Shares of EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) have earned an average rating of “Hold” from the eight analysts that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and two have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $78.80.

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on EPR shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of EPR Properties from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $81.00 price target for the company in a research report on Wednesday, August 2nd. KeyCorp reissued a “buy” rating and set a $80.00 price target on shares of EPR Properties in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services raised shares of EPR Properties from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $76.00 price target for the company in a research report on Monday, September 11th. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of EPR Properties from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, August 26th.

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Shares of EPR Properties (EPR) traded up $0.45 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $69.50. 193,146 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 314,781. The firm has a market capitalization of $5.13 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.17 and a beta of 0.58.

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The real estate investment trust reported $1.29 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.24 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $147.80 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $138.07 million. EPR Properties had a net margin of 46.90% and a return on equity of 10.51%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 25.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.17 earnings per share. analysts predict that EPR Properties will post 5.16 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a oct 17 dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, November 15th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, October 31st will be given a $0.34 dividend. This represents a yield of 5.72%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, October 30th. EPR Properties’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 120.00%.

Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Penserra Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of EPR Properties by 8.8% during the 2nd quarter. Penserra Capital Management LLC now owns 1,601 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $115,000 after acquiring an additional 129 shares during the last quarter. Ffcm LLC boosted its stake in shares of EPR Properties by 119.2% during the 2nd quarter. Ffcm LLC now owns 2,177 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $159,000 after acquiring an additional 1,184 shares during the last quarter. Private Advisor Group LLC boosted its stake in shares of EPR Properties by 8.0% during the 2nd quarter. Private Advisor Group LLC now owns 2,943 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $207,000 after acquiring an additional 218 shares during the last quarter. Wedbush Securities Inc. purchased a new position in shares of EPR Properties during the 2nd quarter worth $208,000. Finally, Verition Fund Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of EPR Properties during the 2nd quarter worth $208,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 85.14% of the company’s stock.

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.

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