EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) Receives Average Rating of “Hold” from Brokerages

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) has received an average rating of “Hold” from the eight ratings firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have issued a hold recommendation and one has issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $79.40.

Several analysts have recently issued reports on the company. ValuEngine downgraded EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 1st. Stifel Nicolaus upped their price objective on EPR Properties from $76.00 to $80.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 30th. Royal Bank of Canada upped their price objective on EPR Properties to $83.00 in a research report on Tuesday, May 28th. Raymond James set a $84.00 price objective on EPR Properties and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 2nd. Finally, Bank of America downgraded EPR Properties from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating and set a $80.00 price objective on the stock. in a research report on Tuesday, June 11th.

In related news, VP Tonya L. Mater sold 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $77.87, for a total value of $77,870.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 31,262 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,434,371.94. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Robert J. Druten sold 3,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $73.26, for a total value of $219,780.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 31,237 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,288,422.62. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 13,459 shares of company stock valued at $1,031,540. Insiders own 1.34% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of EPR. Invesco Ltd. boosted its holdings in EPR Properties by 250.2% in the second quarter. Invesco Ltd. now owns 3,143,943 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $234,506,000 after purchasing an additional 2,246,111 shares during the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can lifted its holdings in EPR Properties by 225.9% during the 1st quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 398,122 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $30,617,000 after buying an additional 275,959 shares during the last quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group lifted its holdings in EPR Properties by 858.0% during the 2nd quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 256,019 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $19,097,000 after buying an additional 229,294 shares during the last quarter. FMR LLC lifted its holdings in EPR Properties by 56.1% during the 1st quarter. FMR LLC now owns 525,303 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $40,396,000 after buying an additional 188,800 shares during the last quarter. Finally, NN Investment Partners Holdings N.V. lifted its holdings in EPR Properties by 447.6% during the 2nd quarter. NN Investment Partners Holdings N.V. now owns 199,727 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $14,898,000 after buying an additional 163,253 shares during the last quarter. 83.10% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

EPR stock traded up $0.79 during trading on Friday, hitting $75.82. 438,000 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 397,824. The business has a 50-day moving average price of $75.21 and a two-hundred day moving average price of $76.36. The stock has a market capitalization of $5.88 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.43, a PEG ratio of 4.36 and a beta of 0.57. EPR Properties has a 52-week low of $62.75 and a 52-week high of $80.75. The company has a current ratio of 5.32, a quick ratio of 5.32 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.06.

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, July 31st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.79 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.31 by ($0.52). The business had revenue of $175.70 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $168.46 million. EPR Properties had a return on equity of 9.81% and a net margin of 41.51%. EPR Properties’s revenue for the quarter was down 13.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $1.87 EPS. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that EPR Properties will post 5.42 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 16th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 30th will be paid a $0.375 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, August 29th. This represents a $4.50 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.94%. EPR Properties’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 73.77%.

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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