I mean they own something tangible. In this case they own real estate holdings of prisons. Rather than an insurance company or a web site that is just paper or computers.
I received a statement by my broker wanting me to sell my shares for 9 11/16 or something. IMHO it would be better to sell on the market for 10 1/2, or hopefully 12 before ex-dividend. I may be stupid, but I am hanging on too and may buy more. IMHO, sell before ex dividend and buy after it.