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Q: are any of these something to have as a good investment ?

Read Answer Asked by jim on February 09, 2022

Q: I have been a longtime holder of SMU and have done well from it The stock has been on a tear lately, now yielding only 2.81 % and is now 10% of my ( non registered) portfolio and 5% of total portfolios. I am reluctant to reduce but wondering if a trimming is in order. Please comment on its technical characteristics. Also own Crombie and HR reits. Ignoring stock weighting,I suppose if I want to trim my reits it should be the one with the least potential and worst metrics, not the one that has given me the best return so that means to trim HR. Your thoughts are appreciated. Derek

Read Answer Asked by Derek on August 12, 2021

Q: Would appreciate it very much ranking the above based on your expectation of total return over 3 to 5 years period. I wish to consolidate these number into less positions. In particular I am thinking of selling FCR at a loss and perhaps add to GRT.un or one of the others,


Read Answer Asked by Saad on March 23, 2021

Q: Hello 5i Team
I am comparing the retail REITs and the two distinct groupings in the sector:
Group 1 - REITs majority owned by parent operating company and the majority source of the REIT's income. These would be Choice Properties REIT (CHP.UN), Crombie REIT (CRR.UN) and CT REIT (CRT.UN).
Group 2 - REITS with a large diverse portfolio. These would be First Capital REIT (FCR.UN), Riocan REIT (REI.UN) and SmartCentres REIT (SRU.UN).
The questions I have are:
1 - What would be your ranking of the REITs in Group 1 and your ranking of the REITs in Group 2?
2 - Which is the better Group to select from Group 1 or Group 2?
3 - Any other retail oriented REITs I should be looking at?

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on May 08, 2020

Q: Could you compare the debt levels, payout/dividend sustainability and future direction of these two reits. I have held CRT for a bit over a year and done much better than expected, but wonder if I should just take my gains and move on. I'm looking at CRR, which seems to be more diverse (good or bad?) and has a bit of movement into residential, as well as a higher dividend. The CRR price is down at the moment with the new issue. CRT is my only retail reit. It is not a large position, and is held in a non-taxable account.

Read Answer Asked by grant on January 27, 2020

Q: Hi,
I'm looking for income and hopefully a little growth as well. I currently own GRT/UN.TO, CAR/UN.TO and have some of DRG/UN.TO from before the buyout. Would you be able to rate these choices in order of preference? What % weight would you recommend for this sector at the moment, and do you foresee that weighting being changed as we head into Q1 next year? These will be held in a cash account, so should I be considering the potential tax implications? Deduct as many credits as you need. Thanks for all your hard work,

Read Answer Asked by Dawn on December 05, 2019

Q: Hello Peter and Ryan,
First Capital is a small trust with market cap of 125M (based on WSJ info). Yesterday, it announces 266 M purchase/co-ownership with First Capital Realty.
Jan 9, 2019 Crombie Reit anounced a sale of 104M ish to the group.
Is FCD.UN a good investment today for a 10 years horizon?
Do you think that this can be a step to turn First Capital Realty to a REIT? or a planned merger of all First Capital assets into 1?

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Read Answer Asked by Nhung on April 08, 2019

Q: I have the above Reits which I would like to consolidate into much smaller number. Appreciate your opinion on your preference of which ones I should keep/switch to, based on expectation of total return over 3-5 years period.

Read Answer Asked by Saad on January 15, 2019


Read Answer Asked by gabriel on June 19, 2018

Q: Hello team,
Can you suggest 3 or 4 Canadian REITS that pay a dividend over 6% that you would be happy with for an income investor? And can you rank them? Thank you for all that you do!

Read Answer Asked by Pamela on June 30, 2017

Q: My investment advisor has suggested that I sell Crombie due to uncertainty regarding Sobeys, Crombie's principal tenant. Do you share this concern?

He suggested True North as a replacement. What is your opinion?

I would replace Crombie with office and/or residential REITs.

With respect to office, I have enough Artis AX.UN, but could add to H&R HR.UN or buy another which you would recommend. Suggestions?

With respect to residential, I have plenty of Canadian Apartments CAR.UN but would buy another recommendation. Suggestions?

Read Answer Asked by Carl on March 21, 2017

Q: Good afternoon! As a retired dividend investor, I've held Crombie as a full holding for a number of years, having bought at a good margin of safety (now up 22%). I am concerned that their dividend has not grown since March of 2007 (a 4.7% raise then), and their payout ratio has remained in the 90% range (often more) on AFFO in spite of a number of acquisitions. The distribution is very good, of course, (currently 5.86%) but growth in payable funds seems to be nil on a per share basis. Eventually, inflation will erode the magnitude of the distribution if they fail to grow in an accretive way.
I am considering moving on to another 5-6% dividend payer. Could I have your comments on Crombie as to whether there is something I am not seeing here that should make me want to keep it - i.e. is my thinking correct? Also, if I do switch, which might you recommend that might pay similarly yet have some chance for growth? I am not specifically looking for a similar commercial REIT. (FYI, my current full holdings include STB, RSI, RNW, ECI, BNS (half, should I increase?), PPL, and SIA)

Read Answer Asked by Paul on July 06, 2016

Q: I understand that Crombie's tenant, Sobey's, is having difficulties integrating their acquisition of Safeway. Our informal observation here in BC is that the Safeway stores are less busy than in the past. Further, it appears that Sobey's has taken a significant impairment charge. With Sobey's being a tenant of Crombie REIT would you recommend that we sell CRR.UN and replace it with another name in the sector? If so, which REIT would you suggest?
With appreciation!

Read Answer Asked by Ed on March 11, 2016

Q: I have heard that Sobey's is having integration problems with its Safeway acquisition. We have observed a marked drop in customers in Safeway stores in our part of BC since the acquisition. With Crombie REIT as the landlord for this chain would you recommend selling Crombie and purchasing an alternative in the REIT space. I do like income with a bit of growth.
With appreciation!

Read Answer Asked by Ed on March 10, 2016