Fri, May 22, 7:50 AM
- Affirming EQC's unsecured debt rating of Baa3, Moody's revises the outlook to stable from negative, reflecting reduced leverage as well as progress on the company's large-scale repositioning plan that will improve portfolio quality.
- Since taking control in mid-2014, EQC's new management team has significantly improved the REIT's credit profile, says Moody's.
- Source: Press Release
Thu, May 7, 11:58 AM
- Q1 normalized FFO of $72M or $0.55 per share vs. $61M and $0.51 one year ago.
- Portfolio consists of 154 properties and 42.8M square feet.
- Same-property NOI down 1% Y/Y, up 2.5% on a cash basis thanks to property tax refunds. G&A expense of $16.6M down from $24.9M.
- Same-property leasing percentage of 85.9% down 70 bps Y/Y.
- Leases of 1.478M square feet signed, with 720K square feet of new leases and 785K square feet of renewals.
- Cash rental rates on new and renewal leases were flat vs. the prior rates for same space. GAAP rental rate up 5.6%.
- Since quarter's end, company has 52 properties under sales agreements totaling more than 8M square feet and $750M. The plan is sell $2B-$3B of assets through 2017. Another 32 properties are currently on the block.
- Previously: Equity Commonwealth beats by $0.06, beats on revenue (May 6)
- EQC +4%
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Thu, Mar. 26, 10:23 AM
- Management has changed, as has the name and ticker - now Equity Commonwealth (NYSE:EQC) - but the stock price is about the same today as it was the day before previous management conceded defeat one year ago, writes Jake Mooney.
- Corvex Management led the takeover, claiming the stock was worth $40 or more, but the hoped-for benefits of internalizing management have been slow to come. While the leadership team - including Chairman Sam Zell - is now internal, property management is not (CBRE is in charge, supposedly on an interim basis).
- Expenses, says Stifel analyst John Guinee, are "egregiously high" at roughly twice the level at peers. Nevertheless, Guinee endorses the company strategy - which includes selling much of the portfolio and cutting leverage - and maintains a Buy rating on the stock. In Guinee's view, investors (maybe including himself) are comparing EQC to peers when maybe they ought to be looking at it as a liquidation play.
- "The new management team at EQC appears to still be finding its way with regard to both long term strategy and the time frame under which it will be able to right the ship," says the team at RBC, which has an Underperform rating.
Wed, Mar. 18, 3:28 PM
- The Fed earlier cuts its forecasts for GDP growth, inflation, and the pace of rate hikes. Alongside, it also lowered NAIRU - the level at which unemployment threatens accelerating inflation.
- The 10-year Treasury yield is lower by 13 basis points to 1.92% following the news, sending the board averages to near-1.5% gains, but the strongest names are the equity REITs.
- IYR +2.3%
- National Retail Properties (NNN +3%), Spirit Realty (SRC +3.1%), Senior Housing Properties (SNH +2.1%), Healthcare Trust of America (HTA +2.9%), Equity Commonwealth (EQC +2.7%), Gramercy Property (GPT +3.2%), Post Properties (PPS +3.9%), Aimco (AIV +2.6%), Kimco (KIM +2.8%), DDR Corp (DDR +2.4%), Public Storage (PSA +2%), Government Properties (GOV +1.9%), First Potomac Realty (FPO +3%), Digital Realty Trust (DLR +1.5%), Sunstone Hotel (SHO +2%), Liberty Property (LPT +2.4%), American Campus (ACC +2.5%)
- Previously: Day's biggest news: Fed sharply cuts "normal" unemployment rate (March 18)
- Previously: FOMC drops "patient," but sends dovish signal (March 18)
- ETFs: IYR, VNQ, DRN, URE, SRS, ICF, SCHH, RWR, KBWY, DRV, REK, FRI, FTY, PSR, WREI, FREL
Tue, Feb. 24, 3:32 PM
- The 10-year Treasury yield has tumbled back beneath 2% amid Janet Yellen's congressional testimony and some weak economic data, but there's no bid for income favorites like equity REITs.
- The iShares DJ U.S. Real Estate ETF (IYR -1.9%).
