Analysts are weighing in on how SLM Corp (NASDAQ:SLM), might perform in the near term. Wall Street analysts have a assessment of the stock, with a mean rating of 2.0. The stock is rated as buy by 5 analysts, with 2 outperform and 2 hold rating. The rating score is on a scale of 1 to 5 where 1 stands for strong buy and 5 stands for strong sell.
For the current quarter, the 8.00 analysts offering adjusted EPS forecast have a consensus estimate of $0.11 a share, which would compare with $0.20 in the same quarter last year. They have a high estimate of $0.12 and a low estimate of $0.10. Revenue for the period is expected to total nearly $216.48M from $168.26M the year-ago period.
For the full year, 8.00 Wall Street analysts forecast this company would deliver earnings of 0.51 per share, with a high estimate of $0.52 and a low estimate of $0.50. It had reported earnings per share of $0.59 in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Revenue for the period is expected to total nearly $901.41M versus 702.50M in the preceding year.
The analysts project the company to maintain annual growth of around 10.45% percent over the next five years as compared to an average growth rate of 10.60% percent expected for its competitors in the same industry.
Among the 8 analysts Data provided by Thomson/First Call tracks, the 12-month average price target for SLM is $9.38 but some analysts are projecting the price to go as high as $11.00. If the optimistic analysts are correct, that represents a 73 percent upside potential from the recent closing price of $6.37. Some sell-side analysts, particularly the bearish ones, have called for $8.00 price targets on shares of SLM Corp (NASDAQ:SLM).
In the last reported results, the company reported earnings of $0.20 per share, while analysts were calling for share earnings of $0.20. It was an earnings surprise of 0.00%percent. In the matter of earnings surprises, the term Cockroach Effect is often implied. Cockroach Effect is a market theory that suggests that when a company reveals bad news to the public, there may be many more related negative events that have yet to be revealed. In the case of earnings surprises, if a company is suggesting a negative earnings surprise it means there are more to come.
SLM Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a saving, planning, and paying for education company in the United States. It offers private education loans to students and their families. The company also provides banking products, such as certificates of deposits, money market deposit accounts, and high yield savings accounts; and a consumer savings network that offers financial rewards on everyday purchases to help families save for college. SLM Corporation is headquartered in Newark, Delaware.