Digital Realty Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

SAN FRANCISCO, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center and colocation solutions, announced today financial results for the second quarter of 2014.  All per share results are shown on a diluted share and unit basis. 

Highlights

  • Reported FFO per share of $1.20 in 2Q14, compared to $1.22 in 2Q13;
  • Reported core FFO per share of $1.21 in 2Q14, compared to $1.19 in 2Q13;
  • Signed leases during 2Q14 expected to generate $35 million in annualized GAAP rental revenue;
  • Improved portfolio occupancy 70 basis points to 92.8% in 2Q14, compared to 92.1% in 1Q14; and
  • Raised 2014 core FFO per share outlook to $4.85-$4.95 from the prior range of $4.80-$4.90

Financial Results

Revenues were $401 million for the second quarter of 2014, a 3% increase over the previous quarter and a 10% increase over the same quarter last year. 

Adjusted EBITDA was $234 million for the second quarter of 2014, consistent with the previous quarter and a 5% increase over the same quarter last year. 

Funds from operations ("FFO") on a diluted basis was $165 million in the second quarter of 2014, or $1.20 per share, compared to $1.22 per share in the first quarter of 2014 and second quarter of 2013.

Excluding certain items that do not represent core expenses or revenue streams, second quarter 2014 core FFO was $1.21 per share compared to $1.28 per share in the first quarter of 2014, and $1.19 per share in the second quarter of 2013. 

Net income for the second quarter of 2014 was $61 million, and net income available to common stockholders was $42 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, compared to $0.26 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2014 and $0.37 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2013. 

Leasing Activity

"I am pleased with the solid activity we saw during the second quarter, with new lease signings totaling $35 million of annualized GAAP rental revenue and strong results from our new sales initiatives," commented Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer Bill Stein.  "Our mid-market segment continues to gain traction, and our colocation product offering generated good results with over $5 million in signed revenue during the quarter.  In addition, we benefited from generally stable-to-slightly-improved pricing across product types and regions."

"Digital Realty's data center solutions enable the mission-critical exchange of data and real-time analytics.  We are encouraged to see increased demand for these services driven by strong underlying market dynamics and consistently improving data center fundamentals.  Against this backdrop, we remain focused on sharp execution against our strategic priorities, including improving overall portfolio ROIC and recycling capital to ensure disciplined real estate portfolio management."  

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

In addition to new leases signed, Digital Realty also signed renewal leases representing $10 million of annualized GAAP rental revenue during the quarter.  Rental rates on renewal leases signed during the second quarter of 2014 increased 9% on a cash basis and over 14% on a GAAP basis. 

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







North America

Annualized GAAP Rent
(in thousands)

Square Feet

GAAP Rent/Sq. Ft.

MW

GAAP Rent / kW

Turn-Key Flex

$20,448

157,425

$130

11.6

$147

Powered Base Building

-

-

-

-

-

Colocation

5,019

23,992

209

2.2

194

Non-Technical

2,014

72,804

28

-

-

Total

$27,481

254,221

$108

13.8

$154







Europe(1)






Turn-Key Flex

-

-

-

-

-

Colocation

450

2,210

204

0.2

185

Non-Technical

50

1,003

49

-

-

Total

$499

3,213

$155

0.2

$185







Asia Pac(1)






Turn-Key Flex

$6,879

25,173

$273

2.8

$205

Colocation

201

697

289

0.1

305

Non-Technical

-

-

-

-

-

Total

$7,080

25,870

$274

2.9

$201

Grand Total

$35,061

283,304

$124

16.9

$163

(1) Based on quarterly average exchange rates during the three months ended June 30, 2014.



Investment Activity

As previously announced, in April 2014, Digital Realty sold a single-tenant asset to the user for approximately $42 million, generating net proceeds of approximately $38 million.  Digital Realty recognized a gain on this sale of approximately $16 million in the second quarter of 2014. 

Balance Sheet

Digital Realty had approximately $4.9 billion of total debt outstanding as of June 30, 2014, comprised of $4.3 billion of unsecured debt and approximately $0.6 billion of secured debt.  At the end of the second quarter of 2014, net debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA was 5.1x, debt-plus-preferred-to-total-enterprise-value was 42.4% and fixed charge coverage was 3.1x. 

