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

EPR has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Citigroup Inc. upped their target price on shares of EPR Properties from $58.00 to $68.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, May 13th. KeyCorp upgraded shares of EPR Properties from a “sector weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 14th. Finally, Janney Montgomery Scott initiated coverage on shares of EPR Properties in a research report on Thursday. They set a “neutral” rating on the stock. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $67.40.

The firm has a market cap of $5.28 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.22. The company’s 50 day moving average is $77.67 and its 200-day moving average is $67.48.

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 28th. The company reported $1.18 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.17 by $0.01. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.03 earnings per share. The business earned $118.76 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $109.82 million. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 19.4% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts predict that EPR Properties will post $4.74 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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

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

Other hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. US Bancorp DE increased its stake in shares of EPR Properties by 5.9% in the fourth quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 29,663 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,732,000 after buying an additional 1,658 shares in the last quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. increased its stake in shares of EPR Properties by 3.8% in the fourth quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 107,477 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,282,000 after buying an additional 3,953 shares in the last quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group increased its stake in shares of 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. Principal Financial Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of 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. Finally, Bank of Montreal Can increased its stake in shares of EPR Properties by 5.6% in the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 223,662 shares of the company’s stock valued at $13,073,000 after buying an additional 11,902 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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