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Alberto Abaterusso
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Walt Disney to Post 1st Quarter Results for Fiscal 2018

Analysts foresee higher earnings and sales

February 05, 2018 | About:

Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) will release on Tuesday results for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 after the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange.

The average analyst estimates that Walt Disney Co. has closed the quarter with net earnings of $1.61 per share. This is a mean of 25 estimates that fall in the $1.5 to $1.7 range.

Source: Yahoo Finance

The average EPS is a 3.9% growth from the prior year quarter and is backed on an average revenue of $15.46 billion. The average revenue represents a 4.60% increase from one year ago.

According to Yahoo Finance, 23 analysts were surveyed. These estimates range between a low of $15.04 billion and a high of $15.75 billion. The chart below illustrates the trend in Walt Disney’s first quarter total revenues over the last five reporting periods:

The stock is trading at $108.70 per share on the stock market and for the 52-weeks through Feb. 1 Walt Disney has underperformed the S&P 500 index by 21.3%:

Source: Yahoo Finance

Walt Disney has a market capitalization of $163.75 and is reporting a volume of 1,506.46 million shares outstanding. The Insider Ownership is 1.20% and the Institutional Ownership is 64.02%. Among the top institutional holders, the Vanguard Group, Inc. stands out with a 6.76% holding of Walt Disney.

Some indicators on Walt Disney:

The price-book (P/B) ratio is 3.95 versus an industry median of 1.92.

The price-sales (P/S) ratio is 3.11 versus an industry average of 1.91.

The price-earnings (P/E) ratio is 19.07 versus an industry median of 20.14.

The 52-week range is of $96.20 to $116.10 per share.

The dividend yield is 1.49% versus an industry median of 1.83% and versus a S&P 500 current dividend yield of 1.77%.

The forward dividend $1.68 and the forward yield is 1.53%. The industry has a forward dividend yield of 2.14%.

Walt Disney has approximately $4.02 billion in cash on hand and securities or $2.66 per share and total debt amounting to $25.29 billion. The Debt/Equity ratio (mrq) is 61% versus an industry median of 45%. The company is more leveraged than its peers, however, the interest coverage ratio is 27.36. This value of interest coverage ratio indicates that Walt Disney doesn’t feel the financial burden in terms of interest expenses fulfilmentl.

GuruFocus gives Walt Disney a financial strength rating of 6 of 10.

In addition, during the last three months of 2017, Scott Black (Trades, Portfolio) and Ken Fisher (Trades, Portfolio) reduced their holdings by 0.82% and 51.25% to 22,670 and 2,177,690 shares outstanding, respectively.

The recommendation rating is 2.4 out of 5 and the average target price on Walt Disney is $117.83 per share.

(Disclosure: I have no positions in any security mentioned in this article.)

About the author:

Alberto Abaterusso
Alberto Abaterusso is a freelance writer based in The Netherlands. He primarily writes about gold, silver and precious metals mining stocks. His articles have also been widely linked by popular sites, including MarketWatch, Financial Times, 24hGold, Investopedia, Financial.org, CNBS, MSN Money, Zachs, Reuters and others. Alberto holds a MBA from Università degli Studi di Bari (Italy), Aldo Moro.

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