First Trust Advisors LP Has $11.21 Million Holdings in EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR)

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First Trust Advisors LP increased its stake in EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) by 0.8% in the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 158,679 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,220 shares during the period. First Trust Advisors LP owned approximately 0.20% of EPR Properties worth $11,209,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Redpoint Investment Management Pty Ltd boosted its stake in EPR Properties by 3.3% in the 3rd quarter. Redpoint Investment Management Pty Ltd now owns 10,407 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $800,000 after purchasing an additional 332 shares during the period. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC boosted its stake in EPR Properties by 19.6% in the 4th quarter. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC now owns 14,196 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,003,000 after purchasing an additional 2,324 shares during the period. Hallmark Capital Management Inc. acquired a new position in EPR Properties in the 4th quarter worth $2,476,000. Northwestern Mutual Investment Management Company LLC boosted its stake in EPR Properties by 2.7% in the 3rd quarter. Northwestern Mutual Investment Management Company LLC now owns 22,115 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,700,000 after purchasing an additional 584 shares during the period. Finally, Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan boosted its stake in EPR Properties by 2.0% in the 3rd quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 14,130 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,086,000 after purchasing an additional 280 shares during the period. 82.48% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of NYSE:EPR opened at $70.16 on Friday. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $71.28 and its two-hundred day moving average price is $74.06. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.02, a current ratio of 5.23 and a quick ratio of 5.23. EPR Properties has a one year low of $67.32 and a one year high of $80.75. The stock has a market capitalization of $5.51 billion, a PE ratio of 12.60, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 4.11 and a beta of 0.52.

The firm also recently declared a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, February 18th. Shareholders of record on Friday, January 31st will be given a dividend of $0.375 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, January 30th. This represents a $4.50 annualized dividend and a yield of 6.41%. EPR Properties’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 73.77%.

A number of equities analysts recently weighed in on the stock. SunTrust Banks raised shares of EPR Properties from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $77.00 target price for the company in a research note on Wednesday, January 15th. TheStreet cut shares of EPR Properties from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 29th. ValuEngine raised shares of EPR Properties from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 3rd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised shares of EPR Properties from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $84.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, December 18th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of EPR Properties from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, January 27th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $82.43.

In other news, Director Peter C. Brown sold 2,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, December 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.85, for a total value of $141,700.00. Also, SVP Craig L. Evans sold 2,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, January 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $68.89, for a total transaction of $172,225.00. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 41,135 shares in the company, valued at $2,833,790.15. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 1.34% of the company’s stock.

EPR Properties Profile

EPR Properties is a specialty real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in properties in select market segments which require unique industry knowledge, while offering the potential for stable and attractive returns. Our total investments exceed $6.7 billion and our primary investment segments are Entertainment, Recreation and Education.

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