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Real Estate Investment Trusts

SIC 6798 | NAICS 525990

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

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Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Key statistics
  • Market size and characteristics
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Information resources available from this trade association include:

REIT Basics / FAQS  / faqs
Above sections provide an overview of the REIT industry, with topics covered including basic definition, formation and conversion requirements, number and types of entities, how they differ from partnerships,  investment and tax characteristics, valuation measures, and more. All information is accessible free online.

REIT Magazine
Bimonthly trade publication features news and information for the publicly-traded real estate industry, with topics covered including sector analysis (e.g., residential, self storage, lodging, office, health care, and retail), statistical data and forecasts, and company and executive profiles. Digital editions can be viewed free online.

Monthly statistical report provides detailed information on investment performance and financial activities, with topics covered including U.S. and global investment performance, U.S. performance statistics by property sector and subsector, and U.S. financial activity. Current and prior issues are available free online.

First Research
Real Estate Investment Trusts

First Research profiles provide analysis, statistics, and forecasts for a wide range of industries, with content sections including industry overview, recent developments, issues and challenges, business trends and opportunities, leading companies, executive insights, financial benchmarking information, and 5-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated monthly; sample report is available online.

Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys
Real Estate Investment Trusts
Standard & Poor's survey provides in-depth coverage for the REIT sector, with topics covered including current business environment; industry profile, trends, and operations; key ratios and statistics; reference sources; how to analyze a company, and comparative company analysis. Sample report is available online.

Ernst & Young
Global Perspectives: REIT Report  Select "Library" for a list of publications
Annual study examines key areas of operations which affect long-term management success for companies in this sector, with topics covered including platform effectiveness, capital allocation, merger and acquisition transactions, and financial structure. Current and prior studies can be downloaded and viewed online.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Real Estate Investment Trusts  Search for "525990"
Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Frost & Sullivan
Financial Assessment of the Global Residential/Office REIT Industry
Financial assessment studies analyze public companies in the residential and office building sectors in terms of liquidity, profitability (EBIT margin and return on equity), activity, and solvency ratios and rank them using a relative weighting scheme in relationship to industry averages based on their respective financial and risk management characteristics. Report overview and extended table of contents can be viewed free online.

Compensation Surveys

NAREIT Compensation Survey
Comprehensive annual survey provides base salary, annual incentive award values, and long-term incentive award values for over 100 job positions, and also includes insights on topics such as compensation program design and structure, employment agreement practices, and board of director compensation. Sample report which includes a complete list of all job positions covered by the survey can downloaded and viewed online.

Business Valuation Resources

Green Street Advisors
REIT Valuation: NAV-Based Pricing Model
Proprietary valuation model analyzes factors which can result in premiums and discounts to net asset value (NAV), with topics covered including sector-average premiums or discounts, franchise value, balance sheet risk, corporate governance, and general and administrative overhead. All information is available free online.