News headlines about Validus (NYSE:VR) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Validus earned a media sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the insurance provider an impact score of 46.2388308185609 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.
Validus (NYSE:VR) opened at $45.91 on Friday. Validus has a 52-week low of $41.15 and a 52-week high of $58.76. The firm has a market capitalization of $3,650.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of -70.63, a PEG ratio of 1.26 and a beta of 0.67. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52, a current ratio of 0.95 and a quick ratio of 0.95.
Validus (NYSE:VR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The insurance provider reported ($3.22) earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of ($3.30) by $0.08. Validus had a negative return on equity of 0.49% and a negative net margin of 1.38%. The business had revenue of $407.00 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $453.04 million. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.02 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 24.3% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts forecast that Validus will post -0.3 EPS for the current year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 29th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 15th were given a $0.38 dividend. This represents a $1.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.31%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 14th. Validus’s dividend payout ratio is currently -233.85%.
A number of research firms have commented on VR. ValuEngine raised Validus from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 20th. UBS Group raised their target price on Validus from $48.00 to $52.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday, October 30th. Bank of America raised Validus from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 30th. Barclays reduced their target price on Validus from $57.00 to $53.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a report on Monday, October 16th. Finally, TheStreet downgraded Validus 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, four have assigned a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $54.33.
In related news, President Kean Driscoll sold 6,875 shares of Validus stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $46.16, for a total transaction of $317,350.00. Following the completion of the sale, the president now owns 110,858 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,117,205.28. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CEO Lixin Zeng sold 26,136 shares of Validus stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.10, for a total value of $1,361,685.60. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 57,855 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,014,245.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 46,761 shares of company stock valued at $2,346,461. Company insiders own 2.33% of the company’s stock.
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Validus Company Profile
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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