PREIT Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results
Core Mall total leased space reached 96.6%
NOI-weighted sales per square foot reach $525; Sales up 5.1% at Top 5 Assets
Average renewal spreads of 6.3% for the quarter and 6.9% for the year
Opened Belk in former Bon-Ton and signed DICK’s Sporting Goods in former Sears at Valley Mall
Completed first multifamily land sale
Philadelphia, PA, February 13, 2019 – PREIT (NYSE: PEI) today reported results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2018. A description of each non-GAAP financial measure used in this release and the related reconciliation to the comparable GAAP financial measure are located in the tables accompanying this release.
|(per share amounts)||2018||2017||2018||2017|
|Net loss – basic and diluted||$(1.23)||$(0.03)||$(1.98)||$(0.84)|
|FFO, as adjusted||$0.52||$0.51||$1.54||$1.67|
|FFO from assets sold in 2018||—||$(0.01)||—||$(0.09)|
|FFO, as adjusted for assets sold||$0.52||$0.50||$1.54||$1.58|
Highlights from the quarter include:
- Same Store NOI increased 0.3% for the year ended December 31, 2018 and decreased by 4.3% for the quarter compared to the same period last year.
- Core Mall NOI-weighted sales per square foot reached $525. Core mall sales per square foot reached an all time high of $510.
- Total Occupancy at Core Malls improved 100 basis points sequentially; non-anchor occupancy at core malls increased 150 basis points sequentially.
- Total Leased space at Core Malls improved 140 basis points sequentially.
- Average renewal spreads during the quarter were 10.0% for wholly-owned, under 10,000 square foot transactions.
- Including larger-format and unconsolidated transactions, average renewal spreads were 6.3% for the quarter.
- During the quarter, key differentiated uses opened including: Dave & Buster’s at Capital City Mall, 1776 at Cherry Hill Mall and Belk, Tilt and Onelife Fitness at Valley Mall.
Our disciplined approach to low-productivity asset sales and proactive department store repositioning along with tenant diversification has resulted in a quality portfolio with densification opportunities. The work we’re doing in this milestone-marked year as we complete many of the anchor and redevelopment projects underway sets the stage for a stronger Company in 2020 and beyond. The early results from this effort are evident with core portfolio sales reaching $510 per square foot and traffic up 5% during the holidays at properties that have undergone remerchandising, paving the way for a solid NOI growth forecast despite a rapidly changing environment.
Primary Factors Affecting Financial Results for the Quarters Ended December 31, 2018 compared to December 31, 2017:
- Portfolio Same Store NOI was impacted by the following items:
- Lost revenue from tenants who filed for bankruptcy protection: ($0.8 million),
- Incremental co-tenancy compared to prior year quarter: ($0.2 million),
- Lost revenue from terminated tenants: ($0.6 million),
- Lower common area revenue: ($1.4 million),
- Higher CAM and real estate tax expenses: ($1.4 million),
- Increased lease termination revenue: $1.1 million, and
- Increased revenue from anchor replacements and other leasing activity: $0.4 million.
- Previous asset sales contributed to a $0.4 million, or $0.01 per share, FFO decline.
- During the quarter, we recorded a gain on sale of $8.1 million related to the sale of a land parcel at Exton Square to a multifamily developer.
- We recorded $103.2 million in impairments related to non-core properties and other assets.
A reconciliation of Funds From Operations (FFO) between current and prior year periods is included in the financial tables accompanying this release.
Leasing and Redevelopment
- Excluding Fashion District Philadelphia, 647,000 square feet of leases are signed for future openings.
- At Moorestown Mall, HomeSense and Five Below opened in the former Macy’s box. Sierra Trading Post will open in early 2019 and a lease with Michael’s was executed.
- At Willow Grove Park, construction continues on the 51,000 square foot Studio Movie Grill which is now projected to open in Q1 2020. The twelve screen Studio Movie Grill will be joined by other dining and entertainment tenants, for which leases are being negotiated, to replace a former JC Penney store.
