Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (MPW) Chairman Edward K. Aldag, Jr. Sells 489,971 Shares of Stock

Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) Chairman Edward K. Aldag, Jr. sold 489,971 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $12.39, for a total value of $6,070,740.69. Following the sale, the chairman now owns 2,192,629 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $27,166,673.31. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink.

Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE MPW) traded up $0.34 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $12.80. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 3,830,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,470,000. The stock has a market capitalization of $4,660.00, a PE ratio of 15.42, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.53 and a beta of 0.79. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.28, a current ratio of 2.06 and a quick ratio of 2.55. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. has a 1 year low of $11.82 and a 1 year high of $14.22.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 8th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.37 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.35 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $205.00 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $204.52 million. Medical Properties Trust had a return on equity of 7.85% and a net margin of 41.12%. Medical Properties Trust’s revenue was up 33.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.31 earnings per share. sell-side analysts anticipate that Medical Properties Trust, Inc. will post 1.44 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 12th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 15th will be issued a $0.25 dividend. This is a positive change from Medical Properties Trust’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.24. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 14th. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 7.81%. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio is 115.66%.

Several research firms have recently commented on MPW. Zacks Investment Research cut Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded Medical Properties Trust from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $14.50 price objective for the company in a research report on Friday, December 15th. ValuEngine upgraded Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 9th. SunTrust Banks reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $15.00 price objective on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Robert W. Baird cut Medical Properties Trust from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and cut their price objective for the stock from $15.00 to $13.00 in a research report on Friday, January 5th. Seven analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Medical Properties Trust presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $14.33.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of MPW. First Dallas Securities Inc. acquired a new stake in Medical Properties Trust in the fourth quarter valued at $106,000. Ffcm LLC acquired a new stake in Medical Properties Trust in the third quarter valued at $116,000. Assetmark Inc. grew its holdings in Medical Properties Trust by 485.0% in the fourth quarter. Assetmark Inc. now owns 9,676 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $133,000 after purchasing an additional 8,022 shares during the last quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC acquired a new stake in Medical Properties Trust in the second quarter valued at $136,000. Finally, Mcmillion Capital Management Inc. acquired a new stake in Medical Properties Trust in the third quarter valued at $137,000. 81.55% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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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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