Federal Realty Investment Trust Announces First Quarter 2007 Operating Results
ROCKVILLE, Md., May 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT) today reported operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2007.
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- Funds from operations available for common shareholders (FFO) per diluted share was $0.88 and earnings per diluted common share was $0.41 for the quarter ended March 31, 2007, versus $0.81 and $0.53, respectively, for first quarter 2006.
- Same-center property operating income increased 4.5% including redevelopments and expansions, and 4.1% excluding redevelopments and expansions, when compared to first quarter 2006.
- Rent increases on lease rollovers for retail space for which there was a prior tenant were 19% on a cash-basis and 30% on a GAAP-basis for the quarter ended March 31, 2007.
- The Trust's portfolio was 96.6% leased and 95.3% occupied as of March 31, 2007.
- Guidance for 2007 FFO per diluted share remains unchanged at $3.60 to $3.65.
In first quarter 2007, Federal Realty reported FFO of $49.6 million, or $0.88 per diluted share. This compares to FFO of $43.4 million, or $0.81 per diluted share, reported in first quarter 2006. Net income available for common shareholders was $23.1 million and earnings per diluted common share was $0.41 for the quarter ended March 31, 2007, versus $28.2 million and $0.53, respectively, for first quarter 2006. Net income available for common shareholders in first quarter 2006 included $8.7 million ($0.16 per diluted share) of gains on sales of real estate.
FFO is a non-GAAP supplemental earnings measure which the Trust considers meaningful in measuring its operating performance. A reconciliation of FFO to net income is attached to this press release.
On a same-center basis, including redevelopments and expansions, property operating income increased 4.5% over first quarter 2006. When redevelopments and expansions are excluded from same-center results, property operating income increased 4.1% from first quarter 2006.
Overall, the Trust's portfolio was 96.6% leased and 95.3% occupied as of March 31, 2007, compared to 96.2% and 94.8%, respectively, on March 31, 2006. Federal Realty's same-center portfolio was 96.7% leased and 96.3% occupied on March 31, 2007, compared to 97.2% and 96.5%, respectively, on March 31, 2006.
During first quarter 2007, the Trust signed 90 leases for 395,000 square feet of retail space. On a comparable space basis (i.e., spaces for which there was a former tenant), the Trust leased 334,000 square feet at an average cash-basis contractual rent increase per square foot (i.e., excluding the impact of straight-line rents) of 19%. The average contractual rent on this comparable space for the first year of the new lease is $29.18 per square foot compared to the average contractual rent of $24.59 per square foot for the last year of the prior lease. The previous average contractual rent is calculated by including both the minimum rent and the percentage rent actually paid during the last year of the lease term for the re-leased space. On a GAAP basis (i.e., including the impact of straight-line rents), rent increases per square foot for comparable retail space averaged 30% for first quarter 2007. As of March 31, 2007, Federal Realty's average contractual, cash basis minimum rent for retail and commercial space in its portfolio is $19.25 per square foot.
"By combining consistently strong operating performance with accretive redevelopment returns and the positive impact from 2006 financing activity, we produced strong year over year growth, in spite of the loss of rent from the Tower Records and Storehouse Furniture bankruptcies," commented Donald C. Wood, president and chief executive officer of Federal Realty Investment Trust.
Federal Realty left its guidance for 2007 FFO per diluted share unchanged at a range of $3.60 to $3.65, and revised its 2007 earnings per diluted common share guidance to a range of $1.77 to $1.82.
Summary of Other Quarterly Activities and Recent Developments
- March 9, 2007 -- Federal Realty announced the acquisition of a portfolio of retail assets in the Baltimore metropolitan area from a private owner for approximately $189 million. The portfolio is located in White Marsh, one of the primary retail nodes in the metropolitan Baltimore market, and consists of 665,000 square feet of retail and commercial space. The acquisition was made using a combination of cash, common stock and convertible preferred stock, downREIT units and the assumption of fixed- rate debt.
Federal Realty's management team will present an in-depth discussion of the Trust's operating performance on its first quarter 2007 earnings conference call, which is scheduled for May 3, 2007, at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. To participate, please call (866) 383-8003 five to ten minutes prior to the call's start time and use the Passcode EARNINGS (required). The conference leader is Andrew Blocher. Federal Realty will also provide an online Web Simulcast on the Company's Web site, www.federalrealty.com, which will remain available for 30 days following the call. A telephone recording of the call will also be available through June 4, 2007, by dialing (866) 286- 8010.
About Federal Realty
Federal Realty Investment Trust is an equity real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership, management, development, and redevelopment of high quality retail assets. Federal Realty's portfolio (excluding joint venture properties) contains approximately 19.6 million square feet located primarily in strategic metropolitan markets in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and California. In addition, the Trust has an ownership interest in approximately 0.9 million square feet of retail space through its joint venture with Clarion Lion Properties Fund in which the Trust has a 30% interest. Our operating portfolio (excluding joint venture properties) was 96.6% leased to national, regional, and local retailers as of March 31, 2007, with no single tenant accounting for more than approximately 2.9% of annualized base rent. Federal Realty has paid quarterly dividends to its shareholders continuously since its founding in 1962, and has increased its dividend rate for 39 consecutive years, the longest record in the REIT industry. Shares of Federal Realty are traded on the NYSE under the symbol FRT.
