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

Zacks has also assigned FBL Financial Group an industry rank of 90 out of 255 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

A number of equities research analysts have recently issued reports on FFG shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of FBL Financial Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 24th. ValuEngine lowered shares of FBL Financial Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 8th.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in FFG. Dalton Greiner Hartman Maher & Co. purchased a new stake in shares of FBL Financial Group in the second quarter valued at about $10,375,000. Wells Fargo & Company MN grew its holdings in shares of FBL Financial Group by 46.0% in the second quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 93,748 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $7,382,000 after purchasing an additional 29,523 shares during the period. Northern Trust Corp grew its holdings in shares of FBL Financial Group by 8.0% in the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 331,811 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $26,131,000 after purchasing an additional 24,640 shares during the period. LSV Asset Management purchased a new stake in shares of FBL Financial Group in the second quarter valued at about $1,346,000. Finally, BlackRock Inc. grew its holdings in shares of FBL Financial Group by 2.3% in the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 666,339 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $52,475,000 after purchasing an additional 14,763 shares during the period. 29.71% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of FBL Financial Group stock traded down $1.75 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $80.05. 152 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 19,264. FBL Financial Group has a 1 year low of $64.00 and a 1 year high of $85.70. The firm has a market capitalization of $2.05 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.81 and a beta of 0.83. 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, August 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.31 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.23 by $0.08. FBL Financial Group had a net margin of 26.02% and a return on equity of 8.59%. The business had revenue of $189.95 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $192.62 million. research analysts anticipate that FBL Financial Group will post 4.85 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 28th. Investors of record on Friday, September 14th will be issued a $0.46 dividend. This represents a $1.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.30%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 13th. FBL Financial Group’s dividend payout ratio is currently 42.59%.

FBL Financial Group Company Profile

FBL Financial Group, Inc, through its subsidiaries, sells individual life insurance and annuity products. The Annuity segment sells various traditional annuity products that primarily consist of fixed rate and indexed annuities, and supplementary contracts. The Life Insurance segment offers whole life, term life, and universal life policies.

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