Financial Services >> Analyst Interviews >> May 25, 2012

Growth and Yield Attract Investors to REITs

Okusanya, Omotayo
Omotayo Okusanya is a Managing Director in the equity research department at Jefferies & Company, Inc., and Senior Analyst responsible for coverage of real estate investment trusts — REITs. Prior to Jefferies, Mr. Okusanya was employed at UBS Securities LLC for seven years and was the lead analyst responsible for coverage of health care, biotech, self-storage and data center REITs. Prior to UBS, he worked in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC. Mr. Okusanya graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School and has a B.S. in accounting and computer science — summa cum laude — from Rutgers University. He is also a CFA charterholder and a certified public accountant — CPA. His research has been recognized in annual analyst rankings published by The Wall Street Journal in 2008 as well as Forbes magazine in 2009 and 2010. Profile
TWST: Please start with an overview of your coverage universe.

Mr. Okusanya: I run the REIT team for Jefferies within the U.S. Our coverage universe is 30 stocks. We cover pretty much