If they want to be classified as a REIT they are required by law to distribute at least 90% of earnings to shareholders. That is the limitation of REITS. They cannot grow by reinvesting earnings, but only by raising capital through share offerings.
How much could it poss cost them, it's only ($0.025) per share!! for gods sake. It's nothing compared to what other stocks give, I think this was just a way to make them more legit; make them look like they are solid..