Wall Street analysts predict that Welltower Inc (NYSE:WELL) will report earnings of $1.03 per share for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Five analysts have made estimates for Welltower’s earnings, with the lowest EPS estimate coming in at $1.01 and the highest estimate coming in at $1.05. Welltower posted earnings per share of $1.02 in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year over year growth rate of 1%. The firm is scheduled to issue its next quarterly earnings report on Thursday, February 28th.

On average, analysts expect that Welltower will report full year earnings of $4.04 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.99 to $4.07. For the next fiscal year, analysts anticipate that the firm will post earnings of $4.22 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.13 to $4.35. Zacks’ EPS averages are a mean average based on a survey of research analysts that cover Welltower.

Welltower (NYSE:WELL) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 30th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.17 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.02 by ($0.85). The business had revenue of $1.24 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.16 billion. Welltower had a return on equity of 4.86% and a net margin of 12.99%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 13.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.08 EPS.

WELL has been the topic of several recent research reports. BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and issued a $58.00 price target on shares of Welltower in a research report on Monday, July 30th. SunTrust Banks set a $64.00 price target on shares of Welltower and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, July 30th. Stifel Nicolaus set a $66.00 price target on shares of Welltower and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, July 30th. Stephens restated a “buy” rating and issued a $64.00 price target on shares of Welltower in a research report on Tuesday, July 31st. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada set a $63.00 price target on shares of Welltower and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 31st. Ten equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $64.21.

Welltower stock traded down $0.61 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $69.49. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,430,923 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,344,177. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.93, a quick ratio of 1.54 and a current ratio of 1.54. The firm has a market cap of $26.25 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.51, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.93 and a beta of 0.17. Welltower has a twelve month low of $49.58 and a twelve month high of $70.44.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, November 21st. Investors of record on Monday, November 12th will be paid a $0.87 dividend. This represents a $3.48 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.01%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, November 9th. Welltower’s dividend payout ratio is 82.66%.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of WELL. Principal Financial Group Inc. acquired a new position in Welltower in the 1st quarter worth approximately $308,744,000. Millennium Management LLC acquired a new position in Welltower in the 1st quarter worth approximately $785,000. IFM Investors Pty Ltd boosted its stake in Welltower by 49.1% in the 2nd quarter. IFM Investors Pty Ltd now owns 16,788 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,052,000 after purchasing an additional 5,530 shares during the period. Trust Co. of Vermont boosted its stake in Welltower by 76.5% in the 2nd quarter. Trust Co. of Vermont now owns 2,189 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $138,000 after purchasing an additional 949 shares during the period. Finally, Bogart Wealth LLC boosted its stake in Welltower by 4.1% in the 2nd quarter. Bogart Wealth LLC now owns 30,838 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,933,000 after purchasing an additional 1,203 shares during the period. 85.26% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Welltower Company Profile

Welltower Inc (NYSE: WELL), an S&P 500 company headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, is driving the transformation of health care infrastructure. The company invests with leading seniors housing operators, post-acute providers and health systems to fund the real estate infrastructure needed to scale innovative care delivery models and improve people's wellness and overall health care experience.

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