Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday. The transportation company reported $1.38 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.36 by $0.02, Bloomberg Earnings reports. Kansas City Southern had a net margin of 21.42% and a return on equity of 11.86%. The firm had revenue of $660.40 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $658.33 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $1.21 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 10.3% compared to the same quarter last year.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) traded down $1.50 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $110.00. 2,260,195 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,270,656. Kansas City Southern has a 12 month low of $81.54 and a 12 month high of $114.85. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.51, a current ratio of 0.69 and a quick ratio of 0.53. The stock has a market capitalization of $11,389.73, a PE ratio of 11.94, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.40 and a beta of 0.87.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, January 17th. Investors of record on Friday, December 29th were given a dividend of $0.36 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 28th. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.31%. Kansas City Southern’s payout ratio is 15.64%.

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on KSU shares. Credit Suisse Group upped their price target on shares of Kansas City Southern from $122.00 to $124.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, October 23rd. Goldman Sachs Group started coverage on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research report on Monday, November 13th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $109.00 price target for the company. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Kansas City Southern from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 4th. Bank of America raised shares of Kansas City Southern from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their price target for the stock from $113.00 to $116.00 in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $109.00 price target on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research report on Friday, November 24th. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, nine have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $113.81.

In related news, COO Jeffrey M. Songer sold 3,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $111.80, for a total transaction of $335,400.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, SVP Mary K. Stadler sold 1,973 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, October 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $103.91, for a total transaction of $205,014.43. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 6,102 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $634,058.82. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.95% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. IHT Wealth Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of Kansas City Southern by 243.9% in the second quarter. IHT Wealth Management LLC now owns 141 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $675,000 after buying an additional 100 shares during the last quarter. Howe & Rusling Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Kansas City Southern in the third quarter worth $130,000. QS Investors LLC raised its holdings in shares of Kansas City Southern by 0.5% in the second quarter. QS Investors LLC now owns 1,320 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $138,000 after buying an additional 7 shares during the last quarter. Steward Partners Investment Advisory LLC purchased a new position in shares of Kansas City Southern in the third quarter worth $160,000. Finally, San Francisco Sentry Investment Group CA purchased a new position in shares of Kansas City Southern in the second quarter worth $160,000. 83.57% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Kansas City Southern Company Profile

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.

Earnings History for Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)

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