New York, NY, April 27, 2011 - SL Green Realty Corp. (NYSE: SLG) today reported funds from operations, or FFO, of $142.8 million, or $1.75 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, compared to $85.0 million, or $1.07 per diluted share, for the same quarter in 2010.
Net income attributable to common stockholders totaled $80.9 million, or $1.01 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, compared to $15.1 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the same quarter in 2010.
Operating and Leasing Activity
For the first quarter of 2011, the Company reported revenues and EBITDA of $334.3 million and $211.9 million, respectively, an increase of 33.3 percent and 52.3 percent compared to $250.9 million and $139.1 million, respectively, for the same period in 2010.
Same-store GAAP NOI on a combined basis increased by 2.3 percent to $168.1 million for the first quarter of 2011 when compared to the same quarter in 2010, with the consolidated properties increasing by 2.0 percent to $131.7 million and the unconsolidated joint venture properties increasing 3.6 percent to $36.4 million.
Occupancy for the Company's stabilized Manhattan portfolio at March 31, 2011 was 94.9 percent as compared to 94.0 percent for the same period in the previous year. During the quarter, the Company signed 66 leases in its Manhattan portfolio totaling 577,083 square feet. Nine leases totaling 149,540 square feet represented office leases that replaced previous vacancy, while 45 office leases comprising 416,043 square feet had average starting rents of $50.15 per rentable square foot, representing a 10.6 percent increase over the previously fully escalated rents on the same office spaces. The average lease term on the Manhattan office leases signed in the first quarter was 8.4 years and average tenant concessions were 3.2 months of free rent with a tenant improvement allowance of $29.13 per rentable square foot. Leases totaling 714,133 square feet commenced during the first quarter, of which 559,552 square feet represented office leases that had average starting rents of $48.20 per rentable square foot, representing a 0.9 percent increase over the previously fully escalated rents on the same office spaces.
Occupancy for the Company's Suburban portfolio was 86.3 percent at March 31, 2011. During the quarter, the Company signed 38 leases in the Suburban portfolio totaling 141,930 square feet. Eight leases and 27,476 square feet represented office leases that replaced previous vacancy, while 26 office leases comprising 101,023 square feet had average starting rents of $33.50 per rentable square foot, representing a 0.1 percent increase over the previously fully escalated rents on the same office spaces. The average lease term on the Suburban office leases signed in the first quarter was 5.9 years and average tenant concessions were 4.8 months of free rent with a tenant improvement allowance of $15.20 per rentable square foot. Leases totaling 152,566 square feet commenced during the first quarter, of which 109,051 square feet represented office leases that had average starting rents of $33.50 per rentable square foot, representing a 3.2 percent decrease over the previously fully escalated rents on the same office spaces.
Significant leases that were signed during the first quarter included:
Marketing, general and administrative, or MG&A, expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 were $20.0 million, or 6.0 percent of total revenues, compared to $18.4 million, or 7.3 percent of total revenues, for the quarter ended March 31, 2010.
Real Estate Investment Activity
In January 2011, the Company purchased City Investment Fund's 49.9% interest in 521 Fifth Avenue, thereby assuming full ownership of the building. The transaction valued the consolidated interest at approximately $245.7 million. Subsequent to the end of the quarter, in April 2011, the Company refinanced the property with a new $150.0 million 2-year mortgage which carried a floating rate of interest of 200 basis points over the 30-day LIBOR and exercised its right to acquire the fee interest in the property for $15.0 million.
In January 2011, SL Green acquired a 48.9 percent interest in the newly renovated 741,500 square foot 3 Columbus Circle, New York. The acquisition was accomplished through a recapitalization that included a $138.7 million equity investment by SL Green, a portion of which was in the form of SL Green Operating Partnership Units, and a bridge loan provided by SL Green and Deutsche Bank. Subsequent to the end of the quarter, in April 2011, the joint venture refinanced the bridge loan and replaced it with a $260.0 million 5-year mortgage with the Bank of China, which carries a floating rate of interest of 210 basis points over the 30-day LIBOR, at which point SL Green and Deutsche Bank were repaid,. The joint venture has the ability to increase the mortgage by $40.0 million based on meeting certain performance hurdles. The Company believes the property is now fully capitalized for all costs necessary to complete the redevelopment and lease-up of the building and a marketing and leasing campaign has recently been launched.
