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NorthStar Realty Europe Announces Second Quarter 2018 Results

August 7, 2018 at 8:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. (NYSE: NRE) ("NorthStar Realty Europe" or "NRE"), a European office REIT, today announced its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results and Highlights

  • U.S. GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders: $36.0 million, or $0.66 per diluted share for the second quarter 2018. U.S. GAAP total equity was $555.3 million, or $10.88 per share as of June 30, 2018
  • Cash available for distribution ("CAD"): $11.5 million, or $0.22 per share
  • Net operating income ("NOI") of $24.4 million and same store NOI of $23.0 million, representing an increase of $1.8 million, or 8.5%, year-over-year
  • Over 17% of the portfolio, or 48,000 rentable square meters, was leased or extended during and subsequent to the second quarter, increasing portfolio occupancy from 84% to 94%
  • $2.1 billion independent mid-year portfolio valuation by Cushman & Wakefield LLP1, reflecting an increase of $64 million during the first half of 2018 and contributing to the increase in EPRA2 net asset value ("NAV") to $20.95 per share
  • Half year 2018 expense savings of $1.6 million in line with guidance of $2-3 million for full year 2018
  • From the authorization in March 2018 through August 3, 2018, NRE repurchased 6.0 million shares of common stock for approximately $82 million
  • Cash dividend of $0.15 per share declared for the second quarter 2018

Mahbod Nia, Chief Executive Officer and President, commented: "We are pleased to report a highly active period during which we leased, or extended leases on over 17% of the portfolio, increasing overall occupancy by 10%, further enhancing the portfolio value and NAV, and generating an expected $1 million of same store NOI in the second half of 2018, or $2 million on an annualized basis."

Mahbod Nia continued: "We also continued to make progress with our expense saving and refinancing initiatives, further reducing our operational costs and weighted average cost of debt while simultaneously extending our debt maturity profile."

For more information and a reconciliation of CAD, NOI and same store NOI to net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders and a reconciliation of EPRA NAV to total equity, please refer to the tables on the following pages.

Portfolio Overview
$2.1 billion portfolio market value ("Portfolio Market Value" or "Valuation") comprising of a $2.1 billion real estate portfolio value based on the mid-year 2018 independent valuation by Cushman & Wakefield LLP and a $34.6 million preferred equity investment.

Real Estate Portfolio Leasing Activity3,4
As of June 30, 2018, NRE's real estate portfolio comprised of 24 properties located across four European countries with approximately 286,000 rentable square meters, 94% weighted average occupancy (compared to 84% as of March 31, 2018) and a 6.3 year weighted average remaining lease term to expiry ("WALT").

  • The office portfolio comprised of 19 properties with 209,000 rentable square meters, had a 96% weighted average occupancy and a 6.3 year WALT as of June 30, 2018.
  • The other (non-office) portfolio, which represented 3% of the second quarter 2018 portfolio NOI, comprised of 5 properties with 77,000 rentable square meters, had an 87% weighted average occupancy (97% proforma occupancy) and a 6.8 year WALT as of June 30, 2018.

During and subsequent to the second quarter, NRE signed new leases or lease extensions relating to 48,000 rentable square meters (17% of the portfolio). These included a:

  • 9 year lease extension for 11,200 sqm with BNP Paribas SA at Boulevard Macdonald (Paris, France), increasing the WALT of the asset by over 5 years and enhancing the asset's Valuation by approximately 20%.
  • New 32,800 sqm lease at Marly (Greater Paris, France), increasing occupancy from 45% to 87% (100% proforma for an expansion option exercised by the new tenant during the third quarter) and enhancing the asset's Valuation by approximately 10%.

