iStar Financial Announces First Quarter 2012 Results -- Net income (loss) allocable to common shareholders for the first quarter 2012 was ($55) million or ($0.66) per diluted common share.

-- Company completed new $880 million senior secured credit facilities.

-- Company retired $724 million of debt during the first quarter and had $610 million of cash, including cash reserved for debt repayment, at March 31, 2012.

NEW YORK, April 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- iStar Financial Inc. (NYSE: SFI) today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012.

First Quarter 2012 Results

iStar reported net income (loss) allocable to common shareholders for the first quarter of ($54.8) million, or ($0.66) per diluted common share, compared to $67.4 million, or $0.71 per diluted common share, for the first quarter 2011. The year-over-year decrease is primarily due to lower gains from early extinguishment of debt of $1.7 million versus $106.6 million for the same period last year, increased interest expense and higher provisions for loan losses and impairments. The decrease was partially offset by increased earnings from equity method investments and income from sales of residential property.

Prior to the effect of depreciation, loan loss provisions, impairments and gains on early extinguishment of debt, all of which are non-cash items, net income (loss) allocable to common shareholders for the first quarter was ($7.3) million, compared to ($5.0) million for the first quarter 2011. Please see the financial tables that follow the text of this press release for a reconciliation of these amounts to GAAP net income (loss) allocable to common shareholders.

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $95.1 million, compared to $90.4 million for the same period last year. The year-over-year improvement was primarily due to increases in earnings from equity method investments and income from sales of residential property, partially offset by lower revenue from a smaller asset base. Please see the financial tables that follow the text of this press release for the Company's calculation of Adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation to GAAP net income (loss).

During the first quarter, the Company generated $214.8 million of proceeds from its portfolio, comprised of $136.2 million in principal repayments, $51.4 million primarily from unit sales of other real estate owned (OREO) assets, $6.5 million from sales of net lease assets and $20.7 million from other investments. Additionally, the Company funded a total of $23.0 million of investments.

Capital Markets

As previously announced, during the quarter the Company entered into a new $880.0 million senior secured credit agreement comprised of a $410.0 million 2012 A-1 term loan tranche due March 2016 and a $470.0 million 2012 A-2 term loan tranche due March 2017. Proceeds from the new financing were used to repurchase $124.1 million of unsecured notes maturing in 2012 and to repay the $244.0 million remaining balance of its unsecured revolving credit facility due June 2012. The remaining debt proceeds will be used to refinance unsecured debt maturing in 2012.

In addition, during the quarter the Company repurchased $96.3 million of senior unsecured notes and repaid the remaining $169.7 million of its 5.15% senior unsecured notes due March 2012. Further, the Company repaid $89.8 million on the 2011 A-1 tranche of its secured credit facility, bringing the balance of the 2011 A-1 tranche to $871.8 million at the end of the quarter. Subsequent to quarter end, the Company repaid an additional $144.8 million on the 2011 A-1 tranche, thereby satisfying all minimum amortization requirements prior to the payment of any remaining balance at maturity in June 2013.

The Company's leverage was 2.7x at March 31, 2012, unchanged from the prior quarter. Please see the financial tables that follow the text of this press release for a calculation of the Company's leverage. The Company's weighted average effective cost of debt for the first quarter was 5.8%. At the end of the quarter, cash and cash equivalents, including cash reserved for repayment of indebtedness, totaled $609.7 million.

Portfolio Overview

At March 31, 2012, the Company's total portfolio had a carrying value of $6.82 billion, gross of general loan loss reserves. The portfolio was comprised of $2.67 billion of loans and other lending investments, $1.67 billion of net lease assets, $2.00 billion of owned real estate and $468.6 million of other investments.

At March 31, 2012, the Company's $2.01 billion of performing loans and other lending investments had a weighted average last dollar loan-to-value ratio of 76.0% and a weighted average maturity of 3.1 years. The performing loans consisted of 49.5% floating rate loans that generated a weighted average effective yield for the quarter of 5.8%, or approximately 550 basis points over the average one-month LIBOR rate for the quarter, and 50.5% fixed rate loans that generated a weighted average effective yield for the quarter of 8.3%. The weighted average risk rating of the Company's performing loans improved to 3.27, from 3.29 in the prior quarter. Included in the performing loan balance were $169.8 million of watch list assets, compared to $136.0 million in the prior quarter.

At March 31, 2012, the Company's non-performing loans (NPLs) had a carrying value of $662.7 million, net of $477.2 million of specific reserves. This compares to $771.2 million, net of $557.1 million of specific reserves, at the end of the prior quarter.

