Saul Centers, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter 2020 Earnings

February 25, 2021 4:24 PM EST

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BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Saul Centers, Inc. (NYSE: BFS), an equity real estate investment trust ("REIT"), announced its operating results for the quarter ended December 31, 2020 ("2020 Quarter"). Total revenue for the 2020 Quarter increased to $58.3 million from $56.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 ("2019 Quarter"). Net income decreased to $11.7 million for the 2020 Quarter from $15.0 million for the 2019 Quarter. In the first week of April, the Company delivered The Waycroft, comprised of 491 apartment units and 60,000 square feet of retail space, on North Glebe Road, in Arlington, Virginia. As of February 23, 2021, despite the headwinds of COVID-19, 431 residential applications have been executed, totaling approximately 88% of the available units, and a total of 380 units were occupied. The addition of The Waycroft nearly doubles the residential component of the portfolio to over 1,000 luxury residential units. The project is anchored by a 41,500 square foot Target store. Target commenced paying rent in July 2020 and commenced operations in August 2020. An additional 2,400 square feet of retail space at The Waycroft became operational during the second half of 2020.

Concurrent with the delivery of The Waycroft in April, interest, real estate taxes and all other costs associated with the residential portion of the property, including depreciation, began to be charged to expense, while revenue continues to grow as occupancy increases. As a result, compared to the 2019 Quarter, net income for the 2020 Quarter was adversely impacted by $2.0 million due to the initial operations of The Waycroft. Net income for the 2020 Quarter also decreased compared to the 2019 Quarter due to higher credit losses on operating lease receivables and corresponding reserves (collectively, $1.0 million). Net income available to common stockholders was $6.6 million ($0.28 per diluted share) for the 2020 Quarter compared to $6.5 million ($0.27 per diluted share) for the 2019 Quarter. 

Same property revenue decreased 2.9% and same property operating income decreased 3.3% for the 2020 Quarter compared to the 2019 Quarter. We define same property revenue as total revenue minus the revenue of properties not in operation for the entirety of the comparable reporting periods. We define same property operating income as net income plus (a) interest expense, net and amortization of deferred debt costs, (b) depreciation and amortization of deferred leasing costs, (c) general and administrative expenses and (d) change in fair value of derivatives minus (e) gain on sale of property and (f) the results of properties that were not in operation for the entirety of the comparable periods. Shopping Center same property operating income decreased 1.2% and Mixed-Use same property operating income decreased 10.1%. The decrease in Mixed-Use same property operating income was primarily the result of (a) lower base rent ($0.4 million) and (b) higher credit losses on operating lease receivables and corresponding reserves (collectively, $0.5 million). Same property revenue and same property operating income are non-GAAP supplemental performance measures that the Company considers meaningful in measuring its operating performance. Reconciliations of same property revenue and same property operating income to property revenue and property operating income are attached to this press release.

For the year ended December 31, 2020 ("2020 Period"), total revenue decreased to $225.2 million from $231.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2019 ("2019 Period"). Net income decreased to $50.3 million for the 2020 Period from $64.2 million for the 2019 Period. The decrease in net income was primarily due to (a) the initial operations of The Waycroft, including interest expense, net and amortization of deferred debt costs and depreciation and amortization of deferred leasing costs (collectively, $9.0 million), (b) higher credit losses on operating lease receivables and corresponding reserves (collectively, $5.3 million), (c) lower lease termination fees ($1.9 million), (d) lower expense recoveries, net of recoverable expenses ($1.0 million), (e) lower parking income, net of parking expenses ($0.8 million), (f) lower base rent at the stabilized residential properties ($0.6 million), partially offset by (g) lower interest incurred due to lower average interest rates during the period, exclusive of the impact of The Waycroft ($3.3 million) and (h) higher capitalized interest for Hampden House (formerly 7316 Wisconsin Avenue) ($1.7 million). Net income available to common stockholders was $29.2 million ($1.25 per diluted share) for the 2020 Period compared to $36.3 million ($1.57 per diluted share) for the 2019 Period. 

Same property revenue decreased 5.1% and same property operating income decreased 5.2% for the 2020 Period compared to the 2019 Period. Shopping Center same property operating income decreased 5.0% and Mixed-Use same property operating income decreased 5.9%. Shopping Center same property operating income decreased primarily due to (a) higher credit losses on operating lease receivables and corresponding reserves (collectively, $4.6 million) and (b) lower lease termination fees ($1.8 million). Mixed-Use same property operating income decreased primarily due to (a) lower base rent ($1.4 million), (b) higher credit losses on operating lease receivables and corresponding reserves (collectively, $0.8 million) and (c) lower parking income, net of parking expenses ($0.8 million), partially offset by (d) higher lease termination fees ($0.5 million).

