Wall Street analysts expect that Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) will report sales of $700.29 million for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Six analysts have provided estimates for Kansas City Southern’s earnings, with estimates ranging from $678.00 million to $710.26 million. Kansas City Southern posted sales of $660.40 million in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year-over-year growth rate of 6%. The business is scheduled to announce its next quarterly earnings results on Friday, January 18th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Kansas City Southern will report full-year sales of $2.72 billion for the current fiscal year, with estimates ranging from $2.70 billion to $2.73 billion. For the next fiscal year, analysts expect that the company will report sales of $2.92 billion, with estimates ranging from $2.86 billion to $2.96 billion. Zacks Investment Research’s sales calculations are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that that provide coverage for Kansas City Southern.

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

A number of equities analysts have issued reports on the company. BMO Capital Markets decreased their price objective on Kansas City Southern from $128.00 to $127.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Monday, October 22nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Kansas City Southern from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday. Deutsche Bank upgraded Kansas City Southern from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $120.00 price objective for the company in a report on Monday, October 15th. ValuEngine upgraded Kansas City Southern from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, November 26th. Finally, Citigroup decreased their price objective on Kansas City Southern from $123.00 to $120.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Friday, November 2nd. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eight have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $126.64.

In related news, Director Henry J. Maier bought 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, October 26th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $102.68 per share, with a total value of $102,680.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now owns 7,122 shares in the company, valued at approximately $731,286.96. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Corporate 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. BlackRock Inc. grew its stake in shares of Kansas City Southern by 0.6% in the third quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 6,879,928 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $779,358,000 after acquiring an additional 40,533 shares during the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN grew its stake in shares of Kansas City Southern by 0.6% in the third quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 2,671,229 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $302,597,000 after acquiring an additional 16,639 shares during the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp grew its stake in shares of Kansas City Southern by 1.9% in the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 1,207,585 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $127,955,000 after acquiring an additional 22,528 shares during the last quarter. Bank of America Corp DE grew its stake in shares of Kansas City Southern by 32.3% in the second quarter. Bank of America Corp DE now owns 1,186,541 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $125,724,000 after acquiring an additional 289,457 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Morgan Stanley grew its stake in shares of Kansas City Southern by 34.7% in the third quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 999,755 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $113,252,000 after acquiring an additional 257,695 shares during the last quarter. 87.26% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

KSU opened at $100.36 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.99, a current ratio of 1.32 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.53. The firm has a market capitalization of $10.25 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.12, a PEG ratio of 1.29 and a beta of 0.83. Kansas City Southern has a 12-month low of $95.54 and a 12-month high of $120.34.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 16th. Stockholders of record on Monday, December 31st will be paid a $0.36 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, December 28th. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.43%. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio is currently 27.43%.

Kansas City Southern Company Profile

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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