BRIXMOR PROPERTY GROUP REPORTS FIRST QUARTER 2024 RESULTS

Brixmor Property Group, Inc. -0.55% Post

Brixmor Property Group, Inc.

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- Strong Operating Performance Drove Record Total, Anchor, and Small Shop Leased Occupancy -

- Achieved Record Lease Retention Rate -

- Increased Nareit FFO and Same Property NOI Growth Expectations For 2024 -

NEW YORK, April 29, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Brixmor Property Group Inc. (NYSE: BRX) ("Brixmor" or the "Company") announced today its operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2024.  For the three months ended March 31, 2024 and 2023, net income was $0.29 per diluted share and $0.37 per diluted share, respectively.

Key highlights for the three months ended March 31, 2024 include:

  • Executed 1.3 million square feet of new and renewal leases, with rent spreads on comparable space of 19.5%, including 0.7 million square feet of new leases, with rent spreads on comparable space of 39.7%
  • Sequentially increased total leased occupancy to a record 95.1%, anchor leased occupancy to a record 97.3%, and small shop leased occupancy to a record 90.5%
    • Commenced $12.0 million of annualized base rent
    • Leased to billed occupancy spread totaled 450 basis points
    • Total signed but not yet commenced lease population represented 3.2 million square feet and a record $67.7 million of annualized base rent
  • Reported an increase in same property NOI of 5.9%
  • Reported Nareit FFO of $163.4 million, or $0.54 per diluted share
  • Stabilized $11.6 million of reinvestment projects at an average incremental NOI yield of 12%, with the in process reinvestment pipeline totaling $431.0 million at an expected average incremental NOI yield of 9%
  • Completed $69.0 million of dispositions
  • Issued $400.0 million of 5.500% Senior Notes due 2034
  • Received a positive credit rating outlook on February 26, 2024 from Moody's Investors Service

Subsequent events:

  • Updated previously provided Nareit FFO per diluted share expectations for 2024 to $2.08 - $2.11 from $2.06 - $2.10 and same property NOI growth expectations for 2024 to 3.50% - 4.25% from 2.50% - 3.50%
  • Completed $17.3 million of acquisitions
  • As previously announced, the Company's Board of Directors appointed Brian T. Finnegan, the Company's Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, as interim Chief Executive Officer and President, effective April 11, 2024. Mr. Finnegan's appointment followed the announcement that James M. Taylor, the Company's Chief Executive Officer and President, is taking a temporary medical leave of absence

"Our team delivered another quarter of strong operating results to start the year, achieving record occupancy and retention rate, while capitalizing on the continued demand from a wide range of traffic generating tenants to be in our well located centers," commented Brian Finnegan, Interim Chief Executive Officer and President. "The momentum in the business is also evident in our improved outlook for 2024 and reflects the ongoing transformation of our centers as we continue to position this portfolio for long term sustainable growth."

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

Net Income

  • For the three months ended March 31, 2024 and 2023, net income was $88.9 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, and $112.2 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, respectively.

Nareit FFO

  • For the three months ended March 31, 2024 and 2023, Nareit FFO was $163.4 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, and $151.6 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, respectively. 

Same Property NOI Performance

  • For the three months ended March 31, 2024, the Company reported an increase in same property NOI of 5.9% versus the comparable 2023 period.

Dividend

  • The Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.2725 per common share (equivalent to $1.09 per annum) for the second quarter of 2024.
  • The dividend is payable on July 15, 2024 to stockholders of record on July 2, 2024, representing an ex-dividend date of July 1, 2024.

