Liberty Property Trust Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

Feb 07, 2012, 07:45 ET from Liberty Property Trust

MALVERN, Pa., Feb. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Liberty Property Trust (NYSE: LRY) reported that funds from operations available to common shareholders (diluted) ("FFO") for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $0.63 per share, compared to $0.65 per share for the fourth quarter of 2010. Funds from operations for the fourth quarter of 2011 include termination fees of $0.7 million.

For the year ended December 31, 2011, FFO per share was $2.61, and included $3.6 million in termination fees.  This compares to FFO of $2.66 per share for 2010, which included $6.5 million in termination fees.

Net income per common share (diluted) was $0.30 per share for the quarter ended December 31, 2011, compared to $0.26 per share (diluted) for the quarter ended December 31, 2010.  Net income for the full year 2011 was $1.59 per common share, compared with $1.12 per share for 2010.  

"Last year at this time we believed that 2011 would present interesting new opportunities to add value to our portfolio through acquisitions, development and strategic sales. That prediction was borne out beyond our expectations," said Bill Hankowsky, chairman and chief executive officer. "Industrial markets are continuing to firm and have provided new opportunities for development. The transaction market has provided us with opportunities to selectively acquire while, at the same time, accelerate our strategic disposition of non-core suburban office properties. We believe 2012 will provide similar opportunities to add additional value."

Portfolio Performance

Leasing: At December 31, 2011, Liberty's in-service portfolio of 79.4 million square feet was 91.3% occupied, compared to 89.9% at the end of the third quarter. During the quarter, Liberty completed lease transactions totaling 4.6 million square feet of space. Liberty leased 15.8 million square feet in 2011.

Same Store Performance: Property level operating income for same store properties increased by 3.6% on a cash basis and by 1.9% on a straight line basis for the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to the same quarter in 2010 and increased by 3.0% on a cash basis and 1.0% on a straight line basis for the full year 2011 compared to 2010.

Capital Activities and Balance Sheet Management

Property Sales: During the fourth quarter, Liberty sold three operating properties, which contained 484,000 square feet of leaseable space and 39 acres of land for $27.4 million. The properties were 100% leased at the time of the sale.

The balance sheet as of December 31, 2011 reflects $195.6 million of assets held for sale. These assets consist primarily of a portfolio of suburban office and flex properties under contract for sale, with closing anticipated late in the first quarter.

Real Estate Investments

Acquisitions: During the quarter, Liberty acquired 11 properties for $125.3 million. The properties total 1.5 million square feet of space, and are 90.5% leased at a current yield of 6.3%. The acquired properties consist of Crosspoint Center, a 1.1 million square foot multi-tenant industrial park in Charlotte, NC comprising seven properties; Charlotte Distribution Center South, a two-building, 270,000 square foot complex also in Charlotte; a 47,000 square foot flex building in Tempe, Arizona; and a 146,000 square foot office property in Washington, DC.

Development: Liberty began development of three wholly-owned properties totaling 1.5 million square feet for a projected investment of $117.1 million. The properties consist of a speculative, 1.2 million square foot distribution center in Bethlehem, PA; a 156,000 square foot build-to-suit distribution building in Charlotte, NC;  and a 153,000 square foot build-to-suit office property in Philadelphia.

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 79 million square foot portfolio includes approximately 700 properties which provide office, distribution and light manufacturing facilities to 1,900 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 fourth quarter results, on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.  To access the conference call, please dial 1-888-870-2815. The passcode needed for access is 44917458. A replay of the call will be available until February 21, 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

December 31, 2011

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

Quarter Ended

Year Ended

December 31, 2011

December 31, 2010

December 31, 2011

December 31, 2010

(unaudited)

 Operating Revenue 

 Rental  

$                                          118,905

$                                          117,323

$                                          466,984

$                                          463,240

  Operating expense reimbursement

50,896

47,208

200,610

193,761

 Total operating revenue 

169,801

164,531

667,594

657,001

 Operating Expenses 

  Rental property

34,483

35,165

127,266

128,180

 Real estate taxes 

18,484

15,644

77,618

75,489

 General and administrative

16,550

12,753

59,370

52,747

 Depreciation and amortization 

40,255

38,469

157,349

150,692

 Total operating expenses 

109,772

102,031

421,603

407,108

 Operating Income 

60,029

62,500

245,991

249,893

 Other Income/Expense 

 Interest and other  

1,471

2,027

8,397

9,695

 Interest  

(29,880)

(33,123)

(122,075)

(132,571)

 Total other income/expense 

(28,409)

(31,096)

(113,678)

(122,876)

 Income before property dispositions, income taxes, noncontrolling interest 

    and equity in earnings of unconsolidated joint ventures 

31,620

31,404

132,313

127,017

 Gain on property dispositions 

1,664

1,682

5,025

4,238

 Income taxes 

(51)

(306)

(1,020)

(1,736)

 Equity in earnings of unconsolidated joint ventures 

1,026

734

3,496

2,296

 Income from continuing operations 

34,259

33,514

139,814

131,815

 Discontinued operations (including net gain on property dispositions of 

$5,860 and $221 for the quarters ended December 31, 2011 and 2010 and

$60,582 and $6,857 for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010)

6,929

3,019

70,839

21,560

 Net Income 

41,188

36,533

210,653

153,375

 Noncontrolling interest - operating partnerships 

(6,394)

(6,293)

(27,163)

(25,448)

 Noncontrolling interest - consolidated joint ventures 

-

(118)

511

(165)

