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The Howard Hughes Corporation® Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results

·22 min read

HHC reports strong financial results despite macroeconomic headwinds, driven by robust land sales, increased Operating Asset NOI, and continued momentum in condo sales

HOUSTON, Aug. 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC) (the "Company," "HHC" or "we") today announced operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022. The financial statements, exhibits and reconciliations of non-GAAP measures in the attached Appendix and the Supplemental Information, as available through the Investors section of our website, provide further detail of these results.

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The Howard Hughes Corporation® Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results

Second Quarter 2022 Highlights Include:

  • Second quarter net income of $21.6 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, compared to net income of $4.8 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, in the prior-year period.

  • Total Operating Assets net operating income (NOI) totaled $66.3 million in the quarter, a 14.6% increase over the prior-year period. The strong performance of our Operating Asset portfolio was attributable to the strong rent growth and leasing momentum of our latest multi-family assets, with quarterly NOI from this property type rising 59.8% year-over-year, as well as continued improvements in office assets and strong attendance at the Las Vegas Ballpark®.

  • Master Planned Community (MPC) earnings before taxes (EBT) totaled $71.3 million in the quarter—a 2.1% increase over the prior-year quarter—with land price appreciation and higher builder price participation revenue, signifying that housing demand remains outsized relative to supply in Las Vegas and Houston. Excluding equity earnings from The Summit, MPC EBT was up $23.3 million or 45.6%.

  • Subsequent to quarter end, HHC reached an agreement with Discovery Land to expand our joint venture at The Summit to capture the heightened demand of those seeking an ultra-luxury residence in Summerlin®.

  • Closed on 20 condo units in the quarter, 19 of which closed at 'A'ali'i®—the latest completed tower at Ward Village®—generating $17.4 million in condo sales revenue. 'A'ali'i ended the quarter 94.7% sold. Pre-sales at our two towers under construction were strong with Kō'ula now 96.3% pre-sold and Victoria Place fully sold out.

  • The Seaport in New York City had one of its best quarters in its history, generating $27.1 million of revenue. The quarter's results benefited from several concerts and private events on The Rooftop at Pier 17®, driving up foot traffic and increasing revenues at our managed restaurants.

  • Sold The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk®—an approximately 264,000-square-foot retail outlet center in New Orleans—for $34 million, generating net proceeds of $8.2 million. This transaction marked the disposition of the Company's last remaining non-core asset located outside of its core regions.

  • JDM Partners exercised its first option on Douglas Ranch, repurchasing a 9.24% ownership interest for $50 million. HHC also received a $10 million non-refundable deposit to secure a second option to reacquire up to an additional 40.76% stake in Douglas Ranch, which expires on August 18, 2022.

  • Repurchased 2,164,400 shares of common stock funded with $192.3 million of cash on hand at an average price of $88.83 per share. Subsequent to quarter end, HHC repurchased an additional 368,806 shares of common stock for $25.4 million at an average price of $68.98 per share.

"In a quarter that has been headlined by an economic downturn, rising inflation, and recessionary concerns, we performed exceptionally well," commented David R. O'Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of The Howard Hughes Corporation. "The strength of HHC's unique business model and our continued commitment to developing exceptional communities where people want to live, work, and play continued to drive strong results across all of our operating segments.

"In our MPCs, our Houston and Las Vegas communities continued to outperform with strong land sales fueled by substantial increases in price per acre of land sold. Our Operating Assets segment delivered sizeable NOI growth, driven by continued outpeformance of our multi-family portfolio, improvements in office, and a successful start to the baseball season at the Las Vegas Ballpark, where league-leading attendance added to our strong results. Condo sales at Ward Village remained elevated, with limited remaining unit inventory at our towers under construction and in pre-sales. Finally, at the Seaport, we had a tremendous quarter with a significant increase in visitors for our summer concert series, a complete takeover of The Rooftop at Pier 17 for Ape Fest, and numerous other private events, quickly solidifying the Seaport as a top entertainment and dining venue in New York City. Looking forward, we expect the strong momentum across our segments to continue into the second half of the year.

