ESCONDIDO, California ( TheStreet) -- Recently I had an opportunity to catch up with Tom Lewis, Vice Chairman and CEO, of Realty Income Corp. ( O). The Escondido-based REIT just cranked out another consistent quarter of exceptional earnings results.Highlights of the last quarter include a 17.9% revenue increase and a 6.9% increase in common stock funds from operations (FFO). Occupancy held steady at 96.6% and the dividends paid per common share increased 0.9% (the current dividend yield is 4.5%). Consistent dividends remain the power behind the monthly dividend company® as the triple-net REIT announced that is has declared its 503 consecutive common stock monthly dividend. Throughout Realty Income's 43-year operating history, the dividend increased 65 times since listing on the New York Stock Exchange in 1994. The monthly dividend is supported by the cash flow from over 2,600 properties owned under long-term lease agreements with regional and national retail chains and other commercial enterprises.