Simon Property Group Inc., the largest U.S. mall owner, on Friday reported a 22-percent jump in second-quarter funds from operations and increased its full-year forecast as rising employment helps lure shoppers.
Non-anchor retail occupancy for the mall declined from 90.5 percent in 2013 to 89.5 percent last year, while profit and revenue climbed, Simon Property Group Inc. said in an annual operating report to the city.
The purchase of Metro AG's Galeria Kaufhof stores is Hudson’s Bay’s first under its joint venture with Simon Property Group, marking a new era of real-estate fueled growth as retailers try to squeeze more value from their property.
Land & Buildings Investment Management is teaming with fellow activist firm Orange Capital to push for changes at Macerich Co., the mall owner that rejected a $16.8 billion takeover bid from Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc.
Simon's acquisition offer is only 6.6 percent higher than Macerich’s average price in the previous 20 days. One reason the premium looks miniscule is because Macerich’s stock had already jumped 24 percent since November on takeover speculation fanned by Simon.