FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., May 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RAMCO (NYSE:RPT) today announced its financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2018. 

FIRST QUARTER FINANCIAL AND OPERATING RESULTS:

  • Net income available to common shareholders of $0.07 per diluted share, compared to $0.14 per diluted share for the same period in 2017, reflecting no gains on real estate sales or impairment provisions in the current year period.
  • Funds from Operations ("FFO") of $0.32 per diluted share, compared to $0.35 per diluted share for the same period in 2017.
  • Operating Funds from Operations (“Operating FFO”) of $0.32 per diluted share, compared to $0.35 per diluted share for the same period in 2017.
  • Generated same property NOI growth with redevelopment of 0.5% for the three months ended March 31, 2018.
  • Signed 49 comparable leases encompassing 321,705 square feet at a positive leasing spread of 8.7% with an annualized base rent ("ABR") of $18.47 per square feet.
  • Increased ABR to $15.20 per square foot, excluding ground leases, compared to $14.60 for the same period in 2017.
  • Leased occupancy of 93.6% compared to 93.3% at December 31, 2017 and 94.3% at March 31, 2017.

"In April, the Company hired Brian Harper as its next CEO.  Brian's industry knowledge, proven track record, and reputation as a hands-on operator will benefit our organization and drive value for our shareholders," said Dennis Gershenson, President and Chief Executive Officer.  "During the first quarter, the Company generated higher average base rents, positive rent spreads, and improving occupancy.  As anticipated, same property NOI growth decelerated in the quarter due to tenant bankruptcies in 2017.  The Company believes it will have leased the majority of the impacted space by the end of 2018."

FINANCIAL RESULTS:

For the three months ended March 31, 2018:

  • Net income available to common shareholders of $5.6 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, compared to $11.4 million, or $0.14 per diluted share for the same period in 2017. 
  • FFO of $28.6 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared to $30.8 million, or $0.35 per diluted share for the same period in 2017.
  • Operating FFO of $28.2 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared to $30.6 million or $0.35 per diluted share for the same period in 2017. 

BALANCE SHEET METRICS AND CAPITAL MARKETS ACTIVITY:

  • Net debt to annualized proforma adjusted EBITDA of 6.5X, interest coverage of 3.7X, and fixed charge coverage of 3.0X.

INVESTMENT ACTIVITY:

Acquisitions

On January 5, 2018, the Company acquired the leasehold interest on a land lease at West Oaks in Novi, Michigan for $6.4 million.

Redevelopment

At March 31, 2018, the Company's active redevelopment pipeline consisted of seven projects with an estimated total cost of $74.3 million, which are expected to stabilize over the next eighteen months at an estimated weighted average return on cost of between 8.5% - 9.5%.

SUBSEQUENT ACTIVITY:

Transactions

On April 2, 2018, the Company sold a 7.5 acre land parcel in Hartland, Michigan, for the development of a 55,000 square foot Emagine theater, for $1.3 million.  The state-of-the-art theater will feature upscale amenities throughout and will be well-positioned to succeed in today’s retail landscape.

On April 27, 2018, the Company sold its equity interest in Millennium Park in Livonia, Michigan for $3.1 million, which represents the original investment of $3.0 million as well as $0.1 million in pro rata earnings.

DIVIDEND:

In the first quarter, the Company declared a regular cash dividend of $0.22 per common share for the period January 1, 2018 through March 31, 2018 and a Series D convertible perpetual preferred share dividend of $0.90625 per share for the same period.  The dividends were paid on April 2, 2018 to shareholders of record as of March 20, 2018.

GUIDANCE:

On April 12, 2018, the Company announced that it had hired Brian Harper as its next President and CEO to replace Dennis Gershenson on or before June 15, 2018.  The Company also announced that Geoffrey Bedrosian, its former CFO and John Hendrickson, its former COO, had resigned and exited the Company.  As a result of the management changes and the potential impact on the Company's future business plans, the Company is not affirming or updating its annual guidance assumptions at this time.

