Wall Street analysts expect that Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) will report sales of $920.79 million for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Two analysts have issued estimates for Ventas’ earnings, with the highest sales estimate coming in at $923.57 million and the lowest estimate coming in at $918.00 million. Ventas reported sales of $943.71 million in the same quarter last year, which suggests a negative year over year growth rate of 2.4%. The business is scheduled to report its next quarterly earnings results on Friday, April 26th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Ventas will report full year sales of $3.72 billion for the current year, with estimates ranging from $3.68 billion to $3.80 billion. For the next financial year, analysts expect that the business will post sales of $3.79 billion, with estimates ranging from $3.75 billion to $3.82 billion. Zacks Investment Research’s sales calculations are a mean average based on a survey of research analysts that follow Ventas.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February 8th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.96 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.95 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $923.26 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $913.92 million. Ventas had a return on equity of 3.54% and a net margin of 10.93%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 3.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.03 earnings per share.

VTR has been the topic of a number of research reports. ValuEngine raised Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, November 16th. TheStreet lowered Ventas from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Friday, October 26th. Stifel Nicolaus set a $55.00 price target on Ventas and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, October 29th. BMO Capital Markets raised their price target on Ventas from $60.00 to $62.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Monday, February 11th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. initiated coverage on Ventas in a report on Tuesday, October 30th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $60.00 price target on the stock. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $58.82.

In related news, EVP T Richard Riney sold 15,676 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $65.00, for a total value of $1,018,940.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Robert F. Probst sold 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $63.31, for a total transaction of $633,100.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 100,064 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,335,051.84. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 103,760 shares of company stock valued at $6,665,644. 1.40% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Rational Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Ventas during the 4th quarter valued at approximately $34,000. Reilly Financial Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Ventas during the 4th quarter valued at approximately $35,000. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund lifted its position in shares of Ventas by 5,686.9% during the 4th quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 2,253,547 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $38,000 after acquiring an additional 2,214,605 shares during the period. Berman Capital Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Ventas during the 4th quarter valued at approximately $41,000. Finally, Eukles Asset Management acquired a new stake in shares of Ventas during the 4th quarter valued at approximately $48,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 85.61% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NYSE VTR traded up $0.65 during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $63.98. 2,187,100 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,181,883. The company has a quick ratio of 0.53, a current ratio of 0.53 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.04. Ventas has a 1 year low of $46.55 and a 1 year high of $65.70. The firm has a market cap of $22.48 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.72, a P/E/G ratio of 5.09 and a beta of 0.33.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 12th. Investors of record on Monday, April 1st will be given a $0.7925 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, March 29th. This represents a $3.17 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.95%. Ventas’s payout ratio is currently 77.89%.

About Ventas

Ventas, Inc, an S&P 500 company, is a leading real estate investment trust. Its diverse portfolio of approximately 1,200 assets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom consists of seniors housing communities, medical office buildings, life science and innovation centers, inpatient rehabilitation and long-term acute care facilities, health systems and skilled nursing facilities.

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