Brokerages forecast that Kemper Corp (NYSE:KMPR) will post $1.49 earnings per share (EPS) for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks. Three analysts have issued estimates for Kemper’s earnings, with estimates ranging from $1.46 to $1.51. Kemper reported earnings of $2.01 per share during the same quarter last year, which would indicate a negative year-over-year growth rate of 25.9%. The business is scheduled to issue its next quarterly earnings results on Monday, November 2nd.

On average, analysts expect that Kemper will report full year earnings of $6.59 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $6.55 to $6.62. For the next year, analysts expect that the company will report earnings of $5.98 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $5.80 to $6.10. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS averages are an average based on a survey of research firms that follow Kemper.

Kemper (NYSE:KMPR) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, August 3rd. The insurance provider reported $1.20 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.03 by $0.17. The business had revenue of $1.23 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.17 billion. Kemper had a net margin of 8.90% and a return on equity of 12.03%. Kemper’s revenue was down 3.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.38 EPS.

A number of research firms recently commented on KMPR. Zacks Investment Research raised Kemper from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 6th. Raymond James upped their target price on shares of Kemper from $80.00 to $95.00 and gave the stock a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 6th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating, two have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Kemper has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $82.00.

In other news, EVP John Michael Boschelli sold 12,580 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $82.43, for a total transaction of $1,036,969.40. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 25,053 shares in the company, valued at $2,065,118.79. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, EVP Mark A. Green sold 8,825 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.93, for a total transaction of $740,682.25. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 5,820 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $488,472.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 1.70% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Private Advisor Group LLC purchased a new stake in Kemper in the second quarter worth approximately $31,000. Advisor Group Holdings Inc. bought a new position in shares of Kemper during the 1st quarter valued at $148,000. Bailard Inc. purchased a new position in Kemper in the 2nd quarter worth $203,000. Avantax Advisory Services Inc. purchased a new position in Kemper in the 2nd quarter worth $209,000. Finally, Commerce Bank bought a new stake in Kemper in the first quarter worth $218,000. 71.29% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

KMPR stock opened at $69.29 on Wednesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $4.53 billion, a PE ratio of 10.47 and a beta of 0.61. The company has a quick ratio of 0.23, a current ratio of 0.23 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.19. Kemper has a twelve month low of $53.81 and a twelve month high of $85.69. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $78.42 and its 200-day moving average is $71.51.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, August 31st. Stockholders of record on Monday, August 17th were paid a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, August 14th. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.73%. Kemper’s payout ratio is 19.14%.

About Kemper

Kemper Corporation, a diversified insurance holding company, provides property and casualty, and life and health insurance to individuals and businesses in the United States. It operates through three segments: Preferred Property & Casualty Insurance, Specialty Property & Casualty Insurance, and Life and Health Insurance.

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