Earnings results for Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP)
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. is expected* to report earnings on 01/27/2021 before market open. The report will be for the fiscal Quarter ending Dec 2020. According to Zacks Investment Research, based on 10 analysts’ forecasts, the consensus EPS forecast for the quarter is $1.29. The reported EPS for the same quarter last year was $1.52.
Automatic Data Processing last announced its earnings data on October 28th, 2020. The business services provider reported $1.41 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.97 by $0.44. The firm had revenue of $3.47 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.29 billion. Automatic Data Processing has generated $5.92 earnings per share over the last year and currently has a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.6. Automatic Data Processing has confirmed that its next quarterly earnings report will be published on Wednesday, January 27th, 2021.
Analyst Opinion on Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP)
17 Wall Street analysts have issued ratings and price targets for Automatic Data Processing in the last 12 months. Their average twelve-month price target is $158.86, predicting that the stock has a possible downside of 3.45%. The high price target for ADP is $200.00 and the low price target for ADP is $132.00. There are currently 4 sell ratings, 10 hold ratings and 3 buy ratings for the stock, resulting in a consensus rating of “Hold.”
Automatic Data Processing has received a consensus rating of Hold. The company’s average rating score is 1.94, and is based on 3 buy ratings, 10 hold ratings, and 4 sell ratings. According to analysts’ consensus price target of $158.86, Automatic Data Processing has a forecasted downside of 3.4% from its current price of $164.53. Automatic Data Processing has been the subject of 7 research reports in the past 90 days, demonstrating strong analyst interest in this stock.
Dividend Strength: Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP)
Automatic Data Processing pays a meaningful dividend of 2.27%, higher than the bottom 25% of all stocks that pay dividends. Automatic Data Processing has been increasing its dividend for 47 years. The dividend payout ratio of Automatic Data Processing is 62.84%. This payout ratio is at a healthy, sustainable level, below 75%. Based on earnings estimates, Automatic Data Processing will have a dividend payout ratio of 58.49% next year. This indicates that Automatic Data Processing will be able to sustain or increase its dividend.
Insiders buying/selling: Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP)
In the past three months, Automatic Data Processing insiders have sold more of their company’s stock than they have bought. Specifically, they have bought $0.00 in company stock and sold $12,957,058.00 in company stock. Only 0.34% of the stock of Automatic Data Processing is held by insiders. 79.65% of the stock of Automatic Data Processing is held by institutions. High institutional ownership can be a signal of strong market trust in this company.
Earnings and Valuation of Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP
Earnings for Automatic Data Processing are expected to grow by 12.97% in the coming year, from $5.63 to $6.36 per share. The P/E ratio of Automatic Data Processing is 28.56, which means that it is trading at a more expensive P/E ratio than the market average P/E ratio of about 24.17. The P/E ratio of Automatic Data Processing is 28.56, which means that it is trading at a less expensive P/E ratio than the Business Services sector average P/E ratio of about 31.20. Automatic Data Processing has a PEG Ratio of 2.39. PEG Ratios above 1 indicate that a company could be overvalued. Automatic Data Processing has a P/B Ratio of 12.30. P/B Ratios above 3 indicate that a company could be overvalued with respect to its assets and liabilities.
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