Thoughts on Brixmor Property Group?

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I've seen their new CEO, James Taylor, show up on some media lately and it made me interested to see what you all think of the company.

I'm particularly interested in REITs, and I feel this company shows promise. Also, I heard they are owned by Blackstone as well which is pretty cool.

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Mar 3, 2018

Definitely a well known and respected name in the retail space. I believe their main northeast offices are in NYC and suburban Philly. I personally would hate working exclusively on retail but to each his own.

Mar 3, 2018

Awesome thanks! Why do you feel that way about retail? If you don't mind me asking.

I'd love to know the pros and cons of working at a retail only shop other than the fact that I won't be able to work with other types of real estate.

Mar 4, 2018

I don't want to discourage you or anybody else from retail. It's definitely an interesting space, especially right now with ecommerce transforming retail/industrial, creative repositioning of bankrupt/vacant big box anchors, new "experience" oriented tenants popping up, etc... it's also pretty cool to analyze tenants that are familiar consumer brands and understand their business plans, sales trends, creditworthiness, etc... I just personally find retail modeling extremely tedious since there are usually so many tenants with a lot of lease components that need to be abstracted (co-tenancy, termination rights, go dark provisions, percentage rent, different CAM pools for inline/anchor/out parcel/food court...) which can get pretty annoying.

Mar 4, 2018

Great points! I love getting some more perspective on this stuff. As I've gotten to know more people in real estate, many have told me that the complexity of retail modeling is pretty sought after. I wouldn't mind understanding this business more if it meant that I could transition to other types of real estate easier.

Thanks!

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Mar 5, 2018

To echo what Ricky said above, I agree retail modeling is probably the most difficult from a strictly technical perspective. I haven't seen many lately, but this can be especially true when you have really complex CAM recs with tenants with a 'reimburse after' clause in their leases, percentage rents, etc. It's not brain surgery, but definitely more difficult than the average industrial/office/multi deal. Also mentioned above is the lease complexity, which is just annoying more than anything else. Also, at least from my perspective, the premium/spread I'm seeing (or lack-therof) on the cap rates/yields on retail compared to the other product types isn't enough for me to want to devote more allocation to it. But again, to each their own. To answer your original question, Brixmor is well thought of at least in my markets. As far as working there, I've heard from other sources that work at other BX owned operating entities that the level of oversight that BX gives can be burdensome at times, but that's 2nd/3rd hand information so make of that what you will.

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Mar 4, 2018

Didn't their whole C suite have to resign a couple of years ago after they were caught manipulating their non GAAP financials? Was there prison time involved?

Mar 4, 2018

I did hear about that! Oddly enough, their financials were rockin at the time and many were confused as to why those execs did that. Their growing consistently, so I guess their passed it now.

Mar 5, 2018

Own primarily open-air retail centers across US. Was created by BX's combination of centro, excel and various other retail acquisitions. Doesn't look like BX holds significant portion of equity anymore - but John Schreiber is chairman of board.

As others have mentioned, space has been a little beat up lately and most of the retail reits share-prices have taken a beating recently. (Dividend yield up to 7%). Could make it hard to compete on acquisitions/developments as grocery-anchored has fared relatively well in private mkt compared to REIT valuations. Assuming you are approaching this from employment vs. investment perspective...

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Mar 5, 2018

Awesome, thanks! I've considered applying to places like Brixmor. What kind of exit opps do you think are possible for people coming out of there?

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Jun 15, 2018
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