Colonial Properties Trust Reports Results for Third Quarter 2012

Colonial Properties Trust Reports Results for Third Quarter 2012

Same-Property Portfolio NOI Increases 8.3%

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Colonial Properties Trust (NYS: CLP) announced its results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.


For the third quarter 2012, the company reported a net loss available to common shareholders (EPS) of $6.5 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared with net income available to common shareholders of $12.5 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the same period in 2011. The decrease over the prior-year period is primarily attributable to $23.7 million of gains recognized from the sale of six multifamily apartment communities during the third quarter 2011, partially offset by an increase in multifamily same-property net operating income (NOI) in 2012 as a result of improving rental rates and income derived from multifamily apartment communities acquired during 2011 and 2012. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the company reported net income available to common shareholders of $4.0 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared with a net loss available to common shareholders of $5.6 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the same period in 2011. The increase is primarily attributable to the increase in multifamily same-property NOI as a result of improving rental rates and income derived from multifamily apartment communities acquired during 2011 and 2012.

Funds from Operations Available to Common Shareholders and Unitholders (FFO), a widely accepted measure of REIT performance, for the third quarter 2012 was $29.0 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, compared with $26.4 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, for the same period in 2011. FFO for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 totaled $86.9 million, or $0.92 per diluted share, compared with $78.4 million, or $0.87 per diluted share, for the same period in 2011. The increase over the prior-year periods is primarily attributable to an increase in NOI from the company's multifamily same-property communities as a result of improving rental rates and income from multifamily apartment communities acquired in 2011 and 2012.

A reconciliation of net income/loss available to common shareholders to FFO, and a reconciliation of NOI to income/loss from continuing operations, as well as definitions and statements of purpose are included in the financial tables accompanying this press release.

"We were able to produce another quarter of strong multifamily operating results and further execute on our business strategy," noted Thomas H. Lowder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Rates on new and renewal leases continue to improve and same-property occupancy increased to 96.7 percent. In addition, we received an investment grade rating from Moody's, which reflects the improvement in our balance sheet and the benefits of the ongoing simplification of our business."

Highlights for the Third Quarter 2012

  • Multifamily same-property NOI increased 8.3 percent compared with third quarter 2011

  • Ended the quarter with multifamily same-property physical occupancy of 96.7 percent

  • Multifamily same-property revenue increased 5.6 percent compared with third quarter 2011

  • Completed development and stabilized Colonial Grand at Hampton Preserve in Tampa, Florida, with 93.8 percent occupancy at September 30, 2012

  • Received investment grade credit rating of Baa3 from Moody's Investors Service

  • Subsequent to quarter end, acquired Colonial Grand at Research Park for $38.0 million and disposed of Colonial Promenade Alabaster for a total of $37.4 million

Multifamily Operating Performance

Multifamily NOI for the third quarter 2012 increased 8.3 percent compared with the third quarter 2011 for the 30,323 apartment homes included in the consolidated same-property results. Multifamily same-property revenues increased 5.6 percent and expenses increased 2.0 percent compared with the third quarter 2011. The increase in revenues was primarily due to an improvement in both new and renewal lease rates, and an increase in occupancy. The increase in expenses is primarily due to an increase in real estate taxes and payroll costs. Same-property physical occupancy as of September 30, 2012, was 96.7 percent, compared with 96.1 percent at September 30, 2011.

Sequentially, multifamily same-property NOI for the third quarter 2012 decreased 0.2 percent compared with the second quarter 2012, with revenues increasing 2.2 percent and expenses increasing 5.9 percent compared with the prior quarter. The increase in expenses is primarily due to seasonal increases in utilities and repair and maintenance costs in the third quarter 2012 compared to the second quarter 2012.

Asset Recycling Transactions

In October 2012, the company purchased the 370-unit Colonial Grand at Research Park, a Class A garden style multifamily apartment community in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, for a total purchase price of $38.0 million of which $21.3 million was used to repay existing property-specific debt. The company previously had a 20 percent ownership interest in the property. As of September 30, 2012, the property was 94.1 percent occupied.

Additionally, on October 24, 2012, the company sold the 612,000-square-foot retail center Colonial Promenade Alabaster in Birmingham, Alabama, for $37.4 million.

