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How To Look At Agree Realty Corporation (NYSE:ADC)

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Agree Realty Corporation is a US$2.6b mid-cap, real estate investment trust (REIT) based in Bloomfield Hills, United States. REIT shares give you ownership of the company than owns and manages various income-producing property, whether it be commercial, industrial or residential. The structure of ADC is unique and it has to adhere to different requirements compared to other non-REIT stocks. Below, I'll look at a few important metrics to keep in mind as part of your research on ADC.

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Funds from Operations (FFO) is a higher quality measure of ADC's earnings compared to net income. This term is very common in the REIT investing world as it provides a cleaner look at its cash flow from daily operations by excluding impact of one-off activities or non-cash items such as depreciation. For ADC, its FFO of US$93m makes up 71% of its gross profit, which means the majority of its earnings are high-quality and recurring.

NYSE:ADC Historical Debt, March 27th 2019

Robust financial health can be measured using a common metric in the REIT investing world, FFO-to-debt. The calculation roughly estimates how long it will take for ADC to repay debt on its balance sheet, which gives us insight into how much risk is associated with having that level of debt on its books. With a ratio of 13%, the credit rating agency Standard & Poor would consider this as significantly high risk. This would take ADC 7.74 years to pay off using just operating income, which is a long time, and risk increases with time. But realistically, companies have many levers to pull in order to pay back their debt, beyond operating income alone.

I also look at ADC's interest coverage ratio, which demonstrates how many times its earnings can cover its yearly interest expense. This is similar to the concept above, but looks at the upcoming obligations. The ratio is typically calculated using EBIT, but for a REIT stock, it's better to use FFO divided by net interest. With an interest coverage ratio of 3.75x, it’s safe to say ADC is generating an appropriate amount of cash from its borrowings.

I also use FFO to look at ADC's valuation relative to other REITs in United States by using the price-to-FFO metric. This is conceptually the same as the price-to-earnings (PE) ratio, but as previously mentioned, FFO is more suitable. ADC's price-to-FFO is 28.24x, compared to the long-term industry average of 16.5x, meaning that it is overvalued.

Next Steps:

Agree Realty can bring diversification into your portfolio due to its unique REIT characteristics. Before you make a decision on the stock today, keep in mind I've only covered one metric in this article, the FFO, which is by no means comprehensive. I'd strongly recommend continuing your research on the following areas I believe are key fundamentals for ADC:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ADC’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ADC’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is ADC worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether ADC is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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