Nielsen Hldg NV Earnings: These Results are a Mixed Bag

Nielsen Hldg NV (NYSE:NLSN) delivered a profit and beat Wall Street’s expectations, BUT came up short on beating the revenue expectation. The revenue miss is a negative sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company.

Nielsen Hldg NV Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share increased 16.98% to $0.62 in the quarter versus EPS of $0.51 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 3.03% to $1.46 billion from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: Nielsen Hldg NV reported adjusted EPS income of $0.62 per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $0.58. It missed the average revenue estimate of $1.48 billion.

Quoting Management: “Nielsen’s fourth quarter results showed strong growth in recurring revenue and continued margin expansion,” said David Calhoun, Chief Executive Officer of Nielsen. “Our full year performance demonstrated the overall resilience of our business despite a tougher environment for corporate spending. We remain focused on delivering value to clients, investing to grow our business and expanding our capabilities. We are pleased to deliver enhanced shareholder value as we begin paying a quarterly dividend.”

Key Stats (on next page)…

Revenue increased 2.88% from $1.42 billion in the previous quarter. EPS increased 16.98% from $0.53 in the previous quarter.

Looking Forward: Analysts have a neutral outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings is a profit of $0.35 and has not changed. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $1.83, which is the same with that ninety days ago.

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