EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) CAO Tonya L. Mater sold 4,287 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.13, for a total transaction of $300,647.31. Following the completion of the sale, the chief accounting officer now directly owns 31,395 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,201,731.35. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Shares of NYSE:EPR opened at $71.29 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $5.26 billion, a PE ratio of 11.79, a PEG ratio of 4.59 and a beta of 0.43. The company has a quick ratio of 5.57, a current ratio of 5.57 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.02. EPR Properties has a 12 month low of $51.87 and a 12 month high of $71.39.

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) last issued its earnings results on Monday, October 29th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.07 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.89 by $0.18. The company had revenue of $176.40 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $157.09 million. EPR Properties had a net margin of 40.84% and a return on equity of 9.62%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 16.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.22 EPS. As a group, research analysts expect that EPR Properties will post 6.07 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a oct 18 dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, November 15th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, October 31st will be given a $0.36 dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 6.36%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, October 30th. EPR Properties’s payout ratio is presently 86.06%.

Several equities analysts have recently commented on EPR shares. Stifel Nicolaus boosted their target price on shares of EPR Properties from $68.00 to $70.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 18th. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “buy” rating and issued a $71.00 target price on shares of EPR Properties in a research report on Wednesday, August 15th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 30th. Citigroup boosted their target price on shares of EPR Properties from $65.00 to $70.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 1st. Finally, Raymond James started coverage on shares of EPR Properties in a research report on Friday, July 20th. They issued a “market perform” rating for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $70.44.

A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in EPR Properties by 8.2% during the 3rd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 9,240,026 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $632,112,000 after purchasing an additional 703,037 shares in the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. increased its position in EPR Properties by 38.3% during the 1st quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 5,105,162 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $282,826,000 after purchasing an additional 1,412,865 shares in the last quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA increased its position in EPR Properties by 25.1% during the 3rd quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 1,215,904 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $83,180,000 after purchasing an additional 243,776 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position in EPR Properties by 2.8% during the 2nd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,117,417 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $72,398,000 after purchasing an additional 30,292 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Bank of New York Mellon Corp increased its position in EPR Properties by 7.2% during the 3rd quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 953,630 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $65,238,000 after purchasing an additional 64,386 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 89.61% of the company’s stock.

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About EPR Properties

EPR Properties is a specialty real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in properties in select market segments which require unique industry knowledge, while offering the potential for stable and attractive returns. Our total investments exceed $6.7 billion and our primary investment segments are Entertainment, Recreation and Education.

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