EPR Properties (EPR) Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” from Analysts

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Shares of EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the twelve ratings firms that are covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating on the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $69.25.

Several brokerages have commented on EPR. Bank of America upped their price objective on EPR Properties from $65.50 to $67.50 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday, September 10th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 30th. Stifel Nicolaus upped their price objective on EPR Properties from $68.00 to $70.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 18th. ValuEngine raised EPR Properties from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 15th. Finally, Citigroup upped their price objective on EPR Properties from $65.00 to $70.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 1st.

In other news, CAO Tonya L. Mater sold 4,287 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $70.13, for a total transaction of $300,647.31. Following the transaction, the chief accounting officer now owns 31,395 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,201,731.35. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, CFO Mark Alan Peterson sold 7,250 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, November 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.75, for a total value of $505,687.50. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 101,053 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,048,446.75. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 18,537 shares of company stock worth $1,296,125 in the last ninety days. 1.36% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. grew its position in shares of EPR Properties by 11.4% during the 2nd quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 425,309 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $27,556,000 after buying an additional 43,391 shares in the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA grew its position in shares of EPR Properties by 40.7% during the 2nd quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 23,583 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,528,000 after buying an additional 6,822 shares in the last quarter. Global X Management Co LLC grew its position in shares of EPR Properties by 25.2% during the 2nd quarter. Global X Management Co LLC now owns 47,586 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $3,083,000 after buying an additional 9,586 shares in the last quarter. Lake Street Advisors Group LLC bought a new position in shares of EPR Properties during the 2nd quarter worth $900,000. Finally, Principal Financial Group Inc. grew its position in shares of EPR Properties by 38.3% during the 1st quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 5,105,162 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $282,826,000 after buying an additional 1,412,865 shares in the last quarter. 88.62% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

NYSE:EPR traded down $0.67 during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $69.97. 244,743 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 526,715. EPR Properties has a 12-month low of $51.87 and a 12-month high of $72.18. The firm has a market capitalization of $5.31 billion, a PE ratio of 13.94, a PEG ratio of 4.64 and a beta of 0.43. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.02, a quick ratio of 5.57 and a current ratio of 5.57.

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, October 29th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.07 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.89 by $0.18. EPR Properties had a return on equity of 9.62% and a net margin of 40.84%. The company had revenue of $176.40 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $157.09 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $1.22 EPS. EPR Properties’s quarterly revenue was up 16.5% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts forecast that EPR Properties will post 6.07 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a oct 18 dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, November 15th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, October 31st will be given a $0.36 dividend. This represents a yield of 6.36%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, October 30th. EPR Properties’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 86.06%.

About EPR Properties

EPR Properties is a specialty real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in properties in select market segments which require unique industry knowledge, while offering the potential for stable and attractive returns. Our total investments exceed $6.7 billion and our primary investment segments are Entertainment, Recreation and Education.

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