Friday, December 8, 2023

National Retail Properties, Inc. (NNN) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of National Retail Properties, Inc. (NNN). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: National Retail Properties, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust that invests in high-quality, freestanding retail properties subject to long-term net leases with major retail tenants.

Fair Value: In calculating fair value, I consider the NPV MMA Differential Fair Value along with these four calculations of fair value, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:

1. Avg. High Yield Price
2. 20-Year DCF Price
3. Avg. P/E Price
4. Graham Number

NNN is trading at a discount to only 3.) above. When also considering the NPV MMA Differential, the stock is trading at a 10.1% discount to its calculated fair value of $46.03. NNN earned a Star in this section since it is trading at a fair value.

Dividend Analytical Data: In this section there are three possible Stars and three key metrics, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:

1. Free Cash Flow Payout
2. Debt To Total Capital
3. Key Metrics
4. Dividend Growth Rate
5. Years of Div. Growth
6. Rolling 4-yr Div. > 15%

NNN earned one Star in this section for 3.) above. NNN earned a Star for having an acceptable score in at least two of the four Key Metrics measured. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1985 and has increased its dividend payments for 32 consecutive years.

Dividend Income vs. MMA: Why would you assume the equity risk and invest in a dividend stock if you could earn a better return in a much less risky money market account (MMA) or Treasury bond? This section compares the earning ability of this stock with a high yield MMA. Two items are considered in this section, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:

1. NPV MMA Diff.
2. Years to > MMA

NNN earned a Star in this section for its NPV MMA Diff. of $934 This amount is in excess of the $500 target I look for in a stock that has increased dividends as long as NNN has. The stock's current yield of 5.36% exceeds the 3.75% estimated 20-year average MMA rate.

Peers: The company's peer group includes: The company's peer group includes: Realty Income Corporation (O) with a 5.6% yield, Simon Property Group, Inc. (SPG) with a 5.8% yield, and Kimco Realty Corporation (KIM) with a 4.8% yield.

Conclusion: NNN earned one Star in the Fair Value section, earned one Star in the Dividend Analytical Data section and earned one Star in the Dividend Income vs. MMA section for a total of three Stars. This quantitatively ranks NNN as a 3-Star Hold stock.

Using my D4L-PreScreen.xls model, I determined the share price would need to increase to $50.08 before NNN's NPV MMA Differential decreased to the $500 minimum that I look for in a stock with 32 years of consecutive dividend increases. At that price the stock would yield 4.4%.

Resetting the D4L-PreScreen.xls model and solving for the dividend growth rate needed to generate the target $500 NPV MMA Differential, the calculated rate is 0.1%. This dividend growth rate is lower than the 2.3% used in this analysis, thus providing a margin of safety. NNN has a risk rating of 1.75 which classifies it as a Medium risk stock.

National Retail Properties invests primarily in high-quality retail properties subject generally to long-term, net leases. The company's Free Cash Flow Payout at 67% (flat with prior) is above my acceptable level of 60%, and its Debt to Total Capital at 50% (up from 49%) is above the 45% maximum I look for. NNN is trading at a discount to my calculated fair value of $47.17. I would like to see some improvementss to its dividend fundamentals before adding to my position.

Disclaimer: Material presented here is for informational purposes only. The above quantitative stock analysis, including the Star rating, is mechanically calculated and is based on historical information. The analysis assumes the stock will perform in the future as it has in the past. This is generally never true. Before buying or selling any stock you should do your own research and reach your own conclusion. See my Disclaimer for more information.

Full Disclosure: At the time of this writing, I was long in NNN (1.2% of my Dividend Growth Portfolio).

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