As of December 31, 2020, 92.5% of the commercial portfolio was leased (all properties except the residential portfolio), compared to 95.0% at December 31, 2019. On a same property basis, 92.4% of the portfolio was leased at December 31, 2020, compared to 95.1% at December 31, 2019. The residential portfolio was 85.5% leased at December 31, 2020, compared to 96.3% at December 31, 2019. The decrease in residential portfolio occupancy is primarily due to the increase in units available as a result of the delivery of The Waycroft. On a same property basis, 94.8% of the residential portfolio was leased as of December 31, 2020, compared to 96.3% at December 31, 2019.

Funds From Operations ("FFO") available to common stockholders and noncontrolling interests (after deducting preferred stock dividends and extinguishment of issuance costs upon redemption of preferred shares) increased to $22.1 million ($0.71 per diluted share) in the 2020 Quarter from $19.8 million ($0.64 per diluted share) in the 2019 Quarter. FFO is a non-GAAP supplemental earnings measure that the Company considers meaningful in measuring its operating performance. A reconciliation of FFO to net income is attached to this press release. The increase in FFO available to common stockholders and noncontrolling interests was primarily due to (a) the 2019 extinguishment of issuance costs upon redemption of preferred shares ($3.2 million), partially offset by (b) higher credit losses on operating lease receivables and corresponding reserves (collectively, $1.0 million).

FFO available to common stockholders and noncontrolling interests (after deducting preferred stock dividends and extinguishment of issuance costs upon redemption of preferred shares) decreased 5.4% to $90.0 million ($2.88 per diluted share) in the 2020 Period from $95.1 million ($3.08 per diluted share) in the 2019 Period. FFO available to common stockholders and noncontrolling interests decreased primarily due to (a) higher credit losses on operating lease receivables and corresponding reserves (collectively, $5.3 million), (b) the initial operations of The Waycroft ($4.2 million), (c) lower lease termination fees ($1.9 million), (d) lower expense recoveries, net of recoverable expenses ($1.0 million), (e) lower parking income, net of parking expenses ($0.8 million), (f) lower base rent at the stabilized residential properties ($0.6 million), partially offset by (g) lower interest incurred due to lower average interest rates during the period, exclusive of the impact of The Waycroft ($3.3 million), (h) the 2019 extinguishment of issuance costs upon redemption of preferred shares ($3.2 million), (i) higher capitalized interest for Hampden House (formerly 7316 Wisconsin Avenue) ($1.7 million) and (j) lower preferred stock dividends ($1.0 million).

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a novel strain of coronavirus ("COVID-19") a pandemic, and on March 13, 2020, the United States declared a national emergency with respect to COVID-19. As a result, the COVID-19 pandemic is negatively affecting almost every industry directly or indirectly.

The actions taken by federal, state and local governments to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by ordering closure of nonessential businesses and ordering residents to generally stay at home, and subsequent phased re-openings, have resulted in many of our tenants announcing mandated or temporary closures of their operations and/or requesting adjustments to their lease terms. Experts predict that the COVID-19 pandemic will trigger a period of global economic slowdown or a global recession. COVID-19 could have a material and adverse effect on or cause disruption to our business or financial condition, results from operations, cash flows and the market value and trading price of our securities.

While the Company's grocery store, pharmacy, bank and home improvement store tenants generally remain open, restaurants are operating with limited indoor seating, supplemented with delivery and curbside pick-up, and most health, beauty supply and services, fitness centers, and other non-essential businesses are re-opening with limited customer capacity depending on location. As of February 23, 2021, payments by tenants of contractual base rent and operating expense and real estate tax recoveries totaled approximately 94%, and 92% for the fourth quarter of 2020 and January 2021, respectively. The Company is generally not charging late fees or delinquent interest on past due payments and, in many cases, rent deferral agreements have been negotiated to allow tenants temporary relief where needed. For additional discussion of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the Company's business, please see Part 2, Item 7 (Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations) of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

The following is a summary of the Company's consolidated total collections of the fourth quarter of 2020 and January 2021 rent billings, including minimum rent, operating expense recoveries, and real estate tax reimbursements as of February 23, 2021:

2020 fourth quarter

  • 94% of 2020 fourth quarter total billings has been paid by our tenants.
    • 94% of retail
    • 93% of office
    • 100% of residential
    • Additionally, rent deferral agreements comprising approximately 0.5% of 2020 fourth quarter total billings have been executed. The executed deferrals typically cover three months of rent and are generally scheduled to be repaid during 2021 and 2022. As a condition to granted rent deferrals, we have sought, and in some cases received, extended lease terms, or waivers of certain adjacent use or common area restrictions.
    • Through February 23, 2021, no fourth quarter deferred rents have come due. Deferrals represent 9% of the total unpaid balance for the quarter.

