) increased its dividend in the first half of 2012, and currently
pays a regular quarterly dividend that yields 3.0% annually. This
Zacks #2 Rank (Buy) REIT had a solid third-quarter performance in
November that has helped earnings estimates to rise.
With a steady dividend yield and an expected long-term FFO growth
rate of around 6.2%, PSA appears to be a promising pick for
investors seeking both growth and income.
Impressive Third Quarter Earnings
On November 8, Public Storage reported third quarter FFO per share
of $1.73, topping the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 1.8% and the
year-ago FFO by 34.1%. The healthy top-line growth was due to
improved property operations and the impact of foreign currency
On a year-over-year basis, revenues for Same Store Facilities
advanced 4.8% to $412.6 million, thanks to higher realized annual
rent per occupied square foot. Net operating income for Same Store
Facilities increased 7.9% to $294.1 million.
Earnings Estimates Moving Higher
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2012 edged up 0.3% to $6.24 in the
past 60 days, while the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2013 increased
1.6% to $7.08. These outlooks suggest year-over-year growth of
about 5.2% for 2012 and 13.5% for 2013.
Public Storage hiked its dividend by nearly 16% to $1.10 per share
in the first half of 2012. The current dividend rate affirms an
annual yield of 3.0%.
Shares of Public Storage currently trade at 20.7x 12-month forward
earnings, a 29.4% premium to the peer group average of 16.0x. Its
price to book ratio of 4.9 is at a significant premium to the peer
group median of 1.8. Given its strong fundamentals, the premium
valuation is justified.
Moreover, the company has a trailing 12-month ROE of 16.7%,
compared with the peer group average of 4.7%. This implies that the
company reinvests its earnings more efficiently than its peer
Public Storage has been continuously outperforming the S&P 500
since mid-October as well as its 200 days moving average since the
beginning of last month.
With rising earnings estimates, strong expected earnings growth and
a decent dividend yield, Public Storage looks like an attractive
growth and income pick.
Headquartered in Glendale, California, Public Storage is a real
estate investment trust that was founded in 1971. The company
acquires, develops, owns and operates self-storage facilities in
the U.S. and Europe. As of September 30, 2012, the company had
interests in 2,069 self-storage facilities located in 38 states in
U.S. and 189 storage facilities located in seven Western European
nations. It also owns a 41% common equity interest in PS Business
Parks Inc. (
), which owns and operates commercial space, primarily flex,
multi-tenant office and industrial space. The company has a market
cap of about $25 billion. Other Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks
in the industry include Arbor Realty Trust Inc. (
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