United States
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-K

[X] ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006
OR
[ ] TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from _________ to _________
 
Commission file number 1-11986
   
TANGER FACTORY OUTLET CENTERS, INC.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
   
North Carolina
56-1815473
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
   
3200 Northline Avenue, Suite 360
(336) 292-3010
Greensboro, NC 27408
(Registrant’s telephone number)
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
   
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
   
Title of each class
Name of exchange on which registered
Common Shares, $.01 par value
New York Stock Exchange
7.5% Class C Cumulative Preferred Shares,
New York Stock Exchange
Liquidation Preference $25 per share
 
   
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.
Yes ý No o

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.
Yes o No ý

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes ý No o 

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of Registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer or a non-accelerated filer (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934). ý Large accelerated filer o Accelerated filer o Non-accelerated filer

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined by Rule 12b-2 of the Act). Yes o No ý

The aggregate market value of voting shares held by non-affiliates of the Registrant was approximately $1,231,027,000 based on the closing price on the New York Stock Exchange for such stock on February 1, 2007.

The number of Common Shares of the Registrant outstanding as of February 1, 2007 was 31,041,336.

Documents Incorporated By Reference
Part III incorporates certain information by reference from the Registrant’s definitive proxy statement to be filed with respect to the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held May 18, 2007.



PART I

Item 1. Business

The Company

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. and subsidiaries is one of the largest owners and operators of factory outlet centers in the United States. We are a fully-integrated, self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust, or REIT, that focuses exclusively on developing, acquiring, owning, operating and managing factory outlet shopping centers. As of December 31, 2006, we owned 30 outlet centers, with a total gross leasable area, or GLA, of approximately 8.4 million square feet. These factory outlet centers were 98% occupied and contained over 1,800 stores, representing approximately 380 store brands. Also, we owned a 50% interest in two outlet centers with a GLA of approximately 667,000 square feet and managed for a fee three outlet centers with a GLA of approximately 293,000 square feet.

Our factory outlet centers and other assets are held by, and all of our operations are conducted by, Tanger Properties Limited Partnership and subsidiaries. Accordingly, the descriptions of our business, employees and properties are also descriptions of the business, employees and properties of the Operating Partnership. Unless the context indicates otherwise, the term “Company” refers to Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. and subsidiaries and the term “Operating Partnership” refers to Tanger Properties Limited Partnership and subsidiaries. The terms “we”, “our” and “us” refer to the Company or the Company and the Operating Partnership together, as the text requires.

We own the majority of the units of partnership interest issued by the Operating Partnership through our two wholly-owned subsidiaries, the Tanger GP Trust and the Tanger LP Trust. The Tanger GP Trust controls the Operating Partnership as its sole general partner. The Tanger LP Trust holds a limited partnership interest. The Tanger family, through its ownership of the Tanger Family Limited Partnership, or TFLP, holds the remaining units as a limited partner. Stanley K. Tanger, our Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, is the sole general partner of TFLP.

As of December 31, 2006, our wholly-owned subsidiaries owned 15,520,668 units and TFLP owned the remaining 3,033,305 units. Each of TFLP’s units is exchangeable for two of our common shares, subject to certain limitations to preserve our status as a REIT. As of February 1, 2007, our management beneficially owned approximately 19% of all outstanding common shares (assuming TFLP’s units are exchanged for common shares but without giving effect to the exercise of any outstanding share and partnership unit options or the conversion of the exchangeable notes. See “Recent Developments” for discussion on exchangeable notes).

Ownership of our common shares is restricted to preserve our status as a REIT for federal income tax purposes. Subject to certain exceptions, a person may not actually or constructively own more than 4% of our common shares or 9.8% of our 7.5% Class C Cumulative Preferred Shares, or Class C Preferred Shares. We also operate in a manner intended to enable us to preserve our status as a REIT, including, among other things, making distributions with respect to our outstanding common shares equal to at least 90% of our taxable income each year.

We are a North Carolina corporation that was formed in March 1993. Our executive offices are currently located at 3200 Northline Avenue, Suite 360, Greensboro, North Carolina, 27408 and our telephone number is (336) 292-3010. Our website can be accessed at www.tangeroutlet.com. A copy of our 10-K’s, 10-Q’s, and 8-K’s can be obtained, free of charge, on our website.




Recent Developments

800,000 Class C Preferred Share Offering

In February 2006, we completed the issuance of an additional 800,000 Class C Preferred Shares, receiving net proceeds of approximately $19.4 million. The proceeds were used to pay down amounts outstanding on our unsecured lines of credit. We pay annual dividends equal to $1.875 per share and after the offering our total amount of Class C Preferred Shares outstanding was 3,000,000.

$149.5 million 3.75% Exchangeable Senior Unsecured Note Offering

In August 2006, the Operating Partnership issued $149.5 million of exchangeable senior unsecured notes that mature on August 15, 2026. The notes bear interest at a fixed coupon rate of 3.75%. The notes are exchangeable into the Company’s common shares, at the option of the holder, at an initial exchange ratio, subject to adjustment, of 27.6856 shares per $1,000 principal amount of notes (or an initial exchange price of $36.1198 per common share). The notes are senior unsecured obligations of the Operating Partnership and are guaranteed by the Company on a senior unsecured basis. On and after August 18, 2011, holders may exchange their notes for cash in an amount equal to the lesser of the exchange value and the aggregate principal amount of the notes to be exchanged, and, at our option, Company common shares, cash or a combination thereof for any excess. Note holders may exchange their notes prior to August 18, 2011 only upon the occurrence of specified events. In addition, on August 18, 2011, August 15, 2016 or August 15, 2021, note holders may require us to repurchase the notes for an amount equal to the principal amount of the notes plus any accrued and unpaid interest up to, but excluding, the repurchase date.  In no event will the total number of common shares issuable upon exchange exceed 4.9 million, subject to adjustments for dividend rate changes. Accordingly, we have reserved those shares.

We used the net proceeds from the issuance to repay in full our mortgage debt outstanding with Woodman of the World Life Insurance Society totaling approximately $15.3 million, with an interest rate of 8.86% and an original maturity of September 2010. We also repaid all amounts outstanding under our unsecured lines of credit and a $53.5 million variable rate unsecured term loan with Wells Fargo with a weighted average interest rate of approximately 6.3%. As a result of the early repayment, we recognized a charge for the early extinguishment of the mortgages and term loan of approximately $917,000. The charge, which is included in interest expense, consisted of a prepayment premium of approximately $609,000 and the write-off of deferred loan fees totaling approximately $308,000.

Grand Opening of Development Projects: Charleston, South Carolina and Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

During the third quarter of 2006, we opened two new centers located in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin and Charleston, South Carolina. The 264,900 square foot center in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin is owned through a joint venture, Tanger Wisconsin Dells, LLC, or Tanger Wisconsin Dells, of which we own a 50% interest. We provide development, leasing and management services to the center for a fee. Tenants in the center include Polo Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Liz Claiborne, Nike, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger and many others.

Our 352,300 square foot center in Charleston, South Carolina is wholly owned by us. Tenants in the center include Gap, Banana Republic, Liz Claiborne, Nike, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, Guess, Reebok and many others.

On Going Development Projects: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Deer Park (Long Island), New York

We continue the pre-development and leasing of two previously announced sites located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and in Deer Park (Long Island), New York. During the fourth quarter of 2006, we closed on the acquisition of the Pittsburgh land for $4.8 million and have completed the relocation of the power lines located on our property. Tax incentive financing bonds have been issued, with net proceeds of approximately $16.8 million expected to be received by us as qualifying expenditures during construction of the center are incurred. We currently expect to deliver the first phase of the center, approximately 309,000 square feet, during the first quarter of 2008. The Pittsburgh center is wholly owned by us.




The Deer Park project is owned through a joint venture, Deer Park Enterprise, LLC, or Deer Park, of which we own a 33.3% interest. Demolition of the buildings located at the Deer Park site began during the third quarter of 2006 and we currently expect this center will contain over 800,000 square feet and will be delivered in the first quarter of 2008.

2007 Expansion Projects

During 2007 we plan to expand four centers by a combined 140,000 square feet. These centers are located in Barstow, California; Branson, Missouri; Gonzales, Louisiana and Tilton, New Hampshire. These expansions are projected to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2007.

Abandonment of Acquisition Due Diligence Costs

During 2006, we incurred a $1.5 million charge for the abandonment of acquisition due diligence costs, as we have decided we are no longer in a position to pursue a potential acquisition opportunity. The abandoned acquisition due diligence costs were incurred in connection with structuring, diligencing and submitting a proposal to acquire a significant portfolio from a public REIT that was exploring its strategic alternatives. The bid was requested, but ultimately not accepted, by the public REIT.

The Factory Outlet Concept

Factory outlets are manufacturer-operated retail stores that sell primarily first quality, branded products at significant discounts from regular retail prices charged by department stores and specialty stores. Factory outlet centers offer numerous advantages to both consumers and manufacturers. Manufacturers selling in factory outlet stores are often able to charge customers lower prices for brand name and designer products by eliminating the third party retailer. Factory outlet centers also typically have lower operating costs than other retailing formats, which enhance the manufacturer’s profit potential. Factory outlet centers enable manufacturers to optimize the size of production runs while continuing to maintain control of their distribution channels. In addition, factory outlet centers benefit manufacturers by permitting them to sell out-of-season, overstocked or discontinued merchandise without alienating department stores or hampering the manufacturer’s brand name, as is often the case when merchandise is distributed via discount chains.

We believe that factory outlet centers continue to present attractive opportunities for capital investment, particularly with respect to strategic new developments, re-merchandising plans and expansions of existing centers. We believe that under present conditions such development or expansion costs, coupled with current market lease rates, permit attractive investment returns. We further believe, based upon our contacts with present and prospective tenants, that many companies, including prospective new entrants into the factory outlet business, desire to open a number of new factory outlet stores in the next several years, particularly in markets where there are successful factory outlet centers in which such companies do not have a significant presence or where there are few factory outlet centers.

Our Factory Outlet Centers

Each of our factory outlet centers carries the Tanger brand name. We believe that national manufacturers and consumers recognize the Tanger brand as one that provides factory outlet shopping centers where consumers can trust the brand, quality and price of the merchandise they purchase directly from the manufacturers.




As one of the original participants in this industry, we have developed long-standing relationships with many national and regional manufacturers. Because of our established relationships with many manufacturers, we believe we are well positioned to capitalize on industry growth.

Our factory outlet centers range in size from 24,619 to 729,315 square feet of GLA and are typically located at least 10 miles from major department stores and manufacturer-owned, full-price retail stores. Manufacturers prefer these locations so that they do not compete directly with their major customers and their own stores. Many of our factory outlet centers are located near tourist destinations to attract tourists who consider shopping to be a recreational activity. Our centers are typically situated in close proximity to interstate highways that provide accessibility and visibility to potential customers.

As of February 1, 2007, we had a diverse tenant base comprised of approximately 380 different well-known, upscale, national designer or brand name concepts, such as Liz Claiborne, GAP, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Polo Ralph Lauren, Reebok, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, Eddie Bauer, Coach Leatherware, Brooks Brothers, Nike and others. Most of the factory outlet stores are directly operated by the respective manufacturer.

No single tenant (including affiliates) accounted for 10% or more of combined base and percentage rental revenues during 2006, 2005 and 2004. As of February 1, 2007, our largest tenant, including all of its store concepts, accounted for approximately 7.1% of our GLA. Because our typical tenant is a large, national manufacturer, we have not experienced any significant problems with respect to rent collections or lease defaults.

Revenues from fixed rents and operating expense reimbursements accounted for approximately 89% of our total revenues in 2006. Revenues from contingent sources, such as percentage rents, vending income and miscellaneous income, accounted for approximately 11% of 2006 revenues. As a result, only small portions of our revenues are dependent on contingent revenue sources.

Business History

Stanley K. Tanger, the Company’s founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, entered the factory outlet center business in 1981. Prior to founding our company, Stanley K. Tanger and his son, Steven B. Tanger, our President and Chief Operating Officer, built and managed a successful family owned apparel manufacturing business, Tanger/Creighton Inc., or Tanger/Creighton, which business included the operation of five factory outlet stores. Based on their knowledge of the apparel and retail industries, as well as their experience operating Tanger/Creighton’s factory outlet stores, they recognized that there would be a demand for factory outlet centers where a number of manufacturers could operate in a single location and attract a large number of shoppers.

In 1981, Stanley K. Tanger began developing successful factory outlet centers. Steven B. Tanger joined the Company in 1986 and by June 1993, the Tangers had developed 17 centers with a total GLA of approximately 1.5 million square feet. In June 1993, we completed our initial public offering, making Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. the first publicly traded outlet center company. Since our initial public offering, we have grown our portfolio through the strategic development, expansion and acquisition of outlet centers and are now one of the largest owner operators of factory outlet centers in the country.

Business, Growth and Operating Strategy

BUSINESS STRATEGY

We maintain strong tenant relationships with high volume manufacturers and retailers that have a selective presence in the outlet industry. These relationships help solidify our position in the manufacturer outlet business.

We are a very experienced company within the outlet industry with over 26 years of experience in the sector and over 13 years as a public company. We have a seasoned team of real estate professionals with many years of experience in the outlet industry. We believe our competitive advantage in the manufacturers' outlet business is a result of our experience in the business, long-standing relationships with tenants and expertise in the development and operation of manufacturers' outlet centers.




As of December 31, 2006, our wholly owned, stabilized properties were 98% occupied with average tenant sales of $338 per square foot. Our properties have had an occupancy rate on December 31st of 95% or greater for the last 26 years. The ability to achieve such a level is a testament to our tenant relationships and the quality of our centers.

GROWTH STRATEGY

We seek growth through increasing rents in our existing centers, developing new centers, expanding existing centers and acquiring centers.

Increasing Rents at Existing Centers

Our leasing strategy includes aggressively marketing available space and maintaining a high level of occupancy; providing for inflation-based contractual rent increases or periodic fixed contractual rent increases in substantially all leases; renewing leases at higher base rents per square-foot; re-tenanting space occupied by under performing tenants and continuing to sign leases that provide for percentage rents.

Developing New Centers and Expanding Existing Centers

We believe that there continues to be significant opportunities to develop factory outlet centers across the United States of America. We intend to undertake such development selectively, and believe that we will have a competitive advantage in doing so as a result of our development expertise, tenant relationships and access to capital. We expect that the development of new centers and the expansion of existing centers will continue to be a substantial part of our growth strategy. We believe that our development experience and strong tenant relationships enable us to determine site viability on a timely and cost-effective basis. However, there can be no assurance that any development or expansion projects will be commenced or completed as scheduled.

We typically seek opportunities to develop or acquire new centers in locations that have at least 1 million people residing within an hours drive, an average household income within a 30-mile radius of at least $60,000 per year and access to frontage on a major or interstate highway with a traffic count of at least 45,000 cars per day. We also consider tourist markets that receive at least 5 million visitors annually. Our current goal is to target sites that are large enough to support centers with approximately 75 stores totaling at least 300,000 square feet of GLA. We will vary our minimum conditions based on the particular characteristics of a site.

