Simon Property Group Inc (SPG) Q1 2019 Earnings Call Transcript

SPG earnings call for the period ending March 31, 2019.

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Simon Property Group Inc  (NYSE:SPG)
Q1 2019 Earnings Call
April 30, 2019, 8:30 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Simon Property Group First Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later we will conduct the question-and-answer session and instructions will follow at that time. (Operator Instructions) As a reminder, this conference call is being recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference over to your host Mr. Tom Ward, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations. Sir, you may begin.

Thomas Ward -- Senior Vice President, Investor Relations

Thank you, Bridget. Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us today. Presenting on today's call is David Simon, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. Also on the call are Rick Sokolov, Vice Chairman; Brian McDade, Chief Financial Officer and Adam Reuille, Chief Accounting Officer.

Before we begin, a quick reminder that statements made during this call may be deemed forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and actual results may differ materially due to a variety of risks, uncertainties and other factors. We refer you to today's press release and our SEC filings for a detailed discussion of the risk factors relating to those forward-looking statements.

Please note that this call includes information that maybe accurate only as of today's date. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are included within the press release and the supplemental information in today's Form 8-K filing. Both the press release and the supplemental information are available on our IR website at investors.simon.com.

For our prepared remarks, I'm pleased to introduce David Simon.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Good morning. We had a very productive quarter and are pleased with our financial results. Results in the quarter were highlighted by funds from operation of $3.04 per share, an increase of 5.9% compared to the prior year. Our reported FFO exceeded -- per share exceeded the First Call consensus at the end of the first quarter by $0.10. Adjusting the prior year for the $11.3 million impact of expensing internal leasing costs, our FFO per share growth was 7%. We continue to grow our cash flow and report solid key operating metrics. Total portfolio net operating income increased 1.7% compared to prior year and our comp NOI increased 1.6%. NOI growth was impacted by approximately a 100 basis points due to the impact of retailer liquidations and bankruptcies resulting higher bad debt expense, unfavorable foreign exchange rates and slightly NOI -- slightly lower NOI from properties undergoing significant redevelopment.

Redevelopment activity is moving quickly and in some cases it's moving quicker than we originally anticipated. For example, the transformation of Northgate in Seattle, which was originally budgeted to occur next year will start this summer with the demolition of the mall, the NOI will be significantly reduced while we begin this massive redevelopment. These types of decisions are in the best long term interest of the asset and our future growth, especially when you think about a property like Northgate where we are replacing a majority of the retail with the NHL Seattle corporate office, practice facility, ice skating facilities for the public, as well as significant residential, hotel and office users. Leasing activity remained solid, average base minimum rent was $54.34. The malls and outlets recorded leasing spreads of $14.17 per square foot, an increase of 27.3%.

Our reported retail sales per square foot for our malls and outlets were $6.60 per foot compared to $6.41 in the prior-year period, an increase of 3.1%. Keep in mind this growth is on top of the very strong growth throughout 2018 and reflects late Easter and pass over as well some recent lackluster tourism spending at some of our tourist-oriented centers due to the strengthening dollar. Our malls and outlets occupancy ended the quarter at 95.1%, an increase of 50 basis points compared to prior year.

On the outlet business, which we continue to drive corporately, we broke ground. And it's interesting to note, we broke ground on Siam Premium Outlets in Bangkok, which is our first outlet in Thailand. This center is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2020. We are also delighted to have received approval to begin construction on our luxury designer outlet in Western Paris located in Normandy, the center's proximity to Paris coupled with its affluent fashion conscious local trade area offers significant opportunity for tourists and locals. Construction actually in May of this year Queretaro, Mexico in May will open and Malaga in Spain will open in the fall. We will also open a new outlet in Cannock, England in the fall of 2020.

So let me just restate this. You're talking Bangkok, you're talking Paris, you're talking Mexico, Malaga, Spain and Cannock, England all because of our corporate resources dedicated to the outlet business. And all of these will be thoughtful investments, high return on investment and add to our overall franchise value. Redevelopment activities are under way at more than 30 properties domestically and internationally across all of our platforms where we are creating monitored, innovative, live, work, play, stay and shop communities. This includes 10 former department store space, redevelopment projects that are ongoing and we have more than 25 projects in various stages of pre-development. We continue to densify our centers with the addition of mixed used components including hotels, multifamily office and uses.

As examples, during this quarter, we started construction on a 430 unit multifamily residents at Round Rock Premium Outlets and construction began on 80 hotels by Marriott at Delano (ph) 177 keys, Sawgrass Mills 174 keys as well. Our extensive identified pipeline of more than $5 billion in new development and redevelopment opportunities across all of our platforms will fuel our future NOI and FFO growth and reinforce our well-located properties.

As many of you know, we are excited to have launched the beta version of Shop Premium Outlets and are encouraged by the feedback we have received thus far. This is a unique long-term investment for us which capitalizes on the power of the Premium Outlets brand, our large base of loyal and engaged shoppers and the strong relationships we have with our retail partners. This is an opportunity to do extend our reach, enhancing and deepening our relationships directly with our shopper. We look forward to a full public launch. Ongoing cost in the platform will continue with these costs running through our income statement.

Balance sheet, our liquidity at the end of the first quarter was $7 billion. We expect to generate approximately $1.5 billion cash flow after dividend distributions, which we will use to fund the investment in our development and redevelopment opportunities. We continue to have the strongest credit profile in the industry, including net debt to NOI of 5.1 times, fixed charge cover ratios of 5.1 times and approximately 95% of our indebtedness is fixed rate long-term issue ratings of A/A2. And during the quarter, our Board of Directors also authorized a new common stock repurchase program of $2 billion.

Today, we announced our dividend of $2.05. This is an increase of 5.1% year-over-year. Including this dividend, we have now officially paid over $100 per share in dividends to our shareholders since becoming a public company, yet another accomplishment separates us from others. We are also reaffirming our guidance this year in the range of $12.30 to $12.40 per share.

