Analyzing Medical Properties Trust (MPW) & Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP)

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Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) and Ashford Hospitality Prime (NYSE:AHP) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings and valuation.

Dividends

Medical Properties Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.4%. Ashford Hospitality Prime pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.2%. Medical Properties Trust pays out 73.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Medical Properties Trust has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years and Ashford Hospitality Prime has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

75.5% of Medical Properties Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.6% of Ashford Hospitality Prime shares are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of Medical Properties Trust shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.0% of Ashford Hospitality Prime shares are held by company 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Medical Properties Trust and Ashford Hospitality Prime, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Medical Properties Trust 0 6 2 0 2.25
Ashford Hospitality Prime 0 0 1 0 3.00

Medical Properties Trust currently has a consensus price target of $15.08, indicating a potential downside of 18.29%. Ashford Hospitality Prime has a consensus price target of $13.00, indicating a potential upside of 25.24%. Given Ashford Hospitality Prime’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Ashford Hospitality Prime is more favorable than Medical Properties Trust.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Medical Properties Trust and Ashford Hospitality Prime’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Medical Properties Trust $784.52 million 8.72 $289.79 million $1.37 13.47
Ashford Hospitality Prime N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Medical Properties Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Ashford Hospitality Prime.

Profitability

This table compares Medical Properties Trust and Ashford Hospitality Prime’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Medical Properties Trust 129.59% 9.10% 4.14%
Ashford Hospitality Prime N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Medical Properties Trust beats Ashford Hospitality Prime on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Medical Properties Trust Company Profile

Medical Properties Trust, Inc. is a self-advised real estate investment trust formed to capitalize on the changing trends in healthcare delivery by acquiring and developing net-leased healthcare facilities. MPT's financing model helps facilitate acquisitions and recapitalizations and allows operators of hospitals and other healthcare facilities to unlock the value of their real estate assets to fund facility improvements, technology upgrades and other investments in operations. Facilities include acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, and other medical and surgical facilities.

Ashford Hospitality Prime Company Profile

Ashford Hospitality Prime is a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on investing in luxury hotels and resorts.

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