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WRI Weingarten Realty Investors

Filed: 5 May 21, 10:50am

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

(Mark One)

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2021

or

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from [                    ] to [                    ]

Commission File Number: 1-9876

Weingarten Realty Investors

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Texas

74-1464203

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

2600 Citadel Plaza Drive

P.O. Box 924133

Houston,

Texas

77292-4133

(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)

(713)

866-6000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable

(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of Each Class

    

Trading
Symbol(s)

    

Name of Each Exchange on
Which Registered

Common Shares of Beneficial Interest, $.03 par value

WRI

New York Stock Exchange

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. YesNo

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). YesNo

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and "emerging growth company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer

Accelerated filer

Non-accelerated filer

Smaller reporting company

Emerging growth company

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).   YesNo

As of April 28, 2021, there were 127,626,771 common shares of beneficial interest of Weingarten Realty Investors, $.03 par value, outstanding.

PART I-FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1. Financial Statements

WEINGARTEN REALTY INVESTORS

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended

March 31, 

2021

    

2020

Revenues:

 

  

Rentals, net

$

118,321

$

108,050

Other

3,050

3,302

Total Revenues

121,371

111,352

Operating Expenses:

Depreciation and amortization

38,556

36,656

Operating

23,287

23,160

Real estate taxes, net

16,735

15,008

Impairment loss

325

44

General and administrative

10,604

2,307

Total Operating Expenses

89,507

77,175

Other Income (Expense):

Interest expense, net

(16,619)

(14,602)

Interest and other income (expense), net

1,654

(5,828)

Gain on sale of property

9,131

13,576

Total Other Expense

(5,834)

(6,854)

Income Before Income Taxes and Equity in Earnings of Real Estate Joint Ventures and Partnerships

26,030

27,323

Provision for Income Taxes

(238)

(172)

Equity in Earnings of Real Estate Joint Ventures and Partnerships, net

4,087

27,097

Net Income

29,879

54,248

Less: Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests

(1,842)

(1,626)

Net Income Attributable to Common Shareholders

$

28,037

$

52,622

Earnings Per Common Share - Basic:

 

 

Net income attributable to common shareholders

$

0.22

$

0.41

Earnings Per Common Share - Diluted:

 

 

Net income attributable to common shareholders

$

0.22

$

0.41

See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

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WEINGARTEN REALTY INVESTORS

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

Three Months Ended

March 31, 

    

2021

    

2020

Net Income

$

29,879

$

54,248

Other Comprehensive Income:

  

  

Reclassification adjustment of derivatives and designated hedges into net income

(219)

(221)

Retirement liability adjustment

261

297

Total

42

76

Comprehensive Income

29,921

54,324

Comprehensive Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests

(1,842)

(1,626)

Comprehensive Income Adjusted for Noncontrolling Interests

$

28,079

$

52,698

See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

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WEINGARTEN REALTY INVESTORS

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

    

March 31, 

    

December 31, 

2021

2020

ASSETS

  

  

Property

$

4,188,362

$

4,246,334

Accumulated Depreciation

(1,166,357)

(1,161,970)

Property, net *

3,022,005

3,084,364

Investment in Real Estate Joint Ventures and Partnerships, net

366,944

369,038

Total

3,388,949

3,453,402

Unamortized Lease Costs, net

167,348

174,152

Accrued Rent, Accrued Contract Receivables and Accounts Receivable, net *

67,697

81,016

Cash and Cash Equivalents *

52,078

35,418

Restricted Deposits and Escrows

12,427

12,338

Other, net

204,036

205,074

Total Assets

$

3,892,535

$

3,961,400

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

 

  

 

  

Debt, net *

$

1,797,237

$

1,838,419

Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses

83,580

104,990

Other, net

216,297

217,489

Total Liabilities

2,097,114

2,160,898

Commitments and Contingencies (see Note 12)

0

0

Equity:

  

  

Shareholders' Equity:

  

  

Common Shares of Beneficial Interest - par value, $.03 per share; shares authorized: 275,000; shares issued and outstanding:127,627 in 2021 and 127,313 in 2020

3,876

3,866

Additional Paid-In Capital

1,761,831

1,755,770

Net Income Less Than Accumulated Dividends

(139,064)

(128,813)

Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss

(12,008)

(12,050)

Total Shareholders' Equity

1,614,635

1,618,773

Noncontrolling Interests

180,786

181,729

Total Equity

1,795,421

1,800,502

Total Liabilities and Equity

$

3,892,535

$

3,961,400

* Consolidated variable interest entities' assets and debt included in the above balances (see Note 13):

 

  

 

  

Property, net

$

183,598

$

193,271

Accrued Rent, Accrued Contract Receivables and Accounts Receivable, net

7,657

9,489

Cash and Cash Equivalents

10,518

10,089

Debt, net

43,967

44,177

See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

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WEINGARTEN REALTY INVESTORS

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

Three Months Ended

March 31, 

    

2021

    

2020

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:

  

  

Net Income

$

29,879

$

54,248

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

38,556

36,656

Amortization of debt deferred costs and intangibles, net

612

709

Non-cash lease expense

290

324

Impairment loss

325

44

Equity in earnings of real estate joint ventures and partnerships, net

(4,087)

(27,097)

Gain on sale of property

(9,131)

(13,576)

Distributions of income from real estate joint ventures and partnerships

3,918

14,962

Changes in accrued rent, accrued contract receivables and accounts receivable, net

12,403

16,377

Changes in unamortized lease costs and other assets, net

(843)

6,296

Changes in accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities, net

(13,657)

(31,551)

Other, net

1,148

6,629

Net cash provided by operating activities

59,413

64,021

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:

Acquisition of real estate and land, net

(25,506)

Development and capital improvements

(14,157)

(44,404)

Proceeds from sale of property and real estate equity investments, net

55,203

45,053

Real estate joint ventures and partnerships - Investments

(2,075)

(3,176)

Real estate joint ventures and partnerships - Distribution of capital

3,338

16,433

Other, net

(96)

(161)

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

42,213

(11,761)

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:

Principal payments of debt

(1,451)

(18,749)

Changes in unsecured credit facilities

(40,000)

497,000

Proceeds from issuance of common shares of beneficial interest, net

385

167

Repurchase of common shares of beneficial interest, net

(18,219)

Common share dividends paid

(38,288)

(50,935)

Debt issuance and extinguishment costs paid

(2)

Distributions to noncontrolling interests

(2,258)

(1,301)

Contributions from noncontrolling interests

1,150

Other, net

(3,265)

(1,161)

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(84,877)

407,950

Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash equivalents

16,749

460,210

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash equivalents at January 1

47,756

55,291

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash equivalents at March 31

$

64,505

$

515,501

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

 

 

Cash paid for interest (net of amount capitalized of $1,066 and $2,663, respectively)

$

19,695

$

17,474

Cash paid for amounts included in operating lease liabilities

$

1,027

$

1,096

See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

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WEINGARTEN REALTY INVESTORS

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EQUITY

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

    

Three Months Ended March 31, 2021

    

Common

    

    

Net Income

    

Accumulated

    

    

Shares of

Additional

Less Than

Other

Beneficial

Paid-In

Accumulated

Comprehensive

Noncontrolling

Interest

Capital

Dividends

Loss

Interests

Total

Balance, January 1, 2021

$

3,866

$

1,755,770

$

(128,813)

$

(12,050)

$

181,729

$

1,800,502

Net income

28,037

  

1,842

29,879

Shares issued under benefit plans, net

10

6,116

  

  

6,126

Dividends paid – common shares ($.300 per share)

(38,288)

  

  

(38,288)

Distributions to noncontrolling interests

  

  

(2,258)

(2,258)

Other comprehensive income

  

42

  

42

Other, net

(55)

(527)

(582)

Balance, March 31, 2021

$

3,876

$

1,761,831

$

(139,064)

$

(12,008)

$

180,786

$

1,795,421

    

Three Months Ended March 31, 2020

Common

    

    

Net Income

    

Accumulated

    

    

Shares of

Additional

Less Than

Other

Beneficial

Paid-In

Accumulated

Comprehensive

Noncontrolling

Interest

Capital

Dividends

Loss

Interests

Total

Balance, January 1, 2020

$

3,905

$

1,779,986

$

(74,293)

$

(11,283)

$

177,845

$

1,876,160

Net income

52,622

  

1,626

54,248

Shares repurchased and cancelled

(25)

(18,194)

(18,219)

Shares issued under benefit plans, net

10

5,767

  

  

5,777

Cumulative effect adjustment of new accounting standards

(711)

(711)

Dividends paid – common shares ($.395 per share)

(50,935)

  

(50,935)

Distributions to noncontrolling interests

  

  

(1,301)

(1,301)

Contributions from noncontrolling interests

1,150

1,150

Other comprehensive income

  

76

76

Balance, March 31, 2020

$

3,890

$

1,767,559

$

(73,317)

$

(11,207)

$

179,320

$

1,866,245

See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

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WEINGARTEN REALTY INVESTORS

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Unaudited)

Note 1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Business

Weingarten Realty Investors is a real estate investment trust (“REIT”) organized under the Texas Business Organizations Code. We currently operate, and intend to operate in the future, as a REIT.

We, and our predecessor entity, began the ownership of shopping centers and other commercial real estate in 1948. Our primary business is leasing space to tenants in the shopping centers we own or lease. We also provide property management services for which we charge fees to either joint ventures where we are partners or other outside owners.

We operate a portfolio of neighborhood and community shopping centers, totaling approximately 29.8 million square feet of gross leasable area that is either owned by us or others. We have a diversified tenant base, with our largest tenant comprising only 2.7% of base minimum rental revenues during the three months of 2021. Total revenues generated by our centers located in Houston and its surrounding areas was 24.0% of total revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2021, and an additional 8.0% of total revenue was generated during this period from centers that are located in other parts of Texas. Also, in Florida and California, an additional 19.9% and 15.6%, respectively, of total revenue was generated during the three months ended March 31, 2021.

On April 15, 2021, we announced our entry into a definitive merger agreement (the “Merger Agreement”) with Kimco Realty Corporation (“Kimco”). The Merger Agreement provides that, among other things and on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth therein, (1) the Company will be merged with and into Kimco (the “Merger”), with Kimco continuing as the surviving corporation in the Merger, and (2) at the effective time of the Merger (the “Effective Time”), each common share of the Company (other than certain shares as set forth in the Merger Agreement) issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time will be automatically converted into the right to receive (i) $2.89 in cash and (ii) 1.408 shares of common stock of Kimco. During the period from the date of the Merger Agreement until the completion of the Merger, we are subject to certain restrictions on our ability to engage with third parties regarding alternative acquisition proposals and on the conduct of our business. The closing of the Merger is expected to occur in the second half of 2021, subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions. There can be no assurance that the Merger will be completed on the terms or timeline currently contemplated or at all.

In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) a pandemic. The impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve and most cities and states have imposed measures to control its spread including social distancing and limiting group gatherings. These measures have created risks and uncertainties surrounding our operations and geographic concentrations. The pandemic has resulted in, at certain times and locations, the closure or limited operations of non-essential businesses and consumer/employee stay-at-home provisions. Given this continually evolving situation, the duration and severity of these matters and their ultimate effect are uncertain at this time. As judgments and estimates made by management are based on the best information available at the time, any evaluations impacted by future developments caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could result in inaccurate estimates when determining values that could be material to our consolidated financial statements.

Basis of Presentation

Our condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of our subsidiaries, certain partially owned real estate joint ventures or partnerships and variable interest entities (“VIEs”) which meet the guidelines for consolidation. All intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated.

