Third Quarter Highlights
New York, NY, October 23, 2006 - SL Green Realty Corp. (NYSE: SLG) today reported funds from operations available to common stockholders, or FFO, of $55.5 million, or $1.13 per share, for the third quarter ended September 30, 2006, consistent with the same quarter in 2005. The results for 2005 included an incentive fee of $10.8 million ($0.24 per share). Excluding the incentive fee, FFO for the quarter ended September 30, 2006 would have increased approximately 35.8% over the same quarter in 2005. The Company also reported FFO of $3.42 per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2006, an 8.9% increase over the same period in 2005, which was $3.14 per share.
Net income available to common stockholders totaled $118.7 million, or $2.53 per share for the third quarter and $171.5 million, or $3.78 per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2006, an increase of $81.4 million and $54.8 million over the respective periods in 2005. 2006 year-to-date results include gains on sale of $2.08 per share compared to gains on sale of $1.04 per share in 2005.
All per share amounts are presented on a diluted basis.
Operating and Leasing Activity
For the third quarter of 2006, the Company reported revenues and EBITDA of $138.4 million and $75.3 million, respectively, increases of $22.8 million (or 19.7%) and $6.6 million (or 9.6%), 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 acquisitions in 2005 and 2006, including 28 West 44th Street (February 2005), an additional interest in 19 West 44th Street (June 2005), 521 Fifth Avenue (March 2006), 609 Fifth Avenue (June 2006) and an investment in 717 Fifth Avenue (September 2006). Same-store GAAP NOI on a combined basis increased by 7.5% for the third quarter when compared to the same quarter in 2005, with the wholly-owned properties increasing 11.1% to $45.3 million during the third quarter and the joint venture properties increasing by 1.5% to $24.9 million.
Average starting office rents of $62.67 per rentable square foot for the third quarter represented a 25.8% increase over the previously fully escalated rents.
Occupancy for the portfolio increased from 95.9% at June 30, 2006 to 96.1% at September 30, 2006. During the quarter, the Company signed 62 leases totaling 649,000 square feet, with 56 leases and 586,000 square feet representing office leases.
Significant leasing activities during the third quarter included:
Real Estate Investment Activity
During the third quarter of 2006, the Company announced new investments totaling approximately $6.2 billion.
Investment activity announced during the third quarter included:
Financing and Capital Activity
In July 2006, the Company sold 2.5 million shares of its common stock for net proceeds, after deducting underwriting discounts, commissions and transaction expenses, of approximately $268.5 million.
In anticipation of the closing of the Reckson acquisition, the Company has received approximately $2.1 billion of financing commitments. The Company entered into a $150.0 million forward-starting swap in order to reduce the Company's exposure to floating rate debt upon consummation of the Reckson transaction. The balance of the purchase price is expected to be funded through the issuance of approximately 9 million shares of SL Green common stock, and the assumption of Reckson's existing debt.
In October 2006, the Company formed Belmont Insurance Company, an insurance captive. The captive, which received licensing from the New York State Insurance Department, was formed to insure a portion of certain risks of SL Green. It is currently licensed to write up to $100 million of coverage for SL Green.
Green Loan Services LLC (GLS), an affiliate of SL Green Realty Corp., has been designated a Special Servicer by Standard & Poor's. Established in 2005 to serve as the Special Servicer for Gramercy Real Estate CDO 2005-1 Ltd., the first CDO issued by Gramercy Capital Corp. (NYSE: GKK), GLS services owned-loan portfolios acquired through SL Green's and Gramercy's structured finance businesses, and also provides servicing work emanating from SL Green's third-party investor relationships. In addition, GLS acts as the Special Servicer for six large CMBS loans secured by Manhattan office properties in which SL Green owns the B notes.
Structured Finance Activity
The Company's structured finance investments totaled $347.6 million on September 30, 2006, an increase of $13.6 million over the balance at June 30, 2006. The structured finance investments currently have a weighted average maturity of 6.9 years. The weighted average yield for the quarter ended September 30, 2006 was 10.32%, consistent with the yield for the quarter ended June 30, 2006.
During the third quarter 2006, the Company originated $32.5 million of structured finance investments with an initial yield of 11.69%. In addition, the Company received redemptions totaling approximately $19.2 million that were yielding 10.97%.
Investment In Gramercy Capital Corp.
At September 30, 2006, the book value of the Company's investment in Gramercy totaled $117.2 million. Fees earned from various arrangements between the Company and Gramercy totaled approximately $6.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2006, including an incentive fee of $1.8 million earned as a result of Gramercy's FFO (as defined in the organizational documents of Gramercy) exceeding the 9.5% annual return on equity performance threshold. For the nine months ended September 30, 2006, the Company earned $16.4 million in fees from Gramercy. The Company's share of FFO generated from its investment in Gramercy totaled approximately $4.1 million and $11.0 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2006, respectively, compared to $2.6 million and $5.9 million for the same periods in the prior year.
The Company's marketing, general and administrative, or MG&A, expenses include the consolidation of the expenses of its subsidiary GKK Manager LLC, the entity which manages and advises Gramercy. For the quarter ended September 30, 2006, the Company's MG&A includes approximately $2.2 million of costs associated with Gramercy. MG&A for this quarter also includes approximately $0.4 million of expense associated with the Company's 2006 outperformance plan.
During the third quarter of 2006, the Company declared quarterly dividends on its outstanding common and preferred stock as follows:
SL Green also announced that Chief Operating Officer Gerard T. Nocera is leaving the Company, effective November 30, 2006.
Mr. Nocera has been with the SL Green organization since 1991 -- serving as Executive Vice President-Director of Leasing with SL Green Properties until 1997, and then with SL Green Realty Corp. until 2004 when he was named COO. In his most recent position, he has overseen all redevelopment projects and leasing programs during a period in which the Company has successfully acquired, repositioned and leased up a substantial number of properties and has grown rapidly.
Marc Holliday, President & CEO commented, "Gerry Nocera was here from the start of SL Green's rise to the top of the New York City office market. He made a great many key contributions to the Company's growth and financial success over the years. We are grateful to Gerry for what he has done and we wish him great success in his future endeavors."
Mr. Nocera's responsibilities will be assumed by members of the Company's senior management team until a successor is named.
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, October 24, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. ET to discuss third quarter financial results. The conference call may be accessed by dialing (866) 825-1692 Domestic or (617) 213-8059 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, October 31, 2006 by dialing (888) 286-8010 Domestic or (617) 801-6888 International, using pass code 64785608.
The Supplemental Package outlining third 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. The Company is the only publicly held REIT that specializes exclusively in this niche. As of September 30, 2006, the Company owned 27 office properties totaling 18.4 million square feet. The Company's retail space ownership totals approximately 300,000 square feet at eight properties.
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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 7 and 9 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