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BROOKFIELD PROPERTY PARTNERS L.P.

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Top U.S. mall operator Simon faces pandemic pain

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08/10/2020 | 02:43am EDT
FILE PHOTO: Shoppers ascend and descend escalators at the King of Prussia Mall, owned by Simon Property Group, United State's largest retail shopping space, in King of Prussia

Surging COVID-19 infections in big states like California, Texas and Florida are scaring shoppers away from newly reopened malls, dealing a blow to an industry that was on the ropes even before the pandemic began.

Simon Property Group, the No. 1 U.S. mall owner, is expected to post its smallest quarterly profit in nearly six years on Monday, as the plunge in foot traffic and early government-mandated closures resulted in tenants being unable or unwilling to pay full rent.

"The upcoming earnings for mall owners could be one of the worst quarters ever," said Compass Point Research & Trading analyst Floris van Dijkum.

The pain from a slew of major retail bankruptcies, including Neiman Marcus and Brooks Brothers, and hundreds of store closures from department stores Macy's and Nordstrom and others is far from over for shopping malls, as the coronavirus pandemic takes a toll on brick-and-mortar retailers that were already losing sales to online competitors.

Simon has full or partial ownership in seven of the nation's top 10 malls, as measured by sales of mall tenants. Its indoor malls in pandemic-ravaged states have been hit particularly hard. Foot traffic was down more than 50% at Houston's upscale Galleria and at Miami's Aventura Mall in mid-July, according to cellphone tracking data provided by Unacast.

Even Simon's outdoor Sawgrass Mills outlet center in Florida, the No. 1 U.S. mall, was not immune, with traffic in mid-July off 37% as COVID-19 infections spiked. But at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, an outdoor mall in New York, where infections are in check, the decline was only 8%.

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Simon's strong liquidity position, helped by its June decision to abandon a $3.6 billion deal to buy Taubman Centers, is expected to help it weather the worst of the pandemic. It had nearly $4 billion of cash or cash equivalents at the end of March.

But analysts say it has a mighty battle ahead as its retail tenants fight for their lives.

Simon did not respond to a request for comment.

Reuters reported in June that Indianapolis-based Simon and peer Brookfield Property Partners were in joint talks to bid on J.C. Penney, a major department store anchor for malls that filed for bankruptcy in May and whose survival hinges on urgent sale negotiations.

"When you have to start buying your tenants, you're in a big problem," said Scott Crowe, chief investment strategist at CenterSquare Investment Management.

"It's the complete antithesis of being a landlord. The only reason one would buy a retailer is because it's the least worst option and they know they won't be able to lease that space to anyone else," he said.

It is not, however, Simon's first stab at buying a retailer. Simon and Brookfield, along with a third company, acquired teen apparel chain Forever 21 last February, and Simon in 2016 was part of a consortium that bought another teen apparel retailer, Aeropostale https://www.reuters.com/article/us-aeropostale-m-a-authenticbrands-idUSKCN1180AC.

On Sunday, The Wall Street Journal, citing sources, reported that Simon and Amazon.com Inc are exploring converting mall space formerly occupied by J.C. Penney and Sears Holding Corp into Amazon distribution centers. Simon did not respond to a Reuters request for comment. An Amazon spokeswoman said the company has a policy of not commenting on rumors or speculation. Sears and J.C. Penney both declined to comment.

The challenges now are intense. Companies like Coach handbag maker Tapestry Inc smarting from falling store traffic say mall retailers need rent reductions to survive.

Mall rents, which grew 2.5% annually over the past four years, could fall as much as 4.3% in 2020, according to real estate analytics company CoStar Group.

Still, experts are betting that malls will have a place, albeit much smaller, in the post-pandemic world as many shoppers still prefer to see, touch and try before they buy.

"At some point when enough malls flush out, those who survive - the Simons and Maceriches of the world - will come out stronger," said Michael Jerbich, president of B. Riley Real Estate.

By Uday Sampath Kumar and Lisa Baertlein


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BROOKFIELD PROPERTY PARTNERS L.P. -1.18% 14.28 Delayed Quote.-20.95%
COSTAR GROUP CO., LTD. -0.61% 18.05 End-of-day quote.-11.00%
COSTAR GROUP, INC. 1.33% 830.75 Delayed Quote.37.02%
NORDSTROM, INC -7.61% 13.24 Delayed Quote.-64.99%
SIMON PROPERTY GROUP, INC -3.29% 64.68 Delayed Quote.-55.10%
TAUBMAN CENTERS, INC. -1.95% 34.66 Delayed Quote.13.70%
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Sales 2020 5 334 M - -
Net income 2020 - - -
Net Debt 2020 - - -
P/E ratio 2020 -
Yield 2020 9,20%
Capitalization 6 256 M 6 256 M -
Capi. / Sales 2020 1,17x
Capi. / Sales 2021 1,08x
Nbr of Employees 22 000
Free-Float 47,8%
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Brian William Kingston Chief Executive Officer
Richard Byron Clark Chairman
Bryan Kenneth Davis Chief Financial Officer
Omar Carneiro da Cunha Sobrinho Independent Director
Stephen DeNardo Independent Director