SunTrust Banks, Inc. reaffirmed their buy rating on shares of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) in a research report released on Friday. SunTrust Banks, Inc. currently has a $15.00 price target on the real estate investment trust’s stock. SunTrust Banks also issued estimates for Medical Properties Trust’s FY2017 earnings at $1.32 EPS and Q3 2018 earnings at $0.37 EPS.

Other equities analysts also recently issued reports about the stock. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Tuesday, July 11th. ValuEngine raised shares of Medical Properties Trust from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Monday, October 2nd. KeyCorp reaffirmed a hold rating on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a report on Sunday, September 17th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a hold rating and set a $13.00 price objective on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a report on Friday, July 28th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the stock. Medical Properties Trust presently has an average rating of Hold and an average target price of $14.18.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) opened at $13.61 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $4,980.00, a PE ratio of 10.53, a PEG ratio of 2.02 and a beta of 0.95. Medical Properties Trust has a 1-year low of $11.54 and a 1-year high of $14.22. The company has a current ratio of 2.55, a quick ratio of 2.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.33 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.32 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $176.60 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $172.57 million. Medical Properties Trust had a net margin of 39.95% and a return on equity of 7.36%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 39.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.30 EPS. research analysts anticipate that Medical Properties Trust will post 1.31 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, October 12th. Investors of record on Thursday, September 14th were issued a dividend of $0.24 per share. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a yield of 7.06%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, September 13th. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio is currently 118.52%.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. BB&T Securities LLC increased its position in Medical Properties Trust by 0.3% in the 2nd quarter. BB&T Securities LLC now owns 31,541 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $405,000 after acquiring an additional 102 shares in the last quarter. Creative Planning increased its position in Medical Properties Trust by 0.7% in the 2nd quarter. Creative Planning now owns 27,554 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $355,000 after acquiring an additional 185 shares in the last quarter. Southeast Asset Advisors Inc. increased its position in Medical Properties Trust by 1.7% in the 2nd quarter. Southeast Asset Advisors Inc. now owns 12,824 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $165,000 after acquiring an additional 216 shares in the last quarter. TD Asset Management Inc. increased its position in Medical Properties Trust by 0.9% in the 2nd quarter. TD Asset Management Inc. now owns 26,676 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $343,000 after acquiring an additional 233 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Capstone Asset Management Co. increased its position in Medical Properties Trust by 1.0% in the 2nd quarter. Capstone Asset Management Co. now owns 29,830 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $384,000 after acquiring an additional 290 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 84.01% of the company’s stock.

Medical Properties Trust Company Profile

Medical Properties Trust, Inc is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company focuses on investing in and owning net-leased healthcare facilities across the United States and selectively in foreign jurisdictions. The Company’s segment is its investments in healthcare real estate, including mortgage and other loans, as well as any equity investments in its tenants.

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