Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) – Equities researchers at B. Riley issued their Q4 2017 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for Unum Group in a note issued to investors on Monday. B. Riley analyst R. Binner anticipates that the financial services provider will earn $1.05 per share for the quarter. B. Riley has a “Neutral” rating and a $52.00 price objective on the stock.

Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 25th. The financial services provider reported $1.09 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.04 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $2.82 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.82 billion. Unum Group had a net margin of 8.67% and a return on equity of 10.37%. Unum Group’s revenue was up 2.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company posted $1.01 earnings per share.

Several other equities analysts have also issued reports on the stock. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and set a $53.00 price objective on shares of Unum Group in a report on Friday, November 10th. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “hold” rating and set a $52.00 price objective on shares of Unum Group in a report on Friday, October 27th. SunTrust Banks reissued a “buy” rating and set a $62.00 price objective on shares of Unum Group in a report on Friday, October 27th. Wells Fargo & Company set a $48.00 price objective on shares of Unum Group and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group began coverage on shares of Unum Group in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. They set a “sell” rating and a $48.00 price objective on the stock. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $53.27.

Unum Group (UNM) opened at $56.52 on Wednesday. The stock has a market cap of $12,794.67, a P/E ratio of 13.71, a P/E/G ratio of 1.93 and a beta of 1.66. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29, a quick ratio of 0.17 and a current ratio of 0.17. Unum Group has a 1-year low of $42.66 and a 1-year high of $57.49.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 17th. Shareholders of record on Monday, October 30th were paid a $0.23 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Friday, October 27th. This represents a $0.92 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.63%. Unum Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 21.60%.

In other Unum Group news, Director E Michael Caulfield sold 3,814 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.42, for a total value of $199,929.88. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, EVP Christopher J. Jerome sold 7,849 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $53.24, for a total transaction of $417,880.76. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.53% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Gotham Asset Management LLC lifted its stake in shares of Unum Group by 0.8% during the second quarter. Gotham Asset Management LLC now owns 4,475 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $209,000 after buying an additional 35 shares during the period. Quantum Capital Management lifted its stake in shares of Unum Group by 0.4% during the second quarter. Quantum Capital Management now owns 15,174 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $708,000 after buying an additional 54 shares during the period. HM Payson & Co. lifted its stake in shares of Unum Group by 0.5% during the second quarter. HM Payson & Co. now owns 12,527 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $584,000 after buying an additional 62 shares during the period. Newman Dignan & Sheerar Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Unum Group by 0.6% during the second quarter. Newman Dignan & Sheerar Inc. now owns 15,954 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $744,000 after buying an additional 100 shares during the period. Finally, Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Unum Group by 2.1% during the second quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. now owns 5,386 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $251,000 after buying an additional 113 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 91.77% of the company’s stock.

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About Unum Group

Unum Group is a provider of financial protection benefits in the United States and the United Kingdom. The Company’s products include disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental and vision, and other related services. Its segments include Unum US, Unum UK, Colonial Life, Closed Block and Corporate.

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