Rouse Properties, Inc.

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Rouse Properties Reports First Quarter 2013 Results

- Signed Over 529,000 Square Feet of Leases -

- Percentage Leased Grows By 170 Basis Points Year Over Year to 89.2%-

- Same Suite Initial Leasing Spreads Increased 12.7% -

- Core FFO Increased By 22% Year Over Year -

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Rouse Properties, Inc. (the "Company" or "Rouse") (NYSE: RSE) a national owner of regional enclosed malls, today announced consolidated and combined results for the three months ended March 31, 2013.

"We are pleased with the strong operational performance during the first quarter of 2013 as we continue to make progress on our four main growth initiatives: increasing the portfolio's occupancy and sales per square foot levels, completing strategic and cosmetic enhancements to our malls, strengthening our balance sheet, and evaluating targeted strategic and opportunistic acquisitions," stated Andrew Silberfein, President and Chief Executive Officer. “During the quarter, we continued to build on our strong leasing activity by signing over 529,000 square feet of leases. We have now achieved four straight quarters of leasing in excess of 525,000 square feet per quarter. Our in-line portfolio is 89.2% leased, which represents a 170 basis point improvement over the prior year. The quality of our team, national platform, and financial flexibility will continue to unlock the value embedded in our existing portfolio, and contribute to our growth as a leader in the middle market mall sector.”

Operational and Financial Highlights First Quarter 2013

  • Leased over 529,000 square feet in the quarter, an increase of more than 130% compared to the same period last year.
  • Leased percentage was 89.2% at quarter end, a gain of 170 basis points compared to the same period last year.
  • Permanent leasing percentage at quarter end increased 370 basis points compared to the end of the same period last year.
  • Total average rental rates for new and renewal leases, on a same suite basis, rose 18.2% and the initial rental rate for new and renewal leases increased 12.7%.
  • Portfolio tenant sales were $296 per square foot; on a comparable trailing twelve month basis the same property tenant sales increased 2.1%.

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2013

Core FFO was $18.3 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, as compared to $15.0 million, or $0.30 per diluted share in the prior year period. The increase over the prior period is primarily a result of the acquisition impact of Grand Traverse Mall and the Mall at Turtle Creek which were acquired in February 2012 and December 2012, respectively.

Core Net Operating Income (“Core NOI”) was $39.3 million as compared to $36.8 million in the prior year period. On a same store basis, excluding the impacts of the acquisitions of Grand Traverse Mall and the Mall at Turtle Creek and termination income, Core NOI was $36.0 million as compared to $35.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012.

Net loss was $(29.5) million, or $(0.60) per diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $(26.1) million, or $(0.71) per diluted share in the prior year period. The change in net loss was the result of lower depreciation and amortization, other expenses, and interest expense offset by an impairment charge of $21.7 million related to the Boulevard Mall for the three months ended March 31, 2013 as compared to March 31, 2012.

Financing

In January 2013, the Company utilized available funds on deposit to pay down its Term Loan by $100.0 million. The Company simultaneously increased its available Revolver commitment from $50.0 million to $150.0 million, thereby maintaining the same total level of liquidity. The outstanding balance of the Term Loan after this modification is $187.9 million, with $150.0 million of availability under the Revolver commitment which currently is fully undrawn.

In March 2013, the Company placed a new non-recourse mortgage loan on the Lakeland Square Mall, located in Lakeland, FL for $70.0 million. The loan bears interest at a fixed rate of 4.17% and has a term of ten years. This loan replaced a $50.3 million loan that had a fixed interest rate of 5.12% and was the only mortgage in the Company's portfolio that was due in 2013. Net proceeds to the Company were approximately $13.4 million after an anchor acquisition, related closing costs, and defeasance on the repaid loan.

Common Share Dividend

On May 2, 2013 the Board of Directors declared a common stock dividend of $0.13 per share payable on July 31, 2013 to stockholders of record on July 15, 2013. The Company's objective is to continue to grow the dividend over time and the Board will continue to evaluate the dividend policy as the Company's repositioning and acquisition plans continue to take effect.

2013 Guidance

The Company is reiterating its full year 2013 guidance range for Core FFO of $1.49 to $1.55 per diluted share, based on management's expectation as of the date of this release. The guidance presented does not include the effects of property acquisitions, dispositions, or capital transaction activity completed subsequent to March 31, 2013, except those previously announced and completed.

Supplemental Information

The Company released an informational supplemental packet, available at www.rouseproperties.com under the Investors section, with additional detail, including a description of non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliation to GAAP measures.

