Tanger Reports First Quarter 2011 Results

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

Same Center NOI Increases 6.0%

First Quarter Tenant Sales Increase 5.9%

GREENSBORO, N.C., April 26, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. (NYSE:SKT) today reported funds from operations ("FFO") available to common shareholders, a widely accepted supplemental measure of REIT performance, for the three months ended March 31, 2011 was $29.6 million, or $0.32 per share, as compared to FFO of $29.0 million, or $0.31 per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2010.

Steven B. Tanger, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "The first quarter was quite robust, as our industry continues to grow. This year is off to a strong start with healthy renewals and retenanting of space, as evidenced by the strong percentage gains posted in this quarter. Tanger's expansion into the Canadian marketplace, with joint venture partner RioCan, continues with the announcement of an initial development site in the Greater Toronto Area in Halton Hills. We have also signed definitive agreements on the potential acquisition of a number of existing outlet centers. In doing so, we have invested close to $600,000 on acquisition related expenses during the first quarter of 2011. FFO per share, as adjusted for such costs, came in at the high end of our internal forecast and met consensus estimates."

FFO for all periods shown was impacted by a number of charges as described in the summary below (dollars and number of shares in thousands, except per share amounts):

Net income available to common shareholders for the three months ended March 31, 2011 was $9.2 million or $0.11 per share, as compared to net income of $1.2 million, or $0.02 per share for the first quarter of 2010. Net income available to common shareholders for the 2011 and 2010 periods was also impacted by the charges described above.

Net income and FFO per share amounts above are on a diluted, split-adjusted basis. FFO is a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure used as a standard in the real estate industry to measure and compare the operating performance of real estate companies. A complete reconciliation containing adjustments from GAAP net income to FFO is included in this release.

First Quarter Highlights

  • 22.7% debt-to-total market capital ratio as of March 31, 2011
     
  • 3.91 times interest coverage for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011
     
  • 6.0% increase in same center net operating income, compared to 0.7% increase last year
     
  • 16.0% increase in average base rental rates on leases renewed during the quarter, compared to 8.8% increase last year
     
  • 49.9% increase in average base rental rates on released space during the quarter, compared to 22.5% last year
     
  • 25.3% blended increase in average base rental rates on leases executed during the quarter, compared to 13.2% increase last year
     
  • 96.7% period-end wholly-owned portfolio occupancy rate, compared to 94.8% last year
     
  • 5.9% increase in reported tenant comparable sales for the rolling twelve months ended March 31, 2011 to $359 per square foot, compared to 3.1% increase last year
     
  • Raised the quarterly common share cash dividend from $0.19375 to $0.20 per share, $0.80 per share annualized, representing the 18th consecutive year of increased cash dividends
     
  • Completed a 2-for-1 common share split effective January 24, 2011 for shareholders of record on January 13, 2011
     
  • Opened the company's redeveloped Hilton Head I center in Bluffton, SC on March 31, 2011
     
  • Announced the addition of Tony Grossi to lead the company's Canadian joint venture with RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust, and announced the joint venture's first site in the Toronto market
     
  • Added Donald G. Drapkin to the company's Board of Directors

National Portfolio Drives Operating Results

During the first quarter of 2011, Tanger executed 276 leases, totaling 1,268,000 square feet throughout its wholly-owned portfolio generating an average increase in base rental rates of 25.3%, compared to 210 leases and 874,000 square feet during the first quarter of 2010 generating an average increase in base rental rates of 13.2%. Lease renewals during the first quarter of 2011 accounted for 932,000 square feet and generated a 16.0% increase in average base rental rates, compared to 646,000 square feet and an 8.8% average increase in average base rental rates last year. Renewal activity during the first quarter represented 54.7% of the square feet originally scheduled to expire during 2011, while renewal activity during the first quarter of last year represented 43.5% of the square feet originally scheduled to expire during 2010.

Average base rental increases on re-tenanted space during the first quarter averaged 49.9%, compared to 22.5% last year. Retenanting during the first quarter accounted for 336,000 square feet in 2011 and 228,000 square feet during 2010.

Same center net operating income increased 6.0% for the first quarter of 2011, compared to a 0.7% increase last year. Reported tenant comparable sales for our wholly owned properties for the rolling twelve months ended March 31, 2011 increased 5.9% to $359 per square foot. Tenant comparable sales for the three months ended March 31, 2011 increased 4.8%.

Cash Dividend Increased

On April 7, 2011, Tanger announced that its Board of Directors approved an increase in the annual cash dividend on its common shares from $0.775 per share to $0.80 per share. Simultaneously, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.20 per share for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011, which will be payable on May 13, 2011 to holders of record on April 29, 2011. The company has paid cash dividends each quarter and has raised its dividend each year since becoming a public company in May 1993.

Balance Sheet Summary

As of March 31, 2011, Tanger had a total market capitalization of approximately $3.2 billion including $721.0 million of debt outstanding, equating to a 22.7% debt-to-total market capitalization ratio. As of March 31, 2011, 76.9% of Tanger's debt was at fixed interest rates and the company had $166.3 million outstanding on its $400.0 million in available unsecured lines of credit. During the first quarter of 2011, Tanger continued to maintain a strong interest coverage ratio of 3.91 times. On January 24, 2011, Tanger completed a 2-for-1 split of the company's common shares. A dividend of one new common share for each common share owned was paid to shareholders of record on January 13, 2011.

