Ventas’ (VTR) Sell Rating Reaffirmed at BMO Capital Markets

BMO Capital Markets reiterated their sell rating on shares of Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) in a research report sent to investors on Wednesday morning. BMO Capital Markets currently has a $62.00 price objective on the real estate investment trust’s stock.

VTR has been the topic of several other reports. Jefferies Group LLC restated a hold rating and set a $66.00 price target on shares of Ventas in a research note on Tuesday, August 29th. BidaskClub lowered Ventas from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research note on Saturday, July 8th. UBS AG lowered their price target on Ventas from $69.00 to $66.00 and set a neutral rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. Capital One Financial Corporation initiated coverage on Ventas in a research note on Monday, September 25th. They set an equal weight rating and a $69.00 price target on the stock. Finally, Bank of America Corporation lowered Ventas from a buy rating to a neutral rating and lowered their price target for the company from $72.00 to $71.00 in a research note on Friday, September 22nd. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $63.90.

Shares of Ventas (NYSE:VTR) traded down 0.39% during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $63.06. The company had a trading volume of 625,841 shares. Ventas has a one year low of $56.20 and a one year high of $72.36. The company’s 50 day moving average is $66.18 and its 200 day moving average is $66.66. The firm has a market cap of $22.46 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 31.95 and a beta of 0.08.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Friday, July 28th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.06 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.45 by $0.61. Ventas had a return on equity of 6.31% and a net margin of 20.08%. The firm had revenue of $895.49 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $890.01 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.42 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 5.6% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts forecast that Ventas will post $1.82 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 29th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, September 12th were paid a $0.775 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, September 11th. This represents a $3.10 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.90%. Ventas’s dividend payout ratio is currently 157.36%.

Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Beacon Financial Group grew its stake in shares of Ventas by 1.3% in the 3rd quarter. Beacon Financial Group now owns 125,242 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $8,557,000 after purchasing an additional 1,607 shares during the period. Intl Fcstone Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Ventas in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $691,000. Paradigm Financial Advisors LLC grew its stake in shares of Ventas by 9.2% in the 2nd quarter. Paradigm Financial Advisors LLC now owns 54,206 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $3,766,000 after purchasing an additional 4,551 shares during the period. WFG Advisors LP grew its stake in shares of Ventas by 18.5% in the 2nd quarter. WFG Advisors LP now owns 76,380 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $5,307,000 after purchasing an additional 11,930 shares during the period. Finally, Toronto Dominion Bank grew its stake in shares of Ventas by 25.6% in the 2nd quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 120,293 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $8,357,000 after purchasing an additional 24,490 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 89.16% of the company’s stock.

Ventas Company Profile

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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