- At Valley Mall, Tilt Studio opened in 48,000 square feet of a former Macy’s box along with Onelife Fitness, which occupies the remaining 70,000 square feet. Belk also opened in 123,000 square feet replacing a former Bon-Ton that was proactively recaptured prior to its bankruptcy filing. During the quarter, the Company signed a lease with DICK’s Sporting Goods to replace a former Sears that was acquired earlier in the year.
- At Capital City Mall, Dave & Buster’s opened in 28,000 square feet.
- At Fashion District Philadelphia, leases for over 85% of the leasable area are signed or in active negotiation. Noteworthy commitments joining Century 21 and Burlington include H&M, Nike, Forever 21, AMC Theaters, Round One, City Winery, Ulta, Columbia Sportswear and Guess Factory. Grand opening is planned for September 2019.
- At Plymouth Meeting Mall, work continues to replace a former Macy’s with five new tenants. All five tenants are expected to open in October 2019.
- During 2018, we raised $1.2 billion in proceeds through financing activities and asset sales, underscoring our ability to creatively access capital markets to fund redevelopment activity.
The following tables set forth information regarding sales per square foot and occupancy in the Company’s mall portfolio, including unconsolidated properties:
A reconciliation of portfolio sales per square foot (1) can be found below:
|Comp store sales for the rolling twelve months ended December 31, 2017||$475|
|Organic sales growth||16|
|Impact of non-core malls||19|
|Core mall comp store sales for the
rolling twelve months ended December 31, 2018
(1) Based on reported sales by all comparable non-anchor tenants that lease individual spaces of less than 10,000 square feet and have occupied the space for at least 24 months.
The Company is introducing its earnings guidance for the year ending December 31, 2019 of GAAP Net loss between ($0.55) and ($0.40) per diluted share and estimates FFO for the year will be between $1.14 and $1.29 per diluted share. FFO, as adjusted per share is expected to be between $1.20 and $1.34. Same Store NOI, excluding termination revenue is expected to grow between 1.0% and 1.9% with wholly-owned properties in the range of 1.5% to 2.6% and joint venture properties declining between (2.7%) and (2.4%).
A reconciliation between GAAP net loss and FFO is as follows:
|(Estimates per diluted share)||Low||High|
|Net loss attributable to common shareholders||$ (0.55)||$ (0.40)|
|Depreciation and amortization, non-controlling interest and other||1.72||1.68|
|FFO per share||$1.14||$1.29|
|Mortgage Loan defeasance||0.06||0.06|
|FFO per share, as adjusted||$ 1.20||$ 1.34|
Our guidance assumes the defeasance of the mortgage loan secured by Capital City Mall during the first quarter of 2019.
Detailed guidance assumptions are included herein in our Financial tables.
Our 2019 guidance is based on our current assumptions and expectations about market conditions, 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.
Conference Call Information
Management has scheduled a conference call for 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday,
February 14, 2019, to review the Company’s results and future outlook. To listen to the call, please dial 1-844-885-9139 (domestic toll free), or 1-647-689-4441 (international), and request to join the PREIT call, Conference ID 3088886, at least five minutes before the scheduled start time. Investors can also access the call in a “listen only” mode via the internet at the Company’s 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, the online archive of the webcast will also be available for one year following the call.
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.
Certain summarized information in the tables above may not total due to rounding.
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 on sales of operating properties, 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 (including development land parcels), 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 quarters and years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively, to show the effect of such items as loss on redemption of preferred shares, provision for employee separation expense, insurance recoveries, prepayment penalties, accelerated amortization of financing costs, loss on hedge ineffectiveness, and impairment of a mortgage loan which had an effect on our results of operations, but are not, in our opinion, indicative of our ongoing 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 loss on redemption of preferred shares, provision for employee separation expense, insurance recoveries, prepayment penalties, accelerated amortization of financing costs, loss on hedge ineffectiveness, and impairment of a mortgage loan.
