There is no doubt that Medical Properties Trust Inc. (MPW) ticks all the boxes.

Medical Properties Trust Inc. (NYSE: MPW) stock fell -4.06% on Tuesday to $13.22 against a previous-day closing price of $13.78. With 14.93 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained heavier than its average volume of 13.4 million shares. During the session, the REIT – Healthcare Facilities company that operates in wider Real Estate sector, reached to the highest price of $14.00 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $13.19. The 52-week range on MPW shows that it touched its highest point at $23.18 and its lowest point at $9.90 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $15.54. With its current market cap of 7.70 billion, MPW has annualized dividend of $1.16 while the current yield stands at 8.77%. Beta for the stock currently stands at 0.95.

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Price Performance and Earnings:

Stock performance is one of the indicators that investors use to determine whether they will profit from a stock. The price performance of MPW was down-trending over the past week, with a drop of -2.72%, but this was up by 22.98% over a month. Three-month performance surged to 29.35% while six-month performance fell -21.31%. The stock lost -42.27% in the past year, while it has gained 18.67% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for MPW yields 2.08 with Next year EPS estimates of 1.26. For the next quarter, that number is 0.28. This implies an EPS growth rate of 36.90% for this year and -37.29% for next year. EPS is expected to grow by 6.50% annually over the next five years; however, over the past five years, the company experienced an annual growth rate of 5.20%.

Float and Shares Shorts:

At present, 598.98 million MPW shares are outstanding with a float of 592.64 million shares on hand for trading. On Oct 13, 2022, short shares totaled 74.05 million, which was 12.36% higher than short shares on Sep 14, 2022. In addition to Mr. Edward K. Aldag Jr. as the firm’s Founder, Chairman, Pres & CEO, Mr. Emmett E. McLean serves as its Founder, Exec. VP, COO & Sec.

Institutional Ownership:

Through their ownership of 83.74% of MPW’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have majority control over the company. Other institutions hold 43.97% of MPW, in contrast to 40.86% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for 1.71%. As the largest shareholder in MPW with 14.40% of the stake, The Vanguard Group, Inc. holds 86,138,265 shares worth 86,138,265. A second-largest stockholder of MPW, BlackRock Fund Advisors, holds 56,164,295 shares, controlling over 9.39% of the firm’s shares. SSgA Funds Management, Inc. is the third largest shareholder in MPW, holding 35,455,460 shares or 5.93% stake. With a 4.47% stake in MPW, the Vanguard Real Estate Index Fund is the largest stakeholder. A total of 26,738,870 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The iShares Core S&P Mid Cap ETF, which owns about 3.09% of MPW stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 18,449,457 shares valued at 205.53 million. Vanguard Total Stock Market Index holds 3.04% of the stake in MPW, owning 18,158,335 shares worth 202.28 million.

Analysts Ratings:

Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for MPW since 14 analysts follow the stock currently. There are 7 analysts who recommend BUY ratings, while 0 suggest SELL ratings. Of the remaining analysts, 6 believe that the stock is worth HOLDING, 1 give it an OVERWEIGHT rating, and 0 thinks that it’s UNDERWEIGHT. In the same way, a target price assigned to a stock can also reveal much about its potential. With MPW analysts setting a high price target of $19.00 and a low target of $10.00, the average target price over the next 12 months is $15.54. Based on these targets, MPW could surge 43.72% to reach the target high and fall by -24.36% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 17.55% from current levels.

EPS: Estimates vs Actual

It is also common to use earnings estimates to evaluate a firm’s growth potential and to determine trading strategy. MPW will report FY 2022 earnings on 02/01/2024. Analysts have provided yearly estimates in a range of $2.04 being high and $1.99 being low. For MPW, this leads to a yearly average estimate of $2.01. The earnings surprise of a firm occurs when the actual results change from the consensus earnings estimate. Medical Properties Trust Inc. surprised analysts by $0.07 when it reported $0.37 EPS against a consensus estimate of $0.30. The surprise factor in the prior quarter was $0.02. Based on analyst estimates, the high estimate for the next quarter is $0.30 and the low estimate is $0.25. The average estimate for the next quarter is thus $0.27.

Summary of Insider Activity:

Insiders traded MPW stock several times over the past three months with 0 Buys and 0 Sells. In these transactions, 0 shares were bought while 0 shares were sold. The number of buy transactions has increased to 15 while that of sell transactions has risen to 11 over the past year. The total number of shares bought during that period was 1,024,085 while 988,282 shares were sold.

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