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WAYNE, PA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/21/13 -- CubeSmart (NYSE: CUBE) announced its operating results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2012.
"We saw accelerating operational performance throughout 2012," commented Chief Executive Officer Dean Jernigan. "Importantly, we are positioned to maintain this fundamental momentum into 2013. With a high-quality team, property portfolio, operating platform, and balance sheet in place, all in the context of steady demand and limited new supply, we remain optimistic about our business."
Key Highlights for the Quarter
Funds from Operations
- Reported funds from operations ("FFO") per share, as adjusted, of $0.21, representing a year-over-year increase of 23.5%.
- Increased same-store (313 facilities) net operating income ("NOI") 7.4% year over year, driven by 5.2% revenue growth and a 1.2% increase in property operating expenses.
- Gained 550 basis points year over year in period ending same-store occupancy, up from 79.1% at the end of 2011 to 84.6% at the end of 2012.
- Closed on five acquisitions totaling $25.6 million, bringing full-year acquisition volume to $442.7 million.
- Closed on dispositions totaling $24.3 million, including eight assets in Ohio, two in Florida and one in Tennessee. Full-year disposition volume totaled $60.0 million.
FFO, as adjusted, was $28.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $20.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. FFO per share, as adjusted, increased 23.5% to $0.21 for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $0.17 for the same quarter last year.
FFO, as adjusted, for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $96.4 million, compared with $70.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. FFO per share, as adjusted, increased 13.8% to $0.74 for the year ended December 31, 2012, compared with $0.65 for the year ended December 31, 2011.
"Our keen focus on operational execution continues to drive accelerating occupancy and revenue performance," noted Chris Marr, President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Investment Officer. "We also had a very productive 2012 from an external growth perspective, as we exceeded our targets for acquisitions, dispositions, and third-party management contracts in a disciplined manner that meaningfully enhanced our portfolio."
The Company acquired five assets for $25.6 million during the three months ended December 31, 2012. These properties are located in Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas. For the full year, excluding assets associated with the previously announced Storage Deluxe and joint venture transactions, the Company closed on the acquisition of 22 assets for $128.4 million. Including these transactions, full-year acquisition volume totaled $442.7 million.
On the disposition front during the quarter, the Company sold 11 assets for total proceeds of $24.3 million. The facilities are located in Ohio, Florida, and Tennessee. For the year, the Company disposed of 26 assets for $60.0 million.
During the quarter, the Company was awarded eight new management contracts for properties located predominantly in the Southeast. At December 31, 2012, following the Company's acquisition of two facilities from the third-party management platform and the removal of five others due to sale, the Company managed for third parties 133 properties totaling 8.0 million square feet.
The Company's same-store pool at December 31, 2012 represented 313 facilities containing approximately 20.7 million rentable square feet and included approximately 81.1% of the aggregate rentable square feet of the Company's 381 owned facilities. These same-store facilities represent approximately 72.8% of property net operating income for the quarter ended December 31, 2012.
Same-store physical occupancy at period end for the fourth quarter of 2012 was 84.6%, compared with 79.1% for the same quarter of last year. Same-store net rental income for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased 3.9%, same-store total revenues increased 5.2%, and same-store operating expenses increased 1.2% from the same quarter in 2011. Same-store net operating income increased 7.4%, as compared with the same period in 2011.
For the year ended December 31, 2012, same-store net rental income increased 2.8%, same-store total revenues increased 3.8%, same-store operating expenses decreased 0.1%, and same-store net operating income increased 6.0%, as compared with the year ended December 31, 2011.
Total revenues increased $16.0 million and total property operating expenses increased $4.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, as compared with the same period in 2011. Increases in total revenues are primarily attributable to increased occupancy levels in the same-store portfolio and revenues generated from property acquisitions. Increases in total property operating expenses are attributable to the impact of newly acquired properties and an increase in same-store expenses, which was largely driven by increased advertising costs.
Interest expense increased from $8.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 to $11.0 million in the current period due to a higher amount of outstanding debt, primarily resulting from debt assumed and drawn in conjunction with the Storage Deluxe and other acquisitions and offset by lower interest rates on the Credit Facility in the 2012 period as compared with the 2011 period.
