PREIT Reports First Quarter 2014 Results and Revised 2014 Guidance

23 Apr, 2014, 16:30 ET from PREIT

PHILADELPHIA, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- PREIT (NYSE: PEI) today reported results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.

  • A new lease with Century 21 Department Stores has been executed for The Gallery, to anchor the planned redevelopment of the downtown Philadelphia site
  • FFO, as adjusted increased 8.1% to $28.0 million for the quarter
  • Non-Anchor Occupancy increased 40 basis points to 90.6%
    • Non-Anchor Occupancy for our Same Store malls increased to 90.3%, an increase of 10 basis points
  • Renewal spreads for leases under 10,000 square feet were 7.4% during the quarter
  • Average gross rent at Same Store mall properties increased 4.8%, driven by a 5.4% increase at the Company's Premier Malls
  • Severe winter weather, which continued through March in the eastern United States, impacted quarterly results:
    • Portfolio sales per square foot were $377 compared to $381, a 1.0% decline from the 12 months ended March 31, 2013
    • Same Store NOI declined by $3.8 million or 5.7%, resulting largely from snow removal and energy expenses, that were $4.5 million higher than in 2013, net of tenant reimbursements
  • Asset dispositions progressed with the Company receiving a non-refundable deposit for the sale of South Mall in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • The Company has over 400,000 square feet of leases executed for 2014 occupancy that are not currently reflected on the Company's rent roll.
  • Leverage ratio under our 2013 Revolving Facility (Total Liabilities to Gross Asset Value) was 49.7%
  • The Company announced an agreement to purchase Springfield Town Center in Springfield, Virginia for $465.0 million in a transaction that will transform the Company's portfolio

"In spite of weather-related short-term setbacks, operating momentum has been strong, including growth in revenue and occupancy, along with the strongest re-leasing spreads we've generated since the recession.  During the first quarter, we finalized a number of exciting transactions that we expect will fortify the merchandising mix and drive performance at our properties," said Joseph F. Coradino, Chief Executive Officer.  "The transformation of PREIT is well underway.  The pending acquisition of Springfield Town Center, when coupled with the redevelopment of The Gallery with Century 21 as its anchor, the remerchandising of our Core Growth Malls and our disposition program, will ignite this transformation."

The following tables set forth information regarding Funds From Operations ("FFO") and the adjustments to FFO for the quarters ended March 31, 2014 and March 31, 2013:

Quarter Ended March 31,

(In millions)

2014

2013

FFO

$ 26.6

$ 24.2

Acquisition costs

1.4

--

Provision for employee separation expense

--

1.3

Accelerated amortization of deferred financing costs

--

0.9

Gain on hedge ineffectiveness

--

(0.5)

FFO, as adjusted

$   28.0

$   25.9

Quarter Ended March 31,

Per Diluted Share and OP Unit

2014

2013

FFO

$    0.38

$    0.41

FFO, as adjusted

$    0.40

$    0.44

The following tables set forth information regarding Net Operating Income ("NOI") and Same Store NOI for the quarters ended March 31, 2014 and March 31, 2013:

Quarter Ended March 31,

(In millions)

2014

2013

NOI

$63.9

$68.6

NOI from discontinued operations

--

(2.1)

NOI from acquisitions and other

(1.4)

(0.2)

Same Store NOI

62.5

66.3

Lease termination revenue

(0.1)

(0.1)

Same Store NOI excluding lease termination revenue

$62.4

$66.1

The following tables set forth information regarding net (loss) income attributable to PREIT common shareholders and net (loss) income per diluted share for the quarters ended March 31, 2014 and March 31, 2013:

Quarter Ended March 31,

(In millions, except per share amounts)

2014

2013

Net (loss) income attributable to PREIT common shareholders

($12.1)

$20.8

Net (loss) income per diluted share

($0.18)

$0.37

A description of each non-GAAP financial measure and the related reconciliation to the comparable GAAP measure are located at the end of this press release.

