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Year-to-date through the end of the third quarter, 106SNL-covered North American real estate companies had announced dividend raises,with 86 of the companies based in the United States, 11 in Canada and nine inMexico.
The specialty real estate sector, which includes datacenter, single family, student housing and other types of companies, saw thelargest number of companies announce dividend increases year-to-date, at 17. Insecond and third place were the diversified and hotel sectors, with 15 and 14companies increasing their dividends, respectively.
Year-to-date, the self-storage sector has seen the largestpercentage of its companies raise dividends, with four of the six SNL-coveredNorth American self-storage companies announcing dividend increases. Both thehealthcare and specialty sectors saw just shy of half of their componentcompanies announce dividend increases, while the office sector witnessed thesmallest relative portion of raises, with seven of the 32 component companiesannouncing dividend increases during the first three quarters of 2016.
For the two-week period between Sept. 17 and Sept. 30,W. P. Carey Inc. wasthe sole SNL-covered North American real estate company to announce an increaseto its dividend. On Sept. 22, W.P. Carey announced a half-cent increase tobring its dividend to 98.5 cents per share. This is the third time W.P. Careyhas increased its dividend in 2016, marking an aggregate 2.11% increase fromits 96.46-cent-per-share dividend at the end of 2015.