Beat 7% Inflation With 2 High-Yield REITs

Real estate investors can beat the 7% inflation with two high-yield REITs.

| More on:
office buildings

Image source: Getty Images

Canada’s inflation rate declined for the second consecutive month in August 2022. It went down to 7% from 7.6% in July and 8.1% in June. However, the latest reading is still far from the central bank’s target range of 2% to 3%. Meanwhile, the oversized rate hikes by the Bank of Canada caused a dramatic cool down of the real estate market.

Based on published reports, current home prices are comparable to the level 18 months ago. According to Robert Kavcic, a senior economist at BMO, falling home values have a knock-on effect for the rest of the economy. Besides the depressed housing activity, spending on building materials, furniture, and related housing stuff will drop.

For investors, it’s not sensible to snap up properties for investment purposes at this time because a market crash is possible. Also, recovery might take longer if the aggressive rate hikes extend until next year. On the TSX, the real estate sector isn’t doing good either. However, two real estate investment trusts (REITs) are enticing prospects for income investors.

True North Commercial (TSX:TNT.UN) yields an ultra-high 9.82%, while the dividend offer of Slate Office (TSX:SOT.UN) is 8.88%. Their dividend yields dwarf the 7% inflation rate last month.

Solid tenant base

True North’s primary appeal is its tenant base. The long-term leases of this $1 billion REIT are with government and credit-rated lessees. Also, these renters account for 76% of rental revenues. Among its anchor tenants in its 46 commercial properties are federal government and provincial government of Canada offices.

All financial metrics are up after the first half of 2022, including the collection of 99.5% of contractual rent. In the six months ended June 30, 2022, revenue and net operating income (NOI) increased 4% and 5% versus the same period in 2021. Net income and comprehensive income jumped 87% year over year to $30.4 million.

True North’s occupancy rate declined 1%, although 96% is considerably high. The remaining weighted average lease term is 4.3 years. If you invest today, the share price is $6.05. Assuming you buy $24,500 worth of shares, you would earn $200.49 in dividends every month.

Comeback mode

The office rental market suffered from the pandemic-induced lockdowns and work-from-home environment. However, Slate Office seems to be in recovery mode. This $379.4 million REIT owns and operates high-quality workplace real estate in North America and Europe. The majority of its tenants are government and credit-rated tenants.

In Q2 2022, rental revenue and NOI increased 18% and 17.8%, respectively, compared to Q2 2021. The quarter’s highlight was the 301.7% year-over-year increase in net income to $22.8 million. Steve Hodgson, CEO of Slate Office, said, “Our team’s strong quarterly leasing activity at double-digit spreads contributes meaningfully to the resiliency of our portfolio and the durability of our income.”

Hodgson adds that financial stability continues to contribute to the well-covered dividend yield. Slate Office is also well-positioned for organic growth and acquisition activity. At only $4.50 per share, you can partake of the generous dividend yield.   

Top dividend plays

The inflation last month was lower than expected, although the Bank of Canada will likely keep interest rates in restrictive territory. If you want exposure to the real estate market, low-priced True North and Slate Office are inflation-beating dividend plays.

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 Christopher Liew has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

More on Dividend Stocks

Senior Couple Walking With Pet Bulldog In Countryside
Dividend Stocks

CPP Insights: The Average Benefit at Age 60 in 2024

The average CPP benefit at age 60 in average is low, but claiming early has many advantages with the right…

Read more »

thinking
Dividend Stocks

Why Did goeasy Stock Jump 6% This Week?

The spring budget came in from our federal government, and goeasy stock (TSX:GSY) investors were incredibly pleased by the results.

Read more »

woman analyze data
Dividend Stocks

My Top 5 Dividend Stocks for Passive-Income Investors to Buy in April 2024

These five TSX dividend stocks can help you create a passive stream of dividend income for life. Let's see why.

Read more »

investment research
Dividend Stocks

5 Easy Ways to Make Extra Money in Canada

These easy methods can help Canadians make money in 2024, and keep it growing throughout the years to come.

Read more »

Road sign warning of a risk ahead
Dividend Stocks

High Yield = High Risk? 3 TSX Stocks With 8.8%+ Dividends Explained

High yield equals high risk also applies to dividend investing and three TSX stocks offering generous dividends.

Read more »

Dial moving from 4G to 5G
Dividend Stocks

Is Telus a Buy?

Telus Inc (TSX:T) has a high dividend yield, but is it worth it on the whole?

Read more »

Senior couple at the lake having a picnic
Dividend Stocks

How to Maximize CPP Benefits at Age 70

CPP users who can wait to collect benefits have ways to retire with ample retirement income at age 70.

Read more »

Growing plant shoots on coins
Dividend Stocks

3 Reliable Dividend Stocks With Yields Above 5.9% That You Can Buy for Less Than $8,000 Right Now

With an 8% dividend yield, Enbridge is one of the stocks to buy to gain exposure to a very generous…

Read more »