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REIT Dividends Are Like Snowballs: All You Need Is Wet Snow And A Long Hill

Published Mon, 11 Mar 2013 05:37:36 -0400 on Seeking Alpha

Last week fellow Seeking Alpha writer David Van Knapp and I were both quick to defend a ridiculous article that was meant to derail the all important dividends paid by real estate investment trusts (REITs). As any "semi-intelligent" investor knows, REITs distribute (by law) at least 90 percent of their taxable income to shareholders annually in the form of dividends and that is what makes the 53 year-old asset sector so special. Accordingly, any company that qualifies as a REIT is permitted to deduct dividends paid to its shareholders from its corporate taxable income. But more often, most REITs remit at least 100 percent of their taxable income to their shareholders and therefore owe no corporate tax. In a previous Seeking Alpha article I explained the value proposition (for REITs): It's not hard to see why investors are attracted to the idea of high-dividend-paying stocks. On the surface,...

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Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
WHITESTONE REIT 10.51   35.0 0.30 1.14 10.75
MEDICAL PROPERTIES TRUST 10.97   23.8 0.46 0.88 7.84
OMEGA HEALTHCARE INVESTORS 31.65   22.4 1.41 2.28 7.15
HCP 35.60   68.5 0.52 2.30 6.42
MONMOUTH REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT 10.35   37.0 0.28 0.64 6.29
ENTERTAINMENT PROPERTIES TRUST 61.57   20.8 2.96 3.84 6.22
INLAND REAL ESTATE 10.64   70.9 0.15 0.57 5.34
CAMPUS CREST COMMUNITIES 6.90   0.0 -2.65 0.36 5.21
VENTAS 56.32   45.1 1.25 2.92 5.18
DIGITAL REALTY 81.76   54.5 1.50 3.40 4.18
REALTY INCOME 55.89   50.8 1.10 2.38 4.14
NATIONAL RETAIL PROPERTIES 43.76   33.4 1.31 1.74 3.91
WEINGARTEN REALTY INV 35.51   22.1 1.61 1.38 3.87
EDUCATION REALTY TRUST 38.30   67.2 0.57 1.48 3.78
KIMCO REALTY 27.57   22.6 1.22 1.02 3.67
RETAIL OPPORTUNITY INVESTMENTS 18.46   83.9 0.22 0.68 3.64
TANGER FACTORY OUTLET CENTERS 31.82   25.2 1.26 1.14 3.53
DUKE REALTY 19.68   11.6 1.70 0.72 0.00
WP CAREY & CO 57.72   40.4 1.43 3.86 0.00