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CREIT, MREIT, FILRT all declare Q1 dividends

Citicore Energy REIT [CREIT 2.83, up 0.3%; 345% avgVol] [link] and MREIT [MREIT 12.96, up 0.1%; 96% avgVol] [link] declared their Q1 dividends on Monday, while Filinvest REIT [FILRT 2.93, down 2.0%; 47% avgVol] [link] declared its Q1 dividend on Friday. For CREIT, the dividend will be P0.049/share (stable), payable on July 9, representing 101% of CREIT’s Q1 distributable income (DI). For MREIT, the dividend will be P0.246 (stable), payable on June 14, representing 93% of MREIT’s DI. For FILRT, the dividend will be P0.062/share (falling), payable on June 7, representing 99.9% of FILRT’s DI for the quarter.

MB bottom-line: The name of the REIT game is stability. While REITs cannot help what happens in the macroeconomic world with interest rates (all REITs got smacked when rates rose to fight inflation), what separates a good REIT from a bad one (in my opinion) is the management team’s ability to effectively worry about everything else to protect the income stream from loss. Bonus points should be awarded to teams who grow their dividend over time. Between these three companies, both CREIT and MREIT have shown the ability to deliver a stable dividend. CREIT has even managed to grow its dividend by 11%. That leaves FILRT, which has continued to deliver giant turd after giant turd to its bagholders in the form of smaller and smaller dividends. FIRLT’s first three quarterly divs were at the P0.112/share level, and their most recent div was just P0.062. That’s a 44.6% drop. I don’t have a thesaurus within reach capable of accurately describing to you just how bad that is for a REIT. It’s not like the company suffered some major trauma that nearly halved the dividend; the div level has fallen four times over the past twelve quarters and in each of the last three. 


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