Subsequent to quarter-end, S&P revised its outlook on the company to stable from negative and affirmed 'BBB' corporate credit rating on the company, 'BBB' rating on the senior unsecured debt, and 'BB+' rating on the preferred stock.  

Revised 2014 Outlook

Digital Realty raised its 2014 core FFO per share outlook to $4.85-$4.95 from the prior range of $4.80-$4.90

As of mid-July 2014, the company has achieved the Incremental Revenue from Speculative Leasing target embedded in prior guidance.  The full-year target for Incremental Revenue from Speculative Leasing has been raised by an additional $5-$10 million for the year.  

The remaining assumptions underlying the revised core FFO per share outlook are summarized as follows. 



As of February 24, 2014

As of May 6, 2014

As of July 29, 2014

Internal Growth




Rental Rates on Renewal Leases




  Cash Basis

Roughly flat

Roughly flat

Roughly flat

  GAAP Basis

Modestly positive

Modestly positive

Modestly positive

Year-end portfolio occupancy

N/A

92.0%-93.0%

93.0% - 93.5%

"Same-capital" cash NOI growth(1)

N/A

4.0%-5.0%

4.0% - 5.0%

Operating Margin

25-75 bps < historical run-rate

25-75 bps < historical run-rate

25-75 bps < historical run-rate

Incremental Revenue
from Speculative Leasing(2)

$20-$30 million

$10-$15 million

$5 - $10 million

Overhead Load(3)

75-85 bps on total assets

75-85 bps on total assets

75-85 bps on total assets





External Growth




Acquisitions




  Dollar Volume

$0-$400 million

$0-$400 million

$0 - $200 million

  Cap Rate

7.5%-8.5%

7.5%-8.5%

7.5% - 8.5%

Dispositions




  Dollar Volume

N/A

N/A

$42 - $400 million

  Cap Rate

N/A

N/A

0.0% - 12.0%

Joint Ventures




  Dollar Volume

$0-$400 million

$40-$400 million

$40 - $400 million

  Cap Rate

6.75%-7.25%

6.75%-7.25%

6.75% - 7.25%

Development




  CapEx

$600-$800 million

$600-$800 million

$775 - $850 million

  Average Stabilized Yields

10.0% - 12.0%

10.0% - 12.0%

10.0% - 12.0%

Enhancements and Other Non-recurring CapEx(4)

$85-$90 million

$85-$90 million

$85 - $90 million

Recurring CapEx +

Capitalized Leasing Costs(5)

$75-$80 million

$75-$80 million

$85 - $90 million





Balance Sheet




Preferred Equity




  Dollar Amount

$100-$250 million

$365 million

$365 million

  Pricing

8.0%-8.5%

7.375%

7.375%

  Timing

Early 2014

Early 2014

Early 2014

Long-Term Debt




  Dollar Amount

$700-$900 million

$700-$900 million

$700 - $900 million

  Pricing

4.75%-5.50%

4.75%-5.50%

4.75% - 5.50%

  Timing

Early 2014

Mid-2014

Mid-2014

Core Funds From Operations




$ / Share

$4.75-$4.90

$4.80-$4.90

$4.85 - $4.95



(1)

The "same-capital" pool includes properties owned as of December 31, 2012 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 2013-2014.  NOI is defined as 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, the build-out of an additional sub-station or installation of a new security system, in addition to major remediation costs on recently-acquired properties, whether or not contemplated in the original acquisition underwriting.  Other non-recurring CapEx also includes infrequent and major component replacements. 



(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. 

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. EDT / 2:30 p.m. PDT, 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 its second quarter 2014 financial results and operating performance.  The conference call will feature: Interim 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 (877) 870-4263 (for domestic callers) or +1 (412) 317-0790 (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 through Digital Realty's website.  The telephone replay can be accessed one hour after the call by dialing +1 (877) 344-7529 (for domestic callers) or +1 (412) 317-0088 (for international callers) and providing the conference ID# 10047665.  The webcast replay can be accessed on Digital Realty's website immediately after the live call has concluded. 

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. www.digitalrealty.com

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.