Safe Harbor Language
Certain matters discussed within this press release may be deemed to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Although Federal Realty believes the expectations reflected in the forward- looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. These factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 1, 2007 and include the following:
- risks that our tenants will not pay rent or that we may be unable to renew leases or re-let space at favorable rents as leases expire;
- risks that we may not be able to proceed with or obtain necessary approvals for any redevelopment or renovation project, and that completion of anticipated or ongoing property redevelopments or renovations may cost more, take more time to complete, or fail to perform as expected;
- risks that the number of properties we acquire for our own account, and therefore the amount of capital we invest in acquisitions, may be impacted by our real estate partnership;
- risks normally associated with the real estate industry, including risks that occupancy levels at our properties and the amount of rent that we receive from our properties may be lower than expected, that new acquisitions may fail to perform as expected, that competition for acquisitions could result in increased prices for acquisitions, that environmental issues may develop at our properties and result in unanticipated costs, and, because real estate is illiquid, that we may not be able to sell properties when appropriate;
- risks that our growth will be limited if we cannot obtain additional capital;
- risks of financing, such as our ability to consummate additional financings or obtain replacement financing on terms which are acceptable to us, our ability to meet existing financial covenants and the limitations imposed on our operations by those covenants, and the possibility of increases in interest rates that would result in increased interest expense; and
- risks related to our status as a real estate investment trust, commonly referred to as a REIT, for federal income tax purposes, such as the existence of complex tax regulations relating to our status as a REIT, the effect of future changes in REIT requirements as a result of new legislation, and the adverse consequences of the failure to qualify as a REIT.
Given these uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements that we make, including those in this press release. Except as may be required by law, we make no promise to update any of the forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. You should carefully review the risks and risk factors included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 1, 2007.
Federal Realty Investment Trust Summarized Income Statements March 31, 2007 Three months ended March 31, 2007 2006 (in thousands, except per share data) (unaudited) Revenue Rental income $118,933 $104,964 Other property income 2,438 2,094 Mortgage interest income 1,130 1,322 122,501 108,380 Expenses Rental 25,648 22,065 Real estate taxes 11,665 10,551 General and administrative 5,604 4,501 Depreciation and amortization 26,357 23,906 69,274 61,023 Operating income 53,227 47,357 Other interest income 350 263 Interest expense (29,317) (24,280) Income from real estate partnership 284 148 Minority interests (1,296) (1,073) Income from continuing operations 23,248 22,415 Discontinued operations Loss from discontinued operations (112) (121) Gain on sale of real estate - 8,737 Results from discontinued operations (112) 8,616 Net income 23,136 31,031 Dividends on preferred stock (36) (2,869) Net income available for common shareholders $23,100 $28,162 EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE, BASIC Continuing operations $0.42 $0.37 Discontinued operations - 0.16 $0.42 $0.53 Weighted average number of common shares, basic 55,422 52,731 EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE, DILUTED Continuing operations $0.41 $0.37 Discontinued operations - 0.16 $0.41 $0.53 Weighted average number of common shares, diluted 55,921 53,254 Federal Realty Investment Trust Funds From Operations March 31, 2007 Three months ended March 31, 2007 2006 (in thousands, except per share data) Funds from Operations available for common shareholders (FFO) (1) Net income $23,136 $31,031 Gain on sale of real estate - (8,737) Depreciation and amortization of real estate assets 23,942 21,874 Amortization of initial direct costs of leases 2,070 1,739 Depreciation of real estate partnership assets 268 165 Funds from operations 49,416 46,072 Dividends on preferred stock (36) (2,869) Income attributable to operating partnership units 245 233 FFO $49,625 $43,436 FFO per diluted share $0.88 $0.81 Weighted average number of common shares, diluted 56,345 53,662 Federal Realty Investment Trust Summarized Balance Sheets March 31, 2007 March 31, December 31, 2007 2006 (in thousands) ASSETS (unaudited) Real estate, at cost Operating $3,318,605 $3,084,731 Construction-in-progress 104,963 99,774 Assets held for sale (discontinued operations) 19,753 19,753 3,443,321 3,204,258 Less accumulated depreciation and amortization (763,575) (740,507) Net real estate 2,679,746 2,463,751 Cash and cash equivalents 15,987 11,495 Accounts and notes receivable 50,996 47,493 Mortgage notes receivable 40,716 40,756 Investment in real estate partnership 31,661 10,322 Prepaid expenses and other assets 110,257 114,789 TOTAL ASSETS $2,929,363 $2,688,606 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Liabilities Obligations under capital leases and mortgage notes $532,761 $460,398 Notes payable 168,475 109,024 Senior notes and debentures 1,127,528 1,127,508 Accounts payable and other liabilities 194,997 185,407 Total liabilities 2,023,761 1,882,337 Minority interests 38,623 22,191 Shareholders' equity Preferred stock 9,997 - Common shares and other shareholders' equity 856,982 784,078 Total shareholders' equity 866,979 784,078 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY $2,929,363 $2,688,606 Federal Realty Investment Trust Reconciliation of Net Income to FFO Guidance March 31, 2007 2007 Guidance (in millions except per share amounts) (1) Net income $100 to $103 Gain on sale of real estate (1) (1) Depreciation and amortization of real estate & real estate partnership assets 96 96 Amortization of initial direct costs of leases 8 8 Funds from operations 203 206 Income attributable to operating partnership units 1 1 Dividends on preferred stock 0 0 Funds from operations available for common shareholders 204 to 207 Weighted Average Shares (diluted) 56.8 Funds from operations available for common shareholders per diluted share $3.60 $3.65 Note: (1) Individual items may not add up to total due to rounding. Investor and Media Inquiries Andrew Blocher Vikki Kayne Senior Vice President, Vice President, Capital Markets & Investor Marketing & Corporate Relations Communications 301/998-8166 301/998-8178 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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