First Quarter Highlights
New York, NY, April 24, 2006 - SL Green Realty Corp. (NYSE: SLG) today reported funds from operations available to common stockholders, or FFO, of $50.4 million, or $1.08 per share, for the first quarter ended March 31, 2006, a 9.1% increase over the same quarter in 2005.
Net income available to common stockholders totaled $23.7 million, or $0.54 per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2006, an increase of $0.8 million over the same period in 2005.
All per share amounts are presented on a diluted basis.
Operating and Leasing Activity
For the first quarter of 2006, the Company reported revenues and EBITDA of $125.2 million and $67.2 million, respectively, increases of $25.1 million (or 25.1%) and $6.1 million (or 9.9%), respectively, over the same period in 2005, largely due to strong leasing activity at 625 Madison Avenue and 750 Third Avenue as well as the new acquisitions in 2005 and 2006, including, 28 West 44th Street (February 2005), an additional interest in 19 West 44th Street (June 2005) and 521 Fifth Avenue (March 2006). Same-store GAAP NOI on a combined basis increased by 6.6% for the quarter when compared to the same quarter in 2005, with the wholly-owned properties increasing 8.7% to $45.8 million during the first quarter and the joint venture properties increasing by 2.6% to $23.2 million.
Average starting office rents of $37.74 per rentable square foot for the first quarter represented a 16.7% increase over the previously fully escalated rents.
Occupancy for the portfolio decreased from 96.7% at December 31, 2005 to 95.2% at March 31, 2006. During the quarter, the Company signed 71 leases totaling 566,406 square feet, with 65 leases and 539,399 square feet representing office leases.
Significant leasing activities during the first quarter included:
Real Estate Investment Activity
During the first quarter of 2006, the Company announced acquisitions totaling approximately $240.0 million.
Investment activity announced during the first quarter included:
Financing and Capital Activity
In January 2006, the Company, through a joint venture with The City Investment Fund, L.P., or CIF, and The Witkoff Group, recapitalized 485 Lexington Avenue. The joint venture obtained a $390.0 million three year loan, which bears interest at LIBOR plus 1.35%, and which can be extended for an additional two years. HSH Nordbank AG, New York Branch fully underwrote the $390.0 million financing. The initial funding of the loan was approximately $293.0 million which was used to repay the existing loan, return 100% of the partners invested capital and provide for a return on capital that exceeded the performance thresholds established with CIF. The balance of the loan will be used to fund the remaining renovations, lease up and tenant improvements for the building. As a result of exceeding the performance thresholds established with CIF, the Company's economic stake in the property increased from 30% to 50%. The Company used its portion of the refinancing proceeds to repay its 2005 unsecured revolving credit facility and for new investments.
Structured Finance Activity
The Company's structured finance investments totaled $466.2 million on March 31, 2006, an increase of $66.1 million over the balance at December 31, 2005. The structured finance investments currently have a weighted average maturity of 6.6 years. The weighted average yield for the quarter ended March 31, 2006 was 10.3%, consistent with the yield for the quarter ended December 31, 2005.
During the first quarter 2006, the Company originated $65.9 million of structured finance investments with an initial yield of 9.1%. This includes an investment in a New York City commercial office property, which Gramercy elected not to make.
In March, 2006, Mack-Cali Realty Corporation agreed to acquire The Gale Company's interests in the New Jersey properties constituting the Bellmeade portfolio, which interests are in substantially all of the entities in which the Company has a $75.0 million preferred equity investment. As a result of this transaction, the Company expects that a substantial portion of its preferred equity investment will be repaid. This transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close during the second quarter of 2006.
Investment In Gramercy Capital Corp.
At March 31, 2006, the Company's investment in Gramercy Capital Corp., or Gramercy, totaled $93.6 million. Fees earned from various arrangements between the Company and Gramercy totaled approximately $4.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2006, including an incentive fee of $1.2 million earned as a result of Gramercy's FFO exceeding the 9.5% annual return on equity performance threshold. The Company's share of FFO generated from its investment in Gramercy totaled approximately $3.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2006.
The Company's marketing, general and administrative, or MG&A, expenses includes the consolidation of the expenses of its subsidiary GKK Manager LLC, the entity which manages and advises Gramercy. For the quarter ended March 31, 2006, the Company's MG&A includes approximately $2.6 million of costs associated with Gramercy.
During the first quarter of 2006, the Company declared quarterly dividends on its stock as follows:
Conference Call and Audio Webcast
The Company's executive management team, led by Marc Holliday, President and Chief Executive Officer, will host a conference call and audio web cast on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. ET to discuss first quarter financial results.
The conference call may be accessed by dialing (800) 299-0433 Domestic or (617) 801-9712 International. No pass code is required. The live conference will be simultaneously broadcast in a listen-only mode on the Company's web site at www.slgreen.com.
A replay of the call will be available through Tuesday, May 2, 2006 by dialing (888) 286-8010 Domestic or (617) 801-6888 International, using pass code 28087701.
The Supplemental Package outlining first quarter 2006 financial results will be available prior to the quarterly conference call on the Company's website.
SL Green Realty Corp. is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust, or REIT, that predominantly acquires, owns, repositions and manages a portfolio of Manhattan office properties. As of March 31, 2006, the Company owned 29 office properties totaling 18.6 million square feet. SL Green's retail space ownership totals 219,200 square feet at seven properties. The Company is the only publicly held REIT that specializes exclusively in this niche.
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Non-GAAP Financial Measures
During the quarterly conference call, the Company may discuss non-GAAP financial measures as defined by SEC Regulation G. In addition, the Company has used non-GAAP financial measures in this press release. A reconciliation of each non-GAAP financial measure and the comparable GAAP financial measure (net income) can be found on pages 6 and 8 of this release and in the Company's Supplemental Package.
This press release contains forward-looking information based upon the Company's current best judgment and expectations. Actual results could vary from those presented herein. The risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking information in this release include the strength of the commercial office real estate markets in New York, competitive market conditions, unanticipated administrative costs, timing of leasing income, general and local economic conditions, interest rates, capital market conditions, tenant bankruptcies and defaults, the availability and cost of comprehensive insurance, including coverage for terrorist acts, and other factors, which are beyond the Company's control. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any of the forward-looking information. For further information, please refer to the Company's filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Gregory F. Hughes
Chief Financial Officer