American Financial Realty
For now, the quarter's results were so-so. Revenues were roughly flat at $102 million, EBITDA rose 9% to $44 million, and adjusted funds from operations were up 4% versus the fourth quarter but down 10% from a year ago. Total occupancy was roughly flat at 86.5% versus the previous quarter, but occupancy from continuing operations was 90.6%.
The game plan is the same. American Financial Realty, which makes triple net leases to financial-services giants including Bank of America
American Financial continued to have success selling off non-core properties. At quarter's end, the company had only $237 million worth of property left to sell and reported that it had sold about half of those holdings in April. The company also reported success releasing 200,000 square feet of early terminations from Bank of America, and in the first quarter it repurchased $2.2 million worth of a $100 million authorized share-repurchase plan.
So what's next? This Income Investor recommendation plans to take a hard look at its capital structure and see whether it can improve results by using joint ventures with new and existing properties to provide a boost via financial engineering. Management has done a good job stabilizing, divesting, and cutting expenses. Now the company needs to build some momentum. Getting the occupancy up is the overwhelming key to improving financial results -- so that's what will make or break American Financial's future results.
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