Considering Lincoln National Corporation (LNC) as a potential investment: What Should You Do?

The price of Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE: LNC) closed at $38.16 in the last session, up 1.14% from day before closing price of $37.73. In other words, the price has increased by $+0.43 from its previous closing price. On the day, 2393420 shares were traded. LNC stock price reached its highest trading level at $38.27 during the session, while it also had its lowest trading level at $37.12.

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We take a closer look at LNC’s different ratios to gain a better understanding of the stock. It provided that stocks Price–to–Cash (P/C) ratio for the trailing twelve months (TTM) is standing at 4.20 whereas its Price-to-Free Cash Flow (P/FCF) for the term is 1.98. In the meantime, Its Debt-to-Equity ratio is 2.91 whereas as Long-Term Debt/Eq ratio is at 2.69.

Upgrades & Downgrades

In addition, analysts’ ratings and any changes thereto give investors an idea of the stock’s future direction. In the most recent recommendation for the company, Goldman on November 16, 2022, Upgraded its rating to Buy and sets its target price to $46 from $50 previously.

On November 04, 2022, Credit Suisse Upgraded its rating to Neutral which previously was Underperform and also lowered its target price recommendation from $45 to $41.

Piper Sandler Downgraded its Overweight to Neutral on November 04, 2022, whereas the target price for the stock was revised from $55 to $38.

Insider Transactions:

An investor can also benefit from insider trades by learning what management is thinking about the future direction of stock prices. A recent insider transaction in this stock occurred on Nov 18 when Connelly Deirdre P bought 3,000 shares for $37.41 per share. The transaction valued at 112,230 led to the insider holds 4,000 shares of the business.

GLASS DENNIS R sold 50,000 shares of LNC for $2,906,500 on May 31. The Director now owns 558,622 shares after completing the transaction at $58.13 per share.

Valuation Measures:

For the stock, the TTM Price-to-Sale (P/S) ratio is 0.32 while its Price-to-Book (P/B) ratio in mrq is 2.92.

Stock Price History:

Over the past 52 weeks, LNC has reached a high of $76.40, while it has fallen to a 52-week low of $32.59. The 50-Day Moving Average of the stock is 45.20, while the 200-Day Moving Average is calculated to be 53.91.

Shares Statistics:

According to the various share statistics, LNC traded on average about 2.13M shares per day over the past 3-months and 3.33M shares per day over the past 10 days. A total of 169.71M shares are outstanding, with a floating share count of 153.12M. Insiders hold about 0.50% of the company’s shares, while institutions hold 81.90% stake in the company. Shares short for LNC as of Oct 13, 2022 were 3.31M with a Short Ratio of 3.88M, compared to 4.48M on Sep 14, 2022. Therefore, it implies a Short% of Shares Outstanding of 1.95% and a Short% of Float of 2.23%.

Dividends & Splits

The forward annual dividend rate for LNC is 1.80, which was 1.62 in the trailing 12 months. Against a Trailing Annual Dividend Yield of 4.29%, it implies a Forward Annual Dividend Yield of 3.44%. The stock’s 5-year Average Dividend Yield is 2.75.

Earnings Estimates

The company has 14 analysts who recommend its stock at the moment. On average, analysts expect EPS of $1.79 for the current quarter, with a high estimate of $2.1 and a low estimate of $1.15, while EPS last year was $1.62. The consensus estimate for the next quarter is $2.35, with high estimates of $2.61 and low estimates of $1.73.

Analysts are recommending an EPS of between $8.57 and $5.57 for the fiscal current year, implying an average EPS of $7.88. EPS for the following year is $11.01, with 15 analysts recommending between $11.7 and $10.15.

Revenue Estimates

According to 6 analysts, the current quarter’s revenue is expected to be $4.39B. It ranges from a high estimate of $4.46B to a low estimate of $4.24B. As of the current estimate, Lincoln National Corporation’s year-ago sales were $5.21B, an estimated decrease of -15.70% from the year-ago figure. For the next quarter, 6 analysts are estimating revenue of $4.51B, a decrease of -5.50% over than the figure of -$15.70% in the same quarter last year. There is a high estimate of $4.64B for the next quarter, whereas the lowest estimate is $4.36B.

A total of 8 analysts have provided revenue estimates for LNC’s current fiscal year. The highest revenue estimate was $18.46B, while the lowest revenue estimate was $17.95B, resulting in an average revenue estimate of $18.29B. In the same quarter a year ago, actual revenue was $19.64B, down -6.90% from the average estimate. Based on 8 analysts’ estimates, the company’s revenue will be $18.48B in the next fiscal year. The high estimate is $19.06B and the low estimate is $18.02B. The average revenue growth estimate for next year is up 1.00% from the average revenue estimate for this year.