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  • New York Mortgage Trust - Estimating 7.87% And Not Overly Impressed
    Fri, Apr. 17 NYMT 6 Comments

    Summary

    • NYMT issued a new perpetual preferred stock -- the Series C perpetual preferred.
    • I like this issue more than Colony's new preferred and believe investors are better off should the preferred be issued at/above my estimate.
    • At 7.875% plus, the NYMT Series C preferred should be considered by income/yield/preferred investors.
  • Colony Financial: 7.125% Is Okay, But I'll Pass On The New Preferred Stock
    Wed, Apr. 15 CLNY 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Colony issued a 7.125% preferred stock, which may seem enticing to yield investors.
    • In actuality, the pricing is not what it should be and there is better value to be had elsewhere.
    • I would choose CLNYPrB, NRFPrE or AGNCB.
  • QTS Realty - 3.5% Dividend And Growth, But Is It Enough?
     • Wed, Apr. 15 QTS 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Since my original BUY recommendation last July, QTS has returned 34%. Can it continue to deliver?
    • While being among the smaller players in the datacenter REIT space, the REIT continues to deliver sector leading growth.
    • Whether used alone for yield and growth, or having its yield supplemented with a larger player's dividend, QTS warrants a close look by investors.
  • REITs, Rates And Reality - A Further Study
    Sun, Apr. 12 BXP, DLR, KIM 24 Comments

    Summary

    • The effect of interest rate increases on REITs is mixed and often misunderstood.
    • REITs are interest sensitive due to both their structure and the role they play in investors' portfolios (income focus).
    • I will explore the effects rate increases have had on REITs. mostly facts, some observations.
  • Verizon: Is 4.43% Greater Than 5.90%? Sometimes
    Editors' Pick • Wed, Apr. 8 VZ 30 Comments

    Summary

    • Verizon is held out by many as an attractive, dividend-paying stock, which it is.
    • Investors have more than one way to invest in Verizon for income, and should explore their options.
    • Verizon baby bonds present a compelling opportunity versus the equity, sometimes.
  • The REIT Dividend Delusion
    Mon, Mar. 16 KIM, NNN, O 150 Comments

    Summary

    • Investors pile into REITs for the steady stream of dividends they offer.
    • The focus of many of these investors is the dividend, with capital appreciation/depreciation amounting to an afterthought.
    • If you like REITs and want dividends, here is a better solution.
  • REITs And Rising Rates - My Perspective
    Sun, Mar. 15 IYR, VNQ, DRN 20 Comments

    Summary

    • Rising rates have the propensity to hammer REIT shares.
    • Rates are a function of growth, which can mitigate the impact on REIT shares.
    • This article explores my perspective on REITs and rising rates.
  • 3 New REIT Bonds - I Like One
    Wed, Mar. 11 CXP, ESS, EPR 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Columbia Property, EPR Properties and Essex Property each issued ten-year bonds.
    • Of the three issuers, I continue to find Entertainment Properties the most compelling and offering the greatest value.
    • Bonds were issued with concessions, but just barely.
  • Better Call Saul? I'll Keep Dialing
    Tue, Mar. 10 BFS 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Saul Centers announced okay earnings and raised their dividend by 7.5%.
    • Q4 growth was nothing to write home about.
    • I find the REIT's common stock fully valued and can only suggest looking at the preferred stock.
  • Worried About Rising Rates? Here Are Some Alternatives
    Mon, Mar. 9 GS, MS 15 Comments

    Summary

    • Many investors are worried about rising rates and have been buying bank loans to "float" with rates.
    • Investors don't need to buy levered high-yield companies to get floating rate securities.
    • Here are some preferred stock alternatives of higher-rated companies.
  • NorthStar Realty - The Value Creation Continues - 10% Upside At Least
    Fri, Feb. 27 NRF 22 Comments

