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    The amounts we pay for hospital real estate are supported first and foremost by this process, and by independent analysis and other market information. Very importantly, when we have elected to sell or otherwise recapitalize our hospital real estate, we have almost always realized attractive gains well in excess of the amounts we originally paid. MPT’s acquisition of nine Massachusetts facilities from Steward Health Care System LLC – highlighted by Viceroy – offers a perfect example of that model in action as well as the baseless nature of Viceroy’s allegations:
    • Ahead of the 2016 transaction, our underwriting procedures valued these nine hospitals at between $1.2 billion and $1.3 billion. That same year, MPT invested a total of about $1.25 billion – $600 million for the fee simple interest of five of the hospitals, $600 million for mortgage interests in the other four hospitals and $50 million for a passive equity stake in Steward. In 2018 we acquired the fee simple interest in the originally mortgaged hospitals – as is always our preference – for an incremental investment of $43 million.
    • Between 2016 and 2022 the properties performed as expected, with the eight properties that would be subject to a subsequent transaction yielding approximately $475 million in rental and mortgage interest income for MPT.
    • Based on MPT’s underwriting process and valuation assessment, these high returns attracted the attention of various financial institutions interested in the “infrastructure-like” and inflation-protected cash flow streams generated by hospital real estate within a long-term, master leased structure. In March 2022, MPT entered a 50/50 partnership with Macquarie Asset Management, one of the world’s largest institutional infrastructure funds, for eight of the nine properties at a valuation of approximately $1.7 billion, resulting in a 47% gain on the sale of the real estate. There is no better validation of a real estate investment than the price indicated by what a purchaser will pay for that asset.

    2. MPT’s portfolio is well diversified and continues to deliver strong performance. In fiscal year 2022, MPT’s total revenues exceeded $1.5 billion, and per share NFFO and AFFO increased 4%. Further, total portfolio EBITDARM rent coverage remains healthy at 2.1x, which compares favorably to the industry average. MPT’s ongoing, deliberate strategy of diversifying its portfolio by multiple measures, including tenant base, continues to progress:

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    Medical Properties Trust Files Lawsuit Against Short-Seller Viceroy Research and Its Members, Sends Letter to Shareholders - Seite 2 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 …

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