DDR Reports Operating FFO Per Diluted Share Of $0.29 For The Quarter Ended September 30, 2014

Oct 27, 2014

BEACHWOOD, Ohio, Oct. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR) today announced operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014. 

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Significant Third Quarter Activity

  • Generated Operating FFO of $0.29 per diluted share, a 3.6% increase from the third quarter of 2013
  • Executed 342 new leases and renewals for 2.7 million square feet
  • Increased the U.S. portfolio leased rate by 30 basis points to 95.6% from 95.3% at June 30, 2014 and by 80 basis points from 94.8% at September 30, 2013
  • Generated positive new leasing spreads of 23.6% on a pro rata basis, and positive renewal leasing spreads of 8.2% on a pro rata basis
  • Generated same store net operating income growth of 3.1% at 100% ownership and on a pro rata basis compared to the prior year
  • Acquired sole ownership of eight prime power centers, including seven from an existing joint venture with Blackstone, for $409 million at DDR's share
  • Sold $297 million of assets; DDR's pro rata gross proceeds were $290 million
  • In October, closed on a new unconsolidated joint venture with Blackstone that acquired a portfolio of 71 shopping centers with a total cost of $1.93 billion

"The continued execution of our strategic plan has resulted in another consistently strong quarter," commented Daniel B. Hurwitz, DDR's chief executive officer.  "Our portfolio and operating platform continue to perform at a high level and the outlook for our business remains robust."

Financial Highlights

  • Third quarter operating funds from operations attributable to common shareholders ("Operating FFO") increased $16.2 million to $106.2 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, compared to $90.0 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, for the prior-year comparable period.
  • Third quarter net income attributable to common shareholders was $63.0 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, which compares to net loss of $7.0 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the prior-year comparable period.

Significant Third Quarter Operating Activity

  • Executed 148 new leases totaling 0.7 million square feet at positive spreads of 23.6% on a pro rata basis
  • Executed 194 renewal leases totaling 2.0 million square feet at positive spreads of 8.2% on a pro rata basis
  • Increased the annualized base rent per occupied square foot to $13.65 at September 30, 2014 as compared to $13.19 at September 30, 2013

Significant Third Quarter Transactional Activity

  • Acquired sole ownership of a portfolio of seven prime power centers totaling 2.3 million square feet that were previously owned in a joint venture with Blackstone for $377 million at DDR's share. The investment was funded through a combination of preferred equity repayment, the assumption of existing mortgage debt and cash.
  • Acquired one consolidated prime power center totaling 0.2 million square feet for $31.5 million.
  • Sold seven consolidated operating shopping centers totaling 2.0 million square feet and two land parcels generating gross proceeds of $263 million. A net gain of $59.4 million was recorded related to these sales. One of the land parcels sold was the entire remaining acreage of land held for development in Russia. The Company no longer has any real estate investments in Russia. 
  • In October, acquired (through a joint venture with partner, Blackstone) a portfolio of 71 shopping centers from American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. The joint venture assumed approximately $437 million of senior non-recourse debt and has also originated an additional $800 million non-recourse loan facility. The Company's investment includes $20 million of common equity and $300 million in preferred equity with a fixed dividend rate of 8.5% and the Company will provide customary leasing and management services. An affiliate of Blackstone owns 95% of the common equity of the joint venture and an affiliate of DDR owns the remaining 5%. DDR has the right of first offer to acquire ten of the assets under specified conditions consistent with past transactions with Blackstone.

CEO Succession

  • As previously announced, Daniel B. Hurwitz, chief executive officer, and the Board of Directors agreed not to renew Mr. Hurwitz's employment agreement, which expires December 31, 2015.  The Board of Directors has retained an executive search firm to assist in the process of securing Mr. Hurwitz's successor.

2014 Guidance

  • The Company is revising its 2014 guidance for Operating FFO to a range between $1.15 to $1.17 per diluted share from $1.14 to $1.18 per diluted share.

