AMB Property Corporation
For the quarter ended March 31, 2006, funds from operations per fully diluted share and unit ("FFOPS") was $0.52, as compared to $0.54 for the first quarter of 2005. The current quarter results are net of a $0.01 per share charge resulting from the repurchase of preferred units and include $0.01 per share of development profits and $0.06 of net lease termination fees, as compared to $0.09 per share of development profits and $0.01 of net lease termination fees in the first quarter of 2005. Quarterly FFOPS exceeded the company's mid-point of guidance by $0.04 per share primarily due to better than expected private capital income and lease termination fees, and a decision to delay certain refinancing transactions.
Net income available to common stockholders per share ("EPS") for the first quarter of 2006 was $0.26, as compared to $0.52 for the first quarter of 2005. EPS in the current quarter includes $0.08 per share of disposition gains, as compared to $0.34 per share in the first quarter of 2005.
AMB's industrial operating portfolio occupancy was 94.7% at March 31, 2006, down 110 basis points from December 31, 2005, and 40 basis points from March 31, 2005. Cash-basis same store net operating income in the first quarter of 2006 increased 0.3% over the same period in 2005 including the effects of lease termination fees, and increased 1.5% excluding the effects of lease termination fees for both periods. The increase was due, in part, to a higher average occupancy rate in the same store portfolio. Rent on lease renewals and rollovers in AMB's operating portfolio declined 11.5% in the first quarter of 2006, as compared to a 4.3% decline in the prior quarter and an 8.6% decline in the first quarter of 2005. The decline during the quarter was primarily the result of lower rents on new leases in the San Francisco Bay Area, AMB's third largest market, which were down 55.4%. Rents on new leases in the company's other markets were down 3.3%.
Hamid R. Moghadam, AMB chairman and CEO, said, "We've entered 2006 on a solid footing with first quarter financial results above our expectations and on track with our full-year projections. Business fundamentals remain strong, and most of our real estate markets continue to strengthen allowing us to execute our global strategy with good momentum and continuing success."
During the first quarter, new development and renovation starts totaled approximately 2.9 million square feet in seven projects in North America and Asia representing an estimated total investment of $219 million. AMB acquired 2.1 million square feet of distribution facilities in 32 buildings at a total acquisition cost of approximately $153 million. Seven development and renovation projects stabilized in North America and Japan totaling 2.1 million square feet, for a total investment of $285 million. AMB placed two of the development projects, representing a total investment of $25 million, into operations, and five of the projects, representing a total investment of $260 million, are available for sale or contribution to one of the company's co-investment funds.
AMB's president, W. Blake Baird, commented, "Four years ago, we embarked on a strategic expansion of our development business intended to scale globally with increasing utilization of internal resources, creating significant value for our shareholders. At that time, our development pipeline was less than $200 million, exclusively undertaken through alliance partners and limited to U.S. markets. Our first quarter results demonstrate the progress we've made. During the quarter, we both stabilized and began more than $200 million of distribution facilities. Our pipeline under development currently exceeds $1 billion with projects in eleven countries, and critical to future development, our land bank on three continents contains more than 1,400 acres with an expected additional build out of 25 million square feet."
In the first quarter, AMB completed opportunistic sales of four operating buildings that no longer fit the company's strategy. In the aggregate, the four buildings comprise approximately 322,000 square feet and represent approximately $17 million in gross disposition proceeds. In addition, the company generated gross sale proceeds of approximately $5 million from its development-for-sale business with the sale of a land parcel in Florida.
Annual Meeting of Stockholders
The Annual Meeting of Stockholders will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. PDT. Stockholders are invited to attend the meeting at the company's corporate headquarters located at Pier 1, Bay 1, in San Francisco, California. The proxy statement, Annual Report to Stockholders, voting materials and meeting information were mailed on or about March 30, 2006.
