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8 Big-Dividend REITs Worth Considering Now

It's been a choppy year so far for big-dividend Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). This has created some attractive buying opportunities as the market moved from January/February distress, to a near-infatuation with yield in the months that followed, a Brexit-induced flight to quality, a new real estate sector, and perhaps another leg lower following the upcoming November 1-2 Federal Reserve meeting.

For your consideration, we've provided a ranking of the best and worst performing big-dividend REITs year-to-date, and we've also provided five general recommendations on how to "play" the current state of the REIT sector. Further, we cover several specific REIT opportunities in this article, and here is our list of Top 8 Big-Dividend REITs Worth Considering.

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Apple Hospitality -- Yield: 6.52%

Apple Hospitality (NYSE:APLE) employs 54 people, generates revenue of $898.31 million and has a net income of $117.29 million. The current market capitalization stands at $3.19 billion.

Apple Hospitality’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $308.48 million. The EBITDA margin is 34.34% (the operating margin is 15.14% and the net profit margin 13.06%).

Financials: The total debt represents 26.81% of Apple Hospitality assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 37.71%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 4.14% was realized by Apple Hospitality.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.68. Last fiscal year, Apple Hospitality paid $1.39 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 26.87, the P/S ratio is 3.58 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.21. The dividend yield amounts to 6.52%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Apple Hospitality (APLE)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Apple Hospitality (APLE)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Apple Hospitality (APLE)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Apple Hospitality (APLE)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Apple Hospitality (APLE)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Apple Hospitality (APLE)


RLJ Lodging Trust -- Yield: 6.34%

RLJ Lodging Trust (NYSE:RLJ) employs 56 people, generates revenue of $1,136.34 million and has a net income of $191.41 million. The current market capitalization stands at $2.59 billion.

RLJ Lodging Trust’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $361.14 million. The EBITDA margin is 31.78% (the operating margin is 17.94% and the net profit margin 16.84%).

Financials: The total debt represents 39.66% of RLJ Lodging Trust assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 72.18%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 8.29% was realized by RLJ Lodging Trust.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.53. Last fiscal year, RLJ Lodging Trust paid $1.32 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 13.60, the P/S ratio is 2.28 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.19. The dividend yield amounts to 6.34%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ)


HCP -- Yield: 6.27%

HCP (NYSE:HCP) employs 187 people, generates revenue of $2,544.31 million and has a net income of $-557.84 million. The current market capitalization stands at $16.95 billion.

HCP’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,833.92 million. The EBITDA margin is 72.08% (the operating margin is -4.25% and the net profit margin -21.92%).

Financials: The total debt represents 51.60% of HCP assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 118.47%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of -5.58% was realized by HCP.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $-0.15. Last fiscal year, HCP paid $2.26 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is not calculable, the P/S ratio is 6.74 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.83. The dividend yield amounts to 6.27%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of HCP (HCP)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of HCP (HCP)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of HCP (HCP)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of HCP (HCP)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of HCP (HCP)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of HCP (HCP)


EPR Properties -- Yield: 5.07%

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) employs 49 people, generates revenue of $421.02 million and has a net income of $194.33 million. The current market capitalization stands at $4.70 billion.

EPR Properties’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $358.13 million. The EBITDA margin is 85.06% (the operating margin is 65.02% and the net profit margin 46.16%).

Financials: The total debt represents 47.00% of EPR Properties assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 95.57%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 8.53% was realized by EPR Properties.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.07. Last fiscal year, EPR Properties paid $3.63 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 23.92, the P/S ratio is 11.46 and the P/B ratio is finally 2.22. The dividend yield amounts to 5.07%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of EPR Properties (EPR)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of EPR Properties (EPR)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of EPR Properties (EPR)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of EPR Properties (EPR)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of EPR Properties (EPR)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of EPR Properties (EPR)


Welltower -- Yield: 4.89%

Welltower (NYSE:HCN) employs 476 people, generates revenue of $3,859.83 million and has a net income of $629.67 million. The current market capitalization stands at $24.99 billion.

