Shares of FBL Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:FFG) have been assigned an average broker rating score of 3.00 (Hold) from the two analysts that cover the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating.

Zacks has also given FBL Financial Group an industry rank of 186 out of 265 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

A number of analysts have recently issued reports on FFG shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded FBL Financial Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $80.00 target price for the company in a report on Thursday, August 17th. ValuEngine raised shares of FBL Financial Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 13th.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. increased its stake in shares of FBL Financial Group by 0.4% in the second quarter. Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. now owns 24,851 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,528,000 after acquiring an additional 100 shares during the last quarter. Aperio Group LLC increased its position in FBL Financial Group by 1.7% during the second quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 11,827 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $727,000 after buying an additional 199 shares during the last quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. increased its position in FBL Financial Group by 1.4% during the second quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. now owns 14,360 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $883,000 after buying an additional 200 shares during the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its position in FBL Financial Group by 1.1% during the second quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 47,390 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $2,915,000 after buying an additional 503 shares during the last quarter. Finally, PNC Financial Services Group Inc. increased its position in FBL Financial Group by 1.5% during the second quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 38,563 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $2,372,000 after buying an additional 581 shares during the last quarter. 29.07% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Shares of FBL Financial Group (FFG) opened at $74.40 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,776.48, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.34 and a beta of 0.92. FBL Financial Group has a 1-year low of $59.75 and a 1-year high of $82.60. The company has a quick ratio of 0.03, a current ratio of 0.03 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.08.

FBL Financial Group (NYSE:FFG) last released its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.03 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.12 by ($0.09). The business had revenue of $181.56 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $184.51 million. FBL Financial Group had a net margin of 15.30% and a return on equity of 8.93%. FBL Financial Group’s revenue for the quarter was up .2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $1.20 EPS. sell-side analysts expect that FBL Financial Group will post 4.35 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 15th will be paid a $0.44 dividend. This represents a $1.76 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.37%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 14th. FBL Financial Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 39.20%.

FBL Financial Group Company Profile

FBL Financial Group, Inc sells individual life insurance and annuity products under the brand name of Farm Bureau Financial Services. The Company’s segments are Annuity Segment, which sells a variety of traditional annuity products; Life Insurance Segment, which sells a range of traditional and universal life insurance products, and Corporate and Other segment, which provides various support operations, corporate capital and other product lines.

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