Global Net Lease Announces Operating Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015

26 Feb, 2016, 06:00 ET from Global Net Lease, Inc.

NEW YORK, Feb. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Net Lease, Inc. (NYSE: GNL) ("GNL" or the "Company"), a real estate investment trust focused on acquiring and managing a diversified global portfolio of single tenant net lease commercial properties, announced today its financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2015.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Results and Highlights

  • Net Income attributable to stockholders of $12.8 million
  • Net Operating Income ("NOI") of $48.7 million
  • NAREIT defined Funds from Operations ("FFO") of $36.7 million, or $0.21 per fully diluted share
  • Core Funds from Operations ("Core-FFO") of $33.6 million, or $0.20 per fully diluted share
  • Adjusted Funds from Operations ("AFFO") of $30.7 million, or $0.18 per fully diluted share
  • Appointed Tim Salvemini to serve as Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Secretary, effective as of December 1, 2015
  • Included in MSCI US REIT Index in November 2015

For the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company recognized total revenues of approximately $56.0 million, an increase of 11.5% over total revenues of $50.3 million reported in the prior quarter. The increase in total revenues for the period was offset by approximately $2.4 million true-up adjustments recorded in the current quarter related to non-billable operating expenses and income taxes as well as other non-recurring items.  Excluding these items result in a go-forward run-rate of $0.20 cents per share for the 4th quarter, or $0.80 cents per share on a full-year run rate, representing a dividend payout ratio of 89%.

As a result of the significant increase in the property portfolio during 2014, the Company does not believe an evaluation of results for this quarterly period against the fourth quarter 2014 provides a meaningful comparison.

Full Year 2015 Results and Highlights

  • NOI of $187.2 million
  • NAREIT defined FFO of $88.5 million
  • Core FFO of $127.7 million
  • AFFO of $122.9 million
  • Paid total dividends of $127 million during 2015, inclusive of $28.6 million under the Dividend Reinvestment Program ("DRIP")
  • Subsequent to year-end, the Company paid down $20.0 million on its outstanding line of credit
  • Completed $255 million in acquisitions at an average cap rate of 8.2%

"We are pleased to report strong results for the fourth quarter and full year 2015 built on a foundation of our best-in-class portfolio," commented Scott Bowman, Chief Executive Officer and President of GNL. "This was a transformative year for GNL, as we listed on the NYSE in June, were added to the MSCI US REIT index in November, and were SOX compliant as of the end of 2015.  As we head into 2016, we have a strong and flexible balance sheet that positions GNL well for future success."

2016 Outlook

  • 2016 AFFO guidance in the range of $0.78-$0.83 per share; midpoint $0.805 per share represents a year over year increase of 12%
  • Maintain dividend of $0.71 per share on an annualized basis, representing a yield of 8.9% based on the Company's closing stock price on December 31, 2015
  • Utilize our strong teams in the US and Europe to exploit various market cycles, including accretive buy and sell opportunities as well as capital market opportunities
  • We plan to recycle $100 to $150 million in assets over the remainder of 2016 to fine tune portfolio, using proceeds for new accretive acquisitions and debt reduction
  • Opportunistically access the public markets over the next 12-18 months to broaden our debt structure, which will allow GNL to reduce its reliance on its corporate debt facility including adding unsecured debt to our debt stack while laddering out maturities

Property Portfolio Composition at December 31, 2015

The Company's diversified property portfolio consisted of 329 net lease assets located in 5 countries and comprising 18.7 million total square feet leased to 86 tenants across 36 industries. The real estate portfolio attributes included:

  • 100% Occupancy
  • 73% of NOI derived from investment grade rated or implied investment grade rated tenants
  • 89% of portfolio NOI with contractual rent increases
  • 60% U.S. and 40% Europe (based on purchase price)
  • 54% Office, 30% Industrial / Distribution and 15% Retail (based on an annualized NOI and is based on foreign currency exchange rates as of December 31, 2015)
  • Weighted average remaining portfolio lease term of 11.3 years

Mr. Bowman continued, "In 2015, we acquired $255 million in assets, further enhancing our portfolio of mission critical properties with long duration leases to largely investment grade tenants. We continue to see attractive investment opportunities in the U.S. and Europe and remain focused on building our global portfolio. As we look forward, we plan to recycle between $100-$150 million in assets through the end of 2016 while continuing to fine tune our portfolio, manage leverage, and enhance our strong balance sheet."

