Apartment Investment & Management (AIV) Q2 2011 Earnings Call July 29, 2011 1:00 pm ET Executives Lisa Cohn - Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary Daniel Matula - Executive Vice President of Redevelopment and Construction Services John Bezzant - Executive Vice President of Transactions Keith Kimmel - Executive Vice President of Property Operations Ernest Freedman - Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Terry Considine - Founder, Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Eecutive Officer of AIMCO-GP Inc Analysts Swaroop Yalla Derek Bower - UBS Investment Bank Jana Galan Richard Anderson - BMO Capital Markets U.S. Eric Wolfe Michael Salinsky - RBC Capital Markets, LLC Buck Horne - Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Presentation Operator
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The participants on today's call will be Terry Considine, our Chairman and CEO, who will provide opening remarks; and Ernie Freedman, our CFO, who will review second quarter results, our balance sheet and guidance. Also in the room today are John Bezzant, EVP of Transactions; Miles Cortez, our Chief Administrative Officer; Keith Kimmel, Executive Vice President, Property Operations; and Dan Matula, EVP of Redevelopment and Construction Services.We are available to answer questions at the conclusion of our prepared remarks. I will now turn the call to Terry Considine. Terry? Terry Considine Thank you, Lisa, and thanks to all of you on this call for your interest in Aimco. My colleagues and I are pleased by Aimco's second quarter results. Before turning the call over to Ernie, who will discuss in detail these results, I'd like to offer some general observations. Business is good and better than I had assumed last fall when making plans for this year. Current revenue reflects caution last year. But this year, run rates have been improving, and the rate of increase has been accelerating during each of the past 6 months. And these trends continue in July. And as these higher rates earn in, revenue is expected to increase accordingly. Keith Kimmel and his team in the field have my thanks for this improvement in rental rates. They're also doing a solid job of cost control. Year-to-date, property operating costs are down more than $5 million with savings in every category. And as you can see from guidance, we don't expect the same rate of year-over-year savings in the second half, but our efficiency in technology initiatives are paying off, and we expect the cost reductions to be sustainable. We have continued to invest in property maintenance, and property upgrades. Ernie and Patti Fielding have done a good job in lengthening our property debt maturities, lowering our cost of leverage and somewhat lowering our overall leverage. Our off-site costs continue to fall as we simplify and focus our business. These costs are down $8 million, or 14% year-over-year, with more to come. As we look forward, we'd expect further reductions in off-site costs.
We're pleased with our start to the year, and we are optimistic as we turn to the second half and prepare for 2012. We are making plans to ramp up redevelopment spending. In addition to the redevelopment of Lincoln Place and Treetops, we are actively planning for a dozen or so projects, or $100 million to $200 million of spending in 2012, with returns greater than those available today on property acquisitions.With that, I'll turn it over to Ernie Freedman, Aimco's Chief Financial Officer, to review second quarter results. Ernie? Ernest Freedman Thanks, Terry. On today's call, I will cover the following subjects. First, our second quarter results; second, our recent balance sheet activities; and third, I will provide third quarter guidance and update full year 2011 projections. First, second quarter results. Second quarter pro forma FFO was $0.27 per share after a one-time charge of $0.15 per share related to a refinancing and securitization transaction with Freddie Mac that closed during the quarter. At $0.27 per share, pro forma FFO exceeded the top end of our guidance range by $0.05 per share, primarily due to better-than-expected property operating results. As shown on the table on Page 2 of our earnings release, total portfolio NOI was up 5.3% year-over-year. Revenues across our entire portfolio were up 2.6%, while expenses decreased 1.5%. Total same-store NOI, which includes conventional and affordable properties, was up 5.1% year-over-year with Conventional Same Store up 4.6% and Affordable Same Store up 8.4%. Total Same store revenue was up 2.6% for the quarter, with Conventional Same Store up 2.4%, and Affordable Same Store up 3.7%. Conventional Same Store revenue growth was driven by an increase in average rents of 1.7% and an increase in average daily occupancy of 0.2%. Conventional Same Store new lease rates during the quarter averaged 5.1% higher than expiring lease rates. Results by month were: April, up 3.8%; May, up 4.7%; and June, up 6.6%. July is coming in currently, up 7.2%. Read the rest of this transcript for free on seekingalpha.com