Financial services still play key role in office rental market
Lower Fairfield County is showing its resiliency as a mecca for the financial services industry.
But a stalwart in the region's office brokerage market is recommending building owners diversify their tenant portfolios as vacancy rates remain stagnant at more than 20 percent in most areas.
Financial services remains the region's largest lessor of office space, but other commercial enterprises are gradually becoming important players in the leasing market, according to data supplied by the Stamford office of Jones Lang LaSalle.
"Financial services and professional and business services businesses without doubt have a large presence in the Fairfield County office market, but leasing activity in 2013 suggests that these industry sectors are not leasing large spaces compared to some other local players and emerging industries," said Erin Patterson , research manager at Jones Lang LaSalle. "It makes sense to diversify the business base. It's a hard egg to crack. We need to diversify, but how do we do that?
Financial services and real estate help boost earnings
KUWAIT CITY , Nov 29 : The financial results of Kuwaiti listed companies point to an improvement in the health of Kuwait's corporates. Growth during the first nine months of 2013 continued to be driven by better results in both financial services and the real estate sector. Both had been hit severely by the financial crisis and have since made notable recoveries. The reported earnings of 170 Kuwaiti companies listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) totaled KD 1.16 billion during the first nine months of 2013 (9M13). Profits were up a very decent 14% from the year before, on a same-company-basis. Most of the growth came from a drop in total losses reported by companies that continued to suffer the consequences of the 2009 economic slowdown. The number of companies reporting losses and their aggregate losses continued to shrink. Only 26 companies reported that they were in the red this year compared to 48 during the same period last year. The aggregate losses reported by these companies shrank more dramatically, from KD 148 million last year to only KD 25 million this year. Bottom-line growth of profitable companies was less impressive. Companies that reported positive profits both last year and this year saw profits shrink by 2% on declining telecoms and bank profits. Other sectors saw growth in earnings. This was also visible in the drop in the profits of the KSE15 index by 4.4%. Nevertheless, banking and telecoms remain the largest contributors to total profits. Meanwhile, financial services reported profits of KD 107 million, more than double what was reported last year. Nevertheless, it remains the sector with the largest number of loss-making companies. Around a third of the sector's companies have yet to announce their results while some have been delisted from the exchange after cumulative losses reached 75% of their capital. Real estate companies seem to have recovered well and aggregate profits for the sector almost doubled compared to the same period last year. The pickup in company profits mirrors the recovery we have seen in Kuwait's real estate sector in general, particularly in residential and investment property. Companies in the consumer goods and consumer services sectors also saw decent increases in profits thanks to a healthy consumer sector. Still, these two sectors remain relatively small and have little noticeable impact on the aggregates. Equity prices were mostly flat in response to reported results, dragged down by the less impressive results in the dominant sectors. The value-weighted index was little changed during the reporting period. The telecommunication index was off 5%. Meanwhile, the financial services index was up a strong 4% buoyed by the stronger results there.