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Best Performing Industrial REIT Stocks of 2020

Updated Dec 31, 2020
Industries are the backbone of any nation's economy. They not only provide jobs to keep the population employed and earning, they also accelerate the growth of a nation and the region. Apart from human resources, a large and supportive infrastructure is required to keep the industries operational, efficient and profitable. Hundreds of companies across the globe are involved in building, operating and managing such infrastructure which caters to the needs of the industries. A special security class, called REITs, are available for gaining investment exposure to such companies. (See also, List of Best Performing REIT)
The Industrial REITs are financial securities which are listed on the stock exchange, and belong to the category of industrial real estate. In a nutshell, they represent the companies which are in the business of owning and managing a vast array of properties and real estate that are used for manufacturing, production, storage, and distribution of goods. Warehouses, ports and distribution centers are some of the examples of properties of the Industrial REITs.
Explore more: See the best performing REITs lists of Healthcare REITs, Industrial REITs, Hotel REITs, Retail REITs, Office REITs, Residential REITs, Diversified REITs and Mortgage REITs.

Among the various available property-linked securitites in the category of Industrial REITs, which ones generated the top returns this year? Which of those figured among the winners in the long list of Industrial REIT stocks?
This article provides a list of Industrial REIT stocks which have generated the highest returns in the year 2020 till date of writing. The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual Industrial REIT stocks between the end of the previous year and , and the top 10 return generating Industrial REIT stocks are listed below.

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Top Industrial REIT Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Industrial REIT sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (IIPR) 2) Uniti Group Inc. (UNIT) 3) Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation (MNR) 4) Duke Realty Corporation (DRE) 5) QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (QTS)
 6) Gladstone Land Corporation (LAND) 7) Prologis (PLD) 8) Life Storage, Inc. (LSI) 9) Extra Space Storage (EXR) 10) Public Storage (PSA)

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Performance of Top Industrial REIT Stocks

Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

Innovative Industrial Properties

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. is a self-advised Maryland corporation focused on the acquisition, ownership and management of specialized industrial properties leased to experienced, state-licensed oper ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Innovative Industrial Properties.
The San Diego, CA-headquartered company Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (IIPR) is ranked number one among the best performing stocks of Industrial REIT of 2020. The Real Estate sector business falls under the Real Estate industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Innovative Industrial Properties has changed by 141.37 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $75.87 per share and year-to-date closing price of $183.13 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $899.35 million to $4.06 billion during the same period. Along with Industrial REIT, the company is also in the business of Real Estate, Cannabis, Marijuana, Wilshire 5000, Russell 2000, among other usual products and services. Innovative Industrial Properties continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Uniti Group

Uniti, an internally managed real estate investment trust, is engaged in the acquisition and construction of mission critical communications infrastructure, and is a leading provider of wireless infrastructure solutions for the communications industry. As of September 30, 2018, Uniti owns 5.4 million fiber strand miles, approximately 850 wireless towers, and ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Uniti Group.
During the given months of the year 2020, Uniti Group Inc. (UNIT) was successful in generating YTD returns of 42.87 percentage which helped it gain the number two spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2020 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the USA-based Uniti Group closed at a price of $8.21 per share, while it traded at a price of $11.73 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $1.59 billion to $2.73 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Real Estate industry sector and further specialized as a Real Estate sector business.

Monmouth Real Estate Investment

Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation, incorporated on March 12, 2003, is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Companys primary business is the ownership of real estate. Its investment focus ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Monmouth Real Estate Investment.
Rank number three in the coveted list is held by Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation (MNR) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in New Jersey, NJ, the Consumer Services sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Monmouth Real Estate Investment has so far gained 19.61 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $14.48 per share and year-to-date price of $17.32 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $1.4 billion to $1.74 billion. The stock of Monmouth Real Estate Investment continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Duke Realty

