Dream Office REIT

D.UN-T

TSE:D.UN

20.97
0.45 (2.19%)
Dream Office REIT is one of the largest Real Estate Investment Trusts in Canada. The company owns office buildings across Canada totalling approx 23 million square feet of gross leaseable area.
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HOLD
HOLD
December 10, 2019
Dream Office vs. Dream Industrial Never a fan of Dream Office, which had a lot of Alberta exposure. He prefers the industrial side, which has performed better and faces little competition; there are only 3-4 industrial REITs in Canada. Hold both, don't buy or sell.
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Dream Office REIT (D.UN-T)
December 10, 2019
Dream Office vs. Dream Industrial Never a fan of Dream Office, which had a lot of Alberta exposure. He prefers the industrial side, which has performed better and faces little competition; there are only 3-4 industrial REITs in Canada. Hold both, don't buy or sell.
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COMMENT
November 8, 2019
It’s done quite well this year with a nice pop up. These are generally low risk stocks. He’s concerned about yield since it’s a little lower than others. It’s fairly valued right now.
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Dream Office REIT (D.UN-T)
November 8, 2019
It’s done quite well this year with a nice pop up. These are generally low risk stocks. He’s concerned about yield since it’s a little lower than others. It’s fairly valued right now.
WAIT
WAIT
October 18, 2019

The run up from $24 was impressive for D.UN-T. He does not own individual real estate -- he holds XRE-T instead. He would like to see it consolidate at these levels for a while before buying.

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Dream Office REIT (D.UN-T)
October 18, 2019

The run up from $24 was impressive for D.UN-T. He does not own individual real estate -- he holds XRE-T instead. He would like to see it consolidate at these levels for a while before buying.

HOLD
HOLD
September 23, 2019
He owns quite a few of the Dream stocks. They have done well. US investors must be looking up here. The real estate market is really strong. Anytime he has sold a really good company on valuation he has regretted it.
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Dream Office REIT (D.UN-T)
September 23, 2019
He owns quite a few of the Dream stocks. They have done well. US investors must be looking up here. The real estate market is really strong. Anytime he has sold a really good company on valuation he has regretted it.
HOLD
HOLD
September 18, 2019
A few years ago they were paying out too high a dividend relative to cash flow. Once they reduced the dividend it has now moved back to book value around $27. It still has decent upside potential. Technically it could slip down to $22. Yield 3.57%
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Dream Office REIT (D.UN-T)
September 18, 2019
A few years ago they were paying out too high a dividend relative to cash flow. Once they reduced the dividend it has now moved back to book value around $27. It still has decent upside potential. Technically it could slip down to $22. Yield 3.57%
HOLD
HOLD
August 22, 2019
In the past three years, they've sold $3 billion of assets. Now, they're concentrated on downtown Toronto--so this is a great way to play this area. A few years ago they trimmed their dividend and they won't increase it soon. Bay St. Village with future renovations looks promising. It's fairly valued now.
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In the past three years, they've sold $3 billion of assets. Now, they're concentrated on downtown Toronto--so this is a great way to play this area. A few years ago they trimmed their dividend and they won't increase it soon. Bay St. Village with future renovations looks promising. It's fairly valued now.
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July 9, 2019
(A Top Pick Apr 01/19, Down 0.7%) They are not very active in raising equity, so they are off the radar for many investors. The CEO is buying their stock in massive amounts. This is great signal of support for the future business opportunities. The Toronto office market is very strong. He would continue to hold this.
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(A Top Pick Apr 01/19, Down 0.7%) They are not very active in raising equity, so they are off the radar for many investors. The CEO is buying their stock in massive amounts. This is great signal of support for the future business opportunities. The Toronto office market is very strong. He would continue to hold this.
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COMMENT
May 30, 2019
On quite a ride. Sold assets to right size the balance sheet and buy back shares. Left with a core Toronto office portfolio. Investing in lobby renovations, which adds value. Dividend is well covered. For growth, this is the year you want to own it. Fairly valued. But what's the alternate plan for it?
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On quite a ride. Sold assets to right size the balance sheet and buy back shares. Left with a core Toronto office portfolio. Investing in lobby renovations, which adds value. Dividend is well covered. For growth, this is the year you want to own it. Fairly valued. But what's the alternate plan for it?
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
May 16, 2019
Not a fan of the Management. They are focused in Alberta. He doesn't like office also. He prefers industrial.
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Not a fan of the Management. They are focused in Alberta. He doesn't like office also. He prefers industrial.
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TOP PICK
April 1, 2019
The CEO has been buying a lot of this stock. They have shrunk the portfolio. They have not yet announced their overall plans for the portfolio. A lot of NAV estimates are not giving credit to this. He thinks the company is setting up to be sold. (Analysts’ price target is $26.00)
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The CEO has been buying a lot of this stock. They have shrunk the portfolio. They have not yet announced their overall plans for the portfolio. A lot of NAV estimates are not giving credit to this. He thinks the company is setting up to be sold. (Analysts’ price target is $26.00)
COMMENT
COMMENT
January 18, 2019

