Digital Realty Reports Fourth Quarter And Full-Year 2014 Results

Feb 12, 2015, 16:05 ET from Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center and colocation solutions, announced today financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2014.  All per share results are presented on a fully-diluted share and unit basis. 

Highlights

  • Reported FFO per share of $1.40 in 4Q14, compared to $1.26 in 4Q13.  Reported FFO of $5.04 for the full year of 2014, compared to $4.74 in 2013. 
  • Reported core FFO per share of $1.26 in 4Q14, compared to $1.26 in 4Q13.  Reported core FFO of $4.96 for the full year of 2014, compared to $4.78 in 2013;
  • Signed leases during 4Q14 expected to generate $46 million in annualized GAAP rental revenue, bringing the full-year 2014 total to $159 million;
  • Improved portfolio occupancy 20 basis points sequentially to 93.2% in 4Q14, compared to 93.0% in 3Q14; and
  • Reiterated 2015 core FFO per share outlook of $5.00 - $5.10.

Financial Results

Revenues were $412 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, consistent with the previous quarter and an 8% increase over the same quarter last year.

Revenues were $1.6 billion for the full-year 2014, a 9% increase over 2013.

Adjusted EBITDA was $242 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, a 3% increase over the previous quarter and a 7% increase over the same quarter last year.  Adjusted EBITDA was $944 million for the full-year 2014, a 7% increase over 2013.

Funds from operations ("FFO") on a diluted basis was $195 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, or $1.40 per share, compared to $1.22 per share in the third quarter of 2014 and $1.26 per share in the fourth quarter of 2013.

FFO per share for the full-year 2014 was $5.04 compared to $4.74 in 2013, a 6% increase.

Excluding certain items that do not represent core expenses or revenue streams, fourth quarter of 2014 core FFO was $1.26 per share compared to $1.22 per share in the third quarter of 2014, and $1.26 per share in the fourth quarter of 2013.  Core FFO per share for the full-year 2014 was $4.96 per share compared to $4.78 per share in 2013, a 4% increase.

Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $35 million, and net loss available to common stockholders was $52 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, compared to net income available to common shareholders of $0.80 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2014 and $0.33 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2013.  The net loss during the fourth quarter of 2014 was primarily attributable to a $114 million impairment charge, discussed in further detail under the Investment Activity section below.  For the full-year 2014, net income was $203 million, and net income available to common shareholders was $133 million, or $1.00 per share, compared to $2.12 per share for 2013. 

Leasing Activity

"Demand for our data center solutions remains robust, as evidenced by new lease signings of $46 million in annualized GAAP rental revenue," commented Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer Bill Stein

"We made significant progress leasing up finished inventory during the fourth quarter, contributing to further improvement in our return on invested capital.  The data center supply environment has largely rationalized, leading to a gradual recovery in landlord leasing economics."

The weighted-average lag between leases signed during the fourth quarter of 2014 and the contractual commencement date was 5.5 months. 

In addition to new leases signed, Digital Realty also signed renewal leases representing $23 million of annualized GAAP rental revenue during the quarter, bringing the full-year 2014 total to $105 million of annualized GAAP rental revenue.  Rental rates on renewal leases signed during the fourth quarter of 2014 increased 6% on a cash basis and 21% on a GAAP basis. 

New leases signed during the fourth quarter of 2014 by region and product type are summarized as follows:

North America

($ in thousands) Annualized GAAP Rent

Square Feet

GAAP Rent per Square Foot

Megawatts

GAAP Rent per Kilowatt

Turn-Key Flex

$10,395

80,361

$129

6

$150

Powered Base Building

95

Custom Solutions

13,977

104,514

134

8

155

Colocation

3,249

13,261

245

1

224

Non-Technical

4,736

274,895

17

  Total

$32,452

473,031

$69

15

$159

Europe (1)

Turn-Key Flex

$2,196

15,771

$139

1

$155

Colocation

596

3,357

177

143

Non-Technical

  Total

$2,792

19,128

$146

2

$152

Asia Pacific (1)

Turn-Key Flex

$9,555

36,729

$260

3

$233

Colocation

1,036

4,710

220

266

Non-Technical

55

851

64

  Total

$10,647

42,290

$252

4

$236

  Grand Total

$45,891

534,449

$86

20

$173

Note: 

Totals may not foot due to rounding differences.

(1)

Based on quarterly average exchange rates during the three months ended December 31, 2014. 

