PS Business Parks, Inc. Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2012

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PS Business Parks, Inc. Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2012

GLENDALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- PS Business Parks, Inc. (NYS: PSB) reported operating results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012.

Funds from operations ("FFO") allocable to common and dilutive shares before non-cash and other adjustments were $38.3 million, or $1.20 per common and dilutive share for the three months ended December 31, 2012, a 6.2% per share increase from the three months ended December 31, 2011 of $35.6 million, or $1.13 per common and dilutive share before non-cash and other adjustments. FFO allocable to common and dilutive shares before non-cash and other adjustments was $150.4 million, or $4.74 per common and dilutive share for the year ended December 31, 2012, a 6.3% per share increase from the year ended December 31, 2011 of $142.6 million, or $4.46 per common and dilutive share before non-cash and other adjustments. The increase in FFO per common and dilutive share before non-cash and other adjustments for the three months and year ended December 31, 2012 over the same periods in 2011 was primarily due to the increase in net operating income from Non-Same Park facilities, which includes the 5.3 million square foot portfolio acquired in December 2011, partially offset by increases in interest expense, preferred equity distributions and general and administrative expenses.


FFO allocable to common and dilutive shares was $39.9 million, or $1.25 per common and dilutive share for the three months ended December 31, 2012, a 20.2% per share increase from the three months ended December 31, 2011 of $32.8 million, or $1.04 per common and dilutive share. FFO allocable to common and dilutive shares was $134.5 million, or $4.24 per common and dilutive share for the year ended December 31, 2012, a 9.6% per share decrease from the year ended December 31, 2011 of $149.8 million, or $4.69 per common and dilutive share.

In order to provide a meaningful period-to-period comparison, the following table summarizes the impact of non-cash and other adjustments which include non-cash distributions related to the redemption of preferred equity, the gain on the below par repurchase of preferred equity, lease buyout payments and acquisition transaction costs on the Company's FFO per common and dilutive share for the three months and years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011:

  For The Three Months

Ended December 31,

  For The Years

Ended December 31,

 
 2012   2011 Change 2012   2011 Change
 
FFO per common and dilutive share, before non-cash and other adjustments$1.20$1.136.2%$4.74$4.466.3%
Non-cash distributions related to the redemption of preferred equity(0.55)
Gain on the repurchase of preferred equity0.23

Lease buyout payments (1)

0.060.060.09
Acquisition transaction costs (0.01) (0.09) (0.01) (0.09)
FFO per common and dilutive share, as reported$1.25 $1.04 20.2%$4.24 $4.69 (9.6%)
 
(1)   Represents a lease buyout payment recorded in the fourth quarter of 2012 associated with a 39,000 square foot lease in Virginia which terminated as of December 25, 2012 and a lease buyout payment recorded in the third quarter of 2011 associated with a 53,000 square foot lease in Maryland which terminated as of August 31, 2011.

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, 2010. Operating properties that the Company acquired subsequent to January 1, 2010 are referred to as "Non-Same Park." For the three months and years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, the Same Park facilities constitute 19.2 million rentable square feet, representing 67.7% of the 28.3 million square feet in the Company's portfolio as of December 31, 2012.

The following table presents the operating results of the Company's properties for the three months and years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 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 December 31,

 

 

 

For The Years
Ended December 31,

 

 

 2012   2011 Change 2012   2011 Change
Rental income:
Same Park (19.2 million rentable square feet)$63,489$62,8161.1%$253,303$253,194

 

Non-Same Park (9.2 million rentable

square feet)

 23,952  11,747 103.9% 91,462  41,377 121.0%
Total rental income 87,441  74,563 17.3% 344,765  294,571 17.0%
Cost of operations:
Same Park20,77920,6960.4%82,92083,997(1.3%)
Non-Same Park 8,203  4,632 77.1% 31,188  15,920 95.9%
Total cost of operations 28,982  25,328 14.4% 114,108  99,917 14.2%
Net operating income (1):
Same Park42,71042,1201.4%170,383169,1970.7%
Non-Same Park 15,749  7,115 121.3% 60,274  25,457 136.8%
Total net operating income 58,459  49,235 18.7% 230,657  194,654 18.5%
Other:

Lease buyout payments (2)

