Kemper Co. (NYSE:KMPR) Expected to Announce Earnings of $1.35 Per Share


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Equities research analysts forecast that Kemper Co. (NYSE:KMPR) will report $1.35 earnings per share for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Three analysts have provided estimates for Kemper’s earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $1.41 and the lowest is $1.28. Kemper posted earnings of $2.43 per share during the same quarter last year, which indicates a negative year-over-year growth rate of 44.4%. The firm is scheduled to report its next quarterly earnings results after the market closes on Thursday, May 6th.

On average, analysts expect that Kemper will report full-year earnings of $6.03 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $5.80 to $6.35. For the next year, analysts forecast that the firm will report earnings of $6.63 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $6.30 to $7.00. Zacks’ earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that cover Kemper.

Kemper (NYSE:KMPR) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Sunday, January 31st. The insurance provider reported $1.59 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.55 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $1.32 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.27 billion. Kemper had a return on equity of 10.59% and a net margin of 8.58%.

Several equities research analysts have commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Kemper from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 7th. Raymond James boosted 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.

Shares of KMPR traded down $1.00 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $82.05. The company had a trading volume of 152,105 shares, compared to its average volume of 261,260. The stock has a market cap of $5.37 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.55 and a beta of 0.83. The company has a current ratio of 0.29, a quick ratio of 0.29 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.27. The firm has a fifty day simple moving average of $80.93 and a 200-day simple moving average of $75.02. Kemper has a fifty-two week low of $54.41 and a fifty-two week high of $85.69.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, March 2nd. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, February 16th were paid a dividend of $0.31 per share. The ex-dividend date was Friday, February 12th. This represents a $1.24 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.51%. This is a positive change from Kemper’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.30. Kemper’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 19.78%.

In other news, EVP Mark A. Green sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, March 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $77.37, for a total transaction of $386,850.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director George N. Cochran acquired 500 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 12th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $76.00 per share, with a total value of $38,000.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 14,911 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,133,236. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders own 1.70% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Price T Rowe Associates Inc. MD raised its position in shares of Kemper by 8.4% during 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 period. Fuller & Thaler Asset Management Inc. increased its holdings 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 acquiring an additional 96,522 shares during the period. Bank of New York Mellon Corp grew its position in 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 increased its holdings in shares of Kemper by 4.4% during the fourth quarter. Ceredex Value Advisors LLC now owns 787,031 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $60,467,000 after purchasing an additional 33,370 shares during the period. Finally, Norges Bank acquired a new position in shares of Kemper during the 4th quarter valued at $55,137,000. 70.78% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Kemper Company Profile

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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