Investment Activity

Digital Realty closed on the sale of its $17 million investment in a developer of data centers in the Southwestern U.S. and Mexico in October of 2014, generating net proceeds of approximately $32 million.  Digital Realty recognized a gain on this sale of approximately $15 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Subsequent to year-end, the company completed the sale of 100 Quannapowitt Parkway, a 169,000 square foot office building in suburban Boston, for $31 million, or $184 per square foot.  The property was expected to generate cash net operating income of approximately $1.6 million in 2015, representing a cap rate of 5.0%.  The sale generated net proceeds of $29 million, and Digital Realty expects to recognize a gain on the sale of approximately $9 million in the first quarter of 2015.

During the fourth quarter of 2014, the company recognized an impairment loss of approximately $114 million to reduce carrying value of three properties to their estimated fair market value at December 31, 2014, as shown in the table below.

($ in thousands)

Property

Market

Net Book Value (pre-impairment)

Impairment

Net Book Value (post-impairment)

210 Tucker

St. Louis

$104,008

$64,040

$39,968

200 Quannapowitt Pkwy

Boston

68,487

40,070

28,417

3065 Gold Camp Drive

Sacramento

21,861

9,860

12,001

Total

$194,356

$113,970

$80,386

Balance Sheet

Digital Realty had approximately $4.7 billion of total debt outstanding as of December 31, 2014, comprised of $4.3 billion of unsecured debt and approximately $0.4 billion of secured debt.  At the end of the fourth quarter of 2014, net debt-to-adjusted EBITDA was 4.8x, debt-plus-preferred-to-total-enterprise-value was 38.5% and fixed charge coverage was 3.4x. 

2015 Outlook

Digital Realty reiterated its 2015 core FFO per share outlook of $5.00 - $5.10.  The assumptions underlying this guidance are summarized in the following table. 

As of Jan. 5, 2015

As of Feb. 12, 2015

Internal Growth

Rental rates on renewal leases

Cash basis

Slightly positive

Slightly positive

GAAP basis

Up double digits

Up double digits

Year-end portfolio occupancy

93.0% - 94.0%

93.0% - 94.0%

"Same-capital" cash NOI growth (1)

2.0% - 4.0%

2.0% - 4.0%

Operating margin

72.5% - 73.5%

72.5% - 73.5%

Incremental revenue from speculative leasing (2)

$25 - $30 million

$20 - $25 million

Overhead load (3)

80 - 90 bps on total assets

80 - 90 bps on total assets

External Growth

Acquisitions

Dollar volume

$0 - $200 million

$0 - $200 million

Cap rate

7.5% - 8.5%

7.5% - 8.5%

Dispositions

Dollar volume

$175 - $400 million

$175 - $400 million

Cap rate

0.0% - 10.0%

0.0% - 10.0%

Joint ventures

Dollar volume

$0 - $150 million

$0 - $150 million

Cap rate

6.75% - 7.25%

6.75% - 7.25%

Development

Capex

$750 - $850 million

$750 - $850 million

Average stabilized yields

10.0% - 12.0%

10.0% - 12.0%

Enhancements and other non-recurring capex (4)

$20 - $25 million

$20 - $25 million

Recurring capex + capitalized leasing costs (5)

$100 - $110 million

$100 - $110 million

Balance Sheet

Long-term debt issuance

Dollar amount size

$300 - $700 million

$300 - $700 million

Pricing

4.50% - 5.50%

4.50% - 5.50%

Timing

Early-to-mid 2015

Early-to-mid 2015

Funds From Operations / share (NAREIT-Defined)

$4.95 - $5.05

$4.95 - $5.05

    Adjustments for non-core expenses and revenue streams (6)

$0.05

$0.05

Core Funds From Operations / Share

$5.00 - $5.10

$5.00 - $5.10

(1)

The "same-capital" pool includes properties owned as of December 31, 2013 with less than 5% of total rentable square feet under development.  It also excludes properties that were undergoing, or were expected to undergo, development activities in 2014-2015.  NOI represents rental revenue and tenant reimbursement revenue less rental property operating and maintenance expenses, property taxes and insurance expenses (as reflected in the statement of operations), and cash NOI is NOI less straight-line rents and above and below market rent amortization.

(2)

Incremental revenue from speculative leasing represents revenue expected to be recognized in the current year from leases that have not yet been signed.

