In a special edition of the The REIT Report: NAREIT’s Weekly Podcast, Fulya Kocak, NAREIT’s vice president for environmental, social and governance issues, spoke with spoke with Rick Avery, vice president for sustainability at Welltower (NYSE: HCN).
Bobby Taubman, chairman, president and CEO of Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO), joined REIT.com for a CEO Spotlight video interview at REITWorld 2015: NAREIT’s Annual Convention for All Things REIT at the Wynn Las Vegas.
The REIT owns, manages and leases regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the United States and Asia. Taubman explained that a major factor behind the company’s continued growth in key operating metrics is the quality of its assets.
Hap Stein, chairman and CEO of Regency Centers (NYSE: REG), joined REIT.com for a CEO Spotlight video interview at REITWorld 2015: NAREIT’s Annual Convention for All Things REIT at the Wynn Las Vegas.
Regency has posted gains in funds from operations (FFO) and net operating income (NOI) in 2015. Stein cited “robust” demand for space and the quality of Regency’s portfolio as drivers behind the performance. Stein also noted that the company’s occupancy rate now sits at north of 96 percent.
As share buybacks are becoming more appealing for equity REITs, ratings firm Fitch Ratings is warning that they pose risks to the companies’ credit ratings.
Despite outperforming the broader market in the first quarter, shares of equity REITs in general continue to trade below net asset value (NAV), making share buybacks “an intriguing use of capital,” according to a report released by Fitch on April 29. As of the end of 2013, REITs traded at a 7.2 percent discount to NAV. In the previous year, pricing was essentially in line with NAV, according to Fitch.
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