EPR Properties (EPR) Receives $82.33 Consensus Target Price from Brokerages

Shares of EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) have been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the eight ratings firms that are presently covering the firm. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $82.33.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on EPR shares. FBR & Co set a $80.00 target price on shares of EPR Properties and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, December 8th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded EPR Properties from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $78.00 price objective for the company. in a research note on Friday, December 16th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, March 3rd. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus upped their price objective on EPR Properties to $80.00 in a research note on Wednesday, March 1st.

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) opened at 72.69 on Tuesday. The company has a market cap of $4.66 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.93 and a beta of 0.69. EPR Properties has a 52 week low of $63.54 and a 52 week high of $84.67. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $74.21 and a 200-day moving average of $73.54.

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, February 28th. The company reported $1.26 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.78 by $0.48. The firm earned $130.80 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $125.09 million. EPR Properties had a net margin of 46.29% and a return on equity of 10.16%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 16.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.18 earnings per share. Equities analysts forecast that EPR Properties will post $3.29 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a apr 17 dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 17th. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 31st will be paid a $0.34 dividend. EPR Properties’s dividend payout ratio is currently 130.35%.

In other news, CEO Gregory K. Silvers sold 20,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $72.16, for a total value of $1,443,200.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, SVP Thomas B. Wright III sold 4,350 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $72.62, for a total value of $315,897.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 15,896 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,154,367.52. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 37,995 shares of company stock valued at $2,777,150 in the last ninety days. 1.70% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. increased its position in EPR Properties by 3.7% in the third quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. now owns 10,526 shares of the company’s stock valued at $829,000 after buying an additional 375 shares in the last quarter. Shell Asset Management Co. purchased a new position in EPR Properties during the third quarter valued at about $1,115,000. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can increased its position in EPR Properties by 2.4% in the third quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 37,409 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,945,000 after buying an additional 867 shares in the last quarter. Exane Derivatives purchased a new position in EPR Properties during the third quarter valued at about $778,000. Finally, Meeder Asset Management Inc. increased its position in EPR Properties by 139.6% in the third quarter. Meeder Asset Management Inc. now owns 5,938 shares of the company’s stock valued at $468,000 after buying an additional 3,460 shares in the last quarter. 95.55% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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EPR Properties Company Profile

EPR Properties (EPR) is a self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s investment portfolio includes entertainment, education and recreation properties. The Company operates in four segments: Entertainment, Education, Recreation and Other. The Company’s Entertainment segment consists of investments in megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers, family entertainment centers and other retail parcels.

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