Gramercy Property Trust Inc. Reports First Quarter 2013 Financial Results
- For the quarter, net income to common stockholders was $393.4 million, or $6.70 per diluted common share, as compared to the net loss of $(2.1) million, or $(0.04) per diluted common share, for the same quarter of the previous year. Net loss to common stockholders from continuing operations on a fully diluted per common share basis was $(0.10) for the first quarter for 2013 as compared to $(0.12) for the same quarter of the prior year. For the quarter, generated funds from operations, or FFO, of $396.1 million, an increase of $409.9 million from FFO of $(13.8) million generated in the same quarter of the previous year. On a fully diluted per common share basis, FFO was $6.75 for the first quarter of 2013 as compared to FFO of $(0.27) in the same quarter of the previous year. The increase in FFO and net income (loss) to common stockholders for the quarter was primarily attributable to the gain of $389.1 million or $6.63 per diluted common share, recognized in connection with the Company's exit from the commercial real estate finance business.
- On March 15, 2013, completed the sale of the collateral management and sub-special servicing agreements for its three Collateralized Debt Obligations, or CDOs, to CWCapital Investments LLC, or CWCapital, for approximately $6.3 million in cash, after expenses.
- In the first quarter of 2013, acquired two industrial buildings and one truck terminal containing approximately 985,000 square feet for a total purchase price of approximately $47.0 million.
- Ended the first quarter of 2013 with cash and cash equivalents of $100.5 million as compared to $105.4 million reported at the end of the prior quarter.
- On May 6, 2013, the Company closed on acquisition of a 178 dock door truck terminal located in Atlanta, Georgia, in an all-cash transaction for a purchase price of approximately $7.9 million.
Gordon F. DuGan, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are pleased with the progress we are making in creating a best-in-class net lease company. The first quarter results were very much in-line with our expectations at the beginning of the year and we continue to find and close high-quality net lease investments."
Gramercy Property Trust Inc. (NYS: GPT) today reported net loss available to common stockholders from continuing operations of $(5.6) million, or $(0.10) per common share and FFO of $396.1 million, or $6.75 per common share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. FFO includes a gain of $389.1 million, or $6.63 per common share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, related to the Company's exit of the commercial real estate finance business.
As of March 31, 2013, the Company maintained $100.5 million of unrestricted cash as compared to approximately $105.4 million reported as of December 31, 2012.
Management, general and administrative expenses from continuing operations were $4.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, of which approximately $3.7 million was related to corporate and the owned portfolio and $0.7 million was related to Gramercy Asset Management. The decrease in management, general and administrative expenses from the $5.1 million recorded in the same quarter of the prior year is primarily attributable to reduced salary and benefit expenses and a reduction in professional fees.
Accounting rules require, among other things, that direct costs of a business combination, such as transaction fees, due diligence costs and consulting fees, be expensed in the period in which they are incurred, and not capitalized as part of a property acquisition. Accordingly, the Company has expensed a total of $0.6 million, or $0.01 per common share, related to costs incurred in connection with acquisitions completed in the first quarter 2013.
On March 15, 2013, the Company closed on the sale of its collateral management and sub-special servicing agreements for its three CDOS, CDO 2005-1, CDO 2006-1 and CDO 2007-1, to CWCapital for a gross sales price of $9.9 million and net proceeds of approximately $6.3 million in cash after expenses, effectively exiting the commercial real estate finance business. In February 2013, the Company also sold a portfolio of repurchased notes previously issued by the Company's 2006 and 2005 CDOs, generating cash proceeds of approximately $34.4 million. The Company retained the subordinate bonds, preferred shares and ordinary shares of the three CDOs, which may provide the potential to recoup additional proceeds over the remaining life of the CDOs based upon the resolution of underlying assets within the CDOs, however, there is no guarantee that the Company will realize any proceeds from the retained bonds, or what the timing of these proceeds might be. The carrying value of the retained CDO bonds was approximately $8.6 million as of March 31, 2013. In addition, the Company expects to receive additional cash proceeds for past CDO servicing advances of approximately $14.5 million, including accrued interest at the prime rate of 3.25%, when specific assets within the CDOs are liquidated. The receivable for past servicing advances is included on the Company's Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of March 31, 2013.
Acquisition and Disposition Activity
In the first quarter of 2013, the Company acquired two industrial buildings and one truck terminal, which collectively contained approximately 985,000 square feet for a total purchase price of approximately $47.0 million summarized as follows:
Olive Branch Industrial Acquisition
On March 11, 2013, the Company closed on the acquisition of a 605,000 square foot class A industrial building located in Olive Branch, Mississippi (Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area, or MSA), in an all-cash transaction for a purchase price of approximately $24.7 million. The property is 100% leased to a single tenant through December 31, 2022 and includes an adjacent 13.8 acre land parcel which the tenant has the right to expand the building within the first five years of the lease for an additional lease rate. The lease may be terminated after December 2017 with 18 months prior notice and payment of a termination fee of six months gross rent plus unamortized tenant improvement costs.
Garland Industrial Acquisition
On March 19, 2013 the Company closed on the acquisition of a 342,000 square foot manufacturing and distribution facility located in Garland, Texas (Dallas MSA), in an all-cash transaction for a purchase price of approximately $10.7 million. The property is 100% leased to a single tenant through September 30, 2032.
East Brunswick Truck Terminal
On March 28, 2013, the Company closed on the acquisition of a 101 dock door truck terminal situated on a 16.25 acre site located two miles from I-95 in East Brunswick, New Jersey (New York MSA), in an all-cash transaction for a purchase price of approximately $11.7 million. The property is 100% leased to a single tenant through January 31, 2019.
