AMB Property Corporation
For the year-to-date, excluding the effects of SFAS 150, EPS was $1.15, including $0.57 per share of gains on disposition of real estate, up from $0.94 per share for the year-to-date 2002, which included $0.07 of gains.
The third quarter and year-to-date EPS numbers include a $0.04 charge consistent with the SEC's July 31, 2003 statement that costs associated with redemption of preferred stock should be factored into the calculation of net income per share (EITF Issue D-42). Absent this required accounting change, EPS in the quarter of $0.31 was at the top end of the company's prior guidance of $0.29 to $0.31 per share.
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) is scheduled to review the application of SFAS 150 with respect to minority interests in finite-lived entities at its meeting on Wednesday, October 29, 2003. Any action taken by the FASB could have an impact on the manner and timing in which AMB and other companies are required to account for minority interests in certain consolidated joint ventures. If the FASB elects to implement SFAS 150 in its current form, AMB will adopt SFAS 150 and present its financial statements, including the effects of SFAS 150 in its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2003. A presentation of the liability amounts that would be required under SFAS 150, as well as the impact on the periods reported, is presented in the tables attached to this press release.
Occupancy in the company's industrial operating portfolio increased 50 basis points over the prior quarter reaching 92.0% at September 30, 2003, compared with 94.4% at September 30, 2002. Cash-basis same store net operating income decreased 7.7% in the quarter and decreased 2.2% year-to- date, reflecting the impact of lower occupancy and rental rate levels from the year-ago period.
Hamid R. Moghadam, chairman and CEO, said, "We are encouraged by the first meaningful occupancy increase in our portfolio in almost two years and our continued ability to outperform the national industrial real estate market in both up and down cycles. While market rents remain below in-place rents in many markets, improving occupancy is a welcome signal. We believe the stage is set for increased demand for industrial space. Fiscal and monetary stimulus, strong consumer spending combined with historically low inventory levels and reported increases in corporate profits are positive indicators for the kind of capital spending and industrial production that result in positive industrial space absorption."
During the third quarter, AMB continued to be an opportunistic seller of non-strategic assets selling one 332,900 square foot retail asset in Miami for $56.7 million and nine industrial buildings in various markets totaling 483,600 square feet for $45.5 million. The stabilized cash capitalization rate for these dispositions averaged 7.9%.
"While we were once again net sellers in the third quarter, and are net sellers year-to-date through September, we are seeing better capital deployment opportunities," stated W. Blake Baird, AMB's president. "In addition to the $481 million IAC acquisition announced earlier this month, our committed development pipeline has roughly doubled this year to over $200 million, with international developments accounting for approximately one-third of the pipeline. Looking forward, we are particularly excited about development opportunities in Mexico and Japan," added Baird.
The company acquired 13 buildings totaling 839,300 square feet for a total investment of $57.4 million, adding to its market presence in Chicago, Miami, Northern New Jersey and to its on-tarmac holdings during the third quarter.
AMB began development of two new projects in Mexico City and the LA Basin in the third quarter totaling an approximate 1.6 million square feet for an estimated investment of $67.5 million. AMB's committed industrial development and renovation pipeline through 2005 currently stands at $207.5 million and consists of an expected 4.0 million square feet.
AMB continues to create profits from development projects available for sale. During the third quarter, three such projects were sold generating a net cash gain to AMB of $2.2 million. The company's build-to-sell program now includes a planned 603,200 square feet in four projects, consisting of both build-to-suit and speculative developments with an estimated total investment of $41.6 million.
During the quarter, AMB redeemed all 3,995,800 of its outstanding shares of 8.5% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock
Also during the quarter, AMB obtained long-term secured debt financing on behalf of three of its co-investment joint ventures, totaling $137 million at an average rate of 4.5% and a weighted average maturity of approximately eight years.
Eugene F. Reilly Joins Senior Management Team
On October 7, 2003, AMB announced that Gene Reilly joined the company as executive vice president, North American Development. "Gene is an outstanding addition to our team and brings a wealth of target-market industrial development expertise to AMB," said Hamid Moghadam. "In the last 20 years, he has been a leader in the development, acquisition, disposition, financing and leasing of more than $1 billion of industrial properties. We look forward to his leadership as we develop properties to serve our customers and create value for our stockholders."
