Press Release

Simon Property Group Reports First Quarter 2021 Results And Raises Full Year 2021 Guidance

INDIANAPOLIS, May 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Simon, a global leader in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations, today reported results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.

"We are very pleased with our first quarter results," said David Simon, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President.  "Our business has substantially improved after addressing the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic including significantly restrictive governmental orders as evidenced by our improved profitability and cash flow growth, increasing shopper traffic, increasing retailer sales, and leasing momentum across our portfolio.  We are also seeing similar results in the Taubman Realty Group portfolio and are encouraged by our collective progress in increasing its profitability.   Today we are increasing our full-year 2021 guidance."

Results for the Quarter

  • Net income attributable to common stockholders was $445.9 million, or $1.36 per diluted share for the three months ended March 31, 2021.          
  • Funds From Operations ("FFO") was $934.0 million, or $2.48 per diluted share for the three months ended March 31, 2021.     
  • Domestic and international properties net operating income ("NOI"), combined, declined 8.4% compared to the prior year period as a direct result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Portfolio NOI, which includes NOI from domestic properties, international properties and NOI from the Company's investment in Taubman Realty Group ("TRG"), increased 4.0% compared to the prior year period. 

U.S. Malls and Premium Outlets Operating Statistics

  • Occupancy was 90.8% at March 31, 2021.
  • Base minimum rent per square foot was $56.07 at March 31, 2021, an increase of 0.6% year-over-year. 

Development Activity

West Midlands Designer Outlet opened on April 12, 2021, upon the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions which delayed the center's initial planned opening.  The center includes 197,000 square feet of high-quality, name brand stores providing shoppers in the United Kingdom with one of the finest open-air retail and leisure experiences.  Simon owns a 23% interest in this center.   

Construction continues on redevelopments including Northshore Mall (Boston, MA), West Town Mall (Knoxville, TN), Burlington Mall (Boston, MA) and Tacoma Mall (Tacoma, WA).  These redevelopments, scheduled to be completed in 2021, will significantly benefit the communities in which they operate. 

Progress continues on transformative mixed-use redevelopments of Northgate (Seattle, WA) and Phipps Plaza (Atlanta, GA).  The transformation of Northgate will feature the National Hockey League's Seattle Kraken corporate offices and practice and training facility.  This first phase of the Northgate transformation is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2021.  The dynamic redevelopment at Phipps Plaza is headlined by a Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, Citizens food hall, Life Time athletic club and Life Time Work.  These additions are scheduled to open in 2022. 

Capital Markets and Balance Sheet Liquidity

The Company has been active in both the unsecured and secured credit markets. 

During the quarter, the Company completed a two tranche senior notes offering totaling $1.5 billion.  Combined, the two new issues of senior notes had a weighted average term of 8.4 years and a weighted average coupon rate of 1.96%. 

The Company, through one of its subsidiaries, also completed a Euro senior notes offering totaling €750 million with a 1.125% coupon rate and term of 12 years.

Net proceeds from the offerings were used to fund the optional redemption of the Company's $550 million aggregate principal amount of 2.50% notes due July 2021 and fully repay the $2.0 billion unsecured delayed-draw term loan facility.

The Company closed six non-recourse mortgage loans totaling approximately $1.3 billion (U.S. dollar equivalent), of which Simon's share is $589 million.  The weighted average interest rate on these loans is 3.36%. 

As of March 31, 2021, Simon had more than $8.4 billion of liquidity consisting of $1.5 billion of cash on hand, including its share of joint venture cash, and $6.9 billion of available capacity under its revolving credit facilities, net of $500 million outstanding under its U.S. commercial paper program.

Dividends

The Company paid its first quarter 2021 common stock dividend of $1.30 per share, in cash, on April 23, 2021.  Simon's Board of Directors will declare a common stock cash dividend for the second quarter of 2021 on or before June 30, 2021.

