NorthStar Realty Finance Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results

Aug 06, 2015, 08:00 ET from NorthStar Realty Finance Corp.

NEW YORK, Aug. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

Second Quarter 2015 Highlights

  • Cash available for distribution ("CAD") of $0.45 per share.
  • Second quarter 2015 cash dividend of $0.40 per common share.
  • Acquired approximately $1.9 billion of predominately pan-European office properties during the second quarter 2015.
  • Funded $1.1 billion of U.S. CRE investments in the second quarter 2015, representing approximately $560 million of invested equity.

NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. (NYSE: NRF) today announced its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015.

Second Quarter 2015 Results

NorthStar Realty reported CAD for the second quarter 2015 of $159.3 million, or $0.45 per share. Net (loss) to common stockholders for the second quarter 2015 was $(97.5) million, or $(0.28) per diluted share.

For more information and a reconciliation of CAD to net income (loss) to common stockholders, please refer to the tables on the following pages.

David T. Hamamoto, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are pleased with our solid results for the second quarter, which reflect our commitment to executing our operating strategy as we continue to build a portfolio of diversified commercial real estate assets that we expect to generate long-term, durable cash flows. Our second quarter CAD includes over $1 billion of equity invested for nearly a full quarter in high-quality, moderately leveraged pan-European office properties located in top markets. While the 8% current yield on this $1 billion of equity was effectively dilutive to second quarter CAD, particularly relative to other higher yielding investment opportunities, we firmly believe that the valuation ascribed to these cash flows as a standalone REIT will be more than twice the current overall implied cash flow multiple of NorthStar Realty.  With European REITs having outperformed the RMZ by well over 20% year-to-date, we believe that our strategy will be validated and are enthusiastic about the spin-off of NRE which remains firmly on-track for completion in the coming months.  We are also excited about our recently announced management expansion and NorthStar Realty's long-term prospects, while our dedication to exploring all options to create and unlock future shareholder value remains unwavering."

Investments

Europe

    • During the second quarter 2015, NorthStar Realty acquired an approximately $1.3 billion pan-European office portfolio (the "SEB Portfolio"). The SEB Portfolio is comprised of 11 Class A office properties located across gateway cities in seven of Europe's top markets: London, U.K.; Paris, France; Hamburg, Germany; Milan, Italy; Brussels, Belgium; Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Netherlands and Gothenburg, Sweden.
    • During the second quarter 2015, NorthStar Realty acquired an approximately $550 million pan-European predominately office portfolio (the "Trias Portfolio") located across eight European countries including the U.K., Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Italy.
    • Subsequent to the second quarter 2015, NorthStar Realty acquired an approximately $600 million predominately office property ("Trianon") located in Frankfurt, Germany.
    • NorthStar Realty expects to earn an initial weighted average current yield of approximately 8% on its approximately $1.1 billion of invested equity in the SEB, Trias and Trianon Portfolios.

Healthcare Real Estate

    • During the second quarter 2015, NorthStar Realty acquired an $875 million healthcare real estate portfolio consisting of 32 independent living facilities. The agreement is structured as a joint venture owned 60% by NorthStar Realty and 40% by NorthStar Healthcare Income.  NorthStar Realty expects to earn an initial current yield of approximately 11% on its approximately $150 million of invested equity.

Hotel Real Estate

    • During the second quarter 2015, NorthStar Realty acquired a $170 million hotel portfolio consisting of nine upscale extended stay and premium branded select service hotels containing over 1,000 rooms in key New England markets. NorthStar Realty expects to earn an initial current yield of approximately 17% on its approximately $44 million of invested equity.
    • Subsequent to the second quarter 2015, NorthStar Realty acquired a $143 million hotel portfolio consisting of three premium branded hotels containing over 800 rooms located in Miami, FL, in close proximity to the Miami International Airport. NorthStar Realty expects to earn an initial current yield of approximately 19% on its approximately $39 million of invested equity.

Opportunistic Real Estate Investments

    • Invested $353 million to acquire limited partnership interests in three portfolios of real estate private equity funds with an initial reported net asset value of $368 million, net of distributions NorthStar Realty was entitled to prior to closing. NorthStar Realty expects to earn an initial weighted average current yield of approximately 15% on its invested equity.

