Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA) stock is currently pricing at roughly $118.12. 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 28 analysts covering the company at $126.50. That suggests shares of the stock may have another 7 percent to the upside left to run. Of those analysts we surveyed, the highest price target on recordsits at $135.00, which would imply another 86 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 18 “Buy” ratings in place. At the same time, 10 rate the stock a “strong buy”, suggesting more conviction in the story. As for the doubters, 5 equity research analyst firms call this stock a “Hold” and 0 consider it bad enough to warrant a “Sell” rating.
Analysts at Loop Capital took a look at MA shares in a research note released on Feb 15, 2017, and issued a Buy rating to this company. Wedbush analysts provided their own take on company recently as well. In a research note published on Jan 20, 2017,the house assigned a Outperform rating to this stock. According to a piece that hit the wires on Jan 05, 2017, researchers at RBC Capital Mkts reconsidered their prior rating on the stock, and upped it from Outperform Perform to Top Pick.
Mastercard Incorporated (MA) Cap Table Analysis
Breaking down the capitalization table is our next goal. From a bird’s eye view, Executives hold 0.12 percent of the stock.
If we take a more granular look, Ajaypal Banga 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 171,753 shares, representing a total current market value of roughly $20287464.36. Christopher D. Thom is another major player among company insiders, currently holding 133,933 shares as of less than 0.1%, carrying a current market value of $15820165.96. Martina Hundmejean is currently ranked as the number three insider in terms of representation on the cap table for the stock, holding 102,445 shares, valued at around $12100803.4 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 President, Gl Prod & Solutions Flood Gary J sold 83,959 company shares for 9691390. That means, once accounting for this transaction, the President, Gl Prod & Solutions is left with a stake of 37,060 shares, carrying a current total market value of $4377527. In addition, by means of a transaction dated 2017-04-04, General Counsel Murphy Timothy H sold 24,128 shares worth $2708370. After that transaction, this investor is left with a total holding of 31,279 shares, representing a total investment value of $3694675.48. We also noted a 2017-04-03 transaction in which MA Director Haythornthwaite Richard sold 5,000 shares at a stock price of $112.24, carrying a total value of $561200, after which, this insider’s investment stands at 47,423 shares, with an overall financial value of $5601605.
Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA) Earnings View
In the company’s last quarter, MA EPS moved to $0.86 from $1.08 compared sequentially with the prior quarter. Revenues for the company came in at $2.76BM. This stacks up against $2.88BM, 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 $0.85 per share on $2.79BM 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 $1.02 to $1.10. On a year-over-year basis, that compares with an EPS comp of $0.86.