Primary Factors Affecting Financial Results for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2014:

  • Net loss attributable to PREIT common shareholders was $12.1 million compared to net income of $20.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, which included gains on property sales of $33.3 million
  • Same Store NOI decreased $3.8 million
    • Common area maintenance expenses increased $3.8 million, primarily driven by a $2.2 million increase in snow removal expense and a $1.4 million increase in common area utility expense
    • Margins on our redistributed non-common area utilities decreased by $2.3 million
  • NOI increased $1.4 million as a result of properties acquired since April 2013
  • NOI decreased $2.1 million as a result of properties that were sold in 2013
  • Other expenses increased $1.4 million related to the pending acquisition of Springfield Town Center
  • Interest expense decreased $7.9 million primarily from lower overall debt balances and lower average interest rates
  • Provision for employee separation expense decreased $1.3 million
  • Impairment of assets of $1.3 million was recognized in connection with the anticipated sale of South Mall
  • Weighted average shares outstanding increased because of the 11,500,000 common shares issued in May 2013

All amounts referenced as primary factors affecting financial results above include PREIT's proportionate share of partnership revenues and expenses.

Acquisitions and Dispositions

As previously disclosed, in March 2014, the Company entered into an agreement to acquire Springfield Town Center in Springfield, Virginia from Vornado Realty Trust. Key terms of the transaction include:

  • Purchase price of $465.0 Million.
  • The acquisition is expected to be funded using $125.0 million in PREIT Common and Preferred Operating Partnership Units, with the balance expected to be paid in cash. Under certain circumstances, up to an additional $25.0 million could be payable in Preferred Operating Partnership Units in lieu of cash.
  • Closing will occur two weeks following the achievement of 75% occupancy of non-anchor space and the opening of Dick's Sporting Goods and Regal Cinema or March 31, 2015, whichever is earlier.
    • PREIT and Vornado are jointly leasing the property.
  • Vornado will complete construction of the property.
  • Vornado will be entitled to additional consideration of 50% of the value over the purchase price calculated three years after closing, when the project is expected to be stabilized, utilizing a 5.5% capitalization rate.
  • PREIT is acquiring development rights for up to an additional three million square feet of space potentially comprised of retail, residential, office or hotel uses.

The Company has received a non-refundable deposit for the sale of South Mall in the amount of $1.0 million.  The transaction is expected to close in 2014.

Other Non Core Malls currently being marketed are Nittany and North Hanover Malls.

Retail Operations

The following tables set forth information regarding sales per square foot and occupancy in the Company's portfolio, including properties owned by partnerships in which the Company owns a non-controlling interest:

Rolling Twelve Months Ended:

March 31, 2014

March 31, 2013

Portfolio Sales per square foot (1)

$ 377

$ 381

 

(1)    Based on sales reported by tenants leasing 10,000 square feet or less of non-anchor space for at least

        24 months.

Occupancy as of:

March 31, 2014

March 31, 2013

Same Store Malls:

   Total including anchors

93.3%

93.5%

   Total excluding anchors

90.3%

90.2%

Portfolio Total Occupancy:

   Total including anchors

93.4%

93.5%

   Total excluding anchors

90.6%

90.2%

2014 Outlook The Company has revised its estimates of FFO per share for the year ended December 31, 2014 to between $1.92 and $1.96, and its estimates of FFO as adjusted per share to between $2.00 and $2.04 as follows:

Estimates Per Diluted Share

Lower End

Upper End

FFO

$1.92

$1.96

Provision for employee separation expense

0.06

0.06

Acquisition costs

0.02

0.02

FFO, as adjusted

2.00

2.04

Depreciation and amortization (includes the Company's proportionate share of unconsolidated properties), net of other adjustments

(2.20)

(2.18)

Net income (loss) attributable to PREIT common shareholders

$ (0.20)

$ (0.14)

Our 2014 guidance is based on our current assumptions and expectations about market conditions, and our projections regarding occupancy, retail sales and rental rates, and planned capital spending. Our guidance is forward-looking, and is subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.

