AMB Property Corporation(R)
Net income available to common stockholders per fully diluted share ("EPS") for the second quarter of 2008 was $0.73. This compares to $1.10 for the same quarter in 2007, which included the gain on the contribution of operating properties to AMB's Europe Fund I, formed in June 2007. EPS for the six months ended June 30, 2008 was $1.12, as compared to $1.35 for the same period in 2007.
Owned and Managed Portfolio Operating Results
AMB's operating portfolio was 95.2% occupied at June 30, 2008, up 40 basis points from March 31, 2008. Cash-basis same store net operating income ("SSNOI") increased 3.3% in the second quarter and 5.4% in the first six months of 2008, over the same periods in 2007. When the effects of lease termination fees are excluded from this metric, the increases were 3.7% for the quarter and 5.5% for the first six months. For the trailing four quarters ended June 30, 2008, average rents on lease renewals and rollovers in AMB's operating portfolio increased 4.3%, following an average increase of 4.2% for the trailing four quarters ended March 31, 2008.
"Higher energy prices and the dislocation in the credit markets are creating a challenging environment for industrial demand in the U.S. and Europe; however, our portfolio continues to perform well despite the downturn -- a testament to our strategic focus on major supply-constrained markets essential to global trade," said Hamid R. Moghadam, AMB's chairman & CEO. "While it's too soon to predict the long-term impact of rising transportation costs on distribution networks, year-to-date leasing velocity in our portfolio and dialogue with our customers indicate that our infill locations in major metropolitan areas should continue to outperform the broader market."
During the quarter, the company commenced development on 3.3 million square feet in the Americas, Europe and Asia, with an estimated total investment of $248 million. At quarter end, AMB's development pipeline, which included investments held through unconsolidated joint ventures, totaled approximately 17.3 million square feet globally, with an estimated total investment of $1.6 billion.
The company's development business includes contributions of stabilized properties to affiliated private capital co-investment ventures or sale of projects to third parties. During the second quarter, AMB contributed or sold 1.9 million square feet in the Americas and Asia, including contributions to three of its co-investment ventures, for an aggregate contribution value and disposition price of approximately $221 million.
During the quarter, AMB acquired 1.5 million square feet of industrial distribution space for an aggregate acquisition cost of approximately $146 million. The acquisitions expanded AMB's presence in target markets in the Americas and Europe, including the Port of Hamburg, which is continental Europe's second largest port and where AMB is a leading private owner of port-related distribution space.
Subsequent to quarter end, AMB and the City and County of San Francisco Employees' Retirement System contributed their interests in AMB Partners II, a co-investment venture comprising 10.3 million square feet of U.S. industrial property, to AMB Institutional Alliance Fund III in exchange for partnership interests in Fund III. "This transaction represents an opportunity for our partner to transfer its investment to our flagship U.S. fund, with the benefits of the fund's open-end structure. As well, the fund is acquiring a portfolio of high-quality and known assets in its target markets, thereby solidifying its position as a premier vehicle for investing in industrial real estate in the U.S.," commented John T. Roberts, Jr., president of AMB's private capital business.
Demonstrating the strength of the company's balance sheet and its financial flexibility, AMB Property, L.P. issued $325 million of senior unsecured notes during the second quarter 2008. The coupon on the notes is 6.30% with an effective rate of 6.06%, as a result of a treasury lock. At June 30, 2008, AMB's share of total debt to total market capitalization was 42.1%.
The company confirms its previous full year 2008 FFO guidance of $3.85 to $4.05 per share. Full year EPS guidance is $2.55 to $2.75 per share.
Company Officer Promotions and Additions
During the quarter, the company announced the following officer promotions, effective July 1, 2008: Will O'Donnell was promoted to senior vice president; and Nick Chung, Irene Duran, Mike Fangman, Adrian Fernandez, Erin Marenghi, Rita McLean, Greydie Sargent, Brian Scruggs, Nancy Schultz, Satoshi Takeda, Leo Wang, Tracy Ward, David Yu, and Bob Vereschagin were promoted to vice president. In addition, John Drake and Mark Gschwind joined the company during the quarter as vice president.
Supplemental Earnings Measure
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 and FFOPS is provided in the attached tables and published in the company's quarterly supplemental analyst package, available on the company's website at http://www.amb.com/.