For the first quarter, the Company recorded $17.5 million in loan loss provision versus $16.0 million in the prior quarter. At March 31, 2012, loan loss reserves totaled $567.2 million or 18.0% of total gross carrying value of loans. This compares to loan loss reserves of $646.6 million or 18.5% of total gross carrying value of loans at December 31, 2011.

At the end of the quarter, the Company's $1.67 billion of net lease assets, net of $347.3 million of accumulated depreciation, were 91.2% leased with a weighted average remaining lease term of 12.4 years. The weighted average risk rating of the Company's net lease assets improved to 2.63, versus 2.67 in the prior quarter. The Company recorded $14.1 million of impairments within its net lease asset portfolio. During the quarter, the Company's occupied net lease assets generated a weighted average effective yield of 10.2% and the total net lease assets generated a weighted average effective yield of 9.1%.

At the end of the quarter, the Company's $2.00 billion owned real estate portfolio was comprised of $775.9 million of OREO and $1.23 billion of real estate held for investment (REHI). The Company's OREO assets are considered held for sale based on management's current intention to market and sell the assets in the near term, while management's current intent and strategy is to hold, operate or develop its REHI assets over a longer term.

During the quarter, the Company took title to properties with a carrying value of $140.4 million. The Company also recorded $2.5 million of impairments within its OREO portfolio. For the quarter, the Company recorded $14.4 million of revenue and $6.7 million of income from sales of residential property units within its owned real estate portfolio during the quarter, offset by $22.1 million of net expenses. In addition, the Company funded $10.8 million of capital expenditures associated with its owned real estate portfolio.

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iStar Financial Inc. (NYSE: SFI) is a fully-integrated finance and investment company focused on the commercial real estate industry. The Company provides custom-tailored investment capital to high-end private and corporate owners of real estate and invests directly across a range of real estate sectors. The Company, which is taxed as a real estate investment trust ("REIT"), has invested more than $35 billion over the past two decades. Additional information on iStar Financial is available on the Company's website at www.istarfinancial.com.

iStar Financial will hold a quarterly earnings conference call at 10:00 a.m. ET today, April 27, 2012. This conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by all interested parties through iStar Financial's website, www.istarfinancial.com, under the "Investor Relations" section. To listen to the live call, please go to the website's "Investor Relations" section at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software. For those who are not available to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the call on the iStar Financial website.

(Note: Statements in this press release which are not historical fact may be deemed forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Although iStar Financial Inc. believes the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, the Company can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from iStar Financial Inc.'s expectations include the Company's ability to generate liquidity and to repay indebtedness as it comes due, additional loan loss provisions, the amount and timing of asset sales (including OREO assets), increases in NPLs, repayment levels, the Company's ability to reduce its indebtedness, the Company's ability to maintain compliance with its debt covenants, economic conditions, the availability of liquidity for commercial real estate transactions and other risks detailed from time to time in iStar Financial Inc.'s SEC reports.)

  







iStar Financial Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands)

(unaudited)




Three Months Ended




March 31,





2012

2011

REVENUES












Interest income




$37,203

$60,768

Operating lease income   




41,211

40,799

Other income




16,286

8,675

     Total revenues




$94,700

$110,242







COSTS AND EXPENSES












Interest expense




$86,143

$69,344

Operating costs - net lease assets 



3,164

4,288

Operating costs - REHI and OREO



22,074

17,788

Depreciation and amortization



17,175

15,474

General and administrative(1)



22,845

24,400

Provision for loan losses



17,500

10,881

Impairment of assets



15,504

1,490

Other expense



453

2,722

     Total costs and expenses



$184,858

$146,387







Income (loss) before earnings from equity method investments 



     and other items



($90,158)

($36,145)

     Gain on early extinguishment of debt, net


1,704

106,604

     Earnings from equity method investments


34,786

24,932

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

($53,668)

$95,391

     Income tax expense


(1,271)

(11,052)

Income (loss) from continuing operations


($54,939)

$84,339

     Income (loss) from discontinued operations 


(248)

(437)

     Gain from discontinued operations



2,406

-

     Income from sales of residential property


6,733

-

Net income (loss)




($46,048)

$83,902

     Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

(25)

(430)

Net income (loss) attributable to iStar Financial Inc.


($46,073)

$83,472

     Preferred dividends


(10,580)

(10,580)

      Net (income) loss allocable to HPUs and 




     Participating Security holders(2)


1,861

(5,472)

Net income (loss) allocable to common shareholders

($54,792)

$67,420







(1) For the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, includes $4,666 and $4,155 of stock-based compensation expense, respectively. 

(2) HPU Holders are current and former Company employees who purchased high performance common stock units under the Company's High Performance Unit Program. Participating Security holders are Company employees and directors who hold unvested restricted stock units and common stock equivalents under the Company's LTIP that are currently eligible to receive dividends.

