Kimco (KIM) is a dividend paying stock that we have been following for some time. Like most other REITs exposed to the retail sector, Kimco’s stock performance in 2017 was poor, and the poor performance has continued in 2018. The stock was recently below $14, with a 52-week high of $25.15 and a high of $32.10 in 2016.

Even with a current dividend approaching 8% (for 2018, the company increased its yearly dividend by four cents, or approximately 4%, the company has ample coverage to grow its dividend even with modest FFO growth. Kimco has also just reported earnings, and in this column we take a dive into the numbers and investment activities. Ultimately, we believe that the dividend is further supported by improving occupancy:

Financial keys

FFO was $160.1 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter 2017 compared to $163.0 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter 2016. NAREIT FFO for the fourth quarter of 2017 included $6.3 million of transactional charges (net of transactional income). This compares to $2.6 million of transactional income (net of transactional charges) in the fourth quarter of 2016.

For the full year 2017, NAREIT FFO was $655.6 million, or $1.55 per diluted share, compared to $555.7 million, or $1.32 per diluted share, for the full year 2016. NAREIT FFO for 2017 included $11.3 million of transactional income (net of transactional charges). This compares to $73.7 million of transactional charges (net of transactional income) recognized in 2016 NAREIT FFO.

FFO as adjusted available to common shareholders, which excludes the effects of non-operating impairments as well as transactional income and charges, was $166.4 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter 2017 compared to $160.4 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter 2016. For the full year 2017, FFO as adjusted was $644.2 million, or $1.52 per diluted share, compared to $629.4 million, or $1.50 per diluted share, for the full year 2016.

Investment Activity

Dispositions:

During the fourth quarter, the company sold 16 shopping centers for a gross sales price of $234.2 million. Kimco’s share of the sales price was $174.0 million.

For the full year 2017, the company’s dispositions included 38 shopping centers and 3 land parcels, totaling 4.4 million square feet, for a gross sales price of $565.7 million. Kimco’s share of the sales price was $430.4 million.

In January of 2018, Kimco completed the sales of three shopping centers totaling over $30 million. Currently, the company has approximately $300 million of properties under contract or with an accepted offer, and over $475 million of properties being marketed.

Acquisitions:

During the fourth quarter, Kimco acquired one shopping center and two adjacent parcels totaling 845,000 square feet for $140.6 million, including $43.0 million of mortgage debt.

As previously announced during the fourth quarter, Kimco added Whittwood Town Center, a 783,000-square-foot, grocery-anchored open-air shopping center on a 54-acre infill site in the densely populated Los Angeles suburb of Whittier, California, to its Signature Series portfolio. The center features Target, Vons, PetSmart (PETM), Cost Plus and 24 Hour Fitness, in addition to Kohl’s, Sears and J.C. Penney, which pay substantially below-market rents, with an aggregate mark-to-market opportunity of 560%. The $123 million purchase price was funded with 1031 Exchange proceeds along with the assumption of $43 million in mortgage debt, which was completed in the fourth quarter despite the offer having been accepted in April 2017.

In 2017, Kimco acquired three shopping centers and ten land parcels for $382.1 million of which $377.4 million represents the company’s pro-rata share.

Overall

At the end of the day, the REIT sector has been tough, but we think that Kimco survives. Value dividend investors could use the recent weakness to take a stab at shares at present levels.

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