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Equity One Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: February 29, 2012 04:25PM

Equity One Inc. (EQY) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31. Equity One Inc has a market cap of $2.2 billion; its shares were traded at around $19.02 with a P/E ratio of 20.2 and P/S ratio of 7.5. The dividend yield of Equity One Inc stocks is 4.6%. Equity One Inc had an annual average earning growth of 2.7% over the past 5 years.

Highlight of Business Operations:

Most of our leases provide for the monthly payment in advance of fixed minimum rent, the tenants’ pro rata share of property taxes, insurance (including fire and extended coverage, rent insurance and liability insurance) and common area maintenance for the property. Our leases may also provide for the payment of additional rent based on a percentage of the tenants’ sales. Utilities are generally paid directly by tenants except where common metering exists with respect to a property. In those cases, we make the payments for the utilities and are reimbursed by the tenants on a monthly basis. Generally, our leases prohibit our tenants from assigning or subletting their spaces. The leases also require our tenants to use their spaces for the purposes designated in their lease agreements and to operate their businesses on a continuous basis. Some of the lease agreements with major or national or regional tenants contain modifications of these basic provisions in view of the financial condition, stability or desirability of those tenants. Where a tenant is granted the right to assign its space, the lease agreement generally provides that the original tenant will remain liable for the payment of the lease obligations under that lease agreement.

Dividends paid during 2011 and 2010 totaled $98.8 million and $83.6 million, respectively. Future declarations of dividends will be made at the discretion of our board of directors and will depend upon our earnings, financial condition and such other factors as our board of directors deems relevant. In order to qualify for the beneficial tax treatment accorded to real estate investment trusts under the Code, we are currently required to make distributions to holders of our shares in an amount equal to at least 90% of our “real estate investment trust taxable income,” as defined in Section 857 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Many of our lease agreements contain provisions that require the payment of additional rents based on the respective tenants’ sales volumes (contingent or percentage rent) and substantially all contain provisions that require reimbursement of the tenants’ allocable real estate taxes, insurance and common area maintenance costs (“CAM”). Revenue based on a percentage of a tenant’s sales is recognized only after the tenant exceeds its sales breakpoint. Revenue from tenant reimbursements of taxes, CAM and insurance is recognized in the period that the applicable costs are incurred in accordance with the lease agreements.

Real Estate Acquisitions. We allocate the purchase price of acquired properties to land, building, improvements and intangible assets and liabilities in accordance with the Business Combinations Topic of the FASB ASC. We allocate the initial purchase price of assets acquired (net tangible and identifiable intangible assets) and liabilities assumed based on their relative fair values at the date of acquisition. Upon acquisition of real estate operating properties, we estimate the fair value of acquired tangible assets (consisting of land, building, building improvements and tenant improvements) and identified intangible assets and liabilities (consisting of above and below-market leases, in-place leases and tenant relationships), assumed debt and redeemable units issued at the date of acquisition, based on evaluation of information and estimates available at that date. Based on these estimates, we allocate the estimated fair value to the applicable assets and liabilities. Fair value is determined based on an exit price approach, which contemplates the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. If, up to one year from the acquisition date, information regarding fair value of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed is received and estimates are refined, appropriate adjustments are made to the purchase price allocation on a retrospective basis. There are four categories of intangible assets and liabilities to be considered: (1) in-place leases; (2) above and below-market value of in-place leases; (3) lease origination costs and (4) customer relationships. The aggregate value of other acquired intangible assets, consisting of in-place leases, is measured by the excess of (i) the purchase price paid for a property after adjusting existing in-place leases, including fixed rate renewal options, to market rental rates over (ii) the estimated fair value of the property as-if-vacant, determined as set forth above. The value of in-place leases exclusive of the value of above-market and below-market in-place leases is amortized to depreciation expense over the estimated remaining term of the respective leases. The value of above-market and below-market in-place leases is amortized to rental revenue over the estimated remaining term of the leases. If a lease terminates prior to its stated expiration, all unamortized amounts relating to that lease are written off.

We use the equity method of accounting for investments in unconsolidated joint ventures when we own 20% or more of the voting interests and have significant influence but do not have a controlling financial interest, or if we own less than 20% of the voting interests but have determined that we have significant influence. Under the equity method, we record our investments in and advances to these entities in our consolidated balance sheets and our proportionate share of earnings or losses earned by the joint venture is recognized in equity in income (loss) of unconsolidated joint ventures in our consolidated statements of income. We derive revenue through our involvement with unconsolidated joint ventures in the form of management and leasing services and interest earned on loans and advances. We account for these revenues gross of our ownership interest in each respective joint venture and record our proportionate share of related expenses in equity in income (loss) of unconsolidated joint ventures

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