ValuEngine downgraded shares of EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report released on Thursday, ValuEngine reports.

Several other research analysts have also recently weighed in on EPR. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded shares of EPR Properties from an underweight rating to a neutral rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 19th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of EPR Properties from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 16th. Finally, Raymond James boosted their price objective on shares of EPR Properties from $76.00 to $80.00 and gave the stock an outperform rating in a research report on Friday, March 22nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. EPR Properties presently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $72.75.

EPR stock opened at $77.00 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.04, a current ratio of 3.77 and a quick ratio of 3.77. EPR Properties has a fifty-two week low of $52.80 and a fifty-two week high of $79.51. The company has a market capitalization of $5.77 billion, a P/E ratio of 12.62, a P/E/G ratio of 4.27 and a beta of 0.70.

The firm also recently announced a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, May 15th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, April 30th will be issued a dividend of $0.375 per share. This represents a $4.50 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.84%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, April 29th. EPR Properties’s dividend payout ratio is presently 73.77%.

In other EPR Properties news, CFO Mark Alan Peterson sold 3,000 shares of EPR Properties stock in a transaction on Friday, February 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $75.04, for a total transaction of $225,120.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Robin Peppe Sterneck sold 860 shares of EPR Properties stock in a transaction on Friday, March 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $72.60, for a total transaction of $62,436.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 1,882 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $136,633.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 15,563 shares of company stock valued at $1,154,384 in the last ninety days. Company insiders own 1.36% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Lindbrook Capital LLC acquired a new stake in EPR Properties during the 4th quarter worth $25,000. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. grew its holdings in EPR Properties by 195.6% during the 4th quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 467 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $30,000 after acquiring an additional 309 shares during the period. Pearl River Capital LLC acquired a new stake in EPR Properties during the 4th quarter worth $32,000. Capital Investment Advisory Services LLC acquired a new position in shares of EPR Properties in the 4th quarter valued at $33,000. Finally, Fort L.P. grew its holdings in shares of EPR Properties by 173.2% in the 4th quarter. Fort L.P. now owns 560 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $36,000 after buying an additional 355 shares during the period. 84.66% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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