Just in concluding, we produced another quarter of impressive results and operating metrics. We continue to operate our business with a long-term view of focus on cash flow generation, managing each asset as if it's our only asset. Our track record speaks for itself whether it's one, three, five, 10, seven, six. We have outperformed the industry in earnings, cash flow and dividend growth through the combination of our assets, people hard work. We expect to continue our industry-leading track record.

And we're now ready for any questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Thank you. (Operator Instructions). Our first question comes from the line of Craig Schmidt with Bank of America. Your line is open.

Craig Schmidt -- Bank of America. -- Analyst

Thank you. Just to clarify, was the operating lease (ph) settlement in your original guidance of 2020, $12.30, $12.40?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Well, you know Craig, we don't give specific itemized guidance. As you know, we do give you comp NOI guidance. And I think it's important to remind folks that every year, we have a lot of ins and outs of our company because of our size. So this year as an example, we expect to have lower lease settlement -- lower lease settlement income from compared to last year. We budgeted a higher distribution income from our value retail investment, which we now expect to be lower. We have a stronger dollar than we anticipated. We're accelerating our vacant anchor and redevelopment program. As an example, the Northgate, which does about $15 million of NOI. We're shutting that mall down essentially this year. So that's different than our budget. And then obviously we have some unanticipated bad debt. It's now not called bad debt, but I'll call it bad debt for this quarter because of the bankruptcies that occurred in the first quarter. And then we have certain SPO cost.

So as much as you would like us to itemize each and every aspect of our business, we don't do that, we're a big company. We've got roughly $5 billion of FFO. So again, put that in perspective, we are an earnings machine. That's how we think about ourselves. We obviously knew about the settlement. When we gave you guidance, it was disclosed in our 10-K on February 22, but when we disclosed that, but we don't give itemized specific guidance because of the nature of our company is a little bit different than others. And I hope that addresses your question.

Craig Schmidt -- Bank of America. -- Analyst

Okay, great. And then on the leasing spreads that are up 27.3%, was this impacted by anchor releasing or what drove that number higher?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Yeah. I think it's generally mix. We are taking out some less performing retailers, putting in better ones. We're not going to guide necessarily to that spread, but we're certainly proud of it. And you know our mix continues to change. We have felt confident, we still have leases that are under market. And we expect to continue to post a positive leasing spread.

Craig Schmidt -- Bank of America. -- Analyst

And then just finally, the month-to-month leases increased, I know this they did that last year as well. Is there anything that happened seasonally that increases month-to-month leases in the first quarter?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Not really. I mean a lot of the bigger, larger accounts just take -- take some time, and that's really all that's ongoing there.

Craig Schmidt -- Bank of America. -- Analyst

Okay. Well, thank you.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Sure. No problem.

Operator

The next question comes from the line of Jeremy Metz with BMO Capital Markets. Your line is open.

Jeremy Metz -- BMO Capital Markets -- Analyst

Hey, good morning.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Good morning.

Jeremy Metz -- BMO Capital Markets -- Analyst

David, good morning. Going back to last quarter, you were expressing some caution around the closing environment and the bankruptcy that you saw lingering out there. You seem to know that you saw they were going to pick up, we've seen a number of closing announcements since their last call. So just wondering how you're feeling today looking at what's out there and what still needs to possibly shutter here in 2019?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Yeah. Well, good question, Jeremy. I think it's safe to say that we did anticipate some bankruptcies. We are looking at a few others that we'll see how they -- how the rest of the year shapes up for them. We were a little bit -- a lot of cases when you do run into a bankruptcy, you do see kind of a (Technical Difficulty) opportunity. Couple of bigger ones just liquidate it that was different than our plan. But that's what makes our company unique is that we'll take that space back, we will lease a lot. And I don't think it will affect the long-term prospects of our cash flow generation, but it's going to take some work this year to balance that. But I think most of the bad news is behind us. I can't guarantee that.

Jeremy Metz -- BMO Capital Markets -- Analyst

Okay. I appreciate that color. And then just I was wondering in terms of your tenant sales of 3% increase, is there any sort of additional detail or just color you can provide across some of your bigger categories here to understand kind of what's helping lift that and on the other side, what's dragging on it right now?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Yeah. Well, I think (Technical Difficulty)

Jeremy Metz -- BMO Capital Markets -- Analyst

Great. Thanks for the time.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Christy McElroy with Citi. Your line is open.

Michael Bilerman -- Citi -- Analyst

Hey, it's Michael Bilerman. David, I don't know if it's just our line, but your line, it sounds like you had a bad McDonald's drive through?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Well, and maybe your line, I haven't heard that before.

Michael Bilerman -- Citi -- Analyst

No, very good. Now we can hear you. That's perfect.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Okay.

Michael Bilerman -- Citi -- Analyst

Thank you. You talked in your opening comments about the impact to total NOI from the increased bad debt, the foreign exchange, what you're doing at Northgate which sounds very exciting from an NHL perspective. How much of that impacted the same-store 1.6% in terms of, know it wouldn't be the redevelopment, but I'm sure the store closures and the bad debt may have had an impact and does that shift at all your view toward the 2% growth for the year?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Yeah. I think I said this obviously if I was in the McDonald's drive up, you didn't hear it. But Northgate has no impact on it. That's in the portfolio NOI number because it was -- it's going through a redevelopment. The fact is though we had budgeted a lot more NOI for that this year, that's not going to go offline . So it does affect our overall $12.30 to $12.40 estimate. And I will put that in mind, remember that's $12.30 and $12.40 which I do think is the leading REIT per share earnings, but you would know that better than I would.

And I basically -- the number between the stronger dollar and the extra bad debt expenses around a 100 basis points. I did, I think I said that in my commentary, early, but you may not have heard that. So -- and getting to your question, the 2%, if we felt we had to back off that, we would tell you today. Listen, there are no guarantees, but we -- we have a lot of levers in this company and we're going to try to achieve that through our best of our abilities. We felt it wasn't achievable, we would back off it, we are not backing off of it. I would say the biggest unknown is not necessarily future unanticipated bankruptcies, but our average rent always is at the -- we're at the mercy of retail -- retailers and that's a number that we do have a little bit of volatility in it because of our high producing properties. So that's the one element that we watch every quarter and we'll see how it shakes out. But the reality is if we wanted to back off of 2%, we would tell you today and we're not at that point.

