Ventas, Inc. (VTR) Given Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” by Brokerages

Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) has received an average rating of “Hold” from the sixteen research firms that are currently covering the company. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, twelve have given a hold recommendation and two have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $62.13.

Several equities analysts have weighed in on VTR shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, January 9th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “hold” rating and set a $58.00 target price on shares of Ventas in a research report on Tuesday, January 31st. BMO Capital Markets downgraded Ventas from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 31st. Mizuho cut shares of Ventas from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $63.00 price target for the company. in a research note on Monday, November 21st. Finally, Hilliard Lyons upgraded shares of Ventas from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, November 11th.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc. raised its stake in Ventas by 1.5% in the third quarter. Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc. now owns 293,975 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $20,763,000 after buying an additional 4,338 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Group LTD raised its stake in Ventas by 5.9% in the third quarter. BlackRock Group LTD now owns 5,192,697 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $366,760,000 after buying an additional 288,078 shares in the last quarter. Gulf International Bank UK Ltd raised its stake in Ventas by 5.4% in the third quarter. Gulf International Bank UK Ltd now owns 103,116 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $7,283,000 after buying an additional 5,300 shares in the last quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC raised its stake in Ventas by 3.5% in the third quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC now owns 1,517,632 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $107,190,000 after buying an additional 50,769 shares in the last quarter. Finally, River Road Asset Management LLC raised its stake in Ventas by 1.4% in the third quarter. River Road Asset Management LLC now owns 997,218 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $70,434,000 after buying an additional 14,060 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 91.98% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Ventas (NYSE:VTR) opened at 61.77 on Monday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $61.80 and its 200 day moving average price is $66.19. Ventas has a 12 month low of $46.87 and a 12 month high of $76.80. The firm has a market cap of $21.86 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.26 and a beta of 0.08.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February 10th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.03 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.02 by $0.01. Ventas had a return on equity of 6.42% and a net margin of 18.85%. The business earned $875.70 million during the quarter. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.37 earnings per share. Ventas’s revenue was up 4.1% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts predict that Ventas will post $1.83 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 31st. Investors of record on Tuesday, March 7th will be given a $0.775 dividend. This represents a $3.10 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.02%. Ventas’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 166.67%.

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About Ventas

Ventas, Inc is a healthcare 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 MOB operations. In its triple-net leased properties segment, the Company acquires and owns seniors housing and healthcare properties throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.

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