Federal Realty Investment Trust Announces Third Quarter 2007 Operating Results
ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT) today reported operating results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2007.
(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050907/DCW070LOGO ) -- Funds from operations available for common shareholders (FFO) per diluted share was $0.92 and earnings per diluted common share was $0.41 for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, versus $0.85 and $0.41, respectively, for third quarter 2006. -- FFO per diluted share was $2.71 and earnings per diluted common share was $1.30 for the nine months ended September 30, 2007, versus $2.49 and $1.60, respectively, for the nine months ended September 30, 2006. -- When compared to third quarter 2006, same-center property operating income increased 4.5% including redevelopments and expansions, and 3.7% excluding redevelopments and expansions. -- Rent increases on lease rollovers for retail space for which there was a prior tenant were 19% on a cash-basis and 31% on a GAAP-basis for the quarter ended September 30, 2007. -- The Trust's portfolio was 96.4% leased and 95.1% occupied as of September 30, 2007. -- Guidance for 2007 FFO per diluted share was narrowed to a range of $3.62 to $3.64. -- The Trust provided initial guidance for 2008 FFO per diluted share of $3.89 to $3.94. Financial Results
For third quarter 2007, Federal Realty reported FFO of $52.5 million, or $0.92 per diluted share. This compares to FFO of $45.8 million, or $0.85 per diluted share, reported for third quarter 2006. For the nine months ended September 30, 2007, Federal Realty reported FFO of $154.0 million, or $2.71 per diluted share compared to FFO of $133.8 million, or $2.49 per diluted share, for the same nine-month period in 2006.
Net income available for common shareholders was $23.4 million and earnings per diluted common share was $0.41 for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, versus $22.1 million and $0.41, respectively, for third quarter 2006. Year-to-date, Federal Realty reported net income available for common shareholders of $73.1 million, or $1.30 per diluted common share. This compares to net income available for common shareholders of $85.7 million, or $1.60 per diluted common share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2006.
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 third quarter 2006. When redevelopments and expansions are excluded from the same-center results, property operating income increased 3.7% from third quarter 2006.
Overall, the Trust's portfolio was 96.4% leased and 95.1% occupied as of September 30, 2007, compared to 97.3% and 95.6%, respectively, on September 30, 2006. Federal Realty's same-center portfolio was 96.7% leased and 95.9% occupied on September 30, 2007, compared to 97.8% and 97.1%, respectively, on September 30, 2006.
During third quarter 2007, the Trust signed 80 leases for 443,000 square feet of retail space. On a comparable space basis (i.e., spaces for which there was a former tenant), the Trust leased 410,000 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 $23.36 per square foot compared to the average contractual rent of $19.65 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 31% for third quarter 2007. As of September 30, 2007, Federal Realty's average contractual, cash basis minimum rent for retail and commercial space in its portfolio is $19.73 per square foot.
"Continued strong tenant demand for our properties coupled with the effective execution of our redevelopment pipeline resulted in another quarter of excellent operating performance," commented Donald C. Wood, president and chief executive officer of Federal Realty Investment Trust. "We expect that our balanced operating strategy will produce consistent results, even if market conditions become more volatile."
Regular Quarterly Dividends
Federal Realty also announced today that its Board of Trustees declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.61 per share on its common shares, resulting in an indicated annual rate of $2.44 per share. The regular common dividend will be payable on January 15, 2008, to common shareholders of record as of January 2, 2008.
Federal Realty's guidance for 2007 FFO per diluted share was narrowed to a range of $3.62 to $3.64, and its 2007 earnings per diluted common share guidance increased to a range of $3.49 to $3.51. In addition, the Trust provided initial earnings guidance for 2008 of $3.89 to $3.94 for FFO per diluted share, and $2.03 to $2.08 for earnings per diluted share.