CONFERENCE CALL/WEBCAST:

RAMCO will host a live broadcast of its first quarter conference call on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. eastern time, to discuss its financial and operating results.  The live broadcast will be available on-line at www.RAMCOproperties.com and www.investorcalendar.com and also by telephone at (877) 407-9205, no pass code needed.  A replay will be available on the aforementioned websites for ninety days or by telephone at (877) 481-4010, (Conference ID: 28057) through May 11, 2018.

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS:

The Company’s quarterly financial and operating supplement is available on its corporate web site at www.RAMCOproperties.com.  If you wish to receive a copy via email, please send requests to dhendershot@RAMCOproperties.com.

RAMCO (NYSE:RPT) is a premier, national publicly-traded shopping center real estate investment trust (REIT) based in Farmington Hills, Michigan.  The Company's primary business is the ownership and management of regional town centers, urban infill properties and neighborhood shopping centers primarily located in 15 of the 40 largest metropolitan markets in the United States.  At March 31, 2018, the Company owned interests in and managed a portfolio of 56 shopping centers and three joint venture properties. At March 31, 2018, the Company's consolidated portfolio was 93.6% leased.  RAMCO is a fully-integrated qualified REIT that is self-administered and self-managed. For additional information about the Company please visit www.RAMCOproperties.com or follow RAMCO on Twitter @RAMCOproperties and facebook.com/RAMCOproperties.rpt/. 

This press release may contain forward-looking statements that represent the Company’s expectations and projections for the future. Management of RAMCO believes the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements made in this press release are based on reasonable assumptions. Certain factors could occur that might cause actual results to vary, including deterioration in national economic conditions, weakening of real estate markets, decreases in the availability of credit, increases in interest rates, adverse changes in the retail industry, our continuing ability to qualify as a REIT and other factors discussed in the Company’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Company Contact:
Dawn L. Hendershot, Senior Vice President Investor Relations and Public Affairs
31500 Northwestern Highway, Suite 300
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
dhendershot@RAMCOproperties.com
(248) 592-6202

 

 
RAMCO-GERSHENSON PROPERTIES TRUST
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
  March 31,   December 31,
  2018
   2017 
        
ASSETS   
Income producing properties, at cost:   
Land$397,935  $397,935 
Buildings and improvements1,745,157  1,732,844 
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization(365,969) (351,632)
Income producing properties, net1,777,123  1,779,147 
Construction in progress and land available for development or sale71,235  58,243 
Net real estate1,848,358  1,837,390 
Equity investments in unconsolidated joint ventures5,494  3,493 
Cash and cash equivalents10,315  8,081 
Restricted cash and escrows5,214  4,810 
Accounts receivable, net25,254  26,145 
Acquired lease intangibles, net56,582  59,559 
Other assets, net94,028  90,916 
TOTAL ASSETS$2,045,245  $2,030,394 
    
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY   
Notes payable, net$1,023,488  $999,215 
Capital lease obligation1,022  1,022 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses55,455  56,750 
Acquired lease intangibles, net59,261  60,197 
Other liabilities8,407  8,375 
Distributions payable19,704  19,666 
TOTAL LIABILITIES1,167,337  1,145,225 
    
Commitments and Contingencies   
    
Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust ("RPT") Shareholders' Equity:   
Preferred shares, $0.01 par, 2,000 shares authorized: 7.25% Series D Cumulative Convertible Perpetual Preferred Shares,     
(stated at liquidation preference $50 per share), 1,849 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively92,427  92,427 
Common shares of beneficial interest, $0.01 par, 120,000 shares authorized, 79,475 and 79,366 shares issued and outstanding as of  March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively795  794 
Additional paid-in capital1,161,252  1,160,862 
Accumulated distributions in excess of net income(402,512) (392,619)
Accumulated other comprehensive income5,243  2,858 
TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY ATTRIBUTABLE TO RPT857,205  864,322 
Noncontrolling interest20,703  20,847 
TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY877,908  885,169 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY$2,045,245  $2,030,394 
        


 
RAMCO-GERSHENSON PROPERTIES TRUST
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
   