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 property operating expenses (determined in accordance with GAAP), plus our pro rata share of revenue and property operating expenses of our unconsolidated partnership investments. NOI 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 other income, general and administrative expenses, provision for employee separation expenses, interest expense, depreciation and amortization, impairment of assets, gains on sale of interest in non operating real estate, gain/adjustments to gain on sale of interest in real estate by equity method investee, gains/losses on sales of interests in real estate, net, project costs, insurance recoveries and other expenses.
Same Store NOI is calculated using retail properties owned for the full periods presented and excludes properties acquired, disposed, under redevelopment or designated as non-core during the periods presented. In 2018, Wyoming Valley Mall was designated as non-core. In 2019, Exton Square and Valley View Malls were designated as non-core and will be excluded from Same Store NOI. Non Same Store NOI is calculated using the retail properties excluded from the calculation of Same Store NOI.
Financial Information of our Unconsolidated Properties
The non-GAAP financial measures of FFO and NOI presented in this press release incorporate financial information attributable to our share of unconsolidated properties. This proportionate financial information is also non-GAAP financial information, but we believe that it is helpful information because it reflects the proportionate contribution from our unconsolidated properties that are owned through investments accounted for under GAAP using the equity method of accounting. Under such method, earnings from these unconsolidated partnerships are recorded in our statements of operations prepared in accordance with GAAP under the caption entitled “Equity in income of partnerships.”
To derive the proportionate financial information from our unconsolidated properties, we multiplied the percentage of our economic interest in each partnership on a property-by-property basis by each line item. Under the partnership agreements relating to our current unconsolidated partnerships with third parties, we own a 25% to 50% economic interest in such partnerships, and there are generally no provisions in such partnership agreements relating to special non-proportionate allocations of income or loss, and there are no preferred or priority returns of capital or other similar provisions. While this method approximates our indirect economic interest in our pro rate share of the revenue and expenses of our unconsolidated partnerships, we do not have a direct legal claim to the assets, liabilities, revenues or expenses of the unconsolidated partnerships beyond our rights as an equity owner in the event of any liquidation of such entity. Our percentage ownership is not necessarily indicative of the legal and economic implications of our ownership interest. Accordingly, NOI and FFO results based on our share of the results of unconsolidated partnerships do not represent cash generated from our investments in these partnerships.
Core Properties include all operating retail properties except for Exton Square Mall, Valley View Mall, Wyoming Valley Mall and Fashion District Philadelphia, which is currently under redevelopment. Core Malls excludes these properties, power centers and Gloucester Premium Outlets.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements that can be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “project” or similar expressions. 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 the following:
- changes in the retail and real estate industries, including consolidation and store closings, particularly among anchor tenants;
- current economic conditions and the corresponding effects on tenant business performance, prospects, solvency and leasing decisions;
- our inability to collect rent due to the bankruptcy or insolvency of tenants or otherwise;
- our ability to maintain and increase property occupancy, sales and rental rates;
- increases in operating costs that cannot be passed on to tenants;
- the effects of online shopping and other uses of technology on our retail tenants;
- risks related to our development and redevelopment activities, including delays, cost overruns and our inability to reach projected occupancy or rental rates;
- acts of violence at malls, including our properties, or at other similar spaces, and the potential effect on traffic and sales;
- our ability to sell properties that we seek to dispose of or our ability to obtain prices we seek;
- potential losses on impairment of certain long-lived assets, such as real estate, including losses that we might be required to record in connection with any disposition of assets;
- our substantial debt and the liquidation preference of our preferred shares and our high leverage ratio;
- our ability to refinance our existing indebtedness when it matures, on favorable terms or at all;
- our ability to raise capital, including through sales of properties or interests in properties and through the issuance of equity or equity-related securities if market conditions are favorable; and
- potential dilution from any capital raising transactions or other equity issuances.
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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