Medical Properties Trust Files Lawsuit Against Short-Seller Viceroy Research and Its Members, Sends Letter to Shareholders
Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (the “Company” or “MPT”) (NYSE: MPW) today filed a lawsuit in federal court against Viceroy Research LLC (“Viceroy”), a short-selling firm that has repeatedly published baseless allegations to drive down the Company’s stock price. The lawsuit seeks permanent injunctive relief, disgorgement of ill-gotten gains, and compensatory and punitive damages from Viceroy and its members for defamation, civil conspiracy, tortious interference, private nuisance, and unjust enrichment.
MPT also today issued a letter to shareholders, clarifying the facts underlying its strong and sustainable business performance and track record of value creation.
The full text of the letter can be found below and the complaint, which shareholders are encouraged to read in full, can be accessed here.
MPT’s Letter to Shareholders
March 30, 2023
Dear fellow shareholder,
Since our founding, MPT’s primary objective has been to profitably invest in hospital real estate and create attractive returns for our shareholders. We are proud that we have avoided distractions and maintained a relentless focus on that objective to deliver enduring results. These results include healthcare investments of more than $23 billion, the returns from which have generated more than $4.3 billion in cash dividends to you, our shareholders.
Unfortunately, the chorus of false and intentionally deceptive claims from Viceroy Research and others who stand to benefit from declines in MPT’s stock price has grown so loud that we can no longer sit by idly. Over the past few months, we have heard many of your suggestions to speak up and emphasize the facts, and today we have taken a decisive step in that respect by filing a lawsuit in federal court against Viceroy and its members.
We encourage you to read our lawsuit in full, which you can do by following this link. Here are some of the underlying facts of the situation we wanted to reiterate directly with you:
MPT has a proven underwriting track record. When acquiring hospital real estate assets, MPT is focused on assessing physical asset quality, location, competitive market dynamics, and
facility-level operations to determine true community need and, in turn, probability of financial success regardless of operator. We believe our success is largely attributed to an underwriting
process focused on hospitals that are integral to sustaining a community’s healthcare delivery over many years. When these criteria align, our general belief is that we will be able to find a
competent replacement operator in the rare case that we must transition from the original lessee.
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