PHILADELPHIA, April 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- PREIT (NYSE: PEI) today showcased the results of its portfolio improvement effort in response to Bon-Ton's planned liquidation, differentiating the REIT from its mall peers.
PREIT's proactive anchor replacement program has been a critical differentiator for its portfolio, minimizing the Company's exposure to challenged department stores with only two Bon-Ton stores that will be impacted by this announcement. PREIT has a proven ability to replace department stores and has retailer interest on the two Bon-Ton boxes.
From January 2017 to March 2018, PREIT has successfully outlined plans for 11 vacant anchors, with five new anchors open and operating; executed leases for four additional replacements – including Belk replacing Bon-Ton at Valley Mall, opening fall 2018; Leases pending for remaining two anchors. The result of this initiative is 17 sought-after tenants, spanning seven diverse uses, paying rents eight times greater than the space was previously generating.
"PREITs portfolio repositioning effort is paying off with strong year to date sales trends, an improved demographic profile and continued success in our anchor enhancement strategy," said Joseph F. Coradino, CEO of PREIT.
Substantiating this point, PREIT noted:
- Year-to-date comparable store sales in its portfolio were up 8.2% through February.
- The Company now boasts 8 properties with Rolling 12 month sales per square foot over $500, over one third of the Company's operating portfolio.
- Sales increases for the year-to-date period occurred at all properties with the exception of one.
- Rolling 12 sales per square foot have reached an all-time high for the portfolio at $483.
Coradino continued, "Over the past several years, PREIT's strategy has been laser focused on crafting a portfolio of attractive properties with productive retailers reflecting evolving consumer habits. In fact, our aggressive disposition and proactive anchor replacement program has resulted in the lowest exposure to Bon-Ton within our sector. We have found great opportunity in replacing department stores and have been leading the industry in so doing, remerchandising with new concepts to transform the mall experience and drive traffic."
Complementing the robust anchor repositioning strategy, PREIT's sector-leading asset disposition program, in addition to generating proceeds to fund reinvestment in core portfolio, has also reduced its exposure to struggling retailers. The Company was the first to execute and complete a large-scale low-productivity mall disposition program to improve portfolio quality. Since PREIT's sale of 17 underperforming properties over the past five years, 25 anchor stores in those malls have since closed – validating PREIT's foresight and keen understanding of the retail marketplace.
As a result of PREIT's effective disposition effort and proactive anchor replacement strategy, PREIT has reduced its Bon-Ton exposure from 10 in 2012 to only 2 today.
PREIT (NYSE: PEI) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust that owns and manages quality properties in compelling markets. PREIT's robust portfolio of carefully curated retail and lifestyle offerings mixed with destination dining and entertainment experiences are located primarily in the densely-populated eastern U.S. with concentrations in the mid-Atlantic's top MSAs. Since 2012, the Company has driven a transformation guided by an emphasis on portfolio quality and balance sheet strength driven by disciplined capital expenditures. Additional information is available at www.preit.com or on Twitter or LinkedIn.
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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 herein and in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 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.
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