Kelman Lazarov Inc. increased its holdings in Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) by 8.0% in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 53,583 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 3,955 shares during the period. Ventas comprises approximately 1.5% of Kelman Lazarov Inc.’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 17th biggest holding. Kelman Lazarov Inc.’s holdings in Ventas were worth $3,216,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other hedge funds have also modified their holdings of the company. First Allied Advisory Services Inc. increased its position in shares of Ventas by 0.3% during the second quarter. First Allied Advisory Services Inc. now owns 14,612 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,012,000 after purchasing an additional 47 shares in the last quarter. Bank of Hawaii increased its position in shares of Ventas by 1.1% during the second quarter. Bank of Hawaii now owns 28,697 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,994,000 after purchasing an additional 303 shares in the last quarter. Veritable L.P. increased its position in shares of Ventas by 6.2% during the second quarter. Veritable L.P. now owns 9,201 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $639,000 after purchasing an additional 539 shares in the last quarter. HL Financial Services LLC increased its position in shares of Ventas by 7.3% during the third quarter. HL Financial Services LLC now owns 11,894 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $775,000 after purchasing an additional 807 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Camden National Bank increased its position in shares of Ventas by 0.6% during the third quarter. Camden National Bank now owns 138,409 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $9,015,000 after purchasing an additional 807 shares in the last quarter. 90.03% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of Ventas, Inc. (NYSE VTR) traded up $0.02 on Tuesday, hitting $54.49. 2,587,100 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,809,871. The stock has a market capitalization of $19,520.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 32.43, a PEG ratio of 3.65 and a beta of 0.09. The company has a quick ratio of 1.46, a current ratio of 1.46 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.06. Ventas, Inc. has a 12-month low of $53.75 and a 12-month high of $72.36.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Friday, October 27th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.44 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.04 by ($0.60). The company had revenue of $899.90 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $893.18 million. Ventas had a net margin of 32.96% and a return on equity of 6.34%. Ventas’s quarterly revenue was up 3.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm earned $1.03 earnings per share. equities research analysts forecast that Ventas, Inc. will post 4.15 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, January 12th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, January 2nd were issued a dividend of $0.79 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, December 29th. This is a positive change from Ventas’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.78. This represents a $3.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.80%. Ventas’s payout ratio is 188.10%.

A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on the company. SunTrust Banks set a $59.00 price target on Ventas and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday. BMO Capital Markets set a $55.00 price target on Ventas and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, January 15th. UBS Group dropped their price objective on shares of Ventas from $69.00 to $66.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, October 2nd. ValuEngine raised shares of Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, January 5th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Ventas from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 22nd. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $62.11.

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About Ventas

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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Ventas (NYSE:VTR)

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