5 High-Yield REITs Are Solid Buys With Huge Inflation and a Risky Stock Market

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 2021-10-18 There is an adage among real estate investors that basically says, “You can’t make or create any more land.” While you can always build higher, you still need the land. One of the best assets that most investors are underweighted on is real estate. Though those that own a home are technically real estate investors, homeownership does not produce any income, unless you have rental homes, which can be very capital intensive and time-consuming.

We screened our 24/7 Wall St. real estate investment trust (REIT) universe looking for the highest yielding REITs that are publicly traded. It should be noted that REITs can be very vulnerable to sharp rises in interest rates. However, many across Wall Street feel that the Federal Reserve will not begin raising the federal funds rate from the current 0.25% level until 2023.

We found five top stocks that all have at least a 5% or higher distribution and are rated Buy at top Wall Street firms. It is important to remember that no single analyst report should be used as a sole basis for any buying or selling decision.

Gladstone Commercial

This company recently announced it is increasing the distribution for the fourth quarter. Gladstone Commercial Corp. (NASDAQ: GOOD) is focused on acquiring, owning and operating net leased industrial and office properties across the United States.

As of June 30, 2021, Gladstone owns a diversified portfolio of 121 office and industrial properties located in 27 states and leased to 106 tenants. The company has grown the portfolio in a consistent, disciplined manner at a rate of 18% per year since the initial public offering in 2003. It matches long-term leased properties with long-term debt to lock in the spread to create a durable, stable cash flow stream to fund monthly distributions to shareholders. Current occupancy stands at 96.5%, and occupancy has never dipped below 95.0% since the IPO.

Most importantly for investors, Gladstone has a track record of success, as exhibited by a history of strong distribution yields, that occupancy rate and over 10 years of paying continuous monthly cash distributions.

Investors receive a 6.91% distribution. Aegis has a Wall Street high $26 price target. The consensus target is $25, and Friday's final trade was reported at $21.74 a share.
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Global Medical REIT

Income investors should take a long look at this company. Global Medical REIT Inc. (NASDAQ: GMRE) engages in the acquisition of purpose-built health care facilities and leasing of those properties to strong health care systems and physician groups.

The company acquires off-campus health care facilities at 7.0% 8.5% cap rates, funded with a low- to mid-6% cost of equity and draws on its credit facility (low-2% current cost of debt). Collections have outperformed expectations during the pandemic. The cost of capital is tied to the benefits of diversification and external growth potential.

Inventors receive a 5.20% distribution. The B. Riley Securities price target is $18, and the consensus target is $17.44. The stock closed on Friday at $15.85 per share.

Medical Properties Trust

This company may offer investors the best value at current price levels. Medical Properties Trust Inc. ( NYSE: MPW ) acquires, develops and invests in health care facilities and leases health care facilities to health care operating companies and providers. The company also provides mortgage loans to health care operators, as well as working capital and other term loans to its tenants/borrowers.

With a growing portfolio and a versatile business model, the company continues to rank high across Wall Street. The analysts noted that the company's acute care hospitals rent coverage increased nicely and the company attributed the increase to better cost controls and higher patient admissions.

Medical Properties Trust stock investors receive a 5.37% distribution. The $27 Deutsche Bank price target is a Wall Street high. The consensus target is $23.54, and the shares closed trading at $20.84 on Friday.
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MGM Growth Properties

This company is a triple net lease REIT formed in April 2016 when it was spun out of MGM Resorts. MGM Growth Properties LLC (NYSE: MGP) is one of the leading publicly traded REITs engaged in the acquisition, ownership and leasing of large-scale destination entertainment and leisure resorts with diverse amenities including casino gaming, hotel, convention, dining, entertainment and retail offerings.
MGM Growth Properties, together with its joint venture, currently owns a portfolio of properties, consisting of 12 premier destination resorts in Las Vegas and elsewhere across the United States; MGM Northfield Park in Northfield, Ohio; Empire Resort Casino in Yonkers, New York; as well as a retail and entertainment district, The Park, in Las Vegas.

The destination resorts collectively comprised approximately 27,400 hotel rooms, 1.4 million casino square footage, and 2.7 million convention square footage. As a growth-oriented public real estate entity, the company expects its relationship with MGM Resorts and other entertainment providers to attractively position the company for the acquisition of additional properties across the entertainment, hospitality and leisure industries.

Shareholders receive a 5.15% distribution. Deutsche Bank has set a $43 price target on MGM Growth Properties stock. The consensus target is $40.75, near Friday's close at $40.38 per share.

W.P. Carey

This is a large net lease REIT with an incredible distribution for income buyers. W.P. Carey Inc. ( NYSE: WPC ) ranks among the largest net lease REITs, with an enterprise value of approximately $18 billion and a diversified portfolio of operationally critical commercial real estate that includes 1,215 net lease properties covering approximately 142 million square feet, as of September 30, 2020.

For nearly five decades, the company has invested in high-quality single-tenant industrial, warehouse, office and retail properties subject to long-term leases with built-in rent escalators. Its portfolio is located primarily in the United States and northern and western Europe, and it is well diversified by tenant, property type, geographic location and tenant industry.

Net lease REITs generally rent properties with long-term leases (10 to 25 years) to high credit-quality tenants, usually in the retail and restaurant spaces. "Net lease" refers to the triple-net lease structure, whereby tenants pay all expenses related to property management: property taxes, insurance and maintenance.

Investors receive a 5.47% distribution. The Wells Fargo price target of $90 is greater than the $86 consensus target. The shares closed most recently at $76.99 apiece.
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These five top REITs pay dependable distributions above the 5% level. With the prospect of continued low interest rates for the foreseeable future, and the stock market extremely risky and overbought, it makes sense to have solid assets like real estate in your portfolio. However, it is important to remember that REIT distributions can contain return of principal.

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