NorthStar Realty Total Assets

  • Assets as of June 30, 2015 totaled approximately $20.0 billion, including assets of deconsolidated CDOs and investments that NorthStar Realty acquired or committed to acquire subsequent to the second quarter 2015.
  • Approximately 86% of the $20.0 billion of total assets are comprised of direct and indirect ownership interests in real estate, or approximately 83% excluding the European real estate assets expected to be contributed to NRE (as discussed below).

Supplemental Disclosure

  • Please refer to the supplemental presentation that will be posted on NorthStar Realty's website, www.nrfc.com, which provides substantial additional details regarding NorthStar Realty's investments.

Liquidity, Financing and Capital Markets Highlights

Corporate Debt

  • Subsequent to the second quarter 2015, NorthStar Realty completed a private offering of $340 million aggregate principal amount of NorthStar Realty Europe's 4.625% senior stock-settlable notes due December 2016, which includes $40 million purchased by the underwriters in connection with the exercise of their over-allotment option.

Common Equity

  • During the second quarter 2015, NorthStar Realty received net proceeds of $531 million from 30.5 million shares of its common stock through the existing forward sale agreement. As of August 4, 2015, 14.25 million shares of common stock remain available to be drawn through the forward sale agreement for aggregate net proceeds of $246 million.

Liquidity as of August 4, 2015

$ in millions

Unrestricted cash 

$      290

Remaining proceeds subject to a forward sale agreement

246

Undrawn corporate revolving credit facility

200

Undrawn corporate term facility (1)

75

Total potential liquidity

$      811

(1) Amount subject to entering into additional term loans under the terms of the UBS facility. 

 

Stockholders' Equity

Common shares, LTIPs and RSUs not subject to performance hurdles, outstanding

Amounts in millions

Weighted average for Q2'15

357.3

Total outstanding as of August 4, 2015

369.0

Potential Additional Shares

Common shares underlying remaining exchangeable notes

2.6

Common shares remaining subject to a forward sale agreement

14.3

Grand total

385.9

 

Earnings Conference Call

NorthStar Realty will host a conference call to discuss second quarter 2015 financial results on August 6, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time.  Hosting the call will be David Hamamoto, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; Albert Tylis, President; Daniel Gilbert, Chief Investment and Operating Officer; and Debra Hess, Chief Financial Officer. 

The call will be webcast live over the Internet from NorthStar Realty's website, www.nrfc.com, and will be archived on the Company's website.  The call can also be accessed live over the phone by dialing 877-876-9175, or for international callers, by dialing 785-424-1668, and using passcode 1628092.

A replay of the call will be available two hours after the call through Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by dialing 888-203-1112 or, for international callers, 719-457-0820, using pass code 1628092.

About NorthStar Realty Finance Corp.

NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. is a diversified commercial real estate company that is organized as a REIT.  NorthStar Realty has announced a plan to spin-off its European real estate business into a separate publicly-traded REIT. NorthStar Realty is managed by an affiliate of NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc. (NYSE: NSAM), a global asset management firm. For more information about NorthStar Realty Finance Corp., please visit www.nrfc.com.

On February 26, 2015, NorthStar Realty announced that its board of directors unanimously approved a plan to spin-off its European real estate business into a newly-formed publicly-traded REIT, NorthStar Realty Europe Corp., or NRE, expected to be initially listed on the NYSE. Currently, NorthStar Realty has acquired approximately $2.6 billion of European real estate (excluding European healthcare assets) comprised of 52 properties spanning across some of Europe's top markets that will be contributed to NRE upon the completion of the proposed European spin-off. An affiliate of NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc. (NYSE: NSAM) will manage NRE pursuant to a long-term management agreement substantially consistent with NorthStar Realty's existing management agreement with NSAM. The proposed spin-off is expected to be completed in the second half of 2015. For further details related to the spin-off, please refer to the Investor Presentation posted on NorthStar Realty's website, www.nrfc.com.

 

NorthStar Realty Finance Corp.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

($ in thousands, except per share and dividends data)

(Unaudited)









Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,

2015(1)


2014(1)


2015(1)


2014(1)









Property and other revenues








Rental and escalation income

$       211,785


$           77,931


$       378,294


$       146,101

Hotel related income

206,130


22,526


374,857


22,526

Resident fee income

65,833


15,060


129,206


15,060

Other revenue

3,806


3,840


7,288


6,579

Total property and other revenues

487,554


119,357


889,645


190,266

Net interest income








Interest income

59,509


75,867


125,146


154,546

Interest expense on debt and securities

2,202


3,106


4,402


6,389

Net interest income on debt and securities

57,307


72,761


120,744


148,157









Expenses








Management fee, related party

51,744


-


99,975


-

Other interest expense

126,028


44,880


239,547


83,913

Real estate properties – operating expenses

235,960


50,957


440,130


72,915

Other expenses

3,603


868


5,436


1,644

Transaction costs

106,521


31,650


121,239


39,760

Provision for (reversal of) loan losses, net

284


833


767


2,719

General and administrative expenses








Salaries and related expense

1,938


17,392


5,693


20,720

Equity-based compensation expense(2)

