The shares of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) and Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) soared to 1.75% closing at the price of $14.54 whereas the shares of Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) soared 1.32% with the increase of 0.09 points closing at the price of $6.9. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. has currently increase 13.86% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Frontier Communications Corporation subtracted -20.69% in the previous 6-months.
Now we have to analyze the facts that if the stocks were worthy off investors’ money? The facts to analyze here are risks, profitability, returns and price trends.
Returns and Profitability
Profitability and returns are the main reason of investment, the investors are looking for profits that they get and return they should expect over the period of time.
The first and foremost return that is considered while making an investment is the ROI or Return on Investment. The ROI is the ratio between the profit against the cost of investment. Currently the ROI of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) is 5.5% while the ROI of Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) is -5.5%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, MPW’s EBITDA Margin is 13.9 whereas FTR’s is 5.1.
Both the profitability ratios suggest that Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) is more suitable investment in terms of profitability and return.
EPS & Surprise Factor
Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) reported $0.3/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.27/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 11.1 Percent. While, Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) reported EPS of $-0.92/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $-0.72/share depicting a Surprise of -27.8 Percent.
Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Medical Properties Trust, Inc. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Frontier Communications Corporation. so MPW is more profitable than FTR.
Technical Analysis of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. & Frontier Communications Corporation
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Medical Properties Trust, Inc. was in BEARISH territory and Frontier Communications Corporation was in BULLISH territory.
MPW’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BULLISH with HIGH volatility. While FTR’s candle is BEARISH with MEDIUM.
EPS Growth Rate: MPW’s 6.21% versus FTR’s 7.3%
Another shareholder value can be analyzed through the EPS growth rate; the next 5 years EPS growth rate is predicted by the analysts after the analyzing the previous trends. The next 5 year EPS growth rate of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) is predicted at 6.21% while Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) stands at 7.3%. These numbers suggest that FTR is more suitable investment in terms of EPS growth rate.
Financial Risk and Liquidity Concerns
The current ratio and the debt ratio are the two ratios that show the investor how quickly the company is able to payout its debt and how quickly it can cover its obligations. The current ratio of MPW stands at 0 while FTR is at 0.5 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 1.27 while the debt ratio of the later is 7.26.
The values of the both ratios suggest that FTR is more suitable investment when the liquidity and risk is the main concern.
While making an investment, another main factor to consider before investing is the analyst recommendation on the scale of 1 to 5 where 1 is strong buy, 2 is buy, 3 is hold, 4 is Sell and 5 is strong sell. Analyst recommend 3 for MPW and 3.5 for FTR which means MPW has Hold rating whereas FTR has Sell rating.
Another recommendation of analyst that is to be considered worthy is the price target. The mare price or price trend does not suggest the suitability of a stock. The price target set by analyst is also to be considered while investing as it suggests to what extent the stock will rise or fall in the near future. The price target set for MPW is $14.32 which is -1.54% of its current price while FTR has price target of 6.28 which is -9.87% of its current price.
Valuation is the process of determining the company’s worth for an investor, the valuation ratios give an insight to that worthiness.
MPW currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 15.23 whereas FTR has 0 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 13.59 and for the later it depicts the value of 0.
The price to Book P/B for MPW is 1.38, Price to Sale is at 6.73 and for FTR these ratios stand at 0.22 and 0.09.