Kansas City Southern (KSU) Expected to Announce Earnings of $1.42 Per Share

Equities analysts expect Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) to post $1.42 earnings per share for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks. Three analysts have provided estimates for Kansas City Southern’s earnings, with the lowest EPS estimate coming in at $1.36 and the highest estimate coming in at $1.49. Kansas City Southern posted earnings of $1.17 per share in the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year-over-year growth rate of 21.4%. The business is expected to announce its next quarterly earnings results on Friday, April 20th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Kansas City Southern will report full-year earnings of $6.24 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $5.84 to $6.50. For the next year, analysts expect that the firm will post earnings of $7.02 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $6.31 to $7.30. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share averages are an average based on a survey of sell-side analysts that that provide coverage for Kansas City Southern.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last released its quarterly earnings results on Friday, January 19th. The transportation company reported $1.38 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.36 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $660.40 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $658.33 million. Kansas City Southern had a net margin of 37.24% and a return on equity of 12.07%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.21 EPS.

Several research analysts recently commented on KSU shares. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $109.00 price objective on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. Cowen upped their price objective on shares of Kansas City Southern from $111.00 to $113.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Monday, October 23rd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Kansas City Southern from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. Loop Capital reissued a “buy” rating and set a $124.00 price target (up from $118.00) on shares of Kansas City Southern in a report on Monday, October 23rd. Finally, Barclays increased their price target on shares of Kansas City Southern from $100.00 to $105.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Monday, October 23rd. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $115.47.

In other news, CMO Brian D. Hancock sold 2,325 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, January 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $113.00, for a total transaction of $262,725.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief marketing officer now owns 19,455 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,198,415. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, COO Jeffrey M. Songer sold 3,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $111.80, for a total transaction of $335,400.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.95% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. We Are One Seven LLC purchased a new position in shares of Kansas City Southern during the 4th quarter valued at approximately $780,000. OLD Mutual Customised Solutions Proprietary Ltd. raised its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 50.0% during the 4th quarter. OLD Mutual Customised Solutions Proprietary Ltd. now owns 6,300 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $663,000 after acquiring an additional 2,100 shares in the last quarter. Halsey Associates Inc. CT raised its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 4.4% during the 4th quarter. Halsey Associates Inc. CT now owns 74,760 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $7,866,000 after acquiring an additional 3,135 shares in the last quarter. DF Dent & Co. Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Kansas City Southern during the 4th quarter valued at approximately $681,000. Finally, MetLife Investment Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in Kansas City Southern in the fourth quarter worth $3,371,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 83.75% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE KSU) opened at $109.01 on Tuesday. Kansas City Southern has a twelve month low of $81.54 and a twelve month high of $114.85. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46, a current ratio of 0.70 and a quick ratio of 0.54. The company has a market cap of $11,233.87, a PE ratio of 11.84, a PEG ratio of 1.34 and a beta of 0.83.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 4th. Investors of record on Monday, March 12th will be given a $0.36 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, March 9th. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.32%. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio is presently 15.64%.

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Kansas City Southern Company Profile

Kansas City Southern (KCS) is a holding company. The Company has domestic and international rail operations in North America that are focused on the north/south freight corridor connecting commercial and industrial markets in the central United States with industrial cities in Mexico. The Company’s subsidiaries include The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR) and Kansas City Southern de Mexico, SA de C.V.

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