(3)

Overhead load is defined as General & Administrative expense divided by Total Assets. 

(4)

Other non-recurring capex represents costs incurred to enhance the capacity or marketability of operating properties, such as network fiber initiatives and software development costs.  

(5)

Recurring capex represents non-incremental improvements required to maintain current revenues, including second-generation tenant improvements and leasing commissions.  Capitalized leasing costs include capitalized leasing compensation as well as capitalized internal leasing commissions.

(6)

See "Funds From Operations and Core Funds From Operations" table below for historical reconciliations of Funds From Operations (NAREIT-Defined) to Core Funds From Operations.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures, including FFO, core FFO and Adjusted EBITDA. A reconciliation from U.S. GAAP net income available to common stockholders to FFO, a definition of FFO, a reconciliation from FFO to core FFO, and a definition of core FFO are included as an attachment to this press release.  A reconciliation from U.S. GAAP net income available to common stockholders to Adjusted EBITDA, a definition of Adjusted EBITDA, a definition of debt-plus-preferred-to-total-enterprise-value, and a definition of fixed charge coverage ratio are included as an attachment to this press release.

Investor Conference Call

Prior to Digital Realty's conference call today at 5:30 p.m. EST / 2:30 p.m. PST, Digital Realty will post a presentation to the Investors section of the company's website at http://investor.digitalrealty.com.  The presentation is designed to accompany the discussion of the company's fourth quarter and full-year 2014 financial results and operating performance.  The conference call will feature: Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer A. William Stein; Chief Investment Officer Scott Peterson; Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing Matt Miszewski; and Vice President of Finance Matt Mercier.

To participate in the live call, investors are invited to dial +1 (866) 737-5498 (for domestic callers) or +1 (412) 902-6526 (for international callers) at least five minutes prior to start time.  A live webcast of the call will be available via the Investors section of Digital Realty's website at http://investor.digitalrealty.com.

Telephone and webcast replays will be available one hour after the call until March 12, 2015.  The telephone replay can be accessed by dialing +1 (877) 344-7529 (for domestic callers) or +1 (412) 317-0088 (for international callers) and providing the conference ID# 10057687.  The webcast replay can be accessed on Digital Realty's website.

About Digital Realty

Digital Realty Trust, Inc. supports the data center and colocation strategies of more than 600 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centers located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.  Digital Realty's clients include domestic and international companies of all sizes, ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, gaming, life sciences and consumer products.

Additional information about Digital Realty is included in the Company Overview, available on the Investors page of Digital Realty's website at www.digitalrealty.com.  The Company Overview is updated periodically, and may disclose material information and updates.  To receive e-mail alerts when the Company Overview is updated, please visit the Investors page of Digital Realty's website.

Contact Information

A. William Stein 

John J. Stewart

Chief Executive Officer 

Senior Vice President

and Chief Financial Officer 

Investor Relations

Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

+1 (415) 738-6500  

+1 (415) 738-6500

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements which are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including statements related to supply and demand for data center and colocation space; pricing and net effective leasing economics; market dynamics and data center fundamentals; our strategic priorities, including improving ROIC and our disposition program; rent from leases that have been signed but have not yet commenced and other contracted rent to be received in future periods; rental rates on future leases; lag between signing and commencement; our joint venture with the GCEAR fund, our expected fees and proceeds from the joint venture, future cash NOI and remaining lease terms related to the joint venture property; cap rates and yields; and the company's FFO, core FFO and net income outlook and underlying assumptions. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, the impact of current global economic, credit and market conditions; decreases in information technology spending; adverse economic or real estate developments in our industry or the industry sectors that we sell to; risks related to our tenants; our failure to obtain necessary debt and equity financing; risks associated with using debt to fund our business activities; financial market fluctuations; our inability to manage our growth effectively; difficulty acquiring or operating properties in foreign jurisdictions; our failure to successfully integrate and operate acquired or developed properties or businesses; the suitability of our properties and data center infrastructure, delays or disruptions in connectivity, failure of our physical infrastructure or services or availability of power; risks related to joint venture investments; delays or unexpected costs in development of properties; decreased rental rates, increased operating costs or increased vacancy rates; increased competition or available supply of data center space; our inability to successfully develop and lease new properties and development space; difficulties in identifying properties to acquire and completing acquisitions; our inability to comply with the rules and regulations applicable to reporting companies; our failure to maintain our status as a REIT; restrictions on our ability to engage in certain business activities; environmental uncertainties and risks related to natural disasters; losses in excess of our insurance coverage; and changes in laws and regulations, including those related to taxation and real estate ownership and operation. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see the reports and other filings by the company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, as amended, for the year ended December 31, 2013 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2014, June 30, 2014 and September 30, 2014.  The company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

