Liberty Property Trust Announces Third Quarter 2019 Results

WAYNE, Pa., Oct. 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Liberty Property Trust (NYSE: LPT) announced financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2019.

Financial Results
Net Income: Net income available to common shareholders was $0.66 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2019, compared to $1.01 per diluted share for the same period in 2018. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, net income available to common shareholders was $1.70 per diluted share, compared to $2.09 per diluted share for the same period in 2018.

Net income for the third quarter and first nine months of 2019 reflects gain on property dispositions net of impairments (including the Company’s share of impairment in unconsolidated joint ventures) of $49.8 million and $109.3 million, respectively, as compared to $96.9 million and $239.4 million, respectively, for the comparative periods in 2018. Net income for first nine months of 2018 includes $86.0 million in charges for the Comcast Technology Center and Camden Waterfront projects.

NAREIT FFO* available to common shareholders was $0.69 per diluted share for the third quarters of both 2019 and 2018. FFO for the third quarter of 2019 includes gains on sales of non-depreciable assets, partially offset by expensed pursuit costs, totaling $6.4 million, or $0.04 per diluted share.

NAREIT FFO* available to common shareholders for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 was $2.00 per diluted share, compared to $1.46 per diluted share for the first nine months of 2018. FFO for the first nine months of 2018 includes $86.0 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, in charges for the Comcast and Camden projects discussed above.

Industrial Operating Performance          
Occupancy: At September 30, 2019, Liberty’s in-service operating portfolio of 107.0 million square feet was 94.6% occupied, compared to 95.2% at the end of the second quarter of 2019.

Leasing Activity: During the quarter, Liberty completed core lease transactions totaling 6.2 million square feet.  Rents on retention and replacement leases commenced during the quarter increased 5.4% on a cash basis (16.0% GAAP).

Same Store Performance: Property level operating income for same store properties increased by 0.1% on a cash basis (0.3% GAAP) for the third quarter of 2019, compared to the same quarter in 2018.

Real Estate Investments

Development Deliveries: Liberty brought into service six industrial properties for a total investment of $193.6 million. The properties contain 3.0 million square feet and were 59.5% occupied as of the end of the quarter. Completed development also includes a 219-room Four Seasons Hotel for a total investment of $231.9 million which was developed by a joint venture in which Liberty has a 20% interest.

Development Starts: Development commenced on five industrial properties totaling 1.1 million square feet at a projected investment of $99.2 million.

Acquisitions: Liberty acquired a fully leased industrial property in the South Bay submarket of Los Angeles, totaling 203,000 square feet for $55.5 million.

Real Estate Dispositions
Liberty sold six properties totaling 763,000 square feet for $197.3 million. The properties sold included two flex industrial properties in suburban Philadelphia for $30 million and a 136,000 square foot industrial building in Morrisville, NC, sold to the user for $14.1 million. The remaining dispositions were office properties including a 291,000 square foot office building in Washington DC for $92.5 million, and two office buildings at the Philadelphia Navy Yard totaling 156,000 square feet for $60.7 million.

Subsequent to quarter end, Liberty sold 7075 Flying Cloud Drive, a 345,000 square foot office property in (plus 17 acres of adjacent land), Eden Prairie, MN for $28.6 million.

Balance Sheet Management
In September 2019, Liberty completed the sale of 9.2 million common shares, generating proceeds of $447.9 million. Proceeds of the offering were used to fund the early redemption on October 12 of Liberty’s $350 million 4.75% senior notes due October 2020. In conjunction with such early redemption, the Company incurred charges of approximately $9 million.

Third Quarter Conference Call and Earnings Guidance
Due to Liberty’s proposed merger announced today, Liberty’s third quarter 2019 conference call is canceled, and the Company will no longer provide earnings guidance. Liberty’s Quarterly Supplemental Package with detailed financial information is available in the Investors section of the Company’s web site at www.libertyproperty.com.

*Funds from Operations: Liberty 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 U.S. GAAP (“GAAP”) net income to NAREIT FFO is included in the financial data tables accompanying this press release.

