Analysts Expect Kansas City Southern (KSU) Will Announce Earnings of $1.59 Per Share

Equities analysts predict that Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) will report earnings of $1.59 per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Six analysts have issued estimates for Kansas City Southern’s earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $1.64 and the lowest estimate coming in at $1.46. Kansas City Southern reported earnings per share of $1.38 during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year-over-year growth rate of 15.2%. The company is scheduled to report its next earnings results on Friday, January 18th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Kansas City Southern will report full year earnings of $5.99 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $5.87 to $6.05. For the next year, analysts expect that the company will post earnings of $6.90 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $6.53 to $7.10. Zacks’ earnings per share averages are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side analysts that that provide coverage for Kansas City Southern.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Friday, October 19th. The transportation company reported $1.57 EPS for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.57. Kansas City Southern had a return on equity of 11.98% and a net margin of 37.98%. The business had revenue of $699.00 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $708.19 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.35 earnings per share. Kansas City Southern’s quarterly revenue was up 6.5% on a year-over-year basis.

A number of equities analysts recently commented on KSU shares. Zacks Investment Research cut Kansas City Southern from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, September 24th. Cowen upgraded shares of Kansas City Southern from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and raised their price objective for the stock from $124.00 to $138.00 in a research report on Wednesday, August 29th. Deutsche Bank raised their price objective on shares of Kansas City Southern from $119.00 to $120.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 27th. Bank of America cut their price objective on shares of Kansas City Southern from $134.00 to $130.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, October 1st. Finally, Raymond James raised their price objective on shares of Kansas City Southern from $128.00 to $133.00 and gave the stock a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Friday, August 31st. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eight have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Kansas City Southern has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $126.64.

In related news, Director Henry J. Maier acquired 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, October 26th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $102.68 per share, for a total transaction of $102,680.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 7,122 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $731,286.96. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Company insiders own 0.70% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. ING Groep NV raised its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 4.3% in the second quarter. ING Groep NV now owns 10,987 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $1,164,000 after buying an additional 458 shares in the last quarter. Wedbush Securities Inc. raised its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 20.4% in the second quarter. Wedbush Securities Inc. now owns 2,955 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $313,000 after buying an additional 500 shares in the last quarter. Stanley Laman Group Ltd. raised its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 1.0% in the second quarter. Stanley Laman Group Ltd. now owns 54,092 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $5,732,000 after buying an additional 548 shares in the last quarter. WESPAC Advisors SoCal LLC raised its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 8.0% in the third quarter. WESPAC Advisors SoCal LLC now owns 7,425 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $841,000 after buying an additional 550 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Point72 Hong Kong Ltd raised its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 63.5% in the second quarter. Point72 Hong Kong Ltd now owns 1,439 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $152,000 after buying an additional 559 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 87.26% of the company’s stock.

Kansas City Southern stock opened at $98.22 on Wednesday. Kansas City Southern has a 52 week low of $95.54 and a 52 week high of $120.34. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.53, a current ratio of 1.32 and a quick ratio of 0.99. The stock has a market cap of $10.21 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.33, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.29 and a beta of 0.83.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 16th. Shareholders of record on Monday, December 31st will be given a dividend of $0.36 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 28th. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.47%. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 27.43%.

About Kansas City Southern

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.

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