Wall Street analysts expect Vocera Communications Inc (NYSE:VCRA) to report ($0.21) earnings per share (EPS) for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Seven analysts have issued estimates for Vocera Communications’ earnings, with the lowest EPS estimate coming in at ($0.26) and the highest estimate coming in at ($0.12). Vocera Communications reported earnings of $0.04 per share in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a negative year-over-year growth rate of 625%. The firm is scheduled to announce its next quarterly earnings results after the market closes on Thursday, April 25th.

On average, analysts expect that Vocera Communications will report full year earnings of $0.44 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.38 to $0.49. For the next financial year, analysts anticipate that the company will post earnings of $0.73 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.44 to $0.92. Zacks’ earnings per share averages are a mean average based on a survey of research firms that follow Vocera Communications.

Vocera Communications (NYSE:VCRA) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 7th. The communications equipment provider reported $0.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.18. Vocera Communications had a negative net margin of 5.39% and a negative return on equity of 3.26%. The company had revenue of $48.88 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $49.82 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.22 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 10.8% on a year-over-year basis.

A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on VCRA. ValuEngine cut shares of Vocera Communications from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 18th. Guggenheim began coverage on shares of Vocera Communications in a research note on Wednesday, April 17th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $35.00 price objective for the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Vocera Communications from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $44.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Tuesday, January 1st. Dougherty & Co cut shares of Vocera Communications from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, January 14th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Citigroup cut shares of Vocera Communications from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, February 8th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Vocera Communications has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $39.00.

In related news, Director Sharon O’keefe sold 4,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, April 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $31.32, for a total transaction of $125,280.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, General Counsel Douglas Alan Carlen sold 1,990 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $30.31, for a total transaction of $60,316.90. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 86,035 shares of company stock valued at $2,825,033 in the last quarter. 4.90% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Vanguard Group Inc increased its position in shares of Vocera Communications by 1.6% during the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 1,382,125 shares of the communications equipment provider’s stock worth $50,558,000 after purchasing an additional 21,962 shares in the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers grew its holdings in Vocera Communications by 50.2% during the 4th quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 39,625 shares of the communications equipment provider’s stock worth $1,559,000 after acquiring an additional 13,243 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP bought a new stake in Vocera Communications during the 3rd quarter worth about $1,065,000. Bellevue Group AG bought a new stake in Vocera Communications during the 4th quarter worth about $1,297,000. Finally, Comerica Bank grew its holdings in Vocera Communications by 43.7% during the 4th quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 45,286 shares of the communications equipment provider’s stock worth $1,808,000 after acquiring an additional 13,782 shares during the last quarter.

Shares of VCRA stock traded up $1.08 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $30.13. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 568,186 shares, compared to its average volume of 487,242. Vocera Communications has a 1-year low of $22.96 and a 1-year high of $42.60. The stock has a market cap of $902.28 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of -177.24 and a beta of 0.25. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.68, a quick ratio of 4.42 and a current ratio of 4.49.

Vocera Communications Company Profile

Vocera Communications, Inc provides secure, integrated, and intelligent communication and workflow solutions that empowers mobile workers in healthcare, hospitality, energy, and other mission-critical mobile work environments in the United States and internationally. The company's communication solution could be integrated with other clinical systems, including electronic health records, nurse call systems, and patient monitoring, as well as to provide critical data, alerts, alarms, and clinical context that enable workflow.

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