First Heartland Consultants Inc. reduced its holdings in shares of Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) by 19.8% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 8,664 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 2,136 shares during the period. First Heartland Consultants Inc.’s holdings in Ventas were worth $493,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in the stock. Legacy Advisors LLC grew its holdings in Ventas by 5,960.6% during the 2nd quarter. Legacy Advisors LLC now owns 2,000 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $115,000 after acquiring an additional 1,967 shares in the last quarter. Howe & Rusling Inc. grew its holdings in Ventas by 591.7% during the 2nd quarter. Howe & Rusling Inc. now owns 2,338 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $133,000 after acquiring an additional 2,000 shares in the last quarter. Steward Partners Investment Advisory LLC grew its holdings in Ventas by 354.7% during the 2nd quarter. Steward Partners Investment Advisory LLC now owns 3,001 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $171,000 after acquiring an additional 2,341 shares in the last quarter. Bay Colony Advisory Group Inc d b a Bay Colony Advisors acquired a new position in Ventas during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $188,000. Finally, Centaurus Financial Inc. acquired a new position in Ventas during the 1st quarter worth approximately $170,000. 85.15% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

In other news, Chairman Debra A. Cafaro sold 30,942 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, July 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $58.00, for a total value of $1,794,636.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chairman now owns 775,109 shares in the company, valued at approximately $44,956,322. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, Chairman Debra A. Cafaro sold 15,505 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, June 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.00, for a total transaction of $852,775.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chairman now owns 759,672 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $41,781,960. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 61,886 shares of company stock valued at $3,496,556. Company insiders own 1.40% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Ventas stock opened at $58.72 on Friday. Ventas, Inc. has a 12-month low of $46.55 and a 12-month high of $69.92. The company has a quick ratio of 0.56, a current ratio of 0.56 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.97. The firm has a market capitalization of $21.09 billion, a PE ratio of 14.07, a P/E/G ratio of 3.88 and a beta of 0.14.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last issued its earnings results on Friday, July 27th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.08 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.02 by $0.06. Ventas had a net margin of 34.00% and a return on equity of 5.02%. The business had revenue of $942.30 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $919.95 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.42 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.2% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts expect that Ventas, Inc. will post 4.04 earnings per share for the current year.

Several research analysts have commented on VTR shares. Jefferies Financial Group reiterated a “$57.33” rating and set a $61.00 price target on shares of Ventas in a report on Wednesday, July 18th. TheStreet upgraded shares of Ventas from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Thursday, July 5th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $61.00 price target on shares of Ventas and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 31st. BMO Capital Markets upgraded shares of Ventas from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $55.00 price target for the company in a report on Monday, April 30th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Ventas from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, June 28th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $57.07.

Ventas Company Profile

Ventas, Inc, an S&P 500 company, is a leading real estate investment trust. Its diverse portfolio of more than 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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