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Vornado Realty Trust Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 23, 2011 | About:

Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-12-31.

Vornado Realty Trust has a market cap of $16.29 billion; its shares were traded at around $89.19 with a P/E ratio of 16.6 and P/S ratio of 5.9. The dividend yield of Vornado Realty Trust stocks is 3.1%. Vornado Realty Trust had an annual average earning growth of 5% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Vornado Realty Trust the business predictability rank of 2.5-star.Hedge Fund Gurus that owns VNO: Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies LLC, Tom Russo of Gardner Russo & Gardner, Bruce Kovner of Caxton Associates, Steven Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors. Mutual Fund and Other Gurus that owns VNO: Third Avenue Management, Murray Stahl of Horizon Asset Management, Chris Davis of Davis Selected Advisers, Jeremy Grantham of GMO LLC, Pioneer Investments, Ron Baron of Baron Funds.

Highlight of Business Operations:

We own 18,584,010 common shares at an average price of $25.70 per share, or $477,678,000 in the aggregate. These shares, which have an aggregate fair value of $600,449,000 at December 31, 2010, are included in marketable equity securities on our consolidated balance sheet and are classified as “available for sale.” Of these shares, 15,500,000 were acquired through the exercise of a call option that originated on September 28, 2010 and settled on November 9, 2010. During the period in which the call option was outstanding and classified as a derivative instrument, we recognized $112,537,000 of income from the mark-to-market of the underlying common shares, which is included in “interest and other investment income (loss), net” on our consolidated statement of income. During the period from November 10 through December 31, 2010, we recognized $10,234,000 from the mark-to-market of the common shares classified as available-for-sale, which is included in “accumulated other comprehensive income” (a component of shareholders equity on our consolidated balance sheet).

On July 29, 2010, as a part of LNR s recapitalization, we acquired a 26.2% equity interest in LNR for $116,000,000 in cash and conversion into equity of our $15,000,000 mezzanine loan (the then current carrying amount) made to LNR s parent, Riley Holdco Corp. The recapitalization involved an infusion of a total of $417,000,000 in new cash equity and the reduction of LNR s total debt to $425,000,000 from $1.3 billion, excluding liabilities related to the consolidated CMBS and CDO trusts described below. We account for our equity interest in LNR under the equity method on a one-quarter lag basis.

Dispositions On October 20, 2010, we sold a 45% ownership interest in 1299 Pennsylvania Avenue (the Warner Building) and 1101 17th Street, for $236,700,000, comprised of $91,000,000 in cash and the assumption of existing mortgage debt. We retained the remaining 55% ownership interest and continue to manage and lease the properties. Based on the Warner Building s implied fair value of $445,000,000, we recognized a net gain of $54,000,000 in the fourth quarter of 2010. The gain on 1101 17th Street, based on an implied fair value of $81,000,000, will be recognized when we monetize our investment.

In August 2010, we sold $660,000,000 of 10-year mortgage notes in a single issuer securitization. The notes are comprised of a $600,000,000 fixed rate component and a $60,000,000 variable rate component and are cross-collateralized by 40 of our strip shopping centers. The $600,000,000 fixed rate portion bears interest at an initial rate of 4.18% and a weighted average rate of 4.31% over the 10-year term and amortizes based on a 30-year schedule. The variable rate portion bears interest at LIBOR plus 1.36%, with a 1% floor (2.36% at December 31, 2010).

In 2010, through open market repurchases and tender offers, we purchased $270,491,000 aggregate face amount ($264,476,000 aggregate carrying amount) of our convertible senior debentures and $17,000,000 aggregate face amount ($16,981,000 aggregate carrying amount) of our senior unsecured notes for $274,857,000 and $17,382,000 in cash, respectively, resulting in a net loss of $10,381,000 and $401,000, respectively.

During 2010, we entered into agreements with Cuyahoga County, Ohio (the “County”) to develop and operate the Cleveland Medical Mart and Convention Center (the “Facility”), a 1,000,000 square foot showroom, trade show and conference center in Cleveland s central business district. The County will fund the development of the Facility, using proceeds from the issuance of general obligation bonds and other sources, up to the development budget of $465,000,000 and maintain effective control of the property. During the 17-year development and operating period, we will receive net settled payments of approximately $10,000,000 per year, which is net of our $36,000,000 annual obligation to the County. Our obligation has been pledged by the County to the bondholders, but is payable by us only to the extent that we first receive at least an equal payment from the County. We engaged a contractor to construct the Facility pursuant to a guaranteed maximum price contract. Although we are ultimately responsible for cost overruns, the contractor is responsible for all costs incurred in excess of its contract and has provided a completion guaranty. Construction of the Facility is expected to be completed in 2013. Subsequent thereto, we are required to fund $11,

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