Liberty Property Trust Announces Second Quarter Results

Jul 24, 2012, 08:00 ET from Liberty Property Trust

MALVERN, Pa., July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Liberty Property Trust (NYSE: LRY) reported that funds from operations available to common shareholders (diluted) ("FFO") for the second quarter of 2012 was $0.63 per share, compared to $0.69 per share for the same period in 2011. Funds from operations for the second quarter of 2012 include lease termination fees of $0.7 million.

FFO per share for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012 was $1.31, compared to $1.34 per share for the same period in 2011. 

Net income per common share (diluted) was $0.29 per share for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, compared to $0.74 per share (diluted) for the quarter ended June 30, 2011. Net income for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012 was $0.61 per share, compared with $0.99 per share for the same period in 2011. Net income for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and June 30, 2011 includes net gains on property dispositions of $3.3 million ($0.03 per share) and $50.5 million ($0.44 per share) respectively, and net income for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and June 30, 2011 includes net gains on property dispositions of $4.9 million ($0.04 per share) and $52.1 million ($0.45 per share), respectively.

"Liberty's execution in the second quarter was exceptional on all fronts," said Bill Hankowsky, chairman and chief executive officer. "We took steps to enhance the future profitability of our portfolio through the sale of a significant amount of commodity office space, we leased over five million square feet of space, and we enhanced our already outstanding balance sheet with well-timed capital events."

Portfolio Performance

Leasing: At June 30, 2012 Liberty's in-service portfolio of 77 million square feet was 90.7% occupied, compared to 90.5% at the end of the first quarter. During the second quarter, Liberty completed lease transactions totaling 5.5 million square feet of space. 

Same Store Performance: Property level operating income for same store properties decreased by 0.6% on a cash basis and decreased by 1.0% on a straight line basis for the second quarter of 2012 compared to the same quarter in 2011.

Portfolio Activity

During the second quarter, Liberty furthered the execution of its portfolio repositioning strategy through property sales and acquisitions.

Dispositions: During the quarter, Liberty sold 54 operating properties containing 2.7 million square feet, and 58 acres of land for $208.6 million. The properties were 82.3% leased, and consisted primarily of single-story and mid-rise suburban office and high-finish flex product in Wisconsin, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and New Jersey. 

Acquisitions: Liberty acquired four properties during the quarter for a purchase price of $29.3 million. The properties total 603,000 square feet of leasable space and are 58% leased. The current yield on these properties is 2.9%, and the projected stabilized yield is 8.2%.

The properties acquired consist of a fully leased, 128,000 square foot multi-tenant industrial building in Eagan, Minnesota; a 219,225 square foot distribution building in Tolleson, Arizona that is 39% leased; a 184,096 square foot distribution building, also in Tolleson, that is 74% leased; and a 71,550 square foot office building in Phoenix, which was 0% leased at purchase but for which Liberty has since secured a tenant for 41% of the building.

Development: Liberty brought into service one development property representing a total investment of $6.6 million. The 128,000 square foot industrial property in Houston is 100% leased. The current yield on this investment is 12.1%.

Liberty commenced development of three properties totaling 246,000 square feet at a projected investment of $23.5 million. The new development properties include two industrial buildings in Houston, Texas totaling 199,000 square feet, of which 74% of the space is pre-leased, and 46,000 square foot build-to-suit office building in Jacksonville, Florida.

Balance Sheet and Capital Management

During the quarter, Liberty:

  • Redeemed $100 million of its outstanding 7.40% Series H Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Units at par.
  • Issued $400 million of ten-year 4.125% Senior Unsecured Notes.

About the Company

Liberty Property Trust (NYSE: LRY) is a leader in commercial real estate, serving customers in the United States and United Kingdom, through the development, acquisition, ownership and management of superior office and industrial properties. Liberty's 77 million square foot portfolio consists of 650 properties providing office, distribution and light manufacturing facilities to 1,700 tenants.

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

Liberty will host a conference call during which management will discuss second quarter results on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.  To access the conference call, please dial 1-888-870-2815. The passcode needed for access is 98243676. A replay of the call will be available until August 17, 2012, by dialing 1-855-859-2056 using the same passcode as above. The call can also be accessed via the Internet on the Investors page of Liberty's web site at www.libertyproperty.com.

The statements contained in this press release may include forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities law. Although Liberty believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. As forward-looking statements, these statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expected results. These factors include, without limitation, the uncertainties affecting real estate businesses generally (such as entry into new leases, renewals of leases and dependence on tenants' business operations), risks relating to our ability to maintain and increase property occupancy and rental rates, the financial condition of tenants, the uncertainties of real estate development and construction activity, the costs and availability of financing, the effects of local economic and market conditions, regulatory changes, potential liability relative to environmental matters and other risks and uncertainties detailed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company assumes no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking statements that become untrue because of subsequent events.