"As we anticipated—due to rising mortgage rates, inflation, and the surge in sales during 2020 and 2021—the second quarter's new home sales reflected a year-over-year decline, with Summerlin and our Houston MPCs showing a 37% decrease from the previous year. However, home sales remained solid relative to the levels seen prior to the pandemic-driven sales surge. Overall, demand for land in our core markets of Houston, Las Vegas, and Phoenix remains favorable, as lot inventories in these markets are at all-time lows, and homebuilders continue to replenish their available acreage to meet current demand. The continued demand for HHC's land during different market conditions is a testament to the strength of our MPC assets, continued migration trends, and our communities' market-leading quality of life and cost of living. As a result, we expect to see continued strong demand for land sales in our MPCs for the duration of the year.

"With our shares trading significantly below the underlying net asset value of the Company, we continued to buy back shares throughout the quarter, affirming our commitment to unlocking shareholder value. In total, we repurchased nearly 2.2 million shares at an average price of $88.83 per share for approximately $192.3 million. Subsequent to the end of the second quarter, we repurchased approximately 369,000 additional shares at an average price of $68.98 per share for approximately $25.4 million. This brings total share repurchases under our current $250 million authorization to approximately $235 million."

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Second Quarter 2022 Highlights

Total Company

  • Net income increased to $21.6 million or $0.42 per diluted share in the quarter, compared to net income of $4.8 million or $0.09 per diluted share in the prior-year period due to strong land sales, increased Operating Asset NOI, and reduced losses at the Seaport.

  • This positive year-over-year performance included Operating Asset NOI of $66.3 million, an $8.5 million increase, and MPC EBT of $71.3 million, a $1.4 million increase. Excluding equity earnings from The Summit, MPC EBT increased $23.3 million.

  • Ended the second quarter with $572.8 million of cash on the balance sheet and total debt of $4.8 billion, with 79% of the balance maturing in 2026 or later.

Operating Assets

  • Total Operating Assets NOI totaled $66.3 million in the quarter, a 14.6% increase compared to $57.9 million in the prior-year period. This is an impressive year-over-year performance, especially considering the $3.8 million of NOI delivered in the second quarter of 2021 by assets that have since been sold including The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk and HHC's former hospitality portfolio.

  • Multi-family NOI increased 59.8% to $11.8 million compared to the second quarter of 2021 due to continued rent growth across the portfolio and strength in the lease-up of our latest multi-family developments that are all at or near full occupancy.

  • Office NOI increased 12.9% to $29.7 million compared to the prior-year period largely due to improved leasing activity at our class-A properties, particularly in The Woodlands® and Downtown Columbia®, as companies recover from the pandemic and employees return to work. During the second quarter, the Company signed an 80,000 square-foot lease with CareFirst at 6100 Merriweather in Downtown Columbia, bringing this asset to 93.5% leased.

  • The Las Vegas Ballpark generated $5.4 million of NOI during the quarter compared to $3.1 million in the prior year period driven by strong fan attendance for the Las Vegas Aviators®, HHC's Triple-A minor league baseball team. This is in comparison to the second quarter of 2021 where the first several games of the season were limited to 50% seating capacity to comply with local COVID restrictions.

MPC

  • MPC EBT totaled $71.3 million in the quarter, a 2.1% increase compared to $69.8 million in the prior-year period.

  • MPC land sales revenue of $85.0 million was 45.7% higher compared to the prior-year period. This increase was primarily driven by increased land sales in Bridgeland® which contributed to a 18.7% increase in residential acres sold across our communities. The price per acre of land sold also increased to approximately $753,000 per acre during the quarter which compares to approximately $603,000 per acre in the prior-year period.

  • Builder price participation revenue rose to $18.5 million during the quarter—an increase of 62.2% from the prior-year period as home prices in our communities continue to escalate.

  • Equity earnings at The Summit decreased $21.9 million year-over-year due to no unit closings in the second quarter compared to 16 in the same period last year as this private Summerlin community moves closer to selling out its remaining inventory.

  • With limited remaining lots and condos to sell at The Summit, we reached an agreement with Discovery Land subsequent to quarter end to expand this community with a second phase of development which is expected to drive tremendous cash proceeds to HHC over the life of the project. The Company contributed an additional 54 acres which will be used to develop 27 custom home sites.

  • A total of 435 new homes were sold in HHC's MPCs during the quarter, a 36.7% decline compared to the prior-year period as home sales in the second quarter of 2021 surged with the economy emerging from the pandemic and historically low mortgage interest rates. Sequentially, new home sales declined 28.0% compared to 604 new homes sold during the first quarter of 2022.

