Analyst Ratings for Heartland Financial USA Inc. (HTLF)

Updated: 2017-07-27

Heartland Financial USA Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF) was awarded an average rating of Overweight from investment analysts following the stock. About 30 days ago, HTLF was issued an average rating of Overweight.

2 analysts declared HTLF a buy, 0 gave an overweight rating, 4 issued a hold rating, 0 gave an underweight rating, and 0 issued a sell rating. Compared to three months ago, there has been an increase of 0 in the number of analysts with a positive outlook on the stock. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has increased by 0.

Several price targets were given for HTLF by the analysts covering the stock. The highest price target was 60, which equates to a potential upside of 29.17 percent. The minimum price target given was 49, which equates to a potential downside of 5.49 percent. It is crucial to not blindly accept any price targets or stock ratings, because many analysts have it in their best interest to give positive coverage of certain stocks.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 0 percent on average, compared to last month. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is 0 percent. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised upwards by 0 percent, as compared to a month ago. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 0 percent in FY estimates.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. Over the past month, 0 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 0 analysts made negative revisions. Also over the last month, 0 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, compared to 0 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

Analysts estimate earnings of HTLF to grow at a rate of -6.2 percent. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at the PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. HTLF has a PEG ratio of -2.44.

In the last 52-weeks, HTLF has achieved a high of 52.65 and a low of 35.02. Currently the stock is 32.64 percent higher than its low, and 11.78 percent lower than its 52-week high. HTLF has a price/earnings ratio of 15.13. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The HTLF value stock report compares HTLF to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of HTLF is $1.38 billion. HTLF's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.