The Company's fourth quarter results include income of $0.1 million from discontinued operations as of December 31, 2012, and $3.4 million of gains on disposition of discontinued operations. These relate to the sale of 11 properties during the quarter.
The Company reported a net loss attributable to the Company's common shareholders of $0.02 million, or $0.00 per common share, in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with a net loss attributable to the Company's common shareholders of $9.2 million, or $0.08 per common share, in the fourth quarter of 2011.
For the year ended December 31, 2012, the Company reported a net loss attributable to the Company's common shareholders of $4.2 million, or $0.03 per common share, compared with a net loss attributable to the Company's common shareholders of $1.6 million, or $0.02 per common share, for the year ended December 31, 2011.
The Company's 381 owned facilities, containing 25.5 million rentable square feet, had a physical occupancy at December 31, 2012 of 84.4%.
"At-The-Market" Equity Program
During the quarter, the Company sold 3.2 million common shares of beneficial interest through its "at-the-market" equity program at an average sales price of $13.60 per share, resulting in net proceeds of $43.0 million, bringing full-year net proceeds from the program to $102.2 million. At December 31, 2012, the Company had 3.9 million shares available for sale under the existing Sales Agreement.
On December 10, 2012, the Company declared a dividend of $0.11 per common share, representing a 37.5% increase from the previous quarterly rate. The dividend was paid on January 15, 2013 to common shareholders of record on January 2, 2013.
Also on December 10, 2012, the Company declared a dividend of $0.484375 for the 7.75% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares. The dividend was paid on January 15, 2013 to holders of record on January 2, 2013.
2013 Financial Outlook
"Our expectations for 2013 reflect a continuation of the strong, accelerating performance that we have seen in recent periods," stated Tim Martin, Chief Financial Officer. "Our 2013 NOI guidance contemplates healthy revenue growth as well as meaningful increases in real estate taxes. Additionally, our balance sheet remains well-positioned to support our strategic growth initiatives through broad access to a variety of capital sources."
The Company estimates that its fully diluted FFO per share for 2013 will be between $0.80 and $0.86, and that its fully diluted net income (loss) per share for the period will be between ($0.03) and $0.03. The Company's estimate is based on the following key assumptions:
- For 2013, a same-store pool consisting of 333 assets totaling 22.1 million square feet.
- Same-store net operating income ("NOI") growth of 5.0% to 6.0% over 2012, driven by revenue growth of 4.75% to 5.25% and expense growth of 3.5% to 4.5%.
- General and administrative expenses of approximately $29.0 million to $30.0 million.
Due to uncertainty related to the timing and terms of transactions, the impact of future investment activity is excluded from guidance. For 2013, the Company is targeting $75 million to $125 million of acquisitions and $20 million to $40 million of dispositions.
2013 Full Year Guidance Range or Value
Loss per diluted share allocated to common shareholders $(0.03) to $ 0.03
Plus: real estate depreciation and amortization 0.83 0.83
FFO per diluted share $ 0.80 to $ 0.86
The Company estimates that its fully-diluted FFO per share for the quarter ending March 31, 2013 will be between $0.19 and $0.20, and that its fully-diluted net loss per share for the period will be between $0.02 and $0.03.
1st Quarter 2013 Guidance Range or Value
Loss per diluted share allocated to common shareholders $(0.03) to $(0.02)
Plus: real estate depreciation and amortization 0.22 0.22
FFO per diluted share $ 0.19 to $ 0.20
Management will host a conference call at 11:00 a.m. ET on Friday, February 22, 2013 to discuss financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2012.
A live webcast of the conference call will be available online from the investor relations page of the Company's corporate website at www.CubeSmart.com : www.cubesmart.com/
. The dial-in numbers are 1-888-317-6016 for domestic callers, +1-412-317-6016 for international callers and 1-855-669-9657 for callers in Canada. After the live webcast, the call will remain available on CubeSmart's website for 30 days. In addition, a telephonic replay of the call will be available through March 24, 2013. The replay dial-in number is 1-877-344-7529 for domestic callers and +1-412-317-0088 for international callers. The conference number for both is 10024576.