Strategic Developments

  • We sold 20 condominium units at Ward Village during the second quarter, including 19 units at 'A'ali'i, generating $17.4 million in net revenue, and one unit at Waiea®, generating $4.0 million in net revenue. As of the end of the second quarter, 'A'ali'i was 94.7% sold and Waiea was 99.4% sold with just one unit remaining.

  • Contracted to sell 28 units at our two towers under construction. Kō'ula—which is expected to deliver in the third quarter—ended the quarter 96.3% pre-sold. Victoria Place—which is expected to be completed in 2024—is now sold out.

  • The Park Ward Village contracted 11 units during the second quarter and is now 90.6% pre-sold with construction expected to begin in the second half of 2022.

  • Contracted on 627 units at Ulana—Ward Village's ninth condo tower—which will be fully dedicated to workforce housing and ended the quarter 90.1% pre-sold.

  • Commenced construction on our first single-family build-to-rent project, Wingspan, in Bridgeland. This project, which will include 263 homes, is expected to start welcoming its first residents in late 2023.

Seaport

  • The Seaport generated negative NOI of $3.7 million in the quarter, a $0.7 million improvement compared to a $4.4 million loss in the prior-year period.

  • Seaport revenue of $27.1 million rose 165.5% compared to revenue of $10.2 million during the second quarter of 2021 driven by the start of the summer concert series on The Rooftop at Pier 17, including a takeover of Pier 17 for Ape Fest, and increased demand at our managed restaurants.

  • Construction at the Tin Building by Jean-Georges is substantially complete. Hiring and training of new employees has been challenging due to labor shortages, but onboarding is progressing and the Company expects the grand opening to be held in the third quarter.

  • Began site preparation work at 250 Water Street during the second quarter of 2022 following the approval by the City of New York in December 2021 for the transformation of this one-acre parking lot into a mixed-use multi-family and office development.

  • Leading fashion designer Alexander Wang selected the Seaport for its new global headquarters and showroom in New York City, signing a 15-year lease for approximately 46,000 square feet, inclusive of 5,000 square feet of outdoor space, at the Fulton Market Building. The lease brings the building to 100% leased.

Financing Activity

  • In April 2022, the Company closed on a $19.5 million financing of 20/25 Waterway Avenue, replacing the existing loan, with $4.2 million withheld until the release of upcoming tenant expirations. The loan matures in April 2026 with a one-year extension option and bears interest at SOFR plus 2.50% and is interest-only for the first three years with 25-year amortization thereafter.

  • In May 2022, the Company closed on a $51.0 million interest-only refinancing of Millennium Waterway Apartments. The loan bears interest at 3.94% with maturity in June 2032.

  • In May 2022, the Company closed on a $105.0 million interest-only refinancing of Two Lakes Edge. The loan bears interest at 4.39% with maturity in June 2032.

  • In June 2022, the Company closed on a $37.5 million interest-only refinancing of The Lane at Waterway. The loan bears interest at 4.85% with maturity in July 2032.

Full-Year 2022 Guidance

  • Full-year 2022 guidance remains unchanged from the prior reporting period.

  • Operating Asset NOI is projected to experience strong leasing activity at our latest multi-family developments, offset by no hospitality NOI in 2022 as a result of the sale of our hotel portfolio, as well as reduced non-recurring COVID-related rent recoveries related to certain retail tenants during 2021. We expect 2022 Operating Asset NOI to decline 0% to 2% year-over-year.

  • MPC EBT range is projected to remain higher compared to the earnings we generated on average over 2017 to 2020. In 2021, we experienced outsized land sales, largely due to the closing of a 216-acre superpad in Summerlin. Superpad sales of this size do not occur every year, which is reflective of the projected EBT decline in 2022. We expect 2022 MPC EBT to decline 25% to 30% year-over-year.

  • Condo sales are projected to range between $650 million to $700 million, with gross margins between 26.5% to 27.5%. Projected condo sales are driven by the anticipated closing of units at Kō'ula during the third quarter of 2022 and additional closings at 'A'ali'i.

  • Cash G&A is projected to range between $75 million to $80 million, which excludes anticipated non-cash stock compensation of $10 million to $15 million.