Welltower’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,933.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 50.08% (the operating margin is 27.72% and the net profit margin 16.31%).

Financials: The total debt represents 44.68% of Welltower assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 88.88%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 4.18% was realized by Welltower.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.75. Last fiscal year, Welltower paid $3.30 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 39.63, the P/S ratio is 6.52 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.84. The dividend yield amounts to 4.89%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Welltower (HCN)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Welltower (HCN)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Welltower (HCN)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Welltower (HCN)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Welltower (HCN)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Welltower (HCN)


National Health Investors -- Yield: 4.60%

National Health Investors (NYSE:NHI) employs people, generates revenue of $228.99 million and has a net income of $150.31 million. The current market capitalization stands at $2.94 billion.

National Health Investors’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $220.49 million. The EBITDA margin is 96.29% (the operating margin is 55.34% and the net profit margin 65.64%).

Financials: The total debt represents 42.87% of National Health Investors assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 80.69%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 13.70% was realized by National Health Investors.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.34. Last fiscal year, National Health Investors paid $3.40 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 17.27, the P/S ratio is 13.38 and the P/B ratio is finally 2.65. The dividend yield amounts to 4.60%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of National Health Investors (NHI)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of National Health Investors (NHI)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of National Health Investors (NHI)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of National Health Investors (NHI)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of National Health Investors (NHI)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of National Health Investors (NHI)


National Health Investors -- Yield: 4.60%

National Health Investors (NYSE:NHI) employs people, generates revenue of $228.99 million and has a net income of $150.31 million. The current market capitalization stands at $2.94 billion.

National Health Investors’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $220.49 million. The EBITDA margin is 96.29% (the operating margin is 55.34% and the net profit margin 65.64%).

Financials: The total debt represents 42.87% of National Health Investors assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 80.69%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 13.70% was realized by National Health Investors.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.34. Last fiscal year, National Health Investors paid $3.40 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 17.27, the P/S ratio is 13.38 and the P/B ratio is finally 2.65. The dividend yield amounts to 4.60%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of National Health Investors (NHI)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of National Health Investors (NHI)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of National Health Investors (NHI)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of National Health Investors (NHI)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of National Health Investors (NHI)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of National Health Investors (NHI)


Realty Income -- Yield: 3.87%

Realty Income (NYSE:O) employs 133 people, generates revenue of $1,023.28 million and has a net income of $284.86 million. The current market capitalization stands at $15.93 billion.

Realty Income’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $919.55 million. The EBITDA margin is 89.86% (the operating margin is 25.97% and the net profit margin 27.84%).

Financials: The total debt represents 40.74% of Realty Income assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 73.88%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 4.52% was realized by Realty Income.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.09. Last fiscal year, Realty Income paid $2.27 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 56.54, the P/S ratio is 15.83 and the P/B ratio is finally 2.56. The dividend yield amounts to 3.87%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Realty Income (O)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Realty Income (O)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Realty Income (O)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Realty Income (O)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Realty Income (O)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Realty Income (O)


Public Storage -- Yield: 3.34%

Public Storage (NYSE:PSA) employs 5,300 people, generates revenue of $2,381.70 million and has a net income of $1,317.69 million. The current market capitalization stands at $36.82 billion.

Public Storage’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,658.02 million. The EBITDA margin is 69.61% (the operating margin is 51.73% and the net profit margin 55.33%).

Financials: The total debt represents 3.26% of Public Storage assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 3.48%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 20.50% was realized by Public Storage.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $6.32. Last fiscal year, Public Storage paid $6.50 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 33.54, the P/S ratio is 15.71 and the P/B ratio is finally 7.30. The dividend yield amounts to 3.34%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Public Storage (PSA)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Public Storage (PSA)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Public Storage (PSA)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Public Storage (PSA)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Public Storage (PSA)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Public Storage (PSA)


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