We generally pre-lease at least 50% of the space in each center prior to acquiring the site and beginning construction. Construction of a new factory outlet center has normally taken us nine to twelve months from groundbreaking to the opening of the first tenant store. Construction of expansions to existing properties typically takes less time, usually between six to nine months.

Acquiring Centers

We may selectively acquire individual properties or portfolios of properties that meet our strategic investment criteria as suitable opportunities arise. We believe that our extensive experience in the outlet center business, access to capital markets, familiarity with real estate markets and management experience will allow us to evaluate and execute our acquisition strategy successfully. Furthermore, we believe that we will be able to enhance the operation of acquired properties as a result of our tenant relationships and experience in the outlet industry.

OPERATING STRATEGY

Our primary business objective is to enhance the value of our properties and operations by increasing cash flow. We plan to achieve this objective through continuing efforts to improve tenant sales and profitability, and to enhance the opportunity for higher base and percentage rents.




Leasing

We pursue an active leasing strategy through long-standing relationships with a broad range of tenants including manufacturers of men's, women's and children's ready-to-wear, lifestyle apparel, footwear, accessories, tableware, housewares, linens and domestic goods. Key tenants are placed in strategic locations to draw customers into each center and to encourage shopping at more than one store. We continually monitor tenant mix, store size, store location and sales performance, and work with tenants to improve each center through re-sizing, re-location and joint promotion.

Marketing
 
We develop branded property-specific marketing plans annually to deliver the message of superior outlet brand name assortment, selection and savings. We closely examine our plans each year to ensure we are reaching the right markets and shoppers with the right message to drive traffic to our centers nationwide. Our plans include strategic advertising, enticing promotions, incentives and events to targeted audiences for meaningful and measurable results. Customer satisfaction and retention are always a high priority. The majority of consumer-marketing expenses incurred by the Company are reimbursable by our tenants.

Capital Strategy

We achieve a strong and flexible financial position by: (1) managing our leverage position relative to our portfolio when pursuing new development and expansion opportunities, (2) extending and sequencing debt maturities, (3) managing our interest rate risk through a proper mix of fixed and variable rate debt, (4) managing our liquidity by maintaining and using our lines of credit in a conservative manner and (5) preserving internally generated sources of capital by strategically divesting our underperforming assets and maintaining a conservative distribution payout ratio.

We intend to retain the ability to raise additional capital, including public debt or equity, to pursue attractive investment opportunities that may arise and to otherwise act in a manner that we believe to be in our shareholders' best interests. During the third quarter of 2006, we updated our shelf registration as a well known seasoned issuer where we will be able to register unspecified amounts of different classes of securities on Form S-3. To generate capital to reinvest into other attractive investment opportunities, we may also consider the use of additional operational and developmental joint ventures, the sale or lease of outparcels on our existing properties and the sale of certain properties that do not meet our long-term investment criteria.
 
We maintain unsecured lines of credit that provided for unsecured borrowings up to $200 million at December 31, 2006, an increase of $50 million in capacity from December 31, 2005. These lines of credit expire June 30, 2009 or later. Based on cash provided by operations, existing credit facilities, ongoing negotiations with certain financial institutions and our ability to sell debt or equity subject to market conditions, we believe that we have access to the necessary financing to fund the planned capital expenditures during 2007.

Competition

We carefully consider the degree of existing and planned competition in a proposed area before deciding to develop, acquire or expand a new center. Our centers compete for customers primarily with factory outlet centers built and operated by different developers, traditional shopping malls and full- and off-price retailers. However, we believe that the majority of our customers visit factory outlet centers because they are intent on buying name-brand products at discounted prices. Traditional full- and off-price retailers are often unable to provide such a variety of name-brand products at attractive prices.

Tenants of factory outlet centers typically avoid direct competition with major retailers and their own specialty stores, and, therefore, generally insist that the outlet centers be located not less than 10 miles from the nearest major department store or the tenants’ own specialty stores. For this reason, our centers compete only to a very limited extent with traditional malls in or near metropolitan areas.



We compete favorably with two large national owners of factory outlet centers and numerous small owners. During the last several years, the factory outlet industry has been consolidating with smaller, less capitalized operators struggling to compete with, or being acquired by, larger, national factory outlet operators. Since 2000 the number of factory outlet centers in the United States has decreased while the average size factory outlet center has increased. During this period of consolidation, the high barriers to entry in the factory outlet industry, including the need for extensive relationships with premier brand name manufacturers, have minimized the number of new factory outlet centers. This consolidation trend and the high barriers to entry, along with our national presence, access to capital and extensive tenant relationships, have allowed us to grow our business and improve our market position.

Corporate and Regional Headquarters

We rent space in an office building in Greensboro, North Carolina in which our corporate headquarters are located. In addition, we rent a regional office in New York City, New York under a lease agreement and sublease agreement, respectively, to better service our principal fashion-related tenants, many of whom are based in and around that area.

We maintain offices and employ on-site managers at 32 centers. The managers closely monitor the operation, marketing and local relationships at each of their centers.

Insurance

We believe that as a whole our properties are covered by adequate comprehensive liability, fire, flood, earthquake and extended loss insurance provided by reputable companies with commercially reasonable and customary deductibles and limits. Northline Indemnity, LLC, or Northline, a wholly owned captive insurance subsidiary of the Operating Partnership, is responsible for losses up to certain levels for property damage (including wind damage from hurricanes) prior to third-party insurance coverage. Specified types and amounts of insurance are required to be carried by each tenant under their lease agreement with us. There are however, types of losses, like those resulting from wars or nuclear radiation, which may either be uninsurable or not economically insurable in some or all of our locations. An uninsured loss could result in a loss to us of both our capital investment and anticipated profits from the affected property.

Employees

As of February 1, 2007, we had 200 full-time employees, located at our corporate headquarters in North Carolina, our regional office in New York and our 32 business offices. At that date, we also employed 221 part-time employees at various locations.




Item 1A. Risk Factors

Risks Related to our Business

We face competition for the acquisition of factory outlet centers, and we may not be able to complete acquisitions that we have identified.

One component of our business strategy is expansion through acquisitions, and we may not be successful in completing acquisitions that are consistent with our strategy. We compete with institutional pension funds, private equity investors, other REITs, small owners of factory outlet centers, specialty stores and others who are engaged in the acquisition, development or ownership of factory outlet centers and stores. These competitors may affect the supply/demand dynamics and, accordingly, increase the price we must pay for factory outlet centers we seek to acquire, and these competitors may succeed in acquiring those factory outlet centers themselves. Also, our potential acquisition targets may find our competitors to be more attractive acquirers because they may have greater marketing and financial resources, may be willing to pay more, or may have a more compatible operating philosophy. In addition, the number of entities competing for factory outlet centers may increase in the future, which would increase demand for these factory outlet centers and the prices we must pay to acquire them. If we pay higher prices for factory outlet centers, our profitability may be reduced. Also, once we have identified potential acquisitions, such acquisitions are subject to the successful completion of due diligence, the negotiation of definitive agreements and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, and we cannot assure you that we will be able to reach acceptable terms with the sellers or that these conditions will be satisfied.

The economic performance and the market value of our factory outlet centers are dependent on risks associated with real property investments.

Real property investments are subject to varying degrees of risk. The economic performance and values of real estate may be affected by many factors, including changes in the national, regional and local economic climate, inflation, unemployment rates, consumer confidence, local conditions such as an oversupply of space or a reduction in demand for real estate in the area, the attractiveness of the properties to tenants, competition from other available space, our ability to provide adequate maintenance and insurance and increased operating costs.

Our earnings and therefore our profitability is entirely dependent on rental income from real property.

Substantially all of our income is derived from rental income from real property. Our income and funds for distribution would be adversely affected if a significant number of our tenants were unable to meet their obligations to us or if we were unable to lease a significant amount of space in our centers on economically favorable lease terms. In addition, the terms of factory outlet store tenant leases traditionally have been significantly shorter than in other retail segments. There can be no assurance that any tenant whose lease expires in the future will renew such lease or that we will be able to re-lease space on economically favorable terms.

We are substantially dependent on the results of operations of our retailers.

Our operations are necessarily subject to the results of operations of our retail tenants. A portion of our rental revenues are derived from percentage rents that directly depend on the sales volume of certain tenants. Accordingly, declines in these tenants' results of operations would reduce the income produced by our properties. If the sales of our retail tenants decline sufficiently, such tenants may be unable to pay their existing rents as such rents would represent a higher percentage of their sales. Any resulting leasing delays, failures to make payments or tenant bankruptcies could result in the termination of such tenants' leases.

A number of companies in the retail industry, including some of our tenants, have declared bankruptcy or have voluntarily closed certain of their stores in recent years. The bankruptcy of a major tenant or number of tenants may result in the closing of certain affected stores, and we may not be able to re-lease the resulting vacant space for some time or for equal or greater rent. Such bankruptcy could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and could result in a lower level of funds for distribution.



We may be subject to environmental regulation.

Under various federal, state and local laws, ordinances and regulations, we may be considered an owner or operator of real property and may be responsible for paying for the disposal or treatment of hazardous or toxic substances released on or in our property or disposed of by us, as well as certain other potential costs which could relate to hazardous or toxic substances (including governmental fines and injuries to persons and property). This liability may be imposed whether or not we knew about, or were responsible for, the presence of hazardous or toxic substances.

We are required by law to make distributions to our shareholders.

To obtain the favorable tax treatment associated with our qualification as a REIT, generally, we are required to distribute to our common and preferred shareholders at least 90.0% of our net taxable income (excluding capital gains) each year. We depend upon distributions or other payments from our Operating Partnership to make distributions to our common and preferred shareholders.

Our failure to qualify as a REIT could subject our earnings to corporate level taxation.

We believe that we have operated and intend to operate in a manner that permits us to qualify as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. However, we cannot assure you that we have qualified or will remain qualified as a REIT. If in any taxable year we were to fail to qualify as a REIT and certain statutory relief provisions were not applicable, we would not be allowed a deduction for distributions to shareholders in computing taxable income and would be subject to U.S. federal income tax (including any applicable alternative minimum tax) on our taxable income at regular corporate rates. Our failure to qualify for taxation as a REIT would have an adverse effect on the market price and marketability of our securities.

We depend on distributions from our Operating Partnership to meet our financial obligations, including dividends.

Our operations are conducted by our Operating Partnership, and our only significant asset is our interest in our Operating Partnership. As a result, we depend upon distributions or other payments from our Operating Partnership in order to meet our financial obligations, including our obligations under any guarantees or to pay dividends or liquidation payments to our common and preferred shareholders. As a result, these obligations are effectively subordinated to existing and future liabilities of the Operating Partnership. Our Operating Partnership is a party to loan agreements with various bank lenders that require our Operating Partnership to comply with various financial and other covenants before it may make distributions to us. Although our Operating Partnership presently is in compliance with these covenants, we cannot assure you that it will continue to be in compliance and that it will be able to make distributions to us.
 
We are subject to the risks associated with debt financing.
 
We are subject to the risks associated with debt financing, including the risk that the cash provided by our operating activities will be insufficient to meet required payments of principal and interest and the risk that we will not be able to repay or refinance existing indebtedness or that the terms of any refinancing will not be as favorable as the terms of existing indebtedness.  If we are unable to refinance our indebtedness on acceptable terms, we might be force to dispose of properties on disadvantageous terms, which might result in losses. 

We may be unable to develop new factory outlet centers or expand existing factory outlet centers successfully.

We continue to develop new factory outlet centers and expand factory outlet centers as opportunities arise. However, there are significant risks associated with our development activities in addition to those generally associated with the ownership and operation of established retail properties. While we have policies in place designed to limit the risks associated with development, these policies do not mitigate all development risks associated with a project. These risks include the following:

 significant expenditure of money and time on projects that may be delayed or never be completed;

 higher than projected construction costs;

 shortage of construction materials and supplies;

failure to obtain zoning, occupancy or other governmental approvals or to the extent required, tenant approvals; and

late completion because of construction delays, delays in the receipt of zoning, occupancy and other approvals or other factors outside of our control.

Any or all of these factors may impede our development strategy and adversely affect our overall business.

An uninsured loss or a loss that exceeds the insurance policies on our factory outlet centers could subject us to lost capital or revenue on those centers.

Some of the risks to which our factory outlet centers are subject, including risks of war and earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters, are not insurable or may not be insurable in the future. Should a loss occur that is uninsured or in an amount exceeding the combined aggregate limits for the insurance policies noted above or in the event of a loss that is subject to a substantial deductible under an insurance policy, we could lose all or part of our capital invested in and anticipated revenue from one or more of our factory outlet centers, which could adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition, as well as our ability to make distributions to our stockholders.

Under the terms and conditions of our leases, tenants generally are required to indemnify and hold us harmless from liabilities resulting from injury to persons and contamination of air, water, land or property, on or off the premises, due to activities conducted in the leased space, except for claims arising from negligence or intentional misconduct by us or our agents. Additionally, tenants generally are required, at the tenant's expense, to obtain and keep in full force during the term of the lease, liability and property damage insurance policies issued by companies acceptable to us. These policies include liability coverage for bodily injury and property damage arising out of the ownership, use, occupancy or maintenance of the leased space. All of these policies may involve substantial deductibles and certain exclusions.

Historically high fuel prices may impact consumer travel and spending habits.

Our markets are currently experiencing historically high fuel prices. Most shoppers use private automobile transportation to travel to our factory outlet centers and many of our centers are not easily accessible by public transportation. Increasing fuel costs may reduce the number of trips to our centers thus reducing the amount spent at our centers. Many of our factory outlet center locations near tourist destinations may experience an even more acute reduction of shoppers if there were a reduction of people opting to drive to vacation destinations. Such reductions in traffic could adversely impact our percentage rents and ability to renew and release space at current rental rates.

Increasing fuel costs may also reduce disposable income and decrease demand for retail products. Such a decrease could adversely affect the results of operations of our retail tenants and adversely impact our percentage rents and ability to renew and release space at current rental rates.

Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments

There are no unresolved staff comments from a Securities Exchange Commission comment letter.

Item 2.  Properties

As of February 1, 2007, our wholly owned portfolio consisted of 30 outlet centers totaling 8.4 million square feet of GLA located in 21 states. We own a 50% interest in each of two outlet centers totaling 667,000 square feet through unconsolidated joint ventures. Also, we have two outlet centers that we manage for a fee with a total GLA of approximately 229,000 square feet. Our centers range in size from 24,619 to 729,315 square feet of GLA. The centers are generally located near tourist destinations or along major interstate highways to provide visibility and accessibility to potential customers.