Simon's Board of Directors declared the quarterly dividend on its 8 3/8% Series J Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (NYSE: SPGPrJ) of $1.046875 per share, payable on June 30, 2021 to shareholders of record on June 16, 2021

2021 Guidance

The Company currently estimates net income to be within a range of $4.47 to $4.57 per diluted share and FFO will be within a range of $9.70 to $9.80 per diluted share for the year ending December 31, 2021.  The FFO per diluted share range is an increase from the $9.50 to $9.75 per diluted share range provided on February 8, 2021, or an increase of $0.13 per diluted share at the mid-point.                                

The following table provides the GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation for the expected range of estimated net income attributable to common stockholders per diluted share to estimated FFO per diluted share:

For the year ending December 31, 2021





Low


High


End


End

Estimated net income attributable to common stockholders




     per diluted share                                                                             

$4.47


$4.57

Depreciation and amortization including Simon's share




     of unconsolidated entities                                                         

5.47


5.47

Unrealized losses in fair value of equity instruments                    

0.01


0.01

Gain on acquisition of controlling interest, sale or




     disposal of, or recovery on, assets and interests in




     unconsolidated entities and impairment, net                            

(0.25)


(0.25)





Estimated FFO per diluted share                                            

$9.70


$9.80

Conference Call

Simon will hold a conference call to discuss the quarterly financial results today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday, May 10, 2021.  A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible in listen-only mode at investors.simon.com.  An audio replay of the conference call will be available until May 17, 2021.  To access the audio replay, dial 1-855-859-2056 (international 404-537-3406) passcode 5363499. 

Supplemental Materials and Website

Supplemental information on our first quarter 2021 performance is available at investors.simon.com. This information has also been furnished to the SEC in a current report on Form 8-K.

We routinely post important information online on our investor relations website, investors.simon.com. We use this website, press releases, SEC filings, quarterly conference calls, presentations and webcasts to disclose material, non-public information in accordance with Regulation FD. We encourage members of the investment community to monitor these distribution channels for material disclosures.  Any information accessed through our website is not incorporated by reference into, and is not a part of, this document.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes FFO, FFO per share and portfolio Net Operating Income growth which are financial performance measures not defined by generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP"). Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are included in this press release and in Simon's supplemental information for the quarter.  FFO and Net Operating Income growth are financial performance measures widely used in the REIT industry. Our definitions of these non-GAAP measures may not be the same as similar measures reported by other REITs.

Forward-Looking Statements 

Certain statements made in this press release may be deemed "forward–looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in any forward–looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, the Company can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained, and it is possible that the Company's actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward–looking statements due to a variety of risks, uncertainties and other factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to: uncertainties regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and governmental restrictions intended to prevent its spread on our business, financial condition, results of operations, cash flow and liquidity and our ability to access the capital markets, satisfy our debt service obligations and make distributions to our stockholders; changes in economic and market conditions that may adversely affect the general retail environment; the potential loss of anchor stores or major tenants; the inability to collect rent due to the bankruptcy or insolvency of tenants or otherwise; the intensely competitive market environment in the retail industry, including e-commerce; an increase in vacant space at our properties; the inability to lease newly developed properties and renew leases and relet space at existing properties on favorable terms; our international activities subjecting us to risks that are different from or greater than those associated with our domestic operations, including changes in foreign exchange rates; risks associated with the acquisition, development, redevelopment, expansion, leasing and management of properties; general risks related to real estate investments, including the illiquidity of real estate investments; the impact of our substantial indebtedness on our future operations, including covenants in the governing agreements that impose restrictions on us that may affect our ability to operate freely; any disruption in the financial markets that may adversely affect our ability to access capital for growth and satisfy our ongoing debt service requirements; any change in our credit rating; changes in market rates of interest; the transition of LIBOR to an alternative reference rate; our continued ability to maintain our status as a REIT; changes in tax laws or regulations that result in adverse tax consequences; risks relating to our joint venture properties, including guarantees of certain joint venture indebtedness; environmental liabilities; natural disasters; the availability of comprehensive insurance coverage; the potential for terrorist activities;  security breaches that could compromise our information technology or infrastructure; and the loss of key management personnel. The Company discusses these and other risks and uncertainties under the heading "Risk Factors" in its annual and quarterly periodic reports filed with the SEC.  The Company may update that discussion in subsequent other periodic reports, but except as required by law, the Company undertakes no duty or obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise.

