Shares of EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) have earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the eleven brokerages that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1-year target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $82.33.

Several research firms have recently weighed in on EPR. BidaskClub raised EPR Properties from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 13th. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of EPR Properties in a research report on Thursday, May 18th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, March 3rd. ValuEngine downgraded EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus upped their price objective on EPR Properties to $80.00 in a research report on Wednesday, March 1st.

In other news, Director Peter C. Brown sold 7,907 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, June 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $71.49, for a total transaction of $565,271.43. Following the transaction, the director now owns 4,578 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $327,281.22. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, Director Robert J. Druten sold 9,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $70.30, for a total value of $632,700.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 22,304 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,567,971.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.50% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of EPR. AMP Capital Investors Ltd boosted its stake in shares of EPR Properties by 28.3% in the third quarter. AMP Capital Investors Ltd now owns 28,090 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $2,233,000 after buying an additional 6,200 shares during the period. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank boosted its stake in shares of EPR Properties by 1.3% in the third quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 22,536 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,774,000 after buying an additional 290 shares during the period. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company bought a new stake in shares of EPR Properties during the third quarter worth $11,814,000. Brinker Capital Inc. boosted its stake in shares of EPR Properties by 24.2% in the third quarter. Brinker Capital Inc. now owns 3,170 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $251,000 after buying an additional 618 shares during the period. Finally, Russell Investments Group Ltd. bought a new stake in shares of EPR Properties during the fourth quarter worth $8,954,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 77.65% of the company’s stock.

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EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) traded down 0.40% on Tuesday, hitting $73.85. 653,955 shares of the company were exchanged. EPR Properties has a 52 week low of $65.50 and a 52 week high of $84.67. The company has a market capitalization of $5.44 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.45 and a beta of 0.56. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $71.61 and a 200 day moving average of $72.95.

The company also recently declared a jun 17 dividend, which will be paid on Monday, July 17th. Stockholders of record on Friday, June 30th will be given a dividend of $0.34 per share. This represents a dividend yield of 5.46%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, June 28th. EPR Properties’s payout ratio is 129.52%.

About EPR Properties

EPR Properties is a specialty real estate investment trust. The Company’s investment portfolio includes primarily entertainment, education and recreation properties. The Company’s segments include Entertainment, Education, Recreation and Other. The Entertainment segment consists of investments in megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers, family entertainment centers and other retail parcels.

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