Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. grew its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) by 85.7% during the 4th quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 576,353 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 265,954 shares during the period. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc.’s holdings in Medical Properties Trust were worth $7,942,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other hedge funds have also recently bought and sold shares of the business. Amalgamated Bank increased its position in Medical Properties Trust by 5.9% during the 4th quarter. Amalgamated Bank now owns 73,159 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,008,000 after buying an additional 4,081 shares during the period. Mcmillion Capital Management Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 43.3% during the 4th quarter. Mcmillion Capital Management Inc. now owns 14,965 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $206,000 after purchasing an additional 4,525 shares in the last quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 3.6% during the 3rd quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. now owns 130,968 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,720,000 after purchasing an additional 4,600 shares in the last quarter. Cetera Investment Advisers grew its holdings in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 42.5% during the 3rd quarter. Cetera Investment Advisers now owns 15,434 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $203,000 after purchasing an additional 4,601 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Sigma Planning Corp grew its holdings in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 13.3% during the 4th quarter. Sigma Planning Corp now owns 42,192 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $581,000 after purchasing an additional 4,953 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 80.91% of the company’s stock.

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Several analysts have recently issued reports on MPW shares. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised Medical Properties Trust from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $14.50 target price on the stock in a report on Friday, December 15th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Robert W. Baird lowered Medical Properties Trust from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and reduced their target price for the stock from $15.00 to $13.00 in a report on Friday, January 5th. Finally, Deutsche Bank lowered Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and reduced their target price for the stock from $14.00 to $13.50 in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. Seven analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $14.33.

Shares of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (MPW) opened at $12.89 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $4,697.27, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.72, a PEG ratio of 2.55 and a beta of 0.82. The company has a current ratio of 2.06, a quick ratio of 2.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.28. 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 for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.35 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $205.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates 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 period last year, the firm posted $0.31 earnings per share. research analysts anticipate that Medical Properties Trust, Inc. will post 1.43 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 12th. Investors of record on Thursday, March 15th will be paid a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 14th. This is a positive change from Medical Properties Trust’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.24. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 7.76%. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 121.95%.

In related news, Chairman Edward K. Aldag, Jr. sold 489,971 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated 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 directly owns 2,192,629 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $27,166,673.31. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Company insiders own 1.00% of the company’s stock.

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Medical Properties Trust Company Profile

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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