NorthStar Realty Finance (NRF) Target Lifted at FBR Capital on Upcoming Spin-Off and Higher Dividend

February 28, 2014 1:49 PM EST
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FBR Capital analyst Daniel Altscher reiterated an Outperform rating on NorthStar Realty Finance (NYSE: NRF) and raised his price target from $16 to $18, noting a higher dividend payout at the REIT with the spin-off on track.

"NorthStar Realty Finance (NRF) reported 4Q13 CAD of $0.29, roughly in line with our $0.30. While results this quarter obviously matter, for us, it's all about the upcoming spin-off of NorthStar Asset Management (NSAM), which continues to be on track for a 2Q14 execution," Altscher said.

He added, "The company raised its 4Q13 dividend to $0.25, up from last quarter's $0.21, which now represents an 87% payout ratio on REIT level CAD, up from 2013's mid-70% level. We think this is significant as we expect investors to value the NorthStar REIT post-spin on a dividend yield basis, so a higher dividend payout ratio should lead to a higher valuation once the spin is actually completed. We think if there was any confusion as to why Jay Flaherty and NorthStar would enter into a healthcare partnership, investors are getting answers, as the upcoming acquisition of a $1.05 billion portfolio may not have been possible without it and could set up a potential future spin-off of this business sometime in 2014 or 2015."

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Shares of NorthStar Realty Finance closed at $15.62 yesterday.

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