The company believes that net income, as defined by GAAP, is the most appropriate earnings measure. However, the company considers cash-basis same store net operating income (SSNOI) to be a useful supplemental measure of its operating performance. Properties that are considered part of the same store pool include all properties that were owned as of the end of both the current and prior year reporting periods and exclude development properties for both the current and prior reporting periods. The same store pool is set annually and excludes properties purchased and developments stabilized after December 31, 2006. In deriving SSNOI, the company defines NOI as rental revenues, including reimbursements, less property operating expenses, both of which are calculated in accordance with GAAP. Property operating expenses exclude depreciation, amortization, general and administrative expenses and interest expense. The company defines SSNOI to also exclude straight-line rents and amortization of lease intangibles. The company considers SSNOI to be an appropriate and useful supplemental performance measure because it reflects the operating performance of the real estate portfolio excluding effects of non-cash adjustments and provides a better measure of actual cash basis rental growth for a year-over-year comparison. In addition, the company believes that SSNOI helps the investing public compare the company's operating performance with that of other companies. While SSNOI 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. SSNOI also does not reflect general and administrative expenses, interest expense, depreciation and amortization costs, capital expenditures and leasing costs, or trends in development and construction activities that could materially impact its results from operations. Further, the company's computation of SSNOI may not be comparable to that of other real estate companies, as they may use different methodologies for calculating SSNOI. Reconciliation from net income to SSNOI is published in the company's quarterly supplemental analyst package, available on the company's website at http://www.amb.com/.
"Owned and managed" is defined by the company as assets in which the company has at least a 10% ownership interest, is the property or asset manager, and which it intends to hold for the long-term.
Conference Call and Supplemental Information
The company will host a conference call to discuss its second quarter 2008 results on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 1:00 PM EDT. Stockholders and interested parties may listen to a live broadcast of the conference call by dialing 877 447 8218 (from the U.S. and Canada) or +1 706 643 7823 (from all other countries) and using reservation code 52517905. A webcast can be accessed through a link titled "Q2 2008 Earnings Conference Call" located on the home page of the company's website at http://www.amb.com/.
If you are unable to listen to the live conference call, a telephone and webcast replay will be available after 3:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 until 8:00 PM EDT on Friday, August 15, 2008. The telephone replay can be accessed by dialing 800 642 1687 (from the U.S. and Canada) or +1 706 645 9291 (from all other countries) and using reservation code 52517905. The webcast replay can be accessed through the link on the company's website at http://www.amb.com/.
AMB Property Corporation.(R) Local partner to global trade.(TM)
AMB Property Corporation(R) is a leading global developer and owner of industrial real estate, focused on major hub and gateway distribution markets in the Americas, Europe and Asia. As of June 30, 2008, AMB owned, or had investments in, on a consolidated basis or through unconsolidated joint ventures, properties and development projects expected to total approximately 155.5 million square feet (14.5 million square meters) in 47 markets within 15 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.
AMB's press releases are available on the company website at http://www.amb.com/ or by contacting the Investor Relations department at +1 415 394 9000.
Some of the information included in this press release contains forward-looking statements such as those related to continued demand for our product, status of key operating metrics, our ability to capitalize on trends and realize growth, effectiveness of our strategies, performance of our portfolio, occupancy levels, rent growth, SSNOI growth, our development projects (including completion, timing of stabilization, our ability to lease such projects, square feet at stabilization or completion, costs and total investment amounts), our ability to accomplish future business plans, strength of our balance sheet, our ability to access credit markets and enter into credit and financing agreements and to meet our forecasts (including our FFO and EPS guidance) and business goals, 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 or renewal at lower than expected rent, increased interest rates and operating costs or greater than expected capital expenditures, our failure to obtain necessary outside financing, re-financing risks, risks related to our obligations in the event of certain defaults under joint venture and other debt, risks related to debt and equity security financings (including dilution risk), difficulties in identifying properties to acquire and in effecting acquisitions, our failure to successfully integrate acquired properties and operations, our failure to divest properties we have contracted to sell or to timely reinvest proceeds from any divestitures, risks and uncertainties affecting property development, redevelopment, value-added conversion 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, risks related to our tax structuring, failure to maintain our current credit agency ratings, environmental uncertainties, risks related to natural disasters, financial market fluctuations, changes in general economic conditions or in the real estate