Duke Realty Corporation, incorporated on March 12, 1992, is a self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company and Duke Realty Limited Partnership (Partnership) collectively specialize in the ownership, management ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Duke Realty.
The Indiana, IN-based Duke Realty Corporation (DRE) belongs to the Consumer Services sector and is categorized as a Real Estate Investment Trusts company. The stock of Duke Realty ended the previous year at a price of $34.67 per share. As of Dec 31, 2020, the stock price has reached $39.97 apiece, which indicates a change of 15.29 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Industrial REIT for the year 2020 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $12.74 billion. It has now changed to $14.87 billion as of writing. Duke Realty continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

QTS Realty Trust

QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading provider of data center solutions across a diverse footprint spanning more than 6 million square feet of owned mega scale data center space throughout N ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of QTS Realty Trust.
At number five in the list of top stocks stands QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (QTS), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $54.27 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $61.88 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. It translates to a change of 14.02 percentage. The Overland Park, KS-headquartered Consumer Services sector company also saw its market value change from $3.13 billion to $3.99 billion. The Real Estate Investment Trusts specialist also managed to outperform some of the major stock market indexes of which it is a part of. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Gladstone Land

Gladstone Land Corporation is an agricultural real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is engaged in the business of owning and leasing farmland. The Company also owns various farm-related facilities, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Gladstone Land.
Gladstone Land Corporation (LAND) has moved by 12.88 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number six among the top performing stocks. The Consumer Services sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $12.97 apiece to the price of $14.64 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Dec 31, 2020. The smart run of the Mc Lean, Virginia-based Real Estate Investment Trusts sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $271.55 million to $352.86 million over the same duration. Gladstone Land is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Prologis

Prologis, Inc., incorporated on November 24, 1997, is a real estate investment trust (REIT) company. The Company is engaged in logistics real estate business. The Companys segments include Real Estate ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Prologis.
Prologis (PLD) generated percentage returns of 11.8 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $89.14 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $99.66 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $56.32 billion to $73.67 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Consumer Services speciality business with further classification in the Real Estate Investment Trusts sub-category. Based in San Francisco, California, the YTD performance of the Industrial REIT sector also fared better than that of the returns generated by some of the closley tracked stock market indexes. The company is a part of Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.

Life Storage

Life Storage, Inc., formerly Sovran Self Storage, Inc., incorporated on April 19, 1995, is a self-administered and self-managed real estate company. The Company acquires, owns and manages self-storage properties. The ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Life Storage.
The New York, NY-based Consumer Services sector company Life Storage, Inc. (LSI) holds the number eight spot among the best performing stocks of the Industrial REIT sector. Classified as the Real Estate Investment Trusts business, the stock price of Life Storage ended the previous year at a price of $108.28 per share while it reached the level of $119.39 apiece as of Dec 31, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 10.26%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $5.91 billion. Few leading stock market index includes Life Storage in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Extra Space Storage

Extra Space Storage Inc., incorporated on April 30, 2004, is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, operates, manages, acquires, develops and redevelops self-storage properties ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Extra Space Storage.
The number nine spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Industrial REIT sector is taken by Extra Space Storage (EXR). The company's stock price changed from $105.62 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $115.86 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 9.7 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Salt Lake City, Utah-based Consumer Services sector company was from $13.68 billion to $14.97 billion. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Industrial REIT sector, the company also succeeded in outperforming the returns generated by some of the popular stock market indexes. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Public Storage

Public Storage, incorporated on March 13, 2007, is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Companys principal business activities include the ownership and operation of self-storage facilities, which offer storage ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Public Storage.
Based on the market-cap change from $37.2 billion to $40.37 billion during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $212.96 per share to a price of $230.93 per share as of Dec 31, 2020, Public Storage (PSA) was successful in generating YTD returns of 8.44 percentage. Standing at the number ten rank in the top performing list of Industrial REIT stocks, the Glendale, California-based Public Storage is categorized as the Real Estate Investment Trusts sub-sector business which falls under the larger Consumer Services sector. It is also a part of few famous stock indexes that are used to track the overall performance of the stock market. They include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.
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