Welltower Inc (NYSE:WELL) has received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the twenty analysts that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $66.77.

Several research analysts recently commented on WELL shares. BMO Capital Markets restated a “sell” rating and issued a $57.00 price target on shares of Welltower in a report on Thursday, February 22nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Welltower from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 23rd. Citigroup cut their price objective on Welltower from $67.00 to $54.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, February 27th. Mizuho restated a “hold” rating and set a $67.00 price objective on shares of Welltower in a report on Monday, December 11th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price objective (down previously from $74.00) on shares of Welltower in a report on Friday, February 23rd.

Welltower (NYSE WELL) traded up $0.28 on Tuesday, hitting $52.93. 2,390,000 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,130,000. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83, a current ratio of 1.85 and a quick ratio of 1.76. Welltower has a twelve month low of $51.63 and a twelve month high of $78.17. The firm has a market capitalization of $19,600.00, a PE ratio of 165.41, a PEG ratio of 3.80 and a beta of 0.28.

Welltower (NYSE:WELL) last released its earnings results on Thursday, February 22nd. The real estate investment trust reported $1.02 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.04 by ($0.02). Welltower had a negative return on equity of 4.86% and a negative net margin of 7.85%. The company had revenue of $1.10 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.09 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.91 earnings per share. Welltower’s revenue was up 2.4% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts expect that Welltower will post 4.06 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, February 21st. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, February 13th were paid a dividend of $0.87 per share. The ex-dividend date was Monday, February 12th. This represents a $3.48 annualized dividend and a yield of 6.57%. Welltower’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 1,087.50%.

In other Welltower news, Director Gary Whitelaw bought 1,862 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, February 26th. The shares were bought at an average price of $53.61 per share, with a total value of $99,821.82. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 5,843 shares in the company, valued at approximately $313,243.23. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Insiders own 0.19% of the company’s stock.

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Welltower Company Profile

Welltower Inc invests with seniors housing operators, post-acute providers and health systems to fund real estate and infrastructure. The Company invests in seniors housing and healthcare real estate. It operates in three segments: triple-net, seniors housing operating and outpatient medical. Welltower, a real estate investment trust (REIT), owns interests in properties concentrated in markets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, consisting of seniors housing and post-acute communities, and outpatient medical properties.

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