How Medical Properties Trust Inc. (MPW) Works From A Technical Perspective

Medical Properties Trust Inc. (NYSE:MPW) finished Tuesday with an addition of $0.09 to close at $19.95, an upside of 0.45 percent. An average of 5,394,460 shares of common stock have been traded in the last five days. There was a fall of -$0.73 in the past week. The last 20 days have seen an average of 5,300,460 shares traded, while the 50-day average volume stands at 4,586,378.

MPW stock has decreased by -7.42% in the last month. The company shares reached their 1-month lowest point of $19.45 on 10/06/21. With the stock rallying to its 52-week high on 04/26/21, shares of the company touched a low of $17.13 and a high of $22.82 in 52 weeks. In spite of this, the price is down -12.56% from the 52-week high.

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Insider Transactions

66 days have passed since Medical Properties Trust Inc. (MPW) last reported insider trading activity. Stewart Michael G, who is Director, most recently acquired $4,800 shares at $20.88 per share on Aug 02. In this transaction, the insider spent $100,224. Chairman, President & CEO, Aldag Edward K JR, disposed of 710,000 shares at a price of $21.21 on Mar 30. The insider now owns more than $15,059,100 worth of shares. Prior to that, VP, Controller & CAO Hanna James Kevin went on to Sale 33,000 shares at $21.32 each on Mar 17. An amount of $703,560 was transacted.

Valuation Metrics

Medical Properties Trust Inc. (MPW) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 21.57, which compares with the 21.25 for the broader industry and 37.51 for the sector. This means investors are optimistic about the stock’s future prospects. In the last five years, Medical Properties Trust Inc.’s PE ratio has ranged between 28.08 and 5.131. The stock’s beta is 0.52. Other valuation ratios to consider include the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio at 8.37, the price-to-book (PB) ratio at 1.43.

Medical Properties Trust Inc. pays a $1.12 dividend per share annually. It offers a dividend yield of 5.61%. The company has a payout ratio of 118.60%. The company’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was $0.28 a share, without any change from last year. Its dividend has been increased for the last 1 consecutive years with the latest increase dividend $0.01 reported on Thursday February 18 2021. Dividends have grown by 12.50% each year over the last three years.

Medical Properties Trust Inc. will next go ex-dividend on 10-Dec. The next dividend payment Medical Properties Trust Inc. will make is expected to be $0.28.

Further, the company has a long term debt to equity ratio of 1.22 and a total debt to equity ratio of 1.22 for the quarter ending June 29. On the profitability front, the trailing 12-month gross margin is 97.50% against a 5-year average of 98.5%. Its gross profit as reported stood at $499.71 million compared to revenue of $1.25 billion.

For investors, determining the potential profitability of the investment also depends on the performance of the company’s management. In the past 12 months, Medical Properties Trust Inc.’s return on assets was 2.90%, compared to 5.0% over the last five years. In the past year, the return on investment has been 4.80%, and the 5-year average is 5.1%. Meanwhile, the return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months has been 6.70% and the 5-year average holds at 10.7%. For the broader industry, ROE averaged 7.37 over the past year.

Earnings Surprise

For the three-month period that ended June 29, Medical Properties Trust Inc. had $219.56 million in cash. The analyst consensus anticipated Medical Properties Trust Inc.’s latest quarter earnings to come in at $0.28 per share, but it turned out to be $0.19, a -32.10% surprise. For the quarter, EBITDA amounted to $242.83 million. At the end of the quarter ending June 29, Medical Properties Trust Inc.’s stock balance sheet showed total debt was $10.05 billion. Shareholders own equity worth $595.7 million.

Technical Picture

From a technical analysis perspective, let’s take a brief look at Medical Properties Trust Inc. (MPW) price momentum. RSI 9-day as of the close on 05 October was 39.79%, suggesting the stock is Neutral, with historical volatility in this time frame at 19.81%.

As of today, MPW’s price is $20.03 -3.53% or -$0.73 from its 5-day moving average. MPW is currently trading -8.99% lower than its 20-day SMA and -4.18% lower than its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is -4.36% below the SMA50 and -5.36% below the SMA200.

The stochastic %K and %D were 17.45% and 18.91%, respectively, and the average true range (ATR) was 0.43. With the 14-day stochastic at 30.49% and the average true range at 0.43, the RSI (14) stands at 42.72%. The stock has reached -0.31 on the 9-day MACD Oscillator while the 14-day reading was at -0.40.

Analyst Ratings

RBC Capital Mkts upgraded Medical Properties Trust Inc. (NYSE: MPW) to a an Outperform rating in its most recent analyst report. Previously, the stock was rated as a a Sector perform.The consensus rating for Medical Properties Trust Inc. (MPW) among analysts is Overweight. According to current brokerage recommendations, 0 brokerage firms advise that investors sell MPW, while 4 suggest investors hold. There are 0 analysts who rate the stock as underweight. The stock is rated overweight by 0 analysts, while 9 others rate it as a “buy”.

What is MPW’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts predict a range of price targets between $21.50 and $27.00, with a median target of $23.00. Taking a look at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts for Medical Properties Trust Inc. (MPW) stock is $23.42.


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