Michael Bilerman -- Citi -- Analyst

Yeah. And what thrilled me off is when talked about the 100 basis points. In the opening remarks, you talked about the impact of retailer liquidations and bankruptcies resulted in higher bad debt, the FX and then the slightly lower NOI from properties going into redevelopment. And so I took the 100 basis points as being total and I was trying to get the impact just to the same-store pool on that 1.6%?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Yeah. It covered a little bit about, but the reality is the biggest comp NOI situation is because of the foreign exchange rates and the bad debt.

Michael Bilerman -- Citi -- Analyst

And you talked a little bit about percentage rents and that having an impact as things go through the year. With all the accounting changes that got implemented this quarter from a disclosure perspective, you've now rolled everything into the lease income line. So now that has the minimum rents, the percentage rents, has a tenant reimbursements, if often has the bad debt. Can you...

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Yeah. You say we, it's not we. (inaudible)

Michael Bilerman -- Citi -- Analyst

No, no, I get that. What all the other companies have done is they've given us a supplemental disclosure, the way it was before in a separate page so that we can still look at the trends of reimbursements, we can look at the trends on percentage rents, we can look at what bad debt was. And so if it's possible, I think, I know investors would and certainly from an analytical community, we would really appreciate getting the same level of information knowing that your face of the income statement furnished to the SEC is going to be the way it is that you've presented it, but having that supplemental disclosure on each of the line items I think will be hopeful as we model the company given the various pieces that do have some seasonality and volatility in them?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Well, I appreciate the comment. You know, the reality is we don't want to necessarily do that. When the SEC says you can't do that then you're asking us to do it. I'm not sure what the right approach to do that is. We take your comments certainly under (inaudible). For us to say bad debt when there is no longer a bad debt is not something we necessarily want to do, but well let's see how this year shakes out. And we're not, we're certainly open to it, but we don't know what to call it if it's not allowed to be -- it's contra revenue as opposed to bad debt expense.

Michael Bilerman -- Citi -- Analyst

Correct.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

We don't -- you know it's a little, it's a little tricky, but we'll -- I do think generally we disclose all the relevant facts of our company. We have an exhaustive 10-K, we have exhaustive 10-Q, we do an 8-K. I think our industry, the REIT industry does a tremendous amount in disclosure much better than many other corporate America. So -- and again, I always -- maybe I fail at this Michael, but our company is -- it's just a little different, it's a little bigger, there is more moving pieces, we're more international, we're -- we got more platforms, we have much lower overhead. So it's just, we're a different, little different animal to get into the nitty-gritty detail that you get from all these other companies. And we could argue whether it's really all that material and relevant. So we'll have that question for a later day.

Michael Bilerman -- Citi -- Analyst

Yeah. No, I was just more so trying to be consistent with what you've provided before so that we could keep up with the trends that we've modeled the company for the last 20 years on. But happy to follow up offline and share some examples of -- with you as well.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Sure.

Michael Bilerman -- Citi -- Analyst

Thank you, David.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question is from Nick Yulico with Scotiabank. Your line is open.

Nicholas Yulico -- Scotiabank -- Analyst

Good morning. Thanks . Looking at the development, redevelopment pipeline you raised the expected yield on that 8%, it looks like it was the new developments that are getting higher yields now. Can you just talk about what drove that higher?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Well, I mean it changes every -- it's just the mix a little bit. We do, as I mentioned to you, as you know we -- we have driven through, our corporate relationships have driven the outlet business internationally. We've got some really good returns on that coming online. And then some of these redevelopments we're taking back, anchor department stores are driving that. But it's a mixed number and you know it's subject to change quarter-to-quarter. But again, the general thing about our ability to have an accretive return on investment hasn't changed.

Nicholas Yulico -- Scotiabank -- Analyst

Okay. And then just going back to the online platform, it sounded like for the Simon Premium Outlet business, I mean how is that -- how is sort of early customer adoption looking there. And it sounds like you're spending money on that, but should we think about that as being additive to earnings this year in a positive way?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

No, I don't think it will generate, we expect it to generate FFO losses. I'm not -- as much as I know you want to know the number, I'm not going to necessarily give it to you. It's certainly -- and again, this is one of the things that when we budgeted our initial $12.30 to $12.40 that we reaffirmed, we weren't really sure whether or not we were going to get to beta or not, but we're able to withstand -- reaffirm our guidance and withstand those losses even though we got the beta. So -- and we do expect to be full public some time in the next few months.

So those losses will go through. I would think in the scheme of our company, we can handle it. It's a long-term investment. And we continue to be excited about it. And ultimately be an important part of our company and our platforms, but it's early days there. So I can't necessarily make specific predictions other than to say we wouldn't be doing unless we felt confident in it, but, we'll see.

Nicholas Yulico -- Scotiabank -- Analyst

Okay. I appreciate it.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

No, worries. Thank you.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Steve Sakwa with Evercore ISI. Your line is open.

Steve Sakwa -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

Thanks. Good morning.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Good morning.

Steve Sakwa -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

David and Rick, I guess I was wondering if you could just maybe talk a little bit about the leasing environment, obviously it was nice to see occupancy up 50 basis points here despite all of the closures and bankruptcies. So just wondering if you sort of think about the pipeline and the activity level. How would you sort of maybe stack up the pipeline today versus say a year ago in kind of the mix of those tenants?

