Should You Invest In Lexington Realty Trust (NYSE:LXP)?

Lexington Realty Trust is a US$2.0b mid-cap, real estate investment trust (REIT) based in New York, United States. REITs own and operate income-generating property and adhere to a different set of regulations. This impacts how LXP’s business operates and also how we should analyse its stock. Below, I’ll look at a few important metrics to keep in mind as part of your research on LXP.

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Funds from Operations (FFO) is a higher quality measure of LXP’s earnings compared to net income. This term is very common in the REIT investing world as it provides a cleaner look at its cash flow from daily operations by excluding impact of one-off activities or non-cash items such as depreciation. For LXP, its FFO of US$228m makes up 67% of its gross profit, which means the majority of its earnings are high-quality and recurring.

NYSE:LXP Historical Debt December 20th 18
NYSE:LXP Historical Debt December 20th 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 LXP 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 11%, the credit rating agency Standard & Poor would consider this as aggressive risk. This would take LXP 9.08 years to pay off using just operating income, which is a long time, and risk increases with time. But realistically, companies have many levers to pull in order to pay back their debt, beyond operating income alone.

Next, interest coverage ratio shows how many times LXP’s earnings can cover its annual interest payments. Usually the ratio is calculated using EBIT, but for REITs, it’s better to use FFO divided by net interest. This is similar to the above concept, but looks at the nearer-term obligations. With an interest coverage ratio of 2.92x, LXP is not generating an appropriate amount of cash from its borrowings. Typically, a ratio of greater than 3x is seen as safe.

In terms of valuing LXP, 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. LXP’s price-to-FFO is 8.83x, compared to the long-term industry average of 16.5x, meaning that it is undervalued.

Next Steps:

As a REIT, Lexington Realty Trust offers some unique characteristics which could help diversify your portfolio. However, before you decide on whether or not to invest in LXP, I highly recommend taking a look at other aspects of the stock to consider:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for LXP’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for LXP’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is LXP 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 LXP is currently mispriced by the market.
  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.

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