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This Dividend Cut Can Be A Blessing In Disguise

Slate Office REIT (TSX: SOT.UN) cut its cash distribution by almost a half from CAD$0.75 to CAD$0.40 per unit. This frees up CAD$26 million of capital annually.

Initially, Slate Office plans to use the capital to reduce its debt levels. This will increase the financial flexibility for future investments.

Quick Business Overview

Slate Office recently generated income from 41 office properties, had a portfolio occupancy of 87.6%, and had a weighted average lease expiry of 5.8 years. These should help the REIT generate stable cash flow over the next 5 years.

Financial Health

The REIT’s recent interest coverage worsened to 2.3x compared to 2.7x at the end of 2017. Additionally, its recent weighted average debt interest rate was 4.3%. The rate had edged higher every quarter since 3.6% from a year ago.

The Dividend is Much Safer Now

Slate Office’s 2019 FFO payout ratio will be much more sustainable at ~64% based on 2018 FFO per unit. The big buffer is needed because 2019’s FFO is estimated to decline due to the reduced interests in 6 Greater Toronto Area assets. The FFO per unit that will be generated during Q2-Q4 will give a sense of the FFO generation power of Slate Office’s assets.

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3 Depressed Income Stocks as Trading Ideas

Two of the three stocks discussed in this article can be strong turnaround ideas with short-term double-digit returns if management executes well. Right now, all three are trading at near their 52-week lows. So, investors who are looking for some excitement and income should look into them.

Entertainment Stock with a Big Monthly Dividend

At under $26 per share, Cineplex (TSX:CGX) yields about 6.7%. With a recent payout ratio of roughly 64% based on adjusted free cash flow, the yield should be safe.

Cineplex generates about 74% of its total revenues from moviegoers via their spending on movie tickets and food & drinks. The entertainment company has been investing in areas outside of the theatres, including in The Rec Room, Topgolf, Playdium, and virtual reality installations in some of its locations.

Currently, Cineplex trades at more than a 20% discount from its normal cash flow multiple. If management executes well and the investments turn out to be successful, the discounted stock can experience growth that will boost the stock price to the $35-39 level over the next one to two years for 35-51% upside, while paying a yield of nearly 7%.

Increasing Interest Rates has Depressed Many REITs

There’s increased danger of dividend cuts from real estate investment trusts (REITs) because of their inherent natures of having large debt levels from their mortgages. Additionally, they tend to pay out most of their cash flows as dividends, which makes it more dangerous if there’s any decreased demand for their properties.

That’s why you’ve seen top-tier REITs, which have properties in the best locations, including Canadian Apartment Properties REIT (TSX:CAR.UN) and Allied Properties Real Estate Investment (TSX:AP.UN), doing much better than their peers.

In the last five years, the stock of Canadian Apartment Properties REIT more than doubled from the $20 to $46 per unit, while Allied Properties has appreciated 38% and has been a much more stable stock than its peers.

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