Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
- ID: 1052354
- July 2015
- Region: United States
- 10 pages
- First Research
Brief Excerpt from Industry Overview Chapter:
Companies in this industry primarily own and manage income-producing real estate such as retail, office, industrial, and multifamily residential buildings. Major US companies include American Tower Corporation, Equity Residential, Host Hotels & Resorts, Simon Property Group, and Vornado Realty Trust; major international companies include Icade (France), H& R REIT (Canada), Land Securities Group (UK), Link Real Estate Investment Trust (Hong Kong), and Stockland Corporation (Australia).
Outside the US, more than 30 countries have established real estate investment trusts (REITs), and other countries are considering adopting REIT-like structures. There are more than 450 stock-exchange listed real estate companies worldwide, according to the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). Listed and non-listed REITs own more than $1.5 trillion in real estate assets globally.
The US REIT industry includes more than 1,000 companies, about 200 of which are publicly traded, according to NAREIT. Industry size is measured by market capitalization and can vary significantly from year to year. Publicly traded US REITs had a market capitalization of about $720 billion as of January 2014.
Most REITs, known as equity REITs, own and manage income-producing real estate and constitute a subset of the real estate leasing industry. Equity REITs are distinguished from other real estate leasing companies by their IRS-sanctioned organizational structure, which offers tax advantages designed to attract investors. The REIT industry also includes mortgage REITs, which generate income for shareholders through mortgages on real estate rather than the real...