Welltower Reports Q1 Financial Results for 2024

BATS:WELL   Welltower Inc.
Welltower Inc. (NYSE: WELL ), a leading real estate investment trust (REIT) specializing in healthcare infrastructure, recently reported its first-quarter 2024 results, showcasing robust financial performance and strategic initiatives driving growth. With a focus on seniors housing and healthcare properties, Welltower's prudent investments and operational enhancements have positioned it as a resilient player in an evolving market.

Strong Financial Performance:
In the first quarter of 2024, Welltower ( WELL ) reported a net income attributable to common stockholders of $0.22 per diluted share and quarterly normalized funds from operations (FFO) of $1.01 per diluted share, marking an impressive 18.8% increase over the prior year. This growth was fueled by a 12.9% year-over-year increase in total portfolio same store net operating income (SSNOI), particularly driven by a remarkable 25.5% SSNOI growth in its Seniors Housing Operating (SHO) portfolio.

Strategic Investments and Capital Activity:
Welltower's proactive capital deployment strategy was evident with $449 million of gross investments completed in the first quarter, including acquisitions, loan funding, and development projects. Notably, the company closed or has agreements to close $2.8 billion in acquisitions and loan funding post the first quarter, underscoring its commitment to expanding and enhancing its portfolio.

Liquidity and Balance Sheet Strength:
Maintaining a robust liquidity profile is imperative in the real estate sector, and Welltower stands strong with approximately $6.5 billion of available liquidity as of March 31, 2024. Moreover, the company improved its net debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio to 4.03x, demonstrating prudent financial management and a healthy balance sheet.

Strategic Initiatives Driving Growth:
The dissolution of its Revera joint venture and the acquisition of age-restricted active adult communities, reflects Welltower's commitment to optimizing its portfolio and capitalizing on emerging opportunities. These initiatives are poised to enhance its market position and generate long-term value for shareholders.

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Leadership:
In addition to its financial prowess, Welltower's dedication to environmental sustainability has been recognized with prestigious awards, including the 2024 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award. This underscores the company's holistic approach to business, integrating ESG principles into its operations.

Outlook and Future Growth Potential:
With a revised guidance for net income and normalized FFO for 2024, Welltower remains optimistic about its growth trajectory. The company's focus on SSNOI growth across its key segments, coupled with disciplined capital allocation, positions it for continued success amidst evolving market dynamics.

Technical Outlook
Welltower ( WELL ) stock closed Monday's trading with a 1.53% gain slightly trading above the 200, 100, and 50- day Moving Average (MA) with a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 68.59.

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