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Form 10-Q for MACERICH CO


6-May-2013

Quarterly Report


Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

IMPORTANT INFORMATION RELATED TO FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of The Macerich Company (the "Company") contains or incorporates statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Any statements that do not relate to historical or current facts or matters are forward-looking statements. You can identify some of the forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking words, such as "may," "will," "could," "should," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "projects," "predicts," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "scheduled" and variations of these words and similar expressions. Statements concerning current conditions may also be forward-looking if they imply a continuation of current conditions. Forward-looking statements appear in a number of places in this Form 10-Q and include statements regarding, among other matters:


expectations regarding the Company's growth;


the Company's beliefs regarding its acquisition, redevelopment, development, leasing and operational activities and opportunities, including the performance of its retailers;


the Company's acquisition, disposition and other strategies;


regulatory matters pertaining to compliance with governmental regulations;


the Company's capital expenditure plans and expectations for obtaining capital for expenditures;


the Company's expectations regarding income tax benefits;


the Company's expectations regarding its financial condition or results of operations; and


the Company's expectations for refinancing its indebtedness, entering into and servicing debt obligations and entering into joint venture arrangements.

Stockholders are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements of the Company or the industry to differ materially from the Company's future results, performance or achievements, or those of the industry, expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. You are urged to carefully review the disclosures we make concerning risks and other factors that may affect our business and operating results, including those made in "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, as well as our other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), which disclosures are incorporated herein by reference. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this document. The Company does not intend, and undertakes no obligation, to update any forward-looking information to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, unless required by law to do so.

Management's Overview and Summary

The Company is involved in the acquisition, ownership, development, redevelopment, management and leasing of regional and community shopping centers located throughout the United States. The Company is the sole general partner of, and owns a majority of the ownership interests in, the Operating Partnership. As of March 31, 2013, the Operating Partnership owned or had an ownership interest in 61 regional shopping centers and nine community shopping centers totaling approximately 64 million square feet of gross leasable area. These 70 regional and community shopping centers are referred to hereinafter as the "Centers," unless the context otherwise requires. The Company is a self-administered and self-managed REIT and conducts all of its operations through the Operating Partnership and the Management Companies.


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The following discussion is based primarily on the consolidated financial statements of the Company for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012. It compares the results of operations and cash flows for the three months ended March 31, 2013 to the results of operations and cash flows for the three months ended March 31, 2012. This information should be read in conjunction with the accompanying consolidated financial statements and notes thereto.

Acquisitions and Dispositions:

On February 29, 2012, the Company acquired a 327,000 square foot mixed-use retail/office building ("500 North Michigan Avenue") in Chicago, Illinois for $70.9 million. The building is adjacent to The Shops at North Bridge. The purchase price was paid from borrowings under the Company's line of credit.

On March 30, 2012, the Company sold its 50% ownership interest in Chandler Village Center, a 273,000 square foot community center in Chandler, Arizona, for a total sales price of $14.8 million, resulting in a gain on the sale of assets of $8.2 million. The sales price was funded by a cash payment of $6.0 million and the assumption of the Company's share of the mortgage note payable on the property of $8.8 million. The Company used the cash proceeds from the sale to pay down its line of credit and for general corporate purposes.

On March 30, 2012, the Company sold its 50% ownership interest in Chandler Festival, a 500,000 square foot community center in Chandler, Arizona, for a total sales price of $31.0 million, resulting in a gain on the sale of assets of $12.3 million. The sales price was funded by a cash payment of $16.2 million and the assumption of the Company's share of the mortgage note payable on the property of $14.8 million. The Company used the cash proceeds from the sale to pay down its line of credit and for general corporate purposes.

On March 30, 2012, the Company's joint venture in SanTan Village Power Center, a 491,000 square foot community center in Gilbert, Arizona, sold the property for $54.8 million, resulting in a gain on the sale of assets of $23.3 million for the joint venture. The Company's pro rata share of the gain recognized was $7.9 million. The Company used its share of the proceeds to pay down its line of credit and for general corporate purposes.