About Simon

Simon is a global leader in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations and an S&P 100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE: SPG). Our properties across North America, Europe and Asia provide community gathering places for millions of people every day and generate billions in annual sales.

 


Simon Property Group, Inc.
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)



For the Three Months


Ended March 31,


2021

2020




REVENUE:



Lease income

$ 1,145,058

$ 1,262,232

Management fees and other revenues

25,296

29,166

Other income

69,597

61,962

Total revenue

1,239,951

1,353,360




EXPENSES:



Property operating

86,619

105,624

Depreciation and amortization

315,738

328,262

Real estate taxes

116,012

117,543

Repairs and maintenance

21,355

24,431

Advertising and promotion

29,486

33,527

Home and regional office costs

35,999

54,370

General and administrative

6,576

6,894

Other

23,554

27,840

Total operating expenses

635,339

698,491




OPERATING INCOME BEFORE OTHER ITEMS

604,612

654,869




Interest expense

(202,016)

(187,627)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

(2,959)

-

Income and other tax benefit

5,898

5,783

Income from unconsolidated entities

15,069

50,465

Unrealized losses in fair value of equity instruments

(3,201)

(19,048)

Gain on acquisition of controlling interest, sale or disposal of, or recovery on, 



assets and interests in unconsolidated entities and impairment, net

93,057

962




CONSOLIDATED NET INCOME

510,460

505,404




Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 

63,766

66,965

Preferred dividends

834

834




NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO COMMON STOCKHOLDERS

$ 445,860

$ 437,605







BASIC AND DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE:



Net income attributable to common stockholders

$ 1.36

$ 1.43

 


Simon Property Group, Inc.
Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in thousands, except share amounts) 



March 31,

December 31,


2021

2020

ASSETS:



Investment properties, at cost

$ 37,786,371

$ 38,050,196

Less - accumulated depreciation

14,881,480

14,891,937


22,904,891

23,158,259

Cash and cash equivalents

935,837

1,011,613

Tenant receivables and accrued revenue, net

1,016,902

1,236,734

Investment in TRG, at equity

3,436,304

3,451,897

Investment in Klépierre, at equity

1,646,429

1,729,690

Investment in other unconsolidated entities, at equity

2,517,495

2,603,571

Right-of-use assets, net

510,642

512,914

Investments held in trust - special purpose acquisition company

345,000

-

Deferred costs and other assets

1,098,004

1,082,168

Total assets

$ 34,411,504

$ 34,786,846




LIABILITIES:



Mortgages and unsecured indebtedness

$ 26,156,520

$ 26,723,361

Accounts payable, accrued expenses, intangibles, and deferred revenues

1,195,851

1,311,925

Cash distributions and losses in unconsolidated entities, at equity

1,565,394

1,577,393

Dividend payable

489,396

486,922

Lease liabilities

513,351

515,492

Other liabilities

463,458

513,515

Total liabilities

30,383,970

31,128,608




Commitments and contingencies



Limited partners' preferred interest in the Operating Partnership and noncontrolling



redeemable interests

511,698

185,892




EQUITY:



Stockholders' Equity



Capital stock (850,000,000 total shares authorized,  $ 0.0001 par value, 238,000,000



shares of excess common stock, 100,000,000 authorized shares of preferred stock):






Series J 8 3/8% cumulative redeemable preferred stock, 1,000,000 shares authorized,



