Motorola Solutions (MSI) Updates Q1 2019 Earnings Guidance

Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) issued an update on its first quarter 2019 earnings guidance on Thursday morning. The company provided EPS guidance of $1.11-1.16 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus EPS estimate of $1.14. The company issued revenue guidance of $1.629-1.629 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $1.59 billion.Motorola Solutions also updated its FY 2019 guidance to $7.55-7.70 EPS.

MSI stock traded down $1.81 during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $118.62. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,031,510 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,062,318. Motorola Solutions has a 1 year low of $96.94 and a 1 year high of $133.97. The firm has a market cap of $19.52 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.81, a PEG ratio of 1.67 and a beta of 0.53.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 14th were paid a $0.57 dividend. This is a positive change from Motorola Solutions’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.52. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 13th. This represents a $2.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.92%. Motorola Solutions’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 43.85%.

MSI has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. ValuEngine lowered Motorola Solutions from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Friday, December 28th. Credit Suisse Group reiterated a buy rating and issued a $137.00 target price on shares of Motorola Solutions in a research note on Thursday, December 20th. Citigroup reduced their target price on Motorola Solutions from $146.00 to $145.00 and set a buy rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, November 2nd. Gabelli lowered Motorola Solutions from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Monday, November 5th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Raymond James set a $136.00 target price on Motorola Solutions and gave the stock a buy rating in a research note on Monday, December 3rd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average price target of $127.81.

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

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About Motorola Solutions

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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