Eqis Capital Management Inc. decreased its holdings in Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) by 1.7% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 10,568 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 179 shares during the quarter. Eqis Capital Management Inc.’s holdings in Ventas were worth $674,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of VTR. JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted its stake in Ventas by 22.6% in the 3rd quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 7,214,027 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $392,299,000 after buying an additional 1,331,028 shares during the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp boosted its stake in Ventas by 23.0% in the 3rd quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 6,848,304 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $372,410,000 after buying an additional 1,282,487 shares during the last quarter. Verition Fund Management LLC acquired a new stake in Ventas in the 3rd quarter worth about $357,000. Mackenzie Financial Corp boosted its stake in Ventas by 56.7% in the 3rd quarter. Mackenzie Financial Corp now owns 11,208 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $609,000 after buying an additional 4,056 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Macquarie Group Ltd. boosted its stake in Ventas by 34.4% in the 3rd quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 188,225 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $10,235,000 after buying an additional 48,155 shares during the last quarter. 88.50% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

A number of analysts have issued reports on VTR shares. ValuEngine lowered Ventas from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 16th. Morgan Stanley began coverage on Ventas in a research note on Thursday, March 28th. They issued an “equal weight” rating and a $61.00 price objective on the stock. BMO Capital Markets lifted their price objective on Ventas from $62.00 to $64.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research note on Monday, March 4th. Deutsche Bank lifted their price objective on Ventas from $54.00 to $57.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, March 29th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, December 31st. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $59.33.

NYSE VTR opened at $59.03 on Monday. The stock has a market capitalization of $21.09 billion, a PE ratio of 14.50, a PEG ratio of 8.15 and a beta of 0.32. Ventas, Inc. has a 1-year low of $46.55 and a 1-year high of $65.70. The company has a current ratio of 0.53, a quick ratio of 0.53 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.04.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last released its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February 8th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.96 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.95 by $0.01. The business 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 company’s revenue was up 3.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.03 EPS. Sell-side analysts expect that Ventas, Inc. will post 3.81 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, April 12th. Investors of record on Monday, April 1st were issued a dividend of $0.7925 per share. The ex-dividend date was Friday, March 29th. This represents a $3.17 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 5.37%. Ventas’s payout ratio is currently 77.89%.

In related news, CFO Robert F. Probst sold 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $63.31, for a total transaction of $633,100.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 100,064 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,335,051.84. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, Chairman Debra A. Cafaro sold 68,084 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $64.09, for a total value of $4,363,503.56. Following the sale, the chairman now owns 805,835 shares in the company, valued at $51,645,965.15. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 111,577 shares of company stock worth $7,149,673. Company insiders own 1.40% of the company’s stock.

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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, university-based research and innovation centers, inpatient rehabilitation and long-term acute care facilities, health systems and skilled nursing facilities.

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