January 2021

  • 92% of January 2021 total billings has been paid by our tenants.
    • 91% of retail
    • 89% of office
    • 99% of residential
    • Additionally, rent deferral agreements comprising approximately 0.2% of January 2021 total billings have been executed. The executed deferrals typically cover three months of rent and are generally scheduled to be repaid during 2021 and 2022. As a condition to granted rent deferrals, we have sought, and in some cases received, extended lease terms, or waivers of certain adjacent use or common area restrictions.

Although the Company is and will continue to be actively engaged in rent collection efforts related to uncollected rent, and the Company will continue to work with certain tenants who have requested rent deferrals, the Company can provide no assurance that such efforts or our efforts in future periods will be successful, particularly in the event that the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions intended to prevent its spread continue for a prolonged period. The Company strongly encouraged, and continues to encourage, small business tenants to apply for Paycheck Protection Program loans, as available, under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security ("CARES") Act and all subsequent support programs available from federal, state and local governments. The Company has information that many tenants applied for these loans and several tenants have communicated that loan proceeds are being received and have subsequently remitted rental payments.

With cash balances of over $7.1 million and borrowing capacity of approximately $220.3 million on January 31, 2021, the Company believes that it has sufficient liquidity and flexibility to meet the needs of the Company's operations as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve.

Saul Centers is a self-managed, self-administered equity REIT headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Saul Centers currently operates and manages a real estate portfolio comprised of 60 properties which includes (a) 57 community and neighborhood Shopping Centers and Mixed-Use properties with approximately 9.8 million square feet of leasable area and (b) three land and development properties. Approximately 85% of the Company's property operating income is generated from properties in the metropolitan Washington, DC/Baltimore area.

Safe Harbor StatementCertain matters discussed within this press release may be deemed to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. For these statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. These factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 25, 2021, and include the following: (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 to the Company, (iv) the Company's ability to raise capital by selling its assets, (v) changes in governmental laws and regulations and management's ability to estimate the impact of such changes, (vi) the level and volatility of interest rates and management's ability to estimate the impact thereof, (vii) the availability of suitable acquisition, disposition, development and redevelopment opportunities, and risks related to acquisitions not performing in accordance with our expectations, (viii) increases in operating costs, (ix) changes in the dividend policy for the Company's common and preferred stock and the Company's ability to pay dividends at current levels, (x) the reduction in the Company's income in the event of multiple lease terminations by tenants or a failure by multiple tenants to occupy their premises in a shopping center, (xi) impairment charges, and (xii) unanticipated changes in the Company's intention or ability to prepay certain debt prior to maturity. Given these uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements that we make, including those in this press release. Except as may be required by law, we make no promise to update any of the forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. You should carefully review the risks and risk factors included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 25, 2021.

 

 

Saul Centers, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

 

December 31,

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

2020

2019

Assets

Real estate investments

Land

$

511,482

$

453,322

Buildings and equipment

1,543,837

1,292,631

Construction in progress

69,477

335,644

2,124,796

2,081,597

Accumulated depreciation

(607,706)

(563,474)

1,517,090

1,518,123

Cash and cash equivalents

26,856

13,905

Accounts receivable and accrued income, net

64,917

52,311

Deferred leasing costs, net

26,872

24,083

Prepaid expenses, net

5,643

5,363

Other assets

4,194

4,555

Total assets

$

1,645,572

$

1,618,340

Liabilities

Mortgage notes payable

$

827,603

$

821,503

Term loan facility payable

74,791

74,691

Revolving credit facility payable

103,913

86,371

Construction loan payable

144,607

108,623

Dividends and distributions payable

19,448

19,291

Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities

24,384

35,199

Deferred income

23,293

29,306

Total liabilities

1,218,039

1,174,984

Equity

   Preferred stock, 1,000,000 shares authorized:

Series D Cumulative Redeemable, 30,000 shares issued and outstanding

75,000

75,000

Series E Cumulative Redeemable, 44,000 shares issued and outstanding

110,000

110,000

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 40,000,000 shares authorized, 23,476,626 and 23,231,240 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