About the Company
Liberty Property Trust is a leader in commercial real estate, serving customers in the United States and United Kingdom, through the development, acquisition, ownership and management of superior logistics, warehouse, manufacturing, and R&D facilities in key markets. Liberty's 112 million square foot operating portfolio provides productive work environments to 1,200 tenants. 

Additional information about the company, including Liberty’s Quarterly Supplemental Package with detailed financial information is available in the Investors section of the Company’s web site at www.libertyproperty.com. If you are unable to access the web site, a copy of the supplemental package may be obtained by contacting Liberty by phone at 610-648-1704, or by e-mail to jleonard@libertyproperty.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements contained in this press release may include forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities law.  These forward-looking statements include statements relating to, among other things, achievement of strategic targets, expectations for our operating results, business and financial condition, business and our growth prospects, as well as statements that are generally accompanied by words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “estimates,” “should,” “seeks,” “intends,” “proposed,” “planned,” “outlook,” “remain confident,” and “goal” or similar expressions. Although Liberty believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved.  As forward-looking statements, these statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expected results.  These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, without limitation, uncertainties affecting real estate business generally (such as entry into new leases, renewals of leases and dependence on tenants’ business operations), risks relating to our ability to maintain and increase property occupancy and rental rates, risks relating to the continued repositioning of the Company's portfolio, risks relating to construction and development activities, risks relating to acquisition and disposition activities, risks relating to the integration of the operations of entities that we have acquired or may acquire, risks relating to joint venture relationships and any possible need to perform under certain guarantees that we have issued or may issue in connection with such relationships, risks related to properties developed by the Company on a fee basis, risks associated with tax abatement, tax credit programs, or other government incentives, possible environmental liabilities, risks relating to leverage and debt service (including availability of financing terms acceptable to the Company and sensitivity of the Company's operations and financing arrangements to fluctuations in interest rates), dependence on the primary markets in which the Company's properties are located, the existence of complex regulations relating to status as a REIT and the adverse consequences of the failure to qualify as a REIT, risks relating to litigation and the potential adverse impact of market interest rates on the market price for the Company's securities, and other risks and uncertainties detailed in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The company assumes no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking statements that become untrue because of subsequent events.

Inquiries: Jeanne Leonard, Liberty Property Trust, 610.648.1704

 
Liberty Property Trust
Balance Sheet
September 30, 2019
(Unaudited and in thousands)
       
  September 30, 2019   December 31, 2018
Assets      
Real estate:      
Land and land improvements $ 1,393,474     $ 1,236,514  
Building and improvements   4,785,171       4,397,049  
Less: accumulated depreciation   (1,040,249 )     (941,299 )
       
Operating real estate   5,138,396       4,692,264  
       
Development in progress   323,790       462,572  
Land held for development   303,440       296,244  
       
Net real estate   5,765,626       5,451,080  
       
Cash and cash equivalents   514,882       84,923  
Restricted cash   14,006       10,899  
Accounts receivable   16,975       14,109  
Deferred rent receivable   124,509       111,372  
Deferred financing and leasing costs, net   162,235       157,823  
Investments in and advances to unconsolidated joint ventures   347,880       350,981  
Assets held for sale   226,504       502,207  
Right of use asset   17,664        
Prepaid expenses and other assets   148,451       251,000  
       
Total assets $ 7,338,732     $ 6,934,394  
       
Liabilities      
       
Mortgage loans, net $ 297,326     $ 395,202  
Unsecured notes, net   2,633,941       2,285,698  
Credit facilities   100,000       411,846  
Accounts payable   54,953       62,943  
Accrued interest   36,530       22,309  
Dividend and distributions payable   65,921       60,560  
Lease liability   18,379        
Other liabilities   204,963       270,396  
Liabilities held for sale   15,939       21,131  
Total liabilities   3,427,952       3,530,085  
       
