Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) announced a quarterly dividend on Thursday, November 15th, RTT News reports. Stockholders of record on Thursday, December 13th will be paid a dividend of 0.25 per share by the real estate investment trust on Thursday, January 10th. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 5.72%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, December 12th.

Medical Properties Trust has raised its dividend payment by an average of 4.2% annually over the last three years and has increased its dividend every year for the last 4 years. Medical Properties Trust has a dividend payout ratio of 71.9% meaning its dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Analysts expect Medical Properties Trust to earn $1.43 per share next year, which means the company should continue to be able to cover its $1.00 annual dividend with an expected future payout ratio of 69.9%.

Shares of MPW opened at $17.49 on Friday. Medical Properties Trust has a fifty-two week low of $11.82 and a fifty-two week high of $17.52. The company has a market capitalization of $6.30 billion, a PE ratio of 11.99, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.21 and a beta of 0.50. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.90, a current ratio of 4.92 and a quick ratio of 4.92.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 1st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.35 earnings per share for the quarter, topping 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 firm had revenue of $197.00 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $192.64 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.33 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 11.6% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, equities analysts expect that Medical Properties Trust will post 1.37 EPS for the current year.

In related news, insider Emmett E. Mclean sold 50,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $17.40, for a total transaction of $870,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 913,965 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $15,902,991. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Michael G. Stewart sold 5,800 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred 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 of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,916,906.21. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 111,265 shares of company stock valued at $1,868,705 in the last three months. 0.83% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. ValuEngine raised shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, November 10th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 7th. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group increased their target price on shares of Medical Properties Trust to $15.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, November 2nd. Stifel Nicolaus set a $14.00 target price on shares of Medical Properties Trust and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 1st. Finally, JMP Securities set a $16.00 target price on shares of Medical Properties Trust and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, October 1st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $14.19.

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About Medical Properties Trust

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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