Ventas (VTR) Releases FY18 Earnings Guidance

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) issued an update on its FY18 earnings guidance on Friday morning. The company provided earnings per share (EPS) guidance of $4.03-4.07 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $4.02. Ventas also updated its FY 2018 guidance to $4.03-4.07 EPS.

NYSE:VTR opened at $56.79 on Friday. Ventas has a 1-year low of $46.55 and a 1-year high of $65.72. The company has a current ratio of 0.56, a quick ratio of 0.56 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.97. The stock has a market capitalization of $20.24 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.99, a P/E/G ratio of 3.87 and a beta of 0.13.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last released its earnings results on Friday, October 26th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.99 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.97 by $0.02. Ventas had a return on equity of 5.02% and a net margin of 34.00%. The firm had revenue of $936.54 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $920.19 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $1.71 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 4.1% on a year-over-year basis. Research analysts anticipate that Ventas will post 4.06 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, October 12th. Stockholders of record on Monday, October 1st were given a dividend of $0.79 per share. This represents a $3.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.56%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, September 28th. Ventas’s dividend payout ratio is currently 75.96%.

A number of research firms have recently commented on VTR. Bank of America raised their price target on Ventas from $55.00 to $60.00 and gave the stock a neutral rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 10th. Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed a hold rating and set a $56.00 price target on shares of Ventas in a research report on Friday, July 27th. ValuEngine raised Ventas from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 17th. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a hold rating and set a $58.00 price target on shares of Ventas in a research report on Tuesday, July 31st. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada set a $61.00 price target on Ventas and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 31st. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. Ventas has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $55.33.

In related news, EVP T Richard Riney sold 13,708 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $60.00, for a total transaction of $822,480.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. 1.40% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Ventas Company Profile

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, life science and innovation centers, inpatient rehabilitation and long-term acute care facilities, health systems and skilled nursing facilities.

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