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PS Business Parks (PSB) Q4 FFO and Revenues Beat Estimates

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PS Business Parks, Inc. PSB reported fourth-quarter 2019 core funds from operations (FFO) per share of $1.65, which exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.63. The figure remains flat, year over year.    

Results highlight improvement in same-park net operating income (NOI), backed by growth in rental rates, as well as higher NOI from non-same-park and multi-family assets.

However, shares of PS Business Parks depreciated 1.87% during Wednesday’s regular trading session, reflecting broader market sentiments.

Rental income came in at around $106.2 million, marking 2% growth from the year-ago quarter.

For full-year 2019, core FFO per share came in at $6.78, higher than the prior-year tally of $6.47. Rental income for the year came in at 429.8 million, up 3.9% year on year.

Quarter in Detail

Same-park rental income was up 6.6% year over year to $97.6 million, while same-park NOI climbed 6.1% to $70.3 million on improving rental rates.

Same-Park revenue per occupied-square-foot increased 7.8% to $16.10. However, weighted average square-foot occupancy shrunk 100 basis points year on year to 94.4%.

Portfolio Activity

During the fourth quarter, PS Business Parks completed the sale of three business parks in Montgomery County, MD — Metro Park North, Meadow Business Park and WesTech Business Park. These parks comprised 128 buildings, aggregating 1.3 million square feet of space, and were sold for $148.8 million.

Further, the company  acquired a muti-tenant flex park — San Tomas Business Center —comprising roughly 79,000 rentable square feet in Santa Clara, CA, for  $16.6 million.


PS Business Parks exited fourth-quarter 2019 with cash and cash equivalents of $62.8 million, up from the $37.4 million reported at the end of 2018.

Dividend Update

On Feb 18, the company announced a quarterly dividend of $1.05 per share. The dividend is payable on Mar 31, to shareholders of record as of Mar 16, 2020.

PS Business Parks currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

PS Business Parks, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

PS Business Parks, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
PS Business Parks, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

PS Business Parks, Inc. price-consensus-eps-surprise-chart | PS Business Parks, Inc. Quote

We, now, look forward to the earnings releases of other REITs like Public Storage PSA, American Tower Corporation AMT and Mack-Cali Realty Corporation CLI, all of which are slated to report their quarterly numbers next week.

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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