Consolidated Quarterly Statements of Operations Unaudited and in thousands, except share and per share data

Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended

31-Dec-14

30-Sep-14

30-Jun-14

31-Mar-14

31-Dec-13

31-Dec-14

31-Dec-13

Rental revenues

$319,816

$317,064

$313,420

$305,786

$296,987

$1,256,086

$1,155,052

Tenant reimbursements - Utilities

59,830

65,604

62,063

59,177

55,319

246,675

220,963

Tenant reimbursements - Other

28,887

26,605

23,625

24,444

27,310

103,559

102,322

Fee income

1,871

2,748

1,466

1,183

1,315

7,268

3,520

Other

1,812

165

873

2,850

399

Total Operating Revenues

$412,216

$412,186

$401,447

$390,590

$380,931

$1,616,438

$1,482,256

Utilities

$62,560

$69,388

$65,432

$62,087

$58,773

$259,466

$234,941

Rental property operating

33,211

32,017

33,314

30,659

29,294

129,200

113,859

Repairs & maintenance

31,783

29,489

28,052

25,151

27,109

114,474

97,809

Non-cash straight-line rent expense adjustment

9,988

Property taxes

23,053

25,765

20,595

22,125

23,831

91,538

90,321

Insurance

2,180

2,145

1,896

2,422

2,156

8,643

8,743

Construction management

33

60

121

164

35

378

764

Change in fair value of contingent consideration

(3,991)

(1,465)

766

(3,403)

(1,749)

(8,093)

(1,762)

Depreciation & amortization

133,327

137,474

137,092

130,620

126,776

538,513

475,464

General & administrative

21,480

20,709

20,061

18,248

15,536

80,498

65,653

Severance accrual and equity acceleration

260

12,430

12,690

Transactions

323

144

755

81

1,108

1,303

4,605

Impairment of investments in real estate

113,970

12,500

126,470

Other

453

1,588

651

7

2,692

60

Total Operating Expenses

$418,382

$329,814

$308,995

$300,584

$282,876

$1,357,772

$1,100,445

Operating Income (Loss)

($6,166)

$82,372

$92,452

$90,006

$98,055

$258,666

$381,811

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated joint venture

$3,776

$3,455

$3,477

$2,581

$2,957

$13,289

$9,795

Gain on insurance settlement

5,597

Gain on sale of property

15,945

15,945

Gain on contribution of properties to unconsolidated JV

93,498

1,906

555

95,404

115,609

Gain on sale of investment

14,551

14,551

Interest and other income

641

378

(83)

1,727

231

2,663

139

Interest expense

(46,396)

(48,169)

(49,146)

(47,374)

(45,996)

(191,085)

(189,399)

Tax (expense) benefit

(1,201)

(1,178)

(1,021)

(1,838)

473

(5,238)

(1,293)

Loss from early extinguishment of debt

(195)

(293)

(292)

(608)

(780)

(1,812)

Net Income (Loss)

($34,795)

$130,161

$61,331

$46,716

$55,667

$203,415

$320,447

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

961

(2,392)

(993)

(805)

(964)

(3,229)

(5,961)

Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

($33,834)

$127,769

$60,338

$45,911

$54,703

$200,186

$314,486

Preferred stock dividends

(18,455)

(18,455)

(18,829)

(11,726)

(11,726)

(67,465)

(42,905)

Net Income (Loss) Available to Common Stockholders

($52,289)

$109,314

$41,509

$34,185

$42,977

$132,721

$271,581

Weighted-average shares outstanding - basic

135,544,597

135,492,618

133,802,622

128,535,995

128,444,744

132,635,894

127,941,134

Weighted-average shares outstanding - diluted

135,544,597

135,946,533

133,977,885

129,136,961

128,641,470

132,852,966

128,127,641

Weighted-average fully diluted shares and units

138,757,650

138,762,045

137,912,511

138,161,544

137,890,892

138,216,486

137,769,299

Net income per share - basic

($0.39)

$0.81

$0.31

$0.27

$0.33

$1.00

$2.12

Net income per share - diluted

($0.39)

