EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR)’s share price was down 2.4% during mid-day trading on Thursday . The company traded as low as $79.81 and last traded at $80.05, with a volume of 144,329 shares. The stock had previously closed at $82.00.

A number of equities analysts recently issued reports on EPR shares. Zacks Investment Research raised EPR Properties from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $91.00 price objective for the company in a report on Monday. Janney Montgomery Scott reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $88.00 price target on shares of EPR Properties in a research note on Sunday, July 24th. Citigroup Inc. increased their price target on EPR Properties from $68.00 to $78.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 7th. RBC Capital Markets reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $88.00 price target (up from $70.00) on shares of EPR Properties in a research note on Thursday, August 4th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada increased their price target on EPR Properties from $70.00 to $88.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 4th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. EPR Properties has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $79.71.

The company has a market capitalization of $5.11 billion and a P/E ratio of 26.15. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $80.96 and its 200 day moving average price is $69.95.

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, August 3rd. The company reported $1.17 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.16 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $118 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $112.03 million. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 16.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.08 earnings per share. Analysts forecast that EPR Properties will post $4.75 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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

Several hedge funds and institutional investors have made changes to their positions in EPR. New York State Common Retirement Fund increased its position in shares of EPR Properties by 59.0% in the fourth quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 82,980 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,850,000 after buying an additional 30,780 shares during the last quarter. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. increased its position in shares of EPR Properties by 2.3% in the fourth quarter. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. now owns 33,896 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,981,000 after buying an additional 747 shares during the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can increased its position 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 during the last quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group increased its position 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 during the last quarter. Finally, Advisors Asset Management Inc. increased its position 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 during 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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