Conference Call & Webcast Information

The Howard Hughes Corporation will host its investor conference call on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time (10:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time) to discuss second quarter 2022 results. To participate, please dial 1-877-883-0383 within the U.S., 1-866-605-3850 within Canada, or 1-412-902-6506 when dialing internationally. All participants should dial in at least five minutes prior to the scheduled start time, using 5181383 as the passcode. A live audio webcast and Quarterly Spotlight will also be available on the Company's website (www.howardhughes.com). In addition to dial-in options, institutional and retail shareholders can participate by going to app.saytechnologies.com/howardhughes. Shareholders can email hello@saytechnologies.com for any support inquiries.

We are primarily focused on creating shareholder value by increasing our per-share net asset value. Often, the nature of our business results in short-term volatility in our net income due to the timing of MPC land sales, recognition of condominium revenue and operating business pre-opening expenses, and, as such, we believe the following metrics summarized below are most useful in tracking our progress towards net asset value creation.


Six Months Ended June 30,


Three Months Ended June 30,

$ in thousands

2022


2021


$ Change

% Change


2022


2021


$ Change

% Change

Operating Assets NOI (1)














Office

$    54,798


$    52,115


$      2,683

5 %


$     29,680


$     26,283


$      3,397

13 %

Retail

27,957


25,312


2,645

10 %


14,932


13,762


1,170

9 %

Multi-family

22,985


13,145


9,840

75 %


11,843


7,410


4,433

60 %

Other

8,107


5,791


2,316

40 %


7,318


4,975


2,343

47 %

Dispositions

628


3,964


(3,336)

(84) %


188


3,758


(3,570)

(95) %

Operating Assets NOI

114,475


100,327


14,148

14 %


63,961


56,188


7,773

14 %

Company's share NOI (a)

9,140


5,830


3,310

57 %


2,386


1,690


696

41 %

Total Operating Assets NOI

$  123,615


$  106,157


$    17,458

16 %


$     66,347


$     57,878


$      8,469

15 %















Projected stabilized NOI Operating
Assets ($ in millions)

$      356.5


$      395.2


$       (38.7)

(10) %






















MPC














Acres Sold - Residential

156


148


8

5 %


112


94


18

19 %

Acres Sold - Commercial

34


26


8

32 %


8


8


— %

Price Per Acre - Residential

$         698


$         618


$           80

13 %


$          753


$          603


$         150

25 %

Price Per Acre - Commercial

$         871


$         288


$         583

203 %


$          175


$          651


$        (477)

(73) %

MPC EBT (1)

$  130,944


$  133,186


$     (2,242)

(2) %


$     71,266


$     69,831


$      1,435

2 %















Seaport NOI (1)














Landlord Operations - Historic
District & Pier 17

$     (5,925)


$     (7,074)


$      1,149

16 %


$      (3,070)


$      (3,834)


$         764

20 %

Multi-family

74


136


(62)

(46) %


206


44


162

NM

Managed Businesses - Historic
District & Pier 17

(861)


(916)


55

6 %


1,769


(256)


2,025

NM

Events, Sponsorships & Catering
Business

286


(665)


951

143 %


411


(229)


640

NM

Seaport NOI

(6,426)


(8,519)


2,093

25 %


(684)


(4,275)


3,591

84 %

Company's share NOI (a)

(5,597)


(282)


(5,315)

NM


(3,022)


(147)


(2,875)

NM

Total Seaport NOI

$   (12,023)


$     (8,801)


$     (3,222)

(37) %


$      (3,706)


$      (4,422)


$         716

16 %















Strategic Developments














Condominium units contracted to
sell (b)

80


91


(11)

(12) %


43


45


(2)

(4) %

(a)

Includes Company's share of NOI from non-consolidated assets

(b)

Includes units at our buildings that are open or under construction as of June 30, 2022



NM - Not Meaningful



Financial Data

(1)

See the accompanying appendix for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures and a statement indicating why management believes the non-GAAP financial measure provides useful information for investors.

About The Howard Hughes Corporation®

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Its award-winning assets include the country's preeminent portfolio of master planned communities, as well as operating properties and development opportunities including: the Seaport in New York City; Downtown Columbia®, Maryland; The Woodlands®, The Woodlands Hills®, and Bridgeland® in the Greater Houston, Texas area; Summerlin®, Las Vegas; Ward Village® in Honolulu, Hawai'i; and Douglas Ranch in Phoenix. The Howard Hughes Corporation's portfolio is strategically positioned to meet and accelerate development based on market demand, resulting in one of the strongest real estate platforms in the country. Dedicated to innovative place making, the Company is recognized for its ongoing commitment to design excellence and to the cultural life of its communities. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC. For additional information visit www.howardhughes.com.

