COPT Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

COPT Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

COLUMBIA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT or the Company) (NYS: OFC) announced financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013.

"We had a strong second quarter and are on-track to exceed our leasing objectives for the year," stated Roger A. Waesche, Jr., COPT's President & Chief Executive Officer. "In light of the sequestration cuts kicking in on March 1 of this calendar year, we are particularly pleased with the strong level of development leasing we have achieved," he added.


Diluted earnings per share (EPS) was ($0.16) for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 as compared to $0.10 in the second quarter of 2012. Diluted funds from operations per share (FFOPS), as adjusted for comparability, was $0.52 for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013, which represented a 3.7% decrease from the $0.54 reported for the second quarter of 2012. Adjustments for comparability encompass items such as acquisition costs, impairment losses and gains on non-operating properties, gains (losses) on early extinguishment of debt, derivative losses and write-offs of original issuance costs for redeemed preferred stock. Please refer to the reconciliation tables that appear later in this press release. Per NAREIT's definition, FFOPS for the second quarter of 2013 was $0.25 versus $0.54 reported in the second quarter of 2012.

Operating Performance:

Portfolio Summary - At June 30, 2013, the Company's consolidated portfolio of 210 operating office properties totaled 19.0 million square feet. The weighted average remaining lease term for the portfolio was 4.3 years and the average rental rate (including tenant reimbursements) was $28.21 per square foot. The Company's consolidated portfolio was 88.2% occupied and 90.0% leased as of June 30, 2013.

Same Office Performance - The Company's same office portfolio excludes properties identified for eventual sale, including those in its Strategic Reallocation Plan. For the quarter ended June 30, 2013, COPT's same office portfolio represents 86% of the rentable square feet of the portfolio and consists of 182 properties.

For the second quarter ended June 30, 2013, the Company's same office property cash NOI, excluding gross lease termination fees, increased 1.6% as compared to the second quarter ended 2012. Including gross lease termination fees, same office property cash NOI for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013 increased 3.5% over the same period in 2012. The Company's same office portfolio occupancy was 89.4% at the end of the second quarter of 2013, up 20 basis points from March 31, 2013.

Leasing - COPT completed a total of 1.1 million square feet of leasing for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. During this same period, the Company's renewal rate was 80%, which is above the Company's historical average of 65%—70%. Consistent with expectations, for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, total rent on renewed space increased 6.2% on a GAAP basis and decreased 2.2% on a cash basis.

Investment Activity:

Construction - At June 30, 2013, the Company had 11 properties totaling 1.5 million square feet under construction for a total projected cost of $313.5 million, of which $187.1 million had been incurred. As of the same date, COPT had one 183,400-square foot property under redevelopment for a total projected cost of $32.4 million, of which $25.7 million has been incurred. As of June 30, 2013, the Company's 11 properties under construction, on average, were 74% pre-leased, and its redevelopment property was 61% pre-leased.

Dispositions - In the second quarter of 2013, COPT sold one vacant property and land for $10.4 million. The property contained a total of 103,000 square feet.

Balance Sheet and Capital Transactions:

As of June 30, 2013, the Company had a total market capitalization of $4.6 billion, with $2.1 billion in debt outstanding, equating to a 45.1% debt-to-total market capitalization ratio. Also, the Company's weighted average interest rate was 4.4% for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 and 80% of the Company's debt was subject to fixed interest rates, including the effect of interest rate swaps.

During the quarter, the Company announced that it received investment grade corporate ratings with stable outlooks from each of the three major U.S. ratings agencies. COPT received a BBB- rating from Fitch Ratings, a Baa3 rating from Moody's Investors Service and a BBB- rating from Standard & Poor's Ratings Services.

Also during the quarter, the Company redeemed all of its 3,390,000 outstanding 7.625% Series J Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares, at a price of $25 per share.

In May, the Company issued $350 million of 3.60% senior unsecured notes due May 15, 2023 at a price equal to 99.816% of the principal amount.

Also in May, the Company commenced a cash tender offer for any and all of the $186,273,000 outstanding principal amount of the 4.25% Exchangeable Senior Notes due on April 15, 2030. In June, the Company completed its tender offer for 99.7% of the Operating Partnership's 4.25% Exchangeable Senior Notes due on April 15, 2030.

2013 FFO Guidance:

Management is increasing its previously issued guidance for 2013 FFOPS, as adjusted for comparability, from the prior range of between $1.83 and $1.93 to a new range of between $1.92 and $1.97. The Company is establishing third quarter 2013 guidance of FFOPS, as adjusted for comparability, of between $0.47 and $0.49. A reconciliation of projected diluted EPS to projected FFOPS for the quarter ending September 30, 2013 and the year ending December 31, 2013 is provided, as follows:

Quarter EndingYear Ending
September 30, 2013December 31,2013
Real estate depreciation and amortization0.320.321.311.31
Impairments and exit costs on previously depreciated properties - - 0.10  0.10 
FFOPS, NAREIT definition0.470.491.621.67
Net losses on early extinguishment of debt--0.300.30
Gains on sales of non-operating properties--(0.03)(0.03)
Issuance costs of redeemed preferred shares - - 0.03  0.03 
FFOPS, as adjusted for comparability$0.47$0.49$1.92 $1.97 

Conference Call Information:

Management will discuss second quarter 2013 earnings results, as well as its 2013 guidance, on its conference call on July 26, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time, details of which are listed below:

Earnings Release Date:Friday, July 26, 2013 at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Conference Call Date:Friday, July 26, 2013
Time:12:00 p.m. Eastern Time

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Please refer to the information furnished with our Form 8-K or our website ( for definitions of certain terms used in this press release. Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are included in the attached tables.

