Shares of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the nine brokerages that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have issued a hold recommendation and one has issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $13.92.

Several brokerages recently commented on MPW. Jefferies Financial Group downgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $15.00 price objective for the company. in a research note on Tuesday, July 17th. Wells Fargo & Co increased their price objective on shares of Medical Properties Trust from $11.50 to $13.00 and gave the company an “underperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 31st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 9th.

In other Medical Properties Trust news, Director G Steven Dawson purchased 5,662 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, July 12th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $14.41 per share, with a total value of $81,589.42. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now owns 77,572 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,117,812.52. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Emmett E. Mclean sold 100,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $14.93, for a total transaction of $1,493,000.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 963,965 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $14,391,997.45. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 153,409 shares of company stock valued at $2,281,467 in the last ninety days. Insiders own 0.83% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Bank of New York Mellon Corp raised its stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 10.2% during the second quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 9,096,460 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $127,715,000 after acquiring an additional 840,443 shares during the last quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 60.8% during the second quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 25,194 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $354,000 after acquiring an additional 9,524 shares during the last quarter. Global X Management Co LLC raised its stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 5.3% during the second quarter. Global X Management Co LLC now owns 999,855 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $14,038,000 after acquiring an additional 49,942 shares during the last quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System raised its stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 1.7% during the second quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 1,001,802 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $14,065,000 after acquiring an additional 16,939 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Sandler Capital Management raised its stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 9.5% during the second quarter. Sandler Capital Management now owns 70,600 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $991,000 after acquiring an additional 6,100 shares during the last quarter. 78.18% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

NYSE:MPW traded up $0.06 on Friday, hitting $14.91. The company had a trading volume of 1,060,704 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,018,794. The company has a market cap of $5.43 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.04, a PEG ratio of 2.99 and a beta of 0.73. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26, a current ratio of 2.19 and a quick ratio of 2.19. Medical Properties Trust has a 52 week low of $11.82 and a 52 week high of $15.07.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 2nd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.30 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.36 by ($0.06). The company had revenue of $201.90 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $206.72 million. Medical Properties Trust had a net margin of 44.46% and a return on equity of 9.12%. Medical Properties Trust’s revenue for the quarter was up 21.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.32 EPS. analysts expect that Medical Properties Trust will post 1.4 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, October 11th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, September 13th will be paid a dividend of $0.25 per share. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 6.71%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, September 12th. Medical Properties Trust’s payout ratio is currently 74.07%.

Medical Properties Trust Company 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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