Investment Activities Provide Potential Future Growth

The redevelopment of the company's Hilton Head I center was completed on time and the center re-opened on March 31, 2011. The center and its sister center, Tanger Hilton Head II, are located off I-95 at South Carolina Exit 8 on Highway 278 in the Hilton Head Resort Area. Tanger I, a LEED® Certified property, includes 177,000 square feet of outlet space featuring an array of more than 40 popular outlet names such as Adidas, BCBG, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Donna Karan, J. Crew, Joe's Jeans, Kenneth Cole, New Balance, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Talbots, Theory, Under Armour and many more. Currently, the center has leases signed or out for signature on 94.3% of the leasable square feet. In addition, the property features four pad sites, three of which are leased to Panera Bread, Longhorn Steakhouse, and Olive Garden.

On March 10, 2011, retail real estate veteran Tony Grossi was hired as Senior Managing Director to lead the company's exclusive joint venture with RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust for the development of Tanger Outlet Centers in Canada. On March 14, 2011, the joint venture announced its first development site, in the northwestern quadrant of the Greater Toronto Area in Halton Hills, on Highway 401 at the James Snow Parkway interchange. The project, the first of 10 to 15 that the joint venture intends to develop over the next five to seven years, is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2011 and be ready for an April 2013 opening.

Preleasing activities continue on the previously announced developments in the Houston, Scottsdale, and West Phoenix markets. It is anticipated that groundbreaking ceremonies will take place shortly after Tanger achieves the minimum pre-leasing Phase I thresholds of at least 50%, with grand opening activities taking place approximately one year after the start of construction.

Additionally, Tanger is negotiating with various owners for the potential acquisition of a number of existing outlet centers. While the company has negotiated and signed a number of contracts on these potential acquisitions, Tanger is in the midst of its due diligence work and as such is subject to various confidentiality provisions.  The company expects to make a definitive announcement regarding one or more of the potential acquisitions should it satisfactorily complete its due diligence work.

2011 FFO Per Share Guidance

Based on Tanger's view of current market conditions and the positive trends in the first quarter, the company is raising the bottom end of its earnings guidance for 2011. As such, the company currently believes its net income available to common shareholders for 2011 will be between $0.54 and $0.58 per share and its FFO available to common shareholders for 2011 will be between $1.37 and $1.41 per share.

The company's earnings estimates now reflect a projected increase in same-center net operating income of between 3% and 4%, up from its previous guidance of between 2% and 3%. The earnings estimates also assume the company's general and administrative expenses will average approximately $6.5 million per quarter. The company's estimates do not include the impact of any additional rent termination fees, potential refinancing transactions, the sale of any out parcels of land, or the sale or acquisition of any properties. The following table provides the reconciliation of estimated diluted net income per share to estimated diluted FFO per share: 

First Quarter Conference Call

Tanger will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter results for analysts, investors and other interested parties on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. eastern time. To access the conference call, listeners should dial 1-877-277-5113 and request to be connected to the Tanger Factory Outlet Centers First Quarter 2011 Financial Results call. Alternatively, the call will be web cast by SNL IR Solutions and can be accessed at Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc.'s web site by clicking the Investors link on . A telephone replay of the call will be available from April 28, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. eastern time through 11:59 p.m., May 4, 2011 by dialing 1-800-642-1687, conference ID # 53743166. An online archive of the broadcast will also be available through May 4, 2011.

About Tanger Factory Outlet Centers

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. (NYSE:SKT) is a publicly-traded REIT headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina that presently operates and owns, or has an ownership interest in, a portfolio of 34 upscale outlet shopping centers in 22 states coast to coast, totaling approximately 10.3 million square feet leased to over 2,100 stores operated by more than 370 different brand name companies. More than 160 million shoppers visit Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. annually. Tanger is filing a Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission that includes a supplemental information package for the quarter ended March 31, 2011. For more information on Tanger Outlet Centers, call 1-800-4TANGER or visit the company's web site at .

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws. These statements include, but are not limited to, estimates of future net income per share, FFO per share, same center net operating income and general administrative expenses as well as other statements regarding potential acquisitions, the ground breaking and grand opening of the development projects in the Houston, Texas, and Scottsdale and West Phoenix, Arizona markets, the company's intention to develop a number of outlet centers in Canada through a joint venture, including the cost and timing of such development, the renewal and re-tenanting of space, tenant sales and sales trends, interest rates, coverage of the current dividend and management's beliefs, plans, estimates, intentions, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events, results, circumstances, performance or expectations that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those projected due to various factors including, but not limited to, the risks associated with general economic and local real estate conditions, the company's ability to meet its obligations on existing indebtedness or refinance existing indebtedness on favorable terms, the availability and cost of capital, the company's ability to lease its properties, the company's inability to collect rent due to the bankruptcy or insolvency of tenants or otherwise, and competition. For a more detailed discussion of the factors that affect our operating results, interested parties should review the Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.

CONTACT: Frank C. Marchisello, Jr. Executive Vice President and CFO (336) 834-6834 Mona J. Walsh Vice President of Corporate Communications (336) 856-6021