An Insider Sold 20,479 Shares Of Verisk Analytics Inc. (VRSK)

As of Wednesday close, Verisk Analytics Inc.’s (NASDAQ:VRSK) stock was down -$1.11, moving down -0.48 percent to $228.21. The average number of shares traded per day over the past five days has been 827,840 shares. 3 times new highs have been achieved over the past 5 days, with a $3.71 gain in that time frame. In the last twenty days, the average volume was 724,590, while in the previous 50 days, it was 749,872.

Since last month, VRSK stock rose 7.99%. Shares of the company fell to $205.17 on 10/27/21, the lowest level in the past month. A 52-week high of $231.57 was reached on 11/22/21 after having rallying from a 52-week low of $159.79. Since the beginning of this year, VRSK’s stock price has risen by 9.93% or $20.62, and marked a new high 16 times. However, the stock has declined by -1.45% since its 52-week high.

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Insider Transactions

Verisk Analytics Inc. (VRSK) last reported insider trading activity 3 days ago on Nov 22. Anquillare Mark V, the Group President and COO of the company, disposed of 20,479 shares for $230.37 on Nov 22. It resulted in a $4,717,846 divestment by the insider. WRIGHT DAVID B sold 5,000 shares at an average price of $213.14 on Nov 11. The insider now owns 13,818 shares following the transaction. On Nov 03, CEO and President Stephenson Scott G sold 66,500 shares at $211.89 apiece. The transaction was valued at $14,090,946.

Valuation Metrics

Right now, Verisk Analytics Inc. (VRSK) has a P/E ratio of about 53.33. This is higher than the industry average, which comes in at 23.59 right now. Further, its PE also compares unfavorably with the overall sector’s trailing 12 months PE ratio, which currently stands at 27.77. Within the last five years, Verisk Analytics Inc.’s PE ratio varied between 63.31 and 21.62. The stock’s beta is 0.77. Besides these, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 12.30, the price-to-book (PB) ratio of 13.57, and the price-to-cash flow ratio of 46.74 may also be considered.

Dividends from Verisk Analytics Inc. are $1.16 per share each year. VRSK has a payout ratio of 26.40% and a dividend yield of 0.51%. The latest dividend of $0.29 per share was paid out, remained unchanged from last year’s $0.29. On Tuesday February 23 2021, a $0.02 dividend increase was announced, making it the 2 consecutive year of dividend increases.

In the three months ended June 29, Verisk Analytics Inc.’s quick ratio stood at 0.50, while its current ratio was 0.50, showing that the company is not able to pay off its debt. According to company report, the long-term debt-to-equity ratio for the quarter ending June 29 was 0.86, and the total debt-to-equity ratio was 1.15. On the profitability front, the trailing twelve-month gross margin is 64.30% percent. In the year ended June 29, EBITDA margin amounted to 49.52%, whereas operating margins totaled 35.90%. Based on annual data, VRSK earned $1.79 billion in gross profit and brought in $2.78 billion in revenue.

A company’s management is another factor that investors consider when determining the profitability of an investment. In the past year, return on investment (ROI) was 14.40%. Return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months was 25.70%. In the past year, the industry average ROE stood at 3.67.

Earnings Surprise

In Verisk Analytics Inc.’s quarter-end financial report for June 29, it reported total debt of $2.34 billion. According to the earnings report, the company had a higher net income in the recent quarter than it did in the previous quarter. VRSK’s revenue rose 7.42% to $747.5 million during the quarter, while net income inched up to $759.0 million. While analysts expected Verisk Analytics Inc. to report $1.33 quarterly earnings, the actual figure was $1.17 per share, beating the consensus estimate by -12.00%. During the quarter, the company generated $379.0 million in EBITDA. The liabilities of Verisk Analytics Inc. were 4.93 billion at the end of its most recent quarter ended June 29, and its total debt was $3.41 billion. The value of shareholders’ equity is $161.16 million.

Technical Picture

This quick technical analysis looks at Verisk Analytics Inc.’s (VRSK) price momentum. With a historical volatility rate of 13.02%, the RSI 9-day stood at 72.67% on 24 November.

With respect to its five-day moving average, the current Verisk Analytics Inc. price is up by +1.65% percent or $3.71. At present, VRSK shares trade +9.78% above its 20-day simple moving average and +28.49% percent above its 100-day simple moving average. However, the stock is currently trading approximately +11.56% above its SMA50 and +19.59% above its SMA200.

Stochastic coefficient K was 86.17% and Stochastic coefficient D was 90.70%, while ATR was 3.97. Given the Stochastic reading of 82.43% for the 14-day period, the RSI (14) reading has been calculated as 71.20%. As of today, the MACD Oscillator reading stands at 3.77, while the 14-day reading stands at 7.49.

Analyst Ratings

Verisk Analytics Inc. (VRSK) has been rated Overweight by analysts. According to 0 brokerage firms, VRSK is a sell, and 6 firms recommend it is a Hold. There are 0 analysts who say the stock is underweight. A total of 2 analysts rate Verisk Analytics Inc. stock as buy, with 7 recommending it as overweight.

What is VRSK’s price target for the next 12 months?

With a median target price of $235.00, the current consensus forecast for the stock is $188.00 – $250.00. Based on these forecasts, analysts predict Verisk Analytics Inc. (VRSK) will achieve an average price target of $228.54.


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