Shares of EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) have been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the eight analysts that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1-year price target among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $78.67.

Several research firms recently issued reports on EPR. Zacks Investment Research upgraded EPR Properties from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $81.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services raised EPR Properties from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $76.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Monday, September 11th. BidaskClub upgraded EPR Properties from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 13th. Finally, KeyCorp reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $80.00 price objective on shares of EPR Properties in a research report on Friday, August 25th.

Shares of EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) traded up 0.2718% during trading on Wednesday, hitting $70.3407. The stock had a trading volume of 79,299 shares. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $69.86 and a 200 day moving average price of $71.72. EPR Properties has a 52 week low of $65.50 and a 52 week high of $77.70. The company has a market capitalization of $5.18 billion, a PE ratio of 20.5976 and a beta of 0.59.

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 (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.24 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $147.80 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $138.07 million. EPR Properties had a return on equity of 10.51% and a net margin of 46.90%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 25.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm earned $1.17 earnings per share. Equities analysts anticipate that EPR Properties will post $3.44 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a sep 17 dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 16th. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 29th will be paid a dividend of $0.34 per share. This represents a dividend yield of 5.73%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 28th. EPR Properties’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 120.00%.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. raised its position in EPR Properties by 6.0% during the 1st quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 134,682 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $9,917,000 after purchasing an additional 7,682 shares during the last quarter. Sei Investments Co. lifted its holdings in EPR Properties by 1.1% in the 1st quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 15,285 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,126,000 after buying an additional 172 shares during the period. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC lifted its holdings in EPR Properties by 2.4% in the 1st quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 131,790 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $9,704,000 after buying an additional 3,093 shares during the period. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. lifted its holdings in EPR Properties by 3.6% in the 1st quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. now owns 10,130 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $746,000 after buying an additional 354 shares during the period. Finally, Quantbot Technologies LP purchased a new stake in EPR Properties in the 1st quarter worth approximately $302,000. 85.09% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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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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