Motorola Solutions (MSI) Issues Q1 Earnings Guidance

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Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) updated its first quarter earnings guidance on Thursday. The company provided EPS guidance of $1.11-1.16 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus EPS estimate of $1.16. The company issued revenue guidance of ~$1.63 billion (+11%), compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $1.53 billion.Motorola Solutions also updated its FY 2019 guidance to $7.55-7.70 EPS.

Several brokerages recently weighed in on MSI. ValuEngine raised shares of Motorola Solutions from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Friday. Credit Suisse Group reiterated a buy rating and set a $134.00 price target on shares of Motorola Solutions in a report on Wednesday, January 16th. Citigroup lowered their price target on Motorola Solutions from $146.00 to $145.00 and set a buy rating on the stock in a report on Friday, November 2nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Motorola Solutions from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $145.00 price target on the stock in a report on Wednesday, November 14th. Finally, Raymond James set a $136.00 price target on Motorola Solutions and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Monday, December 3rd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $128.81.

MSI stock traded up $16.75 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $135.37. 4,429,306 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 976,086. Motorola Solutions has a twelve month low of $96.94 and a twelve month high of $136.78. The company has a market cap of $19.39 billion, a PE ratio of 19.82, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.66 and a beta of 0.53.

Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 7th. The communications equipment provider reported $2.63 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $2.41 by $0.22. Motorola Solutions had a negative return on equity of 79.55% and a net margin of 13.17%. The company had revenue of $2.25 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.22 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $2.10 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 15.2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, sell-side analysts expect that Motorola Solutions will post 7.29 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 14th were paid a $0.57 dividend. This is an increase from Motorola Solutions’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.52. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 13th. This represents a $2.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.68%. Motorola Solutions’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 33.38%.

In other news, SVP Rajan Naik sold 14,606 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $127.00, for a total value of $1,854,962.00. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 10,544 shares in the company, valued at $1,339,088. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Company insiders own 2.20% of the company’s stock.

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Motorola Solutions Company Profile

Motorola Solutions, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides mission-critical communication infrastructure, devices, accessories, software, and services in the United States, the United Kingdom, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Products and Services. The Products segment offers a portfolio of infrastructure, devices, accessories, and software for government, public safety and first-responder agencies, municipalities, and commercial and industrial customers.

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