SL Green Realty Corp. SLG reported first-quarter 2021 funds from operations (FFO) per share of $1.73, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.58. The reported figure includes a lease termination income of 14 cents per share. However, first-quarter 2021 FFO per share was lower than the year-ago quarter’s $2.08. The year-ago figure included 47 cents of incremental income from Credit Suisse at One Madison Avenue.
Net rental revenues of $162.8 million in the first quarter missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $162.4 million. The figure also declined 16.7% from the prior year’s $195.5 million.
As of Apr 21, the company’s gross tenant billing collection for first-quarter 2021 was 95.3%. This includes 98% from office and 85% from retail tenants. While cost-control measures aided bottom-line growth, a decline in rental and investment income dents top-line performance.
Concurrent with the earnings release, SL Green announces the sale of its stake in two residential properties. This is in line with its strategy to divest non-core assets, inclusive of residential properties, and redeploy capital in share repurchase programs and development projects.
The company also announced a lease signed with Vashi — a British fine jewelry brand — for 11,777 square feet at 110 Greene Street in SoHo. The tenant will lease out the space for 15 years.
Quarter in Detail
In the first quarter, same-store cash net operating income (NOI), including SL Green’s share of same-store cash NOI from unconsolidated joint ventures, decreased 1.4% year over year. This excludes lease termination income.
In the Manhattan portfolio, the company signed 21 office leases for 352,752 square feet in the reported period. The mark-to-market on signed Manhattan office leases was 2.8% lower in the first quarter than the previous fully-escalated rents in the same spaces.
As of Mar 31, 2021, Manhattan’s same-store office occupancy, inclusive of leases signed but not yet commenced, was 94.2%, down 20 basis points from the prior quarter.
The carrying value of its debt and preferred equity portfolio was $1.13 billion as of Mar 31, 2021.
As of the first-quarter end, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $305 million, up from $266 million recorded at the end of 2020.
Under this $3.5-billion share-repurchase program, the company repurchased 1.5 million shares from the start of 2021 through Apr 21, 2021.
In the first quarter, it divested its 25% stake in the commercial condominium units — Tower 46 — located at 55 West 46th Street for net cash proceeds of $20.9 million.
For the first quarter, SL Green paid out three monthly dividends of 30.33 cents per share on its common stock in February, March and April, equating to an annualized dividend of $3.64 per share.
SL Green currently carries a Zacks Rank of 3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
SL Green Realty Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
We now look forward to the earnings releases of other REITs like Digital Realty Trust, Inc. DLR,Cousins Properties CUZ, and CubeSmart CUBE. All three companies are slated to report first-quarter earnings on Apr 29.
Note: Anything related to earnings presented in this write-up represents funds from operations (FFO) — a widely used metric to gauge the performance of REITs.
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