Private Advisor Group LLC raised its position in Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) by 38.6% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 95,686 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after purchasing an additional 26,670 shares during the period. Private Advisor Group LLC’s holdings in Medical Properties Trust were worth $1,771,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other large investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Vanguard Group Inc boosted its stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 0.9% during the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 52,939,728 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $789,331,000 after acquiring an additional 454,630 shares during the last quarter. Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 34.2% during the 4th quarter. Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. now owns 42,460 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $683,000 after acquiring an additional 10,810 shares during the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers boosted its stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 46.2% during the 4th quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 1,016,899 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $16,352,000 after acquiring an additional 321,245 shares during the last quarter. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System boosted its stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 4.0% during the 4th quarter. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System now owns 314,282 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $5,054,000 after acquiring an additional 11,944 shares during the last quarter. Finally, LS Investment Advisors LLC boosted its stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 33.4% during the 4th quarter. LS Investment Advisors LLC now owns 26,846 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $432,000 after acquiring an additional 6,718 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 80.73% of the company’s stock.

Several research analysts have recently weighed in on MPW shares. Jefferies Financial Group upgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their price target for the stock from $18.00 to $23.00 in a research note on Wednesday, February 13th. Deutsche Bank lifted their price target on shares of Medical Properties Trust from $14.00 to $16.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, March 29th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $21.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, April 16th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $17.79.

In related news, CEO Edward K. Aldag, Jr. sold 273,577 shares of Medical Properties Trust stock in a transaction on Friday, March 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $18.72, for a total transaction of $5,121,361.44. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 2,160,784 shares in the company, valued at approximately $40,449,876.48. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Michael G. Stewart sold 6,830 shares of Medical Properties Trust stock in a transaction on Friday, June 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $18.47, for a total transaction of $126,150.10. Following the transaction, the director now owns 224,615 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,148,639.05. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.18% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Shares of MPW traded down $0.20 during trading hours on Wednesday, reaching $17.82. 521,574 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,388,424. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82, a quick ratio of 9.37 and a current ratio of 9.37. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. has a 52-week low of $13.56 and a 52-week high of $18.92. The stock has a market cap of $7.01 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.01, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.39 and a beta of 0.63.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last released its earnings results on Thursday, May 2nd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.31 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.32 by ($0.01). Medical Properties Trust had a net margin of 131.84% and a return on equity of 7.98%. The firm had revenue of $180.45 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $182.00 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.36 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 12.0% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts predict that Medical Properties Trust, Inc. will post 1.35 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, July 11th. Investors of record on Thursday, June 13th will be paid a dividend of $0.25 per share. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.61%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, June 12th. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 72.99%.

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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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