Medical Properties Trust (NYSE: MPW) is one of 26 publicly-traded companies in the “Healthcare REITs” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Medical Properties Trust to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

83.7% of Medical Properties Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.2% of shares of all “Healthcare REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Medical Properties Trust shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.9% of shares of all “Healthcare REITs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Medical Properties Trust and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Medical Properties Trust 42.25% 7.54% 3.83%
Medical Properties Trust Competitors 38.21% 8.11% 4.09%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Medical Properties Trust and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Medical Properties Trust $610.24 million $501.71 million 15.81
Medical Properties Trust Competitors $788.38 million $482.52 million 38.98

Medical Properties Trust’s rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Medical Properties Trust. Medical Properties Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Medical Properties Trust and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Medical Properties Trust 2 4 6 0 2.33
Medical Properties Trust Competitors 128 708 641 12 2.36

Medical Properties Trust currently has a consensus target price of $14.00, suggesting a potential upside of 6.71%. As a group, “Healthcare REITs” companies have a potential upside of 4.31%. Given Medical Properties Trust’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Medical Properties Trust is more favorable than its rivals.

Dividends

Medical Properties Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.3%. Medical Properties Trust pays out 115.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Healthcare REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.2% and pay out 125.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Medical Properties Trust has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Medical Properties Trust is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Volatility and Risk

Medical Properties Trust has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Medical Properties Trust’s rivals have a beta of 0.49, suggesting that their average stock price is 51% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Medical Properties Trust rivals beat Medical Properties Trust on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Medical Properties Trust Company Profile

Medical Properties Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company focuses on investing in and owning net-leased healthcare facilities across the United States and selectively in foreign jurisdictions. The Company’s segment is its investments in healthcare real estate, including mortgage and other loans, as well as any equity investments in its tenants. The Company conducts its operations through MPT Operating Partnership, L.P. The Company acquires and develops healthcare facilities, and leases the facilities to healthcare operating companies under long-term net leases. The Company makes mortgage loans to healthcare operators collateralized by their real estate assets. As of February 24, 2017, the Company’s portfolio consisted of 232 properties, including 215 facilities (of the 220 facilities that it owns) were leased to 30 tenants, five were under development, and the remaining assets were in the form of mortgage loans to four operators.

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