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2018 2017
REVENUE    
Minimum rent $46,912  $49,437 
Percentage rent 324  238 
Recovery income from tenants 14,582  16,891 
Other property income 814  1,106 
Management and other fee income 86  153 
TOTAL REVENUE 62,718  67,825 
     
EXPENSES    
Real estate tax expense 10,157  10,993 
Recoverable operating expense 6,806  7,608 
Non-recoverable operating expense 1,001  1,148 
Depreciation and amortization 21,112  22,817 
General and administrative expense 5,887  6,451 
Provision for impairment   5,717 
TOTAL EXPENSES 44,963  54,734 
     
OPERATING INCOME 17,755  13,091 
     
OTHER INCOME AND EXPENSES    
Other  income (expense), net 253  (311)
Gain on sale of real estate   11,375 
Earnings from unconsolidated joint ventures 71  86 
Interest expense (10,601) (10,799)
INCOME BEFORE TAX 7,478  13,442 
Income tax provision (18) (28)
     
NET INCOME 7,460  13,414 
Net income attributable to noncontrolling partner interest (174) (316)
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO RPT 7,286  13,098 
Preferred share dividends (1,675) (1,675)
NET INCOME AVAILABLE TO COMMON SHAREHOLDERS $5,611  $11,423 
     
EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE    
Basic $0.07  $0.14 
Diluted $0.07  $0.14 
     
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING    
Basic 79,423  79,299 
Diluted 79,570  79,481 
       


 
RAMCO-GERSHENSON PROPERTIES TRUST
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)
    Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2018 2017
     
Net income $7,460  $13,414 
Net income attributable to noncontrolling partner interest (174) (316)
Preferred share dividends (1,675) (1,675)
Net income available to common shareholders 5,611  11,423 
Adjustments:    
Rental property depreciation and amortization expense 21,050  22,758 
Pro-rata share of real estate depreciation from unconsolidated joint ventures 72  73 
Gain on sale of depreciable real estate   (11,190)
Provision for impairment on income-producing properties   5,717 
FFO available to common shareholders 26,733  28,781 
     
Noncontrolling interest in Operating Partnership (1) 174  316 
Preferred share dividends (assuming conversion) (2) 1,675  1,675 
FFO available to common shareholders and dilutive securities $28,582  $30,772 
     
(Gain) loss on sale of land   (185)
Severance expense 14  12 
Contingent gain (398)  
Operating FFO available to common shareholders and dilutive securities $28,198  $30,599 
     
Weighted average common shares 79,423  79,299 
Shares issuable upon conversion of Operating Partnership Units (1) 1,916  1,917 
Dilutive effect of restricted stock 147  182 
Shares issuable upon conversion of preferred shares (2) 6,772  6,657 
Weighted average equivalent shares outstanding, diluted 88,258  88,055 
     
FFO available to common shareholders and dilutive securities per share, diluted $0.32  $0.35 
     
Operating FFO available to common shareholders and dilutive securities per share, diluted $0.32  $0.35 
     
Dividend per common share $0.22  $0.22 
Payout ratio - Operating FFO 68.8% 62.9%
     

(1) The total noncontrolling interest reflects OP units convertible 1:1 into common shares.
(2) Series D convertible preferred shares are paid annual dividends of $6.7 million and are currently convertible into approximately 6.7 million shares of common stock. They are dilutive only when earnings or FFO exceed approximately $0.25 per diluted share per quarter and $1.00 per diluted share per year.  The conversion ratio is subject to adjustment based upon a number of factors, and such adjustment could affect the dilutive impact of the Series D convertible preferred shares on FFO and earning per share in future periods.

