Old Bethpage, New York, UNITED STATES

Old Bethpage, NY, Nov. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Power REIT (NYSE American: PW) today reported its results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Financial Highlights

  Three Months Ended September 30,  Nine Months Ended September 30, 
  2019  2018  2019  2018 
Net Income Attributable to Common Shares $203,635  $132,801  $474,222  $414,824 
Net Income per Common Share $0.11  $0.07  $0.25  $0.23 
Core FFO Available to Common Shares $334,055  $266,561  $846,888  $770,341 
Core FFO per Common Share  0.18   0.15   0.45   0.42 

Power REIT’s portfolio of primarily “triple net leased” real estate provides stable operating income. In July of 2019, Power REIT announced an updated business plan with a new focus for acquisitions on Controlled Environment Agriculture. As part of this announcement, Power REIT announced the acquisition of two Controlled Environment Agriculture properties for the cultivation of medical cannabis. The acquisitions primarily account for the 25% growth in Core FFO for Q3 2019 over Q3 2018. This dynamic growth is a function of the high yield for the recent acquisitions as well as Power REIT’s relatively small market capitalization. Power REIT is currently working on a debt financing to fund additional acquisitions and believes it can continue to grow its Core FFO per Common Share as it embarks on its new growth plan.

Recent Development – New Focus for Acquisitions

Power REIT believes agricultural production is ripe for technological transformation and that we are at the early stages of a boom in agricultural venture capital that, among other things, will shift food production for certain crops from traditional outdoor farms to Controlled Environment Agriculture “plant factories.” Since a significant portion of any given CEA enterprise is real estate, Power REIT sees an opportunity to participate in the trend towards indoor agriculture.

CEA for Food

CEA for food production is widely adopted in parts of Europe and is becoming an increasingly competitive alternative to traditional farming for a variety of reasons. CEA caters to consumer desires for sustainable and locally grown products. Locally grown indoor produce will have a longer shelf life as the plants are healthier and also travel shorter distances thereby reducing food waste. In addition, a controlled environment produces high-quality pesticide free products that eliminates seasonality and provides highly predictable output that can be used to simplify the supply chain to the grocer’s shelf.

CEA for Cannabis

Power REIT is focused on investing in the cultivation and production side of the cannabis industry through the ownership of real estate. As such it is not directly in the cannabis business and also not even indirectly involved with facilities that sell cannabis directly to consumers. By serving as a landlord, Power REIT believes it can generate attractive risk adjusted returns related to the fast growing cannabis industry and that this offers a safer approach than investing directly in cannabis operating businesses.

Recent Acquisitions

On July 15, 2019, Power REIT announced that it had acquired two greenhouse properties located in southern Colorado. The two properties are leased to an operator that is licensed for the cultivation and processing of medical cannabis. The total combined purchase price was $1,770,000. The annual straight-line triple net-rent is approximately $331,000 which translates to a yield of approximately 19%. During Q3 2019, Power REIT recorded approximately $72,000 of income related to these acquisitions compared to approximately $83,000 that would be recorded for a full quarter. The acquisition of the greenhouses was closed on an all-cash basis with existing working capital. As such, they are accretive to Core Funds from Operation by approximately $331,000 per annum which is more than a 30% increase from historical levels. Power REIT is currently in discussions regarding the expansion of one of the two greenhouse properties.

Dividend Declaration

Preferred Stock: For the Company’s 7.75% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock, a cash dividend of $0.484375 per depositary share was declared. The preferred stock dividend, which equates to an annual dividend payment of $1.9375 per depositary share, is payable on December 15, 2019, to stockholders of record on November 15, 2019.

About Power REIT

Power REIT is a real estate investment trust that owns real estate related to infrastructure assets including properties for Controlled Environment Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Transportation. Power REIT is actively seeking to expand its real estate portfolio related to Controlled Environment Agriculture and Renewable Energy.