We believe that the centers are well diversified geographically and by tenant and that we are not dependent upon any single property or tenant. Our Riverhead, New York center is the only property that represented more than 10% of our 2006 annual consolidated gross revenues. Our Rehoboth Beach, Delaware center is the only property that represented more than 10% of our consolidated total assets as of December 31, 2006. See “Business and Properties - Significant Properties”.

We have an ongoing strategy of acquiring centers, developing new centers and expanding existing centers. See “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations--Liquidity and Capital Resources” for a discussion of the cost of such programs and the sources of financing thereof.


Certain of our centers serve as collateral for mortgage notes payable. Of the 30 outlet centers in our wholly owned portfolio, we own the land underlying 27 and have ground leases on three. The land on which the Sevierville center is located is subject to long-term ground leases expiring in 2046. The land parcel on which the original Riverhead center is located, approximately 47 acres, is also subject to a ground lease with an initial term that was automatically renewed for an additional five years in 2004, with renewal at our option for up to six more additional terms of five years each. Terms on the Riverhead center ground lease are renewed automatically unless we give notice otherwise. The land parcel on which the Riverhead center expansion is located, containing approximately 43 acres, is owned by us. The 2.7 acre land parcel on which part of the Rehoboth Beach center is located, is also subject to a ground lease with an initial term expiring in 2044, with renewal at our option for additional terms of twenty years each.

The term of our typical tenant lease averages approximately five years. Generally, leases provide for the payment of fixed monthly rent in advance. There are often contractual base rent increases during the initial term of the lease. In addition, the rental payments are customarily subject to upward adjustments based upon tenant sales volume. Most leases provide for payment by the tenant of real estate taxes, insurance, common area maintenance, advertising and promotion expenses incurred by the applicable center. As a result, the majority of our operating expenses for the centers are borne by the tenants.

The table set forth below summarizes certain information with respect to our wholly owned centers as of February 1, 2007.

 
State
   
Number of
Centers
 
 
                  GLA
                 (sq. ft.)
 
 
%
of GLA
 
South Carolina
   
3
   
1,171,771
   
14
 
Georgia
   
3
   
825,826
   
10
 
New York
   
1
   
729,315
   
9
 
Alabama
   
2
   
636,668
   
8
 
Texas
   
2
   
620,000
   
7
 
Delaware
   
1
   
568,926
   
7
 
Michigan
   
2
   
436,751
   
5
 
Tennessee
   
1
   
419,038
   
5
 
Utah
   
1
   
300,602
   
4
 
Connecticut
   
1
   
291,051
   
4
 
Missouri
   
1
   
277,883
   
3
 
Iowa
   
1
   
277,230
   
3
 
Oregon
   
1
   
270,280
   
3
 
Illinois
   
1
   
256,514
   
3
 
Pennsylvania
   
1
   
255,152
   
3
 
Louisiana
   
1
   
243,499
   
3
 
New Hampshire
   
1
   
227,977
   
3
 
Florida
   
1
   
198,924
   
2
 
North Carolina
   
2
   
186,458
   
2
 
California
   
1
   
109,600
   
1
 
Maine
   
2
   
84,313
   
1
 
Total
   
30
   
8,387,778
   
100
 




The table set forth below summarizes certain information with respect to our existing centers in which we have an ownership interest or manage as of February 1, 2007. Except as noted, all properties are fee owned. Note that during January 2007, the outlet center that we managed as of December 31, 2006 in Burlington, North Carolina was sold and we were not retained to provide management services to the 64,000 square foot center.
 
 
Location
 
                                          GLA
                                    (sq. ft.)
 
 
                               %
                                 Occupied
Wholly Owned Properties
     
Riverhead, New York (1)
729,315
 
99
Rehoboth, Delaware (1)
568,926
 
98
557,093
 
95
San Marcos, Texas
442,510
 
97
Myrtle Beach Hwy 501, South Carolina
426,417
 
94
Sevierville, Tennessee (1) 
419,038
 
97
Hilton Head, South Carolina
393,094
 
87
Charleston, South Carolina
352,260
 
87
Commerce II, Georgia
346,208
 
95
Howell, Michigan
324,631
 
100
Park City, Utah
300,602
 
99
Locust Grove, Georgia
293,868
 
93
Westbrook, Connecticut
291,051
 
97
Branson, Missouri
277,883
 
98
Williamsburg, Iowa
277,230
 
97
Lincoln City, Oregon
270,280
 
96
Tuscola, Illinois
256,514
 
72
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
255,152
 
100
Gonzales, Louisiana
243,499
 
96
Tilton, New Hampshire
227,977
 
99
Fort Meyers, Florida
198,924
 
99
Commerce I, Georgia
185,750
 
87
Terrell, Texas
177,490
 
99
West Branch, Michigan
112,120
 
89
Barstow, California
109,600
 
100
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
104,280
 
97
Nags Head, North Carolina
82,178
 
100
Boaz, Alabama
79,575
 
92
Kittery I, Maine
59,694
 
100
Kittery II, Maine
24,619
 
94
 
8,387,778
 
(2) 96
 
Unconsolidated Joint Ventures
     
Myrtle Beach Hwy17, South Carolina (1) (50% owned)
401,992
 
96
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin (50% owned)
264,929
 
99

Managed Properties
     
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
 94,694                 
 
North Branch, Minnesota
 134,480                 
 

(1)  
These properties or a portion thereof are subject to a ground lease.
(2)  
Excludes the occupancy rate at our Charleston, South Carolina center which opened during the third quarter of 2006 and has not yet stabilized.




The table set forth below summarizes certain information related to GLA as of February 1, 2007 and debt as of December 31, 2006 with respect to our wholly owned centers which serve as collateral for an existing mortgage loan.

 
 
 
Lender/Location
 
 
GLA
(sq. ft.)
Mortgage
Debt (000’s)
as of
December
31, 2006
 
 
 
Interest Rate
 
 
 
Maturity Date
GMAC
       
 
Rehoboth Beach, DE
568,926
     
 
Foley, AL
557,093
     
 
Myrtle Beach Hwy 501, SC
426,417
     
 
Hilton Head, SC
393,094
     
 
Park City, UT
300,602
     
 
Westbrook, CT
291,051
     
 
Lincoln City, OR
270,280
     
 
Tuscola, IL
256,514
     
 
Tilton, NH
227,977
     
   
$176,470
6.590%
7/10/2008
 
Debt premium
3,441
   
Totals
3,291,954
$179,911
   
         
Lease Expirations

The following table sets forth, as of February 1, 2007, scheduled lease expirations, assuming none of the tenants exercise renewal options, for our wholly owned centers. Most leases are renewable for five year terms at the tenant’s option.
 
 
 
 
Year
 
 
  No. of
Leases
Expiring
 
 
              
 Approx.      
                   GLA (sq. ft(1))
 
 
 
 
Average Annualized Base Rent per sq. ft.
 
 
 
 
 
Annualized Base Rent (2)
 
% of Gross
Annualized
Base Rent
Represented by
Expiring Leases
2007
222
901,000
 
$14.29
 
$ 12,874,000
10
2008
290
1,288,000
 
15.91
 
20,497,000
16
2009
312
1,405,000
 
15.36
 
21,584,000
17
2010
292
1,254,000
 
20.86
 
26,157,000
20
2011
308
1,436,000
 
16.78
 
24,093,000
19
2012
129
592,000
 
16.15
 
9,561,000
7
2013
30
142,000
 
19.15
 
2,719,000
2
2014
18
113,000
 
16.69
 
1,886,000
2
2015
30
123,000
 
20.16
 
2,480,000
2
2016
36
154,000
 
20.50
 
3,157,000
3
2017 & thereafter
31
139,000
 
19.32
 
2,685,000
2
 
1,698
7,547,000
 
$16.92
 
$127,693,000
100

(1)
Excludes leases that have been entered into but which tenant has not yet taken possession, vacant suites, space under construction, temporary leases and month-to-month leases totaling in the aggregate approximately 841,000 square feet.
(2)
Annualized base rent is defined as the minimum monthly payments due as of February 1, 2007 annualized, excluding periodic contractual fixed increases and rents calculated based on a percentage of tenants’ sales.




Rental and Occupancy Rates

The following table sets forth information regarding the expiring leases during each of the last five calendar years for our wholly owned centers.

   
Total Expiring
 
Renewed by Existing
Tenants
 
Re-leased to
New Tenants
Year
 
                           GLA
(sq. ft.)
 
    % of
     Total Center
     GLA
 
                           GLA
(sq. ft.)
 
            % of
              Expiring
              GLA
 
                        GLA
(sq. ft.)
 
              % of
                Expiring
               GLA
2006
 
1,760,000
 
21
 
1,466,000
 
83
 
129,000
 
7
2005
 
1,812,000
 
22
 
1,525,000
 
84
 
112,000
 
6
2004
 
1,790,000
 
20
 
1,571,000
 
88
 
94,000
 
5
2003
 
1,070,000
 
12
 
854,000
 
80
 
49,000
 
5
2002
 
935,000
 
16
 
819,000
 
88
 
56,000
 
6

The following table sets forth the weighted average base rental rate increases per square foot, excluding periodic contractual fixed increases, upon re-leasing stores that were turned over or renewed during each of the last five calendar years for our wholly owned centers.
 
 
Renewals of Existing Leases
 
Stores Re-leased to New Tenants (1)
   
 
Average Annualized Base Rents
     
Average Annualized Base Rents
   
($ per sq. ft.)
     
($ per sq. ft.)
Year
                  GLA
                (sq. ft.)
         Expiring
         New
      %
         Increase
 
 
       GLA
      (sq. ft.)
 
             Expiring
 
            New
%
Increase
2006
1,466,000
$15.91
$17.22
8
465,000
 
$16.43
$19.16
17
2005
1,525,000
15.44
16.37
6
419,000
 
16.56
17.74
7
2004
1,571,000
13.63
14.40
6
427,000
 
16.43
17.27
5
2003
854,000
13.29
13.32
--
272,000
 
16.47
17.13
4
2002
819,000
14.86
15.02
1
229,000
 
15.14
15.74
4
 
(1)
The square footage released to new tenants for 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 and 2002 contains 129,000, 112,000, 94,000, 49,000 and 56,000 square feet, respectively, that was released to new tenants upon expiration of an existing lease during the current year.

Occupancy Costs

We believe that our ratio of average tenant occupancy cost (which includes base rent, common area maintenance, real estate taxes, insurance, advertising and promotions) to average sales per square foot is low relative to other forms of retail distribution. The following table sets forth for tenants that report sales, for each of the last five years, tenant occupancy costs per square foot as a percentage of reported tenant sales per square foot for our wholly owned centers.


Year
Occupancy Costs as a
% of Tenant Sales
2006
7.4
2005
7.5
2004
7.3
2003
7.4
2002
7.2



Tenants
The following table sets forth certain information with respect to our ten largest tenants and their store concepts as of February 1, 2007 for our wholly owned centers.
Tenant
Number 
of Stores
GLA  
(sq. ft.)
% of Total
GLA
The Gap, Inc.:
     
 
Old Navy
16
239,591
2.9
 
GAP
24
211,866
2.5
 
Banana Republic
15
120,405
1.4
 
Gap Kids
4
19,440
0.2
 
Baby Gap
1
3,885
0.1
   
60
595,187
7.1
Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation:
     
 
Bass Shoe
28
185,318
2.2
 
Van Heusen
27
117,047
1.4
 
Geoffrey Beene Co. Store
13
49,640
0.6
 
Calvin Klein, Inc.
10
54,994
0.6
 
Izod
15
39,998
0.5
 
93
446,997
5.3
Liz Claiborne:
     
 
Liz Claiborne 
25
262,525
3.1
 
Liz Claiborne Women
6
19,584
0.2
 
Ellen Tracy
3
12,474
0.1
 
Dana Buchman
3
6,975
0.1
 
DKNY Jeans
2
5,820
0.1
 
Claiborne Mens
1
3,100
0.1
 
40
310,478
3.7
Adidas:
     
 
Reebok
23
211,656
2.5
 
Adidas
6
47,669
0.6
 
Rockport
4
12,046
0.1
 
Greg Norman
1
3,000
0.1
 
34
274,371
3.3
VF Factory Outlet:
     
 
VF Factory Outlet, Inc
7
172,541
2.0
 
Nautica Factory Stores
19
86,227
1.0
 
Nautica Kids
2
5,841
0.1
 
Vans
2
5,000
0.1
 
30
269,609
3.2
Dress Barn, Inc.:
     
 
Dress Barn
24
190,155
2.3
 
Maurice’s
6
23,803
0.3
 
Dress Barn Petite
2
9,570
0.1
 
Dress Barn Woman
2
7,470
0.1
 
34
230,998
2.8
Carter’s:
     
 
OshKosh B”Gosh
24
123,488
1.5
 
Carter’s
19
89,703
1.0
 
43
213,191
2.5
Nike:
     
 
Nike
13
190,977
2.3
 
Cole-Haan
2
6,223
0.1
 
15
197,200
2.4
Jones Retail Corporation:
     
 
Jones Retail Corporation
16
53,741
0.6
 
Nine West
20
51,977
0.6
 
Easy Spirit
14
39,336
0.5
 
Kasper
11
28,269
0.4
 
Anne Klein
5
12,155
0.1
 
Treza
2
5,000
0.1
 
68
190,478
2.3
Polo Ralph Lauren:
     
 
Polo Ralph Lauren
20
177,128
2.1
 
Polo Jeans Outlet
2
8,500
0.1
 
Polo Ralph Lauren Children
1
3,000
-
 
23
188,628
2.2
       
Total of all tenants listed in table
440
2,917,137
34.8




Significant Property

The Riverhead, New York and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware centers, or the Significant Properties, are the only properties that comprise more than 10% of our consolidated gross revenues or consolidated total assets. The center in Riverhead, New York is our only center that comprised more than 10% of our consolidated gross revenues for the year ended December 31, 2006. The Riverhead center, which was originally constructed in 1994 and now totals 729,315 square feet, represented 13% of our consolidated gross revenue for the year ended December 31, 2006. The Rehoboth Beach center, acquired in December 2003, represented 11% of our consolidated total assets as of December 31, 2006. The Rehoboth Beach center is 568,926 square feet.

Tenants at the Significant Properties principally conduct retail sales operations. The following table shows occupancy and certain base rental information related to these properties as of December 31, 2006, 2005 and 2004:

Center Occupancy
   
2006
   
2005
   
2004
 
Riverhead, NY
   
100
%
 
99
%
 
99
%
Rehoboth Beach, DE
   
99
%
 
99
%
 
99
%
                     
Average base rental rates per weighted average GLA
   
2006
   
2005
   
2004
 
Riverhead, NY
 
$
23.09
 
$
22.73
 
$
21.39
 
Rehoboth Beach, DE
 
$
22.02
 
$
20.04
 
$
19.56
 

Depreciation on the Significant Properties is computed on the straight-line basis over the estimated useful lives of the assets. We generally use estimated lives ranging from 25 to 33 years for buildings, 15 years for land improvements and seven years for equipment. Expenditures for ordinary maintenance and repairs are charged to operations as incurred while significant renovations and improvements, including tenant finishing allowances that improve and/or extend the useful life of the asset are capitalized and depreciated over their estimated useful life. At December 31, 2006, the net federal tax basis of these centers was approximately $187.9 million.

