Berenberg Bank started coverage on shares of Ventas (NYSE:VTR) in a research report report published on Thursday, The Fly reports. The brokerage issued a hold rating and a $72.00 price target on the real estate investment trust’s stock.

A number of other brokerages also recently issued reports on VTR. Barclays initiated coverage on shares of Ventas in a research note on Tuesday, September 3rd. They issued an equal weight rating and a $74.00 price target for the company. Citigroup upgraded shares of Ventas from a neutral rating to a buy rating and lifted their price target for the stock from $67.00 to $76.00 in a research note on Wednesday, June 19th. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded shares of Ventas from a hold rating to a buy rating and lifted their price target for the stock from $65.00 to $74.00 in a research note on Wednesday, June 19th. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group lifted their price target on shares of Ventas to $67.00 and gave the stock a neutral rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 19th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reiterated a hold rating and issued a $73.00 price target on shares of Ventas in a research note on Monday, July 29th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Ventas has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $67.58.

NYSE VTR opened at $69.98 on Thursday. The firm has a 50 day simple moving average of $71.49 and a 200-day simple moving average of $66.25. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.94, a quick ratio of 0.67 and a current ratio of 0.67. Ventas has a one year low of $51.80 and a one year high of $75.40. The firm has a market cap of $26.52 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.19, a PEG ratio of 5.84 and a beta of 0.23.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Friday, July 26th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.58 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.96 by ($0.38). Ventas had a net margin of 13.34% and a return on equity of 4.78%. The business had revenue of $950.70 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $931.16 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.46 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up .9% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts predict that Ventas will post 3.84 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, EVP John D. Cobb sold 10,000 shares of Ventas stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $72.54, for a total value of $725,400.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Chairman Debra A. Cafaro sold 68,080 shares of Ventas stock in a transaction on Wednesday, June 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $69.04, for a total transaction of $4,700,243.20. Following the completion of the transaction, the chairman now directly owns 741,358 shares in the company, valued at $51,183,356.32. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders have sold 107,782 shares of company stock worth $7,518,149. 1.40% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Hudock Capital Group LLC increased its stake in Ventas by 10.7% in the 2nd quarter. Hudock Capital Group LLC now owns 1,558 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $106,000 after buying an additional 151 shares during the period. FLC Capital Advisors boosted its position in shares of Ventas by 3.2% during the 2nd quarter. FLC Capital Advisors now owns 5,041 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $353,000 after purchasing an additional 155 shares in the last quarter. Raymond James Trust N.A. boosted its position in shares of Ventas by 0.6% during the 2nd quarter. Raymond James Trust N.A. now owns 26,334 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,799,000 after purchasing an additional 165 shares in the last quarter. 6 Meridian boosted its position in shares of Ventas by 2.2% during the 2nd quarter. 6 Meridian now owns 8,023 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $548,000 after purchasing an additional 169 shares in the last quarter. Finally, H D Vest Advisory Services boosted its position in shares of Ventas by 5.3% during the 2nd quarter. H D Vest Advisory Services now owns 3,422 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $234,000 after purchasing an additional 172 shares in the last quarter. 87.74% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Ventas Company Profile

Ventas, Inc, an S&P 500 company, is a leading real estate investment trust. Its diverse portfolio of approximately 1,200 assets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom consists of seniors housing communities, medical office buildings, university-based research and innovation centers, inpatient rehabilitation and long-term acute care facilities, and health systems.

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