Zacks: Brokerages Anticipate Barrett Business Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:BBSI) to Announce $1.87 Earnings Per Share

Equities research analysts expect Barrett Business Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:BBSI – Get Rating) to post $1.87 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Two analysts have made estimates for Barrett Business Services’ earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $1.88 and the lowest is $1.85. Barrett Business Services posted earnings per share of $2.24 in the same quarter last year, which indicates a negative year-over-year growth rate of 16.5%. The company is expected to report its next earnings report on Monday, January 1st.

On average, analysts expect that Barrett Business Services will report full year earnings of $6.07 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $6.06 to $6.08. For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the firm will report earnings of $6.75 per share. Zacks’ earnings per share averages are a mean average based on a survey of research analysts that follow Barrett Business Services.

Barrett Business Services (NASDAQ:BBSI – Get Rating) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 4th. The business services provider reported $0.04 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.63) by $0.67. The company had revenue of $1.71 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.72 billion. Barrett Business Services had a return on equity of 21.43% and a net margin of 4.37%. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted ($0.60) earnings per share.

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Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Barrett Business Services from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $88.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Monday, May 9th. TheStreet downgraded Barrett Business Services from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 24th. Roth Capital restated a “buy” rating on shares of Barrett Business Services in a report on Thursday, May 5th. StockNews.com downgraded Barrett Business Services from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, May 13th. Finally, Barrington Research upped their price target on Barrett Business Services from $85.00 to $102.00 in a report on Thursday, May 5th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. According to MarketBeat.com, Barrett Business Services currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $99.33.

In other Barrett Business Services news, CEO Gary Kramer purchased 1,000 shares of Barrett Business Services stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 20th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $70.13 per share, with a total value of $70,130.00. Following the acquisition, the chief executive officer now directly owns 34,451 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,416,048.63. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. 3.00% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. California State Teachers Retirement System boosted its holdings in shares of Barrett Business Services by 1.6% during the fourth quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 10,420 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $720,000 after purchasing an additional 169 shares during the last quarter. Captrust Financial Advisors boosted its holdings in shares of Barrett Business Services by 1.4% during the first quarter. Captrust Financial Advisors now owns 11,904 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $926,000 after purchasing an additional 170 shares during the last quarter. Advisor Group Holdings Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Barrett Business Services by 5.5% during the third quarter. Advisor Group Holdings Inc. now owns 3,599 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $274,000 after purchasing an additional 189 shares during the last quarter. Lazard Asset Management LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Barrett Business Services by 26.9% during the first quarter. Lazard Asset Management LLC now owns 1,029 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $79,000 after purchasing an additional 218 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Charles Schwab Investment Management Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Barrett Business Services by 0.5% during the fourth quarter. Charles Schwab Investment Management Inc. now owns 53,003 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $3,661,000 after purchasing an additional 265 shares during the last quarter. 81.74% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Shares of Barrett Business Services stock opened at $74.23 on Friday. Barrett Business Services has a 52 week low of $57.76 and a 52 week high of $86.82. The business’s fifty day simple moving average is $74.58 and its 200-day simple moving average is $70.51. The firm has a market cap of $543.36 million, a PE ratio of 13.16, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.82 and a beta of 1.46.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 3rd. Investors of record on Friday, May 20th will be given a $0.30 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, May 19th. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.62%. Barrett Business Services’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 21.28%.

About Barrett Business Services (Get Rating)

Barrett Business Services, Inc provides business management solutions for small and mid-sized companies in the United States. The company develops a management platform that integrates a knowledge-based approach from the management consulting industry with tools from the human resource outsourcing industry.

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