Capital Structure and Liquidity Resources

At December 31, 2015, the Company had $69.9 million of cash and cash equivalents and $22.7 million available under its revolving credit facility based on foreign exchange rates as of December 31, 2015. The Company's net debt to enterprise value was 46.8% with enterprise value of $2.5 billion based on the December 31, 2015 closing share price of $7.95 and total combined debt of $1.2 billion at year end, including $531.7 million of outstanding mortgage debt.

As of December 31, 2015, the Company's total combined debt had a weighted average interest rate cost of 2.5%, consisting of 63.4% fixed rate[1] and 36.6% floating rate debt, resulting in an interest coverage ratio of 5.5x.

"Our results reinforce GNL's position as a best in class real estate investment trust with an investment grade quality balance sheet," said Tim Salvemini, Chief Financial Officer of GNL.  "Our unique strategy to source acquisitions and debt in the U.S. and strong markets in Western Europe generate accretive spreads between cost of debt and acquisition cap rates, results in an enhanced interest coverage ratio and provides the company with a unique competitive advantage."

Conference Call

GNL will host a conference call on February 26, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. ET to discuss financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full year 2015.

Dial-in instructions for the conference call and the replay are outlined below. This conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by all interested parties through the GNL website, www.globalnetlease.com, in the "Investor Relations" section.

To listen to the live call, please go to GNL's "Investor Relations" section of the website at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register and download any necessary audio software. For those who are not able to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the call on the GNL website at www.globalnetlease.com.

Conference Call Details

Live Call

Dial-In (Toll Free): 1-888-317-6003

International Dial In (Toll Free): 1-412-317-6061

Canada Dial In (Toll Free): 1-866-284-3684

Participant Elite Entry Number: 0499766

Conference Replay*

Domestic Dial In (Toll Free): 1-877-344-7529

International Dial In (Toll Free): 1-412-317-0088

Canada Dial In (Toll Free): 1-855-669-9658

Conference Number: 10081202

*Available one hour after the end of the conference call through May 25, 2016.

(Participants will be required to state their name and company upon entering call.)

Supplemental Schedules

The Company will file supplemental information packages with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") to provide additional disclosure and financial information. Once posted, the supplemental package can be found under the "Presentations" tab in the Investor Relations section of GNL's website at www.globalnetlease.com and on the SEC website at www.sec.gov.

About Global Net Lease, Inc.

Global Net Lease, Inc. (NYSE: GNL) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust listed on the NYSE focused on acquiring and managing a diversified global portfolio of commercial properties, with an emphasis on sale-leaseback transactions involving single tenant, mission critical, income producing, net-leased assets across the United States, Western and Northern Europe. Additional information about GNL can be found on its website at www.globalnetlease.com.

Important Notice

The statements in this press release that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to be materially different.  Forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements regarding stockholder liquidity and investment value and returns. The words "anticipates," "believes," "expects," "estimates," "projects," "plans," "intends," "may," "will," "would" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words.  Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements, including those set forth in the Risk Factors section of GNL's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on April 3, 2015, the Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed for the quarters ended March 31, 2015, June 30, 2015 and November 30, 2015, filed on May 18, 2015, August 10, 2015 and November 10, 2015 and in future filings with the SEC. Further, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and GNL undertakes no obligation to update or reverse any forward-looking statement to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events on changes to future operating results, unless required to do so by law.

The discussion regarding 2016 projected Pro Forma Run Rate AFFO includes estimated projections of future operating results. These projections were not prepared in accordance with published guidelines of the SEC or the guidelines established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for preparation and presentation of financial projections. This information is not fact and should not be relied upon as being necessarily indicative of future results; the projections were prepared in good faith by management and are based on numerous assumptions that may prove to be wrong. Important factors that may affect actual results and cause the projections to not be achieved include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties relating to the company and other factors described under "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or Current Reports on Form 8-K and "Forward-Looking Statements." The projections also reflect assumptions as to certain business decisions that are subject to change. As a result, actual results may differ materially from those contained in the estimates. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that the estimates will be realized.

 

Global Net Lease, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

December 31,

December 31,

2015

2014

(Unaudited)

Assets

Real estate investments, at cost:

Land

$                341,911

$                326,696

Buildings, fixtures and improvements

1,685,919

1,519,558

Construction in progress

180

9,706

Acquired intangible lease assets

518,294

484,079

Total real estate investments, at cost

2,546,304

2,340,039

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization

(133,329)

(42,568)

