Retail Properties of America, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Results

Retail Properties of America, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Results

OAK BROOK, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Retail Properties of America, Inc. (NYSE: RPAI) today reported financial and operating results for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2013.

FINANCIAL RESULTS


For the quarter ended June 30, 2013, Retail Properties of America, Inc. reported:

  • Operating Funds From Operations (Operating FFO) of $60.6 million, or $0.26 per share, compared to $51.5 million, or $0.23 per share, for the same period in 2012;
  • Funds From Operations (FFO) of $88.2 million, or $0.38 per share, compared to $70.2 million, or $0.31 per share, for the same period in 2012;
  • Net income attributable to common shareholders of $13.6 million, or $0.06 per share, compared to $17.7 million, or $0.08 per share, for the same period in 2012;
  • Results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 included $5.5 million of income attributable to settlement proceeds received from the Mervyns bankruptcy.

For the six months ended June 30, 2013, the Company reported:

  • Operating FFO of $112.8 million, or $0.49 per share, compared to $100.8 million, or $0.48 per share, for the same period in 2012;
  • FFO of $131.4 million, or $0.57 per share, compared to $118.6 million, or $0.56 per share, for the same period in 2012;
  • Net income attributable to common shareholders of $9.4 million, or $0.04 per share, compared to $1.4 million, or $0.01 per share, for the same period in 2012;
  • Results for the six months ended June 30, 2013 included $5.5 million of income attributable to settlement proceeds received from the Mervyns bankruptcy, as noted above.

OPERATING RESULTS

For the quarter ended June 30, 2013, the Company's results for its consolidated portfolio were as follows:

  • 1.5% increase in total same store net operating income (NOI) over the comparable period in 2012, based on same store occupancy of 92.1% at June 30, 2013, up 70 basis points from 91.4% at March 31, 2013 and up 160 basis points from 90.5% at June 30, 2012;
  • Total portfolio percent leased, including leases signed but not commenced: 93.4% at June 30, 2013, up 70 basis points from 92.7% at March 31, 2013 and up 180 basis points from 91.6% at June 30, 2012;
  • Retail portfolio percent leased, including leases signed but not commenced: 93.0% at June 30, 2013, up 80 basis points from 92.2% at March 31, 2013 and up 200 basis points from 91.0% at June 30, 2012;
  • 1,344,000 square feet of retail leasing transactions, including the Company's pro rata share of unconsolidated joint ventures, comprised of 257 new and renewal leases; and,
  • Positive comparable cash leasing spreads, including the Company's pro rata share of unconsolidated joint ventures, of 4.8%.

"We are pleased to report another solid quarter of financial and operational results, with strong leasing velocity translating into sizable occupancy gains and continued positive releasing spreads," stated Steve Grimes, president and chief executive officer. "Our sustained focus on small shop leasing resulted in an improvement in our small shop leased rate of 100 basis points during the quarter, which bodes well for our ability to drive NOI growth over the next twelve months."

INVESTMENT ACTIVITY

During the quarter, asset sales totaled $12.3 million, including the Company's pro rata share of unconsolidated joint ventures. Dispositions included a non-strategic retail asset for $6.5 million and an outparcel sale for $1.5 million. In addition, the last remaining property in the Hampton joint venture was sold for $4.5 million, of which the Company's share was $4.3 million. Net proceeds from asset sales, before transaction expenses, were $8.5 million. Subsequent to quarter end, the Company sold a non-core office asset for net proceeds, before transaction expenses, of $11.5 million.

Year-to-date, closed or announced asset sales and earnouts totaled $159.5 million, including the announced sale of the Company's 20% interest in eight properties to RioCan for $95.5 million. Net proceeds from these asset sales and earnouts, before transaction expenses, will be $60.0 million.

Year-to-date, announced acquisitions totaled $99.9 million, which represents the Company's acquisition of RioCan's 80% ownership interest in five properties. The RioCan transaction, including the sale of the Company's 20% interest in eight properties, is expected to close on October 1, 2013, subject to customary closing conditions.

CAPITAL MARKETS ACTIVITY

Unsecured Credit Facility

During the quarter, the Company closed on a $1 billion amended and restated credit facility (the Facility), increasing total capacity by $350 million. The Facility is comprised of a $450 million unsecured term loan and a $550 million unsecured revolver. The interest rate on the unsecured term loan decreased 55 basis points to LIBOR plus 1.45% per annum and the interest rate on the unsecured revolver decreased 50 basis points to LIBOR plus 1.50% per annum. The improvement in pricing was due to a reduction in the applicable margin across all tiers of the leverage grid, as well as a migration to the lowest tier of the leverage grid. The movement within the leverage grid was the result of a reduction in the capitalization rate used to determine asset value under the Facility, from 7.50% to 7.25%.