Richard S. Sokolov -- Director, President and Chief Operating Officer

It's Rick, Steve. Frankly there are still a great many tenants that are happy to have the opportunity to get into take advantage of the inventory that we have now that we haven't had historically and that leasing interest is frankly accelerating. And if you think about it, we've got new retail concepts, we still have a lot of retailers internationally, they're trying to come into this market that have significant space needs. We are growing the e-tailers because they all have made the decision. They need to have a bricks and mortar presence and we still have the brand extensions from our existing retailers. So there is a lot of activity from a lot of different sources and I think that's reflecting itself in our occupancy and in our spread.

Steve Sakwa -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

Okay. And I guess David, to go back to your comment earlier, this was touched on a little bit about the accelerating sort of opportunities that you have on the redevelopment side. I know you sort of generally budgeted about $1 billion a year plus or minus. Do you see that number dramatically changing just given the activity level that you've guide or is it sort of on the margin?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Yeah. I do think -- I do think it's going to increase. But some of the bigger ones that we have ready conceptually of what we want to do, we're still in the midst of planning approval process. So we've got just to take two examples that are jump out at the top of my head, Brea and Stoneridge both in California I mean are big, big developments, redevelopments I should say with a former Sears stores that we now control. Those are 300 plus a piece in that range. And that's not -- as you know, we don't, we don't put that in our profile until we get approval both internally and obviously with the municipalities there. So it is -- and we are, I mean we are blowing and going on that front. So generally across the company, we're really, really I'd say is active as we've ever been.

So the answer is, I think it's going to go up. It's a little bit out of our control in the sense not that we don't want to do it, but we have some big ones that are going through the planning process. But I don't think it will be $2 billion a year, it could average of $1.4 billion, $1.5 billion just to give you a kind of an order of magnitude, but it is active and it hasn't -- it's not slowing down any time soon.

Steve Sakwa -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

Okay. Thanks very much.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Sure. Thank you.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Alexander Goldfarb with Sandler O'Neill. Your line is open.

Alexander Goldfarb -- Sandler O'Neill -- Analyst

Hey, good morning. Good morning out there.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Good morning.

Alexander Goldfarb -- Sandler O'Neill -- Analyst

Hey, David. Yeah, I'd echo Bilerman's comments on the disclosure. If you can get your accounts comfortable with it to break out those line items that were compressed and aggregated would be helpful. One of your hallmarks has been growing cash flow annually and not just presenting the numbers as you grow regardless. This quarter it seems more like an anomaly as far as what was going on the quarter between the outside operating mills (ph) on our numbers, it looked like NOI was light, I obviously I can't speak for my peers. But as far as the NOI that's coming offline for the redevelopments, you mentioned that you're not going to guide line by line, but yet we're all looking at you guys making your number. Are there some points here that you can talk about maybe whether there is some one-time items that impacted NOI in first quarter or maybe sort of quantify what the NOI impacts are firm things coming offline that help us better?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Yeah. Look, I think I explained that to you, but I'm happy to do it again. I mean we have -- we are -- let me just say this, I think we had a very strong quarter and our numbers are pretty damn good, but I appreciate your comments. So let me give you a few things just comparing quarter-over-quarter, but also keep in mind, we did lose -- we did have a much -- and again it's not called bad debt expense anymore, I know everybody knows that I know accounting. So it's not bad debt, it's contra revenue, but we had a much bigger bad debt expense than we did quarter-over-quarter and that's what affected our comp NOI number. Now, and I also want to make sure you understand that the op resettlement is not in our net operating income. Are you clear on that? That's in our other income...

Alexander Goldfarb -- Sandler O'Neill -- Analyst

Yeah, of course.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Okay. So, but we also had lower lease termination income from quarter-over-quarter. That was a material number you can basically see that that was around seven. So I'll just give you a couple of things, and that's why I think you'd feel a little bit better about what we produced this year. We had lower lease settlement income $0.07. Again, we do only and I've made this perfectly clear, I made it perfectly clear last quarter, we as you know, we're an investor in value retail. We only book, we do not book our pro rata share of net operating income or FFO , we only book when we get cash receipts. So i.e. cost method of accounting, familiar with that? I am, you are? That was one of my favorite classes. The reality is, we had $0.06 lower and you can see that in our 8-K. Obviously lease capitalization, foreign exchange we did dispose of our HBS Europe operations. That's another $0.05, $0.06 you put it all together.

So that gives you a sense and kind of what's moving around. And again, that's what we -- that's what happens with the size of this company. And again, I try to -- I try to push people there because that's what happens. But we did have 7% growth when you take into account just trying to normalize the new accounting for leasing cost which I was pretty good and in a market that's dealing with a lot of bankruptcies.

Alexander Goldfarb -- Sandler O'Neill -- Analyst

And then can you...

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

As my favorite would say and I wrote about him once, I don't want to attribute to him, but I'll say not too shabby , OK? Not too shabby.

Alexander Goldfarb -- Sandler O'Neill -- Analyst

And then can you just -- David, but can you give us some context for the rest of the year, the NOI that maybe coming offline from the redevelopments?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Well, it's all in our $12.30 to $12.40. And again, what I was trying to explain on Northgate, we had budgeted -- the one thing we're not going to do is budget every mall and show you every mall NOI and it's just -- it's not when we're (inaudible). And again, remember, to take $12.35 times 363 shares outstanding, that's our total total FFO. We work -- and I'd just give you a simple example, OK? We were budgeting Northgate Mall around $15 million of NOI because we thought the redevelopment of that was really going to start in earnest in 2020. That $15 million is going away, OK? That's just one example, but I'm not going to get in here about every up and down in our company because we've got -- that's not what people do when you run a big company, OK? If you have 10 assets or I don't know, I don't know who does that, but that's not what public company should be talking about. I mean we will have -- we have ups and downs on assets every time and what you said earlier still holds true.

Alexander Goldfarb -- Sandler O'Neill -- Analyst

You mean that you guys think to grow year-after-year?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

We're going to grow year-after-year and we have $1.5 billion of cash flow after dividends and let's keep that in mind as well.

Alexander Goldfarb -- Sandler O'Neill -- Analyst

Thank you for your time.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Sure. Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Caitlin Burrows with Goldman Sachs. Your line is open.