PORTFOLIO AND INVESTMENT ACTIVITY 

Value Enhancing Reinvestment Opportunities

  • During the three months ended March 31, 2024, the Company stabilized three value enhancing reinvestment projects with a total aggregate net cost of approximately $11.6 million at an average incremental NOI yield of 12% and added four new anchor space repositioning projects to its in process pipeline with a total aggregate net estimated cost of approximately $13.0 million at an expected incremental NOI yield of 7% - 14%.
  • At March 31, 2024, the value enhancing reinvestment in process pipeline was comprised of 45 projects with an aggregate net estimated cost of approximately $431.0 million at an expected average incremental NOI yield of 9%. The in process pipeline includes 22 anchor space repositioning projects with an aggregate net estimated cost of approximately $104.3 million at an expected incremental NOI yield of 7% - 14%; eight outparcel development projects with an aggregate net estimated cost of approximately $19.9 million at an expected average incremental NOI yield of 9%; and 15 redevelopment projects with an aggregate net estimated cost of approximately $306.9 million at an expected average incremental NOI yield of 8%.
  • An in-depth review of a redevelopment project, which highlights the Company's reinvestment capabilities, Venice Village (North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL), can be found at this link: https://www.brixmor.com/blog/creating-value-in-venice.
  • Follow Brixmor on LinkedIn for video updates on reinvestment projects at https://www.linkedin.com/company/brixmor.

Acquisitions

  • During the three months ended March 31, 2024, the Company did not complete any acquisitions.
  • Subsequent to March 31, 2024, the Company acquired West Center, an approximately 43,000 square foot grocery-anchored neighborhood shopping center located immediately adjacent to the Company's Three Village Shopping Center on Long Island, New York in East Setaucket (New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA), for $17.3 million. West Center is anchored by Wild by Nature Market and has compelling near-term leasing and value creation opportunities and, when combined with Three Village Shopping Center, creates optionality for long-term redevelopment and densification.

Dispositions

  • During the three months ended March 31, 2024, the Company generated approximately $69.0 million of gross proceeds on the disposition of three shopping centers comprised of 0.6 million square feet of gross leasable area.

CAPITAL STRUCTURE  

  • On January 12, 2024, the Company's operating partnership, Brixmor Operating Partnership LP, issued $400.0 million aggregate principal amount of 5.50% Senior Notes due 2034. Proceeds will be utilized to repay the $300.4 million outstanding of 3.65% Senior Notes that mature in June 2024 and for general corporate purposes.
  • At March 31, 2024, the Company had $1.7 billion in liquidity.
  • At March 31, 2024, the Company's net principal debt to adjusted EBITDA, current quarter annualized was 5.6x and net principal debt to adjusted EBITDA, trailing twelve months was 5.9x.

GUIDANCE 

  • The Company has updated its previously provided NAREIT FFO per diluted share expectations for 2024 to $2.08 - $2.11 from $2.06 - $2.10 and same property NOI growth expectations for 2024 to 3.50% - 4.25% from 2.50% - 3.50%.
  • Expectations for 2024 Nareit FFO:
    • Do not contemplate any additional tenants moving to or from a cash basis of accounting, either of which may result in significant volatility in straight-line rental income
    • Do not include any additional items that impact FFO comparability, which include transaction expenses, net, litigation and other non-routine legal expenses, and gain or loss on extinguishment of debt, net, or any other one-time items
  • The following table provides a reconciliation of the range of the Company's 2024 estimated net income to Nareit FFO:

(Unaudited, dollars in millions, except per share amounts)



2024E



2024E Per Diluted Share

  Net income



$286 - $295



$0.95 - $0.98

  Depreciation and amortization related to real estate



359



1.18

  Gain on sale of real estate assets



(15)



(0.05)

  Nareit FFO



$630 - $639



$2.08 - $2.11

CONNECT WITH BRIXMOR

  • For additional information, please visit https://www.brixmor.com;
  • Follow Brixmor on:
    • LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/brixmor
    • Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Brixmor
    • Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/brixmorpropertygroup; and
    • YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/Brixmor.

CONFERENCE CALL AND SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

The Company will host a teleconference on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 10:00 AM ET. To participate, please dial 877.704.4453 (domestic) or 201.389.0920 (international) within 15 minutes of the scheduled start of the call. The teleconference can also be accessed via a live webcast at https://www.brixmor.com in the Investors section. A replay of the teleconference will be available through midnight ET on May 14, 2024 by dialing 844.512.2921 (domestic) or 412.317.6671 (international) (Passcode:13744748) or via the web through April 30, 2025 at https://www.brixmor.com in the Investors section.