The maturity dates on the Facility were extended by over two years, to May 2018 for the unsecured term loan and May 2017 for the unsecured revolver. The Company will have the option to extend the maturity of the unsecured revolver for one additional year to 2018, which it may exercise, subject to continued compliance with the terms of the Facility and the payment of an extension fee of 0.15%, a 10 basis point reduction from the previous facility. The Facility includes an accordion feature that allows the Company to increase the total potential capacity of the Facility up to $1.45 billion, subject to certain conditions.

At-the-Market Equity Program

During the quarter, the Company issued approximately 5.5 million shares of common stock under its at-the-market equity program at an average share price of $15.30, generating net proceeds of $82.8 million. Year-to-date, the Company issued approximately 5.5 million shares of common stock at an average share price of $15.29, generating net proceeds of $83.5 million.

Class B-2 Common Stock Conversion

On April 5, 2013, each share of Class B-2 common stock automatically converted into one share of Class A common stock. The Class B-3 shares of common stock are set to automatically convert on October 7, 2013.

BALANCE SHEET ACTIVITY

As of June 30, 2013, the Company had $2.4 billion of consolidated indebtedness, which resulted in a net debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio of 5.9x, or a net debt and preferred stock to adjusted EBITDA ratio of 6.3x, down from 7.6x as of June 30, 2012. Consolidated indebtedness, as of June 30, 2013, had a weighted average contractual interest rate of 5.31% and a weighted average maturity of 5.2 years.

During the quarter, the Company repaid or received forgiveness for $119.5 million of mortgage loans, excluding amortization, with a weighted average interest rate of 6.40%. In June, the Company settled the University Square mortgage of $26.9 million and $8.6 million of accrued interest for $7.3 million plus a $1.9 million restricted escrow that had been held by the lender, receiving debt forgiveness for the remaining amount outstanding on the mortgage of $19.6 million and the remaining accrued interest balance of $6.7 million, resulting in a gain on debt extinguishment of $26.3 million.

Subsequent to quarter end, the Company repaid an additional $181.0 million of mortgage loans, excluding amortization, with a weighted average interest rate of 6.41%. These repayments included two mortgages that were repaid, with no prepayment penalties, prior to their contractual maturity date: a $56.1 million mortgage with a contractual maturity date of December 1, 2034 and a contractual interest rate of 4.25%, or an in-place interest rate of 6.25% as a result of the hyper-amortization provisions of the loan agreement, and a $102.3 million cross-collateralized mortgage with a contractual maturity date of November 1, 2014 and a contractual interest rate of 7.85%.

"We are pleased with the significant expansion of our credit facility and the opportunistic utilization of our at-the-market equity program," stated Angela Aman, executive vice president and chief financial officer. "The additional liquidity and balance sheet flexibility that was created during the second quarter position us well for growth going forward."

GUIDANCE

The Company has updated its 2013 guidance, as detailed below:

   Previous Guidance   Updated Guidance
Operating FFO per share:$0.88 - $0.92$0.92 - $0.96
FFO per share:$0.83 - $0.87$0.98 - $1.02
Net income attributable to common shareholders per share:

$0.11 - $0.15

$0.15 - $0.19

Same-store NOI growth:2.0% - 2.5%2.0% - 2.5%
Disposition Activity:$400 - $500 million$400 - $500 million
Acquisition Activity:$100 - $200 million$100 - $200 million
 

DIVIDEND

On July 30, 2013, the Company's Board of Directors declared the third quarter 2013 Series A preferred stock distribution of $0.4375 per preferred share, for the period beginning July 1, 2013, which will be paid on September 30, 2013, to preferred shareholders of record on September 19, 2013.

On July 30,2013, the Company's Board of Directors also declared the third quarter 2013 quarterly cash dividend of $0.165625 per share on all classes of outstanding common stock of RPAI. The common dividend will be paid on October 10, 2013, to common shareholders of record on September 27, 2013.

WEBCAST AND SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

Retail Properties of America's management team will hold a webcast, on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM EDT, to discuss its quarterly financial results and operating performance, business highlights and outlook. In addition, the Company may discuss business and financial developments and trends and other matters affecting the Company, some of which may not have been previously disclosed.

A live webcast will be available online on the Company's website at www.rpai.com in the Investor Relations section. The conference call can be accessed by dialing (877) 705-6003 or (201) 493-6725 for international participants. Please dial in at least ten minutes prior to the start of the call to register.

