Source: The Spokesman Review —
Walker & Dunlop (NYSE: WD) is a small but impressive finance company that has been around since the 1930s and does all kinds of finance for commercial real estate. One of the biggest commercial real estate lenders in the country, it originates commercial mortgages with a specific concentration in multifamily properties (including apartment buildings and military and student housing). It’s also the eighth-largest commercial mortgage servicer in the United States, with a servicing portfolio of $107.2 billion as of the end of 2020.
Walker & Dunlop has experienced explosive growth since it went public in 2010. Over the past decade, its shares have soared by over 900%, averaging annual growth of more than 26%. In its last annual report, it posted 29% year-over-year growth in transaction volume, 33% growth in revenue and a 41% rise in diluted earnings per share. The company doubled its revenue over the past five years, and is looking to double it again in the coming five years.
Investors can expect continuing growth over the long term, as well as dividend income, with the company’s payout recently yielding 1.55%. (The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Walker & Dunlop.)