Our revised guidance incorporates the following assumptions, among others:

  • 2014 Same Store NOI growth in the range of 2.0% to 2.4 %, excluding lease termination revenue;
  • A provision for employee separation expense and acquisition costs;
  • Our guidance does not contemplate any material property dispositions or acquisitions

Conference Call Information

Management has scheduled a conference call for 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, April 24, 2014, to review the Company's results and future outlook.  To listen to the call, please dial (877) 870-4263 (domestic) or (412) 317-0790 (international), at least five minutes before the scheduled start time, and provide conference number 10043291.  Investors can also access the call in a "listen only" mode via the Internet at the Company website, preit.com.  Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the site and download the necessary software to listen to the Internet broadcast.  Financial and statistical information expected to be discussed on the call will also be available on the Company's website. For best results when listening to the webcast, the Company recommends using Flash Player.

For interested individuals unable to join the conference call, a replay of the call will be available through May 8, 2014 at (877) 344-7529 (domestic) or (412) 317-0088 (international), (Conference number: 10038735).  The online archive of the webcast will also be available for 14 days following the call.

About Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust

PREIT is a real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership and management of differentiated retail shopping malls designed to fit the dynamic communities they serve.  Founded in 1960 as Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, the Company now owns properties in 12 states in the eastern half of the United States with concentration in the Mid-Atlantic region and Greater Philadelphia.  The Company's current portfolio is comprised of 35 shopping malls, seven other retail properties, and three development sites totaling 45 properties and 30.4 million square feet of space.  PREIT is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol PEI.  Information about the Company can be found at www.preit.com or on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Rounding

Certain summarized information in the tables above may not total due to rounding.

Definitions

Funds From Operations

The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT") defines Funds From Operations ("FFO"), which is a non-GAAP measure commonly used by REITs, as net income (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding gains and losses from sales of operating properties, extraordinary items (computed in accordance with GAAP) and significant non-recurring events that materially distort the comparative measurement of company performance over time; plus real estate depreciation and amortization; and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures to reflect funds from operations on the same basis. We compute FFO in accordance with standards established by NAREIT, which may not be comparable to FFO reported by other REITs that do not define the term in accordance with the current NAREIT definition, or that interpret the current NAREIT definition differently than we do. NAREIT's established guidance provides that excluding impairment write downs of depreciable real estate is consistent with the NAREIT definition.

FFO is a commonly used measure of operating performance and profitability among REITs.  We use FFO and FFO per diluted share and unit of limited partnership interest in our operating partnership ("OP Unit") in measuring our performance against our peers and as one of the performance measures for determining incentive compensation amounts earned under certain of our performance based executive compensation programs.  FFO does not include gains and losses on sales of operating real estate assets or impairment write downs of depreciable real estate, which are included in the determination of net income in accordance with GAAP. Accordingly, FFO is not a comprehensive measure of our operating cash flows. In addition, since FFO does not include depreciation on real estate assets, FFO may not be a useful performance measure when comparing our operating performance to that of other non-real estate commercial enterprises. We compensate for these limitations by using FFO in conjunction with other GAAP financial performance measures, such as net income and net cash provided by operating activities, and other non-GAAP financial performance measures, such as NOI. FFO does not represent cash generated from operating activities in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered to be an alternative to net income (determined in accordance with GAAP) as an indication of our financial performance or to be an alternative to cash flow from operating activities (determined in accordance with GAAP) as a measure of our liquidity, nor is it indicative of funds available for our cash needs, including our ability to make cash distributions. We believe that net income is the most directly comparable GAAP measurement to FFO.

We also present Funds From Operations, as adjusted, and Funds From Operations per diluted share and OP Unit, as adjusted, which are non-GAAP measures, for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 to show the effect of acquisition costs, provision for employee separation expense, accelerated amortization of deferred financing costs and gain and loss on hedge ineffectiveness, which had a significant effect on our results of operations in certain periods, but are not, in our opinion, indicative of our operating performance.

