Brokerages Anticipate Kemper Corp (KMPR) to Post $0.67 EPS

Analysts expect that Kemper Corp (NYSE:KMPR) will announce $0.67 earnings per share (EPS) for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two analysts have made estimates for Kemper’s earnings, with the lowest EPS estimate coming in at $0.56 and the highest estimate coming in at $0.80. Kemper reported earnings per share of ($0.08) in the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year-over-year growth rate of 937.5%. The company is scheduled to report its next earnings report on Thursday, May 3rd.

On average, analysts expect that Kemper will report full year earnings of $3.72 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.45 to $3.97. For the next financial year, analysts anticipate that the company will post earnings of $4.26 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.01 to $4.50. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS averages are an average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that follow Kemper.

Kemper (NYSE:KMPR) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 13th. The insurance provider reported $0.45 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.23 by $0.22. The company had revenue of $697.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $722.15 million. Kemper had a return on equity of 4.14% and a net margin of 4.44%.

Several research analysts have commented on KMPR shares. Zacks Investment Research raised Kemper from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $80.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Thursday, January 18th. ValuEngine lowered Kemper from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Finally, William Blair raised Kemper from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, February 15th. 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 stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Strong Buy” and a consensus price target of $67.50.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in KMPR. Aperio Group LLC increased its holdings in shares of Kemper by 20.3% in the third quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 10,477 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $555,000 after purchasing an additional 1,769 shares during the period. Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. acquired a new position in Kemper during the third quarter worth $459,000. State of Tennessee Treasury Department acquired a new position in Kemper during the third quarter worth $5,300,000. American Century Companies Inc. acquired a new position in Kemper during the third quarter worth $562,000. Finally, Principal Financial Group Inc. grew its holdings in Kemper by 3.0% during the third quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 205,102 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $10,871,000 after acquiring an additional 5,916 shares during the period. 58.47% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Kemper (KMPR) traded up $0.15 on Thursday, reaching $56.80. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 767,235 shares, compared to its average volume of 363,118. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,923.10, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.38 and a beta of 1.10. Kemper has a 52 week low of $36.35 and a 52 week high of $71.52. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.28, a quick ratio of 0.15 and a current ratio of 0.15.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, March 6th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, February 20th were issued a $0.24 dividend. This represents a $0.96 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.69%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, February 16th. Kemper’s payout ratio is currently 41.20%.

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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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