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Simon Property (SPG) Q3 FFO Beats Estimates, Revenues Up Y/Y

Have you been eager to see how Simon Property Group Inc. SPG performed in Q3 in comparison with the market expectations? Let’s quickly scan through the key facts from this Indianapolis, IN-based, retail real estate investment trust’s (REIT) earnings release this morning.

A FFO Beat

Simon Property came out with funds from operations (FFO) per share of $2.89, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.88

Results reflect improved property performance and growth in revenues.

How Was the Earnings Surprise Trend?

Simon Property has a decent surprise history. Before posting a beat in Q3, the company delivered positive surprise in three out of prior four quarters and missed in the other occasion. Overall, the company surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by an average of 4.2% in the trailing four quarters.

Revenue Came As Expected

Simon Property posted revenues of $1.4 billion, which matched the Zacks Consensus Estimate. It compared favorably with the year-ago number of $1.36 billion.

Key Developments to Note

Simon Property revised its full-year 2017 FFO per share guidance and expects it to be in the range of $11.17-$11.22 compared with the prior guidance of $11.14-$11.22. This incorporates an expected 3 cents per share negative impact in the fourth quarter as a result of the ongoing repair and restoration work at the company’s two centers in Puerto Rico.

The company announced a quarterly dividend of $1.85 per share, denoting an increase of 2.8% sequentially and 12.1% year-over-year. The new dividend will be paid on Nov 30 to stockholders of record on Nov 16.

What Zacks Rank Says

Simon Property has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). However, since the latest earnings performance is yet to be reflected in the estimate revisions, the rank is subject to change. While things apparently look favorable, it all depends on what sense the just-released report makes to the analysts.

You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Check back later for our full write up on this SPG earnings report!

Note:  FFO, a widely used metric to gauge the performance of REITs, is obtained after adding depreciation and amortization and other non-cash expenses to net income.

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