BidaskClub downgraded shares of EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report report published on Tuesday morning.

Several other research firms have also commented on EPR. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services reiterated a hold rating on shares of EPR Properties in a research report on Wednesday, May 3rd. ValuEngine lowered shares of EPR Properties from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of EPR Properties from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Monday, June 5th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $81.33.

EPR Properties (NYSE EPR) traded up 0.15% on Tuesday, reaching $71.79. 579,004 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $72.89 and a 200-day moving average of $73.19. EPR Properties has a 12-month low of $65.50 and a 12-month high of $84.46. The company has a market cap of $5.29 billion, a P/E ratio of 22.80 and a beta of 0.57.

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The company also recently disclosed a aug 17 dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, August 15th. Investors of record on Monday, July 31st will be paid a dividend of $0.34 per share. This represents a dividend yield of 5.56%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, July 27th. EPR Properties’s payout ratio is 129.52%.

In related news, Director Robert J. Druten sold 9,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.30, for a total transaction of $632,700.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 22,304 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,567,971.20. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Peter C. Brown sold 7,907 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, June 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $71.49, for a total transaction of $565,271.43. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 4,578 shares in the company, valued at approximately $327,281.22. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 1.50% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in EPR. State of Alaska Department of Revenue increased its position in shares of EPR Properties by 29.4% in the first quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 31,270 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $2,301,000 after buying an additional 7,110 shares during the last quarter. Huntington National Bank increased its position in shares of EPR Properties by 39.3% in the first quarter. Huntington National Bank now owns 3,849 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $283,000 after buying an additional 1,086 shares during the last quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC increased its position in shares of EPR Properties by 3.4% in the first quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC now owns 39,170 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $2,884,000 after buying an additional 1,270 shares during the last quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System increased its position in shares of EPR Properties by 3.2% in the first quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 16,200 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $1,193,000 after buying an additional 500 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Fox Run Management L.L.C. purchased a new position in shares of EPR Properties during the first quarter valued at about $729,000. 77.21% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

EPR Properties Company Profile

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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