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HCP Tops Q3 FFO Estimates on NOI Growth, Misses on Revenues


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HCP Inc. HCP reported third-quarter 2018 funds from operations (FFO) as adjusted of 44 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 43 cents. Comparable FFO as adjusted in the prior-year quarter was 48 cents per share.

Results were supported by decent performance of the company's life-science and medical-office segment.

This healthcare real estate investment trust (REIT) generated revenues of $456 million, narrowly missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $457.45 million. Nonetheless, the figure compares favorably with the year-ago number of $454 million.

Behind the Headlines

HCP witnessed 1.7% year-over-year rise in the three-month cash SPP net operating income (NOI). Though there was growth of 2.6% in life-science cash NOI, 1.6% increase in senior-housing triple-net segment, 2.3% rise in the medical office segment and 6.5% advancement in other non-reportable segments, the positives were partly offset by a 6.3% decrease in senior-housing operating portfolio (SHOP) cash NOI.

During the quarter under review, HCP completed the sale of 11 senior housing communities, totaling $76 million to third-party buyers.

Year to date, management of 35 senior-housing communities, owned by HCP, have been transitioned from Brookdale to other operators. The remaining four will likely be transitioned in 2018.

HCP had cash and cash equivalents of around $78.9 million as of Sep 30, 2018, significantly up from $55.3 million recorded at the end of 2017. Additionally, the company ended the third quarter with $1.4 billion of liquidity from a combination of cash and availability under its $2-billion credit facility.

Outlook

HCP reaffirmed its 2018 FFO as adjusted guidance at $1.79-$1.83 per share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at $1.82.

Furthermore, the company reaffirmed the 2018 SPP cash NOI growth guidance of 0.25-1.75%.

Conclusion

Continuing with its portfolio-repositioning strategy, HCP disposed 11 senior housing communities during the Jul-Sep period. Further, in October, it closed on part of the previously-announced sale of 19 senior housing communities managed by Brookdale by selling 17 assets for $264 million. These efforts will enable the company to lower its exposure to Brookdale and optimize its portfolio.

Nevertheless, it recorded lower rental and related revenues, along with a decline in interest income, as compared to the prior-year quarter. Going forward, we identify rising interest rates and stiff competition as major hurdles for the company.

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HCP currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see  the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

We now look forward to the earnings releases of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc.  HST , Equinix, Inc. EQIX and Outfront Media Inc. OUT . While Host Hotels is scheduled to report its quarterly numbers on Nov 2, Equinix and Outfront are slated to report their third-quarter earnings on Nov 1 and Nov 5, respectively.

Note:  Anything related to earnings presented in this write-up represent funds from operations (FFO) - a widely used metric to gauge the performance of REITs.

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Referenced Symbols: EQIX , HST , OUT , HCP



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