Boston Properties Announces First Quarter 2013 Results

Boston Properties Announces First Quarter 2013 Results

Reports diluted FFO per share of $1.06. Reports diluted EPS of $0.31

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Boston Properties, Inc. (NYSE: BXP), a real estate investment trust, reported results today for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.


Funds from Operations (FFO) for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 were $160.6 million, or $1.06 per share basic and $1.06 per share diluted. This compares to FFO for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 of $166.7 million, or $1.12 per share basic and $1.12 per share diluted. The weighted average number of basic and diluted shares outstanding totaled 151,645,578 and 153,259,143, respectively, for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 and 148,343,382 and 150,140,431, respectively, for the quarter ended March 31, 2012.

The Company's reported FFO of $1.06 per share diluted was lower than the guidance previously provided of $1.19-$1.21 per share. The Company's reported FFO included the following items, among others, that were not reflected in the guidance: $0.12 per share of greater than expected general and administrative expense due to the recently announced CEO succession and transition plan and a $0.05 per share impairment charge on a parcel of land located in San Jose, California, offset by $0.03 per share of improvement in portfolio operations.

Net income available to common shareholders was $47.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, compared to $48.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. Net income available to common shareholders per share (EPS) for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 was $0.32 basic and $0.31 on a diluted basis. This compares to EPS for the first quarter of 2012 of $0.33 basic and $0.33 on a diluted basis.

The reported results are unaudited and there can be no assurance that the results will not vary from the final information for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. In the opinion of management, all adjustments considered necessary for a fair presentation of these reported results have been made.

As of March 31, 2013, the Company's portfolio consisted of 157 properties, comprised primarily of Class A office space, one hotel, three residential properties and four retail properties, aggregating approximately 44.6 million square feet, including seven properties under construction totaling 2.5 million square feet. In addition, the Company has structured parking for vehicles containing approximately 15.9 million square feet. The overall percentage of leased space for the 147 properties in service (excluding the two in-service residential properties and the hotel) as of March 31, 2013 was 91.7%.

Significant events during the first quarter included:

  • On January 7, 2013, the Company signed a 20-year lease with the General Services Administration for 100% of its approximately 182,000 net rentable square foot previously vacant Three Patriots Park property located in Reston, Virginia.
  • On January 28, 2013, the Company's Compensation Committee approved a new equity-based, multi-year, long-term incentive program (the "2013 MYLTIP") in lieu of a 2013 Outperformance Plan as a performance-based component of the Company's overall compensation program. Under the Financial Accounting Standards Board's Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") 718 "Compensation - Stock Compensation," the 2013 MYLTIP has an aggregate value of approximately $8.1 million, which amount will generally be amortized into earnings over the five-year plan period under the graded vesting method.
  • On February 5, 2013, the Company used available cash to repay the mortgage loan collateralized by its Kingstowne One property located in Alexandria, Virginia totaling approximately $17.0 million. The mortgage loan bore interest at a fixed rate of 5.96% per annum and was scheduled to mature on May 5, 2013. There was no prepayment penalty.
  • On February 6, 2013, the Company completed the acquisition of 535 Mission Street, a development site, in San Francisco, California for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $71.0 million in cash, including work completed and materials purchased to date. When completed, 535 Mission Street will consist of a 27-story, Class A office tower with approximately 307,000 net rentable square feet of office and retail space. The Company has commenced development of the project.
  • On February 7, 2013, the partner in the Company's Transbay Tower joint venture issued a notice that it was electing under the joint venture agreement to reduce its nominal ownership interest in the venture from 50% to 5%. On February 26, 2013, the Company issued a notice to the partner electing to proceed with the venture on that basis. As a result, the Company has a 95% nominal interest in and is consolidating the joint venture. On March 26, 2013, the consolidated joint venture completed the acquisition of a land parcel in San Francisco, California which will support a 60-story, 1.4 million square foot office tower known as Transbay Tower. The purchase price for the land was approximately $192.0 million.
  • On February 20, 2013, the foreclosure sale of the Company's Montvale Center property was ratified by the court. As a result of the ratification, the mortgage loan totaling $25.0 million was extinguished and the related obligations were satisfied with the transfer of the real estate resulting in the recognition of a gain on forgiveness of debt totaling approximately $20.2 million during the first quarter of 2013. The operating results of the property through the date of ratification have been classified as discontinued operations on a historical basis for all periods.
  • On February 28, 2013, a joint venture in which the Company has a 50% interest completed and fully placed in-service Annapolis Junction Building Six, a Class A office property with approximately 120,000 net rentable square feet located in Annapolis, Maryland. The property is currently 49% leased.
  • On March 11, 2013, the Company announced that Owen D. Thomas would succeed Mortimer B. Zuckerman as the Company's Chief Executive Officer, effective April 2, 2013. Mr. Zuckerman will continue to serve as Executive Chairman for a transition period and thereafter will continue to serve as the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board. In connection with succession planning, the Company and Mr. Zuckerman entered into a Transition Benefits Agreement to recognize his extraordinary services previously rendered and ensure a well-managed transition. If Mr. Zuckerman remains employed by the Company through July 1, 2014, he will be entitled to receive on January 1, 2015 a lump sum cash payment of $6,700,000 and an equity award with a targeted value of $11,062,500. The cash payment and equity award vest one-third on each of March 10, 2013, October 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014, subject to acceleration in certain circumstances. As a result, the Company recognized approximately $6.6 million of compensation expense in the first quarter of 2013. The Company expects to recognize the remaining approximately $11.2 million of compensation expense over the remaining vesting period and, accordingly, expects to expense approximately $2.6 million in each of the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2013 and approximately $2.0 million in the 4th quarter of 2013 and each of the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2014. In addition, the agreement provides that if Mr. Zuckerman terminates his employment with the Company for any reason, voluntarily or involuntarily, he will become fully vested in any outstanding equity awards with time-based vesting. As a result, during the first quarter of 2013, the Company accelerated the remaining approximately $12.9 million of stock-based compensation expense associated with Mr. Zuckerman's unvested long-term equity awards.
  • On March 22, 2013, the Company completed and fully placed in-service Two Patriots Park, a Class A office redevelopment project with approximately 256,000 net rentable square feet located in Reston, Virginia. The property is 100% leased.
  • On March 27, 2013, the Company completed an underwritten public offering of 8,000,000 depositary shares, each representing a 1/100th of a share of its newly designated 5.25% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, at a price of $25.00 per depositary share. The net proceeds from this offering were approximately $194 million, after deducting the underwriting discount and transaction expenses.
  • On March 28, 2013, the Company executed a binding contract for the sale of its 303 Almaden property located in San Jose, California for a sale price of $40.0 million. 303 Almaden is a Class A office property totaling approximately 158,000 net rentable square feet. The carrying value of the property exceeds its net sale price and as a result the Company has recognized an impairment loss totaling approximately $3.2 million during the first quarter of 2013, which is excluded from FFO in accordance with NAREIT's definition. The sale is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and there can be no assurances that the sale will be consummated on the terms currently contemplated, or at all. The impairment loss and operating results of this property through the execution date of the binding contract have been classified as discontinued operations on a historical basis for all periods. In addition, the Company recognized an impairment loss of approximately $8.3 million, which is included in FFO, to reduce the carrying value of its adjacent Almaden land parcel in San Jose, California to its estimated fair market value at March 31, 2013.
  • On March 29, 2013, the Company completed the acquisition of a parcel of land located in Reston, Virginia for a purchase price of approximately $27.0 million. The land parcel is commercially zoned for 250,000 square feet of office space.
  • On March 31, 2013, a joint venture in which the Company has a 30% interest completed and fully placed in-service 500 North Capitol Street, NW, a Class A office redevelopment project with approximately 232,000 net rentable square feet located in Washington, DC. The property is currently 84% leased.

Transactions completed subsequent to March 31, 2013:

  • On April 1, 2013, the Company was designated as the Owner's Representative by Harvard Planning and Project Management to provide development management services for the new Health and Life Sciences Facility.
  • On April 1, 2013, the Company used available cash to repay the mortgage loan collateralized by its 140 Kendrick Street property located in Needham, Massachusetts totaling approximately $47.6 million. The mortgage loan bore interest at a fixed rate of 7.51% per annum and was scheduled to mature on July 1, 2013. There was no prepayment penalty.
  • On April 4, 2013, a joint venture in which the Company has a 50% interest obtained construction financing collateralized by its Annapolis Junction Building Seven development project located in Annapolis, Maryland totaling $22.0 million. The construction financing bears interest at a variable rate equal to LIBOR plus 1.65% per annum and matures on April 4, 2016, with two, one-year extension options, subject to certain conditions.
  • On April 10, 2013, the Company acquired the Mountain View Research Park and Mountain View Technology Park properties from its Value-Added Fund for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $233.5 million. In conjunction with the acquisition, the Value-Added Fund repaid the mortgage loans collateralized by the Mountain View Research Park and Mountain View Technology Park properties totaling approximately $90.0 million and $20.0 million, respectively, as well as the outstanding loans payable to the Company's Operating Partnership totaling approximately $8.6 million and $3.7 million, respectively. Prior to the acquisition, the Company's ownership interest in the properties was approximately 39.5%. As a result of the acquisition, the Company owns 100% of the properties and will account for them prospectively on a consolidated basis. The Company projects these properties' annualized 2013 Unleveraged FFO Return to be 8.4% and annualized 2013 Unleveraged Cash Return to be 7.4%. The calculation of these returns and related disclosures are presented on the accompanying table entitled "Projected Annualized 2013 Returns on Operating Property Acquisition." There can be no assurance that actual returns will not differ materially from these projections.
  • On April 10, 2013, a joint venture in which the Company has a 60% interest executed a binding contract for the sale of its 125 West 55th Street property located in New York City for a sale price of $470.0 million, subject to the assumption by the buyer of the mortgage loan collateralized by the property totaling approximately $199.0 million. 125 West 55thStreet is a Class A office property totaling approximately 588,000 net rentable square feet. The sale is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and there can be no assurances that the sale will be consummated on the terms currently contemplated, or at all.
  • On April 11, 2013, the Company's Operating Partnership completed a public offering of $500.0 million in aggregate principal amount of its 3.125% senior unsecured notes due 2023. The notes were priced at 99.379% of the principal amount to yield an effective rate (including financing fees) of 3.279% to maturity. The notes will mature on September 1, 2023, unless earlier redeemed. The aggregate net proceeds from the offering were approximately $492.5 million after deducting the underwriting discount and transaction expenses.
  • On April 15, 2013, the Company announced that holders of its Operating Partnership's 3.75% Exchangeable Senior Notes due 2036 (the "Notes") have the right to surrender their Notes for purchase by the Operating Partnership (the "Put Right") on May 18, 2013. The opportunity to exercise the Put Right will expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on May 13, 2013. On April 15, 2013, the Company also announced that the Operating Partnership issued a notice of redemption to the holders of the Notes to redeem, on May 18, 2013 (the "Redemption Date"), all of the Notes outstanding on the Redemption Date. In connection with the redemption, holders of the Notes have the right to exchange their Notes prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on May 16, 2013. Notes with respect to which the Put Right is not exercised (or is exercised and subsequently withdrawn) and that are not surrendered for exchange prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on May 16, 2013, will be redeemed by the Operating Partnership at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Notes plus accrued and unpaid interest thereon to, but excluding, the Redemption Date. As of April 30, 2012, there was approximately $450.0 million aggregate principal amount of the Notes outstanding.
  • On April 25, 2013, the Company commenced construction of its 601 Massachusetts Avenue development project totaling approximately 478,000 net rentable square feet located in Washington, DC. The project is currently approximately 79% pre-leased.

EPS and FFO per Share Guidance:

The Company's guidance for the second quarter and full year 2013 for EPS (diluted) and FFO per share (diluted) is set forth and reconciled below. Except as described below, the estimates reflect management's view of current and future market conditions, including assumptions with respect to rental rates, occupancy levels and the earnings impact of the events referenced in this release and otherwise referenced during the conference call referred to below. Our prior full year 2013 FFO guidance, which was $5.06-$5.18 per share, has been updated to $4.97-$5.07 per share. The changes to our FFO estimates include approximately ($0.14) per share of additional general and administrative expense associated with CEO succession, an approximately ($0.05) per share impairment charge on a parcel of land in San Jose, California, approximately ($0.05) per share of dividends payable on the newly issued 5.25% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, offset by approximately $0.08 per share of improvement in portfolio operations, approximately $0.06 per share of lower interest expense due to increased capitalized interest on development projects, and approximately $0.01 per share from our acquisition and disposition activity, including the acquisition of the Mountain View Research Park and Technology Park properties and the expected dispositions of our joint venture interest in 125 West 55th Street and our 303 Almaden property. The estimates do not include possible future gains or losses or the impact on operating results from other possible future property acquisitions or dispositions, other possible capital markets activity or possible future impairment charges. EPS estimates may be subject to fluctuations as a result of several factors, including changes in the recognition of depreciation and amortization expense and any gains or losses associated with disposition activity. The Company is not able to assess at this time the potential impact of these factors on projected EPS. By definition, FFO does not include real estate-related depreciation and amortization, impairment losses or gains or losses associated with disposition activities. There can be no assurance that the Company's actual results will not differ materially from the estimates set forth below.

      Second Quarter 2013       Full Year 2013
Low   -   High Low   -   High
Projected EPS (diluted) $ 0.85   -   $ 0.87 $ 2.27   -   $ 2.37
 
Add:
Projected Company Share of Real Estate Depreciation and Amortization

0.80

-

0.80

3.20

-

3.20

Less:
Projected Company Share of Gains on Sales of Real Estate

0.40

-

0.40

0.50

-

0.50

                   

Projected FFO per Share (diluted)

$

1.25

 

-

 

$

1.27

$

4.97

 

-

 

$

5.07

 

Boston Properties will host a conference call on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time, open to the general public, to discuss the first quarter 2013 results, the 2013 projections and related assumptions, and other related matters that may be of interest to investors. The number to call for this interactive teleconference is (877) 706-4503 (Domestic) or (281) 913-8731 (International) and entering the passcode 35668340. A replay of the conference call will be available through May 15, 2013, by dialing (855) 859-2056 (Domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (International) and entering the passcode 35668340. There will also be a live audio webcast of the call which may be accessed on the Company's website at www.bostonproperties.com in the Investor Relations section. Shortly after the call a replay of the webcast will be available in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website and archived for up to twelve months following the call.

