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REITs Worth Bragging About

For the full year, HTA reported normalized FFO of 61 cents per share, or $135.3 million, an increase of nine cents per share, or 17.3%, compared to 2011. In addition, HTA announced that Same Property Cash NOI was $172.6 million, an increase of $3.4 million, or 2.0%, compared to 2011. For the year, HTA acquired $294.9 million of high quality on-campus or aligned medical office buildings. The acquisitions totaled over 1.3 million square feet and were over 99% occupied at acquisition. HTA's current occupancy rate is 91.1% of the company's gross leasable area (GLA).

HTA has a market capitalization of $2.447 billion and shares are trading at $11.40 per share. The current dividend yield is 5.04% and the year-over-year total return (partial-year) is 17.91%.

STAG Industrial (STAG - Get Report): Boston-based STAG Industrial continues to turn in straight A's. The tier-2 (B-market) Industrial REIT recently announced that its fourth-quarter FFO was $14.0 million compared to $5.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, an increase of 163%. During the fourth quarter, STAG closed on 40 properties for a total cost of around $212.8 million with an average cap rate of 9%.

STAG's year ending occupancy increased 190 basis points to 95.1% from 93.2% for the year ended 2011. Also STAG declared a fourth-quarter dividend of 27 cents per share, an annualized rate of 6.0% on the quarter ended share price of $17.97.

STAG has a market capitalization of $881 million, and its shares are trading at $20.87. The current dividend yield is 5.17%, and the year-over-year total return is 81.32%.

Source for Data: SNL Financial

At the time of publication the author had no position in any of the stocks mentioned.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.
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