Non-GAAP Disclosures FFO is a supplemental non-GAAP financial measurement used as a standard in the real estate industry and a widely accepted measure of real estate investment trust ("REIT") performance.  Management believes that FFO and Operating FFO provide additional indicators of the financial performance of a REIT.  The Company also believes that FFO and Operating FFO more appropriately measure the core operations of the Company and provide benchmarks to its peer group.  Neither FFO nor Operating FFO represents cash generated from operating activities in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), is necessarily indicative of cash available to fund cash needs and should be considered as an alternative to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as an indicator of the Company's operating performance or as an alternative to cash flow as a measure of liquidity.

FFO is defined and calculated by the Company as net income, adjusted to exclude:  (i) preferred share dividends, (ii) gains and losses from disposition of depreciable real estate property, which are presented net of taxes, (iii) impairment charges on depreciable real estate property and related investments, (iv) extraordinary items and (v) certain non-cash items.  These non-cash items principally include real property depreciation and amortization of intangibles, equity income from joint ventures and equity income from non-controlling interests and the Company's proportionate share of FFO from its unconsolidated joint ventures and non-controlling interests, determined on a consistent basis.  The Company calculates Operating FFO by excluding the non-operating charges and gains described below.  The Company computes FFO in accordance with the NAREIT definition.  Other real estate companies may calculate FFO and Operating FFO in a different manner.  Operating FFO is useful to investors as the Company removes these charges and gains to analyze the results of its operations and assess performance of the core operating real estate portfolio.  A reconciliation of net income (loss) to FFO and Operating FFO is presented herein.

Safe Harbor DDR Corp. considers portions of the information in this press release to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, both as amended, with respect to the Company's expectation for future periods.  Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved.  For this purpose, any statements contained herein that are not historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements.  There are a number of important factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including, among other factors, local conditions such as oversupply of space or a reduction in demand for real estate in the area; competition from other available space; dependence on rental income from real property; the loss of, significant downsizing of or bankruptcy of a major tenant; constructing properties or expansions that produce a desired yield on investment; our ability to buy or sell assets on commercially reasonable terms; our ability to complete acquisitions or dispositions of assets under contract; our ability to secure equity or debt financing on commercially acceptable terms or at all; our ability to enter into definitive agreements with regard to our financing and joint venture arrangements or our failure to satisfy conditions to the completion of these arrangements; the success of our capital recycling strategy; and the finalization of the financial statements for the three-month period ended September 30, 2014.  For additional factors that could cause the results of the Company to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements, please refer to the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, as amended.  The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof.

About DDR Corp. DDR is an owner and manager of 456 value-oriented shopping centers representing 125 million square feet in 42 states and Puerto Rico.  The Company's assets are concentrated in high barrier-to-entry markets with stable populations and high growth potential and its portfolio is actively managed to create long-term shareholder value. DDR is a self-administered and self-managed REIT operating as a fully integrated real estate company, and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DDR.  Additional information about the Company is available at www.ddr.com, as well as on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.

Conference Call and Supplemental Information A copy of the Company's Supplemental package is available upon request to Brooke Vanek at the Company's corporate office, 3300 Enterprise Parkway, Beachwood, Ohio 44122 or at www.ddr.com.

The Company will hold its quarterly conference call tomorrow, October 28, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.  To participate, please dial 866.318.8614 (domestic) or 617.399.5133 (international) at least ten minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call.  When prompted, provide the passcode: 73809437.  The conference call webcast will be recorded and available for replay beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET on October 28, 2014 through the Investors portion of DDR's website, http://ir.ddr.com/events.cfm.

DDR Corp.

Income Statement: Consolidated Interests

$ in thousands, except per share

3Q14

3Q13

9M14

9M13

Revenues:

Minimum rents (1)

$175,771

$140,389

$518,838

$406,274

Percentage rent

519

854

2,810

3,116

Recoveries

59,261

45,963

175,353

133,234

Ancillary income

6,476

7,795

18,829

20,698

Other revenues (2)

922

1,116

5,403

6,626

242,949

196,117

721,233

569,948

Expenses (3):

Operating and maintenance

37,311

33,107

109,448

96,257

Real estate taxes

35,681

26,694

106,132

77,434

72,992

59,801

215,580

173,691

Net operating income

169,957

136,316

505,653

396,257

Other income (expense):

Fee income

7,594

10,283

23,696

31,195

Interest income

2,652

6,692

8,937

20,365

Interest expense (4)

(58,115)

(54,740)

(179,908)

(157,346)

Depreciation and amortization

(99,480)

