Brad Thomas documents the annals of UMH Properties, Inc., (UMH:NYSE) since its beginning in 1968 to its election to REIT (real estate investment trust) status in 1982, and being publicly traded in 1985 after issuing an IPO, as reported in seekingalpha.com. Although it is considered a small REIT because its market cap is $184 million and has assets of $384 million, Thomas notes since 2009 the number of land lease communities it owns has risen from 28 to 68, and the homesites nearly doubling to 12,800. The company owns 37 manufactured housing communities (MHCs) in the Marcellus Shale region where energy companies are expected to be drilling, attracting possibly thousands of job-seekers who will need housing. UMH also has a financing arm that sell homes to consumers. Revenue is expected to surpass last year’s, he says, and UMH pays a higher dividend yield at 7.38% than either Sun Communities, Inc., or Equity LifeStyle Properties, its two closest peers, as MHProNews knows. After driving near every angle of financing through a fine tooth comb resulting in many charts, graphs and formulas, Thomas initiates a buy on the stock at $9.75 a share.
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