UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. increased its stake in shares of EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) by 6.0% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund owned 134,682 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 7,682 shares during the period. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc.’s holdings in EPR Properties were worth $9,917,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other hedge funds also recently made changes to their positions in EPR. Norges Bank bought a new stake in shares of EPR Properties during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $41,381,000. Renaissance Technologies LLC bought a new stake in shares of EPR Properties during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $9,639,000. Russell Investments Group Ltd. bought a new stake in shares of EPR Properties during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $8,954,000. Macquarie Group Ltd. boosted its stake in shares of EPR Properties by 64.6% in the fourth quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 228,962 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $16,432,000 after buying an additional 89,872 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Retirement Systems of Alabama boosted its stake in shares of EPR Properties by 85.1% in the first quarter. Retirement Systems of Alabama now owns 152,062 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $11,196,000 after buying an additional 69,894 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 77.65% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR)

EPR Properties (NYSE EPR) opened at 73.85 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $5.44 billion, a PE ratio of 23.45 and a beta of 0.56. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $71.61 and a 200-day moving average price of $72.95. EPR Properties has a one year low of $65.50 and a one year high of $84.67.

The company also recently declared a jun 17 dividend, which will be paid on Monday, July 17th. Investors of record on Friday, June 30th will be given a dividend of $0.34 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, June 28th. This represents a dividend yield of 5.46%. EPR Properties’s dividend payout ratio is presently 129.52%.

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A number of research firms have issued reports on EPR. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services restated a “hold” rating on shares of EPR Properties in a report on Wednesday, May 3rd. Zacks Investment Research cut EPR Properties from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, June 5th. Stifel Nicolaus increased their price target on EPR Properties to $80.00 in a report on Wednesday, March 1st. ValuEngine cut EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, June 2nd. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded EPR Properties from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 13th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $82.29.

In related news, Director Peter C. Brown sold 7,907 shares of EPR Properties stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, June 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $71.49, for a total transaction of $565,271.43. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 4,578 shares in the company, valued at $327,281.22. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Robert J. Druten sold 9,000 shares of EPR Properties stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.30, for a total value of $632,700.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 22,304 shares in the company, valued at $1,567,971.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 1.50% of the company’s stock.

EPR Properties Company Profile

EPR Properties is a specialty real estate investment trust. The Company’s investment portfolio includes primarily entertainment, education and recreation properties. The Company’s segments include Entertainment, Education, Recreation and Other. The Entertainment segment consists of investments in megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers, family entertainment centers and other retail parcels.

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