Kansas City Southern Company Profile (NYSE:KSU)

About Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)

Kansas City Southern logoKansas 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, S.A. de C.V. (KCSM). KCSR serves a 10-state region in the midwest and southeast regions of the United States and has the north/south rail route between Kansas City, Missouri and various ports along the Gulf of Mexico in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. KCSM operates a corridor of the Mexican railroad system. KCSM's rail lines provide rail access to the United States and Mexico border crossing at Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. KCSM also provides rail access to the Port of Lazaro Cardenas on the Pacific Ocean.

Industry, Sector and Symbol:
  • Sector: Transportation
  • Industry: Ground Freight & Logistics
  • Sub-Industry: Railroads
  • Symbol: NYSE:KSU
  • CUSIP: 48517030
  • Web: www.kcsouthern.com
  • Market Cap: $11.08924 billion
  • Outstanding Shares: 105,421,000
Average Prices:
  • 50 Day Moving Avg: $105.62
  • 200 Day Moving Avg: $99.98
  • 52 Week Range: $79.05 - $109.13
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: 21.17
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 18.20
  • P/E Growth: 1.58
Sales & Book Value:
  • Annual Revenue: $2.47 billion
  • Price / Sales: 4.49
  • Book Value: $39.73 per share
  • Price / Book: 2.65
  • Annual Dividend: $1.44
  • Dividend Yield: 1.4%
  • EBITDA: $1.18 billion
  • Net Margins: 21.52%
  • Return on Equity: 11.40%
  • Return on Assets: 5.68%
  • Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 0.50%
  • Current Ratio: 0.87%
  • Quick Ratio: 0.68%
  • Average Volume: 1.07 million shs.
  • Beta: 0.81
  • Short Ratio: 1.43

Frequently Asked Questions for Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)

What is Kansas City Southern's stock symbol?

Kansas City Southern trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "KSU."

How often does Kansas City Southern pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Kansas City Southern?

Kansas City Southern declared a quarterly dividend on Tuesday, August 15th. Investors of record on Monday, September 11th will be paid a dividend of $0.36 per share on Wednesday, October 4th. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.37%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, September 8th. This is an increase from Kansas City Southern's previous quarterly dividend of $0.33. View Kansas City Southern's Dividend History.

How will Kansas City Southern's stock buyback program work?

Kansas City Southern declared that its Board of Directors has approved a share repurchase program on Wednesday, August 16th 2017, which permits the company to repurchase $800,000,000.00 in shares, according to EventVestor. This repurchase authorization permits the company to reacquire up to 7.1% of its shares through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are typically a sign that the company's management believes its shares are undervalued.

How were Kansas City Southern's earnings last quarter?

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) released its earnings results on Friday, October, 20th. The company reported $1.35 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $1.32 by $0.03. The company earned $653 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $651.95 million. Kansas City Southern had a return on equity of 11.40% and a net margin of 21.52%. Kansas City Southern's revenue was up 8.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $1.12 earnings per share. View Kansas City Southern's Earnings History.

When will Kansas City Southern make its next earnings announcement?

Kansas City Southern is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Friday, January, 19th 2018. View Earnings Estimates for Kansas City Southern.

Where is Kansas City Southern's stock going? Where will Kansas City Southern's stock price be in 2017?

17 brokers have issued 12-month target prices for Kansas City Southern's shares. Their forecasts range from $86.00 to $130.00. On average, they anticipate Kansas City Southern's share price to reach $107.71 in the next year. View Analyst Ratings for Kansas City Southern.

What are analysts saying about Kansas City Southern stock?

Here are some recent quotes from research analysts about Kansas City Southern stock:

  • 1. According to Zacks Investment Research, "Kansas City Southern's shares comfortably outperformed the industry it belongs to in the last six months. The improving scenario with respect to coal is aiding Kansas City Southern significantly. We are also bullish on the company's efforts to reward shareholders dividend payments and buybacks. In line with this objective, the company recently hiked its quarterly dividend in excess of 9%. Moreover, its board cleared a new share repurchase program worth $800 million. Sluggish intermodal revenues and high fuel costs, however, remain concerns. Moreover, high fuel costs might limit bottom line growth going forward." (10/4/2017)
  • 2. UBS AG analysts commented, "On Wednesday morning, Mexico's Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE) released a preliminary report on the state of competition in the rail industry in Mexico. The findings of the report were broadly negative from a rail perspective, as the Commission reported a lack of competition between KSU and other railroads in Mexico. There are likely multiple steps in the review process, including a public comment period during which interested parties (rails, shippers, etc.) can respond to the Commission's findings. A final report on Mexico rail competition is expected later this year." (3/16/2017)
  • 3. Seaport Global Securities analysts commented, "We are downgrading KSU from Accumulate to Neutral. We think there's simply too much uncertainty around US/Mexican trade policy to get a good enough handle on what EPS will look like in 2019 and beyond. Related to that point, KSU's stock has been closely correlated to the peso, and we do not pretend to be an FX analyst. We readily acknowledge KSU's stock, at least on a P/E multiple basis, is as cheap as it's been in a long time. We also acknowledge that if President Trump's policies prove to be more bark than bite then we will likely be wrong by moving to the sidelines. With that said, we think it's nearly impossible to know what EPS will be over the long term given we don't know what a reworked NAFTA or border tax might look like. We also don't know the potential impact of Mexican energy reform on fuel costs post 2018. For these reasons, we move to the sidelines despite what looks like a tremendous growth opportunity from Mexican energy reform/new plastics facilities. As an alternative, we prefer Union Pacific (UNP) for incremental investment." (1/23/2017)

Who are some of Kansas City Southern's key competitors?

Who are Kansas City Southern's key executives?

Kansas City Southern's management team includes the folowing people:

  • Robert J. Druten, Independent Chairman of the Board
  • Patrick J. Ottensmeyer, President, Chief Executive Officer, Director
  • Michael W. Upchurch, Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President
  • Jose Guillermo Zozaya Delano, President and Executive Representative of Kansas City Southern de México, S.A. de C.V.
  • Jeffrey M. Songer, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President
  • Brian D. Hancock, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Warren K. Erdman, Executive Vice President - Administration and Corporate Affairs
  • Michael J. Naatz, Senior Vice President - Operations Support and Chief Information Officer
  • Lora S. Cheatum, Senior Vice President - Human Resources
  • Mary K. Stadler, Senior Vice President

Who owns Kansas City Southern stock?

Kansas City Southern's stock is owned by a number of of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional investors include Fisher Asset Management LLC (0.68%), PGGM Investments (0.18%), Douglas Lane & Associates LLC (0.14%), SeaBridge Investment Advisors LLC (0.07%), Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. (0.07%) and APG Asset Management N.V. (0.05%). Company insiders that own Kansas City Southern stock include Antonio O Garza, David L Starling, Delano Jose Guillermo Zozaya, Henry J Maier, Mary K Stadler, Michael W Upchurch, Patrick J Ottensmeyer, Robert J Druten, Warren K Erdman and William J Wochner. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Kansas City Southern.

Who sold Kansas City Southern stock? Who is selling Kansas City Southern stock?

Kansas City Southern's stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including PGGM Investments, Fisher Asset Management LLC, Lincoln Capital Corp, Skylands Capital LLC, Rockefeller Financial Services Inc., State Treasurer State of Michigan, Mutual of America Capital Management LLC and SeaBridge Investment Advisors LLC. Company insiders that have sold Kansas City Southern stock in the last year include Antonio O Garza, Delano Jose Guillermo Zozaya, Mary K Stadler and Robert J Druten. View Insider Buying and Selling for Kansas City Southern.

Who bought Kansas City Southern stock? Who is buying Kansas City Southern stock?

Kansas City Southern's stock was purchased by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V., Douglas Lane & Associates LLC, Assenagon Asset Management S.A., APG Asset Management N.V., Shell Asset Management Co., Meeder Asset Management Inc. and Howe & Rusling Inc.. Company insiders that have bought Kansas City Southern stock in the last two years include Henry J Maier and Patrick J Ottensmeyer. View Insider Buying and Selling for Kansas City Southern.

How do I buy Kansas City Southern stock?

Shares of Kansas City Southern can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.

What is Kansas City Southern's stock price today?

One share of Kansas City Southern stock can currently be purchased for approximately $105.19.

MarketBeat Community Rating for Kansas City Southern (NYSE KSU)
Community Ranking:  2.0 out of 5 (star star)
Outperform Votes:  344 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  496 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  840
MarketBeat's community ratings are surveys of what our community members think about Kansas City Southern and other stocks. Vote "Outperform" if you believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 over the long term. Vote "Underperform" if you believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 over the long term. You may vote once every thirty days.

