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Tuesday, 07 February 2023 11:54

Over 60% of U.S. REITs Raised Dividends in 2022

According to data compiled by S&P Global Market Intelligence, ninety-nine U.S.-based publicly traded REITS announced increases to their dividend payments last year, representing about 61.5% of the entire U.S. REIT industry. The self-storage industry reported the highest percentage of dividend hikes relative to the sector's total, with 83.3% announcing dividend increases during 2022. The industrial sector placed second, with 81.8% increasing dividends. The retail industry had the biggest number of REITs that announced dividend hikes last year at 25, 80% of all retail REITs. In addition, close to 70% of U.S. REIT dividend hikes in 2022 surpass pre-COVID payouts. In fact, 68 out of 99 U.S. REITs that announced dividend hikes last year posted higher regular dividend payouts by year-end when compared to dividends in 2019. However, 27 were still paying lower dividends relative to their 2019 dividend payments. This included four hotel REITs that only reinstated their dividends last year after suspending payouts in 2020 and 2021. The remaining 4 had not started trading yet on a major exchange in 2019. In terms of the highest percentage jump in dividends, Service Properties Trust, which focuses on hotels, led all U.S. REITs with year-over-year dividend payout hikes last year. The company raised its quarterly cash dividend to 20 cents per share on Oct. 13, from a 1-cent-per-share paid during the fourth quarter of 2021. However, its current dividend is still below its pre-COVID dividend of 54 cents per share.

Finsum:Over 60% of U.S. REITs announced increases to their dividend payments in 2022, led by the self-storage industry, the industrial sector, and the retail industry.

Published in Eq: Real Estate

According to a report by US SIF Foundation, a trade group for the sustainable investment industry, the U.S. market for ESG products is less than half of the size previously reported. Assets in U.S. sustainable investments fell 51% from $17.1 trillion at the beginning of 2020 to $8.4 trillion at the start of 2022. The difference is mainly due to changes in the methodology used to calculate the numbers and the impending tightening of regulation, according to the trade group. Ahead of new fund labeling rules by the SEC, the foundation noted that asset managers were being “more circumspect in what they consider to be assets that incorporate ESG criteria”, which led to “modest to steep” declines in ESG AUM reported compared to 2020. In addition, the 2022 report made a new distinction between firm and fund-level claims to sustainability. For example, it did not include “The AUM of investors that stated they practice firm-wide ESG integration without providing additional information on specific ESG criteria that are used in decision-making and portfolio construction.” Rather, they only included the assets of investors or vehicles that “incorporate one or more specific ESG criteria, plus the assets of funds which specify that ESG or sustainability is integral to its decision-making or portfolio construction.”

Finsum:Due to impending regulatory changes and a new calculation methodology, the U.S. market for ESG products is less than half of the size previously reported.

Published in Wealth Management

Based on research by S&P Global Market Intelligence, more than half of U.S. equity REITs reported third-quarter funds from operations (FFO) that exceeded sell-side analyst expectations. S&P analyzed 127 U.S. REITs and found that 71 reported FFO per share higher than third-quarter consensus estimates. Out of the remaining REITs, 24 equaled consensus expectations for the quarter and 32 fell short of FFO expectations. The research covered U.S. equity REITs that trade on the Nasdaq, NYSE, and NYSE American, have market caps over $200 million, and have had three or more FFO-per-share estimates for the three months ending on September 30th. The top industries that outperformed were industrials and self-storage, with 9 out of the 11 industrial REITs surpassing analyst FFO-per-share estimates during the quarter. One notable self-storage REIT was Americold Realty Trust Inc., which reported a core FFO of 25 cents per share, 31.6% above its consensus estimate. Out of all the industries, the largest beat was Safehold Inc., which more than doubled its estimate of 42 cents per share.

Finsum:REITs had a strong quarter with 56% reporting third-quarter funds from operations that outperformed sell-side analyst expectations.

Published in Eq: Real Estate
Thursday, 08 September 2022 02:50

Cybersecurity Research at Banks is Dropping

According to an analysis of patent filings, compiled by GlobalData, there is a shrinking number of cybersecurity-related applications in the banking industry over the past three months, compared to the previous year. The most recent filings show that the number of related patent applications in the banking industry was 596 in the three months ending July. This is down from 1096 during the same period last year. This indicates cybersecurity innovation in the retail banking industry is dropping off. Capital One Financial was the top innovator in the banking sector in the latest quarter. The company filed 125 related patents in the three months ending July, down from 230 in the same period last. Visa was second with 109 patent applications. One company that has increased research is Truist Financial, which saw a 35.7% growth in related patent applications in the three months ending in July.

Finsum:While cyber crimes are on the rise, cybersecurity innovation in the banking industry is falling.

Published in Wealth Management

According to Straits Research, the cybersecurity insurance market is projected to grow 19.52% annually and reach $38.7 by 2030. Cybersecurity insurance is a policy that individuals or companies can purchase to reduce the financial risks of conducting business online. The policy transfers certain risks to the insurer for a monthly or quarterly fee. Many companies purchase cybersecurity insurance to cover expenses resulting from digital assets loss. These costs can include the cost of notifying clients of a security breach and the cost of fines for noncompliance with regulations. North America, which holds the largest market share, is expected to grow 15.32% annually. The North American market saw more data compromises in 2021 than any other year before it. The European market is forecasted to generate $13 billion by 2030, growing at an annual rate of 23.17%

Finsum:With security breaches hitting an all-time high, the cybersecurity insurance market is projected to grow 19.52% annually and reach $38.7 by 2030.

Published in Wealth Management
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