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Phillips Edison & Company Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results

Company Release - 2/24/2020 9:30 AM ET

Executed a record 251 leases totaling 1.1 million square feet during Q4 2019

Portfolio occupancy at an all-time high of 95.4%

Reduced leverage as Company paid down $89.1 million in debt

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Phillips Edison & Company, Inc. (“PECO” or the “Company”), an internally-managed real estate investment trust (“REIT”) and one of the nation’s largest owners and operators of grocery-anchored shopping centers, reported net income of $4.9 million and net loss of $72.8 million for the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2019, respectively. Full year 2019 loss was primarily attributable to non-cash impairments related to property dispositions to improve the quality of the portfolio, consistent with the Company’s planned strategy to recycle capital into higher-growth opportunities.

Fourth Quarter 2019 Highlights (vs. Fourth Quarter 2018)

  • Pro forma same-center net operating income (“NOI”)* increased 7.1% to $86.6 million
  • Leased portfolio occupancy totaled 95.4%, an improvement from 93.2% a year ago
  • Executed a record 251 leases (new, renewal, and options) totaling 1.1 million square feet with comparable new lease spreads of 11.3% and comparable renewal lease spreads of 9.1%
  • Funds from operations (“FFO”) increased 44.2% to $56.5 million primarily as a result of the merger with Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT II, Inc. (“REIT II”); FFO per diluted share increased to $0.17 from $0.14 per diluted share
  • Core FFO increased 32.5% to $61.2 million primarily as a result of the REIT II merger; Core FFO per diluted share increased to $0.19 from $0.17 per diluted share
  • FFO and Core FFO totaled 101.2% and 109.7%, respectively, of total distributions made during the quarter
  • Closed on a 10-year, $200 million secured debt facility with a 3.35% fixed interest rate and repriced a $175 million term loan, lowering the interest rate spread by 50 basis points
  • Net debt to total enterprise value (“TEV”) improved to 39.5% from 41.1% at December 31, 2018
  • Outstanding debt had a weighted-average interest rate of 3.4%, a weighted average maturity of 5.0 years, and 89.4% was fixed-rate debt

Full Year 2019 Highlights (vs. 2018)

  • Pro forma same-center NOI* increased 3.7% to $339.6 million
  • Executed a record 1,026 leases (new, renewal, and options) totaling 4.6 million square feet with comparable new lease spreads of 13.3% and comparable renewal spreads of 8.5%
  • Realized $223.1 million in proceeds from the sale of 21 properties and one outparcel
  • Acquired two properties and two outparcels for a total cost of $71.7 million; merged with Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT III, Inc. (“REIT III”), acquiring three additional properties and ownership interest in a joint venture
  • FFO increased 38.9% to $217.0 million primarily as a result of the REIT II merger; FFO per diluted share increased to $0.66 from $0.65 per diluted share
  • Core FFO increased 31.1% to $230.9 million primarily as a result of the REIT II merger; Core FFO per diluted share totaled $0.70 compared to $0.73 per diluted share. The decrease per diluted share for full year 2019 was a result of delevering and disposition activity in 2018 and 2019.

* For purposes of evaluating same-center NOI on a comparative basis, the Company is presenting pro forma same-center NOI, which includes properties acquired in PECO’s merger with REIT II in November 2018 presented as though the transaction had occurred on January 1, 2018. As such, 276 properties are included in pro forma same-center NOI. Please see 'Pro Forma Same-Center NOI' under ‘Fourth Quarter and Full Year Ended December 31, 2019 Financial Results’ for additional disclosure.

Management Commentary

“The fourth quarter marked our second consecutive quarter of record leasing activity, which was a key driver to our remarkable finish to 2019,” commented Jeff Edison, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PECO. “Pro forma same-center NOI growth of 7.1% for the fourth quarter, and 3.7% for the full year, were the result of sustained demand for our well-located grocery-anchored neighborhood shopping centers and solid execution by our team.”

“As we look toward 2020, our focus is threefold: driving NOI growth through re-leasing spreads and redevelopment projects, completing our quality improvement dispositions and recycling that capital into higher-growth opportunities, and continuing to delever our balance sheet. Further, our investment management business complements these strategies as it provides ways to delever, grow our earnings and assets under management, and engage with new strategic partners. We are confident that executing on these critical initiatives will help us prepare for a full-cycle liquidity event for our stockholders.

