This 9% Yielder Remains A Strong Buy

| About: Care Capital (CCP)


Care Capital Properties is a compelling investment case.

The healthcare REIT invests heavily in the growth of its real estate portfolio.

Care Capital Properties has exceptionally good dividend coverage for a 9% yielder.

Shares go for less than nine times run-rate normalized FFO.

An investment in CCP yields 9.13 percent.

Care Capital Properties, Inc. (NYSE:CCP) continues to look like a good deal for income investors. The healthcare REIT makes a lot of money from its portfolio of healthcare facilities, and easily overearns its high dividend with FFO, while also leaving enough money in the bank for investments in its property portfolio. The healthcare REIT is reasonably cheap, and an investment in Care Capital Properties throws off a very good 9 percent yield.

Supply and demand dynamics support an investment in healthcare real estate investment trusts. More and more people reach a high age, making senior-related healthcare facilities compelling from an investment point of view.

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Care Capital Properties has a diverse portfolio of 345 skilled nursing and healthcare related facilities in 36 states, and the company has made acquisitions a central tenet of its growth strategy. While Care Capital Properties can be considered a growth as well as an income investment, the healthcare REIT's shares are far from being overpriced considering what the company brings to the table.

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Growth Through Acquisitions

Leveraging operator relationships and recycling capital are key to Care Capital Properties' future growth. Fortunately, the REIT can draw from a deep pool of existing operator relationships that make portfolio expansion much smoother.

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Care Capital Properties builds its portfolio through efficient capital recycling, i.e. acquiring properties that have the potential to increase the REIT's capital efficiency, and selling assets that are deemed non-core.

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What Care Capital Brings To The Table: Excellent Dividend Coverage For A 9% Yielder

When you see Care Capital Properties' 9 percent yield, you would think that the healthcare REIT has a high risk dividend. But this isn't the case at all.

Care Capital Properties earned an average of $0.79/share in the last six quarters in terms of normalized funds from operations. This was 39 percent more than what the healthcare REIT needed to earn in order to cover its dividend. In other words, Care Capital Properties' dividend, as of today, is very safe and backed by sufficient cash flow from the REIT's properties.

Source: Achilles Research

Another way to look at things is the company's normalized FFO payout ratio which has increased in the last six quarters, Yes, but still averaged only 72 percent, leaving enough headroom for investments in the REIT's real estate portfolio.

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Very Reasonably Valued

Care Capital Properties' shares are relatively cheap, considering that the REIT pays a 9 percent yield, and has solid dividend coverage. Based on Care Capital Properties' 4th quarter earnings, the REIT's shares change hands for ~8.8x Q4-16 run-rate normalized FFO.

The healthcare REIT also guided for its normalized FFO to clock in somewhere between $2.80-$2.90 for 2017. Therefore, shares go for ~8.8x 2017e normalized FFO as well.

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Your Takeaway

There is a lot to like about Care Capital Properties. The healthcare REIT is determined to continue to grow its investment portfolio with value enhancing acquisitions and leveraging its operator relationships, and the company has no problems whatsoever covering its dividend with normalized funds from operations. Care Capital Properties is also very reasonably valued considering that investors get access to a 9 percent dividend. Buy for income and capital appreciation.

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