Investor Conference Webcast and Conference Call

The Company will host a webcast and conference call at 10:00 a.m. EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME on May 3, 2013, to discuss first quarter 2013 results. The number to call is 877-705-6003 (domestic) and 1-201-493-6725 (international). The live webcast will be available at www.rouseproperties.com under the Investors section. A replay of the conference call will be available through May 17, 2013, by dialing 877-870-5176 (domestic) and 1-858-384-5517 (international) and entering the passcode 412252.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain matters within this press release are discussed using forward-looking language as specified in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and, as such, may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results or performance to differ from those projected in the forward-looking statement. These forward-looking statements may include statements related to the Company's ability to outperform the ongoing recovery of the Retail and REIT industry and the markets in which the Company's mall properties are located, the Company's ability to generate internal and external growth, the Company's ability to identify and complete the acquisition of properties in new markets, the Company's ability to complete redevelopment projects, the Company's ability to increase margins, including Net Operating Income. For a description of factors that may cause the Company's actual results or performance to differ from its forward-looking statements, please review the information under the heading “Risk Factors” included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and other documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Non GAAP Financial Measures

The Company makes reference to net operating income (“NOI”) and funds from operations (“FFO”). NOI is defined as operating revenues (minimum rents, including lease termination fees, tenant recoveries, overage rents, and other income) less property and related expenses (real estate taxes, repairs and maintenance, marketing, other property operating costs, and provision for doubtful accounts). We use FFO, as defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, as a supplemental measure of our operating performance. FFO is defined as net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders in accordance with GAAP, excluding impairment write-downs on depreciable real estate, gains (or losses) from cumulative effects of accounting changes, extraordinary items and sales of properties, plus real estate related depreciation and amortization.

In order to present operations in a manner most relevant to its future operations, Core FFO and Core NOI have been presented to exclude certain non-cash and non-recurring revenue and expenses. A reconciliation of NOI to Core NOI and FFO to Core FFO has been included in the "Reconciliation of Core NOI and Core FFO" schedule attached to this release.

NOI, FFO and derivations thereof, are not alternatives to GAAP operating income (loss) or net income (loss) available to common stockholders. For reference, as an aid in understanding management's computation of NOI and FFO, a reconciliation of NOI to operating income and FFO to net income (loss) in accordance with GAAP has been included in the "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP to GAAP Financial Measures" schedule attached to this release.

About Rouse

Rouse is a publicly traded real estate investment trust headquartered in New York City and founded on a legacy of innovation and creativity. Among the country's largest publicly traded regional mall owners, the Company's geographically diverse portfolio spans the United States from coast to coast, and includes 32 malls in 20 states encompassing approximately 22.5 million square feet of space. For more information, visit www.rouseproperties.com.

 

Consolidated and Combined Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss

 
Three Months Ended

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

March 31, 2013
(Unaudited)

 

March 31, 2012
(Unaudited)

 
Revenues:
Minimum rents $ 40,148 $ 37,212
Tenant recoveries 16,998 16,596
Overage rents 1,504 1,445
Other 1,229   1,155  
Total revenues 59,879   56,408  
Expenses:
Real estate taxes 5,874 5,990
Property maintenance costs 3,414 3,441
Marketing 679 461
Other property operating costs 14,405 14,399
Provision for doubtful accounts 139 263
General and administrative 4,852 5,144
Provision for impairment 21,661
Depreciation and amortization 16,675 18,274
Other 497   4,459  
Total expenses 68,196   52,431  
Operating income (8,317 ) 3,977  
 
Interest income 201 1
Interest expense (21,335 ) (29,989 )
Loss before income taxes (29,451 ) (26,011 )
Provision for income taxes (35 ) (66 )
Net loss $ (29,486 ) $ (26,077 )
 
Net loss per share - Basic and Diluted (1) $ (0.60 ) $ (0.71 )
 
Dividends declared per share $ 0.13 $
 
Comprehensive loss:
Net loss $ (29,486 ) $ (26,077 )
Other comprehensive loss:
Net unrealized loss on financial instrument   (130 )
Comprehensive loss $ (29,486 ) $ (26,207 )

(1)

 

Calculated using weighted average number of shares of 49,332,151 and 36,785,376 for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

 

Consolidated and Combined Balance Sheets

   

(In thousands)

March 31, 2013
(Unaudited)

December 31, 2012

 
Assets:
Investment in real estate:
Land $ 331,749 $ 339,988
Buildings and equipment 1,306,296 1,312,767
Less accumulated depreciation (125,601 ) (116,336 )

Net investment in real estate

1,512,444 1,536,419
Cash and cash equivalents 13,295 8,092
Restricted cash 55,128 44,559
Demand deposit from affiliate 40,044 150,163
Accounts receivable, net 26,204 25,976
Deferred expenses, net 40,854 40,406
Prepaid expenses and other assets, net 88,906   99,458  
Total assets $ 1,776,875   $ 1,905,073  
 
