Post Properties Announces First Quarter 2013 Earnings

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Post Properties Announces First Quarter 2013 Earnings

Investor/Analyst Conference Call Scheduled for Tuesday, April 30 at 10:00 a.m. ET

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Post Properties, Inc. (NYS: PPS) announced today net income available to common shareholders of $19.4 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2013, compared to $20.9 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2012.


The Company's net income available to common shareholders for the first quarter of 2012 included a gain of $6.1 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, on the sale of an asset.

Funds From Operations

The Company uses the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT") definition of Funds from Operations ("FFO") as an operating measure of the Company's financial performance. A reconciliation of FFO to GAAP net income is included in the financial data (Table 1) accompanying this press release.

FFO for the first quarter of 2013 was $40.5 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, compared to $34.2 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2012.

Said Dave Stockert, Post's CEO, "We are pleased to produce growth in core funds from operations for the quarter of more than 15 percent. These results point to the ongoing momentum in apartment market fundamentals, the strength of our capital position and the attractive return potential of our new projects in development."

Same Store Community Data

Average economic occupancy at the Company's 51 same store communities, containing 18,341 apartment units, was 95.3% and 95.8% for the first quarter of 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Total revenues for the same store communities increased 5.1% and total operating expenses increased 5.1% during the first quarter of 2013, compared to the first quarter of 2012, resulting in a 5.2% increase in same store net operating income ("NOI"). The average monthly rental rate per unit increased 5.3% during the first quarter of 2013, compared to the first quarter of 2012.

On a sequential basis, total revenues for the same store communities increased 0.8% and total operating expenses increased 3.8%, producing a 1.1% decrease in same store NOI for the first quarter of 2013, compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. On a sequential basis, the average monthly rental rate per unit increased 0.5%. For the first quarter of 2013, average economic occupancy at the same store communities was 95.3%, compared to 95.6% for the fourth quarter of 2012.

Same store NOI is a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure. A reconciliation of same store NOI to the comparable GAAP financial measure is included in the financial data (Table 2) accompanying this press release. Information on same store NOI and average rental rate per unit by geographic market is also included in the financial data (Table 3) accompanying this press release.

Development Activity

In the aggregate, the Company has 2,046 units in seven apartment communities, and approximately 45,085 square feet of retail space, under development or in lease-up with a total estimated cost of $335.5 million. The Company currently expects to utilize available cash, available borrowings under its unsecured bank credit facilities, or other indebtedness, as well as net proceeds from its on-going condominium sales and, from time to time, its at-the-market common equity sales program to fund future estimated construction expenditures.

During the first quarter of 2013, the Company substantially completed the development of three of its communities: the second phase of its Post Carlyle Square™ apartment community in Washington D.C., its Post South Lamar™ apartment community in Austin, Texas, and the third phase of its Post Midtown Square® apartment community in Houston, Texas. During the first quarter of 2013, the Company also began leasing the third phase of its Post Lake® at Baldwin Park apartment community in Orlando, Florida and its Post Parkside™ at Wade apartment community in Raleigh, North Carolina. As of April 26, 2013, Post Carlyle Square™ - Phase II, Post South Lamar™, Post Midtown Square® - Phase III, Post Lake® at Baldwin Park - Phase III and Post Parkside™ at Wade were 73.6%, 82.8%, 84.8%, 10.6% and 4.2% leased, respectively.

Financing Activity

Leverage, Line and Term Loan Capacity

Total debt and preferred equity as a percentage of undepreciated real estate assets (adjusted for joint venture partners' share of real estate assets and debt) was 38.1% at March 31, 2013.

As of April 26, 2013, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $113.4 million. Additionally, the Company had no outstanding borrowings, and letters of credit totaling $0.6 million under its combined $330 million unsecured lines of credit. The Company has no principal debt maturities in either 2013 or 2014.

Computations of debt ratios and reconciliations of the ratios to the appropriate GAAP measures in the Company's financial statements are included in the financial data (Table 4) accompanying this press release.

At-the-Market Common Equity Activity

The Company has available an at-the-market ("ATM") common equity program that provides for the sale of up to 4 million shares of common stock. As of March 31, 2013 and through April 26, 2013, no shares have been issued under that program. The Company expects to use its ATM program, from time to time, as an additional source of capital and liquidity, to maintain the strength of its balance sheet and to fund its future investment activities. Sales under this program are dependent upon a variety of factors, including, among others, market conditions, the trading price of the Company's common stock, the Company's liquidity position and the potential use of proceeds.