Caitlin Burrows -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Hi, good morning.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Good morning.

Caitlin Burrows -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

I was Just wondering if we could talk on leasing spreads. So this quarter they were pretty high and I guess that's understandable as department store space gets converted to higher rent uses (ph) . But I was wondering if you could comment on in line space in particular, how are rents trending there, how would you compare in-place rents versus market rents for that I guess subset, significant subset of your space?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Well, again, if you look at our occupancy cost, we still feel like we have certainly opportunity to continue to drive spreads and I think that hasn't changed. Then when you add the redevelopment opportunities, we're getting either the space back for the right price and/or leases terminating with these boxes like the penny box with King of Prussia where they were basically, I don't remember Rick, what were they paying a foot, $5, $6?

Richard S. Sokolov -- Director, President and Chief Operating Officer

$5.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

$5 a foot. And we haven't even started on that one. I think there is going to continue to be the rent spreads that we have historically achieved. The environments, obviously there's a little bit more supply due to the bankruptcies. On the other hand, and I don't want to over emphasize this, but generally, the retail community really values physical retail on one hand. On the other hand, an additional hand, they are now valuing who the landlord is, who has the capital to continue to invest and evolve the product which what the mall business has been doing for year after year. It has been around 60 years. And it has always evolved during that period of time and will continue to evolve.

We're in a good spot because one is they want physical retail, it's profitable to them. Two is the landlord today and I assure you this, please, please talk to whomever you want, you guys have a great system of information at Goldman Sachs. And if you get into the consumer business even more, you'll have even more information. Is that the landlord is really, really important. It's always been, but now the ability to invest, the ability to make products and continue to evolve is really important and we have those attributes. So we got to execute, but that's -- people are going to -- when they look to open the buys and then look to make a bet on it, we're going to be top of mind.

Caitlin Burrows -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Got it.

Richard S. Sokolov -- Director, President and Chief Operating Officer

The only thing to add, David has been emphasizing the size of our enterprise. When we have our -- that statistics that millions of square feet of openings. So that's not, so that's not a number that gets influenced by just one or two transactions, that's a whole lot of transactions and that's a very pronounced trend.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

And I'm glad you said that Rick. So what I would also say to you is that we don't feel like -- one of the reasons we've grown the way we've grown is because we've been really decent capital allocators. I think Caitlin you'd say that, right? You don't have to answer this, it's not fair. You can write whatever you want to write, so don't answer that. So, and the reality is our size, as Rick mentioned, also allows us to say, hey, you know, we'll just milk this asset because we don't believe in the long-term location.

So we can actually be almost scientific. I mean our business is an art not necessarily a science. But we can't be scientific about where we want to put our capital because at the end of the day not any one particular asset, obviously some are more important than others, is not going to make or break our company. So that again gives us the ability to be -- it kind of feeds on itself in terms of why you're a decent capital allocator because you can't be clinical in the sense about where you want to put some doubt. I hope that makes sense to you?

Caitlin Burrows -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

It does. Thanks. And then maybe also when we think about comp center NOI, so 1.6% in the quarter. I know when you guys were originally giving guidance you'd pointed out that in 2019 kind of the extra additions from development wouldn't be as significant this year, but now you have the growing pipeline. So I guess any commentary you could give on when we -- when you think that redevelopment activity will start to create a larger spread on the total portfolio NOI growth versus comp center. Could we see that in 2020 or you think it would take longer?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

No, I think 2020 is good because we have a lot of new developed coming online. And I do think, I do think you'd point out very good points in that. We always thought this year was going to be a little muted because we really -- I mean the international outlets do take time. We have a couple of opening this year, but most of that's opening in 2020. And then we have a lot of redevelopment ongoing that's opening in 2020.

So then you've got obviously the downtime. When you're restructuring a piece of real estate like Northgate then you've got a lot of moving parts without that. And literally we just made the bit, we just made the decision we were studying the last two or three months and we felt like look if we just go ahead and scrape the center, we are going to accelerate the development, that's not great for our earnings this year, but in the long run, it's the right thing to do. So we have a, we have a number of those that we just, we're just going to try to make the right real estate decisions as opposed to short-term earnings impact. But yet with all these moving parts with all the volatility with certain retailers, we still got growth, we still got a $1.5 billion of the cash flow. We started the best ever than coverage, we're still growing our dividend and we're still have growth in our earnings.

With all that said and our new investments in FPL, I mean we're going to -- we're trying to land the plane at the $12.30 to $12.40 range, which as my friend, not a friend, he doesn't me, but I feel like I'm a friend, not too shabby.

Caitlin Burrows -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Okay. Thanks for that.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Okay. Thank you.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Rich Hill with Morgan Stanley. Your line is open.

Richard Hill -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Hey, David. I saw you bought some packs, some shares this quarter. So I was hoping you could maybe give us some color about how you think about that relative to the various different capital allocation choices, decisions that you've mentioned previously on the call?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Look, I think we have that flexibility. If there's, if there's weakness in the stock, we'll get active. We've been -- we did it in 2017 and 2018. It's certainly, we feel like it's a good investment. And investing in our company through share buybacks is a real opportunity. And that's why we got a -- we had run out of our authorization and that's why we got -- that's why we got reauthorized. So I expect it to be in our arsenal this year. And if there is weakness in the stock, we're going to be active.

Richard Hill -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Got it. And then one modeling question. It looks like in 1Q 2018 and other income, you had some distributions from other international investments which maybe were not included in 1Q 2019. Is that something that we should expect to come in 2Q or 3Q or is that -- was that a one-off event in 1Q 2018?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Yeah. Look, this is, this is associated with our investments in value retail. And it's one of these things that we have, I said it earlier, but I'll just restate it more succinctly I hope, we cost account for that. So we only book cash income when we actually get the dividend or distribution, technically it's a distribution from the business. Last year we -- that was all associated in the first quarter. We had budgeted a number this year. It looks like that number may be, we may have over budgeted. So, but again, it's a little bit harder for us to budget. So we took our best estimate. Unfortunately, it's coming in lower not because anything is going on with the business, it's just, that's just -- we're not in control of that situation. So, I don't, we don't anticipate that coming in like you're going to see that in Q3 or Q4 or Q2. So, and that's all associated, that distribution income is all associated with our interest in value retail.