(70,015)

(302,901)

(198,609)

General and administrative (5)

(19,540)

(19,246)

(58,878)

(59,123)

Other income (expense), net (6)

(2,758)

(2,282)

(11,881)

(3,287)

Impairment charges (7)

(1,813)

(9,260)

(18,898)

(22,902)

(Loss) income before earnings from equity method   investments and other items

(1,503)

(2,252)

(34,180)

6,550

Equity in net income of joint ventures

3,620

3,780

10,241

5,543

Impairment of joint venture investments

0

0

(9,100)

0

Gain on sale and change in control of interests, net

3,984

0

87,814

1,066

Income (loss) from discontinued operations (8)

57,906

(3,258)

68,697

(27,872)

Tax benefit (expense)

212

(404)

(1,120)

(2,463)

Gain on disposition of real estate, net of tax

2,262

1,929

2,645

347

Net income (loss)

66,481

(205)

124,997

(16,829)

Income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests

2,125

(170)

2,985

(556)

Net income (loss) attributable to DDR

68,606

(375)

127,982

(17,385)

Write-off of preferred share original issuance costs

0

0

(1,943)

(5,246)

Preferred dividends

(5,594)

(6,608)

(18,460)

(21,113)

Net income (loss) attributable to Common Shareholders

63,012

(6,983)

107,579

(43,744)

FFO:

Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders

63,012

(6,983)

107,579

(43,744)

Depreciation and amortization of real estate investments

99,542

72,421

304,286

207,560

Equity in net income of joint ventures

(3,620)

(3,780)

(10,241)

(5,543)

Joint ventures' FFO

8,387

12,731

24,507

37,103

Non-controlling interests (OP units)

223

54

509

162

Impairment of depreciable real estate

365

24,136

11,856

64,237

Gain on disposition of depreciable real estate, net

(57,105)

(8,701)

(159,753)

(7,417)

FFO attributable to Common Shareholders

110,804

89,878

278,743

252,358

Non-operating items, net (9)

(4,589)

147

29,445

9,814

Operating FFO

$106,215

$90,025

$308,188

$262,172

FFO per share – Diluted (10)

$0.31

$0.28

$0.77

$0.79

Operating FFO per share – Diluted (10)

$0.29

$0.28

$0.85

$0.82



DDR Corp.

Balance Sheet: Consolidated Interests

$ in thousands

At Quarter End

3Q14

4Q13

Assets:

Land

$2,251,513

$2,209,970

Buildings

7,167,118

6,949,440

Fixtures and tenant improvements

628,407

599,221

10,047,038

9,758,631

Less: Accumulated depreciation

(1,893,315)

(1,823,199)

8,153,723

7,935,432

Land held for development and construction in progress

449,822

452,980

Real estate held for sale, net

0

12,670

Real estate, net

8,603,545

8,401,082

Investments in and advances to joint ventures

161,737

448,008

Cash

134,320

86,664

Restricted cash

8,250

33,476

Notes receivable, net

57,645

78,338

Receivables, including straight-line rent, net

128,414

129,513

Other assets, net (11)

531,780

515,992

Total Assets

9,625,691

9,693,073

Liabilities and Equity:

Revolving credit facilities

23,457

29,133

Unsecured debt

2,762,893

2,754,120

Unsecured term loan

350,000

350,000

Mortgage and other secured debt

2,099,694

2,161,421

5,236,044

5,294,674

Dividends payable

61,323

55,107

Other liabilities (12)

459,787

415,413

Total Liabilities

5,757,154

5,765,194

Preferred shares

350,000

405,000

Common shares

36,034

35,938

Paid-in-capital

5,434,217

5,417,363

Accumulated distributions in excess of net income

(1,975,043)

(1,915,638)

Deferred compensation obligation

17,057

16,702

Accumulated other comprehensive income

(8,445)

(36,493)

Less: Common shares in treasury at cost

(18,475)

(18,211)

Non-controlling interests

33,192

23,218

Total Equity

3,868,537

3,927,879

Total Liabilities and Equity

$9,625,691

$9,693,073



DDR Corp.

