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Equity Lifestyle Properties Reports Net Income of $56.9 Million

Thu Apr 20, 2017

CHICAGO - Equity Lifestyle Properties Inc. has reported a key measure of profitability in its first quarter. The results beat Wall Street expectations.

The real estate investment trust, based in Chicago, said it had funds from operations of $93.2 million, or $1 per share, in the period.

The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 98 cents per share.

Funds from operations is a closely watched measure in the REIT industry. It takes net income and adds back items such as depreciation and amortization.

The company says it had net income of $56.9 million, or 65 cents per share.

The resort community operator posted revenue of $232.4 million in the period.

For the current quarter ending in July, Equity Lifestyle Properties expects its per-share funds from operations to range from 77 cents to 83 cents.

The company expects full-year funds from operations in the range of $3.51 to $3.61 per share.

The company's shares have climbed 11 percent since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Monday, shares hit $79.89, an increase of 16 percent in the last 12 months.

"I am pleased to report the results for first quarter of 2017 with an FFO per share growth of 9 percent as compared to last year," ELS CEO Marguerite Nader says. "We see strong demand for our product and property. In the quarter, we increased occupancy by 141 sites with a gain of 128 home owners. We sold 97 new homes at our MH communities with an average purchase price of $60,000."