Development Activity

During the quarter, the company completed construction of Colonial Grand at Hampton Preserve, a $52.2 million multifamily development with 486 units in Tampa, Florida. As of September 30, 2012, the property was 93.8 percent occupied.

Construction continued during the quarter on six wholly owned apartment communities: Colonial Grand at Double Creek, a $31.7 million development with 296 units in Austin, Texas; Colonial Grand at Lake Mary (Phase I), a $30.3 million development with 232 units in Orlando, Florida; Colonial Grand at Lake Mary (Phase II), a $13.9 million development with 108 units in Orlando, Florida; Colonial Reserve at South End, a $59.3 million development with 353 units in Charlotte, North Carolina; Colonial Grand at Randal Park, a $57.0 million development with 462 units in Orlando, Florida; and Colonial Grand at Ayrsley (Phase II), a $9.1 million development with 81 units in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Financing Activity

On August 15, 2012, the company repaid $80 million of outstanding senior notes due 2012 bearing interest at 6.875 percent per annum with borrowings on the company's unsecured credit facility.

In September 2012, Moody's Investors Service upgraded the company's senior unsecured debt credit rating to investment grade with a rating of Baa3 and a stable outlook.

Other Charges

During the third quarter 2012, the company recorded a non-cash impairment charge of $3.0 million related to a commercial asset, which has been classified as held-for-sale on the company's balance sheet. This non-cash impairment charge is reflected in EPS, but does not impact FFO.

Additionally, $0.9 million of non-cash charges were recorded in the third quarter 2012 related to a for-sale residential parcel of land held in a joint venture located in Atlanta, Georgia. The sale of this parcel of land is anticipated to occur in 2013. This impairment charge is reflected in EPS and FFO.

Quarterly Dividend on Common Shares

On October 24, 2012, the Board of Trustees declared a quarterly cash dividend on common shares for the fourth quarter 2012 of $0.18 per common share. The dividend is payable November 13, 2012, to shareholders of record as of November 5, 2012, representing an ex-dividend date of November 1, 2012.

2012 EPS and FFO per Share Guidance

Based on the third quarter results and transactions occurring during the third quarter and anticipated to occur in the fourth quarter, the company has updated its diluted EPS and FFO per share guidance range, certain assumptions and the timing of certain transactions for the full-year 2012. These projections are set forth and reconciled below:

Full-Year
2012 Range

Low

-

High

Diluted EPS

$

0.33

-

$

0.47

Plus: Real Estate Depreciation & Amortization

1.45

-

1.45

Less: Gain on Sale of Operating Properties

(0.55

)

-

(0.65

)

Total Diluted FFO per share

$

1.23

-

$

1.27

Following are the assumptions reflected in the company's full-year 2012 guidance:

  • Multifamily same-property net operating income: growth of 7.0 to 7.75 percent.

    • Revenue: Increase of 5.0 to 5.50 percent

    • Expense: Increase of 2.25 to 2.75 percent

  • Development spending of $100 million to $110 million.

  • Acquisitions of $115 million to $185 million.

  • Dispositions of $150 million to $375 million.

  • Land and for-sale residential property dispositions of $5 million to $8 million.

  • Corporate G&A expenses of $23 million to $24 million.

The company's guidance range reflects the existence of volatile economic conditions, and is based on a number of assumptions, many of which are outside the company's control and all of which are subject to change. The company's guidance may change if actual results vary from these assumptions.

For additional details regarding the company's disposition and investment activities, see the company's Supplemental Financial Highlights available on the company's website at www.colonialprop.com.

Conference Call and Supplemental Materials

The company will hold its quarterly conference call Thursday, October 25, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. Central Time. The call will include a review of the company's third quarter performance and a discussion of the company's strategy and expectations for the future.

To participate, please dial 1-800-936-4761. As with previous calls, a replay will be available for seven days by dialing 1-800-633-8284; the conference ID is 21544176. Access to the live call and a replay will also be available through the company's website at www.colonialprop.com under "Investors: Press Releases: Event Calendar."

Colonial Properties Trust produces a supplemental information package that provides detailed information regarding operating performance, investing activities and the company's overall financial position. For a copy of Colonial Properties' detailed Supplemental Financial Highlights, please visit the company's website at www.colonialprop.com under the "Investors: Financial Information and Filings: Quarterly Supplemental Information" tab, or contact Jerry Brewer in Investor Relations at 1-800-645-3917.