$0.80

$0.31

$0.26

$0.33

$1.00

$2.12

 

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets

Unaudited and in thousands, except share and per share data

31-Dec-14

30-Sep-14

30-Jun-14

31-Mar-14

31-Dec-13

Assets

Investments in real estate:

Real estate

$9,027,599

$9,213,833

$9,246,540

$9,085,558

$8,896,448

Construction in progress

809,406

876,494

895,811

826,609

876,803

Land held for future development

145,607

146,390

117,878

113,543

106,327

Investments in Real Estate

$9,982,612

$10,236,717

$10,260,229

$10,025,710

$9,879,578

Accumulated depreciation & amortization

(1,874,054)

(1,840,379)

(1,778,768)

(1,665,421)

(1,565,996)

Net Investments in Properties

$8,108,558

$8,396,338

$8,481,461

$8,360,289

$8,313,582

Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures

94,729

94,497

92,619

81,411

70,504

Net Investments in Real Estate

$8,203,287

$8,490,835

$8,574,080

$8,441,700

$8,384,086

Cash and cash equivalents

41,321

36,528

80,926

70,242

56,808

Accounts and other receivables (1)

135,931

140,463

115,888

117,492

122,248

Deferred rent

447,643

442,358

436,443

415,515

393,504

Acquired above-market leases, net

38,605

42,477

47,181

49,521

52,264

Acquired in-place lease value and deferred leasing costs, net

456,962

461,243

470,620

479,940

489,456

Deferred financing costs, net

30,821

33,761

36,914

34,295

36,475

Restricted cash

11,555

13,986

39,778

42,842

40,362

Assets associated with real estate held for sale

120,471

25,070

Other assets

40,188

60,356

62,794

64,836

51,627

Total Assets

$9,526,784

$9,722,007

$9,864,624

$9,741,453

$9,626,830

Liabilities and Equity

Global revolving credit facility

$525,951

$485,023

$374,641

$790,500

$724,668

Unsecured term loan

976,600

1,002,186

1,034,830

1,026,891

1,020,984

Unsecured senior notes, net of discount

2,791,758

2,835,478

2,897,068

2,368,848

2,364,232

Exchangeable senior debentures

266,400

266,400

Mortgage loans, net of premiums

378,818

417,042

552,696

554,742

585,608

Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

605,923

648,314

636,783

614,645

662,687

Accrued dividends and distributions

115,019

102,509

Acquired below-market leases

104,235

110,708

118,432

123,152

130,269

Security deposits and prepaid rent

108,478

119,696

115,893

116,945

122,961

Liabilities associated with assets held for sale

5,764

3,610

Total Liabilities

$5,612,546

$5,618,447

$5,730,343

$5,865,733

$5,980,318

Equity

Preferred Stock:  $0.01 par value per share, 70,000,000 shares authorized:

Series E Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (2)

$277,172

$277,172

$277,172

$277,172

$277,172

Series F Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (3)

176,191

176,191

176,191

176,191

176,191

Series G Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (4)

241,468

241,468

241,468

241,468

241,468

Series H Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (5)

353,290

353,300

353,378

289,857

Common Stock: $0.01 par value per share, 215,000,000 shares authorized (6)

1,349

1,348

1,347

1,279

1,279

Additional paid-in capital

3,970,438

3,964,876

3,955,830

3,689,098

3,688,937

Dividends in excess of earnings

(1,096,603)

(931,777)

(928,626)

(857,779)

(785,222)

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income, net

(45,046)

(20,470)

14,962

13,947

10,691

Total Stockholders' Equity

$3,878,259

$4,062,108

$4,091,722

$3,831,233

$3,610,516

Noncontrolling Interests

Noncontrolling interest in operating partnership

$29,188

$34,632

$35,632

$37,406

$29,027

Noncontrolling interest in consolidated joint ventures

6,791

6,820

6,927

7,081

6,969

Total Noncontrolling Interests

$35,979

$41,452

$42,559

$44,487

$35,996

Total Equity

$3,914,238

$4,103,560

$4,134,281

$3,875,720

$3,646,512

Total Liabilities and Equity

$9,526,784

$9,722,007

$9,864,624

$9,741,453

$9,626,830

(1)

Net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $6,302 and $5,576 as of December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively.

(2)

Series E Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, 7.000%, $287,500 and $287,500 liquidation preference, respectively ($25.00 per share), 11,500,000 and 11,500,000 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively.