Same Store Net Operating Income (Currency Adjusted)
Same store sequential quarter-over-quarter rental income and NOI remained stable compared to the previous quarter.
Same store sequential year-over-year rental income for the three and six months of 2018 increased by $0.7 million, or 3.1%, and $1.5 million, or 3.1%, respectively, reflecting the commencement of new leases in the second half of 2017 and in early 2018. Same store year-over-year NOI for the first three and six months of 2018 increased by $1.8 million, or 8.5%, and $3.9 million, or 9.1%, respectively, reflecting the aforementioned leasing activity and increased recoverability of operating expenses.

Dispositions
On April 30, 2018, NRE completed the sale of the Maastoren tower, NRE's largest remaining non-core asset by value, for approximately $188 million (€160 million). NRE released approximately $65 million of net equity after repayment of financing (including release premium) and transaction costs.

As of June 30, 2018, one office property in Portugal was classified as held-for-sale. We anticipate closing the sale of this asset in the third quarter, subject to closing conditions being met.

Liquidity and Financing
As of June 30, 2018, NRE's overall leverage5 was 50% based on the Portfolio Market Value, compared to 53% as of March 31, 2018. As of August 3, 2018, total liquidity was $129 million, comprising $59 million of unrestricted cash and $70 million of availability under NRE's revolving credit facility.

 

$ in millions

Unrestricted cash

$

59

Revolving credit facility

70

Total liquidity

$

129

During and subsequent to the second quarter of 2018, NRE amended and restated loan agreements related to $143 million of debt previously maturing in 2020:

  • In May 2018, NRE entered into a 5 year extension for an $89 million loan related to the Trias Germany portfolio, simultaneously reducing the margin from 1.55% to 1.00%.
  • In August 2018, NRE entered into a 2 year extension for $54 million of loans related to the Trias France portfolio, increasing the principal balance to $77 million and reducing the blended margin from 1.85% to 1.65%.

Stockholder's Equity
NRE had 51.1 million shares of common stock, operating partnership units and restricted stock units ("RSUs") not subject to performance hurdles outstanding as of June 30, 2018. As of August 3, 2018, NRE had 50.2 million shares of common stock, operating partnership units and restricted stock units ("RSUs") not subject to performance hurdles outstanding.

As of June 30, 2018, total equity was $555.3 million (U.S. GAAP depreciated value), or $10.88 per share. EPRA NAV was $20.95 per share as of June 30, 2018, compared to $20.50 per  share as of March 31, 2018. For more information and a reconciliation of EPRA NAV to total equity, please refer to the tables on the following pages.

Share Repurchase Program
On March 12, 2018, the board of directors of NRE authorized the repurchase of up to $100 million of NRE's outstanding common stock.

During the second quarter, NRE repurchased 4.0 million shares of common stock for approximately $56.2 million at a weighted average price of $14.00 per share. From the authorization in March 2018 through August 3, 2018, NRE repurchased a total of 6.0 million shares of common stock for approximately $81.8 million at a weighted average price of $13.72 per share.

Second Quarter 2018 Disclosure Supplement Presentation
A second quarter 2018 disclosure supplement presentation will be posted on NRE's website, www.nrecorp.com, which provides additional details regarding NRE's operations and portfolio.

Second Quarter 2018 Conference Call
NRE will conduct a conference call to discuss the results on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ET. Hosting the call will be Mahbod Nia, Chief Executive Officer, Keith Feldman, Chief Financial Officer and Trevor Ross, General Counsel.

To participate in the event by telephone, please dial +1 866 966 5335 (U.S. Toll Free), or +44 (0) 20 3003 2666 (International) or 0808 109 0700 (U.K. Toll Free), using passcode: NorthStar.

The call will also be broadcast live over the internet and can be accessed from NRE's website at www.nrecorp.com. For those unable to participate during the live call, a replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the call through September 6, 2018 by dialing +1-866-583-1039 (U.S. Toll Free), or +44(0)20-8196-1998 (International) or 0800-633-8453 (UK Toll Free), using passcode: 1376525.

