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Four Corners Property Trust: The Safest Dividend Is One That's Just Been Raised

Published Sun, 22 Nov 2020 09:11:36 -0500 on Seeking Alpha

Seeking AlphaREITsFour Corners Property Trust: The Safest Dividend Is One That's Just Been RaisedNov. 22, 2020 9:11 AM ET|| About: Four Corners Property Trust, Inc. (FCPT)by: Gen AlphaGen Alpha Long Only, Value, Growth, Growth At Reasonable PriceSummaryFCPT has demonstrated its resiliency with very strong rent collection and occupancy rates.
It continues to grow and diversify its asset base in an accretive manner, and maintains a strong balance sheet.
Management expressed its confidence in the business with the recent dividend raise, and I see further upside for the share price.
Four Corners Property Trust (FCPT) has seen quite the rebound, with its share price rising by 29% over the past six months. While no one likes to pay too much for a stock, I see the current valuation as being warranted for this resilient net lease landlord. In this article, I evaluate what makes FCPT a continued sound investment for long-term investors, so let’s get started.

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A Look Into FCPT
Four Corners Property Trust is a net lease REIT that is focused on owning and acquiring well-located properties that are leased to leading restaurant brands. The company was originally spun out from Darden Restaurants (DRI) with an initial portfolio of 418 restaurants, which was principally represented by Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse. As of November, 2020, the company holds 756 properties, representing 74 restaurant brands in 46 states, with a weighted average lease term of 10.5 years.
One of the risks to FCPT is its heavy exposure to Darden Restaurants. As of September 30th, 68% of FCPT’s ABR (average base rent) is tied to Darden. However, if share price performance is of any indication, it seems that Darden is doing just fine. Over the past six months, Darden’s share price has risen by 38%, with a forward P/E ratio of 26.2. As such, it seems that the market is rather bullish on Darden’s prospects.

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