Total real estate investments, net

2,412,975

2,297,471

Cash and cash equivalents

69,938

64,684

Restricted cash

3,319

6,104

Derivatives, at fair value

5,812

13,638

Investment securities, at fair value

-

490

Prepaid expenses and other assets

38,393

24,873

Due from affiliates

136

500

Deferred tax assets

2,890

2,102

Goodwill and other intangible assets, net

2,988

3,665

Deferred financing costs, net

11,855

15,270

Total Assets

$              2,548,306

$              2,428,797

Liabilities and Equity

Mortgage notes payable

$                 531,708

$                 281,186

Mortgage premium, net

676

1,165

Credit facility

717,286

659,268

Below-market lease liabilities, net

27,978

21,676

Derivatives, at fair value

6,028

6,115

Listing note, at fair value

-

-

Due to affiliates

399

400

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

22,783

15,692

Prepaid rent

15,491

12,252

Taxes payable

4,530

3,665

Deferred tax liability

424

-

Dividends payable

407

10,709

Total liabilities

1,327,710

1,012,128

Commitments and contingencies

Equity:

Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 50,000,000 authorized, none issued and outstanding at December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014

-

-

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 300,000,000 shares authorized, 168,936,633 and 177,933,175 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively

1,692

1,782

Additional paid-in capital

1,480,162

1,575,592

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(3,649)

(5,589)

Accumulated deficit

(272,335)

(155,116)

Total stockholders' equity

1,205,870

1,416,669

Non-controlling interest

14,726

-

Total equity

1,220,596

1,416,669

Total Liabilities and Equity

$              2,548,306

$              2,428,797

 

Three Months Ended 

Year Ended

December 31, 2015

September 30, 2015

December 31, 2014

December 31, 2015

December 31, 2014

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Revenues:

Rental income

$            52,118

$            47,836

$            42,220

$      194,620

$             88,158

Operating expense reimbursements

3,925

2,416

4,086

10,712

5,225

Total revenues

56,043

50,252

46,306

205,332

93,383

Expenses:

Property operating

7,389

3,355

5,500

18,180

7,947

Operating fees to affiliates

4,956

4,902

376

15,167

797

Acquisition and transaction related

76

4,680

29,615

6,053

83,498

Listing fees

150

-

-

18,653

-

Change in fair value of listing note 

(3,380)

(1,050)

-

-

-

General and administrative

1,537

2,014

2,187

7,175

4,314

Equity based compensation

(90)

1,917

(98)

2,345

-

Depreciation and amortization

23,918

22,949

13,267

90,070

40,387

Total expenses

34,556

38,767

50,847

172,123

136,943

Operating income (loss)

21,487

11,485

(4,541)

33,209

(43,560)

Other income (expense):

Interest expense

(10,065)

(9,041)

(6,467)

(34,864)

(14,852)

Income from investments

-

8

14

15

14

Gains on foreign currency

-

-

570

-

(186)

Realized losses on investment securities

-

(66)

-

(66)

-

Gains on derivative instruments

1,150

2,310

1,282

3,935

1,881

Gains on hedges and derivatives deemed ineffective

2,679

1,505

1,387

5,124

1,387

Unrealized losses on non-functional foreign currency advances not designated as net investment hedges

(623)

-

-

(3,558)

-

Other income (expense)

64

(10)

88

79

291

Total other expense, net

(6,795)

(5,294)

(3,126)

(29,335)

(11,465)

Net income (loss) before income taxes

14,692

6,191

(7,667)

3,874

(55,025)

Income tax (expense) benefit

(1,766)

(703)

2,459

(5,412)

1,431

Net income (loss)

12,926

5,488

(5,208)

(1,538)

(53,594)

Non-controlling interest

(137)

(56)

-

(50)

-

Net income (loss) attributable to stockholders

$            12,789

$              5,432

$            (5,208)

$        (1,588)

$          (53,594)

Basic Earnings Per Share:

Basic net income (loss) per share attributable to stockholders

$                0.07

$                0.03

$              (0.03)

$          (0.01)

$              (0.43)

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

168,936,633

168,948,345

177,414,574

174,309,894

126,079,369

Diluted Earnings Per Share:

Diluted net income (loss) per share attributable to stockholders

$                0.07

$                0.03

$              (0.03)

$          (0.01)

$               (0.43)

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

168,936,633

169,136,283

177,414,574

174,309,894

126,079,369

 

Global Net Lease, Inc.

