HCA Healthcare Inc (NYSE:HCA) – Research analysts at SunTrust Banks increased their Q1 2018 EPS estimates for shares of HCA Healthcare in a report issued on Wednesday. SunTrust Banks analyst D. Macdonald now expects that the company will post earnings per share of $2.07 for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $1.79. SunTrust Banks currently has a “Positive” rating and a $120.00 target price on the stock. SunTrust Banks also issued estimates for HCA Healthcare’s Q2 2018 earnings at $2.17 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $2.55 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $8.62 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $2.75 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $9.52 EPS.

A number of other equities analysts also recently commented on HCA. BMO Capital Markets started coverage on shares of HCA Healthcare in a report on Monday, October 16th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $90.00 price objective for the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of HCA Healthcare from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. UBS Group downgraded shares of HCA Healthcare from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Raymond James Financial downgraded shares of HCA Healthcare from a “strong-buy” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Finally, Jefferies Group reissued a “buy” rating and set a $90.00 price target on shares of HCA Healthcare in a report on Thursday, October 19th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and eighteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $104.50.

HCA Healthcare (NYSE:HCA) opened at $98.28 on Monday. The company has a market cap of $34,253.00, a PE ratio of 14.35, a PEG ratio of 0.98 and a beta of 0.48. HCA Healthcare has a 1-year low of $71.18 and a 1-year high of $106.84. The company has a current ratio of 1.62, a quick ratio of 1.36 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -6.58.

HCA Healthcare (NYSE:HCA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, January 30th. The company reported $2.12 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.87 by $0.25. The company had revenue of $11.56 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $11.19 billion. HCA Healthcare had a net margin of 4.89% and a negative return on equity of 49.49%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm earned $1.80 EPS.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. BlackRock Inc. raised its stake in shares of HCA Healthcare by 2.0% in the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 22,002,879 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,932,733,000 after acquiring an additional 433,283 shares during the last quarter. Longview Partners Guernsey LTD raised its stake in shares of HCA Healthcare by 8.0% in the fourth quarter. Longview Partners Guernsey LTD now owns 12,022,516 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,056,058,000 after acquiring an additional 887,361 shares during the last quarter. APG Asset Management N.V. raised its stake in shares of HCA Healthcare by 6.3% in the fourth quarter. APG Asset Management N.V. now owns 3,639,381 shares of the company’s stock worth $266,225,000 after acquiring an additional 216,000 shares during the last quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of HCA Healthcare by 11.8% in the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 2,742,110 shares of the company’s stock worth $240,867,000 after acquiring an additional 288,758 shares during the last quarter. Finally, American Century Companies Inc. raised its stake in shares of HCA Healthcare by 1.0% in the fourth quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 2,582,632 shares of the company’s stock worth $226,858,000 after acquiring an additional 24,416 shares during the last quarter. 75.49% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

In other HCA Healthcare news, SVP Joseph A. Sowell III sold 58,175 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, January 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $95.00, for a total value of $5,526,625.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 40,536 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,850,920. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, SVP Victor L. Campbell sold 8,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $75.82, for a total transaction of $606,560.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 127,275 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $9,649,990.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 284,469 shares of company stock valued at $28,208,384. Insiders own 2.90% of the company’s stock.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 1st will be paid a $0.35 dividend. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.42%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 28th.

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HCA Healthcare Company Profile

HCA Healthcare, Inc, formerly HCA Holdings, Inc, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates hospitals and related healthcare entities. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated in two geographically organized groups, including the National and American Groups. As of December 31, 2016, the National Group included 84 hospitals, which were located in Alaska, California, Florida, southern Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, northern Kentucky, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia.

Earnings History and Estimates for HCA Healthcare (NYSE:HCA)

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