(3)

Series F Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, 6.625%, $182,500 and $182,500 liquidation preference, respectively ($25.00 per share), 7,300,000 and 7,300,000 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively.

(4)

Series G Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, 5.875%, $250,000 and $250,000 liquidation preference, respectively ($25.00 per share), 10,000,000 and 10,000,000 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively.

(5)

Series H Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, 7.375%, $365,000 and $0 liquidation preference, respectively ($25.00 per share), 14,600,000 and 0 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively.

(6)

Common Stock: 135,626,255 and 128,455,350 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively.

 

 

Funds From Operations and Core Funds From Operations Unaudited and in thousands, except per share data

Reconciliation of Net Income to Funds From Operations (FFO)

Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended

31-Dec-14

30-Sep-14

30-Jun-14

31-Mar-14

31-Dec-13

31-Dec-14

31-Dec-13

Net Income (Loss) Available to Common Stockholders

($52,289)

$109,314

$41,510

$34,186

$42,977

$132,721

$271,583

Adjustments:

Noncontrolling interests in operating partnership

(1,074)

2,272

873

693

849

2,764

5,366

Real estate related depreciation & amortization (1)

132,100

136,289

135,938

129,496

125,671

533,823

471,281

Unconsolidated JV real estate related depreciation & amortization

2,173

1,934

1,802

1,628

1,387

7,537

3,805

Gain on sale of property

(15,945)

(15,945)

Gain on contribution of properties to unconsolidated joint venture

(93,498)

(1,906)

(555)

(95,404)

(115,609)

Impairment of investments in real estate

113,970

12,500

126,470

Funds From Operations

$194,880

$168,811

$164,178

$164,097

$170,329

$691,966

$636,426

Add: Interest and amortization of debt issuance costs on 2029 Debentures

675

4,050

4,050

4,725

16,200

Funds From Operations - diluted

$194,880

$168,811

$164,853

$168,147

$174,379

$696,691

$652,626

Weighted-average shares and units outstanding - basic

138,327

138,308

136,615

131,143

130,982

136,124

130,463

Weighted-average shares and units outstanding - diluted (2)

138,757

138,762

137,912

138,162

137,891

138,364

137,771

Funds From Operations per share - basic

$1.41

$1.22

$1.20

$1.25

$1.30

$5.08

$4.88

Funds From Operations per share - diluted (2)

$1.40

$1.22

$1.20

$1.22

$1.26

$5.04

$4.74

Reconciliation of FFO to Core FFO

Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended

 

31-Dec-14

30-Sep-14

30-Jun-14

31-Mar-14

31-Dec-13

31-Dec-14

31-Dec-13

Funds From Operations - diluted

$194,880

$168,811

$164,853

$168,147

$174,379

$696,691

$652,626

Termination fees and other non-core revenues (3)

(2,584)

(165)

(873)

(2,047)

(5,668)

(402)

Gain on insurance settlement

(5,597)

Gain on sale of investment

(14,551)

(14,551)

Significant transaction expenses

323

144

755

81

1,108

1,303

4,605

Loss from early extinguishment of debt

195

293

292

608

780

1,813

Straight-line rent expense adjustment attributable to prior periods

7,489

Change in fair value of contingent consideration (4)

(3,991)

(1,465)

766

(3,403)

(1,749)

(8,093)

(1,762)

Equity in earnings adjustment for non-core items

843

843

Severance accrual and equity acceleration (5)

260

12,430

12,690

Other non-core expense adjustments (6)

453

1,588

651

7

2,692

63

Core Funds From Operations - diluted

$174,530

$169,108

$166,705

$176,343

$174,353

$686,687

$658,835

Weighted-average shares and units outstanding - diluted (2)

138,757

138,762

137,912

138,162

137,891

138,364

137,771

Core Funds From Operations per share - diluted (2)

$1.26

$1.22

$1.21

$1.28

$1.26

$4.96

$4.78

(1)    Real Estate Related Depreciation & Amortization

Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended

31-Dec-14

30-Sep-14

30-Jun-14

31-Mar-14

31-Dec-13

31-Dec-14

31-Dec-13

Depreciation & amortization per income statement

$133,327

$137,474

$137,092

$130,620

$126,776

$538,513

$475,464

Non-real estate depreciation

(1,227)

(1,185)

(1,154)

(1,124)

(1,105)