Liabilities:
Mortgages, notes and loans payable $ 1,198,403 $ 1,283,491
Accounts payable and accrued expenses, net 80,606   88,686  
Total liabilities 1,279,009   1,372,177  
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
Equity:
Common stock (1) 497 493
Class B common stock (2) 4
Additional paid-in capital 583,124 588,668
Accumulated deficit (85,866 ) (56,380 )
Total stockholders' equity 497,755 532,785
Non-controlling interest 111   111  
Total equity 497,866   532,896  
Total liabilities and equity $ 1,776,875   $ 1,905,073  

(1)

 

Common stock: $0.01 par value; 500,000,000 shares authorized, 49,641,716 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2013 and 49,246,087 issued and 49,235,528 outstanding at December 31, 2012

(2)

Class B common stock: $0.01 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized, 0 and 359,056 issued and 0 and 359,056 outstanding at March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012

 

Reconciliation of Core NOI and Core FFO - For The Three Month Period Ended

 
  March 31, 2013   March 31, 2012

(In thousands)

(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
GAAP  

Core
Adjustments

 

Core NOI /
FFO

GAAP  

Core
Adjustments

 

Core NOI /
FFO

 
Revenues:
Minimum rents (1) $ 40,148 $ 3,906 $ 44,054 $ 37,212 $ 4,937 $ 42,149
Tenant recoveries 16,998 16,998 16,596 16,596
Overage rents 1,504 1,504 1,445 1,445
Other 1,229     1,229   1,155     1,155  
Total revenues 59,879   3,906   63,785   56,408   4,937   61,345  
Operating expenses:
Real estate taxes 5,874 5,874 5,990 5,990
Property maintenance costs 3,414 3,414 3,441 3,441
Marketing 679 679 461 461
Other property operating costs (2) 14,405 (31 ) 14,374 14,399 (31 ) 14,368
Provision for doubtful accounts 139     139   263     263  
Total operating expenses 24,511   (31 ) 24,480   24,554   (31 ) 24,523  
           
Net operating income 35,368   3,937   39,305   31,854   4,968   36,822  
 
General and administrative (3) (4) 4,852 (31 ) 4,821 5,144 5,144
Other (5) 497   (497 )   4,459   (4,459 )  
Subtotal 30,019   4,465   34,484   22,251   9,427   31,678  
 
Interest income 201 201 1 1
Interest expense
Amortization of market rate adjustments on debt (1,715 ) 1,715 (2,724 ) 2,724
Write-off of market rate debt adjustments (171 ) 171 (8,958 ) 8,958
Amortization of deferred financing costs (2,154 ) 2,154 (1,668 ) 1,668
Debt extinguishment costs (885 ) 885
Interest on existing debt (16,410 ) (16,410 ) (16,639 ) (16,639 )
Provision for income taxes (35 ) 35     (66 ) 66    
Funds from operations $ 8,850 $ 9,425 $ 18,275 $ (7,803 ) $ 22,843 $ 15,040
Funds from operations per share - basic and diluted (6) $ 0.37 $ 0.41
Funds from operations per share - diluted (7)     $ 0.37       $ 0.30  

(1)

 

Core adjustments include amounts for straight-line rent of $(964) and $(1,499), above / below market lease amortization of $4,620 and $6,436 and tenant inducement amortization of $250 and $0 for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

(2)

Core adjustments include above / below market ground lease amortization of $31 for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012.

(3)

General and administrative costs include $722 of non-cash stock compensation expense.

(4)

Core adjustments include amounts for the corporate and regional office straight-line rent of $31 for the three months ended March 31, 2013.

(5)

Core adjustments include non-comparable costs related to the spin-off from General Growth Properties and property acquisition costs.

(6)

Calculated using weighted average number of shares of 49,332,151 and 36,785,376 for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012.

(7)

Assumes 49,641,716 and 49,573,977 normalized common shares and 49,990,645 and 49,573,977 diluted common shares for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

 

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP to GAAP Financial Measures

 
Three Months Ended

(In thousands)

March 31, 2013
(Unaudited)

 

March 31, 2012
(Unaudited)

 
Reconciliation of NOI to GAAP Operating Income
NOI: $ 35,368 $ 31,854
General and administrative (4,852 ) (5,144 )
Other (497 ) (4,459 )
Depreciation and amortization (16,675 ) (18,274 )
Provision for impairment (21,661 )  
Operating income $ (8,317 ) $ 3,977  
 
Reconciliation of FFO to GAAP Net Loss Attributable to Common Stockholders
FFO: $ 8,850 $ (7,803 )
Depreciation and amortization (16,675 ) (18,274 )
Provision for impairment (21,661 )  
Net loss attributable to common stockholders $ (29,486 ) $ (26,077 )
 
Weighted average numbers of shares outstanding 49,332,151   36,785,376  
Per Share $ (0.60 ) $ (0.71 )

Rouse Properties, Inc.
Investor Relations, 212-608-5108
IR@rouseproperties.com

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