Ventas, Inc. (VTR - Free Report) reported second-quarter 2017 normalized funds from operations (“FFO”) of $1.06 per share, which not only surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.05, but also came higher than the year-ago quarter figure of $1.04. Results reflect improved property performance and accretive investments.
Further, the company posted revenues of $895.5 million, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $878.8 million. It compared favorably with the year-ago number of $848.4 million.
For the second quarter, same-store cash net operating income (NOI) growth for total portfolio (1,114 assets) climbed 1.5% year over year. By segments, same-store cash NOI for the triple net leased portfolio grew 2.0%, seniors housing operating portfolio inched up 0.4%, and medical office building portfolio rose 2.2%.
Note: The EPS numbers presented in the above chart represent funds from operations (“FFO”) per share.
Quarter in Detail
During the quarter, Ventas funded investments of around $110 million. This included $53 million of acquisitions with existing partners in its seniors housing portfolio, as well as $57 million of funding for its share of development, and redevelopment projects for projects presently in progress.
For financing its investments, the company issued and sold 1.1 million shares of common stock, reaping net proceeds of $74 million under the “at the market” equity offering program. Further, it disposed properties and obtained final repayments on loans receivable for proceeds of $45 million.
Presently, the company enjoys solid liquidity with $2.6 billion of available borrowing capacity and $95 million of cash on hand.
Ventas reaffirmed its outlook and expects 2017 normalized FFO per share in the range of $4.12–$4.18. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the same is currently pegged at $4.17.
The company anticipates same-store cash NOI growth of 1.5–2.5% in 2017.
Additionally, Ventas expects skilled nursing facilities (SNF) sale to take place in phases, starting in the third quarter, and likely to conclude by the end of this year.
We are encouraged with the better-than-expected performance of Ventas in the second quarter. We believe the company’s adequate size and scale would help it capitalize on opportunities such as increasing healthcare spending and aging population. Furthermore, the sale of the SNF would lower the company’s exposure to this particular healthcare real estate category which is becoming more susceptible to top-line pressure due to the change in medical billing procedure.
Also, university-based life science real estate is a new zone of investment which has grabbed attention and Ventas has already committed substantial amount to this segment. Such investments offer scope to capitalize on growing health-care-driven research and development, supported by top-tier research universities. However, hike in interest rate is a concern for the company, considering its substantial exposure to long-term leased assets.
Currently, Ventas carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Let us now look forward to the earnings releases of AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (AVB - Free Report) , Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (ARE - Free Report) and Extra Space Storage Inc. (EXR - Free Report) , all of which are expected to report quarterly figures in the next week.
Note: FFO, a widely used metric to gauge the performance of REITs, is obtained after adding depreciation and amortization and other non-cash expenses to net income.
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