Summary of Other Quarterly Activities and Recent Developments -- October 31, 2007 -- Acquired the fee interest in Mid-Pike Plaza in Rockville, Maryland, and Huntington Shopping Center in Huntington, New York in exchange for leasehold interests of six retail properties in New Jersey (Allwood, Blue Star, Brunswick, Clifton, Hamilton and Rutgers Shopping Centers) via a Section 1031 tax-deferred exchange and $17.2 million of cash. Due to Mid-Pike Plaza's proximity to Metrorail, the Montgomery County conference center and the desirable, in-fill nature of the site at the intersections of Rockville Pike, the new Montrose Parkway and Old Georgetown Road, the Trust anticipates seeking to entitle the approximately 20 acre site for high-density, mixed-use development, consistent with Montgomery County's Smart Growth initiatives. The fully leased Huntington Shopping Center boasts strong household incomes and population density, consistent with Federal Realty's sector leading demographics, and strong projected NOI growth over the next several years. -- October 11, 2007 -- Announced the sale of two retail buildings in Forest Hills, New York generating net proceeds of $32 million and a book gain of $19.0 million. The Trust took advantage of its acquisition of Shoppers' World in Charlottesville, Virginia in May 2007 and executed a reverse Section 1031 tax-deferred exchange. Conference Call Information
Federal Realty's management team will present an in-depth discussion of the Trust's operating performance on its third quarter 2007 earnings conference call, which is scheduled for November 1, 2007, at 12 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. To participate, please call (866) 271-0675 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 November 30, 2007, by dialing (888) 286-8010 and entering the passcode 97573561.
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 18.2 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 1.0 million square feet of retail space through a joint venture in which the Trust has a 30% interest. Our operating portfolio (excluding joint venture properties) was 96.4% leased to national, regional, and local retailers as of September 30, 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 40 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.
Investor and Media Inquiries Andrew Blocher Vikki Kayne Senior Vice President, Vice President, Capital Markets & Investor Relations Marketing & Corporate Communications 301/998-8166 301/998-8178 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Federal Realty Investment Trust Summarized Balance Sheets September 30, 2007 September 30, December 31, 2007 2006 (in thousands) ASSETS (unaudited) Real estate, at cost Operating $3,331,957 $3,025,210 Construction-in-progress 132,450 99,774 Assets held for sale (discontinued operations) 15,987 79,274 3,480,394 3,204,258 Less accumulated depreciation and amortization (805,610) (740,507) Net real estate 2,674,784 2,463,751 Cash and cash equivalents 10,281 11,495 Accounts and notes receivable 59,964 47,493 Mortgage notes receivable 40,630 40,756 Investment in real estate partnership 30,198 10,322 Prepaid expenses and other assets 114,002 114,789 TOTAL ASSETS $2,929,859 $2,688,606 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Liabilities Obligations under capital leases and mortgages payable $528,463 $460,398 Notes payable, including revolving credit facility 178,873 109,024 Senior notes and debentures 1,127,567 1,127,508 Accounts payable and other liabilities 198,679 185,407 Total liabilities 2,033,582 1,882,337 Minority interests 34,354 22,191 Shareholders' equity Preferred stock 9,997 - Common shares and other shareholders' equity 851,926 784,078 Total shareholders' equity 861,923 784,078 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY $2,929,859 $2,688,606 Federal Realty Investment Trust Summarized Income Statements September 30, 2007 Three months Nine months ended ended September 30, September 30, 2007 2006 2007 2006 (in thousands, except per share data) (unaudited) Revenue Rental income $123,559 $109,371 $360,655 $319,673 Other property income 4,650 1,787 9,645 5,747 Mortgage interest income 1,129 1,107 3,386 3,778 129,338 112,265 373,686 329,198 