Condominium Activity

During the first quarter of 2013, the Company closed 20 condominium units at its Austin and Atlanta condominium projects for aggregate gross revenue of $17.5 million. As of April 26, 2013, the Company has, in the aggregate, closed 244 units at the Austin and Atlanta condominium projects and has 12 units under contract. There can be no assurance that condominium units under contract will close.

The Company recognized net gains in FFO of $8.2 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, from condominium sales activities during the first quarter of 2013, compared to $6.9 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, during the first quarter of 2012.

Recent Technology Initiatives

In a move to offer residents a better online experience, the Company recently announced the launch of MyPost™, its first mobile app, for residents. MyPost™ is available in the iTunes App Store and is a way to enhance the resident experience by allowing a resident to pay rent, submit maintenance requests, view service history and more. While the Company deployed the mobile app for iPhones initially, there are plans underway for an Android version.

As part of its ongoing technology and social media initiatives, the Company also recently launched a refreshed website. With its clean look and simpler navigation, www.postproperties.com makes it easier for apartment hunters to search for and compare units across multiple properties within a market or submarket.

2013 Outlook

The Company reaffirms its outlook for FFO per diluted share for the full year 2013 previously included in its February 4, 2013 earnings release. The estimates and assumptions presented in its February 4, 2013 release and its current outlook are forward looking and are based on the Company's future view of the apartment and condominium markets and of general economic conditions, as well as other risks outlined below under the caption "Forward-Looking Statements." There can be no assurance that the Company's actual results will not differ materially from the estimates set forth. The Company assumes no obligation to update this guidance in the future.

Supplemental Financial Data

The Company also produces Supplemental Financial Data that includes detailed information regarding the Company's operating results, investment activity, financing activity, balance sheet and properties. This Supplemental Financial Data is considered an integral part of this earnings release and is available on the Company's website. The Company's Earnings Release and the Supplemental Financial Data are available through the Investors/Financial Reports/Quarterly and Other Reports section of the Company's website at www.postproperties.com.

The ability to access the attachments on the Company's website requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which may be downloaded at http://get.adobe.com/reader/.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Defined Terms

The Company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures and other defined terms in this press release and in its Supplemental Financial Data available on the Company's website. The non-GAAP financial measures include FFO, Adjusted Funds from Operations ("AFFO"), net operating income, same store capital expenditures, and certain debt statistics and ratios. The definitions of these non-GAAP financial measures are listed below and on page 19 of the Supplemental Financial Data. The Company believes that these measures are helpful to investors in measuring financial performance and/or liquidity and comparing such performance and/or liquidity to other REITs.

Funds from Operations - The Company uses FFO as an operating measure. The Company uses the NAREIT definition of FFO. FFO is defined by NAREIT to mean net income (loss) available to common shareholders determined in accordance with GAAP, excluding gains (or losses) from extraordinary items and sales of depreciable operating property, plus depreciation and amortization of real estate assets, and after adjustment for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures all determined on a consistent basis in accordance with GAAP. FFO presented in the Company's press release and Supplemental Financial Data is not necessarily comparable to FFO presented by other real estate companies because not all real estate companies use the same definition. The Company's FFO is comparable to the FFO of real estate companies that use the current NAREIT definition.

Accounting for real estate assets using historical cost accounting under GAAP assumes that the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably over time. NAREIT stated in its April 2002 White Paper on Funds from Operations that "since real estate asset values have historically risen or fallen with market conditions, many industry investors have considered presentations of operating results for real estate companies that use historical cost accounting to be insufficient by themselves." As a result, the concept of FFO was created by NAREIT for the REIT industry to provide an alternate measure. Since the Company agrees with the concept of FFO and appreciates the reasons surrounding its creation, the Company believes that FFO is an important supplemental measure of operating performance. In addition, since most equity REITs provide FFO information to the investment community, the Company believes that FFO is a useful supplemental measure for comparing the Company's results to those of other equity REITs. The Company believes that the line on its consolidated statement of operations entitled "net income available to common shareholders" is the most directly comparable GAAP measure to FFO.

