|Bid||18.07 x 900|
|Ask||18.08 x 4000|
|Day's Range||17.95 - 18.21|
|52 Week Range||13.79 - 18.92|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.43|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||6.71|
|Earnings Date||Jul 31, 2019 - Aug 5, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.00 (5.62%)|
|1y Target Est||18.94|
Medical Properties Trust Inc NYSE:MPWView full report here! Summary * ETFs holding this stock have seen outflows over the last one-month * Bearish sentiment is low * Economic output for the sector is expanding but at a slower rate Bearish sentimentShort interest | PositiveShort interest is low for MPW with fewer than 5% of shares on loan. The last change in the short interest score occurred more than 1 month ago and implies that there has been little change in sentiment among investors who seek to profit from falling equity prices. Money flowETF/Index ownership | NegativeETF activity is negative. Over the last one-month, outflows of investor capital in ETFs holding MPW totaled $68.52 billion. Additionally, the rate of outflows appears to be accelerating. Economic sentimentPMI by IHS Markit | NegativeAccording to the latest IHS Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) data, output in the Financials sector is rising. The rate of growth is weak relative to the trend shown over the past year, however, and is easing. Credit worthinessCredit default swapCDS data is not available for this security.Please send all inquiries related to the report to email@example.com.Charts and report PDFs will only be available for 30 days after publishing.This document has been produced for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon or as construed as investment advice. To the fullest extent permitted by law, IHS Markit disclaims any responsibility or liability, whether in contract, tort (including, without limitation, negligence), equity or otherwise, for any loss or damage arising from any reliance on or the use of this material in any way. Please view the full legal disclaimer and methodology information on pages 2-3 of the full report.
Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (the “Company” or “MPT”) (MPW) today announced that it has completed the previously announced A$1.2 billion acquisition of the real estate interests of 11 Australian hospitals operated by Healthscope Ltd. The Company financed the acquisition with a A$1.2 billion unsecured five-year term, Australian-denominated loan with a syndicate of banks. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. is a self-advised real estate investment trust formed to acquire and develop net-leased hospital facilities.
Healthcare stocks have traditionally been a go-to sector for reliable returns through any economic and market conditions. The rationale is straightforward. The U.S. is a large nation filled with folks that are generally less than healthy, and the vast majority have employer-provided health insurance to pick up the rising costs.Source: Shutterstock And for those who are less fortunate -- those under- or unemployed -- or those who are retired, there are additional entitlement programs from Federal and state governments, ranging from Medicaid to Medicare. For children, there's the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). And of course, for now, there's also the additional Affordable Care Act. Add in Federal employee programs, including from the Veterans Association, and there's billions of dollars to pay for lots of drugs and healthcare.Moreover, since few in the U.S. are direct-paying customers in the healthcare sector, there is little in the way of a market-check on prices and costs. This is a recipe for increasing spending and resulting revenues -- and of course profits.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Healthcare Stocks and ProfitsAnd it shows for the first reported quarter of 2019. Healthcare stocks of the S&P 500 index reported revenue gains on average of 13.7%, with earnings gaining 9.1%. That vastly outpaced the general averages for the members of the general S&P 500 Index.And while there is lots of speculation over the pace of growth in revenue and earnings for the healthcare sector as compiled by Bloomberg and shown below, it is still expected to see gains into 2020.Compiled Historic and Forecast Revenue & Earnings Growth for Healthcare Source BloombergAnd yet, year to date, healthcare stocks have lagged the S&P 500 Index in total return, with the sector generating a return of 1.8% against the S&P 500's 11.9%.S&P 500 Healthcare Index & S&P 500 Index Total Return Source BloombergThe big hindrance seems to come from concerns of the political rhetoric of the well-underway 2020 U.S. elections. On the Democratic side, there's wild talk of national health insurance and even doing away with private employer-paid coverage. And in a limited amount in the Grand Old Party (GOP), there's talk at least of doing something about drug prices. * 7 Stocks to Buy for Monster Growth Either way, investors seem to be spooked for now about the cushy market enjoyed by healthcare companies. But take a look at the many opinion polls from folks on the left and right when asked directly about serious changes to the U.S. healthcare market. You'll see the majority of folks don't want what's being pitched -- particularly in terms of national health insurance.My take is that the healthcare sector is a bargain right now on overblown fears. And with better revenue and earnings growth coming from a buoyant market for healthcare and drugs, the sector is a safer place for a healthier portfolio. Ill-Gotten GainsThe key to the sector's future success is that the U.S. is a nation that is aging and becoming ever less healthy. This isn't a good mix for one of the leading economies of the planet. In a recent study by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Census, by 2035, it is projected that 78 million folks will be 65 years or older. By that same year, those at or under the age of 18 years will be 76 million.This will be a further significant change in the demographics of the U.S. It has traditionally been a younger nation with more healthy and able folks to produce more for the economy.And it gets worse with it comes to the health of the overall