1,783

100.0%1,7832,886(38.2%)
Facility management fees160167(4.2%)649684(5.1%)
Other income and expense(4,804)(1,787)168.8%(20,377)(5,234)289.3%
Depreciation and amortization(28,072)(21,291)31.8%(109,398)(84,391)29.6%
General and administrative(1,802)(1,557)15.7%(8,569)(5,969)43.6%
Acquisition transaction costs (192) (2,796)(93.1%) (350) (3,067)(88.6%)
Income from continuing operations$25,532 $21,971 16.2%$94,395 $99,563 (5.2%)
Same Park gross margin (3)67.3%67.1%0.3%67.3%66.8%0.7%
Same Park weighted average occupancy92.3%91.8%0.5%92.1%91.2%1.0%
Non-Same Park weighted average occupancy81.7%76.6%6.7%81.9%75.3%8.8%

Same Park annualized realized rent per square foot (4)

$14.34$14.270.5%$14.34$14.47(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)Represents a lease buyout payment recorded in the fourth quarter of 2012 associated with a 39,000 square foot lease in Virginia which terminated as of December 25, 2012 and a lease buyout payment recorded in the third quarter of 2011 associated with a 53,000 square foot lease in Maryland which terminated as of August 31, 2011.
(3)Same Park gross margin is computed by dividing Same Park NOI by Same Park rental income.
(4)Same Park annualized realized rent per square foot represents the annualized Same Park rental income earned per occupied square foot.
 

Excluding the lease buyout payment noted above, rental income increased $12.9 million, or 17.3%, from $74.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2011 to $87.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012 primarily as a result of a $12.2 million increase in rental income from Non-Same Park facilities, which includes the 5.3 million square foot portfolio acquired in December 2011, combined with a $673,000 increase from the Same Park portfolio driven by an increase in occupancy rates. Including the lease buyout payment noted above, rental income increased $14.7 million from $74.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2011 to $89.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012. Net income allocable to common shareholders increased $959,000, or 10.9%, from $8.8 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, for the three months ended December 31, 2011 to $9.8 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, for the three months ended December 31, 2012. The increase in net income allocable to common shareholders for the three months was primarily due to an increase in net operating income, partially offset by increases in depreciation and amortization, preferred equity distributions and interest expense.

Excluding the lease buyout payments noted above, rental income increased $50.2 million, or 17.0%, from $294.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 to $344.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 as a result of a $50.1 million increase in rental income from Non-Same Park facilities, which includes the 5.3 million square foot portfolio acquired in December 2011, combined with an increase in rental income from the Same Park portfolio of $109,000 due to an increase in occupancy rates, partially offset by a decrease in rental rates. Including the lease buyout payments, rental income increased $49.1 million from $297.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 to $346.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. Net income allocable to common shareholders decreased $32.4 million, or 62.0%, from $52.2 million, or $2.12 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2011 to $19.8 million, or $0.81 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2012. The decrease in net income allocable to common shareholders for the year was primarily due to the net impact of non-cash distributions and gain related to preferred equity transactions and increases in depreciation and amortization, interest expense and preferred equity distributions, partially offset by an increase in net operating income.

Preferred Equity Transaction

On October 9, 2012, the Company completed the redemption of its 6.70% Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series P, at its par value of $132.3 million.

Property Acquisition

On December 19, 2012, the Company acquired three multi-tenant flex buildings in Austin, Texas, aggregating 226,000 square feet for $14.9 million. The park was 86.1% occupied at the time of acquisition.

Property Disposition

On October 11, 2012, the Company completed the sale of Quail Valley Business Park, a 66,000 square foot flex park in Houston, Texas, for $2.3 million, resulting in a net gain of $935,000.

Financial Condition

The following are key financial ratios with respect to the Company's leverage at and for the three months ended December 31, 2012:

       Ratio of FFO to fixed charges (1)  12.0x
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 $64.98 at December 31, 2012)

39.7%
Available balance under the $250.0 million unsecured credit facility at December 31, 2012$250.0 million
 
       

(1)

   Fixed charges include interest expense of $4.9 million.

Distributions Declared

The Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.44 per common share on February 19, 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 March 28, 2013 to shareholders of record on March 13, 2013.

       Series  Dividend Rate  Dividend Declared
Series R6.875%$0.429688
Series S6.450%$0.403125
Series T6.000%$0.375000
Series U5.750%$0.359375
 

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 December 31, 2012, the Company wholly owned 28.3 million rentable square feet with approximately 4,600 customers located in eight states, concentrated in California (11.1 million sq. ft.), Virginia (4.2 million sq. ft.), Florida (3.7 million sq. ft.), Texas (3.5 million sq. ft.), Maryland (2.3 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 fourth quarter operating results, is available on the Internet. The Company's website is www.psbusinessparks.com.

A conference call is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. (PST) to discuss the fourth quarter results. The toll free number is (888) 299-3246; the conference ID is 95910222. 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 February 28, 2013 at (855) 859-2056. A replay of the conference call will also be available on the Company's website.

Additional financial data attached.

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