Wasatch Advisors Inc. raised its stake in EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) by 117.7% during the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 128,013 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 69,213 shares during the quarter. Wasatch Advisors Inc. owned 0.17% of EPR Properties worth $8,380,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.
Other institutional investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. increased its stake in EPR Properties by 17.2% in the 3rd quarter. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. now owns 35,818 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $2,497,000 after buying an additional 5,255 shares during the period. Pensionfund DSM Netherlands increased its stake in EPR Properties by 25.8% in the 4th quarter. Pensionfund DSM Netherlands now owns 29,300 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $1,918,000 after buying an additional 6,000 shares during the period. Pensionfund Sabic increased its stake in EPR Properties by 26.9% in the 4th quarter. Pensionfund Sabic now owns 11,800 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $772,000 after buying an additional 2,500 shares during the period. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. increased its stake in EPR Properties by 28.7% in the 2nd quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now owns 773,378 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $55,582,000 after buying an additional 172,436 shares during the period. Finally, Wealth Enhancement Advisory Services LLC acquired a new position in EPR Properties in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $899,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 88.65% of the company’s stock.
In other news, SVP Michael L. Hirons sold 9,359 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, December 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $67.54, for a total transaction of $632,106.86. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, VP Tonya L. Mater sold 2,100 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, December 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $68.09, for a total transaction of $142,989.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 28,929 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,969,775.61. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 25,459 shares of company stock worth $1,615,516. 1.50% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) opened at $60.79 on Thursday. EPR Properties has a 12 month low of $59.53 and a 12 month high of $77.70. The company has a market cap of $4,480.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.09, a PEG ratio of 2.02 and a beta of 0.57. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03, a quick ratio of 7.88 and a current ratio of 7.88.
EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.77 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.30 by ($0.53). EPR Properties had a return on equity of 10.01% and a net margin of 45.71%. research analysts forecast that EPR Properties will post 5.18 earnings per share for the current year.
The firm also recently declared a dec 17 dividend, which was paid on Monday, January 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 29th were paid a dividend of $0.34 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 28th. This represents a dividend yield of 6.25%. EPR Properties’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 121.43%.
Several research analysts have weighed in on EPR shares. B. Riley reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $80.00 price objective on shares of EPR Properties in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. KeyCorp reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $80.00 price objective on shares of EPR Properties in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, November 10th. ValuEngine lowered shares of EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. Finally, SunTrust Banks started coverage on shares of EPR Properties in a research note on Tuesday, December 19th. They issued a “hold” rating and a $69.00 price objective on the stock. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. EPR Properties presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $77.17.
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EPR Properties 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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