population whether old or young. The Mayo Clinic recently released its extensive study of the health of the population and is saying that 3% or less are living a healthy lifestyle. This is not surprising. Just take a stroll around many neighborhoods around the nation and do some people watching. We are a nation of fatter people that don't look like they could walk up a flight of stairs, let alone run up one.The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) just released a study saying 36.5% of the U.S. population is obese. This sets up the nation for more diabetes and all of the ancillary health effects of that disease. And then there is heart health and its complications.Add in a higher poverty rate, which can lead to further health challenges for young and old alike, and other factors including infant mortality, and the nation doesn't look too healthy.And of course, last year we saw that life expectancies in the U.S. population stopped seeing improvements, with some segments dropping in life years. And the end of the line is where healthcare spending really ramps up to keep those older ailing alive a bit longer.No wonder healthcare spending is big in the U.S. and climbing quickly. According to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) -- healthcare spending increased in 2017 by 3.9% to $3.9 trillion or $10,739 per person. This represents 17.9% of the then gross domestic product of the U.S. (GDP).And it is getting worse. The CMS projects that spending between 2017 through 2016 will continue to rise by an average annual rate of 5.50% reaching $5.7 trillion. And given projections for GDP for the period -- that would come closer to 20% of the overall economy.Now this isn't good news for the U.S. population, but it does provide for a silver lining for us as investors. Where to StartInside the model portfolios of my Profitable Investing, I have the overall market for healthcare synthetically invested in the Vanguard Healthcare ETF (NYSEARCA:VHT). This ETF provides a one-stop solution for this market. And over the trailing five years, the ETF has generated a return of 63.80% - which is above the general S&P 500 Index.But moving on to the drug companies, I have the drug maker, Merck (NYSE:MRK), which continues to perform particularly well over the past three years with a return of 54.5%. Revenues continue to advance, with the most recent report showing gains of 7.8%. Operating margins are running fat at 19.6%, which contributes to a great return on shareholder's equity of 27.4%. It has lots of cash and little debt, so it can easily support its pipeline of new treatments.Then I have a peer with another drug maker, Pfizer (NYSE:PFE), which follows the success of Merck with a return over the recent three years of 33.9%. Revenues are a bit more tepid, with gains running at 1.6%. But its operating margins are better at 26.1% which supports a return on equity of 17.8%. And like Merck, Pfizer has lots of cash and little debt, so further investment in its newer products and services is easily supported. MPW Stock Is a FavoriteThen there's a favorite of mine in the healthcare property market with Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW). This is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and acquires healthcare facilities, including inpatient and outpatient facilities as well as surgical centers and specialty healthcare facilities. The have more than 120 properties in 25 states as well as some newer innovative investments in Germany, Australia and this week in Switzerland.These properties are leased on a net basis, in which its tenants pay insurance, upkeep and taxes. The operators run the facilities and pay rent month after month for years. The portfolio has expanded dramatically over the recent years, with only a small pause in the past year. But it continues to look to expand its portfolio with the right properties in an ever-expanding market. Hence its deal in Swiss Confederation.Revenues are climbing, with gains running at 21.1% per year on average for the trailing three years. And the funds from operations (FFO), which measures just the return rate from the cashflows from the property portfolio, is ample at 10.9%. That's impressive for the REIT space. This contributes to an impressive return on its assets at 11% .And the stock continues to reflect its performance as a company. Over the past three years, the stock has delivered a total return of 50.7%.It is a disciplined company when it comes to debt and leverage, as its debt-to-capital is at only 47%. This provides the ability to easily service its current debts and provides eased access for credit to fund additional acquisitions.The stock is also still a value proposition. The stock is valued at only 1.4 times its book value. That has been climbing significantly over the trailing year from only 1.1 times back in October of 2018.But it isn't just the price to book that's rising, it's the actual value of the assets. Over the past five years alone, the underlying book value per share has gone from $7.98 to a current $12.45. That represents an impressive gain of 56%. This is important as it shows genuine growth in the underlying company and not just the stock price.The dividend is 25 cents per share and has risen 4.05% annually on average over the past five years. This equates to a current yield of 5.57%.In addition, the dividend is tax-advantaged due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). That provides a tax deduction of 20% of the dividend distribution for U.S. individual investors.Now I've presented some of my favorite healthcare stocks that are capitalizing on U.S. demographics and spending. Perhaps you might like to see more of my market research and recommendations? For more, look at my Profitable Investing. Click here to learn more: https://profitableinvesting.investorplace.com/Neil George is the editor of Profitable Investing and does not have any holdings in the securities mentioned above. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Stocks to Buy for Monster Growth * Ranking the Top 10 Stock Buybacks of Last Year * 5 Stocks Under $10 With Big Upside Potential Compare Brokers The post Drug and Healthcare Stocks to Keep Your Portfolio Healthy appeared first on InvestorPlace.
