Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) – Research analysts at Jefferies Group dropped their FY2019 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of Ventas in a report issued on Monday. Jefferies Group analyst O. Okusanya now expects that the real estate investment trust will earn $4.03 per share for the year, down from their previous forecast of $4.20. Jefferies Group currently has a “Hold” rating and a $54.00 target price on the stock.
A number of other research firms have also recently commented on VTR. Stifel Nicolaus set a $56.00 target price on shares of Ventas and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, February 9th. BMO Capital Markets set a $55.00 target price on shares of Ventas and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, February 9th. ValuEngine raised shares of Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, January 5th. Capital One Financial raised shares of Ventas from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Finally, KeyCorp set a $50.00 target price on shares of Ventas and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $58.31.
Ventas (VTR) traded up $0.75 during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $51.39. 2,450,000 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,170,000. The stock has a market capitalization of $18,310.00 and a PE ratio of 30.59. The company has a quick ratio of 1.46, a current ratio of 1.20 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03. Ventas has a twelve month low of $49.17 and a twelve month high of $72.36.
Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last released its earnings results on Friday, February 9th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.03 EPS for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.03. The business had revenue of $895.30 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $895.92 million. Ventas had a net margin of 37.95% and a return on equity of 5.99%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 2.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.58 earnings per share.
Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. UMB Bank N A MO boosted its position in Ventas by 8.0% during the fourth quarter. UMB Bank N A MO now owns 197,132 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $11,830,000 after acquiring an additional 14,671 shares during the last quarter. IFM Investors Pty Ltd acquired a new position in Ventas in the 3rd quarter valued at about $647,000. Intl Fcstone Inc. acquired a new position in Ventas in the 2nd quarter valued at about $691,000. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. boosted its holdings in Ventas by 9.9% in the 4th quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 3,485,820 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $209,185,000 after purchasing an additional 314,690 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Janus Henderson Group PLC boosted its holdings in Ventas by 83.9% in the 3rd quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 178,980 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $11,655,000 after purchasing an additional 81,667 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 90.05% of the company’s stock.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 12th. Investors of record on Monday, April 2nd will be given a dividend of $0.79 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 29th. This represents a $3.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 6.15%. Ventas’s payout ratio is presently 188.10%.
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Ventas, Inc is a real estate investment trust (REIT) with its properties located throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Company operates through three segments: triple-net leased properties, senior living operations and office operations. Under its triple-net leased properties segment, the Company invests in and owns seniors housing and healthcare properties throughout the United States and the United Kingdom and leases those properties to healthcare operating companies under triple-net or absolute-net leases that obligate the tenants to pay all property-related expenses.
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