FBL Financial Group (NYSE:FFG) has been assigned an average broker rating score of 3.00 (Hold) from the one brokers that cover the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold recommendation.

Zacks has also given FBL Financial Group an industry rank of 16 out of 256 based on the ratings given to related companies.

FFG has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. TheStreet downgraded shares of FBL Financial Group from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Friday, February 8th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of FBL Financial Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 1st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of FBL Financial Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, May 17th.

Shares of NYSE FFG traded up $0.29 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $65.24. 250 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 17,497. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.08, a quick ratio of 0.03 and a current ratio of 0.03. FBL Financial Group has a one year low of $59.61 and a one year high of $85.70. The company has a market cap of $1.60 billion, a PE ratio of 15.13 and a beta of 0.74.

FBL Financial Group (NYSE:FFG) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.04 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.15 by ($0.11). FBL Financial Group had a net margin of 14.03% and a return on equity of 9.00%. The business had revenue of $203.56 million for the quarter. On average, analysts forecast that FBL Financial Group will post 4.8 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 28th. Shareholders of record on Friday, June 14th will be paid a $0.48 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, June 13th. This represents a $1.92 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.94%. FBL Financial Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 44.04%.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Quantamental Technologies LLC purchased a new position in shares of FBL Financial Group in the fourth quarter worth $26,000. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can raised its holdings in shares of FBL Financial Group by 68.2% in the first quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 1,862 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $116,000 after buying an additional 755 shares during the last quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of FBL Financial Group in the first quarter worth $129,000. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA raised its holdings in shares of FBL Financial Group by 172.9% in the first quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 2,290 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $144,000 after buying an additional 1,451 shares during the last quarter. Finally, SG Americas Securities LLC purchased a new position in shares of FBL Financial Group in the first quarter worth $155,000. 29.34% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About FBL Financial Group

FBL Financial Group, Inc, through its subsidiaries, sells individual life insurance and annuity products. The Annuity segment sells various traditional annuity products that primarily consist of fixed rate and indexed annuities, and supplementary contracts. The Life Insurance segment offers whole life, term life, and universal life policies.

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