Prologis Revises 2024 Outlook Amid Slower Industrial Market

The world’s largest industrial property landlord cut its annual outlook after reporting stronger Q1 revenue and earnings.

Prologis Revises 2024 Outlook Amid Slower Industrial Market

The world’s largest industrial property landlord cut its annual outlook after reporting stronger Q1 revenue and earnings.

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Good morning. The world’s largest industrial property landlord cut its annual outlook after reporting stronger Q1 revenue and earnings. Plus, national commercial real estate foreclosures jumped 117% in March as trouble looms in Texas.

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Prologis Cuts Guidance In Anticipation Of Weaker Industrial Market

Prologis Revises 2024 Outlook Amid Slower Industrial Market

During its recent earnings call, Prologis (PLD), the world's largest industrial landlord, revised its 2024 financial forecasts downward in response to an anticipated slowdown in industrial leasing.

Good news, bad news: Prologis reported stronger revenue and earnings for Q1. However, it also revised its annual outlook for 2024, anticipating a leasing slowdown in warehousing markets amid shifts in consumer spending and tighter inventory controls by retailers and manufacturers. Challenges include high rates, ongoing uncertainty, and sudden geopolitical turmoil.

Earnings report: Prologis posted earnings of $584.3M, or 63 cents per share, for Q1—a YoY increase from $463.2M, or 50 cents per share. Despite meeting analyst estimates with core funds from operations at $1.28 per share, the company's revenue saw a notable climb to $1.96B from $1.77B, significantly surpassing expectations.

What they are saying: "While operating conditions are healthy in the majority of our markets, customers remain focused on controlling costs, which is weighing on decision-making and the pace of leasing," Prologis CEO Hamid Moghadam said in a statement.

Headwinds incoming: PLD shares fell by 5.5% in early Wednesday trading following the news. Analysts reported logistics prices flattening out in recent quarters after a surge in demand and tight capacity drove leasing rates higher from 2020–2023. The average U.S. warehouse vacancy rate rose to 5.8% in Q1 from 5.2% in the previous period, according to Cushman & Wakefield.

➥ THE TAKEAWAY 

Looking ahead: Prologis has revised its 2024 outlook, lowering its core funds from operations per share to $5.37-$5.47 from prior forecasts. The company also expects warehouse occupancy to drop slightly to 95.75%-96.75%. Adjusting to market trends, Prologis will decrease its development investments to $2.5-$3 billion, down from an earlier range of $3-$3.5 billion, reflecting a cooling demand for industrial spaces post-pandemic peak.

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market corrections

Texas Commercial Foreclosures Spike 129% YoY

Source: ATTOM

Texas has experienced a significant rise in commercial foreclosures over the past month, far outpacing the national average.

A closer look: In March, Texas saw a 31% increase in commercial foreclosures from February and a staggering 129% surge compared to the same month last year. According to Attom Data Solutions, this places Texas fourth in the U.S., following only California, New York, and Florida. While the national average also rose by 117% year-over-year, Texas's numbers are particularly alarming.

Ticking up: The rise in foreclosures marks a sharp departure from the lows observed during May 2020, when there were only 141 nationwide due to pandemic-related moratoriums and financial aid. By March 2024, the national count reached 625, slightly down from January's 635 but still high. Texas's foreclosures have remained relatively consistent in the early months of 2024, with counts close to January’s 56.

➥ THE TAKEAWAY 

Big picture: Texas is facing a widespread foreclosure crisis across various real estate sectors, amplified by the highest office vacancy rates in large U.S. cities. Shifts toward remote work and downsizing are severely affecting older buildings with limited amenities. Houston is particularly impacted by multifamily property foreclosures, driven by novice investors who entered the market during a period of low interest rates. Although the national peak was 889 foreclosures in October 2014, Texas's current numbers are more alarming, with a recent peak of 61 in November 2023.

📈 CHART OF THE DAY

According to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index (PPI) report, the index for building materials used in residential construction, excluding food and energy, rose for the fifth consecutive month.

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