Income Statement: Unconsolidated Interests at 100%

$ in thousands

3Q14

3Q13

9M14

9M13

Revenues:

Minimum rents

$87,526

$127,576

$286,974

$383,650

Percentage rent

315

393

1,090

1,451

Recoveries

24,056

31,288

72,668

93,817

Other revenues

8,076

16,744

31,791

48,881

119,973

176,001

392,523

527,799

Expenses:

Operating and maintenance

25,535

40,750

94,260

120,884

Real estate taxes

14,489

20,349

43,527

61,246

40,024

61,099

137,787

182,130

Net operating income

79,949

114,902

254,736

345,669

Other income (expense):

Interest expense

(41,764)

(56,453)

(141,776)

(169,935)

Depreciation and amortization

(35,579)

(56,502)

(119,641)

(173,333)

Impairment charges

(11,093)

(13,390)

(11,693)

(51,713)

Tax expense

0

(6,446)

(6,565)

(20,299)

Other expense, net

(188)

(1,916)

(3,024)

(2,229)

(88,624)

(134,707)

(282,699)

(417,509)

Loss from continuing operations

(8,675)

(19,805)

(27,963)

(71,840)

Loss from discontinued operations

(55)

(11,196)

(844)

(22,604)

Gain (loss) on disposition of discontinued operations, net

4,713

(21,228)

28,224

(27,133)

Gain on disposition of real estate, net

3,833

151

3,833

794

Net (loss) income

(184)

(52,078)

3,250

(120,783)

Loss attributable to non-controlling interests

0

(5,800)

(2,023)

(19,715)

Net (loss) income attributable to unconsolidated joint   ventures

(184)

(57,878)

1,227

(140,498)

Depreciation and amortization of real estate   investments

35,574

58,544

118,020

180,909

Impairment of depreciable real estate

11,093

21,874

11,693

66,437

(Gain) loss on disposition of depreciable real estate, net

(8,546)

21,228

(31,965)

26,655

FFO

37,937

43,768

98,975

133,503

FFO at DDR's ownership interests

8,387

12,731

24,507

37,103

Operating FFO at DDR's ownership interests

8,387

12,331

24,643

36,413

Net income at DDR's ownership interests

3,316

2,800

9,483

4,328

Basis differences

304

980

758

1,215

Equity in net income of joint ventures

$3,620

$3,780

$10,241

$5,543



DDR Corp.

Balance Sheet: Unconsolidated Interests at 100%

$ in thousands

At Quarter End

3Q14

4Q13

Assets:

Land

$1,080,086

$1,275,232

Buildings

2,917,565

3,940,806

Fixtures and tenant improvements

168,575

266,851

4,166,226

5,482,889

Less: Accumulated depreciation

(814,365)

(839,867)

3,351,861

4,643,022

Land held for development and construction in progress

56,713

116,088

Real estate, net

3,408,574

4,759,110

Cash and restricted cash

95,768

282,866

Receivables, including straight-line rent, net

68,951

101,003

Other assets, net

97,959

196,615

Total Assets

3,671,252

5,339,594

Liabilities and Equity:

Mortgage debt

2,572,521

3,282,643

Notes and accrued interest payable to DDR

142,502

127,679

Other liabilities

142,521

245,368

Total Liabilities

2,857,544

3,655,690

Redeemable preferred equity

38,635

71,771

Accumulated equity

775,073

1,612,133

Total Liabilities and Equity

$3,671,252

$5,339,594



DDR Corp.

Financial Statements: Footnotes

$ in millions, except per share

Includes discontinued operations

3Q14

3Q13

9M14

9M13

(1)

Minimum rents:

Straight-line rent, net

$1.5

$1.2

$4.0

$4.3

Below-market rent, net

0.3

0.3

0.8

0.2

Ground lease revenue

8.5

6.5

24.5

18.1

(2)

Other revenues:

Lease termination fees

0.7

1.0

4.1

6.2

Other miscellaneous

0.2

0.1

1.3

0.4

(3)

Operating expenses:

Recoverable expenses (excludes discontinued operations)

(65.5)

(51.3)

(193.5)

(148.6)

Non-recoverable expenses (excludes discontinued operations)

(7.5)

(8.5)

(22.1)

(25.1)

Straight-line ground rent expense

(0.2)

(0.3)

(0.8)

(0.9)

Expensed costs of suspended developments

(0.1)