Noncontrolling interest   5,337       7,537  
       
Equity      
Shareholders' equity      
Common shares of beneficial interest   158       148  
Additional paid-in capital   4,145,822       3,691,778  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (64,496 )     (55,243 )
Distributions in excess of net income   (238,629 )     (306,822 )
Total shareholders' equity   3,842,855       3,329,861  
       
Noncontrolling interest - operating partnership   62,308       61,471  
Noncontrolling interest - consolidated joint ventures   280       5,440  
       
Total equity   3,905,443       3,396,772  
       
Total liabilities, noncontrolling interest - operating partnership and equity $ 7,338,732     $ 6,934,394  
       

 
Liberty Property Trust
Statement of Operations
September 30, 2019
(Unaudited and in thousands, except per share amounts)
               
  Quarter Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30,
2019
  September 30,
2018
  September 30,
2019
  September 30,
2018
Revenue              
Rental revenue $ 162,912     $ 148,330     $ 479,644     $ 439,812  
Development service fee income   257       12,956       2,099       59,132  
Total revenue   163,169       161,286       481,743       498,944  
               
Expenses              
Rental property   12,012       12,871       39,780       39,340  
Real estate taxes   23,001       22,693       68,862       65,988  
General and administrative   10,186       9,807       35,483       32,747  
Leasing expense   3,082       2,610       9,608       8,189  
Other operating expenses   3,166       3,169       8,690       7,467  
Interest expense   25,791       23,133       76,644       66,189  
Depreciation and amortization   43,972       41,004       130,402       120,586  
Development service fee expense   168       12,924       1,848       120,799  
Impairment charges - real estate assets               99       26,000  
Total expenses   121,378       128,211       371,416       487,305  
               
Interest and other income   2,630       3,474       13,887       8,737  
Gain on property dispositions   15,168       2,002       21,125       54,705  
Equity in earnings of unconsolidated joint ventures   1,776       6,766       10,966       20,958  
Income from continuing operations before income taxes   61,365       45,317       156,305       96,039  
               
Income taxes   (878 )     (444 )     (1,449 )     (1,884 )
               
Income from continuing operations   60,487       44,873       154,856       94,155  
Discontinued operations (including gain on asset sales, net of impairments and debt extinguishment loss, of $37.2 million and $87.4 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, respectively, and $94.9 million and $184.7 million and for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, respectively)   42,189       109,198       105,905       224,531  
Net Income   102,676       154,071       260,761       318,686  
Noncontrolling interest - operating partnerships   (2,309 )     (3,696 )     (6,126 )     (7,738 )
Noncontrolling interest - consolidated joint ventures   (3 )     (232 )     (170 )     (1,010 )
Net Income available to common shareholders $ 100,364     $ 150,143     $ 254,465     $ 309,938  
               
Net income $ 102,676     $ 154,071     $ 260,761     $ 318,686  
Other comprehensive (loss) - foreign currency translation   (7,056 )     (3,015 )     (7,574 )     (9,221 )
Other comprehensive income (loss) - derivative instruments   83       6       (1,887 )     493  
Comprehensive income   95,703       151,062       251,300       309,958  
Less: comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest   (2,463 )     (3,858 )     (1,536 )     (8,545 )
Comprehensive income attributable to common shareholders $ 93,240     $ 147,204     $ 249,764     $ 301,413  
               
Basic income per common share              
Continuing operations $ 0.39     $ 0.30     $ 1.02     $ 0.62  
Discontinued operations $ 0.28     $ 0.72     $ 0.69     $ 1.48  
Basic income per common share $ 0.67     $ 1.02     $ 1.71     $ 2.10  
               
Diluted income per common share              
Continuing operations $ 0.39     $ 0.29     $ 1.01     $ 0.61  
Discontinued operations $ 0.27     $ 0.72     $ 0.69     $ 1.48  
Diluted income per common share $ 0.66     $ 1.01     $ 1.70     $ 2.09  
               
Weighted average shares              
Basic   150,140       147,324       148,532       147,241  
Diluted   150,979       148,271       149,383       148,160  
               


 
Liberty Property Trust
Statement of Funds from Operations
September 30, 2019
(Unaudited and in thousands, except per share amounts)
               