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The condensed consolidated financial statements included in this report are unaudited; however, amounts presented in the condensed consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2020 are derived from our audited financial statements at that date. In our opinion, all adjustments necessary for a fair presentation of such financial statements have been included. Such adjustments consisted of normal recurring items. Interim results are not necessarily indicative of results for a full year.

The condensed consolidated financial statements and notes are presented as permitted by Form 10-Q and certain information included in our annual financial statements and notes thereto has been condensed or omitted. These condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with our audited consolidated financial statements and related notes for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Our financial statements are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). Such statements require management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from these estimates. We have evaluated subsequent events for recognition or disclosure in our condensed consolidated financial statements.

Accrued Rent, Accrued Contract Receivables and Accounts Receivable, net

The duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our tenants’ operations, including, in some cases, their ability to resume full operations as governmental and legislative measures are eased, has caused uncertainty in our ongoing ability to collect rents when due. Considering the potential impact of this uncertainty, our collection assessment continues to consider the type of retailer and current discussions with the tenants, as well as recent rent collection experience and tenant bankruptcies based on the best information available to management at the time of evaluation. For the three months ended March 31, 2021, we increased rental revenues by $1.7 million due to the realization of net recoveries and the reduction of receivables. For the three months ended March 31, 2020, we reduced rental revenues by $9.4 million due primarily to COVID lease related reserves and write-offs, which included $7.6 million for straight-line rent receivables.

Additionally, we continue to have lease negotiations with tenants directly related to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. At March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, included in Accrued Rent, Accrued Contract Receivables and Accounts Receivable, net, we have deferred lease concessions not currently due of $7.8 million and $9.6 million, respectively. Additionally for the three months ended March 31, 2021, rent abatements totaled $2.0 million, which includes $1.5 million for cash basis tenants, and 0 abatements were recorded during the three months ended March 31, 2020 (see Note 7 for additional information). Discussions are continuing with tenants as the effects of COVID-19 pandemic and related mandates evolve.

Restricted Deposits and Escrows

Restricted deposits are held or restricted for a specific use or in a qualified escrow account for the purposes of completing like-kind exchange transactions. Escrows consist of deposits held by third parties or lenders for a specific use, including capital improvements, rental income and taxes.

Our restricted deposits and escrows consist of the following (in thousands):

    

March 31, 

December 31, 

2021

2020

Restricted deposits

$

12,068

$

12,122

Escrows

359

216

Total

$

12,427

$

12,338

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Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss

Changes in accumulated other comprehensive loss by component consists of the following (in thousands):

    

    

Defined

    

Benefit

Pension

Gain on

 Plan-

Cash Flow

Actuarial

Hedges

Loss

Total

Balance, December 31, 2020

$

(2,724)

$

14,774

$

12,050

Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss

219

(1)  

(261)

(2)  

(42)

Net other comprehensive loss (income)

219

(261)

(42)

Balance, March 31, 2021

(2,505)

14,513

12,008

    

    

Defined

    

Benefit

Pension

Gain on

Plan-

Cash Flow

Actuarial

Hedges

Loss

Total

Balance, December 31, 2019

$

(3,614)

$

14,897

$

11,283

Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss

221

(1)  

(297)

(2)  

(76)

Net other comprehensive loss (income)

221

(297)

(76)

Balance, March 31, 2020

(3,393)

14,600

11,207

(1)This reclassification component is included in interest expense.
(2)This reclassification component is included in the computation of net periodic benefit cost (see Note 11 for additional information).

Additionally, as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, the net gain balance in accumulated other comprehensive loss relating to previously terminated cash flow interest rate swap contracts was $2.5 million and $2.7 million, respectively, which will be reclassified to net interest expense as interest payments are made on the originally hedged debt. Within the next 12 months, approximately $.9 million in accumulated other comprehensive loss is expected to be reclassified as a reduction to interest expense related to our interest rate contracts.

Note 2. Newly Issued Accounting Pronouncements

Not Yet Adopted

In March 2020, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2020-04, “Reference Rate Reform (Topic 848)”, as amended by ASU No. 2021-01. This ASU contains practical expedients for reference rate reform related activities that impact debt, leases, derivatives and other contracts. The guidance in this ASU is optional and may be elected over time as reference rate reform activities occur. At January 1, 2020, we elected to apply the hedge accounting expedients related to probability and the assessments of effectiveness for future LIBOR-indexed cash flows to assume that the index upon which future hedged transactions will be based matches the index on the corresponding derivatives. Application of these expedients preserves the presentation of derivatives consistent with past presentation. The adoption of this portion of the ASU did not have a material impact to our consolidated financial statements. We continue to evaluate the impact of the guidance and may apply other elections as applicable as additional changes in the market occur.

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In August 2020, the FASB issued ASU No. 2020-06, “Accounting for Convertible Instruments and Contracts in an Entity’s Own Equity.” The guidance in this ASU simplifies the accounting for certain financial instruments with characteristics of liabilities and equity, including convertible instruments and contracts on an entity’s own equity. This simplification results by removing major separation models required under current GAAP. Additionally, it removes certain settlement conditions that are required for equity contracts to qualify for the derivative scope exception and simplifies the diluted earnings per share calculation. The provisions of ASU No. 2020-06 are effective for us as of January 1, 2022 using either a modified retrospective method or a fully retrospective method, and early adoption is permitted beginning for us as of January 1, 2021. Although we are still assessing the impact of this ASU's adoption, we do not believe this ASU will have a material impact to our consolidated financial statements.

Note 3. Property

Our property consists of the following (in thousands):

    

March 31, 

December 31, 

    

2021

    

2020

Land

$

937,998

$

948,622

Land held for development

 

39,746

 

39,936

Land under development

 

16,637

 

19,830

Buildings and improvements

 

3,089,154

 

3,082,509

Construction in-progress

 

104,827

 

155,437

Total

$

4,188,362

$

4,246,334

During the three months ended March 31, 2021, we sold 3 centers and other property. Aggregate gross sales proceeds from these transactions approximated $56.4 million and generated gains of approximately $9.1 million. In addition, during the three months ended March 31, 2021, we invested $4.9 million in new development projects.

Note 4. Investment in Real Estate Joint Ventures and Partnerships

We own interests in real estate joint ventures or limited partnerships in which we exercise significant influence, but do not have financial and operating control. We account for these investments using the equity method, and our interests ranged for the periods presented from 20% to 90% in both 2021 and 2020. Combined condensed financial information of these ventures (at 100%) is summarized as follows (in thousands):

    

March 31, 

December 31, 

    

2021

    

2020

Combined Condensed Balance Sheets

  

  

ASSETS

  

  

Property

$

1,095,952

$

1,093,504

Accumulated depreciation

(283,431)

(275,802)

Property, net

812,521

817,702

Other assets, net

83,686

81,285

Total Assets

$

896,207

$

898,987

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

 

  

 

  

Debt, net (primarily mortgages payable)

$

191,860

$

192,674

Amounts payable to Weingarten Realty Investors and Affiliates

9,505

9,836

Other liabilities, net

15,963

15,340

Total Liabilities

217,328

217,850

Equity

678,879

681,137

Total Liabilities and Equity

$

896,207

$

898,987

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Three Months Ended

March 31, 

    

2021

    

2020

Combined Condensed Statements of Operations

  

  

Revenues, net

$

29,945

$

33,739

Expenses:

  

  

Depreciation and amortization

8,438

8,762

Interest, net

1,624

2,418

Operating

5,823

7,111

Real estate taxes, net

3,535

4,400

General and administrative

105

105

Provision for income taxes

16

36

Total

19,541

22,832

Gain on dispositions

48

44,699

Net income

$

10,452

$

55,606

Our investment in real estate joint ventures and partnerships, as reported in our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets, differs from our proportionate share of the entities’ underlying net assets due to basis differences, which arose upon the transfer of assets to the joint ventures. The net positive basis differences, which totaled $10.6 million and $10.7 million at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively, are generally amortized over the useful lives of the related assets.

We recorded joint venture fee income of $1.6 million included in Other revenue for both the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020. Additionally, for the three months ended March 31, 2021, our joint venture and partnerships have increased revenues by $.7 million due to the realization of net recoveries and reduction of receivables, of which our share totaled $.1 million. For the three months ended March 31, 2020, our joint venture and partnerships reduced revenues by $.8 million due primarily to COVID lease related reserves and write-offs, which included $.9 million for straight-line rent receivables. Of these amounts for the three months ended March 31, 2020, our share totaled $.3 million, which included $.3 million for straight-line rent receivables. For additional information, see Note 1.

Effective as of March 31, 2021, a secured variable-rate loan of $170 million was extended to March 31, 2022 under an available one-year extension and has an additional one-year renewal option available.

During 2020, we sold 2 centers and our interest in 2 centers, ranging from 20% to 50%, at an aggregate gross value of approximately $148.3 million, of which our share of the gain, included in equity earnings in real estate joint ventures and partnerships, totaled $23.5 million. Also during 2020, we invested an additional $8.7 million in a 90% owned unconsolidated real estate joint venture for a mixed-use new development.

In December 2020, we acquired our partner’s 42.25% interest in a center at an unconsolidated real estate joint venture for approximately $115.2 million. The transaction resulted in the consolidation of the property in our consolidated financial statements.

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Note 5. Debt

Our debt consists of the following (in thousands):

    

March 31, 

December 31, 

    

2021

    

2020

Debt payable, net to 2038 (1)

$

1,721,923

$

1,723,073

Unsecured notes payable under credit facilities

40,000

Debt service guaranty liability

53,650

53,650

Finance lease obligation

21,664

21,696

Total

$

1,797,237

$

1,838,419

(1)At both March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, interest rates ranged from 3.3% to 7.0% at a weighted average rate of 3.9%.

The allocation of total debt between fixed and variable-rate as well as between secured and unsecured is summarized below (in thousands):

    

March 31, 

December 31, 

    

2021

    

2020

As to interest rate (including the effects of interest rate contracts):

  

  

Fixed-rate debt

$

1,797,237

$

1,798,419

Variable-rate debt

 

 

40,000

Total

$

1,797,237

$

1,838,419

As to collateralization:

 

 

  

Unsecured debt

$

1,449,383

$

1,488,909

Secured debt

 

347,854

 

349,510

Total

$

1,797,237

$

1,838,419

We maintain a $500 million unsecured revolving credit facility, which was amended and extended on December 11, 2019. This facility expires in March 2024, provides for 2 consecutive six-month extensions upon our request, and borrowing rates that float at a margin over LIBOR plus a facility fee. At both March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, the borrowing margin and facility fee, which are priced off a grid that is tied to our senior unsecured credit ratings, were 82.5 and 15 basis points, respectively. The facility also contains a competitive bid feature that allows us to request bids for up to $250 million. Additionally, an accordion feature allows us to increase the facility amount up to $850 million.

Additionally, we have a $10 million unsecured short-term facility, which was amended and extended on March 24, 2021, that we maintain for cash management purposes, which matures in March 2022. At both March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, the facility provided for fixed interest rate loans at a 30-day LIBOR rate plus a borrowing margin, facility fee and an unused facility fee of 125, 10, and 5 basis points, respectively.