7,705


7,879


18,535


11,784

Other general and administrative expenses

5,490


3,580


8,890


8,102

Total general and administrative expenses

15,133


28,851


33,118


40,606

Depreciation and amortization

127,808


33,672


237,534


60,721

Total expenses

667,081


191,711


1,177,746


302,278

Other income (loss)








Unrealized gain (loss) on investments and other

(18,438)


(56,605)


(54,469)


(198,945)

Realized gain (loss) on investments and other

(2,721)


(320)


12,203


(45,832)

Gain (loss) from deconsolidation of N-Star CDOs

-


(34,778)


-


(31,423)

Income (loss) before equity in earnings (losses) of unconsolidated ventures and income tax benefit (expense)

(143,379)


(91,296)


(209,623)


(240,055)

Equity in earnings (losses) of unconsolidated ventures

57,736


33,958


111,379


67,936

Income tax benefit (expense)

1,290


(2,578)


(374)


(4,764)

Income (loss) from continuing operations

(84,353)


(59,916)


(98,618)


(176,883)

Income (loss) from discontinued operations(2)

11


(572)


-


(6,711)

Net income (loss)

(84,342)


(60,488)


(98,618)


(183,594)

Net (income) loss attributable to non-controlling interests

7,900


2,512


11,633


6,248

Preferred stock dividends

(21,060)


(15,590)


(42,119)


(31,181)

Net income (loss) attributable to NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. common stockholders

$       (97,502)


$         (73,566)


$     (129,104)


$     (208,527)









Earnings (loss) per share:








Income (loss) per share from continuing operations

$           (0.28)


$             (0.42)


$           (0.39)


$           (1.21)

Income (loss) per share from discontinued operations

-


-


-


(0.04)

Basic

$           (0.28)


$             (0.42)


$           (0.39)


$           (1.25)

Diluted 

$           (0.28)


$             (0.42)


$           (0.39)


$           (1.25)









Weighted average number of shares:(3)








Basic

352,985,900


174,180,959


330,883,972


167,385,527

Diluted 

355,177,132


178,190,300


333,044,821


171,531,801









Dividends declared per share of common stock(3)

$             0.40


$               0.50


$             0.80


$             1.00

 

(1)

The consolidated financial statements for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 represent the Company's results of operations following the spin-off of the Company's historical asset management business on June 30, 2014.  Periods prior to June 30, 2014 present a carve-out of the Company's historical financial information including revenues and expenses allocated to NSAM related to the Company's historical asset management business.  As a result, results of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 may not be comparable to the Company's results of operations reported for the prior periods presented.

(2)

The three and six months ended June 30, 2014 includes $8.0 million and $13.7 million, respectively, of equity-based compensation recorded in discontinued operations.

(3)

The three and six months ended June 30, 2014 is adjusted for the one-for-two reverse stock split completed on June 30, 2014. The dividend per share for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 represents the dividend declared subsequent to the spin-off of NSAM.

 

NorthStar Realty Finance Corp.





Consolidated Balance Sheets





($ in thousands)







June 30, 2015


December 31,



(Unaudited)


2014






Assets





Cash and cash equivalents


$                 275,064


$                 296,964

Restricted cash


353,515


395,056

Operating real estate, net


12,866,471


10,301,292

Real estate debt investments, net


853,446


1,067,667

Investments in private equity funds, at fair value


1,234,588


962,038

Investments in unconsolidated ventures


194,067


207,777

Real estate securities, available for sale


828,107


878,514

Receivables, net


95,205


111,358

Receivables, related parties


7,047


3,158

Unbilled rent receivable, net


34,540


16,404

Derivative assets, at fair value


11,804


3,247

Deferred costs and intangible assets, net


969,232


812,583

Assets of properties held for sale


18,219


29,012

Other assets


179,433


241,286

Total assets(1)


