NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Feb 12, 2013) - Shares of high yielding Mortgage REITs have performed well this earnings season. The iShares FTSE NAREIT Mortgage REITs Index ETF (REM) has gained nearly 10 percent year-to-date -- outperforming the Dow Jones Industrial Average gain of 6.5 percent over the same period. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for diversified REITs and provides equity research on ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE: ARR) and Hatteras Financial Corp. (NYSE: HTS).
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In a low interest rate environment investors have flocked to the high yielding dividend of REITs, as many companies offer yields in excess of 10 percent. REITs are not taxed at the corporate level but in return are required to distribute at least 90% of their taxable income as dividends to investors. A steadily improving U.S. housing market helped boost investor's appetite for REITs. The Dow Jones Equity All REIT Index, which tracks the performance of all the publicly traded U.S. REITs, gained nearly 20 percent in 2012, making it the fourth consecutive year REITs have bested the broader Standard & Poor's 500 Index.
"Despite vacillation in stock markets, investors haven't lost their appetite for a steady diet of real estate," says Jeff Tjornehoj, a Lipper analyst.
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ARMOUR Residential REIT currently offers investors an annual dividend of $0.96 per share for a dividend yield of approximately 13.6 percent. The company is scheduled to release results for the fourth quarter of 2012 on Wednesday, March 6th. Shares of ARMOUR Residential have gained nearly 10 percent year-to-date.
Hatteras Financial currently offers investors an annual dividend of $2.80 per share for a dividend yield of approximately 10.35 percent. The company's book value per common share on September 30, 2012 was $29.60, compared to a per share book value of $27.45 on June 30, 2012. Shares of Hatteras have gained 9 percent year-to-date.
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