Wall Street analysts expect Dillard’s, Inc. (NYSE:DDS) to report earnings per share (EPS) of ($0.66) for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Two analysts have issued estimates for Dillard’s’ earnings, with estimates ranging from ($0.79) to ($0.56). Dillard’s posted earnings per share of ($0.10) in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a negative year over year growth rate of 560%. The company is scheduled to report its next earnings results on Thursday, August 15th.

On average, analysts expect that Dillard’s will report full-year earnings of $4.79 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.19 to $5.20. For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the firm will report earnings of $4.39 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.15 to $4.97. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS calculations are an average based on a survey of sell-side analysts that that provide coverage for Dillard’s.

Dillard’s (NYSE:DDS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 15th. The company reported $2.77 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.88 by ($0.11). Dillard’s had a return on equity of 9.67% and a net margin of 2.62%. The company had revenue of $1.47 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.49 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $2.89 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up .5% on a year-over-year basis.

Several equities research analysts have recently commented on DDS shares. Deutsche Bank lowered their price objective on shares of Dillard’s from $56.00 to $53.00 and set a “sell” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, May 16th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Dillard’s from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, May 17th. Wedbush reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $56.00 price objective (down from $62.00) on shares of Dillard’s in a research note on Wednesday. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Dillard’s from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Sunday, July 14th. Finally, TheStreet downgraded shares of Dillard’s from a “b” rating to a “c” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 16th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and four have given a hold rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $61.67.

In other Dillard’s news, Director Robert C. Connor bought 800 shares of Dillard’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 20th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $56.86 per share, with a total value of $45,488.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly owns 70,200 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,991,572. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, VP Tony J. Bolte sold 2,400 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, July 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $64.46, for a total transaction of $154,704.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 1,840 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $118,606.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 20.10% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Newport Trust Co raised its holdings in shares of Dillard’s by 1.1% during the second quarter. Newport Trust Co now owns 7,305,792 shares of the company’s stock worth $455,005,000 after purchasing an additional 78,952 shares during the last quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC increased its holdings in Dillard’s by 25.9% in the second quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC now owns 964,736 shares of the company’s stock valued at $60,007,000 after buying an additional 198,186 shares in the last quarter. Norges Bank purchased a new position in Dillard’s in the fourth quarter valued at $23,247,000. Marshall Wace LLP purchased a new position in Dillard’s in the first quarter valued at $12,535,000. Finally, Invesco Ltd. increased its holdings in Dillard’s by 29.8% in the second quarter. Invesco Ltd. now owns 168,736 shares of the company’s stock valued at $10,508,000 after buying an additional 38,785 shares in the last quarter. 88.63% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of NYSE:DDS traded down $1.11 on Wednesday, hitting $58.76. 1,200,500 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 434,183. Dillard’s has a 1-year low of $53.96 and a 1-year high of $90.85. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $67.45. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.35, a current ratio of 1.78 and a quick ratio of 0.22. The stock has a market cap of $1.54 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.60, a P/E/G ratio of 1.28 and a beta of 1.03.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, August 5th. Investors of record on Friday, June 28th were issued a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, June 27th. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.68%. Dillard’s’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 6.54%.

About Dillard’s

Dillard's, Inc operates retail department stores primarily in the Southeastern, Southwestern, and Midwestern areas of the United States. The company's stores offer a selection of merchandise, including fashion apparel for women, men, and children; accessories; cosmetics; home furnishings; and other consumer goods.

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