EPR Properties (EPR) Given Average Rating of “Hold” by Brokerages

Shares of EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) have received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the twelve analysts that are covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, eight have given a hold recommendation and two have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year target price among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $70.50.

EPR has been the subject of a number of research reports. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $71.00 price target on shares of EPR Properties in a research note on Wednesday, August 15th. Zacks Investment Research raised EPR Properties from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $76.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, October 3rd. Citigroup raised their price objective on EPR Properties from $65.00 to $70.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 1st. ValuEngine raised EPR Properties from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 2nd. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus raised their price objective on EPR Properties from $68.00 to $70.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 18th.

NYSE EPR traded down $0.58 on Monday, reaching $70.71. 612,929 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 458,149. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.02, a quick ratio of 5.57 and a current ratio of 5.57. The firm has a market cap of $5.30 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.09, a PEG ratio of 4.63 and a beta of 0.45. EPR Properties has a 12 month low of $51.87 and a 12 month high of $72.18.

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, October 29th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.07 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.89 by $0.18. The firm had revenue of $176.40 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $157.09 million. EPR Properties had a return on equity of 9.62% and a net margin of 40.84%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 16.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company posted $1.22 EPS. On average, research analysts predict that EPR Properties will post 6.07 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a nov 18 dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 17th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 30th will be paid a dividend of $0.36 per share. This represents a dividend yield of 6.09%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 29th. EPR Properties’s dividend payout ratio is presently 86.06%.

In other news, CFO Mark Alan Peterson sold 7,250 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.75, for a total transaction of $505,687.50. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 101,053 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,048,446.75. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director Peter C. Brown sold 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.37, for a total value of $140,740.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 17,112 shares of company stock valued at $1,200,900. Corporate insiders own 1.36% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in EPR. First Hawaiian Bank purchased a new stake in shares of EPR Properties in the third quarter valued at $113,000. Qube Research & Technologies Ltd purchased a new stake in shares of EPR Properties in the second quarter valued at $143,000. Sun Life Financial INC purchased a new stake in shares of EPR Properties in the second quarter valued at $204,000. UMB Bank N A MO purchased a new stake in shares of EPR Properties in the third quarter valued at $207,000. Finally, Independent Advisor Alliance purchased a new stake in shares of EPR Properties in the third quarter valued at $218,000. Institutional investors own 89.50% of the company’s stock.

About EPR Properties

EPR Properties is a specialty real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in properties in select market segments which require unique industry knowledge, while offering the potential for stable and attractive returns. Our total investments exceed $6.7 billion and our primary investment segments are Entertainment, Recreation and Education.

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