Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) CAO Gregory R. Liebbe sold 4,113 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, March 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $60.67, for a total value of $249,535.71. Following the completion of the sale, the chief accounting officer now directly owns 14,627 shares in the company, valued at $887,420.09. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

Shares of NYSE:VTR opened at $59.03 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $21.09 billion, a PE ratio of 14.50, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 8.58 and a beta of 0.32. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.04, a quick ratio of 0.53 and a current ratio of 0.53. Ventas, Inc. has a 1 year low of $46.55 and a 1 year high of $65.70.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, February 8th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.96 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.95 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $923.26 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $913.92 million. Ventas had a return on equity of 3.54% and a net margin of 10.93%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $1.03 earnings per share. On average, research analysts predict that Ventas, Inc. will post 3.81 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, April 12th. Stockholders of record on Monday, April 1st were issued a dividend of $0.7925 per share. This represents a $3.17 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.37%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, March 29th. Ventas’s payout ratio is currently 77.89%.

Several research firms have commented on VTR. Morgan Stanley began coverage on Ventas in a report on Thursday, March 28th. They issued an “equal weight” rating and a $61.00 target price on the stock. BMO Capital Markets boosted their target price on Ventas from $62.00 to $64.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Monday, March 4th. Deutsche Bank boosted their target price on Ventas from $54.00 to $57.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, March 29th. ValuEngine downgraded Ventas from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 16th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, December 31st. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $59.33.

Large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Proffitt & Goodson Inc. bought a new position in shares of Ventas during the first quarter valued at $88,000. Kaizen Advisory LLC increased its position in Ventas by 27.6% during the fourth quarter. Kaizen Advisory LLC now owns 1,007 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $59,000 after acquiring an additional 218 shares during the last quarter. Aspire Private Capital LLC purchased a new stake in Ventas during the fourth quarter valued at $401,000. Truvestments Capital LLC purchased a new stake in Ventas during the first quarter valued at $115,000. Finally, Foster Victor Wealth Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in Ventas during the fourth quarter valued at $632,000. 88.50% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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About Ventas

Ventas, Inc, an S&P 500 company, is a leading real estate investment trust. Its diverse portfolio of approximately 1,200 assets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom consists of seniors housing communities, medical office buildings, university-based research and innovation centers, inpatient rehabilitation and long-term acute care facilities, health systems and skilled nursing facilities.

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