Analyst Ratings

Consensus Ratings for Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) (How are Consensus Ratings Calculated?)
Ratings Breakdown: 8 Hold Ratings, 9 Buy Ratings
Consensus Rating:Buy (Score: 2.53)
Consensus Price Target: $107.71 (2.40% upside)
Consensus Price Target History for Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)
Price Target History for Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)
Analysts' Ratings History for Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)
DateFirmActionRatingPrice TargetImpact on Share PriceDetails
10/12/2017J P Morgan Chase & CoBoost Price TargetOverweight$116.00 -> $130.00N/AView Rating Details
10/10/2017Bank of America CorporationUpgradeNeutral -> Buy$113.00 -> $116.00N/AView Rating Details
10/4/2017Citigroup Inc.Reiterated RatingBuy$116.00 -> $123.00LowView Rating Details
10/2/2017Morgan StanleyReiterated RatingEqual Weight$93.00 -> $88.00LowView Rating Details
9/21/2017Stifel NicolausReiterated RatingBuy$118.00LowView Rating Details
8/25/2017Cowen and CompanyReiterated RatingHoldMediumView Rating Details
8/25/2017BMO Capital MarketsReiterated RatingHold$105.00LowView Rating Details
6/19/2017AegisBoost Price TargetBuy$110.00 -> $115.00LowView Rating Details
6/16/2017Credit Suisse GroupUpgradeNeutral -> Outperform$90.00 -> $116.00MediumView Rating Details
4/11/2017Royal Bank Of CanadaReiterated RatingBuy$114.00LowView Rating Details
3/25/2017Loop CapitalReiterated RatingBuyMediumView Rating Details
3/13/2017Wells Fargo & CompanyInitiated CoverageMarket Perform -> Market PerformMediumView Rating Details
1/23/2017Seaport Global SecuritiesDowngradeAccumulate -> Neutral$90.00N/AView Rating Details
1/18/2017Buckingham ResearchInitiated CoverageBuy$103.00N/AView Rating Details
1/10/2017Barclays PLCReiterated RatingHold$100.00N/AView Rating Details
12/9/2016StephensDowngradeOverweight -> Equal WeightN/AView Rating Details
11/9/2016Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc.Reiterated RatingOutperform -> Market PerformN/AView Rating Details
10/11/2016Vertical ResearchInitiated CoverageHoldN/AView Rating Details
8/11/2016Atlantic SecuritiesInitiated CoverageNeutral$113.00N/AView Rating Details
4/15/2016Topeka Capital MarketsBoost Price TargetBuy$97.00 -> $98.00N/AView Rating Details
4/6/2016Susquehanna Bancshares IncBoost Price Target$76.00 -> $85.00N/AView Rating Details
11/26/2015Jefferies Group LLCUpgradeHold -> BuyN/AView Rating Details
10/22/2015MacquarieDowngradeOutperform -> NeutralN/AView Rating Details
(Data available from 10/22/2015 forward)


Earnings History for Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)
Earnings by Quarter for Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)
Earnings History by Quarter for Kansas City Southern (NYSE KSU)
DateQuarterConsensus EstimateActual EPSRevenue EstimateActual RevenueRelease LinkConference CallDetails
1/18/2018N/AView Earnings Details
10/20/2017Q3 2017$1.32$1.35$651.95 million$653.00 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/21/2017Q2 2017$1.26$1.33$627.81 million$656.40 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/21/2017Q1 2017$1.16$1.17$600.66 million$609.50 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/20/2017Q416$1.17$1.12$608.10 million$598.50 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/18/2016Q316$1.20$1.12$411.30 million$605.00 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
7/19/2016Q216$1.04$1.22$572.20 million$569.00 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/19/2016Q116$0.97$1.03$569.37 million$563.00 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
1/22/2016Q415$1.10$1.23$598.10 million$598.00 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
10/16/2015Q315$1.22$1.21$645.63 million$632.00 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
7/17/2015Q215$1.02$1.03$602.78 million$586.00 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/21/2015Q115$1.10$1.03$608.85 million$603.00 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/23/2015Q414$1.23$1.27$658.72 million$643.00 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/17/2014Q314$1.26$1.29$670.60 million$678.00 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
7/18/2014Q214$1.17$1.21$645.05 million$650.00 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/16/2014Q114$0.99$1.05$600.34 million$607.40 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/24/2014Q413$1.10$1.03$617.76 million$616.00 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/18/2013Q313$1.12$1.10$628.40 million$622.00 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/19/2013Q2 2013$0.95$0.96$579.30 million$579.00 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/19/2013Q1 2013$0.88$0.99$572.19 million$553.00 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/22/2013Q4 2012$0.82$0.92$568.54 million$568.40 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/19/2012$0.85$0.82ViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/17/2012$0.85$0.85ViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/24/2012$0.72$0.75ViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/23/2012$0.79$0.78ViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/21/2011$0.74$0.78ViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/21/2011$0.69$0.71ViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/21/2011$0.57$0.58ViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/27/2011$0.57$0.62ViewN/AView Earnings Details
(Data available from 1/1/2011 forward)


