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

Several equities analysts recently issued reports on EPR shares. Citigroup Inc. boosted 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. Janney Montgomery Scott started coverage on EPR Properties in a research note on Thursday, July 21st. They set a “neutral” rating on the stock. KeyCorp upgraded EPR Properties from a “sector weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 14th. RBC Capital Markets restated 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 boosted 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 investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $80.00.

The company has a market cap of $5.13 billion and a P/E ratio of 26.24. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $81.12 and its 200-day moving average price is $70.12.

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 3rd. The company reported $1.17 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.16 by $0.01. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $1.08 earnings per share. The company earned $118 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $112.03 million. The firm’s revenue was up 16.5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts predict that EPR Properties will post $4.76 EPS 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 issued a dividend of $0.32 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, July 27th. This represents a dividend yield of 4.71%.

Other hedge funds and institutional investors have made changes to their positions in the company. New York State Common Retirement Fund boosted 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 in the last quarter. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. boosted 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 in the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can boosted 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 in the last quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group boosted 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 in the last quarter. Finally, Advisors Asset Management Inc. boosted 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 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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