Daiwa Securities Group Inc. Decreases Holdings in Ventas, Inc. (VTR)

Daiwa Securities Group Inc. cut its stake in shares of Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) by 52.1% in the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund owned 2,514,992 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 2,732,326 shares during the period. Daiwa Securities Group Inc.’s holdings in Ventas were worth $150,925,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other large investors also recently modified their holdings of the company. California Public Employees Retirement System increased its holdings in shares of Ventas by 6.5% during the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 876,399 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $52,593,000 after acquiring an additional 53,382 shares in the last quarter. River Road Asset Management LLC increased its holdings in shares of Ventas by 14.3% during the fourth quarter. River Road Asset Management LLC now owns 1,091,458 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $65,498,000 after acquiring an additional 136,620 shares in the last quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas increased its holdings in shares of Ventas by 1,925.5% during the fourth quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas now owns 97,752 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $5,866,000 after acquiring an additional 92,926 shares in the last quarter. Mendel Money Management bought a new position in shares of Ventas during the fourth quarter valued at $3,500,000. Finally, Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. increased its holdings in shares of Ventas by 1.9% during the fourth quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. now owns 107,137 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $6,441,000 after acquiring an additional 1,977 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 90.29% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Ventas, Inc. (NYSE VTR) opened at $50.00 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 1.46, a quick ratio of 1.46 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.06. Ventas, Inc. has a 12-month low of $50.00 and a 12-month high of $72.36. The company has a market capitalization of $18,866.00 and a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.70.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last released its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February 9th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.03 EPS for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $1.03. Ventas had a return on equity of 6.34% and a net margin of 32.96%. The company had revenue of $895.30 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $895.92 million. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.58 earnings per share. Ventas’s revenue was up 2.2% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts predict that Ventas, Inc. will post 4.15 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, January 12th. Investors of record on Tuesday, January 2nd were given a dividend of $0.79 per share. The ex-dividend date was Friday, December 29th. This is a boost from Ventas’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.78. This represents a $3.16 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 6.32%. Ventas’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 96.93%.

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on VTR shares. ValuEngine upgraded Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, January 5th. SunTrust Banks set a $67.00 price target on Ventas and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Sunday, October 29th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Ventas from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 22nd. Capital One Financial upgraded Ventas from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a report on Monday, October 30th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $55.00 price target on Ventas and gave the company a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, January 15th. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Ventas currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $62.11.

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Ventas Company Profile

Ventas, Inc is a 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 office operations. Under its triple-net leased properties segment, the Company invests in and owns seniors housing and healthcare properties throughout the United States and the United Kingdom and leases those properties to healthcare operating companies under triple-net or absolute-net leases that obligate the tenants to pay all property-related expenses.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Ventas (NYSE:VTR)

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