In 2003 Ed Aldag was appointed CEO of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW). This report will, first, examine the...
Medical Properties Trust has acquired a majority stake in a hospital portfolio in the Alpine Nation of Switzerland
Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (the “Company” or “MPT”) (MPW) today announced that it has acquired for $236.5 million a 46% stake in Swiss healthcare real estate company Infracore SA (“Infracore”) from previous majority shareholder, Aevis Victoria SA (“Aevis”). Infracore’s real estate is valued at almost $900 million, making MPT’s share approximately $410 million and MPT the largest shareholder.
Medical Properties Trust, Inc. announced today that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share of common stock to be paid on July 11, 2019, to stockholders of record on June 13, 2019.
The trade tirade is now a full trade war between the U.S. and China. And how do you know that it's a war? Well, there's a new "fight song" with lyrics like: "Trade war! Trade War! Not afraid of the outrageous challenge! Not afraid of the outrageous challenge! A trade war is happening over the Pacific Ocean!"Source: Shutterstock The song borrows its music from a 1960's-era theme in a Chinese film titled "Tunnel War" that depicts a fictional conflict with Japan. The song is being hyped up, and is making its way through the excellent WeChat app that's part of Tencent (OTCMKTS:TCEHY) which I've used for years for messaging with my friends in the mainland and beyond via my Blackberry (NYSE:BB).China was working with advisors who came from the traditional U.S. political sources in negotiating with the current U.S. administration. That has apparently come to an end. Beijing has finally come to the conclusion that the U.S. is being led by a different kind of leadership.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsFor now, it appears that the rhetoric on both sides is being ratcheted up and that tariffs are not set to go away.This is very bad news. Consider that Huawei, a privately held company that is one of the leading makers of smartphones and telecom equipment, has been in the crosshairs lately. The U.S. government has been unsuccessfully campaigning to force nations around the globe to ban telecom equipment for their networks. * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend But this week came news that Alphabet's (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google was instructed to cease doing business in providing support and some access to its open-source Android operating system to Huawei. And similar reports are coming from Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) as well as Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) and other U.S. tech companies. The Markets Were Not FansThe stock market didn't like this at all -- on top of the fears that had already sent the S&P 500 Index down 2.9% from its 2019 high, and the S&P Information Technology Index down 5.4% for the same period.This price action didn't sit well at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. So, we got a 90-day reprieve similar to last year's similar deal that allowed U.S. telecom companies to continue to do business with ZTE (OTCMKTS:ZTCOY). So, we're seeing some buying again in the general market and the tech market.Don't get too comfortable with this. I see more volatility on the horizon. The precedent of instructing U.S. companies to cut off vital customers and suppliers -- and getting cooperation from those companies -- is truly frightening for us as investors. This has me now evaluating how this may play out, as the stock market has plenty of exposure to the technology companies of the globe.My original call was that China was going to cut a deal as Beijing is fearful of a further economic slowdown which could lead to instability. Instability is the number one thing that it wants to avoid. But the second thing it wants to avoid is looking like it caved into the U.S. It doesn't want to show that weakness.Plus President Donald Trump faces his own if the markets slide and the U.S. economy slows as the 2020 election is fully underway.But you don't have to wade into all that. I am directing your attention to more of the purest of domestic income and growth plays that are completely separate from the trade war. U.S. Real EstateU.S. real estate investment trusts (REITs) are one of the safe havens to own through the trade war. They as a nearly pure Buy American strategy for growth and income. And the market sector continues to perform even during the recent trade tension sell-off.For the past year, REITs as tracked by the Bloomberg REIT Index have earned a return of 17.9% which is significantly higher than the return for the S&P 500 Index at 7.1%. In addition, during the big sell-off in stocks during the fourth quarter of last year, REITs did drop by 6.1%. However, that was way better than the drop