Adjusted Funds From Operations - The Company also uses AFFO as an operating measure. AFFO is defined as FFO less operating capital expenditures and after adjusting for the impact of non-cash straight-line, long-term ground lease expense, non-cash impairment charges, debt extinguishment gains (losses) and preferred stock redemption costs. The Company believes that AFFO is an important supplemental measure of operating performance for an equity REIT because it provides investors with an indication of the REIT's ability to fund its operating capital expenditures through earnings. In addition, since most equity REITs provide AFFO information to the investment community, the Company believes that AFFO is a useful supplemental measure for comparing the Company to other equity REITs. The Company believes that the line on its consolidated statement of operations entitled "net income available to common shareholders" is the most directly comparable GAAP measure to AFFO.

Property Net Operating Income ("NOI") - The Company uses property NOI, including same store NOI and same store NOI by market, as an operating measure. NOI is defined as rental and other revenues from real estate operations less total property and maintenance expenses from real estate operations (exclusive of depreciation and amortization). The Company believes that NOI is an important supplemental measure of operating performance for a REIT's operating real estate because it provides a measure of the core operations, rather than factoring in depreciation and amortization, financing costs and general and administrative expenses generally incurred at the corporate level. This measure is particularly useful, in the opinion of the Company, in evaluating the performance of geographic operations, same store groupings and individual properties. Additionally, the Company believes that NOI, as defined, is a widely accepted measure of comparative operating performance in the real estate investment community. The Company believes that the line on its consolidated statement of operations entitled "net income" is the most directly comparable GAAP measure to NOI.

Same Store Capital Expenditures - The Company uses same store annually recurring and periodically recurring capital expenditures as cash flow measures. Same store annually recurring and periodically recurring capital expenditures are supplemental non-GAAP financial measures. The Company believes that same store annually recurring and periodically recurring capital expenditures are important indicators of the costs incurred by the Company in maintaining its same store communities on an ongoing basis. The corresponding GAAP measures include information with respect to the Company's other operating segments consisting of communities stabilized in the prior year, lease-up communities, rehabilitation properties, sold properties and commercial properties in addition to same store information. Therefore, the Company believes that the Company's presentation of same store annually recurring and periodically recurring capital expenditures is necessary to demonstrate same store replacement costs over time. The Company believes that the most directly comparable GAAP measure to same store annually recurring and periodically recurring capital expenditures is the line on the Company's consolidated statements of cash flows entitled "property capital expenditures," which also includes revenue generating capital expenditures.

Debt Statistics and Debt Ratios - The Company uses a number of debt statistics and ratios as supplemental measures of liquidity. The numerator and/or the denominator of certain of these statistics and/or ratios include non-GAAP financial measures that have been reconciled to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. These debt statistics and ratios include: (1) interest coverage ratios; (2) fixed charge coverage ratios; (3) total debt as a percentage of undepreciated real estate assets (adjusted for joint venture partner's share of debt); (4) total debt plus preferred equity as a percentage of undepreciated real estate assets (adjusted for joint venture partner's share of debt); (5) a ratio of consolidated debt to total assets; (6) a ratio of secured debt to total assets; (7) a ratio of total unencumbered assets to unsecured debt; (8) a ratio of consolidated income available for debt service to annual debt service charge; and (9) a debt to annualized income available for debt service ratio. A number of these debt statistics and ratios are derived from covenants found in the Company's debt agreements, including, among others, the Company's senior unsecured notes. In addition, the Company presents these measures because the degree of leverage could affect the Company's ability to obtain additional financing for working capital, capital expenditures, acquisitions, development or other general corporate purposes. The Company uses these measures internally as an indicator of liquidity, and the Company believes that these measures are also utilized by the investment and analyst communities to better understand the Company's liquidity.

The Company uses income available for debt service to calculate certain debt ratios and statistics. Income available for debt service is defined as net income (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, gains on sales of real estate assets, non-cash impairment charges and other non-cash income and expenses. Income available for debt service is a supplemental measure of operating performance that does not represent and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or cash flow from operating activities as determined under GAAP, and the Company's calculation thereof may not be comparable to similar measures reported by other companies, including EBITDA or Adjusted EBITDA.

