Monday, February 4, 2013

Simon Property Group Reports Fourth Quarter Results, Announces Increase In Quarterly Dividend And Provides 2013 Guidance

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Simon Property Group, Inc. (the "Company" or "Simon") (NYSE: SPG) today reported results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.

Funds from Operations
  • Funds from Operations ("FFO") for the quarter was $827.4 million, or $2.29 per diluted share, as compared to $678.9 million, or $1.91 per diluted share, in the prior year period. The increase on a per share basis was 19.9%.
  • FFO for the year was $2.885 billion, or $7.98 per diluted share, as compared to $2.439 billion, or $6.89 per diluted share, in 2011. The increase of $446 million was 15.8% on a per share basis.
Net Income
  • Net income attributable to common stockholders for the quarter was $315.4 million, or $1.01 per diluted share, as compared to $362.9 million, or $1.24 per diluted share, in the prior year period. 2011 results included a net gain from acquisition and disposition activities of $0.35 per share.
  • Net income attributable to common stockholders for the year was $1.431 billion, or $4.72 per diluted share, as compared to $1.021 billion, or $3.48 per diluted share, in 2011.
"I am very pleased with our strong fourth quarter results, capping off an excellent year for our Company," said David Simon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We reported a 19.9% increase in FFO per share for the quarter, and our Mall and Premium Outlet portfolio delivered 4.8% growth in comparable property net operating income for the year. We continued to strengthen our retail real estate platform through our investment activities. We are also pleased to raise our dividend for the sixth consecutive quarter."

U.S. Operational Statistics(1)

As of
As of

December 31, 2012
December 31, 2011

+ 70 basis points

Total Sales per Sq. Ft. (3)

Base Minimum Rent per Sq. Ft. (2)

Combined information for U.S. Malls and Premium Outlets®.  2011 statistics have been restated to include Malls previously owned by The Mills Limited Partnership, now owned by Simon Property Group, L.P.
Represents mall stores in Malls and all owned square footage in Premium Outlets.
Rolling 12 month sales per square foot for mall stores less than 10,000 square feet in Malls and all owned square footage in Premium Outlets.

Today the Company announced that the Board of Directors declared a quarterly common stock dividend of $1.15 per share, an increase of 4.5% from the previous quarter and an increase of 21.1% from the year earlier period. The dividend is payable on February 28, 2013 to stockholders of record on February 14, 2013.
The Company also declared the quarterly dividend on its 8 3/8% Series J Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (NYSE:SPGPrJ) of $1.046875 per share, payable on March 29, 2013 to stockholders of record on March 15, 2013.

Development Activity    
On October 19, 2012, the Company opened a 353,000 square foot upscale outlet center owned in a 50/50 joint venture with Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. ("Tanger") in Texas City, Texas. The center, which was 97% leased at opening, is located approximately 30 miles south of downtown Houston and 20 miles north of Galveston on highly-traveled Interstate 45 at Exit 17 at Holland Road.
Construction continues on five new Premium Outlet Centers scheduled to open in 2013:
  • In Chandler (Phoenix), Arizona – an upscale outlet center adjacent to the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino located on Interstate 10. Phase I of the project will be comprised of 360,000 square feet housing approximately 90 outlet stores featuring high-quality designer and name brands. The Company owns 100% of this project which is scheduled to open on April 4th.
  • In Shisui (Chiba), Japan – a 230,000 square foot upscale outlet center located one hour from central Tokyo and 15 minutes from Narita International Airport. The center is scheduled to open on April 19th with approximately 110 stores, including international brands, Japanese brands and restaurants. The Company owns a 40% interest in this project, its ninth Premium Outlet Center in Japan.
  • In Halton Hills (Toronto), Canada – a 360,000 square foot upscale outlet center that will house over 100 high quality outlet stores. Toronto Premium Outlets is expected to be the Canadian entry point for selected upscale, U.S. retailers and designer brands. The Company owns a 50% interest in this project which is scheduled to open on August 1st.
  • In Chesterfield (St. Louis), Missouri – an upscale outlet center that is a part of Chesterfield Blue Valley, a mixed-use development to include office space, hotel, restaurant and entertainment venues. Located on the south side of I-64/US Highway 40 east of the Daniel Boone Bridge, the center's first phase of 350,000 square feet with 85 stores will open on August 22nd. The Company owns a 60% interest in this Premium Outlet Center.
  • In Busan, Korea – a 340,000 square foot upscale outlet center that will serve southeastern Korea, including the cities of Busan, Ulsan and Daegu, as well as local and overseas visitors. The center is scheduled to open in September. The Company owns a 50% interest in this project, which will be its third Premium Outlet Center in Korea.
Redevelopment and expansion projects are underway at 24 properties in the U.S. and two properties in Asia.  During 2012, 56 new anchor and big box tenants opened in the Company's U.S. portfolio and more than 30 are currently scheduled to open in 2013.  

