DF Dent & Co. Inc. lessened its position in Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) by 1.3% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 29,632 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 400 shares during the period. DF Dent & Co. Inc.’s holdings in Ventas were worth $2,059,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other large investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Financial Architects Inc grew its holdings in Ventas by 0.3% in the second quarter. Financial Architects Inc now owns 3,604 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $251,000 after purchasing an additional 12 shares during the period. Good Life Advisors LLC grew its holdings in Ventas by 0.4% in the first quarter. Good Life Advisors LLC now owns 3,992 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $259,000 after purchasing an additional 17 shares during the period. Wagner Bowman Management Corp grew its holdings in Ventas by 0.8% in the second quarter. Wagner Bowman Management Corp now owns 3,128 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $217,000 after purchasing an additional 26 shares during the period. CAPROCK Group Inc. grew its holdings in Ventas by 0.3% in the second quarter. CAPROCK Group Inc. now owns 9,205 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $640,000 after purchasing an additional 27 shares during the period. Finally, Cribstone Capital Management LLC grew its holdings in Ventas by 1.5% in the second quarter. Cribstone Capital Management LLC now owns 1,922 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $134,000 after purchasing an additional 28 shares during the period. 89.17% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

VTR has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, June 17th. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “hold” rating and issued a $66.00 target price on shares of Ventas in a report on Tuesday, August 29th. Capital One Financial Corporation initiated coverage on shares of Ventas in a report on Monday, September 25th. They issued an “equal weight” rating and a $69.00 target price for the company. UBS AG lowered their target price on shares of Ventas from $69.00 to $66.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Monday, October 2nd. Finally, Bank of America Corporation downgraded shares of Ventas from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and lowered their target price for the company from $72.00 to $71.00 in a report on Friday, September 22nd. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Ventas has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $63.70.

Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) traded up 0.25% during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $63.42. 452,802 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Ventas, Inc. has a 52 week low of $56.20 and a 52 week high of $72.36. The stock has a market capitalization of $22.59 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 32.52 and a beta of 0.08. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $66.93 and its 200 day moving average price is $66.73.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Friday, July 28th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.06 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.45 by $0.61. The business had revenue of $895.49 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $890.01 million. Ventas had a net margin of 20.08% and a return on equity of 6.31%. Ventas’s quarterly revenue was up 5.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.42 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts expect that Ventas, Inc. will post $1.82 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 29th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, September 12th were paid a $0.775 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, September 11th. This represents a $3.10 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.90%. Ventas’s payout ratio is 157.36%.

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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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Ventas (NYSE:VTR)

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