A significant driver of top-line growth: Dun & Bradstreet Holdings Inc. (DNB)

Dun & Bradstreet Holdings Inc. (NYSE: DNB) stock fell -3.25% on Wednesday to $9.81 against a previous-day closing price of $10.14. With 1.83 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained lighter than its average volume of 2.71 million shares. During the session, the Financial Data & Stock Exchanges company that operates in wider Financial sector, reached to the highest price of $10.08 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $9.76. The 52-week range on DNB shows that it touched its highest point at $17.50 and its lowest point at $9.69 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $14.92. With its current market cap of 4.32 billion, DNB has annualized dividend of $0.20 while the current yield stands at 2.04%.

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Price Performance and Earnings:

Stock performance is one of the indicators that investors use to determine whether they will profit from a stock. The price performance of DNB was down-trending over the past week, with a drop of -3.16%, but this was down by -11.22% over a month. Three-month performance dropped to -19.26% while six-month performance fell -25.34%. The stock lost -41.50% in the past year, while it has lost -19.98% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for DNB yields -0.01 with Next year EPS estimates of 1.11. For the next quarter, that number is 0.21. This implies an EPS growth rate of 96.80% for this year and 14.20% for next year. EPS is expected to decline by -0.78% annually over the next five years; however, over the past five years, the company experienced an annual growth rate of -15.00%.

Float and Shares Shorts:

At present, 429.60 million DNB shares are outstanding with a float of 339.98 million shares on hand for trading. On Apr 27, 2023, short shares totaled 12.74 million, which was 2.90% higher than short shares on Mar 30, 2023. In addition to Mr. William Patrick Foley II as the firm’s Exec. Chairman, Mr. Anthony M. Jabbour serves as its CEO & Director.

Institutional Ownership:

Through their ownership of 87.58% of DNB’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have majority control over the company. Other institutions hold 58.42% of DNB, in contrast to 32.34% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for 18.19%. As the largest shareholder in DNB with 5.48% of the stake, The Vanguard Group, Inc. holds 23,846,676 shares worth 23,846,676. A second-largest stockholder of DNB, Capital Research & Management Co, holds 22,070,424 shares, controlling over 5.07% of the firm’s shares. Massachusetts Financial Services is the third largest shareholder in DNB, holding 18,469,175 shares or 4.24% stake. With a 2.16% stake in DNB, the American Funds Fundamental Invest is the largest stakeholder. A total of 9,417,714 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The Allspring Special Mid Cap Value F, which owns about 2.09% of DNB stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 9,086,946 shares valued at 101.5 million. Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF holds 1.87% of the stake in DNB, owning 8,122,124 shares worth 90.72 million.

An Overview of Recent Financials:

Understanding a company as a customer does not mean you will understand it as an investor. The wise investor uses quantitative research to analyze metrics such as revenue, net income, and earnings. In its fiscal quarter reported on Mar 30, 2023, DNB reported revenue of $537.30M and operating income of $32.10M. The EBITDA in the recently reported quarter was $190.60M and diluted EPS was -$0.00.

Analysts Ratings:

Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for DNB since 0 analysts follow the stock currently. In the same way, a target price assigned to a stock can also reveal much about its potential. With DNB analysts setting a high price target of $18.00 and a low target of $11.00, the average target price over the next 12 months is $14.71. Based on these targets, DNB could surge 83.49% to reach the target high and rise by 12.13% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 49.95% from current levels.

EPS: Estimates vs Actual

It is also common to use earnings estimates to evaluate a firm’s growth potential and to determine trading strategy.

Summary of Insider Activity:

Insiders traded DNB stock several times over the past three months with 18 Buys and 7 Sells. In these transactions, 2,483,637 shares were bought while 260,678 shares were sold. The number of buy transactions has increased to 25 while that of sell transactions has risen to 16 over the past year. The total number of shares bought during that period was 3,964,424 while 26,614,991 shares were sold.

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