Richard Hill -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Got it. Okay. That's it from me. Thank you. That's very helpful.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Thank you. Sure.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Jeff Donnelly with Wells Fargo. Your line is open.

Jeff Donnelly -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Good morning. David, just since you're talking about capital allocation, I'm curious where is external investment, whether that's in other malls, platforms or even I guess financing other malls that you might not own fall on the spectrum of that allocation considering that your redevelopment pipeline is around 7% to 8% return. Do you give much consideration to that these days?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

That's a good question. The reality is nothing has peaked our fancy at this point. I wouldn't rule it out, but it's, honestly, we've looked at a few things, not again corporately, but just an asset here or an asset there. Nothing has really peaked our interest, but that's still, I mean we're still looking at individual assets here and there and there could be one or two that we will add to the portfolio, Jeff. So it's still there. We are fortunate enough to be in a position where we could do that. We do have people that approach us to do stuff. And if it's, if it's really good long term real estate fairly priced, I mean I think we would have an interest. But it's not -- we're not, I'd say, we're not active that active, but it's -- I wouldn't rule it out, but we're not that active.

Jeff Donnelly -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Do you feel you are better served by waiting. You certainly have one of the better balance sheets, better liquidity of anyone out there in the public markets and probably private markets and access to capital is certainly key right now. Do you think your value propositions get better the longer you wait?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

That's a good question. I don't, what do you think? Some days I wake up saying I should wait, other days not. I don't know. The answer is I don't really -- it's a tough one to say. I think we've been doing the right stuff, but we're happy to take input.

Jeff Donnelly -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

I'll hold off on that a little bit. If I could maybe for old times sake direct one toward Rick? Is it -- some of the other retail REITs out there have been saying that the challenges in the volume of tenants coming in the front door, it's the flow leaving out the back. I'm just curious with Sears and the Sears filing behind us if you will as an industry, do you think Simon has seen the peak of unanticipated tenant loss, the ones that surprise us all whether you manage that is square footage loss or rent loss. Is that all in the rear view mirror or do you think this is sort of a plateau we're going to operate at for a little while?

Richard S. Sokolov -- Director, President and Chief Operating Officer

David mentioned it earlier, we would hope that we'd have seen the vast majority of the fallout from the over-levered retailers that just liquidated. You can never say there isn't going to be somebody else out there that goes, but we're making very good progress in releasing that space. We are getting back and we still have very good demand then. The bottom line is our properties are getting better and better, there's $1.5 billion that we're talking about. We're adding great tenants, we'r renovating properties, we're adding amenities. We are making this portfolio better and more attractive to retailers. So I think we benefit in the long run from what's going on because our properties are getting stronger and others may be getting weaker.

Jeff Donnelly -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

And actually the last question for you, David. Can you talk about the costs you see with the shoppremiumoutlets.com website? And is that just merely a referral site to your retailers or are you guys engaging in fulfillment there?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Well, it's early days. Ultimately, I can't predict exactly all the services that this business will provide. And no, unfortunately, I cannot give you the cost other than the cost of this is now, again another thing when we budget our numbers, we weren't really sure whether we're going to get to better or not and ultimately operating. We're now doing that. And it's in, it's kind of in our estimates. But I can't, I'm not going to itemize it at this point. At some point we anticipate we will, but in the meantime we're just going to accept the burden in our overall corporate numbers.

Jeff Donnelly -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Okay. Thanks guys.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Sure.

Operator

Our next question is from the line of Michael Mueller with J.P. Morgan. Your line is open.

Michael Mueller -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Yeah. Hi, good morning.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Good morning.

Michael Mueller -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Just curious how well is the bottom quartile of the portfolio holding up when you think of sales, spreads, NOI growth? Is it close to the average or is that a big gap?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

It's everything is an asset by asset. Again, you've got to look at the asset in its trade area and what's going on with that trade area. I mean there are a couple of malls where we've had the department store closures. It's interesting, we've actually seen a small shops pickup from that, but it could put -- maybe there were leases in those from the department stores so those no longer are generating income.

So I would say when we look at sales and everything else, there's no absolute trend that you can put a finger on and they're still holding their own. We have a big portfolio. There's always going to be a couple of assets that that put pressure on, put pressure on us, but we've been dealing with that for since I've been here that's just 30, let's see what years?

Richard S. Sokolov -- Director, President and Chief Operating Officer

It's over 19 (ph) .

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Okay. So that's only 29 years. Rick's been doing it for 63 years. We started this when he was, when he was 5. It would be a lot more fun. So I mean we always have assets that put pressure on us and we figure out how to deal with it. But a couple of them were you had a couple of department stores closed at the same time. Yeah, they're a little bit more of a pain in the neck.

Michael Mueller -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Okay. But it doesn't sound like there is a broad based large gap once you hit a certain sales level toward the bottom?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

No, it's really -- it really is asset by asset and what is the only mall in that trade area and all the typical real estate stuff.

Michael Mueller -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Got it. Okay. That was it. Thank you.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Sure.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Linda Tsai with Barclays. Your line is open.

Linda Tsai -- Barclays -- Analyst

Hi. The line item that you called bad debt expense isn't really bad debt expense, you said it was up a bit quarter-over-quarter. Do you think 1Q is the higher, could 2Q be higher and when would it start to see improvement?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Well, technically it's now called a contra revenue number. So I'm not -- we don't -- we had an anomaly in Q1, we don't expect that to happen the rest of the year. So I don't know if that answers your question, but we did, we did have a much bigger contra revenue hit to our revenue this year or this quarter versus certainly last quarter and our expectations of that are to decrease.