On April 30, 2012, the Company sold The Borgata, a 94,000 square foot community center in Scottsdale, Arizona, for $9.2 million, resulting in a loss on the sale of $1.3 million. The Company used the proceeds from the sale to pay down its line of credit and for general corporate purposes.

On May 11, 2012, the Company sold a former Mervyn's store in Montebello, California for $20.8 million, resulting in a loss on the sale of $0.4 million. The proceeds from the sale were used for general corporate purposes. Currently, three former Mervyn's stores in the Company's portfolio remain vacant. The Company is actively seeking replacement tenants for these spaces.

On May 17, 2012, the Company sold Hilton Village, a 80,000 square foot community center in Scottsdale, Arizona, for $24.8 million, resulting in a gain on the sale of assets of $3.1 million. The Company used the proceeds from the sale to pay down its line of credit and for general corporate purposes.

On May 31, 2012, the Company sold its 50% ownership interest in Chandler Gateway, a 260,000 square foot community center in Chandler, Arizona, for a total sales price of $14.3 million, resulting in a gain on the sale of assets of $3.4 million. The sales price was funded by a cash payment of $4.9 million and the assumption of the Company's share of the mortgage note payable on the property of $9.4 million. The Company used the cash proceeds from the sale to pay down its line of credit and for general corporate purposes.


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On June 28, 2012, the Company sold Carmel Plaza, a 112,000 square foot community center in Carmel, California, for $52.0 million, resulting in a gain on the sale of assets of $7.8 million. The Company used the proceeds from the sale to pay down its line of credit.

On August 10, 2012, the Company was bought out of its ownership interest in NorthPark Center, a 1,946,000 square foot regional shopping center in Dallas, Texas, for $118.8 million, resulting in a gain of $24.6 million. The Company used the cash proceeds to pay down its line of credit.

On October 3, 2012, the Company acquired the 75% ownership interest in FlatIron Crossing, a 1,439,000 square foot regional shopping center in Broomfield, Colorado, that it did not own for a cash payment of $195.9 million and the assumption of the third party's share of the mortgage note payable on the property of $114.5 million.

On October 26, 2012, the Company acquired the 33.3% ownership interest in Arrowhead Towne Center, a 1,196,000 square foot regional shopping center in Glendale, Arizona, that it did not own for $144.4 million. The Company funded the purchase price by a cash payment of $69.0 million and the assumption of the third party's pro rata share of the mortgage note payable on the property of $75.4 million.

On November 28, 2012, the Company acquired Kings Plaza Shopping Center, a 1,199,000 square foot regional shopping center in Brooklyn, New York, for a purchase price of $756.0 million. The purchase price was funded from a cash payment of $726.0 million and the issuance of $30.0 million in restricted common stock of the Company. The cash payment was provided by the placement of a mortgage note payable on the property that allowed for borrowings up to $500.0 million and from borrowings under the Company's line of credit. Concurrent with the acquisition, the Company borrowed $354.0 million on the loan. On January 3, 2013, the Company exercised its option to borrow the remaining $146.0 million of the loan.

On January 24, 2013, the Company acquired Green Acres Mall, a 1,800,000 square foot regional shopping center in Valley Stream, New York, for a purchase price of $500.0 million. The purchase price was funded from the placement of a $325.0 million mortgage note on the property and $175.0 million from borrowings under the Company's line of credit. Concurrent with the acquisition, the Company borrowed $100.0 million on the loan. On January 31, 2013, the Company exercised its option to borrow the remaining $225.0 million of the loan.

Other Transactions and Events:

In March 2012, the Company recorded an impairment charge of $54.3 million to write down the carrying value of the long-lived assets of Valley View Center to their estimated fair value. On April 23, 2012, the property was sold by a court appointed receiver for $33.5 million, which resulted in a gain on the extinguishment of debt of $104.0 million.

