Should You Buy RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:REI.UN) or Invest Elsewhere?

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:REI.UN) offers investors an incredible opportunity for growth from the upcoming shift to mixed-use properties.

| More on:
apartment
You’re reading a free article with opinions that may differ from The Motley Fool’s premium investing services. Become a Motley Fool member today to get instant access to our top analyst recommendations, in-depth research, investing resources, and more. Learn more

Investing in real estate is more than likely the biggest single purchase that any of us will make in our lives. For many, that’s an incredibly scary thought, especially seeing that real estate prices in Canada’s major metro areas of Vancouver and Toronto have already priced out most first-time home buyers and investors who are being left with no option other than to consider properties that are far outside the city.

Even then, new lending rules adopted by Canada’s banks and a steadily increasing interest rate are excluding many of those investors and home buyers.

While prospective home buyers can turn to the rental market, investors have another viable route — investing in a REIT. REITs offer a unique way for investors to realize many of the benefits of becoming landlords without actually needing to provide a hefty down payment and chasing down tenants for rent cheques each month. Instead, REITs offer attractive distributions, many of which are on a monthly schedule, much like rent.

RioCan (TSX:REI.UN) is an interesting pick worthy of consideration. The company has nearly 300 properties across Canada spread across 6,200 tenants. The vast majority of the properties are large retail locations like shopping malls, which typically have large anchor tenants that comprise some of the largest names in retail. This is a key consideration that is often overlooked, as larger retailers are more likely to continue renewing their lease and act as a magnet for customer traffic to the other stores on the property. This is one reason why RioCan’s properties continue to maintain a strong occupancy rate, which, in the most recent quarter, was reported at 97%.

While commercial retail makes up the bulk of RioCan’s portfolio, the company is working on an array of radical new mixed-used properties that will provide both residential and retail tenant opportunities, all of which are going to be centrally located in Canada’s biggest metro areas. The concept, which is known as RioCan Living, combines the best of both residential and retail rental properties into a single property in a prime location that will cater to prospective home buyers.

In total, RioCan is initially targeting 10,000 residential units to be constructed on these new mixed-use sites, the first several of which are slated to be completed within the next year. To finance the construction of the new properties, RioCan stated previously its intent to sell off some assets, with a target of $2 billion cited. As of the most recent quarterly announcement, RioCan managed to raise $1.2 billion of the stated total, putting the company well ahead of its goal.

The recent asset sales are another important consideration that prospective investors should factor in reviewing the company, as the capital injection from a sale is offset by the loss of income from disposing of a property as well as expenses related to the sale. By way of example, in the most recent quarter, RioCan reported net income from continuing operations of $111.3 million, representing a 28% drop over the same period last year.

In terms of a distribution, RioCan offers a very attractive monthly payout, which currently has a yield of 5.77%.

Should you buy?

RioCan is an impressive long-term option that should be part of any well-diversified portfolio. While the company is very much in the midst of a transformation, the company has a plan to reach what is a very lucrative opportunity in the mixed-use properties it will offer through RioCan Living.

In short, buy the stock, enjoy the monthly distribution, and then watch the stock rise as RioCan Living really takes off.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium service or advisor. We’re Motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer, so we sometimes publish articles that may not be in line with recommendations, rankings or other content.

Fool contributor Demetris Afxentiou has no position in any stocks mentioned.  

More on Dividend Stocks

IMAGE OF A NOTEBOOK WITH TFSA WRITTEN ON IT
Dividend Stocks

TFSA Dividend Income: 2 TSX Stocks to Buy on the Pullback

These TSX stocks look oversold and pay attractive dividends that continue to grow.

Read more »

oil tank at night
Dividend Stocks

1 Top TSX Energy Stocks for Summer 2022

TSX energy stocks have tanked recently, but they could enjoy a nice summer rally. Here's one top stock I'm eyeing…

Read more »

TIMER SAYING TIME FOR ACTION
Dividend Stocks

Market Correction: 2 Cheap TSX Dividend Stocks to Buy Now for a Self-Directed RRSP

These top TSX dividend stocks look cheap right now for a self-directed RRSP focused on total returns.

Read more »

Target. Stand out from the crowd
Dividend Stocks

3 Dividend Stocks That Might Keep Pace With 7.7% Inflation

Three high-yield dividend stocks that might help investors keep pace with Canada’s 40-year-high inflation.

Read more »

value for money
Dividend Stocks

2 Canadian Stocks Trading at Unheard of Prices

Dirt-cheap stocks are a dime a dozen, but a few of them offer you a valuable opportunity, as they trade…

Read more »

Canadian energy stocks are rising with oil prices
Dividend Stocks

Is Suncor Stock a Buy Right Now?

Suncor has delivered outsized gains to investors in 2022 and might continue to do so for the rest of the…

Read more »

Canadian stocks are rising
Dividend Stocks

3 Ways to Invest in Canadian Real Estate Under $20

Real estate can be a great way to make passive income, but you certainly don't have to invest a lot…

Read more »

grow dividends
Dividend Stocks

TFSA Wealth: 2 Oversold Canadian Stocks for a Retirement Fund

These top TSX divided stocks look attractive today for TFSA investors.

Read more »