HCP Inc.’s HCP second-quarter 2019 funds from operations (FFO) as adjusted of 44 cents per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 43 cents. Comparable FFO as adjusted in the prior-year quarter was 47 cents per share. Results were supported by decent performance of the company’s life-science and medical-office segment. However, decline in rental and related revenues unfavorably impacted top-line growth to some extent. This healthcare real estate investment trust (REIT) generated revenues of $491.6 million, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $447 million. Further, the figure was higher than the year-ago number of $469.6 million. Behind the Headlines HCP witnessed 3.5% year-over-year rise in the three-month cash SPP net operating income (NOI). There was 6.1% growth in life-science cash NOI, 3.8% rise in the medical office segment, 2.5% advancement in other non-reportable segments and 1.4% increase in senior-housing portfolio cash NOI. During the second quarter, HCP completed the acquisition of nine recently-built senior housing communities for $445 million. The portfolio is concentrated primarily in Florida and operated by Discovery Senior Living. During the June-end quarter, 15 senior housing communities, operated by Sunrise Senior Living, were converted from triple-net leases to RIDEA structures. HCP had cash and cash equivalents of around $130.5 million as of Jun 30, 2019, up from $110.8 million recorded at the end of 2018. Outlook HCP raised its 2019 FFO as adjusted guidance to $1.73-$1.77 per share from $1.70-$1.76 per share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the same is pegged at $1.74. Furthermore, the company expects 2019 SPP cash NOI growth for total portfolio to be 2-3%. Conclusion HCP is expected to continue benefiting from a diversified portfolio, rising healthcare spending and aging population. Strategic investments, tie-ups and opportunistic investments would also drive decent cash flows. Nevertheless, the company witnessed a decline in rental and related revenues in the second quarter compared with the prior-year quarter, which might hurt top-line growth, going forward. In fact, we identify stiff competition as a major hurdle for the company in the days ahead.
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