A replay of the webcast will be available. To listen to the replay, please go to www.rpai.com in the Investor Relations section of the website and follow the instructions. A replay of the call will be available from 2:00 PM EDT on August 6, 2013, until midnight EDT on August 20, 2013. The replay can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 or (858) 384-5517 for international callers, and enter pin number 416492.

The Company has also posted supplemental financial and operating information and other data in the Investor Relations section of its website.

ABOUT RPAI

Retail Properties of America, Inc. is a fully integrated, self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust that owns and operates high quality, strategically located shopping centers across 35 states. The Company is one of the largest owners and operators of shopping centers in the United States. The Company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol RPAI. Additional information about the Company is available at www.rpai.com.

SAFE HARBOR LANGUAGE

The statements and certain other information contained in this press release, which can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "expect," "continue," "remains," "intend," "aim," "should," "prospects," "could," "future," "potential," "believes," "plans," "likely," "anticipate," and "probable," or the negative thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are subject to the safe harbors created thereby. These forward-looking statements reflect our current views about our plans, intentions, expectations, strategies and prospects, which are based on the information currently available to us and on assumptions we have made. Although we believe that our plans, intentions, expectations, strategies and prospects as reflected in or suggested by those forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such plans, intentions, expectations or strategies will be attained or achieved. Furthermore, these forward-looking statements should be considered as subject to the many risks and uncertainties that exist in the Company's operations and business environment. Such risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic, business and financial conditions, changes in the Company's industry and changes in the real estate markets in particular, market demand for and pricing of the Company's common and preferred stock, general volatility of the capital and credit markets, competitive and cost factors, the ability of the Company to enter into new leases or renew leases on favorable terms, defaults on, early terminations of or non-renewal of leases by tenants, bankruptcy or insolvency of a major tenant or a significant number of smaller tenants, the effects of declining real estate valuations and impairment charges on the Company's operating results, increased interest rates and operating costs, decreased rental rates or increased vacancy rates, the uncertainties of real estate acquisitions, dispositions and redevelopment activity, satisfaction of closing conditions to the pending transactions described herein, the Company's failure to successfully execute its non-core disposition program and capital recycling efforts, the Company's ability to create long-term shareholder value, the Company's ability to manage its growth effectively, the availability, terms and deployment of capital, regulatory changes and other risk factors, including those detailed in the sections of the Company's most recent Forms 10-K and 10-Q filed with the SEC titled "Risk Factors". We assume no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

As defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), an industry trade group, FFO means net income (loss) computed in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), excluding gains (or losses) from sales of depreciable investment properties, plus depreciation and amortization and impairment charges on depreciable investment properties, including amounts from continuing and discontinued operations, as well as adjustments for unconsolidated joint ventures in which the Company holds an interest. The Company has adopted the NAREIT definition in its computation of FFO and believes that FFO, which is a non-GAAP performance measure, provides an additional and useful means to assess the operating performance of REITs. The Company believes that, subject to the following limitations, FFO provides a basis for comparing the Company's performance and operations to those of other REITs. Depreciation and amortization related to investment properties for purposes of calculating FFO includes a portion of loss on lease terminations encompassing the write-off of tenant-related assets, including tenant improvements and in-place lease values, as a result of early lease terminations.

The Company also reports Operating FFO, which is defined as FFO excluding the impact to earnings from the early extinguishment of debt and other items as denoted within the calculation. Management considers Operating FFO a meaningful, additional measure of operating performance primarily because it excludes the effects of transactions and other events which management does not consider representative of the operating results of the Company's core business platform. Neither FFO nor Operating FFO represent alternatives to "Net Income" as an indicator of the Company's performance, and "Cash Flows from Operating Activities" as determined by GAAP as a measure of the Company's capacity to fund cash needs, including the payment of dividends. Further, comparison of the Company's presentation of Operating FFO to similarly titled measures for other REITs may not necessarily be meaningful due to possible differences in definition and application by such REITs.

The Company also reports same store NOI. The Company defines NOI as operating revenues (rental income, tenant recovery income, other property income, excluding straight-line rental income, amortization of lease inducements and amortization of acquired above and below market lease intangibles) less property operating expenses (real estate tax expense and property operating expense, excluding straight-line ground rent expense and straight-line bad debt expense). Same Store NOI represents NOI from our same store portfolio consisting of 238 operating properties acquired or placed in service prior to January 1, 2012, except for the one operating property that was classified as held for sale as of June 30, 2013, which is accounted for within discontinued operations. NOI from Other Investment Properties represents NOI primarily from our development properties, one former development property that was not classified within our operating property portfolio for both periods presented and University Square due to the continued exploration of strategic alternatives for this property. NOI consists of the sum of Same Store NOI and NOI from Other Investment Properties. We believe that NOI, Same Store NOI, and NOI from Other Investment Properties are useful measures of our operating performance. Other REITs may use different methodologies for calculating these metrics, and accordingly, our NOI metrics may not be comparable to other REITs. We believe that these metrics provide an operating perspective not immediately apparent from GAAP operating income or net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders. We use these metrics to evaluate our performance on a property-by-property basis because these measures allow management to evaluate the impact that factors such as lease structure, lease rates and tenant base, which vary by property, have on our operating results. However, these measures should only be used as an alternative measure of our financial performance.

