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Shares of SITE Centers Corp. SITC tanked 1.3% during Apr 22 regular trading session, after the company reported a year-over-year decline in operating funds from operations (OFFO) per share for first-quarter 2021.
In fact, the retail REIT reported first-quarter 2021 OFFO per share of 28 cents, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 23 cents. The reported figure, however, declined 12.5% year over year.
The adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as reduced interest income and joint venture fees, owing to the termination of joint ventures in the previous year, marred results. Nonetheless, first-quarter results include $5 million of net revenues related to prior periods majorly from cash-basis tenants.
The company generated revenues of $119.99 million in the first quarter, outpacing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $109.82 million. Also, the top line improved 5.18% year over year.
Per management, “we had an excellent start to the year with another robust quarter of leasing, over $200 million of growth capital raised and continued improvements in both rent collection and deferral repayment trends”.
Quarter in Detail
Same-store net operating income declined 2.1% on a pro-rata basis in the first quarter, excluding redevelopment. The company reported a leased rate of 91.4% as of Mar 31 compared with the prior-year quarter’s figure of 92.9% on a pro-rata basis.
Annualized base rent per occupied square foot was $18.39 on a pro-rata basis as of Mar 31, 2021, down from $18.49 as of Mar 31, 2020. The company, on a pro-rata basis, generated new and renewal leasing spreads of 14.9% and -4.2%, respectively, in the March-end quarter.
The company along with its partners disposed of a parcel of undeveloped land in Richmond Hill, Ontario, for net proceeds of $22.1 million at the company’s share, after accounting for customary closing costs and foreign currency translation.
SITE Centers exited the first quarter with $190.8 million in cash, up from 69.7 million as of Dec 31, 2020.
The company expects 2021 OFFO per share between 94 cents and $1.02 compared with 90 cents to $1 mentioned earlier. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the same is pegged at 96 cents.
As of Apr 16, all of the company’s properties were open, while 99% of tenants (at the company’s share and based on average base rents) were open for business.
As of the same date, SITE Centers collected about 96% of rents for the first quarter. Rent collection for the previous three quarters also improved.
Rent deferral agreements with tenants, which remained unpaid, represented 1% of first-quarter 2021 rents, 1% of fourth-quarter 2020 rents, 8% of third-quarter 2020 rents and 6% of second-quarter 2020 rents.
SITE Centers currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
SITE CENTERS CORP. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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We now look forward to the earnings releases of other REITs like Digital Realty Trust, Inc. DLR,Cousins Properties CUZ, and CubeSmart CUBE. All three companies are slated to report first-quarter earnings on Apr 29.
Note: Anything related to earnings presented in this write-up represent funds from operations (FFO) — a widely used metric to gauge the performance of REITs.
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