Whitestone REIT : WSR-US: Dividend Analysis : December 01st, 2016 (record date) : By the numbers : December 27, 2016

Our analysis is based on comparing Whitestone REIT with the following peers – One Liberty Properties, Inc., Equity One, Inc., Realty Income Corporation, Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust, Alexander’s, Inc., Saul Centers, Inc., EPR Properties and Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc. Class A (OLP-US, EQY-US, O-US, RPT-US, ALX-US, BFS-US, EPR-US and UBA-US).

Whitestone REIT’s dividend yield is 8.17 percent and its dividend payout is 536.22 percent. This compares to a peer median dividend yield of 4.33 percent and a payout level of 121.05 percent. This type of dividend performance might make it a good stock for dividend investors. However, the company’s relatively low dividend quality score of 25 out of a possible score of 100 raises questions on the sustainability of its robust payout ratio.

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Dividend Quality Score

Dividend Quality Overview

  • Over the last twelve months (prior to September 30, 2016), WSR-US paid a medium quality dividend, which represents a yield of 8.17% at the current price.
  • Dividend quality trend has not been consistent over the last five years. Dividends were paid during each of these years — of these 2 were medium quality and 3 were low quality.
  • The ending cash balance is less than the last full year dividend payment and cannot be relied on to cushion any significant reduction of cash flows in the future.
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Dividend Coverage

Over the last twelve months (prior to September 30, 2016), WSR-US paid a medium quality dividend.

The source of the company’s cash to support the dividend paid over the last twelve months is operating cash flow (coverage of 1.24x), investing cash flow (coverage of -2.46x), issuance cash flow (coverage of 2.34x) and twelve-month prior cash (coverage of 0.37x), for a total dividend coverage of 1.50x.

Dividend Coverage by Cash Flow (TTM)

These coverage ratio factors imply that the firm’s net cash inflow from issuance was required (in addition to operating and investment cash) to pay the dividend, which suggests a medium dividend quality.

Dividend History

Item 2011-12-31 2012-12-31 2013-12-31 2014-12-31 2015-12-31 Latest
Dividend Yield (%) 7.38 6.44 6.92 7.4 8.78 8.17
Dividend Payout (%) 1140 11067.96 548.08 463.23 457.1 536.22

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Company Profile

Whitestone REIT is a real estate company, which acquires, owns, manages, develops, and redevelops commercial properties in markets in major metropolitan areas. The company was founded on August 20, 1998 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

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