Equities analysts expect that Kforce, Inc. (NASDAQ:KFRC) will post earnings per share of $0.43 for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Four analysts have made estimates for Kforce’s earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $0.43 and the lowest is $0.42. Kforce reported earnings per share of $0.36 during the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year over year growth rate of 19.4%. The business is expected to announce its next quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 6th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Kforce will report full year earnings of $1.50 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.49 to $1.54. For the next financial year, analysts expect that the firm will post earnings of $1.76 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.70 to $1.83. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share averages are an average based on a survey of analysts that follow Kforce.

Kforce (NASDAQ:KFRC) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 31st. The business services provider reported $0.45 EPS for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.45. Kforce had a return on equity of 28.83% and a net margin of 2.71%. The firm had revenue of $341.05 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $340.67 million. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.44 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year.

KFRC has been the subject of several research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Kforce from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $20.00 price target on shares of Kforce in a report on Tuesday, September 12th. ValuEngine lowered Kforce from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, September 1st. SunTrust Banks lowered Kforce from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and reduced their price target for the company from $23.00 to $22.00 in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. Finally, Northcoast Research upgraded Kforce from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, November 6th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. Kforce has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $24.20.

Shares of Kforce (NASDAQ KFRC) opened at $26.20 on Thursday. The stock has a market capitalization of $686.83, a PE ratio of 17.53 and a beta of 1.67. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91, a quick ratio of 2.95 and a current ratio of 2.95. Kforce has a 1-year low of $16.75 and a 1-year high of $26.95.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 22nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 8th will be given a dividend of $0.12 per share. This represents a $0.48 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.83%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 7th. Kforce’s dividend payout ratio is presently 33.57%.

In other news, Director N John Simmons sold 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $23.31, for a total transaction of $116,550.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CEO David L. Dunkel sold 17,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $23.90, for a total value of $406,300.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 41,250 shares of company stock worth $980,438. 13.30% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of large investors have recently made changes to their positions in KFRC. Macquarie Group Ltd. boosted its stake in Kforce by 22.2% in the third quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 1,387,703 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $28,032,000 after purchasing an additional 251,643 shares in the last quarter. Opus Capital Group LLC boosted its stake in Kforce by 1,309.7% in the second quarter. Opus Capital Group LLC now owns 210,493 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $4,126,000 after purchasing an additional 195,561 shares in the last quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC acquired a new position in Kforce in the second quarter worth $3,435,000. Deprince Race & Zollo Inc. boosted its stake in Kforce by 28.1% in the second quarter. Deprince Race & Zollo Inc. now owns 715,659 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $14,027,000 after purchasing an additional 157,134 shares in the last quarter. Finally, LSV Asset Management boosted its stake in Kforce by 73.7% in the second quarter. LSV Asset Management now owns 344,933 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $6,760,000 after purchasing an additional 146,400 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 79.05% of the company’s stock.

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Kforce Company Profile

Kforce Inc (Kforce) is engaged in providing professional and technical specialty staffing services and solutions. The Company operates through three segments, which include Technology (Tech), Finance and Accounting (FA) and Government Solutions (GS). The Company’s Tech segment includes the operations of its subsidiary Kforce Global Solutions, Inc The FA segment is engaged in providing both temporary staffing and permanent placement services to its clients in areas, such as general accounting, business analysis and others.

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