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Best-In-Class Real Estate Dividend Stocks

Kelly Murphy

The real estate sector performs relatively in-line with the wider economy. Prosperous periods bring about high growth and inflation, leading to strong returns in real estate investments. These factors drive the profitability and cash flows of real estate companies, which in turn steer the dividend payout and yield for investors. During economic growth, these companies provide an opportune time to increase your portfolio income through dividends. I’ve identify the following real estate stocks paying high income, which may increase the value of your portfolio.

Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE:HT)

HT has a large dividend yield of 6.51% and has a payout ratio of 61.57% . Despite HT’s last payment of US$1.12 being lower than their dividend per share 10 years ago of US$2.88, the company has been reliable in its payout to shareholders, not missing a payment during this time. When we compare Hersha Hospitality Trust’s PE ratio with its industry, the company appears favorable. The US REITs industry’s average ratio of 19.9 is above that of Hersha Hospitality Trust’s (9.5). Interested in Hersha Hospitality Trust? Find out more here.

NYSE:HT Historical Dividend Yield Mar 26th 18

Universal Health Realty Income Trust (NYSE:UHT)

UHT has a large dividend yield of 4.62% and their current payout ratio is 78.85% . UHT’s DPS have risen to US$2.66 from US$2.32 over a 10 year period. The company has been a dependable payer too, not missing a payment in this 10 year period. Universal Health Realty Income Trust’s performance over the last 12 months beat the us reits industry, with the company reporting 165.00% EPS growth compared to its industry’s figure of 4.85%. More on Universal Health Realty Income Trust here.

NYSE:UHT Historical Dividend Yield Mar 26th 18

Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. (NYSE:OHI)

OHI has a juicy dividend yield of 10.10% with a large payout ratio . The company’s dividends per share have risen from US$1.16 to US$2.64 over the last 10 years. During this period, the company has not missed a dividend payment – as you would expect from a company increasing their dividend. Analyst estimates for Omega Healthcare Investors’s future earnings are certainly promising, predicting a triple digit earnings growth over the next three years. Interested in Omega Healthcare Investors? Find out more here.

NYSE:OHI Historical Dividend Yield Mar 26th 18

For more solid dividend paying companies to add to your portfolio, explore this interactive list of top dividend payers.


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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.