Colonial Properties Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that creates value for its shareholders through a multifamily focused portfolio and the management and development of select commercial assets in the Sunbelt region of the United States. As of September 30, 2012, the company owned, had partial ownership in or managed 35,067 apartment units and 4.6 million square feet of commercial space. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, Colonial Properties is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CLP and is included in the S&P SmallCap 600 Index. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.colonialprop.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures in this press release. The non-GAAP financial measures include FFO and NOI. The definitions of these non-GAAP financial measures are summarized below. The company believes that these measures are helpful to investors in measuring financial performance and comparing such performance to other REITs.

Funds from Operations — FFO, as defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), means income (loss) before non-controlling interest (determined in accordance with GAAP), excluding gains (losses) from sales of depreciated property and impairment write-downs of depreciable real estate, plus real estate depreciation and amortization and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. FFO is a widely recognized measure in the company's industry and is presented to assist investors in analyzing the company's performance. The company believes that FFO is useful to investors because it provides an additional indicator of the company's financial and operating performance. This is because, by excluding the effect of real estate depreciation, gains (or losses) from sales of properties and impairment write-downs of depreciable real estate (all of which are based on historical costs which may be of limited relevance in evaluating current performance), FFO can facilitate comparison of operating performance among equity REITs. FFO is a widely recognized measure in the company's industry.

The company believes that the line on its consolidated statements of income entitled "net income available to common shareholders" is the most directly comparable GAAP measure to FFO.

Historical cost accounting for real estate assets implicitly assumes that the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably over time. Since real estate values instead have historically risen or fallen with market conditions, many industry investors and analysts have considered presentation of operating results for real estate companies that use historical cost accounting to be insufficient by themselves. Thus, NAREIT created FFO as a supplemental measure of REIT operating performance that excludes historical cost depreciation, among other items, from GAAP net income. Management believes that the use of FFO, combined with the required primary GAAP presentations, is fundamentally beneficial, improving the understanding of operating results of REITs among the investing public and making comparisons of REIT operating results more meaningful. In addition to company management evaluating the operating performance of its reportable segments based on FFO results, management uses FFO and FFO per share, along with other measures, to assess performance in connection with evaluating and granting incentive compensation to key employees.

Property Net Operating Income - The company uses property NOI, including same store NOI, as an operating measure. NOI is defined as total property revenues, including unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures, less total property operating expenses (such items as repairs and maintenance, payroll, utilities, property taxes, insurance and advertising). The company believes that in order to facilitate a clear understanding of its operating results, NOI should be examined in conjunction with (loss) income from continuing operations as presented in the company's consolidated financial statements. The company also 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. 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 is a widely accepted measure of comparative operating performance in the real estate investment community. The company believes that the line on its consolidated statements of income entitled "(loss) income from continuing operations" is the most directly comparable GAAP measure to NOI. In addition to company management evaluating the operating performance of its reportable segments based on NOI results, management uses NOI, along with other measures, to assess performance in connection with evaluating and granting incentive compensation to key employees.

The company's method of calculating FFO and NOI may be different from methods used by other REITs and, accordingly, may not be comparable to such other REITs. FFO and NOI should not be considered (1) as an alternative to net income (determined in accordance with GAAP), (2) as an indicator of financial performance, (3) as cash flow from operating activities (determined in accordance with GAAP) or (4) as a measure of liquidity, nor is it indicative of sufficient cash flow to fund all of the company's needs, including the company's ability to make distributions.

