EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) hit a new 52-week high during mid-day trading on Friday . The stock traded as high as $83.04 and last traded at $82.99, with a volume of 133,456 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $81.95.

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Citigroup Inc. increased their target price on shares of EPR Properties from $68.00 to $78.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 7th. Janney Montgomery Scott assumed coverage on shares of EPR Properties in a research note on Thursday. They issued a “neutral” rating for the company. Finally, KeyCorp upgraded shares of EPR Properties from a “sector weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 14th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $67.40.

The company has a 50-day moving average price of $77.34 and a 200 day moving average price of $67.30. The firm has a market capitalization of $5.31 billion and a PE ratio of 27.35.

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 28th. The company reported $1.18 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.17 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $118.76 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $109.82 million. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 19.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm earned $1.03 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts expect that EPR Properties will post $4.75 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a aug 16 dividend, which will be paid on Monday, August 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, July 29th will be given a dividend of $0.32 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, July 27th. This represents a yield of 4.71%.

In other news, SVP Thomas B. Wright III sold 582 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $66.76, for a total transaction of $38,854.32. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 22,665 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,513,115.40. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CAO Tonya L. Mater sold 2,509 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $70.49, for a total transaction of $176,859.41. Following the transaction, the chief accounting officer now owns 28,813 shares in the company, valued at $2,031,028.37. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several hedge funds and institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in EPR. ProShare Advisors LLC raised its position in EPR Properties by 24.6% in the fourth quarter. ProShare Advisors LLC now owns 31,395 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,835,000 after buying an additional 6,196 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its position in EPR Properties by 5.0% in the fourth quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 8,922,282 shares of the company’s stock valued at $521,507,000 after buying an additional 428,192 shares in the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. raised its position in EPR Properties by 5.6% in the fourth quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 2,775,716 shares of the company’s stock valued at $162,240,000 after buying an additional 147,793 shares in the last quarter. Systematic Financial Management LP raised its position in EPR Properties by 1,799.8% in the fourth quarter. Systematic Financial Management LP now owns 834,814 shares of the company’s stock valued at $48,794,000 after buying an additional 790,871 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Schroder Investment Management Group raised its position in EPR Properties by 20.7% in the fourth quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 83,300 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,869,000 after buying an additional 14,300 shares in the last quarter.

EPR Properties (EPR) is a self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s investment portfolio includes entertainment, education and recreation properties. The Company operates in four segments: Entertainment, Education, Recreation and Other. The Company’s Entertainment segment consists of investments in megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers, family entertainment centers and other retail parcels.

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