A.R.T. Advisors LLC Has $2.74 Million Stake in Kansas City Southern (KSU)

A.R.T. Advisors LLC grew its position in Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) by 34.6% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 24,900 shares of the transportation company’s stock after acquiring an additional 6,400 shares during the period. A.R.T. Advisors LLC’s holdings in Kansas City Southern were worth $2,735,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently made changes to their positions in KSU. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA grew its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 23.4% in the 1st quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 9,319,003 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $1,023,693,000 after acquiring an additional 1,764,684 shares during the period. Allianz Asset Management GmbH grew its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 26.9% in the 4th quarter. Allianz Asset Management GmbH now owns 1,998,103 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $210,240,000 after acquiring an additional 423,999 shares during the period. UBS Group AG grew its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 658.9% in the 1st quarter. UBS Group AG now owns 334,936 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $36,792,000 after acquiring an additional 290,799 shares during the period. Renaissance Technologies LLC grew its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 34.0% in the 4th quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 982,400 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $103,368,000 after acquiring an additional 249,000 shares during the period. Finally, The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company grew its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 171.1% in the 4th quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 320,333 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $33,705,000 after acquiring an additional 202,191 shares during the period. 87.06% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Kansas City Southern opened at $110.10 on Friday, according to Marketbeat.com. The company has a quick ratio of 0.49, a current ratio of 0.69 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45. The stock has a market capitalization of $11.15 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.97, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.36 and a beta of 0.79. Kansas City Southern has a 12-month low of $99.47 and a 12-month high of $114.91.



Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Friday, April 20th. The transportation company reported $1.30 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.35 by ($0.05). The business had revenue of $638.60 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $639.39 million. Kansas City Southern had a net margin of 36.75% and a return on equity of 11.98%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.17 EPS. research analysts forecast that Kansas City Southern will post 6.17 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, July 5th. Shareholders of record on Monday, June 11th will be issued a $0.36 dividend. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.31%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, June 8th. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio is currently 27.43%.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on KSU shares. Credit Suisse Group reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $121.00 price objective (down previously from $126.00) on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research report on Thursday, March 8th. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating and set a $102.00 target price (up previously from $97.00) on shares of Kansas City Southern in a report on Thursday, March 8th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Kansas City Southern from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 27th. BMO Capital Markets raised shares of Kansas City Southern from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $120.00 target price for the company in a report on Monday, April 23rd. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus began coverage on shares of Kansas City Southern in a report on Thursday, May 24th. They set a “buy” rating and a $130.00 target price for the company. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, nine have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Kansas City Southern has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $118.64.

In other Kansas City Southern news, CFO Michael W. Upchurch sold 2,074 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $110.15, for a total value of $228,451.10. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 15,590 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,717,238.50. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, VP Suzanne M. Grafton sold 300 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $107.97, for a total transaction of $32,391.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 10,955 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,182,811.35. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.70% of the company’s stock.

Kansas City Southern Company Profile

Kansas City Southern, through its subsidiaries, provides domestic and international rail transportation services in North America. It serves a ten-state region in the midwest and southeast regions of the United States and has the shortest north/south rail route between Kansas City, Missouri, and ports along the Gulf of Mexico in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)

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