Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) Expected to Post Earnings of $1.74 Per Share

Wall Street analysts expect that Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) will announce earnings per share (EPS) of $1.74 for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Two analysts have provided estimates for Kansas City Southern’s earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $1.67 and the highest is $1.78. Kansas City Southern reported earnings per share of $1.54 during the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year-over-year growth rate of 13%. The business is expected to report its next quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, April 15th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Kansas City Southern will report full-year earnings of $8.03 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $7.90 to $8.15. For the next fiscal year, analysts forecast that the company will report earnings of $9.14 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $8.95 to $9.30. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS averages are an average based on a survey of research firms that cover Kansas City Southern.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, January 17th. The transportation company reported $1.82 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.83 by ($0.01). The firm had revenue of $729.50 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $730.99 million. Kansas City Southern had a return on equity of 13.69% and a net margin of 18.80%. The firm’s revenue was up 5.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.56 EPS.

Several research analysts have issued reports on the company. Citigroup raised their target price on Kansas City Southern from $144.00 to $160.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, October 18th. Goldman Sachs Group assumed coverage on Kansas City Southern in a report on Thursday, December 5th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $156.00 target price on the stock. Loop Capital restated a “buy” rating and issued a $182.00 target price on shares of Kansas City Southern in a report on Tuesday, January 21st. BMO Capital Markets lowered Kansas City Southern from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $175.00 target price on the stock. in a report on Thursday, February 6th. Finally, Barclays raised their target price on Kansas City Southern from $140.00 to $152.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Thursday, December 5th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating, eight have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. Kansas City Southern currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $162.71.

Shares of NYSE:KSU opened at $173.64 on Wednesday. The business’s 50 day simple moving average is $163.87 and its two-hundred day simple moving average is $144.23. The firm has a market cap of $16.70 billion, a P/E ratio of 32.10, a PEG ratio of 1.44 and a beta of 0.93. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.68, a quick ratio of 1.18 and a current ratio of 1.48. Kansas City Southern has a 52-week low of $105.63 and a 52-week high of $175.10.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 8th. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 9th will be issued a $0.40 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, March 6th. This represents a $1.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.92%. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio is presently 23.19%.

In related news, insider Delano Jose Guillermo Zozaya sold 13,700 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, January 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $164.24, for a total transaction of $2,250,088.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 58,483 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $9,605,247.92. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director Antonio O. Garza sold 3,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $152.96, for a total value of $458,880.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 3,515 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $537,654.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 38,478 shares of company stock valued at $6,091,273 over the last ninety days. 0.82% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Sugarloaf Wealth Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Kansas City Southern during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $28,000. Point72 Hong Kong Ltd purchased a new stake in shares of Kansas City Southern during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $31,000. Horan Capital Advisors LLC. purchased a new stake in shares of Kansas City Southern during the third quarter valued at approximately $28,000. Liberty Wealth Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Kansas City Southern during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $38,000. Finally, Resources Management Corp CT ADV purchased a new stake in shares of Kansas City Southern during the third quarter valued at approximately $35,000. 91.39% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Kansas City Southern Company Profile

Kansas City Southern, a transportation holding company, provides domestic and international rail transportation services in North America. The company 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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