(4,690)

(4,183)

Real Estate Related Depreciation & Amortization

$132,100

$136,289

$135,938

$129,496

$125,671

$533,823

$471,281

 

(2)

At December 31, 2013, we had no series D convertible preferred shares outstanding, as a result of the conversion of all remaining shares on February 26, 2013, which calculates into 471 common shares on a weighted average basis for the year ended December 31, 2013.  For all periods presented, we have excluded the effect of dilutive series E, series F, series G and series H preferred stock, as applicable, that may be converted upon the occurrence of specified change in control transactions as described in the articles supplementary governing the series E, series F, series G and series H preferred stock, as applicable, which we consider highly improbable.  In addition, we had a balance of $0, $0 and $266,400 of 5.50% exchangeable senior debentures due 2029 that were exchangeable for 0, 0 and 6,712 common shares on a weighted average basis for the three months ended December 31, 2014, September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively, and were exchangeable for 1,958 and 6,650 common shares on a weighted average basis for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.  See below for calculations of diluted FFO available to common stockholders and unitholders and weighted average common stock and units outstanding.

(3)

Includes one-time fees, proceeds and certain other adjustments that are not core to our business.

(4)

Relates to earn-out contingency in connection with the Sentrum and Singapore acquisitions.  The earn-out contingency expires in July 2015 and November 2020, respectively, and are reassessed on a quarterly basis.

(5)

Relates to severance charge of approximately $12,700, or $0.09 per share and unit, related to the departure of the company's former Chief Executive Officer.

(6)

Includes reversal of accruals and certain other adjustments that are not core to our business.

 

Reconciliation of Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization and Financial Ratios

Unaudited and in thousands

Reconciliation of Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation & Amortization (EBITDA) (1)

Three Months Ended

 

31-Dec-14

30-Sep-14

30-Jun-14

31-Mar-14

31-Dec-13

Net Income (Loss) Available to Common Stockholders

($52,289)

$109,314

$41,509

$34,185

$42,977

Interest

46,396

48,169

49,146

47,374

45,996

Loss from early extinguishment of debt

195

293

292

608

Tax expense (benefit)

1,201

1,178

1,021

1,838

(473)

Depreciation & amortization

133,327

137,474

137,092

130,620

126,776

Impairment of investments in real estate

113,970

12,500

EBITDA

$242,605

$308,830

$229,061

$214,309

$215,884

Change in fair value of contingent consideration

(3,991)

(1,465)

766

(3,403)

(1,749)

Severance accrual and equity acceleration

260

12,430

Gain on sale of property

(15,945)

Gain on contribution of properties to unconsolidated joint venture

(93,498)

(1,906)

(555)

Gain on sale of investment

(14,551)

Noncontrolling interests

(961)

2,392

993

805

964

Preferred stock dividends

18,455

18,455

18,829

11,726

11,726

Adjusted EBITDA

$241,557

$234,714

$233,964

$233,961

$226,270

(1)

For definition and discussion of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, see below.

 

Definitions

Funds from Operations (FFO): We calculate funds from operations, or FFO, in accordance with the standards established by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, or NAREIT.  FFO represents net income (loss) (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding gains (or losses) from sales of property, impairment charges, real estate related depreciation and amortization (excluding amortization of deferred financing costs) and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures.  Management uses FFO as a supplemental performance measure because, in excluding real estate related depreciation and amortization and gains and losses from property dispositions and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures, it provides a performance measure that, when compared year over year, captures trends in occupancy rates, rental rates and operating costs.  We also believe that, as a widely recognized measure of the performance of REITs, FFO will be used by investors as a basis to compare our operating performance with that of other REITs.  However, because FFO excludes depreciation and amortization and captures neither the changes in the value of our properties that result from use or market conditions, nor the level of capital expenditures and capitalized leasing commissions necessary to maintain the operating performance of our properties, all of which have real economic effect and could materially impact our financial condition and results from operations, the utility of FFO as a measure of our performance is limited.  Other REITs may not calculate FFO in accordance with the NAREIT definition and, accordingly, our FFO may not be comparable to such other REITs' FFO.  Accordingly, FFO should be considered only as a supplement to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of our performance.

