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VistaREIT Q1 dividend drops 23% q/q

Merkado Barkada
VistaREIT Q1 dividend drops 23% q/q
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VistaREIT [VREIT 1.75, up 0.6%; 0% avgVol] [link] declared a Q1/24 dividend of P0.04132, payable on June 27 to shareholders of record as of June 5. The dividend has an annualized yield of 9.4% based on the previous closing price, which is considerably smaller than VREIT’s pre-dividend yield of 12.3%. The total amount of the dividend is P310 million, which is 100% of the P310 million in distributable income that VREIT declared for the quarter. Relative to VREIT’s IPO price, the div increased VREIT’s total stock and dividend return to 18.55% (up from 16.19%). The VREIT Q1 dividend is up 5.4% y/y, but down 23.2% q/q.

MB bottom-line: I don’t know enough about VREIT to understand the quarter-on-quarter drop. This is the first dividend decrease in VREIT history, so we don’t have a past narrative of a Q4 to Q1 dip to gain comfort that this is just part of the regular business cycle for a malls-based REIT. Last year, VREIT’s dividend actually increased 1.5% between Q4/22 and Q1/23. But a 23% drop? FILRT be like: VREIT, I owe you an apology, I wasn’t familiar with your game. Does anyone have context to help me understand this one? 




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