“We continue to be optimistic about the health of neighborhood retail shopping centers as we see strong operating results across the industry. We look forward to another successful year in 2020 as we remain laser focused on unlocking value for our stockholders.”

Fourth Quarter and Full Year Ended December 31, 2019 Financial Results

Net Income (Loss)

Fourth quarter 2019 net income totaled $4.9 million compared to net income of $79.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2018.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2019 was driven by $17.3 million of gains recognized from property sales, partially offset by $12.8 million of non-cash impairments. Comparatively, net income for the fourth quarter of 2018 was driven by $103.7 million of gains recognized primarily from the sale or contribution of properties to the Grocery Retail Partners I LLC joint venture with The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, partially offset by $13.1 million of impairments. Further contributing to performance during the fourth quarter of 2019 was an increase in rental income and a decrease in general and administrative expenses offset by increased depreciation and amortization, real estate taxes, and interest expense resulting from additional properties owned and debt assumed in the November 2018 merger with REIT II.

Full year 2019 net loss totaled $72.8 million compared to net income of $47.0 million for 2018.

Net loss for the full year 2019 was driven by $97.1 million of non-cash impairments, partially offset by $28.2 million of gains recognized from property sales. Comparatively, net income for the full year 2018 was driven by $109.3 million of gains recognized from the sale or contribution of properties, partially offset by $40.8 million of impairments. Further contributing to performance during the full year 2019 was an increase in rental income and a decrease in general and administrative expenses offset by increased depreciation and amortization, real estate taxes, and interest expense resulting from additional properties owned and debt assumed in the November 2018 merger with REIT II.

FFO as Defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”)

For the fourth quarter of 2019, FFO attributable to stockholders and convertible noncontrolling interests increased 44.2% to $56.5 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, from $39.2 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, during the same year-ago quarter.

For the year ended December 31, 2019, FFO attributable to stockholders and convertible noncontrolling interests increased 38.9% to $217.0 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, from $156.2 million, or $0.65 per diluted share in 2018.

The improvements in FFO and FFO per diluted share for both periods were driven by NOI growth from rent growth and higher recoveries, lower amortization of corporate intangibles, and lower general and administrative expenses.

Core FFO

For the fourth quarter of 2019, Core FFO increased 32.5% to $61.2 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared to $46.2 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, during the same year-ago quarter.

For the year ended December 31, 2019, Core FFO increased 31.1% to $230.9 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, compared to $176.1 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, for 2018.

The improvements in Core FFO for both periods were driven by the assets acquired from the merger with REIT II, year-over-year NOI growth, and expense management at the property level. Core FFO on a per diluted share basis increased for the fourth quarter of 2019 but decreased for full year 2019 as a result of delevering and disposition activity in 2018 and 2019.

Pro Forma Same-Center NOI

Fourth quarter 2019 pro forma same-center NOI increased 7.1% to $86.6 million compared to $80.9 million during the fourth quarter of 2018. The improvement was primarily driven by a $0.23, or 1.9%, increase in average base rent per square foot and a 1.4% increase in average same-center occupancy.

Full year 2019 pro forma same-center NOI increased 3.7% to $339.6 million compared to $327.6 million during 2018. The improvement was primarily driven by a $0.23, or 1.9%, increase in average base rent per square foot and a 0.4% increase in average same-center occupancy.

Additionally, the improvements in pro forma same-center NOI for both periods were driven by lower operating expenses and increased recovery of operating costs and capital versus the comparable periods in 2018.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year Ended December 31, 2019 Portfolio Overview

Portfolio Statistics

As of December 31, 2019, PECO’s portfolio consisted of 287 properties, totaling approximately 32.1 million square feet, located in 31 states. This compares to 303 properties, totaling approximately 34.4 million square feet, located in 32 states as of December 31, 2018.

Leased portfolio occupancy improved to 95.4% at December 31, 2019 as compared to 93.2% at December 31, 2018. Anchor occupancy increased to 98.0% compared to 97.4% a year ago, and in-line occupancy increased to 90.2% from 84.9% at year-end due to the strong demand in well-located grocery-anchored neighborhood shopping centers and strategic initiatives focused on leasing dormant spaces.

Leasing Activity

During the fourth quarter of 2019, 251 leases (new, renewal, and options) were executed totaling 1.1 million square feet. This compared to 228 leases executed totaling 1.1 million square feet during the fourth quarter of 2018 (the period in which we merged with REIT II).