The Company's Supplemental Disclosure will be posted at https://www.brixmor.com in the Investors section. These materials are also available to all interested parties upon request to the Company at investorrelations@brixmor.com or 800.468.7526.

NON-GAAP PERFORMANCE MEASURES

The Company presents the non-GAAP performance measures set forth below.  These measures should not be considered as alternatives to, or more meaningful than, net income (calculated in accordance with GAAP) or other GAAP financial measures, as an indicator of financial performance and are not alternatives to, or more meaningful than, cash flow from operating activities (calculated in accordance with GAAP) as a measure of liquidity.  Non-GAAP performance measures have limitations as they do not include all items of income and expense that affect operations, and accordingly, should always be considered as supplemental financial results to those calculated in accordance with GAAP.  The Company's computation of these non-GAAP performance measures may differ in certain respects from the methodology utilized by other REITs and, therefore, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by such other REITs. Investors are cautioned that items excluded from these non-GAAP performance measures are relevant to understanding and addressing financial performance. A reconciliation of net income to these non-GAAP performance measures is presented in the attached tables.

Nareit FFO

Nareit FFO is a supplemental, non-GAAP performance measure utilized to evaluate the operating and financial performance of real estate companies. Nareit defines FFO as net income (loss), calculated in accordance with GAAP, excluding (i) depreciation and amortization related to real estate, (ii) gains and losses from the sale of certain real estate assets, (iii) gains and losses from change in control, (iv) impairment write-downs of certain real estate assets and investments in entities when the impairment is directly attributable to decreases in the value of depreciable real estate held by the entity and (v) after adjustments for unconsolidated joint ventures calculated to reflect FFO on the same basis. Considering the nature of its business as a real estate owner and operator, the Company believes that Nareit FFO is useful to investors in measuring its operating and financial performance because the definition excludes items included in net income that do not relate to or are not indicative of the Company's operating and financial performance, such as depreciation and amortization related to real estate, and items which can make periodic and peer analyses of operating and financial performance more difficult, such as gains and losses from the sale of certain real estate assets and impairment write-downs of certain real estate assets.

Same Property NOI

Same property NOI is a supplemental, non-GAAP performance measure utilized to evaluate the operating performance of real estate companies.  Same property NOI is calculated (using properties owned for the entirety of both periods and excluding properties under development and completed new development properties that have been stabilized for less than one year) as total property revenues (base rent, expense reimbursements, adjustments for revenues deemed uncollectible, ancillary and other rental income, percentage rents, and other revenues) less direct property operating expenses (operating costs and real estate taxes). Same property NOI excludes (i) lease termination fees, (ii) straight-line rental income, net, (iii) accretion of below-market leases, net of amortization of above-market leases and tenant inducements, (iv) straight-line ground rent expense, net, (v) income or expense associated with the Company's captive insurance company, (vi) depreciation and amortization, (vii) impairment of real estate assets, (viii) general and administrative expense, and (ix) other income and expense (including interest expense and gain on sale of real estate assets). Considering the nature of its business as a real estate owner and operator, the Company believes that NOI is useful to investors in measuring the operating performance of its portfolio because the definition excludes various items included in net income that do not relate to, or are not indicative of, the operating performance of the Company's properties, such as lease termination fees, straight-line rental income, net, income or expense associated with the Company's captive insurance company,  accretion of below-market leases, net of amortization of above-market leases and tenant inducements, straight-line ground rent expense, net, depreciation and amortization, impairment of real estate assets, general and administrative expense, and other income and expense (including interest expense and gain on sale of real estate assets). The Company believes that same property NOI is also useful to investors because it further eliminates disparities in NOI by only including NOI of properties owned for the entirety of both periods presented and excluding properties under development and completed new development properties that have been stabilized for less than one year and therefore provides a more consistent metric for comparing the operating performance of the Company's real estate between periods.

ABOUT BRIXMOR PROPERTY GROUP

Brixmor (NYSE: BRX) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and operates a high-quality, national portfolio of open-air shopping centers. Its 359 retail centers comprise approximately 64 million square feet of prime retail space in established trade areas.  The Company strives to own and operate shopping centers that reflect Brixmor's vision "to be the center of the communities we serve" and are home to a diverse mix of thriving national, regional and local retailers.  Brixmor is a proud real estate partner to over 5,000 retailers including The TJX Companies, The Kroger Co., Publix Super Markets and Ross Stores.

