STAG Industrial Announces Second Quarter 2016 Results

BOSTON, Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — STAG Industrial, Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE: STAG), a real estate investment trust focused on the acquisition and operation of single-tenant, industrial properties throughout the United States, today announced its financial and operating results for the second quarter of 2016.

“STAG and its industrial peers are benefiting from the very favorable conditions that currently exist in the U.S. industrial real estate market,” said Ben Butcher, Chief Executive Officer of the Company.  “Our disciplined and differentiated approach to real estate investing continues to deliver both income and growth to our shareholders.”

Highlights:

Please refer to the Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Defined Terms section at the end of this release for definitions of capitalized terms used in this release.

The Company will host a conference call tomorrow, August 3, 2016, to discuss the quarter’s results and provide information about acquisitions, operations, capital markets, and corporate activities. Details of the call can be found at the end of this release.

Key Financial Measures

Definitions of the above mentioned non-GAAP financial measures, together with reconciliations to Net Income (Loss) in accordance with GAAP, appear at the end of this release. Please also see the Company’s supplemental information package for additional disclosure.

Acquisition & Disposition Activity

For the three months ended June 30, 2016, the Company acquired five buildings for $58.2 million with an Occupancy Rate of 100% upon acquisition. The chart below details the acquisition activity for the quarter:

The chart below details the 2016 acquisition activity and pipeline through August 2, 2016:

 

During the three months ended June 30, 2016, the Company sold seven buildings consisting of 634,404 square feet for $17.8 million. The chart below details the disposition activity for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016:

 

Subsequent to quarter end and through August 2, 2016, the Company sold two non-core, flex/office buildings consisting of 51,509 square feet for $275,000 and has entered into two contracts to sell two buildings consisting of 236,065 square feet for $9.8 million.(1) 

Leasing Activity

Unless otherwise defined, the following leasing disclosure excludes non-core, flex/office assets.

For the three months ended June 30, 2016, the Company executed 13 leases for approximately 2.3 million square feet. The chart below details the leasing activity for leases signed during the quarter:

 

The chart below details the leasing activity for the six months ended June 30, 2016:

 

The Company experienced 75.4% Retention for leases expiring in the quarter. The chart below details the Retention activity for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016:

 

The Occupancy Rate of the portfolio as of June 30, 2016 was 94.9% and, when excluding non-core, flex/office buildings, 95.6%.

As of June 30, 2016, the Company’s portfolio included 19 non-core, flex/office buildings that constituted approximately 2% of the overall portfolio’s square footage and approximately 3% of the overall portfolio’s annualized base rental revenue. There was one non-core, flex/office lease signed for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 for 46,265 square feet for a term of 1.6 years.

Liquidity and Capital Market Activity

As of June 30, 2016, the Company had total Debt Capacity of $533 million and liquidity of $438 million, comprised of $8 million of cash and $430 million of Immediate Availability on the Company’s unsecured credit facility and unsecured term loans.

Subsequent to quarter end, the Company raised gross proceeds of $76.1 million of common equity at an average price of $23.77 through the Company’s ATM program.

Dividends

Subsequent to quarter end, on August 1, 2016, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a monthly common stock dividend of $0.115833 per share for the months of October, November, and December 2016. The chart below details the common dividends declared:

Subsequent to quarter end, on August 1, 2016, the Company’s Board of Directors declared the following third quarter preferred stock dividends:

The Company’s dividend policy is set by the Board of Directors, which considers, among other factors, REIT distribution requirements and recurring, distributable, cash income.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call tomorrow, Wednesday, August 3, at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) to discuss the quarter’s results.  The call can be accessed live over the phone toll-free by dialing (877) 407-4018, or for international callers, (201) 689-8471.  A replay will be available shortly after the call and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176, or for international callers, (858) 384-5517.  The passcode for the replay is 13639887.

Interested parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call by visiting the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.stagindustrial.com, or by clicking on the following link:

http://ir.stagindustrial.com/corporateprofile.aspx?iid=4263385

Supplemental Schedules

The Company has provided a supplemental information package to provide additional disclosure and financial information on its website (www.stagindustrial.com) under the “Presentations” tab in the Investor Relations section.