  








iStar Financial Inc.


Earnings Per Share Information


(In thousands, except per share amounts)


(unaudited)












Three Months Ended





March 31,






2012

2011


EPS INFORMATION FOR COMMON SHARES














Income (loss) attributable to iStar Financial Inc.




    from continuing operations(1) 





Basic




($0.69)

$0.73


Diluted




($0.69)

$0.71


Net income (loss) attributable to iStar Financial Inc.





Basic




($0.66)

$0.73


Diluted




($0.66)

$0.71


Weighted average shares outstanding





Basic




83,556

92,458


Diluted




83,556

94,609









Common shares outstanding at end of period


84,358

92,472









EPS INFORMATION FOR HPU SHARES












Income (loss) attributable to iStar Financial Inc. 





    from continuing operations(1) 





Basic




($128.81)

$138.80


Diluted




($128.81)

$135.87


Net income (loss) attributable to iStar Financial Inc. 





Basic




($124.07)

$138.00


Diluted




($124.07)

$135.07


Weighted average shares outstanding





      Basic and diluted



15

15









(1) Adjusted for preferred dividends, net (income) loss from noncontrolling interests and income from sales of residential property. 




  








iStar Financial Inc.




Consolidated Balance Sheets




(In thousands)




(unaudited)





As of


As of





March 31, 2012


December 31, 2011




ASSETS














Loans and other lending investments, net

$2,596,400


$2,860,762




Net lease assets, net

1,668,552


1,702,764




Real estate held for investment, net

1,228,733


1,228,134




Other real estate owned

775,899


677,458




Other investments

468,646


457,835




Assets held for sale

5,737


-




Cash and cash equivalents

126,859


356,826




Restricted cash

524,174


32,630




Accrued interest and operating lease income receivable, net

15,297


16,878




Deferred operating lease income receivable

74,338


72,074




Deferred expenses and other assets, net

105,263


112,476




Total assets

$7,589,898


$7,517,837











LIABILITIES AND EQUITY














Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities

$114,516


$106,693











Debt obligations, net:







   Secured credit facilities

3,156,772


2,393,240




   Unsecured senior notes

2,419,062


2,805,817




   Secured term loans

294,400


296,643




   Unsecured credit facility

-


243,650




   Other debt obligations

98,201


98,190




     Total debt obligations, net

5,968,435


5,837,540











     Total liabilities

$6,082,951


$5,944,233











Total iStar Financial Inc. shareholders' equity

1,462,099


1,528,356




Noncontrolling interests

44,848


45,248




Total equity

$1,506,947


$1,573,604











Total liabilities and equity

$7,589,898


$7,517,837











  










iStar Financial Inc.




Supplemental Information




(In thousands)




(unaudited)







Three Months Ended







March 31,








2012

2011




NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

















Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA







Net income (loss) 




($46,048)

$83,902




Add: Interest expense 


86,143

69,634




Add: Income tax expense


1,271

11,052




Add: Depreciation and amortization


17,238

15,933




EBITDA




$58,604

$180,521




Add: Provision for loan losses


17,500

10,881




Add: Impairment of assets


16,024

1,464




Add: Stock-based compensation expense


4,666

4,155




Less: Gain on early extinguishment of debt, net


(1,704)

(106,604)




Adjusted EBITDA(1)



$95,090

$90,417













Reconciliation of Adjustments to Net Income Allocable to Common Shareholders






Net income (loss) allocable to common shareholders


($54,792)

$67,420




Add: Depreciation and amortization


17,238

15,933




Add: Provision for loan losses


17,500

10,881




Add: Impairment of assets


16,024

1,464




Less: Gain on early extinguishment of debt, net


(1,704)

(106,604)




Less: HPU/Participating Security allocation adjustment

(1,611)

5,880




Net income (loss) allocable to common shareholders, as adjusted(1)

($7,345)

($5,026)













(1) Adjusted EBITDA and net income (loss) allocable to common shareholders after giving effect to these adjustments should be examined in conjunction with net income (loss) as shown in the Consolidated Statements of Operations. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as an alternative to net income (determined in accordance with GAAP) as an indicator of the Company's performance, or to cash flows from operating activities (determined in accordance with GAAP) as a measure of the Company's liquidity, nor are they indicative of funds available to fund the Company's cash needs or available for distribution to shareholders. It should be noted that the Company's manner of calculating these non-GAAP financial measures may differ from the calculations of similarly-titled measures by other companies. Management believes that it is useful to consider EBITDA and net income excluding the adjustments shown above because the adjustments are non-cash items that do not necessarily reflect an actual change in the long-term economic value or performance of our assets. Management considers these non-GAAP financial measures as supplemental information to net income in analyzing the performance of our underlying business. Depreciation and amortization and impairment of assets exclude adjustments from discontinued operations of $63 and $520, respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2012. Interest expense, depreciation and amortization, and impairment of assets exclude adjustments from discontinued operations of $290, $459 and ($26), respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2011.




