LSV Asset Management raised its position in Medical Properties Trust Inc. (NYSE:MPW) by 166.0% during the third quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 4,546,776 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 2,837,500 shares during the period. LSV Asset Management’s holdings in Medical Properties Trust were worth $67,155,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in MPW. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA boosted its stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 220.5% in the second quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 111,045 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,689,000 after buying an additional 76,397 shares during the period. Teacher Retirement System of Texas boosted its position in Medical Properties Trust by 14.5% in the second quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas now owns 33,362 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $507,000 after buying an additional 4,232 shares during the last quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. boosted its position in Medical Properties Trust by 8.9% in the second quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 392,550 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $5,971,000 after buying an additional 32,109 shares during the last quarter. WESPAC Advisors LLC purchased a new position in Medical Properties Trust during the second quarter worth $537,000. Finally, Creative Planning boosted its position in Medical Properties Trust by 5.9% in the second quarter. Creative Planning now owns 9,869 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $150,000 after buying an additional 550 shares during the last quarter. 81.94% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW)

Shares of Medical Properties Trust Inc. (NYSE:MPW) opened at 12.18 on Wednesday. Medical Properties Trust Inc. has a 12 month low of $9.61 and a 12 month high of $15.92. The stock has a market cap of $3.00 billion, a P/E ratio of 12.30 and a beta of 0.91. The company has a 50 day moving average of $13.27 and a 200 day moving average of $14.53.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 3rd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.30 EPS for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.30. Medical Properties Trust had a net margin of 46.26% and a return on equity of 10.03%. The firm had revenue of $126.60 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $124.33 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.32 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 10.5% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts expect that Medical Properties Trust Inc. will post $1.27 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 12th. Investors of record on Thursday, December 8th will be paid a $0.23 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, December 6th. This represents a $0.92 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 7.55%. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 93.88%.

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A number of research firms have weighed in on MPW. Wells Fargo & Co. reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research report on Sunday, September 4th. BTIG Research initiated coverage on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a report on Thursday, August 25th. They issued a “neutral” rating for the company. JMP Securities reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a report on Monday. Stifel Nicolaus decreased their price objective on shares of Medical Properties Trust from $16.00 to $13.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a report on Monday, November 7th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $16.00 price objective for the company in a report on Wednesday, September 21st. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $14.29.

About Medical Properties Trust

Medical Properties Trust, Inc is a self-advised real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on investing in and owning net-leased healthcare facilities. It conducts all of its business through MPT Operating Partnership, L.P. It acquires and develops healthcare facilities and leases the facilities to healthcare operating companies under long-term net leases.

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