Tanger Outlets has enjoyed an incredible combination of growth and track record. This shopping centers company has emerged as a top operational performing REIT in our US equity REIT ranking. In addition, shareholders have benefited from a 22 year history of either same or increased quarterly dividends. Although there are a plethora of experts that have recently predicted the demise of shopping centers, Tanger continues to not only survive, but also thrive by expanding their footprint. Just take a nice drive to a property and see it for yourself.
I have to say that shopping centers are not our preferred sector. The category is close to other retail sectors, including free standing, and regional malls, in terms of dividend growth potential. This refers to the potential of an average REIT, nothing more or less. Regardless, Tanger has an ideal profile for people that invest in dividend stocks.
Several long dividend-paying stocks have good records in our analysis. Many have accumulated twenty plus years of steady dividend payouts, however the benefits end there for several of them. Many of these same REIT stocks have an average or below average cash flow generation, or profitability. That being said it is fine to enjoy the benefits of a stock’s accomplishment, especially if they have durable dividends. Funding is less costly providing them with access to better deals, and management is more commitment to making the dividend payments. With Tanger Outlets investors can actually have both.
For example, the company’s Q3 performance has been on par with their Q2 figures. Funds from operations (FFO) per share have increased by 13 percent year over year versus 15 percent in Q2. The dividend is still 19 percent higher than it was last year, and the 2015 FFO per share is expected to gain 20 percent.
Although the stock appears to be fairly priced, (price to FFO 15.5x versus the sector median of 16.3x), and dividend yield is at 3.4 percent, which is on the low side for a REIT, it is actually down 16 percent from its peak last January.
Source: Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. (NYSE:SKT)
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