AmREIT Reports Third Quarter Results

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AmREIT Reports Third Quarter Results

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AmREIT, Inc. (NYS: AMRE) ("AmREIT" or the "Company"), today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Third Quarter and Year-to-Date Highlights:


Financial Results

  • Funds from Operations ("FFO") available to common stockholders for the third quarter of 2012 were $3.4 million, or $0.23 per share, as compared to FFO of $3.4 million, or $0.29 per share for the third quarter of 2011. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, FFO was $10.7 million, or $0.85 per share, as compared to FFO of $9.5 million, or $0.82 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2011.
  • Net income available to common stockholders for the third quarter 2012 was $1.0 million, or $0.07 per share, compared to net income of $1.1 million, or $0.10 per share, for the same period in 2011. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, net income was $3.7 million, or $0.29 per share, as compared to 2011 net income of $3.0 million, or $0.26 per share, for the nine months ended September 30. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011, net income included approximately $417,000 in gain on sale.

FFO is a non-GAAP supplemental earnings measure that AmREIT considers meaningful in measuring its operating performance. A reconciliation of FFO to net income is attached to this press release.

Portfolio Results

  • In the third quarter 2012, same-store net operating income ("NOI") increased 1.6% over the third quarter 2011. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, same-property NOI increased 3.2%, as compared with the same period in 2011. Since 2010 through the nine months ended September 30, 2012, AmREIT has experienced an average annual increase in same-store NOI of 3.2%.
  • Portfolio occupancy as of September 30, 2012 was 96.8%, an increase of approximately 100 basis points as compared to portfolio occupancy of 95.8% as of December 31, 2011.
  • During the third quarter 2012, AmREIT signed 14 leases for approximately 41,710 square feet of gross leasable area, including both new and renewal leases. The Company's cash leasing spreads (i.e. new leasing rate per square foot compared to the expiring leasing rate per square foot) remained flat for renewals and increased 45.8% for new comparable leases. On a GAAP basis (which includes the effects of straight-line rent), the Company's leasing spreads increased 3.8% on renewals and 53.3% on new comparable leases.
  • For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, AmREIT signed 31 leases for approximately 115,455 square feet of gross leasable area, including both new and renewal leases. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the Company's cash leasing spreads increased 4.5% on renewals and 31.5% on new comparable leases. On a GAAP basis, the Company's leasing spreads increased 10.1% on renewals and 40.8% on new leases.

NOI is a non-GAAP supplemental earnings measure which AmREIT considers meaningful in measuring its operating performance. Further explanation and a reconciliation of NOI to net income is attached to this press release.

Dividends

  • AmREIT also announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share. The dividend will be paid on December 31, 2012 to all common stockholders of record on December 21, 2012.

Guidance

  • AmREIT has not previously provided 2012 FFO guidance and today announced full year 2012 FFO per share guidance of $1.04 to $1.09.

"For over two and one-half decades we have built one of the highest quality grocery and drug anchored portfolios within the REIT sector," said H. Kerr Taylor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AmREIT. "Our teams' localized acquisition, operations and redevelopment expertise within our densely populated and affluent urban submarkets continues to produce strong results for shareholders. This is evidenced through our peer-leading 96.8% portfolio occupancy, strong positive leasing spreads, and same store NOI growth year-to-date of 3.2% as of the end of the third quarter. Our discipline in not wavering from our dedication to quality assets, brand building and years of local relationship building in our markets is also growing our potential pipeline of acquisitions which bodes well for platform growth during 2013."

Other Activities

  • On August 1, 2012 the Company completed the initial public offering of its Class B common stock, selling 3,650,000 shares at a public offering price of $14.00 per share and listing its Class B common stock on the New York Stock Exchange. On August 24, 2012, the underwriters exercised their over-allotment option and purchased an additional 503,226 shares. Total net proceeds from the offering of approximately $52.8 million were used to pay down debt and for other general corporate purposes.
  • On August 6, 2012, the Company closed on its $75 million unsecured revolving credit facility (the "Credit Facility"). The Credit Facility has a term of three years with an option to extend the maturity date for one additional year. Additionally, the Credit Facility has an accordion feature that may allow the Company to increase the availability by an additional $75 million to $150 million. The Credit Facility is subject to customary financial and reporting covenants.
  • On September 28, 2012 AmREIT was named a member of the U.S. small-cap Russell 2000 Index.