in the S&P 500 Index of 13.5%.Bloomberg US REIT Index & S&P 500 Index Source BloombergNow, the same question has to be asked of REITs -- whether the market is still a value in light of its strong performance?Well, to start the REITs inside the S&P 500 Index reporting in the first calendar quarter have shown revenue gains averaging 4.4%, with earnings advancing by 6.9%. That's significantly better than for many of the other segments in the S&P 500 Index sector members reporting so far.But what about value? On a price-to-book basis REITs are sitting on average at 2.47 times which is well below highs seen early this year and highs over the past thee years. This is important as buying REITs just like for individual properties means not paying too much for the land and buildings.I have a large and diverse collection of REITs in the model portfolios of my Profitable Investing. And from a value standpoint the average price-to-book value for all of them is at a bargain level of only 1.87 times. This means that our REITs are even better buys right now than even the value-priced general REIT market.And as noted above, REITs reported higher revenue and earnings for the first quarter. But one of the specific metrics for profitability comes from the rate of return from funds from operations (FFO). This measure the profits that REITs make from just the core business of collecting rents from their tenants.There are several REITs with significantly higher FFO returns, but on average for my collection, the FFO return is running at 10.3%. That's quite positive and is supportive for higher dividend payments. REITs to RecognizeAs noted above, I have a collection of REITs in the portfolios of Profitable Investing -- all make for great buys. Here are three to recognize for their particular opportunities.I'll start of American Campus Communities (NYSE:ACC). This REIT has educational properties focused primarily on dorms for colleges and universities around the nation. This is an attractive market with a captive market for students looking for housing near their classes and activities. The space has been so good that one by one the leading public REITs there has been bought out by non-public investments and private equity.ACC is the one focused REIT still here. And it is performing with the trailing year return of a much better 25.3%. Revenues are up by 10.6% with a return from funds from operations (FFO) at a nice 9.5%.It is a value too at only 1.88 times its book of business, including its properties. And the dividend is an attractive 3.9% and has been climbing over the past five years by an average of 5.02%.Next is WP Carey (NYSE:WPC), which I've followed since it came to the public market back in the late 1990s. WP Carey is a large, diversified REIT with assets around the U.S. Its focus is doing sale-lease-back transactions, where owners and occupiers sell their properties to and then lease them back from WPC. It also focuses on triple-net leases, whereby tenants pay insurance, upkeep and taxes instead of WPC.The return over the past trailing year is a whopping 29.6%, and while revenues have slowed a bit recently to a gain of 4.4%, the FFO return is better at 10.6%. It is also a bargain at only 1.9 times its book value.And the dividend which keeps rising every quarter by policy is even more attractive at 5.4%.Last up is Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW). This REIT is focused on health care properties from hospitals to other facilities. And like WP Carey -- MPW focuses on net leases which lowers costs and operating risks.The trailing year return is running at 44.6%. And yet the stock is only at 1.41 times its book value. Revenues are rising at 11.3% and the FFO return is running at 11.6%.Now I've presented some of my favorite stocks that are separate from the trade war risks. For more -- look at my Profitable Investing. Click here to learn more: https://profitableinvesting.investorplace.com/Neil George is the editor of Profitable Investing and does not have any holdings in the securities mentioned above. 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Medical Properties (MPW) delivered FFO and revenue surprises of -3.12% and -1.03%, respectively, for the quarter ended March 2019. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?
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 ...
While Medical Properties (MPW) will likely benefit from an aging demographic, high tenant concentration may lend volatility to its bottom-line growth in the first quarter.
Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (MPW) today announced it will host a conference call and webcast on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the company’s first quarter 2019 financial results. Dial-in numbers for the replay are 855-859-2056 and 404-537-3406 for U.S. and International callers, respectively. The replay passcode for both U.S. and International callers is 8498286.
