Rents Paid, Dividends Raised: REIT Earnings Recap
Flying under-the-radar during Election season, a frenzy of real estate earnings reports over the last three weeks have provided critical information on the state of the commercial real estate sector.
Roughly two-thirds of the 170 equity REITs in our coverage universe beat consensus FFO estimates while nearly two dozen REITs boosted full-year guidance compared to just one that lowered it.
The wave of dividend cuts during the pandemic has been reversed. Eight REITs boosted their dividend above pre-pandemic rates, bringing the total to 39 equity REITs and 2 mortgage REITs.
We did see some fireworks as well. Two troubled mall REITs filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as the pandemic finally pushed these struggling landlords over the edge.
The bifurcation between "essential" and "non-essential" sectors widened. Residential REITs were the positive standouts this quarter on the resilient strength of the housing sector while retail REITs continue to stumble.
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