Comparable rent spreads during the quarter, which compare the percentage increase (or decrease) of new or renewal leases to the expiring lease of a unit that was occupied within the past twelve months for both PECO and REIT II, were 11.3% for new leases, 9.1% for renewal leases (excluding options), and 9.6% combined (new and renewal leases only).

During the full year ended December 31, 2019, 1,026 new and renewal leases were executed totaling 4.6 million square feet. This compared to 762 new and renewal leases executed totaling 3.5 million square feet during 2018 (the majority of this year elapsing prior to our merger with REIT II in November 2018).

Comparable rent spreads during 2019 were 13.3% for new leases, 8.5% for renewal leases (excluding options), and 9.6% combined (new and renewal leases only).

Acquisition and Disposition Activity

During the fourth quarter of 2019, PECO acquired one grocery-anchored shopping center and one outparcel at a total cost of $21.8 million, and generated $136.9 million in proceeds from the sale of eleven properties.

During the full year ended December 31, 2019, two shopping centers as well as two outparcels were acquired for a total cost of $71.7 million, and the Company generated $223.1 million in proceeds from the sale of 21 properties and one outparcel.

Sales proceeds are expected to be used to reduce leverage, fund acquisitions through tax-efficient exchanges, and fund redevelopment opportunities in owned centers.

Merger Transaction with REIT III

On October 31, 2019, PECO successfully acquired three grocery-anchored properties and ownership interest in a joint venture from REIT III in a merger transaction valued at approximately $71 million.

Investment Management Business

For the quarter and year ended December 31, 2019, respectively, the Company generated combined fee income of $2.6 million and $11.7 million for asset management, property management, and related services rendered. Fee income declined from 2018 due to the decrease in third-party assets under management resulting from the acquisitions of REIT II and REIT III.

At year-end, the Company had approximately $585 million of third-party assets under management.

Looking forward, the Company is committed to expanding its investment management business, which has the potential to generate income and cash flow without requiring additional capital or increasing leverage.

Balance Sheet Highlights at December 31, 2019

At year-end, the Company had $489.8 million of borrowing capacity available on its $500 million revolving credit facility.

Year-end net debt to total enterprise value was 39.5% compared to 41.1% at December 31, 2018.

During the quarter, the Company repriced a $175 million term loan from a spread of 1.75% over LIBOR to 1.25% over LIBOR, while maintaining the current maturity of October 2024. The Company also closed on a 10-year, $200 million, secured debt facility with a fixed interest rate of 3.35%. Proceeds from this financing and property dispositions were used to repay term loans maturing in 2020 and 2021.

At December 31, 2019, the Company’s outstanding debt had a weighted-average interest rate of 3.4%, a weighted-average maturity of 5.0 years, and 89.4% of total debt was fixed-rate debt. This compared to a weighted-average interest rate of 3.5%, a weighted-average maturity of 4.9 years, and 90.1% fixed-rate debt at December 31, 2018.

Distributions

For the quarter ended December 31, 2019, total distributions of $55.8 million were paid to common stockholders and operating partnership (“OP unit”) holders, including $16.1 million reinvested through the dividend reinvestment plan (“DRIP”), for net cash distributions of $39.7 million.

During the fourth quarter of 2019, FFO totaled 101.2% of total distributions and Core FFO totaled 109.7% of total distributions.

For the year ended December 31, 2019, total distributions of $220.2 million were paid to common stockholders and OP unit holders, including $67.4 million reinvested through the DRIP, for net cash distributions of $152.8 million.

During 2019, FFO totaled 98.5% of total distributions and Core FFO totaled 104.8% of total distributions.

Since the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Company made distributions in October 2019, November 2019, December 2019, January 2020, and February 2020 of $0.05583344 per share ($0.67 annualized).

Share Repurchase Program (“SRP”)

During the fourth quarter of 2019, approximately 506,000 shares of common stock, totaling approximately $5.1 million, were repurchased as the Company fulfilled repurchases sought upon a stockholder’s death, qualifying disability, or determination of incompetence in accordance with the terms of the SRP.

Stockholder Update Call

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Edison and Chief Financial Officer John Caulfield will host a live conference call on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time addressing the Company’s results. Following management’s prepared remarks, there will be a question and answer session where questions may be submitted via the webcast interface during the call.

