REIT Industry Financial Snapshot

REIT Industry Monthly Data for March 2016

Industry Size

  • FTSE NAREIT All REITs equity market capitalization = $984 billion
  • FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs equity market capitalization = $927 billion
  • 220 REITs are in the FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index
  • 194 REITs trade on the New York Stock Exchange
  • NYSE listed REITs equity market capitalization = $931 billion

Dividends

Yield Comparison

  • FTSE NAREIT All REITs: 4.19%
  • FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs: 3.76%
  • S&P 500: 2.15%
  • Stock exchange-listed REITs paid out approximately $42 billion and public non-listed REITs paid out approximately $4 billion in dividends during 2014.
  • On average, 67 percent of the annual dividends paid by REITs qualify as ordinary taxable income, 17 percent qualify as return of capital and 16 percent qualify as long-term capital gains.

Leverage and Coverage Ratios

(Balance sheet data as of Q4 2015)

Equity REITs

  • Debt Ratio: 33.4%
  • Coverage Ratio: 4.1x
  • Fixed Charge Ratio: 3.7x
  • 46 Equity REITs are rated investment grade, 68 percent by equity market capitalization.

All REITs

  • Debt Ratio: 43.6%
  • Coverage Ratio: 3.8x
  • Fixed Charge Ratio: 3.5x
  • 46 REITs are rated investment grade, 62 percent by equity market capitalization.
  • Coverage ratio equals EBITDA divided by interest expense.
  • Fixed charge ratio equals EBITDA divided by interest expense plus preferred dividends.

Average Daily Dollar Trading Volume

  • March 2016: $6.7 billion
  • March 2011: $3.9 billion
  • March 2006: $2.4 billion

Data as of March 31, 2016, except where noted.

All data are derived from, and apply only to, publicly traded US REITs.