Quarterly Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures (Unaudited)

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

Three Months Ended 

Year Ended

March 31, 2015

June 30, 2015

September 30, 2015

December 31, 2015

December 31, 2015

Net income (loss) attributable to stockholders (in accordance with GAAP)

$                   25,855

$             (45,664)

$                      5,432

$                  12,789

$                    (1,588)

Depreciation and amortization

21,114

22,089

22,949

23,918

90,070

FFO (as defined by NAREIT) attributable to stockholders

46,969

(23,575)

28,381

36,707

88,482

Acquisition and transaction fees

1,085

212

4,680

76

6,053

Listing fees

-

18,503

-

150

18,653

Vesting of Class B units upon listing

-

14,480

-

-

14,480

Change in fair value of listing note

-

4,430

(1,050)

(3,380)

-

Core FFO

48,054

14,050

32,011

33,553

127,668

Non-cash equity based compensation

8

510

1,917

(90)

2,345

Non-cash portion of interest expense

1,944

1,994

2,306

2,365

8,609

Class B distributions

124

309

(94)

-

339

Nonrecurring general and administrative expenses (1)

-

-

188

302

490

Straight-line rent

(4,439)

(3,437)

(3,697)

(3,236)

(14,809)

Amortization of above- and below- market leases and ground lease assets and liabilities, net

109

101

94

(52)

252

Realized losses on investment securities

-

-

66

-

66

(Gains) losses on on hedges and derivatives deemed ineffective

(1,448)

508

(1,505)

(2,679)

(5,124)

Unrealized (gains) losses on non-functional foreign currency advances not designated as net investment hedges

(8,907)

11,842

-

623

3,558

Amortization of mortgage premium

(42)

(202)

(123)

(122)

(489)

AFFO

$                  35,403

$              25,675

$                    31,163

$                  30,664

$                  122,905

(1)

Represents our estimate of non-recurring internal audit service fees associated with our SOX readiness efforts and other non-recurring charges.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

These non-GAAP financial measures are not intended as alternative measures of operating results or cash flow from operations as determined in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"). Funds from Operations ("FFO"), Core Funds from Operations ("Core FFO") and AFFO are calculated using inputs which are computed in accordance with GAAP.

Funds from Operations, Core Funds from Operations and Adjusted Funds from Operations

Due to certain unique operating characteristics of real estate companies, as discussed below, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT"), an industry trade group, has promulgated a measure known as FFO, which we believe to be an appropriate supplemental measure to reflect the operating performance of a REIT. The use of FFO is recommended by the REIT industry as a supplemental performance measure. FFO is not equivalent to net income or loss as determined under GAAP.

We define FFO, a non-GAAP measure, consistent with the standards established by the White Paper on FFO approved by the Board of Governors of NAREIT, as revised in February 2004 (the "White Paper"). The White Paper defines FFO as net income or loss computed in accordance with GAAP, excluding gains or losses from sales of property but including asset impairment writedowns, plus depreciation and amortization, and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. Adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures are calculated to reflect FFO. Our FFO calculation complies with NAREIT's definition.

The historical accounting convention used for real estate assets requires straight-line depreciation of buildings and improvements, and straight-line amortization of intangibles, which implies that the value of a real estate asset diminishes predictably over time, especially if not adequately maintained or repaired and renovated as required by relevant circumstances or as requested or required by lessees for operational purposes in order to maintain the value disclosed. We believe that, because real estate values historically rise and fall with market conditions, including inflation, interest rates, the business cycle, unemployment and consumer spending, presentations of operating results for a REIT using historical accounting for depreciation and certain other items may be less informative. Historical accounting for real estate involves the use of GAAP. Any other method of accounting for real estate such as the fair value method cannot be construed to be any more accurate or relevant than the comparable methodologies of real estate valuation found in GAAP. Nevertheless, we believe that the use of FFO, which excludes the impact of real estate related depreciation and amortization, among other things, provides a more complete understanding of our performance to investors and to management, and when compared year over year, reflects the impact on our operations from trends in occupancy rates, rental rates, operating costs, general and administrative expenses, and interest costs, which may not be immediately apparent from net income. However, FFO, Core FFO and AFFO, as described below, should not be construed to be more relevant or accurate than the current GAAP methodology in calculating net income or in its applicability in evaluating our operating performance. The method utilized to evaluate the value and performance of real estate under GAAP should be construed as a more relevant measure of operational performance and considered more prominently than the non-GAAP FFO, Core FFO and AFFO measures and the adjustments to GAAP in calculating FFO, Core FFO and AFFO. Other REITs may not define FFO in accordance with the current NAREIT definition (as we do) or may interpret the current NAREIT definition differently than we do and/or calculate Core FFO and/or AFFO differently than we do. Consequently, our presentation of FFO, Core FFO and AFFO may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures presented by other REITs.

