AMB Property Corporation
AMB's industrial assets, located predominantly in infill submarkets of major hub and gateway distribution markets, were 94.4% leased as of September 30, 2002, unchanged from June 30, 2002. The Company's same store cash basis net operating income increased 0.2% for the quarter. Year-to-date tenant retention was 73.7%, while rents on renewals and rollovers increased by a modest 0.1% as the Company continued to focus on occupancy. Year-to-date same store cash basis net operating income increased 1.1%.
"AMB's quarterly and year-to-date results are consistent with our expectations in a difficult operating environment. We believe the industrial market is in the early stages of a slow recovery. We are seeing evidence of increasing cargo volumes and a modest up-tick in leasing activity -- signs we believe will lead to positive absorption in time. Historically, positive absorption and constrained new supply lead to growth in occupancy and, subsequently, to growth in rents. However, it will take time for the recovery, which is slower than we originally envisioned, to positively impact our results," noted Chairman and CEO, Hamid R. Moghadam.
During the third quarter, AMB acquired eight industrial facilities for a total investment of $89.2 million and disposed of six properties for a cumulative price of $33.6 million. During the quarter, AMB completed and stabilized five industrial development projects, totaling 937,000 square feet for a total investment of $50.4 million. The industrial development and renovation pipeline currently stands at $128.1 million and consists of 2.9 million square feet, of which $98.6 million, or 77.0%, has been funded and 53% is preleased.
The Company significantly advanced its on-tarmac strategy in the quarter with the acquisition of two on-tarmac cargo facilities at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The buildings combined have more than 426,500 rentable square feet, 61 truck doors with immediate ramp access and two parking spots for wide body planes. The acquisition brings AMB's on-tarmac presence to 12 domestic airports; on-tarmac real estate now accounts for over 7% of the Company's annualized base rents.
AMB's President, W. Blake Baird, summarized, "In our view, the domestic transaction environment for industrial real estate increasingly favors sellers over buyers. As a result, we plan to accelerate our dispositions of non- strategic assets and more quickly reduce our presence in non-target markets in the U.S. We now expect to exceed our previously announced disposition guidance, including net contributions to joint ventures, of $200 million for 2002. Our anticipated disposition activity, combined with more modest acquisition volumes, should result in net real estate sales over the next several quarters. The ensuing liquidity will dilute our short-term results but should contribute to stronger long-term results once deployed into either more strategic industrial assets or share repurchases."
Furthering the Company's international expansion plan, AMB has formed a strategic alliance with Boustead Projects, the real estate development subsidiary of the multi-national Boustead Singapore Ltd., that will initially focus on distribution facilities in the eastern Singapore submarket of Changi Airport and in Jurong, the industrial heart of Singapore. Further, AMB is aligning with SIRIUS L'Immobilier D'Enterprise, one of the largest owners of airport-adjacent industrial buildings at France's Charles de Gaulle Roissy International Airport (CDG), to focus on projects at or near CDG airport.
Mr. Moghadam commented, "Our operating model is based on partnering with the best local entrepreneurs in each market. Combining our customer relationships and investment expertise with our partners' local operating expertise, we expect to meet our customers' needs and provide solid returns to our investors. Singapore and Paris are both integral links in the global supply chain and we are delighted to be forming strategic alliances with Boustead and SIRIUS. We expect to announce additional alliances in other international target markets in future quarters."
Mr. Baird added, "Our international expansion is proceeding with significant traction. As we said in January this year, we are seeking investment opportunities in three Mexican distribution markets and eight large international airport markets. The first phase of our previously announced Mexico City development project with Strategic Alliance Partner(R) G. Accion was delivered in September to the customer on time and on budget. We hope to announce additional capital deployment in Mexico over the next few quarters. Dialogue with our global customers indicates strong interest in our target locations; we are currently working on potential development opportunities adjacent to Changi Airport in Singapore and potential acquisition and development opportunities near Charles de Gaulle in Paris with our respective alliance partners."
Other investment activity in the quarter included the repurchase of $11.4 million of the Company's common stock and $7.1 million of preferred units. In total, 433,200 shares of common stock were purchased at an average price of $26.41 per share under the Company's current share repurchase plan, leaving $88.6 million of common stock repurchase capacity under the plan. AMB's preferred unit repurchases included 130,000 of its Series F units and all of its outstanding Series G units.
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AMB reported third quarter 2002 Funds from Operations (FFO) of $0.58 per share, representing a 7.9% decrease over third quarter 2001 FFO of $0.63 per share. Year-to-date FFO per share was $1.79, up 9.1% from the same period in 2001 of $1.64. Both the current quarter and third quarter 2001 include $0.01 per share of gains on developments held for sale projects; 2001 year-to-date FFO included a $0.23 write-off of the Company's investments in technology related companies.
AMB will host a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2002 results Tuesday, October 8, 2002 at 11:00 AM PDT/ 2:00 PM EDT. Stockholders and interested parties may listen to a live broadcast of the call by dialing (719) 457-2727 and using reservation code 392057. The conference call can also be accessed through the Internet on AMB's website at www.amb.com; please visit the website at least fifteen minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. For those who are not able to listen to the live broadcast, replays will be available shortly after the call until October 29, 2002 via telephone by dialing 719-457-0820 with reservation code 392057 and until October 29, 2002 on the Company's website.
AMB Property Corporation is a leading owner and operator of industrial real estate in North America. As of September 30, 2002 AMB owned, managed and had renovation and development projects totaling 97.2 million square feet (9.0 million square meters) and 1,032 buildings in 27 markets. AMB invests in industrial properties located predominantly in infill submarkets of major hub and gateway distribution markets. The Company's portfolio is comprised largely of High Throughput Distribution(R) facilities - industrial properties built for speed and located near airports, seaports and ground transportation systems.