 Liberty Property Trust 

 Statement of Operations 

June 30, 2012

 (Unaudited and in thousands, except per share amounts) 

 Quarter Ended 

 Six months ended 

June 30, 2012

June 30, 2011

June 30, 2012

June 30, 2011

 Operating Revenue 

 Rental  

$                           119,202

$                           116,193

$                           238,593

$                           230,718

  Operating expense reimbursement

49,997

48,234

100,293

99,595

 Total operating revenue 

169,199

164,427

338,886

330,313

 Operating Expenses 

  Rental property

31,386

28,543

61,791

60,254

 Real estate taxes 

20,569

19,592

41,309

39,039

 General and administrative

14,619

13,255

31,823

29,203

 Depreciation and amortization 

40,733

38,554

82,014

77,546

 Total operating expenses 

107,307

99,944

216,937

206,042

 Operating Income 

61,892

64,483

121,949

124,271

 Other Income/Expense 

 Interest and other  

2,567

2,340

5,328

4,928

 Interest  

(30,834)

(29,358)

(60,109)

(62,200)

 Total other income/expense 

(28,267)

(27,018)

(54,781)

(57,272)

 Income before property dispositions, income taxes, noncontrolling interest 

    and equity in earnings of unconsolidated joint ventures 

33,625

37,465

67,168

66,999

 Gain on property dispositions 

335

302

858

1,463

 Income taxes 

(146)

(63)

(324)

(613)

 Equity in earnings of unconsolidated joint ventures 

769

1,109

1,685

1,643

 Income from continuing operations 

34,583

38,813

69,387

69,492

 Discontinued operations (including net gain on property dispositions of 

$2,981 and $50,157 for the quarters ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 and $4,045 and $50,627 for the six month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011)

3,097

54,028

7,895

58,292

 Net Income 

37,680

92,841

77,282

127,784

 Noncontrolling interest - operating partnerships 

(3,569)

(8,120)

(6,082)

(14,355)

 Noncontrolling interest - consolidated joint ventures 

-

257

-

458

 Net Income available to common shareholders     

$                             34,111

$                             84,978

$                             71,200

$                           113,887

 Net income 

$                             37,680

$                             92,841

$                             77,282

$                           127,784

 Other comprehensive income 

(2,327)

39

(11)

2,183

 Comprehensive income 

35,353

92,880

77,271

129,967

 Less: comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest 

(3,497)

(8,121)

(6,083)

(14,427)

 Comprehensive income attributable to common shareholders 

$                             31,856

$                             84,759

$                             71,188

$                           115,540

 Basic income per common share  

 Continuing operations 

$                                 0.26

$                                 0.28

$                                 0.54

$                                 0.51

 Discontinued operations 

$                                 0.03

$                                 0.46

$                                 0.07

$                                 0.49

 Total basic income per common share 

$                                 0.29

$                                 0.74

$                                 0.61

$                                 1.00

 Diluted income per common share 

 Continuing operations 

$                                 0.26

$                                 0.29

$                                 0.54

$                                 0.50

 Discontinued operations 

$                                 0.03

$                                 0.45

$                                 0.07

$                                 0.49

 Total diluted income per common share 

$                                 0.29

$                                 0.74

$                                 0.61

$                                 0.99

 Weighted average shares 

 Basic 

116,683

114,623

116,359

114,285

 Diluted 

117,559

115,406

117,165

115,087

 Amounts attributable to common shareholders     

 Income from continuing operations 

$                             31,110

$                             32,717

$                             63,551

$                             57,513

 Discontinued operations 

3,001

52,261

7,649

56,374

 Net income 

$                             34,111

$                             84,978

$                             71,200

$                           113,887

 

Liberty Property Trust

Statement of Funds From Operations

June 30, 2012

(Unaudited and in thousands, except per share amounts)

Quarter Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2012

June 30, 2011

June 30, 2012

June 30, 2011

Per 

Per 

Per 

Per 

Weighted

Weighted

Weighted

Weighted

 Average  

 Average  

 Average  

 Average  

Dollars

Share

Dollars

Share

Dollars

Share

Dollars

Share

 Reconciliation of net income to FFO - basic: 

 Basic - income available to common shareholders 

$              34,111

$            0.29

$             84,978

$                         0.74

$          71,200

$             0.61

$        113,887

$              1.00

 Adjustments: 

 Depreciation and amortization of unconsolidated joint ventures 

3,554

3,669

7,170

7,318

 Depreciation and amortization 

40,420

41,194

81,466

85,165

 Gain on property dispositions 

(2,979)

(50,542)

(4,083)

(51,042)

 Noncontrolling interest share in addback for depreciation and amortization 

 and gain on property dispositions 

(1,264)

186

(2,637)

(1,372)

 Funds from operations available to common shareholders - basic 

$              73,842

$             0.63

$              79,485

$                         0.69

$        153,116

$             1.32

$        153,956

$              1.35

 Reconciliation of net income to FFO - diluted: 

