Ventas' (VTR) Q3 FFO Surpasses Estimates, Revenues Up Y/Y

Ventas, Inc.VTR reported third-quarter 2018 normalized funds from operations (FFO) of 99 cents, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 97 cents. However, the figure came in lower than the year-ago quarter tally of $1.04.

The company witnessed higher rental income from its office portfolio. Further, same-store cash net operating income (NOI) for its triple net leased portfolio witnessed growth.

Ventas posted revenues of $936.5 million, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $904.82 million. Further, the revenue figure compares favorably with the year-ago number of $899.9 million.

Quarter in Detail

For the third quarter, same-store cash NOI growth for the total portfolio (1,063 assets) inched up 1.3% year over year. Segment wise, same-store cash NOI for the triple net leased portfolio grew 3%, the office portfolio rose 3.5%, while seniors-housing operating portfolio registered a decline of 2.7%.

During and subsequent to the reported quarter, Ventas made new investments of approximately $100 million. It also made advancement in its university-based life-science development business. Notably, the company unveiled a development at its University of Pennsylvania life-science campus in September, which is nearly 70% leased. It also made new commitments worth $50 million for development and redevelopment projects in its senior housing and office portfolios.


Ventas exited third-quarter 2018 with cash and cash equivalents of $86.1 million, up from $93.6 million as of the prior-quarter end.

Updated 2018 Outlook

Ventas updated its 2018 normalized FFO per share outlook to $4.03-$4.07 from the previous projection of $4.02-$4.07. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the same is pinned at $4.06 per share.

The 2018 NAREIT FFO is expected in the range of $3.77-$3.83.

Our Take

Ventas is poised to grow on the back of its diversified portfolio and strategic acquisitions. Rising healthcare spending and aging population augur well for long-term growth.

Furthermore, a strong balance sheet indicates the company's financial strength. The company refinanced its debt obligations and issued new notes in a bid to improve maturity schedule and reduce exposure to short-term interest rates.

Nonetheless, softness in the seniors-housing operating fundamentals continues to hamper the company's bottom-line performance. Going forward as well, elevated supply of seniors housing assets in certain markets is likely to impede rent and occupancy growth in the near term.

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Currently, Ventas 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 other REITs like EPR Properties EPR , Vornado Realty Trust VNO and UDR Inc. UDR . All three companies are scheduled to release their quarterly figures on Oct 29.

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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