STWD: The Best “Buy The Dip” Stock

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The recent banking “crisis” pulled down the share prices of many income stocks, not just banks. Broad-based stock selloffs provide excellent opportunities for investors who understand the difference between quality stocks available “on-sale” and the companies that are actually at risk.

When the share price drops, there is one stock of which I will always buy a few shares.

It’s this one…

Starwood Property Trust (STWD) is a commercial finance REIT. Billionaire Barry Sternlicht is the chairman and CEO of STWD and the privately owned Starwood Capital Group.

Initially, Starwood Property Trust focused 100% on commercial mortgage loans. As of the end of 2022, the company had assets of $28.3 billion, distributed across several investment categories.

Commercial lending accounts for $16.8 billion. Here is the portfolio breakdown:

Note the 60% loan-to-value ratio, and the fact that office mortgages make up just 23% of the portfolio.

Residential loans total $3.2 billion. Energy midstream infrastructure lending accounts for $2.4 billion.

Starwood Property owns $2.65 billion of property. These holdings include 15,000 apartments valued at $1.76 billion, $768 million of medical office properties, and $344 million of master lease properties.

The company owns and operates LNR Special Servicer, the named servicer on $109 billion of commercial mortgage-backed security (CMBS) loans. A special servicer gets involved when the borrower defaults on the loan.

For 2022, STWD reported GAAP earnings of $2.74 per share and finished the year with an underappreciated book value of $21.70 per share.

Starwood Property Trust has paid a $0.48 per share quarterly dividend since the first quarter of 2014. STWD is not a dividend growth stock, but I also know that Sternlicht is committed to supporting the current rate.

Typically, STWD is priced to yield 7.5% to 8%, or around $24 per share. During market downturns or panics like the recent bank fiasco, if STWD drops below $19.00, pushing the yield above 10%, I recommend loading up on shares. Currently, STWD trades for around $17.00, giving an 11% plus yield.

Buying STWD at current levels locks you into an 11% annual return for as long as you want to own the shares. STWD has been on my Dividend Hunter recommendations list since the first issue in June 2014. It is an income stock that provides lasting, high-yield income.

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