About NorthStar Realty Europe Corp.
NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. is a European focused commercial real estate company with predominately prime office properties within key cities in Germany, the United Kingdom and France, organized as a REIT and managed by an affiliate of Colony Capital, Inc. (NYSE: CLNY), a leading global equity REIT with an embedded investment management platform. For more information about NorthStar Realty Europe Corp., please visit www.nrecorp.com.

 

NorthStar Realty Europe Corp.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
($ in thousands, except per share data)
Unaudited

 

June 30, 2018

 

December 31, 2017

Assets

     

Operating real estate, gross

$

1,573,789

   

$

1,606,890

 

Less: accumulated depreciation

(110,737)

   

(95,356)

 

Operating real estate, net

1,463,052

   

1,511,534

 

Preferred equity investments

34,603

   

35,347

 

Cash and cash equivalents

51,036

   

64,665

 

Restricted cash

6,852

   

6,917

 

Receivables, net of allowance of $863 and $747 as of June 30, 2018
and December 31, 2017, respectively

6,194

   

9,048

 

Assets held for sale

12,470

   

169,082

 

Derivative assets, at fair value

10,063

   

7,024

 

Intangible assets, net

105,054

   

114,185

 

Other assets, net

27,579

   

23,115

 

Total assets

$

1,716,903

   

$

1,940,917

 

Liabilities

     

Mortgage and other notes payable, net

$

1,078,054

   

$

1,223,443

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

18,126

   

27,240

 

Due to related party

4,550

   

3,590

 

Derivative liabilities, at fair value

1,038

   

5,270

 

Intangible liabilities, net

26,249

   

28,632

 

Liabilities related to assets held for sale

380

   

648

 

Other liabilities

31,307

   

25,757

 

Total liabilities

1,159,704

   

1,314,580

 

Commitments and contingencies

     

Redeemable noncontrolling interest

1,943

   

1,992

 

Equity

     

NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. Stockholders' Equity

     

Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized, no shares
issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2018 and  December 31, 2017

   

 

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 1,000,000,000 shares authorized, 50,704,373
and 55,402,259 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2018 and
December 31, 2017, respectively

508

   

555

 

Additional paid-in capital

873,709

   

940,579

 

Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)

(328,397)

   

(347,053)

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

5,836

   

25,618

 

Total NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. stockholders' equity

551,656

   

619,699

 

Noncontrolling interests

3,600

   

4,646

 

Total equity

555,256

   

624,345

 

Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interest and equity

$

1,716,903

   

$

1,940,917

 

 

 

NorthStar Realty Europe Corp.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
($ in thousands, except for per share data)
Unaudited

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

2018

 

2017

 

2018

 

2017

Revenues

             

Rental income

$

24,600

   

$

26,025

   

$

51,824

   

$

51,561

 

Escalation income

5,561

   

5,558

   

10,902

   

10,719

 

Interest income

706

   

297

   

1,435

   

297

 

Other income

143

   

508

   

421

   

537

 

Total revenues

31,010

   

32,388

   

64,582

   

63,114

 

Expenses

             

Properties - operating expenses

6,930

   

7,680

   

13,732

   

15,002

 

Interest expense

5,855

   

6,722

   

11,962

   

13,105

 

Transaction costs

376

   

973

   

857

   

1,233

 

Management fee, related party

4,223

   

3,572

   

8,380

   

7,131

 

Other expenses

1,273

   

2,608

   

2,697

   

4,608

 

General and administrative expenses

1,801

   

1,555

   

3,679

   

4,152

 

Compensation expense (1)

2,819

   

1,385

   

3,392

   

17,255

 

Depreciation and amortization

11,977

   

12,520

   

23,628

   

25,083

 

Total expenses

35,254

   

37,015

   

68,327

   

87,569

 

Other income (loss)

             

Unrealized gain (loss) on derivatives and other

5,682

   

(7,655)

   

4,493

   

(8,596)

 

Realized gain (loss) on sales and other

34,727

   

1,981

   

34,179

   

6,951

 

Income (loss) before income tax benefit (expense)

36,165

   

(10,301)

   

34,927

   

(26,100)

 

