EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) declared a aug 17 dividend on Wednesday, July 19th, RTT News reports. Stockholders of record on Monday, July 31st will be given a dividend of 0.34 per share by the real estate investment trust on Tuesday, August 15th.

EPR Properties has raised its dividend by an average of 1.6% per year over the last three years and has increased its dividend annually for the last 6 consecutive years. EPR Properties has a payout ratio of 79.2% meaning its dividend is currently covered by earnings, but may not be in the future if the company’s earnings tumble. Analysts expect EPR Properties to earn $3.56 per share next year, which means the company may not be able to cover its $4.08 annual dividend with an expected future payout ratio of 114.6%.

Shares of EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) traded up 1.54% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $73.81. The company had a trading volume of 367,565 shares. The company has a market capitalization of $5.44 billion, a P/E ratio of 23.44 and a beta of 0.57. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $72.66 and a 200-day moving average of $73.22. EPR Properties has a 12-month low of $65.50 and a 12-month high of $84.67.

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EPR has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services restated a “hold” rating on shares of EPR Properties in a research note on Wednesday, May 3rd. ValuEngine downgraded shares of EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, June 2nd. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of EPR Properties from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, June 5th. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of EPR Properties from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 13th. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $82.29.

In other EPR Properties news, Director Robert J. Druten sold 9,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.30, for a total value of $632,700.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 22,304 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,567,971.20. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Peter C. Brown sold 7,907 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, June 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $71.49, for a total transaction of $565,271.43. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 4,578 shares in the company, valued at $327,281.22. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 1.50% of the company’s stock.

EPR Properties Company Profile

EPR Properties is a specialty real estate investment trust. The Company’s investment portfolio includes primarily entertainment, education and recreation properties. The Company’s segments include Entertainment, Education, Recreation and Other. The Entertainment segment consists of investments in megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers, family entertainment centers and other retail parcels.

Dividend History for EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR)

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