Acquisition Activity
On December 5, 2012, the Company announced completion of the acquisition of outlet centers in Grand Prairie, Texas and Livermore, California. Simon now owns 100% of each asset.
  • The 417,000 square foot Grand Prairie center, serving the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, is home to more than 100 leading designer and name brand outlet stores. The center opened in August of 2012 and is 100% leased.
  • The 512,000 square foot Livermore center, located in the affluent East Bay area of San Francisco, is home to 130 leading designer and name brand outlet stores. The center opened in November of 2012 and is 100% leased.
  • Simon has assumed management responsibilities for the centers which have been rebranded Grand Prairie Premium Outlets and Livermore Premium Outlets.
During the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company and Institutional Mall Investors ("IMI"), the co-investment venture owned by an affiliate of Miller Capital Advisory, Inc. and The California Public Employees' Retirement System ("CalPERS"), formed a joint venture to own and operate The Shops at Mission Viejo ("Mission Viejo") in the Los Angeles suburb of Mission Viejo, California, and Woodfield Mall ("Woodfield") in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Illinois. Simon and IMI each own 50% of Woodfield and Simon owns 51% of Mission Viejo and IMI owns the remaining 49%. Prior to formation of the joint venture, Simon owned 100% of Mission Viejo and IMI owned 100% of Woodfield. Simon is responsible for leasing and management for both properties.
Mission Viejo is a 1.2 million square foot center anchored by Nordstrom and Macy's. Woodfield is a 2.2 million square foot center anchored by Nordstrom, Macy's, Lord & Taylor, JCPenney and Sears.
Woodfield is encumbered by a $425 million mortgage loan which matures in March of 2024 and bears interest at 4.5%. In January of 2013, the joint venture closed a $295 million mortgage on Mission Viejo which bears interest at 3.61% and matures in February of 2023. 

Capital Markets
On December 17, 2012, the Company's majority-owned operating partnership subsidiary, Simon Property Group, L.P. (the "Operating Partnership"), closed two debt offerings:
  • A public offering of $500 million principal amount of 2.75% senior unsecured notes due February 1, 2023 and
  • A private offering of $750 million principal amount of 1.50% senior unsecured notes due February 1, 2018 to "qualified institutional buyers" pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and to non-U.S. persons outside the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act.
The coupons for the bonds represent the lowest rates ever achieved for 10 year and 5 year bonds issued by a real estate investment trust.

2013 Guidance
The Company estimates that FFO will be within a range of $8.40 to $8.50 per diluted share for the year ending December 31, 2013, and diluted net income will be within a range of $3.55 to $3.65 per share. 
The following table provides the reconciliation of the range of estimated diluted net income available to common stockholders per share to estimated diluted FFO per share.
For the year ending December 31, 2013



Estimated diluted net income available to common stockholders per share    

Depreciation and amortization including the Company's share of joint ventures 

Estimated diluted FFO per share                            

The 2013 guidance reflects management's view of current and future market conditions, including assumptions with respect to rental rates, occupancy levels, capital spend on new and redevelopment activities, and the earnings impact of the events referenced in this release and previously disclosed. The guidance also reflects management's view of future capital market conditions, which is generally consistent with the current forward rates for LIBOR and U.S. Treasury bonds. The guidance takes into account the impact of all transactions that have already occurred, but does not assume any additional acquisition or disposition transactions. By definition, FFO does not include real estate-related depreciation and amortization or gains or losses resulting from the sale or disposal of, or impairment charges relating to, previously depreciated operating properties. This guidance is a forward-looking statement and is subject to the risks and other factors described elsewhere in this release.

Conference Call
The Company will provide an online simulcast of its quarterly conference call at (Investors tab),, and To listen to the live call, please go to any of these websites at least fifteen minutes prior to the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software. The call will begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (New York time) today, February 4, 2013. An online replay will be available for approximately 90 days at,, and A fully searchable podcast of the conference call will also be available at

Supplemental Materials and Website
The Company has prepared a supplemental information package which is available at in the Investors section, Financial Information tab. It has also been furnished to the SEC as part of a current report on Form 8-K. If you wish to receive a copy via mail or email, please call 800-461-3439.
We routinely post important information for investors on our website,, in the "Investors" section. We use this website as a means of disclosing material, non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Accordingly, investors should monitor the Investor Relations section of our website, in addition to following our press releases, SEC filings, public conference calls, presentations and webcasts. The information contained on, or that may be 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 and comparable property net operating income growth, which are financial performance measures not defined by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"). Reconciliations of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are included within this press release or the Company's supplemental information package.  FFO and comparable property net operating income growth are financial performance measures widely used in the REIT industry. Our computation 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 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: the Company's ability to meet debt service requirements, the availability and terms of financing, changes in the Company's credit rating, changes in market rates of interest and foreign exchange rates for foreign currencies, changes in value of investments in foreign entities, the ability to hedge interest rate and currency risk, risks associated with the acquisition, development, expansion, leasing and management of properties, general risks related to retail real estate, the liquidity of real estate investments, environmental liabilities, international, national, regional and local economic climates, changes in market rental rates, trends in the retail industry, relationships with anchor tenants, the inability to collect rent due to the bankruptcy or insolvency of tenants or otherwise, risks relating to joint venture properties, costs of common area maintenance, intensely competitive market environment in the retail industry, risks related to international activities, insurance costs and coverage, terrorist activities, changes in economic and market conditions and maintenance of our status as a real estate investment trust. 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 its periodic reports, but otherwise 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.

Simon Property Group
Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG) is an S&P 100 company and the largest real estate company in the world.  The Company currently owns or has an interest in 328 retail real estate properties in North America and Asia comprising 243 million square feet. We are headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employ approximately 5,500 people in the U.S.  For more information, visit the Simon Property Group website at


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