 Net Income available to common shareholders     

$                                            34,794

$                                            30,122

$                                          184,001

$                                          127,762

 Basic income per common share  

 Continuing operations 

$                                                0.24

$                                                0.24

$                                                1.00

$                                                0.95

 Discontinued operations 

$                                                0.06

$                                                0.03

$                                                0.60

$                                                0.18

 Total basic income per common share 

$                                                0.30

$                                                0.27

$                                                1.60

$                                                1.13

 Diluted income per common share 

 Continuing operations 

$                                                0.24

$                                                0.23

$                                                1.00

$                                                0.94

 Discontinued operations 

$                                                0.06

$                                                0.03

$                                                0.59

$                                                0.18

 Total diluted income per common share 

$                                                0.30

$                                                0.26

$                                                1.59

$                                                1.12

 Weighted average shares 

 Basic 

115,373

113,550

114,755

112,924

 Diluted 

116,090

114,342

115,503

113,606

 Amounts attributable to common shareholders     

 Income from continuing operations 

$                                            28,085

$                                            27,203

$                                          115,471

$                                          106,924

 Discontinued operations 

6,709

2,919

68,530

20,838

 Net income 

$                                            34,794

$                                            30,122

$                                          184,001

$                                          127,762

Liberty Property Trust

Statement of Funds From Operations

December 31, 2011

(Unaudited and in thousands, except per share amounts)

Quarter Ended

Year Ended

December 31, 2011

December 31, 2010

December 31, 2011

December 31, 2010

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 

$                        34,794

$                     0.30

$                       30,122

$                                     0.27

$                184,001

$                     1.60

$                 127,762

$                       1.13

 Adjustments: 

 Depreciation and amortization of unconsolidated joint ventures 

3,549

3,674

14,452

14,927

 Depreciation and amortization 

42,123

43,439

168,435

171,682

 Gain on property dispositions 

(6,066)

(1,263)

(61,198)

(6,669)

 Noncontrolling interest share in addback for depreciation and amortization                                                      

and gain on property dispositions

(1,258)

(1,524)

(3,925)

(6,009)

 Funds from operations available to common shareholders - basic 

$                        73,142

$                     0.63

$                       74,448

$                                     0.66

$                301,765

$                     2.63

$                 301,693

$                       2.67

 Reconciliation of net income to FFO - diluted: 

 Diluted - income available to common shareholders 

$                        34,794

$                     0.30

$                       30,122

$                                     0.26

$                184,001

$                     1.59

$                 127,762

$                       1.12

 Adjustments: 

 Depreciation and amortization of unconsolidated joint ventures 

3,549

3,674

14,452

14,927

 Depreciation and amortization  

42,123

43,439

168,435

171,682

 Gain on property dispositions 

(6,066)

(1,263)

(61,198)

(6,669)

 Noncontrolling interest excluding preferred unit distributions  

1,141

1,040

6,151

4,436

 Funds from operations available to common shareholders - diluted 

$                        75,541

$                     0.63

$                       77,012

$                                     0.65

$                311,841

$                     2.61

$                 312,138

$                       2.66

 Reconciliation of weighted average shares: 

 Weighted average common shares - all basic calculations 

115,373

113,550

114,755

112,924

 Dilutive shares for long term compensation plans 

717

792

748

682

 Diluted shares for net income calculations 

116,090

114,342

115,503

113,606

 Weighted average common units 

3,809

3,942

3,869

3,947

 Diluted shares for Funds from operations calculations 

119,899

118,284

119,372

117,553

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

December 31, 2011

(In thousands, except share amounts)

December 31, 2011

December 31, 2010

Assets

Real estate:

Land and land improvements

$                                       856,783

$                                       801,271

Building and improvements

4,117,179

3,902,891

Less: accumulated depreciation

(1,062,230)

(938,044)

Operating real estate

3,911,732

3,766,118

Development in progress

88,848

-

Land held for development

219,375

203,811

Net real estate

4,219,955

3,969,929

Cash and cash equivalents

18,204

108,409

Restricted cash

63,659

49,526

Accounts receivable

8,192

6,898

Deferred rent receivable

103,008

99,779

Deferred financing and leasing costs, net of accumulated

amortization (2011, $124,051; 2010, $108,144)

130,210

128,536

Investments in and advances to unconsolidated joint ventures

174,687

171,916

Assets held for sale  

195,572

456,181

Prepaid expenses and other assets

76,186

73,625

Total assets

$                                    4,989,673

$                                    5,064,799

Liabilities

Mortgage loans

$                                       290,819

$                                       320,679

Unsecured notes

1,792,643

2,039,143

Credit facility

139,400

-

Accounts payable

23,418

23,652

Accrued interest

24,147

29,821

Dividend and distributions payable

56,958

56,149

Other liabilities

202,532

156,803

Total liabilities

2,529,917

2,626,247

Equity

Shareholders' equity:

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

authorized, 117,352,353 (includes 1,249,909 in treasury) and 115,530,608

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

December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively

117

116

Additional paid-in capital

2,617,355

2,560,193

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(429)

(155)

Distributions in excess of net income

(461,496)

(426,017)

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

December 31, 2011 and 2010  

(51,951)

(51,951)

Total shareholders' equity

2,103,596

2,082,186

Noncontrolling interest - operating partnership

3,808,746 and 3,928,733 common units outstanding as of December 31, 2011

and 2010, respectively

64,426

67,621

9,740,000 preferred units outstanding as of December 31, 2011 and 2010

287,959

287,959

Noncontrolling interest - consolidated joint ventures

3,775

786

Total equity

2,459,756

2,438,552

Total liabilities & equity

$                                    4,989,673

$                                    5,064,799

SOURCE Liberty Property Trust



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