We believe that FFO is helpful to management and investors as a measure of operating performance because it excludes various items included in net income that do not relate to or are not indicative of operating performance, such as gains on sales of operating real estate and depreciation and amortization of real estate, among others. We believe that Funds From Operations, as adjusted, is helpful to management and investors as a measure of operating performance because it adjusts FFO to exclude items that management does not believe are indicative of our operating performance, such as acquisition costs,  provision for employee separation expense, accelerated amortization of deferred financing costs and gain and loss on hedge ineffectiveness.

Net Operating Income ("NOI")

NOI (a non-GAAP measure) is derived from real estate revenue (determined in accordance with GAAP, including lease termination revenue) minus operating expenses (determined in accordance with GAAP), plus our share of revenue and operating expenses of our partnership investments, and includes real estate revenue and operating expenses from properties included in discontinued operations, if any. It does not represent cash generated from operating activities in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered to be an alternative to net income (determined in accordance with GAAP) as an indication of our financial performance or to be an alternative to cash flow from operating activities (determined in accordance with GAAP) as a measure of our liquidity. It is not indicative of funds available for our cash needs, including our ability to make cash distributions.  We believe that NOI is helpful to management and investors as a measure of operating performance because it is an indicator of the return on property investment, and provides a method of comparing property performance over time. We believe that net income is the most directly comparable GAAP measurement to NOI.

NOI excludes interest and other income, general and administrative expenses, provision for employee separation expense, interest expense, depreciation and amortization, gains on sales of interests in real estate, gains on sales of non-operating real estate, gains on sales of discontinued operations, impairment losses, acquisition costs and other expenses.

Same Store NOI

Same Store NOI is calculated using retail properties owned for the full periods presented and exclude properties acquired or disposed of or reclassified as held for sale during the periods presented.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans, strategies, anticipated events, trends and other matters that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements reflect our current views about future events, achievements or results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. In particular, our business might be materially and adversely affected by uncertainties affecting real estate businesses generally as well as the following, among other factors: our substantial debt, stated value of preferred shares and our high leverage ratio; constraining leverage, interest and tangible net worth covenants under our 2013 Revolving Facility, our 2014 Term Loans and Letter of Credit; potential losses on impairment of certain long-lived assets, such as real estate, or of intangible assets, such as goodwill, including such losses that we might be required to record in connection with any dispositions of assets; changes to our corporate management team and any resulting modifications to our business strategies; our ability to refinance our existing indebtedness when it matures, on favorable terms or at all; our ability to raise capital, including through the issuance of equity or equity-related securities if market conditions are favorable, through joint ventures or other partnerships, through sales of properties or interests in properties, or through other actions; our ability to identify and execute on suitable acquisition opportunities and to integrate acquired properties into our portfolio; our short- and long-term liquidity position; current economic conditions and their effect on employment, consumer confidence and spending and the corresponding effects on tenant business performance, prospects, solvency and leasing decisions and on our cash flows, and the value and potential impairment of our properties;  general economic, financial and political conditions, including credit market conditions, changes in interest rates or unemployment; changes in the retail industry, including consolidation and store closings, particularly among anchor tenants; the effects of online shopping and other uses of technology on our retail tenants;  our ability to sell properties that we seek to dispose of or our ability to obtain estimated sale prices; our ability to maintain and increase property occupancy, sales and rental rates, in light of the relatively high number of leases that have expired or are expiring in the next two years; acts of violence at malls, including our properties, or at other similar spaces, and the potential effect on traffic and sales;  increases in operating costs that cannot be passed on to tenants; risks relating to development and redevelopment activities; concentration of our properties in the Mid-Atlantic region; changes in local market conditions, such as the supply of or demand for retail space, or other competitive factors; and potential dilution from any capital raising transactions.  Additional factors that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements include those discussed in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in any subsequent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q in the section entitled "Item 1A. Risk Factors." We do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise.

