EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) has been given a consensus recommendation of “Hold” by the nine research firms that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have given a hold recommendation and two have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $75.40.
Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services set a $72.00 price objective on EPR Properties and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday. ValuEngine downgraded EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday. SunTrust Banks set a $65.00 target price on EPR Properties and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, January 22nd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded EPR Properties from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research report on Friday, December 15th. Finally, B. Riley set a $80.00 target price on EPR Properties and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 15th.
Shares of EPR Properties (NYSE EPR) traded down $0.44 during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $56.14. The stock had a trading volume of 198,232 shares, compared to its average volume of 580,113. EPR Properties has a twelve month low of $55.49 and a twelve month high of $77.70. The stock has a market capitalization of $4,293.35, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.71, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.95 and a beta of 0.46. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03, a quick ratio of 7.88 and a current ratio of 7.88.
The company also recently announced a jan 18 dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 15th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, January 31st will be given a $0.36 dividend. This represents a yield of 0.00592202664911992%. This is an increase from EPR Properties’s previous jan 18 dividend of $0.34. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, January 30th. EPR Properties’s dividend payout ratio is 128.57%.
In other news, SVP Craig L. Evans sold 14,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, January 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $60.03, for a total transaction of $840,420.00. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 38,384 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,304,191.52. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, VP Tonya L. Mater sold 2,100 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, December 4th. The shares were 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 of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,969,775.61. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 25,459 shares of company stock valued at $1,615,516 over the last 90 days. 1.50% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.
Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. raised its stake in EPR Properties by 17.2% during the 3rd quarter. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. now owns 35,818 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $2,497,000 after purchasing an additional 5,255 shares during the period. Pensionfund DSM Netherlands boosted its holdings in EPR Properties by 25.8% in the fourth quarter. Pensionfund DSM Netherlands now owns 29,300 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,918,000 after purchasing an additional 6,000 shares in the last quarter. Pensionfund Sabic boosted its holdings in EPR Properties by 26.9% in the fourth quarter. Pensionfund Sabic now owns 11,800 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $772,000 after purchasing an additional 2,500 shares in the last quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. boosted its holdings in EPR Properties by 7.1% in the third quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. now owns 41,125 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $2,868,000 after purchasing an additional 2,729 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Schroder Investment Management Group boosted its holdings in EPR Properties by 24.9% in the third quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 38,637 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $2,695,000 after purchasing an additional 7,712 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 88.38% of the company’s stock.
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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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