  Quarter Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30,
2019
  September 30,
2018
  September 30,
2019
  September 30,
2018
NAREIT FFO              
       
Reconciliation of net income available to common shareholders to NAREIT FFO available to common shareholders:              
Net income available to common shareholders $ 100,364     $ 150,143     $ 254,465     $ 309,938  
               
Adjustments:              
Depreciation and amortization of unconsolidated joint ventures   3,249       3,193       9,407       9,631  
Depreciation and amortization   43,593       43,112       131,330       130,284  
Loss on property dispositions / impairment - depreciable real estate assets of unconsolidated joint ventures   2,569             6,667        
(Gain) on property dispositions / impairment - depreciable real estate assets continuing operations   (8,127 )     (17 )     (8,162 )     (51,227 )
(Gain) on property dispositions / impairment - depreciable real estate assets discontinued operations   (37,238 )     (94,878 )     (94,534 )     (184,689 )
Noncontrolling interest share in addback for depreciation and amortization and gain on property dispositions / impairment - depreciable real estate assets   (88 )     1,131       (1,032 )     2,234  
NAREIT FFO available to common shareholders - basic   104,322       102,684       298,141       216,171  
               
Noncontrolling interest share in addback for depreciation and amortization and gain on property dispositions / impairment - depreciable real estate assets   88       (1,131 )     1,032       (2,234 )
Noncontrolling interest excluding preferred unit distributions   2,226       3,578       5,875       7,384  
NAREIT FFO available to common shareholders - diluted $ 106,636     $ 105,131     $ 305,048     $ 221,321  
               
NAREIT FFO available to common shareholders - basic per share $ 0.69     $ 0.70     $ 2.01     $ 1.47  
NAREIT FFO available to common shareholders - diluted per share $ 0.69     $ 0.69     $ 2.00     $ 1.46  
               
Reconciliation of weighted average shares:              
Weighted average common shares - all basic calculations   150,140       147,324       148,532       147,241  
Dilutive shares for long term compensation plans   839       947       851       919  
Diluted shares for net income calculations   150,979       148,271       149,383       148,160  
Weighted average common units   3,506       3,520       3,513       3,520  
Diluted shares for NAREIT FFO calculations   154,485       151,791       152,896       151,680  

 

    NAREIT Funds from Operations available to common shareholders is defined by NAREIT as net income (computed in accordance with U.S. GAAP), excluding depreciation and amortization related to real estate, gains and losses from the sale of certain real estate assets, gains and losses from change in control, and impairment write-downs of certain real estate assets and investments in entities when the impairment is directly attributable to decreases in the value of depreciable real estate held by the entity. The SEC has agreed to the disclosure of this non-GAAP financial measure on a per share basis in its Release No. 34-47226, Conditions for Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures. The Company has opted to include gains and losses from the sale of assets incidental to its main business as a REIT. The Company believes that the calculation of NAREIT FFO is helpful to investors and management as it is a measure of the Company’s operating performance that excludes depreciation and amortization and gains and losses from operating property dispositions. As a result, year over year comparison of NAREIT FFO reflects the impact on operations from trends in occupancy rates, rental rates, operating costs, development activities, general and administrative expenses, and interest costs, providing perspective not immediately apparent from net income. In addition, management believes that NAREIT FFO provides useful information to the investment community about the Company’s financial performance when compared to other REITs since NAREIT FFO is generally recognized as the standard for reporting the operating performance of a REIT. NAREIT FFO available to common shareholders does not represent net income or cash flows from operations as defined by U.S. GAAP and does not necessarily indicate that cash flows will be sufficient to fund cash needs. It should not be considered as an alternative to net income as an indicator of the Company’s operating performance or to cash flows as a measure of liquidity. NAREIT FFO available to common shareholders also does not represent cash flows generated from operating, investing or financing activities as defined by U.S. GAAP. The Company believes that the line on its consolidated statements of comprehensive income entitled “net income available to common shareholders” is the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure to FFO.    
         


 

 

Source: Liberty Property Trust