Easy Extra Money Idea of the Day:
REITs (real estate investment trusts) are a great source of dividend income but they tend to focus on a specific niche such as retail, self storage, or healthcare. What if you could invest in a REIT which was involved in a number of different businesses and paid a healthy monthly dividend as well? EPR Properties (EPR) might be worth a look.
EPR is a specialty REIT which invests in three primary segments: Entertainment, Recreation, and Education. The “Entertainment” segment consists of assets such as movie theaters and retail centers, “Recreation” includes ski parks, water parks, and golf complexes, and “Education” consists of private and public charter schools. While it can be argued that EPR’s assets are on the discretionary and luxury side of spending, and potentially exposed during an economic slowdown, EPR currently pays a healthy $4.08/year dividend which translates to a 5.56% yield and they have raised their dividend for the past 6 years. The beauty of being diversified like EPR is if one segment falters, hopefully, the others will be able to step up. I am a big fan of monthly dividend paying stocks but few companies pay out their dividends monthly like EPR which is another bonus for the stock in my opinion.
- EPR is a speciality REIT involved in the areas of entertainment, recreation, and education
- Founded in 1997 and based in Kansas City, MO
- Dividend Payout Schedule: Monthly
Note that EPR is a REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) which means that, for tax purposes, its dividends are treated as ordinary income and taxed at a higher rate. So it may be better suited for an IRA (instead of a taxable account).
Check out our YouTube review of EPR!