$            17,920,738


$            15,326,356






Liabilities





Mortgage and other notes payable


$            10,245,784


$              8,535,863

CDO bonds payable, at fair value


381,470


390,068

Securitization bonds payable


-


41,823

Credit facilities


850,903


732,780

Exchangeable senior notes


31,568


41,762

Junior subordinated notes, at fair value


207,255


215,172

Accounts payable and accrued expenses


176,570


188,330

Due to related party


52,688


47,430

Escrow deposits payable


21,407


67,750

Derivative liabilities, at fair value


47,971


17,915

Liabilities of properties held for sale


12,290


28,962

Other liabilities


370,905


304,845

Total liabilities(2)


12,398,811


10,612,700






Commitments and contingencies 





Equity





NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. Stockholders' Equity





Preferred stock, $986,640 aggregate liquidation preference as of June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014


939,118


939,118

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 500,000,000 shares authorized, 364,857,251 and 301,684,041





shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively    


3,649


3,017

Additional paid-in capital


5,916,214


4,827,419

Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)


(1,823,024)


(1,422,399)

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)


60,008


49,540

     Total NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. stockholders' equity


5,095,965


4,396,695

Non-controlling interests


425,962


316,961

Total equity


5,521,927


4,713,656

Total liabilities and equity


$            17,920,738


$            15,326,356

________________





(1) Assets of consolidated VIEs included in the total assets above:    





    Restricted cash  


$19,492


$4,601

    Operating real estate, net  


14,838


7,137

    Real estate debt investments, net   


24,857


25,325

    Real estate securities, available for sale  


446,505


463,050

    Receivables  


2,221


2,304

    Other assets   


423


242

    Total assets of consolidated VIEs  


$                508,336


$                 502,659






(2) Liabilities of consolidated VIEs included in the total liabilities above:    





    CDO bonds payable, at fair value  


$                381,470


$                 390,068

    Accounts payable and accrued expenses   


1,309


1,761

    Derivative liabilities, at fair value   


12,821


17,707

    Other liabilities   


1,159


1,784

    Total liabilities of consolidated VIEs  


$                396,759


$                 411,320

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measure

Included in this press release is Cash Available for Distribution, or CAD, a certain "non-GAAP financial measure", which measures NorthStar Realty's historical or future financial performance that is different from measures calculated and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or U.S. GAAP, within the meaning of the applicable Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, rules.  NorthStar Realty believes this metric can be a useful measure of its performance which is further defined below.

Cash Available for Distribution (CAD) 

We believe that CAD provides investors and management with a meaningful indicator of operating performance. Management also uses CAD, among other measures, to evaluate profitability. We also believe that CAD is useful because it adjusts for a variety of cash (such as transaction costs and cash flow related to N-Star CDO equity interests) and non-cash items (such as depreciation and amortization, equity-based compensation, realized gain (loss) on investments, provision for loan losses, asset impairment; bad debt expense and non-cash interest income and expense items). We adjust for transaction costs because these costs are not a meaningful indicator of our recurring operating performance.  For instance, these transaction costs include costs such as professional fees associated with new investments, which are non-recurring expenses related to specific transactions.  We also adjust for the cash flow related to N-Star CDO equity interests which represents the net interest generated from the N-Star CDO equity interests.  This net interest is a component of our ongoing return on its investment, and therefore, is adjusted in CAD as it provides investors and management with a meaningful indicator of our recurring operating performance.  Furthermore, CAD adjusts N-Star CDO bond discounts to record such investments on an effective yield basis over the expected weighted average life of the investment.  N-Star CDO bond discounts relates to repurchased CDO bonds of consolidated CDO financing transactions at a discount to par. These CDO bonds typically have a low interest rate and the majority of the return is generated from repurchasing the CDO bonds at a discount to expected recovery value.  Because the return generated through the accretion of the discount is a meaningful contributor to our recurring operating performance, such accretion is adjusted in CAD.  The computation for the accretion of the discount under U.S. GAAP and CAD is the same.  However, for CDO financing transactions that are consolidated under U.S. GAAP, the CDO bonds are not presented as an investment but rather are eliminated in our consolidated financial statements. In addition, we adjust for distributions and adjustments to joint venture partners which represent the net return generated from our investments allocated to our non-controlling interests. For our owned hotels, our CAD calculation is equivalent to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), the hotel industry standard metric, which does not make an adjustment for FF&E reserves. CAD may fluctuate from period to period based upon a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, the timing and amount of investments, repayments and asset sales, capital raised, use of leverage, changes in the expected yield of investments and the overall conditions in commercial real estate and the economy generally. Management also believes that quarterly distributions are principally based on operating performance and our board of directors includes CAD as one of several metrics it reviews to determine quarterly distributions to stockholders.