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The following table discloses certain information regarding our unsecured notes payable under our credit facilities (in thousands, except percentages):

    

March 31, 

December 31, 

 

    

2021

    

2020

 

Unsecured revolving credit facility:

  

 

  

Balance outstanding

$

0

$

40,000

Available balance

 

498,068

 

458,068

Letters of credit outstanding under facility

 

1,932

 

1,932

Variable interest rate (excluding facility fee)

 

0.93

%  

 

0.94

%

Unsecured short-term facility:

 

  

 

  

Balance outstanding

$

0

$

0

Variable interest rate (excluding facility fee)

 

0

%  

 

0

%

Both facilities:

 

  

 

  

Maximum balance outstanding during the period

$

40,000

$

497,000

Weighted average balance

 

5,378

 

74,311

Year-to-date weighted average interest rate (excluding facility fee)

 

0.93

%  

 

1.0

%

Related to a development project in Sheridan, Colorado, we have provided a guaranty for the payment of any debt service shortfalls until a coverage rate of 1.4x is met on tax increment revenue bonds issued in connection with the project. The bonds are to be repaid with incremental sales and property taxes and a public improvement fee (“PIF”) to be assessed on current and future retail sales and, to the extent necessary, any amounts we may have to provide under a guaranty. The incremental taxes and PIF are to remain intact until the earlier of the date the bond liability has been paid in full or 2040. Therefore, a debt service guaranty liability equal to the fair value of the amounts funded under the bonds was recorded. As of both March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, we had $53.7 million outstanding for the debt service guaranty liability.

Various leases and properties, and current and future rentals from those leases and properties, collateralize certain debt. At both March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, the carrying value of such assets aggregated $.6 billion. Additionally, at both March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, investments of $6.0 million, included in Restricted Deposits and Escrows, are held as collateral for letters of credit totaling $6.0 million.

Scheduled principal payments on our debt (excluding $21.7 million of a finance lease obligation, $(2.9) million net premium/(discount) on debt, $(4.2) million of deferred debt costs, $5.1 million of non-cash debt-related items, and $53.7 million debt service guaranty liability) are due during the following years (in thousands):

2021 remaining

    

$

17,344

2022

308,298

2023

 

348,207

2024

 

252,561

2025

 

294,232

2026

 

277,733

2027

 

53,604

2028

 

92,159

2029

 

70,304

2030

 

950

Thereafter

 

8,569

Total

$

1,723,961

Our various debt agreements contain restrictive covenants, including minimum interest and fixed charge coverage ratios, minimum unencumbered interest coverage ratios, minimum net worth requirements and maximum total debt levels. We are not aware of any non-compliance with our public debt and revolving credit facility covenants as of March 31, 2021.

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Note 6. Common Shares of Beneficial Interest

We have a $200 million share repurchase plan where we may repurchase common shares of beneficial interest ("common shares") from time-to-time in open-market or in privately negotiated purchases. Subject to the applicable restrictions contained in the Merger Agreement, the timing and amount of any shares repurchased will be determined by management based on its evaluation of market conditions and other factors. The repurchase plan may be suspended or discontinued at any time, and we have no obligations to repurchase any amount of our common shares under the plan.

During the three months ended March 31, 2021, 0 common shares were repurchased, and 1.7 million common shares were repurchased at an average price of $19.09 per share during the year ended December 31, 2020. At March 31, 2021 and as of the date of this filing, $149.4 million of common shares remained available to be repurchased under this plan.

Note 7. Leasing Operations

As a commercial real estate lessor, generally our leases are for terms of 10 years or less and may include multiple options, upon tenant election, to extend the lease term in increments up to five years. Our leases typically do not include an option to purchase. Tenant terminations prior to the lease end date occasionally results in a one-time termination fee based on the remaining unpaid lease payments including variable payments and could be material to the tenant. Many of our leases have increasing minimum rental rates during the terms of the leases through escalation provisions. In addition, the majority of our leases provide for variable rental revenues, such as, reimbursements of real estate taxes, maintenance and insurance and may include an amount based on a percentage of the tenants’ sales. Also, net rent abatements related to the COVID-19 pandemic of $.5 million were recorded as a reduction to variable lease payments for the three months ended March 31, 2021, and NaN were recorded for the three months ended March 31, 2020 (see Note 1 for additional information).  

Variable lease payments recognized in Rentals, net are as follows (in thousands):

Three Months Ended

March 31, 

2021

    

2020

Variable lease payments

$

26,874

$

26,877

Note 8. Supplemental Cash Flow Information

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash equivalents consists of the following (in thousands):

March 31, 

2021

2020

Cash and cash equivalents

    

$

52,078

    

$

484,697

Restricted deposits and escrows (see Note 1)

 

12,427

 

30,804

Total

$

64,505

$

515,501

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash transactions is summarized as follows (in thousands):

Three Months Ended

March 31, 

2021

2020

Accrued property construction costs

    

$

2,982

    

$

11,867

Increase in debt, net associated with the acquisition of real estate and land

17,952

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Note 9. Earnings Per Share

Earnings per common share – basic is computed using net income attributable to common shareholders and the weighted average number of shares outstanding – basic. Earnings per common share – diluted includes the effect of potentially dilutive securities. Earnings per common share – basic and diluted components for the periods indicated are as follows (in thousands):

Three Months Ended

March 31, 

2021

2020

Numerator:

  

  

Net income

$

29,879

$

54,248

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

(1,842)

 

(1,626)

Net income attributable to common shareholders – basic

 

28,037

 

52,622

Income attributable to operating partnership units

 

 

528

Net income attributable to common shareholders – diluted

$

28,037

$

53,150

Denominator:

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding – basic

 

126,518

 

127,862

Effect of dilutive securities:

 

 

Share options and awards

 

1,153

 

943

Operating partnership units

 

 

1,432

Weighted average shares outstanding – diluted

 

127,671

 

130,237

Anti-dilutive securities of our common shares, which are excluded from the calculation of earnings per common share – diluted, are as follows (in thousands):

Three Months Ended

March 31, 

    

2021

2020

Operating partnership units

1,429

Note 10. Share Options and Awards

During 2021, we granted share awards incorporating both service-based and market-based measures to promote share ownership among the participants and to emphasize the importance of total shareholder return (“TSR”). The term of each grant varies depending upon the participant’s responsibilities and position within the Company. We categorize these share awards as either service-based share awards or market-based share awards. All awards were valued at the fair market value on the date of grant and earn dividends from the date of grant. Compensation expense is measured at the grant date and recognized over the vesting period. Generally, unvested share awards are forfeited upon the termination of the participant’s employment with us without cause.

The fair value of the market-based share awards was estimated on the date of grant using a Monte Carlo valuation model based on the following assumptions:

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2021

Minimum

Maximum

Dividend yield

    

3.5

%  

6.0

%

Expected volatility (1)

 

44.0

%  

46.0

%

Expected life (in years)

 

N/A

 

3

Risk-free interest rate

 

0.0

%  

0.16

%

(1)Includes the volatility of the FTSE NAREIT U.S. Shopping Center Index and Weingarten Realty Investors.

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A summary of the status of unvested share awards for the three months ended March 31, 2021 is as follows:

    

    

Weighted

Average

Unvested

Grant

Share

Date Fair

Awards

Value

Outstanding, January 1, 2021

 

856,295

$

28.00

Granted:

 

  

 

  

Service-based awards

 

224,554

 

20.81

Market-based awards relative to FTSE NAREIT U.S. Shopping Center Index

 

104,046

 

22.28

Market-based awards relative to three-year absolute TSR

 

104,045

 

21.90

Vested

 

(249,307)

 

24.99

Outstanding, March 31, 2021

 

1,039,633

$

25.98

As of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, there was approximately $3.1 million and $1.8 million, respectively, of total unrecognized compensation cost related to unvested share awards, which is expected to be amortized over a weighted average of 2.2 years and 1.6 years at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively.

Note 11. Employee Benefit Plans

Defined Benefit Plan

We sponsor a noncontributory qualified retirement plan. The components of net periodic benefit cost for this plan are as follows (in thousands):

Three Months Ended

March 31, 

    

2021

2020

Service cost

$

329

    

$

273

Interest cost

491

280

Expected return on plan assets

(1,039)

(592)

Amortization of net loss

261

297

Total

$

42

$

258

The components of net periodic benefit cost other than the service cost component are included in Interest and Other Income (Expense), net in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.

The expected contribution to be paid to the qualified retirement plan during 2021 is approximately $1.0 million, which may vary based upon the timing of the closing of the Merger. During 2020, we contributed $1.0 million to the qualified retirement plan.

Defined Contribution Plans

Compensation expense related to our defined contribution plans was $1.1 million for both the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020.

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Note 12. Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies

As of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, we participated in 2 real estate ventures structured as DownREIT partnerships. We have operating and financial control over these ventures and consolidate them in our condensed consolidated financial statements. These ventures allow the outside limited partners to put their interest in the partnership to us, and we have the option to redeem the interest in cash or a fixed number of our common shares, at our discretion. We also participate in a real estate venture that has a property in Texas that allows its outside partner to put operating partnership units to us. We have the option to redeem these units in cash or a fixed number of our common shares, at our discretion. The aggregate redemption value of these interests was approximately $38 million and $31 million as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively.

As of March 31, 2021, we have entered into commitments aggregating $33.8 million comprised principally of construction contracts which are generally due in 12 to 36 months.

We issue letters of intent signifying a willingness to negotiate for acquisitions, dispositions or joint ventures, as well as other types of potential transactions, during the ordinary course of our business. Such letters of intent and other arrangements are non-binding to all parties unless and until a definitive contract is entered into by the parties. Even if definitive contracts relating to the acquisition or disposition of property are entered into, these contracts generally provide the purchaser a time period to evaluate the property and conduct due diligence. The purchaser, during this time, will have the ability to terminate a contract without penalty or forfeiture of any deposit or earnest money. No assurance can be provided that any definitive contracts will be entered into with respect to any matter covered by letters of intent, or that we will consummate any transaction contemplated by a definitive contract. Additionally, due diligence periods for property transactions are frequently extended as needed. An acquisition or disposition of property becomes probable at the time the due diligence period expires and the definitive contract has not been terminated. Our risk is then generally extended only to any earnest money deposits associated with property acquisition contracts, and our obligation to sell under a property sales contract.

We are subject to numerous federal, state and local environmental laws, ordinances and regulations in the areas where we own or operate properties. We are not aware of any contamination which may have been caused by us or any of our tenants that would have a material effect on our condensed consolidated financial statements.

As part of our risk management activities, we have applied and been accepted into state sponsored environmental programs which will limit our expenses if contaminants need to be remediated. We also have an environmental insurance policy that covers us against third party liabilities and remediation costs.

While we believe that we do not have any material exposure to environmental remediation costs, changes in the law or new discoveries of contamination may result in additional liabilities to us.

Litigation

We are involved in various matters of litigation arising in the normal course of business. While we are unable to predict the amounts involved, our management and counsel are of the opinion that, when such litigation is resolved, any additional liability, if any, will not have a material effect on our condensed consolidated financial statements.

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Note 13. Variable Interest Entities

Consolidated VIEs:

At both March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, 8 of our real estate joint ventures, whose activities primarily consisted of owning and operating 19 and 21 neighborhood/community shopping centers, respectively, were determined to be VIEs. Based on a financing agreement by 1 of our real estate joint ventures that has a bottom dollar guaranty, which is disproportionate to our ownership, we have determined that we are the primary beneficiary and have consolidated this joint venture. For the remaining real estate joint ventures, we concluded we are the primary beneficiary based primarily on our significant power to direct the entities’ activities without any substantive kick-out or participating rights.

A summary of our consolidated VIEs is as follows (in thousands):

March 31, 

December 31, 

2021

2020

Assets Held by VIEs (1)

    

$

214,187

    

$

225,719

Assets Held as Collateral for Debt (2)

39,703

41,798

Maximum Risk of Loss (2)

29,784

29,784

(1)The decrease between the periods is attributable primarily to disposition activities.
(2)Represents the amount of debt and related assets held as collateral associated with the bottom dollar guaranty at 1 real estate joint venture.

