NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 23, 2001-- - 15% same store portfolio cash NOI growth
SL Green Realty Corp. (NYSE:SLG) reported improved operating results for the three months ended September 30, 2001.
During the period, funds from operations (FFO) before minority interests totaled $24.0 million, or $0.73 per share (diluted), compared to $20.1 million, or $0.70 per share (diluted), for the same quarter in 2000. The 2001 quarterly results include a $1.0 million charge, or $0.03 per share, for a one-time contribution to the Twin Towers Fund. Excluding this contribution, third quarter earnings would have been $0.76 per share, representing a 9% improvement over the prior year. The FFO per share calculation is reflective of the Company's five million common share issuance in the third quarter of 2001 which increased the weighted average dilutive shares outstanding to 36.1 million, a 13% increase over the prior year. This growth was primarily attributable to strong same store cash NOI growth of 15%.
Nine month results were also strong, reflecting a 14% FFO increase over 2000 as FFO before minority interests totaled $68.6 million or $2.25 per share (diluted), compared to $55.6 million or $1.97 per share (diluted) for the same period in the previous year. This growth is also attributable to strong same store cash NOI growth of 16%.
For the quarter, net income available to common shareholders, adjusted for property sales, extraordinary items and the cumulative effect of an accounting change increased 14% to $13.6 million, or $0.43 per share (diluted) as compared to $11.9 million, or $0.43 per share (diluted), for the same period in the previous year. For the nine months ended September 30, 2001, adjusted net income increased 25% to $39.1 million, or $1.36 per share (diluted), as compared to $31.4 million, or $1.16 per share (diluted), for the same period in the previous year.
Total quarterly revenues increased in the third quarter to $61.9 million (1.7%) compared to last year's $60.9 million. The $1.0 million growth in revenue resulted primarily from:
These revenue increases were partially offset by reduced revenues of properties sold ($6.0 million) and investment and preferred equity income ($1.0 million). The $1.0 million decrease in investment and preferred equity income is due to the following: (i) $0.7 million from yield maintenance received from the early redemption of a preferred equity investment on 1370 Avenue of the Americas in third quarter 2000 and (ii) lower yields primarily from reduced interest rates ($0.5 million) and investment spreads ($0.9 million) and the decrease is partially offset by the higher weighted average structured finance investment balance outstanding ($1.3 million).
During the third quarter, same store cash NOI increased $3.3 million to $25.6 million, as compared to $22.3 million over the same period in the prior year. Cash NOI margins before ground rent improved year over year from 55.2% to 60.2%. The improvement in cash NOI was driven primarily by a $3.4 million increase in cash revenue due to:
The net increase in revenue was partially offset by $0.2 million increase in real estate taxes with operating expenses remaining flat. Approximately 90.0% of the quarterly electric expense was recovered through the utility clause in the tenants' leases.
The Company's third quarter EBITDA increased $1.6 million resulting in increased margins before ground rent of 66.0% in 2001 as compared to 65.4% for the same period last year. After ground rent, margins improved to 60.6% in 2001 from 59.7% in the corresponding prior year period. Margin improvement was driven by the Company's primary real estate investment themes:
These increases in EBITDA were partially offset by (i) an increase in MG&A ($1.6 million) primarily due to a $1.0 million contribution to the Twin Towers fund and increased personnel costs, (ii) a decrease in investments and other income ($0.7 million) and (iii) a loss from equity in affiliates as compared to net income in the prior year ($0.1 million).
FFO for the quarter ended September 30, 2001 improved $3.9 million primarily as a result of a $1.6 million increase in EBITDA, increased FFO adjustment from joint ventures ($1.4 million) and lower interest costs ($0.9 million). Lower interest costs ($0.9 million) were associated with: higher average debt levels due to net acquisition and new investment debt activity ($1.5 million), the higher average debt levels due to the funding of ongoing capital projects and working capital requirements ($0.2 million), and the proceeds from the Company's July common stock offering ($1.6 million) offset by lower interest rates from floating rate debt ($0.9 million).
During the quarter ended September 30, 2001, the Company recorded an extraordinary loss of $0.3 million due to the early extinguishment of debt that was excluded from the Company's FFO results. The 2001 quarterly results of the Company exclude a gain on sale of property interest that totaled $0.6 million and the 2000 quarterly results exclude a gain on redemption of a preferred equity investment totaling ($5.6 million).
At the end of the quarter, consolidated debt totaled $484.1 million, reflecting a debt to market capitalization ratio of 30.0%.