The following table sets forth, as of February 1, 2007, scheduled lease expirations at the Significant Properties assuming that none of the tenants exercise renewal options:
Year
No. of
Leases
Expiring (1)
GLA
(sq. ft.) (1)
Annualized
Base Rent 
per sq. ft. 
Annualized
Base Rent (2)
% of Gross
Annualized
Base Rent
Represented
by Expiring
Leases
2007
30
95,000
$ 22.69
$ 2,149,000
8
2008
47
227,000
19.68
4,465,000
17
2009
40
158,000
22.86
3,614,000
14
2010
63
298,000
21.11
6,300,000
24
2011
33
140,000
22.85
3,206,000
12
2012
28
127,000
21.48
2,730,000
10
2013
7
49,000
21.40
1,052,000
4
2014
7
65,000
14.74
953,000
4
2015
9
43,000
22.05
941,000
3
2016
5
15,000
29.64
453,000
2
2017 and thereafter
3
16,000
37.42
602,000
2
Total
272
1,233,000
$ 21.46
$ 26,465,000
100
(1) Excludes leases that have been entered into but which tenant has not taken possession, vacant suites, temporary leases and month-to-month leases totaling in the aggregate approximately 65,000 square feet.
(2) Annualized base rent is defined as the minimum monthly payments due as of February 1, 2007, excluding periodic contractual fixed increases and rents calculated based on a percentage of tenants’ sales.




Item 3.
Legal Proceedings

We are subject to legal proceedings and claims that have arisen in the ordinary course of our business and have not been finally adjudicated. In our opinion, the ultimate resolution of these matters will have no material effect on our results of operations or financial condition.

Item 4.
Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders

There were no matters submitted to a vote of security holders, through solicitation of proxies or otherwise, during the fourth quarter of the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006.






EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE REGISTRANT

The following table sets forth certain information concerning our executive officers:
 
NAME
AGE
POSITION
Stanley K. Tanger
83
Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer
Steven B Tanger
58
Director, President and Chief Operating Officer
Frank C. Marchisello, Jr.
48
Executive Vice President - Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
Joseph N. Nehmen
58
Senior Vice President - Operations
Carrie A. Warren
44
Senior Vice President - Marketing
Kevin M. Dillon
48
Senior Vice President - Construction and Development
Lisa J. Morrison
47
Senior Vice President - Leasing
James F. Williams
42
Senior Vice President - Controller
Virginia R. Summerell
48
Vice President - Treasurer and Assistant Secretary

The following is a biographical summary of the experience of our executive officers:

 Stanley K. Tanger. Mr. Tanger is the founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company. He also served as President from inception of the Company to December 1994. Mr. Tanger opened one of the country’s first outlet shopping centers in Burlington, North Carolina in 1981. Before entering the factory outlet center business, Mr. Tanger was President and Chief Executive Officer of his family’s apparel manufacturing business, Tanger/Creighton, Inc., for 30 years.

 Steven B. Tanger. Mr. Tanger is a director of the Company and was named President and Chief Operating Officer effective January 1, 1995. Previously, Mr. Tanger served as Executive Vice President since joining the Company in 1986. He has been with Tanger-related companies for most of his professional career, having served as Executive Vice President of Tanger/Creighton for 10 years. He is responsible for all phases of project development, including site selection, land acquisition and development, leasing, marketing and overall management of existing outlet centers. Mr. Tanger is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Stanford University School of Business Executive Program. Mr. Tanger is the son of Stanley K. Tanger.

Frank C. Marchisello, Jr. Mr. Marchisello was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in April 2003 and was named Secretary in May 2005. Previously he was named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in January 1999 after being named Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in November 1994. Previously, he served as Chief Accounting Officer since joining the Company in January 1993 and Assistant Treasurer since February 1994. He was employed by Gilliam, Coble & Moser, certified public accountants, from 1981 to 1992, the last six years of which he was a partner of the firm in charge of various real estate clients. Mr. Marchisello is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a certified public accountant.
 
 Joseph H. Nehmen. Mr. Nehmen was named Senior Vice President - Operations in January 1999. He joined the Company in September 1995 and was named Vice President of Operations in October 1995. Mr. Nehmen has over 20 years experience in private business. Prior to joining Tanger, Mr. Nehmen was owner of Merchants Wholesaler, a privately held distribution company in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a graduate of Washington University. Mr. Nehmen is the son-in-law of Stanley K. Tanger and brother-in-law of Steven B. Tanger.

Carrie A. Warren. Ms. Warren was named Senior Vice President - Marketing in May 2000. Previously, she held the position of Vice President - Marketing since September 1996 and Assistant Vice President - Marketing since joining the Company in December 1995. Prior to joining Tanger, Ms. Warren was with Prime Retail, L.P. for 4 years where she served as Regional Marketing Director responsible for coordinating and directing marketing for five outlet centers in the southeast region. Prior to joining Prime Retail, L.P., Ms. Warren was Marketing Manager for North Hills, Inc. for five years and also served in the same role for the Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. for two years. Ms. Warren is a graduate of East Carolina University.




 Kevin M. Dillon. Mr. Dillon was named Senior Vice President - Construction and Development in August 2004. Previously, he held the positions of Vice President - Construction and Development from May 2002 to August 2004, Vice President - Construction from October 1997 to May 2002, Director of Construction from September 1996 to October 1997 and Construction Manager from November 1993, the month he joined the Company, to September 1996. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Dillon was employed by New Market Development Company for six years where he served as Senior Project Manager. Prior to joining New Market, Mr. Dillon was the Development Director of Western Development Company where he spent 6 years.

 Lisa J. Morrison. Ms. Morrison was named Senior Vice President - Leasing in August 2004. Previously, she held the positions of Vice President - Leasing from May 2001 to August 2004, Assistant Vice President of Leasing from August 2000 to May 2001 and Director of Leasing from April 1999 until August 2000. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Morrison was employed by the Taubman Company and Trizec Properties, Inc. where she served as a leasing agent. Her major responsibilities include managing the leasing strategies for our operating properties, as well as expansions and new development. She also oversees the leasing personnel and the merchandising and occupancy for Tanger properties.
 
James F. Williams. Mr. Williams was named Senior Vice President and Controller in February 2006. Mr. Williams joined the Company in September 1993, was promoted to Controller in January 1995 and was named Assistant Vice President in January 1997 and Vice President in April 2004. Prior to joining the Company Mr. Williams was the Financial Reporting Manager of Guilford Mills, Inc. from April 1991 to September 1993 and was employed by Arthur Andersen for 5 years from 1987 to 1991. Mr. Williams graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in December 1986 and is a certified public accountant.
 
 Virginia R. Summerell. Ms. Summerell was named Vice President, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary of the Company in May 2005. Since joining the Company in August 1992, she has held various positions including Treasurer, Assistant Secretary and Director of Finance. Her major responsibilities include developing and maintaining banking relationships, oversight of all project and corporate finance transactions and management of treasury systems. Previously she served as a Vice President and in other capacities at Bank of America and its predecessors in Real Estate and Corporate Lending for nine years. Ms. Summerell is a graduate of Davidson College and holds an MBA from the Babcock School at Wake Forest University.



PART II

Item 5.
Market For Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Shareholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

Market Information
The common shares commenced trading on the New York Stock Exchange on May 28, 1993. The following table sets forth the high and low sales prices of the common shares as reported on the New York Stock Exchange Composite Tape, during the periods indicated.

2006
High
Low
Common 
Dividends
Paid    
First Quarter
$ 35.45
$ 28.00
$ .3225
Second Quarter
34.31
30.37
.3400
Third Quarter
36.22
30.61
.3400
Fourth Quarter
40.09
35.23
.3400
Year 2006
$ 40.09
$ 28.00
$ 1.3425
       
2005
High
Low
      Common 
Dividends
Paid    
First Quarter
$ 26.50
$ 21.92
$ .3125
Second Quarter
27.81
21.00
.3225
Third Quarter
29.99
26.32
.3225
Fourth Quarter
29.68
24.72
.3225
Year 2005
$ 29.99
$ 21.00
$ 1.2800


 
Holders
As of February 1, 2007, there were approximately 645 common shareholders of record.

Dividends
We operate in a manner intended to enable us to qualify as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code, or the Code. A REIT is required to distribute at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders each year. We intend to continue to qualify as a REIT and to distribute substantially all of our taxable income to our shareholders through the payment of regular quarterly dividends. Certain of our debt agreements limit the payment of dividends such that dividends shall not exceed funds from operations, or FFO, as defined in the agreements, for the prior fiscal year on an annual basis or 95% of FFO on a cumulative basis.

Securities Authorized for Issuance under Equity Compensation Plans
The information required by this Item is set forth in Part III Item 12 of this document.

Performance Graph
The following Performance Graph and related information shall not be deemed “soliciting material” or to be “filed” with the Securities and Exchange Commission, nor shall such information be incorporated by reference into any future filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or Securities Act of 1934, each as amended, except to the extent that the Company specifically incorporates it by reference into such filing.

The following share price performance chart compares our performance to the index of equity REITs prepared by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT") and the SNL Shopping Center REIT index prepared by SNL Financial. Equity REITs are defined as those that derive more than 75% of their income from equity investments in real estate assets. The NAREIT equity index includes all tax qualified real estate investment trusts listed on the New York Stock Exchange, American Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ National Market System.

All share price performance assumes an initial investment of $100 at the beginning of the period and assumes the reinvestment of dividends. Share price performance, presented for the five years ended December 31, 2006, is not necessarily indicative of future results.



 
Total Return Performance
[GRAPH APPEARS HERE WITH THE FOLLOWING PLOT POINTS]
 
 
 
Period Ending 
Index
   
12/31/01
       
12/31/02
        
12/31/03
         
12/31/04
       
12/31/05
       
12/31/06
 
 Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc.   $ 100.00   $162.91   $ 229.85   $ 317.47   $ 362.86   $ 513.50  
 NAREIT All Equity REIT Index   $ 100.00   $ 103.82   $ 142.37   $ 187.33   $ 210.12   $ 283.78  
 SNL Shopping Center REITS Index   $ 100.00   $ 115.58   $ 163.87   $ 222.64   $ 242.95   $ 327.02  
 

Purchases of Equity Securities by the Issuer and Affiliated Purchasers
During 1998, our Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to $6 million of our common shares. The timing and amount of the repurchases is at the discretion of management. We have not made any repurchases since 1999 and the amount authorized for future repurchases remaining at December 31, 2006 totaled $4.8 million.



Item 6. Selected Financial Data

               
 
      2006     2005     2004     2003     2002  
(In thousands, except per share and center data)
   
OPERATING DATA
                               
Total revenues
 
$
211,711
 
$
198,761
 
$
190,483
 
$
113,727
 
$
101,999
 
Operating income
   
69,099
   
74,011
   
69,201
   
39,920
   
34,994
 
Income from continuing operations
   
25,596
   
6,572
   
6,525
   
10,459
   
5,578
 
Net income
   
37,309
   
5,089
   
7,046
   
12,849
   
11,007
 
SHARE DATA
                               
Basic:
                               
 Income from continuing operations
 
$
.66
 
$
.08
 
$
.24
 
$
.48
 
$
.23
 
 Net income available to common
                               
 shareholders
 
$
1.04
 
$
.16
 
$
.26
 
$
.60
 
$
.55
 
 Weighted average common shares
   
30,599
   
28,380
   
27,044
   
20,103
   
16,645
 
Diluted:
                               
 Income from continuing operations
 
$
.65
 
$
.08
 
$
.24
 
$
.47
 
$
.22
 
 Net income available to common
                               
 shareholders
 
$
1.03
 
$
.16
 
$
.26
 
$
.59
 
$
.54
 
 Weighted average common shares
   
31,081
   
28,646
   
27,261
   
20,566
   
17,029
 
Common dividends paid
 
$
1.34
 
$
1.28
 
$
1.25
 
$
1.23
 
$
1.22
 
BALANCE SHEET DATA
                               
Real estate assets, before depreciation
 
$
1,216,847
 
$
1,152,866
 
$
1,077,393
 
$
1,078,553
 
$
622,399
 
Total assets
   
1,040,877
   
1,000,605
   
936,378
   
987,437
   
477,675
 
Debt
   
678,579
   
663,607
   
488,007
   
540,319
   
345,005
 
Shareholders’ equity
   
274,676
   
250,214
   
161,133
   
167,418
   
90,635
 
                                 
OTHER DATA
                               
Cash flows provided by (used in):
                               
 Operating activities
 
$
88,390
 
$
83,902
 
$
84,816
 
$
46,561
 
$
39,687
 
 Investing activities
 
$
(62,831
)
$
(336,563
)
$
2,607
 
$
(327,068
)
$
(26,883
)
 Financing activities
 
$
(20,036
)
$
251,488
 
$
(93,156
)
$
289,271
 
$
(12,247
)
                                 
Gross Leasable Area Open:
                               
 Wholly-owned
   
8,388
   
8,261
   
5,066
   
5,299
   
5,469
 
 Partially-owned (consolidated)
   
---
   
---
   
3,271
   
3,273
   
---
 
 Partially-owned (unconsolidated)
   
667
   
402
   
402
   
324
   
260
 
 Managed
   
293
   
64
   
105
   
434
   
457
 
                                 
Number of outlet centers:
                               
 Wholly-owned
   
30
   
31
   
23
   
26
   
28
 
 Partially-owned (consolidated)
   
---
   
---
   
9
   
9
   
---
 
 Partially-owned (unconsolidated)
   
2
   
1
   
1
   
1
   
1
 
 Managed
   
3
   
1
   
3
   
4
   
5
 
                                 
        In December 2003, COROC Holdings, LLC, a joint venture in which we initially had a one-third ownership interest and consolidated for financial reporting purposes under the provisions of FIN 46R, purchased the 3.3 million square foot Charter Oak portfolio of outlet center properties for $491.0 million, including the assumption of $186.4 million of cross-collateralized debt which has a stated, fixed interest rate of 6.59% and matures in July 2008. We recorded the debt at its fair value of $198.3 million, with an effective interest rate of 4.97%. We funded the majority of our share of the equity required for the transaction through the issuance of 4.6 million common shares on December 10, 2003, generating approximately $88.0 million in net proceeds. The results of the Charter Oak portfolio have been included in the consolidated financial statements since December 2003.

In November 2005, we purchased for $286.0 million (including acquisition costs) the remaining two-thirds interest in this joint venture. The transaction was funded with a combination of common and preferred shares and senior unsecured notes.




Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Cautionary Statements

Certain statements made below are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. We intend such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995 and included this statement for purposes of complying with these safe harbor provisions. Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe our future plans, strategies and expectations, are generally identifiable by use of the words ‘believe’, ‘expect’, ‘intend’, ‘anticipate’, ‘estimate’, ‘project’, or similar expressions. You should not rely on forward-looking statements since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond our control and which could materially affect our actual results, performance or achievements. Factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, those set forth under Item 1A - Risk Factors.

The following discussion should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements appearing elsewhere in this report. Historical results and percentage relationships set forth in the consolidated statements of operations, including trends which might appear, are not necessarily indicative of future operations.

General Overview

In November 2005 we completed the acquisition of the final two-thirds interest in the COROC joint venture which owned nine factory outlet centers totaling approximately 3.3 million square feet. We originally purchased a one-third interest in December 2003. From December 2003 to November 2005, COROC was consolidated for financial reporting purposes under the provisions of FASB Interpretation No. 46 (Revised 2003): “Consolidation of Variable Interest Entities: An Interpretation of ARB No. 51”, or FIN 46R. The purchase price for the final two-thirds interest of COROC was $286.0 million (including closing and acquisition costs of $3.5 million) which we funded with a combination of unsecured debt and equity raised through the capital markets in the fourth quarter of 2005.

At December 31, 2006, we had 30 wholly-owned centers in 21 states totaling 8.4 million square feet of GLA compared to 31 centers in 22 states totaling 8.3 million square feet of GLA as of December 31, 2005. The changes in the number of centers and GLA are due to the following events:

   
No. of
Centers
GLA
(000’s)
 
States
As of December 31, 2005
 
31
8,261
22
 
New development:
       
   
Charleston, South Carolina
 
1
352
---
 
Dispositions:
       
   
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
 
(1)
(95)
 
   
North Branch, Minnesota
 
(1)
(134)
(1)
 
Other
 
---
4
---
As of December 31, 2006
 
30
8,388
21




Results of Operations

2006 Compared to 2005

Base rentals increased $7.5 million, or 6%, in the 2006 period compared to the 2005 period. Our overall occupancy rates for our stabilized outlet centers were comparable from year to year at 97.5% and 97.0%. Our base rental income increased $4.9 million due to increases in rental rates on lease renewals and incremental rents from re-tenanting vacant space. During 2006, we executed 479 leases totaling 1.9 million square feet at an average increase of 10%. This compares to our execution of 460 leases totaling 1.9 million square feet at an average increase of 6% during 2005. Base rentals also increased approximately $2.1 million due to the August 2006 opening of our new center in Charleston, South Carolina. Additionally, increases were recognized in the net amortization of above or below market leases totaling $723,000.

The values of the above and below market leases are amortized and recorded as either an increase (in the case of below market leases) or a decrease (in the case of above market leases) to rental income over the remaining term of the associated lease. For the 2006 period, we recorded $1.5 million to rental income for the net amortization of market lease values compared with $741,000 for the 2005 period. If a tenant vacates its space prior to the contractual termination of the lease and no rental payments are being made on the lease, any unamortized balance of the related above or below market lease value will be written off and could materially impact our net income positively or negatively. At December 31, 2006, the net liability representing the amount of unrecognized below market lease values totaled $2.1 million.

Percentage rentals, which represent revenues based on a percentage of tenants' sales volume above predetermined levels (the "breakpoint"), increased $842,000 or 13%. Reported same-space sales per square foot for the twelve months ended December 31, 2005 were $338 per square foot, a 4.8% increase over the prior year ended December 31, 2005. Same-space sales is defined as the weighted average sales per square foot reported in space open for the full duration of each comparison period. Our ability to attract high volume tenants to many of our outlet centers continues to improve the average sales per square foot throughout our portfolio.

Expense reimbursements, which represent the contractual recovery from tenants of certain common area maintenance, insurance, property tax, promotional, advertising and management expenses generally fluctuate consistently with the related reimbursable property operating expenses to which they relate. Expense reimbursements increased $3.1 million, or 6%, in the 2006 period versus the 2005 period. Expense reimbursements, expressed as a percentage of property operating expenses, were 87% and 88% respectively, in the 2006 and 2005 periods. The slight decrease is due to increases in miscellaneous non-reimbursable expenses such as state franchise and excise taxes.

Other income increased $1.5 million, or 27%, in 2006 compared to 2005 primarily due to the recognition of leasing, marketing and development fee income from our Tanger Wisconsin Dells joint venture, fees from third party management services, gains on sales of outparcels of land and increases in miscellaneous vending income.

Property operating expenses increased by $6.0 million, or 9%, in the 2006 period as compared to the 2005 period. Of this increase, $1.8 million relates incrementally to our Charleston, South Carolina outlet center which opened in August 2006. In addition, during 2006 we incurred a $1.5 million charge for the abandonment of acquisition due diligence costs, as we have decided we are no longer in a position to pursue a potential acquisition opportunity. The abandoned acquisition due diligence costs were incurred in connection with structuring, diligencing and submitting a proposal to acquire a significant portfolio from a public REIT that was exploring its strategic alternatives. The bid was requested, but ultimately not accepted, by the public REIT. Excluding these costs associated with the Charleston, South Carolina outlet center and the abandoned acquisition costs, operating expenses increased 4.3 %. This increase was due to higher property insurance costs upon renewal of our annual policies during the year and non-reimbursable expenses such as state franchise and excise taxes.

General and administrative expenses increased $2.9 million, or 21%, in the 2006 period as compared to the 2005 period. The increase is primarily due to compensation expense related to restricted shares issued during the 2006 period as well as an increase in bonus compensation for senior executives in the 2006 period. As a percentage of total revenues, general and administrative expenses increased from 7% in the 2005 period to 8% in the 2006 period.




Depreciation and amortization increased from $48.2 million in the 2005 period to $57.2 million in the 2006 period. This was due a full year of depreciation of the assets acquired in December 2005 in the final COROC joint venture acquisition and the accelerated depreciation and amortization of certain assets in the initial acquisition of the COROC properties in December 2003 accounted for under FAS 141 for tenants that terminated their leases during the 2006 period.

As shown in the table below, total interest expense decreased $2.2 million, or 5%, during the 2006 period as compared to the 2005 period. However, the 2005 period included a large prepayment premium and the write off of deferred loan costs totaling $9.9 million incurred related to the early extinguishment of the $77.4 million John Hancock Life Insurance Company mortgages. Actual interest expense from borrowings increased during 2006 due to higher overall debt levels related to the $250 million senior unsecured note issuance in November 2005 and the $149.5 million exchangeable senior unsecured note issuance in August 2006.

Summary of interest expense
 
2006
 
2005
Interest expense from borrowings, net of capitalization
 
$38,463
 
$31,816
Prepayment penalty and deferred loan cost
 
     
 
write off related to early extinguishment of debt
 
917
 
9,866
Loan cost amortization, net of capitalization
 
1,395
 
1,245
Total interest expense
 
$40,775
 
$42,927

During August 2006, we opened a 264,900 square foot center in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, which is owned by Tanger Wisconsin Dells, in which we have a 50% ownership interest and account for as an unconsolidated joint venture under the equity method. Our equity in earnings of unconsolidated joint ventures increased from 2005 to 2006 as a result of the opening of this center.

In November 2005, we purchased our consolidated joint venture partner’s interest in COROC. Therefore, consolidated joint venture minority interest decreased $24.0 million as there was no allocation of earnings to this joint venture partner during 2006. The allocation of earnings to our joint venture partner was based on a preferred return on investment as opposed to their ownership percentage and accordingly had a significant impact on our earnings during 2005.

Discontinued operations includes the results of operations and gains on sales of real estate for our Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and North Branch, Minnesota centers, both of which were sold in the first quarter of 2006. The following table summarizes the results of operations and gains on sale of real estate for the 2006 and 2005 periods:

Summary of discontinued operations
 
2006
 
2005
Operating income from discontinued operations
 
$       208
 
$  2,847
Gain on sale of real estate
 
13,833
 
---
Income from discontinued operations
 
14,041
 
2,847
Minority interest in discontinued operations
 
(2,328)
 
(487)
Discontinued operations, net of minority interest
 
$ 11,713
 
$  2,360

During the first quarter of 2005, we sold our outlet center at our Seymour, Indiana property. Due to significant continuing involvement, the sale did not qualify as discontinued operations under the provisions of FAS 144. We recorded a loss on sale of real estate of $3.8 million, net of minority interest of $847,000, as a result of the sale. Net proceeds received for the center were approximately $2.0 million.


2005 Compared to 2004

Base rentals increased $3.9 million, or 3%, in the 2005 period compared to the 2004 period. Our overall occupancy rates for our stabilized outlet centers were comparable from year to year at 97%. Our base rental income increased $3.9 million due to increases in rental rates on lease renewals and incremental rents from re-tenanting vacant space. During 2005, we executed 460 leases totaling 1.9 million square feet at an average increase of 6%. This compares to our execution of 471 leases totaling 2.0 million square feet at an average increase of 6% during 2004. Base rentals also increased approximately $400,000 due to the expansions of our Locust Grove, Georgia and Foley, Alabama centers which both occurred late in the fourth quarter of 2005. The impact of these increases was offset by decreases in the net amortization of above or below market leases totaling $324,000 and decreases in termination fees received of $433,000.

The values of the above and below market leases are amortized and recorded as either an increase (in the case of below market leases) or a decrease (in the case of above market leases) to rental income over the remaining term of the associated lease. For the 2005 period, we recorded $741,000 to rental income for the net amortization of market lease values compared with $1.1 million for the 2004 period. If a tenant vacates its space prior to the contractual termination of the lease and no rental payments are being made on the lease, any unamortized balance of the related above or below market lease value will be written off and could materially impact our net income positively or negatively.

Percentage rentals, which represent revenues based on a percentage of tenants' sales volume above predetermined levels (the "breakpoint"), increased $1.1 million or 20%. The percentage rents in 2004 were reduced by an allocation to the previous owner of the COROC portfolio for their pro-rata share of percentage rents associated with tenants whose sales lease year began prior to December 19, 2003, the date of the initial acquisition. Reported same-space sales per square foot for the twelve months ended December 31, 2005 were $320 per square foot, a 3.4% increase over the prior year ended December 31, 2004. Same-space sales is defined as the weighted average sales per square foot reported in space open for the full duration of each comparison period. Our ability to attract high volume tenants to many of our outlet centers continues to improve the average sales per square foot throughout our portfolio.
Expense reimbursements, which represent the contractual recovery from tenants of certain common area maintenance, insurance, property tax, promotional, advertising and management expenses generally fluctuates consistently with the related reimbursable property operating expenses to which it relates. Expense reimbursements increased $4.1 million, or 8%, in the 2005 period versus the 2004 period. Expense reimbursements, expressed as a percentage of property operating expenses, were 88% and 89% in the 2005 and 2004 periods, respectively.

Other income decreased $873,000, or 13%, in 2005 compared to 2004 primarily due to a decrease in gains from sales of outparcels of land. Gains of $127,000 and $1.5 million were recognized in the 2005 and 2004 periods, respectively. The decrease was offset by an increase in interest income from proceeds from debt and equity offerings, which were temporarily invested in short-term investments until the acquisition of COROC was completed as well as increases in vending income.

Property operating expenses increased by $5.0 million, or 9%, in the 2005 period as compared to the 2004 period. Property operating expenses increased due to portfolio wide increases in advertising and common area maintenance projects. Real estate taxes, which are also a part of property operating expenses, increased due to the COROC portfolio property values being revalued in several jurisdictions at the 2003 purchase price value.

General and administrative expenses increased $1.0 million, or 8%, in the 2005 period as compared to the 2004 period. The increase is primarily due to compensation expense related to employee share options granted in the second quarter of 2004 and restricted shares granted in 2004 and 2005 all of which are accounted for under FAS 123. As a percentage of total revenues, general and administrative expenses remained constant at 7% in both the 2005 and 2004 periods.

Depreciation and amortization decreased from $50.7 million in the 2004 period to $48.2 million in the 2005 period. This was due principally to the accelerated depreciation and amortization of certain assets in the acquisition of the COROC properties in December 2003 accounted for under FAS 141 for tenants that terminated their leases during the 2004 period.
 

Interest expense increased $7.8 million, or 22%, during the 2005 period as compared to the 2004 period due primarily to the $9.4 million prepayment premium and the write off of deferred loan costs totaling $447,000 incurred in the fourth quarter of 2005 relating to the early extinguishment of the $77.4 million John Hancock Life Insurance Company mortgages. The increase in interest expense caused by this charge was partially offset by lower borrowings throughout the year prior to the acquisition of our interest in COROC in November 2005 and the related $250 million senior unsecured note issuance.

In November 2005, we purchased our consolidated joint venture partner’s interest in COROC. Therefore, consolidated joint venture minority interest decreased $3.1 million due to less than a full year of allocation of earnings to our joint venture partner during 2005. The allocation of earnings to our joint venture partner was based on a preferred return on investment as opposed to their ownership percentage and accordingly had a significant impact on our earnings.

Discontinued operations includes the results of operations and gains on sales of real estate for our Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and North Branch, Minnesota centers, both of which were sold in the first quarter of 2006. In 2004, we sold our Dalton, Georgia and Clover and LL Bean, New Hampshire properties. FAS 144 requires that all statements of operations presented be reclassified. The following table summarizes the results of operations and gains on sale of real estate for the 2005 and 2004 periods:

Summary of discontinued operations
   
2005
   
2004
 
Operating income from discontinued operations
 
$
2,847
 
$
2,104
 
Loss on sale of real estate
   
---
   
(1,460
)
Income from discontinued operations
   
2,847
   
644
 
Minority interest in discontinued operations
   
(487
)
 
(123
)
Discontinued operations, net of minority interest
 
$
2,360
 
$
521
 

During the first quarter of 2005, we sold our outlet center at our Seymour, Indiana property. Due to significant continuing involvement, the sale did not qualify as discontinued operations under the provisions of FAS 144. We recorded a loss on sale of real estate of $3.8 million, net of minority interest of $847,000, as a result of the sale. Net proceeds received for the center were approximately $2.0 million.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Net cash provided by operating activities was $88.4 million, $83.9 million and $84.8 million for the years ended December 31, 2006, 2005 and 2004, respectively. The increase in cash provided from operating activities from 2005 to 2006 is primarily due to the incremental income from the COROC acquisition in November 2005. The decrease from 2004 to 2005 is due to a prepayment penalty of $9.4 million associated with the early extinguishment of the John Hancock Life Insurance Company mortgages in October 2005 offset by the change in accounts payable and accrued expenses.

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities amounted to $(62.8) million, $(336.6) million and $2.6 million during 2006, 2005 and 2004, respectively, and reflects the acquisitions, expansions and dispositions of real estate during each year. In 2006, we funded the majority of our 352,300 square foot outlet center developed in Charleston, South Carolina which opened in August 2006. In November 2005 we completed the acquisition of the final two-thirds interest of the Charter Oak Partners' portfolio of nine factory outlet centers totaling approximately 3.3 million square feet. We originally purchased a one-third interest in December 2003.

