Jefferies Group reiterated their hold rating on shares of Ventas (NYSE:VTR) in a research report released on Tuesday morning. Jefferies Group currently has a $54.00 price objective on the real estate investment trust’s stock.

VTR has been the topic of several other research reports. BMO Capital Markets set a $55.00 target price on shares of Ventas and gave the company a sell rating in a report on Monday, January 15th. Wells Fargo & Co set a $54.00 target price on shares of Ventas and gave the company a hold rating in a report on Tuesday. SunTrust Banks set a $59.00 target price on shares of Ventas and gave the company a hold rating in a report on Monday, January 22nd. Citigroup reduced their target price on shares of Ventas from $66.00 to $52.00 and set a neutral rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday. Finally, Mizuho set a $53.00 target price on shares of Ventas and gave the company a hold rating in a report on Friday, February 9th. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $58.31.

Shares of Ventas (VTR) opened at $50.72 on Tuesday. The firm has a market cap of $18,060.00 and a P/E ratio of 28.49. Ventas has a 1-year low of $49.17 and a 1-year high of $72.36. The company has a quick ratio of 1.46, a current ratio of 1.20 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last issued its earnings results on Friday, February 9th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.03 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.03. The firm had revenue of $895.30 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $895.92 million. Ventas had a net margin of 37.95% and a return on equity of 5.99%. The firm’s revenue was up 2.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.58 earnings per share. equities analysts forecast that Ventas will post 4.11 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 12th. Shareholders of record on Monday, April 2nd will be issued a dividend of $0.79 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 29th. This represents a $3.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 6.23%. Ventas’s payout ratio is currently 177.53%.

A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in VTR. Capital International Investors raised its holdings in Ventas by 40.9% during the third quarter. Capital International Investors now owns 4,141,700 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $269,749,000 after purchasing an additional 1,202,900 shares in the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC raised its holdings in Ventas by 2,469.3% during the fourth quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 1,020,002 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $61,210,000 after purchasing an additional 980,302 shares in the last quarter. Standard Life Aberdeen plc raised its holdings in Ventas by 178.5% during the fourth quarter. Standard Life Aberdeen plc now owns 1,170,770 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $70,263,000 after purchasing an additional 750,316 shares in the last quarter. Cohen & Steers Inc. raised its holdings in Ventas by 8.6% during the third quarter. Cohen & Steers Inc. now owns 6,895,293 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $449,090,000 after purchasing an additional 545,504 shares in the last quarter. Finally, BlackRock Inc. raised its holdings in Ventas by 1.3% during the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 37,796,715 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $2,268,180,000 after purchasing an additional 468,516 shares in the last quarter. 90.05% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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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.

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