Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) updated its FY18 earnings guidance on Wednesday. The company provided earnings per share (EPS) guidance of $1.42-1.46 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $1.43. Medical Properties Trust also updated its FY17 guidance to $1.29-1.31 EPS.
Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Medical Properties Trust from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 2nd. ValuEngine raised Medical Properties Trust from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Thursday, August 3rd. BidaskClub raised Medical Properties Trust from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Monday, July 24th. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a hold rating and issued a $13.00 price target on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research note on Friday, July 28th. Finally, JMP Securities raised Medical Properties Trust from a market perform rating to an outperform rating and set a $14.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Monday, July 17th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $14.20.
Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (MPW) opened at 12.51 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $4.38 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.29 and a beta of 0.89. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. has a one year low of $11.54 and a one year high of $15.74. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $12.75 and its 200-day moving average price is $13.03.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, October 12th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, September 14th will be given a dividend of $0.24 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, September 13th. This represents a $0.96 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 7.67%. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio is currently 115.66%.
In other Medical Properties Trust news, CFO R Steven Hamner sold 85,000 shares of Medical Properties Trust stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $13.36, for a total transaction of $1,135,600.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Insiders own 1.00% of the company’s stock.
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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