Additional Information

Further details regarding Power REIT’s consolidated results of operations and financial condition as of and for the year ended December 31, 2018 are contained in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which can be viewed at the Company’s website at www.pwreit.com under the Investor Relations section, and in EDGAR on the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov.

Forward-Looking Statements

This document may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements are those that predict or describe future events or trends and that do not relate solely to historical matters. You can usually identify forward-looking statements as containing the words “believe,” “expect,” “will,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate,” “would,” “should,” “project,” “plan,” “assume” or other similar expressions, or negatives of those expressions, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. All statements contained in this document regarding Power REIT’s future strategy, future operations, projected financial position, estimated future revenues, projected costs, future prospects, the future of Power REIT’s industries and results that might be obtained by pursuing management’s current or future objectives are forward-looking statements. Over time, Power REIT’s actual results, performance, financial condition or achievements may differ from the anticipated results, performance, financial condition or achievements that are expressed or implied in Power REIT’s forward-looking statements, and such differences may be significant and materially adverse to Power REIT and its security holders.

All forward-looking statements reflect Power REIT’s good-faith beliefs, assumptions and expectations, but they are not guarantees of future performance. Power REIT disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, new information, data or methods, future events or other changes, except to the extent required by law. For a further discussion of factors that could cause Power REIT’s future results or financial condition to differ materially from anything expressed or implied in its forward-looking statements, see the sections entitled “Risk Factors” in Power REIT’s registration statements and quarterly and annual reports as filed by Power REIT from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This document contains supplemental financial measures that are not calculated pursuant to U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), including the measure identified by us as Core Funds From Operations Available to Common Shares (“Core FFO”). Management believes that Core FFO is a useful supplemental measure of the Company’s operating performance. Management believes that alternative measures of performance, such as net income computed under GAAP, or Funds From Operations computed in accordance with the definition used by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”), include certain financial items that are not indicative of the results provided by the Company’s asset portfolio and inappropriately affect the comparability of the Company’s period-over-period performance. These items include non-recurring expenses, such as those incurred in connection with litigation, one-time upfront acquisition expenses that are not capitalized under ASC-805 and certain non-cash expenses, including non-cash, stock-based compensation expense. Therefore, management uses Core FFO and defines it as net income excluding such items. Management believes that, for the foregoing reasons, these adjustments to net income are appropriate. The Company believes that Core FFO is a useful supplemental measure for the investing community to employ, including when comparing the Company to other REITs that disclose similarly adjusted FFO figures, and when analyzing changes in the Company’s performance over time. Readers are cautioned that other REITs may use different adjustments to their GAAP financial measures than we do, and that as a result the Company’s Core FFO may not be comparable to the FFO measures used by other REITs or to other non-GAAP or GAAP financial measures used by REITs or other companies.


  September 30, 2019  December 31, 2018 
Land $6,928,644  $6,788,067 
Land Improvements, net of accumulated depreciation  1,633,277   - 
Net investment in capital lease - railroad  9,150,000   9,150,000 
Total real estate assets  17,711,921   15,938,067 
Cash and cash equivalents  573,141   1,771,011 
Prepaid expenses  53,799   16,795 
Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization  3,648,740   3,826,595 
Other assets  342,044   342,668 
TOTAL ASSETS $22,329,645  $21,895,136 
Deferred revenue $69,434  $32,851 
Security deposit  114,378   - 
Accounts payable  44,511   24,828 
Accounts payable - Related party  -   1,374 
Accrued interest  83,635   87,846 
Current portion of long-term debt, net of unamortized discount  413,830   389,996 
Long-term debt, net of unamortized discount  8,780,522   9,167,336 
TOTAL LIABILITIES  9,506,310   9,704,231 
Series A 7.75% Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock Par Value $25.00 (175,000 shares authorized; 144,636 issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018)  3,492,149   3,492,149 
Commitments and Contingencies  -   - 
Common Shares, $0.001 par value (100,000,000 shares authorized; 1,872,939 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2019 and 1,870,139 at December 31, 2018)  1,873   1,870 
Additional paid-in capital  11,774,359   11,616,154 
Accumulated deficit  (2,445,046)  (2,919,268)
Total Equity  9,331,186   8,698,756 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $22,329,645  $21,895,136 