Date:Thursday, February 27, 2020
Time:11:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Webcast link: https://services.choruscall.com/links/peco200227.html
U.S. listen-only: (888) 346-2646
Replay: A webcast replay will be available approximately one hour after the conclusion of the presentation at http://investors.phillipsedison.com/event-calendar
Submit questions in advance of the call:InvestorRelations@phillipsedison.com

The conference call and accompanying slide presentation containing financial information can be accessed by visiting the Events and Presentations page on the Company’s website at investors.phillipsedison.com/event.

Interested parties will be able to access the conference call via online webcast or by telephone. If dialing in, please call the conference telephone number five minutes prior to the start time as an operator will register your name and organization. Participants should ask to join the Phillips Edison & Company call.

For more information on the Company’s financial results, please refer to the Company’s Form 10-K, which will be filed with the SEC and available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov no later than March 31, 2020.

PHILLIPS EDISON & COMPANY, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2019 AND 2018

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

2019

 

2018

ASSETS

 

 

 

Investment in real estate:

 

 

 

Land and improvements

$

1,552,562

 

 

$

1,598,063

 

Building and improvements

3,196,762

 

 

3,250,420

 

In-place lease assets

442,729

 

 

464,721

 

Above-market lease assets

65,946

 

 

67,140

 

Total investment in real estate assets

5,257,999

 

 

5,380,344

 

Accumulated depreciation and amortization

(731,560

)

 

(565,507

)

Net investment in real estate assets

4,526,439

 

 

4,814,837

 

Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures

42,854

 

 

45,651

 

Total investment in real estate assets, net

4,569,293

 

 

4,860,488

 

Cash and cash equivalents

17,820

 

 

16,791

 

Restricted cash

77,288

 

 

67,513

 

Corporate intangible assets, net

2,439

 

 

14,054

 

Goodwill

29,066

 

 

29,066

 

Other assets, net

126,251

 

 

158,201

 

Real estate investment and other assets held for sale

6,038

 

 

17,364

 

Total assets

$

4,828,195

 

 

$

5,163,477

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

 

 

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

Debt obligations, net

$

2,354,099

 

 

$

2,438,826

 

Below-market lease liabilities, net

112,319

 

 

131,559

 

Earn-out liability

32,000

 

 

39,500

 

Deferred income

15,955

 

 

14,025

 

Derivative liability

20,974

 

 

3,633

 

Accounts payable and other liabilities

124,054

 

 

123,037

 

Total liabilities

2,659,401

 

 

2,750,580

 

Equity:

 

 

 

Preferred stock, $0.01 par value per share, 10,000 shares authorized, zero shares issued and

 

 

 

outstanding at December 31, 2019 and 2018

 

 

 

Common stock, $0.01 par value per share, 1,000,000 shares authorized, 289,047 and 279,803

 

 

 

shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively

2,890

 

 

2,798

 

Additional paid-in capital

2,779,130

 

 

2,674,871

 

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income

(20,762

)

 

12,362

 

Accumulated deficit

(947,252

)

 

(692,045

)

Total stockholders’ equity

1,814,006

 

 

1,997,986

 

Noncontrolling interests

354,788

 

 

414,911

 

Total equity

2,168,794

 

 

2,412,897

 

Total liabilities and equity

$

4,828,195

 

 

$

5,163,477

 

PHILLIPS EDISON & COMPANY, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

FOR THE THREE MONTHS AND YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2019 AND 2018

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Year Ended
December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rental income

$

131,665

 

 

$

111,840

 

 

$

522,270

 

 

$

395,790

 

Fees and management income

2,602

 

 

6,103

 

 

11,680

 

 

32,926

 

Other property income

1,080

 

 

178

 

 

2,756

 

 

1,676

 

Total revenues

135,347

 

 

118,121

 

 

536,706

 

 

430,392

 

Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property operating

23,805

 

 

22,917

 

 

90,900

 

 

77,209

 

Real estate taxes

16,870

 

 

15,989

 

 

70,164

 

 

55,335

 

General and administrative

10,238

 

 

12,922

 

 

48,525

 

 

50,412

 

Depreciation and amortization

57,850

 

 

52,779

 

 

236,870

 

 

191,283

 

Impairment of real estate assets

12,767

 

 

13,086

 

 

87,393

 

 

40,782

 

Total expenses

121,530

 

 

117,693

 

 

