On Apr 17, 2014, we issued an updated research report on
retail real estate investment trust (REIT)
Regency Centers Corporation
Regency posted results on Feb 12. Continuing its winning streak,
it reported a positive earnings surprise of 3.1% in
fourth-quarter 2013. Specifically, the company's fourth-quarter
core FFO per share of 66 cents exceeded the Zacks Consensus
Estimate by 2 cents and the year-ago quarter figure by 3
Higher revenue growth and improved core portfolio fundamentals
aided the results. This retail REIT also raised its quarterly
dividend by 1.6%.
Regency primarily focuses on building a premium portfolio of
grocery-anchored shopping centers. Such centers are usually
necessity driven and internet resistant in nature and drive a
dependable traffic. This drives value and mitigates operating
risks. Additionally, the dividend increase enhances investor
confidence in the stock.
Yet, a significant impending development and redevelopment
pipeline increases its operational risks, while stiff competition
limits any robust demand for its properties. Also, anticipation
of rise in interest rates and geographical concentration of its
assets remains a concern.
Over the last 30 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for FFO per
share has remained stable at $2.69 for 2014. For 2015, it moved
up by 2 cents to $2.85. The stock currently has a Zacks Rank #3
Stocks That Warrant a Look
Investors interested in the retail REIT industry may consider
Acadia Realty Trust
General Growth Properties, Inc.
Simon Property Group Inc.
). All these stocks have a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
FFO, a widely used metric to gauge the performance of REITs,
are obtained after adding depreciation, amortization and other
non-cash expenses to net income.
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