Restrictions on the use of these assets can be significant because they may serve as collateral for debt. Further, we are generally required to obtain our partner’s approval in accordance with the joint venture agreement for any major transactions. Transactions with these joint ventures in our condensed consolidated financial statements have primarily been positive as demonstrated by the generation of net income and operating cash flows, as well as the receipt of cash distributions. We and our partners are subject to the provisions of the joint venture agreements which include provisions for when additional contributions may be required to fund operating cash shortfalls, development expenditures, unplanned capital expenditures and repayment of debts.

Unconsolidated VIEs:

At both March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, 2 unconsolidated real estate joint ventures were determined to be VIEs. We have determined that 1 entity was a VIE through the issuance of a secured loan, since the lender had the ability to make decisions that could have a significant impact on the success of the entity. This entity exercised the first of 2 one-year renewal options to extend the maturity of a $170 million loan to March 31, 2022. Based on the associated agreements for the future development of a mixed-use project, we concluded that the other entity was a VIE, but we are not the primary beneficiary as the substantive participating rights associated with the entity are shared, and we do not have the power to direct the significant activities of the entity. Our analysis considered that all major decisions require unanimous member consent and those decisions include significant activities such as development, financing, leasing and operations of the entity.

A summary of our unconsolidated VIEs is as follows (in thousands):

March 31, 

December 31, 

2021

2020

Investment in Real Estate Joint Ventures and Partnerships, net (1)

    

$

131,690

    

$

133,468

Other Liabilities, net (2)

7,362

7,624

Maximum Risk of Loss (3)

34,000

34,000

(1)The carrying amount of the investment represents our contributions to a real estate joint venture, net of any distributions made and our portion of the equity in earnings of the real estate joint venture.
(2)Includes the carrying amount of an investment where distributions have exceeded our contributions and our portion of the equity in earnings for a real estate joint venture.
(3)The maximum risk of loss has been determined to be limited to our debt exposure for the real estate joint ventures. Additionally, our investment, including contributions and distributions, associated with a mixed-use project is disclosed in (1) above.

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We and our partners are subject to the provisions of the joint venture agreements that specify conditions, including operating shortfalls, development expenditures and unplanned capital expenditures, under which additional contributions may be required.

Note 14. Fair Value Measurements

The COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainties surrounding the global economy and financial markets. As a result, the full magnitude of the pandemic and the ultimate effect upon the future of our fair value measurements are uncertain at this time. Any changes in fair value for financial instruments marked to fair value will have a direct impact to our financial statements, except for net changes in our investments held in grantor trust and its related obligations. Additionally, changes in fair values for financial instruments not marked to fair value will not have an impact to our financial statements unless plans change to sell or settle the instrument prior to its maturity.

Recurring Fair Value Measurements:

Assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, aggregated by the level in the fair value hierarchy in which those measurements fall, are as follows (in thousands):

    

Quoted Prices

    

    

    

in Active

Markets for

Significant

Identical

Other

Significant

Assets

Observable

Unobservable

Fair Value at

and Liabilities

Inputs

Inputs

March 31, 

(Level 1)

(Level 2)

(Level 3)

2021

Assets:

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

Cash equivalents, primarily money market funds (1)

$

155

 

  

 

  

$

155

Restricted cash, primarily money market funds (1)

 

9,962

 

  

 

  

 

9,962

Investments, mutual funds held in a grantor trust (1)

 

44,545

 

  

 

  

 

44,545

Total

$

54,662

$

$

$

54,662

Liabilities:

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

Deferred compensation plan obligations

$

44,545

 

  

 

  

$

44,545

Total

$

44,545

$

$

$

44,545

(1)For the three months ended March 31, 2021, a net gain of $1.1 million was included in Interest and Other Income (Expense), net, which represented an unrealized gain.

    

Quoted Prices

    

    

    

in Active 

Markets for 

Significant

Identical 

Other 

Significant

Assets 

Observable 

Unobservable 

Fair Value at

and Liabilities 

Inputs 

Inputs 

December 31, 

(Level 1)

(Level 2)

(Level 3)

2020

Assets:

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

Cash equivalents, primarily money market funds (1)

$

155

 

  

 

  

$

155

Restricted cash, primarily money market funds (1)

 

10,144

 

  

 

  

 

10,144

Investments, mutual funds held in a grantor trust (1)

 

43,412

 

  

 

  

 

43,412

Total

$

53,711

$

$

$

53,711

Liabilities:

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

Deferred compensation plan obligations

$

43,412

 

  

 

  

$

43,412

Total

$

43,412

$

$

$

43,412

(1)For the year ended December 31, 2020, a net gain of $5.1 million was included in Interest and Other Income, net, of which $3.7 million represented an unrealized gain. Included in these amounts for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was a net loss of $6.0 million, of which $6.3 million represented an unrealized loss.

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Nonrecurring Fair Value Measurements:

Property Impairments

Property, including right-of-use assets, is reviewed for impairment if events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of the property, including any identifiable intangible assets, site costs and capitalized interest, may not be recoverable. In such an event, a comparison is made of the current and projected operating cash flows of each such property into the foreseeable future on an undiscounted basis to the carrying amount of such property. If we conclude that an impairment may have occurred, estimated fair values are determined by management utilizing cash flow models, market capitalization rates and market discount rates, or by obtaining third-party broker valuation estimates, appraisals, bona fide purchase offers or the expected sales price of an executed sales agreement in accordance with our fair value measurements accounting policy. Market capitalization rates and market discount rates are determined by reviewing current sales of similar properties and transactions, and utilizing management’s knowledge and expertise in property marketing.

NaN assets were measured at fair value on a nonrecurring basis at March 31, 2021. Assets measured at fair value on a nonrecurring basis at December 31, 2020 aggregated by the level in the fair value hierarchy in which those measurements fall, are as follows (in thousands):

    

Quoted Prices in 

    

    

    

    

Active Markets for 

Significant

Identical  

Other 

Significant

Assets

Observable  

Unobservable 

and Liabilities 

Inputs 

Inputs 

Total Gains

(Level 1)

(Level 2)

(Level 3)

Fair Value

(Losses) (1)

Property (2)

 

  

$

47,746

$

$

47,746

$

(12,686)

Total

$

$

47,746

$

$

47,746

$

(12,686)

(1)Total gains (losses) presented in this table relate to assets that were held by us at December 31, 2020.
(2)In accordance with our policy of evaluating and recording impairments on the disposal of long-lived assets, property with a carrying amount $60.4 million was written down to a fair value of $47.7 million, resulting in a loss of $12.7 million, which was included in earnings for the fourth quarter of 2020. Management’s estimate of fair value of these properties were determined using bona fide purchase offers for the Level 2 inputs.

Fair Value Disclosures:

Unless otherwise described below, short-term financial instruments and receivables are carried at amounts, which approximate their fair values based on their highly-liquid nature, short-term maturities and/or expected interest rates for similar instruments.

Schedule of our fair value disclosures is as follows (in thousands):

March 31, 2021

December 31, 2020

Fair Value

Fair Value

Using

Fair Value

Using

Fair Value

Significant

Using

Significant

Using

Other

Significant

Other

Significant

Observable

Unobservable

Observable

Unobservable

Carrying

Inputs

Inputs

Carrying

Inputs

Inputs

Value

(Level 2)

(Level 3)

    

Value

(Level 2)

(Level 3)

Other Assets:

    

  

    

  

    

  

  

    

  

    

  

Tax increment revenue bonds

$

14,758

 

  

$

19,000

$

14,762

 

  

$

19,000

Debt:

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

Fixed-rate debt

 

1,797,237

 

  

1,895,772

 

1,798,419

 

  

1,905,306

Variable-rate debt

 

 

  

 

 

40,000

 

  

 

40,000

*****

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ITEM 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a widespread health crisis, which has adversely affected international, national and local economies and financial markets generally, and has had an unprecedented negative effect on the commercial real estate industry. While the distribution of vaccinations and the declining infection rates from the peak of the pandemic and December 31, 2020 has provided us reasonable optimistic expectations, there remains significant uncertainty regarding the future impact of the pandemic. The discussions below, including without limitation with respect to outlooks and liquidity, are subject to the future effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the responses to curb its spread, all of which continue to evolve.

On April 15, 2021, we announced our entry into the Merger Agreement with Kimco pursuant to which, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain conditions, we will merge with and into Kimco, with Kimco continuing as the surviving corporation. Pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, each share of our common shares outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time of the Merger will be converted into the right to receive (i) $2.89 in cash and (ii) 1.408 shares of common stock of Kimco. During the period from the date of the Merger Agreement until the completion of the Merger, we are subject to certain restrictions on our ability to engage with third parties regarding alternative acquisition proposals and on the conduct of our business. The closing of the Merger is expected to occur during the second half of 2021, subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions. There can be no assurance that the Merger will be completed on the terms or timeline currently contemplated or at all.

Please see the risks described in Item 1A. “Risk Factors” in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and in Part II, Item 1A of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. It is uncertain as to the magnitude of the impact of such risks on our results of operations, cash flows, financial condition, or liquidity for fiscal year 2021 and beyond.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This quarterly report on Form 10-Q, together with other statements and information publicly disseminated by us, contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. We intend such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and include this statement for purposes of complying with these safe harbor provisions. Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe our future plans, strategies and expectations, are generally identifiable by use of the words “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “project,” or similar expressions. You should not rely on forward-looking statements since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which are, in some cases, beyond our control and which could materially affect actual results, performances or achievements. Factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, (i) disruptions in financial markets; (ii) general and regional economic and real estate conditions; (iii) the inability of major tenants to continue paying their rent obligations due to bankruptcy, insolvency or general downturn in their business; (iv) changes in consumer retail shopping patterns; (v) financing risks, such as the inability to obtain equity, debt, or other sources of financing on favorable terms and changes in LIBOR availability; (vi) changes in governmental laws and regulations; (vii) the level and volatility of interest rates; (viii) the availability of suitable acquisition opportunities; (ix) the ability to dispose of properties; (x) changes in expected development activity; (xi) increases in operating costs; (xii) tax matters, including the effect of changes in tax laws and the failure to qualify as a real estate investment trust; (xiii) technology system failures, disruptions or cybersecurity attacks; (xiv) investments through real estate joint ventures and partnerships, which involve risks not present in investments in which we are the sole investor; (xv) the impact of public health issues, such as the current novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic, natural disasters or severe weather conditions; and (xvi) risks associated with the Merger , including our ability to consummate the Merger on the proposed terms or on the anticipated timeline, or at all, including risks and uncertainties related to securing the necessary shareholder approvals and satisfaction of other closing conditions to consummate the Merger and the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Merger Agreement. Accordingly, there is no assurance that our expectations will be realized. For further discussion of the factors that could materially affect the outcome of our forward-looking statements and our future results and financial condition, see Item 1A. "Risk Factors” in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and in Part II, Item 1A of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. We do not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to our forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

The following discussion should be read in conjunction with the condensed consolidated financial statements and notes thereto and the comparative summary of selected financial data appearing elsewhere in this report. Historical results and trends which might appear should not be taken as indicative of future operations. Our results of operations and financial condition, as reflected in the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements and related footnotes, are subject to management’s evaluation and interpretation of business conditions, retailer performance, changing capital market conditions and other factors which could affect the ongoing viability of our tenants.

Executive Overview

Weingarten Realty Investors is a REIT organized under the Texas Business Organizations Code. We, and our predecessor entity, began the ownership of shopping centers and other commercial real estate in 1948. Our primary business is leasing space to tenants in the shopping centers we own or lease. These centers may be mixed-use properties that have both retail and residential components. We also provide property management services for which we charge fees to either joint ventures where we are partners or other outside owners.

We operate a portfolio of rental properties, primarily neighborhood and community shopping centers, totaling approximately 29.8 million square feet of gross leasable area that is either owned by us or others. We have a diversified tenant base with our largest tenant comprising only 2.7% of base minimum rental revenues during the first three months of 2021.

