William Blair Weighs in on Kemper Corp’s Q4 2018 Earnings (KMPR)

Kemper Corp (NYSE:KMPR) – William Blair upped their Q4 2018 earnings per share estimates for shares of Kemper in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday. William Blair analyst A. Klauber now forecasts that the insurance provider will post earnings per share of $0.95 for the quarter, up from their previous estimate 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.

Other equities research analysts have also issued reports about the stock. ValuEngine lowered shares of Kemper from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Kemper from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, one has given a buy rating and four have given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Strong Buy” and an average price target of $67.50.

Shares of Kemper (NYSE KMPR) opened at $58.85 on Monday. Kemper has a 1-year low of $36.35 and a 1-year high of $71.52. The company has a current ratio of 0.15, a quick ratio of 0.15 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.28. The company has a market cap of $3,028.61, a price-to-earnings ratio of 36.10 and a beta of 1.00.

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 issued a dividend of $0.24 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, February 16th. This represents a $0.96 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.63%. Kemper’s dividend payout ratio is currently 41.20%.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. raised its holdings in Kemper by 0.3% during the 2nd quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 31,242 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $1,206,000 after buying an additional 80 shares during the last quarter. Meeder Asset Management Inc. raised its holdings in Kemper by 4.8% during the 4th quarter. Meeder Asset Management Inc. now owns 18,259 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $1,258,000 after buying an additional 843 shares during the last quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC raised its holdings in Kemper by 1.3% during the 4th quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 71,535 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $4,929,000 after buying an additional 942 shares during the last quarter. LS Investment Advisors LLC raised its holdings in Kemper by 24.9% during the 4th quarter. LS Investment Advisors LLC now owns 4,791 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $330,000 after buying an additional 955 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Profund Advisors LLC raised its holdings in Kemper by 20.7% during the 4th quarter. Profund Advisors LLC now owns 7,519 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $518,000 after buying an additional 1,291 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 58.13% of the company’s stock.

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About Kemper

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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