Real estate investment trust Alexandria Real Estate Equities (ARE) will raise its quarterly dividend by another 2.8 percent to $1.12 per share in 2021. This follows a double dividend hike in 2020, marking 11 consecutive years of increased dividends. This new increase will mark 12 years of higher dividends by the REIT.
The next dividend is payable on July 15, 2021, to shareholders of record on June 30, 2021. The new annual dividend rate of $4.48 per share yields 2.5% at a stock price of $180.
The dividend allows the company to share its continued high-quality, strong and increasing net cash provided by operating activities with its common shareholders while it retains significant cash provided by operating activities for reinvestment into its highly leased pipeline of development and redevelopment of new Class A properties. The company's funds from operations payout ratio (quarterly common stock dividends divided by quarterly funds from operations) remains favorably low at 60 percent for the three months ended March 31, 2021. Additionally, growth in net cash provided by operating activities after dividends continues to generate opportunities to increase the company's quarterly cash dividend per common share while enabling it to maintain a low funds from operations payout ratio.
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. is an urban office real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on collaborative life science and technology campuses in AAA innovation cluster locations. Its locations include Greater Boston, San Francisco, New York City, San Diego, Seattle, Maryland and Research Triangle. Alexandria Real Estate Equities was founded in 1994 and has paid a dividend every year since 1997.