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At March 31, 2021, we owned or operated under long-term leases, either directly or through our interest in real estate joint ventures or partnerships, a total of 156 properties, which are located in 15 states spanning the country from coast to coast.

We also owned interests in 22 parcels of land held for development that totaled approximately 11.5 million square feet at March 31, 2021.

We had approximately 3,400 leases with 2,700 different tenants at March 31, 2021. Rental revenue is primarily derived from operating leases with terms of 10 years or less, and may include multiple options, upon tenant election, to extend the lease term in increments up to five years. Many of our leases have increasing minimum rental rates during the terms of the leases through escalation provisions. In addition, the majority of our leases provide for variable rental revenues, such as reimbursements of real estate taxes, maintenance and insurance and may include an amount based on a percentage of the tenants’ sales. Our anchor tenants are supermarkets, value-oriented apparel/discount stores and other retailers or service providers who generally sell basic necessity-type goods and services. Although there is a broad shift in shopping patterns, including internet shopping that continues to affect our tenants, we believe our anchor tenants, most of which have adopted omni-channel networks which help drive foot traffic, combined with convenient locations, attractive and well-maintained properties, high quality retailers and a strong tenant mix, should lessen the effects of these conditions and maintain the viability of our portfolio.

Proposed Merger

On April 15, 2021, we announced our entry into the Merger Agreement with Kimco. The Merger Agreement provides that, among other things and on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth therein, (1) the Company will be merged with and into Kimco, with Kimco continuing as the surviving corporation in the Merger, and (2) at the Effective Time of the Merger, each common share of the Company (other than certain shares as set forth in the Merger Agreement) issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time will be automatically converted into the right to receive (i) $2.89 in cash and (ii) 1.408 shares of common stock of Kimco. During the period from the date of the Merger Agreement until the completion of the Merger, we are subject to certain restrictions on our ability to engage with third parties regarding alternative acquisition proposals and on the conduct of our business. The closing of the Merger is expected to occur in the second half of 2021, subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions. There can be no assurance that the Merger will be completed on the terms or timeline currently contemplated or at all.

Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted our business due largely to the hardships facing our tenants. Our tenants have been impacted greatly due to a number of factors, including federal, state and local governmental and legislative mandates to temporarily close and/or limit the operations of non-essential businesses, as well as encouraging or mandating most people to shelter in place and general economic conditions. While all of our markets have embarked upon a reopening of select businesses, including retailers, service providers and restaurants, the impact of these measures on the ability of our tenants to pay rent is indeterminable at this time. Many of our tenants have moved to include on-line sales with curbside pickup or delivery, including restaurants, apparel discounters and electronics. The grocery stores and other retailers with a grocery component that anchor the majority of our shopping centers remain strong in this environment. The economy continues to gain traction in the majority of our markets with substantially all of our tenants open for business. Based on annualized base rents, including our share of interest in real estate joint ventures or partnerships, we have estimated that 63% of our tenants are designated as essential businesses, including restaurants. During the three months ended March 31, 2021, tenant fallouts have decreased significantly compared to the prior year. During the first quarter 2021, tenant fallout represented approximately 108,000 square feet representing approximately $3.1 million in annualized base rents, either directly or through our interest in real estate joint ventures or partnerships. We are optimistic that this trend will continue through 2021; however, there can be no assurance that this favorable trend will continue.

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We continue negotiations and have entered into rental concession agreements with our tenants to provide some relief to the tenants greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As of April 20, 2021, we have negotiated deferrals with tenants on approximately 995 leases, of which nearly $13.4 million remains of rental payments that have been billed or are to be billed and are primarily scheduled to be repaid by December 31, 2021. In addition, for the three months ended March 31, 2021 we have increased rental revenues by $1.7 million due to net recoveries of previously written off receivables. Due to the anticipated impact from the administration of the COVID-19 vaccinations and the likely ensuing increase in our tenant operations, our current expectation is that rent collections will trend upward throughout 2021; however, no assurances can be given that this will occur due to the uncertainties surrounding our tenants’ reopening and any resurgence of the pandemic and the governmental reaction to any resurgence. As of April 20, 2021, tenant billing data, which includes base minimum rental revenues and escrows for common area maintenance, real estate taxes and insurance either directly or through our interest in real estate joint ventures or partnerships, was as follows:

     

Percent of
Annualized
Base Rent

    

Percent of Cash
Collections for
the Three Months
Ending March 31, 2021

Essential

 

63

% 

97

%

Non-essential

 

37

 

92

Total Cash Collections

 

100

% 

95

Deferrals

 

1

Abatements

 

1

Total Cash Collections and Other

 

97

%

To conserve liquidity and preserve financial flexibility in light of the uncertainty surrounding the impact of COVID-19, we reduced our quarterly dividend payments in 2020. At the pre-pandemic level we had been paying a quarterly amount of $.395 per common share. Due to the magnitude of gain generated by our dispositions during 2020, we paid a special dividend near year-end of $.36 per common share. For the first quarter of 2021, we paid a quarterly dividend of $.30 per common share. On April 26, 2021, our Board of Trust Managers approved a second quarter 2021 dividend of $.23 per common share, which is the amount permitted pursuant to the Merger Agreement. Absent a significant deterioration in cash collections, we believe our cash flow from operations will meet our planned capital needs for 2021; however, no assurances can be given that this level of cash flow will occur due to the uncertainty in the duration and restrictions of operations for our tenants. Further, subject to the applicable restrictions contained in the Merger Agreement, our ability to draw down under our revolving credit facility should provide ample liquidity for us to operate and maintain compliance with our debt covenants.

While all of our offices are currently open, most of our employees have been working remotely to stay healthy, support operations and in response to stay-at-home mandates or recommendations. Working remotely presents various challenges, including (but not all inclusive) concerns about productivity, connectivity, consumer privacy and IT security.

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Strategy

Subject to the proposed Merger, our goal is to remain a leader in owning and operating top-tier neighborhood and community shopping centers and mixed-use properties in certain markets of the United States. Our strategic initiatives include: (1) owning quality shopping centers in preferred locations that attract strong tenants, (2) growing net income from our existing portfolio by increasing occupancy and rental rates, (3) raising net asset value and cash flow through quality acquisitions and new developments, (4) continuously redeveloping our existing shopping centers to increase cash flow and enhance the value of the centers and (5) maintaining a strong, flexible consolidated balance sheet and a well-managed debt maturity schedule. We believe these initiatives will keep our portfolio of properties among the strongest in our sector. Due to current capitalization rates in the market along with the uncertainty of changes in interest rates and various other market conditions, and subject to the applicable restrictions contained in the Merger Agreement, we intend to continue to be very prudent in our evaluation of all new investment opportunities. We have been focused on dispositions of properties with characteristics that impact our willingness to own them going forward, and although we intend to continue with this strategy, subject to the applicable restrictions contained in the Merger Agreement, our dispositions are expected to decrease in 2021 from 2020. We intend to utilize the proceeds from dispositions to, among other things, fund acquisitions along with both new development and redevelopment projects.

Dispositions

As we discussed above, we continuously recycle non-core operating centers that no longer meet our ownership criteria and that will provide capital for growth opportunities. During the three months ended March 31, 2021, we disposed of real estate assets, which were owned by us either directly or through our interest in real estate joint ventures or partnerships, with our share of aggregate gross sales proceeds totaling $55.8 million. We have approximately $39.6 million of dispositions currently under contracts or letters of intent; however, there are no assurances that these transactions will close at such prices or at all.

Acquisitions

Subject to evolving market conditions and the applicable restrictions contained in the Merger Agreement, we intend to continue to seek acquisition properties that meet our return hurdles and to actively evaluate other opportunities as they enter the market. Due to the significant amount of capital available in the market, it has been difficult to participate at price points that meet our investment criteria. During the three months ended March 31, 2021, no real estate assets were acquired.

New Development and Redevelopment

During the three months ended March 31, 2021, we invested $5.0 million in two mixed-use new development projects that are partially or wholly owned and a 30-story, high-rise residential tower at our River Oaks Shopping Center in Houston, Texas, and we invested $.5 million in redevelopment projects that were partially or wholly owned. Also during the three months ended March 31, 2021, three completed redevelopment projects added approximately 100,000 square feet to the portfolio with an incremental investment to date totaling $19.3 million.

Capital

We strive to maintain a strong, conservative capital structure, which should provide ready access to a variety of attractive long and short-term capital sources. We carefully balance lower cost, short-term financing with long-term liabilities associated with acquired or developed long-term assets. Additionally, proceeds from our disposition program and cash generated from operations further strengthened our balance sheet in 2021. Due to the variability in the capital markets and the applicable restrictions contained in the Merger Agreement, there can be no assurance that favorable pricing and accessibility will be available in the future.

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Operational Metrics

In assessing the performance of our centers, management carefully monitors various operating metrics of the portfolio. In light of current circumstances and the continuing impact related to potentially uncollectible revenues, the operating metrics of our portfolio performed well through the first three months of 2021. We focused on collections and leasing efforts; including maintaining our current tenants, to minimize the decline in same property net operating income ("SPNOI"). See Non-GAAP Financial Measures for additional information. Our portfolio delivered the following operating results:

signed occupancy of 93.0% at March 31, 2021 decreased from 94.5% at March 31, 2020;
a decrease of .6% in SPNOI for the three months ended March 31, 2021 over the same period of 2020; and
rental rate increases of 9.1% for new leases and 3.6% for renewals during the three months ended March 31, 2021.

Below are performance metrics associated with our signed and commenced occupancy, SPNOI growth and leasing activity on a pro rata basis:

March 31, 

    

2021

    

2020

Signed Occupancy:

Anchor (space of 10,000 square feet or greater)

95.4

%  

96.9

%

Non-Anchor

88.8

%  

90.4

%

Total

93.0

%

94.5

%

Commenced Occupancy

90.8

%  

92.1

%

    

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2021

SPNOI (1)

(0.6)

%

(1)See Non-GAAP Financial Measures for a definition of the measurement of SPNOI and a reconciliation to net income attributable to common shareholders within this section of Item 2.

    

    

    

Average

    

Average

    

Average Cost

    

New

Prior

of Tenant

Change in

Number

Square

Rent per

Rent per

Improvements

Base Rent

of

Feet

Square

Square

per Square

on Cash

Leases

('000's)

Foot ($)

Foot ($)

Foot ($)

Basis

Leasing Activity:

  

  

  

  

  

  

Three Months Ended March 31, 2021

New leases (1)

47

127

$

29.46

$

27.00

$

35.56

9.1

%

Renewals

113

796

 

17.42

 

16.82

 

3.6

%

Not comparable spaces

31

91

 

 

 

Total

191

1,014

$

19.08

$

18.22

$

4.89

4.7

%

(1)Average external lease commissions per square foot for the three months ended March 31, 2021 were $7.46.

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Changing shopping habits, driven by rapid expansion of internet-driven procurement and accelerated by the pandemic, led to increased financial problems for many businesses, which has had a negative impact on the retail real estate sector. We continue to monitor the effects of these trends, including the impact of retail customer spending over the long-term. We believe the desirability of our physical locations, the significant diversification of our portfolio, both geographically and by tenant base, and the quality of our portfolio, along with its leading retailers and service providers that sell primarily grocery and basic necessity-type goods and services, position us well to mitigate the impact of these changes. Additionally, most retailers have implemented omni-channel models that integrate on-line shopping with in-store experiences that has further reinforced the need for bricks and mortar locations. Despite recent market disruption and tenant bankruptcies, we continue to believe there is long-term retailer demand for quality space within strong, strategically located centers.

