Alex Pettee, CFA
State Of The REIT Nation
In our "State of the REIT Sector" report, we analyze recently-released NAREIT T-Tracker data to review high-level REIT fundamentals over the past quarter through a series of charts.
REIT company-level metrics have exhibited a substantial rebound over the last year as FFO and dividends per share have now fully recovered the sharp declines from early in the pandemic.
From the prior year, FFO rose 20.8% in Q2 and nearly 100 REITs across have now boosted their dividends this year. Dividend payout ratios remain historically low, indicating embedded growth.
REITs are no longer "cheap" but that's quite alright. Premium valuations have revived the "animal spirits" and sparked a much-needed wave of M&A and IPO activity and facilitated external growth.
This time was indeed different for most REITs due to harsh lessons learned from past crises. External growth may be just getting started as REIT balance sheets - and access to capital - have never been stronger.
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