    Summary

    • NRF will be spinning out European Properties to investors.
    • The new REIT will be one of the only European focused REITs listed in the US.
    • Demand for the diversification and available opportunities will drive the share price higher.
  • Digital Realty - If Not The Stock, How About The Bonds?
    Fri, Feb. 20 DLR 12 Comments

    Summary

    • While Digital Realty's stock may be a non-starter, the bonds are appealing.
    • The 5.875% notes due 2020 appear to be the most compelling.
    • Capital structure investors will note that the preferred and the stock have higher yields than the debt.
  • Digital Realty - 5% Yield But Little Upside
    Mon, Feb. 16 DLR 5 Comments

    Summary

    • The largest of the datacenter REITs continues it slow growth, as recent earnings and guidance evidence.
    • There are alternatives within the datacenter REIT space that should provide an investor with greater growth and, therefore, upside.
    • The 5% yield available from DLR might work for income focused investors.
  • Sell Apple And Google Bonds, Buy Microsoft Bonds
    Wed, Feb. 11 MSFT 46 Comments

    Summary

    • Microsoft issued $10 billion in bonds from 5-40 years.
    • Pricing was mildly attractive to existing issues, although there are exceptions.
    • Generally speaking, pricing was fair to peers and there are trades that can be done using the new issue.
  • DuPont Fabros: Cheaper - For A Reason
    Sat, Feb. 7 DFT 8 Comments

    Summary

    • Earnings and guidance announced today were disappointing.
    • Negatives outweigh positives at this time.
    • Despite the lower share price, I believe there are more attractive opportunities within the space.
  • Apple: New Debt Deal Priced On The Screws
    Tue, Feb. 3 AAPL 15 Comments

    Summary

    • Apple came with another jumbo deal today, pricing $6.5 billion in bonds.
    • Their weight within the index grows, and begins to fill the AA slice of the index.
    • The deal priced with a miniscule concession to outstanding bonds and offer little in the way of upside.
  • ARCP - Noteholder Agreement In Place, On The Sidelines For The Bonds
    Tue, Jan. 27 ARCP 18 Comments

    Summary

    • An agreement with noteholders for no notice of default due to the lack of financials. The convertible noteholders have, however, notified the company of the default.
    • The agreement buys them until March 3, 2015 to release financials. This should be manageable.
    • While the bonds are reasonably attractive, I am on the sidelines until there is more clarity on the financials and Corvex's strategy.
  • Bank Of America - New Preferred Stock Issuance
    Wed, Jan. 21 BAC 55 Comments

    Summary

    • Bank of America is in the market with a new preferred stock.
    • The Series Y is a non-cumulative, perpetual preferred issue.
    • At less than 6.60% I see no value in the issue.
  • Pencil Pushing - A Look At Office REITs
    Mon, Jan. 5 BDN, BXP, CLI 4 Comments

    Summary

    • The office REIT sector continues to be bifurcated, creating "haves" and "have nots".
    • While many metrics may look like value territory, investors must be careful of value traps.
    • Value is hard to come by in this sector, I am neutral overall.
  • Associated Estates - Fairly Valued, Forget The Noise
       • Dec. 31, 2014 AEC 5 Comments

    Summary

    • Land & Buildings continues their activist campaign against AEC, but is it warranted?
    • The data I have collected shows a REIT that has performed at least as well as peers.
    • I see limited upside as a result of the activist campaign.
  • NorthStar - A Preferred Alternative
    Dec. 16, 2014 NRF 15 Comments

    Summary

    • NorthStar Realty Finance has been transitioning from a mortgage REIT to an equity REIT.
    • The market and investors have not assigned the value to this REIT that its pieces would imply.
    • If investors are wary of the name, there is another option they might prefer which still provides them with the yield they require.
  • Cliffs Natural Resources - The Best Laid Plans Of Mice And Men
    Nov. 29, 2014 CLF 20 Comments

