8.5 Percent Increase to Quarterly Dividend
32.1 Percent Growth in Net Effective Rents on Quarterly Leasing Activity
Strong Rent Collections and Increased Occupancy
2020 Guidance Updated with Improved Earnings and Development Metrics
“Monthly rent collections are strong and the pace of such collections has improved each month from the start of the pandemic. Thus far, we’ve collected more than 99 percent of deferred rents that have come due under revised billing terms, with some tenants even repaying their deferrals in advance to avoid interest charges. Cash bad debt expense for the quarter was essentially zero.
“As a result of our strong operating performance, we are pleased to increase our quarterly dividend from
- A complete reconciliation, in dollars and per share amounts, of net income to funds from operations (“FFO”), as defined by NAREIT, as well as to Core FFO, is included in the financial tables included in this release.
- Net income was
$0.19per diluted share for the third quarter of 2020, compared to $0.62per diluted share for the third quarter of 2019. Net income per diluted share for the third quarter of 2020 was lower than the third quarter of 2019 due to significant gains on building sales recognized in the third quarter of 2019.
- FFO, as defined by NAREIT, was
$0.39per diluted share for the third quarter of 2020, compared to $0.37per diluted share for the third quarter of 2019. FFO per diluted share, as defined by NAREIT, increased from the third quarter of 2019 due to rent growth on new and renewal leases, higher in-service occupancy and leasing of new developments.
- Core FFO was
$0.40per diluted share for the third quarter of 2020, compared to $0.37per diluted share for the third quarter of 2019. Core FFO per diluted share for the third quarter of 2020 increased for the same reasons as the increase to FFO per diluted share, as defined by NAREIT.
- Key indicators of the company’s operating performance were as follows:
– The company’s stabilized in-service portfolio was 97.5 percent leased at
September 30, 2020, compared to 97.3 percent leased at June 30, 2020and 97.9 percent leased at September 30, 2019.
– The company’s total in-service portfolio was 97.1 percent leased at
September 30, 2020compared to 96.7 percent leased at June 30, 2020and 96.2 percent leased at September 30, 2019.
– The company’s total portfolio, including properties under development, was 95.6 percent leased at
September 30, 2020compared to 95.3 percent leased at June 30, 2020and 93.9 percent leased at September 30, 2019.
– Tenant retention was 45.7 percent for the three months ended
September 30, 2020and 67.2 percent after considering immediate backfills.
– Same-property net operating income growth was 5.0 percent and 5.5 percent, respectively, for the three and nine month periods ended
September 30, 2020compared to the same periods in 2019. Same-property net operating growth was positively impacted by increased occupancy and rental rate growth as well as the expiration of free rent periods.
– Total leasing activity was 7.3 million square feet for the quarter.
– Overall cash and annualized net effective rent growth on new and renewal leases was 17.2 percent and 32.1 percent, respectively, for the quarter.
– The company collected or has executed deferral agreements for 99.9 percent of third quarter rents and 99.8 percent of October rents. Further detail on collections and deferral agreements appears on pages 16 and 17 of the company’s supplemental information located in the Investor Relations section of the company’s website.
- Capital transactions included:
– Issued 995,000 common shares, generating
$39 millionof net proceeds, under the company’s ATM program at an average price of $39.14per share.
– Completed one property disposition totaling
– Completed the acquisition of five properties totaling
– Started four new development projects with expected costs of
$261 millionthat were 28 percent pre-leased.
Real Estate Investment Activity
“The development projects slated for delivery over the next six months have expected costs of
The third quarter included the following development activity:
- The company started four wholly owned development projects with expected costs of
$261 million, totaling 2.0 million square feet, which were 28 percent leased in total. These projects included a 1.2 million square foot speculative project in Southern California, a 415,000 square foot build-to-suit project in Eastern Pennsylvania, a 72 percent leased, 222,000 square foot project in South Floridaand a 190,000 square foot speculative project in Seattle.
- Four wholly owned projects totaling 1.5 million square feet were placed in service during the quarter. These projects were 89 percent leased in total and included a 100 percent leased, 800,000 square foot, project in
Southern Californiaand two 100 percent leased projects in Northern New Jersey, totaling 518,000 square feet.
