus Re, Talbot, Western World and AlphaCat. Validus Re is a Bermuda-based reinsurance segment focused treaty reinsurance. Validus Re concentrates on first-party property and other reinsurance risks. Talbot is a specialty insurance segment operating within the Lloyd’s insurance market through Syndicate 1183.

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