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The Macerich Company Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 24, 2012 | About:
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The Macerich Company (MAC) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31.

Macerich Co has a market cap of $7.32 billion; its shares were traded at around $54.27 with a P/E ratio of 19.7 and P/S ratio of 9.1. The dividend yield of Macerich Co stocks is 4%.

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the Company conveyed Shoppingtown Mall to the lender by a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. As a result, the Company recognized a $3.9 million additional loss on the disposal of the asset. On October 14, 2011, the Company sold a former Mervyn's store in Salt Lake City, Utah for $8.1 million, resulting in a gain of $3.8 million. The proceeds from the sale were used for general corporate purposes. On November 30, 2011, the Company sold a former Mervyn's store in West Valley City, Utah for $2.3 million, resulting in a loss of $0.2 million. The proceeds from the sale were used for general corporate purposes. The Company has classified the results of operations and gain or loss on sale for all of the above dispositions during the year ended December 31, 2011 as discontinued operations for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007. (7)Assumes the conversion of Operating Partnership units to the extent they are dilutive to the EPS computation. It also assumes the conversion of MACWH, LP common and preferred units to the extent that they are dilutive to the EPS computation. (8)Includes the dilutive effect, if any, of share and unit-based compensation plans and the Senior Notes calculated using the treasury stock method and the dilutive effect, if any, of all other dilutive securities calculated using the "if converted" method. (9)Redeemable noncontrolling interests include the PCPUs and other redeemable equity interests not included within equity. (10)The holder of the Series A Preferred Stock converted approximately 0.6 million, 0.7 million, 1.3 million and 1.0 million shares to common shares on October 18, 2007, May 6, 2008, May 8, 2008 and September 17, 2008, respectively. As of December 31, 2008, there was no Series A Preferred Stock outstanding. (11)Equity includes the noncontrolling interests in the Operating Partnership, nonredeemable noncontrolling interests in consolidated joint ventures and common and non-participating preferred units of MACWH, L.P. (12)The Company uses FFO in addition to net income to report its operating and financial results and considers FFO and FFO-diluted as supplemental measures for the real estate industry and a supplement to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") measures. The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT") defines FFO as net income (loss) (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding gains (or losses) from extraordinary items and sales of depreciated operating properties, plus real estate related depreciation and amortization, impairment write-downs of real estate and write-downs of investments in an affiliate where the write-downs have been driven by a decrease in the value of real estate held by the affiliate and after adjustments for unconsolidated joint ventures. Adjustments for unconsolidated joint ventures are calculated to reflect FFO on the same basis. The Company also adjusts FFO for the noncontrolling interest due to redemption value on the Rochester Properties. Adjusted FFO ("AFFO") excludes the negative FFO impact of Shoppingtown Mall and Valley View Center for the year ended December 31, 2011. In December 2011, the Company conveyed Shoppingtown Mall to the lender by a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure and Valley View Center is in receivership. FFO and FFO on a diluted basis are useful to investors in comparing operating and financial results between periods. This is especially true since FFO excludes real estate depreciation and amortization, as the Company believes real estate values fluctuate based on market conditions rather than depreciating in value ratably on a straight-line basis over time. In addition, consistent

with the key objective of FFO as a measure of operating performance, the adjustment of FFO for the noncontrolling interest in redemption value provides a more meaningful measure of the Company's operating performance between periods without reference to the non-cash charge related to the adjustment in noncontrolling interest due to redemption value. The Company believes that such a presentation also provides investors with a more meaningful measure of its operating results in comparison to the operating results of other REITs. The Company believes that AFFO and AFFO on a diluted basis provide useful supplemental information regarding the Company's performance as they show a more meaningful and consistent comparison of the Company's operating performance and allow investors to more easily compare the Company's results without taking into account the unrelated non-cash charges on properties controlled by either a receiver or loan servicer, which are non-routine items. FFO and AFFO on a diluted basis are measures investors find most useful in measuring the dilutive impact of outstanding convertible securities. FFO and AFFO do not represent cash flow from operations as defined by GAAP, should not be considered as an alternative to net income as defined by GAAP, and are not indicative of cash available to fund all cash flow needs. The Company also cautions that FFO and AFFO, as presented, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other real estate investment trusts. NAREIT recently clarified that under its definition of FFO, impairment write-downs of real estate should be added back to net income. Beginning with the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company has revised its definition of FFO to add back impairment write-downs of real estate to its net income. Accordingly, the Company removed the adjustment for impairment write-downs of $35.9 million and $27.5 million, as previously reported during the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively. There was no impairment write-downs of real estate during the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2007. Management compensates for the limitations of FFO and AFFO by providing investors with financial statements prepared according to GAAP, along with this detailed discussion of FFO and AFFO and a reconciliation of FFO and AFFO and FFO and AFFO-diluted to net income available to common stockholders. Management believes that to further understand the Company's performance, FFO and AFFO should be compared with the Company's reported net income and considered in addition to cash flows in accordance with GAAP, as presented in the Company's Consolidated Financial Statements. For disclosure of net income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, for the periods presented and a reconciliation of FFO and AFFO and FFO and AFFOdiluted to net income, see "Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of OperationsFunds From Operations and Adjusted Funds From Operations." The computation of FFO and AFFOdiluted includes the effect of share and unit-based compensation plans and the Senior Notes calculated using the treasury stock method. It also assumes the conversion of MACWH, LP common and preferred units and all other securities to the extent that they are dilutive to the FFO and AFFOdiluted computation. On February 25, 1998, the Company sold $100 million of its Series A Preferred Stock. The Preferred Stock was convertible on a one-for-one basis for common stock and was fully converted as of December 31, 2008. (13)Occupancy for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010 excludes Valley View Center because the Center is under the control of a court appointed receiver. (14)Sales are based on reports by retailers leasing Mall Stores and Freestanding Stores for the trailing 12 months for tenants which have occupied such stores for a minimum of 12 months. Sales per square foot are based on tenants 10,000 square feet and under for Regional Shopping Centers. Year ended 2007 sales per square foot were $467 after giving effect to the Rochester Redemption and including The Shops at North Bridge. Valley View Center is excluded from the years ended 2011 and 2010 sales per square foot because the Center is under the control of a court appointed receiver.

The Company considers tenant annual sales per square foot (for tenants in place for 12 months or longer and under 10,000 square feet), occupancy rates (excluding Anchors) for the Centers and releasing spreads (i.e. a comparison of average base rent per square foot on leases executed during the trailing twelve months to average base rent per square foot on leases expiring during the year) to be key performance indicators of the Company's internal growth.

The Company's recent trend of retail sales growth continued this year with tenant sales per square foot increasing compared to the year ended December 31, 2010. The releasing spreads also increased for the year ended December 31, 2011 and the Company expects that releasing spreads will continue to increase during 2012 as it renews or relets leases that are scheduled to expire during the year. The Company's occupancy rate as of December 31, 2011 decreased compared to December 31, 2010 primarily because of the liquidation of one tenant. Although certain aspects of the U.S. economy, the retail industry as well as the Company's operating results improved during the year ended December 31, 2011, continued worldwide economic and political uncertainty remains. In addition, the U.S. economy is still experiencing weakness, high levels of unemployment have persisted and rental rates and valuations for retail space have not fully recovered to pre-recession levels. Any further continuation of these adverse conditions could harm the Company's business, results of operations and financial condition.

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