Brixmor announces material information to its investors in SEC filings and press releases and on public conference calls, webcasts and the "Investors" page of its website at https://www.brixmor.com. The Company also uses social media to communicate with its investors and the public, and the information Brixmor posts on social media may be deemed material information. Therefore, Brixmor encourages investors and others interested in the Company to review the information that it posts on its website and on its social media channels.

SAFE HARBOR LANGUAGE

This press release may contain 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. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements related to our expectations regarding the performance of our business, our financial results, our liquidity and capital resources, and other non-historical statements. You can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of words such as "outlook," "believes," "expects," "potential," "continues," "may," "will," "should," "seeks," "projects," "predicts," "intends," "plans," "estimates," "anticipates," or the negative version of these words or other comparable words. Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Accordingly, there are or will be important factors that could cause actual outcomes or results to differ materially from those indicated in these statements. We believe these factors include, but are not limited to, those described under the sections entitled "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2023, as such factors may be updated from time to time in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), which are accessible on the SEC's website at https://www.sec.gov. These factors include (1) changes in national, regional, and local economies, due to global events such as international military conflicts, international trade disputes, a foreign debt crisis, foreign currency volatility, or due to domestic issues, such as government policies and regulations, tariffs, energy prices, market dynamics, general economic contractions, rising interest rates, inflation, unemployment, or limited growth in consumer income or spending; (2) local real estate market conditions, including an oversupply of space in, or a reduction in demand for, properties similar to those in our Portfolio (defined hereafter); (3) competition from other available properties and e-commerce; (4) disruption and/or consolidation in the retail sector, the financial stability of our tenants, and the overall financial condition of large retailing companies, including their ability to pay rent and/or expense reimbursements that are due to us; (5) in the case of percentage rents, the sales volumes of our tenants; (6) increases in property operating expenses, including common area expenses, utilities, insurance, and real estate taxes, which are relatively inflexible and generally do not decrease if revenue or occupancy decrease; (7) increases in the costs to repair, renovate, and re-lease space; (8) earthquakes, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, damage from rising sea levels due to climate change, other natural disasters, epidemics and/or pandemics, civil unrest, terrorist acts, or acts of war, any of which may result in uninsured or underinsured losses; and (9) changes in laws and governmental regulations, including those governing usage, zoning, the environment, and taxes. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included in this press release and in our periodic filings. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and we expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise, except to the extent otherwise required by law.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS







Unaudited, dollars in thousands, except share information

































As of



As of











3/31/2024



12/31/2023



Assets













Real estate













Land

$           1,779,318



$           1,794,011







Buildings and tenant improvements

8,580,642



8,570,874







Construction in progress

128,165



126,007







Lease intangibles

500,097



504,995











10,988,222



10,995,887







Accumulated depreciation and amortization

(3,251,649)



(3,198,980)





Real estate, net

7,736,573



7,796,907





Cash and cash equivalents

407,105



866





Restricted cash

11,306



18,038





Marketable securities

19,519



19,914





Receivables, net, including straight-line rent receivables of $187,754 and $180,810, respectively

248,041



278,775





Deferred charges and prepaid expenses, net

165,625



164,061





Other assets

56,045



54,155



Total assets

$           8,644,214



$           8,332,716



















Liabilities











Debt obligations, net

$           5,311,444



$           4,933,525





Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities

473,796



548,890



Total liabilities

5,785,240



5,482,415



















Equity













Common stock, $0.01 par value; authorized 3,000,000,000 shares;













310,425,756 and 309,723,386 shares issued and 301,298,764 and 300,596,394













shares outstanding

3,013



3,006







Additional paid-in capital

3,301,402



3,310,590







Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

9,526



(2,700)







Distributions in excess of net income

(454,967)



(460,595)