**     Quarterly supplemental financial and operating     ** **     information will be available on www.preit.com     **

 

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)

Quarter Ended

March 31, 2014

March 31, 2013

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

REVENUE:

Real estate revenue:

Base rent

$

71,342

$

68,502

Expense reimbursements

34,351

30,861

Percentage rent

590

982

Lease termination revenue

100

140

Other real estate revenue

2,226

2,693

Total real estate revenue

108,609

103,178

Other income

779

888

Total revenue

109,388

104,066

EXPENSES:

Operating expenses:

CAM and real estate taxes

(39,403)

(34,899)

Utilities

(8,210)

(5,058)

Other operating expenses

(4,104)

(3,737)

Total operating expenses

(51,717)

(43,694)

Depreciation and amortization

(36,235)

(33,617)

Other expenses:

General and administrative expenses

(9,077)

(8,856)

Impairment of assets

(1,300)

Provision for employee separation expense

(1,279)

Acquisition costs and other expenses

(1,646)

(202)

Total other expenses

(12,023)

(10,337)

Interest expense, net

(20,170)

(27,338)

Total expenses

(120,145)

(114,986)

Loss before equity in income of partnerships, discontinued operations and gains on sales of discontinued operations

(10,757)

(10,920)

Equity in income of partnerships

2,402

2,452

Loss from continuing operations

(8,355)

(8,468)

Discontinued operations:

Operating results from discontinued operations

1,021

Gains on sales of discontinued operations

33,254

Income from discontinued operations

34,275

Net (loss) income

(8,355)

25,807

Less: net loss (income) attributed to noncontrolling interest

252

(1,005)

Net (loss) income attributable to PREIT

(8,103)

24,802

Less: preferred share dividends

(3,962)

(3,962)

Net (loss) income attributable to PREIT common shareholders

$

(12,065)

$

20,840

Basic and diluted net (loss) income per share - PREIT (1)

$

(0.18)

$

0.37

Weighted average number of shares outstanding for diluted EPS

67,944

55,738

(1)For the three month periods ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, there are net losses from continuing operations, so the effect of common share equivalents is excluded from the calculation of diluted loss per share for these periods.

 

 

OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) (Unaudited)

Quarter Ended

March 31, 2014

March 31, 2013

(In thousands)

Comprehensive (loss) income:

Net (loss) income

$

(8,355)

$

25,807

Unrealized (loss) gain on derivatives

(1,183)

2,179

Amortization of losses of settled swaps, net of gains

292

205

Total comprehensive (loss) income

(9,246)

28,191

Less: Comprehensive loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interest

279

(1,098)

Comprehensive (loss) income attributable to PREIT

$

(8,967)

$

27,093

 

 

Quarter Ended March 31, 2014

Quarter Ended March 31, 2013

RECONCILIATION OF NOI AND

FFO TO NET (LOSS) INCOME

Consolidated

 

PREIT's Share

unconsolidated

partnerships

Discontinued

operations

Total

Consolidated

PREIT's Share

unconsolidated

partnerships

Discontinued

operations

Total

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

Real estate revenue(1)

$

108,609

$

10,509

$

$

119,118

$

103,178

$

10,018

$

4,143

$

117,339

Operating expenses

(51,717)

(3,535)

(55,252)

(43,694)

(2,970)

(2,086)

(48,750)

NET OPERATING INCOME

56,892

6,974

63,866

59,484

7,048

2,057

68,589

General and administrative expenses

(9,077)

(9,077)

(8,856)

(8,856)

Provision for employee separation expense

(1,279)

(1,279)

Other income

779

779

888

888

Acquisition costs and other expenses

(1,646)

(1,646)

(202)

(202)

Interest expense, net

(20,170)

(2,730)

(22,900)