 
RAMCO-GERSHENSON PROPERTIES TRUST
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(amounts in thousands)
 
Reconciliation of net income available to common shareholders to Same Property NOI  
    
 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2018 2017
Net income available to common shareholders$5,611  $11,423 
Preferred share dividends1,675  1,675 
Net income attributable to noncontrolling partner interest174  316 
Income tax provision18  28 
Interest expense10,601  10,799 
Earnings from unconsolidated joint ventures(71) (86)
Gain on sale of real estate  (11,375)
Other expense, net(253) 311 
Management and other fee income(86) (153)
Depreciation and amortization21,112  22,817 
General and administrative expenses5,887  6,451 
Provision for impairment  5,717 
Lease termination fees  (33)
Amortization of lease inducements43  44 
Amortization of acquired above and below market lease intangibles, net(1,122) (959)
Straight-line ground rent expense70  70 
Amortization of acquired ground lease intangibles6  6 
Straight-line rental income(878) (810)
NOI42,787  46,241 
NOI from Other Investments(2,535) (6,189)
Same Property NOI with Redevelopment40,252  40,052 
NOI from Redevelopment (1)(3,263) (2,925)
Same Property NOI without Redevelopment$36,989  $37,127 
    
    
(1) The NOI from Redevelopment adjustments represent 100% of the NOI related to Deerfield Towne Center and Woodbury Lakes, and a portion of the NOI related to specific GLA at Troy Marketplace, Spring Meadows, The Shops on Lane Avenue, River City Marketplace, The Shoppes at Fox River, Buttermilk Towne Center and Town & Country for the periods presented.  Because of the redevelopment activity, the center or specific space is not considered comparable for the periods presented and adjusted out of Same Property NOI with Redevelopment in arriving at Same Property NOI without Redevelopment.
    

 

 
RAMCO-GERSHENSON PROPERTIES TRUST
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(amounts in thousands)
 
 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2018 2017
Reconciliation of net income to  annualized proforma adjusted EBITDA   
Net income$7,460  $13,414 
Interest expense10,601  10,799 
Income tax provision18  28 
Depreciation and amortization21,112  22,817 
Gain on sale of depreciable real estate  (11,375)
Provision for impairment on depreciable real estate  5,717 
Pro-rata adjustments from unconsolidated entities72  73 
EBITDAre39,263  41,473 
    
Severance expense14  12 
Contingent gain(398)  
Lease termination income  (33)
Adjusted EBITDA38,879  41,452 
Proforma adjustments (1)314  1,026 
Proforma adjusted EBITDA$39,193  $42,478 
Annualized proforma adjusted EBITDA$156,772  $169,912 
    
    
Reconciliation of Notes Payable, net to Net Debt   
Notes payable, net$1,023,488  $1,192,312 
Unamortized premium(3,707) (4,829)
Deferred financing costs, net3,646  3,555 
Consolidated notional debt1,023,427  1,191,038 
Pro-rata share of debt from unconsolidated joint venture12,699   
Capital lease obligation1,022  1,066 
Cash and cash equivalents(10,315) (4,486)
Net debt$1,026,833  $1,187,618 
    
    
Reconciliation of interest expense to total fixed charges   
Interest expense$10,601  $10,799 
Preferred share dividends1,675  1,675 
Scheduled mortgage principal payments642  806 
Total fixed charges$12,918  $13,280 
    
    
Net debt to annualized proforma adjusted EBITDA6.5X 7.0X
Interest coverage ratio (Adjusted EBITDA / interest expense)3.7X 3.8X
Fixed charge coverage ratio (Adjusted EBITDA / fixed charges)3.0X 3.1X
    
(1) 1Q18 includes EBITDA of $0.3 million from  our Millennium Park joint venture.  1Q17 includes EBITDA of $1.4 million from acquisitions and excludes $0.4 million from dispositions.
 

 

Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust
Non-GAAP Financial Definitions

 

Certain of our key performance indicators are considered non-GAAP financial measures. Management uses these measures along with our GAAP financial statements in order to evaluate our operations results.  We believe these additional measures provide users of our financial information additional comparable indicators of our industry, as well as our performance.

Funds From Operations (FFO) Available to Common Shareholders
As defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), Funds From Operations (FFO) represents net income computed in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, excluding gains (or losses) from sales of depreciable property and impairment provisions on depreciable real estate or on investments in non-consolidated investees that are driven by measurable decreases in the fair value of depreciable real estate held by the investee, plus depreciation and amortization, (excluding amortization of financing costs).  Adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures are calculated to reflect funds from operations on the same basis.  We have adopted the NAREIT definition in our computation of FFO available to common shareholders.