Linda Tsai -- Barclays -- Analyst

Okay. And then when you look at some of the advances that Amazon is making, most recently the availability of one day Prime shipping, up from two days. Do you think this is -- do you see this as having a meaningful impact is driving more market share shift? Some analysts have discussed the idea of shipping elasticity faster you get something, the more you buy. I'm just wondering if you have thoughts about this?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Well, I mean there is -- listen, that's a big question and lots of -- I don't want to talk about one particular company, but that's a big question and probably I'm happy to talk to you about our online. I do think from a society environmental point of view, we should be thoughtful about this drive toward what is it do to our environment, what is it do to our infrastructure to drive this one day shipping whomever does it. And I don't -- I don't know, we'll have to see what happens.

I think our retailers do generally have a real significant advantage with the footprint that they had because the buy online pickup in store doesn't cause extra transportation and environmental cost, it already exist and it does, the consumer does want convenience and speed and it seems to satisfy that desire. So we'll see how that offsets against the one-day shipping. But I don't really have any other comments than that.

Linda Tsai -- Barclays -- Analyst

And then final one. How do you feel about the retail environment in the UK. What are some of the similarities or dissimilarities you see with the U.S. right now?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Well, in the UK we're only in the outlet business. And right now, it's with the pound, it's actually pretty decent. So we don't have any full price in England. And with the pound a little bit weaker, tourism OK we're building a new center there that we think will be good. I mean there is some trepidation from retail commitments on the new start, but long term, we don't expect any real inability to lease the outlet out.

Linda Tsai -- Barclays -- Analyst

Thanks.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Sure.

Operator

And our next question comes from the line of Ki Bin Kim with SunTrust. Your line is open.

Ki Bin Kim -- SunTrust Robinson Humphrey -- Analyst

Good morning. So talking about your shop Premium Outlets platform, it's an interesting idea and there's probably a lot of upside from data analytics to the fees or just being more involved in the ecosystem. So a couple of questions. One, how is the demand pipeline looking from other retailers wanting to sign on? And second, while it's kind of an interesting single interface, in the back-end piping it is actually nine different retailers that are funneling up their different systems and shipping methods to SPO. And for example, if I'm a customer that wanted to buy one thing from each retailer, I would get nine different packages and pay potentially nine different shipping fees. I realized it's just the beta version, but longer term, how you think about that? And do you have to offer kind of singular shipping can make it really work?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

I think -- listen, you can't -- when you built something, it's like building a shopping mall. When you build something what it, what that mall is today maybe something what it is, it's going to be different five years from now. So I think we -- that's how we're thinking about that. And I think all of the great Internet companies and start-ups and all of the new technology companies have all started with one product, one idea and then morphed into several. I mean obviously you could look at Amazon, Google as prime examples about where they started and where they end up. You could look at WeWork, they call themselves We Company now because they went in the -- they go in different direction.

So I think, I think you have to put that -- we're not even close to those companies, but you have to think about our product just along those lines in that we start somewhere, as we get traction, we add to it. So in direct response to your questions, I will say, we're adding more retailers. We do have a universal shopping card. And yes, you're right, if -- we're not in the fulfillment business today, but one day we could be, one day we could be doing it from the mall, the outlet. So we'll have to see how it transpires. But it is early days and I think the retail receptivity has been rewarding, otherwise we wouldn't have started it. If the retailers hadn't expressed an interest in our product, we would have killed it a couple of years ago.

Ki Bin Kim -- SunTrust Robinson Humphrey -- Analyst

And you bring up an interesting point about the Internet companies, but they're also kind of bound by a different set of rules versus Simon, I mean I think it feels like the focus is on lot more revenue than expenses, almost like 90-10. But for your company, a cash flow driven company, the markets probably are a little bit more hesitant to allow you to express losses for the sake of kind of a longer-term revenue potential. So how do you, how do you think about that dynamic?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Well, I guess, I guess what I would say to you is there is nobody that values cash flow more than me. And I think you know that, right? So we're getting into this business, it's got -- we're going to invest in it like we invest in our real estate product. If we thought -- and I -- there is no guarantees. You're right, it could, maybe we don't find the secret sauce, maybe we don't get the consumer buy and maybe this maybe that. But there is nobody that values cash flow more than, more than me. And we've got enough of free cash flow that is to build this platform and see where it goes. And if we, if we're not successful then we're big people and we'll go on to the next. In the meantime, we're not going to risk the company. It's not make or break, it's -- I don't want to say it's on the margin, but this is what we do, we invest in our products and this is just another product.

Ki Bin Kim -- SunTrust Robinson Humphrey -- Analyst

All right, thank you.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Sure.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Jim Sullivan with BTIG. Your line is open.

James Sullivan -- BTIG -- Analyst

Okay. Thank you. David, not to beat a dead horse, but I just want to be absolutely clear in this. When you have the insurance recovery out of the operating mills this quarter, I think you made it clear, but I just want to confirm that those recoveries are not in operating income, right?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

That's correct.

James Sullivan -- BTIG -- Analyst

Okay, good.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

It's absolutely correct. And by the way, it wasn't a recovery. Well, it was a recovery, but we had to actually litigate to get the recovery. So it was a settlement of the lawsuit, but that is not in our net operating income to be absolutely clear.

