EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) SVP Michael L. Hirons sold 7,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.97, for a total transaction of $489,790.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website.

Shares of NYSE EPR opened at $69.90 on Tuesday. The company has a quick ratio of 6.16, a current ratio of 6.16 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03. EPR Properties has a 52-week low of $51.87 and a 52-week high of $72.32. The company has a market capitalization of $5.03 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.92, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 4.61 and a beta of 0.49.

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Monday, July 30th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.86 by ($0.71). EPR Properties had a net margin of 38.00% and a return on equity of 8.63%. The business had revenue of $202.90 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $198.17 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.29 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 37.3% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts expect that EPR Properties will post 6.03 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a aug 18 dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 17th. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 31st will be given a $0.36 dividend. EPR Properties’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 86.06%.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in EPR. McKinley Carter Wealth Services Inc. acquired a new position in EPR Properties in the 1st quarter valued at approximately $120,000. Signaturefd LLC acquired a new position in EPR Properties in the 1st quarter valued at approximately $122,000. Centaurus Financial Inc. acquired a new position in EPR Properties in the 1st quarter valued at approximately $139,000. Qube Research & Technologies Ltd acquired a new position in EPR Properties in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $143,000. Finally, Sun Life Financial INC acquired a new position in EPR Properties in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $204,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 88.30% of the company’s stock.

EPR has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Citigroup upped their price objective on shares of EPR Properties from $60.00 to $65.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 2nd. Bank of America upped their price objective on shares of EPR Properties from $62.25 to $65.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday, July 16th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $62.00 price objective on shares of EPR Properties in a research report on Thursday, May 17th. TheStreet cut shares of EPR Properties from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 8th. Finally, ValuEngine cut shares of EPR Properties from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. EPR Properties presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $70.56.

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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