Operating FFO Available to Common Shareholders
In addition to FFO available to common shareholders, we include Operating FFO available to common shareholders as an additional measure of our financial and operating performance.  Operating FFO excludes acquisition costs and periodic items such as gains (or losses) from sales of land and impairment provisions on land available for development or sale, bargain purchase gains, severance expense, accelerated amortization of debt premiums and gains or losses on extinguishment of debt that are not adjusted under the current NAREIT definition of FFO. We provide a reconciliation of FFO to Operating FFO.  FFO and Operating FFO should not be considered alternatives to GAAP net income available to common shareholders or as alternatives to cash flow as measures of liquidity.

While we consider FFO available to common shareholders and Operating FFO available to common shareholders useful measures for reviewing our comparative operating and financial performance between periods or to compare our performance to different REITs, our computations of FFO and Operating FFO may differ from the computations utilized by other real estate companies, and therefore, may not be comparable.  We  recognize the  limitations of  FFO  and  Operating FFO  when  compared to  GAAP net  income available to  common shareholders. FFO and Operating FFO available to common shareholders do not represent amounts available for needed capital replacement or expansion, debt service obligations, or other commitments and uncertainties. In addition, FFO and Operating FFO do not represent cash generated from operating activities in accordance with GAAP and are not necessarily indicative of cash available to fund cash needs, including the payment of dividends. FFO and Operating FFO are simply  used as for reviewing our comparative operating and financial performance between periods or to compare our performance to different REITs, our computations of FFO and Operating FFO may differ from the computations utilized by other real estate companies, and therefore, may not be comparable.

EBITDAre/Adjusted EBITDA/Proforma Adjusted EBITDA
NAREIT defines EBITDAre as net income computed in accordance with GAAP, plus interest expense, income tax expense (benefit), depreciation and amortization and impairment of depreciable real estate and in substance real estate equity investments; plus or minus gains or losses from sales of operating real estate assets and interests in real estate equity investments; and adjustments to reflect our share of unconsolidated real estate joint ventures and partnerships for these items. The Company calculates EBITDAre in a manner consistent with the NAREIT definition.  The Company also presents Adjusted EBITDA which is EBITDAre net of severance expense, lease termination income, and other non-recurring items.  EBITDAre and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered an alternative measure of operating results or cash flow from operations as determined in accordance with GAAP.  Proforma Adjusted EBITDA further adjusts for the effect of the acquisition or disposition of properties during the period.

Same Property Operating Income
Same Property Operating Income ("Same Property NOI with Redevelopment") is a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure of real estate companies' operating performance. Same Property NOI with Redevelopment is considered by management to be a relevant performance measure of our operations because it includes only the NOI of comparable properties for the reporting period.  Same Property NOI with Redevelopment excludes acquisitions and dispositions.   Same Property NOI with Redevelopment is calculated using consolidated operating income and adjusted to exclude management and other fee income, depreciation and amortization, general and administrative expense, provision for impairment and non-comparable income/expense adjustments such as straight-line rents, lease termination fees, above/below market rents, and other non-comparable operating income and expense adjustments.

In addition to Same Property NOI with Redevelopment, the Company also believes Same Property NOI without Redevelopment to be a relevant performance measure of our operations.  Same Property NOI without Redevelopment follows the same methodology as Same Property NOI with Redevelopment, however it excludes redevelopment activity that significantly impacts the entire property, as well as lesser redevelopment activity where we are adding GLA or retenanting a specific space.  A property is designated as redevelopment when projected costs exceed $1.0 million, and the construction impacts approximately 20% or more of the income producing property's gross leasable area ("GLA") or the location and nature of the construction significantly impacts or disrupts the daily operations of the property.  Redevelopment may also include a portion of certain properties designated as same property for which we are adding additional GLA or retenanting space.

Same Property NOI should not be considered an alternative to net income in accordance with GAAP or as a measure of liquidity. Our method of calculating Same Property NOI may differ from methods used by other REITs and, accordingly, may not be comparable to such other REITs.