EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) has earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the eight ratings firms that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have issued a hold recommendation and one has given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $79.40.
Several brokerages recently weighed in on EPR. Bank of America cut shares of EPR Properties from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating and set a $80.00 price target on the stock. in a research report on Tuesday, June 11th. Stifel Nicolaus increased their price objective on shares of EPR Properties from $76.00 to $80.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 30th. Raymond James set a $84.00 price target on shares of EPR Properties and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 2nd. ValuEngine lowered shares of EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 1st. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada lifted their price objective on shares of EPR Properties to $83.00 in a research note on Tuesday, May 28th.
Shares of EPR stock traded down $0.09 during trading on Friday, hitting $77.01. The company had a trading volume of 291,314 shares, compared to its average volume of 395,082. The stock’s 50-day simple moving average is $75.29. The company has a quick ratio of 5.32, a current ratio of 5.32 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.06. EPR Properties has a one year low of $62.75 and a one year high of $80.75. The company has a market cap of $5.83 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.62, a P/E/G ratio of 4.36 and a beta of 0.57.
The firm also recently disclosed a jul 19 dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, August 15th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, July 31st will be paid a dividend of $0.375 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, July 30th. EPR Properties’s payout ratio is 73.77%.
In related news, VP Tonya L. Mater sold 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, May 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $77.87, for a total value of $77,870.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 31,262 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,434,371.94. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Peter C. Brown sold 2,578 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, June 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $79.11, for a total transaction of $203,945.58. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 7,866 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $622,279.26. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 13,459 shares of company stock valued at $1,031,540. Insiders own 1.34% of the company’s stock.
Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in EPR. Fox Run Management L.L.C. acquired a new stake in shares of EPR Properties during the second quarter worth about $430,000. American Century Companies Inc. increased its position in shares of EPR Properties by 0.4% in the fourth quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 107,665 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $6,894,000 after buying an additional 477 shares in the last quarter. Financial Counselors Inc. purchased a new position in shares of EPR Properties in the first quarter valued at $238,000. Heritage Investors Management Corp purchased a new stake in EPR Properties during the 2nd quarter worth about $251,000. Finally, Nordea Investment Management AB purchased a new stake in EPR Properties in the 4th quarter valued at about $106,000. 84.15% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.
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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