Long-Term Investment or Short-Term? Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (MPW), CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (CNP)

The shares of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) and CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) declined to -1.03% closing at the price of $15.34 whereas the shares of CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP) declined -0.85% with the decrease of -0.23 points closing at the price of $26.96. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. has currently increase 15.43% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival CenterPoint Energy, Inc. added 1.24% 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 CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP) is 4.8%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, MPW’s EBITDA Margin is 14.12 whereas CNP’s is 8.73.

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 $0.24/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.25/share Thus lagging the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of -4 Percent. While, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP) reported EPS of $0.3/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.32/share depicting a Surprise of -6.3 Percent.

Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Medical Properties Trust, Inc. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than CenterPoint Energy, Inc.. so MPW is more profitable than CNP.

Technical Analysis of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. & CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Medical Properties Trust, Inc. was in BULLISH territory and CenterPoint Energy, Inc. was in BEARISH territory.

MPW’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BEARISH with HIGH volatility. While CNP’s candle is BEARISH with HIGH.

EPS Growth Rate: MPW’s 6.21% versus CNP’s 8.7%

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 CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP) stands at 8.7%. These numbers suggest that CNP 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 CNP is at 1 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 1.27 while the debt ratio of the later is 1.91.

The values of the both ratios suggest that CNP is more suitable investment when the liquidity and risk is the main concern.

Analyst Recommendations

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 2.5 for CNP which means MPW has Hold rating whereas CNP has Hold 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 $14.5 which is -5.79% of its current price while CNP has price target of 29.57 which is 8.83% of its current price.

Valuation Ratios

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 16.06 whereas CNP has 26.48 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 15.11 and for the later it depicts the value of 15.96.

The price to Book P/B for MPW is 1.46, Price to Sale is at 7.17 and for CNP these ratios stand at 2.49 and 1.35.