Industrial REITs: Oasis Of Dividend Growth
While the coronavirus pandemic has slammed much of the REIT sector, the "essential" property sectors - housing, industrial, and technology - have been a rare "oasis of growth" this year.
Industrial REITs are poised to record the strongest dividend and FFO growth rates among major property sectors this year at nearly 10%. Eight of thirteen industrial REITs have raised dividends.
The "hub of e-commerce" and the hottest property sector of the last half-decade, industrial REITs are poised to outperform the broad-based REIT benchmark for the fifth consecutive year in 2020.
A potential double-edged-sword, the pandemic accelerated the "retail apocalypse" trends as surviving retailers divert more of their capital away from malls and into distribution supply chains.
Recent earnings reports confirmed that fundamentals are ahead of pre-pandemic expectations. Similar to the housing industry, the trends of limited supply and robust demand should be a theme throughout the 2020s.
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