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Brixmor Property Group Reports First Quarter 2016 Results

("Brixmor" or the "Company") announced today its operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and named Angela Aman as Chief Financial Officer, effective May 20, 2016.

"The record setting leasing volume executed in the first quarter coupled with the successful appointments of respected industry veterans as CEO and CFO to lead this enterprise forward is a testament to the strength and resilience of the Brixmor platform, and an indication that the Company's best days are ahead," stated Daniel Hurwitz, Interim Chief Executive Officer and President.

First Quarter 2016 Operating Highlights



At and For Three

Months Ended





3/31/2016



3/31/2015


Change

Percent leased


92.4%



92.4%


-

Percent leased: anchors (≥ 10K SF)


95.9%



96.3%


(40) basis points

Percent leased: small shop (< 10K SF)


83.9%



83.2%


+70 basis points

Portfolio annualized base rent ("ABR") / SF


$12.85



$12.19


+5.4%

Total gross leasable area ("GLA") of new signed leases (SF)


852,315



801,983


+6.3%

Total rent spread (cash)


10.9%



13.7%


(280) basis points

Management Succession

  • As previously announced, James Taylor was named Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company, effective May 20, 2016. He will join the Company's Board of Directors following its 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which is scheduled for June 16, 2016. Mr. Taylor will succeed Daniel Hurwitz, who has held the position on an interim basis since February 2016. Mr. Hurwitz will continue to serve as a member of the Company's Board of Directors.
  • Ms. Aman will succeed Barry Lefkowitz as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Lefkowitz has held the position on an interim basis since February 2016.
  • Ms. Aman currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Starwood Retail Partners. Her responsibilities include strategic planning, implementing and management of all accounting and financial functions, as well as investor relations and partner reporting. Previously, she served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Retail Properties of America, Inc., where she helped oversee the company's initial public offering and subsequent capital raises, and was responsible for all aspects of accounting, finance, capital markets, and information technology. She previously served as a Portfolio Manager with RREEF and started her career in the real estate practice in the investment banking group at Deutsche Bank.

"I am very excited about Angela joining the Brixmor team," commented James Taylor, incoming Chief Executive Officer and President. "She is an exceptionally bright and talented professional whose directly relevant CFO experience, uncompromising integrity and proven leadership skills will help drive our business and capital strategy going forward."

Dividend

  • The Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.245 per common share (equivalent to $0.98 per annum) for the second quarter of 2016.
  • The dividend is payable on July 15, 2016 to stockholders of record on July 6, 2016, representing an ex-dividend date of July 1, 2016.

Financial Highlights

In the first quarter of 2016, Brixmor resolved substantially all of its outstanding claims with Circuit City Stores, Inc. Liquidating Trust and received a total settlement of $6.4 million, or $0.02 per share.

NAREIT FFO

  • For the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015, NAREIT FFO of $161.3 million, or $0.53 per diluted share and $139.2 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, respectively, increased by 15% per diluted share.

Items That Impact NAREIT FFO Comparability

  • For the three months ended March 31, 2016, results include the net impact of approximately ($1.0) million, or ($0.00) per diluted share, consisting of ($3.6) million of expenses related to the previously disclosed review conducted by the Company's Audit Committee and $2.6 million of equity based compensation forfeitures associated with executive departures.
  • For the three months ended March 31, 2015, results include the impact of approximately ($9.6) million, or ($0.03) per diluted share, consisting of a ($9.9) million non-cash, non-recurring charge related to pre-IPO compensation programs and $0.3 million of costs related to the prepayment of debt.

Net Income

  • For the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015, net income attributable to common stockholders was $60.5 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, and $30.4 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, respectively.

Same Property NOI

  • Same property NOI for the three months ended March 31, 2016 increased 2.8% from the comparable 2015 period.

Portfolio and Investment Activity

Anchor Space Repositioning / Redevelopment / Outparcel Development

  • During the first quarter, the Company completed 10 anchor space repositioning projects and four outparcel development projects. The Company also added five anchor space repositioning projects, one redevelopment project, one new development project and two outparcel development projects to its pipeline.
  • At March 31, 2016, the anchor space repositioning pipeline was comprised of 27 projects, the aggregate cost of which is expected to be approximately $111.9 million; the redevelopment pipeline was comprised of one project, the cost of which is expected to be approximately $7.2 million; the outparcel development pipeline was comprised of 10 projects, the aggregate cost of which is expected to be approximately $18.7 million; and the new development pipeline was comprised of one project, the aggregate cost of which is expected to be approximately $19.2 million.

Capital Structure

  • On April 1, 2016, the Company prepaid, without penalty, $82.4 million of secured debt maturing June 1, 2016 with a weighted average interest rate of 6%, utilizing cash on hand and $10.0 million from the Company's...

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