Zacks: Brokerages Expect National Research Co. (NRCIB) to Announce $0.23 EPS

Wall Street brokerages expect National Research Co. (NASDAQ:NRCIB) to post $0.23 earnings per share (EPS) for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Zero analysts have issued estimates for National Research’s earnings. National Research posted earnings per share of $0.18 in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year-over-year growth rate of 27.8%. The company is scheduled to announce its next earnings results on Tuesday, August 1st.

On average, analysts expect that National Research will report full-year earnings of $0.98 per share for the current financial year. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS calculations are an average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that cover National Research.

National Research (NASDAQ:NRCIB) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 4th. The business services provider reported $0.26 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.81 by $0.55. The business had revenue of $30.28 million during the quarter. National Research had a net margin of 18.99% and a return on equity of 35.36%.

A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on NRCIB shares. Zacks Investment Research cut National Research from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 19th. First Analysis cut National Research from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and set a $44.00 price objective for the company. in a research note on Thursday, February 16th.

Shares of National Research (NASDAQ:NRCIB) traded up 0.000% during trading on Thursday, reaching $47.145. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 51 shares. The company has a market capitalization of $1.14 billion, a PE ratio of 54.440 and a beta of 0.33. National Research has a 1-year low of $32.18 and a 1-year high of $49.29. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $44.12 and a 200-day moving average of $41.22.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, July 14th. Stockholders of record on Friday, June 30th will be paid a $0.60 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, June 28th. This represents a $2.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.09%. National Research’s payout ratio is presently 500.00%.

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Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of NRCIB. Tudor Investment Corp Et Al bought a new position in National Research during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $213,000. Willis Investment Counsel boosted its position in National Research by 6.7% in the fourth quarter. Willis Investment Counsel now owns 29,609 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,234,000 after buying an additional 1,855 shares during the last quarter. WCM Investment Management CA boosted its position in National Research by 1.2% in the first quarter. WCM Investment Management CA now owns 50,863 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,996,000 after buying an additional 610 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its position in National Research by 0.5% in the first quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 90,616 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $3,570,000 after buying an additional 457 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Rice Hall James & Associates LLC boosted its position in National Research by 2.9% in the first quarter. Rice Hall James & Associates LLC now owns 9,998 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $392,000 after buying an additional 284 shares during the last quarter. 2.52% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

National Research Co is a business services company in the Health Care Services industry.

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