We calculate CAD by subtracting from or adding to net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders, non-controlling interests and the following items: depreciation and amortization items including depreciation and amortization, straight-line rental income or expense (excluding amortization of rent free periods), amortization of above/below market leases, amortization of deferred financing costs, amortization of discount on financings and other and equity-based compensation; cash flow related to N-Star CDO equity interests; accretion of consolidated N-Star CDO bond discounts; non-cash net interest income in consolidated N-Star CDOs; unrealized gain (loss) from the change in fair value; realized gain (loss) on investments and other, excluding accelerated amortization related to sales of CDO bonds or other investments; provision for loan losses, net; impairment on depreciable property; bad debt expense; deferred tax benefit (expense); acquisition gains or losses; distributions and adjustments related to joint venture partners; transaction costs; foreign currency gains (losses); impairment on goodwill and other intangible assets; gains (losses) on sales; and one-time events pursuant to changes in U.S. GAAP and certain other non-recurring items.  For example, CAD has been adjusted to exclude non-recurring gain (loss) from deconsolidation of certain N-Star CDOs.  These items, if applicable, include any adjustments for unconsolidated ventures.

CAD should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss), determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, as an indicator of operating performance.  In addition, our methodology for calculating CAD may differ from the methodologies used by other comparable companies, including other REITs, when calculating the same or similar supplemental financial measures and may not be comparable with these companies.

NorthStar Realty urges investors to carefully review the U.S. GAAP financial information included as part of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and quarterly earnings releases.

The following table presents a reconciliation of CAD to net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 (dollars in thousands):

 

Reconciliation of Cash Available for Distribution





(Amount in thousands except per share data)







Three Months Ended 


Six Months Ended 



June 30, 2015


June 30, 2015






Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders


$                  (97,502)


$                    (129,104)

Non-controlling interests 


(7,900)


(11,633)






Adjustments:





Depreciation and amortization items (1)


153,182


283,633

N-Star CDO bond discounts (2)


2,741


5,179

Non-cash net interest income in consolidated N-Star CDOs

(11,124)


(19,467)

Unrealized (gain) loss from fair value adjustments / Provision for loan losses, net


15,712


49,179

Realized (gain) loss on investments


4,370


2,673

Distributions / adjustments to joint venture partners


(11,524)


(19,977)

Transaction costs and other (3)


111,370


135,337






CAD


$                159,325


$                    295,820






CAD per share (4)


$                      0.45


$                          0.89

(1)

The three months ended June 30, 2015 includes depreciation and amortization of $128.5 million (including $0.7 million related to unconsolidated ventures), straight-line rental income of $(7.7) million, amortization of above/below market leases of $3.3 million, amortization of deferred financing costs of $15.3 million, amortization of discount on financings and other of $6.2 million and amortization of equity based compensation of $7.7 million. The six months ended June 30, 2015 includes depreciation and amortization of $238.9 million (including $1.4 million related to unconsolidated ventures), straight-line rental income of $(15.6) million, amortization of above/below market leases of $6.0 million, amortization of deferred financing costs of $28.9 million, amortization of discount on financings and other of $7.0 million and amortization of equity based compensation of $18.5 million.

(2)

For CAD, realized discounts on CDO bonds are accreted on an effective yield basis based on expected maturity. For CDOs that were deconsolidated, CDO bond accretion is included in net income attributable to common stockholders from the date of deconsolidation.   

(3)

The three months ended June 30, 2015 includes $106.5 million of transaction costs primarily related to costs associated with the acquisition of $1.9 billion of pan-European primarily office portfolios, $12.2 million of cash flow related to N-Star CDO equity interests, $(8.3) million of deferred tax expense and $1.0 million of bad debt expense and one-time items. The six months ended June 30, 2015 includes $121.2 million of transaction costs, $20.9 million of cash flow related to N-Star CDO equity interests, $(8.6) million of deferred tax expense and $1.8 million of bad debt expense and one-time items.

(4)

CAD per share does not take into account any potential dilution from our outstanding exchangeable notes or restricted stock units subject to performance metrics not currently achieved.

