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Why Every Net Lease REIT Should Strive To Be A Low-Cost Leader

The Fund Manager

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WACC is an acronym that stands for “weighted average cost of capital” and this is one of the most important metrics we use in the REIT sector.

The WACC is similar to the required rate of return that an investor expects from his investment in a certain project. The WACC is a useful finance tool that companies and investors can use to make better decisions on how they allocate their money.

Most great companies offer some unique competitive advantage that protects them and allows them to earn high returns on capital for many years into the future. While there are many advantages that define a company’s moat, I consider the WACC to be one of the most important (metrics).

Within the Net Lease REIT sector, I consider WACC one of the best methods to measure profitability, because it’s simply a “spread investing” business.

Simply put, cost advantage is the key for any business, because it allows the company to provide goods or services that undercut their rivals on price, helping them sell more.

In other words, being a low-cost provider generally allows the company to achieve fatter profit margins. The WACC simply balances near-term earnings per share growth with long-term value accretion, and this can be very useful to investors.

The company’s low cost of capital is the most important competitive advantage in the net lease industry because it to acquire the highest quality assets. Now let me show why every net lease REIT should strive to be a low-cost leader. I used the following example for Realty Income O -1.1% :

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About Brad Thomas

Brad Thomas

Brad Thomas has been a nationally acclaimed Forbes author, speaker, thought leader and adviser in the commercial real estate industry for over three decades. He is the author of The Intelligent REIT Investor (to be published in May 2021). Thomas is the Editor of the Forbes Real Estate Investor (monthly subscription-based newsletter) and CEO at Wide Moat Research. He is also the Editor-at-large of The Property Chronicle North America. Brad tweets at @rbradthomas

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