Building acquisitions totaled
- Three 100 percent leased buildings in the
East Baysubmarket of Northern California, totaling 428,000 square feet. One of these buildings, totaling 141,000 square feet, is expected to be redeveloped soon after its existing one-year lease expires.
- A 100 percent leased, 188,000 square foot, building in
Northern New Jersey.
- A 100 percent leased, 64,000 square foot, building in
The company disposed of a 100 percent leased wholly-owned project in
The company’s board of directors declared a quarterly cash distribution on its common stock of
2020 Earnings Guidance
A reconciliation of the company’s guidance for diluted net income per common share to FFO, as defined by NAREIT, and to Core FFO is included in the financial tables to this release. The company issued revised guidance for net income of
Commenting on the company’s revised 2020 guidance,
“This mid-point of the revised guidance for Core FFO includes an estimate of nearly
“Driven largely by the same factors as Core FFO, the guidance for the growth in adjusted funds from operations (‘AFFO’), on a share-adjusted basis, has been revised to between 4.6 percent and 7.7 percent, compared to the previous range of 3.1 percent to 7.7 percent.
“Our range of guidance for the average percentage leased of our stabilized in-service portfolio has been revised to between 97.3 percent and 97.7 percent, compared to the previous range of 96.5 percent to 97.9 percent. Our range of guidance for the average percentage leased of our total in-service portfolio has been revised to between 96.7 percent and 97.1 percent, compared to the previous range of 96.0 percent to 97.4 percent. The increased guidance is the result of better tenant demand and the expectation of fewer tenant defaults compared to our previous guidance.
“These factors, along with strong rental rate growth on recently executed leases, resulted in revised guidance for growth in same-property net operating income to between 4.7 percent and 5.1 percent, compared to the previous range of 3.5 percent to 4.5 percent.
“Our revised guidance for 2020 development starts is between
Other guidance changes are as follows:
- Dispositions of properties in a range of
$250 millionto $350 million, compared to the previous range of between $200 millionand $400 million.
- Acquisitions of properties ranging between
$225 millionand $325 million, compared to the previous range of between $50 millionand $250 million.
More specific assumptions and components of the company’s 2020 guidance will be available by
FFO and AFFO Reporting Definitions
FFO: FFO is a non-GAAP performance measure computed in accordance with standards established by the
Core FFO: Core FFO is computed as FFO adjusted for certain items that are generally non-cash in nature and that can create significant earnings volatility and do not directly relate to our core business operations. The adjustments include gains or losses on debt transactions, gains or losses from involuntary conversion from weather events or natural disasters, promote income, severance and other charges related to major overhead restructuring activities and the expense impact of costs attributable to successful leasing activities. Although our calculation of Core FFO differs from NAREIT’s definition of FFO and may not be comparable to that of other REITs and real estate companies, we believe it provides a meaningful supplemental measure of our operating performance.
AFFO: AFFO is defined by the company as the Core FFO (as defined above), less recurring building improvements and total second generation capital expenditures (the leasing of space that had previously been under lease by the company is referred to as second generation lease activity) related to leases commencing during the reporting period, and adjusted for certain non-cash items including straight line rental income and expense, non-cash components of interest expense including interest rate hedge amortization, stock compensation expense and after similar adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures.
The company includes same-property net operating income growth as a property-level supplemental measure of performance. The company utilizes same-property net operating income growth as a supplemental measure to evaluate property-level performance, and jointly-controlled properties are included at the company’s ownership percentage.
