ELS Reports Fourth Quarter Results

ELS Reports Fourth Quarter Results

Continued Stable Core Performance

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (NYS: ELS) (the "Company") today announced results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2012. All per share results are reported on a fully-diluted basis unless otherwise noted.


a) Financial Results

For the three months ended December 31, 2012, Funds From Operations ("FFO") were $50.3 million, or $1.11 per share, compared to $44.8 million, or $0.99 per share, for the same period in 2011. For the year ended December 31, 2012, FFO was $210.0 million, or $4.62 per share, compared to $147.5 million, or $3.66 per share, for the same period in 2011.

Net income available to common stockholders totaled $24.3 million, or $0.58 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2012 compared to a net loss of $(0.2) million, or $0.00 per share, for the same period in 2011. Net income available to common stockholders totaled $54.8 million, or $1.32 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2012, compared to $22.8 million, or $0.64 per share, for the same period in 2011. See the tables included in this press release for a reconciliation of FFO and FFO per share to net income available to common shares and net income per common share, respectively, the most directly comparable GAAP (General Accepted Accounting Principles) measure.

b) Portfolio Performance

During the year ended December 31, 2012, Core property operations were impacted by previously disclosed non-recurring items related to utility income and membership sales and marketing expenses. For the year ended December 31, 2012, compared to the same period in 2011, the increases in Core property operating revenues, expenses and income were approximately 2.3 percent, 1.3 percent and 3.0 percent, respectively, excluding cable service prepayments, right-to-use contract sales and sales and marketing expenses.

For the three months ended December 31, 2012, property operating revenues, excluding deferrals, were $167.9 million, compared to $161.1 million in the same period of 2011. Property operating revenues, excluding deferrals, for the year ended December 31, 2012 were $688.1 million, compared to $578.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2011.

For the three months ended December 31, 2012, Core property operating revenues increased approximately 1.5 percent and income from Core property operations increased approximately 1.4 percent compared to the same period in 2011. For the year ended December 31, 2012, Core property operating revenues increased approximately 1.8 percent and income from Core property operations increased approximately 2.3 percent compared to the same period in 2011.

c) Balance Sheet

Our cash balance as of December 31, 2012 was approximately $37.1 million. Our average long-term secured debt balance was approximately $2.1 billion during the three months ended December 31, 2012, with a weighted average interest rate, including loan cost amortization, of approximately 5.5 percent per annum and weighted average maturity of 5.0 years. Interest coverage was approximately 2.9 times in the three months ended December 31, 2012.

During the three months ended December 31, 2012, the Company paid off the mortgage on one resort property, which was set to mature on February 11, 2013 totaling approximately $5.2 million, with a stated interest rate of 6.5 percent per annum.

d) Asset-related Transactions

During the three months ended December 31, 2012, the Company closed on a $25.0 million acquisition of the Victoria Palms Resort, a 1,122-site property, and the Alamo Palms Resort, a 643-site property. Both properties are located in Rio Grande Valley, Texas.

The Company also closed on the sale of Cascade, a 163-site property in Snoqualmie, Washington formerly operated as a Thousand Trails resort. The sale was the result of a settlement related to a previously threatened condemnation of the property. Cash proceeds from the disposition, net of closing costs, were approximately $7.6 million and a gain on disposition of approximately $4.6 million, net of tax, was recorded. The property was not operating at the time of the sale.

e) Preferred Stock Redemption

During the three months ended December 31, 2012, the Company redeemed the remaining 2,554,235 shares of 8.034% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock, par value $0.01 per share, at the $25.00 per share liquidation value and accrued and unpaid dividends of $0.094846 per share on such redeemed shares for approximately $64.1 million.

As of January 28, 2013, Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. owns or has an interest in 383 quality properties in 32 states and British Columbia consisting of 142,682 sites. The Company is a self-administered, self-managed, real estate investment trust (REIT) with headquarters in Chicago.

A live webcast of the Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. conference call discussing these results will be available via the Company's website in the Investor Information section at www.equitylifestyle.com at 10:00 a.m. Central on January 29, 2013.

