One Metric To Rule Them All: Montea Comm VA (EBR:MONT)

Montea Comm VA is a €510.86M small-cap real estate investment trust (REIT) based in Erembodegem, Belgium. REITs are basically a portfolio of income-producing real estate investments, which are owned and operated by management of that trust company. They have to meet certain requirements in order to become a REIT, meaning they should be analyzed a different way. Below, I’ll look at a few important metrics to keep in mind as part of your research on MONT.

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REIT investors should be familiar with the term Fund from Operations (FFO) – a REIT’s main source of cash flow from its day-to-day business activities. FFO is a higher quality measure of earnings because it takes out the impact of non-recurring sales and non-cash items such as depreciation. These items can distort the bottom line and not necessarily reflective of MONT’s daily operations. For MONT, its FFO of €63.80M makes up 148.80% of its gross profit, which means the majority of its earnings are high-quality and recurring.

ENXTBR:MONT Historical Debt Mar 12th 18
ENXTBR:MONT Historical Debt Mar 12th 18

Robust financial health can be measured using a common metric in the REIT investing world, FFO-to-debt. The calculation roughly estimates how long it will take for MONT to repay debt on its balance sheet, which gives us insight into how much risk is associated with having that level of debt on its books. With a ratio of 16.42%, the credit rating agency Standard & Poor would consider this as significantly high risk. This would take MONT 6.09 years to pay off using operating income alone. Given that long-term debt is a multi-year commitment this is not unusual, however, the longer it takes for a company to pay back debt, the higher the risk associated with that company.

I also look at MONT’s interest coverage ratio, which demonstrates how many times its earnings can cover its yearly interest expense. This is similar to the concept above, but looks at the upcoming obligations. The ratio is typically calculated using EBIT, but for a REIT stock, it’s better to use FFO divided by net interest. With an interest coverage ratio of 5.67x, it’s safe to say MONT is generating an appropriate amount of cash from its borrowings.

In terms of valuing MONT, FFO can also be used as a form of relative valuation. Instead of the P/E ratio, P/FFO is used instead, which is very common for REIT stocks. In MONT’s case its P/FFO is 8.01x, compared to the long-term industry average of 16.5x, meaning that it is undervalued.

Next Steps:

In this article, I’ve taken a look at Funds from Operations using various metrics, but it is certainly not sufficient to derive an investment decision based on this value alone. Montea Comm. VA can bring about diversification for your portfolio, but before you decide to invest, take a look at the other aspects you must consider before investing:
  1. Valuation: What is MONT worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether MONT is currently mispriced by the market.
  2. Management: Who are the people running the company? Experienced management and board are important for setting the right strategy during a volatile market. Take a look at information on MONT’s executive and directors here.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.