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When most investors think about growth in the stock market, real estate investment trusts (REITs) don't immediately come to mind. After all, land and buildings have been around for nearly forever. And how can sleepy bits of real estate compete with all of the other facets of the stock market from technology to oil and gas and so many other industries that are profiting from bringing or using the next new thing?Source: Shutterstock But real estate has a few things going for it. To start, as the adage goes -- when it comes to land -- they aren't making any more of it. Well, that's mostly true except for certain markets such as the territories around Hong Kong and Victoria Harbour.Then there are the adaptations of land. From residences for technology workers to the actual technology, its real estate and the related buildings from residential to office and of course data centers that enable all of the whiz-bang stuff of the market to actually happen.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAnd of course, there is the income that comes from real estate. And one of the core things that I've learned long ago and use in my portfolio recommendations inside Profitable Investing is that dividends matter. And even if you are not living off of dividend income -- just collecting it and piling it up and re-investing is a lot more certain to build up a portfolio's value over time.And the simple proof is to look at the general stock market in the S&P 500. If you track the performance of the Index over the past twenty years, the price gain was nice at 113.86%. But when adding in the dividends, the return nearly doubles to 213.49%. So, as I said before, dividends do matter. And for REITs, the dividends are of course much higher than the general market. The yield for the S&P 500 Index is currently sitting at 1.91%, while the yield for REITs is tracked by the Bloomberg U.S. REIT Index is much higher at 4.17%. * 10 Dow Jones Stocks Holding the Blue Chip Index Back Moreover, thanks to the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA), REIT dividends are worth even more on an after-tax basis. This comes from a line-item in the TCJA whereby investors get to deduct 20% of the dividend income from their taxable income. This comes with the U.S. Treasury instructions for 2018 tax filings that specifies that 1099-DIV have a section 199A with a Box 5 for REIT dividends, which tax software does the calculations. And if you use a pencil and a calculator, there are instructions for Schedule D.In addition, investors in common stocks inside the S&P 500 are taxed twice. First, the company pays income tax and then investors are taxed on the dividend income. REITs avoid corporate tax and as noted above, the dividends are taxed-advantaged.But let's get to the meat of the matter and the headline of this article. For the past trailing year, REITs, as tracked by the Bloomberg REIT Index, have earned a return of 21.48%, which is nearly double the return for the S&P 500 Index at 10.69%. In addition, during the big selloff in stocks during the fourth quarter of last year, REITs did drop in return by 6.07%, but that was way better than the drop in the S&P 500 of 13.53%. Click to Enlarge Source: Bloomberg Three Even Better REITsThe REIT space has plenty of great companies, but it also has many not so great companies. Here are three REITs that stand out from the crowd.I'll start with American Campus Communities (NYSE:ACC). This REIT has educational properties focused primarily on dorms for colleges and universities around the nation. This is an attractive market since it has a market for students that need and want to live on or near-by where their classes and activities are happening. The space has been so good that one by one the leading public REITs in this market have been bought out by non-public investments and private equity.ACC is the one REIT that still focuses on the space. And it is performing with the trailing year return of a much better 27.05%. Revenues are up by 10.60% with a return from funds from operations (FFO) at a nice 9.50%. FFO measures the return from actually leasing out the properties and is a good apples-to-apples measurement for REITs.It is a value too at only 1.88 times its book of business, including its properties. And the dividend is an attractive 3.85% and has been climbing over the past five years by an average of 5.02%.Next is WP Carey (NYSE:WPC), which I've followed since it came to the public market back in the late 1990s. WP Carey is a large diversified REIT with assets around the U.S. and the globe. Its focus is on doing sale-lease-back transactions, which have owners and occupiers sell their properties and in turn lease them back from WPC. And it also focuses on triple-net leases whereby tenants pay insurance, upkeep and taxes leaving WPC to avoid these costs and risks.The return over the past trailing year is a whopping 33.81%. And while revenues have slowed a bit recently to a gain of 4.40% -- the FFO return is better at 10.60%. And it is also a bargain at only 1.89 times its book value. * 7 Marijuana Companies: Which Pot Stocks Should You Buy? And the dividend, which keeps rising every quarter by policy, is even more attractive at 5.30%.And last up is Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW). This REIT is focused on healthcare properties from hospitals and other facilities. And like WP Carey -- MPW focuses on net leases, which lowers its costs and operating risks.The trailing year return is running at 56.40%. And yet the stock is only at 1.53 times its book value. Revenues are rising at 11.30% and the FFO return is running at 11.60%.These and other quality REITs should be in everyone's portfolio if you want better and more certain growth and income along the way. And to learn more from my analysis and other REITs take a look at my Profitable Investing published by InvestorPlace Media.Neil George is the editor of Profitable Investing and does not have any holdings in the securities mentioned above. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 9 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for Every Investor * 7 Catalysts That Will Send Marijuana Stocks Soaring in 2019 * 8 Risky Stocks to Watch as Earnings Season Kicks Off Compare Brokers The post 3 REITs That Outperform the Market appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The real estate sector emerged near the top of our internal Sector Scorecard, signaling this group has been outperforming amid relatively bearish expectations -- what we like to see as contrarian, explains Andrea Kramer, editor of Schaeffer's Investment Research.
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