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities of $(20.0) million, $251.5 million and $(93.2) million in 2006, 2005 and 2004, respectively, has fluctuated consistently with the capital needed to fund the current development and acquisition activity and reflects increases in dividends paid and shares outstanding during 2006, 2005 and 2004. During 2005 we raised approximately $381.3 million in the public debt and equity markets in order to fund the acquisition described above and to repay the John Hancock Life Insurance mortgages.



Current Developments and Dispositions

Any developments or expansions that we, or a joint venture that we are involved in, have planned or anticipated may not be started or completed as scheduled, or may not result in accretive net income or funds from operations. In addition, we regularly evaluate acquisition or disposition proposals and engage from time to time in negotiations for acquisitions or dispositions of properties. We may also enter into letters of intent for the purchase or sale of properties. Any prospective acquisition or disposition that is being evaluated or which is subject to a letter of intent may not be consummated, or if consummated, may not result in an increase in net income or funds from operations.

WHOLLY OWNED CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS

During August of 2006, we opened our wholly-owned 352,300 square foot center located near Charleston, South Carolina. Tenants in the center include Gap, Banana Republic, Liz Claiborne, Nike, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, Guess, Reebok and others. As of December 31, 2006, the center was 89% occupied.

During the fourth quarter of 2006, we closed on the acquisition of the Pittsburgh land for $4.8 million and have completed the relocation of the power lines located on our property. Tax incentive financing bonds have been issued, with net proceeds of approximately $16.8 million expected to be received by us as qualifying expenditures during construction of the center are incurred. We currently expect to deliver the first phase of the center, approximately 309,000 square feet, during the first quarter of 2008. The Pittsburgh center is wholly owned by us.

During 2007 we plan to expand four centers by a combined 140,000 square feet. These centers are located in Barstow, California; Branson, Missouri; Gonzales, Louisiana and Tilton, New Hampshire. These expansions are projected to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2007.

WHOLLY OWNED DISPOSITIONS

During the first quarter of 2006, we completed the sale of two outlet centers located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and North Branch, Minnesota. Net proceeds received from the sales of the centers were approximately $20.2 million. We recorded gains on sales of real estate of $13.8 million associated with these sales during the first quarter of 2006.

CONSOLIDATED JOINT VENTURES

COROC Holdings, LLC

On December 19, 2003, COROC Holdings, LLC, or COROC, a joint venture in which we had an initial one-third ownership interest and consolidated for financial reporting purposes under the provisions of FIN 46R, purchased the 3.3 million square foot Charter Oak portfolio of outlet center properties for $491.0 million, including the assumption of $186.4 million of cross-collateralized debt which has a stated, fixed interest rate of 6.59% and matures in July 2008. We recorded the debt at its fair value of $198.3 million, with an effective interest rate of 4.97%. Accordingly, a debt premium of $11.9 million was recorded and is being amortized over the life of the debt. We funded the majority of our share of the equity required for the transaction through the issuance of 4.6 million common shares on December 10, 2003, generating approximately $88.0 million in net proceeds. The results of the Charter Oak portfolio have been included in the consolidated financial statements from December 2003.

In November 2005, we purchased for $286.0 million (including acquisition costs) the remaining two-thirds interest from our joint venture partner. We recorded a debt discount of $883,000 with an effective interest rate of 5.25% to reflect the fair value of the debt deemed to have been acquired in the acquisition. The all cash transaction was funded with a combination of common shares, preferred shares and unsecured senior notes. The transaction completed the Charter Oak acquisition and solidified our position in the outlet industry. In addition, the centers acquired provide an excellent geographic fit, a diversified tenant portfolio and are in line with our strategy of creating an increased presence in high-end resort locations.



 
UNCONSOLIDATED JOINT VENTURES

The following table details certain information as of December 31, 2006 about various unconsolidated real estate joint ventures in which we have an ownership interest:

 
 
Joint Venture
 
 
Center Location
 
 
Opening Date
 
 
Ownership %
 
 
Square Feet
Joint Venture
Debt
(in millions)
 
TWMB Associates, LLC
Myrtle Beach,
South Carolina
 
2002
 
50%
 
401,992
 
$35.8
           
 
Tanger Wisconsin Dells, LLC
Wisconsin Dells,
Wisconsin
 
2006
 
50%
 
264,929
 
$28.9
           
 
Deer Park Enterprise, LLC
Deer Park,
Long Island NY
Under
construction
 
33%
800,000
estimated
 
$35.4
           
We may issue guarantees on the debt of a joint venture primarily because it allows the joint venture to obtain funding at a lower cost than could be obtained otherwise. This results in a higher return for the joint venture on its investment and in a higher return on our investment in the joint venture. We have joint and several guarantees for a portion of the debt outstanding for Tanger Wisconsin Dells and Deer Park Enterprise as of December 31, 2006.

As is typical in real estate joint ventures, each of the above ventures contains provisions where a venture partners can trigger certain provisions and force the other partner to either buy or sell their investment in the joint venture. Should this occur, we may be required to incur a significant cash outflow in order to maintain ownership of these outlet centers.
 
TWMB Associates, LLC

TWMB Associates, LLC, or TWMB, a joint venture in which we have a 50% ownership interest, has operated a Tanger Outlet Center located on Highway 17 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina since June 2002. The Myrtle Beach center now consists of approximately 402,000 square feet and has over 90 name brand tenants.

During March 2005, TWMB entered into an interest rate swap agreement with Bank of America with a notional amount of $35 million for five years. Under this agreement, TWMB receives a floating interest rate based on the 30 day LIBOR index and pays a fixed interest rate of 4.59%. This swap effectively changes the rate of interest on $35 million of variable rate mortgage debt to a fixed rate of 5.99% for the contract period.

In April 2005, TWMB obtained non-recourse, permanent financing to replace the construction loan debt that was utilized to build the outlet center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The new mortgage amount is $35.8 million with a rate of LIBOR + 1.40%. The note is for a term of five years with payments of interest only. In April 2010, TWMB has the option to extend the maturity date of the loan two more years until 2012. All debt incurred by this unconsolidated joint venture is collateralized by its property.

Tanger Wisconsin Dells, LLC

In March 2005, the Tanger Wisconsin Dells joint venture was established to construct and operate a Tanger Outlet center in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. During the first quarter of 2006, capital contributions of approximately $510,000 were made by each member. The 264,900 square foot center opened in August 2006. The tenants in the center include Polo Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Liz Claiborne, Nike, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger and others.

In February 2006, in conjunction with the construction of the center, Tanger Wisconsin Dells closed on a construction loan that provides for borrowings of up to $30.25 million with Wells Fargo Bank, NA due in February 2009. The construction loan is repayable on an interest only basis with interest floating based on the 30, 60 or 90 day LIBOR index plus 1.30%. The construction loan incurred by this unconsolidated joint venture is collateralized by its property as well as joint and several guarantees by us and designated guarantors of our venture partner.
 

The above mentioned guarantee of the construction loan debt is accounted for under the provisions of FASB Interpretation No. 45, “Guarantors Accounting and Disclosure Requirements for Guarantees, Including Indirect Guarantees of Indebtedness of Others”, or FIN 45. FIN 45 requires the guarantor to recognize a liability for the non-contingent component of the guarantee which represents the obligation to stand ready to perform in the event that specified triggering events or conditions occur. The initial measurement of this liability is the fair value of the guarantee at inception. The recognition of the liability is required even if it is not probable that payment will be required under the guarantee or if the guarantee was issued with a premium payment or as part of a transaction with multiple elements. We recorded at inception the fair value of our guarantee of the Tanger Wisconsin Dells joint venture's debt as an increase to our investment in Tanger Wisconsin Dells and recorded a corresponding liability of approximately $409,000. We have elected to account for the release from the obligation under the guarantee by the straight-line method over the three year life of the guarantee. The remaining value of the guarantee liability as of December 31, 2006 was approximately $295,000.

Deer Park Enterprise, LLC

In October 2003, Deer Park Enterprise, LLC, or Deer Park, a joint venture in which we have a one-third ownership interest, entered into a sale-leaseback transaction for the location on which it ultimately will develop a shopping center that will contain both outlet and big box retail tenants in Deer Park, New York. To date, we have made equity contributions totaling $4.5 million to Deer Park, including $1.5 million in 2006. Both of the other venture partners have made equity contributions equal to ours. Demolition of the buildings located at the Deer Park site began during the third quarter of 2006 and we currently expect this center will contain over 800,000 square feet and will be delivered in the first quarter of 2008.

In September 2006, Deer Park closed on a construction loan of $43.2 million with Bank of America which incurs interest at a floating interest rate equal to LIBOR plus 2.00% and is collateralized by the property as well as joint and several guarantees by all three venture partners. The loan balance as of December 31, 2006 was approximately $35.4 million. Proceeds to date were used to refinance the debt incurred in the original purchase of the property, including a $19 million loan with Bank of America and a $7 million purchase money mortgage note with the original seller of the property. The construction loan matures in April 2007.

The above mentioned guarantee of the construction loan debt is accounted for under the provisions of FIN 45. We recorded at inception the fair value of our guarantee of the Deer Park joint venture's debt as an increase to our investment in Deer Park and recorded a corresponding liability of approximately $72,000. We have elected to account for the release from the obligation under the guarantee by the straight-line method over the three year life of the guarantee. The remaining value of the guarantee liability as of December 31, 2006 was approximately $36,000.

The original purchase of the property was in the form of a sale-leaseback transaction, which consisted of the sale of the property to Deer Park for $29 million, including a 900,000 square foot industrial building, which was then leased back to the seller under an operating lease agreement. At the end of the lease in May 2005, the tenant vacated the building. However, the tenant had not satisfied all of the conditions necessary to terminate the lease. Deer Park is currently in litigation to recover from the tenant its monthly lease payments and will continue to do so until recovered. Annual rents due from the tenant were $3.4 million.

Through March 2006, the Deer Park joint venture accounted for the lease revenues under the provisions of FASB Statement No. 67 “Accounting for Costs and Initial Rental Operations of Real Estate Projects”, where the rent received from the tenant prior to May 2005 and that accrued from June 2005 through March 2006, net of applicable expenses, were treated as incidental revenues and were recorded as a reduction in the basis of the assets. Given the uncertainty regarding the final outcome of the litigation described above, Deer Park discontinued the accrual of rental revenues associated with the sale-leaseback transaction as of April 1, 2006. As a result, we recorded our portion of the project losses, which amounted to $31,000 for the 2006 period, as a reduction in our investment in Deer Park and as a reduction to equity in earnings of unconsolidated joint ventures.



Financing Arrangements

In February 2006, we completed the sale of an additional 800,000 Class C Preferred Shares with net proceeds of approximately $19.4 million, bringing the total amount of Class C Preferred Shares outstanding to 3,000,000. The proceeds were used to repay amounts outstanding on our unsecured lines of credit. We pay annual dividends equal to $1.875 per share.

In August 2006, the Operating Partnership issued $149.5 million of exchangeable senior unsecured notes that mature on August 15, 2026. The notes bear interest at a fixed coupon rate of 3.75%. The notes are exchangeable into the Company’s common shares, at the option of the holder, at an initial exchange ratio, subject to adjustment, of 27.6856 shares per $1,000 principal amount of notes (or an initial exchange price of $36.1198 per common share). The notes are senior unsecured obligations of the Operating Partnership and are guaranteed by the Company on a senior unsecured basis. On and after August 18, 2011, holders may exchange their notes for cash in an amount equal to the lesser of the exchange value and the aggregate principal amount of the notes to be exchanged, and, at our option, Company common shares, cash or a combination thereof for any excess. Note holders may exchange their notes prior to August 18, 2011 only upon the occurrence of specified events. In addition, on August 18, 2011, August 15, 2016 or August 15, 2021, note holders may require us to repurchase the notes for an amount equal to the principal amount of the notes plus any accrued and unpaid interest up to, but excluding, the repurchase date.

We used the net proceeds from the issuance to repay in full our mortgage debt outstanding with Woodman of the World Life Insurance Society totaling approximately $15.3 million, with an interest rate of 8.86% and an original maturity of September 2010. We also repaid all amounts outstanding under our unsecured lines of credit and a $53.5 million variable rate unsecured term loan with Wells Fargo with a weighted average interest rate of approximately 6.3%. As a result of the early repayment, we recognized a charge for the early extinguishment of the mortgages and term loan of approximately $917,000. The charge, which is included in interest expense, consisted of a prepayment premium of approximately $609,000 and the write-off of deferred loan fees totaling approximately $308,000.

At December 31, 2006, approximately 73% of our outstanding long-term debt represented unsecured borrowings and approximately 57% of the gross book value of our real estate portfolio was unencumbered.

We intend to retain the ability to raise additional capital, including public debt or equity, to pursue attractive investment opportunities that may arise and to otherwise act in a manner that we believe to be in our shareholders’ best interests. During the third quarter of 2006, we updated our shelf registration as a well known seasoned issuer where we will be able to register unspecified amounts of different classes of securities on Form S-3. To generate capital to reinvest into other attractive investment opportunities, we may also consider the use of additional operational and developmental joint ventures, the sale or lease of outparcels on our existing properties and the sale of certain properties that do not meet our long-term investment criteria.

During the third quarter of 2006, we closed on unsecured lines of credit of $25 million each with Branch Banking and Trust Co. and SunTrust Bank. As of December 31, 2006, we maintained unsecured lines of credit that provided for unsecured borrowings of up to $200 million. All of our lines of credit have maturity dates of June 2009 or later. Based on cash provided by operations, existing credit facilities, ongoing negotiations with certain financial institutions and our ability to sell debt or equity subject to market conditions, we believe that we have access to the necessary financing to fund the planned capital expenditures during 2007.

We anticipate that adequate cash will be available to fund our operating and administrative expenses, regular debt service obligations, and the payment of dividends in accordance with REIT requirements in both the short and long term. Although we receive most of our rental payments on a monthly basis, distributions to shareholders are made quarterly and interest payments on the senior, unsecured notes are made semi-annually. Amounts accumulated for such payments will be used in the interim to reduce any outstanding borrowings under the existing lines of credit or invested in short-term money market or other suitable instruments.


