EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) has been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the nine research firms that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price target among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $77.25.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on the company. ValuEngine downgraded EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Sunday, December 31st. SunTrust Banks assumed coverage on EPR Properties in a report on Tuesday, December 19th. They set a “hold” rating and a $69.00 target price on the stock. JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded EPR Properties from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a report on Friday, December 15th. B. Riley set a $80.00 target price on EPR Properties and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 15th. Finally, Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of EPR Properties in a report on Monday, November 13th.

In related news, VP Tonya L. Mater sold 2,100 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $68.09, for a total value of $142,989.00. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 28,929 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,969,775.61. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, SVP Michael L. Hirons sold 9,359 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $67.54, for a total value of $632,106.86. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 25,459 shares of company stock worth $1,615,516 in the last 90 days. 1.50% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Verition Fund Management LLC purchased a new stake in EPR Properties during the 2nd quarter valued at $208,000. Private Advisor Group LLC boosted its stake in EPR Properties by 8.0% during the 2nd quarter. Private Advisor Group LLC now owns 2,943 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $207,000 after purchasing an additional 218 shares during the last quarter. Timber Hill LLC purchased a new stake in EPR Properties during the 3rd quarter valued at $206,000. Csenge Advisory Group purchased a new stake in EPR Properties during the 3rd quarter valued at $234,000. Finally, Vident Investment Advisory LLC purchased a new stake in EPR Properties during the 3rd quarter valued at $249,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 88.47% of the company’s stock.

EPR Properties (NYSE EPR) traded down $0.47 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $59.83. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 150,876 shares, compared to its average volume of 573,188. EPR Properties has a 1 year low of $59.53 and a 1 year high of $77.70. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03, a current ratio of 7.88 and a quick ratio of 7.88. The stock has a market cap of $4,450.00, a P/E ratio of 17.81, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.09 and a beta of 0.57.

The business also recently declared a dec 17 dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 15th. Investors of record on Friday, December 29th will be paid a $0.34 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 28th. This represents a dividend yield of 6.25%. EPR Properties’s payout ratio is currently 121.43%.

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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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