Forsta AP Fonden lessened its position in shares of Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) by 30.5% during the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 98,700 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 43,400 shares during the quarter. Forsta AP Fonden’s holdings in Ventas were worth $5,923,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Several other large investors have also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio grew its holdings in shares of Ventas by 1.3% during the 4th quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 578,929 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $34,742,000 after purchasing an additional 7,284 shares in the last quarter. Barings LLC grew its holdings in shares of Ventas by 8.8% during the 4th quarter. Barings LLC now owns 414,601 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $24,880,000 after purchasing an additional 33,487 shares in the last quarter. Brookstone Capital Management grew its holdings in shares of Ventas by 37.6% during the 4th quarter. Brookstone Capital Management now owns 15,732 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $944,000 after purchasing an additional 4,303 shares in the last quarter. Keeler Thomas Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Ventas during the 4th quarter worth approximately $1,392,000. Finally, Sentry Investment Management LLC grew its holdings in shares of Ventas by 8.9% during the 4th quarter. Sentry Investment Management LLC now owns 14,517 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $871,000 after purchasing an additional 1,188 shares in the last quarter. 90.05% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of Ventas, Inc. (NYSE VTR) opened at $49.62 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03, a current ratio of 1.20 and a quick ratio of 1.46. The company has a market capitalization of $18,066.37 and a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.16. Ventas, Inc. has a one year low of $49.17 and a one year high of $72.36.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, February 9th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.03 EPS for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.03. The business had revenue of $895.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $895.92 million. Ventas had a return on equity of 5.99% and a net margin of 37.95%. Ventas’s quarterly revenue was up 2.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.58 EPS. equities analysts forecast that Ventas, Inc. will post 4.02 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 12th. Investors of record on Monday, April 2nd will be paid a $0.79 dividend. This represents a $3.16 annualized dividend and a yield of 6.37%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 29th. Ventas’s dividend payout ratio is 83.82%.

VTR has been the topic of several recent research reports. Stifel Nicolaus set a $56.00 price objective on Ventas and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 9th. BMO Capital Markets set a $55.00 price objective on Ventas and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, February 9th. ValuEngine raised Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, January 5th. Capital One Financial raised Ventas from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a report on Monday, October 30th. Finally, KeyCorp set a $50.00 price objective on Ventas and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, January 11th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Ventas currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $58.31.

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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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