Expenses Rental 26,502 20,768 76,002 63,242 Real estate taxes 12,985 11,602 36,320 32,651 General and administrative 6,631 6,265 18,271 15,747 Depreciation and amortization 26,071 23,722 78,543 71,808 72,189 62,357 209,136 183,448 Operating income 57,149 49,908 164,550 145,750 Other interest income 313 1,495 994 2,088 Interest expense (30,533) (26,076) (89,577) (75,110) Income from real estate partnership 473 196 1,120 533 Income from continuing operations before minority interests 27,402 25,523 77,087 73,261 Minority interests (1,629) (1,086) (4,309) (3,483) Income from continuing operations 25,773 24,437 72,778 69,778 Discontinued operations Income from discontinued operations 642 452 1,642 627 (Loss) gain on sale of real estate from discontinued operations (2,900) 95 (1,051) 16,425 Results from discontinued operations (2,258) 547 591 17,052 Income before gain on sale of real estate 23,515 24,984 73,369 86,830 Gain on sale of real estate - - - 7,441 Net income 23,515 24,984 73,369 94,271 Dividends on preferred stock (136) (2,869) (307) (8,607) Net income available for common shareholders $23,379 $22,115 $73,062 $85,664 EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE, BASIC Continuing operations $0.46 $0.41 $1.30 $1.16 Discontinued operations (0.04) 0.01 0.01 0.32 Gain on sale of real estate - - - 0.14 $0.42 $0.42 $1.31 $1.62 Weighted average number of common shares, basic 56,302 53,187 55,967 52,923 EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE, DILUTED Continuing operations $0.45 $0.40 $1.29 $1.14 Discontinued operations (0.04) 0.01 0.01 0.32 Gain on sale of real estate - - - 0.14 $0.41 $0.41 $1.30 $1.60 Weighted average number of common shares, diluted 56,690 53,676 56,404 53,418 Federal Realty Investment Trust Funds From Operations / Summary of Capital Expenditures September 30, 2007 Three months Nine months ended ended September 30, September 30, 2007 2006 2007 2006 (in thousands, (in thousands, Funds from Operations except per share except per share available for common data) data) shareholders (FFO) Net income 23,515 24,984 73,369 94,271 Loss (gain) on sale of real estate 2,900 (95) 1,051 (23,866) Depreciation and amortization of real estate assets 23,651 21,570 71,910 65,452 Amortization of initial direct costs of leases 1,945 1,814 6,122 5,378 Depreciation of real estate partnership assets 324 236 915 553 Funds from operations 52,335 48,509 153,367 141,788 Dividends on preferred stock (136) (2,869) (307) (8,607) Income attributable to operating partnership units 279 182 923 660 FFO $52,478 $45,822 $153,983 $133,841 FFO per diluted share $0.92 $0.85 $2.71 $2.49 Weighted average number of common shares, diluted 57,148 54,066 56,885 53,815 Federal Realty Investment Trust Reconciliation of Net Income to FFO Guidance September 30, 2007 2007 Guidance ($ millions except per share amounts) (1) Net income (2) $197 to $199 Gain on sale of real estate (2) (98) (98) Depreciation and amortization of real estate & real estate partnership assets 97 97 Amortization of initial direct costs of leases 8 8 Funds from operations 205 206 Income attributable to operating partnership units 1 1 Dividends on preferred stock (0) (0) Funds from operations available for common shareholders $206 to $207 Weighted Average Shares (diluted) 57.0 Funds from operations available for common shareholders per diluted share $3.62 $3.64 Note: (1) Individual items may not add up to total due to rounding. (2) Amount includes a preliminary estimate for the gain on sale of real estate from properties sold in October 2007. 2008 Guidance ($ millions except per share amounts) (1) Net income $117 to $119 Gain on sale of real estate 0 0 Depreciation and amortization of real estate & real estate partnership assets 97 97 Amortization of initial direct costs of leases 10 10 Funds from operations 223 226 Income attributable to operating partnership units 1 1 Dividends on preferred stock (1) (1) Funds from operations available for common shareholders $224 to $226 Weighted Average Shares (diluted) 57.4 Funds from operations available for common shareholders per diluted share $3.89 $3.94 Note: (1) Individual items may not add up to total due to rounding.
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