LTC Properties: 5% Yield, Strong Dividend Coverage, Attractive Growth, Pays Monthly

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LTC Properties is a high quality healthcare REIT.

The REIT profits from a strong network of operator relationships, is highly diversified.

Though I think shares are fairly valued, strong dividend coverage and potential for growth support the bullcase.

LTC Properties pays a 5 percent yield, pays monthly.

LTC Properties, Inc. (NYSE:LTC) is an interesting income play in the healthcare REIT sector. LTC Properties invests heavily in the growth of its real estate portfolio, and has good dividend coverage. Though shares are about fairly valued, LTC Properties makes for a good income vehicle with a monthly dividend distribution. An investment in LTC Properties also comes with a 5 percent dividend yield.

Healthcare REITs are poised to profit from an increase in life expectancy, and higher institutionalization rates. In fact, the older people get, and the more assistance they need in old age, the stronger the profits for healthcare REITs will be. LTC Properties, for instance, has invested a significant amount of capital in a portfolio of skilled nursing, assisted living, and range of care properties, and is poised to profit from increasing demand for such facilities.

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LTC Properties' healthcare-related properties are spread out all over the country:

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Investments Today Will Yield Big Dividends Later

LTC Properties is not the only healthcare REIT that is continuously investing in the expansion of its healthcare real estate portfolio, and it is surely not the only company that has woken up to the long term growth opportunity that is tied to an increase in people's life expectancy.

LTC Properties has invested a lot of money in the growth of its real estate portfolio, which will likely pay big dividends down the road.

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Strong Operator Relationships

Part of what drives value at healthcare REITs is the relationships they have with operating companies that manage the properties.

Healthcare REITs with strong operator relationships are at a competitive advantage, and can use those relationships to grow and scale their business. LTC Properties has a robust and diversified network of profitable operator relationships that will support the Real Estate Investment Trust's growth in the future.

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Long Term Demand Dynamic Supporting Dividend Growth

The U.S. population is aging, and will continue to age in the coming decades. Senior-related healthcare spending will increase in lockstep, supporting the long term bull case as it relates to healthcare REITs. As a result, healthcare REITs including LTC Properties are one of the best long term bets on sustainable dividend growth IMO.

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Potential For Dividend Growth

LTC Properties has increased its dividend rate in the past like clockwork, and the healthcare REIT is financially stable enough to continue growing its dividend. LTC Properties' FFO payout ratio has averaged 71 percent in the last five quarters, leaving room for investments and dividend growth.

Fairly Valued, But A Good Income Vehicle Regardless

LTC Properties' shares are selling for ~15.6x Q3-16 run-rate funds from operations, which is a fair price to pay. At this price point LTC Properties is neither cheap nor expensive, but rather fairly valued given its safe yield and prospects for dividend growth.

Your Takeaway

LTC Properties is a compelling choice in the healthcare REIT sector. The REIT has amassed a good property portfolio to play the long term trend of rising senior-related healthcare spending, and robust operator relationships should nurture the healthcare REIT's growth. Though shares aren't a bargain anymore, LTC Properties has good dividend coverage, and management has been willing to pay shareholders an ever increasing dividend. An investment in LTC Properties throws off a dividend yield of ~5 percent. The REIT pays monthly. Buy for income.

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