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Cedar Realty Trust (CDR)

Participants
Jennifer Bitterman Investor Relations
Bruce Schanzer Chief Executive Officer
Robin Zeigler Chief Operating Officer
Philip Mays Chief Financial Officer
Todd Thomas KeyBanc Capital Markets
Floris Van Dijkum Compass Point
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Operator

Welcome to the Second Quarter 2021 Cedar Realty Trust Earnings Conference Call.

As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. [Operator Instructions] I will now turn the call over to Jennifer Bitterman. Please proceed.

Jennifer Bitterman

Good evening and thank you for joining us for the second quarter 2021 Cedar Realty Trust earnings conference call. will Operating Schanzer, Chief Officer; call Robin Executive Financial today’s Chief Zeigler, and in be Chief Bruce Officer; Officer. Participating Philip Mays,

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Bruce Schanzer

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Robin Zeigler

Good Bruce. evening. Thanks,

seen in progress good from the both pandemic. as emergence experienced and operations quarter we leasing have second We

this that of noticed pre-pandemic to relative we executed bring X executed feet. to build And quarter, prior were rent collected quarters. anticipate have square in this of collection us totaling in we not weeks, continue have In the back as new volume leases this if an During we last being XX The leasing XX quarter strong as leasing XX% have a each recent total will compared to we leases rent. discussed is XXX,XXX performance in on comparable leases increase performance executed activity we with quarters, better. strong, quarter two new basis.

While XX.X%. a that certainly the retail This the and restaurant on quarter’s months executed volume has began primarily were negotiation deals increased, ultimately during negative due several to service this new quarter. deals lease spread pandemic this and is is XX type ago several

retailers expect the Honeygrow, are as continue a at additional new for feet see spreads with no executed at stir to a deal XX the there coronavirus Post non-comparable a to better fast variant. or through a Groton We we in salad X%. at Big collectively positive foot a X.X%. non-comparable Fitness second XX,XXX X impact this Swede LA These deal renewals Lots new were of Shopping at were we at Square. quarter, shutdowns at quarter, to to process, These a casual deals completed additional Center, TJ space restaurant two Trexlertown deals, due Maxx spread move Crossing. previously positive at anchor salon executed Fishtown and [indiscernible] Crossing totaled prototype. include deals spread Timpany Plaza, new at assuming Plaza renewals unreleased An of Popeye’s fry including Fishtown square and

at anchor Valley Additionally, X A.C. executed school Kmart These Chester, Lobby Valley a technical were Hobby and and with June at feet Plaza New Porter New Plaza a square XX, a at mall. at after and London. former anchors totaling Moore are replacing Outlet and leases XX,XXX London former Grocery

June have leased we of the occupancy increase As from second prior as leased XX.X%, X.X% of occupancy Same-property which a quarter. of a a quarter. is XX, XX.X% increase X.X% of end from prior quarter, is

in trending for execution. affected is is leased our resulting XX.X% preparing The occupancy redevelopment the redevelopments XX.X%. leased occupancy for still occupancy in is our direction, portfolio is leased by overall right occupancy While of our occupancy XX.X%, the while same-property

new enhanced New Valley by quarter small We X at the continue deals to anchor Crossing. nicely Carmans, X this of work are Yorktowne, at on Plaza, Valley our Fishtown value Plaza, the They Carmans, leasing creation X London and shop anchors London. progressing Fishtown, at each new at new and new at deals the of New a portfolio renovations Norwood,

known DGS redevelopment. Phil. DGS delivery Shopping both venture the Center this anticipate give quarter call, Heights. the we phase last Hill December our and at first Center With detailed million Shopping Camp of for of Northeast represents of closed in as earnings Carmans refinancing, the that, joint the I Northeast Heights dispositions first and $XXX quarter’s Services Construction As we we General venture the is joint will phase in on of underway The this the Department and XXXX. you

Philip Mays

Norwood Norwood at These NOI incurred Thanks, $X.XX enhancement the million larger and be Shopping this to was big sheet. an million. to balance build demolition wise provide will path and quarter, new and for with costs a a Center. store. Operating FFO Robin. costs on operating raising to delivering demolition of operating million $X.X $XX.X operating or a was results share On them expenses update That old will I included results, call, our property highlight Center. Starting briefly relates $X.X significant Shopping space per grocery

operating value these redevelopment practice, required demolition as to our expensed under that GAAP. of is costs such increase property, a be back As FFO the items adds are computation of but our

including X.X% the period XX.X%, properties, having These and portfolio the same-property substantially from increased increases recovered redevelopment of the driven in pandemic. our COVID-XX Excluding redevelopment. by NOI effects over XXXX comparable were

