Medical Properties Trust (MPW) Earning Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Study Finds

News articles about Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Medical Properties Trust earned a coverage optimism score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 45.7446825375909 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised Medical Properties Trust from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $14.50 price target on the stock in a report on Friday, December 15th. ValuEngine raised Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, November 9th. SunTrust Banks reissued a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price target on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Robert W. Baird cut Medical Properties Trust from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and lowered their price target for the company from $15.00 to $13.00 in a report on Friday, January 5th. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $14.30.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE MPW) traded up $0.21 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $13.03. The stock had a trading volume of 1,961,039 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,300,000. Medical Properties Trust has a 12-month low of $11.90 and a 12-month high of $14.22. The company has a market cap of $4,740.00, a PE ratio of 17.14, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.56 and a beta of 0.96. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26, a current ratio of 2.55 and a quick ratio of 2.55.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.33 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.32 by $0.01. Medical Properties Trust had a return on equity of 7.36% and a net margin of 39.95%. The company had revenue of $176.60 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $172.57 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.30 EPS. Medical Properties Trust’s revenue for the quarter was up 39.5% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts expect that Medical Properties Trust will post 1.33 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, January 11th. Investors of record on Thursday, December 7th were issued a $0.24 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, December 6th. This represents a $0.96 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 7.37%. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio is currently 126.32%.

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About Medical Properties Trust

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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