sector, inflation risks, changes in real estate and zoning laws, a downturn in the U.S., California or global economy, risks related to doing business internationally and global expansion, risks of opening offices globally, risks of changing personnel and roles, 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 and certain other matters discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (in thousands, except per share data) For the Quarters For the Six Months ended June 30, ended June 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 Revenues Rental revenues $167,886 $158,883 $334,430 $316,947 Private capital revenues(1) 41,413 8,518 51,336 14,443 Total revenues 209,299 167,401 385,766 331,390 Costs and expenses Property operating costs (48,108) (42,568) (94,208) (86,121) Depreciation and amortization (40,841) (40,173) (82,462) (80,564) General and administrative (33,794) (30,260) (68,947) (60,114) Fund costs (384) (277) (606) (518) Impairment losses - - - (257) Other expenses (1,422) (1,139) (1,330) (2,051) Total costs and expenses (124,549) (114,417) (247,553) (229,625) Other income and expenses Development gains, net of taxes 30,402 28,996 48,222 41,188 Gains from sale or contribution of real estate interests, net - 74,707 19,967 74,843 Equity in earnings of unconsolidated co-investment ventures 6,059 1,748 8,987 3,861 Other income 1,909 6,472 6,345 11,979 Interest expense, including amortization (36,555) (33,151) (67,514) (67,490) Total other income and expenses 1,815 78,772 16,007 64,381 Income from operations before minority interests 86,565 131,756 154,220 166,146 Minority interests' share of income Co-investment venture partners' share of income (6,103) (7,912) (25,047) (14,904) Co-investment venture partners' and limited partnership unitholders' share of development gains (1,371) (2,574) (6,113) (3,136) Preferred unitholders (1,432) (1,480) (2,864) (5,179) Limited partnership unitholders (1,740) (3,928) (2,719) (4,321) Total minority interests' share of income (10,646) (15,894) (36,743) (27,540) Income from continuing operations 75,919 115,862 117,477 138,606 Discontinued operations Income attributable to discontinued operations, net of minority interests 297 2,023 272 4,926 Gains from disposition of real estate, net of minority interests 803 384 2,202 419 Total discontinued operations 1,100 2,407 2,474 5,345 Net income 77,019 118,269 119,951 143,951 Preferred stock dividends (3,952) (3,952) (7,904) (7,904) Preferred unit redemption (issuance costs) discount - (2,927) - (2,927) Net income available to common stockholders $73,067 $111,390 $112,047 $133,120 Net income per common share (diluted) $0.73 $1.10 $1.12 $1.35 Weighted average common shares (diluted) 99,432 101,361 99,666 98,305
(1) Includes incentive and promote distributions for 2008 of $33.0 million for AMB Institutional Alliance Fund III received during the quarter ended June 30, 2008 and $1.0 million for the dissolution of AMB Erie co-investment venture received during the quarter ended March 31, 2008.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS(1) (in thousands, except per share data) For the Quarters For the Six Months ended June 30, ended June 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 Net income available to common stockholders $73,067 $111,390 $112,047 $133,120 Gains from sale or contribution of real estate, net of minority interests (803) (75,091) (22,169) (75,262) Depreciation and amortization Total depreciation and amortization 40,841 40,173 82,462 80,564 Discontinued operations' depreciation 51 1,314 103 1,948 Non-real estate depreciation (2,155) (1,401) (3,789) (2,578) Adjustments to derive FFO from consolidated co-investment ventures Co-investment venture partners' minority interests (Net income) 6,103 7,912 25,047 14,904 Limited partnership unitholders' minority interests (Net income) 1,740 3,928 2,719 4,321 Limited partnership unitholders' minority interests (Development profits) 1,175 1,251 1,704 1,801 Discontinued operations' minority interests (Net income) 9 253 396 526 FFO attributable to minority interests (16,417) (15,312) (32,993) (31,616) Adjustments to derive FFO from unconsolidated co-investment ventures AMB's share of net income (6,059) (1,748) (8,987) (3,861) AMB's share of FFO 12,276 5,805 21,138 11,480 Funds from operations $109,828 $78,474 $177,678 $135,347 FFO per common share and unit (diluted) $1.06 $0.74 $1.71 $1.32 Weighted average common shares and units (diluted) 103,405 105,807 103,641 102,866
(1) Funds From Operations ("FFO") and Funds From Operations Per Share and Unit ("FFOPS"). AMB believes that net income, as defined by U.S. GAAP, is the most appropriate earnings measure. However, AMB considers funds from operations, or FFO, and FFO per share and unit, or FFOPS, to be useful supplemental measures of its operating performance. AMB defines FFOPS as FFO per fully diluted weighted average share of AMB's common stock and operating partnership units. AMB calculates FFO 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 AMB's pro rata share of FFO of consolidated and unconsolidated joint ventures. AMB does not adjust FFO to eliminate the effects of non-recurring charges. AMB includes the gains from development, including those from value added conversion projects, before depreciation recapture, as a component of FFO. AMB believes that value-added conversion dispositions are in substance land sales and as such should be included in FFO, consistent with the real estate investment trust industry's long standing practice to include gains on the sale of land in FFO. However, AMB's interpretation of FFO or FFOPS may not be consistent with the views of others in the real estate investment trust industry, who may consider it to be a divergence from the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts' (NAREIT) definition, and may not be comparable to FFO or FFOPS reported by other real estate investment trusts that interpret the current NAREIT definition differently than AMB does.