Property Operating Statistics - The Company uses average economic occupancy, gross turnover, net turnover and percentage increases in rent for new and renewed leases as statistical measures of property operating performance. The Company defines average economic occupancy as gross potential rent less vacancy losses, model expenses and bad debt expenses divided by gross potential rent for the period, expressed as a percentage. Gross turnover is defined as the percentage of leases expiring during the period that are not renewed by the existing residents. Net turnover is defined as gross turnover decreased by the percentage of expiring leases where the residents transfer to a new apartment unit in the same community or in another Post® community. The percentage increases in rent for new and renewed leases are calculated using the respective new or renewed rental rate as of the date of a new lease, as compared with the previous rental rate on that same unit.

Conference Call Information

The Company will hold its quarterly conference call on Tuesday, April 30, at 10:00 a.m. ET. The telephone numbers are 888-427-9376 for US and Canada callers and 719-325-2361 for international callers. The access code is 3400336. The conference call will be open to the public and can be listened to live on Post's website at www.postproperties.com. Click Investors in the top menu, then select either Investor's Overview or Events Calendar. The replay will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 30, and will be available until Monday, May 6, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The telephone numbers for the replay are 888-203-1112 for US and Canada callers and 719-457-0820 for international callers. The access code for the replay is 3400336. A replay of the call also will be archived on Post's website under Investors/Audio Archive.

About Post

Post Properties, founded more than 40 years ago, is a leading developer and operator of upscale multifamily communities. The Company's mission is delivering superior satisfaction and value to its residents, associates, and investors, with a vision of being the first choice in quality multifamily living. Operating as a real estate investment trust ("REIT"), the Company focuses on developing and managing Post® branded high density urban and resort-style garden apartments. Post Properties is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and has operations in ten markets across the country.

Post Properties has interests in 22,218 apartment units in 60 communities, including 1,471 apartment units in four communities held in unconsolidated entities and 2,046 apartment units in seven communities currently under development or in lease-up. The Company is also selling luxury for-sale condominium homes in two communities through a taxable REIT subsidiary.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements made in this press release and other written or oral statements made by or on behalf of the Company, may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements regarding future events and developments and the Company's future performance, as well as management's expectations, beliefs, plans, estimates or projections relating to the future, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of these laws. Examples of such statements in this press release include, expectations regarding apartment market conditions, expectations regarding use of proceeds from unsecured bank credit facilities, expectations regarding future operating conditions, including the Company's current outlook as to expected funds from operations, revenue, operating expenses and net operating income, anticipated development activities (including projected construction expenditures and timing), expectations regarding the for-sale condominium business, and expectations regarding offerings of the Company's common stock and the use of proceeds thereof. All forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events to differ materially from those projected. Management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable; however, you should not place undue reliance on such statements. These statements are based on current expectations and speak only as of the date of such statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of future events, new information or otherwise.

The following are some of the factors that could cause the Company's actual results and its expectations to differ materially from those described in the Company's forward-looking statements: the success of the Company's business strategies discussed in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and in subsequent filings with the SEC; conditions affecting ownership of residential real estate and general conditions in the multi-family residential real estate market; uncertainties associated with the Company's real estate development and construction; uncertainties associated with the timing and amount of apartment community sales; exposure to economic and other competitive factors due to market concentration; future local and national economic conditions, including changes in job growth, interest rates, the availability of mortgage and other financing and related factors; the Company's ability to generate sufficient cash flows to make required payments associated with its debt financing; the effects of the Company's leverage on its risk of default and debt service requirements; the impact of a downgrade in the credit rating of the Company's securities; the effects of a default by the Company or its subsidiaries on an obligation to repay outstanding indebtedness, including cross-defaults and cross-acceleration under other indebtedness; the effects of covenants of the Company's or its subsidiaries' mortgage indebtedness on operational flexibility and default risks; the Company's ability to maintain its current dividend level; uncertainties associated with the Company's condominium for-sale housing business, including the timing and volume of condominium sales; the impact of any additional charges the Company may be required to record in the future related to any impairment in the carrying value of its assets; the impact of competition on the Company's business, including competition for residents in the Company's apartment communities and buyers of the Company's for-sale condominium homes and development locations; the Company's ability to compete for limited investment opportunities; the effects of any decision by the government to eliminate Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac or reduce government support for apartment mortgage loans; the effects of changing interest rates and effectiveness of interest rate hedging contracts; the success of the Company's acquired apartment communities; the Company's ability to succeed in new markets; the costs associated with compliance with laws requiring access to the Company's properties by persons with disabilities; the impact of the Company's ongoing litigation with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act as well as the impact of other litigation; the effects of losses from natural catastrophes in excess of insurance coverage; uncertainties associated with environmental and other regulatory matters; the costs associated with moisture infiltration and resulting mold remediation; the Company's ability to control joint ventures, properties in which it has joint ownership and corporations and limited partnership in which it has partial interests; the Company's ability to renew leases or relet units as leases expire; the Company's ability to continue to qualify as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code; the effects of changes in accounting policies and other regulatory matters detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission; increased costs arising from health care reform; and any breach of the Company's privacy or information security systems. Other important risk factors regarding the Company are included under the caption "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and may be discussed in subsequent filings with the SEC. The risk factors discussed in Form 10-K under the caption "Risk Factors" are specifically incorporated by reference into this press release.