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 outcomes and results to differ materially, including statements related to supply and demand for data center and colocation space; pricing, volume and pipeline; market dynamics and data center fundamentals; our strategic priorities, including improving ROIC and capital recycling; 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; cap rates and yields; credit ratings; and the company's revised 2014 FFO, core FFO and net income outlook and underlying assumptions.  These risks and uncertainties include, among others, the following: the impact of current global economic, credit and market conditions; current local economic conditions in our geographic markets; decreases in information technology spending, including as a result of economic slowdowns or recession; adverse economic or real estate developments in our industry or the industry sectors that we sell to (including risks relating to decreasing real estate valuations and impairment charges); our dependence upon significant tenants; bankruptcy or insolvency of a major tenant or a significant number of smaller tenants; defaults on or non-renewal of leases by tenants; our failure to obtain necessary debt and equity financing; risks associated with using debt to fund our business activities, including re-financing and interest rate risks, our failure to repay debt when due, adverse changes in our credit ratings or our breach of covenants or other terms contained in our loan facilities and agreements; financial market fluctuations; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; 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, including as a result of our lack of control of such 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 acquire off-market properties; our inability to comply with the rules and regulations applicable to reporting companies; our failure to maintain our status as a REIT; possible adverse changes to tax laws; 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; changes in foreign laws and regulations, including those related to taxation and real estate ownership and operation; and changes in local, state and federal regulatory requirements, including changes in real estate and zoning laws and increases in real property tax rates.  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 Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 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. 



A. William Stein

John J. Stewart

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Senior Vice President

and Chief Financial Officer

Investor Relations

Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

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Digital Realty Trust, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Income Statements

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

(unaudited)












Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended



June 30, 2014


June 30, 2013


June 30, 2014


June 30, 2013

Operating Revenues:


















Rental

$             313,420


$             285,953


$             619,206


$             567,352


Tenant reimbursements

85,687


76,681


169,308


152,598


Fee income

1,466


728


2,649


1,534


Other

873


140


873


388


Total operating revenues

401,446


363,502


792,036


721,872










Operating Expenses:


















Rental property operating and maintenance

126,796


106,706


244,692


212,186


Property taxes

20,595


19,374


42,720


40,416


Insurance

1,896


2,238


4,318


4,443


Construction management

121


294


285


678


Change in fair value of contingent consideration

766


(370)


(2,637)


930


Depreciation and amortization

137,092


115,867


267,712


227,490


General and administrative

20,321


17,891


50,999


33,842


Transactions

755


1,491


836


3,254


Other

651


17


651


53











Total operating expenses

308,993


263,508


609,576


523,292











Operating income

92,453


99,994


182,460


198,580










Other Income (Expenses):









Equity in earnings of unconsolidated joint ventures

3,477


2,330


6,058


4,665


Gain on insurance settlement

-


5,597


-


5,597


Gain on sale of property

15,945


-


15,945


-


Gain on contribution of property to unconsolidated joint venture

-


-


1,906


-


Interest and other income

(83)


(6)


1,644


35


Interest expense

(49,146)


(47,583)


(96,520)


(95,661)


Tax expense

(1,021)


(210)


(2,859)


(1,413)


Loss from early extinguishment of debt

(293)


(501)


(585)


(501)










Net Income

61,332


59,621


108,049


111,302











Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(993)


(1,145)


(1,798)


(2,115)










Net Income Attributable to Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

60,339


58,476


106,251


109,187











Preferred stock dividends

(18,829)


(11,399)


(30,555)


(19,453)










Net Income Available to Common Stockholders

$              41,510


$               47,077


$              75,696


$               89,734




















Net income per share available to common stockholders:









Basic

$                  0.31


$                  0.37


$                  0.58


$                   0.70


Diluted

$                  0.31


$                  0.37


$                  0.58


$                   0.70











Weighted average shares outstanding:









Basic

133,802,622


128,419,745


131,183,857


127,437,970


Diluted

133,977,885


128,623,076


131,320,547


127,627,496



Digital Realty Trust, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands)






June 30, 2014


December 31, 2013

ASSETS

(unaudited)







Investments in real estate




Properties:




Land

$            688,664


$                     693,791

Acquired ground leases

14,868


14,618

Buildings and improvements

9,056,305


8,680,677

Tenant improvements

500,392


490,492





Total investments in properties

10,260,229


9,879,578

Accumulated depreciation and amortization

(1,778,768)


(1,565,996)





