Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) – Investment analysts at KeyCorp lowered their FY2018 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of Ventas in a note issued to investors on Thursday. KeyCorp analyst J. Sadler now expects that the real estate investment trust will earn $4.14 per share for the year, down from their prior estimate of $4.24. KeyCorp currently has a “Sell” rating and a $50.00 target price on the stock.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last released its quarterly earnings results on Friday, October 27th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.44 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.04 by ($0.60). The company had revenue of $899.90 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $893.18 million. Ventas had a return on equity of 6.34% and a net margin of 32.96%. The business’s revenue was up 3.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.03 earnings per share.

Other equities analysts have also issued reports about the company. Capital One Financial raised Ventas from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research report on Monday, October 30th. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “sell” rating and set a $62.00 price target on shares of Ventas in a research report on Wednesday, October 18th. Raymond James Financial reissued an “underperform” rating on shares of Ventas in a research report on Monday, December 4th. Bank of America lowered Ventas from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and reduced their price target for the stock from $72.00 to $71.00 in a research report on Friday, September 22nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 15th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $63.89.

Ventas (NYSE VTR) opened at $54.83 on Monday. The company has a market capitalization of $19,530.00, a P/E ratio of 32.64, a P/E/G ratio of 3.67 and a beta of 0.09. The company has a current ratio of 1.46, a quick ratio of 1.46 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.06. Ventas has a 52-week low of $54.77 and a 52-week high of $72.36.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, January 12th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, January 2nd were given a $0.79 dividend. This represents a $3.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.76%. This is a positive change from Ventas’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.78. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, December 29th. Ventas’s dividend payout ratio is presently 188.10%.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in VTR. Amica Retiree Medical Trust acquired a new stake in shares of Ventas during the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $131,000. Cable Hill Partners LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Ventas during the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $174,000. Carnick & Kubik Group LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Ventas during the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $204,000. Vident Investment Advisory LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Ventas during the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $206,000. Finally, AlphaStar Capital Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Ventas during the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $209,000. 90.10% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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About Ventas

Ventas, Inc is a real estate investment trust (REIT) with its properties located throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Company operates through three segments: triple-net leased properties, senior living operations and office operations. Under its triple-net leased properties segment, the Company invests in and owns seniors housing and healthcare properties throughout the United States and the United Kingdom and leases those properties to healthcare operating companies under triple-net or absolute-net leases that obligate the tenants to pay all property-related expenses.

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