Equities research analysts expect that Hyatt Hotels Co. (NYSE:H) will post earnings of $0.18 per share for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Six analysts have issued estimates for Hyatt Hotels’ earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $0.29 and the lowest is $0.09. Hyatt Hotels posted earnings per share of $0.29 in the same quarter last year, which suggests a negative year-over-year growth rate of 37.9%. The business is expected to announce its next earnings report on Thursday, February 15th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Hyatt Hotels will report full-year earnings of $1.73 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.63 to $1.81. For the next year, analysts anticipate that the business will post earnings of $1.41 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.11 to $1.75. Zacks’ earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of analysts that cover Hyatt Hotels.

Hyatt Hotels (NYSE:H) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The company reported $0.26 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.17 by $0.09. The business had revenue of $1.12 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.09 billion. Hyatt Hotels had a return on equity of 6.13% and a net margin of 4.66%. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.47 earnings per share.

A number of analysts have commented on the company. Wolfe Research raised Hyatt Hotels from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, December 21st. Robert W. Baird set a $70.00 target price on Hyatt Hotels and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Sunday, October 29th. B. Riley lowered Hyatt Hotels from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $70.00 target price for the company. in a report on Monday, November 6th. Wells Fargo & Co raised Hyatt Hotels from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $76.00 target price for the company in a report on Monday, November 6th. Finally, MKM Partners raised Hyatt Hotels from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $79.00 target price for the company in a report on Thursday, December 7th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $71.27.

In related news, insider Stephen G. Haggerty sold 7,117 shares of Hyatt Hotels stock in a transaction on Thursday, October 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $61.60, for a total value of $438,407.20. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 57,326 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,531,281.60. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Elsinore Trust sold 157,476 shares of Hyatt Hotels stock in a transaction on Tuesday, October 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $61.48, for a total value of $9,681,624.48. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 32,125 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,975,045. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 986,001 shares of company stock valued at $67,260,348 in the last ninety days. 27.51% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Acrospire Investment Management LLC bought a new stake in Hyatt Hotels during the second quarter valued at about $101,000. Prudential Financial Inc. bought a new stake in Hyatt Hotels during the third quarter valued at about $212,000. Federated Investors Inc. PA bought a new stake in Hyatt Hotels during the second quarter valued at about $216,000. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company grew its holdings in Hyatt Hotels by 7.2% during the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 4,062 shares of the company’s stock valued at $228,000 after purchasing an additional 272 shares during the period. Finally, TLP Group LLC bought a new stake in Hyatt Hotels during the second quarter valued at about $254,000. 38.79% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of Hyatt Hotels (NYSE H) traded down $1.66 during trading hours on Thursday, reaching $73.22. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 569,967 shares, compared to its average volume of 585,990. The stock has a market capitalization of $8,705.49, a PE ratio of 44.11, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 12.80 and a beta of 1.25. Hyatt Hotels has a 1-year low of $50.21 and a 1-year high of $75.48. The company has a quick ratio of 1.04, a current ratio of 1.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.39.

Hyatt Hotels announced that its Board of Directors has approved a stock buyback program on Thursday, December 14th that permits the company to repurchase $750.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization permits the company to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are typically a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

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About Hyatt Hotels

Hyatt Hotels Corporation is a global hospitality company. The Company develops, owns, operates, manages, franchises, licenses or provides services to a portfolio of properties. The Company operates through four segments: owned and leased hotels; Americas management and franchising (Americas); ASPAC management and franchising (ASPAC), and EAME/SW Asia management and franchising (EAME/SW Asia).

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