In connection with the formation of a co-investment venture, AMB may warehouse assets that are acquired with the intent to contribute these assets to the newly formed venture. Some of the properties held for contribution may, under certain circumstances, be required to be depreciated under U.S. GAAP. If this circumstance arises, AMB intends to include in its calculation of FFO gains or losses related to the contribution of previously depreciated real estate to joint ventures. Although such a change, if instituted, will be a departure from the current NAREIT definition, AMB believes such calculation of FFO will better reflect the value created as a result of the contributions. To date, AMB has not included gains or losses from the contribution of previously depreciated warehoused assets in FFO.
AMB believes that FFO and FFOPS are meaningful supplemental measures 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, FFO and FFOPS are supplemental measures of operating performance for real estate investment trusts that exclude historical cost depreciation and amortization, among other items, from net income, as defined by U.S. GAAP. AMB believes that the use of FFO and FFOPS, 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. AMB considers FFO and FFOPS to be useful measures 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 and FFOPS 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 and FFOPS are relevant and widely used measures of operating performance of real estate investment trusts, these measures do not represent cash flow from operations or net income as defined by U.S. GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to those measures in evaluating AMB's liquidity or operating performance. FFO and FFOPS also do not consider the costs associated with capital expenditures related to AMB's real estate assets nor are FFO or FFOPS necessarily indicative of cash available to fund AMB's future cash requirements.
The following table reconciles projected FFO from projected net income for the year ended December 31, 2008:
2008 Low High Projected net income $2.55 $2.75 AMB's share of projected depreciation and amortization 1.49 1.51 AMB's share of projected gains on disposition of operating properties (0.12) (0.14) Impact of additional dilutive securities, other, rounding (0.07) (0.07) Projected Funds From Operations (FFO) $3.85 $4.05
Amounts are expressed per share, except FFO which is expressed per share and unit.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(1) (dollars in thousands) As of June 30, 2008 December 31, 2007 Assets Investments in real estate Total investments in properties $6,101,579 $6,709,545 Accumulated depreciation (894,230) (916,686) Net investments in properties 5,207,349 5,792,859 Investments in unconsolidated co-investment ventures 373,202 356,194 Properties held for contribution, net(2) 1,442,708 488,339 Properties held for divestiture, net 85,040 40,513 Net investments in real estate 7,108,299 6,677,905 Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash 378,526 250,416 Accounts receivable, net 224,390 184,270 Other assets 215,577 149,812 Total assets $7,926,792 $7,262,403 Liabilities and stockholders' equity Secured debt $1,481,422 $1,471,087 Unsecured senior debt 1,153,270 1,003,123 Unsecured credit facilities 916,485 876,105 Other debt 568,498 144,529 Accounts payable and other liabilities 384,040 306,196 Total liabilities 4,503,715 3,801,040 Minority interests Co-investment venture partners 532,173 517,572 Preferred unitholders 77,561 77,561 Limited partnership unitholders 100,748 102,278 Total minority interests 710,482 697,411 Stockholders' equity Common equity 2,489,183 2,540,540 Preferred equity 223,412 223,412 Total stockholders' equity 2,712,595 2,763,952 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $7,926,792 $7,262,403
(1) During the quarter ended June 30, 2008, AMB acquired an additional 19% interest in G. Accion, a Mexican real estate company, increasing its ownership to 58%. As a result of the increase in ownership, AMB began consolidating G. Accion during the quarter. Properties held for divestiture, total assets and total liabilities include $27,680, $146,092 and $93,257, respectively, related to G. Accion as of June 30, 2008.
(2) June 30, 2008 balance includes $628 million of net investments from AMB Partners II that will be contributed to AMB Institutional Alliance Fund III in the third quarter of 2008.
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