  Three Months Ended September 30,  Nine Months Ended September 30, 
  2019  2018  2019  2018 
Lease income from capital lease – railroad, net $228,750  $228,750  $686,250  $686,250 
Rental income  334,532   262,527   859,587   787,582 
Misc. income  589   2,803   8,238   6,493 
TOTAL REVENUE  563,871   494,080   1,554,075   1,480,325 
Amortization of intangible assets  59,285   59,286   177,855   177,856 
General and administrative  94,144   104,043   312,192   301,871 
Property tax  5,537   5,521   16,650   13,790 
Interest expense  113,501   122,371   345,271   361,810 
TOTAL EXPENSES  290,178   291,221   869,679   855,327 
NET INCOME  273,693   202,859   684,396   624,998 
Preferred Stock Dividends  (70,058)  (70,058)  (210,174)  (210,174)
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO COMMON SHARES $203,635  $132,801  $474,222  $414,824 
Income Per Common Share:                
Basic and diluted $0.11  $0.07  $0.25  $0.23 
Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding:                
Basic  1,872,939   1,827,804   1,871,093   1,827,494 
Diluted  1,885,488   1,827,804   1,871,093   1,827,494 
Cash dividend per Series A Preferred Share $0.48  $0.48  $1.45  $1.45 


  Nine Months Ended September 30, 
  2019  2018 
Operating activities        
Net Income $684,396  $624,998 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:        
Amortization of intangible assets  177,855   177,856 
Amortization of debt costs  18,892   18,894 
Stock-based compensation  158,208   158,767 
Depreciation  17,711     
Changes in operating assets and liabilities        
(Decrease)/Increase in accounts payable related party  (1,374)  198 
Decrease in other assets  624   45,028 
(Increase) in prepaid expenses  (37,004)  (7,147)
(Decrease)/Increase in accounts payable  19,683   (19,314)
Increase in securtiy deposit  114,378   - 
(Decrease) in accrued interest  (4,211)  (4,430)
Increase in deferred revenue  36,583   30,382 
Net cash provided by operating activities  1,185,741   1,025,232 
Investing activities        
Cash paid for land and land improvements  (1,791,565)  - 
Net cash used in investing activities $(1,791,565)  - 
Financing Activities        
Principal payment on long-term debt  (381,872)  (354,370)
Cash dividends paid on preferred stock  (210,174)  (210,174)
Net cash used in financing activities  (592,046)  (564,544)
Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents  (1,197,870)  460,688 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period  1,771,011   1,146,730 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $573,141  $1,607,418 
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:        
Interest paid $330,590  $357,311 


  Three Months Ended September 30,  Nine Months Ended September 30, 
  2019  2018  2019  2018 
Core FFO Available to Common Shares $334,055  $266,561  $846,888  $770,341 
Core FFO per common share  0.18   0.15   0.45   0.42 
Weighted Average shares outstanding (basic)  1,885,488   1,827,804   1,871,093   1,827,494 


  Three Months Ended September 30,  Nine Months Ended September 30, 
  2019  2018  2019  2018 
Net income Attributable to Common Shares $203,635  $132,801  $474,222  $414,824 
Stock-based compensation  47,127   68,175   158,208   158,767 
Interest Expense - Amortization of Debt Costs  6,297   6,299   18,892   18,894 
Amortization of Intangible Asset  59,285   59,286   177,855   177,856 
Depreciation on Land Improvements  17,711   -   17,711   - 
Core FFO Available to Common Shares $334,055  $266,561  $846,888  $770,341 

Contact Information

Telephone | 212.750.0371
Email | ir@pwreit.com
Website | www.pwreit.com