(0.6)

(0.8)

(1.7)

(4)

Non-cash interest expense:

Convertible debt accretion

(2.9)

(2.7)

(8.5)

(8.0)

Debt fair value amortization

4.1

1.3

12.5

2.5

Loan cost amortization

(3.1)

(3.0)

(9.5)

(9.0)

Interest expense (capitalized)

2.7

2.0

6.6

6.8

(5)

General and administrative expenses:

Stock compensation expenses

(1.9)

(1.9)

(5.8)

(5.6)

Internal leasing expenses

(1.7)

(1.8)

(5.6)

(5.7)

Construction administrative costs (capitalized)

2.5

2.4

7.3

6.9

(6)

Other income (expense):

Transactions and other

(1.6)

(1.9)

(9.7)

(2.4)

Litigation expenses

(1.2)

(0.4)

(2.2)

(1.2)

Debt extinguishment, net

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.3

(7)

Impairment charges:

Land held for development

0.0

0.0

13.2

0.0

Undeveloped land

1.4

0.0

1.8

2.6

Assets marketed for sale

0.4

9.2

3.9

20.3

(8)

Discontinued operations:

Revenues

5.6

15.1

21.2

50.9

Expenses

(4.8)

(12.2)

(18.7)

(42.1)

Impairments

(0.0)

(14.9)

(8.1)

(43.9)

Gain on disposition of real estate, net

57.1

8.7

74.3

7.2

Net income (loss)

57.9

(3.3)

68.7

(27.9)



DDR Corp.

Financial Statements: Footnotes

$ in millions, except per share

Includes discontinued operations

3Q14

3Q13

9M14

9M13

(9)

Non-operating items excluded from Operating FFO:

Non-cash impairment charges – non-depreciable assets

$1.4

$0.0

$24.2

$2.6

Transaction, litigation, debt extinguishment costs, other

2.8

2.4

12.1

4.0

Joint ventures – currency, other

0.0

(0.4)

0.1

(0.7)

Non-cash gain on sale of non-depreciable real estate, net of non- controlling interests and foreign currency

(4.8)

(1.9)

(4.9)

(0.2)

Non-cash gain on sale and change in control of interests, net

(4.0)

0.0

(4.0)

(1.1)

Non-cash write-off of preferred share original issuance costs

0.0

0.0

1.9

5.2

(4.6)

0.1

29.4

9.8

(10)

Outstanding per share information:

Common shares (at quarter end)

360.2

324.1

360.2

324.1

OP units (at quarter end)

1.4

0.4

1.4

0.4

Total shares and units (at quarter end)

361.6

324.5

361.6

324.5

Weighted average shares and units – Basic  – EPS

358.0

318.2

357.8

316.1

Assumed conversion of dilutive securities

0.5

0.0

0.5

0.0

Weighted average shares and units – Diluted – EPS

358.5

318.2

358.3

316.1

Weighted average shares and units – Basic – FFO & OFFO

361.0

320.6

360.2

318.7

Assumed conversion of dilutive securities

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

Weighted average shares and units – Diluted – FFO & OFFO

361.5

321.1

360.7

319.2

Earnings per common share – Basic

$0.17

$(0.02)

$0.30

$(0.14)

Earnings per common share – Diluted

$0.17

$(0.02)

$0.30

$(0.14)

FFO per share – Basic

$0.31

$0.28

$0.77

$0.79

FFO per share – Diluted

$0.31

$0.28

$0.77

$0.79

Operating FFO per share – Diluted

$0.29

$0.28

$0.85

$0.82

Common stock dividends declared, per share

$0.155

$0.135

$0.465

$0.405

(11)

Intangible assets, net (at quarter and year end)

428.1

409.6

(12)

Below-market leases, net (at quarter and year end)

139.6

123.9

Additional financial information:

Capital expenditures (DDR share):

Leasing

$9.8

$9.2

$30.5

$29.5

Maintenance – total

6.0

2.9

9.2

5.4

Maintenance PSF of owned GLA – non reimbursable

0.16

0.10

Miscellaneous (DDR share):

Est. value of land owned adjacent to existing centers (at 12/31/13)

$35.0

Cost basis of headquarters (non-income producing, at quarter end)

40.0

 

SOURCE DDR Corp.

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