Brown Advisory Inc. Sells 914 Shares of Kansas City Southern (KSU)

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Brown Advisory Inc. trimmed its stake in shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) by 5.7% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 15,111 shares of the transportation company’s stock after selling 914 shares during the quarter. Brown Advisory Inc.’s holdings in Kansas City Southern were worth $1,443,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in KSU. Packer & Co Ltd boosted its holdings in Kansas City Southern by 313.8% during the fourth quarter. Packer & Co Ltd now owns 1,239,800 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $31,144,000 after purchasing an additional 940,200 shares in the last quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA raised its stake in shares of Kansas City Southern by 9.3% in the fourth quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 10,418,608 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $994,456,000 after acquiring an additional 882,425 shares during the last quarter. FMR LLC raised its stake 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 valued at $45,250,000 after acquiring an additional 293,045 shares during the last quarter. Scharf Investments LLC raised its stake in shares of Kansas City Southern by 33.9% in the fourth quarter. Scharf Investments LLC now owns 1,113,034 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $106,239,000 after acquiring an additional 281,930 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Morgan Stanley raised 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 valued at $113,252,000 after acquiring an additional 257,695 shares during the last quarter. 87.70% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

KSU stock opened at $116.51 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52, a current ratio of 1.42 and a quick ratio of 1.06. Kansas City Southern has a fifty-two week low of $90.55 and a fifty-two week high of $120.34. The company has a market capitalization of $11.62 billion, a P/E ratio of 19.52, a P/E/G ratio of 1.30 and a beta of 0.88.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Friday, January 18th. The transportation company reported $1.56 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $1.56. Kansas City Southern had a net margin of 23.12% and a return on equity of 12.11%. The firm had revenue of $694.00 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $687.56 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.38 EPS. Kansas City Southern’s revenue was up 5.1% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, sell-side analysts forecast that Kansas City Southern will post 6.79 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 3rd. Investors of record on Monday, March 11th will be given a $0.36 dividend. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.24%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, March 8th. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 24.12%.

KSU has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Loop Capital set a $132.00 target price on shares of Kansas City Southern and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 22nd. Deutsche Bank reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research note on Wednesday, February 20th. Stifel Nicolaus lifted their target price on shares of Kansas City Southern from $120.00 to $128.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 22nd. Credit Suisse Group reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $129.00 target price (up previously from $116.00) on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research note on Sunday, January 20th. Finally, Bank of America reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $127.00 target price (up previously from $122.00) on shares of Kansas City Southern in a research note on Wednesday. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $123.67.

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Kansas City Southern Company 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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