Chicago Equity Partners LLC purchased a new stake in shares of EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor purchased 11,845 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock, valued at approximately $758,000.

Other large investors also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Bank of New York Mellon Corp boosted its position in EPR Properties by 0.7% in the 2nd quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 889,244 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $57,613,000 after purchasing an additional 6,101 shares in the last quarter. Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management Company LTD purchased a new position in EPR Properties in the 3rd quarter valued at $234,000. First Hawaiian Bank purchased a new position in EPR Properties in the 3rd quarter valued at $113,000. Oakbrook Investments LLC purchased a new position in EPR Properties in the 3rd quarter valued at $321,000. Finally, Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB increased its stake in shares of EPR Properties by 34.3% in the 3rd quarter. Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB now owns 13,323 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $911,000 after acquiring an additional 3,400 shares during the last quarter. 87.01% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

In other EPR Properties news, SVP Michael L. Hirons sold 8,128 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $74.97, for a total transaction of $609,356.16. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, Director Peter C. Brown sold 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 6th. The stock was 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. In the last quarter, insiders sold 16,703 shares of company stock valued at $1,232,688. Insiders own 1.36% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NYSE:EPR opened at $75.51 on Tuesday. The stock has a market cap of $5.61 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.04, a PEG ratio of 4.18 and a beta of 0.70. The company has a quick ratio of 5.57, a current ratio of 5.57 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.02. EPR Properties has a 12 month low of $51.87 and a 12 month high of $75.53.

The business also recently announced a feb 19 dividend, which was paid on Friday, February 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, January 31st were paid a $0.375 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, January 30th. This represents a dividend yield of 6.41%. This is a positive change from EPR Properties’s previous feb 19 dividend of $0.36. EPR Properties’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 89.64%.

A number of brokerages recently issued reports on EPR. Raymond James raised EPR Properties from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $76.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Thursday, December 6th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 30th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded EPR Properties from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 19th. Citigroup lifted their price objective on EPR Properties from $65.00 to $70.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 1st. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada restated a “buy” rating and set a $73.00 target price on shares of EPR Properties in a research note on Monday, November 26th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $71.19.

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EPR Properties Company Profile

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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