Core Funds from Operations: We present core funds from operations, or core FFO, as a supplemental operating measure because, in excluding certain items that do not reflect core revenue or expense streams, it provides a performance measure that, when compared year over year, captures trends in our core business operating performance. We calculate core FFO by adding to or subtracting from FFO (i) termination fees and other non-core revenues, (ii) gain on insurance settlement, (iii) gain on sale of investment, (iv) significant transaction expenses, (v) loss from early extinguishment of debt, (vi) straight-line rent expense adjustment attributable to prior periods, (vii) change in fair value of contingent consideration, (viii) equity in earnings adjustment for non-core items, (ix) severance accrual and equity acceleration and (x) other non-core expense adjustments. Because certain of these adjustments have a real economic impact on our financial condition and results from operations, the utility of core FFO as a measure of our performance is limited. Other REITs may not calculate core FFO in a consistent manner. Accordingly, our core FFO may not be comparable to other REITs' core FFO. Core FFO should be considered only as a supplement to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of our performance.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA: We believe that earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and impairment of investments in real estate, or EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA (as defined below), are useful supplemental performance measures because they allow investors to view our performance without the impact of non-cash depreciation and amortization or the cost of debt and, with respect to Adjusted EBITDA, change in fair value of contingent consideration, severance accrual and equity acceleration, gain on sale of property, gain on contribution of properties to unconsolidated joint venture, gain on sale of equity investment, noncontrolling interests, and preferred stock dividends. Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA excluding change in fair value of contingent consideration, severance accrual and equity acceleration, impairment of investments in real estate, gain on sale of property, gain on contribution of properties to unconsolidated joint venture, gain on sale of equity investment, noncontrolling interests, and preferred stock dividends. In addition, we believe EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of REITs. Because EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are calculated before recurring cash charges including interest expense and income taxes, exclude capitalized costs, such as leasing commissions, and are not adjusted for capital expenditures or other recurring cash requirements of our business, their utility as a measure of our performance is limited.  Other REITs may calculate EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do; accordingly, our EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to such other REITs' EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA.  Accordingly, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should be considered only as supplements to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of our financial performance.

Net Operating Income (NOI) and Cash NOI: Net operating income, or NOI, represents rental revenue and tenant reimbursement revenue less rental property operating and maintenance expenses, property taxes and insurance expenses (as reflected in the statement of operations). NOI is commonly used by stockholders, company management and industry analysts as a measurement of operating performance of the company's rental portfolio. Cash NOI is NOI less straight-line rents and above and below market rent amortization. Cash NOI is commonly used by stockholders, company management and industry analysts as a measure of property operating performance on a cash basis. However, because NOI and cash NOI exclude depreciation and amortization and capture neither the changes in the value of our properties that result from use or market conditions, nor the level of capital expenditures and capitalized leasing commissions necessary to maintain the operating performance of our properties, all of which have real economic effect and could materially impact our results from operations, the utility of NOI and cash NOI as measures of our performance is limited. Other REITs may not calculate NOI and cash NOI in the same manner we do and, accordingly, our NOI and cash NOI may not be comparable to such other REITs' NOI and cash NOI. Accordingly, NOI and cash NOI should be considered only as supplements to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as measures of our performance.

Additional Definitions Net debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA ratio is calculated using total debt at balance sheet carrying value less unrestricted cash and cash equivalents divided by the product of Adjusted EBITDA multiplied by four.

Debt-plus-preferred-to-total-enterprise-value is mortgage debt and other loans plus preferred stock divided by mortgage debt and other loans plus the liquidation value of preferred stock and the market value of outstanding Digital Realty Trust, Inc. common stock and Digital Realty Trust, L.P. units, assuming the redemption of Digital Realty Trust, L.P. units for shares of Digital Realty Trust, Inc. common stock.

Fixed charge coverage ratio is Adjusted EBITDA divided by the sum of GAAP interest expense, capitalized interest, scheduled debt principal payments and preferred dividends. For the quarter ended December 31, 2014, GAAP interest expense was $46 million, capitalized interest was $5 million and scheduled debt principal payments and preferred dividends was $21 million.

Reconciliation of Range of 2015 Projected Net Income to Projected FFO and Core FFO

Low

High

Net income available to common stockholders per diluted share

$0.90

$1.00

Add:

Real estate depreciation and amortization

$4.05

$4.05

Projected FFO per diluted share

$4.95

$5.05

Adjustments for items that do not represent core expenses and revenue streams

$0.05

$0.05

Projected core FFO per diluted share

$5.00

$5.10

 

SOURCE Digital Realty Trust, Inc.



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