On May 31, 2012, the Company conveyed Prescott Gateway, a 584,000 square foot regional shopping center in Prescott, Arizona, to the mortgage note lender by a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. The mortgage loan was non-recourse. As a result of the conveyance, the Company recognized a gain on extinguishment of debt of $16.3 million.

Redevelopment and Development Activities:

In August 2011, the Company entered into a joint venture agreement with a subsidiary of AWE/Talisman for the development of Fashion Outlets of Chicago in the Village of Rosemont, Illinois. The Company will own 60% of the joint venture and AWE/Talisman will own 40%. The Company has accounted for Fashion Outlets of Chicago as a consolidated joint venture. The Center will be a fully enclosed two level, 526,000 square foot outlet center. The site is located within a mile of O'Hare International Airport. The project broke ground in November 2011 and is scheduled to open on


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August 1, 2013. The total estimated project cost is approximately $211.0 million. As of March 31, 2013, the joint venture has incurred $111.8 million of development costs. On March 2, 2012, the joint venture obtained a construction loan on the property that allows for borrowings of up to $140.0 million, bears interest at LIBOR plus 2.50% and matures March 2, 2017. As of March 31, 2013, the joint venture has borrowed $35.0 million under the loan.

The Company's joint venture in Tysons Corner, a 2,154,000 square foot regional shopping center in McLean, Virginia, is currently expanding the property to include a 19-story office tower; a 500,000 square foot, 30-story, 430 unit residential tower; and a 17-story, 300 room Hyatt Regency hotel. The joint venture started the expansion project in October 2011 and expects it to be completed in 2014. The total cost of the project is estimated at $513.1 million, of which $256.6 million is estimated to be the Company's pro rata share. The Company has funded $66.6 million of the total of $133.3 million incurred by the joint venture as of March 31, 2013.

Inflation:

In the last three years, inflation has not had a significant impact on the Company because of a relatively low inflation rate. Most of the leases at the Centers have rent adjustments periodically throughout the lease term. These rent increases are either in fixed increments or based on an annual multiple of increases in the Consumer Price Index ("CPI"). In addition, about 5% to 13% of the leases expire each year, which enables the Company to replace existing leases with new leases at higher base rents if the rents of the existing leases are below the then existing market rate. The Company has generally entered into leases that require tenants to pay a stated amount for operating expenses, generally excluding property taxes, regardless of the expenses actually incurred at any Center, which places the burden of cost control on the Company. Additionally, certain leases require the tenants to pay their pro rata share of operating expenses.

Seasonality:

The shopping center industry is seasonal in nature, particularly in the fourth quarter during the holiday season when retailer occupancy and retail sales are typically at their highest levels. In addition, shopping malls achieve a substantial portion of their specialty (temporary retailer) rents during the holiday season and the majority of percentage rent is recognized in the fourth quarter. As a result of the above, earnings are generally higher in the fourth quarter.

Critical Accounting Policies

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") in the United States of America requires 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 those estimates.

Some of these estimates and assumptions include judgments on revenue recognition, estimates for common area maintenance and real estate tax accruals, provisions for uncollectible accounts, impairment of long-lived assets, the allocation of purchase price between tangible and intangible assets, and estimates for environmental matters. The Company's significant accounting policies are described in more detail in Note 2-Summary of Significant Accounting Policies in the Company's Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K. However, the following policies are deemed to be critical.


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Revenue Recognition:

Minimum rental revenues are recognized on a straight-line basis over the term of the related lease. The difference between the amount of rent due in a year and the amount recorded as rental income is referred to as the "straight line rent adjustment." Currently, 63% of the Mall Store and Freestanding Store leases contain provisions for CPI rent increases periodically throughout the term of the lease. The Company believes that using an annual multiple of CPI increases, rather than fixed contractual rent increases, results in revenue recognition that more closely matches the cash revenue from each lease and will provide more consistent rent growth throughout the term of the leases. Percentage rents are recognized when the tenants' specified sales targets have been met. Estimated recoveries from certain tenants for their pro rata share of real estate taxes, insurance and other shopping center operating expenses are recognized as revenues in the period the applicable expenses are incurred. Other tenants pay a fixed rate and these tenant recoveries' revenues are recognized on a straight-line basis over the term of the related leases.

