The stock market keeps fighting volatility, putting conventional buy-and-hold wisdom to the test. Is now the time to hold or even buy stocks in great companies?
If you choose to take that long-proven path to prosperity, here are three real estate stocks to consider. They're real estate investment trusts (REITs) with solid records of dividend payouts that will reward you for your patience.
STORE Capital (STOR) has a portfolio that, as of the second quarter, numbered 3,012 properties operated by 579 tenants in 49 states. The company focuses on unit-level profitability, seeking out and holding on to profitable locations.
It's been working so far. Since going public in 2014, STORE Capital has provided shareholders a total return of about 96%, nearly twice that of the benchmark Vanguard Real Estate ETF.
The company's name stands for "Single Tenant Operational Real Estate." This is a broadly diversified portfolio that, as of the second quarter, includes 759 restaurants, 168 medical and dental offices, 33 food processors, 114 medical fabricators, 279 early childhood centers, and eight Bass Pro Shops. It's also growing quickly, adding 62 properties it purchased for $392 million in the second quarter alone.
Buffett and other shareholders are currently enjoying a yield of about 5.8% following seven straight years of dividend increases. Shares are trading now at about $26.50, down about 23% year to date.
STORE's portfolio is 99.5% filled with leases with an average of about 13 years remaining. Therefore, this REIT should continue building on its record as a passive-income machine.
Gladstone Commercial (GOOD -0.56%) is a much smaller operation than STORE Capital but with an equally impressive record and good prospects. Since it went public in 2003, this industrial and office REIT has closely tracked the S&P 500 in total return, while consistently providing a higher yield.
In this case, that's a payout of $0.1254 a month, good for a yield of about 8% and roughly matching inflation today. And it's far higher than the 1.7% or so from the S&P 500. Shares are currently trading for about $18.75 -- down nearly 28% year to date.
David Gladstone, founder and CEO of Gladstone Commercial and three other Nasdaq-listed real estate investment trusts, told The Motley Fool in a recent interview that he considers this offering a solid choice for retirees or anyone else seeking steady monthly income. He also shared that his companies are managed with that in mind.
GOOD currently holds 136 properties in 27 states, with a client list of 112 tenants. The company is reducing its share of office properties in favor of industrial ones, which CEO Gladstone considers a much more promising sector.
In fact, all 15 of its prospective acquisitions are industrial properties. Gladstone says onshoring and other trends make that sector attractive, especially in light of return-to-office concerns. He noted, "There aren't many manufacturing jobs that you can do from home."