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Why Dividend Hunters Love SmartCentres Real Estate Investment Trust (TSE:SRU.UN)

Daryl Painter

Over the past 10 years SmartCentres Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:SRU.UN) has returned an average of 7.00% per year from dividend payouts. The company is currently worth CA$4.76B, and now yields roughly 5.80%. Let’s dig deeper into whether SmartCentres Real Estate Investment Trust should have a place in your portfolio. View our latest analysis for SmartCentres Real Estate Investment Trust

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

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

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment or significantly cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
TSX:SRU.UN Historical Dividend Yield Feb 18th 18

How does SmartCentres Real Estate Investment Trust fare?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 78.00%, 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. Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. SRU.UN has increased its DPS from CA$1.55 to CA$1.75 in the past 10 years. It has also been paying out dividend consistently during this time, as you’d expect for a company increasing its dividend levels. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock. In terms of its peers, SmartCentres Real Estate Investment Trust has a yield of 5.80%, which is high for REITs stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, SmartCentres Real Estate Investment Trust ticks most of the boxes as a strong dividend investment, putting it in my list of top dividend payers. 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 fundamental aspects you should further examine:

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.