In March 2011, SL Green entered into an agreement to sell its 359,000 square foot property located at 28 West 44th Street for $161.0 million. This transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of 2011 and is subject to customary closing conditions.
Financing and Capital Activity
In 2011, the Company, along with SL Green Operating Partnership, entered into At-The-Market or "ATM" programs to sell $525.0 million of its common stock. As of April 27, 2011, the Company had sold 4,199,099 shares of its common stock through the ATM for aggregate proceeds of approximately $311.0 million ($306.3 million after related expenses).
In March 2011, the Company unencumbered 100 Church Street, New York, by repaying the $139.7 million mortgage securing the property. This mortgage, which carried an effective interest rate of 5.1%, was scheduled to mature in January 2013
In January 2011, the Company repaid its $84.8 million, 5.15% unsecured notes at par on the maturity date.
Debt and Preferred Equity Investment Activity
The Company's debt and preferred equity investment portfolio totaled $579.3 million at March 31, 2011, a decrease of 39.9 percent, or $384.5 million, from December 31, 2010. During the first quarter, the Company purchased and originated new debt investments totaling $104.0 million, which are directly collateralized by commercial office properties, and received $490.3 million of proceeds from investments that were sold, redeemed or repaid. The debt and preferred equity investment portfolio had a weighted average maturity of 3.4 years as of March 31, 2011 and had a weighted average yield for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 of 7.5 percent, exclusive of loans with a net carrying value of $102.3 million, which are on non-accrual status.
In March 2011, the Company sold its debt investments in 280 Park Avenue, New York, to a newly formed 50/50 joint venture with Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE: VNO). The Company realized $38.7 million of additional income upon the sale, which is included in preferred equity and investment income for the first quarter. The joint venture also assumed $30 million of the Company's floating rate financing which matures in June 2016 and carried a weighted average interest rate for the quarter of 1.20%.
During the first quarter of 2011, the Company declared quarterly dividends on its outstanding common and preferred stock as follows:
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 webcast on Thursday, April 28, 2011 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 and on Thomson's StreetEvents Network. The conference may also be accessed by dialing 800.884.5695 Domestic or 617.786.2960 International, using pass-code "SL Green."
A replay of the call will be available through May 3, 2011 by dialing 888.286.8010 Domestic or 617.801.6888 International, using pass-code 28180065.
SL Green Realty Corp., New York City's largest office landlord, is the only fully integrated real estate investment trust, or REIT, that is focused primarily on acquiring, managing and maximizing value of Manhattan commercial properties. As of March 31, 2011, SL Green owned interests in 43 Manhattan properties totaling more than 29.7 million square feet. This included ownership interests in 22.3 million square feet of office buildings, ownership interests in 334,782 square feet of free-standing and condominium retail properties, and debt and preferred equity investments secured by 7.4 million square feet of properties. In addition to its Manhattan investments, SL Green holds interests in 31 suburban assets totaling 6.8 million square feet in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Westchester County, Connecticut and New Jersey, along with six development properties encompassing approximately 1.3 million square feet and three land interests.
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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 pages 10 and 11 of this release and in the Company's Supplemental Package.
This press release contains "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. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release are forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance, achievements or transactions of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance, achievements or transactions expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties and other factors relate to, among others, the strength of the commercial office real estate markets in the New York metro area, reduced demand for office space, unanticipated increases in financing and other costs, competitive market conditions, unanticipated administrative costs, divergent interests from or the financial condition of our joint venture partners, 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, environmental, regulatory and/or safety requirements, and other factors, all of which are beyond the Company's control. Additional information or factors that could affect the Company and the forward-looking statements contained herein are included in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company assumes no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking statements that become untrue because of subsequent events.
Ratings are not recommendations to buy, sell or hold the Company's securities.
Chief Financial Officer