Last week, we discussed 9.5%-yield Omega Healthcare (NYSE:OHI), its different dividend cut scenarios, and its potential returns as a result.
This week, we’re looking at another healthcare REIT, NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT (TSX:NWH.UN). It attracts income investors in multiple ways. First, it pays a big dividend through a monthly payout. Second, the healthcare REIT’s international portfolio provides a unique offering. Third, it recently demonstrated that it can grow its net asset value per unit (NAVPU).
Get a big dividend from this healthcare REIT
Any income investor would love to get a big paycheque every month. NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT currently offers a yield of almost 5.9%. It has maintained the same annualized payout of $0.80 per unit since 2012.
To create a passive income portfolio, you can invest in bonds or stocks that generate interest or dividend income without you having to lift a finger. I prefer to invest in stocks which have outperformed bonds in the long run.
I also like the concept of investing in stocks because I’m owning stakes in businesses and benefiting from their profits (although I also take on their risks). This is markedly different from purchasing bonds for which you’re lending your money to governments or corporations for interests in return.
In fact, dividend investing is my favorite way to generate passive income. There are so many safe dividend stocks to choose from. Even in a booming stock market like today, you can still find quality businesses at good valuations.
Here’s how to create a passive dividend income portfolio:
Buy stocks that offer safe dividends at good valuations
Diversify but don’t di-worsify
Aim for a low-maintenance portfolio that’s replicable, scalable, and can be largely automated
Buy stocks that offer safe dividends
The U.S. and Canadian stock markets offer yields of 1.8% and 2.8%, respectively. There are plenty of safe dividend stocks that offer higher yields of about 3-6%.
However, typically, the higher the yield of a stock, the slower its dividend growth will be. (Sometimes, high yielders don’t increase their dividends.) Similarly, low yield stocks tend to increase their dividends faster. Typically, dividend growth stocks are safer and better than stocks that simply maintain their dividends.
Buy stocks at good valuations to protect your invested capital and maximize your gains.
Here are a few examples.
A high yield example
NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT (TSX:NWH.UN) owns a high quality portfolio of medical office buildings and hospital properties in major markets in Canada, Brazil, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand.
The healthcare REIT generates stable cash flows from having a high occupancy of about 96% and a weighted average lease expiry of 13 years. Additionally, it gets organic growth from having more than 70% of its net operating income indexed to inflation. It also has CAD$370 million projects in its development pipeline that’ll also add to growth.
If history gives a hint about the future, it indicates that companies in certain industries tend to generate stable earnings or cash flows that lead to stable dividends.
If we choose the quality companies from these industries, we can then build a diversified portfolio that generates a secure, growing income stream. Below, I list some possibilities.
Utilities: A Must-Own Sector
Earnings generated by utilities are relatively stable because people need to use electricity, gas, and water, etc. no matter if the economy is doing well or not.
One utility that came out strongly from the last recession was Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (TSX:BIP.UN)(NYSE:BIP). Since 2009 it has been a five-bagger.
Brookfield Infrastructure is a rock solid utility, which owns and operates a global, quality portfolio of infrastructure assets, including toll roads, railroads, ports, pipelines, and telecom towers.
Its trusted management, Brookfield Asset Management (TSX:BAM.A)(NYSE:BAM), employs value investing and actively recycles mature assets for higher returns. Because management owns 30% of the partnership, retail unitholders can expect the management to be unitholder-friendly.
Indeed, Brookfield Infrastructure has increased its distribution every year since 2009. Going forward, it gives the guidance to grow its distribution by 5-9% per year. Currently, it offers a yield of 4.5% to start.