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Should Income Investors Buy BRT Apartments Corp (NYSE:BRT) Before Its Ex-Dividend?

Liliana Gabriel

If you are interested in cashing in on BRT Apartments Corp’s (NYSE:BRT) upcoming dividend of $0.2 per share, you only have 2 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 22 June 2018, in time for dividends payable on the 06 July 2018. Is this future income a persuasive enough catalyst for investors to think about BRT Apartments as an investment today? Below, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail. View our latest analysis for BRT Apartments

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NYSE:BRT Historical Dividend Yield Jun 19th 18

How well does BRT Apartments fit our criteria?

BRT Apartments has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 23.45%, which is rather low compared to other REITs. Generally, REITs are expected to pay out the majority of its earnings to provide a regular income stream for their investors. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward. If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Dividend payments from BRT Apartments have been volatile in the past 10 years, with some years experiencing significant drops of over 25%. These characteristics do not bode well for income investors seeking reliable stream of dividends. Compared to its peers, BRT Apartments produces a yield of 6.14%, which is high for REITs stocks.

Next Steps:

If you are building an income portfolio, then BRT Apartments is a complicated choice since it has some positive aspects as well as negative ones. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. I’ve put together three pertinent factors you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for BRT’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for BRT’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is BRT worth today? Even if the stock is a cash cow, it’s not worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether BRT is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.


To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.

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