Brokers Offer Predictions for SLM Co.’s Q1 2025 Earnings (NASDAQ:SLM)

SLM Co. (NASDAQ:SLMFree Report) – Research analysts at Wedbush issued their Q1 2025 EPS estimates for SLM in a report released on Wednesday, March 27th. Wedbush analyst D. Chiaverini expects that the credit services provider will post earnings of $1.30 per share for the quarter. Wedbush has a “Outperform” rating and a $21.00 price objective on the stock. The consensus estimate for SLM’s current full-year earnings is $2.66 per share.

Several other equities analysts also recently weighed in on the stock. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a $20.00 target price (up previously from $18.00) on shares of SLM in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft started coverage on shares of SLM in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $25.00 target price for the company. Citigroup raised shares of SLM from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their price objective for the company from $14.00 to $23.00 in a research note on Tuesday, January 16th. TheStreet raised shares of SLM from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 24th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada boosted their price objective on shares of SLM from $21.00 to $22.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 25th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. According to data from MarketBeat, SLM has an average rating of “Moderate Buy” and an average price target of $19.77.

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SLM Price Performance

SLM opened at $21.79 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $4.80 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.08, a PEG ratio of 0.45 and a beta of 1.16. The company has a quick ratio of 1.22, a current ratio of 1.22 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.21. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $20.32 and a 200-day moving average price of $17.21. SLM has a twelve month low of $11.61 and a twelve month high of $21.94.

SLM (NASDAQ:SLMGet Free Report) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, January 30th. The credit services provider reported $0.72 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.87 by ($0.15). The company had revenue of $725.66 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $379.20 million. SLM had a return on equity of 36.86% and a net margin of 20.65%. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted ($0.33) EPS.

SLM declared that its Board of Directors has approved a stock buyback program on Wednesday, January 24th that authorizes the company to repurchase $650.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the credit services provider to purchase up to 14.5% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are often a sign that the company’s management believes its shares are undervalued.

SLM Dividend Announcement

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 15th. Shareholders of record on Monday, March 4th were paid a $0.11 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Friday, March 1st. This represents a $0.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.02%. SLM’s dividend payout ratio is presently 18.33%.

Insiders Place Their Bets

In other SLM news, SVP Jonathan Boyles sold 94,078 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $20.72, for a total value of $1,949,296.16. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 52,751 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,093,000.72. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. In other SLM news, SVP Jonathan Boyles sold 94,078 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $20.72, for a total value of $1,949,296.16. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 52,751 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,093,000.72. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, EVP Donna F. Vieira sold 12,308 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, January 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $20.27, for a total transaction of $249,483.16. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 126,500 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,564,155. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.91% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Investors Weigh In On SLM

Hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Quantbot Technologies LP bought a new stake in SLM during the 3rd quarter valued at $713,000. Comerica Bank bought a new stake in SLM during the 2nd quarter valued at $9,029,000. DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale raised its holdings in SLM by 25.5% during the 3rd quarter. DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale now owns 155,595 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $2,092,000 after buying an additional 31,595 shares during the last quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund raised its holdings in SLM by 31.2% during the 3rd quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 684,103 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $9,317,000 after buying an additional 162,853 shares during the last quarter. Finally, US Bancorp DE raised its holdings in SLM by 112.6% during the 2nd quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 6,038 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $99,000 after buying an additional 3,198 shares during the last quarter. 98.94% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

SLM Company Profile

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SLM Corporation, through its subsidiaries, originates and services private education loans to students and their families to finance the cost of their education in the United States. It is also involved in the provision of retail deposit accounts, including certificates of deposit, money market accounts, and high-yield savings accounts; and interest-bearing omnibus accounts.

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