Archstone-Smith (NYSE: ASN) is a recognized leader in
apartment investment and operations. With a current total market
capitalization of $10.8 billion, Archstone-Smith owns and
operates an irreplaceable portfolio of high-rise and garden
apartment communities concentrated in many of the most desirable
neighborhoods in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area,
Southern California, the San Francisco Bay area, Chicago,
Southeast Florida, Boston, Seattle and the greater New York City
metropolitan area. The company continually upgrades the quality
of its portfolio through the selective sale of assets, using
proceeds to fund investments with even better growth prospects.
Through its two brands, Archstone and Charles E. Smith,
Archstone-Smith strives to provide peace of mind for its
customers -- backed by unconditional 100% satisfaction
guarantees. As of May 31, 2004, Archstone-Smith owned or had an
ownership position in 255 communities, representing 88,156 units,
including units under construction.
[Source: Company Press Release]
Reasons to Invest:
This weeks Drip of the Week is Archstone-Smith Trust (NYSE:ASN). This service sector DRIP falls under the real estate operations industry and is due to report earnings on August 6th. Estimates
show the company is ready to report $0.11 cents over the previous
years Q2 announcement of $0.34. I am speculating that the
company meets or beats these estimates, as they continue to see
growing profits in the renters market.
I see a low risk rating on this dividend bearing company, and
find it enticing that their dividend percentage growth rate over
the next five years is at 4.23 percent. Sales percentage growth
rates are estimated to be around 4.48 percent over the next year,
9.72 percent over the next three years, and 11.88 percent over
the next five years.
ASN ranks in the top 25% of its industry over the past 4 weeks,
down marginally from their past 13 week rating, which notes the
company in the top ten percent of the industry.
Their traditional, 3-box reversal Point and Figure chart notes a
bullish price objective of 49, approximately 20 points higher
than today's close at 29.43. I am speculating a move up to 35 by
year end and 42 by the end of next year, which bodes well for us
dividend re-investors, who like relatively inexpensive DRIPs.
I also like the up-tick regression channel, which was formed in
February of last year. The stock fell out of this channel in
April and May but rebounded quickly, setting a new seven-year
all-time high of 30.73 on July 20th. Since there is no
psychological support levels overhead, I have set my expectations
pretty high for the stock, and speculate that my expectations are
not too far-fetched.
Like last week's DOTW, this company also allows auto-
reinvestment, foreign accounts and temper enrollment for FREE.
This saves us a little hypothetical loot with every transaction!
Currently ASN divvies out an annual dividend of 1.72/share,
tallying out to a 5.94 percent dividend yield. This means if we
can gain 5-8 percent over the next four months we will achieve 10
percent on this plan by year-end, after cashing in on two
This ends another exciting episode of the DripAdvisor.com Drip of
the Week. Stay tuned next week, as we will spotlight another
stock worthy of the DripAdvisor.com limelight.
Until Next Week,
Strong Buy 3
Strong Sell 0
Brokers Covering 18
Shares to Qualify = 1
Auto-reinvestment = Yes
Accept Foreign Accounts: Yes
Temper Enrollment: Yes
Min/Max Investment = $200-$5,000/month
Reinvestment Fees -
Dividend investment fees: $0.00
Cash investment fees: $0.00
Auto reinvestment fees: $0.00
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