Contractual Obligations and Commercial Commitments

The following table details our contractual obligations over the next five years and thereafter as of December 31, 2006 (in thousands):

Contractual
                                           
Obligations
   
2007
   
2008
   
2009
   
2010
   
2011
   
Thereafter
   
Total
 
Debt
 
$
3,791
 
$
272,679
 
$
---
 
$
---
 
$
---
 
$
399,500
 
$
675,970
 
Operating leases
   
3,382
   
2,997
   
2,578
   
2,281
   
2,192
   
69,552
   
82,982
 
Preferred share
                                           
dividends (1)
   
5,625
   
5,625
   
5,625
   
80,625
   
---
   
---
   
97,500
 
Interest payments
   
41,782
   
36,801
   
25,544
   
20,981
   
20,981
   
145,594
   
291,683
 
   
$
54,580
 
$
318,102
 
$
33,747
 
$
103,887
 
$
23,173
 
$
614,646
 
$
1,148,135
 
(1)  
Preferred share dividends reflect cumulative dividends on our Class C Preferred Shares on which we pay an annual dividend of $1.875 per share on 3,000,000 outstanding shares as of December 31, 2006. The Class C Preferred Shares are redeemable at the option of the Company for $25.00 per share after the respective optional redemption date. The future obligations include future dividends on preferred shares through the optional redemption date and the redemption amount is included on the optional redemption date.

In addition to the contractual payment obligations shown in the table above, we also have a property under development and several in the process of being expanded or renovated. To complete these projects we expect to incur approximately $104.2 million of costs in 2007 and $20.3 million in 2008. The timing of these expenditures may vary due to delays in construction or acceleration of the opening date of a particular project.

Our debt agreements require the maintenance of certain ratios, including debt service coverage and leverage, and limit the payment of dividends such that dividends and distributions will not exceed funds from operations, as defined in the agreements, for the prior fiscal year on an annual basis or 95% on a cumulative basis. We have historically been and currently are in compliance with all of our debt covenants. We expect to remain in compliance with all our existing debt covenants; however, should circumstances arise that would cause us to be in default, the various lenders would have the ability to accelerate the maturity on our outstanding debt.

We currently maintain six unsecured credit facilities with major national banking institutions, totaling $200 million. As of December 31, 2006, no amounts were outstanding under these credit facilities. As of February 1, 2007, all six credit facilities will expire in June 2009 or later.

We operate in a manner intended to enable us to qualify as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code, or the Code. A REIT which distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders each year and which meets certain other conditions is not taxed on that portion of its taxable income which is distributed to its shareholders. Based on our 2006 taxable income to shareholders, we were required to distribute approximately $29.1 million in order to maintain our REIT status as described above. We distributed approximately $41.5 million to common shareholders which significantly exceeds our required distributions. If events were to occur that would cause our dividend to be reduced, we believe we still have an adequate margin regarding required dividend payments based on our historic dividend and taxable income levels to maintain our REIT status.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

We are party to a joint and several guarantee with respect to the construction loan obtained by Tanger Wisconsin Dells during the first quarter of 2006, which currently has a balance of $28.9 million. We are also party to a joint and several guarantee with respect to the loan obtained by Deer Park which currently has a balance of $35.4 million. See “Joint Ventures” section above for further discussion of off-balance sheet arrangements and their related guarantees. Our pro-rata portion of the TWMB mortgage secured by the center is $17.9 million. There is no guarantee provided for the TWMB mortgage by us.




Related Party Transactions

As noted above in “Unconsolidated Joint Ventures”, we are 50% owners of the TWMB and Tanger Wisconsin Dells joint ventures. TWMB and Tanger Wisconsin Dells pay us management, leasing, marketing and development fees, which we believe approximate current market rates, for services provided to the joint ventures. During 2006, 2005 and 2004, we recognized approximately $410,000, $327,000 and $288,000 in management fees, $188,000, $6,000 and $212,000 in leasing fees, $86,000, $66,000 and $55,000 in marketing fees and $304,000, $0 and $28,000 in development fees, respectively.

TFLP is a related party which holds a limited partnership interest in and is the minority owner of the Operating Partnership. Stanley K. Tanger, the Company’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, is the sole general partner of TFLP. The only material related party transaction with TFLP is the payment of quarterly distributions of earnings which were $8.1 million, $7.8 million and $7.6 million for the years ended December 31, 2006, 2005 and 2004, respectively.

Critical Accounting Policies

We believe the following critical accounting policies affect our more significant judgments and estimates used in the preparation of our consolidated financial statements.

Principles of Consolidation

The consolidated financial statements include our accounts, our wholly-owned subsidiaries, as well as the Operating Partnership and its subsidiaries. Intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation. Investments in real estate joint ventures that represent non-controlling ownership interests are accounted for using the equity method of accounting. Under the provisions of FIN 46R, we were considered the primary beneficiary of our joint venture, COROC. Therefore, the results of operations and financial position of COROC were included in our Consolidated Financial Statements prior to November 2005 when we acquired the remaining two-thirds interest in the joint venture.

In 2003, the FASB issued FIN 46R which clarifies the application of existing accounting pronouncements to certain entities in which equity investors do not have the characteristics of a controlling financial interest or do not have sufficient equity at risk for the entity to finance its activities without additional subordinated financial support from other parties. The provisions of FIN 46R were effective for all variable interests in variable interest entities in 2004 and thereafter. We have evaluated Deer Park, Tanger Wisconsin Dells and TWMB and have determined that under the current facts and circumstances we are not required to consolidate these entities under the provisions of FIN 46R. Should certain facts and circumstances change and we were required to consolidated any or all of these entities under FIN 46R, it could have a material impact on our consolidated balance sheets.

Acquisition of Real Estate

In accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 141 “Business Combinations”, or FAS 141, we allocate the purchase price of acquisitions based on the fair value of land, building, tenant improvements, debt and deferred lease costs and other intangibles, such as the value of leases with above or below market rents, origination costs associated with the in-place leases, and the value of in-place leases and tenant relationships, if any. We depreciate the amount allocated to building, deferred lease costs and other intangible assets over their estimated useful lives, which generally range from three to 40 years. The values of the above and below market leases are amortized and recorded as either an increase (in the case of below market leases) or a decrease (in the case of above market leases) to rental income over the remaining term of the associated lease. The values of the below market leases that are considered to have renewal periods with below market rents are amortized over the remaining term of the associated lease plus the renewal periods.  The value associated with in-place leases is amortized over the remaining lease term and tenant relationships is amortized over the expected term, which includes an estimated probability of the lease renewal. If a tenant vacates its space prior to the contractual termination of the lease and no rental payments are being made on the lease, any unamortized balance of the related deferred lease costs is written off. The tenant improvements and origination costs are amortized as an expense over the remaining life of the lease (or charged against earnings if the lease is terminated prior to its contractual expiration date). We assess fair value based on estimated cash flow projections that utilize appropriate discount and capitalization rates and available market information.

If we do not allocate appropriately to the separate components of rental property, deferred lease costs and other intangibles or if we do not estimate correctly the total value of the property or the useful lives of the assets, our computation of depreciation and amortization expense may be significantly understated or overstated.

Cost Capitalization

In accordance with SFAS No. 91 “Accounting for Nonrefundable Fees and Costs Associated with Originating or Acquiring Loans and Initial Direct Costs of Leases—an amendment of FASB Statements No. 13, 60, and 65 and a rescission of FASB Statement No. 17”, we capitalize all incremental, direct fees and costs incurred to originate operating leases, including certain general and overhead costs, as deferred charges. The amount of general and overhead costs we capitalize is based on our estimate of the amount of costs directly related to executing these leases. We amortize these costs to expense over the estimated average minimum lease term.

We capitalize all costs incurred for the construction and development of properties, including certain general and overhead costs and interest costs. The amount of general and overhead costs we capitalize is based on our estimate of the amount of costs directly related to the construction or development of these assets. Direct costs to acquire assets are capitalized once the acquisition becomes probable.

If we incorrectly estimate the amount of costs to capitalize, we could significantly overstate or understate our financial condition and results of operations.

Impairment of Long-Lived Assets

Rental property held and used by us is reviewed for impairment in the event that facts and circumstances indicate the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable. In such an event, we compare the estimated future undiscounted cash flows associated with the asset to the asset’s carrying amount, and if less, recognize an impairment loss in an amount by which the carrying amount exceeds its fair value. If we do not recognize impairments at appropriate times and in appropriate amounts, our consolidated balance sheet may overstate the value of our long-lived assets. We believe that no impairment existed at December 31, 2006.

Revenue Recognition

Base rentals are recognized on a straight-line basis over the term of the lease. Substantially all leases contain provisions which provide additional rents based on each tenants’ sales volume (“percentage rentals”) and reimbursement of the tenants’ share of advertising and promotion, common area maintenance, insurance and real estate tax expenses. Percentage rentals are recognized when specified targets that trigger the contingent rent are met. Expense reimbursements are recognized in the period the applicable expenses are incurred. Payments received from the early termination of leases are recognized as revenue from the time payment is received until the tenant vacates the space.
New Accounting Pronouncements

In July 2006, the FASB issued FASB Interpretation No. 48 “Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes--an interpretation of FASB Statement No. 109”, or FIN 48, which clarifies the accounting for uncertainty in tax positions. FIN 48 requires that we recognize the impact of a tax position in our financial statements if that position is more likely than not of being sustained on audit, based on the technical merits of the position. The provisions of FIN 48 are effective as of January 1, 2007, with the cumulative effect of the change in accounting principle recorded as an adjustment to opening retained earnings. We have evaluated FIN 48 and currently do not expect it to have a material impact on our financial statements.




In September 2006, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 108, “Considering the Effects of Prior Year Misstatements when Quantifying Misstatements in Current Year Financial Statements”, or SAB 108. SAB 108 provides interpretive guidance on how the effects of prior-year uncorrected misstatements should be considered when quantifying misstatements in the current year financial statements. SAB 108 requires registrants to quantify misstatements using both an income statement ("rollover") and balance sheet ("iron curtain") approach and evaluate whether either approach results in a misstatement that, when all relevant quantitative and qualitative factors are considered, is material. If prior year errors that had been previously considered immaterial now are considered material based on either approach, no restatement is required so long as management properly applied its previous approach and all relevant facts and circumstances were considered. If prior years are not restated, the cumulative effect adjustment is recorded in opening accumulated earnings as of the beginning of the fiscal year of adoption. SAB 108 is effective for fiscal years ending after November 15, 2006. SAB 108 did not have an impact on our results from operations or financial position.

Funds from Operations

Funds from Operations, or FFO, represents income before extraordinary items and gains (losses) on sale or disposal of depreciable operating properties, plus depreciation and amortization uniquely significant to real estate and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures.
 
FFO is intended to exclude historical cost depreciation of real estate computed in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, or GAAP, which assumes that the value of real estate assets diminish ratably over time. Historically, however, real estate values have risen or fallen with market conditions. Because FFO excludes depreciation and amortization unique to real estate, gains and losses from property dispositions and extraordinary items, it provides a performance measure that, when compared year over year, reflects the impact to operations from trends in occupancy rates, rental rates, operating costs, development activities and interest costs, providing perspective not immediately apparent from net income.

We present FFO because we consider it an important supplemental measure of our operating performance and believe it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of REITs, any of which present FFO when reporting their results. FFO is widely used by us and others in our industry to evaluate and price potential acquisition candidates. The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, Inc., of which we are a member, has encouraged its member companies to report their FFO as a supplemental, industry-wide standard measure of REIT operating performance. In addition, a percentage of bonus compensation to certain members of management is based on our FFO performance.

FFO has significant limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

§  
FFO does not reflect our cash expenditures, or future requirements, for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
§  
FFO does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;
§  
Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and FFO does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements;
§  
FFO does not reflect the impact of earnings or charges resulting from matters which may not be indicative of our ongoing operations; and
§  
Other companies in our industry may calculate FFO differently than we do, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, FFO should not be considered as a measure of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business or our dividend paying capacity. We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and using FFO only supplementally. See the Statements of Cash Flow included in our consolidated financial statements.


 
Below is a reconciliation of FFO to net income for the years ended December 31, 2006, 2005 and 2004 as well as other data for those respective periods (in thousands):
     
2006
   
2005
   
2004
 
Funds from Operations:
                   
Net income
 
$
37,309
 
$
5,089
 
$
7,046
 
Adjusted for:
                   
Minority interest in operating partnership
   
3,996
   
1,348
   
1,457
 
Minority interest adjustment - consolidated joint
                   
   venture
   
---
   
(315
)
 
(180
)
Minority interest, depreciation and amortization
                   
   attributable to discontinued operations
   
2,444
   
1,210
   
1,410
 
Depreciation and amortization uniquely significant
                   
   to real estate - consolidated
   
56,938
   
47,916
   
50,491
 
Depreciation and amortization uniquely significant
                   
   to real estate - unconsolidated joint ventures
   
1,825
   
1,493
   
1,334
 
(Gain) loss on sale of real estate
   
(13,833
)
 
3,843
   
1,460
 
Funds from operations (1)
   
88,679
   
60,584
   
63,018
 
Preferred share dividends
   
(5,433
)
 
(538
)
 
---
 
Funds from operations available to common shareholders
 
$
83,246
 
$
60,046
 
$
63,018
 
Weighted average shares outstanding (2)
   
37,148
   
34,713
   
33,328
 
                     
(1) The years ended December 31, 2006, 2005 and 2004 include gains on sales of outparcels of land of $402, $1,554 and $1,510, respectively.
(2) Assumes the partnership units of the Operating Partnership held by the minority interest and share and unit options are converted to common shares of the Company.




Economic Conditions and Outlook

The majority of our leases contain provisions designed to mitigate the impact of inflation. Such provisions include clauses for the escalation of base rent and clauses enabling us to receive percentage rentals based on tenants’ gross sales (above predetermined levels, which we believe often are lower than traditional retail industry standards) which generally increase as prices rise. Most of the leases require the tenant to pay their share of property operating expenses, including common area maintenance, real estate taxes, insurance and advertising and promotion, thereby reducing exposure to increases in costs and operating expenses resulting from inflation.

While factory outlet stores continue to be a profitable and fundamental distribution channel for brand name manufacturers, some retail formats are more successful than others. As typical in the retail industry, certain tenants have closed, or will close, certain stores by terminating their lease prior to its natural expiration or as a result of filing for protection under bankruptcy laws.

During 2007, we have approximately 1,548,000 square feet, or 18%, of our portfolio coming up for renewal. If we were unable to successfully renew or release a significant amount of this space on favorable economic terms, the loss in rent could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.

We renewed 83% of the 1,760,000 square feet that came up for renewal in 2006 with the existing tenants at a 8% increase in the average base rental rate compared to the expiring rate. We also re-tenanted 465,000 square feet during 2006 at a 17% increase in the average base rental rate.

Existing tenants’ sales have remained stable and renewals by existing tenants have remained strong. The existing tenants have already renewed approximately 613,000, or 40%, of the square feet scheduled to expire in 2007 as of February 1, 2007. In addition, we continue to attract and retain additional tenants. Our factory outlet centers typically include well-known, national, brand name companies. By maintaining a broad base of creditworthy tenants and a geographically diverse portfolio of properties located across the United States, we reduce our operating and leasing risks. No one tenant (including affiliates) accounts for more than 6% of our combined base and percentage rental revenues. Accordingly, we do not expect any material adverse impact on our results of operations and financial condition as a result of leases to be renewed or stores to be released.