Earnings Estimates for Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)
2017 EPS Consensus Estimate: $5.12
QuarterNumber of EstimatesLow EstimateHigh EstimateAverage Estimate
Q1 20172$1.16$1.16$1.16
Q2 20172$1.21$1.26$1.24
Q3 20172$1.30$1.40$1.35
Q4 20172$1.35$1.39$1.37
(Data provided by Zacks Investment Research)


Current Dividend Information for Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)
Most Recent Dividend:10/4/2017
Annual Dividend:$1.44
Dividend Yield:1.37%
Dividend Growth:27.00% (3 Year Average)
Payout Ratio:28.29% (Trailing 12 Months of Earnings)
27.80% (Based on This Year's Estimates)
24.91% (Based on Next Year's Estimates)
Track Record:3 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth
Dividend Payments by Quarter for Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)

Dividend History by Quarter for Kansas City Southern (NYSE KSU)
AnnouncedPeriodAmountYieldEx-Dividend DateRecord DatePayable Date
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)

Insider Trades

Insider Trading and Institutional Ownership History for Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)
Insider Ownership Percentage: 0.95%
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 84.59%
Insider Trades by Quarter for Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)
Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)
Insider Trades by Quarter for Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)
Transaction DateInsider NameTitleBuy/SellNumber of SharesAverage Share PriceTotal TransactionDetails
8/28/2017Delano Jose Guillermo ZozayaInsiderSell6,000$102.93$617,580.00View SEC Filing  
8/22/2017Antonio O GarzaDirectorSell4,018$107.94$433,702.92View SEC Filing  
8/18/2017Mary K StadlerSVPSell4,451$105.87$471,227.37View SEC Filing  
8/17/2017Henry J MaierDirectorBuy3,000$106.19$318,570.00View SEC Filing  
5/10/2017Robert J. DrutenDirectorSell3,500$92.57$323,995.00View SEC Filing  
1/31/2017Delano Jose Guillermo ZozayaInsiderSell1,000$85.41$85,410.00View SEC Filing  
8/4/2016Patrick J OttensmeyerCEOSell5,000$95.62$478,100.00View SEC Filing  
7/29/2016Michael W UpchurchCFOSell5,367$95.18$510,831.06View SEC Filing  
7/20/2016David L. StarlingInsiderSell5,100$98.88$504,288.00View SEC Filing  
7/20/2016William J. WochnerSVPSell26,521$98.32$2,607,544.72View SEC Filing  
6/9/2016Robert J DrutenDirectorSell3,240$89.94$291,405.60View SEC Filing  
2/17/2016Warren K. ErdmanEVPSell3,000$82.00$246,000.00View SEC Filing  
12/9/2015Patrick J OttensmeyerPresidentBuy2,500$76.22$190,550.00View SEC Filing  
9/4/2015Warren K ErdmanEVPSell1,500$91.00$136,500.00View SEC Filing  
6/10/2015Michael J NaatzVPSell3,380$93.06$314,542.80View SEC Filing  
3/2/2015William J WochnerSVPSell20,000$116.68$2,333,600.00View SEC Filing  
2/27/2015Michael R HavertyDirectorSell80,973$116.39$9,424,447.47View SEC Filing  
2/24/2015Warren K ErdmanEVPSell4,200$119.30$501,060.00View SEC Filing  
10/28/2014David L StarlingCEOSell7,500$121.52$911,400.00View SEC Filing  
10/28/2014William J WochnerSVPSell20,000$121.40$2,428,000.00View SEC Filing  
9/9/2014Warren K ErdmanEVPSell1,731$115.60$200,103.60View SEC Filing  
4/29/2014Mary StadlerCAOSell10,570$99.97$1,056,682.90View SEC Filing  
11/1/2013Warren K ErdmanEVPSell3,500$122.00$427,000.00View SEC Filing  
10/28/2013David L StarlingCEOSell5,655$123.55$698,675.25View SEC Filing  
10/28/2013Patrick J OttensmeyerEVPSell7,500$122.68$920,100.00View SEC Filing  
5/28/2013Michael W UpchurchCFOSell13,588$113.85$1,546,993.80View SEC Filing  
5/14/2013Antonio O GarzaDirectorSell2,500$115.67$289,175.00View SEC Filing  
5/9/2013David R EbbrechtCOOSell2,522$110.20$277,924.40View SEC Filing  
11/16/2012Henry R DavisDirectorBuy67,300$73.92$4,974,816.00View SEC Filing  
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)


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