Howard Hughes Corporation
|Industry||Real estate development|
|Headquarters||The Woodlands, Texas, U.S.|
|Revenue||US$699 million (2020)|
|US$−119 million (2020)|
|US$−3 million (2020)|
|Total assets||US$9.1 billion (2020)|
|Total equity||US$3.7 billion (2020)|
Number of employees
The Howard Hughes Corporation is a real estate development and management company based in The Woodlands, Texas. It was formed in 2010 as a spin-off from General Growth Properties (GGP). Most of its holdings are focused around several master-planned communities. It takes its name from the original Howard Hughes Corporation, which had developed the planned community of Summerlin, Nevada and later became a subsidiary of GGP.
General Growth Properties filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2009. The company proposed a reorganization plan that included spinning off a new company named General Growth Opportunities, which would include those properties that had long-term development potential but little or no income. The name of the proposed spin-off was later changed to The Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC). The spin-off of HHC to GGP's shareholders was completed on November 9, 2010, when GGP exited bankruptcy. The new company held a portfolio that included GGP's master planned communities, mixed-use developments, and undeveloped land. Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman was appointed chairman of the new company.
In 2019, in response to investor disappointment with the company's stock price, HHC conducted a review of strategic options, including the possibility of selling the company. Ultimately, the company announced a "transformation plan", under which it would focus on its master-planned communities and sell off $2 billion of non-core assets. HHC moved its headquarters from Dallas to The Woodlands in 2020 as a cost-cutting measure under this plan.
The company divides its properties into four segments: master planned communities, operating assets, the Seaport District, and strategic developments.
Master planned communities
The company has five master planned communities, with a total of approximately 10,000 acres (4,000 ha) of land remaining to be developed or sold.
- Bridgeland, Texas
- Columbia, Maryland
- Summerlin, Nevada
- The Woodlands, Texas
- The Woodlands Hills, Texas
This category comprises 76 revenue-generating assets, including retail, office, multi-family residential, and hotel properties, most of which are located in the company's five master planned communities. The portfolio includes 15 retail properties with 2.7 million square feet of space; 33 office properties with 7.7 million square feet of space; 12 apartment complexes with a total of 3,840 units; and 3 hotel properties with a total of 909 rooms. Notable properties include:
- 110 North Wacker – Chicago, Illinois
- Downtown Summerlin – Summerlin, Nevada
- Kewalo Basin Harbor – Honolulu, Hawaii
- Las Vegas Aviators baseball team
- Las Vegas Ballpark – Summerlin, Nevada
- Outlet Collection at Riverwalk – New Orleans, Louisiana
- Summerlin Hospital – Summerlin, Nevada (5 percent interest)
- Ward Village retail – Honolulu, Hawaii
- The Woodlands Resort – The Woodlands, Texas
This segment consists of properties at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan.
The company lists 18 strategic projects, in various stages of development. Notable projects include:
- Air rights over Fashion Show Mall – Las Vegas, Nevada (80 percent interest)
- Landmark Mall – Alexandria, Virginia
- Ward Village condominiums – Honolulu, Hawaii
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- "The Howard Hughes Corporation announces transformation plan and new leadership following strategic review process" (Press release). The Howard Hughes Corporation. October 21, 2019 – via EDGAR.
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- Form 10-K: Annual Report (Report). The Howard Hughes Corporation. February 25, 2021. p. 4 – via EDGAR.
- Form 10-K: Annual Report (Report). The Howard Hughes Corporation. March 24, 2021. pp. 8–9 – via EDGAR.
- Form 10-K: Annual Report (Report). The Howard Hughes Corporation. March 24, 2021. pp. 26–31 – via EDGAR.