We consider FFO, Core FFO and AFFO useful indicators of our performance. Because FFO calculations exclude such factors as depreciation and amortization of real estate assets and gains or losses from sales of operating real estate assets (which can vary among owners of identical assets in similar conditions based on historical cost accounting and useful-life estimates), FFO facilitates comparisons of operating performance between periods and between other REITs in our peer group.

Changes in the accounting and reporting promulgations under GAAP (for acquisition fees and expenses from a capitalization/depreciation model to an expensed-as-incurred model) that were put into effect in 2009 and other changes to GAAP accounting for real estate subsequent to the establishment of NAREIT's definition of FFO have prompted an increase in cash-settled expenses, specifically acquisition fees and expenses for all industries as items that are expensed under GAAP, that are typically accounted for as operating expenses.

Core FFO is FFO, excluding acquisition and transaction related costs as well as certain other costs that are considered to be non-core, such as charges relating to the Listing Note and listing related fees. The purchase of properties, and the corresponding expenses associated with that process, is a key operational feature of our business plan to generate operational income and cash flows in order to make dividend payments to stockholders. In evaluating investments in real estate, we differentiate the costs to acquire the investment from the operations derived from the investment. By excluding expensed acquisition and transaction related costs as well as non-core costs, we believe Core FFO provides useful supplemental information that is comparable for each type of real estate investment and is consistent with management's analysis of the investing and operating performance of our properties.

We exclude certain income or expense items from AFFO that we consider more reflective of investing activities, other non-cash income and expense items and the income and expense effects of other activities that are not a fundamental attribute of our business plan. These items include unrealized gains and losses, which may not ultimately be realized, such as gains or losses on contingent valuation rights, gains and losses on investments and early extinguishment of debt. We also exclude dividends on Class B OP Units as the related shares are assumed to have converted to common stock in our calculation of fully diluted weighted average shares of common stock. In addition, by excluding non-cash income and expense items such as amortization of above-market and below-market leases intangibles, amortization of deferred financing costs, straight-line rent and equity-based compensation from AFFO, we believe we provide useful information regarding income and expense items which have no cash impact and do not provide liquidity to the company or require capital resources of the company. By providing AFFO, we believe we are presenting useful information that assists investors and analysts to better assess the sustainability of our ongoing operating performance without the impacts of transactions that are not related to the ongoing profitability of our portfolio of properties. We also believe that AFFO is a recognized measure of sustainable operating performance by the REIT industry. Further, we believe AFFO is useful in comparing the sustainability of our operating performance with the sustainability of the operating performance of other real estate companies that are not making a significant number of acquisitions. Investors are cautioned that AFFO should only be used to assess the sustainability of our operating performance excluding these activities, as it excludes certain costs that have a negative effect on our operating performance during the periods in which these costs are incurred.

In calculating AFFO, we exclude certain expenses, which under GAAP are characterized as operating expenses in determining operating net income. These expenses are paid in cash by us, and therefore such funds will not be available to distribute to investors. All paid and accrued merger, acquisition and transaction related fees and certain other expenses negatively impact our operating performance during the period in which expenses are incurred or properties are acquired will also have negative effects on returns to investors, the ability to fund dividends or distributions in the future, and cash flows generated by us, unless earnings from operations or net sales proceeds from the disposition of other properties are generated to cover the purchase price of the property and certain other expenses. AFFO that excludes such costs and expenses would only be comparable to companies that did not have such activities. Further, under GAAP, certain contemplated non-cash fair value and other non-cash adjustments are considered operating non-cash adjustments to net income in determining cash flow from operating activities. In addition, we view fair value adjustments as items which are unrealized and may not ultimately be realized. We view both gains and losses from fair value adjustments as items which are not reflective of ongoing operations and are therefore typically adjusted for when assessing operating performance. Excluding income and expense items detailed above from our calculation of AFFO provides information consistent with management's analysis of the operating performance of the properties. Additionally, fair value adjustments, which are based on the impact of current market fluctuations and underlying assessments of general market conditions, but can also result from operational factors such as rental and occupancy rates, may not be directly related or attributable to our current operating performance. By excluding such changes that may reflect anticipated and unrealized gains or losses, we believe AFFO provides useful supplemental information.

As a result, we believe that the use of FFO, Core FFO and AFFO, together with the required GAAP presentations, provide a more complete understanding of our performance relative to our peers and a more informed and appropriate basis on which to make decisions involving operating, financing, and investing activities.

The table above presents the items deducted or added to net income in our calculation of FFO, Core FFO and AFFO for the periods indicated. Management believes these Non-GAAP measures are more meaningful to the users of our financial statements given our Listing.

[1] Inclusive of floating rate debt with in place rate hedges allowing debt to effectively act as fixed.

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