Income tax benefit (expense)

76

   

(237)

   

37

   

36

 

Net income (loss)

36,241

   

(10,538)

   

34,964

   

(26,064)

 

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

(217)

   

91

   

(221)

   

267

 

Net income (loss) attributable to NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. common stockholders

$

36,024

   

$

(10,447)

   

$

34,743

   

$

(25,797)

 

Earnings (loss) per share:

             

Basic

$

0.69

   

$

(0.19)

   

$

0.64

   

$

(0.47)

 

Diluted

$

0.66

   

$

(0.19)

   

$

0.62

   

$

(0.47)

 

Weighted average number of shares:

             

Basic

51,858,645

   

55,023,535

   

53,455,635

   

54,928,364

 

Diluted

54,007,807

   

55,587,897

   

55,432,191

   

55,546,668

 

Dividends per share of common stock

$

0.15

   

$

0.15

   

$

0.30

   

$

0.30

 
 
 

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  1. Compensation expense for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017 is comprised of equity-based compensation expenses. For the six months ended June 30, 2017, compensation expense includes the impact of substantially all time based and certain performance based awards vesting in connection with the change of control of NRE's manager ("Mergers").

 

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Included in this press release are Cash Available for Distribution, or CAD, net operating income, or NOI, same store net operating income, or same store NOI, Adjusted Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization, or Adjusted EBITDA and EPRA net asset value, or EPRA NAV, each a "non-GAAP financial measure," which measures NRE's historical or future financial performance that is different from measures calculated and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or U.S. GAAP, within the meaning of the applicable Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, rules. NRE believes these metrics can be a useful measure of its performance which is further defined below.

Cash Available for Distribution

We believe that CAD provides investors and management with a meaningful indicator of operating performance.  We also believe that CAD is useful because it adjusts for a variety of items that are consistent with presenting a measure of operating performance (such as transaction costs, depreciation and amortization, equity-based compensation, realized gain (loss) on sales and other, asset impairment and non-recurring bad debt expense).  We adjust for transaction costs because these costs are not a meaningful indicator of our operating performance.  For instance, these transaction costs include costs such as professional fees associated with new investments, which are expenses related to specific transactions.  Management also believes that quarterly distributions are principally based on operating performance and our board of directors includes CAD as one of several metrics it reviews to determine quarterly distributions to stockholders.  The definition of CAD may be adjusted from time to time for our reporting purposes in our discretion, acting through our audit committee or otherwise.  CAD may fluctuate from period to period based upon a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, the timing and amount of investments, new leases, repayments and asset sales, capital raised, use of leverage, changes in the expected yield of investments and the overall conditions in commercial real estate and the economy generally.

We calculate CAD by subtracting from or adding to net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders, non-controlling interests and the following items: depreciation and amortization items including straight-line rental income or expense (excluding amortization of rent free periods), amortization of above/below market leases, amortization of deferred financing costs, amortization of discount on financings and other and equity-based compensation; unrealized gain (loss) on derivatives and other; realized gain (loss) on sales and other (excluding any realized gain (loss) on the settlement on foreign currency derivatives); impairment on depreciable property; acquisition gains or losses; transaction costs; foreign currency gains (losses) related to sales; impairment on goodwill and other intangible assets; the incentive fee relating to the Amended and Restated Management Agreement6 and one-time events pursuant to changes in U.S. GAAP and certain other non-recurring items. These items, if applicable, include any adjustments for unconsolidated ventures.

CAD should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders, determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, as an indicator of operating performance.  In addition, our methodology for calculating CAD involves subjective judgment and discretion and may differ from the methodologies used by other comparable companies, including other REITs, when calculating the same or similar supplemental financial measures and may not be comparable with these companies.