 Diluted - income available to common shareholders 

$              34,111

$             0.29

$              84,978

$                         0.74

$          71,200

$             0.61

$        113,887

$              0.99

 Adjustments: 

 Depreciation and amortization of unconsolidated joint ventures 

3,554

3,669

7,170

7,318

 Depreciation and amortization  

40,420

41,194

81,466

85,165

 Gain on property dispositions 

(2,979)

(50,542)

(4,083)

(51,042)

 Noncontrolling interest excluding preferred unit distributions  

1,085

2,867

2,292

3,849

 Funds from operations available to common shareholders - diluted 

$              76,191

$             0.63

$              82,166

$                         0.69

$        158,045

$             1.31

$        159,177

$              1.34

 Reconciliation of weighted average shares: 

 Weighted average common shares - all basic calculations 

116,683

114,623

116,359

114,285

 Dilutive shares for long term compensation plans 

876

783

806

802

 Diluted shares for net income calculations 

117,559

115,406

117,165

115,087

 Weighted average common units 

3,767

3,926

3,788

3,927

 Diluted shares for Funds from operations calculations 

121,326

119,332

120,953

119,014

The Company believes that the calculation of Funds from operations is helpful to investors and management as it is a measure of the Company's operating performance that excludes depreciation and amortization and gains and losses from property dispositions.  As a result, year over year comparison of Funds from operations reflects the impact on operations from trends in occupancy rates, rental rates, operating costs, development activities, general and administrative expenses, and interest costs, providing perspective not immediately apparent from net income.  In addition, management believes that Funds from operations provides useful information to the investment community about the Company's financial performance when compared to other REITs since Funds from operations is generally recognized as the standard for reporting the operating performance of a REIT.  Funds from operations available to common shareholders is defined by NAREIT as net income (computed in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP")), excluding gains (or losses) from sales of property, plus depreciation and amortization, and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. Funds from operations available to common shareholders does not represent net income or cash flows from operations as defined by GAAP and does not necessarily indicate that cash flows will be sufficient to fund cash needs. It should not be considered as an alternative to net income as an indicator of the Company's operating performance or to cash flows as a measure of liquidity. Funds from operations available to common shareholders also does not represent cash flows generated from operating, investing or financing activities as defined by GAAP.

 

 

Liberty Property Trust

Balance Sheet 

June 30, 2012

(In thousands, except share and unit amounts)

June 30, 2012

December 31, 2011

Assets

 (unaudited) 

Real estate:

Land and land improvements

$                         861,373

$                         855,213

Building and improvements

4,146,819

4,109,783

Less: accumulated depreciation

(1,116,593)

(1,058,283)

Operating real estate

3,891,599

3,906,713

Development in progress

198,472

88,848

Land held for development

222,090

219,375

Net real estate

4,312,161

4,214,936

Cash and cash equivalents

154,122

18,204

Restricted cash

39,604

63,659

Accounts receivable

12,424

8,192

Deferred rent receivable

106,243

103,002

Deferred financing and leasing costs, net of accumulated

amortization (2012, $133,448; 2011, $123,822)

133,150

130,160

Investments in and advances to unconsolidated joint ventures

173,336

174,687

Assets held for sale  

-

200,647

Prepaid expenses and other assets

77,272

76,186

Total assets

$                      5,008,312

$                      4,989,673

Liabilities

Mortgage loans

$                         281,170

$                         290,819

Unsecured notes

2,192,643

1,792,643

Credit facility

-

139,400

Accounts payable 

35,600

23,418

Accrued interest

25,196

24,147

Dividend and distributions payable

57,610

56,958

Other liabilities

176,656

194,995

Total liabilities

2,768,875

2,522,380

Noncontrolling interest - operating partnership - 301,483 preferred units

outstanding as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011

7,537

7,537

Equity

Shareholders' equity:

Common shares of beneficial interest, $.001 par value, 183,987,000 shares

authorized, 118,794,699 (includes 1,249,909 in treasury) and 117,352,353

(includes 1,249,909 in treasury) shares issued and outstanding as of 

June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively

119

117

Additional paid-in capital

2,656,174

2,617,355

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(441)

(429)

Distributions in excess of net income

(501,719)

(461,498)

Common shares in treasury, at cost, 1,249,909 shares as of

June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011

(51,951)

(51,951)

Total shareholders' equity

2,102,182

2,103,594

Noncontrolling interest - operating partnership

3,740,246 and 3,808,746 common units outstanding as of June 30, 2012 

61,866

64,428

1,290,000 and 9,740,000 preferred units outstanding as of June 30, 2012 

64,077

287,959

Noncontrolling interest - consolidated joint ventures

3,775

3,775

Total equity

2,231,900

2,459,756

Total liabilities, noncontrolling interest - operating partnership & equity

$                      5,008,312

$                      4,989,673

 

SOURCE Liberty Property Trust



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