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EPR Properties (NYSE: EPR) shares currently have a dividend yield of 6.30%. EPR Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT), develops, owns, leases, and finances entertainment and related properties in the United States and Canada. Its properties include megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers, and destination recreational and specialty properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.44. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates EPR Properties a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold. The average volume for EPR Properties has been 295,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. EPR Properties has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 11.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. TheStreet Ratings rates EPR Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Highlights from the ratings report include:
- Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 16.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.8%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
- Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $61.85 million or 2.49% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, EPR PROPERTIES's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 32.95%.
- Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
- EPR PROPERTIES's earnings per share declined by 33.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, EPR PROPERTIES increased its bottom line by earning $2.24 versus $1.62 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.72 versus $2.24).
- You can view the full EPR Properties Ratings Report.
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