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Medical Properties: 1Q Earnings Snapshot

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ Medical Properties Trust Inc. (MPW) on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its first quarter. The results did not meet Wall Street expectations.

The real estate investment trust, based in Birmingham, Alabama, said it had funds from operations of $117.8 million, or 31 cents per share, in the period.

The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 32 cents per share.

Funds from operations is a closely watched measure in the REIT industry. It takes net income and adds back items such as depreciation and amortization.

The company said it had net income of $75.8 million, or 20 cents per share.

The health care real estate investment trust posted revenue of $180.5 million in the period, also falling short of Street forecasts. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $182.3 million.

Medical Properties expects full-year funds from operations in the range of $1.54 to $1.56 per share.

The company's shares have climbed slightly more than 8% since the beginning of the year. The stock has climbed 35% in the last 12 months.

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