reduce centers. sheet, balance this a and that at the years and revolving repaid a on million. the loan mortgage grocery-anchored from value in the $XX Life payments we of proceeds proceeds Hill the of X credit XXXX $XX Guardian loan loan Utilizing of loan, to XX-year in completed recent outstanding mature million we our aggregate X by term non-recourse was XX.XX%. to $XXX closed This from interest Carmans, facility along the February and with amount to with XX% to rate million fixed interest-only shopping Moving Camp sales the was May, cross-collateralized of a scheduled million with from $XXX loan

maturity. revolving $XX matures will credit revolving our on with facility million Accordingly, its maturity. our in it September our we that begun debt credit about are have facility and we drawn and refinancing so XXXX with discussions represents Our only group now only prior bank do to optimistic

discussing $XX early a are maturing in XXXX. potential we refinancing the term Additionally, of loan million

first note, this open revolvers’ However, I or a questions. this exercise we address option and maturity of I And could year option X year have that, in later the should half revolver extension will for the to our XXXX. with call the and

Operator

Capital question KeyBanc question. [Operator with with from Instructions] Markets. Thomas And our Please proceed is first Todd your

Todd Thomas

Hi, good afternoon.

sounds First Do higher inflect you expect the you see XX leased would that you points, quarter? earlier question, You a commented the of through the new new you spreads some lease some those? then that talk also you Do sequentially higher rate And negotiating worked momentum worked power signings, on feel you in by that to leasing move. pricing lease recovery, have trending began basis here? it about continue? see improved solid from that spreads the can the Robin, now you about through in that’s lease like should

Robin Zeigler

Todd. you, thank Yes,

would couple QX in we to I this into So going say of are seeing of some the kind last which of next volume, are end of definitely at quarter. the increased related tail months, and volume,

would their retailers I new we operations, opening opening stores, expanding to that see new are So, expect restaurants, at etcetera. starting look

as many that the are I seeing spreads good of started pandemic quarter during economic the as we were or deals were second the several deals height as the So, there. of Related – terms. the the equally, far to closed momentum of mentioned during that

an And expect the improvement I in terms those month. coming to spreads so see we go to as do through relative

Todd Thomas

development you some XX.X% Okay. at June in If portfolio we there redevelopment but out rate there, If the sort maybe we over of of XX. the the – do project I portfolio, projects maybe, leased the ‘XX, at up overall look end the quarters know, year, is you at? look total I realized sort would loosely don’t leased for to be where – next, where six of portfolio

Robin Zeigler

Sure.

about. talked momentum So, we that outside the redevelopment we have of

And our there. the already the related occupancy that then So, some to I there see of but as think get kind Northeast removing away. the what’s numbers. of ebbs may to already the maybe related to of would that’s thing tenancy from we that’s portfolio, the that increases, from redevelopment only to in. some so kind say value-add ways renovation this is expect speak we I drag tenants in into But side, and the And relative reflected we Heights on move occupancy is lease the going largely redevelopment see impacted majority increases the the we some in expect ‘XX, the factored But to as currently, next a be phase. but I flows ‘XX, that small by drag into the still impact not would of year would that in redevelopment, probably tenancy at

Todd Thomas

Okay.

Bruce Schanzer

that as because And we just Robin through out, into we we I going creep for leasing think Todd, really of report leasing the some again, redevelopments. see that’s our and strong. good occupancy statistic function use continue as is that to distorted occupancy pipeline we walking itself do vacancy are the But working things our really very that is and controlling now. the be seeing just we think point, going amplify did just we those that, have level our are going high grocery-anchored and major job to execute the value-add as that people leasing of intentional strength two at low to in that a of to we to right incur that’s to and The you effectuate of up as portfolio of of the I redevelopments account value-add a the and of to on that strength some starts the mixed redevelopment, a the And interject XXs. mid just vacancy pipeline, pipeline

Todd Thomas

Got it.

it’s are sort and at end different back see you things so, a get XX% mid with portfolio, and the so, ‘XX low now range it to realized mix it of basis reasonable I to or the the over So achievable side you past [Technical of XXX points being redevelopment and Difficulty]? the at right but different portfolio, on XX.X%, otherwise, call to

Bruce Schanzer

Right.

and that is like in assets see the – the obviously characterization, a tenant, what grocery-anchored a again. intentionally So the clear, I is there between broad is they yes. as is can would non to to is portfolio you in of those be spaces, core get there going kind headline are to is answer we when trending differentiate the where level But as that but what are realistically and operating of action vacate we we seeing exactly the statistic sort no – a described

Todd Thomas

private public Hill like valuations, being Hill market helpful. something disconnect that’s discussed exploit you is sounds similar cap you – Camp then of for sale then plan or And through additional and contemplated the exploit to there to look rate, disconnect? between that disposition it further else that to Okay. And Bruce, Camp the to X.X% is

Bruce Schanzer

would followed you’ve and hopefully we management I at appreciate time, look analytical discipline and really you for can a everything. Todd, to we from What And continue at look it say, us and long perspective, everything. a

