NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- STAG Industrial (STAG) - Get Report  is rising 2.12% to $18.80 in afternoon trading on Monday before the company starts to trade its ex-dividend on December 29.

A dividend payment of 11.5 cents per share will be paid on January 15.

Investors who purchased STAG shares before the ex-dividend date will be eligible for the payout. 

STAG has made a monthly dividend payment of 11.5 cents per share since July, 2015.

Based in Boston, STAG is focused on the acquisition and operation of single-tenant, industrial properties throughout the U.S.

Separately, recently, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author. TheStreet Ratings has this to say about the recommendation:

We rate STAG INDUSTRIAL INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 6.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 32.0%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $36.11 million or 41.14% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 9.44%.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 26.14%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 175.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, STAG INDUSTRIAL INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for STAG INDUSTRIAL INC is rather low; currently it is at 16.72%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -7.72% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: STAG