JcPenney (JCP) had a huge drop this morning in stock price over 17% as of right now. This was due to declines in profit and same-store sales. Of course, this is having a huge affect on Mall REITs including one that we current invest in Washington Prime Group (WPG).
Washington Prime Group has a very small percentage of rent that comes from JcPenney. This amounts to less than 2% of the rent. Again, Sears (SHLD) also is a renter of this mall reit but also accounts for less than 2% and most likely without further due diligence I believe sears is only accounting for 1% of the annual base rent that WPG receives on an annual basis.
For someone that has some retirement funds setup, this is a great time to get into Washington Prime Group and collect a massive dividend at over 10%.
For the fundamental trader, this is a great mall reit that should pay off handsomely in dividends and appreciation as there isn’t much more downside to mall reits. We all know that Amazon (AMZN) wants in the retail space and purchased Whole Foods for billions of dollars.
For the technical trader, there is a bearish cross which means there is further downside. I’m not too sure about this but it did break the support at $8.50 today so it is possible to get a better price by waiting it out.