This press release includes certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used, words such as "anticipate," "expect," "believe," "project," "intend," "may be" and "will be" and similar words or phrases, or the negative thereof, unless the context requires otherwise, are intended to identify forward-looking statements and may include, without limitation, information regarding the Company's expectations, goals or intentions regarding the future, and the expected effect of the recent acquisitions on the Company. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to:

  • the Company's ability to control costs, real estate market conditions, the actual rate of decline in customers, the actual use of sites by customers and its success in acquiring new customers at its Properties (including those that it may acquire);

  • the Company's ability to maintain historical rental rates and occupancy with respect to Properties currently owned or that the Company may acquire;

  • the Company's ability to retain and attract customers renewing, upgrading and entering right-to-use contracts;

  • the Company's assumptions about rental and home sales markets;

  • the Company's assumptions and guidance concerning 2013 estimated net income and funds from operations;

  • the Company's ability to manage counterparty risk;

  • in the age-qualified Properties, home sales results could be impacted by the ability of potential homebuyers to sell their existing residences as well as by financial, credit and capital markets volatility;

  • results from home sales and occupancy will continue to be impacted by local economic conditions, lack of affordable manufactured home financing and competition from alternative housing options including site-built single-family housing;

  • impact of government intervention to stabilize site-built single family housing and not manufactured housing;

  • effective integration of the recent acquisitions and the Company's estimates regarding the future performance of recent acquisitions;

  • unanticipated costs or unforeseen liabilities associated with the recent acquisitions;

  • ability to obtain financing or refinance existing debt on favorable terms or at all;

  • the effect of interest rates;

  • the dilutive effects of issuing additional securities;

  • the effect of accounting for the entry of contracts with customers representing a right-to-use the Properties under the Codification Topic "Revenue Recognition;" and

  • other risks indicated from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

These forward-looking statements are based on management's present expectations and beliefs about future events. As with any projection or forecast, these statements are inherently susceptible to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. The Company is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of such changes, new information, subsequent events or otherwise.

Tables follow:

Fourth Quarter 2012 - Selected Financial Data

(In $US millions, except per share data, unaudited)

Three Months Ended

December 31, 2012

Income from property operations - 2012 Core (1)

$

70.6

Income from property operations - 2011 Acquisitions (2)

27.0

Property management and general and administrative

(17.0

)

Other income and expenses (3)

3.4

Financing costs and other

(33.7

)

Funds from operations (FFO)(4) (5)

50.3

Depreciation on real estate

(24.6

)

Depreciation on rental homes (5)

(1.7

)

Amortization of in-place leases

(0.8

)

Depreciation on unconsolidated joint ventures

(0.3

)

Deferral of right-to-use contract sales revenue and commission, net

(1.0

)

Income allocated to OP Units

(2.2

)

Gain on sale of property

4.6

Net income available to common shares

$

24.3

Net income per common share - fully diluted (6)

$

0.58

FFO per share - fully diluted

$

1.11

Weighted average shares outstanding - fully diluted

45.5

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1. See page 9 for the 2012 Core Income from Property Operations detail.

2. See page 10 for the Income from Property Operations detail for the 2011 Acquisition Properties.

3. Includes approximately $50,000 resulting from the decrease in fair value of the net asset described in the following sentences. The Company owns both a fee interest and a leasehold interest in a 2,200 site property. The ground lease contains a purchase option on behalf of the lessee and a put option on behalf of the lessor. The options may be exercised by either party upon the death of the fee holder. The Company is the beneficiary of an escrow funded by the seller and denominated in approximately 114,000 shares of common stock of the Company. The escrow was established to protect the Company from future scheduled ground lease payments as well as scheduled increases in the option purchase price over time. The current fair value estimate of the escrow is $6.8 million. The Company will revalue the asset as of each reporting date and will recognize in earnings any increase or decrease in fair value of the escrow.

4. See definition of FFO on page 21.

5. Fourth quarter 2012 FFO adjusted to include a deduction for depreciation expense on rental homes would have been $48.6 million, or $1.07 per fully diluted share.

