EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the seven ratings firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation and five have given a hold recommendation to the company. The average 12-month target price among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $79.33.

A number of analysts have commented on EPR shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of EPR Properties from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $81.00 price target for the company in a research note on Wednesday, August 2nd. ValuEngine lowered shares of EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services restated a “hold” rating on shares of EPR Properties in a research note on Thursday, May 18th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded shares of EPR Properties from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 13th.

EPR Properties (EPR) traded down 0.29% on Tuesday, reaching $67.65. 199,129 shares of the company were exchanged. The stock has a market capitalization of $4.98 billion, a P/E ratio of 19.81 and a beta of 0.57. EPR Properties has a 12-month low of $65.50 and a 12-month high of $81.61. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $71.43 and its 200-day moving average price is $72.82.

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The real estate investment trust reported $1.29 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.24 by $0.05. The business had revenue of $147.80 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $138.07 million. EPR Properties had a net margin of 46.90% and a return on equity of 10.51%. EPR Properties’s quarterly revenue was up 25.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $1.17 EPS. Equities research analysts anticipate that EPR Properties will post $3.38 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a aug 17 dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, August 15th. Shareholders of record on Monday, July 31st will be paid a dividend of $0.34 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, July 27th. This represents a yield of 5.56%. EPR Properties’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 120.00%.

In other 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 value of $565,271.43. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 4,578 shares in the company, valued at approximately $327,281.22. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Insiders own 1.50% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. raised its stake in EPR Properties by 53.1% in the second quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. now owns 15,512 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $1,115,000 after buying an additional 5,382 shares during the last quarter. Coldstream Capital Management Inc. raised its stake in EPR Properties by 12.7% in the second quarter. Coldstream Capital Management Inc. now owns 9,754 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $701,000 after buying an additional 1,097 shares during the last quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company raised its stake in EPR Properties by 0.9% in the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 151,776 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $10,908,000 after buying an additional 1,381 shares during the last quarter. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC purchased a new stake in EPR Properties during the second quarter valued at about $2,613,000. Finally, Green Square Capital LLC purchased a new stake in EPR Properties during the second quarter valued at about $402,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 81.23% of the company’s stock.

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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.

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