235

232

Additional paid-in capital

420,625

410,926

Distributions in excess of accumulated earnings

(241,535)

(221,177)

Total Saul Centers, Inc. equity

364,325

374,981

Noncontrolling interests

63,208

68,375

Total equity

427,533

443,356

Total liabilities and equity

$

1,645,572

$

1,618,340

 

 

Saul Centers, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

Three Months Ended December 31,

Year Ended December 31,

2020

2019

2020

2019

(unaudited)

Revenue

Rental revenue

$

57,115

$

55,110

$

220,281

$

223,352

Other

1,169

1,472

4,926

8,173

Total revenue

58,284

56,582

225,207

231,525

Expenses

Property operating expenses

7,994

7,305

28,857

29,946

Real estate taxes

7,534

6,906

29,560

27,987

Interest expense, net and amortization of deferred debtcosts

12,508

9,649

46,519

41,834

Depreciation and amortization of deferred leasing costs

13,532

11,148

51,126

46,333

General and administrative

5,318

6,097

19,107

20,793

Total expenses

46,886

41,105

175,169

166,893

Change in fair value of derivatives

(436)

(436)

Gain on sale of property

278

278

Net Income

11,676

15,041

50,316

64,196

Noncontrolling interests

Income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(2,253)

(2,223)

(9,934)

(12,473)

Net income attributable to Saul Centers, Inc.

9,423

12,818

40,382

51,723

Preferred stock dividends

(2,798)

(3,119)

(11,194)

(12,235)

Extinguishment of issuance costs upon redemption of preferred shares

(3,235)

(3,235)

Net income available to common stockholders

$

6,625

$

6,464

$

29,188

$

36,253

Per share net income available to common stockholders

Basic

$

0.28

$

0.28

$

1.25

$

1.58

Diluted

$

0.28

$

0.27

$

1.25

$

1.57

Weighted Average Common Stock:

Common stock

23,437

23,196

23,356

23,009

Effect of dilutive options

36

1

44

Diluted weighted average common stock

23,437

23,232

23,357

23,053

 

Reconciliation of net income to FFO available to common stockholders and noncontrolling interests (1)

Three Months Ended December 31,

Year Ended December 31,

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net income

$

11,676

$

15,041

$

50,316

$

64,196

Subtract:

Gain on sale of property

(278)

(278)

Add:

Real estate depreciation and amortization

13,532

11,148

51,126

46,333

FFO

24,930

26,189

101,164

110,529

Subtract:

Preferred stock dividends

(2,798)

(3,119)

(11,194)

(12,235)

Extinguishment of issuance costs upon redemption of preferred shares

(3,235)

(3,235)

FFO available to common stockholders and noncontrolling interests

$

22,132

$

19,835

$

89,970

$

95,059

Weighted average shares:

Diluted weighted average common stock

23,437

23,232

23,357

23,053

Convertible limited partnership units

7,931

7,882

7,910

7,860

Average shares and units used to compute FFO per share

31,368

31,114

31,267

30,913

FFO per share available to common stockholders and noncontrolling interests

$

0.71

$

0.64

$

2.88

$

3.08

(1) 

The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) developed FFO as a relative non-GAAP financial measure of performance of an equity REIT in order to recognize that income-producing real estate historically has not depreciated on the basis determined under GAAP. FFO is defined by NAREIT as net income, computed in accordance with GAAP, plus real estate depreciation and amortization, and excluding impairment charges on depreciable real estate assets and gains or losses from property dispositions. FFO does not represent cash generated from operating activities in accordance with GAAP and is not necessarily indicative of cash available to fund cash needs, which is disclosed in the Company's Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the applicable periods. There are no material legal or functional restrictions on the use of FFO. FFO should not be considered as an alternative to net income, its most directly comparable GAAP measure, as an indicator of the Company's operating performance, or as an alternative to cash flows as a measure of liquidity. Management considers FFO a meaningful supplemental measure of operating performance because it primarily excludes the assumption that the value of the real estate assets diminishes predictably over time (i.e. depreciation), which is contrary to what the Company believes occurs with its assets, and because industry analysts have accepted it as a performance measure. FFO may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other REITs.

