Apartment REIT a promising option in 2017

by Ephraim Vecina17 Mar 2017
For investors who are looking to delve into the apartment sector in 2017, Killam Apartment REIT (TSX:KMP.UN) is shaping up to be a reliable choice in the current economic and fiscal climate.

According to a Motley Fool Canada analysis earlier this month, Killam owns over $1.9 billion in high-quality assets, mostly apartments in Atlantic Canada. This makes this REIT “a very solid holding for income investors that may be looking to increase the average yields of their portfolios,” markets observer Joey Frenette wrote.

“The dividend currently yields a bountiful 4.75% and is expected to grow by leaps and bounds over the long term,” Frenette added. “The fundamentals of the company are quite strong. A majority of the earnings come from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, which account for approximately 43% and 22% of the company’s net operating income, respectively,”

Killam has also implemented a long-term plan to ensure steady cash flow over the next few years.

“There are currently $59 million in development projects until 2018. A part of the free cash flow generated from these new projects will go into the development of even more projects, but a majority of it will go right into the pockets of shareholders in the form of an increased dividend,” Frenette explained.

“The management team is focused on growing the dividend, and I believe the company is a less-risky play than some of the other Canadian REITs that have a considerable amount of exposure to the Vancouver’s and Toronto’s housing markets, which many pundits believe are in bubble territory.”

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