PS Business Parks, Inc. Reports Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2013

PS Business Parks, Inc. Reports Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2013

GLENDALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- PS Business Parks, Inc. (NYS: PSB) reported operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.

Funds from operations ("FFO") allocable to common and dilutive shares were $38.1 million, or $1.20 per common and dilutive share for the three months ended March 31, 2013, a 2.6% per share increase from the three months ended March 31, 2012 of $37.1 million, or $1.17, as adjusted, per common and dilutive share before non-cash distributions. The increase in adjusted FFO per common and dilutive share for the three months ended March 31, 2013 over the same period in 2012 was primarily due to the increase in net operating income from Non-Same Park facilities combined with a decrease in interest expense partially offset by an increase in preferred equity distributions. Reported FFO allocable to common and dilutive shares for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $31.9 million, or $1.01 per common and dilutive share.


Rental income increased $3.4 million, or 4.1%, from $84.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 to $88.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 primarily as a result of a $2.4 million increase in rental income from Non-Same Park facilities combined with a $1.0 million increase from the Same Park portfolio. The Same Park portfolio increase was driven by an increase in occupancy rates. Net income allocable to common shareholders increased $5.1 million, or 146.3%, from $3.5 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2012 to $8.5 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2013. The increase in net income allocable to common shareholders for the three months was primarily due to the net impact of non-cash preferred equity transactions related to first quarter of 2012 combined with an increase in net operating income and a decrease in interest expense.

In order to provide a meaningful period-to-period comparison of FFO derived from the Company's ongoing business operations, the following table reconciles reported FFO to adjusted FFO which excludes the impact of non-cash distributions related to the redemption of preferred equity on the Company's FFO per common and dilutive share for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012:

   

 

   

For The Three Months

Ended March 31,
  2013       2012 Change
 
FFO per common and dilutive share, as reported $ 1.20 $ 1.01 18.8 %
Non-cash distributions related to the redemption of preferred equity     0.16
FFO per common and dilutive share, as adjusted $ 1.20 $ 1.17 2.6 %

Non-cash distributions related to the redemption of preferred equity of $5.3 million were included in net income allocable to preferred shareholders for the three months ended March 31, 2012.

Property Operations

To evaluate the performance of the Company's portfolio over comparable periods, management analyzes the operating performance of properties owned and operated throughout both periods (herein referred to as "Same Park"). The Company defines Same Park to include all operating properties owned or acquired prior to January 1, 2011. Operating properties that the Company acquired subsequent to January 1, 2011 are referred to as "Non-Same Park." For the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, the Same Park facilities constitute 21.4 million rentable square feet, representing 76.0% of the 28.2 million square feet in the Company's portfolio as of March 31, 2013.

The following table presents the operating results of the Company's properties for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012 in addition to other income and expense items affecting income from continuing operations (unaudited, in thousands, except per square foot amounts):

       
For The Three Months
Ended March 31,
  2013         2012   Change
Rental income:
Same Park (21.4 million rentable square feet) $ 74,275 $ 73,229 1.4 %
Non-Same Park (6.8 million rentable square feet)   13,845     11,448   20.9 %
Total rental income   88,120     84,677   4.1 %
Cost of operations:
Same Park 25,160 24,482 2.8 %
Non-Same Park   4,224     3,633   16.3 %
Total cost of operations   29,384     28,115   4.5 %
Net operating income (1):
Same Park 49,115 48,747 0.8 %
Non-Same Park   9,621     7,815   23.1 %
Total net operating income   58,736     56,562   3.8 %
Other:
Facility management fees 158 166 (4.8 %)
Other income and expense (4,545 ) (5,305 ) (14.3 %)
Depreciation and amortization (26,961 ) (27,244 ) (1.0 %)
General and administrative   (2,399 )   (2,273 ) 5.5 %
Income from continuing operations $ 24,989   $ 21,906   14.1 %
Same Park gross margin (2) 66.1 % 66.6 % (0.8 %)
Same Park weighted average occupancy 92.0 % 91.6 % 0.4 %
Non-Same Park weighted average occupancy 80.9 % 81.0 % (0.1 %)
Same Park annualized realized rent per square foot (3) $ 15.07 $ 14.93 0.9 %
   
(1) Net operating income ("NOI") is an important measurement in the commercial real estate industry for determining the value of the real estate generating the NOI. The Company's calculation of NOI may not be comparable to those of other companies and should not be used as an alternative to measures of performance in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP").
(2) Same Park gross margin is computed by dividing Same Park NOI by Same Park rental income.
(3) Same Park annualized realized rent per square foot represents the annualized Same Park rental income earned per occupied square foot.

Preferred Equity Transaction

On March 14, 2013, the Company issued $110.0 million or 4.4 million depositary shares, each representing 1/1,000 of a share of the 5.70% Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series V, at $25.00 per depositary share. The Company used the net proceeds from this issuance to reduce the Company's unsecured term loan to $90.0 million.

In connection with the reduction of the term loan, the Company recorded accelerated amortization of commitment fees of $183,000 as interest expense for the three months ended March 31, 2013.