796,948 issued and outstanding with a liquidation value of $39,847

42,009

42,091




Common stock, $ 0.0001 par value, 511,990,000 shares authorized, 342,849,037 and



342,849,037 issued and outstanding, respectively

34

34




Class B common stock, $ 0.0001 par value, 10,000 shares authorized, 8,000



issued and outstanding

-

-




Capital in excess of par value

11,177,207

11,179,688

Accumulated deficit

(6,087,013)

(6,102,314)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(183,866)

(188,675)

Common stock held in treasury, at cost, 14,317,645 and 14,355,621 shares, respectively

(1,884,138)

(1,891,352)

Total stockholders' equity

3,064,233

3,039,472

Noncontrolling interests

451,603

432,874

Total equity

3,515,836

3,472,346

Total liabilities and equity

$ 34,411,504

$ 34,786,846

 

Simon Property Group, Inc.

Unaudited Joint Venture Combined Statements of Operations

(Dollars in thousands)










For the Three Months Ended March 31,


2021

2020




REVENUE:



Lease income

$ 652,754

$ 743,849

Other income

72,599

74,515

Total revenue

725,353

818,364




OPERATING EXPENSES:



Property operating

133,037

147,030

Depreciation and amortization

171,154

171,479

Real estate taxes

68,897

68,390

Repairs and maintenance

19,046

19,615

Advertising and promotion

19,444

22,753

Other

31,988

50,229

Total operating expenses

443,566

479,496




OPERATING INCOME BEFORE OTHER ITEMS

281,787

338,868




Interest expense

(146,196)

(156,640)

NET INCOME

$ 135,591

$ 182,228




Third-Party Investors' Share of Net Income

$ 68,141

$ 92,859




Our Share of Net Income

67,450

89,369

Amortization of Excess Investment (A)

(19,327)

(20,840)




Income from Unconsolidated Entities (B)

$ 48,123

$ 68,529




Note: The above financial presentation does not include any information related to our investments in Klépierre S.A.

          ("Klépierre") and The Taubman Realty Group ("TRG"). For additional information, see footnote B.

 

Simon Property Group, Inc

Unaudited Joint Venture Combined Balance Sheets

(Dollars in thousands)












March 31,

December 31,



2021

2020


Assets:




Investment properties, at cost

$ 19,868,597

$ 20,079,476


Less - accumulated depreciation

7,986,377

8,003,863



11,882,220

12,075,613


Cash and cash equivalents

1,295,486

1,169,422


Tenant receivables and accrued revenue, net

621,516

749,231


Right-of-use assets, net

172,089

185,598


Deferred costs and other assets

383,197

380,087


Total assets

$ 14,354,508

$ 14,559,951






Liabilities and Partners' Deficit:




Mortgages

$ 15,462,903

$ 15,569,485


Accounts payable, accrued expenses, intangibles, and deferred revenue

892,461

969,242


Lease liabilities

175,427

188,863


Other liabilities

404,662

426,321


Total liabilities

16,935,453

17,153,911






Preferred units

67,450

67,450


Partners' deficit

(2,648,395)

(2,661,410)


Total liabilities and partners' deficit

$ 14,354,508

$ 14,559,951






Our Share of:




Partners' deficit

$ (1,135,196)

$ (1,130,713)


Add: Excess Investment (A)

1,332,392

1,399,757


Our net Investment in unconsolidated entities, at equity

$ 197,196

$ 269,044



Note: The above financial presentation does not include any information related to our investments in Klépierre


           and TRG. For additional information, see footnote B.


 

Simon Property Group, Inc.