(27,338)

(2,767)

(671)

(30,776)

Depreciation on non real estate assets

(445)

(445)

(226)

(226)

Preferred share dividends

(3,962)

(3,962)

(3,962)

(3,962)

FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS

22,371

4,244

26,615

18,509

4,281

1,386

24,176

Depreciation on real estate assets

(35,790)

(1,842)

(37,632)

(33,391)

(1,829)

(365)

(35,585)

Equity in income of partnerships

2,402

(2,402)

2,452

(2,452)

Impairment of assets

(1,300)

(1,300)

Operating results from discontinued operations

1,021

(1,021)

Gain on sales of discontinued operations

33,254

33,254

Preferred share dividends

3,962

3,962

3,962

3,962

Net (loss) income

$

(8,355)

$

$

$

(8,355)

$

25,807

$

$

$

25,807

 

(1)Total includes the non-cash effect of straight-line rent of $561 and $410 for the quarters ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

 

Weighted average number of shares outstanding

67,944

55,738

Weighted average effect of full conversion of OP Units

2,129

2,284

Effect of common share equivalents

403

706

Total weighted average shares outstanding, including OP Units

70,476

58,728

FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS

$

26,615

$

24,176

Acquisition costs

1,387

Provision for employee separation expense

1,279

Accelerated amortization of deferred financing costs

914

Gain on hedge ineffectiveness

(464)

FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS AS ADJUSTED

$

28,002

$

25,905

FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS PER DILUTED SHARE AND OP UNIT

$

0.38

$

0.41

FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS PER DILUTED SHARE AND OP UNIT AS ADJUSTED

$

0.40

$

0.44

 

 

SAME STORE RECONCILIATION

Quarter Ended March 31,

Same Store

Non-Same Store

Total

2014

2013

2014

2013

2014

2013

Real estate revenue

$

116,552

$

112,290

$

2,566

$

5,049

$

119,118

$

117,339

Operating expenses

(54,083)

(46,024)

(1,169)

(2,726)

(55,252)

(48,750)

NET OPERATING INCOME (NOI)

$

62,469

$

66,266

$

1,397

$

2,323

$

63,866

$

68,589

Less: Lease termination revenue

112

140

60

112

200

NOI - EXCLUDING LEASE TERMINATION REVENUE

$

62,357

$

66,126

$

1,397

$

2,263

$

63,754

$

68,389

 

 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

March 31, 2014

December 31, 2013

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

ASSETS:

INVESTMENTS IN REAL ESTATE, at cost:

Operating properties

$

3,471,467

$

3,450,317

Construction in progress

70,999

68,835

Land held for development

8,716

8,716

Total investments in real estate

3,551,182

3,527,868

Accumulated depreciation

(1,040,630)

(1,012,746)

Net investments in real estate

2,510,552

2,515,122

INVESTMENTS IN PARTNERSHIPS, at equity:

15,090

15,963

OTHER ASSETS:

Cash and cash equivalents

32,553

34,230

Tenant and other receivables (net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $13,405 and $13,123 at March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively)

44,989

46,439

Intangible assets (net of accumulated amortization of $14,490 and $14,506 at March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively)

9,051

9,075

Deferred costs and other assets, net

94,964

97,752

Total assets

2,707,199

2,718,581

LIABILITIES:

Mortgage loans payable

$

1,498,822

$

1,502,650

Term loans

130,000

Revolving facility

25,000

130,000

Tenants' deposits and deferred rent

17,511

17,896

Distributions in excess of partnership investments

65,414

64,491

Fair value of derivative liabilities

1,901

844

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

69,855

76,248

Total liabilities

1,808,503

1,792,129

EQUITY:

898,696

926,452

Total liabilities and equity

$

2,707,199

$

2,718,581

 

CONTACT: AT THE COMPANY Robert McCadden EVP & CFO (215) 875-0735

Heather Crowell VP, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations (215) 875-0735

 

 

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