River Road Asset Management LLC lifted its position in Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) by 14.3% in the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund owned 1,091,458 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after acquiring an additional 136,620 shares during the quarter. Ventas comprises approximately 1.2% of River Road Asset Management LLC’s portfolio, making the stock its 24th largest holding. River Road Asset Management LLC’s holdings in Ventas were worth $65,498,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of VTR. Janus Henderson Group PLC boosted its holdings in shares of Ventas by 97.0% in the 2nd quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 97,313 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $6,762,000 after buying an additional 47,905 shares during the last quarter. Gotham Asset Management LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Ventas by 33.7% in the 2nd quarter. Gotham Asset Management LLC now owns 5,719 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $397,000 after buying an additional 1,440 shares during the last quarter. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC purchased a new position in shares of Ventas in the 2nd quarter worth about $1,174,000. Arrowstreet Capital Limited Partnership purchased a new position in shares of Ventas in the 2nd quarter worth about $285,000. Finally, The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company boosted its holdings in shares of Ventas by 3.1% in the 2nd quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 378,928 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $26,328,000 after buying an additional 11,328 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 90.29% of the company’s stock.

VTR has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. ValuEngine raised shares of Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, January 5th. SunTrust Banks set a $67.00 price target on shares of Ventas and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Sunday, October 29th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Ventas from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 22nd. Capital One Financial raised shares of Ventas from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a report on Monday, October 30th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $55.00 price target on shares of Ventas and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, January 15th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $62.11.

Shares of Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) opened at $52.97 on Thursday. The company has a market cap of $18,944.35 and a PE ratio of 12.76. Ventas, Inc. has a fifty-two week low of $51.80 and a fifty-two week high of $72.36. The company has a current ratio of 1.46, a quick ratio of 1.46 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.06.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, January 12th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, January 2nd were issued a dividend of $0.79 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, December 29th. This is an increase from Ventas’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.78. This represents a $3.16 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.97%. Ventas’s dividend payout ratio is 96.93%.

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About Ventas

Ventas, Inc is a real estate investment trust (REIT) with its properties located throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Company operates through three segments: triple-net leased properties, senior living operations and office operations. Under its triple-net leased properties segment, the Company invests in and owns seniors housing and healthcare properties throughout the United States and the United Kingdom and leases those properties to healthcare operating companies under triple-net or absolute-net leases that obligate the tenants to pay all property-related expenses.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Ventas (NYSE:VTR)

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