Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday. The transportation company reported $1.54 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.44 by $0.10, MarketWatch Earnings reports. Kansas City Southern had a return on equity of 12.11% and a net margin of 23.12%. The business had revenue of $674.80 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $669.08 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.30 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 5.7% on a year-over-year basis.

NYSE:KSU opened at $122.81 on Thursday. The company has a current ratio of 1.42, a quick ratio of 1.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52. The stock has a market capitalization of $11.83 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.57, a PEG ratio of 1.34 and a beta of 0.89. Kansas City Southern has a 12 month low of $90.55 and a 12 month high of $123.89.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, April 3rd. Investors of record on Monday, March 11th were given a $0.36 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Friday, March 8th. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.17%. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio is currently 24.12%.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of KSU. FMR LLC lifted its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 275.4% in the third quarter. FMR LLC now owns 399,447 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $45,250,000 after buying an additional 293,045 shares in the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 47.6% in the third quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 248,926 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $28,198,000 after buying an additional 80,251 shares in the last quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company lifted its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 1.5% in the third quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 111,793 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $12,665,000 after buying an additional 1,626 shares in the last quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. lifted its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 62.3% in the third quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. now owns 13,732 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $1,556,000 after buying an additional 5,271 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Pacer Advisors Inc. lifted its position in shares of Kansas City Southern by 13.1% in the third quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 5,369 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $608,000 after buying an additional 622 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 89.11% of the company’s stock.

KSU has been the topic of several research analyst reports. Credit Suisse Group lowered their price objective on Kansas City Southern from $126.00 to $116.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, January 7th. Loop Capital lowered their price objective on Kansas City Southern from $136.00 to $132.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, January 16th. Stifel Nicolaus boosted their price objective on Kansas City Southern from $120.00 to $128.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 22nd. Atlantic Securities initiated coverage on Kansas City Southern in a research report on Tuesday, January 8th. They issued an “overweight” rating and a $98.03 price objective on the stock. Finally, Deutsche Bank set a $121.00 price objective on Kansas City Southern and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 22nd. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $125.16.

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About Kansas City Southern

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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