Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) – Investment analysts at Jefferies Group upped their FY2018 EPS estimates for Ventas in a research note issued on Friday. Jefferies Group analyst O. Okusanya now forecasts that the real estate investment trust will post earnings per share of $4.30 for the year, up from their prior forecast of $4.29. Jefferies Group has a “Hold” rating and a $64.00 price target on the stock.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, April 28th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.44 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.02 by $0.58. Ventas had a net margin of 20.10% and a return on equity of 6.34%. The firm had revenue of $883.44 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $873.56 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.04 EPS. Ventas’s revenue was up 3.7% on a year-over-year basis.

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Several other analysts also recently weighed in on VTR. BidaskClub upgraded Ventas from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, June 28th. SunTrust Banks, Inc. began coverage on Ventas in a research report on Tuesday, March 21st. They set a “hold” rating and a $64.00 target price for the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, March 27th. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group began coverage on Ventas in a research report on Wednesday, June 21st. They set a “hold” rating and a $67.00 target price for the company. Finally, Mizuho reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Ventas in a research report on Wednesday, June 28th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $66.22.

Ventas (NYSE VTR) traded up 0.10% during trading on Monday, reaching $68.87. 441,136 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The company has a market cap of $24.44 billion, a P/E ratio of 34.99 and a beta of 0.08. Ventas has a 12-month low of $56.20 and a 12-month high of $76.80. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $67.99 and its 200-day moving average is $64.11.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, June 30th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, June 6th were paid a dividend of $0.775 per share. The ex-dividend date was Friday, June 2nd. This represents a $3.10 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.51%. Ventas’s payout ratio is 157.36%.

In other Ventas news, Chairman Debra A. Cafaro sold 100,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, June 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.12, for a total value of $6,912,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chairman now directly owns 819,835 shares in the company, valued at approximately $56,666,995.20. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. 1.30% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. GSA Capital Partners LLP purchased a new position in Ventas during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $266,000. Brookfield Asset Management Inc. bought a new position in shares of Ventas during the fourth quarter valued at $2,063,000. HighPoint Advisor Group LLC increased its position in shares of Ventas by 1.7% in the fourth quarter. HighPoint Advisor Group LLC now owns 4,117 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $264,000 after buying an additional 69 shares during the period. Kentucky Retirement Systems bought a new position in shares of Ventas during the fourth quarter valued at $1,607,000. Finally, Kentucky Retirement Systems Insurance Trust Fund bought a new position in shares of Ventas during the fourth quarter valued at $717,000. 89.09% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Ventas Company Profile

Ventas, Inc is a real estate investment trust (REIT) with its properties located throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Company operates through three segments: triple-net leased properties, senior living operations and office operations. Under its triple-net leased properties segment, the Company invests in and owns seniors housing and healthcare properties throughout the United States and the United Kingdom and leases those properties to healthcare operating companies under triple-net or absolute-net leases that obligate the tenants to pay all property-related expenses.

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