What is the Analyst Forecast for H&R Block Inc. (HRB)?

H&R Block Inc. (NYSE: HRB) was one of the biggest movers in the recent trading session, with the company’s stock currently changing hands at 0.6 points up or 2.51% higher on the previous close. So what do we make of this stock that is clearly one of the hottest on the market now? The HRB stock is trading at $24.54 from a close of $23.94 on 01/15/20. The day’s price range saw the stock hit a low of $23.98, while the highest price level was $24.72 during the intraday trading.

Is the HRB stock going to continue the plunge or will it steady in coming sessions to climb above its 5-day high price of $24.72. H&R Block Inc. (NYSE: HRB) has a 52-week price range of between $22.79 and $29.62. Notably, the reduced performance in the current session comes on the back of condensed market activity for the stock, as its daily trading volume to 5243210, compared to its 3-months daily average volume of 3.30 million. In comparison, the average volume for the last 50 days stands at 3,602,082.

What about the stock’s price forecasts? HRB had 8 analysts who offered their 12-month price predictions for the H&R Block Inc. shares. The group has given the stock a consensus price target of $24.83, with the lowest forecast being put at $19.00. The highest estimate by the 8 analysts is $30.00. The median price target estimate of $25.50 for the stock represents a 3.76% jump in value from the previous price of $24.54. Looking at the 52-week price ranges, the stock’s current price level is 7.68% from its 52-week high price and -17.15% down from its 52-week low in the same period.

H&R Block Inc. shares have surged 4.96% over the past week, but its 1-month performance is in the green at 4.47%. Its performance in the current quarter is up 4.69%, while that figure shoots to -12.95% over the past half-year period. Further, we see that the stock’s 12-month charts show that it has lost by -3.16%, with the year-to-date prices up by 4.51%.

The company has a market cap of 4.75 billion and a return on assets (ROA) of 14.00%. In gauging how profitable company analysts and investors look at the respective company’s ROA, with returns above 5% generally regarded as good. Also important is the company’s return on equity (ROE), with HRB’s at 303.60% indicating that the management is able to generate impressive income with whatever equity at their disposal. If you put your money on this stock, then a forecast ROI is at 25.40%.

But what do Wall Street analysts tracking this stock recommend, given that it has 193.59 million shares outstanding? 8 analysts polled have a consensus recommendation rating of 3.40, indicating that HRB is a Hold stock at the moment. This mean rating was at 3.40 a month ago. Jefferies called it a Hold stock on November 22, 2019, while Northcoast rated it a Neutral in its note released on July 09, 2019. Of the 8 analysts, 0 analysts rate the HRB stock as Overweight, while 5 of them rated it as a Hold. 1 analysts rate H&R Block Inc. as a Buy, while 0 suggested its Underweight. Only 2 analyst advised investors to sell.

Let’s glean at the company’s earnings forecasts for the current quarter and annual growth estimate for the next 5-year period. The analyst forecasts for this stock’s earnings per share (EPS) for the current quarter (Jan 2020) ranged from a low of -$0.57 per share to -$0.52 per share. The average estimate by the 7 analysts for the HRB shares was -$0.55 a share, while the company’s last-quarter results returned an EPS of -$0.55. Looking at the current EPS trends, seven days ago, HRB had its Jan 2020 estimates at -$0.55 per share while the stock’s EPS was forecasted at the -$0.55, a month ago. However, the company’s EPS growth for this quarter stands at 5.20%, while that growth rate for the next fiscal quarter is forecasted at 5.60%. The annual earnings per share growth for the next five years is estimated to be 10.00%, which compares to the 9.17% recorded in the past five-year period.

However, the next quarter should see net revenue growth of over 1.40%, with analysts forecasting the company’s 12-month growth estimates at 1.40%. 6 analysts have forecast that H&R Block Inc. will see its revenue growth net between $476.9 million and $490 million for the current quarter. The next quarter should see revenue returns of between $2.35 billion and $2.38 billion.The average revenue for the quarter is expected at $484.1 million, while for the next quarter, it jumps to $2.37 billion. Sales growth for the year are estimated at 1.40%.