A reconciliation of income from continuing operations before income taxes to same-property net operating income is included in the financial tables to this release. A description of the properties that are excluded from the company’s same-property net operating income measure is included on page 18 of its
Third Quarter Earnings Call and Supplemental Information
A copy of the company’s supplemental information will be available by
Cautionary Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This news release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, including, among others, statements regarding the company’s future financial position or results, future dividends, and future performance, are forward-looking statements. Those statements include statements regarding the intent, belief, or current expectations of the company, members of its management team, as well as the assumptions on which such statements are based, and generally are identified by the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “seeks,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends,” “should,” or similar expressions although not all forward looking statements may contain such words. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. Many of these factors are beyond the company’s abilities to control or predict. Such factors include, but are not limited to, (i) general adverse economic and local real estate conditions; (ii) the inability of major tenants to continue paying their rent obligations due to bankruptcy, insolvency or a general downturn in their business; (iii) financing risks, such as the inability to obtain equity, debt or other sources of financing or refinancing on favorable terms, if at all; (iv) the company’s ability to raise capital by selling its assets; (v) changes in governmental laws and regulations; (vi) the level and volatility of interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates; (vii) valuation of joint venture investments; (viii) valuation of marketable securities and other investments; (ix) valuation of real estate; (x) increases in operating costs; (xi) changes in the dividend policy for the company’s common stock; (xii) the reduction in the company’s income in the event of multiple lease terminations by tenants; (xiii) impairment charges, (xiv) the effects of geopolitical instability and risks such as terrorist attacks and trade wars; (xv) the effects of natural disasters, including the current pandemic caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as floods, droughts, wind, tornadoes and hurricanes; and (xvi) the effect of any damage to our reputation resulting from developments relating to any of items (i) – (xv). The company refers you to the section entitled “Risk Factors” contained in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended
The risks included here are not exhaustive and undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations. All written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the company, its management, or persons acting on their behalf are qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. Further, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results over time unless otherwise required by law.
|Consolidated Statement of Operations|
|(Unaudited and in thousands, except per share amounts)|
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|Rental and related revenue||$||235,391||$||215,374||$||680,520||$||638,446|
|General contractor and service fee revenue||26,637||25,955||46,388||104,838|
|Real estate taxes||37,027||31,739||110,517||96,556|
|General contractor and other services expenses||24,604||23,640||41,578||99,415|
|Depreciation and amortization||88,596||83,924||260,659||242,920|
|Other operating activities:|
|Equity in earnings of unconsolidated joint ventures||4,023||3,736||8,958||12,594|
|Gain on sale of properties||10,968||173,646||19,905||204,075|
|Gain on land sales||2,346||3,869||8,551||6,569|
|Other operating expenses||(1,772||)||(874||)||(4,430||)||(4,515||)|
|Non-incremental costs related to successful leases||(4,058||)||(1,123||)||(10,617||)||(6,726||)|
|General and administrative expenses||(11,439||)||(13,720||)||(46,808||)||(49,123||)|
|Other income (expenses):|
|Interest and other income, net||32||2,085||1,643||7,377|
|Loss on debt extinguishment||(120||)||-||(32,898||)||(13||)|
|Gain on involuntary conversion||3,029||-||4,312||2,259|