The Howard Hughes Corporation has partnered with Say, the fintech startup reimagining shareholder communications, to allow investors to submit and upvote questions they would like to see addressed on the Company's second quarter earnings call. Say verifies all shareholder positions and provides permission to participate on the August 4, 2022 call, during which the Company's leadership will be answering top questions. Utilizing the Say platform, The Howard Hughes Corporation elevates its capabilities for responding to Company shareholders, making its investor relations Q&A more transparent and engaging.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements contained in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. All statements other than statements of historical facts, including, among others, statements regarding the Company's future financial position, results or performance, are forward-looking statements. Those statements include statements regarding the intent, belief, or current expectations of the Company, members of its management team, as well as the assumptions on which such statements are based, and generally are identified by the use of words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "intend," "likely," "may," "plan," "project," "realize," "should," "transform," "will," "would," and other statements of similar expression. Forward-looking statements are not a guaranty of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. Many of these factors are beyond the Company's abilities to control or predict. Some of the risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may affect future results or cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements include: (i) the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company's business, tenants and the economy in general, including the measures taken by governmental authorities to address it; (ii) general adverse economic and local real estate conditions; (iii) potential changes in the financial markets and interest rates; (iv) the inability of major tenants to continue paying their rent obligations due to bankruptcy, insolvency or a general downturn in their business; (v) financing risks, such as the inability to obtain equity, debt or other sources of financing or refinancing on favorable terms, if at all; (vi) ability to compete effectively, including the potential impact of heightened competition for tenants and potential decreases in occupancy at our properties; (vii) ability to successfully dispose of non-core assets on favorable terms, if at all; (viii) ability to successfully identify, acquire, develop and/or manage properties on favorable terms and in accordance with applicable zoning and permitting laws; (ix) changes in governmental laws and regulations; (x) increases in operating costs, including construction cost increases as the result of trade disputes and tariffs on goods imported in the United States; (xi) lack of control over certain of the Company's properties due to the joint ownership of such property; (xii) impairment charges; (xiii) the effects of geopolitical instability and risks such as terrorist attacks and trade wars; (xiv) the effects of natural disasters, including floods, droughts, wind, tornadoes and hurricanes; (xv) the inherent risks related to disruption of information technology networks and related systems, including cyber security attacks; and (xvi) the ability to attract and retain key employees. The Company refers you to the section entitled "Risk Factors" contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Copies of each filing may be obtained from the Company or the Securities and Exchange Commission. The risks included here are not exhaustive and undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations. All written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the Company, its management, or persons acting on their behalf are qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. Further, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results over time unless otherwise required by law.

Financial Presentation

As discussed throughout this release, we use certain non-GAAP performance measures, in addition to the required GAAP presentations, as we believe these measures improve the understanding of our operational results and make comparisons of operating results among peer companies more meaningful. We continually evaluate the usefulness, relevance, limitations and calculation of our reported non-GAAP performance measures to determine how best to provide relevant information to the public, and thus such reported measures could change. A non-GAAP financial measure used throughout this release is net operating income (NOI). We provide a more detailed discussion about this non-GAAP measure in our reconciliation of non-GAAP measures provided in the appendix in this earnings release.

Media Contact
The Howard Hughes Corporation
Cristina Carlson, 646-822-6910
Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate Communications
cristina.carlson@howardhughes.com

Investor Relations Contact
The Howard Hughes Corporation
Eric Holcomb, 281-475-2144
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
eric.holcomb@howardhughes.com

 

THE HOWARD HUGHES CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

UNAUDITED
 


Six Months Ended
June 30,


Three Months Ended
June 30,

thousands except per share amounts

2022


2021


2022


2021

REVENUES








Condominium rights and unit sales

$   41,036


$   50,028


$    21,420


$    12,861

Master Planned Communities land sales

146,447


95,819


84,979


58,342

Rental revenue

199,164


174,375


104,055


88,476

Other land, rental and property revenues

67,320


64,632


47,783


41,389

Builder price participation

32,967


18,183


18,471


11,389

  Total revenues

486,934


403,037


276,708


212,457









EXPENSES








Condominium rights and unit cost of sales

33,726