Shares of SITE Centers Corp.’s (SITC - Free Report) gained 2.5% in response to fourth-quarter 2019 results. Operating funds from operations (OFFO) per share of 33 cents surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 28 cents. Also, the bottom line compared favorably with the prior-year quarter’s reported figure of 31 cents.
Healthy leasing activity, rent and same-store net operating income (NOI) growth primarily drove the company’s performance. However, fall in rental income and other property revenues partially offset the positive.
The company generated revenues of $110.9 million in the quarter, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $112 million. Also, the top line came in lower than the $120.7 million recorded a year ago.
In full-year 2019, OFFO per share came in at $1.27, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 1.22. However, the figure plunged 23.5% year over year. Full-year 2019 revenues fell 31.8% year over year to $443.4 million. Further, the reported figure missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $446.4 million.
Quarter in Detail
Same-store NOI growth on a pro-rata basis was 5.1% in the quarter. SITE Centers reported a leased rate of 93.8% as of Dec 31, 2019, up 110 basis points from the prior-year quarter’s end, on a pro-rata basis.
Annualized base rent per occupied square foot was $18.25 on a pro-rata basis as of Dec 31, 2019, up 2.2% from $17.86 as of Dec 31, 2018. The company, on a pro-rata basis, generated new and renewal leasing spreads of 14.5% and 1.4%, respectively, in the fourth quarter.
SITE Centers sold two shopping centers and land for $287.6 million ($76.4 million at the company’s share) during the reported quarter. This included $46.6 million from the repayment of SITC Centers’ preferred equity investment in two joint ventures with Blackstone.
Finally, SITE Centers exited the December quarter with $16.1 million in cash compared with approximately $11.1 million as of Dec 31, 2018.
For 2020, the company expects OFFO per share of $1.10-$1.14. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the same is currently pegged at $1.13.
Healthy leasing momentum is likely to support SITE Centers’ financials in the upcoming period. Moreover, the company remains on track with its five-year growth plan. Additionally, emphasis on redevelopment opportunities will likely result in rent and occupancy growth at its properties. It is also focused on revamping its portfolio through asset sales and reinvesting the proceeds in accretive acquisitions. Nevertheless, shrinking footfall at malls amid shift of consumers toward online channels, store closures and bankruptcy of retailers is likely to keep affecting the retail real estate sector and dent the company’s growth in the near term.
SITE CENTERS CORP. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
SITE Centers carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell), at present.
You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Performance of Other REITs
Kimco Realty Corp.’s (KIM - Free Report) fourth-quarter 2019 FFO as adjusted, excluding the impact of transactional income and charges, came in at 37 cents per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 36 cents. The reported tally comes in higher than the year-ago quarter’s FFO as adjusted of 35 cents per share.
Retail REIT Federal Realty Investment Trust’s (FRT - Free Report) fourth-quarter 2019 FFO per share of $1.58 missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.60. However, the reported figure improved from the prior-year tally of $1.57.
The Macerich Company (MAC - Free Report) reported fourth-quarter 2019 adjusted FFO per share of 98 cents. The figure compares unfavorably with the prior-year quarter’s $1.09. Adjusted FFO per share for the quarter excludes financing expense in relation to Chandler Freehold.
Note: Anything related to earnings presented in this write-up represents funds from operations (FFO), a widely used metric to gauge the performance of REITs.
Looking for Stocks with Skyrocketing Upside?
Zacks has just released a Special Report on the booming investment opportunities of legal marijuana.
Ignited by new referendums and legislation, this industry is expected to blast from an already robust $6.7 billion to $20.2 billion in 2021. Early investors stand to make a killing, but you have to be ready to act and know just where to look.
See the pot trades we're targeting>>