New Property Activity
1250 Broadway Acquisition
On September 24, 2001, the Company acquired a 49.9% interest in 1250 Broadway from its joint venture partner, The Carlyle Group, for approximately $29.5 million. In conjunction with this transaction, Salomon Smith Barney provided $85 million of first mortgage financing. 1250 Broadway is a 39-story building with approximately 685,000 square feet, and occupies the block front between 31st and 32nd Streets on Broadway. It is currently 99.6% leased. The going-in cash NOI yield on the investment is approximately 9.5% per annum. The Company is currently implementing a $5 million capital improvement program to significantly renovate and upgrade the property. During the quarter, Visiting Nurse Services of New York, a current tenant in the building, expanded into 80,000 square feet at an average rent over $40.00 per square foot and simultaneously replaced 25,000 square feet previously occupied by technology tenants. The acquisition is the first step in transitioning the property to a long-term ownership position with a new capital partner.
110 East 42nd Street Sale
The Company sold a 69,700 square foot condominium interest in its property located at 110 East 42nd Street for $14.5 million, or approximately $208 per square foot. In connection with the sale, the Company recognized a gain of approximately $0.6 million. The Company will manage the condominium and continues to own the remaining 181,000 square feet of the property through a condominium interest.
The News Building Preferred Equity Investment
On September 10, 2001 the Company announced the purchase of a $53.5 million preferred equity investment in The News Building, a 1.1 million square foot office building located at 220 East 42nd Street, New York. The investment was made into an entity affiliated with The Witkoff Group and DRA Advisors, Inc. who continue to own a majority interest in the property. In connection with the transaction, SL Green has assumed leasing responsibilities at the property.
New Structured Finance Activity
The Company has completed the following transactions:
Common Share Issuance
On July 25th, the Company sold 5 million common shares at a gross price of $30.66 per share. After the underwriter's discount, net proceeds to the Company totaled $149.0 million, or $29.80 per share. The immediate use of proceeds was to pay down the Company's unsecured revolving credit facility.
Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan
The Company filed a registration statement with the SEC to register a dividend reinvestment and stock purchase plan ("DRIP") which was declared effective on September 24, 2001. The Company registered 3 million shares of common stock under the DRIP.
As of September 30, 2001, the Company's portfolio consists of interests in 25 properties, aggregating 10.0 million square feet.
SL Green Realty Corp. is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust ("REIT") that acquires, owns, repositions and manages a portfolio of Manhattan office properties. The Company is the only publicly held REIT who specializes exclusively in this niche.
Financial Tables attached.
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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 and industrial real estate
markets in New York, competitive market conditions, unanticipated
administrative costs, timing of leasing income, general and local
economic growth, interest rates and capital market conditions. For
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Securities and Exchange Commission.
SL GREEN REALTY CORP. STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS--UNAUDITED (Amounts in thousands, except per share data) Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, September 30, 2001 2000 2001 2000 Revenue: Rental revenue, net $ 47,971 $ 47,647 $ 156,379 $ 140,998 Escalations & reimbursement revenues 9,114 7,593 24,467 18,941 Signage rent 424 496 953 1,593 Investment income 3,306 3,696 11,626 7,324 Preferred equity income 630 1,272 630 2,579 Other income 479 170 1,339 693 Total revenues 61,924 60,874 195,394 172,128 Expenses: Operating expenses 15,076 15,260 44,983 41,893 Ground rent 3,101 3,164 9,419 9,505 Interest 9,785 10,698 36,853 30,243 Depreciation and amortization 9,047 8,300 27,956 24,519 Real estate taxes 7,452 7,299 23,590 21,688 Marketing, general and administrative 4,116 2,540 11,331 8,517 Total expenses 48,577 47,261 154,132 136,365 13,347 13,613 41,262 35,763 Equity in net income (loss) from affiliates (57) 71 (984) 609 Equity in net income from unconsolidated joint ventures 2,752 586 6,020 2,209 Income before minority