 

The following table presents a reconciliation of net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders to CAD for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017 (dollars in thousands):

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

2018

 

2017

 

2018

 

2017

Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders

$

36,024

   

$

(10,447)

   

$

34,743

   

$

(25,797)

 

Non-controlling interests

217

   

(91)

   

221

   

(267)

 
               

Adjustments:

             

Depreciation and amortization items(1)(2)

15,876

   

14,990

   

29,036

   

44,560

 

Unrealized (gain) loss on derivatives and other

(5,682)

   

7,655

   

(4,493)

   

8,596

 

Realized (gain) loss on sales and other(3)(4)

(35,737)

   

(1,342)

   

(36,605)

   

(5,495)

 

Transaction costs and other(5)(6)

847

   

973

   

1,328

   

2,148

 

CAD

$

11,545

   

$

11,738

   

$

24,230

   

$

23,745

 

CAD per share(7)

$

0.22

   

$

0.21

   

$

0.45

   

$

0.42

 

 

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  1. Three months ended June 30, 2018 reflects an adjustment to exclude depreciation and amortization of $12.0 million, amortization expense of capitalized above/below market leases of $0.2 million, amortization of deferred financing costs of $0.9 million and amortization of equity-based compensation of $2.8 million. Three months ended June 30, 2017 reflects an adjustment to exclude depreciation and amortization of $12.5 million, amortization of above/below market leases of $0.3 million, amortization of deferred financing costs of $0.8 million and amortization of equity-based compensation of $1.4 million.
  2. Six months ended June 30, 2018 reflects an adjustment to exclude depreciation and amortization of $23.6 million, amortization expense of capitalized above/below market leases of $0.4 million, amortization of deferred financing costs of $1.6 million and amortization of equity-based compensation of $3.4 million. Six months ended June 30, 2017 reflects an adjustment to exclude depreciation and amortization of $25.1 million, amortization expense of capitalized above/below market leases of $0.5 million, amortization of deferred financing costs of $1.7 million and amortization of equity-based compensation of $17.3 million.
  3. Three months ended June 30, 2018 CAD includes a $1.0 million net loss related to the settlement of foreign currency derivatives. Three months ended June 30, 2017 CAD includes a $0.6 million net gain related to the settlement of foreign currency derivatives.
  4. Six months ended June 30, 2018 CAD includes a $2.4 million net loss related to the settlement of foreign currency derivatives. Six months ended June 30, 2017 CAD includes a $1.5 million net gain related to the settlement of foreign currency derivatives.
  5. Three months ended June 30, 2018 reflects an adjustment to exclude $0.4 million of transaction costs and $0.4 million taxes related to sales and other one-time items. Three months ended June 30, 2017 reflects an adjustment to exclude $1.0 million of transaction costs.
  6. Six months ended June 30, 2018 reflects an adjustment to exclude $0.9 million of transaction costs and $0.4 million taxes related to sales and other one-time items. Six months ended June 30, 2017 reflects an adjustment to exclude $1.2 million of transaction costs and $0.9 million of payroll taxes associated with the acceleration of equity awards due to the Mergers.
  7. CAD per share is based on 52.6 million and 54.1 million weighted average shares (common shares outstanding including operating partnership units and RSUs not subject to performance hurdles) for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018, respectively. Based on 55.7 million and 56.5 million weighted average shares (common shares outstanding, including LTIPs and RSUs not subject to performance hurdles) for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, respectively. CAD per share does not take into account any potential dilution from restricted stock units subject to performance metrics not currently achieved.

 

 

 

Net Operating Income

We believe NOI is a useful metric for evaluating the operating performance of our real estate portfolio in the aggregate.  Portfolio results and performance metrics represent 100% for all consolidated investments.  Net operating income represents total property and related revenues, adjusted for: (i) amortization of above/below market leases; (ii) straight-line rent (except with respect to rent free period); (iii) other items such as adjustments related to joint ventures and non-recurring bad debt expense and less property operating expenses.  However, the usefulness of NOI is limited because it excludes general and administrative costs, interest expense, transaction costs, depreciation and amortization expense, realized gains (losses) on sales and other and other items under U.S. GAAP and capital expenditures and leasing costs, all of which may be significant economic costs.  NOI may fail to capture significant trends in these components of U.S. GAAP net income (loss) which further limits its usefulness.