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Todd Thomas

of guess, company regarding input in the impact and Board months what meetings turnover the and areas the of some in just – and thinking Okay. members, of with public I Board of in valuations kind about the joined new had? the few that last lastly, guess terms the last I disconnect and members new time. But some about over the talking What’s private the quite business? the talking for Board been have the market their those several they Board you’ve about in two And months, have emphasis the

Bruce Schanzer

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are before say room, we are new conversations haven’t beat. So they additions. the have, have Board we this this Directors well terrific shareholders are we a they Directors when up Cedar debates members And or Board, same. on our to heated new the and to terrific topic that that or fact before integrated at is our they lot thoughtful approaches independent. to things we in process And our was of This are if on COVID. a literally were a have that any all pre-COVID situation focused have These would they as we with prior how run again, we terrific the and Board And whole of I be activist and describing had the often was and it’s missed earlier. topics. a great thrilled really of the we Directors listening that I the and legacy commented the Board activist And very one the about

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Todd Thomas

you. Thank Okay, alright.

Bruce Schanzer

Sure.

Operator

Van next question. Instructions] proceed Dijkum Please is your Floris with question Our from Point. [Operator with Compass

Floris Van Dijkum

Thanks or afternoon, question. guys. for evening, taking good my good Hi,

or see way do see? bit at maybe Just one in total update to an much is how if stands a occupied Obviously, How can mix little of information you pipeline? now to us that a of right spread, it bit pipeline, your terms it you the looking also look on you but do at robust the of will. leasing of more little you pipeline as lease give if your and demand

Bruce Schanzer

why do will me you I just Robin, extent Let maybe then the necessary? amplify at don’t take and first this. step it, a to

Robin Zeigler

Sure.

national of for the are the anchor The and anchor question. the I small to your to we end deals kind are or shops So, the Floris I at beginning to say in that thanks the pipeline of, going types from to question. of would everything national starting seeing guess, smalls retailers. local deals national deals

So, through. of the deals there, retailers the we expansion. we low first, that the lot activity wide about, of coming already And breadth hanging kind focused in are types and on growth and with now process pre-pandemic, fruit that were a were a of their seeing talked at are dealing things

we of are the so that the just And are that fellow benefit through in coming in negotiations in seeing the both are executed wise that pipeline. deals that are

quarters So, deal then did of seeing to quarter, I do the we seen we this over are had back said to are are that to have we think, as spreads. of the occupancy And deals kind just then during leased represent I get we coming occupancy that thus structure, pre-pandemic, before, better related seeing And based again, better spreads to really to related on think low-XX%ish what we we expect add far. – on that side. kind that

that So, we continue. activity expecting are to

Floris Van Dijkum

your Xx, forward leasing so are I your I look to obviously in on in into provide you spreads, are of new they you activity? Robin, going for Maybe much insight going it not terms because were does leasing be if of your what still also So your almost mean are basis that how one-offs really They negative But you spread. But spreads really just are costs, were a was what there. a leases. doing buying Obviously, the that. at some were there elevated.

Robin Zeigler

Yes. question Floris. Thanks for the

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the So, may in circumstances, some elevated. individual leasing costs feel

very impact have obviously construction of a capital sense makes some we of for factored make in. and increase the at to deal-by-deal that in also on But sure that commodity is look that for We stringently outlay do particular so pricing deal. it again, basis

Bruce Schanzer

there Floris, I think levels. don’t mean, going that elevated that I capital to was add terms I in on larger trend going of some is just

We cost are of in that capital of deals, remarks. deal-by-deal And when size into attractive perspective, the certainly effect is any that with on are proceed. we grants. on we given my we positive Robin again, we are assuming have as analysis. returns deal-by-deal capital from referenced about satisfy lease of certainly, generally in our fairly putting our a the a ourselves saying. It And as and think enough well focused basis prepared small And capital. sample look at net the outlays that was type And really they a I work we quarter speaking

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Floris Van Dijkum

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Philip Mays

Yes. Floris, went reasons the one company of we to life keep the with flexibility. was

have And we there. rights so do substitution

can substitute approval. an So, larger value. asset rights. slightly we asset, But requires them we our have we or can find and necessary, But work equal do through with an that substitution of

prohibited So, selling one-off of an it’s any from on not those individual basis.

Floris Van Dijkum

Thanks.

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Bruce Schanzer

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So, pretty that I another think a one they significant in to way. relate

Floris Van Dijkum

Thanks, Bruce. Appreciate that.

Bruce Schanzer

Sure.

Operator

call the I Schanzer have question-and-answer session. will end we the the reached closing remarks. for over of And to turn Bruce now

Bruce Schanzer

an balance forward enjoyable results strong of continuing to look all evening. with you in wish share for us to the and summer our you Thank this progress We for you delivering shareholders. joining our

Operator

And may for And you this your concludes this today’s conference. at participation. time. your you disconnect lines Thank