Traders Buy EPR Properties (EPR) on Weakness

Investors purchased shares of EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) on weakness during trading on Monday. $11.31 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $8.10 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $3.21 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, EPR Properties had the 31st highest net in-flow for the day. EPR Properties traded down ($0.52) for the day and closed at $53.69

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on EPR shares. JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut shares of EPR Properties from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research report on Friday, December 15th. ValuEngine downgraded EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services set a $72.00 target price on EPR Properties and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, February 5th. SunTrust Banks initiated coverage on EPR Properties in a research note on Tuesday, December 19th. They set a “hold” rating and a $69.00 target price for the company. Finally, Bank of America downgraded EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $60.00 target price for the company. in a research note on Monday, March 5th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $69.33.

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The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03, a current ratio of 8.20 and a quick ratio of 8.20. The company has a market cap of $4,028.72, a P/E ratio of 16.33, a P/E/G ratio of 1.86 and a beta of 0.46.

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, February 28th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.74 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.44 by ($0.70). The business had revenue of $147.70 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $151.87 million. EPR Properties had a return on equity of 9.60% and a net margin of 45.65%. The firm’s revenue was up 12.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.26 EPS. research analysts anticipate that EPR Properties will post 5.33 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a mar 18 dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 16th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 29th will be paid a dividend of $0.36 per share. This represents a yield of 7.67%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 28th. EPR Properties’s payout ratio is 131.71%.

In other news, SVP Craig L. Evans sold 14,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, January 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $60.03, for a total value of $840,420.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 38,384 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,304,191.52. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Corporate insiders own 1.50% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in EPR. Nationwide Fund Advisors increased its stake in shares of EPR Properties by 5.4% in the third quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 235,345 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $16,413,000 after buying an additional 12,114 shares during the period. Sei Investments Co. increased its stake in shares of EPR Properties by 261.3% in the third quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 77,296 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $5,390,000 after buying an additional 55,902 shares during the period. New York State Common Retirement Fund increased its stake in shares of EPR Properties by 28.0% in the third quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 263,600 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $18,383,000 after buying an additional 57,600 shares during the period. Rhumbline Advisers increased its stake in shares of EPR Properties by 9.6% in the third quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 150,154 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $10,472,000 after buying an additional 13,134 shares during the period. Finally, Bank of New York Mellon Corp increased its stake in shares of EPR Properties by 1.5% in the third quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 805,430 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $56,171,000 after buying an additional 11,788 shares during the period. 88.56% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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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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