Shares of EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) have received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the eight ratings firms that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and one has issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average twelve-month price objective among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $79.50.

EPR has been the topic of several research reports. BidaskClub raised EPR Properties from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, August 26th. Zacks Investment Research lowered EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, August 7th. ValuEngine lowered EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $80.00 target price on shares of EPR Properties in a research report on Friday, August 25th. Finally, Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of EPR Properties in a research report on Thursday, May 18th.

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EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) traded up 0.23% during trading on Friday, hitting $70.81. The stock had a trading volume of 467,029 shares. The company has a 50 day moving average of $69.57 and a 200-day moving average of $72.18. EPR Properties has a 12-month low of $65.50 and a 12-month high of $81.00. The company has a market cap of $5.22 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.73 and a beta of 0.58.

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The real estate investment trust reported $1.29 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the 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 period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.17 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 25.3% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts predict that EPR Properties will post $3.38 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a aug 17 dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 31st will be paid a dividend of $0.34 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, August 29th. This represents a dividend yield of 6.06%. EPR Properties’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 120.00%.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Penserra Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of EPR Properties by 95.2% during the 1st quarter. Penserra Capital Management LLC now owns 1,472 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $108,000 after acquiring an additional 718 shares in the last quarter. Ffcm LLC boosted its stake in shares of EPR Properties by 119.2% during the 2nd quarter. Ffcm LLC now owns 2,177 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $159,000 after acquiring an additional 1,184 shares in the last quarter. Private Advisor Group LLC bought a new stake in shares of EPR Properties during the 1st quarter worth about $201,000. Verition Fund Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of EPR Properties during the 2nd quarter worth about $208,000. Finally, Wedbush Securities Inc. bought a new stake in shares of EPR Properties during the 2nd quarter worth about $208,000. Institutional investors own 86.50% 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.

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