Additional information is also available on the Company’s website at www.stagindustrial.com.

 

 

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Definitions

Acquisition Capital Expenditure: We define Acquisition Capital Expenditure as Recurring and Non-Recurring Capital Expenditures identified at the time of acquisition and underwritten to occur in the first twelve months. Acquisition Capital Expenditures also include new lease commissions and tenant improvements for space that was not occupied under STAG’s ownership. 

Adjusted Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (Adjusted EBITDA), and Run Rate Adjusted EBITDA: We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) (computed in accordance with GAAP) before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization, property acquisition costs, gain on the sales of rental property, termination income, straight-line rent adjustments, non-cash compensation, intangible amortization in rental income, loss on impairments, loss on extinguishment of debt and other non-recurring items.

We define Run Rate Adjusted EBITDA as Adjusted EBITDA plus incremental Adjusted EBITDA related to acquisitions acquired in each quarter for which a full quarter’s results were not reflected less Adjusted EBITDA related to the quarter’s dispositions. Run Rate Adjusted EBITA does not reflect the Company’s historical results and does not predict future results, which may be substantially different.

Adjusted EBITDA and Run Rate EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net income (determined in accordance with GAAP) as an indication of our performance, and we believe that to understand our performance further, Adjusted EBITDA and Run Rate Adjusted EBITDA should be compared with our reported net income or net loss in accordance with GAAP, as presented in our consolidated financial statements. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA and Run Rate Adjusted EBITDA are helpful to investors as supplemental measures of the operating performance of a real estate company because they are direct measures of the actual operating results of our industrial properties. We also use these measures in ratios to compare our performance to that of our industry peers.

Capitalization Rate: We define Capitalization Rate as the estimated weighted average cash capitalization rate, calculated by dividing (i) the Company’s estimate of year one net operating income from the applicable property’s operations stabilized for occupancy (post-lease-up for vacant properties), which does not include termination income, miscellaneous other income, capital expenditures, general and administrative costs, reserves, tenant improvements and leasing commissions, credit loss, or vacancy loss, by (ii) the Purchase Price plus estimated Acquisition Capital Expenditures. These capitalization rate estimates are subject to risks, uncertainties, and assumptions and are not guarantees of future performance, which may be affected by known and unknown risks, trends, uncertainties, and factors that are beyond our control, including those risk factors contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015.

Comparable Lease: We define a Comparable Lease as a lease with a similar lease structure as compared to the previous in-place lease, excluding new leases for space that was not occupied under STAG’s ownership, leases on space with downtime in excess of two years, leases associated with non-core flex/office assets, and leases with materially different lease structures.

Debt Capacity: We define Debt Capacity as the aggregate undrawn nominal commitments under the Company’s unsecured debt instruments.

Funds from Operations (FFO), Core FFO, and Adjusted FFO (AFFO): We define FFO in accordance with the standards established by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”). FFO represents net income (loss) (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding gains (or losses) from sales of depreciable operating property, impairment write-downs of depreciable real estate, real estate related depreciation and amortization (excluding amortization of deferred financing costs and fair market value of debt adjustment) and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. Core FFO and AFFO exclude property acquisition costs, lease termination income, intangible amortization in rental income, loss on extinguishment of debt, and non-recurring other expenses. AFFO also excludes non-rental property depreciation and amortization, straight-line rent adjustments, non-cash portion of interest expense, non-cash compensation expense and deducts recurring capital expenditures and lease renewal commissions and tenant improvements.

None of FFO, Core FFO or AFFO should be considered as an alternative to net income (determined in accordance with GAAP) as an indication of our performance, and we believe that to understand our performance further, these measurements should be compared with our reported net income or net loss in accordance with GAAP, as presented in our consolidated financial statements. We use FFO as a supplemental performance measure because it is a widely recognized measure of the performance of REITs. FFO may be used by investors as a basis to compare our operating performance with that of other REITs. We and investors may use Core FFO and AFFO similarly as FFO.