Property:

Maintenance and repair expenses are charged to operations as incurred. Costs for major replacements and betterments, which includes HVAC equipment, roofs, parking lots, etc., are capitalized and depreciated over their estimated useful lives. Gains and losses are recognized upon disposal or retirement of the related assets and are reflected in earnings.

Property is recorded at cost and is depreciated using a straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the assets as follows:

                    Buildings and improvements   5 - 40 years
                    Tenant improvements          5 - 7 years
                    Equipment and furnishings    5 - 7 years

Capitalization of Costs:

The Company capitalizes costs incurred in redevelopment, development, renovation and improvement of properties. The capitalized costs include pre-construction costs essential to the development of the property, development costs, construction costs, interest costs, real estate taxes, salaries and related costs and other costs incurred during the period of development. These capitalized costs include direct and certain indirect costs clearly associated with the project. Indirect costs include real estate taxes, insurance and certain shared administrative costs. In assessing the amounts of direct and indirect costs to be capitalized, allocations are made to projects based on estimates of the actual amount of time spent on each activity. Indirect costs not clearly associated with specific projects are expensed as period costs. Capitalized indirect costs are allocated to development and redevelopment activities based on the square footage of the portion of the building not held available for immediate occupancy. If costs and activities incurred to ready the vacant space cease, then cost capitalization is also discontinued until such activities are resumed. Once work has been completed on a vacant space, project costs are no longer capitalized. For projects with extended lease-up periods, the Company ends the capitalization when significant activities have ceased, which does not exceed the shorter of a one-year period after the completion of the building shell or when the construction is substantially complete.

Acquisitions:

The Company allocates the estimated fair values of acquisitions to land, building, tenant improvements and identified intangible assets and liabilities, based on their estimated fair values. In addition, any assumed mortgage notes payable are recorded at their estimated fair values. The


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estimated fair value of the land and buildings is determined utilizing an "as if vacant" methodology. Tenant improvements represent the tangible assets associated with the existing leases valued on a fair value basis at the acquisition date prorated over the remaining lease terms. The tenant improvements are classified as an asset under property and are depreciated over the remaining lease terms. Identifiable intangible assets and liabilities relate to the value of in-place operating leases which come in three forms: (i) leasing commissions and legal costs, which represent the value associated with "cost avoidance" of acquiring in-place leases, such as lease commissions paid under terms generally experienced in the Company's markets; (ii) value of in-place leases, which represents the estimated loss of revenue and of costs incurred for the period required to lease the "assumed vacant" property to the occupancy level when purchased; and (iii) above or below market value of in-place leases, which represents the difference between the contractual rents and market rents at the time of the acquisition, discounted for tenant credit risks. Leasing commissions and legal costs are recorded in deferred charges and other assets and are amortized over the remaining lease terms. The value of in-place leases are recorded in deferred charges and other assets and amortized over the remaining lease terms plus an estimate of renewal of the acquired leases. Above or below market leases are classified in deferred charges and other assets or in other accrued liabilities, depending on whether the contractual terms are above or below market, and the asset or liability is amortized to minimum rents over the remaining terms of the leases. The remaining lease terms of below-market leases may include certain below-market fixed-rate renewal periods. In considering whether or not a lessee will execute a below-market fixed-rate lease renewal option, the Company evaluates economic factors and certain qualitative factors at the time of acquisition such as tenant mix in the center, the Company's relationship with the tenant and the availability of competing tenant space.

The Company immediately expenses costs associated with business combinations as period costs.