- Realty Income (O -2.9%), National Retail Properties (NNN -2.7%), Senior Housing Properties (SNH -2.2%), Ventas (VTR -3.8%), HCP (HCP -3.6%), Equity Commonwealth (EQC -2.3%), Vornado (VNO -1.9%), Equity Residential (EQR -2.5%), AvalonBay (AVB -2.7%), Simon Property (SPG -1.8%), General Growth (GGP -2.1%), Kimco (KIM -3%), Sovran Self Storage (SSS -2%), Boston Properties (BXP -2%), Hospitality Properties (HPT -2.7%), LaSalle Hotel (LHO -2.8%), Liberty Property Trust (LPT -2.7%), American Campus Communities (ACC -1.7%).
- ETFs: IYR, VNQ, DRN, URE, SRS, ICF, SCHH, RWR, KBWY, DRV, REK, FRI, FTY, PSR, WREI
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Tue, Feb. 3, 4:28 PM
- The new $1.15B credit agreement reduces the interest rate on EQC's revolver by 25 bps to Libor plus 125 bps, and the facility fee by 10 bps to 25 bps. The rate on the 5-year term loan is cut 45 bps to Libor plus 140 bps.
- The revolver amount is $750M and the term loans total $400M. The term loans replace existing ones set to mature at the end of 2016, and EQC had no balance on its old revolver.
- Source: Press Release
Wed, Jan. 21, 3:14 PM
- Equity REITs had a nice run after bond yields peaked last year and began declining, but, says a now-cautious John Authers from the FT, that rally has turned into a stampede. And while the U.S. has led the way, U.K., European, and global REIT indexes have also had big gains.
- Since October, the S&P 500 REITs index is up 19% vs. 1.4% for the S&P 500, and a 22.5% loss for the Alerian index of MLPs.
- Valuation has now become a concern, with every REIT sector covered by SNL Securities trading at a premium to NAV (not the mortgage REITs though). Healthcare REITs - HCP, MPW, HTA, UHT, LTC, SBRA, OHI, HCN come to mind - are at a 25% premium.
- SNL's Jason Lail dismissed some concerns, noting REITs trade at a 12.% premium to NAV, well within the 20% above and below NAV they typically range between. Also, fundamentals remain sound, with supply still constricted in many areas.
- JPMorgan's Jason Ko notes pockets of value, particularly office REITs which trade a minimal premium. Boston Properties (BXP -0.1%) is a particular favorite. Others in the sector include: EQC, WRE, CSG, FPO, HIW.
- Simon Property (SPG +0.2%) is Ko's biggest holding as mall bankruptcies and chain closings should leave the survivors stronger. His 2nd-largest holding is industrial player ProLogis (PLD +0.2%).
- ETFs: IYR, VNQ, WPS, VNQI, DRN, RWX, URE, SRS, ICF, SCHH, RWR, RWO, IFGL, KBWY, DRV, DRW, REK, FRI, GRI, IFEU, FTY, FFR, RWXL, PSR, IFNA, WREI, REET
Wed, Jan. 14, 7:04 AM
- Select Income REIT (NYSE:SIR) becomes the next Portnoy vehicle to be targeted by an activist as Lakewood Capital Management - an owner of 6.8% of the company - believes the stock to be conservatively worth 30-70% more than current levels. The current underpricing and dramatic underperformance, says Lakewood, is due to "widely-held concerns around corporate governance."
- Lakewood's presentation
- Equity Commonwealth (NYSE:EQC) shareholders have been through the drill and will also take notice.
Dec. 8, 2014, 1:08 PM| 1 Comment
Nov. 3, 2014, 6:28 PM
- Normalized FFO of $57.3M or $0.44 per share vs. $63.7M and $0.54 one year ago. Normalized FFO excludes the $171.8M or $1.33 per share gain from the sale of Select Income REIT.
- Overall portfolio 85.9% leased vs. 86.7% in Q2, 86.8% a year ago. Cash rental rates on new and renewal leases down 2.8% from prior rates. Same-property NOI up 5.1% Y/Y. Same-property cash NOI up 7% thanks to the settlement of litigation with a former tenant.
- No common dividends expected for the rest of this year as new management focuses on improving the value of the portfolio. The new team assumed total control of company operations from RMR on October 1.
- Shareholders approved maximum payment of $33.5M to Related/Corvex to cover their consent solicitation costs. About $16.7M was paid in Q3, and the remaining payments are contingent on average closing share price of $26 in 2015 and 2016.
- Conference call tomorrow at 10:30 ET
- Previously: Equity Commonwealth misses by $0.12, beats on revenue
- EQC flat after-hours
Nov. 3, 2014, 5:39 PM| Comment!
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