In 2020, we experienced fluctuations in tenant demand for retail space due to, among other factors, announced bankruptcies and the repositioning of those spaces. Currently, the future impact to occupancy is unknown due to the uncertainty and duration of the pandemic. With an increase in availability of quality retail space, some tenants have started to take advantage of accessing these prime locations which contributed to the increase in overall rental rates on a same-space basis as we completed new leases and renewed existing leases. Given the uncertainty surrounding the impact of the pandemic, we are unclear of its impact to rental rates and the funding of tenant improvements and allowances. The variability in the mix of leasing transactions as to size of space, market, use and other factors may impact the magnitude of these changes, both positively and negatively. Leasing volume is anticipated to fluctuate due to the uncertainty in tenant fallouts; including those related to both bankruptcies and tenant non-renewals; however, leasing activity continues to remain strong compared to the prior year.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

Our discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations is based on our condensed consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with GAAP. The preparation of these financial statements requires us to make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities and contingencies as of the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting periods. We evaluate our assumptions and estimates on an ongoing basis using available information. We base our estimates on current economic conditions, historical experience and on various other assumptions that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions.

Uncertainty in the current economic environment due to the outbreak of COVID-19 has and may continue to significantly impact the judgments regarding estimates and assumptions utilized by management. The disclosure of our critical accounting policies and estimates which affect our more significant judgments and estimates used in the preparation of our condensed consolidated financial statements is included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 in Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. There have been no significant changes to our critical accounting policies during 2021.

Results of Operations

The COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainties surrounding the global economy. Additionally, as noted earlier, tenants have been markedly impacted by the pandemic, which has affected our results. As a result, the full magnitude of the pandemic and the ultimate effect upon our future revenues and operations is uncertain at this time. While we are optimistic there will be a gradual improvement in the retail environment resulting from the distribution of vaccinations and the related re-opening of the economy, we do not expect revenues and operations to return to pre-COVID levels in the near term. In addition, during the period from the date of the Merger Agreement until the completion of the Merger, we are subject to certain restrictions on our ability to engage with third parties regarding alternative acquisition proposals and on the conduct of our business.

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Comparison of the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 to the Three Months Ended March 31, 2020

The following table is a summary of certain items in net income from our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations, which we believe represent items that significantly changed during the three months ended March 31, 2021 as compared to the same period in 2020 (in thousands):

Three Months Ended March 31, 

    

2021

    

2020

    

Change

    

% Change

Revenues

$

121,371

$

111,352

$

10,019

 

9.0

%

Depreciation and amortization

38,556

36,656

1,900

 

5.2

Real estate taxes, net

16,735

15,008

1,727

 

11.5

General and administrative expenses

10,604

2,307

8,297

 

359.6

Interest expense, net

16,619

14,602

2,017

 

13.8

Interest and other income (expense), net

1,654

(5,828)

7,482

 

128.4

Gain on sale of property

9,131

13,576

(4,445)

 

(32.7)

Equity in earnings of real estate joint ventures and partnerships, net

4,087

27,097

(23,010)

 

(84.9)

Revenues

The increase in revenues of $10.0 million is attributable primarily to a decrease of $11.1 million for COVID related reserves and write-offs primarily recorded in the first quarter of 2020 and the impact of $5.3 million and $2.2 million related to acquisitions and mixed-use new developments, respectively. Partially offsetting these increases are revenues from dispositions of $5.4 million and rent abatements of $.5 million. Revenues have also declined by $2.7 million due primarily to changes in occupancy.

Depreciation and Amortization

The increase in depreciation and amortization of $1.9 million is attributable primarily to the $5.4 million impact of acquisitions and mixed-use new developments. Partially offsetting this increase is $2.1 million from dispositions, and a decrease of $1.4 million from the existing portfolio related primarily with a reduction in the amortization/write-offs of in-place lease intangibles associated with terminated tenant leases.

Real Estate Taxes, net

The $1.7 million increase in real estate taxes, net is attributable primarily to the impact from both acquisitions and mixed-use developments of $1.0 million and $.6 million, respectively. In addition, an increase of $.9 million is attributable primarily to rate and valuation changes for the portfolio between the respective periods, which is partially offset by dispositions of $.8 million.

General and Administrative Expenses

The increase in general and administrative expenses of $8.3 million is attributable primarily to a fair value increase of $7.3 million associated with assets held in a grantor trust related to deferred compensation and an increase in personnel and associated costs.

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Interest Expense, net

Net interest expense increased $2.0 million or 13.8%. The components of net interest expense were as follows (in thousands):

Three Months Ended

March 31, 

    

2021

    

2020

Gross interest expense

$

17,073

$

16,556

Amortization of debt deferred costs, net

 

819

 

796

Over-market mortgage adjustment

 

(207)

 

(87)

Capitalized interest

 

(1,066)

 

(2,663)

Total

$

16,619

$

14,602

The increase in net interest expense is attributable primarily to a reduction in capitalized interest and an increase in gross interest expense. The reduction of capitalized interest is primarily attributable to the near completion of two of the residential portions of our mixed-use new developments. The increase in gross interest expense between the respective periods is primarily attributable to an increase in the weighted average debt outstanding from acquisitions, which is offset by a slight reduction in weighted average interest rates. For the three months ended March 31, 2021, the weighted average debt outstanding was $1.8 billion at a weighted average interest rate of 3.9% as compared to $1.7 billion outstanding at a weighted average interest rate of 4.0% in the same period of 2020.

Interest and Other Income (Expense), net

The increase of $7.5 million in interest and other income (expense), net is attributable primarily to a fair value increase of $7.3 million associated with assets held in a grantor trust related to deferred compensation and an increase in interest income of $.2 million associated with seller financing note receivables.

Gain on Sale of Property

The decrease of $4.4 million in gain on sale of property is attributable to the disposition of two centers and other property in the first quarter of 2021 as compared to one center in the same period of 2020.

Equity in Earnings of Real Estate Joint Ventures and Partnerships, net

The decrease of $23.0 million is primarily attributable to disposition activities between the respective periods of $23.5 million.

Capital Resources and Liquidity

Our primary operating liquidity needs are paying our common share dividends, maintaining and operating our existing properties, paying our debt service costs, excluding debt maturities, and funding capital expenditures. Our anticipated cash flows from operating activities in 2021, as well as the availability of funds under our unsecured revolving credit facility are expected to meet these planned capital needs; however, no assurance can be given due to, among other factors, the evolving impact of the pandemic and the restrictions in the Merger Agreement on the conduct of our business.

The primary sources of capital for funding any debt maturities, acquisitions, share repurchases, new developments and redevelopments are our excess cash flow generated by our operating and new development properties; credit facilities; proceeds from both secured and unsecured debt issuances; proceeds from equity issuances; cash generated from the sale of property or interests in real estate joint ventures and partnerships and the formation of joint ventures. Amounts outstanding under the unsecured revolving credit facility are retired as needed with proceeds from the issuance of long-term debt, equity, cash generated from the disposition of properties and cash flow generated by our operating properties.

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As of March 31, 2021, we had an available borrowing capacity of $498.1 million under our unsecured revolving credit facility, and had cash and cash equivalents available of $52.1 million. Currently, we anticipate our disposition activities to continue, albeit at a lower rate. We believe other debt and equity alternatives are available to us based on recent market transactions within our industry sector, subject to the applicable restrictions contained in the Merger Agreement.

Subject to the applicable restrictions contained in the Merger Agreement, we believe net proceeds from planned capital recycling, combined with our available capacity under the revolving credit and short-term borrowing facilities, will provide adequate liquidity to fund our capital needs, including acquisitions, redevelopment and new development activities and, if necessary, special dividends. In the event our capital recycling program does not progress as expected, we believe other debt and equity alternatives are available to us, subject to the applicable restrictions contained in the Merger Agreement.

We generally have the ability to sell or otherwise dispose of our assets subject to the applicable restrictions contained in the Merger Agreement and in certain cases, where we are required to obtain our joint venture partners’ consent or a lender’s consent for assets held in special purpose entities. Additionally under many of our joint venture agreements, we and our joint venture partners are required to fund operating capital upon shortfalls in working capital. As operating manager of most of these entities, we have considered these funding requirements in our forecasting. Also our material real estate joint ventures are with entities which appear sufficiently stable; however, if market conditions were to deteriorate and our partners are unable to meet their commitments, our venture agreements provide multiple remedies, including but not limited to, the liquidation of the venture. Further, under these conditions, we would be required to reconsider our consolidation conclusions for those ventures, and it is possible we may have to consolidate any unconsolidated interests.

Operating Activities

For the three months ended March 31, 2021, cash flows from operations have decreased by $4.6 million compared to the same period in 2020. This decrease is primarily attributable to the disposition of centers and the impact of the pandemic on rent collections including an increase in the number of tenants placed on a cash basis and concession agreements put in place to assist them during this uncertainty. Collections of rents due were initially hindered in the latter part of the first quarter of 2020; however, during the three months ended March 31, 2021, we have collected 95% of our tenant billings. Significant cash requirements for operating activities expected to be paid in 2021 include $37.3 million of real estate tax expenses. Additionally, we expect operating activities in 2021 to cover our human capital expenditures including salaries and related benefits, along with property operating expenses.

Since 2018, we have experienced a downward trend in revenues due to dispositions related to our portfolio transformation in which we have pruned our portfolio to concentrate on high-quality, grocery anchored, open-air centers located in the southern and western U.S. that provide basic goods and services. Additionally, revenues in 2020 also declined due to the impact of the pandemic. We anticipate that 2021 may see lower revenues as a result of our 2020 dispositions and the continued effects of the pandemic; however, we are optimistic that revenues will recover once these effects are overcome.

Investing Activities

Acquisitions

During the three months ended March 31, 2021, no real estate assets were acquired.

Dispositions

During the three months ended March 31, 2021, we sold three centers and other property, including real estate assets owned through our interest in unconsolidated real estate joint ventures and partnerships. Our share of aggregate gross sales proceeds from these transactions totaled $55.8 million and generated our share of the gains of approximately $9.1 million. Operating cash flows from assets disposed are included in net cash from operating activities in our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows, while proceeds from these disposals are included as investing activities.

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We have approximately $39.6 million of dispositions currently under contracts or letters of intent; however, there are no assurances that these transactions will close at such prices or at all.

As mentioned under operating activities, our transformation program resulted in significant dispositions over the last few years, which has resulted in a downward trend in our cash flows from dispositions and associated gains. Dispositions have been an essential component of our ongoing strategy to remove properties that no longer meet our growth or geographic targets.

New Development/Redevelopment

At March 31, 2021, we had two mixed-use projects in the Washington D. C. market and a 30-story, high-rise residential tower at our River Oaks Shopping Center in Houston in various stages of development, which are partially or wholly owned. We have funded $449.5 million through March 31, 2021 on these projects. Upon completion, we expect our aggregate net investment in these multi-use projects to be $485.0 million and will add approximately .2 million of total square footage for retail and 962 residential units to the property portfolio; however, the timing of the realization of a stabilized return is currently unknown due to the uncertainties regarding the impact of COVID-19.

At March 31, 2021, we had five redevelopment projects with an expected final investment estimated to be $25.4 million, of which we have funded approximately $22.1 million. Realization of the stabilized return may take longer than originally planned due to the impact of COVID-19. During the three months ended March 31, 2021, three completed redevelopment projects added approximately 100,000 square feet to the portfolio with an incremental investment to date totaling $19.3 million.

We had approximately $39.7 million in land held for development at March 31, 2021 that may either be developed or sold.