interest, extraordinary items, property sales, cumulative effect adjustment and preferred stock dividends and accretion 16,042 14,270 46,298 38,581 Minority interests (1,010) (1,496) (3,496) (4,964) Extraordinary loss, net of minority interest (332) -- (430) (430) Gain on sale of rental properties 647 5,624 5,164 24,646 Cumulative effect of accounting change -- -- (532) -- Preferred stock dividends and accretion (2,414) (2,407) (7,243) (7,220) Net income available to common shareholders $ 12,933 $ 15,991 $ 39,761 $ 50,613 Net income per share (Basic) $ 0.45 $ 0.65 $ 1.53 $ 2.08 Net income per share (Diluted) $ 0.44 $ 0.62 $ 1.50 $ 1.98 Funds From Operations (FFO) FFO per share (Basic) $ 0.78 $ 0.75 $ 2.42 $ 2.08 FFO per share (Diluted) $ 0.73 $ 0.70 $ 2.25 $ 1.97 FFO Calculation: Income before minority interests, preferred stock dividends, extraordinary loss, property sales and cumulative effect adjustment $ 16,042 $ 14,270 $ 46,298 $ 38,581 Less: Preferred stock dividend (2,300) (2,300) (6,900) (6,900) Add: Joint venture FFO adjustment 2,225 842 4,579 2,468 Depreciation and amortization 9,047 8,300 27,956 24,519 Amortization of deferred financing costs and depreciation of non-real estate assets (1,059) (1,042) (3,371) (3,105) FFO - BASIC 23,955 20,070 68,562 55,563 Add: Preferred stock dividends 2,300 2,300 6,900 6,900 FFO - DILUTED $ 26,255 $ 22,370 $ 75,462 $ 62,463 Basic ownership interests Weighted average REIT common shares 28,511 24,458 25,988 24,329 Weighted average partnership units held by minority interest 2,280 2,346 2,286 2,385 Basic weighted average shares and units outstanding 30,791 26,804 28,274 26,714 Diluted ownership interest Weighted average REIT common and common share equivalent shares 29,093 24,954 26,506 24,678 Weighted average partnership units held by minority interests 2,280 2,346 2,286 2,385 Common share equivalents for preferred stock 4,699 4,699 4,699 4,699 Diluted weighted average equivalent shares and units outstanding 36,072 31,999 33,491 31,762 SL Green Realty Corp. Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Amounts in Thousands) September 30, December 31, 2001 2000 Assets (unaudited) Commercial real estate properties, at cost: Land and land interests $ 138,337 $ 125,572 Buildings and improvements 679,821 618,637 Building leasehold 143,198 139,393 Property under capital lease 12,208 12,208 973,564 895,810 Less accumulated depreciation (93,339) (78,432) 880,225 817,378 Properties held for sale -- 10,895 Cash and cash equivalents 5,991 10,793 Restricted cash 37,104 86,823 Tenant receivables, net $3,905 and $1,723 reserve in 2001 and 2000, respectively 12,229 7,580 Related party receivables 1,883 917 Deferred rents receivable net of provision for doubtful accounts of $4,813 and $4,860 in 2001 and 2000, respectively 50,060 45,816 Investment in and advances to affiliates 8,570 6,373 Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures 143,049 65,031 Structured finance investments 157,901 51,293 Deferred costs, net 36,066 40,113 Other assets 13,093 18,142 Total assets $ 1,346,171 $ 1,161,154 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Mortgage notes payable $ 411,393 $ 414,342 Revolving credit facility 72,738 46,374 Accrued interest payable 1,935 2,349 Accounts payable and accrued expenses 20,827 24,818 Deferred revenue 1,363 1,112 Deferred compensation awards 1,838 2,833 Derivative instruments -- fair value 4,987 -- Capitalized lease obligations 15,505 15,303 Deferred land lease payable 13,926 13,158 Dividend and distributions payable 14,775 12,678 Security deposits 18,903 19,014 Total liabilities 578,190 551,981 Minority interests 46,474 43,326 8% Preferred Income Equity Redeemable Stock $0.01 par value, $25.00 mandatory liquidation preference 25,000 shares authorized, 4,600 outstanding in 2001 and 2000 111,117 110,774 Stockholders' Equity Common stock, $0.01 par value 100,000 shares authorized, 29,944 and 24,516 issued and outstanding in 2001 and 2000, respectively 300 246 Additional paid - in capital 582,874 428,698 Deferred compensation plan (8,400) (5,037) Accumulated other comprehensive loss (4,500) -- Retained earnings 40,116 31,166 Total stockholders' equity 610,390 455,073 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,346,171 $ 1,161,154 SL GREEN REALTY CORP. SELECTED OPERATING DATA-UNAUDITED September 30, 2001 2000 Operating Data: Net rentable area at end of period (in 000's)(1) 10,036 9,131 Portfolio occupancy percentage at end of period 98% 98% Same store occupancy percentage at end of period 98% 98% Number of properties in operation 25 23 (1) Includes wholly-owned and majority and minority owned properties.