Net investments in properties

8,481,461


8,313,582

Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures

92,619


70,504

Net investments in real estate

8,574,080


8,384,086

Cash and cash equivalents

80,926


56,808

Accounts and other receivables, net 

161,495


181,163

Deferred rent

436,443


393,504

Acquired above-market leases, net 

47,181


52,264

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

470,620


489,456

Deferred financing costs, net 

36,914


36,475

Restricted cash

39,778


40,362

Other assets

62,794


51,627





Total Assets

$         9,910,231


$                   9,685,745





LIABILITIES AND EQUITY








Global revolving credit facility

$            374,641


$                     724,668

Unsecured term loan

1,034,830


1,020,984

Unsecured senior notes, net of discount

2,897,068


2,364,232

Exchangeable senior debentures

-


266,400

Mortgage loans, net of premiums

552,696


585,608

Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

636,783


662,687

Accrued dividends and distributions

-


102,509

Acquired below-market leases, net

118,432


130,269

Security deposits and prepaid rents

161,500


181,876





Total Liabilities

5,775,950


6,039,233





Equity:




Stockholders' equity

4,091,722


3,610,516

Noncontrolling interests

42,559


35,996

Total Equity

4,134,281


3,646,512





Total Liabilities and Equity

$         9,910,231


$                   9,685,745



Digital Realty Trust, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of Net Income Available to Common Stockholders to Funds From Operations (FFO)

(in thousands, except per share and unit data)

(unaudited)










Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30, 2014

March 31, 2014

June 30, 2013


June 30, 2014


June 30, 2013

















Net income available to common stockholders

$        41,510

$          34,186

$        47,077


$        75,696


$        89,734

Adjustments:








Noncontrolling interests in operating partnership

873

693

936


1,566


1,760

Real estate related depreciation and amortization (1)

135,938

129,496

114,913


265,434


225,603

Real estate related depreciation and amortization related to investment in

   unconsolidated joint ventures

1,802

1,628

797


3,430


1,630

Gain on sale of property

(15,945)

-

-


(15,945)


-

Gain on contribution of properties to unconsolidated joint venture

-

(1,906)

-


(1,906)


-









FFO available to common stockholders and unitholders (2)

$      164,178

$        164,097

$      163,723


$      328,275


$      318,727









Basic FFO per share and unit

$            1.20

$              1.25

$            1.25


$            2.45


$            2.45

Diluted FFO per share and unit (2)

$            1.20

$              1.22

$            1.22


$            2.41


$            2.37









Weighted average common stock and units outstanding








Basic

136,615

131,143

130,974


133,894


129,937

Diluted (2)

137,912

138,162

137,787


137,979


137,676

















(1) Real estate related depreciation and amortization was computed as follows:








Depreciation and amortization per income statement

137,092

130,620

115,867


267,712


227,490

Non-real estate depreciation

(1,154)

(1,124)

(954)


(2,278)


(1,887)


$      135,938

$        129,496

$      114,913


$      265,434


$      225,603


(2) At June 30, 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 949 common shares on a weighted average basis for the six months ended June 30, 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, $266,400 and $266,400 of 5.50% exchangeable senior debentures due 2029 that were exchangeable for 1,122, 6,806 and 6,610 common shares on a weighted average basis for the three months ended  June 30, 2014, March 31, 2014 and June 30, 2013, respectively, and were exchangeable for 3,948 and 6,600 common shares on a weighted average basis for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2013, respectively.  See below for calculations of diluted FFO available to common stockholders and unitholders and weighted average common stock and units outstanding.




Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30, 2014

March 31, 2014

June 30, 2013


June 30, 2014


June 30, 2013









FFO available to common stockholders and unitholders

$      164,178

$        164,097

$      163,723


$      328,275


$      318,727









Add:  5.50% exchangeable senior debentures interest expense

675

4,050

4,050


4,725


8,100









FFO available to common stockholders and unitholders -- diluted

$      164,853

$        168,147

$      167,773


$      333,000


$      326,827

















Weighted average common stock and units outstanding

136,615

131,143

130,974


133,894


129,937

Add: Effect of dilutive securities (excluding series D convertible preferred stock

          and 5.50% exchangeable senior debentures)

