Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) – Research analysts at Jefferies Group dropped their FY2018 EPS estimates for shares of Ventas in a research report issued on Tuesday. Jefferies Group analyst O. Okusanya now expects that the real estate investment trust will earn $4.03 per share for the year, down from their previous forecast of $4.12. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Ventas’ FY2019 earnings at $4.20 EPS.

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

Other equities research analysts have also issued research reports about the stock. ValuEngine raised shares of Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, January 5th. Capital One Financial started coverage on shares of Ventas in a report on Monday, September 25th. They issued an “equal weight” rating and a $69.00 price target for the company. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Ventas from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 22nd. SunTrust Banks set a $67.00 price target on shares of Ventas and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Sunday, October 29th. Finally, Bank of America lowered shares of Ventas from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and cut their price target for the stock from $72.00 to $71.00 in a report on Friday, September 22nd. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Ventas has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $63.00.

Shares of Ventas (NYSE:VTR) traded down $0.31 during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $54.52. 3,710,200 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,639,270. The stock has a market cap of $19,580.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 32.45, a PEG ratio of 3.67 and a beta of 0.09. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.06, a quick ratio of 1.46 and a current ratio of 1.46. Ventas has a 12 month low of $54.45 and a 12 month high of $72.36.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. boosted its stake in Ventas by 9.9% during the 4th quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 3,485,820 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $209,185,000 after purchasing an additional 314,690 shares during the last quarter. National Pension Service boosted its position in shares of Ventas by 7.4% during the 4th quarter. National Pension Service now owns 383,318 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $23,003,000 after acquiring an additional 26,336 shares during the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can boosted its position in shares of Ventas by 38.6% during the 4th quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 872,764 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $52,374,000 after acquiring an additional 242,925 shares during the last quarter. Clean Yield Group boosted its position in shares of Ventas by 4.1% during the 4th quarter. Clean Yield Group now owns 82,140 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $4,929,000 after acquiring an additional 3,200 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Gofen & Glossberg LLC IL boosted its position in shares of Ventas by 4.4% during the 4th quarter. Gofen & Glossberg LLC IL now owns 34,638 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $2,079,000 after acquiring an additional 1,466 shares during the last quarter. 90.10% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, January 12th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, January 2nd were paid a dividend of $0.79 per share. This represents a $3.16 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.80%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, December 29th. This is a boost from Ventas’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.78. Ventas’s payout ratio is 188.10%.

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Ventas Company Profile

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.

Earnings History and Estimates for Ventas (NYSE:VTR)

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