In August 2023, the MSCI US REIT Index (RMZ) produced a total return of -3.0%. The Chilton REIT Composite outperformed the benchmark for the month by producing a total return of -2.0% gross and net of fees. Year to date, the Chilton REIT Composite has outperformed the RMZ by producing a total return of +7.8% gross of fees and +7.4% net of fees, which compares to the RMZ total return of +5.2%.
Positive contributors to relative performance for the month of August included an underweight to the regional mall sector, and stock selection within the industrial and data center sectors. Conversely, an underweight to the specialty sector, stock selection within the residential sector, and an overweight to the diversified sector detracted from relative performance.
Year to Date (YTD) Attribution
Year to date, positive contributors to relative performance included an underweight to the triple net and office sectors, and stock selection within the industrial sector. An overweight to the cell tower sector, an underweight to the specialty sector, and an overweight to the shopping center sector detracted from relative performance.
YTD Contributors Summary
YTD Detractors Summary
In the September 2023 REIT Outlook titled, “Warren Buffett Should Buy the Cell Tower REITs,” we discuss the underperformance of cell tower REITs and detail why we believe today’s outlook is attractive. Specifically, we expect readers will be surprised to learn that cell towers have actually underperformed office REITs since 12/31/21. This differential arrives despite office utilization barely at 50% of 2019 levels compared to cell phone data usage growing 25% annually over the past three years. With “Mr. Market” (a Benjamin Graham original) pricing the cell tower REITs at cash flow multiples that have not been seen in over 15 years (as far back as cell tower companies were reporting AFFO, or adjusted funds from operations), we sincerely believe that Mr. Buffett and team should take a hard look at investing in cell tower REITs. In our view, the price declines over the past 21 months are unwarranted, and eventually the positive attributes of the cell tower REITs will garner a premium earnings multiple. To quote Mr. Buffett again (who was paraphrasing Benjamin Graham), “In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run, it is a weighing machine.”
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