Supplemental Earnings Measure
AMB reports fund from operations per fully diluted share and unit in accordance with the standards established by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Included in the footnotes to the company's attached financial statements is a discussion of why management believes FFOPS is a useful supplemental measure of operating performance, ways in which investors might use FFOPS when assessing the company's financial performance and FFOPS's limitations as a measurement tool. 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 the quarterly results on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. PDT. Stockholders and interested parties may listen to a live broadcast of the conference call by dialing +1-877-447-8218 (from the U.S. and Canada) or +1-706-643-7823 (from all other countries) and entering reservation code 6965406. A webcast can be accessed through a link titled "Q1 2006 Earnings Conference Call" located on the home page of 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 12:00 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 until 5:00 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, May 10, 2006. The telephone replay can be accessed by dialing +1-800-642-1687 (U.S. and Canada) or +1-706-645-9291 (all other countries), with the reservation code 6965406 or by webcast through the link on the company's website at www.amb.com.
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, April 18, 2006 by 5:00 p.m. PDT.
AMB Property Corporation(R). Local partner to global trade.(TM)
AMB Property Corporation(R) 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 March 31, 2006, AMB owned, or had investments in, on a consolidated basis or through unconsolidated joint ventures, properties and development projects expected to total approximately 118 million square feet (11 million square meters) and 1,070 buildings in 42 markets within eleven countries. AMB invests in properties located predominantly in the infill submarkets of its targeted markets. The company's portfolio is comprised of High Throughput Distribution(R) facilities-industrial properties built for speed and located near airports, seaports and ground transportation systems.
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Some of the information included in this press release contains forward-looking statements, such as those related to total expected investments in acquisitions and developments; size and timing of deliveries and total investments in development projects; and use of private capital funds for planned investment activity, which are made pursuant to the safe- harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, and you should not rely on the forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. The events or circumstances reflected in forward-looking statements might not occur. You can identify forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "should," "seeks," "approximately," "intends," "plans," "pro forma," "estimates" or "anticipates" or the negative of these words and phrases or similar words or phrases.
You can also identify forward-looking statements by discussions of strategy, plans or intentions. Forward-looking statements are necessarily dependent on assumptions, data or methods that may be incorrect or imprecise and we may not be able to realize them. We caution you not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect our analysis only and speak only as of the date of this report or the dates indicated in the statements. We assume no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results and future events to differ materially from those set forth or contemplated in the forward-looking statements: defaults on or non-renewal of leases by tenants, increased interest rates and operating costs, our failure to obtain necessary outside financing, re-financing risks, difficulties in identifying properties to acquire and in effecting acquisitions, our failure to successfully integrate acquired properties and operations, our failure to divest properties on advantageous terms or to timely reinvest proceeds from any divestitures, risks and uncertainties affecting property development and construction (including construction delays, cost overruns, our inability to obtain necessary permits and public opposition to these activities), our failure to qualify and maintain our status as a real estate investment trust, environmental uncertainties, risks related to natural disasters, changes in general economic conditions or in the real estate sector, changes in real estate and zoning laws or other local, state and federal regulatory requirements, a downturn in the U.S., California, or the global economy, risks related to doing business internationally, losses in excess of our insurance coverage, unknown liabilities acquired in connection with acquired properties or otherwise and increases in real property tax rates. Our success also depends upon economic trends generally, including interest rates, income tax laws, governmental regulation, legislation, population changes, various market conditions and fluctuations and those other risk factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (dollars in thousands) As of March 31, December 31, 2006 2005 Assets Investments in real estate: Total investments in properties $6,913,524 $6,798,294 Accumulated depreciation (736,760) (697,388) Net investments in properties 6,176,764 6,100,906 Investments in unconsolidated joint ventures 118,472 118,653 Properties held for contribution, net 266,311 32,755 Properties held for divestiture, net 31,201 17,936 Net investments in real estate 6,592,748 6,270,250 Cash and cash equivalents 158,067 267,233 Mortgages and loans receivable 21,589 21,621 Accounts receivable, net 151,864 178,682 Other assets 112,312 64,953 Total assets $7,036,580 $6,802,739 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Secured debt $1,917,805 $1,912,526 Unsecured senior debt securities 950,937 975,000 Unsecured credit facilities 734,110 490,072 Other debt 63,543 23,963 Accounts payable and other liabilities 249,149 263,744 Total liabilities 3,915,544 3,665,305 Minority interests: Joint venture partners 899,658 853,643 Preferred unitholders 200,986 278,378 Limited partnership unitholders 87,641 89,114 Total minority interests 1,188,285 1,221,135 Stockholders' equity: Common equity 1,757,420 1,740,751 Preferred equity 175,331 175,548 Total stockholders' equity 1,932,751 1,916,299 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $7,036,580 $6,802,739 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (dollars in thousands, except share data) For the Quarters Ended March 31, 2006 2005 Revenues Rental revenues $176,407 $153,404 Private capital income 5,106 3,318 Total revenues 181,513 156,722 Costs and expenses Property operating costs (45,697) (39,769) Depreciation and amortization (43,360) (39,532) General and administrative (22,855) (18,544) Other expenses (1) (537) (936) Fund costs (614) (364) Total costs and expenses (113,063) (99,145) Other income and expenses Equity in earnings of unconsolidated joint ventures 2,088 1,242 Other income (1) 3,063 136 Gains from dispositions of real estate, net -- 1,301 Development profits, net of taxes 674 17,949 Interest expense, including amortization (39,789) (36,874) Total other income and expenses (33,964) (16,246) Income from operations before minority interests 34,486 41,331 Minority interests' share of income: Joint venture partners' share of income (8,825) (9,349) Joint venture partners' share of development profits (32) (9,837) Preferred unitholders (5,001) (5,368) Limited partnership unitholders (805) (295) Total minority interests' share of income (14,663) (24,849) Income from continuing operations 19,823 16,482 Discontinued operations: Income attributable to discontinued operations, net of minority interests 741 2,343 Gain from disposition of real estate, net of minority interests 7,013 27,942 Total discontinued operations 7,754 30,285 Net income 27,577 46,767 Preferred stock dividends (3,096) (1,783) Preferred unit redemption issuance costs (1,097) -- Net income available to common stockholders $23,384 $44,984 Net income per common share (diluted) $0.26 $0.52 Weighted average common shares (diluted) 90,179,329 86,516,695 (1) Includes changes in liabilities and assets associated with the Company's deferred compensation plan. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS(1) (dollars in thousands, except share data) For the Quarters Ended March 31, 2006 2005 Net income $27,577 $46,767 Gains from disposition of real estate, net of minority interests (7,013) (29,243) Depreciation and amortization: Total depreciation and amortization 43,360 39,532 Discontinued operations' depreciation (92) 4,591 Non-real estate depreciation (1,000) (745) Adjustments to derive FFO from consolidated JVs: Joint venture partners' minority interests (Net income) 8,825 9,349 Limited partnership unitholders' minority interests (Net income) 805 295 Limited partnership unitholders' minority interests (Development profits) 32 458 Discontinued operations' minority interests (Net income) (248) 2,386 FFO attributable to minority interests (20,435) (23,587) Adjustments to derive FFO from unconsolidated JVs: AMB's share of net income (2,088) (1,242) AMB's share of FFO 3,209 2,747 Preferred stock dividends (3,096) (1,783) Preferred unit redemption issuance costs (1,097) -- Funds from operations $48,739 $49,525 FFO per common share and unit (diluted) $0.52 $0.54 Weighted average common shares and units (diluted) 94,567,680 91,240,898
(1) Funds From Operations ("FFO"). The Company believes that net income, as defined by 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 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. 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 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 GAAP. The Company believes that the use of FFO, combined with the required 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 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 the Company's real estate assets nor is FFO necessarily indicative of cash available to fund the Company's 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.
SOURCE: AMB Property Corporation
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