NOI should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss), determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, as an indicator of operating performance.  In addition, our methodology for calculating NOI involves subjective judgment and discretion and may differ from the methodologies used by other comparable companies, including other REITs, when calculating the same or similar supplemental financial measures and may not be comparable with these companies.

The following table presents a reconciliation of the NOI of our real estate equity and preferred equity segments to property and other related revenues less property operating expenses for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017 (dollars in thousands):

 

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

2018

 

2017

 

2018

 

2017

Rental income

$

24,600

   

$

26,025

   

$

51,824

   

$

51,561

 

Escalation income

5,561

   

5,558

   

10,902

   

10,719

 

Other income

143

   

508

   

421

   

537

 

Total property and other income

30,304

   

32,091

   

63,147

   

62,817

 

Properties - operating expenses

6,930

   

7,680

   

13,732

   

15,002

 

Adjustments:

             

Interest income

706

   

297

   

1,435

   

297

 

Amortization and other items(1)(2)

352

   

253

   

572

   

533

 

NOI(3)

$

24,432

   

$

24,961

   

$

51,422

   

$

48,645

 

 

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  1. Three months ended June 30, 2018 primarily excludes $0.2 million of amortization of above/below market leases and $0.1 million of other one-time items. Three months ended June 30, 2017 primarily excludes $0.3 million of amortization of above/below market leases.
  2. Six months ended June 30, 2018 primarily excludes $0.4 million of amortization of above/below market leases and $0.1 million of other one-time items. Six months ended June 30, 2017 primarily excludes $0.5 million of amortization of above/below market leases.
  3. The following table presents a reconciliation of net income (loss) to NOI of our real estate equity segment for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017 (dollars in thousands):

 

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

2018

 

2017

 

2018

 

2017

Net income (loss)

$

36,241

   

$

(10,538)

   

$

34,964

   

$

(26,064)

 

Remaining segments(i)

3,986

   

12,860

   

13,723

   

35,703

 

Real estate equity and preferred equity segment adjustments:

             

Interest expense

5,601

   

6,451

   

11,556

   

12,571

 

Other expenses

1,250

   

2,415

   

2,674

   

4,443

 

Depreciation and amortization

11,977

   

12,520

   

23,628

   

25,083

 

Unrealized (gain) loss on derivatives and other

1,884

   

1,293

   

2,001

   

960

 

Realized (gain) loss on sales and other

(37,236)

   

(1,336)

   

(38,450)

   

(5,491)

 

Income tax (benefit) expense

(76)

   

237

   

(37)

   

(36)

 

Other items

805

   

1,059

   

1,363

   

1,476

 

Total adjustments

(15,795)

   

22,639

   

2,735

   

39,006

 

NOI

$

24,432

   

$

24,961

   

$

51,422

   

$

48,645

 

 

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(i)    Represents the net (income) loss in our corporate segment to reconcile to net operating income.

 

 

Same store Net Operating Income

We believe same store NOI is a useful metric for evaluating the operating performance as it reflects the operating performance of the real estate portfolio and provides a better measure of operational performance for a quarter-over-quarter comparison. Same store net operating income is presented for the same store portfolio, which comprises all properties that were owned by us at the end of the reporting period. We define same store net operating income as NOI excluding (i) properties that were acquired or sold during the period, (ii) impact of foreign currency changes and (iii) amortization of above/below market leases. We consider same store NOI to be an appropriate and useful supplemental performance measure. Same store NOI should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss), determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, as an indicator of operating performance.  In addition, our methodology for calculating same store net operating income involves subjective judgment and discretion and may differ from the methodologies used by other comparable companies, including other REITs, when calculating the same or similar supplemental financial measures and may not be comparable with these companies. Same store portfolio is defined as properties in operation throughout the full periods presented under the comparison, excluding the impact of foreign currency changes, and included 24 properties.