Total equity

2,858,974



2,850,301



Total liabilities and equity

$           8,644,214



$           8,332,716

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS







Unaudited, dollars in thousands, except per share amounts

























Three Months Ended







3/31/2024



3/31/2023



Revenues











Rental income

$              319,489



$               311,130





Other revenues

752



314



Total revenues

320,241



311,444















Operating expenses











Operating costs

37,157



35,895





Real estate taxes

41,408



44,688





Depreciation and amortization

91,218



87,741





Impairment of real estate assets

-



1,100





General and administrative

28,491



29,172



Total operating expenses

198,274



198,596















Other income (expense)











Dividends and interest

3,877



15





Interest expense

(51,488)



(48,680)





Gain on sale of real estate assets

15,142



48,468





Other  

(593)



(405)



Total other income (expense)

(33,062)



(602)















Net income

$                 88,905



$               112,246















Net income per common share:











Basic

$                     0.29



$                     0.37





Diluted

$                     0.29



$                     0.37



Weighted average shares:











Basic

302,021



300,821





Diluted

302,712



301,833













 

FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS (FFO)







Unaudited, dollars in thousands, except per share amounts

























Three Months Ended







3/31/2024



3/31/2023















Net income

$             88,905



$           112,246





Depreciation and amortization related to real estate

89,673



86,748





Gain on sale of real estate assets

(15,142)



(48,468)





Impairment of real estate assets

-



1,100



Nareit FFO

$           163,436



$           151,626















Nareit FFO per diluted share

$                 0.54



$                 0.50



Weighted average diluted shares outstanding

302,712



301,833















Items that impact FFO comparability











Transaction expenses, net

$                   (45)



$                   (58)



Total items that impact FFO comparability 

$                   (45)



$                   (58)



Items that impact FFO comparability, net per share

$               (0.00)



$               (0.00)















Additional Disclosures











Straight-line rental income, net

$               7,555



$               4,001





Accretion of below-market leases, net of amortization of above-market leases and tenant inducements

1,724



2,668





Straight-line ground rent expense, net (1)

5



9















Dividends declared per share

$             0.2725



$             0.2600



Dividends declared

$             82,104



$             78,142



Dividend payout ratio (as % of Nareit FFO) 

50.2 %



51.5 %













(1) Straight-line ground rent expense, net is included in Operating costs on the Consolidated Statements of Operations.

 

SAME PROPERTY NOI ANALYSIS











Unaudited, dollars in thousands





































Three Months Ended













3/31/2024



3/31/2023



Change



Same Property NOI Analysis













Number of properties

355



355



-



Percent billed

90.6 %



90.1 %



0.5 %



Percent leased

95.1 %



94.2 %



0.9 %





















Revenues















Base rent

$           225,201



$           216,884









Expense reimbursements

71,545



69,959









Revenues deemed uncollectible

195



(1,051)









Ancillary and other rental income / Other revenues

6,248



5,426









Percentage rents

4,234



3,729













307,423



294,947



4.2 %



Operating expenses 















Operating costs

(36,473)



(34,312)









Real estate taxes

(41,040)



(43,478)













(77,513)



(77,790)



(0.4) %



Same property NOI

$           229,910



$           217,157



5.9 %





















NOI margin

74.8 %



73.6 %







Expense recovery ratio

92.3 %



89.9 %





























Percent Contribution to Same Property NOI Performance:



















Change



Percent Contribution











Base Rent

$               8,317



3.8 %











Revenues deemed uncollectible

1,246



0.6 %











Net expense reimbursements

1,863



0.9 %











Ancillary and other rental income / Other revenues

822



0.4 %











Percentage rents

505



0.2 %

















5.9 %

























Reconciliation of Net Income to Same Property NOI













Net income

$             88,905



$           112,246







Adjustments:















Non-same property NOI

(2,092)



(4,757)









Lease termination fees

(390)



(2,269)









Straight-line rental income, net

(7,555)



(4,001)









Accretion of below-market leases, net of amortization of above-market leases and tenant inducements

(1,724)



(2,668)









Straight-line ground rent expense, net

(5)



(9)









Depreciation and amortization 

91,218



87,741









Impairment of real estate assets

-



1,100









General and administrative 

28,491



29,172









Total other (income) expense

33,062



602







Same Property NOI

$           229,910



$           217,157























 

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