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American Tower Ups Dividend Payout 6%+ But Shares Not Immune to REIT Sector Weakness

publication date: Dec 12, 2022
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Cell tower operator American Tower raised its dividend more than 6% from its last payout in October, and while we like the payout growth momentum, we’re taking note of weakening AFFO and free cash flow trends. The REIT’s net debt position takes on greater prominence in the current rising interest rate environment, too, and its forward estimated dividend yield stands at just ~2.9%, about in line with traditional near-term rates on certificates of deposits. We’re watching deteriorating REIT economics closely.

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