|Income from continuing operations, before income taxes||71,520||227,883||131,119||351,221|
|Income tax benefit (expense)||956||536||1,166||(6,465||)|
|Income from continuing operations||72,476||228,419||132,285||344,756|
|Gain on sale of properties||40||112||111||366|
|Income from discontinued operations||40||112||111||366|
|Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests||(693||)||(1,965||)||(1,297||)||(2,952||)|
|Net income attributable to common shareholders||$||71,823||$||226,566||$||131,099||$||342,170|
|Basic net income per common share:|
|Continuing operations attributable to common shareholders||$||0.19||$||0.62||$||0.35||$||0.95|
|Diluted net income per common share:|
|Continuing operations attributable to common shareholders||$||0.19||$||0.62||$||0.35||$||0.94|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|(Unaudited and in thousands)|
|Real estate investments:|
|Real estate assets||$||8,569,340||$||7,993,377|
|Construction in progress||604,819||550,926|
|Investments in and advances to unconsolidated joint ventures||132,127||133,074|
|Net real estate investments||7,936,350||7,451,453|
|Real estate investments and other assets held-for-sale||-||18,463|
|Cash and cash equivalents||6,748||110,891|
|Straight-line rent receivable||145,130||129,344|
|Receivables on construction contracts, including retentions||44,824||25,607|
|Deferred leasing and other costs, net||325,846||320,444|
|Restricted cash held in escrow for like-kind exchange||-||1,673|
|Notes receivable from property sales||-||110,000|
|Other escrow deposits and other assets||269,055||232,338|
|Liabilities and Equity|
|Secured debt, net of deferred financing costs||$||74,339||$||34,023|
|Unsecured debt, net of deferred financing costs||3,025,089||2,880,742|
|Unsecured line of credit||47,000||-|
|Liabilities related to real estate investments held-for-sale|
|Construction payables and amounts due subcontractors, including retentions||83,047||68,840|
|Accrued real estate taxes||101,846||69,042|
|Tenant security deposits and prepaid rents||47,292||48,907|
|Additional paid-in capital||5,653,143||5,525,463|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(32,457||)||(35,036||)|
|Distributions in excess of net income||(606,182||)||(475,992||)|
|Total shareholders’ equity||5,018,219||5,018,115|
|Summary of EPS, FFO and AFFO|
|Three Months Ended
|(Unaudited and in thousands, except per share amounts)|
|Net income attributable to common shareholders||$||71,823||$||226,566|
|Less dividends on participating securities||(352||)||(350||)|
|Net income per common share-basic||71,471||371,082||$||0.19||226,216||362,416||$||0.62|
|Noncontrolling interest in earnings of unitholders||638||3,330||1,968||3,142|
|Other potentially dilutive securities||-||422||350||1,713|
|Net income attributable to common shareholders-diluted||$||72,109||374,834||$||0.19||228,534||367,271||$||0.62|
|Reconciliation to FFO|
|Net income attributable to common shareholders||$||71,823||371,082||$||226,566||362,416|
|Depreciation and amortization||88,596||83,924|
|Depreciation, amortization and other - unconsolidated joint ventures||2,259||2,858|
|Gains on sales of properties||(11,008||)||(173,758||)|
|Gains on land sales||(2,346||)||(3,869||)|
|Income tax benefit triggered by sales of real estate assets||(956||)||(536||)|
|Gains on sales of real estate assets - unconsolidated joint ventures||(1,095||)||(332||)|
|Noncontrolling interest share of adjustments||(671||)||788|
|NAREIT FFO attributable to common shareholders - basic||146,602||371,082||$||0.40||135,641||362,416||$||0.37|
|Noncontrolling interest in income of unitholders||638||3,330||1,968||3,142|
|Noncontrolling interest share of adjustments||671||(788||)|
|Other potentially dilutive securities||1,833||1,713|
|NAREIT FFO attributable to common shareholders - diluted||$||147,911||376,245||$||0.39||$||136,821||367,271||$||0.37|
|Gain on involuntary conversion - including share of unconsolidated joint venture||(3,029||)||(1,300||)|
|Loss on debt extinguishment||120||-|
|Non-incremental costs related to successful leases||4,058||1,123|
|Core FFO attributable to common shareholders - diluted||$||149,060||376,245||$||0.40||$||136,644||367,271||$||0.37|
|Core FFO - diluted||$||149,060||376,245||$||0.40||$||136,644||367,271||$||0.37|
|Straight-line rental income and expense||(7,796||)||(5,282||)|
|Amortization of above/below market rents and concessions||(1,836||)||(1,742||)|