6. Net income per fully diluted common share is calculated before Income allocated to OP Units.

Consolidated Income Statement

(In $US thousands, except per share data, unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2012

2011(1)

2012

2011(1)

Revenues:

Community base rental income

$

104,351

$

99,111

$

414,170

$

318,851

Rental home income

3,953

2,708

14,065

7,970

Resort base rental income

29,824

28,631

134,327

130,489

Right-to-use annual payments

11,575

12,103

47,662

49,122

Right-to-use contracts current period, gross

3,753

4,760

13,433

17,856

Right-to-use contracts, deferred, net of prior period amortization

(2,014

)

(3,169

)

(6,694

)

(11,936

)

Utility and other income

14,411

13,799

64,432

53,843

Gross revenues from home sales

2,685

1,807

8,566

6,088

Brokered resale revenue and ancillary services revenues, net

(117

)

(260

)

3,114

3,464

Interest income

2,423

2,621

10,009

7,000

Income from other investments, net (2)

1,087

210

6,793

6,452

Total revenues

171,931

162,321

709,877

589,199

Expenses:

Property operating and maintenance

53,805

52,206

226,952

200,623

Rental home operating and maintenance

2,204

1,766

7,359

4,850

Real estate taxes

11,323

11,097

47,623

37,619

Sales and marketing, gross

2,997

2,930

10,846

11,219

Sales and marketing, deferred commissions, net

(981

)

(1,294

)

(3,155

)

(4,789

)

Property management

9,809

9,219

38,460

35,076

Depreciation on real estate assets and rental homes

26,297

25,023

104,917

84,257

Amortization of in-place leases

808

17,720

45,122

28,479

Cost of home sales

2,606

1,663

9,475

5,683

Home selling expenses

341

350

1,411

1,589

General and administrative

7,043

5,763

26,744

23,833

Acquisition costs

157

1,160

180

18,493

Rent control initiatives and other

389

485

1,456

2,043

Interest and related amortization

31,090

30,737

124,524

99,668

Total expenses

147,888

158,825

641,914

548,643

Income before equity in income of unconsolidated joint ventures and gain on sale of property

24,043

3,496

67,963

40,556

Equity in income of unconsolidated joint ventures

375

366

1,899

1,948

Gain on sale of property, net of tax

4,596

4,596

Consolidated net income

29,014

3,862

74,458

42,504

(Income) loss allocated to non-controlling interest-Common OP Units

(2,176

)

16

(5,067

)

(3,105

)

Income allocated to non-controlling interest-Perpetual Preferred OP Units

(2,801

)

Series A Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock Dividends

(242

)

(4,038

)

(11,704

)

(13,357

)

Series B Redeemable Preferred Stock Dividends

(466

)

Series C Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock Dividends

(2,322

)

(2,909

)

Net income (loss) available for Common Shares

$

24,274

$

(160

)

$

54,778

$

22,775

Net income (loss) per Common Share - Basic

$

0.59

$

$

1.33

$

0.64

Net income (loss) per Common Share - Fully Diluted

$

0.58

$

$

1.32

$

0.64

Average Common Shares - Basic

41,285

40,263

41,174

35,591

Average Common Shares and OP Units - Basic

45,160

44,978

45,112

40,004

Average Common Shares and OP Units - Fully Diluted

45,472

45,296

45,431

40,330

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1. Certain 2011 amounts have been reclassified to conform to the 2012 presentation. This reclassification had no material effect on the consolidated income statement.

2. For the three months and year ended December 31, 2012, includes approximately $50,000 decrease and $0.5 million increase, respectively, in a net asset associated with the Acquisition Properties. See footnote 3 on page 5 for detailed explanation.

Reconciliation of Net Income to FFO and FAD

(In $US thousands, except per share data, unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2012

2011

2012

2011

Computation of funds from operations:

Net income (loss) available for Common Shares

$

24,274

$

(160

)

$

54,778

$

22,775

Income (loss) allocated to common OP Units

2,176

(16

)

5,067

3,105

Series B Redeemable Preferred Stock Dividends

466

Right-to-use contract upfront payments, deferred, net (1)

2,014

3,169

6,694

11,936

Right-to-use contract commissions, deferred, net (2)

(981

)

(1,294

)

(3,155

)

(4,789

)

Depreciation on real estate assets

24,643

23,780

98,826

79,981

Depreciation on rental homes (3)

1,654

1,243

6,091

4,276

Amortization of in-place leases

808

17,720

45,122

28,479

Depreciation on unconsolidated joint ventures

293

308

1,166

1,228

Gain on sale of property, net of tax

(4,596

)

(4,596

)

Funds from operations (FFO)(4) (5)

$

50,285

$

44,750

$

209,993

$

147,457

Non-revenue producing improvements to real estate

(9,246

)

(8,320

)

(29,287

)

(23,315

)

Funds available for distribution (FAD)(4)

$

41,039

$