Mortgage Notes Repayment

In January, 2013, the Company repaid two mortgage notes payable totaling $18.1 million with a combined stated interest rate of 5.60%.

Financial Condition

The following are key financial ratios with respect to the Company's leverage at and for the three months ended March 31, 2013:

                 
Ratio of FFO to fixed charges (1) 12.4x
Ratio of FFO to fixed charges and preferred distributions (1) 3.1x
Debt and preferred equity to total market capitalization (based on

common stock price of $78.92 at March 31, 2013)

34.8%

Available balance under the $250.0 million unsecured credit facility at March 31, 2013

$250.0 million
 

(1) Fixed charges include interest expense of $4.5 million.

Distributions Declared

The Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.44 per common share on May 6, 2013. Distributions were also declared on the various series of depositary shares, each representing 1/1,000 of a share of preferred stock listed below. Distributions are payable June 27, 2013 to shareholders of record on June 12, 2013.

                                   

Series

Dividend Rate

Dividend Declared

Series R 6.875 % $ 0.429688
Series S 6.450 % $ 0.403125
Series T 6.000 % $ 0.375000
Series U 5.750 % $ 0.359375
Series V 5.700 % $ 0.423542

Company Information

PS Business Parks, Inc., a member of the S&P SmallCap 600, is a self-advised and self-managed real estate investment trust ("REIT") that acquires, develops, owns and operates commercial properties, primarily multi-tenant flex, office and industrial space. The Company defines "flex" space as buildings that are configured with a combination of office and warehouse space and can be designed to fit a number of uses (including office, assembly, showroom, laboratory, light manufacturing and warehouse space). As of March 31, 2013, the Company wholly owned 28.2 million rentable square feet with approximately 4,600 customers located in eight states, concentrated in California (11.1 million sq. ft.), Virginia (4.0 million sq. ft.), Florida (3.7 million sq. ft.), Texas (3.5 million sq. ft.), Maryland (2.4 million sq. ft.), Washington (1.5 million sq. ft.), Oregon (1.3 million sq. ft.) and Arizona (0.7 million sq. ft.).

Forward-Looking Statements

When used within this press release, the words "may," "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "seeks," "estimates," "intends" and similar expressions are intended to identify "forward-looking statements." Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results and performance of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Such factors include the impact of competition from new and existing commercial facilities which could impact rents and occupancy levels at the Company's facilities; the Company's ability to evaluate, finance and integrate acquired and developed properties into the Company's existing operations; the Company's ability to effectively compete in the markets that it does business in; the impact of the regulatory environment as well as national, state and local laws and regulations including, without limitation, those governing REITs; the impact of general economic conditions upon rental rates and occupancy levels at the Company's facilities; the availability of permanent capital at attractive rates, the outlook and actions of Rating Agencies and risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, reports on Form 8-K and annual reports on Form 10-K.

Additional information about PS Business Parks, Inc., including more financial analysis of the first quarter operating results, is available on the Internet. The Company's website is www.psbusinessparks.com.

A conference call is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. (PDT) to discuss the first quarter results. The toll free number is (888) 299-3246; the conference ID is 42313299. The call will also be available via a live webcast on the Company's website. A replay of the conference call will be available through May 14, 2013 at (855) 859-2056. A replay of the conference call will also be available on the Company's website.

Additional financial data attached.

       
PS BUSINESS PARKS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except share data)

 
March 31, December 31,
  2013     2012  
(Unaudited)
 
ASSETS
 
Cash and cash equivalents $ 8,056 $ 12,883
 
Real estate facilities, at cost:
Land 787,425 793,352
Buildings and equipment   2,232,179     2,235,448  
3,019,604 3,028,800
Accumulated depreciation   (966,049 )   (942,639 )
2,053,555 2,086,161
Land and building held for development   22,248     6,829  
2,075,803 2,092,990
 
Rent receivable 6,263 4,754
Deferred rent receivable 25,935 25,329
Other assets   10,634     15,861  
 
Total assets $ 2,126,691   $ 2,151,817  
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
 
Accrued and other liabilities $ 66,154 $ 69,454
Term loan 90,000 200,000
Mortgage notes payable   250,000     268,102  
Total liabilities 406,154 537,556
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
Equity:
PS Business Parks, Inc.'s shareholders' equity:
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized,

39,800 and 35,400 shares issued and outstanding at

March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively

995,000 885,000
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized,

24,335,136 and 24,298,475 shares issued and outstanding at

March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively

242 242
Paid-in capital 536,545 537,091
Cumulative net income 990,206 967,783
Cumulative distributions   (968,973 )   (944,427 )
Total PS Business Parks, Inc.'s shareholders' equity 1,553,020 1,445,689
Noncontrolling interests:
Common units   167,517     168,572  
Total noncontrolling interests   167,517     168,572  
Total equity   1,720,537     1,614,261  
 
Total liabilities and equity $ 2,126,691   $ 2,151,817  

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PS BUSINESS PARKS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
For The Three Months
Ended March 31,
  2013         2012  
 
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