Supplemental operating and financial data as of December 31, 2012 is available on the Company's corporate website under Investor Relations - Financial Information - Financial Reports.
CubeSmart is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust. The Company's self-storage facilities are designed to offer affordable, easily accessible and secure storage space for residential and commercial customers. According to the 2012 Self-Storage Almanac, CubeSmart is one of the top four owners and operators of self-storage facilities in the United States.
Non-GAAP Performance Measurements
Funds from operations ("FFO") is a widely used performance measure for real estate companies and is provided here as a supplemental measure of operating performance. The April 2002 National Policy Bulletin of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (the "White Paper"), as amended, defines FFO as net income (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding gains (or losses) from sales of property and real estate related impairment charges, plus real estate depreciation and amortization, and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures.
Management uses FFO as a key performance indicator in evaluating the operations of the Company's facilities. Given the nature of its business as a real estate owner and operator, the Company considers FFO a key measure of its operating performance that is not specifically defined by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. The Company believes that FFO is useful to management and investors as a starting point in measuring its operational performance because it excludes various items included in net income that do not relate to or are not indicative of its operating performance such as gains (or losses) from sales of property, gains on remeasurement of investment in real estate ventures, impairments of depreciable assets, and depreciation, which can make periodic and peer analyses of operating performance more difficult. FFO should not be considered as an alternative to net income (determined in accordance with GAAP) as an indicator of the Company's financial performance, is not an alternative to cash flow from operating activities (determined in accordance with GAAP) as a measure of the Company's liquidity, and is not indicative of funds available to fund the Company's cash needs, including its ability to make distributions.
FFO, as adjusted represents FFO as defined above, excluding the effects of acquisition related costs, gains or losses from early extinguishment of debt, and other one-time items, which we believe are not indicative of the Company's operating results.
We define net operating income, which we refer to as "NOI," as total continuing revenues less continuing property operating expenses. NOI also can be calculated by adding back to net income (loss): interest expense on loans, loan procurement amortization expense, loan procurement amortization expense -- early repayment of debt, acquisition related costs, equity in losses of real estate entities, amounts attributable to noncontrolling interests, other expense, depreciation and amortization expense, general and administrative expense, and deducting from net income: income from discontinued operations, gains on disposition of discontinued operations, other income, gain on remeasurement of investment in real estate ventures, and interest income. NOI is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP.
Management uses NOI as a measure of operating performance at each of our facilities, and for all of our facilities in the aggregate. NOI should not be considered as a substitute for operating income, net income, cash flows provided by operating, investing and financing activities, or other income statement or cash flow statement data prepared in accordance with GAAP.
This presentation, together with other statements and information publicly disseminated by CubeSmart ("we," "us," "our" or the "Company"), contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"). Such statements are based on assumptions and expectations that may not be realized and are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy and some of which might not even be anticipated. Although we believe the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, future events and actual results, performance, transactions or achievements, financial and otherwise, may differ materially from the results, performance, transactions or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties and other factors that might cause such differences, some of which could be material, include, but are not limited to:
- national and local economic, business, real estate and other market conditions;
- the competitive environment in which we operate, including our ability to raise rental rates;
- the execution of our business plan;
- the availability of external sources of capital;
- financing risks, including the risk of over-leverage and the corresponding risk of default on our mortgage and other debt and potential inability to refinance existing indebtedness;
- increases in interest rates and operating costs;
- counterparty non-performance related to the use of derivative financial instruments;
- our ability to maintain our status as a real estate investment trust ("REIT") for federal income tax purposes;
- acquisition and development risks;
- increases in taxes, fees, and assessments from state and local jurisdictions;
- risks of investing through joint ventures;
- changes in real estate and zoning laws or regulations;
- risks related to natural disasters;
- potential environmental and other liabilities;
- other factors affecting the real estate industry generally or the self-storage industry in particular; and
- other risks identified in Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K and, from time to time, in other reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") or in other documents that we publicly disseminate.
Given these uncertainties, we caution readers not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise except as may be required in securities laws.