MML Investors Services LLC Has $878,000 Stake in EPR Properties (EPR)

MML Investors Services LLC grew its position in EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) by 19.6% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 13,408 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after purchasing an additional 2,199 shares during the quarter. MML Investors Services LLC’s holdings in EPR Properties were worth $878,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other large investors also recently made changes to their positions in EPR. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can lifted its stake in shares of EPR Properties by 1.8% in the third quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 42,695 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $2,974,000 after purchasing an additional 743 shares during the period. Teacher Retirement System of Texas raised its position in EPR Properties by 19.2% during the third quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas now owns 6,059 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $423,000 after acquiring an additional 976 shares during the last quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank raised its position in EPR Properties by 4.8% during the fourth quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 21,371 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,399,000 after acquiring an additional 985 shares during the last quarter. Park Avenue Securities LLC raised its position in EPR Properties by 20.8% during the fourth quarter. Park Avenue Securities LLC now owns 6,672 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $430,000 after acquiring an additional 1,149 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Itau Unibanco Holding S.A. raised its position in shares of EPR Properties by 102.6% in the fourth quarter. Itau Unibanco Holding S.A. now owns 2,308 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $151,000 after buying an additional 1,169 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 88.56% of the company’s stock.

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EPR has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. JPMorgan Chase downgraded shares of EPR Properties from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a report on Friday, December 15th. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services set a $72.00 target price on shares of EPR Properties and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, February 5th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of EPR Properties from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 14th. Citigroup cut their price target on shares of EPR Properties from $70.00 to $60.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, March 13th. Finally, SunTrust Banks initiated coverage on shares of EPR Properties in a research report on Tuesday, December 19th. They set a “hold” rating and a $69.00 price target for the company. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. EPR Properties presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $68.44.

In related news, SVP Craig L. Evans sold 14,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction 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 directly owns 38,384 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,304,191.52. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 1.50% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

EPR traded up $0.40 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $56.40. 695,684 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 644,427. EPR Properties has a one year low of $51.87 and a one year high of $76.90. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03, a quick ratio of 8.20 and a current ratio of 8.20. The firm has a market cap of $4,098.58, a PE ratio of 11.24, a PEG ratio of 2.94 and a beta of 0.45.

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 28th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.74 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.44 by ($0.70). The company had revenue of $147.70 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $151.87 million. EPR Properties had a net margin of 45.65% and a return on equity of 9.60%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $1.26 EPS. sell-side analysts anticipate that EPR Properties will post 5.31 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a mar 18 dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 16th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 29th will be paid a $0.36 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, March 28th. This represents a dividend yield of 7.67%. EPR Properties’s payout ratio is 86.06%.

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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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR)

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