Conference Call

AmREIT will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss third quarter 2012 results Tuesday, November 6, at 10:00 a.m. Central Standard Time (11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time). To participate in the quarterly conference call, please call 1-877-317-6789 approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. The conference call will be recorded and a replay of the call will be available via webcast shortly after the call concludes.

The conference call will also be webcast live at www.amreit.com and can be accessed under the Investors tab of the Company's website. A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available for 14 days following the conference call. To access the telephonic replay of the conference call, dial 1-877-344-7529 and enter passcode 10019601.

Supplemental Financial Information

Further details regarding AmREIT's results of operations, properties, and tenants can be accessed at the Company's web site at www.amreit.com.

About AmREIT

AmREIT believes it has one of the highest quality grocery and drugstore anchored retail portfolios in the REIT sector.AmREIT's 28 year-old established platform has localized acquisition, operation and redevelopment expertise in the most densely populated and affluent submarkets of five of the top markets in the U.S.:Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and Atlanta.Texas is one of the best performing economies in the country and 91% of AmREIT's income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was generated by its properties located in this market. AmREIT's management team has in-depth knowledge and extensive relationship advantages within its markets.AmREIT's core portfolio was 96.8% occupied as of September 30, 2012, and its top five tenants include Kroger, Landry's, CVS/Pharmacy, H-E-B and Publix.In addition, its same store Net Operating Income was a peer leading 6% increase in 2011 as compared to 2010.AmREIT also has access to an acquisition pipeline through its value add joint ventures, including two leading institutional investors who partner with the company as local experts.AmREIT's Class B common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "AMRE."For more information, please visitwww.amreit.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including statements related to the offering and the expected use of the net proceeds therefrom, which are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "intends," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," or "potential" or the negative of these words and phrases or similar words or phrases, which are predictions of or indicate future events or trends and which do not relate solely to historical matters. While forward-looking statements reflect AmREIT's good faith beliefs, assumptions and expectations, they are not guarantees of future performance. Furthermore, AmREIT disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, of new information, data or methods, future events or other changes. For a further discussion of these and other factors that could impact AmREIT's future results, performance or transactions, see the section entitled "Risk Factors" in AmREIT's final prospectus dated July 26, 2012, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 27, 2012 and other risks described in documents subsequently filed by AmREIT from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Investor Contact

For more information, call Chad Braun, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of AmREIT, at (713) 850-1400. AmREIT is online at www.amreit.com.

(Tables to Follow)

 
Operating Results

(Unaudited)

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

                 
Three Months EndedNine Months Ended

September 30,

September 30,

Revenues: 

2012

      

2011

      

2012

      

2011

 
Rental income from operating
leases$9,070$8,814$26,975$24,110
Advisory services income - related
party9578182,9732,931
Lease termination fee income -  -  -  109 
Total revenues10,0279,63229,94827,150
 
Expenses:
General and administrative1,7641,4854,8064,195
Property expense2,3802,2366,7925,913
Legal and professional227266677788
Real estate commissions129106268292
Acquisition costs-107-222
Depreciation and amortization2,2162,1226,5636,071
Impairment recovery - notes receivable (214) -  (443) - 
Total expenses 6,502  6,322  18,663  17,481 
 
Operating income3,5253,31011,2859,669
 
Other income (expense):
Interest and other income125126362383
Interest and other income - related
party236123393184
Loss from Advised Funds(26)(74)(128)(324)
Income tax expense(74)(134)(194)(188)
Interest expense (2,763) (2,648) (7,992) (7,266)
 
Income from continuing operations1,0237033,7262,458
 
Income/(loss) from discontinued

 

operations, net of tax

-(2)-145
Gain on sale of real estate acquired for
resale -  417  -  417 
Income from discontinued operations -  415  -  562 
 
Net income$1,023 $1,118 $3,726 $3,020 
 
 

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

                
Three Months EndedNine Months Ended

September 30,

September 30,

2012

2011

2012

2011

Reconciliation of Net Income to
Funds From Operations (FFO):
Net income (1)$1,023$1,118$3,726$3,020
Depreciation - from operations2,2042,1066,5236,012
Depreciation - from
discontinued operations---13
Depreciation of real estate
assets for non-consolidated
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