EPR Properties (EPR) Getting Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Report Shows

News stories about EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. EPR Properties earned a news impact score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 45.6650733061747 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Several research analysts recently commented on EPR shares. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered shares of EPR Properties from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research note on Friday, December 15th. ValuEngine lowered shares of EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. SunTrust Banks started coverage on shares of EPR Properties in a research note on Tuesday, December 19th. They set a “hold” rating and a $69.00 price objective for the company. KeyCorp set a $80.00 price objective on shares of EPR Properties and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, October 29th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of EPR Properties from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $78.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $77.17.

EPR Properties (NYSE EPR) opened at $59.62 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03, a quick ratio of 7.88 and a current ratio of 7.88. EPR Properties has a 52 week low of $59.53 and a 52 week high of $77.70. The stock has a market cap of $4,390.00, a P/E ratio of 17.74, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.09 and a beta of 0.57.

The business also recently declared a dec 17 dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 29th will be paid a dividend of $0.34 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 28th. This represents a yield of 6.25%. EPR Properties’s payout ratio is 121.43%.

In other EPR Properties news, VP Tonya L. Mater sold 2,100 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $68.09, for a total transaction of $142,989.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 28,929 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,969,775.61. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, SVP Craig L. Evans sold 14,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, January 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $60.03, for a total transaction of $840,420.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 38,384 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,304,191.52. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 25,459 shares of company stock worth $1,615,516 in the last 90 days. 1.50% of the stock is currently owned by company 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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