Pillar Pacific Capital Management LLC Sells 640 Shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)

Pillar Pacific Capital Management LLC trimmed its holdings in shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) by 1.4% during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 44,144 shares of the transportation company’s stock after selling 640 shares during the quarter. Pillar Pacific Capital Management LLC’s holdings in Kansas City Southern were worth $9,010,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

A number of other large investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. WBH Advisory Inc. increased its stake in shares of Kansas City Southern by 3.9% in the 4th quarter. WBH Advisory Inc. now owns 1,370 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $295,000 after acquiring an additional 51 shares in the last quarter. Greenleaf Trust increased its stake in Kansas City Southern by 4.8% during the 4th quarter. Greenleaf Trust now owns 1,217 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $248,000 after purchasing an additional 56 shares in the last quarter. O Shaughnessy Asset Management LLC increased its stake in Kansas City Southern by 27.2% during the 3rd quarter. O Shaughnessy Asset Management LLC now owns 285 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $52,000 after purchasing an additional 61 shares in the last quarter. Sumitomo Mitsui DS Asset Management Company Ltd increased its stake in Kansas City Southern by 1.1% during the 3rd quarter. Sumitomo Mitsui DS Asset Management Company Ltd now owns 6,135 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $1,109,000 after purchasing an additional 69 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Loring Wolcott & Coolidge Fiduciary Advisors LLP MA increased its stake in Kansas City Southern by 1.9% during the 4th quarter. Loring Wolcott & Coolidge Fiduciary Advisors LLP MA now owns 3,669 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $749,000 after purchasing an additional 69 shares in the last quarter. 85.89% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of Kansas City Southern stock traded down $2.28 on Tuesday, reaching $211.42. The stock had a trading volume of 3,833 shares, compared to its average volume of 762,356. Kansas City Southern has a 1 year low of $92.86 and a 1 year high of $223.59. The company has a market cap of $19.21 billion, a P/E ratio of 35.32, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.69 and a beta of 0.98. The company has a current ratio of 2.29, a quick ratio of 2.02 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79. The business’s 50 day moving average is $210.69 and its two-hundred day moving average is $192.95.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 21st. The transportation company reported $1.89 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.92 by ($0.03). Kansas City Southern had a return on equity of 13.91% and a net margin of 21.68%. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $1.82 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Kansas City Southern will post 7.01 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 7th. Investors of record on Monday, March 8th will be given a $0.54 dividend. This represents a $2.16 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.02%. This is a boost from Kansas City Southern’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.44. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, March 5th. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio is 25.51%.

A number of brokerages have commented on KSU. Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft boosted their price target on shares of Kansas City Southern from $197.00 to $212.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 28th. Credit Suisse Group upped their target price on shares of Kansas City Southern from $237.00 to $246.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, January 25th. Raymond James upped their target price on shares of Kansas City Southern from $245.00 to $255.00 and gave the stock a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Monday, January 25th. Morgan Stanley upped their target price on shares of Kansas City Southern from $142.00 to $200.00 and gave the stock a “positive” rating in a research note on Monday, January 25th. Finally, Cowen upped their target price on shares of Kansas City Southern from $203.00 to $246.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, January 25th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $204.55.

Kansas City Southern Profile

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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