175

213

203


137


190

Add: Effect of dilutive series D convertible preferred stock

-

-

-


-


949

Add: Effect of dilutive 5.50% exchangeable senior debentures

1,122

6,806

6,610


3,948


6,600

Weighted average common stock and units outstanding -- diluted

137,912

138,162

137,787


137,979


137,676

















Digital Realty Trust, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of Funds From Operations (FFO) to Core Funds From Operations (CFFO)

(in thousands, except per share and unit data)

(unaudited)










Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30, 2014

March 31, 2014

June 30, 2013


June 30, 2014


June 30, 2013









FFO available to common stockholders and unitholders -- diluted

$      164,853

$        168,147

$      167,773


$      333,000


$      326,827









Termination fees and other non-core revenues (3)

(873)

(2,047)

(140)


(2,920)


(388)

Gain on insurance settlement

-

-

(5,597)


-


(5,597)

Significant transaction expenses

755

81

1,491


836


3,254

Loss from early extinguishment of debt

293

292

501


585


501

Change in fair value of contingent consideration (4)

766

(3,403)

(370)


(2,637)


930

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)

651

-

17


651


53









CFFO available to common stockholders and unitholders -- diluted

$      166,705

$        176,343

$      163,675


$      343,048


$      325,580









Diluted CFFO per share and unit

$            1.21

$              1.28

$            1.19


$            2.49


$            2.36









(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 Sentrum Portfolio acquisition.

(5) Relates to severance charges 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.



Digital Realty Trust, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of Net Income Available to Common Stockholders to Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) and Adjusted EBITDA

(in thousands)

(unaudited)






Three Months Ended


June 30, 2014

March 31, 2014

June 30, 2013

Net income available to common stockholders

$        41,510

$          34,186

$        47,077





Interest

49,146

47,374

47,583

Loss from early extinguishment of debt

293

292

501

Taxes

1,021

1,838

210

Depreciation and amortization

137,092

130,620

115,867





EBITDA

229,062

214,310

211,238





Change in fair value of contingent consideration

766

(3,403)

(370)

Severance accrual and equity acceleration

260

12,430

-

Gain on sale of property

(15,945)

-

-

Gain on contribution of properties to unconsolidated joint venture

-

(1,906)

-

Noncontrolling interests

993

805

1,145

Preferred stock dividends

18,829

11,726

11,399





Adjusted EBITDA

$      233,965

$        233,962

$      223,412



A reconciliation of the range of 2014 projected net income to projected FFO and core FFO follows:




Low - High

Net income available to common stockholders per diluted share    

$1.07 – 1.17

       Add:


Real estate depreciation and amortization

$3.95

       Less:


Dilutive impact of exchangable debentures

($0.04)



Gain on sale/contributions

($0.23)



    Projected FFO per diluted share                 

$4.75– 4.85



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

$0.10



    Projected core FFO per diluted share                 

$4.85– 4.95



Funds From Operations

Digital Realty calculates 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) available to common stockholders and unitholders (computed in accordance with U.S. 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, it provides a performance measure that, when compared year over year, captures trends in occupancy rates, rental rates and operating costs.  Digital Realty also believes 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 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 CFFO, 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 CFFO by adding to or subtracting from FFO (i) termination fees and other non-core revenues, (ii) significant transaction expenses, (iii) loss from early extinguishment of debt, (iv) costs on redemption of preferred stock, (v) significant property tax adjustments, net and (vi) 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 CFFO as a measure of our performance is limited.  Other REITs may not calculate CFFO in a consistent manner.  Accordingly, our CFFO may not be comparable to other REITs' CFFO.  CFFO 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, 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, straight-line rent expense adjustment attributable to prior periods, 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, non-controlling interests, and preferred stock dividends. Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA excluding straight-line rent expense adjustment attributable to prior periods, 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, non-controlling 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.  

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 June 30, 2014, GAAP interest expense was $49.1 million, capitalized interest was $4.9 million and scheduled debt principal payments and preferred dividends was $21.8 million

Credit ratings may not reflect the potential impact of risks relating to the structure or trading of the company's securities and are provided solely for informational purposes. Credit ratings are not recommendations to buy, sell or hold any security, and may be revised or withdrawn at any time by the issuing organization in its sole discretion. The company does not undertake any obligation to maintain the ratings or to advise of any change in ratings. An agency's rating should be evaluated independently of any other agency's rating. An explanation of the significance of the ratings may be obtained from the rating agencies.

SOURCE Digital Realty Trust, Inc.



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