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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (dollars in thousands) As of September 30, June 30, March 31, December 31, 2002 2002 2002 2001 Assets Investments in real estate: Total investments in properties $4,883,497 $4,732,321 $4,566,951 $4,530,711 Accumulated depreciation (344,949) (311,058) (289,701) (265,653) Net investments in properties 4,538,548 4,421,263 4,277,250 4,265,058 Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures 64,822 64,083 71,137 71,097 Properties held for divestiture, net 105,613 133,934 139,370 157,174 Net investments in real estate 4,708,983 4,619,280 4,487,757 4,493,329 Cash and cash equivalents 90,840 119,287 99,492 81,732 Mortgage receivables 13,155 87,175 87,214 87,214 Accounts receivable, net 81,003 80,366 75,399 70,794 Other assets, including discontinued operations 48,608 39,390 39,392 35,874 Total assets $4,942,589 $4,945,498 $4,789,254 $4,768,943 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Secured debt $1,305,320 $1,360,436 $1,237,564 $1,228,214 Unsecured senior debt securities 800,000 800,000 800,000 780,000 Unsecured debt 10,319 -- -- -- Unsecured credit facility 12,000 -- -- 12,000 Alliance Fund II credit facility 72,500 52,000 116,000 123,500 Other liabilities, including discontinued operations 189,076 162,629 155,568 138,601 Total liabilities 2,389,215 2,375,065 2,309,132 2,282,315 Minority interests: Preferred units 308,388 315,847 275,987 275,987 Minority interests 506,533 508,577 455,428 458,299 Total minority interests 814,921 824,424 731,415 734,286 Stockholders' equity: Common stock 1,642,459 1,649,909 1,652,607 1,656,242 Preferred stock 95,994 96,100 96,100 96,100 Total stockholders' equity 1,738,453 1,746,009 1,748,707 1,752,342 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $4,942,589 $4,945,498 $4,789,254 $4,768,943 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (dollars in thousands) For the Nine Months For the Quarters Ended Ended September 30, September 30, 2002 2001 2002 2001 Revenues Rental revenues $158,283 $145,140 $459,505 $418,519 Equity in earnings of unconsolidated joint ventures 1,322 1,636 4,443 4,365 Private capital income 2,766 2,340 8,468 8,022 Interest and other income 2,609 5,392 9,921 12,505 Total revenues 164,980 154,508 482,337 443,411 Expenses Property operating 40,658 35,151 114,440 101,222 Interest, including amortization 38,661 32,842 112,044 94,314 Depreciation and amortization 33,749 28,835 95,186 82,758 General administrative and other (1) (2) 12,376 8,796 34,207 26,180 Loss on investments in other companies -- -- -- 20,758 Total expenses 125,444 105,624 355,877 325,232 Income before minority interests and gains 39,536 48,884 126,460 118,179 Minority interests' share of income: Preferred units (6,403) (7,423) (18,770) (21,626) Minority interests (10,863) (10,556) (29,498) (26,324) Total minority interests (17,266) (17,979) (48,268) (47,950) Net income before discontinued operations, gains, and extraordinary items 22,270 30,905 78,192 70,229 Discontinued operations, gains, and extraordinary items: Discontinued operations 330 471 1,349 1,399 Gains on developments held for sale 618 1,341 618 1,341 Gains/(losses) from disposition of real estate, net of minority interests (3) 3,944 (1,227) 6,424 33,332 Extraordinary items (88) 87 (356) (351) Total discontinued operations, gains, and extraordinary items 4,804 672 8,035 35,721 Net income 27,074 31,577 86,227 105,950 Preferred stock dividends (2,123) (2,125) (6,373) (6,375) Preferred unit redemption discount 412 -- 412 -- Net income available to common stockholders $25,363 $29,452 $80,266 $99,575 Net income per common share (diluted) $0.30 $0.34 $0.94 $1.17 Weighted average common shares (diluted) 85,527,829 85,644,840 85,360,210 85,097,692 (1) Includes share-based plans expense of $0.3 million and $0.7 million for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2002, respectively, related to the adoption of SFAS 123. (2) Prior to May 31, 2001, G&A did not include expenses incurred by two unconsolidated preferred stock subsidiaries, Headlands Realty Corporation and AMB Capital Partners. Adjusted G&A for the nine months ended September 30, 2001, would have been $29,713 had the subsidiaries been consolidated beginning January 1, 2001. (3) Includes unrealized losses on assets held for sale of $10.0 million for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2001. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS (dollars in thousands, except share data) For the Nine Months For the Quarters Ended Ended September 30, September 30, 2002 2001 2002 2001 Income before minority interests and gains $39,536 $48,884 $126,460 $118,179 Gains on developments held for sale 618 1,341 618 1,341 Total depreciation and amortization 33,749 28,835 95,186 82,758 FF& E depreciation, ground lease amortization, and other (1) (815) (483) (1,742) (1,456) Discontinued operations' FFO 405 597 1,634 1,779 FFO attributable to minority interests (13,635) (13,393) (37,753) (29,119) Adjustments to derive FFO from unconsolidated JVs: AMB's share of net income (1,322) (1,636) (4,443) (4,365) AMB's share of FFO 2,048 2,235 6,611 6,488 Preferred stock dividends (2,123) (2,125) (6,373) (6,375) Preferred units distributions (6,403) (7,423) (18,770) (21,626) Funds from operations $52,058 $56,832 $161,428 $147,604 FFO per common share and unit (diluted) $0.58 $0.63 $1.79 $1.64 Weighted average common shares and units (diluted) 90,379,023 90,799,887 90,239,149 90,263,046 (1) Ground lease amortization represents the amortization of the Company's investments in ground leased properties, for which the Company does not have a purchase option.
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