Capital Expenditures

Capital expenditures for additions to the existing portfolio, acquisitions, tenant improvements, new development, redevelopment and our share of investments in unconsolidated real estate joint ventures and partnerships are as follows (in thousands):

Three Months Ended

March 31, 

    

2021

    

2020

Acquisitions

$

$

25,506

New Development

 

5,170

 

27,713

Redevelopment

 

1,003

 

5,109

Tenant Improvements

 

5,854

 

10,399

Capital Improvements

 

3,722

 

3,236

Other

 

232

 

1,123

Total

$

15,981

$

73,086

The decrease in capital expenditures is attributable primarily to a reduction in acquisitions and new development activity as a result of the near completion of two of the residential portions of our mixed-use new developments.

Further, we have entered into commitments aggregating $33.8 million comprised principally of construction contracts, which are generally due in 12 to 36 months and anticipated to be funded through our excess cash flow funded by operating activities or with proceeds from our unsecured revolving credit facility.

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Capital expenditures for additions described above relate to cash flows from investing activities as follows (in thousands):

Three Months Ended

March 31, 

    

2021

    

2020

Acquisition of real estate and land, net

$

$

25,506

Development and capital improvements

 

14,157

 

44,404

Real estate joint ventures and partnerships - Investments

 

1,824

 

3,176

Total

$

15,981

$

73,086

Capitalized soft costs, including payroll and other general and administrative costs, interest, insurance and real estate taxes, totaled $2.9 million and $5.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

Financing Activities

Debt

Total debt outstanding was $1.8 billion at March 31, 2021, which bears interest at fixed rates. Additionally, of our total debt, $347.9 million was secured by operating properties while the remaining $1.4 billion was unsecured. We also had letters of credit totaling $7.9 million outstanding at March 31, 2021. Our debt maturities for the remainder of 2021 and for 2022 total $17.3 million and $308.3 million, respectively (see Note 5 for additional information on Debt maturities). For 2021, we expect to fund our outstanding maturities through our excess cash flow generated by our operating properties, credit facilities and cash generated from dispositions. If the Merger does not occur prior to such time, the 2022 maturities are expected be funded through our excess cash flow generated by our operating properties, credit facilities, cash generated from dispositions or with proceeds from the issuance of long-term debt.

At March 31, 2021, we have a $500 million unsecured revolving credit facility, which expires in March 2024 and provides borrowing rates that float at a margin over LIBOR plus a facility fee. At March 31, 2021, the borrowing margin and facility fee, which are priced off a grid that is tied to our senior unsecured credit ratings, were 82.5 and 15 basis points, respectively. The facility also contains a competitive bid feature that allows us to request bids for up to $250 million. Additionally, an accordion feature allows us to increase the facility amount up to $850 million. As of April 28, 2021, we had no outstanding balance, and the available balance was $498.1 million, net of $1.9 million in outstanding letters of credit.

At March 31, 2021, we have a $10 million unsecured short-term facility that we maintain for cash management purposes. The facility, which matures in March 2022, provides for fixed interest rate loans at a 30-day LIBOR rate plus borrowing margin, facility fee and an unused facility fee of 125, 10, and 5 basis points, respectively. As of April 28, 2021, we had no amounts outstanding under this facility.

For the three months ended March 31, 2021, the maximum balance and weighted average balance outstanding under both facilities combined were $40.0 million and $5.4 million, respectively, at a weighted average interest rate of .9%.

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We have non-recourse debt secured by properties held in several of our real estate joint ventures and partnerships. At March 31, 2021, off-balance sheet mortgage debt for our unconsolidated real estate joint ventures and partnerships totaled $191.9 million, of which our pro rata ownership is $45.0 million. Scheduled principal mortgage payments on this debt, excluding deferred debt costs and non-cash related items totaling $(.2) million, at 100% are as follows (in millions):

2021 remaining

    

$

2.2

2022

172.1

2023

 

2.2

2024

 

2.3

2025

 

2.3

Thereafter

 

11.0

Total

$

192.1

During the first quarter 2021, a joint venture extended its $170 million loan under an available one-year extension. The remaining 2021 maturities are expected to be paid by excess operating funds from the related venture or partnership and/or capital calls of which we would use our funds from our other operating properties, credit facilities and cash generated from dispositions. For the 2022 maturities, we expect the joint venture to extend its $170 million loan under an available one-year extension or refinance the loan.

Our five most restrictive covenants, composed from both our public debt and revolving credit facility, include debt to asset, secured debt to asset, fixed charge, unencumbered asset test and unencumbered interest coverage ratios. We are not aware of any non-compliance with our public debt and revolving credit facility covenants as of March 31, 2021.

Our most restrictive public debt covenant ratios, as defined in our indenture and supplemental indenture agreements, were as follows at March 31, 2021:

Covenant

    

Restriction

    

Actual

 

Debt to Asset Ratio

Less than 60.0 %

37.2

%

Secured Debt to Asset Ratio

Less than 40.0 %

7.2

%

Fixed Charge Ratio

Greater than 1.5

 

4.0

Unencumbered Asset Test

Greater than 150 %

288.4

%

Included in our debt balance is a guaranty we provided for the payment of any debt service shortfalls on tax increment revenue bonds issued in connection with a development project in Sheridan, Colorado. The Sheridan Redevelopment Agency issued Series A bonds used for an urban renewal project, of which $53.7 million remain outstanding at March 31, 2021. The bonds are to be repaid with incremental sales and property taxes and a PIF to be assessed on current and future retail sales and, to the extent necessary, any amounts we may have to provide under a guaranty. The incremental taxes and PIF are to remain intact until the earlier of the payment of the bond liability in full or 2040.

Equity

Common share dividends paid totaled $38.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021. Our dividend payout ratio (as calculated as dividends paid on common shares divided by core funds from operations attributable to common shareholders - basic) for the three months ended March 31, 2021 approximated 62.5% (see Non-GAAP Financial Measures for additional information). Our Board of Trust Managers approved a second quarter 2021 dividend of $.23 per common share, which is the amount permitted pursuant to the Merger Agreement. Funds to pay dividends and share repurchases would come initially from excess proceeds from operations, dispositions and our outstanding credit facilities.

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We have a $200 million share repurchase plan. Under this plan, subject to the applicable restrictions set forth in the Merger Agreement, we may repurchase common shares from time-to-time in open-market or in privately negotiated purchases. The timing and amount of any shares repurchased will be determined by management based on its evaluation of market conditions and other factors. The repurchase plan may be suspended or discontinued at any time, and we have no obligations to repurchase any amount of our common shares under the plan. During the three months ended March 31, 2021, no common shares were repurchased. At March 31, 2021 and as of the date of this filing, $149.4 million of common shares remained available to be repurchased under this plan.

We have an effective universal shelf registration statement, which expires in September 2023. Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, we will continue to closely monitor both the debt and equity markets and carefully consider our available financing alternatives, including both public offerings and private placements.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Certain of our key performance indicators are considered non-GAAP financial measures. Management uses these measures along with our GAAP financial statements in order to evaluate our operating results. We believe these additional measures provide users of our financial information additional comparable indicators of our industry, as well as, our performance.

Funds from Operations Attributable to Common Shareholders

The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT") defines NAREIT FFO as net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders computed in accordance with GAAP, excluding gains or losses from sales of certain real estate assets (including: depreciable real estate with land, land, development property and securities), change in control of real estate equity investments, and interests in real estate equity investments and their applicable taxes, plus depreciation and amortization related to real estate and impairment of certain real estate assets and in substance real estate equity investments, including our share of unconsolidated real estate joint ventures and partnerships. We calculate NAREIT FFO in a manner consistent with the NAREIT definition.

Management believes NAREIT FFO is a widely recognized measure of REIT operating performance, which provides our shareholders with a relevant basis for comparison among other REITs. Management uses NAREIT FFO as a supplemental internal measure to conduct and evaluate our business because there are certain limitations associated with using GAAP net income by itself as the primary measure of our operating performance. Historical cost accounting for real estate assets in accordance with GAAP implicitly assumes that the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably over time. Since real estate values instead have historically risen or fallen with market conditions, management believes that the presentation of operating results for real estate companies that uses historical cost accounting is insufficient by itself. There can be no assurance that NAREIT FFO presented by us is comparable to similarly titled measures of other REITs.

We also present Core FFO as an additional supplemental measure as it is more reflective of the core operating performance of our portfolio of properties. Core FFO is defined as NAREIT FFO excluding charges and gains related to non-cash, non-operating assets and other transactions or events that hinder the comparability of operating results. Specific examples of items excluded from Core FFO include, but are not limited to, gains or losses associated with the extinguishment of debt or other liabilities and transactional costs associated with unsuccessful development activities.

NAREIT FFO and Core FFO should not be considered as alternatives to net income or other measurements under GAAP as indicators of operating performance or to cash flows from operating, investing or financing activities as measures of liquidity. NAREIT FFO and Core FFO do not reflect working capital changes, cash expenditures for capital improvements or principal payments on indebtedness.

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NAREIT FFO and Core FFO is calculated as follows (in thousands):

Three Months Ended

March 31, 

    

2021

    

2020

Net income attributable to common shareholders

$

28,037

$

52,622

Depreciation and amortization of real estate

 

38,415

 

36,475

Depreciation and amortization of real estate of unconsolidated real estate joint ventures and partnerships

 

4,161

 

3,797

Impairment of properties and real estate equity investments

 

325

 

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Gain on sale of property, investment securities and interests in real estate equity investments

 

(9,097)

 

(13,574)

Gain on dispositions of unconsolidated real estate joint ventures and partnerships

 

(24)

 

(22,372)

Provision for income taxes (1)

 

20

 

Noncontrolling interests and other (2)

 

(556)

 

(575)

NAREIT FFO – basic

 

61,281

 

56,417

Income attributable to operating partnership units

 

401

 

528

NAREIT FFO – diluted

 

61,682

 

56,945

Adjustments for Core FFO:

 

  

 

  

Contract terminations

 

 

340

Core FFO – diluted

$

61,682

$

57,285

FFO weighted average shares outstanding – basic

 

126,518

 

127,862

Effect of dilutive securities:

 

 

Share options and awards

 

1,153

 

943

Operating partnership units

 

1,429

 

1,432

FFO weighted average shares outstanding – diluted

 

129,100

 

130,237

NAREIT FFO per common share – basic

$

0.48

$

0.44

NAREIT FFO per common share – diluted

$

0.48

$

0.44

Core FFO per common share – diluted

$

0.48

$

0.44

(1)The applicable taxes related to gains and impairments of operating and non-operating real estate assets.
(2)Related to gains, impairments and depreciation on operating properties and unconsolidated real estate joint ventures, where applicable.

Same Property Net Operating Income

We consider SPNOI an important additional financial measure because it reflects only those income and expense items that are incurred at the property level, and when compared across periods, reflects the impact on operations from trends in occupancy rates, rental rates and operating costs. We calculate this most useful measurement by determining our proportional share of SPNOI from all owned properties, including our share of SPNOI from unconsolidated joint ventures and partnerships, which cannot be readily determined under GAAP measurements and presentation. Although SPNOI is a widely used measure among REITs, there can be no assurance that SPNOI presented by us is comparable to similarly titled measures of other REITs. Additionally, we do not control these unconsolidated joint ventures and partnerships, and the assets, liabilities, revenues or expenses of these joint ventures and partnerships, as presented, do not represent our legal claim to such items.