    Summary

    • Cliffs continues to test ideas to put a floor under the stock, none of which has worked to date.
    • Recently the company has announced a debt tender offer, a new proposed financing and a change to the revolving credit line.
    • All of these ideas serve to provide no long-term fix and, in fact, are harmful to the company and its chances of survival.
  • American Realty Capital - Enough Already, Thoughts From A Shareholder
    Nov. 5, 2014 ARCP 162 Comments

    Summary

    • The market has brought the hammer down on ARCP shares - AND RIGHTFULLY SO.
    • Between the accounting fraud (yes, I said it) and the RCAP news - there is one common denominator.
    • Nick Schorsch - the builder of the companies - must go.
  • Cliffs Natural Resources: Bonds Support Stock Move
    Editors' Pick • Oct. 30, 2014 CLF 16 Comments

    Summary

    • Cliffs Natural's equity has rebounded in the last few sessions due to optimism coming out of their call.
    • While I am still not sold on their plan, the capital complex was getting cheap.
    • The bonds lend support to the recent equity move and the company's liquidity.
  • Capital One - 6.70% Yield In Your Wallet
    Oct. 29, 2014 COF 28 Comments

    Summary

    • Capital One Financial has issued a new Series D preferred stock.
    • Relative to its existing Series C and P preferreds, it is attractive at 6.70%.
    • The issue is also attractive relative to peers, many of whom investors are exposed to elsewhere.
  • Urstadt Biddle Issues 6.75% Preferred - No Thanks
    Oct. 24, 2014 UBA 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Urstadt Biddle is refinancing their existing Series D preferred with a new Series G preferred.
    • Series G is pricing tight to existing Series F, I don't see value.
    • Investors should look at Kite Realty Series A instead.
  • Should You Buy American Realty Capital Properties Instead Of Realty Income?
    Aug. 20, 2014 ARCP, O 83 Comments

    Summary

    • One must look past their perception and dig into reality to invest wisely.
    • ARCP has rapidly become the largest triple net REIT after pursuing and closing a number of significant acquisitions.
    • While there are better known and older triple net REITs, ARCP's equity is compelling and offers greater value.
  • Western Asset Mortgage Capital Nails The Quarter - Cautious On 18%
    Editors' Pick • Aug. 12, 2014 WMC 27 Comments

    Summary

    • Western Asset Mortgage nailed the quarter, turning in impressive results.
    • At 18%, WMC is one of the - if not the - highest-yield mREITs in the sector.
    • I am holding at current position levels until I have more faith in the quality of dividends.
  • American Realty Capital Properties - The Other Part Of The Capital Structure
    Editors' Pick • Aug. 5, 2014 ARCP 7 Comments

    Summary

    • Most analyses focus on the equity section of American Realty's capital structure, but what of the debt?
    • ARCP's debt is attractive, especially when viewed versus the industry standard Realty Income.
    • There are reasons the debt is cheap, but it seems too cheap on account of a few reasons.
  • Winthrop Realty Waves The White Flag - So Should Investors
    Aug. 5, 2014 FUR 53 Comments

    Summary

    • Winthrop Realty has waved the white flag and asked investors to vote for a liquidation of the REIT.
    • Upside from here - in management's estimates - is limited and could take some time to realize.
    • Investors are better off deploying their capital elsewhere.
  • Mortgage REITs - Like The Yield But Not The Volatility, Here Is An Alternative
    Editors' Pick • Aug. 4, 2014 AGNC, CLNY, NLY 51 Comments

    Summary

    • Many yield starved investors have been buying mortgage REITs in order to produce income.
    • The volatility that comes with mortgage REITs is often inconsistent with portfolio objectives.
    • Preferred stock offers a viable alternative, but the rate environment warrants caution.
  • eBay Issues Debt - You Could Try The Marketplace, But Buy It Now
    Jul. 24, 2014 EBAY 14 Comments

    Summary

    • eBay issued $3.25 billion of debt from three to ten years.
    • While on an absolute level, the yield doesn't seem attractive, relative to peers it is compelling.
    • The 2021 debt has a decent position on the curve and "roll down" potential.