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How Sydney Airport Holdings Pty Ltd is cashing in on the tourism and population boom 

Sydney Airport Holdings Pty Ltd (ASX:SYD) is making hay while the sun shines, and is one company worth a look for growing income.  Here’s why… 

After reaching a low in 2011, population growth has increased in Australia. 

In the last 12 months, this growth has been accelerating, with our population now increasing at a rate of around 400,000 people per year. 

That’s truly a massive increase, and much of this is in our biggest capital cities, Sydney and Melbourne. 

While it may mean our cities become more congested and we can’t find a parking spot at the shops, it can also be an opportunity. 

In a double win for Sydney Airport, the population is growing strongly at the same time as tourism is booming. 

That means many more people are flowing through Sydney Airport each year. 

The two trends of strong population growth and the growing middle class of Asia, look set to continue. 

Over the last 5 years, Sydney Airport has managed to increase its distribution to shareholders by 10.4% per annum. 

Not only that, the stock has performed incredibly well over the longer term too. 

Over the last 10 years, Sydney Airport’s total shareholder return (TSR) has been 17.5% per annum.  Quite impressive considering this period includes the GFC. 

More recently, management have guided for another increase in the distribution from 34.5 cents to 37.5 cents per share – an increase of 8.7%. 

Given the huge costs involved, Sydney Airport carries a fair amount of debt. If and when interest rates rise, that could start eating into earnings growth. 

Foolish takeaway 

Currently, Sydney Airport is trading on a yield of 4.8%, and a forward yield of 5.2%. 

Accounting for only modest growth, I think this is a decent investment with monopoly-like qualities. 

Sydney Airport has pricing power, which should help support earnings and provide a solid income stream over time. 

While there’s no guarantees in investing, I think it’s a fair bet to assume the population of Sydney, and more importantly, the people moving through the airport, will be much higher 10 years from now. 

Some consider Sydney Airport one of those bottom-drawer blue-chip stocks, and bought at the right price, I would tend to agree. 

If this stock isn’t for you, there’s plenty of other opportunities in the current market… 

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Motel Fool contributor David Gow owns shares of Sydney Airport. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of and has recommended Sydney Airport Holdings Limited. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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