Kansas City Southern (KSU) Receives Average Rating of “Buy” from Analysts

Shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) have been given an average recommendation of “Buy” by the seventeen brokerages that are covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation, ten have assigned a buy recommendation and one has assigned a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $115.47.

A number of equities analysts recently commented on KSU shares. Goldman Sachs Group started coverage on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research note on Monday, November 13th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $109.00 target price for the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Kansas City Southern from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $124.00 target price for the company in a research note on Tuesday, December 12th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $109.00 target price on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research note on Friday, November 24th.

In related news, CMO Brian D. Hancock sold 2,325 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, January 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $113.00, for a total value of $262,725.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief marketing officer now directly owns 19,455 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,198,415. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Henry J. Maier purchased 1,000 shares of Kansas City Southern stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 12th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $104.35 per share, with a total value of $104,350.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 5,159 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $538,341.65. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 0.95% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in KSU. Delpha Capital Management LLC purchased a new stake in Kansas City Southern in the fourth quarter valued at $102,000. Cerebellum GP LLC purchased a new stake in Kansas City Southern in the fourth quarter valued at $116,000. QS Investors LLC lifted its position in Kansas City Southern by 0.5% in the second quarter. QS Investors LLC now owns 1,320 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $138,000 after acquiring an additional 7 shares during the last quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC lifted its position in Kansas City Southern by 182.8% in the fourth quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 1,414 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $149,000 after acquiring an additional 914 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Steward Partners Investment Advisory LLC purchased a new stake in Kansas City Southern in the third quarter valued at $160,000. 83.75% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Kansas City Southern (KSU) traded up $1.47 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $108.82. 494,073 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,449,649. The firm has a market capitalization of $11,060.00, a P/E ratio of 21.01, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.34 and a beta of 0.83. The company has a current ratio of 0.70, a quick ratio of 0.54 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46. Kansas City Southern has a fifty-two week low of $81.54 and a fifty-two week high of $114.85.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Friday, January 19th. The transportation company reported $1.38 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.36 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $660.40 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $658.33 million. Kansas City Southern had a net margin of 37.24% and a return on equity of 12.07%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 10.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.21 earnings per share. research analysts expect that Kansas City Southern will post 6.24 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 4th. Investors of record on Monday, March 12th will be given a $0.36 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, March 9th. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.32%. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 27.59%.

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About Kansas City Southern

Kansas City Southern (KCS) is a holding company. The Company has domestic and international rail operations in North America that are focused on the north/south freight corridor connecting commercial and industrial markets in the central United States with industrial cities in Mexico. The Company’s subsidiaries include The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR) and Kansas City Southern de Mexico, SA de C.V.

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