533,852

 

 

415,021

 

Other:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

(27,023

)

 

(21,476

)

 

(103,174

)

 

(72,642

)

Gain on sale or contribution of property, net

17,267

 

 

103,744

 

 

28,170

 

 

109,300

 

Transaction expenses

 

 

(3,331

)

 

 

 

(3,331

)

Other income (expense), net

800

 

 

(210

)

 

(676

)

 

(1,723

)

Net income (loss)

4,861

 

 

79,155

 

 

(72,826

)

 

46,975

 

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

(751

)

 

(13,838

)

 

9,294

 

 

(7,837

)

Net income (loss) attributable to stockholders

$

4,110

 

 

$

65,317

 

 

$

(63,532

)

 

$

39,138

 

Earnings per common share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per share attributable to stockholders - basic and diluted

$

0.02

 

 

$

0.34

 

 

$

(0.22

)

 

$

0.20

 

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

Pro Forma Same-Center Net Operating Income

Same-center NOI represents the NOI for the properties that were owned and operational for the entire portion of both comparable reporting periods. For purposes of evaluating same-center NOI on a comparative basis, we are presenting pro forma same-center NOI, which is same-center NOI on a pro forma basis as if the merger (the “Merger”) between Phillips Edison & Company and Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT II, Inc. had occurred on January 1, 2018. This perspective allows us to evaluate same-center NOI growth over a comparable period. As of December 31, 2019, we had 276 same-center properties, including 84 same-center properties acquired in the Merger. Pro forma same-center NOI is not necessarily indicative of what actual same-center NOI growth would have been if the Merger had occurred on January 1, 2018, nor does it purport to represent same-center NOI growth for future periods.

Pro forma same-center NOI highlights operating trends such as occupancy rates, rental rates, and operating costs on properties that were operational for both comparable periods. Other REITs may use different methodologies for calculating same-center NOI, and accordingly, our pro forma same-center NOI may not be comparable to other REITs.

Pro forma same-center NOI should not be viewed as an alternative measure of our financial performance because it does not reflect the operations of our entire portfolio, nor does it reflect the impact of general and administrative expenses, acquisition expenses, depreciation and amortization, interest expense, other income (expense), or the level of capital expenditures and leasing costs necessary to maintain the operating performance of our properties that could materially impact our results from operations.

Funds from Operations and Core Funds from Operations

FFO is a non-GAAP performance financial measure that is widely recognized as a measure of REIT operating performance. The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”) defines FFO as net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders computed in accordance with GAAP, excluding gains (or losses) from sales of property and gains (or losses) from change in control, plus depreciation and amortization, and after adjustments for impairment losses on real estate and impairments of in-substance real estate investments in investees that are driven by measurable decreases in the fair value of the depreciable real estate held by the unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. Adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures are calculated to reflect FFO on the same basis. We calculate FFO Attributable to Stockholders and Convertible Noncontrolling Interests in a manner consistent with the NAREIT definition, with an additional adjustment made for noncontrolling interests that are not convertible into common stock.

To better align with other publicly traded REITs we are presenting Core FFO in place of Modified Funds from Operations. Core FFO is an additional performance financial measure used by us as FFO includes certain non-comparable items that affect our performance over time. We believe that Core FFO is helpful in assisting management and investors with the assessment of the sustainability of operating performance in future periods. We believe it is more reflective of our core operating performance and provides an additional measure to compare our performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that may cause short-term fluctuations in net income (loss). To arrive at Core FFO we adjust FFO attributable to stockholders and convertible noncontrolling interests to exclude certain recurring and non-recurring items including, but not limited to, depreciation and amortization of corporate assets, gains or losses on the extinguishment or modification of debt, transaction and acquisition expenses, and amortization of unconsolidated joint venture basis differences.

FFO, FFO Attributable to Stockholders and Convertible Noncontrolling Interests, and Core FFO should not be considered alternatives to net income (loss) or income (loss) from continuing operations under GAAP, as an indication of our liquidity, nor as an indication of funds available to cover our cash needs, including our ability to fund distributions. Core FFO may not be a useful measure of the impact of long-term operating performance on value if we do not continue to operate our business plan in the manner currently contemplated.