Additionally, a copy of Boston Properties' first quarter 2013 "Supplemental Operating and Financial Data" and this press release are available in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.bostonproperties.com.

Boston Properties is a fully integrated, self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust that develops, redevelops, acquires, manages, operates and owns a diverse portfolio of Class A office space, one hotel, three residential properties and four retail properties. The Company is one of the largest owners and developers of Class A office properties in the United States, concentrated in five markets - Boston, New York, Princeton, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Federal securities laws. You can identify these statements by our use of the words "assumes," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "guidance," "intends," "plans," "projects" and similar expressions that do not relate to historical matters. You should exercise caution in interpreting and relying on forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond Boston Properties' control and could materially affect actual results, performance or achievements. These factors include, without limitation, satisfaction of the closing conditions to the pending transactions described above, the ability to enter into new leases or renew leases on favorable terms, dependence on tenants' financial condition, the uncertainties of real estate development, acquisition and disposition activity, the ability to effectively integrate acquisitions, the uncertainties of investing in new markets, the costs and availability of financing, the effectiveness of our interest rate hedging contracts, the ability of our joint venture partners to satisfy their obligations, the effects of local, national and international economic and market conditions (including the impact of the European sovereign debt issues), the effects of acquisitions, dispositions and possible impairment charges on our operating results, the impact of newly adopted accounting principles on the Company's accounting policies and on period-to-period comparisons of financial results, regulatory changes and other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Boston Properties does not undertake a duty to update or revise any forward-looking statement, including its guidance for the second quarter and full fiscal year 2013, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

BOSTON PROPERTIES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
         
March 31, December 31,
  2013     2012  
 
(in thousands, except for share amounts)
(unaudited)

ASSETS

 
Real estate $ 13,550,889 $ 13,581,454
Construction in progress 1,145,517 1,036,780
Land held for future development 503,684 275,094
Less: accumulated depreciation   (2,929,385 )   (2,934,160 )
Total real estate 12,270,705 11,959,168
 
Cash and cash equivalents 909,376 1,041,978
Cash held in escrows 55,410 55,181
Investments in securities 13,825 12,172
Tenant and other receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,656 and $1,960, respectively 75,849 69,555
Related party notes receivable 282,307 282,491
Interest receivable from related party notes receivable 106,313 104,816
Accrued rental income, net of allowance of $1,589 and $1,571, respectively 612,041 598,199
Deferred charges, net 572,890 588,235
Prepaid expenses and other assets 71,756 90,610
Investments in unconsolidated joint ventures   652,807     659,916  
Total assets $ 15,623,279   $ 15,462,321  
 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

 
Liabilities:
Mortgage notes payable $ 3,053,798 $ 3,102,485
Unsecured senior notes, net of discount 4,639,843 4,639,528
Unsecured exchangeable senior notes, net of discount 1,177,877 1,170,356
Unsecured line of credit - -
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 210,359 199,102
Dividends and distributions payable 110,886 110,488
Accrued interest payable 99,491 72,461
Other liabilities   316,683     324,613  
Total liabilities   9,608,937     9,619,033  
 
Commitments and contingencies   -     -  
 
Noncontrolling interest:
Redeemable preferred units of the Operating Partnership   110,876     110,876  
 
Redeemable interest in property partnership   98,216     97,558  
 
Equity:
Stockholders' equity attributable to Boston Properties, Inc.
Excess stock, $0.01 par value, 150,000,000 shares authorized, none issued or outstanding - -
Series B - 5.25% cumulative redeemable preferred stock, $0.01 par value, liquidation preference $2,500 per share,
92,000 shares authorized, 80,000 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2013 200,000 -
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized, 151,718,424 and 151,680,109 shares issued and
151,639,524 and 151,601,209 shares outstanding at March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively 1,516 1,516
Additional paid-in capital 5,232,030 5,222,073
Dividends in excess of earnings (160,697 ) (109,985 )
Treasury common stock, at cost (2,722 ) (2,722 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (13,253 )   (13,817 )
Total stockholders' equity attributable to Boston Properties, Inc. 5,256,874 5,097,065
 
Noncontrolling interests:
Common units of the Operating Partnership 540,103 539,753
Property partnerships 8,273 (1,964 )
   
Total equity   5,805,250     5,634,854  
   
Total liabilities and equity $ 15,623,279   $ 15,462,321  
 
 
BOSTON PROPERTIES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
                 
Three months ended
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