Several other research analysts have also recently weighed in on EPR. KeyCorp cut EPR Properties to a hold rating in a report on Thursday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded EPR Properties from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $78.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, November 7th. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services restated a buy rating on shares of EPR Properties in a report on Monday, November 13th. ValuEngine cut EPR Properties from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, SunTrust Banks set a $65.00 target price on EPR Properties and gave the stock a hold rating in a report on Monday, January 22nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $72.67.
Shares of EPR Properties (NYSE EPR) opened at $57.63 on Wednesday. EPR Properties has a 52 week low of $54.95 and a 52 week high of $77.00. The company has a current ratio of 7.88, a quick ratio of 7.88 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03. The company has a market capitalization of $4,251.36, a P/E ratio of 17.15, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.93 and a beta of 0.46.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Investors of record on Wednesday, February 28th will be issued a $0.36 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, February 27th. This is a boost from EPR Properties’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.32. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.50%. EPR Properties’s dividend payout ratio is currently 128.57%.
In related news, SVP Michael L. Hirons sold 9,359 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $67.54, for a total value of $632,106.86. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, VP Tonya L. Mater sold 2,100 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred 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 completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 28,929 shares in the company, valued at $1,969,775.61. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 25,459 shares of company stock worth $1,615,516 over the last quarter. 1.50% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.
A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. BlackRock Inc. lifted its holdings in EPR Properties by 2.6% in the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 7,718,600 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $505,259,000 after acquiring an additional 194,735 shares during the last quarter. Wedge Capital Management L L P NC lifted its holdings in EPR Properties by 18.7% in the fourth quarter. Wedge Capital Management L L P NC now owns 1,963,255 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $128,515,000 after acquiring an additional 308,837 shares during the last quarter. Uniplan Investment Counsel Inc. lifted its holdings in EPR Properties by 17.1% in the third quarter. Uniplan Investment Counsel Inc. now owns 1,217,866 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $84,933,000 after acquiring an additional 177,534 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its holdings in EPR Properties by 7.7% in the third quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,004,364 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $70,044,000 after acquiring an additional 71,892 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Millennium Management LLC lifted its holdings in EPR Properties by 633.0% in the fourth quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 887,369 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $58,087,000 after acquiring an additional 766,302 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 87.65% of the company’s stock.
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EPR Properties Company Profile
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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