Mortgage REIT ETFs Look Attractive | ETF Trends

Mortgage real estate investment trusts and related exchange traded funds may be an attractive play at current valuations.

Maxim Group’s Michael Diana argues that mREITs trading on average at 0.85 times March 31 book value with 13.3% yields look like a good play, reports Teresa Rivas for Barron’s.

“We regard mREIT valuations as favorable at present, with average price-to-book value (at March 31, 2015) multiples of 0.85x and average dividend yields of 13.3%,” Diana said in a note. “If book values and dividends remain relatively stable, these stocks should be attractive, in our view.”

The analyst singled out Capstead Mortgage (NYSE: CMO), New York Mortgage Trust (NYSE: NYMT) and Two Harbors Investment (NYSE: TWO).

Instead of meticulously selecting each stock by hand, income investors can also take a look at broad mREIT ETF options. For instance, the Market Vectors Mortgage REIT Income ETF (NYSEArca: MORT) has a 9.7% 12-month yield, a 12.3 price-to-earnings ratio and a 0.9 price-to-book. Additionally, the iShares Mortgage Real Estate Capped ETF (NYSEArca: REM) has a 12.8% 12-month yield, 12.6 P/E and a 0.9 P/B.

MORT includes a 3.3% tilt toward CMO, 2.9% in NYMT and 5.3% in TWO. REM includes 2.0% in CMO, 1.6% in NYMT and 5.5% in TWO.