 

Reconciliation of total revenue to same property revenue (2)

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended December31,

Year Ended December 31,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Total revenue

$

58,284

$

56,582

$

225,207

$

231,525

Less: Acquisitions, dispositions and developmentproperties

(3,388)

(54)

(6,549)

(1,209)

Total same property revenue

$

54,896

$

56,528

$

218,658

$

230,316

Shopping Centers

$

40,869

$

41,104

$

160,095

$

167,834

Mixed-Use properties

14,027

15,424

58,563

62,482

Total same property revenue

$

54,896

$

56,528

$

218,658

$

230,316

Total Shopping Center revenue

$

41,618

$

41,158

$

161,854

$

167,888

Less: Shopping Center acquisitions, dispositions and development properties

(749)

(54)

(1,759)

(54)

Total same Shopping Center revenue

$

40,869

$

41,104

$

160,095

$

167,834

Total Mixed-Use property revenue

$

16,666

$

15,424

$

63,353

$

63,637

Less: Mixed-Use acquisitions, dispositions anddevelopment properties

(2,639)

(4,790)

(1,155)

Total same Mixed-Use revenue

$

14,027

$

15,424

$

58,563

$

62,482

(2)

Same property revenue is a non-GAAP financial measure of performance that improves the comparability of reporting periods by excluding the results of properties that were not in operation for the entirety of the comparable reporting periods.  Same property revenue adjusts property revenue by subtracting the revenue of properties not in operation for the entirety of the comparable reporting periods.  Same property revenue is a measure of the operating performance of the Company's properties but does not measure the Company's performance as a whole.  Same property revenue should not be considered as an alternative to total revenue, its most directly comparable GAAP measure, as an indicator of the Company's operating performance.  Management considers same property revenue a meaningful supplemental measure of operating performance because it is not affected by the cost of the Company's funding, the impact of depreciation and amortization expenses, gains or losses from the acquisition and sale of operating real estate assets, general and administrative expenses or other gains and losses that relate to ownership of the Company's properties.  Management believes the exclusion of these items from same property revenue is useful because the resulting measure captures the actual revenue generated and actual expenses incurred by operating the Company's properties.  Other REITs may use different methodologies for calculating same property revenue.  Accordingly, the Company's same property revenue may not be comparable to those of other REITs.

 

Reconciliation of net income to same property operating income (3)

Three Months EndedDecember 31,

Year Ended December 31,

(In thousands)

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net income

$

11,676

$

15,041

$

50,316

$

64,196

Add: Interest expense, net and amortization of deferred debt costs

12,508

9,649

46,519

41,834

Add: Depreciation and amortization of deferred leasing costs

13,532

11,148

51,126

46,333

Add: General and administrative

5,318

6,097

19,107

20,793

Add: Change in fair value of derivatives

436

436

Less: Gain on sale of property

(278)

(278)

Property operating income

42,756

42,371

166,790

173,592

Less: Acquisitions, dispositions and development properties

(1,831)

(49)

(2,732)

(568)

Total same property operating income

$

40,925

$

42,322

$

164,058

$

173,024

Shopping Centers

$

31,829

$

32,204

$

125,195

$

131,720

Mixed-Use properties

9,096

10,118

38,863

41,304

Total same property operating income

$

40,925

$

42,322

$

164,058

$

173,024

Shopping Center operating income

$

32,460

$

32,253

$

126,656

$

131,769

Less: Shopping Center acquisitions, dispositions and development properties

(631)

(49)

(1,461)

(49)

Total same Shopping Center operating income

$

31,829

$

32,204

$

125,195

$

131,720

Mixed-Use property operating income

$

10,296

$

10,118

$

40,134

$

41,823

Less: Mixed-Use acquisitions, dispositions and development properties

(1,200)

(1,271)

(519)

Total same Mixed-Use property operating income

$

9,096

$

10,118

$

38,863

$

41,304

(3)

Same property operating income is a non-GAAP financial measure of performance that improves the comparability of reporting periods by excluding the results of properties that were not in operation for the entirety of the comparable reporting periods. Same property operating income adjusts property operating income by subtracting the results of properties that were not in operation for the entirety of the comparable periods. Same property operating income is a measure of the operating performance of the Company's properties but does not measure the Company's performance as a whole. Same property operating income should not be considered as an alternative to property operating income, its most directly comparable GAAP measure, as an indicator of the Company's operating performance. Management considers same property operating income a meaningful supplemental measure of operating performance because it is not affected by the cost of the Company's funding, the impact of depreciation and amortization expenses, gains or losses from the acquisition and sale of operating real estate assets, general and administrative expenses or other gains and losses that relate to ownership of the Company's properties. Management believes the exclusion of these items from property operating income is useful because the resulting measure captures the actual revenue generated and actual expenses incurred by operating the Company's properties. Other REITs may use different methodologies for calculating same property operating income. Accordingly, same property operating income may not be comparable to those of other REITs.

 

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