As of December 31, 2006 and 2005, occupancy at our wholly owned, stabilized centers was 98% and 97%, respectively. Consistent with our long-term strategy of re-merchandising centers, we will continue to hold space off the market until an appropriate tenant is identified. While we believe this strategy will add value to our centers in the long-term, it may reduce our average occupancy rates in the near term.





Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

Market Risk

We are exposed to various market risks, including changes in interest rates. Market risk is the potential loss arising from adverse changes in market rates and prices, such as interest rates. We may periodically enter into certain interest rate protection and interest rate swap agreements to effectively convert floating rate debt to a fixed rate basis and to hedge anticipated future financings. We do not enter into derivatives or other financial instruments for trading or speculative purposes.

In September 2005, we entered into two forward starting interest rate lock protection agreements to hedge risks related to anticipated future financings in 2005 and 2008. The 2005 agreement locked the US Treasury index rate at 4.279% on a notional amount of $125 million for 10 years from such date in December 2005. This lock was unwound in the fourth quarter of 2005 in conjunction with the issuance of the $250 million senior unsecured notes due in 2015 and, as a result, we received a cash payment of $3.2 million. The gain was recorded in other comprehensive income and is being amortized into earnings using the effective interest method over a 10 year period that coincides with the interest payments associated with the senior unsecured notes due in 2015. The 2008 agreement locked the US Treasury index rate at 4.526% on a notional amount of $100 million for 10 years from such date in July 2008. In November 2005, we entered into an additional agreement which locked the US Treasury index rate at 4.715% on a notional amount of $100 million for 10 years from such date in July 2008. We anticipate unsecured debt transactions of at least the notional amount to occur in the designated periods.

The fair value of the interest rate protection agreements represents the estimated receipts or payments that would be made to terminate the agreement. At December 31, 2006, we would have received approximately $743,000 if we terminated the agreements. If the US Treasury rate index decreased 1% and we were to terminate the agreements, we would have to pay $14.9 million to do so. The fair value is based on dealer quotes, considering current interest rates and remaining term to maturity. We do not intend to terminate the agreements prior to their maturity because we plan on entering into the debt transactions as indicated.

During March 2005, TWMB, entered into an interest rate swap agreement with a notional amount of $35 million for five years to hedge floating rate debt on the permanent financing that was obtained in April 2005. Under this agreement, TWMB receives a floating interest rate based on the 30 day LIBOR index and pays a fixed interest rate of 4.59%. This swap effectively changes the rate of interest on $35 million of variable rate mortgage debt to a fixed rate debt of 5.99% for the contract period.
  
The fair value of the interest rate swap agreement represents the estimated receipts or payments that would be made to terminate the agreement. At December 31, 2006, TWMB would have received approximately $411,000 if the agreement was terminated. If the 30 day LIBOR index decreased 1% and TWMB were to terminate the agreement, TWMB would have to pay $634,000 to do so. The fair value is based on dealer quotes, considering current interest rates and remaining term to maturity. TWMB does not intend to terminate the interest rate swap agreement prior to its maturity. The fair value of this derivative is currently recorded as a liability in TWMB’s balance sheet; however, if held to maturity, the value of the swap will be zero at that time.

The fair market value of long-term fixed interest rate debt is subject to market risk. Generally, the fair market value of fixed interest rate debt will increase as interest rates fall and decrease as interest rates rise. The estimated fair value of our total long-term debt at December 31, 2006 was $723.5 million and its recorded value was $678.6 million. A 1% increase from prevailing interest rates at December 31, 2006 would result in a decrease in fair value of total long-term debt by approximately $46.0 million. Fair values were determined from quoted market prices, where available, using current interest rates considering credit ratings and the remaining terms to maturity.



The following table summarizes the notional values and fair values of our derivative financial instruments as of December 31, 2006.

 
Financial Instrument Type
Notional
Amount
 
Rate
 
Maturity
 
 
Fair Value
 
TANGER PROPERTIES LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
       
US Treasury Lock
$100,000,000
4.526%
July 2008
$
967,000   
 
US Treasury Lock
$100,000,000
4.715%
July 2008
$
(224,000   
)
             
TWMB, ASSOCIATES, LLC
           
LIBOR Interest Rate Swap (1)
$35,000,000
4.59%
March 2010
$
411,000   
 
(1)  
Amount represents fair value at TWMB Associates, LLC, in which we have a 50% ownership interest.

Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

The information required by this Item is set forth on the pages indicated in Item 15(a) below.

Item 9.
Changes in and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

Not applicable.

Item 9A. Controls and Procedures

(a)
Evaluation of disclosure control procedures.
 
The Chief Executive Officer, Stanley K. Tanger, and Chief Financial Officer, Frank C. Marchisello Jr., evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures on December 31, 2006 and concluded that, as of that date, the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective to ensure that the information the registrant is required to disclose in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the Commission’s rules and forms, and to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the registrant in the reports that it files under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to the registrant’s management, including its principal executive officer and principal financial officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.
 
(b)   Management’s report on internal control over financial reporting.
 
 
Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting appears on page F-1.
 
(c)
There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting identified in connection with the evaluation required by paragraph (d) of Exchange Act Rules 13a-15 or 15d-15 that occurred during our last fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2006 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.
 
Item 9B. Other Information

All information required to be disclosed in a report on form 8-K during the fourth quarter of 2006 was reported.



 

PART III

Certain information required by Part III is omitted from this Report in that the registrant will file a definitive proxy statement pursuant to Regulation 14A (the “Proxy Statement”) not later than 120 days after the end of the fiscal year covered by this Report, and certain information included therein is incorporated herein by reference. Only those sections of the Proxy Statement which specifically address the items set forth herein are incorporated by reference.

Item 10.
Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

The information concerning our directors required by this Item is incorporated herein by reference to our Proxy Statement to be filed with respect to our Annual Meeting of Shareholders which is expected to be held on May 18, 2007.

The information concerning our executive officers required by this Item is incorporated herein by reference herein to the section in Part I, Item 4, entitled “Executive Officers of the Registrant”.

The information regarding compliance with Section 16 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 is incorporated herein to our Proxy Statement to be filed with respect to our Annual Meeting of Shareholders which is expected to be held on May 18, 2007.

The information concerning our Company Code of Ethics required by this Item is incorporated herein by reference to our Proxy Statement to be filed with respect to our Annual Meeting of Shareholders which is expected to be held on May 18, 2007.

Item 11. Executive Compensation

The information required by this Item is incorporated herein by reference to our Proxy Statement to be filed with respect to our Annual Meeting of Shareholders which is expected to be held on May 18, 2007.

Item 12.
Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Shareholder Matters.

The information required by this Item is incorporated by reference herein to our Proxy Statement to be filed with respect to our Annual Meeting of Shareholders which is expected to be held on May 18, 2007.

The following table provides information as of December 31, 2006 with respect to compensation plans under which the Company’s equity securities are authorized for issuance:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Plan Category
 
 
 
(a)
Number of Securities
to be Issued Upon Exercise
of Outstanding Options,
Warrants and Rights
 
 
 
(b)
Weighted Average
Exercise Price of
Outstanding Options,
Warrants and Rights
                        (c)
                 Number of
Securities Remaining
Available for Future
Issuance Under Equity
Compensation Plans
(Excluding Securities
Reflected in Column (a))
Equity compensation plans approved by security holders
491,300
$18.20
1,895,370
Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders
 
---
 
---
 
---
Total
491,300
$18.20
1,895,370




Item 13.
Certain Relationships, Related Transactions and Director Independence

The information required by this Item is incorporated herein by reference to our Proxy Statement to be filed with respect to our Annual Meeting of Shareholders which is expected to be held on May 18, 2007.

Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services

The information required by Item 9(e) of Schedule 14A is incorporated herein by reference to our Proxy Statement to be filed with respect to our Annual Meeting of Shareholders which is expected to be held on May 18, 2007.

PART IV

Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

(a) Documents filed as a part of this report:

 
1.
Financial Statements
Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting
F-1
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
F-2
Consolidated Balance Sheets-December 31, 2006 and 2005
F-4
Consolidated Statements of Operations-
 
Years Ended December 31, 2006, 2005 and 2004
F-5
Consolidated Statements of Shareholders’ Equity-
 
Years Ended December 31, 2006, 2005 and 2004
F-6
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows-
 
Years Ended December 31, 2006, 2005 and 2004
F-7
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
F-8 to F-30

2. Financial Statement Schedule
Schedule III
 
Real Estate and Accumulated Depreciation
F-31 to F-32

All other schedules have been omitted because of the absence of conditions under which they are required or because the required information is given in the above-listed financial statements or notes thereto.



3. Exhibits
 
Exhibit No.              Description


2.1
Purchase and Sale Agreement between COROC Holdings, LLC and various entities dated October 3, 2003. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated December 8, 2003.)
   
2.2
Purchase and Sale Agreement for interests in COROC Holdings, LLC between BROC Portfolio, L.L.C. and Tanger COROC, LLC dated August 22, 2005 (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2005.)
   
3.1
Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of the Company. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1996.)
   
3.1A
Amendment to Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation dated May 29, 1996. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1996.)
 
 
3.1B
Amendment to Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation dated August 20, 1998. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1998.)
   
3.1C
Amendment to Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation dated September 30, 1999. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1999.)
   
3.1D
Amendment to Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation dated November 10, 2005. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated November 11, 2005.)
   
3.2
Restated By-Laws of the Company. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1999.)
   
3.3
Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership for Tanger Properties Limited Partnership dated November 11, 2005. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated November 21, 2005.)
   
4.1
Rights Agreement, dated as of August 20, 1998, between Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. and BankBoston, N.A., which includes the form of Articles of Amendment to the Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation, designating the preferences, limitations and relative rights of the Class B Preferred Stock as Exhibit A, the form of Right Certificate as Exhibit B and the Summary of Rights as Exhibit C. (Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 1.1 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form 8-A, filed August 24, 1998.)
   
4.1A
Amendment to Rights Agreement, dated as of October 30, 2001. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2001.)
   
4.2
Form of Senior Indenture. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated March 6, 1996.)
   




4.2A
Form of First Supplemental Indenture (to Senior Indenture). (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated March 6, 1996.)
   
4.2B
Form of Second Supplemental Indenture (to Senior Indenture) dated October 24, 1997 among Tanger Properties Limited Partnership, Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. and State Street Bank & Trust Company. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated October 24, 1997.)
   
4.2C
Form of Third Supplemental Indenture (to Senior Indenture) dated February 15, 2001. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated February 16, 2001.)
   
4.2D
Form of Fourth Supplemental Indenture (to Senior Indenture) dated November 4, 2005.
   
4.2E
Form of Fifth Supplemental Indenture (to Senior Indenture) dated August 16, 2006.
   
10.1
Amended and Restated Incentive Award Plan of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. and Tanger Properties Limited Partnership, effective May 14, 2004. (Incorporated by reference to the Appendix A of the Company’s definitive proxy statement filed on Schedule 14A dated April 12, 2004.)
   
10.3
Form of Stock Option Agreement between the Company and certain Directors. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1993.)
   
10.4
Form of Unit Option Agreement between the Operating Partnership and certain employees. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1993.)
   
10.5
Amended and Restated Employment Agreement for Stanley K. Tanger, as of January 1, 2004. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2004.)
   
10.6
Amended and Restated Employment Agreement for Steven B. Tanger, as of January 1, 2004. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2004.)
   
10.7
Amended and Restated Employment Agreement for Frank C. Marchisello, Jr., as of January 1, 2004. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2004.)
   
10.8
Amended and Restated Employment Agreement for Lisa J. Morrison, dated May 9, 2006. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2006.)
   
10.9
Amended and Restated Employment Agreement for Joe Nehmen, as of January 1, 2003. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2003.)
   
10.11
Registration Rights Agreement among the Company, the Tanger Family Limited Partnership and Stanley K. Tanger. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-11 filed May 27, 1993, as amended.)
   
10.11A
Amendment to Registration Rights Agreement among the Company, the Tanger Family Limited Partnership and Stanley K. Tanger. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1995.)
   
10.11B
Second Amendment to Registration Rights Agreement among the Company, the Tanger Family Limited Partnership and Stanley K. Tanger dated September 4, 2002. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003.)
   
10.11C
Third Amendment to Registration Rights Agreement among the Company, the Tanger Family Limited Partnership and Stanley K. Tanger dated December 5, 2003. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003.)
   
10.11D
Fourth Amendment to Registration Rights Agreement among the Company, the Tanger Family Limited Partnership and Stanley K. Tanger dated August 8, 2006. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-3, dated August 9, 2006.)
   
10.12
Agreement Pursuant to Item 601(b)(4)(iii)(A) of Regulation S-K. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-11 filed May 27, 1993, as amended.)
   
10.13
Assignment and Assumption Agreement among Stanley K. Tanger, Stanley K. Tanger & Company, the Tanger Family Limited Partnership, the Operating Partnership and the Company. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-11 filed May 27, 1993, as amended.)
   
10.14
Promissory Notes by and between the Operating Partnership and John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company aggregating $66,500,000. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 1999.)
   
10.15
COROC Holdings, LLC Limited Liability Company Agreement dated October 3, 2003. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated December 8, 2003.)
   
10.16
Form of Shopping Center Management Agreement between owners of COROC Holdings, LLC and Tanger Properties Limited Partnership. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated December 8, 2003.)
   
10.17
Form of Restricted Share Agreement between the Company and certain Officers. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2005.)
   
10.18
Form of Restricted Share Agreement between the Company and certain Officers with certain performance criteria vesting. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2005.)
   
10.19
Form of Restricted Share Agreement between the Company and certain Directors. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2005.)
   
10.20
Purchase Agreement between Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. and Cohen & Steers Capital Management, Inc. relating to a registered direct offering of 3,000,000 of the Company’s common shares dated August 30, 2005. (Incorporated by reference to the exhibits to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated August 30, 2005.)
   
21.1
List of Subsidiaries.
 
 
23.1
Consent of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
   
31.1
Principal Executive Officer Certification Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as Adopted Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes - Oxley Act of 2002.
   
31.2
 
Principal Financial Officer Certification Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as Adopted Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes - Oxley Act of 2002.
 
   
32.1
Principal Executive Officer Certification Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes - Oxley Act of 2002.
   
32.2
 
Principal Financial Officer Certification Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes - Oxley Act of 2002.
 



 





SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

TANGER FACTORY OUTLET CENTERS, INC.

By: /s/ Stanley K. Tanger   
Stanley K. Tanger
Chairman of the Board and
Chief Executive Officer

February 27, 2007

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the Registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated:


Signature 
Title
Date
     
/s/ Stanley K. Tanger
Stanley K. Tanger
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (Principal Executive Officer)
February 27, 2007
     
/s/ Steven B. Tanger
Steven B. Tanger
Director, President and