James Sullivan -- BTIG -- Analyst

Okay, good. Thank you. Second question. You've talked and written for a couple of years about kind of the industry issue about over-levered private equity owned retailers and how they conduct their business and how it's really not been good for your business. It appears, and I don't know maybe Rick can chime in on this, but the so-called digitally native retailers that some quarters have written a lot about appear to be in the early stages of doing a series of IPOs, we'll see if they're successful, but a few of them who I think are in your centers are talking with underwriters and we may be entering a phase where the next phase of capital formation in terms of who's company in the front door as opposed to who is going out the back door. Maybe a group of well-capitalized maybe profitable maybe not retailers who are going to raise a significant amount of capital in the public market. We'll see if that develops. But I'm just curious from your standpoint, do you regard these this new retail, this new development of retailers as a material source of incremental demand or not?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Well, I would generally say yes, but I think we're early days in it. I don't expect suddenly a 60 store or a 100 store expansion from the folks, but I do think -- and with all the -- with all of the changes that have occurred in our industry and with all the changes that have occurred in corporate America, I will say this, the entrepreneurialism, the idea, the ability to get something funded, the idea to create a new concept has never been greater. That's terrific for us. We want to nurture those. In fact, we're not opposed to helping those folks grow their business and in some cases we'll invest in that. There is nothing -- I'm not saying that it wouldn't be great not to -- people -- I don't necessarily love people shopping online, Jim, as you might imagine, but this technology has allowed just a lot more entrepreneurs to get started. And I think that's terrific and we're embracing that and trying to help them in every way we can and I think it's good. Are they at the point now where they're going to do a 100 stores a year, no, but in some cases 20, 30, 40 stores. Rick, I don't know if want to add?

Richard S. Sokolov -- Director, President and Chief Operating Officer

The other thing that I would say and it's sort of related, but different. There have been several announcements about companies spinning off various businesses. Historically what we have found is when these new businesses are formed, their first call is to ask to figure out how they can grow that business because now they have a dedicated management team and dedicated source of capital and a much more focused growth strategy because they're a stand-alone business. And that there's some of that going on right now, but I think it's going to augur well for us in the future as well.

James Sullivan -- BTIG -- Analyst

So green shoots, but not maybe material element at this point?

Richard S. Sokolov -- Director, President and Chief Operating Officer

There is activity and we're taking advantage of it and it's more than isolated instances. I mean we're working with scores on these retailers online and they are all agreeing that having a bricks and mortar presence is an essential component of their overall offering. So that is a very good thing and we're taking advantage of it because they're governed (ph) in the better properties which we have.

James Sullivan -- BTIG -- Analyst

Okay, very good. Thanks guys.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Thank you, Jim.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Wes Golladay with RBC Capital Markets. Your line is open.

Wes Golladay -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

Yeah. Good morning, everyone. I just had a quick follow up on Jim's question and we talked about the digitally native tenants, but are international tenants coming to the U.S. a bigger portion of the leasing versus the digitally native? And then who is driving the majority of the shop lease, and is that still the existing tenants?

Richard S. Sokolov -- Director, President and Chief Operating Officer

Well, international tenants think about international, H&M is an international tenant, Zara (ph) is an international tenant, Uniqlo is an international tenant. These, all these tenants all have substantial space needs and are looking to have the United States become a major market as part of their global footprint. So they're a much more significant source of demand right now than the online retailers.

Wes Golladay -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

Okay. And then the existing, I guess the leasing you're seeing right now, is it still more domestic tenants or is it the International tenants actually exceeding those right now in the open to buys?

Richard S. Sokolov -- Director, President and Chief Operating Officer

It's hard to say in terms of comparing the two. They both have significant demand and that's been reflected in our occupancy.

Wes Golladay -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

Okay. Thank you very much.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Thank you.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Hong Zhang with J.P. Morgan. Your line is open.

Hongliang Zhang -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

Hey guys. Two quick questions from me. I guess number one, are you still expecting any business interruption insurance from Puerto Rico? And would you be able to provide what the sales per square foot number is on an NOI weighted basis?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Yes. On Puerto Rico, no. And then on the NOI weighted number is sales $8.42.

Hongliang Zhang -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

Do you know what it was last year, 1Q 2018?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

(inaudible)

Hongliang Zhang -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

Thank you.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Thanks.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Tayo Okusanya with Jefferies. Your line is open.

Omotayo Okusanya -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Yes, good morning. Just along Ki Bin's line of questioning, I just wanted to focus on XPO a little bit. First of all I wanted to -- if you could just remind us what economics of that business is in regards to what kind of deals you strike with the retailers when someone actually does buy a product through the, through the site? And then second of all, also wanted to understand the competitive advantages of the platform in regards to what stops one of your competitors from doing a very similar thing?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Well, the answer is, we're not -- we get a percent of revenue just like we get in our leases today. So it's very similar. We get very much what marketplace driven Internet site would get, we get a percent of revenues. Our competitive advantage, and I'm sorry, I kind of -- we have great Premium Outlet portfolio where the consumer knows what we stand for in that business, both internationally and domestically. We had terrific CEO relationships at the retailers across the board. And we're known in that -- through our Simon Venture Group and we're known in the technology space. We've got personal investor relationships throughout. We have the wherewithal to make the investment. And it's a little more complicated about why we chose initially outlets versus malls, I don't really want to go through that. But I do think we have competitive advantages that few have. But I guess somebody could try and do it, but we'll see.

Omotayo Okusanya -- Jefferies -- Analyst

But there's nothing contractually that prevents a retailer from buying on sort of similar platform if someone else is trying to do it?

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

No, not at all.

Omotayo Okusanya -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Great. Okay. I appreciate it. Thank you.

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Yeah. No worries. Thank you. Okay. I think that is the last for the questions. So we appreciate all the comments, questions and input and we'll talk to you soon. Thank you.

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, this does conclude the program. You may now disconnect. Everyone have a great day.

Duration: 76 minutes

Call participants:

Thomas Ward -- Senior Vice President, Investor Relations

David Simon -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Craig Schmidt -- Bank of America. -- Analyst

Jeremy Metz -- BMO Capital Markets -- Analyst

Michael Bilerman -- Citi -- Analyst

Nicholas Yulico -- Scotiabank -- Analyst

Steve Sakwa -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

Richard S. Sokolov -- Director, President and Chief Operating Officer

Alexander Goldfarb -- Sandler O'Neill -- Analyst

Caitlin Burrows -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Richard Hill -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Jeff Donnelly -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Michael Mueller -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Linda Tsai -- Barclays -- Analyst

Ki Bin Kim -- SunTrust Robinson Humphrey -- Analyst

James Sullivan -- BTIG -- Analyst

Wes Golladay -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

Hongliang Zhang -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

Omotayo Okusanya -- Jefferies -- Analyst

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