However, because FFO, Core FFO and AFFO exclude, among other items, depreciation and amortization and capture neither the changes in the value of our buildings that result from use or market conditions nor the level of capital expenditures and leasing commissions necessary to maintain the operating performance of our buildings, all of which have real economic effects and could materially impact our results from operations, the utility of theses measures as measures of our performance is limited. In addition, other REITs may not calculate FFO in accordance with the NAREIT definition as we do, and, accordingly, our FFO may not be comparable to such other REITs’ FFO. Similarly, our calculations of Core FFO and AFFO may not be comparable to similarly titled measures disclosed by other REITs.

GAAP: U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

GAAP Rent Change: We define GAAP Rent Change as the change in the average base rent (excluding above/below market lease amortization as required by GAAP) of the Comparable Lease.

Immediate Availability: We define Immediate Availability as the amount of Debt Capacity the Company could immediately borrow consistent with the financial covenants in its debt instruments.

Net operating income (NOI), Cash NOI, and Run Rate Cash NOI: We define NOI as rental income, including reimbursements, less property expenses and real estate taxes, which excludes depreciation, amortization, loss on impairments, general and administrative expenses, interest expense, interest income, corporate sub-lease rental income, asset management fee income, property acquisition costs, loss on extinguishment of debt, gain on sales of rental property, and other expenses.

We define Cash NOI as NOI less straight-line rent adjustments and less intangible amortization in rental income.

We define Run Rate Cash NOI as Cash NOI plus Cash NOI adjusted for a full period of acquisitions, less cash termination income, and less Cash NOI from dispositions. Run rate Cash NOI does not reflect the Company’s historical results and does not predict future results, which may be substantially different.

We consider NOI, Cash NOI and Run Rate Cash NOI to be appropriate supplemental performance measures to net income because we believe they help us and investors understand the core operations of our buildings. None of these measures should be considered as an alternative to net income (determined in accordance with GAAP) as an indication of our performance, and we believe that to understand our performance further, these measurements should be compared with our reported net income or net loss in accordance with GAAP, as presented in our consolidated financial statements. Further, our calculations of NOI, Cash NOI and Run Rate NOI may not be comparable to similarly titled measures disclosed by other REITs.

Non-Recurring Capital Expenditures: We define Non-Recurring Capital Expenditures as capital items for upgrades or items that previously did not exist at a building or capital items which have a longer useful life, such as roof replacements.

Occupancy Rate: We define Occupancy Rate as the percentage of total leasable square footage for which the lease term has commenced as of the close of the reporting period. 

Pipeline: We define Pipleline as a point in time measure that includes all of the transactions under consideration by the Company’s acquisitions group that have passed the initial screening process.  The pipeline also includes transactions under contract and transactions with non-binding LOIs.

Recurring Capital Expenditures: We define Recurring Capital Expenditures as capital items required to sustain existing systems and capital items which generally have a shorter useful life. 

Renewal Lease: We define a Renewal Lease as a lease signed by an existing tenant to extend the term for twelve months or more, including (i) a renewal of the same space as the current lease at lease expiration, (ii) a renewal of only a portion of the current space at lease expiration and (iii) an early renewal or workout, which ultimately does extend the original term for twelve months or more, but the renewal term commences before the lease expiration of their current lease. Renewal Leases exclude flex/office assets unless otherwise defined.

Real Estate Cost Basis: We define Real Estate Cost Basis as the book value of rental property and deferred leasing intangibles, exclusive of the related accumulated depreciation and amortization.

Retention: We define Retention as the percentage determined by taking Renewal Lease square footage commencing in the period divided by square feet of leases expiring in the period.  Neither the Renewal Leases nor leases expiring include Temporary Leases or License Agreements. Retention excludes flex/office assets unless otherwise defined.

Temporary Leases/License Agreements: We define a Temporary Lease or a License Agreement as any lease that is signed for an initial term of less than twelve months; this includes short-term new leases and short-term renewal leases.

Weighted Average Lease Term: We define Weighted Average Lease Term as the lease term in years as of the lease start date weighted by square footage. Weighted Average Lease Term related to acquired assets reflects the remaining lease term in years as of the acquisition date weighted by square footage.

SOURCE STAG Industrial, Inc.

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