Lingohr & Partner Asset Management GmbH lessened its stake in Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) by 2.5% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 27,400 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 700 shares during the quarter. Lingohr & Partner Asset Management GmbH’s holdings in Unum Group were worth $912,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other large investors also recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Unum Group by 0.5% in the first quarter. Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. now owns 56,653 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,917,000 after purchasing an additional 290 shares during the last quarter. CWM LLC increased its holdings in shares of Unum Group by 68.3% in the first quarter. CWM LLC now owns 737 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $25,000 after purchasing an additional 299 shares during the last quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. increased its holdings in shares of Unum Group by 13.8% in the fourth quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 2,642 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $78,000 after purchasing an additional 321 shares during the last quarter. Stanley Laman Group Ltd. increased its holdings in shares of Unum Group by 2.4% in the fourth quarter. Stanley Laman Group Ltd. now owns 14,983 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $440,000 after purchasing an additional 347 shares during the last quarter. Finally, First Republic Investment Management Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Unum Group by 2.1% in the first quarter. First Republic Investment Management Inc. now owns 17,318 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $586,000 after purchasing an additional 364 shares during the last quarter. 90.67% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

UNM stock opened at $33.28 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.17, a current ratio of 0.17 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.33. The firm has a market cap of $7.48 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 6.40, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.72 and a beta of 1.48. Unum Group has a 52-week low of $26.76 and a 52-week high of $41.28.

Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, April 30th. The financial services provider reported $1.31 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $1.31. The company had revenue of $2.99 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.99 billion. Unum Group had a return on equity of 12.91% and a net margin of 4.54%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 3.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.24 earnings per share. As a group, equities research analysts anticipate that Unum Group will post 5.45 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, May 17th. Shareholders of record on Monday, April 29th were paid a dividend of $0.26 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, April 26th. This represents a $1.04 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.13%. Unum Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 20.00%.

Several research firms have issued reports on UNM. TheStreet raised Unum Group from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a research note on Friday, March 8th. Zacks Investment Research cut Unum Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, April 12th. Finally, ValuEngine raised Unum Group from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, May 3rd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Unum Group presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $48.40.

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About Unum Group

Unum Group, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial protection benefit solutions in the United States, the United Kingdom, and internationally. It operates through Unum US, Unum UK, Colonial Life, and Closed Block segments. The company offers group long-term and short-term disability, group life, and accidental death and dismemberment products; supplemental and voluntary products, such as individual disability, voluntary benefits, and dental and vision products; and accident, sickness, disability, life, and cancer and critical illness products.

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