How to buy Medical Properties Trust stock - 11 April

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How to buy Medical Properties Trust stock

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Medical Properties Trust, Inc is a reit-healthcare facilities business based in the US. Medical Properties Trust shares (MPW) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Medical Properties Trust employs 106 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.3 billion.

How to buy shares in Medical Properties Trust

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Medical Properties Trust. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: MPW. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Medical Properties Trust reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Medical Properties Trust, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Medical Properties Trust. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Medical Properties Trust share price

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Medical Properties Trust shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-08.
52-week rangeUSD$14.4841 - USD$22.4544
50-day moving average USD$21.5406
200-day moving average USD$20.3107
Wall St. target priceUSD$23.92
PE ratio 26.9753
Dividend yield USD$1.08 (4.95%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.81

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Is it a good time to buy Medical Properties Trust stock?

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Is Medical Properties Trust under- or over-valued?

Valuing Medical Properties Trust stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Medical Properties Trust's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Medical Properties Trust's P/E ratio

Medical Properties Trust's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 27x. In other words, Medical Properties Trust shares trade at around 27x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).

Medical Properties Trust's PEG ratio

Medical Properties Trust's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.93. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Medical Properties Trust's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Medical Properties Trust's EBITDA

Medical Properties Trust's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1.1 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Medical Properties Trust's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Medical Properties Trust financials

Revenue TTM USD$1.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 66.86%
Gross profit TTM USD$1.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.39%
Return on equity TTM 6.01%
Profit margin 33.98%
Book value $13.556
Market capitalisation USD$12.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Medical Properties Trust shares

There are currently 11.5 million Medical Properties Trust shares held short by investors – that's known as Medical Properties Trust's "short interest". This figure is 20.8% down from 14.5 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Medical Properties Trust shares can be evaluated.

Medical Properties Trust's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Medical Properties Trust's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Medical Properties Trust shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Medical Properties Trust shares traded daily (recently around 3.3 million). Medical Properties Trust's SIR currently stands at 3.47. In other words for every 100,000 Medical Properties Trust shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3470 shares are currently held short.

However Medical Properties Trust's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Medical Properties Trust shares, or, against the total number of tradable Medical Properties Trust shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Medical Properties Trust's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Medical Properties Trust shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0267% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Medical Properties Trust shares, roughly 27 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Medical Properties Trust.

Find out more about how you can short Medical Properties Trust stock.

Medical Properties Trust share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 69.43% of net profits

Recently Medical Properties Trust has paid out, on average, around 69.43% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 5.13% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Medical Properties Trust shareholders could enjoy a 5.13% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Medical Properties Trust's case, that would currently equate to about $1.08 per share.

Medical Properties Trust's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Medical Properties Trust's most recent dividend payout was on 7 April 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 16 March 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Medical Properties Trust share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Medical Properties Trust's shares have ranged in value from as little as $14.4841 up to $22.4544. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MPW.US volatility(beta: 0.54)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Medical Properties Trust's is 0.5367. This would suggest that Medical Properties Trust's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Medical Properties Trust overview

Medical Properties Trust, Inc. is a self-advised real estate investment trust formed in 2003 to acquire and develop net-leased hospital facilities. From its inception in Birmingham, Alabama, the Company has grown to become one of the world's largest owners of hospitals with 431 facilities and roughly 43,000 licensed beds in nine countries and across four continents on a pro forma basis. MPT's financing model facilitates acquisitions and recapitalizations and allows operators of hospitals to unlock the value of their real estate assets to fund facility improvements, technology upgrades and other investments in operations.

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