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Realty Income Corp styles itself as “the Monthly Dividend Company,” and frankly, this conservative retail real estate investment trust (REIT) deserves the title of king of the monthly dividend stocks. Realty Income has paid its investors like clockwork for 559 consecutive months and even raised its dividend for 77 consecutive quarters.
It has a yield of 3.9%, a stock is always going to be considered more risky than a bond, but Realty Income is about as close to a bond as you can realistically get in the stock market. Its cash flows are backed by long-term leases to high-quality tenants. Its properties are generally high-traffic retail sites that are mostly recession proof and “Amazon.com proof.”
We see total revenue growth of approximately 7% in 2019, moderating to 5% to 7% in 2020 driven by acquisitions, rising rents and stable occupancy. Occupancy at the end of Q4 2018 was 98.6%, near the highest occupancy rate within the past 10 years and up from 98.4% in the prior year. We estimate occupancy to remain near its historical average of 98% due to the desirable locations and non-discretionary retailer demand.
We raise our target price by $8 to $73, equal to 22.4x our 2019 FFO per share estimate of $3.26, and above the peer average of 15.5x. We start 2020’s FFO estimate at $3.40. O reported Q4 FFO of $0.73 vs. $0.61, $0.01 below consensus. Year-end occupancy increased to 98.6% from 98.4% in the prior year while rents under lease were up 0.8% for Q4 and up 0.9% for the year, which we find acceptable given O’s tenants are under triple-net leases. We continue to believe O will execute well and stick to its core competencies. We like that O has taken advantage of its current stock price and a favorable market, raising $539 million in Q4 from sale of common stock, a prudent move to help fund future acquisitions. We think long-term investors will continue to benefit from O’s predictable cash flow, but we reiterate our Hold opinion on valuation. O usually trades at a 20% premium-to-net asset value (NAV), but at its current 40% premium we would wait for a more attractive opportunity to buy.
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