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Properties are included in the SPNOI calculation if they are owned and operated for the entirety of the most recent two fiscal year periods, except for properties for which significant redevelopment or expansion occurred during either of the periods presented, and properties that have been sold. While there is judgment surrounding changes in designations, we move new development and redevelopment properties once they have stabilized, which is typically upon attainment of 90% occupancy. A rollforward of the properties included in our same property designation is as follows:

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2021

Beginning of the period

142

Properties added:

  

Acquisitions

6

Properties removed:

  

Dispositions

(3)

End of the period

145

We calculate SPNOI using net income attributable to common shareholders and adjusted for net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, other income (expense), income taxes and equity in earnings of real estate joint ventures and partnerships. Additionally to reconcile to SPNOI, we exclude the effects of property management fees, certain non-cash revenues and expenses such as straight-line rental revenue and the related reversal of such amounts upon early lease termination, depreciation and amortization, impairment losses, general and administrative expenses and other items such as lease cancellation income, environmental abatement costs, demolition expenses, and lease termination fees. Consistent with the capital treatment of such costs under GAAP, tenant improvements, leasing commissions and other direct leasing costs are excluded from SPNOI. A reconciliation of net income attributable to common shareholders to SPNOI is as follows (in thousands):

Three Months Ended

March 31, 

    

2021

    

2020

Net income attributable to common shareholders

$

28,037

$

52,622

Add:

  

  

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

1,842

1,626

Provision for income taxes

238

172

Interest expense, net

16,619

14,602

Property management fees

1,181

1,078

Depreciation and amortization

38,556

36,656

Impairment loss

325

44

General and administrative

10,604

2,307

Other (1)

51

88

Less:

  

Gain on sale of property

(9,131)

(13,576)

Equity in earnings of real estate joint ventures and partnership interests, net

(4,087)

(27,097)

Interest and other (income) expense, net

(1,654)

5,828

Other (2)

(5,343)

3,125

Adjusted income

77,238

77,475

Less: Adjusted income related to consolidated entities not defined as same property and noncontrolling interests

(6,294)

(6,081)

Add: Pro rata share of unconsolidated entities defined as same property

6,386

6,411

Same Property Net Operating Income

$

77,330

$

77,805

(1)Other includes items such as environmental abatement costs, demolition expenses and lease termination fees.
(2)Other consists primarily of straight-line rentals, lease cancellation income and fee income primarily from real estate joint ventures and partnerships.

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Newly Issued Accounting Pronouncements

See Note 2 to our condensed consolidated financial statements in Item 1 for additional information related to recent accounting pronouncements.

ITEM 3.  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

We use fixed and floating-rate debt to finance our capital requirements. These transactions expose us to market risk related to changes in interest rates. Derivative financial instruments may be used to manage a portion of this risk, primarily interest rate contracts with major financial institutions. These agreements expose us to credit risk in the event of non-performance by the counter-parties. We do not engage in the trading of derivative financial instruments in the normal course of business. At March 31, 2021, we had fixed-rate debt of $1.8 billion and had no variable-rate debt outstanding. In the event interest rates were to increase 100 basis points and holding all other variables constant, the fair value of our fixed rate debt would decrease by approximately $63.3 million.

ITEM 4.  Controls and Procedures

Under the supervision and with the participation of our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, management has evaluated the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) as of March 31, 2021. Based on that evaluation, our principal executive officer and our principal financial officer have concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of March 31, 2021.

There have not been any changes in our internal control over financial reporting (as such term is defined in Rule 13a-15(f) under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) during the fiscal quarter to which this report relates that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting. We have not experienced any material impact to our internal control over financial reporting to date as a result of most of our employees working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are continually monitoring and assessing the COVID-19 situation on our internal controls to minimize the impact to their design and operating effectiveness.

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PART II-OTHER INFORMATION

ITEM 1.   Legal Proceedings

We are involved in various matters of litigation arising in the normal course of business. In accordance with SEC rules, we have limited our materiality threshold to $1 million, as we believe this threshold will provide more meaningful disclosures on proceedings material to us. While we are unable to predict the amounts involved, our management and counsel believe that when such litigation is resolved, our resulting liability, if any, will not have exceeded the threshold or have a material effect on our condensed consolidated financial statements.

ITEM 1A. Risk Factors

The proposed Merger with Kimco may not be completed on the terms or timeline currently contemplated, or at all, and the failure to complete the Merger may adversely affect our share price and future business and financial results.

The completion of the Merger is subject to certain conditions, including (1) the receipt of required approvals from Kimco’s common stockholders and our shareholders, (2) the authorization for listing of Kimco’s common stock to be issued in connection with the Merger on the New York Stock Exchange, (3) the effectiveness of the registration statement on Form S-4 to be filed by Kimco pursuant to which shares of Kimco’s common stock to be issued in connection with the Merger are registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, (4) the absence of any order issued by any court of competent jurisdiction or other legal restraint or prohibition preventing the consummation of the Merger or any law that makes the consummation of the Merger illegal, (5) accuracy of each party’s representations and warranties, subject in most cases to materiality or material adverse effect qualifications; (6) material compliance with each party’s covenants and (7) the receipt by each of us and Kimco of an opinion to the effect that the Merger will qualify as a “reorganization” within the meaning of Section 368(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and of an opinion as to the qualification of us and Kimco, respectively, as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code.

In addition, the Merger Agreement contains certain termination rights for us and Kimco. The Merger Agreement can be terminated by mutual written consent, or by either party (1) if there is a final, non-appealable order, decree or ruling permanently enjoining or otherwise prohibiting the consummation of the Merger; (2) if the Merger has not been consummated by January 14, 2022; (3) if our shareholders fail to approve the Merger or Kimco’s common stockholders fail to approve the Merger Agreement; or (4) if the other party has breached its representations, warranties or covenants in a way that prevents satisfaction of a closing condition, subject to a cure period. Also, we may terminate the Merger Agreement in order to enter into a definitive agreement with respect to a superior proposal (subject to compliance with certain terms and conditions included in the Merger Agreement). Kimco may terminate the Merger Agreement if our board of trust managers changes its recommendation with respect to the Merger Agreement, or upon a willful and material breach by us of our obligations not to solicit alternative transaction proposals.

There can be no assurance that the conditions to closing will be satisfied or waived or that other events will not intervene to delay or result in the termination of the proposed Merger.

If the Merger is not completed for any reason, the trading price of our common shares may decline to the extent that the market price of the common shares reflects positive market assumptions that the Merger will be completed and the related benefits will be realized. We may also be subject to additional risks if the Merger is not completed, including:

the requirement in the Merger Agreement that, under certain circumstances, we pay Kimco a termination fee of the lesser of $115,000,000 or the maximum amount that could be paid to Kimco without causing Kimco to fail to qualify as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code for such year;
incurring substantial costs related to the Merger, such as legal, accounting, financial advisory and integration costs that have already been incurred or will continue to be incurred until closing;

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our management focusing on the Merger instead of on pursuing other opportunities that could be beneficial to us, without realizing any of the benefits of having the Merger completed;
we may face challenges retaining current employees and key personnel due to their uncertainty about our future and their future role with us; and
reputational harm due to the adverse perception of any failure to successfully complete the Merger.

If the Merger is not completed, these risks could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial conditions and results of operations and have an adverse effect on the trading price of our common shares.

The pendency of the Merger could adversely affect our business and operations

In connection with the pending Merger, some tenants or vendors may delay or defer decisions, which could adversely affect our revenues, earnings, funds from operations, cash flows and expenses, regardless of whether the Merger is completed. Similarly, current employees may experience uncertainty about their future roles with Kimco following the Merger, which may materially adversely affect our ability to retain and motivate key personnel during the pendency of the Merger. In addition, due to interim operating covenants in the Merger Agreement, we may be unable (without Kimco’s prior written consent), during the pendency of the Merger, to pursue strategic transactions, undertake significant capital projects, undertake certain significant financing transactions and otherwise pursue other actions, even if such actions would prove beneficial.

The Merger Agreement contains provisions that could discourage a potential competing acquirer or could result in any competing proposal being at a lower price than it might otherwise be.

The Merger Agreement contains provisions that, subject to limited exceptions, restrict our ability to initiate, solicit, propose, knowingly encourage proposals to effect, among other things, a transaction that would result in any person (other than Kimco) becoming the beneficial owner of 15% or more of the voting power of our common shares or of our consolidated net revenues, net income or total assets. In addition, Kimco generally has an opportunity to offer to modify the terms of the Merger Agreement in response to any competing “superior proposal” (as defined in the Merger Agreement) that may be made to us before our Board of Trust Managers may withdraw or modify its recommendation in response to such superior proposal or terminate the Merger Agreement to enter into such superior proposal.

These provisions could discourage a potential competing acquirer that might have an interest in acquiring all or a significant part of us from considering or proposing such an acquisition, even if it were prepared to pay consideration with a higher per share cash or market value than that market value proposed to be received or realized in the Merger, or might result in a potential competing acquirer proposing to pay a lower price than it might otherwise have proposed to pay because of the added expense of the termination fee that may become payable in certain circumstances under the Merger Agreement.

We have no further material changes to the risk factors discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

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ITEM 2.   Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

We have a $200 million share repurchase plan. Subject to the applicable restrictions set forth in the Merger Agreement, under this plan, we may repurchase common shares from time-to-time in open-market or in privately negotiated purchases. The timing and amount of any shares repurchased will be determined by management based on its evaluation of market conditions and other factors. The repurchase plan may be suspended or discontinued at any time, and we have no obligations to repurchase any amount of our common shares under the plan. As of the date of this filing, $149.4 million of common shares remained available to be repurchased under the plan.

Repurchases of our common shares for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 are as follows (in thousands, except per share amounts):

(a)

(b)

(c)

(d)

Maximum

Total Number

Dollar Value

of Shares

of Shares that

Total

Purchased as

May Yet be

Number of

Average

Part of Publicly

Purchased

Shares

Price Paid

Announced

Under the

Period

Purchased

Per Share

Program

Program

February 1, 2021 to February 28, 2021 (1)

85,102

$

24.95

 

March 1, 2021 to March 31, 2021 (1)

574

27.31

(1)Common shares surrendered or deemed surrendered to us to satisfy such employees' tax withholding obligations in connection with the vesting and/or exercise of awards under our equity-based compensation plans.

ITEM 3.   Defaults Upon Senior Securities

None.

ITEM 4.   Mine Safety Disclosures

Not applicable.

ITEM 5.   Other Information

Not applicable.

ITEM 6.   Exhibits

The exhibits required by this item are set forth in the Exhibit Index attached hereto.

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EXHIBIT INDEX

(a)

    

Exhibits:

2.1

Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of April 15, 2021, by and between Kimco Realty Corporation and Weingarten Realty Investors (filed as Exhibit 2.1 to WRI’s Form 8-K dated April 15, 2021 and incorporated herein by reference).

10.1†

Second Amendment to the Amended and Restated 2010 Long-Term Incentive Plan of Weingarten Realty Investors (filed as Exhibit 99.1 to WRI’s Form 8-K dated April 26, 2021 and incorporated herein by reference).

31.1*

Certification pursuant to Section 302(a) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Chief Executive Officer).

31.2*

Certification pursuant to Section 302(a) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Chief Financial Officer).

32.1**

Certification pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1350, as adopted pursuant to Sec. 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Chief Executive Officer).

32.2**

Certification pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1350, as adopted pursuant to Sec. 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Chief Financial Officer).

101.INS**

XBRL Instance Document - the instance document does not appear in the Interactive Data File because its XBRL tags are embedded within the inline XBRL document

101.SCH**

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document

101.CAL**

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document

101.DEF**

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document

101.LAB**

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Labels Linkbase Document

101.PRE**

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document

104

Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as inline XBRL and contained in Exhibit 101)

*     Filed with this report.

**    Furnished with this report.

† Management contract or compensation plan or arrangement.

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

WEINGARTEN REALTY INVESTORS

(Registrant)

By:

/s/ Andrew M. Alexander

Andrew M. Alexander

Chairman/President/Chief Executive Officer

By:

/s/ Joe D. Shafer

Joe D. Shafer

Senior Vice President/Chief Accounting Officer

(Principal Accounting Officer)

DATE: May 5, 2021

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