Equities analysts expect DST Systems, Inc. (NYSE:DST) to report earnings per share of $0.85 for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Two analysts have provided estimates for DST Systems’ earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $0.87 and the lowest estimate coming in at $0.82. DST Systems posted earnings per share of $0.83 during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year over year growth rate of 2.4%. The company is scheduled to issue its next quarterly earnings report on Thursday, January 25th.

On average, analysts expect that DST Systems will report full-year earnings of $3.08 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.06 to $3.11. For the next year, analysts forecast that the firm will post earnings of $3.60 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.56 to $3.66. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS calculations are an average based on a survey of analysts that that provide coverage for DST Systems.

DST Systems (NYSE:DST) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, October 20th. The technology company reported $0.76 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.73 by $0.03. DST Systems had a return on equity of 16.20% and a net margin of 21.26%. The firm had revenue of $562.60 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $523.57 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.77 EPS. DST Systems’s quarterly revenue was up 45.5% on a year-over-year basis.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on DST shares. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and set a $68.00 price objective on shares of DST Systems in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded DST Systems from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $67.00 target price for the company in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. Finally, Morgan Stanley lifted their target price on DST Systems from $57.00 to $61.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Monday, October 23rd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $68.00.

Shares of DST Systems (NYSE DST) traded down $0.36 during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $60.87. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 285,500 shares, compared to its average volume of 436,391. DST Systems has a 12-month low of $50.22 and a 12-month high of $62.98. The company has a current ratio of 1.09, a quick ratio of 1.09 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.42. The firm has a market cap of $3,687.28, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.91, a PEG ratio of 1.99 and a beta of 1.36.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 8th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, November 22nd were given a $0.18 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, November 21st. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.18%. DST Systems’s payout ratio is 10.63%.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. Wedge Capital Management L L P NC lifted its holdings in shares of DST Systems by 5,404.0% in the 3rd quarter. Wedge Capital Management L L P NC now owns 414,563 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $22,751,000 after purchasing an additional 407,031 shares during the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of DST Systems by 103.5% in the 2nd quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 266,543 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $16,446,000 after purchasing an additional 135,587 shares during the last quarter. KBC Group NV lifted its holdings in shares of DST Systems by 11.4% in the 2nd quarter. KBC Group NV now owns 35,961 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $2,219,000 after purchasing an additional 3,671 shares during the last quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC lifted its holdings in shares of DST Systems by 11.0% in the 3rd quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC now owns 1,496,669 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $82,137,000 after purchasing an additional 148,849 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its holdings in shares of DST Systems by 103.8% in the 2nd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 668,227 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $41,227,000 after purchasing an additional 340,305 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 85.78% of the company’s stock.

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About DST Systems

DST Systems, Inc (DST) is a provider of technology-based information processing and servicing solutions. The Company offers its solutions through data management, business processing and customer communications solutions to clients within the asset management, brokerage, retirement and healthcare markets.

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