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Medical Properties Trust's CEO Discusses Q4 2011 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

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 such information.

In addition, during the course of this 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 www.medicalpropertiestrust.com for the most directly comparable financial measures and related reconciliations.

As you may have seen we also issued a press release this afternoon announcing our expected acquisition of assets from and related transactions with (inaudible) Inc, which we will discuss separately on this call.

As a result for announcing the acquisition and applicable security law considerations we will not be able to respond to questions from participants on today's call as we normally do. And we appreciate your understanding.

I will now turn the call over to our Chief Financial Officer Steve Hamner.

R. Steven Hamner

Thank you Charles and good afternoon everyone. Ed will be describing a major transaction momentarily, so I’ll briefly run through an abbreviated summary of our fourth quarter 2011 financial results, then turn the call over to Ed.

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