Working from AMB's Boston office, Reilly is responsible for all of the company's development activities in North America and is a member of AMB's investment committee.
Supplemental Reporting Measure
AMB reports funds from operations per fully diluted share and unit (FFOPS) in accordance with the standards established by NAREIT as a supplemental earnings measure. Third quarter 2003 FFOPS before the impact of required accounting changes was $0.52, compared with $0.58 in the same period of 2002, above the company's guidance of $0.50 to $0.51 per share. Including required accounting changes for preferred stock redemption costs of $0.04 per share, which are required under EITF Issue D-42, FFOPS in the quarter was $0.48, compared with $0.58 in 2002.
Similarly, FFOPS for the nine months ended September 30, 2003 before required accounting changes was $1.65 compared with $1.78 for the same period in 2002. FFOPS for the year-to-date inclusive of changes in accounting for impairment losses and offering costs for preferred stock redemptions totaling $0.10 per share was $1.54, compared with $1.79 for the same period in 2002. These numbers exclude any changes to the definition of FFO that NAREIT may implement in connection with SFAS 150.
Previously, in accordance with NAREIT's FFO implementation guidance, the company excluded unrealized impairment losses on real estate investment either held for sale or for long-term investment. Recently, NAREIT issued guidance that such losses should no longer be added back for purposes of calculating FFO.
In the footnotes to the attached financial statements, AMB provides a discussion of why management believes FFO is a useful measure of operating performance; of ways in which investors might use FFO when assessing the financial performance of the company; and of FFO's limitations as a measurement tool.
A reconciliation from net income to funds from operations is provided in the attached tables and published in AMB's quarterly supplemental analyst package, available on the company's website at www.amb.com.
Conference Call and Supplemental Information
The company will host a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2003 results on October 29, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. PST/1:00 p.m. EST. Stockholders and interested parties may listen to a live broadcast of the conference call by dialing +1-913-981-5545 and using reservation code 513253 or by webcast through a link on the company's website at www.amb.com. If you are unable to listen to the live conference call, a telephone and webcast replay will be available after 5:00 PM PST on Wednesday, October 29, 2003. The telephone replay will be available until 5:00 PM PST on Wednesday, November 19, 2003 and can be accessed by dialing +1-719-457-0820 and using reservation code 513253. The webcast can be accessed through a link on the company's website at www.amb.com and will be available until 5:00 PM PST on Wednesday, November 19, 2003.
In addition, the company will post a summary of the guidance given on the call and a supplement detailing the components of net asset value to the Investor Information portion of its website on Tuesday, November 4, 2003 by 5:00 PM PST.
AMB Property Corporation is a leading owner and operator of industrial real estate, focused on major hub and gateway distribution markets throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As of September 30, 2003 AMB owned, managed and had renovation and development projects totaling 96.9 million square feet (9.0 million square meters) and 1,004 buildings in 32 markets. AMB invests in industrial properties located predominantly in the infill submarkets of its targeted 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.
AMB's press releases are available on the company website at www.amb.com or by contacting the Investor Relations department at +1-877-285-3111.