Unaudited Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures (C)


(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)











Reconciliation of Consolidated Net Income to FFO 














For the Three Months Ended







March 31,







2021


2020











Consolidated Net Income (D)


$           510,460


$         505,404


Adjustments to Arrive at FFO:
















Depreciation and amortization from consolidated 






     properties 



313,575


326,039



Our share of depreciation and amortization from






     unconsolidated entities, including Klépierre, TRG and other corporate investments

204,237


136,706



Gain on acquisition of controlling interest, sale or disposal of, or recovery on,






assets and interests in unconsolidated entities and impairment, net

(93,057)


(962)



Unrealized losses in fair value of equity instruments

3,201


19,048



Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest holders in






     properties



938


172



Noncontrolling interests portion of depreciation and amortization and gain on consolidation of properties

(4,090)


(4,464)



Preferred distributions and dividends

(1,313)


(1,313)


FFO of the Operating Partnership

$           933,951


$         980,630




















Diluted net income per share to diluted FFO per share reconciliation:





Diluted net income per share


$                 1.36


$              1.43



Depreciation and amortization from consolidated properties






     and our share of depreciation and amortization from unconsolidated 






     entities, including Klépierre, TRG and other corporate investments, net of noncontrolling 






     interests portion of depreciation and amortization

1.36


1.31



Gain on acquisition of controlling interest, sale or disposal of, or recovery on,






assets and interests in unconsolidated entities and impairment, net

(0.25)


(0.01)



Unrealized losses in fair value of equity instruments

0.01


0.05


Diluted FFO per share 


$                 2.48


$              2.78











Details for per share calculations:















FFO of the Operating Partnership


$           933,951


$         980,630


Diluted FFO allocable to unitholders

(117,595)


(129,628)


Diluted FFO allocable to common stockholders

$           816,356


$         851,002











Basic and Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

328,514


306,504


Weighted average limited partnership units outstanding

47,322


46,688











Basic and Diluted weighted average shares and units outstanding

375,836


353,192











Basic and Diluted FFO per Share


$                 2.48


$              2.78


    Percent Change



-10.8%






















 

Simon Property Group, Inc.

Footnotes to Unaudited Financial Information














Notes:  

























(A)

Excess investment represents the unamortized difference of our investment over equity in the underlying net assets of the related partnerships and joint ventures shown therein.  The Company generally amortizes excess investment over the life of the related assets.














(B)

The Unaudited Joint Venture Combined Statements of Operations do not include any operations or our share of net income or excess investment amortization related to our investments in Klépierre and TRG.  Amounts included in Footnote D below exclude our share of related activity for our investments in Klépierre and TRG.  For further information on Klépierre, reference should be made to financial information in Klépierre's public filings and additional discussion and analysis in our Form 10-K.














(C)

This report contains measures of financial or operating performance that are not specifically defined by GAAP, including FFO and FFO per share.  FFO is a performance measure that is standard in the REIT business.  We believe FFO provides investors with additional information concerning our operating performance and a basis to compare our performance with those of other REITs.  We also use these measures internally to monitor the operating performance of our portfolio. Our computation of these non-GAAP measures may not be the same as similar measures reported by other REITs.















We determine FFO based upon the definition set forth by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT") Funds From Operations White Paper - 2018 Restatement. Our main business includes acquiring, owning, operating, developing, and redeveloping real estate in conjunction with the rental of real estate.  Gains and losses of assets incidental to our main business are included in FFO.  We determine FFO to be our share of consolidated net income computed in accordance with GAAP, excluding real estate related depreciation and amortization, excluding gains and losses from extraordinary items, excluding gains and losses from the sale, disposal or property insurance recoveries of, or any impairment related to, depreciable retail operating properties, plus the allocable portion of FFO of unconsolidated joint ventures based upon economic ownership interest, and all determined on a consistent basis in accordance with GAAP. However, you should understand that FFO does not represent cash flow from operations as defined by GAAP, should not be considered as an alternative to net income determined in accordance with GAAP as a measure of operating performance, and is not an alternative to cash flows as a measure of liquidity.














(D)

Includes our share of: 




















-

Gains on land sales of $0.7 million and $5.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.














-

Straight-line adjustments (decreased) increased income by ($9.1) million and $12.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.














-

Amortization of fair market value of leases from acquisitions (decreased) increased income by ($0.2) million and $1.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

 

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