Essex Investment Management Co. LLC grew its holdings in shares of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) by 17.9% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 72,813 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after purchasing an additional 11,063 shares during the period. Essex Investment Management Co. LLC’s holdings in Medical Properties Trust were worth $1,171,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other large investors have also modified their holdings of the business. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 0.9% during the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 52,939,728 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $789,331,000 after purchasing an additional 454,630 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc raised its holdings in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 0.9% during the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 52,939,728 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $789,331,000 after purchasing an additional 454,630 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 2.1% during the third quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 41,840,443 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $623,840,000 after purchasing an additional 846,940 shares during the period. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA raised its holdings in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 2.1% during the third quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 21,516,682 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $320,814,000 after purchasing an additional 448,361 shares during the period. Finally, LSV Asset Management raised its holdings in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 1.6% during the fourth quarter. LSV Asset Management now owns 10,249,307 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $164,808,000 after purchasing an additional 157,100 shares during the period. 76.61% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

MPW stock opened at $18.36 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.89, a quick ratio of 4.92 and a current ratio of 5.22. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. has a fifty-two week low of $12.24 and a fifty-two week high of $18.56. The stock has a market capitalization of $6.80 billion, a P/E ratio of 13.40, a PEG ratio of 6.40 and a beta of 0.72.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 7th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.31 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.31. Medical Properties Trust had a net margin of 129.59% and a return on equity of 8.83%. The business had revenue of $180.60 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $179.68 million. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.37 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 11.9% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, research analysts forecast that Medical Properties Trust, Inc. will post 1.44 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 11th. Investors of record on Thursday, March 14th will be issued a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, March 13th. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.45%. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 72.99%.

In related news, CEO Edward K. Aldag, Jr. sold 43,065 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $16.78, for a total value of $722,630.70. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 1,873,541 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $31,438,017.98. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Emmett E. Mclean sold 50,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, December 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $17.40, for a total transaction of $870,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 913,965 shares in the company, valued at approximately $15,902,991. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 116,865 shares of company stock worth $2,024,153. Corporate insiders own 0.83% of the company’s stock.

MPW has been the topic of a number of research reports. Jefferies Financial Group raised shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and increased their target price for the stock from $18.00 to $23.00 in a report on Wednesday. ValuEngine raised shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, November 10th. Stifel Nicolaus set a $14.00 target price on shares of Medical Properties Trust and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, November 1st. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 7th. Finally, SunTrust Banks cut shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 18th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $16.75.

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Medical Properties Trust Profile

Medical Properties Trust, Inc is a self-advised real estate investment trust formed to capitalize on the changing trends in healthcare delivery by acquiring and developing net-leased healthcare facilities. MPT's financing model helps facilitate acquisitions and recapitalizations and allows operators of hospitals and other healthcare facilities to unlock the value of their real estate assets to fund facility improvements, technology upgrades and other investments in operations.

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