Adjusted EBITDA represents net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, as further adjusted to eliminate the impact of certain items that we do not consider indicative of our ongoing performance. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA is useful because it allows investors and management to evaluate and compare our performance from period to period in a meaningful and consistent manner in addition to standard financial measurements under GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measurement of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders, as an indicator of operating performance or any measure of performance derived in accordance with GAAP. Our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA may be different from the calculation used by other companies and, accordingly, comparability may be limited.

Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA represents (i) our total debt less cash and cash equivalents divided by (ii) Adjusted EBITDA for the prior three months, annualized. We believe that this ratio is useful because it provides investors with information regarding total debt net of cash and cash equivalents, which could be used to repay debt, compared to our performance as measured using Adjusted EBITDA.

Net Debt and Preferred Stock to Adjusted EBITDA represents (i) our total debt, plus preferred stock, less cash and cash equivalents divided by (ii) Adjusted EBITDA for the prior three months, annualized. We believe that this ratio is useful because it provides investors with information regarding total debt and preferred stock, net of cash and cash equivalents, which could be used to repay debt, compared to our performance as measured using Adjusted EBITDA.

 
 
Retail Properties of America, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(amounts in thousands, except par value amounts)
(unaudited)
    
June 30,December 31,
20132012
Assets
Investment properties:
Land$1,199,025$1,209,523
Building and other improvements4,665,6174,703,859
Developments in progress 49,988  49,496 
5,914,6305,962,878
Less accumulated depreciation (1,349,165) (1,275,787)
Net investment properties4,565,4654,687,091
 
Cash and cash equivalents73,575138,069
Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures52,69156,872
Accounts and notes receivable (net of allowances of $8,032 and $6,452, respectively)78,46385,431
Acquired lease intangibles, net107,653125,706
Assets associated with investment properties held for sale14,9178,922
Other assets, net 127,644  135,336 
Total assets$5,020,408 $5,237,427 
 
Liabilities and Equity
Liabilities:
Mortgages and notes payable, net (includes unamortized
discount of $(1,236) and $(1,492), respectively)$1,915,120$2,212,089
Credit facility470,000380,000
Accounts payable and accrued expenses58,32373,983
Distributions payable41,49338,200
Acquired below market lease intangibles, net72,40874,648
Liabilities associated with investment properties held for sale1,56660
Other liabilities 69,092  82,694 
Total liabilities 2,628,002  2,861,674 
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
Equity:
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 10,000 shares authorized
7.00% Series A cumulative redeemable preferred stock,
5,400 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2013 and
December 31, 2012; liquidation preference $135,00055
Class A common stock, $0.001 par value, 475,000 shares authorized,
187,741 and 133,606 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2013
and December 31, 2012, respectively187133
Class B-2 common stock, $0.001 par value, 55,000 shares authorized,
0 and 48,518 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2013
and December 31, 2012, respectively-49
Class B-3 common stock, $0.001 par value, 55,000 shares authorized,
48,519 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2013
and December 31, 20124949
Additional paid-in capital4,919,1624,835,370
Accumulated distributions in excess of earnings(2,528,338)(2,460,093)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (153) (1,254)
Total shareholders' equity2,390,9122,374,259
Noncontrolling interests 1,494  1,494 
Total equity 2,392,406  2,375,753 
Total liabilities and equity$5,020,408 $5,237,427 
 
 
Retail Properties of America, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
      
Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,
2013201220132012
Revenues:
Rental income$112,688$111,558$225,705$223,880
Tenant recovery income25,30824,62250,21152,448
Other property income 2,467  2,807  5,013  5,545 
Total revenues 140,463  138,987  280,929  281,873 
 
Expenses:
Property operating expenses22,80122,94546,85147,266
Real estate taxes18,59218,76437,02337,881
Depreciation and amortization62,95054,085117,306108,316
Provision for impairment of investment properties9,1761,3239,1761,323
Loss on lease terminations3811,1745924,860
General and administrative expenses 8,288  6,543  16,343  11,464 
Total expenses 122,188  104,834  227,291  211,110 
 
Operating income18,27534,153
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