Kemper Corp (NYSE:KMPR) – Investment analysts at William Blair increased their Q4 2018 EPS estimates for shares of Kemper in a research note issued on Thursday. William Blair analyst A. Klauber now expects that the insurance provider will post earnings of $0.95 per share for the quarter, up from their prior forecast of $0.79. William Blair currently has a “Outperform” rating on the stock. William Blair also issued estimates for Kemper’s Q1 2019 earnings at $0.64 EPS.
A number of other analysts have also weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Kemper from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $80.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Thursday, January 18th. ValuEngine lowered shares of Kemper from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, one has assigned a buy rating and four have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Strong Buy” and a consensus price target of $67.50.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, March 6th. Investors of record on Tuesday, February 20th will be given a dividend of $0.24 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, February 16th. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.68%. Kemper’s dividend payout ratio is presently 41.20%.
Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. BlackRock Inc. grew its position in shares of Kemper by 2.8% in the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 4,746,247 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $327,015,000 after purchasing an additional 128,035 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its position in shares of Kemper by 4.3% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 3,609,922 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $139,342,000 after purchasing an additional 150,227 shares during the period. State Street Corp grew its position in shares of Kemper by 3.5% in the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 1,448,146 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $55,897,000 after purchasing an additional 49,571 shares during the period. Victory Capital Management Inc. grew its position in shares of Kemper by 17.1% in the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 485,087 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $33,422,000 after purchasing an additional 70,992 shares during the period. Finally, Hennessy Advisors Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Kemper in the fourth quarter valued at about $32,245,000. Institutional investors own 58.13% of the company’s stock.
Kemper Company Profile
Kemper Corporation (Kemper) is a diversified insurance holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides automobile, homeowners, life, health and other insurance products to individuals and businesses. The Company operates through two segments: Property & Casualty Insurance, and Life & Health Insurance.
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