Insider Selling: Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (MPW) Director Sells 5,800 Shares of Stock

Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) Director Michael G. Stewart sold 5,800 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, December 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $17.39, for a total transaction of $100,862.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 225,239 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,916,906.21. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

NYSE MPW traded up $0.22 during trading on Thursday, hitting $17.49. 3,471,400 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,226,645. The company has a quick ratio of 4.92, a current ratio of 4.92 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.90. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. has a 12-month low of $11.82 and a 12-month high of $17.52. The firm has a market cap of $6.30 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.96, a PEG ratio of 3.21 and a beta of 0.50.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 1st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.35 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.34 by $0.01. Medical Properties Trust had a net margin of 124.88% and a return on equity of 9.06%. The business had revenue of $197.00 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $192.64 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.33 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 11.6% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts expect that Medical Properties Trust, Inc. will post 1.37 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 10th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, December 13th will be given a dividend of $0.25 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, December 12th. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.72%. Medical Properties Trust’s payout ratio is 74.07%.

A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on MPW shares. JMP Securities set a $16.00 target price on shares of Medical Properties Trust and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 1st. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group boosted their price target on shares of Medical Properties Trust to $15.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, November 2nd. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 25th. Stifel Nicolaus set a $14.00 price target on shares of Medical Properties Trust and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 1st. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, November 10th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Medical Properties Trust has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $14.19.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of MPW. Bay Colony Advisory Group Inc d b a Bay Colony Advisors purchased a new stake in Medical Properties Trust during the second quarter valued at about $104,000. Valeo Financial Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of Medical Properties Trust during the second quarter valued at about $128,000. Integrated Investment Consultants LLC bought a new position in shares of Medical Properties Trust during the second quarter valued at about $136,000. Signaturefd LLC raised its stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 44.0% during the second quarter. Signaturefd LLC now owns 11,349 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $159,000 after acquiring an additional 3,468 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Pinnacle Associates Ltd. bought a new position in shares of Medical Properties Trust during the second quarter valued at about $166,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 76.59% of the company’s stock.

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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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