New York, NY, October 26, 2009 - SL Green Realty Corp. (NYSE: SLG) today reported funds from operations, or FFO, of $78.1 million, or $0.98 per share (diluted), for the quarter ended September 30, 2009, a decrease of 28.5% compared to $83.1 million, or $1.37 per share (diluted), for the same quarter in 2008.
Net loss attributable to common stockholders totaled $2.5 million, or $0.03 per share (diluted), for the quarter ended September 30, 2009, compared to net income of $28.8 million, or $0.49 per share (diluted), for the same quarter in 2008.
Operating and Leasing Activity
For the third quarter of 2009, the Company reported revenues and EBITDA of $249.6 million and $141.7 million, respectively, a decrease of $18.7 million, or 7.0%, and $9.0 million, or 6.0%, respectively, compared to the same period in 2008. The decrease is primarily due to lower investment income and greater loan loss reserves in 2009 compared to 2008.
Same-store GAAP NOI on a combined basis increased by 5.9% for the third quarter when compared to the same quarter in 2008, with the consolidated properties increasing 5.6% to $133.3 million and the unconsolidated joint venture properties increasing 6.5% to $53.1 million. For the first nine months of 2009, combined same-store GAAP NOI growth was 3.5%, including 3.3% from the consolidated same-store properties and 4.1% from the unconsolidated joint venture same-store properties.
Occupancy for the Manhattan portfolio at September 30, 2009 was 95.7%. During the quarter, the Company signed or commenced 36 leases in the Manhattan portfolio totaling 278,819 square feet, of which 28 leases and 251,888 square feet represented office leases. Average starting Manhattan office rents of $47.31 per rentable square foot on the 251,888 square feet of leases signed or commenced during the third quarter represented a 5.2% increase over the previously fully escalated rents. The average lease term was 9.6 years and average tenant concessions were 6.9 months of free rent with a tenant improvement allowance of $56.19 per rentable square foot.
Average starting Suburban office rents of $29.46 per rentable square foot for the third quarter represented a 5.7% decrease over the previously fully escalated rents. Occupancy for the Suburban portfolio was 90.4% at September 30, 2009 compared to 90.3% at June 30, 2009. During the quarter, the Company signed 28 leases in the Suburban portfolio totaling 158,580 square feet, of which 24 leases and 155,960 square feet represented office leases.
During the quarter, the Company had solid leasing activity at 100 Park Avenue, 420 Lexington Avenue, 750 Third Avenue, 1515 Broadway, all in New York City, and 140 Grand Street and the Meadows in the suburbs.
Leases which were signed or commenced during the third quarter included:
- New lease with Marcum & Kliegman, LLP for approximately 67,152 square feet at 750 Third Avenue.
- New lease with Syska Hennessy Group, Inc. for approximately 64,788 square feet at 1515 Broadway.
- New lease with ECT Capital LLC for approximately 20,626 square feet at 100 Park Avenue.
- Renewal with The County of Westchester for approximately 17,800 square feet at 140 Grand Street, Westchester.
- New lease with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman for approximately 16,056 square feet at 1010 Washington Boulevard, CT.
Marketing, general and administrative, or MG&A, expenses for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 was approximately $18.9 million down from $20.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2008.
Real Estate Investment Activity
In August 2009, the Company sold 399 Knollwood, CT for $20.7 million, which included approximately $1.9 million of cash and the assumption of mortgage financing of $18.5 million. The sales price of $142.00 per square foot represents a capitalization rate of 8.3%. The Company recorded a loss on the sale of approximately $11.4 million.
In August 2009, we entered into a sale and purchase agreement to sell a 49.5% interest in Green 485 JV LLC, or the Joint Venture, the owner of 485 Lexington Avenue, to a partnership comprised of Optibase Ltd. (Nasdaq: OBAS) and Gilmor USA LLC, or the Purchasers. The transaction results in an implied asset valuation of approximately $504.2 million for the property. Upon closing, the Purchasers will pay us approximately $20.8 million for a 49.5% interest in the Joint Venture and will also make a $20.0 million non-recourse loan to us maturing in 2021 which will be secured by a pledge by us of an additional 49.5% interest in the Joint Venture, with our retaining an unencumbered 1% interest in the Joint Venture. In addition, the Purchasers will also acquire an option based in general on fair market value, exercisable generally until 2022 subject to certain limitations, to purchase our 49.5% pledged ownership interests in the Joint Venture, subject to certain limitations. Prior to closing, we will also make a $12.2 million, 9.0% loan due in 2013, to the Joint Venture. The existing $450.0 million mortgage will remain an obligation of the Joint Venture. The transaction is subject to certain conditions, including the existing lender's approval of the transfer of ownership in Green 485 JV LLC and such lender's approval of substitute guarantors under the loan. There is no assurance that the conditions precedent contemplated in the sale-purchase agreement will be fulfilled or that the transaction will be consummated at such time or at all.
