Stock Update: Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK)

[Globe Newswire] Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) announced that its fire hydrant database has reached a milestone of 7.5 million hydrants. The database identifies precise locations of every fire hydrant and other static water supply source in thousands of communities around the nation. Verisk Insurance Solutions – Commercial Property is a Verisk Analytics (VRSK) business.

Annual insured property losses due to fire exceed $23 billion* in the United States, and the availability of an operational fire hydrant is essential to reducing loss severity. Verisk maintains the only database of fire hydrants in the country, with precise geo-location and operational information. To view the full article click here.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK), On 10/28/2014, VRSK reported 3 quarter 2014 earnings of $0.64 per share. This result was in-line with the consensus of the 17 analysts following the company and beat last year’s 3 quarter results by 3.23%.The next tentative earnings announcement is expected on 02/23/2015.

VRSK’s PE ratio is among the highest of any stock in the Insurance (Miscellaneous) industry and signals that investors have high hopes for this company’s future business prospects. However, during the past year, earnings growth has lagged its historical five year growth rate.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. (VRSK)‘s PE ratio is among the lowest of any stock in the Semiconductors industry and signals that investors have not been willing to pay a premium for this company’s business prospects. Additionally, during the past year, earnings growth has outpaced its historical five year growth rate.

In terms of ratings, there are seventeen analysts that cover the stock which have provided Q4 2014 earnings per share estimates. The consensus anticipated number for the upcoming quarter is $0.53. The highest estimate is $0.66 while the lowest is $0.61. The company has a one year EPS growth rate of 7.47% and a five year EPS growth rate of 19.03%.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. (VRSK) is a provider of information about risk to professionals in insurance, healthcare, mortgage, government, supply chain, and risk management. Verisk enable risk-bearing businesses to understand and manage their risks. The Company provides its customers by supplying data that, combined with its analytic methods, creates embedded decision support solutions. Verisk organizes its business in two segments: Risk Assessment and Decision Analytics. Its Risk Assessment segment provides statistical, actuarial and underwriting data for the United States property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry. Its Decision Analytics segment provides solutions its customers use to analyze the processes of the Verisk Risk Analysis Framework: Prediction of Loss, Detection and Prevention of Fraud, and Quantification of Loss. On June 17, 2011, it acquired the net assets of Health Risk Partners, LLC. On April 27, 2011, it acquired 100% interest of Bloodhound Technologies, Inc.