FY2018 Earnings Forecast for Hologic, Inc. Issued By Gabelli (NASDAQ:HOLX)

Hologic, Inc. (NASDAQ:HOLX) – Analysts at Gabelli lifted their FY2018 earnings per share estimates for Hologic in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday, Zacks Investment Research reports. Gabelli analyst S. Wojda now forecasts that the medical equipment provider will post earnings of $2.30 per share for the year, up from their prior estimate of $2.15. Gabelli also issued estimates for Hologic’s FY2019 earnings at $2.60 EPS, FY2020 earnings at $2.85 EPS and FY2021 earnings at $3.00 EPS.

Other equities analysts have also issued research reports about the company. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating and set a $44.00 price objective (down previously from $49.00) on shares of Hologic in a research note on Tuesday, October 10th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and set a $45.00 price objective (down previously from $48.00) on shares of Hologic in a research note on Monday, October 9th. Cowen upgraded Hologic to a “buy” rating and set a $52.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, December 20th. Needham & Company LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $48.00 price target (up previously from $46.00) on shares of Hologic in a research note on Tuesday, December 5th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $48.00 price target on shares of Hologic in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating, ten have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $48.79.

Hologic (NASDAQ:HOLX) opened at $42.04 on Thursday. Hologic has a 52 week low of $35.76 and a 52 week high of $46.80. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79, a quick ratio of 0.61 and a current ratio of 0.79. The company has a market capitalization of $11,440.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.92, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.00 and a beta of 0.77.

Hologic (NASDAQ:HOLX) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 8th. The medical equipment provider reported $0.50 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.49 by $0.01. Hologic had a return on equity of 21.69% and a net margin of 24.70%. The firm had revenue of $802.90 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $792.54 million. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.52 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 10.5% on a year-over-year basis.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in HOLX. Parnassus Investments CA acquired a new stake in shares of Hologic during the 3rd quarter valued at $277,062,000. Capital World Investors acquired a new position in Hologic during the 2nd quarter worth about $312,441,000. HealthCor Management L.P. acquired a new position in Hologic during the 2nd quarter worth about $76,604,000. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its holdings in Hologic by 4.2% during the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 29,547,138 shares of the medical equipment provider’s stock worth $1,340,850,000 after buying an additional 1,200,825 shares during the period. Finally, Koch Industries Inc. lifted its holdings in Hologic by 15,554.1% during the 2nd quarter. Koch Industries Inc. now owns 1,149,481 shares of the medical equipment provider’s stock worth $1,125,000 after buying an additional 1,142,138 shares during the period. 97.10% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

In related news, VP Karleen Marie Oberton sold 1,256 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $39.29, for a total transaction of $49,348.24. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 9,406 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $369,561.74. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Elaine Ullian sold 9,282 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.50, for a total value of $375,921.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 12,099 shares of company stock worth $487,223. Corporate insiders own 0.79% of the company’s stock.

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About Hologic

Hologic, Inc is a developer, manufacturer and supplier of diagnostics products, medical imaging systems and surgical products with an emphasis on women’s health. The Company operates through four segments: Diagnostics, Breast Health, GYN Surgical and Skeletal Health. The diagnostics products include Aptima family of assays, ThinPrep system, the Rapid Fetal Fibronectin Test and Procleix blood screening assays.

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