Medical Properties Trust Inc. (NYSE:MPW) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference Call Transcript

Feb 07, 2019 • 11:00 am ET


Medical Properties Trust Inc. (NYSE:MPW) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference Call Transcript


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Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Q4 2018 Medical Properties Trust Earnings Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later we'll conduct a question-and-answer session and instructions will follow at that time. (Operator Instructions) As a reminder, this call is being recorded.

I would now like to introduce your host for today's conference, Charles Lambert. Sir, you may begin.

Charles Lambert

Thank you. Good morning, everyone. Welcome to the Medical Properties Trust conference call to discuss our fourth quarter and year-end 2018 financial results.

With me today are Edward K. Aldag Jr., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company; and Steven Hamner, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Our press release was distributed this morning and furnished on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission. If you did not receive a copy, it is available on our website at in the Investor Relations section. Additionally, we are hosting a live webcast of today's call, which you can access in that same section.

During the course of this call, we will make projections and certain other statements that may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our financial results and future events to differ materially from those expressed in or underlying such forward-looking statements. We refer you to the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a discussion of the factors that could cause the Company's actual results or future events to differ materially from those expressed in this call. The information being provided today is as of this date only, and except as required by the Federal Securities laws, the Company does not undertake a duty to update any such information.

In addition, during the course of the conference call, we will describe certain non-GAAP financial measures, which should be considered in addition to, and not in lieu of, comparable GAAP financial measures. Please note that in our press release, Medical Properties Trust has reconciled all non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures in accordance with Reg G requirements. You can also refer to our website at for the most directly comparable financial measures and related reconciliations.

I will now turn the call over to our Chief Executive Officer, Ed Aldag.

Edward K. Aldag

Thank you, Charles and thank all of you for listening in today.

For 2018, MPT achieved a total shareholder return of more than 25% compared to a negative 4.5% for the MSCI US REIT Index. Our two-year total shareholder return was more than 50% compared to the SNL U.S. REIT Healthcare Index of 6% and less than 0.5% for the MSCI US REIT Index.

For the 10-year total shareholder return, MPT ranked Number 1 for all healthcare REITs with a 445% return, which was more than 2.5 times that of the SNL U.S. REIT Healthcare Index.