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  • Alex Pettee, CFA

Logistics REITs: Sorry, Out Of Stock

  • The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the fragility of global supply chains. Demand for industrial real estate space remains insatiable as businesses scramble to invest in logistics resiliency.

  • Order delays and bottlenecks have worsened amid the global economic reopenings, frustrating both businesses and consumers alike. Goods-selling businesses report historically low inventory-to-sales levels.

  • The "hub of e-commerce" and the hottest property sector of the last half-decade, industrial REITs recorded the strongest earnings and dividend growth of any real estate sector in 2020.

  • The pandemic significantly accelerated the penetration rate of e-commerce, which requires three times more logistics space. While not an immediate risk, tech-driven efficiencies could eventually impair demand.

  • Stellar fundamentals rarely come cheap and industrial REITs are priced for perfection. Similar to the red-hot housing industry, the trends of limited supply and robust demand should persist throughout this decade.

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