Alex Pettee, CFA
Net Lease REITs: High Yield Is Back
High Yield is Back: Riding the wave of dividend hikes across the real estate sector this year, net lease REITs are once again an attractive source of relatively stable high-yield income.
Yield-oriented investors can no longer rely on the market-cap-weighted REIT indexes, which are increasingly dominated by a handful of lower-yielding technology REITs - dragging the index average below 3%.
Strong earnings results confirmed that net lease REITs are again on the offensive. It's back to business-as-usual for these REITs as acquisition-fueled growth kicked into gear while rent collection fully normalized.
Net lease REITs thrive in the "lower for longer" macroeconomic environment, so concerns over rising rates, inflation, and potential tax code changes have pressured valuations over the past quarter.
The recent pullback appears to be a buying opportunity for many mid-size and smaller high-yielding REITs, which are trading at wider-than-warranted discounts to their large-cap and growth-focused peers.
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