This document contains forward-looking statements about business strategy and future plans, which are made pursuant to the safe-harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements involve numerous risks and uncertainties and should not be relied upon as predictions of future events. The events or circumstances reflected in our forward-looking statements might not occur. We assume no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking statements. In particular, a number of factors could cause AMB's actual results to differ materially from those anticipated, including, among other things, changes in general economic conditions or in the real estate sector; non-renewal of leases by customers or renewal at lower than expected rent; a downturn in California's economy or real estate conditions; we experience losses in excess of our insurance coverage; difficulties in identifying properties to acquire and in effecting acquisitions on advantageous terms and the failure of acquisitions to perform as we expect; our failure to divest of properties on advantageous terms or to timely reinvest proceeds from any such divestitures; risks and uncertainties affecting property development and renovation (including construction delays, cost overruns, our inability to obtain necessary permits and financings); unknown liabilities acquired from our predecessors or in connections with acquired properties; risks of doing business internationally, including unfamiliarity with new markets and currency risks; risks associated with using debt to fund acquisitions and development, including re-financing risks; our failure to obtain necessary outside financing; changes in local, state and federal regulatory requirements; environmental uncertainties; and our failure to qualify and maintain our status as a real estate investment trust under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. AMB's success also depends upon economic trends generally, various market conditions and fluctuations. For further information on these and other factors that could impact AMB and the statements contained herein, reference should be made to AMB's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including AMB's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2003. The quarterly financial data contained herein is unaudited and the historical financial information is not necessarily indicative of future results.
Consolidated Balance Sheets (dollars in thousands) As of Sept. 30 June 30, March 31, December 31, 2003 2003 2003 2002 Assets Investments in real estate: Total investments in properties $5,094,573 $5,016,014 $4,869,741 $4,925,982 Accumulated depreciation (442,755) (412,990) (382,900) (362,540) Net investments in properties 4,651,818 4,603,024 4,486,841 4,563,442 Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures 56,159 68,566 67,754 64,428 Properties held for divestiture, net 20,467 73,000 59,742 107,871 Net investments in real estate 4,728,444 4,744,590 4,614,337 4,735,741 Cash and cash equivalents 152,432 91,161 149,908 117,214 Mortgage receivable 13,066 13,097 13,112 13,133 Accounts receivable, net80,927 83,116 76,056 74,207 Other assets 70,208 44,300 51,909 52,199 Total assets $5,045,077 $4,976,264 $4,905,322 $4,992,494 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Secured debt $1,312,105 $1,215,135 $1,250,528 $1,284,675 Unsecured senior debt securities 800,000 800,000 800,000 800,000 Unsecured debt 9,772 9,909 10,050 10,186 Alliance Fund II credit facility -- -- 51,500 45,500 Unsecured credit facility 91,335 19,420 17,464 95,000 Accounts payable and other liabilities 179,558 167,621 188,050 181,716 Total liabilities 2,392,770 2,212,085 2,317,592 2,417,077 Minority interests: Joint venture partners 644,413 640,095 497,760 488,524 Preferred unitholders 305,197 308,369 308,369 308,369 Limited partnership unitholders 88,553 93,209 94,500 94,374 Total minority interests 1,038,163 1,041,673 900,629 891,267 Stockholders' equity: Common stock 1,565,923 1,578,087 1,591,107 1,588,156 Preferred stock 48,221 144,419 95,994 95,994 Total stockholders' equity 1,614,144 1,722,506 1,687,101 1,684,150 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $5,045,077 $4,976,264 $4,905,322 $4,992,494 Consolidated Statement of Operations (dollars in thousands, except share data) For the Quarters Ended For the Nine Months Ended September 30, September 30, 2003 2002 2003 2002 Revenues Rental revenues $148,239 $146,926 $450,912 $425,915 Private capital income 1,928 2,766 7,844 8,468 Total revenues 150,167 149,692 458,756 434,383 Costs and expenses Property operating costs (40,020) (37,629) (118,228) (105,646) Depreciation and amortization (32,584) (31,446) (99,269) (88,650) Impairment losses -- -- (5,251) -- General and administrative (10,843) (12,376) (35,187) (34,207) Total costs and expenses (83,447) (81,451) (257,935) (228,503) Operating income 66,720 68,241 200,821 205,880 Other income and expenses Equity in earnings of unconsolidated joint ventures 1,365 1,322 4,222 4,443 Interest and other income 701 2,609 3,643 9,921 Gains from dispositions of real estate -- -- 7,429 2,480 Merchant development profits, net of minority interests and taxes 2,181 618 2,181 618 Interest, including amortization (35,867) (37,501) (107,963) (109,133) Total other income and expenses (31,620) (32,952) (90,488) (91,671) Income before minority interests and discontinued operations 35,100 35,289 110,333 114,209 Minority interests' share of income: Joint venture partners (9,809) (8,771) (26,410) (23,104) Preferred unitholders (6,314) (6,403) (19,073) (18,770) Limited partnership unitholders (740) (942) (3,093) (3,622) Total minority interests share of income (16,863) (16,116) (48,576) (45,496) Income from continuing operations 18,237 19,173 61,757 68,713 Discontinued operations: Income attributable to discontinued operations, net of minority interests 828 4,167 3,151 13,780 Gains from dispositions of real estate, net of minority interests 7,888 3,734 39,549 3,734 Total discontinued operations 8,716 7,901 42,700 17,514 Net income 26,953 27,074 104,457 86,227 Preferred stock dividends (1,470) (2,123) (5,788) (6,373) Preferred stock and unit redemption discount/ (issuance costs) (3,671) 412 (3,671) 412 Net income available to common stockholders $21,812 $25,363 $94,998 $80,266 Net income per common share (diluted) $0.26 $0.30 $1.15 $0.94 Weighted average common shares (diluted) 82,720,130 85,527,829 82,539,800 85,360,210 Consolidated Statements of Funds from Operations (D) (dollars in thousands, except share data) For the Quarters Ended For the Nine Months Ended September 30, September 30, 2003 2002(A) 2003 2002 (A) Net income $26,953 $27,074 $104,457 $86,227 Gains from dispositions of real estate, net of minority interests (7,888) (3,734) (46,978) (6,214) Real estate related depreciation and amortization: Total depreciation and amortization 32,584 31,446 99,269 88,650 Discontinued operations' depreciation 339 2,378 1,910 6,821 FF& E depreciation (170) (179) (548) (526) Ground lease amortization(B) -- (781) -- (1,471) Adjustments to derive FFO from consolidated JVs: Joint venture partners' minority interests 9,809 8,771 26,410 23,104 Limited partnership unitholders' minority interests 740 942 3,093 3,622 Discontinued operations' minority interests 883 940 1,096 2,562 FFO attributable to minority interests (17,345) (13,635) (47,847) (37,753) Adjustments to derive FFO from unconsolidated JVs: AMB's share of net income (1,365) (1,322) (4,222) (4,443) AMB's share of FFO 2,345 2,193 7,620 6,866 Preferred stock dividends (1,470) (2,123) (5,788) (6,373) Preferred stock and unit redemption discount/ (issuance costs) (3,671) 412 (3,671) 412 Funds from operations $41,744 $52,382 $134,801 $161,484 FFO per common share and unit (diluted) $0.48 $0.58 $1.54 $1.79 FFO per common share and unit (excluding impairment losses and preferred stock redemption issuance costs)(C) $0.52 $0.58 $1.65 $1.78 Weighted average common shares and units (diluted) 87,399,544 90,379,023 87,342,075 90,239,149
(A) FFO for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2002, was adjusted for the retroactive adoption of SFAS No. 145 for the treatment of extraordinary items, resulting in a reduction of $0.1 million and $0.4 million, respectively, from previously reported FFO.
(B) In the quarter ended June 30, 2003, and effective January 1, 2003, the Company discontinued its practice of deducting amortization of investments in leasehold interests from FFO as such an adjustment is not provided for in NAREIT's FFO definition. As a result, FFO for the nine months ended September 30, 2003, includes an adjustment of $0.9 million to reflect the change. Had the Company not made the change, reported FFO per share for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2003, would have been $0.47 and $1.51, respectively. Had the Company made the change effective January 1, 2002, reported FFO per share for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2002, would have been $0.59 and $1.81, respectively.
(C)In the quarter ended September 30, 2003, and effective January 1, 2003, the Company no longer adds back impairment losses when computing FFO in accordance with NAREIT's FFO definition. As a result, FFO for the nine months ended September 30, 2003, includes an adjustment of $5.3 million to reflect the change. In addition, in the quarter ended September 30, 2003, and effective January 1, 2002, the Company adopted EITF D-42 and began including preferred stock and unit redemption discounts and issuance cost write-offs in FFO. As a result, FFO for the nine months ended September 30, 2002, includes an adjustment of $0.4 million to reflect the change.