D.UN vs DRG.UN D.UN isn't cheap at 19.2x. It's improved its asset base to higher quality, focusing on Toronto. Decent 6% growth. They've already had their big move though. DRG.UN has room to go, in contrast. It's a play on Germany and Holland. He see grow and slightly lower growth, but a much cheaper valuation than D.UN AT 14.5x. Similar balance sheets. Safe payout ratio. He prefers D.UN.

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Dream Office REIT (D.UN-T)
January 18, 2019

D.UN vs DRG.UN D.UN isn't cheap at 19.2x. It's improved its asset base to higher quality, focusing on Toronto. Decent 6% growth. They've already had their big move though. DRG.UN has room to go, in contrast. It's a play on Germany and Holland. He see grow and slightly lower growth, but a much cheaper valuation than D.UN AT 14.5x. Similar balance sheets. Safe payout ratio. He prefers D.UN.

HOLD
HOLD
December 5, 2018
This is a hidden gem although it has had its challenges a few years ago. The CEO took the big steps back then and they are well positioned today as a result. They are focused on Toronto, which has seen tremendous growth and getting big rents.
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Dream Office REIT (D.UN-T)
December 5, 2018
This is a hidden gem although it has had its challenges a few years ago. The CEO took the big steps back then and they are well positioned today as a result. They are focused on Toronto, which has seen tremendous growth and getting big rents.
BUY
BUY
November 9, 2018
They manage and own about 25 million square feet in Canada. They have a strong balance sheet. It is getting respect from the market now. They did a share buyback at the beginning of the year. They divested some of their US assets at the beginning of the year. He has a $26 target on it.
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Dream Office REIT (D.UN-T)
November 9, 2018
They manage and own about 25 million square feet in Canada. They have a strong balance sheet. It is getting respect from the market now. They did a share buyback at the beginning of the year. They divested some of their US assets at the beginning of the year. He has a $26 target on it.
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COMMENT
August 16, 2018

It struggled for a few years, because the industrial market hadn't taken hold, but now it's in the right place at the right time. Warehouses need to fulfill for customers, and Dream is in the right spot. External managerment's equity raises will dilute share value, which displeases him though.

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It struggled for a few years, because the industrial market hadn't taken hold, but now it's in the right place at the right time. Warehouses need to fulfill for customers, and Dream is in the right spot. External managerment's equity raises will dilute share value, which displeases him though.

DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
May 29, 2018

Dream Office vs. Dream Industrial REIT? Dream has been on a rollercoaster the last four years: overexposed to Alberta, sold Scotia Plaza, trying to diversify within Alberta; onerous management contracts to buy out. They're a work-in-progress with better days ahead. He would lean towards the Industrial REIT, but still expensive though it's outperformed Office REIT, but he just doesn't trust it.

