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Realty Income: An Outperformer in 2022

publication date: Nov 3, 2022
author/source: Brian Nelson, CFA

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By Brian Nelson, CFA

The equity REIT area continues to face considerable pressure during 2022, with the Vanguard Real Estate ETF (VNQ) down ~30% so far this year, but Realty Income (O), known prominently for its monthly dividends and dividend growth track record, has bucked the trend. With an estimated forward dividend yield of ~4.9%, Realty Income is down only ~14% so far this year, an enviable position relative to its peers.

Realty Income reported third-quarter results for the period ending September 30, 2022, and they were pretty good. Adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) advanced 7.7%, while normalized FFO advanced 9%, during a period when the company declared its 100th consecutive quarterly dividend increase, a payout that is now ~5% more than that of a year ago. Here’s what management had to say about the quarter:

During the quarter, we invested approximately $1.9 billion in real estate at a cash cap rate of 6.1%, bringing our total to $5.1 billion year to date. Additionally, we enhanced our financial flexibility by raising over $2.0 billion of equity during the quarter, $1.3 billion of which we intend to settle in the fourth quarter at $66.70 per share, while further de-risking the balance sheet with a $750 million 10-year bond offering in October…

…Finally, the operating fundamentals of our business remain healthy as we finished the quarter with occupancy of 98.9% while registering a rent recapture rate of 108.5% on properties re-leased. We are fortunate to manage a consistent business model that provides dependable results, and believe we are well-positioned to continue generating long-term value for shareholders.

Looking ahead, Realty Income raised its normalized FFO per share for 2022 to the range of $3.99-$4.07 (was $3.92-$4.05) and its AFFO per share to the range of $3.87-$3.94 (was $3.84-$3.97). Same store rent growth was reiterated at a 2% pace of expansion for the year, and occupancy rates are still targeted to be over 98%. The “Monthly Dividend Company,” as Realty Income is dubbed, remains one of the best-executing Dividend Aristocrats on the market today.

Concluding Thoughts 

We continue to be impressed with Realty Income’s ability to keep raising its dividend payout, and while REIT economics have deteriorated in 2022, the company is doing much better than peers. We’re not fans of the capital-market dependence risk of REITs, in general, and Realty Income holds a rather elevated net debt to annualized pro forma adjusted EBITAre ratio of 5.2x, but we’re sticking with the company as an idea in the simulated Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio at this time. The company has raised its dividend 117 times since it was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1994.


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