Safe Harbor Statement

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Estimates of future earnings are, by definition, and certain other statements in this press release, including statements regarding future dispositions and developments, development costs, credit ratings, operating performance outlook and other business fundamentals, may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the company's actual results, performance, achievements or transactions to be materially different from the results, performance, achievements or transactions expressed or implied by the forward looking statements. Factors that impact such forward looking statements include, among others, changes in national, regional and local economic conditions, which may be negatively impacted by concerns about inflation, deflation, government deficits (including the European sovereign debt crisis), high unemployment rates, decreased consumer confidence and liquidity concerns, particularly in markets in which we have a high concentration of properties; exposure, as a multifamily focused REIT, to risks inherent in investments in a single industry; ability to obtain financing on favorable rates, if at all; performance of affiliates or companies in which we have made investments; changes in operating costs; higher than expected construction costs; uncertainties associated with the timing and amount of real estate disposition and the resulting gains/losses associated with such dispositions; legislative or regulatory decisions; the company's ability to continue to maintain our status as a REIT for federal income tax purposes; price volatility, dislocations and liquidity disruptions in the financial markets and the resulting impact on availability of financing; the effect of any rating agency action on the cost and availability of new debt financings; level and volatility of interest rates or capital market conditions; effect of any terrorist activity or other heightened geopolitical crisis; or other factors affecting the real estate industry generally.

Except as otherwise required by the federal securities laws, the company assumes no responsibility to update the information in this press release.

The company refers you to the documents filed by the company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the section titled "Risk Factors" in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, as may be updated or supplemented in the company's Form 10-Q filings, which discuss these and other factors that could adversely affect the company's results.

COLONIAL PROPERTIES TRUST

Financial Statements

Third Quarter 2012

BALANCE SHEET

($ in 000s)

As of

As of

9/30/2012

12/31/2011

ASSETS

Real Estate Assets

Operating Properties

$

3,315,910

$

3,445,455

Undeveloped Land & Construction in Progress

302,923

306,826

Total Real Estate, before Depreciation

3,618,833

3,752,281

Less: Accumulated Depreciation

(768,829

)

(731,894

)

Real Estate Assets Held for Sale, net

238,040

10,543

Net Real Estate Assets

3,088,044

3,030,930

Cash and Equivalents

4,931

6,452

Restricted Cash

23,528

43,489

Accounts Receivable, net

25,277

26,762

Notes Receivable

42,576

43,787

Prepaid Expenses

19,180

19,912

Deferred Debt and Lease Costs

24,810

22,408

Investment in Unconsolidated Subsidiaries

8,362

12,303

Other Assets

48,463

52,562

Total Assets

$

3,285,171

$

3,258,605

LIABILITIES

Unsecured Credit Facility

$

183,624

$

184,000

Notes and Mortgages Payable

1,644,140

1,575,727

Total Debt

1,827,764

1,759,727

Accounts Payable

36,965

50,266

Accrued Interest

15,911

11,923

Accrued Expenses

42,521

15,731

Investment in Unconsolidated Subsidiaries

6,967

31,577

Other Liabilities

36,335

25,208

Total Liabilities

1,966,463

1,894,432

Redeemable Common Units

160,093

159,582

EQUITY

Limited Partner's Noncontrolling Interest

700

728

Cumulative Earnings

1,271,911

1,267,958

Cumulative Distributions

(1,910,306

)

(1,862,838

)

Common Equity, including Additional Paid-in Capital

1,973,065

1,965,812

Treasury Shares, at Cost

(150,163

)

(150,163

)

Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss

(26,592

)

(16,906

)

Total Equity, including Noncontrolling Interest

1,158,615

1,204,591

Total Liabilities and Equity

$

3,285,171

$

3,258,605

SHARES & UNITS OUTSTANDING, END OF PERIOD

(shares and units in 000s)

As of

As of

9/30/2012

12/31/2011

Basic

Shares

88,114

87,474

Operating Partnership Units (OP Units)

7,153

7,169

Total Shares & OP Units

95,267

94,643

COLONIAL PROPERTIES TRUST
Financial Statements
Third Quarter 2012

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

($ in 000s, except per share data)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

9/30/2012

9/30/2011

9/30/2012

9/30/2011

Revenue

Minimum Rent

$

79,892

$

72,152

$

235,073

$

209,170

Tenant Recoveries

2,178

2,173

6,615

6,109

Other Property Related Revenue

14,757

12,411

41,293

35,509

Other Non-Property Related Revenue

1,275

1,967

4,090

5,950

Total Revenues

98,102

88,703

287,071

256,738

Operating Expenses

Operating Expenses:

Property Operating Expenses

28,187

26,328

79,337

72,584

Taxes, Licenses and Insurance

10,819

9,789

32,304

29,285

Total Property Operating Expenses

39,006

36,117

111,641

101,869

Property Management Expense