Shares of Prologis Inc. rallied 1.7% toward a fifth straight gain Friday, after the real estate investment trust focused leasing logistics facilities reported third-quarter earnings that rose above expectations, and boosted its full-year outlook, amid record increases in market rents and valuations. Net income more than doubled to $722.0 million, or 97 cents a share, from $298.7 million, or 40 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Core funds from operations per share increased to $1.04 from 90 cents, beating the FactSet consensus of $1.03. Total revenue rose 9.3% to $1.18 billion, above the FactSet consensus of $1.04 billion. Average occupancy was 96.6%, up from 96.0% in the second quarter, and with 98.0% of property leased as of Sept. 30. Cash rent change was up 12.9%, with cash same-store net operating income grew 6.7%. For 2021, the company raised its core FFO guidance range to $4.11 to $4.13 from $4.04 to $4.08, compared with the FactSet consensus of $4.07. “Our third quarter results were underpinned by record increases in market rents and valuations,” said Chief Executive Hamid Moghadam. “With vacancies at unprecedented lows, space in our markets is effectively sold out.” The stock has rallied 36.2% year to date through Thursday, while the SPDR Real Estate Select Sector ETF has advanced 26.3% and the S&P 500 has gained 16.8%.
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