Shares of EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) have earned an average rating of “Hold” from the eight ratings firms that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12-month target price among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $78.80.

A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services upgraded shares of EPR Properties from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $76.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Monday. BidaskClub upgraded shares of EPR Properties from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 26th. KeyCorp restated a “buy” rating and issued a $80.00 price target on shares of EPR Properties in a research note on Friday, August 25th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, August 7th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, June 2nd.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Penserra Capital Management LLC boosted its position in EPR Properties by 95.2% during the 1st quarter. Penserra Capital Management LLC now owns 1,472 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $108,000 after buying an additional 718 shares during the period. Ffcm LLC boosted its position in EPR Properties by 119.2% during the 2nd quarter. Ffcm LLC now owns 2,177 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $159,000 after buying an additional 1,184 shares during the period. Private Advisor Group LLC acquired a new stake in EPR Properties during the 1st quarter worth approximately $201,000. Verition Fund Management LLC acquired a new stake in EPR Properties during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $208,000. Finally, Wedbush Securities Inc. acquired a new stake in EPR Properties during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $208,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 86.50% of the company’s stock.

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) traded up 0.49% during trading on Friday, reaching $71.88. 548,563 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $69.55 and its 200 day moving average price is $72.04. The firm has a market cap of $5.29 billion, a P/E ratio of 21.05 and a beta of 0.58. EPR Properties has a 52-week low of $65.50 and a 52-week high of $81.00.

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) last released its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The real estate investment trust reported $1.29 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.24 by $0.05. EPR Properties had a net margin of 46.90% and a return on equity of 10.51%. The firm had revenue of $147.80 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $138.07 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned $1.17 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 25.3% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts anticipate that EPR Properties will post $3.38 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a aug 17 dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, August 31st will be given a dividend of $0.34 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 29th. This represents a yield of 6.06%. EPR Properties’s dividend payout ratio is presently 120.00%.

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About EPR Properties

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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