|Stock based compensation expense||2,736||2,045|
|Noncash interest expense||2,463||1,513|
|Second generation concessions||(58||)||(300||)|
|Second generation tenant improvements||(3,685||)||(3,227||)|
|Second generation leasing costs||(5,623||)||(5,253||)|
|AFFO - diluted||$||134,848||376,245||$||120,195||367,271|
|Summary of EPS, FFO and AFFO|
|Nine Months Ended
|(Unaudited and in thousands, except per share amounts)|
|Net income attributable to common shareholders||$||131,099||$||342,170|
|Less dividends on participating securities||(1,064||)||(1,125||)|
|Net income per common share-basic||130,035||369,375||$||0.35||341,045||360,424||$||0.95|
|Noncontrolling interest in earnings of unitholders||1,164||3,296||2,971||3,118|
|Other potentially dilutive securities||-||420||1,125||1,801|
|Net income attributable to common shareholders-diluted||$||131,199||373,091||$||0.35||$||345,141||365,343||$||0.94|
|Reconciliation to FFO|
|Net income attributable to common shareholders||$||131,099||369,375||$||342,170||360,424|
|Depreciation and amortization||260,659||242,920|
|Depreciation, amortization and other - unconsolidated joint ventures||6,759||7,628|
|Gains on sales of properties||(20,016||)||(204,441||)|
|Gains on land sales||(8,551||)||(6,569||)|
|Income tax (benefit) expense triggered by depreciable property sales||(1,166||)||6,465|
|Gains on sales of real estate assets - unconsolidated joint ventures||(787||)||(4,859||)|
|Noncontrolling interest share of adjustments||(2,144||)||(353||)|
|NAREIT FFO attributable to common shareholders - basic||371,479||369,375||$||1.01||382,961||360,424||$||1.06|
|Noncontrolling interest in income of unitholders||1,164||3,296||2,971||3,118|
|Noncontrolling interest share of adjustments||2,144||353|
|Other potentially dilutive securities||1,821||1,801|
|NAREIT FFO attributable to common shareholders - diluted||$||374,787||374,492||$||1.00||$||386,285||365,343||$||1.06|
|Gain on involuntary conversion - including share of unconsolidated joint venture||(4,312||)||(3,559||)|
|Loss on debt extinguishment||32,898||13|
|Non-incremental costs related to successful leases||10,617||6,726|
|Overhead restructuring charges||2,063||-|
|Core FFO attributable to common shareholders - diluted||$||416,053||374,492||$||1.11||$||389,465||365,343||$||1.07|
|Core FFO - diluted||$||416,053||374,492||$||1.11||$||389,465||365,343||$||1.07|
|Straight-line rental income and expense||(15,934||)||(16,066||)|
|Amortization of above/below market rents and concessions||(5,934||)||(4,546||)|
|Stock based compensation expense||20,335||17,258|
|Noncash interest expense||6,896||4,577|
|Second generation concessions||(394||)||(334||)|
|Second generation tenant improvements||(10,073||)||(8,306||)|
|Second generation leasing costs||(14,126||)||(14,198||)|
|AFFO - diluted||$||395,517||374,492||$||361,103||365,343|
|Reconciliation of Same Property Net Operating Income Growth|
|(Unaudited and in thousands)|
|Three Months Ended|
|Income from continuing operations before income taxes||$||71,520||$||227,883|
|Share of same property NOI from unconsolidated joint ventures||4,917||4,564|
|Income and expense items not allocated to segments||108,318||(61,216||)|
|Earnings from service operations||(2,033||)||(2,315||)|
|Properties not included and other adjustments||(28,034||)||(21,564||)|
|Same property NOI - Cash Basis||$||154,688||$||147,352|
|Nine Months Ended|
|Income from continuing operations before income taxes||$||131,119||$||351,221|
|Share of same property NOI from unconsolidated joint ventures||14,236||13,550|
|Income and expense items not allocated to segments||386,408||137,881|
|Earnings from service operations||(4,810||)||(5,423||)|
|Properties not included and other adjustments||(66,912||)||(61,284||)|
|Same property NOI - Cash Basis||$||460,041||$||435,945|
|Reconciliation of 2020 FFO Per Diluted Share Guidance|
|Net income attributable to common shareholders - diluted||$||0.66||$||0.88|
|Gains on land and property sales, net of impairment charges||(0.24||)||(0.38||)|
|Share of joint venture adjustments||0.02||0.02|
|NAREIT FFO attributable to common shareholders - diluted||$||1.38||$||1.44|
|Loss on debt extinguishment||0.09||0.09|
|Non-incremental costs related to successful leases||0.04||0.03|
|Other reconciling items||(0.01||)||(0.02||)|
|Core FFO attributable to common shareholders - diluted||$||1.50||$||1.54|
Source: Duke Realty Corporation