Analysts Expect Kansas City Southern (KSU) to Post $1.16 EPS

Wall Street brokerages forecast that Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) will report earnings of $1.16 per share for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Six analysts have provided estimates for Kansas City Southern’s earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $1.20 and the lowest estimate coming in at $1.11. Kansas City Southern reported earnings of $1.03 per share during the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year-over-year growth rate of 12.6%. The firm is scheduled to announce its next quarterly earnings report before the market opens on Friday, April 21st.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Kansas City Southern will report full-year earnings of $5.06 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.95 to $5.30. For the next year, analysts anticipate that the company will report earnings of $5.67 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $5.45 to $6.20. Zacks’ EPS averages are an average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that follow Kansas City Southern.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Friday, January 20th. The company reported $1.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.17 by $0.05. Kansas City Southern had a return on equity of 11.14% and a net margin of 20.48%. The business earned $599 million during the quarter. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.23 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up .1% compared to the same quarter last year.

A number of analysts have recently commented on KSU shares. Loop Capital reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $98.00 price objective on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research note on Wednesday, December 28th. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $98.00 price objective on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research note on Thursday, December 29th. Barclays PLC reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $100.00 price objective on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research note on Tuesday, January 10th. Buckingham Research started coverage on Kansas City Southern in a research note on Wednesday, January 18th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $103.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, Seaport Global Securities downgraded Kansas City Southern from an “accumulate” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $90.00 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Monday, January 23rd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have issued a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $99.22.

Shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) traded up 0.56% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $88.00. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,510,294 shares. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $86.74 and its 200-day moving average is $87.15. Kansas City Southern has a 52-week low of $79.05 and a 52-week high of $100.69. The company has a market capitalization of $9.38 billion, a PE ratio of 19.86 and a beta of 0.91.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, April 5th. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 13th were paid a dividend of $0.33 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, March 9th. This represents a $1.32 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.50%. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 29.80%.

In other news, insider Delano Jose Guillermo Zozaya sold 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $85.41, for a total transaction of $85,410.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 46,852 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,001,629.32. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 0.86% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Norges Bank acquired a new position in Kansas City Southern during the fourth quarter valued at $100,550,000. Russell Investments Group Ltd. acquired a new position in Kansas City Southern during the fourth quarter valued at $87,206,000. Highfields Capital Management LP boosted its position in Kansas City Southern by 44.6% in the fourth quarter. Highfields Capital Management LP now owns 1,620,000 shares of the company’s stock valued at $137,457,000 after buying an additional 500,000 shares in the last quarter. Janus Capital Management LLC boosted its position in Kansas City Southern by 193.9% in the fourth quarter. Janus Capital Management LLC now owns 675,549 shares of the company’s stock valued at $57,320,000 after buying an additional 445,706 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Ameriprise Financial Inc. boosted its position in Kansas City Southern by 40.9% in the third quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 1,298,826 shares of the company’s stock valued at $121,209,000 after buying an additional 377,292 shares in the last quarter. 90.48% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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About Kansas City Southern

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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