Asset Impairment:

The Company assesses whether an indicator of impairment in the value of its properties exists by considering expected future operating income, trends and prospects, as well as the effects of demand, competition and other economic factors. Such factors include projected rental revenue, operating costs and capital expenditures as well as estimated holding periods and capitalization rates. If an impairment indicator exists, the determination of recoverability is made based upon the estimated undiscounted future net cash flows, excluding interest expense. The amount of impairment loss, if any, is determined by comparing the fair value, as determined by a discounted cash flows analysis, with the carrying value of the related assets. The Company generally holds and operates its properties long-term, which decreases the likelihood of their carrying values not being recoverable. Properties classified as held for sale are measured at the lower of the carrying amount or fair value less cost to sell.

The Company reviews its investments in unconsolidated joint ventures for a series of operating losses and other factors that may indicate that a decrease in the value of its investments has occurred which is other-than-temporary. The investment in each unconsolidated joint venture is evaluated periodically, and as deemed necessary, for recoverability and valuation declines that are other than temporary.

Fair Value of Financial Instruments:

The fair value hierarchy distinguishes between market participant assumptions based on market data obtained from sources independent of the reporting entity and the reporting entity's own assumptions about market participant assumptions.

Level 1 inputs utilize quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that the Company has the ability to access. Level 2 inputs are inputs other than quoted prices included in Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly. Level 2 inputs may


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include quoted prices for similar assets and liabilities in active markets, as well as inputs that are observable for the asset or liability (other than quoted prices), such as interest rates, foreign exchange rates, and yield curves that are observable at commonly quoted intervals. Level 3 inputs are unobservable inputs for the asset or liability, which are typically based on an entity's own assumptions, as there is little, if any, related market activity. In instances where the determination of the fair value measurement is based on inputs from different levels of the fair value hierarchy, the level in the fair value hierarchy within which the entire fair value measurement falls is based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement in its entirety. The Company's assessment of the significance of a particular input to the fair value measurement in its entirety requires judgment, and considers factors specific to the asset or liability.

The Company calculates the fair value of financial instruments and includes this additional information in the notes to consolidated financial statements when the fair value is different than the carrying value of those financial instruments. When the fair value reasonably approximates the carrying value, no additional disclosure is made.

Deferred Charges:

Costs relating to obtaining tenant leases are deferred and amortized over the initial term of the agreement using the straight-line method. As these deferred leasing costs represent productive assets incurred in connection with the Company's provision of leasing arrangements at the Centers, the related cash flows are classified as investing activities within the Company's consolidated statements of cash flows. Costs relating to financing of shopping center properties are deferred and amortized over the term of the related loan using the straight-line method, which approximates the effective interest method. The ranges of the terms of the agreements are as follows:

Deferred lease costs 1 - 15 years Deferred financing costs 1 - 15 years

Results of Operations

Many of the variations in the results of operations, discussed below, occurred because of the transactions affecting the Company's properties described above, including the Acquisition Properties and the Redevelopment Properties (as defined below).

For purposes of the discussion below, the Company defines "Same Centers" as those Centers that are substantially complete and in operation for the entirety of both periods of the comparison. Non-Same Centers for comparison purposes include recently acquired properties ("Acquisition Properties") and those Centers or properties that are going through a substantial development or redevelopment often resulting in the closing of a portion of the Center ("Redevelopment Properties"). The Company moves a Center in and out of Same Centers based on whether the Center is substantially complete and in operation for the entirety of both periods of the comparison. Accordingly, the Same Centers consists of all consolidated centers, excluding the Acquisition Properties and the Redevelopment Properties for the periods of comparison.

For comparison of the three months ended March 31, 2013 to the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Acquisition Properties include 500 North Michigan Avenue, FlatIron Crossing, Arrowhead Towne Center, Kings Plaza Shopping Center and Green Acres Mall. For comparison of the three months ended March 31, 2013 to the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Redevelopment Properties include Fashion Outlets of Chicago, Paradise Valley Mall and Southridge Mall.

Unconsolidated joint ventures are reflected using the equity method of accounting. The Company's pro rata share of the results from these Centers is reflected in the Consolidated Statements of Operations as equity in income of unconsolidated joint ventures.

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