EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Monday.

According to Zacks, “EPR Properties is specialty real estate investment trust that invests in three primary segments: Entertainment, Recreation and Education. Its properties include megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers, and destination recreational and specialty properties. EPR Properties is based in Kansas City, Missouri. “

A number of other equities research analysts also recently issued reports on EPR. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services restated a “hold” rating on shares of EPR Properties in a research report on Wednesday, May 3rd. ValuEngine downgraded EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded EPR Properties from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 13th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and six have given a hold rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $79.80.

Shares of EPR Properties (EPR) traded down 0.32% during trading on Monday, hitting $69.50. The company had a trading volume of 416,896 shares. EPR Properties has a 52 week low of $65.50 and a 52 week high of $82.78. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $72.88 and its 200 day moving average price is $73.19. The company has a market capitalization of $5.12 billion, a P/E ratio of 22.07 and a beta of 0.57.

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 3rd. The real estate investment trust reported $1.29 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.24 by $0.05. EPR Properties had a return on equity of 10.51% and a net margin of 46.90%. The company had revenue of $147.80 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $138.07 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $1.17 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 25.3% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts forecast that EPR Properties will post $3.36 earnings per share for the current year.

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In related news, Director Peter C. Brown sold 7,907 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on 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 sale, the director now directly owns 4,578 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $327,281.22. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Robert J. Druten sold 9,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $70.30, for a total transaction of $632,700.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 22,304 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,567,971.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.50% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Eagle Asset Management raised its position in shares of EPR Properties by 225.8% in the third quarter. Eagle Asset Management now owns 104,678 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $5,398,000 after buying an additional 72,552 shares in the last quarter. Creative Planning raised its position in shares of EPR Properties by 30.9% in the fourth quarter. Creative Planning now owns 9,695 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $567,000 after buying an additional 2,290 shares in the last quarter. Capstone Asset Management Company raised its position in shares of EPR Properties by 2.3% in the fourth quarter. Capstone Asset Management Company now owns 76,246 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $4,457,000 after buying an additional 1,708 shares in the last quarter. Alpha Windward raised its position in shares of EPR Properties by 1,841.6% in the fourth quarter. Alpha Windward now owns 8,213 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $480,000 after buying an additional 7,790 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Commonwealth Equity Services raised its position in shares of EPR Properties by 19.8% in the fourth quarter. Commonwealth Equity Services now owns 12,690 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $742,000 after buying an additional 2,097 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 80.66% of the company’s stock.

About EPR Properties

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.

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