Media stories about EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) have trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, Accern reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. EPR Properties earned a news sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.0195987870753 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:
- Mesirow Financial Acquires Three Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Properties in Greater Vancouver Valued in Excess of C$500 Million (prnewswire.com)
- Analyzing EPR Properties (EPR) & Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (WRE) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Home Depot, Vale, Bank of America: ‘Mad Money’ Lightning Round (thestreet.com)
- Cramer Remix: A takeover could be Wynn Resorts’ ticket to recovery (cnbc.com)
- Brokerages Expect EPR Properties (EPR) Will Post Earnings of $1.30 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com)
Several analysts recently issued reports on the company. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services reissued a “buy” rating on shares of EPR Properties in a report on Monday, November 13th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded EPR Properties from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a report on Friday, December 15th. ValuEngine downgraded EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. SunTrust Banks assumed coverage on EPR Properties in a research note on Tuesday, December 19th. They set a “hold” rating and a $69.00 target price on the stock. Finally, B. Riley set a $80.00 target price on EPR Properties and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 15th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $70.50.
EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, February 28th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.74 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.44 by ($0.70). The business had revenue of $147.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $151.87 million. EPR Properties had a net margin of 45.65% and a return on equity of 9.60%. The firm’s revenue was up 12.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $1.26 EPS. equities research analysts expect that EPR Properties will post 5.34 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 28th will be paid a dividend of $0.36 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, February 27th. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.55%. This is an increase from EPR Properties’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.32. EPR Properties’s payout ratio is presently 131.71%.
In other EPR Properties news, SVP Michael L. Hirons sold 9,359 shares of EPR Properties stock in a transaction on Monday, December 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $67.54, for a total transaction of $632,106.86. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, SVP Craig L. Evans sold 14,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, January 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $60.03, for a total value of $840,420.00. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 38,384 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,304,191.52. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.50% of the stock is owned by insiders.
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About EPR Properties
EPR Properties is a specialty real estate investment trust. The Company’s investment portfolio includes primarily entertainment, education and recreation properties. The Company’s segments include Entertainment, Education, Recreation and Other. The Entertainment segment consists of investments in megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers, family entertainment centers and other retail parcels.
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