Accordingly, FFO, FFO Attributable to Stockholders and Convertible Noncontrolling Interests, and Core FFO should be reviewed in connection with other GAAP measurements, and should not be viewed as more prominent measures of performance than net income (loss) or cash flows from operations prepared in accordance with GAAP. Our FFO, FFO Attributable to Stockholders and Convertible Noncontrolling Interests, and Core FFO, as presented, may not be comparable to amounts calculated by other REITs.

Pro Forma Same-Center Net Operating Income—The table below compares pro forma same-center NOI (in thousands):

 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

2019

 

2018(1)

 

$
Change

 

%
Change

 

2019

 

2018(1)

 

$
Change

 

%
Change

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rental income(2)

$

87,682

 

 

$

87,848

 

 

$

(166

)

 

 

 

$

352,409

 

 

$

350,790

 

 

$

1,619

 

 

 

Tenant recovery income

33,199

 

 

29,531

 

 

3,668

 

 

 

 

120,011

 

 

119,049

 

 

962

 

 

 

Other property income

974

 

 

452

 

 

522

 

 

 

 

2,522

 

 

1,937

 

 

585

 

 

 

Total revenues

121,855

 

 

117,831

 

 

4,024

 

 

3.4

%

 

474,942

 

 

471,776

 

 

3,166

 

 

0.7

%

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property operating expenses(2)

19,170

 

 

19,495

 

 

(325

)

 

 

 

69,543

 

 

73,957

 

 

(4,414

)

 

 

Real estate taxes(2)

16,048

 

 

17,421

 

 

(1,373

)

 

 

 

65,778

 

 

70,176

 

 

(4,398

)

 

 

Total operating expenses

35,218

 

 

36,916

 

 

(1,698

)

 

(4.6

)%

 

135,321

 

 

144,133

 

 

(8,812

)

 

(6.1

)%

Total Pro Forma Same-

Center NOI

$

86,637

 

 

$

80,915

 

 

$

5,722

 

 

7.1

%

 

$

339,621

 

 

$

327,643

 

 

$

11,978

 

 

3.7

%

(1) Adjusted for the same-center operating results of the Merger prior to the transaction date in 2018. For additional information and details about REIT II operating results included herein, refer to the REIT II Same-Center NOI table below.

(2) Excludes straight-line rental income, net amortization of above- and below-market leases, and lease buyout income. In accordance with Accounting Standards Codification Topic 842, Leases (“ASC 842”), revenue amounts deemed uncollectible are included as an adjustment to rental income for 2019 as compared to property operating expense in 2018. Additionally, in accordance with ASC 842, real estate tax payments made by tenants directly to third parties are no longer recognized as recoverable revenue or expense in 2019.

Pro Forma Same-Center Net Operating Income Reconciliation—Below is a reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to NOI and Pro Forma Same-Center NOI for the three months and years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 (in thousands):

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Year Ended
December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Net income (loss)

$

4,861

 

 

$

79,155

 

 

$

(72,826

)

 

$

46,975

 

Adjusted to exclude:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fees and management income

(2,602

)

 

(6,103

)

 

(11,680

)

 

(32,926

)

Straight-line rental income

(1,974

)

 

(1,594

)

 

(9,079

)

 

(5,173

)

Net amortization of above- and below-market leases

(919

)

 

(982

)

 

(4,185

)

 

(3,949

)

Lease buyout income

(78

)

 

(404

)

 

(1,166

)

 

(519

)

General and administrative expenses

10,238

 

 

12,922

 

 

48,525

 

 

50,412

 

Depreciation and amortization

57,850

 

 

52,779

 

 

236,870

 

 

191,283

 

Impairment of real estate assets

12,767

 

 

13,086

 

 

87,393

 

 

40,782

 

Interest expense, net

27,023

 

 

21,476

 

 

103,174

 

 

72,642

 

Gain on sale or contribution of property, net

(17,267

)

 

(103,744

)

 

(28,170

)

 

(109,300

)

Other

(800

)

 

2,101

 

 

676

 

 

4,720

 

Property operating expenses related to fees and management income

1,093

 

 

6,867

 

 

6,264

 

 

17,503

 

NOI for real estate investments

90,192

 

 

75,559

 

 

355,796

 

 

272,450

 

Less: Non-same-center NOI(1)

(3,555

)

 

(9,255

)

 

(16,175

)

 

(44,194

)

NOI from same-center properties acquired in the

Merger, prior to acquisition

 

 

14,611

 

 

 

 

99,387

 

Total Pro Forma Same-Center NOI

$

86,637

 

 

$

80,915

 

 

$

339,621

 

 

$

327,643

 

(1) Includes operating revenues and expenses from non-same-center properties which includes properties acquired, sold, or contributed, and corporate activities.