  







iStar Financial Inc.





Supplemental Information





(In thousands)





(unaudited)






Three Months Ended






March 31, 2012





OPERATING STATISTICS












Return on Average Common Book Equity






Average total book equity

$1,495,228





Less: Average book value of preferred equity 

(506,176)





Average common book equity (A)

$989,052











Net income (loss) allocable to common shareholders, HPU holders and 






     Participating Security holders

($56,653)





     Annualized(B)

($226,612)





Return on Average Common Book Equity (B) / (A)

Neg











Expense Ratio






General and administrative expenses - annualized (C) 

$91,380





Average total assets (D) 

$7,553,868





Expense Ratio (C) / (D)

1.2%











Interest Coverage






Adjusted EBITDA(A)

$95,090





Interest expense and preferred dividends (B)

$96,723





Adjusted EBITDA / Interest Expense and Preferred Dividends (A) / (B)

1.0x












As of






March 31, 2012





Leverage






Book debt

$5,968,435





Less: Cash and cash equivalents, including cash reserved for repayment of indebtedness

(609,748)





Net book debt (E)

$5,358,687











Book equity

$1,506,947





Add: Accumulated depreciation

411,837





Add: General loan loss reserves

74,300





Sum of book equity, accumulated depreciation and general loan loss reserves (F)

$1,993,084





Leverage(E) / (F)

2.7x











  












iStar Financial Inc.

Supplemental Information

(In thousands)

(unaudited)










As of










March 31, 2012

UNFUNDED COMMITMENTS






















Performance-based commitments










$64,673

Discretionary fundings










128,008

Strategic investments










25,375

Total Unfunded Commitments










$218,056












UNENCUMBERED ASSETS / UNSECURED DEBT






















Unencumbered assets (A)










$3,855,103

Unsecured debt (B)










$2,535,675

Unencumbered Assets / Unsecured Debt (A) / (B)










1.5x












LOANS AND OTHER LENDING INVESTMENTS CREDIT STATISTICS























As of






March 31, 2012


December 31, 2011

Carrying value of NPLs /









   As a percentage of total carrying value of loans


$662,732

25.7 %


$771,196


27.1 %












NPL asset specific reserves for loan losses /








   As a percentage of gross carrying value of NPLs(1)

$477,179

41.9 %


$557,129


41.9 %












Total reserve for loan losses /









     As a percentage of total gross carrying value of loans(1)



$567,179

18.0 %


$646,624


18.5 %










(1) Gross carrying value represents iStar's carrying value of loans, gross of loan loss reserves.














  

iStar Financial Inc.

Supplemental Information

(In millions)

(unaudited)
















PORTFOLIO STATISTICS AS OF MARCH 31, 2012(1)


























Asset Type












Total


% of Total

First Mortgages / Senior Loans











$2,125


31.2%

Net Lease Assets












1,674


24.5%

Real Estate Held for Investment











1,229


18.0%

Other Real Estate Owned












776


11.4%

Mezzanine / Subordinated Debt











545


8.0%

Other Investments












469


6.9%

Total












$6,818


100.0%
















Geography












Total


% of Total

West












$1,631


23.9%

Northeast












1,222


17.9%

Southeast












1,021


15.0%

Southwest












845


12.4%

Mid-Atlantic












674


9.9%

Various












543


8.0%

Central












370


5.4%

International












282


4.1%

Northwest












230


3.4%

Total












$6,818


100.0%
















Property Type


Performing
Loans


Net Lease

Assets


NPLs


REHI


OREO


Total


% of Total

Land


$206


$56


$211


$803


$118


$1,394


20.4%

Apartment / Residential


458


-


142


25


491


1,116


16.4%

Retail


351


158


67


153


70


799


11.7%

Office


116


473


38


70


3


700


10.3%

Industrial / R&D


87


471


8


49


1


616


9.0%

Entertainment / Leisure


78


422


81


-


-


581


8.5%

Hotel


304


94


110


42


16


566


8.3%

Mixed Use / Mixed Collateral

237


-


-


87


77


401


5.9%

Other Property Types


170


-


6


-


-


176


2.6%

Other Investments


-


-


-


-


-


469


6.9%

Total


$2,007


$1,674


$663


$1,229


$776


$6,818


100.0%
















(1) Based on carrying value of the Company's total investment portfolio, gross of general loan loss reserves.






 

SOURCE iStar Financial Inc.



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