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Dream Office vs. Dream Industrial REIT? Dream has been on a rollercoaster the last four years: overexposed to Alberta, sold Scotia Plaza, trying to diversify within Alberta; onerous management contracts to buy out. They're a work-in-progress with better days ahead. He would lean towards the Industrial REIT, but still expensive though it's outperformed Office REIT, but he just doesn't trust it.

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SELL
April 23, 2018

They are doing a second big buyback of their stock. He does not own any of the REITs because there is generally a lot of debt on their balance sheets. He would accept a buyout. It has been a well run company but the sector has some headwinds.

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They are doing a second big buyback of their stock. He does not own any of the REITs because there is generally a lot of debt on their balance sheets. He would accept a buyout. It has been a well run company but the sector has some headwinds.

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COMMENT
January 23, 2018

All the REITs are going through a bit of metamorphosis, and the industrial REITs are no different, particularly with the trade talks that have been going on. With the changing pattern of logistics of shipping and transport, a lot of these properties are in play, and a lot of investors have stepped back with the appearance of interest rates going up.

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Dream Office REIT (D.UN-T)
January 23, 2018

All the REITs are going through a bit of metamorphosis, and the industrial REITs are no different, particularly with the trade talks that have been going on. With the changing pattern of logistics of shipping and transport, a lot of these properties are in play, and a lot of investors have stepped back with the appearance of interest rates going up.

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COMMENT
December 15, 2017

On Q3, they substantially completed most of their asset sales for $1.6 billion. The balance sheet is in much better shape. Has material exposure to the Toronto market which is very hot. Payout ratio is fine on 2018, but will be better in 2019. Through the asset sales their funds from operations dropped 8% 2017-2019. It’s a much better quality name now than it was. Really pricey trading at about 20X. This is one he would be selling Calls on.

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Dream Office REIT (D.UN-T)
December 15, 2017

On Q3, they substantially completed most of their asset sales for $1.6 billion. The balance sheet is in much better shape. Has material exposure to the Toronto market which is very hot. Payout ratio is fine on 2018, but will be better in 2019. Through the asset sales their funds from operations dropped 8% 2017-2019. It’s a much better quality name now than it was. Really pricey trading at about 20X. This is one he would be selling Calls on.

DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
August 3, 2017

It has struggled. They had quite a large portfolio in Alberta. It recovered over the last 6 months. He has never really liked this REIT. It still does not have the greatest assets. They cut their distribution and that caused the fall. The yield is sustainable now, however.

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It has struggled. They had quite a large portfolio in Alberta. It recovered over the last 6 months. He has never really liked this REIT. It still does not have the greatest assets. They cut their distribution and that caused the fall. The yield is sustainable now, however.

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COMMENT
June 16, 2017

A bit of a work in progress. They are tethered to Alberta to a large extent. Their NAV keeps falling. Thinks they are going to cut their distribution. Expects they are going to turn themselves around to a much more pristine asset. Transitioning into a higher quality, especially in the GTA. 4.75% dividend yield. Feels it is a turn around play and you get paid to wait.

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A bit of a work in progress. They are tethered to Alberta to a large extent. Their NAV keeps falling. Thinks they are going to cut their distribution. Expects they are going to turn themselves around to a much more pristine asset. Transitioning into a higher quality, especially in the GTA. 4.75% dividend yield. Feels it is a turn around play and you get paid to wait.

DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
April 18, 2017

Not a name for a yield investor even though it has an attractive yield, as it is going through a lot of transitions. He has warned about owning stocks through transition periods. A great company with great management, however when you start churning the amount of assets they have, they are selling billions of dollars of assets with a hope to redeploy them. Feels the dividend could be cut again. Dividend yield of 7.5%.

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Not a name for a yield investor even though it has an attractive yield, as it is going through a lot of transitions. He has warned about owning stocks through transition periods. A great company with great management, however when you start churning the amount of assets they have, they are selling billions of dollars of assets with a hope to redeploy them. Feels the dividend could be cut again. Dividend yield of 7.5%.

DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
March 28, 2017

He avoided it for years. It got crushed in Alberta. The biggest issue is the quality of their assets. Management has a contract that is based on growth and is excessive. Avoid it.