 

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains certain "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward looking statements are generally identifiable by use of forward looking terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "potential," "intend," "expect," "seek," "anticipate," "estimate," "believe," "could," "project," "predict," "hypothetical," "continue," "future" or other similar words or expressions. Forward looking statements are not guarantees of performance and are based on certain assumptions, discuss future expectations, describe plans and strategies, contain projections of results of operations or of financial condition or state other forward looking information. Such statements include, but are not limited to, our ability to complete the spin-off of our European real estate business, which we announced we are exploring on February 26, 2015, within the expected timing or at all: the risks relating to the spin-off of our European real estate business (excluding our European healthcare assets) and operating our existing company and our European real estate business as separate companies; our ability to realize the benefits of the European spin-off, including cap rate compression, multiple expansion, the target leverage profile, and lower cost of capital; whether the cash flow valuation generated on our European real estate business (excluding our European healthcare assets) will be more than twice our overall implied cash flow multiple, or higher at all; whether NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. will outperform the RMZ by 20%, or at all; the long-term growth prospects of our business in the United States, as well as the proposed spin-off of our European real estate business (excluding our European healthcare assets); the resulting effects of becoming an externally managed company, including the payment of substantial fees to our manager, NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc. (NSAM), the allocation of investments by our manager among us and NSAM's other managed companies, and various conflicts of interest in our relationship with NSAM; the performance of our real estate portfolio generally; our ability to maintain dividend payments, at current or anticipated levels, or at all; the diversification of our portfolio; our ability to close on our recent commitments to acquire real estate investments; our liquidity and financial flexibility, including the timing and amount of borrowings under our revolving credit facility and facility agreement; our ability to comply with the required affirmative and negative covenants, including the financial covenants; the anticipated strength and growth of our business; our ability to build a portfolio of diversified commercial real estate assets that can generate long-term durable cash flows; the impact of changes to our cost of capital, including on our ability to make accretive investments; NSAM's ability to source and consummate attractive investment opportunities on our behalf, both domestically and internationally; whether we will realize any potential upside in our limited partnership interests in real estate private equity funds or any appreciation above our original cost basis of our real estate portfolio; the equity and debt mix of our real estate portfolio, including any concentration of European investments; the performance of our investments relative to our expectations and the impact on our actual return on invested equity, as well as the cash generated from these investments and available for distribution; our ability to generate attractive risk-adjusted total returns; whether we will produce higher cash available for distribution (CAD) per share in the coming quarters, or ever; the impact of economic conditions on the borrowers of the commercial real estate debt we originate and acquire the commercial mortgage loans underlying the commercial mortgage backed securities in which we invest, as well as on the tenants/operators of our real property that we own; our ability to realize the value of the bonds we have purchased and retained in our CDO financing transactions and other securitized financing transactions and our ability to complete securitized financing transactions on terms that are acceptable to us, or at all; our ability to meet various coverage tests with respect to our CDOs; our dividend yield; the size and timing of offerings or capital raises; the ability to opportunistically participate in commercial real estate refinancings; the ability to capitalize on attractive investment opportunities and enhance shareholder value; any failure in our due diligence to identify all relevant facts in our underwriting process or otherwise; credit rating downgrades; tenant/operator or borrower defaults or bankruptcy; adverse economic conditions and the impact on the commercial real estate industry; our use of leverage; our ability to obtain mortgage financing on our real estate portfolio; the effect of economic conditions on the valuations of our investments; illiquidity of properties in our portfolio; our ability to manage our costs in line with our expectations and the impact on our CAD; environmental compliance costs and liabilities; effect of regulatory actions, litigation and contractual claims against us and our affiliates, including the potential settlement and litigation of such claims; competition for investment opportunities; our ability to comply with domestic and international laws or regulations governing various aspects of our business; regulatory requirements with respect to our business and the related cost of compliance; changes in laws or regulations governing various aspects of our business; competition for qualified personnel, including our ability to retain key personnel; the loss of our exemption from the definition of "investment company" under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended; failure to maintain effective internal controls; compliance with the rules governing real estate investment trusts; and the factors described in Item 1A. of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, under the heading "Risk Factors."

The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. All forward looking statements included in this press release are based upon information available to us on the date hereof and we are under no duty to update any of the forward looking statements after the date of this report to conform these statements to actual results.

Factors that could have a material adverse effect on our operations and future prospects are set forth in "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. The factors set forth in the Risk Factors section and otherwise described in our filings with United States Securities and Exchange Commission could cause our actual results to differ significantly from those contained in any forward looking statement contained in this press release.

 

SOURCE NorthStar Realty Finance Corp.



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