REIT II Same-Center Net Operating Income—NOI from the REIT II properties acquired in the Merger, prior to acquisition, was obtained from the accounting records of REIT II without adjustment. The accounting records were subject to internal review by us. The table below provides same-center NOI detail for the non-ownership period of REIT II (in thousands):

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Year Ended
December 31,

 

2018

 

2018

Revenues:

 

 

 

Rental income(1)

$

15,301

 

$

106,711

Tenant recovery income

 

5,919

 

 

40,354

Other property income

 

263

 

 

828

Total revenues

 

21,483

 

 

147,893

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

Property operating expenses

 

3,746

 

 

24,808

Real estate taxes

 

3,126

 

 

23,698

Total operating expenses

 

6,872

 

 

48,506

Total Same-Center NOI

$

14,611

 

$

99,387

(1) Excludes straight-line rental income, net amortization of above- and below-market leases, and lease buyout income.

Funds from Operations and Core Funds from Operations—The following table presents our calculation of FFO, FFO Attributable to Stockholders and Convertible Noncontrolling Interests, and Core FFO and provides additional information related to our operations (in thousands, except per share amounts):

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Year Ended
December 31,

 

2019

 

2018(1)

 

2019

 

2018(1)

Calculation of FFO Attributable to Stockholders and

Convertible Noncontrolling Interests

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

$

4,861

 

 

$

79,155

 

 

$

(72,826

)

 

$

46,975

 

Adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization of real estate assets

56,522

 

 

50,137

 

 

231,023

 

 

177,504

 

Impairment of real estate assets

12,767

 

 

13,086

 

 

87,393

 

 

40,782

 

Gain on sale or contribution of property, net

(17,267

)

 

(103,744

)

 

(28,170

)

 

(109,300

)

Adjustments related to unconsolidated joint ventures

(420

)

 

560

 

 

(128

)

 

560

 

FFO attributable to the Company

56,463

 

 

39,194

 

 

217,292

 

 

156,521

 

Adjustments attributable to noncontrolling interests not

convertible into common stock

(8

)

 

(30

)

 

(282

)

 

(299

)

FFO attributable to stockholders and convertible noncontrolling

interests

$

56,455

 

 

$

39,164

 

 

$

217,010

 

 

$

156,222

 

Calculation of Core FFO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FFO attributable to stockholders and convertible noncontrolling interests

$

56,455

 

 

$

39,164

 

 

$

217,010

 

 

$

156,222

 

Adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization of corporate assets

1,328

 

 

2,642

 

 

5,847

 

 

13,779

 

Change in fair value of earn-out liability and derivatives

 

 

893

 

 

(7,500

)

 

2,393

 

Other impairment charges

 

 

 

 

9,661

 

 

 

Amortization of unconsolidated joint venture basis differences

976

 

 

167

 

 

2,854

 

 

167

 

Loss (gain) on extinguishment or modification of debt, net

2,238

 

 

(93

)

 

2,238

 

 

(93

)

Transaction and acquisition expenses

202

 

 

3,426

 

 

598

 

 

3,426

 

Other

1

 

 

(26

)

 

158

 

 

232

 

Core FFO

$

61,200

 

 

$

46,173

 

 

$

230,866

 

 

$

176,126

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FFO Attributable to Stockholders and Convertible

Noncontrolling Interests/Core FFO per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average common shares outstanding - diluted(2)

330,717

 

 

276,766

 

 

327,510

 

 

241,367

 

FFO Attributable to Stockholders and Convertible

Noncontrolling Interests per share - diluted

$

0.17

 

 

$

0.14

 

 

$

0.66

 

 

$

0.65

 

Core FFO per share - diluted

$

0.19

 

 

$

0.17

 

 

$

0.70

 

 

$

0.73

 

(1) In 2019 we are presenting Core FFO in place of Modified Funds from Operations to better align with our publicly traded peers. Prior years have been updated to conform with the presentation of Core FFO. Additionally, outside of our transition to presenting Core FFO, certain prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform with current year presentation.

