Capital Asset Advisory Services LLC bought a new stake in shares of Kemper Co. (NYSE:KMPR) during the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm bought 1,346 shares of the insurance provider’s stock, valued at approximately $103,000.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in the company. Price T Rowe Associates Inc. MD grew its stake in shares of Kemper by 8.4% in the 4th quarter. Price T Rowe Associates Inc. MD now owns 5,857,816 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $450,056,000 after purchasing an additional 453,444 shares during the last quarter. Fuller & Thaler Asset Management Inc. grew its stake in shares of Kemper by 7.0% in the 4th quarter. Fuller & Thaler Asset Management Inc. now owns 1,483,460 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $113,974,000 after purchasing an additional 96,522 shares during the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp grew its stake in shares of Kemper by 1.0% in the 4th quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 984,415 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $75,632,000 after purchasing an additional 9,458 shares during the last quarter. Ceredex Value Advisors LLC grew its stake in shares of Kemper by 4.4% in the 4th quarter. Ceredex Value Advisors LLC now owns 787,031 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $60,467,000 after purchasing an additional 33,370 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Schroder Investment Management Group grew its stake in shares of Kemper by 4.3% in the 4th quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 680,024 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $52,246,000 after purchasing an additional 28,161 shares during the last quarter. 70.78% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of KMPR opened at $80.83 on Thursday. Kemper Co. has a one year low of $54.41 and a one year high of $85.69. The company has a 50-day moving average of $79.08 and a two-hundred day moving average of $73.91. The stock has a market cap of $5.29 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.36 and a beta of 0.83. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.27, a current ratio of 0.29 and a quick ratio of 0.29.

Kemper (NYSE:KMPR) last announced its earnings results on Sunday, January 31st. The insurance provider reported $1.59 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.55 by $0.04. Kemper had a net margin of 8.58% and a return on equity of 10.59%. The company had revenue of $1.32 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.27 billion. Analysts anticipate that Kemper Co. will post 6.5 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, March 2nd. Investors of record on Tuesday, February 16th were issued a dividend of $0.31 per share. This is a boost from Kemper’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.30. This represents a $1.24 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.53%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, February 12th. Kemper’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 19.78%.

KMPR has been the topic of several recent research reports. Raymond James lifted their price objective on shares of Kemper from $85.00 to $95.00 and gave the stock a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 17th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Kemper from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday.

In related news, Director David P. Storch purchased 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 4th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $70.12 per share, for a total transaction of $140,240.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 22,603 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,584,922.36. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, EVP Mark A. Green sold 5,000 shares of Kemper stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $77.37, for a total transaction of $386,850.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 1.70% of the company’s stock.

About Kemper

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

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