Vident Investment Advisory LLC purchased a new position in shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) in the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund purchased 4,245 shares of the transportation company’s stock, valued at approximately $461,000.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently modified their holdings of the business. Impala Asset Management LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Kansas City Southern by 4,730.9% in the 3rd quarter. Impala Asset Management LLC now owns 458,353 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $49,814,000 after buying an additional 448,865 shares during the period. Sustainable Growth Advisers LP lifted its holdings in shares of Kansas City Southern by 19.7% in the 2nd quarter. Sustainable Growth Advisers LP now owns 2,500,791 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $261,708,000 after buying an additional 412,275 shares during the period. Neuberger Berman Group LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Kansas City Southern by 57.8% in the 2nd quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC now owns 935,974 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $97,950,000 after buying an additional 342,800 shares during the period. Ardevora Asset Management LLP acquired a new position in shares of Kansas City Southern in the 3rd quarter valued at about $35,593,000. Finally, Koch Industries Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Kansas City Southern in the 2nd quarter valued at about $306,000. 83.62% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

In related news, SVP Mary K. Stadler sold 1,973 shares of Kansas City Southern stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, October 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $103.91, for a total value of $205,014.43. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 6,102 shares in the company, valued at approximately $634,058.82. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, COO Jeffrey M. Songer sold 3,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $111.80, for a total value of $335,400.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.95% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) opened at $110.96 on Monday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.53, a current ratio of 0.69 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.51. Kansas City Southern has a 52 week low of $79.05 and a 52 week high of $114.85. The firm has a market capitalization of $11,489.13, a PE ratio of 22.33, a P/E/G ratio of 1.64 and a beta of 0.86.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, October 20th. The transportation company reported $1.35 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.32 by $0.03. Kansas City Southern had a return on equity of 11.86% and a net margin of 21.42%. The firm had revenue of $653.00 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $651.95 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $1.12 EPS. Kansas City Southern’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.0% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts forecast that Kansas City Southern will post 5.22 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 17th. Investors of record on Friday, December 29th will be paid a $0.36 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 28th. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.30%. Kansas City Southern’s dividend payout ratio is presently 28.29%.

KSU has been the subject of several analyst reports. Bank of America boosted their price objective on Kansas City Southern from $112.00 to $113.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday, August 21st. Zacks Investment Research cut Kansas City Southern from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 22nd. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $105.00 price objective on shares of Kansas City Southern in a report on Friday, August 25th. Cowen reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Kansas City Southern in a report on Friday, August 25th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $118.00 price objective on shares of Kansas City Southern in a report on Thursday, September 21st. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eleven have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $113.18.

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Kansas City Southern Profile

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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)

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