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He avoided it for years. It got crushed in Alberta. The biggest issue is the quality of their assets. Management has a contract that is based on growth and is excessive. Avoid it.

COMMENT
COMMENT
February 3, 2017

Focused on the office sector, and has a large Calgary and Edmonton portfolio. Recently sold $200 million of Calgary office but still have the Edmonton exposure. Also, sold their Kitchener/Waterloo exposure. They will continue to sell assets and focus on their Class A office, especially in the Toronto area. REITs in transition are always challenging. If you have held this for some time, there is no point in selling now. It has actually done quite well recently. If they cut the dividend, that will actually be very interesting, as you have a higher quality REIT with a more reasonable payout. Dividend yield of 7.6%.

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Dream Office REIT (D.UN-T)
February 3, 2017

Focused on the office sector, and has a large Calgary and Edmonton portfolio. Recently sold $200 million of Calgary office but still have the Edmonton exposure. Also, sold their Kitchener/Waterloo exposure. They will continue to sell assets and focus on their Class A office, especially in the Toronto area. REITs in transition are always challenging. If you have held this for some time, there is no point in selling now. It has actually done quite well recently. If they cut the dividend, that will actually be very interesting, as you have a higher quality REIT with a more reasonable payout. Dividend yield of 7.6%.

DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
February 2, 2017

He has seen significant restructuring going on, but there are better places to go if you want this space. He does not have anything in this space.

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February 2, 2017

He has seen significant restructuring going on, but there are better places to go if you want this space. He does not have anything in this space.

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COMMENT
September 16, 2016

The chart looks like it is basically locked in a trading range. In this environment when everybody is looking for yield, this stock should have some support, and looks fairly safe. Slightly bullish, not outrageously bullish. He would not hold this for too long, because it is underperforming its peer group. Maybe a 6-9 or 18-month Hold is okay, but wouldn’t let the dividend lure you into holding it for too long.

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September 16, 2016

The chart looks like it is basically locked in a trading range. In this environment when everybody is looking for yield, this stock should have some support, and looks fairly safe. Slightly bullish, not outrageously bullish. He would not hold this for too long, because it is underperforming its peer group. Maybe a 6-9 or 18-month Hold is okay, but wouldn’t let the dividend lure you into holding it for too long.

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September 2, 2016

Not a big fan, just because of the noise in the Calgary market. However, we are at the $16 range where it has bottomed, and he would be loath to take a hit here. There are a number of things that could be happening between now and the end of the year that could create some kind of a pickup in the stock, and he would wait for that before making any decision.

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September 2, 2016

Not a big fan, just because of the noise in the Calgary market. However, we are at the $16 range where it has bottomed, and he would be loath to take a hit here. There are a number of things that could be happening between now and the end of the year that could create some kind of a pickup in the stock, and he would wait for that before making any decision.

DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
August 16, 2016

(Market Call Minute.) This is a REIT that has exposure to Alberta, and she feels they had to write down some of their properties there. There are better REITs to be in.

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(Market Call Minute.) This is a REIT that has exposure to Alberta, and she feels they had to write down some of their properties there. There are better REITs to be in.

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SELL
August 15, 2016

He is a little wary of REITs right now. Valuations are excessive. You are paying 15 to 16 times cash flow. There is a lot of risk if interest rates ever start to move higher. The Calgary real estate market is not turning around in a hurry.

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He is a little wary of REITs right now. Valuations are excessive. You are paying 15 to 16 times cash flow. There is a lot of risk if interest rates ever start to move higher. The Calgary real estate market is not turning around in a hurry.

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DON'T BUY
July 8, 2016

A Canadian office REIT with a lot of Calgary exposure. Recently announced that they are doing a transition in the company, and immediately want to sell one 3rd of their portfolio, doing a CapX and then selling another 3rd, and only maintaining a 3rd of their properties. That is a lot of moving pieces and he doesn’t know what the value of their properties actually is.