Subsequent to quarter end, the Company acquired the following property:
Atlanta Truck Terminal
On May 6, 2013 the Company closed on the acquisition of a 178-door, 130,000 square foot freight truck terminal situated on a 38.4 acre site located Atlanta, Georgia (Atlanta MSA), in an all-cash transaction for a purchase price of approximately $7.9 million. The property is 100% leased to a single tenant through May 31, 2020.
Bank of America Portfolio Joint Venture
For the first quarter of 2013, the Company's interest in the Bank of America Joint Venture resulted in a $(1.2) million net loss as summarized below (amounts in thousands):
Three months ended
March 31, 2013
|Income for core properties||$||315|
|Income from held-for sale properties||146|
|Loss from defeasance pools||(1,679||)|
Equity in net income (loss) from joint venture(1)
|(1)||The Company's Statement of Operations also includes a net contribution of $30 from its Philips Building joint venture for a total equity in net income (loss) from joint ventures of $(1,188).|
In connection with the acquisition, the Joint Venture acquired a pool of treasury securities that defeased the mortgage loan that had previously encumbered the acquired properties. Although cash flows of the defeasance pool covers the necessary debt service requirements of the defeased mortgage, on a GAAP basis, the income generated from the treasury securities is less than the interest expense on the defeased mortgage, generating a net loss for GAAP purposes. The defeased mortgage will mature pursuant to its terms on in December 2013 and is prepayable in August 2013. Once extinguished, the contribution of GAAP income from the Joint Venture is expected to increase substantially.
The Company also sold a total of five properties from the Bank of America Portfolio Joint Venture during the first quarter of 2013, for net proceeds to the Joint Venture of approximately $9.8 million. Subsequent to quarter end, an additional six properties were sold for additional net proceeds of $10.8 million.
Gramercy Asset Management
The Company's asset and property management business, which operates under the name of Gramercy Asset Management, currently manages for third-parties, approximately $1.9 billion of commercial properties leased primarily to regulated financial institutions and affiliated users throughout the United States.
In the first quarter 2013, Gramercy Asset Management earned fee revenues of $8.3 million in property management, asset management and administrative fees. The Gramercy Asset Management business generates most of its fee revenues from an asset management agreement with KBS Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. Additionally, Gramercy Asset Management expects to earn approximately $1.0 million of base asset management fee revenues from the Company's Bank of America Portfolio Joint Venture, annually. In addition to receiving the asset management fee and the pro rata share of the net income of the Bank of America Portfolio, Gramercy Asset Management can earn a performance based fee for the portfolio management.
A summary of the Company's financial position and operations by business segment and on a consolidated basis as of and for the three months ended March 31, 2013 is as follows (amounts in thousands):
|Total real estate investments, net||$||67,265||$||
|Investment in joint ventures||71,451||-||71,451|
|Cash and cash equivalents||99,326||1,217||100,543|
|Retained CDO bonds||8,586||-||8,586|
|Total liabilities and equity||$||270,764||$||7,797||$||278,561|
|For the three months ended March 31, 2013:|
|Net interest income||$||152||$||-||$||152|
|Net rental revenues||765||-||765|
|Other revenue (1)||(1,161||)||-||(1,161||)|
|Property operating expenses||132||5,990||6,122|
|Management, general and administrative||3,729||693||4,422|
|Business acquisition costs||551||-||551|
|Income from continuing operations before provision for taxes||$||(4,993||)||$||1,632||$||(3,361||)|
(1) Includes equity in net loss from joint ventures of $1,188
Beginning with the third quarter of 2008, the Company's Board of Directors elected not to pay a dividend on the Company's common stock. The Company's Board of Directors also elected not to pay the Series A preferred stock dividend of $0.50781 per share beginning with the fourth quarter of 2008. In the early stages of the implementation of the Company's new business strategy, the Company will seek to maximize capital available for investment and, therefore, expects to continue its policy of not paying dividends on its preferred or common stock. The Company expects, however, that as the new business strategy is implemented and sustainable cash flows grow, the Company will re-evaluate its dividend policy with the intention of resuming dividends to stockholders.
Gramercy Property Trust Inc. is a self-managed, integrated commercial real estate investment and asset management company. The Company owns, directly or in joint ventures, 108 buildings totaling approximately 4.1 million square feet of office and 1.5 million square feet of industrial, net leased on a long-term basis to tenants, including Bank of America, Nestlé Waters, Philips Electronics and others. The Company's property management business, operating under the name Gramercy Asset Management, currently manages for third-parties, approximately $1.9 billion of commercial properties leased primarily to regulated financial institutions and affiliated users throughout the United States. The Company is headquartered in New York City and has regional offices in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, and St. Louis, Missouri.
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The Company's executive management team will host a conference call and audio webcast on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at 2:00 PM EDT to discuss first quarter 2013 financial results. Presentation materials will be posted prior to the call on the Company's website, www.gptreit.com, under the Investor Center section in the "Events and Presentations" tab.
The live call will be webcast in listen-only mode on the Company's website at www.gptreit.com and on Thomson's StreetEvents Network. The presentation may also be accessed by dialing (888) 771-4371 - Domestic or (847) 585-4405 - International, using pass code "GRAMERCY".
A replay of the call will be available from May 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM EDT through May 10, 2013 at 11:59 PM EDT by dialing (888) 843-7419 - Domestic or (630) 652-3042 - International, using pass code 3481 4560#.
Non GAAP Financial Measures
The Company has used non-GAAP financial measures as defined by SEC Regulation G in this press release. A reconciliation of each non-GAAP financial measure and the comparable GAAP financial measure can be found on page 9 of this release.
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, but are not limited to, factors that are beyond the Company's control, including those listed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and in the Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. For further information, please refer to the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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