Henry J. Maier Buys 1,000 Shares of Kansas City Southern (KSU) Stock

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) Director Henry J. Maier purchased 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 12th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $104.35 per share, with a total value of $104,350.00. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 5,159 shares in the company, valued at approximately $538,341.65. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE KSU) opened at $107.17 on Friday. Kansas City Southern has a fifty-two week low of $81.54 and a fifty-two week high of $114.85. The company has a market cap of $11,128.76, a PE ratio of 20.65, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.33 and a beta of 0.83. The company has a current ratio of 0.70, a quick ratio of 0.54 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, January 19th. The transportation company reported $1.38 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.36 by $0.02. Kansas City Southern had a net margin of 37.24% and a return on equity of 12.07%. The firm had revenue of $660.40 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $658.33 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.21 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.3% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts anticipate that Kansas City Southern will post 6.24 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 4th. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 12th will be issued a $0.36 dividend. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.34%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, March 9th. Kansas City Southern’s payout ratio is 15.64%.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Assenagon Asset Management S.A. purchased a new stake in shares of Kansas City Southern in the third quarter worth about $1,750,000. QS Investors LLC lifted 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 in the last quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. purchased a new stake in shares of Kansas City Southern in the third quarter worth about $7,558,000. Fox Run Management L.L.C. purchased a new stake in shares of Kansas City Southern in the third quarter worth about $826,000. Finally, Janus Henderson Group PLC lifted its holdings in shares of Kansas City Southern by 64.7% in the third quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 452,260 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $49,151,000 after buying an additional 177,706 shares in the last quarter. 83.75% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

KSU has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Kansas City Southern from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $124.00 target price for the company in a research note on Tuesday, December 12th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $109.00 target price on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research note on Friday, November 24th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group initiated coverage on shares of Kansas City Southern in a report on Monday, November 13th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $109.00 price target on the stock. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Kansas City Southern currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $115.47.

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About Kansas City Southern

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.

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