Monthly Dividends from an S&P 500 REIT

There are potential benefits to investing long-term in a real estate investment trust (REIT) that regularly increases its monthly dividend. The longer you hold your shares, the higher the yield you will receive on your original investment, assuming dividends increase over time.

As an example: Investors who purchased Realty Income shares on 12/31/2006
and collect their dividends have received (as of 12/31/2016):

8.8% yield on cost (vs. an original yield of 6.5%) | 60%  increase in the amount of dividend income
108% increase in the value of shares | 69% of the original investment paid back as dividend income

Magic of Rising Dividends

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Why Get Dividends from Realty Income?

  1. Monthly dividends. Realty Income has paid 560 consecutive monthly cash dividends. The predictability of our business model’s underlying revenue stream affords us the ability to deliver monthly dividend payments to shareholders, rather than quarterly.
  2. Growth. Since our public listing in 1994, our dividend has grown at a compound average annual growth rate of approximately 4.7%. We have increased our cash dividend 91 times, equating to 181.3% dividend growth.
  3. Stability. Dividend income we provide to our shareholders tends to be reliable since it is supported by long-term leases with tenants we have determined can be relied upon to make lease payments. Throughout our operating history, we have never decreased the amount of our regular monthly dividend payment.

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Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. There is risk that dividends will not always increase, that dividends will not be declared according to past history, or that dividends will be declared at all.