Macerich’s (MAC) CEO Art Coppola on Q2 2017 Results –


Jean Wood – Vice President, Investor Relations

Art Coppola – Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Tom O’Hern – Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Robert Perlmutter – Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

John Perry – Senior Vice President, Investor Relations


Craig Schmidt – Bank of America

Michael Bilerman – Citi

Alexander Goldfarb – Sandler O’Neill

Jim Sullivan – BTIG

Michael Mueller – JPMorgan

Todd Thomas – KeyBanc Capital Market

Vincent Chao – Deutsche Bank

Wes Golladay – RBC Capital Markets

Haendel St. Juste – Mizuho

Rich Hill – Morgan Stanley

Greg McGinniss – UBS

Tayo Okusanya – Jefferies


Good day, and welcome to The Macerich Company’s

Second Quarter 2017 Earnings Conference Call. Today’s conference is being recorded. At this time, I would really like to show the conference over to Jean Wood, Vice President of Investor Relations. Please go ahead.

Jean Wood

Thank you, everyone, for becoming a member of us nowadays on our 2nd region 2017 profits name. During the route of this call, management may additionally make certain statements that perhaps deemed forward-searching inside the which means of the Safe Harbor of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results might also fluctuate materially due to a selection of dangers, uncertainties, and other elements. We refer you to nowadays’s press launch and our SEC filings for an in-depth dialogue of ahead-looking statements. Reconciliations of non-GAAP economic measures to the most at once similar GAAP measures are covered within the income launch and supplemental filed on Form eight-K with the SEC, which is posted within the Investors phase of the employer’s internet site at www.Macerich.Com.

Joining us nowadays are Art Coppola, CEO and Chairman; Tom O’Hern, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Robert Perlmutter, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; and John Perry, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations.


With that, I would like to show the decision over to Tom.

Tom O’Hern

Thank you, Jean, and welcome all and sundry. Macerich’s second CEO region pondered Coppola persevered stable operating outcomes as evidenced by the maximum of our portfolio’s key working metrics. For the quarter, FFO changed into $zero.98 in keeping with the share than $1.02 for the sector ended June 30, 2016. This was above our steering variety and consensus, which became general due to the timing of hire termination revenues. Same-center increase and internetworking earnings, apart from straight-line rents and SFAS 141 profits, become up 3.3% for the region. Lease termination costs for the zone had been $nine.1 million compared to $5.9 million within the 2d quarter of the ultimate 12 months. The biggest time period charges came in from Bebe at $3 million and Sperry at $2 million.

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Year-to-date, rent time period revenue is ready $12 million, including our steering assumptions; we revised that as much as $17 million for the year, but that’s nonetheless much less than we saw in 2016 while we had an actual term – lease time period revenue of about $21 million. The gross running margin for the quarter was 70.4%, up barely compared to 70.3% in the second region closing yr. Bad debt cost for the zone was $2.5 million, up incredibly from the $1.7 million we incurred in the 2nd sector of ultimate yr. Year-to-date, terrible debt expense is ready $4.2 million, and for this reason, we have increased our steering for bad debt for the year to $6—five million, up from $5 million.

Here within the 2d sector, the common hobby rate become 3.6%, and that as compared to a few.52% a year in the past. Bringing out the balance sheet, the balance sheet continues to be in the right form. At one end, the debt-to-marketplace cap turned into 46%. The interest insurance ratio became a very wholesome 3.3x. The average debt maturity, simply underneath 6 years, maybe very sturdy and need to improve over the route of the 12 months as we finish financings within the 2nd 1/2 of the yr. Forward debt-to-EBITDA, 7.8x, and our floating charge debt were at 17% of our total debt. However, – based on our financing sports in the 2d 1/2, this needs to go down to shut to 10% with the aid of or stop.

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