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UDR's Q3 FFOA & Revenues Beat Estimates, Occupancy Increases

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UDR Inc.’s UDR third-quarter 2019 funds from operations as adjusted (FFOA) per share of 52 cents surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 49 cents. The figure also comes in higher than the prior-year quarter reported tally of 49 cents.

Moreover, third-quarter 2019 revenues from rental income climbed approximately 9.8% year over year to $289.01 million. Further, the figure surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of nearly $284.4 million.

Results reflect year-over-year growth in same-store net operating income (NOI) and weighted average same-store physical occupancy.

Inside the Headlines

During the third quarter, same-store revenues increased 3.7% year over year. However, same-store expenses flared up 3.1%. Consequently, same-store NOI improved 3.9% year over year. This residential REIT’s weighted average same-store physical occupancy expanded 10 basis points (bps), year over year, but remained flat sequentially at 96.9%. The third-quarter annualized-rate of turnover remained flat, year on year, at 63.8%.

UDR’s wholly-owned acquisition activity for the quarter included the buyout of two communities — The Commons at Windsor Gardens and One William — for an aggregate amount of $353.8 million.

At the end of the reported quarter, the company’s Developer Capital Program (DCP) investment, including accrued return, totaled $264.4 million.

At the end of the quarter, UDR’s development pipeline aggregated $129.5 million at its pro-rata ownership interest, out of which, 25% has already been funded.

As of Sep 30, 2019, the company had around $1.1 billion of liquidity through a combination of cash and undrawn capacity on its credit facilities. Additionally, its total debt was $3.94 billion as of the same date.

Guidance

The company has issued its projections for fourth-quarter 2019. For the current quarter, UDR projects FFOA per share to be in the 53-55 cents range. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the same is pinned at 53 cents.

Further, the company marginally raised its forecast for 2019 FFOA per share to $2.07-$2.09, from the previous outlook of $2.06-$2.09. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the same is $2.07. Moreover, it anticipates same-store NOI growth of 4-4.4% for the ongoing year.

Conclusion

UDR continued to implement its Next Generation Operating Platform strategy during the July-September quarter. This facilitated year-over-year controllable operating margin expansion of 40 bps to 83.9%.

Additionally, it completed nearly 5,700 SmartHome installations during this period. These technological and process initiatives will strengthen the company’s operating platform, enabling it to enjoy greater efficiencies.

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At present, UDR carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Performance of Other REITs

Highwoods Properties Inc.’s HIW third-quarter FFO per share of 88 cents surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 85 cents. The reported tally excluded the net impact of 5 cents relating to the company’s market rotation plan. The figure also improved 2.3% year over year.

Cousins Properties Incorporated CUZ reported third-quarter FFO per share (before TIER transaction costs) of 72 cents, outpacing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 69 cents. Further, the figure came in higher than the prior-year quarter’s reported tally of 63 cents.

Ventas, Inc. VTR delivered third-quarter 2019 normalized FFO per share of 96 cents, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 94 cents. However, the figure came in lower than the year-ago tally of 99 cents.

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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