(2) Restricted stock awards were dilutive to FFO Attributable to Stockholders and Convertible Noncontrolling Interests and Core FFO for the three months and years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, and, accordingly, their impact was included in the weighted-average common shares used to calculate diluted FFO Attributable to Stockholders and Convertible Noncontrolling Interests/Core FFO per share. For the year ended December 31, 2019, restricted stock awards with a weighted-average impact of approximately 400,000 shares had an anti-dilutive effect upon the calculation of earnings per share and thus were excluded. As these shares were not anti-dilutive to diluted FFO and Core FFO per share, they were included above.

Net Debt to Total Enterprise Value

The following table presents our calculation of net debt to total enterprise value, inclusive of our prorated portion of net debt owned through our joint ventures, as of December 31, 2019 and 2018 (dollars in thousands):

 

2019

 

2018

Net debt:

 

 

 

Total debt, excluding market adjustments and deferred financing expenses

$

2,421,520

 

 

$

2,522,432

 

Less: Cash and cash equivalents

18,376

 

 

18,186

 

Total net debt

$

2,403,144

 

 

$

2,504,246

 

Enterprise value:

 

 

 

Total net debt

$

2,403,144

 

 

$

2,504,246

 

Total equity value(1)

3,682,161

 

 

3,583,029

 

Total enterprise value

$

6,085,305

 

 

$

6,087,275

 

 

 

 

 

Net debt to total enterprise value

39.5

%

 

41.1

%

(1) Total equity value is calculated as the number of common shares and OP units outstanding multiplied by the EVPS at the end of the period. There were 331.7 million and 324.6 million diluted shares outstanding as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

Our revolving credit facility has a capacity of $500.0 million and a current interest rate of LIBOR plus 1.4%. As of December 31, 2019, $489.8 million was available for borrowing under the revolving credit facility. The maturity date is October 2021, with additional options to extend the maturity to October 2022.

About Phillips Edison & Company

Phillips Edison & Company, Inc. (“PECO”), an internally-managed REIT, is one of the nation’s largest owners and operators of grocery-anchored shopping centers. PECO’s diversified portfolio of well-occupied neighborhood shopping centers features a mix of national and regional retailers selling necessity-based goods and services in fundamentally strong markets throughout the United States. Through its vertically-integrated operating platform, the Company manages a portfolio of 317 shopping centers, including 287 wholly-owned centers comprising approximately 32.1 million square feet across 31 states (as of December 31, 2019). PECO has generated strong operating results over its 28+ year history and has partnered with leading institutional commercial real estate investors including TPG Real Estate and The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. The Company remains exclusively focused on creating great grocery-anchored shopping experiences and improving the communities it serves one center at a time. For more information, please visit www.phillipsedison.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release of Phillips Edison & Company, Inc. (“we,” the “Company,” “our,” or “us”) other than historical facts may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). We intend for all such forward-looking statements to be covered by the applicable safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in those acts. Such forward-looking statements can generally be identified by our use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “believe,” “continue,” “seek,” “objective,” “goal,” “strategy,” “plan,” “focus,” “priority,” “should,” “could,” “potential,” “possible,” “look forward,” “optimistic,” or other similar words. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date this report is filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Such statements include, in particular, statements about our plans, strategies, and prospects, and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including known and unknown risks, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated. These risks include, without limitation, (i) changes in national, regional, or local economic climates; (ii) local market conditions, including an oversupply of space in, or a reduction in demand for, properties similar to those in our portfolio; (iii) vacancies, changes in market rental rates, and the need to periodically repair, renovate, and re-let space; (iv) changes in interest rates and the availability of permanent mortgage financing; (v) competition from other available properties and the attractiveness of properties in our portfolio to our tenants; (vi) the financial stability of tenants, including the ability of tenants to pay rent; (vii) changes in tax, real estate, environmental, and zoning laws; (viii) the concentration of our portfolio in a limited number of industries, geographies, or investments; and (ix) any of the other risks included in the Company’s SEC filings. Therefore, such statements are not intended to be a guarantee of our performance in future periods.

See Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors of our 2019 Annual Report on Form 10-K, to be filed with the SEC on or before March 31, 2020, and any subsequent filings, for a discussion of some of the risks and uncertainties, although not all of the risks and uncertainties, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those presented in our forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this release.

Investors:
Phillips Edison & Company, Inc.
Michael Koehler, Vice President of Investor Relations
(513) 338-2743
InvestorRelations@phillipsedison.com

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