SLM Corporation (NASDAQ:SLM) stock is currently pricing at roughly $12.75. Our analysis shows that the stock is widely covered by equity research firms, and target prices are revealing. From a summary standpoint, we track the median one-year price target among 11 analysts covering the company at $14.50. That suggests shares of the stock may have another 12 percent to the upside left to run. Of those analysts we surveyed, the highest price target on recordsits at $16.00, which would imply another 75 percent in upside potential. If we look for a little more qualitative data on the range of expectations, we find in analyst notes that the stock has 4 “Buy” ratings in place. At the same time, 6 rate the stock a “strong buy”, suggesting more conviction in the story. As for the doubters, 1 equity research analyst firms call this stock a “Hold” and 0 consider it bad enough to warrant a “Sell” rating.
Analysts at Wedbush took a look at SLM shares in a research note released on Jan 31, 2017, and issued a Outperform rating to this company. Jefferies analysts provided their own take on company recently as well. In a research note published on Dec 07, 2016,the house assigned a Buy rating to this stock. According to a piece that hit the wires on Jan 13, 2016, researchers at Goldman reconsidered their prior rating on the stock, and upped it from Neutral Perform to Buy.
SLM Corporation (SLM) Cap Table Analysis
Breaking down the capitalization table is our next goal. From a bird’s eye view, Executives hold 2.38 percent of the stock.
If we take a more granular look, Raymond J. Quinlan is one of the largest owners in company capital stock among insiders. According to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, this investor owns 1,293,709 shares, representing a total current market value of roughly $16494789.75. Albert L. Lord is another major player among company insiders, currently holding 982,533 shares as of 0.23%, carrying a current market value of $12527295.75. Thomas J. Fitzpatrick is currently ranked as the number three insider in terms of representation on the cap table for the stock, holding 976,690 shares, valued at around $12452797.5 as of recent close.
We noted a few insider transactions for the stock recently as well.
In a transaction on 2017-04-24, the company’s EVP, GC and Secretary Lutz Laurent Charles sold 170,000 company shares for 2223600. That means, once accounting for this transaction, the EVP, GC and Secretary is left with a stake of 740,299 shares, carrying a current total market value of $9438812. In addition, by means of a transaction dated 2017-03-07, EVP & Chief Admin Officer Thome Paul F sold 19,193 shares worth $225900. After that transaction, this investor is left with a total holding of 248,608 shares, representing a total investment value of $3169752. We also noted a 2017-03-01 transaction in which SLM EVP & Chief Admin Officer Thome Paul F sold 9,100 shares at a stock price of $12.37, carrying a total value of $112570, after which, this insider’s investment stands at 267,801 shares, with an overall financial value of $3414463.
SLM Corporation (NASDAQ:SLM) Earnings View
In the company’s last quarter, SLM EPS moved to $0.21 from $0.15 compared sequentially with the prior quarter. Revenues for the company came in at $268.08MM. This stacks up against $245.43MM, on a sequential basis.
How does this compare with bottom and top-line expectations? Well, according to what we could find, analysts had been looking for the company to post net income of about $0.15 per share on $260.69MM in revenue. That sets up an interesting next quarter report card. We would note that analysts seem to be projecting earnings, on average, for this quarter in the range of $0.16 to $0.17. On a year-over-year basis, that compares with an EPS comp of $0.12.