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1Q20 US Earnings Season Wrap-Up: Reviewing the Covid-19 Impact

First-quarter 2020 retail earnings include the negative impact on sales caused by the coronavirus outbreak. We assess the recent performance of US retailers in terms of revenues, earnings per share and comps, considering consensus estimates and year-over-year changes. With retail sectors weathering the Covid-19 crisis in different ways, sales declines are now easing due to stores reopening post lockdown, but the pace of recovery will vary.

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Retail Innovators: REITs

The Coresight Research Retail Innovators series examines how key players and startups are disrupting different retail sectors. In this report, we focus on five disruptors in the REITs sector that are offering innovative data and technology solutions to real-estate owners. We also highlight the ways in which some REITs in the US are introducing innovation, such as by adding entertainment to properties.

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4Q19 US Earnings Season Wrap-Up

Fourth-quarter 2019 retail earnings show that many companies across the retail industry saw strong growth. However, our coverage of the Coresight 100 reveals that the CPG and department-store sectors bucked this trend, with the latter continuing to struggle. Companies across the board have updated their guidance due to coronavirus disruption in the supply chain and demand in Asia, but we are yet to see updates based on the spread of the virus to the US, with the nation moving closer to lockdown.

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3Q19 US Earnings Season Wrap-Up

Third-quarter 2019 retail earnings show mixed results across categories. Our coverage of the Coresight 100 reveal most companies beat consensus, but there were sectors that fared much better than others—and luxury was one that did not meet expectations despite recent recovery.

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Sector Overview: Retail REITs — An Industry in Flux

For US retail REITs, occupancy rates are improving, vacancies are decreasing and rent asking rates are increasing, but store traffic and other metrics remain negative. REITs are welcoming non-traditional occupants, particularly food. Just 20% of “A” malls generate 72% of all mall sales in the US.

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Brookfield (NASDAQ: BPY) 4Q18 Results: Beats Consensus, Announces a $500 Million Repurchase Program

Brookfield reported net income of $858 million ($0.51 per unit) versus $958 million ($0.17 per unit) in the year-ago quarter. FFO was $416 million ($0.43 per unit), compared with $286 million ($0.41 per unit) in the year-ago quarter. The increases in FFO in the quarter and year were due to the following factors: Higher investment in core retail and seasonally strong performance in the quarter, along with same-property income growth in the core office business. This strong operating performance more than offset the impact of a higher interest rate environment and negative currency effects.

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Brookfield Property Partners (NASDAQ: BPY)

The company’s strategy is to enhance the flexibility of its balance sheet, including extending the maturity profile of its debt, reducing its floating-rate exposure, reducing its cost of capital and increasing its access to liquidity; and, to redeploy $1–2 billion of capital from mature assets into new investments, the company’s development pipeline and to repurchase units whose price has fallen below net asset value.

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