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Why You Shouldn't Look At Yew Grove REIT plc's (ISE:YEW) Bottom Line

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Yew Grove REIT plc is a €74m small-cap, real estate investment trust (REIT) based in Dublin, Ireland. REITs are basically a portfolio of income-producing real estate investments, which are owned and operated by management of that trust company. They have to meet certain requirements in order to become a REIT, meaning they should be analyzed a different way. In this commentary, I'll take you through some of the things I look at when assessing YEW.

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REIT investors should be familiar with the term Fund from Operations (FFO) – a REIT’s main source of cash flow from its day-to-day business activities. FFO is a higher quality measure of earnings because it takes out the impact of non-recurring sales and non-cash items such as depreciation. These items can distort the bottom line and not necessarily reflective of YEW’s daily operations. For YEW, its FFO of €2.3m makes up 70% of its gross profit, which means the majority of its earnings are high-quality and recurring.

ISE:YEW Historical Debt, July 18th 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 YEW 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 40%, the credit rating agency Standard & Poor would consider this as significant risk. This would take YEW 2.52 years to pay off using operating income alone, which is reasonable, given that long term debt is a multi-year commitment.

I also look at YEW'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 over 100x, YEW is generating more than enough funds from its borrowings to cover its upcoming payments.

In terms of valuing YEW, FFO can also be used as a form of relative valuation. Instead of the P/E ratio, P/FFO is used instead, which is very common for REIT stocks. YEW's price-to-FFO is 31.98x, compared to the long-term industry average of 16.5x, meaning that it is overvalued.

Next Steps:

In this article, I've taken a look at Funds from Operations using various metrics, but it is certainly not sufficient to derive an investment decision based on this value alone. Yew Grove REIT can bring about diversification for your portfolio, but before you decide to invest, take a look at the other aspects you must consider before investing:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for YEW’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for YEW’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is YEW 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 YEW 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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