Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA) Valuation According To Analysts

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 21, 2017

Walgreens is nearing an agreement to sell more assets to Tennessee-based discount chain Fred's Inc. boosting the number of stores and adding distribution centers, software and personnel, according to one of the people. Hudock Capital Group LLC raised its stake in shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance by 0.4% in the third quarter. The company's revenue was down 1.8% compared to the same quarter previous year. The institutional investor bought 18,704 shares of the pharmacy operator's stock, valued at approximately $1,548,000. Genovese Burford & Brothers Wealth & Retirement Plan Management LLC now owns 149,961 shares of the pharmacy operator's stock worth $150,000 after buying an additional 148,149 shares in the last quarter. Exane Derivatives now owns 1,884 shares of the pharmacy operator's stock worth $152,000 after buying an additional 679 shares in the last quarter. (NASDAQ:WBA): 13 Brokerage firm Analysts have agreed with the mean estimate for the short term price target of $93.85 in Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. The Market Capitalization of the company stands at 92.27 Billion. Currently, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.net profit margin for the 12 months is at 3.51%. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $84.22 and a 200 day moving average price of $82.91. According to the corporate earnings calendar, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. will release next earnings on April 05, 2017 with an estimated EPS consensus of $1.35. The pharmacy operator reported $1.10 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks' consensus estimate of $1.09 by $0.01. That represents a quarterly year/year change in revenues of -0.02 in sequential terms, the (WBA) saw sales decline by -0.00. Walgreens Boots Alliance had a net margin of 3.52% and a return on equity of 16.76%. Investors looking further ahead will note that the Price to next year's EPS is 10.23%. The 8 analysts covering the company expect dividends of 1.50 United States dollars for the upcoming fiscal year, an increase of 4.24%.

Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR), stock is trading $29.11 above the 52-week high and has displayed a high EPS growth of 14.20% in last 5 years. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 15th were issued a $0.375 dividend. Walgreens Boots Alliance's payout ratio is presently 39.68%.

Several research firms recently weighed in on WBA. Atlantic Securities upgraded shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance from a "neutral" rating to an "overweight" rating and set a $95.00 target price for the company in a research note on Monday, February 6th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a "buy" rating on shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance in a research note on Wednesday, December 21st. Finally, Robert W. Baird reissued an "outperform" rating on shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance in a research report on Tuesday, January 24th. Franklin Resources, Inc. has 2 buy ratings, 9 holds and 0 sells even after the stock tumbled -3.45% from its high of $44.1 to a $23.98 billion market value through Mar 10, 2017. (NASDAQ:WBA) with an average broker rating of 1.5. Also, Director Janice M. Babiak bought 600 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 2nd.

Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR), maintained return on investment for the last twelve months at 8.05, higher than what Reuters data shows regarding industry's average. Following the transaction, the director now owns 600 shares in the company, valued at $48,408. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website.

In other news, COO Ornella Barra acquired 124,000 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 7th.

Many analysts are providing their Estimated Earnings analysis for Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. and for the current quarter 20 analysts have projected that the stock could give an Average Earnings estimate of $1.36/share. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now directly owns 1,690,336 shares in the company, valued at $136,798,892.48.

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