(D)The Company believes that net income, as defined by U.S. GAAP, is the most appropriate earnings measure. However, the Company considers funds from operations, or FFO, as defined by NAREIT, to be a useful supplemental measure of its operating performance. FFO is defined as net income, calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP, less gains (or losses) from dispositions of real estate held for investment purposes and real estate-related depreciation, and adjustments to derive the Company's pro rata share of FFO of consolidated and unconsolidated joint ventures. In accordance with the NAREIT White Paper on FFO, the Company includes in FFO the effects of straight-line rents. Further, the Company does not adjust FFO to eliminate the effects of non-recurring charges. The Company believes that FFO, as defined by NAREIT, is a meaningful supplemental measure of its operating performance because historical cost accounting for real estate assets in accordance with U.S. GAAP implicitly assumes that the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably over time, as reflected through depreciation and amortization expenses. However, since real estate values have historically risen or fallen with market and other conditions, many industry investors and analysts have considered presentation of operating results for real estate companies that use historical cost accounting to be insufficient. Thus, NAREIT created FFO as a supplemental measure of operating performance for real estate investment trusts that excludes historical cost depreciation and amortization, among other items, from net income, as defined by U.S. GAAP. The Company believes that the use of FFO, combined with the required U.S. GAAP presentations, has been beneficial in improving the understanding of operating results of real estate investment trusts among the investing public and making comparisons of operating results among such companies more meaningful. The Company considers FFO to be a useful measure for reviewing comparative operating and financial performance because, by excluding gains or losses related to sales of previously depreciated operating real estate assets and real estate depreciation and amortization, FFO can help the investing public compare the operating performance of a company's real estate between periods or as compared to other companies.
While FFO is a relevant and widely used measure of operating performance of real estate investment trusts, it does not represent cash flow from operations or net income as defined by U.S. GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to those measures in evaluating the Company's liquidity or operating performance. FFO also does not consider the costs associated with capital expenditures related to its real estate assets nor is FFO necessarily indicative of cash available to fund its future cash requirements. Further, the Company's computation of FFO may not be comparable to FFO reported by other real estate investment trusts that do not define the term in accordance with the current NAREIT definition or that interpret the current NAREIT definition differently than the Company does.
SFAS 150 Summary Financial Information (A) (dollars in thousands, except share data) Without Effect of With SFAS 150 FAS 150 SFAS 150 adoption adoption adoption Consolidated Balance Sheet Data (as of September 30, 2003) Total assets $5,045,077 $-- $5,045,077 Total liabilities 2,392,770 661,369 3,054,139 Total minority interests 1,038,163 (644,413) 393,750 Total stockholders' equity $1,614,144 $(16,956) $1,597,188 Consolidated Statement of Operations (for the quarter ended September 30, 2003) Net income before cumulative effect of accounting change $26,953 $(949) (B) $26,004 Cumulative effect of accounting change: SFAS 150 minority interests' change in value -- (16,007) (16,007) Net income $26,953 $(16,956) $9,997 Net income available to common stockholders $21,812 $(16,956) $4,856 Net income per common share (diluted) $0.26 $(0.20) $0.06 Funds from operations $41,744 $(13,802) $27,942 FFO per common share and unit (diluted) $0.48 $(0.16) $0.32 (A) The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) is scheduled to review the application of SFAS 150, Accounting for Certain Financial Instruments with Characteristics of both Liabilities and Equity, with respect to minority interests in finite-lived entities at its meeting on October 29, 2003. Any action taken by the FASB could have an impact on the manner and timing in which AMB and other companies are required to account for minority interests in certain consolidated joint ventures. If the FASB elects to implement SFAS 150 in its current form, AMB will adopt SFAS 150 and present its financial statements including the effects of SFAS 150 in its third-quarter filing with the SEC on form 10-Q. (B) Net of minority interests' share of merchant development profits and gains on dispositions of real estate.
SOURCE: AMB Property Corporation
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