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A Canadian office REIT with a lot of Calgary exposure. Recently announced that they are doing a transition in the company, and immediately want to sell one 3rd of their portfolio, doing a CapX and then selling another 3rd, and only maintaining a 3rd of their properties. That is a lot of moving pieces and he doesn’t know what the value of their properties actually is.

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COMMENT
July 5, 2016

Struggling because a reasonably large percentage of their assets is in Western Canada. However, it is tough to bet against Michael Cooper, a sharp guy in the real estate space. It should be fine and he doesn’t think the dividend will get cut again. He owns the parent, Dream Unlimited (DRM-T), which is what he prefers.

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Struggling because a reasonably large percentage of their assets is in Western Canada. However, it is tough to bet against Michael Cooper, a sharp guy in the real estate space. It should be fine and he doesn’t think the dividend will get cut again. He owns the parent, Dream Unlimited (DRM-T), which is what he prefers.

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COMMENT
May 18, 2016

There is a lot of pressure on their portfolio. They have exposure to Calgary, and that market is weak, not only because of oil, but also there was a lot of new supply coming in. When new supply is coming onto the market on the office side, they tend to lease very well because it is brand-new and looks good, so older buildings tend to perform poorly. That has been impacting this company. There is a lot of value in the name. It is trading at a huge discount to NAV. For a long-term investor who thinks things are going to recover, this could be a good buy, but he sees a lot of risks. Dividend is greater than 7%, but he thinks they will try to hang onto it.

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There is a lot of pressure on their portfolio. They have exposure to Calgary, and that market is weak, not only because of oil, but also there was a lot of new supply coming in. When new supply is coming onto the market on the office side, they tend to lease very well because it is brand-new and looks good, so older buildings tend to perform poorly. That has been impacting this company. There is a lot of value in the name. It is trading at a huge discount to NAV. For a long-term investor who thinks things are going to recover, this could be a good buy, but he sees a lot of risks. Dividend is greater than 7%, but he thinks they will try to hang onto it.

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COMMENT
May 10, 2016

This is a REIT that is in office space. You want to look at where they are located and where they’ve got their projects. This has a very good distribution, and it really comes down to occupancy rates.

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This is a REIT that is in office space. You want to look at where they are located and where they’ve got their projects. This has a very good distribution, and it really comes down to occupancy rates.

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May 6, 2016

Has been in a long-term decline due to its heavy exposure in the Alberta office market. Announced they were restructuring, slashed their dividend and were selling two thirds of the company. Just announced earnings which were in line with his expectations. When a company is going through a strategic restructuring, he tends to sit on the sidelines.

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Has been in a long-term decline due to its heavy exposure in the Alberta office market. Announced they were restructuring, slashed their dividend and were selling two thirds of the company. Just announced earnings which were in line with his expectations. When a company is going through a strategic restructuring, he tends to sit on the sidelines.

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April 11, 2016

He tracks it, but does not own it. They have a lot of Western Canada exposure. Great management. Longer term they will do well, but there are challenges short term.

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He tracks it, but does not own it. They have a lot of Western Canada exposure. Great management. Longer term they will do well, but there are challenges short term.

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COMMENT
February 3, 2016

This is tied more directly to the Alberta economy with pressures in Edmonton and Calgary offices. It’s Ontario portfolio is fine. 14% dividend yield which he feels should be cut.

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February 3, 2016

This is tied more directly to the Alberta economy with pressures in Edmonton and Calgary offices. It’s Ontario portfolio is fine. 14% dividend yield which he feels should be cut.

HOLD
HOLD
January 28, 2016

Hold on to it if you have had it for a while. It is a case of their cash flow being under pressure and they have leverage on their balance sheet. Management is smart and as long as oil is not here for 5 years, this is not the time to sell but to hold on for sunnier days.

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January 28, 2016

Hold on to it if you have had it for a while. It is a case of their cash flow being under pressure and they have leverage on their balance sheet. Management is smart and as long as oil is not here for 5 years, this is not the time to sell but to hold on for sunnier days.