Financing and Capital Activity
The Company repurchased approximately $33.0 million of its exchangeable bonds since July 1, 2009, realizing gains on early extinguishment of debt aggregating approximately $1.2 million.
In August 2009, the Company amended the 2007 unsecured revolving credit facility to provide it with the ability to acquire a portion of the loans outstanding under the facility. During the third quarter, a subsidiary of the Company repurchased $48.0 million of the total commitment at a discount, and the Company realized a $7.1 million gain on the early extinguishment of debt.
In August 2009, the Company closed on the refinancing of 420 Lexington Avenue with a new lender. This $145.0 million financing, provided at a 7.5% fixed interest rate, matures in 2016 and features two one-year extension options. It enabled the Company to prepay the $108.1 million outstanding on the former mortgage. In connection with this financing, the Company incurred a defeasance charge of approximately $10.5 million, which is included in interest expense for the third quarter.
In September 2009, the Company, along with its joint venture partner Prudential Real Estate Investors, closed on a financing at 100 Park Avenue with new lenders. The $215.0 million financing, provided at a 6.64% fixed interest rate, matures in 2014 and features two one-year extension options. It enabled the joint venture to retire the former $175.0 million mortgage.
Also in September 2009, the Company, along with its joint venture partner Jeff Sutton, closed on an amendment to the financing at 1551-1555 Broadway with the existing lenders. At closing, the loan was fully drawn to the reduced committed amount of $133.6 million. The maturity date was extended to October 2011, has a one-year extension option and carries a variable interest rate of 400 basis points over the 30-day LIBOR. The property is net leased to American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO).
In July 2009, the Company closed on a $40.0 million upsize to the financing secured by 625 Madison Avenue. The amortizing loan, which is co-terminus with the existing mortgage, resulted in a blended fixed interest rate of 7.22% on the combined $136.2 million loan.
Structured Finance Activity
The Company's structured finance investments totaled approximately $614.5 million at September 30, 2009 (excluding approximately $1.0 million of structured finance investments which were classified as held for sale at September 30, 2009), a decrease of approximately $132.4 million from the balance at December 31, 2008. During the third quarter, the Company closed on a $16.1 million structured finance investment secured by a New York City property. Also during the third quarter, the Company recorded approximately $16.1 million in additional loan loss reserves against its structured finance investments. The structured finance investments currently have a weighted average maturity of 3.7 years and a weighted average yield for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 of 10.2%, exclusive of loans totaling $59.1 million which are on non-accrual status.
During the third quarter of 2009, the Company declared quarterly dividends on its outstanding common and preferred stock as follows:
- $0.10 per share of common stock. Dividends were paid on October 15, 2009 to stockholders of record on the close of business on September 30, 2009.
- $0.4766 and $0.4922 per share on the Company's Series C and D Preferred Stock, respectively, for the period July 15, 2009 through and including October 14, 2009. Dividends were paid on October 15, 2009 to stockholders of record on the close of business on September 30, 2009, and reflect regular quarterly dividends, which are the equivalent of annualized dividend of $1.90625 and $1.96875, respectively.
Conference Call and Audio Webcast
The Company's executive management team, led by Marc Holliday, Chief Executive Officer, will host a conference call and audio web cast on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 2:00 pm ET to discuss the financial results. The Supplemental Package will be available prior to the quarterly conference call on the Company's website, www.slgreen.com, under "financial reports" in the investors section.
The live conference will be webcast in listen-only mode on the Company's website under "event calendar & webcasts" in the investors' section of the website and on Thomson's StreetEvents Network. The conference may also be accessed by dialing 866.783.2140 Domestic or 857.350.1599 International, using pass-code "SL Green."
A replay of the call will be available through November 3, 2009 by dialing 888.286.8010 Domestic or 617.801.6888 International, using pass-code 97277223.
The Supplemental Package outlining the Company's third quarter 2009 financial results will be available prior to the quarterly conference call on the Company's website.
Annual Institutional Investor Conference
SL Green will host its 2009 Annual Institutional Investor Conference on Monday, December 7, 2009. To sign up for additional details on the event and/or to determine if you are eligible to attend, email your contact information, including the institution you are affiliated with, to SLG.email@example.com.
SL Green Realty Corp. is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust, or REIT, that predominantly acquires, owns, repositions and manages Manhattan office properties. The Company is the only publicly held REIT that specializes in this niche. As of September 30, 2009, the Company owned interests in 29 New York City office properties totaling approximately 23,211,200 square feet, making it New York's largest office landlord. In addition, at September 30, 2009, SL Green held investment interests in, among other things, eight retail properties encompassing approximately 374,812 square feet, three development properties encompassing approximately 399,800 square feet and two land interests, along with ownership interests in 31 suburban assets totaling 6,804,700 square feet in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Westchester County, Connecticut and New Jersey.
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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 can be found on page 10 of this release and in the Company's Supplemental Package.
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