 
 

Financial Highlights

(Unaudited; in thousands, except per share and unit amounts)
   Three months ended
March 31,
2013   2012
OPERATING DATA
Total revenues$87,529$80,276
Net income available to common shareholders$19,420$20,878

Funds from operations available to common shareholders and unitholders (Table 1)

$40,537$34,223
 
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted54,63953,493
Weighted average shares and units outstanding - diluted54,78253,645
 
PER COMMON SHARE DATA - DILUTED
Net income available to common shareholders$0.35$0.39

 

Funds from operations available to common shareholders and unitholders (Table 1) (1)

$0.74$0.64
 
Dividends declared$0.25$0.22
1) Funds from operations available to common shareholders and unitholders per share was computed using weighted average shares and units outstanding, including the impact of dilutive securities totaling 202 and 406 for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. Additionally, diluted weighted average shares and units included the impact of non-vested shares and units totaling 111 and 119 for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively, for the computation of FFO per share. Such non-vested shares and units are considered in the income per share computations under GAAP using the "two-class method."
 
 

Table 1

Reconciliation of Net Income Available to Common Shareholders to
Funds From Operations Available to Common Shareholders and Unitholders
(Unaudited; in thousands, except per share and unit amounts)
  
Three months ended
March 31,
2013  2012
Net income available to common shareholders$19,420$20,878
Noncontrolling interests - Operating Partnership5159
Depreciation on consolidated real estate assets, net20,77719,003

Depreciation on real estate assets held in unconsolidated entities

289338

Gains on sales of depreciable real estate assets - unconsolidated entities

 - (6,055)

 

Funds from operations available to common shareholders and unitholders

$40,537$34,223 
 
Funds from operations - per share and unit - diluted (1)$0.74$0.64 
Weighted average shares and units outstanding - diluted (1) 54,893 53,764 
1) Diluted weighted average shares and units include the impact of dilutive securities totaling 202 and 406 for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. Additionally, diluted weighted average shares and units included the impact of non-vested shares and units totaling 111 and 119 for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively, for the computation of FFO per share. Such non-vested shares and units are considered in the income per share computations under GAAP using the "two-class method."
 
 
Table 2

Reconciliation of Same Store Net Operating Income (NOI) to GAAP Net Income

(Unaudited; In thousands)

  
Three months ended
March 31,  March 31,  December 31,
201320122012
Total same store NOI$48,008$45,650$48,525
Property NOI from other operating segments 1,552  (233) 894 
Consolidated property NOI 49,560  45,417  49,419 
Add (subtract):
Interest income365134
Other revenues214222213
Depreciation(21,121)(19,341)(20,973)
Interest expense(11,142)(11,645)(11,855)
Amortization of deferred financing costs(624)(661)(669)
General and administrative(4,245)(4,285)(4,411)
Investment and development(489)(480)(312)
Other investment costs(305)(306)(242)
Gains on condominium sales activities, net8,1946,90410,578

Equity in income of unconsolidated real estate entities, net

4786,446579
Other income (expense), net(166)(156)590
Net loss on extinguishment of indebtedness -  (301) (4,017)
 
Net income$20,390 $21,865 $18,934 
 
 

Table 3

Same Store Net Operating Income (NOI) and Average Rental Rate per Unit by Market

(In thousands)

        
Three months endedQ1 '13Q1 '13Q1 '13
March 31,  March 31,December 31,vs. Q1 '12vs. Q4 '12% Same
201320122012% Change % Change Store NOI
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