published Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

CBL of Chattanooga raises guidance for year

The headquarters of CBL and Associates is located next to Hamilton Place Mall in East Brainerd.
The headquarters of CBL and Associates is located next to Hamilton Place Mall in East Brainerd.
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Shopping center developer CBL & Associates Properties Inc. today raised its outlook for the rest of the year on sustained improvement in leasing spreads and occupancy.

“While we have concerns regarding the broader macroeconomic trends, the sustained improvement in leasing spreads and occupancy confirms our positive outlook and provides the confidence for our raising guidance for the year,” said Stephen Lebovitz, the Chattanooga-based company’s chief executive.

CBL reported that third quarter funds from operations per diluted share, as adjusted, increased 2.1 percent to 48 cents.

Same-center net operating income improved 4.2 percent for the mall portfolio for the quarter over a year ago, excluding lease termination fees.

The company hiked 2011 FFO guidance to $2.12 to $2.15 per share, which excludes the impact of non-cash impairment charges, net of taxes, and includes the gain on extinguishment of debt.

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Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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