CBL & Associates Has Rise In Funds From Operations

Monday, April 28, 2014

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE:CBL) announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, including a rise in funds from operations from 53 cents to 73 cents.

Officials average gross rent per square foot for stabilized mall leases signed in the first quarter of 2014 increased 9.5% over the prior gross rent per square foot.

Total portfolio occupancy increased 30 basis points to 92.5% and same-center stabilized mall portfolio occupancy increased 10 basis points to 92.2% in the first quarter of 2014 over the prior-year period.

CBL’s President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen Lebovitz commented, “Results for 2014’s first quarter were in-line with our expectations and encouraging given the impact from increased store closings and bankruptcies as well as the harsh winter season. Looking forward, we expect the stronger sales gains reported by retailers in April to continue and offset the sluggish sales results in the first quarter. We are on pace to deliver 2014 same-center NOI and FFO goals that we recently outlined in our special update call earlier this month. As we stated, our priorities include executing both our near-term operational initiatives for 2014 and our longer-term strategic objectives to position CBL for a higher sustainable growth rate.”

FFO allocable to common shareholders, as adjusted, for the first quarter of 2014 was $87.7 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, compared with $85.9 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2013. FFO of the operating partnership for the first quarter of 2014 was $102.9 million compared with $101.6 million, for the first quarter of 2013. FFO per share declined from the prior-year period primarily as a result of dilution from the equity raised through the Company’s At-The-Market (“ATM”) program in the second quarter 2013 and the sale of assets in the third quarter 2013.

Net income attributable to common shareholders for the first quarter of 2014 was $44.1 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, compared with net income of $19.1 million, or $0.12 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2013.

 


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