Company Information

COPT is an office REIT that focuses primarily on serving the specialized requirements of U.S. Government agencies and defense contractors, most of whom are engaged in defense information technology and national security-related activities. The Company generally acquires, develops, manages and leases office and data center properties concentrated in large office parks primarily located near knowledge-based government demand drivers and/or in targeted markets or submarkets in the Greater Washington, DC/Baltimore region. As of June 30, 2013, the Company's consolidated portfolio consisted of 210 office properties totaling 19.0million rentable square feet. COPT is an S&P MidCap 400 company.

Forward-Looking Information

This press release may contain "forward-looking" statements, as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, that are based on the Company's current expectations, estimates and projections about future events and financial trends affecting the Company.Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "believe," "anticipate," "expect," "estimate," "plan" or other comparable terminology.Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which the Company cannot predict with accuracy and some of which the Company might not even anticipate.Accordingly, the Company can give no assurance that these expectations, estimates and projections will be achieved.Future events and actual results may differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements.

Important factors that may affect these expectations, estimates, and projections include, but are not limited to:

  • general economic and business conditions, which will, among other things, affect office property and data center demand and rents, tenant creditworthiness, interest rates, financing availability and property values;
  • adverse changes in the real estate markets including, among other things, increased competition with other companies;
  • governmental actions and initiatives, including risks associated with the impact of a government shutdown or budgetary reductions or impasses, such as a reduction in rental revenues, non-renewal of leases, and/or a curtailment of demand for additional space by the Company's strategic customers;
  • the Company's ability to borrow on favorable terms;
  • risks of real estate acquisition and development activities, including, among other things, risks that development projects may not be completed on schedule, that tenants may not take occupancy or pay rent or that development or operating costs may be greater than anticipated;
  • the Company's ability to sell properties included in its Strategic Reallocation Plan;
  • risks of investing through joint venture structures, including risks that the Company's joint venture partners may not fulfill their financial obligations as investors or may take actions that are inconsistent with the Company's objectives;
  • changes in the Company's plans for properties or views of market economic conditions or failure to obtain development rights, either of which could result in recognition of significant impairment losses;
  • the Company's ability to satisfy and operate effectively under Federal income tax rules relating to real estate investment trusts and partnerships;
  • the Company's ability to achieve projected results;
  • the dilutive effects of issuing additional common shares; and
  • environmental requirements.

The Company undertakes no obligation to update or supplement any forward-looking statements. For further information, please refer to the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly the section entitled "Risk Factors" in Item 1A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012.

Corporate Office Properties Trust
Summary Financial Data
(in thousands, except per share data)

For the Three Months Ended

For the Six Months Ended

June 30,

June 30,
2013 20122013 2012
Real estate revenues$119,729$110,669$236,087$220,869
Construction contract and other service revenues20,795 16,995 35,057 38,529 
Total revenues140,524 127,664 271,144 259,398 
Property operating expenses43,40839,44185,92780,628
Depreciation and amortization associated with real estate operations28,86628,29557,02956,029
Construction contract and other service expenses19,38216,28532,85936,892
Impairment recoveries(4,836)
General and administrative expenses4,9927,74110,97615,469
Leasing expenses1,5911,1103,4272,951
Business development expenses and land carry costs1,327 1,298 2,686 2,874 
Total operating expenses99,566 94,170 192,904 190,007 
Operating income40,95833,49478,24069,391
Interest expense(23,302)(24,239)(45,609)(48,670)
Interest and other income2,0068402,9522,057
Loss on early extinguishment of debt(21,470)(169)(26,654)(169)
(Loss) income from continuing operations before equity in income (loss) of unconsolidated entities and income taxes(1,808)9,9268,92922,609
Equity in income (loss) of unconsolidated entities126(187)167(276)
Income tax expense(21)(17)(37)(221)
(Loss) income from continuing operations(1,703)9,7229,05922,112
Discontinued operations(3,031)2,118 (870)(37)
(Loss) income before gain on sales of real estate(4,734)11,8408,18922,075
Gain on sales of real estate, net of income taxes329 21 2,683 21 
Net (loss) income(4,405)11,86110,87222,096
Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests
Common units in the Operating Partnership671(422)242(795)
Preferred units in the Operating Partnership(165)(165)(330)(330)
Other consolidated entities(1,466)31 (1,129)629 
Net (loss) income attributable to COPT(5,365)11,3059,65521,600
Preferred share dividends(4,885)(4,167)(10,991)(8,192)
Issuance costs associated with redeemed preferred shares(2,904) (2,904) 
Net (loss) income attributable to COPT common shareholders$(13,154)$7,138 $(4,240)$13,408 
Earnings per share ("EPS") computation:
Numerator for diluted EPS:
Net (loss) income attributable to common shareholders$(13,154)$7,138$(4,240)$13,408
Dilutive effect of common units in the Operating Partnership(671)(242)
Amount allocable to restricted shares(102)(105)(220)(246)
Numerator for diluted EPS$(13,927)$7,033 $(4,702)$13,162 
Weighted average common shares - basic85,42571,62483,42271,541
Dilutive effect of common units in the Operating Partnership3,8013,847
Dilutive effect of share-based compensation awards 25  35 
Weighted average common shares - diluted89,226 71,649 87,269 71,576 
Diluted EPS$(0.16)$