The following table presents our same store analysis for the real estate equity segment which comprises 24 properties (285,961 rentable square meters) adjusted for currency movement and excludes properties that were acquired or sold at any time during the three months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017 and March 31, 2018 (dollars in thousands):

 

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Year-over-year Delta

 

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2018(1)

 

Quarter-over-quarter Delta

 

2018

 

2017(1)

 

Amount

 

%

   

Amount

 

%

Occupancy (end of period)

94

%

 

82

%

         

84

%

       

Same store

                         

Rental income(2)

$

23,865

   

$

23,150

   

$

715

   

3.1

%

 

$

24,006

   

$

(141)

   

(0.6)%

 

Escalation income

5,363

   

4,624

   

739

       

4,612

   

751

     

Other income

135

   

255

   

(120)

       

163

   

(28)

     

Total revenues

29,363

   

28,029

   

1,334

   

4.8

%

 

28,781

   

582

   

2.0

%

Utilities

1,322

   

1,346

   

(24)

       

1,280

   

42

     

Real estate taxes and insurance

1,444

   

1,344

   

100

       

1,253

   

191

     

Management fees

552

   

478

   

74

       

474

   

78

     

Repairs and maintenance(3)

2,262

   

2,656

   

(394)

       

2,182

   

80

     

Other(2)(4)

821

   

1,039

   

(218)

       

697

   

124

     

Properties - operating expenses

6,401

   

6,863

   

(462)

   

(6.7)%

   

5,886

   

515

   

8.7

%

Same store net operating income

$

22,962

   

$

21,166

   

$

1,796

   

8.5

%

 

$

22,895

   

$

67

   

0.3

%

 

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  1. Three months ended June 30, 2017 and March 31, 2018 are translated using the average exchange rate for the three months ended June 30, 2018.
  2. Adjusted to exclude amortization of above/below market leases and ground leases.
  3. Includes non-recoverable VAT.
  4. Includes bad debt expense, ground rent, administrative costs and other non-reimbursable expenses.

 

 

The following table presents a reconciliation from net income (loss) to same store net operating income for the real estate equity segment for the three months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017 and March 31, 2018 (dollars in thousands):

 

 

Three Months Ended
June 30,

 

Three Months Ended
March 31, 2018

 

 

 

 

2018

 

2017

 

Net income (loss)

$

36,241

   

$

(10,538)

   

$

(1,277)

 

Corporate segment net (income) loss(1)

3,986

   

12,860

   

(9,737)

 

Other (income) loss(2)

(15,795)

   

22,639

   

38,004

 

Net operating income

24,432

   

24,961

   

26,990

 

Sale of real estate investments and other(3)(5)

(764)

   

(3,498)

   

(3,366)

 

Interest income(4)

(706)

   

(297)

   

(729)

 

Same store net operating income

$

22,962

   

$

21,166

   

$

22,895

 

 

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  1. Includes management fees, general and administrative expense, compensation expense, corporate interest expense and corporate transaction costs.
  2. Includes realized gain on sales offset by depreciation and amortization expense, unrealized loss on interest rate caps, and other expenses in the real estate equity segment.
  3. Primarily reflects the impact of net operating income of sold assets.
  4. Reflects interest income earned in the preferred equity segment.
  5. Three months ended March 31, 2018 and June 30, 2017 are translated using the average exchange rate for the three months ended June 30, 2018.

 

 

The following table presents our same store analysis for the real estate equity segment which comprises 24 properties (285,961 square meters) adjusted for currency movement and excludes properties that were acquired or sold at any time during the six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017 (dollars in thousands): 

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

Increase (Decrease)

 

2018

 

2017(1)

 

Amount

 

%

Occupancy (end of period)

94

%

 

82

%

       

Same store

             

Rental income(2)

$

48,567

   

$

47,102

   

$

1,465

   

3.1

%

Escalation income

10,107

   

8,832

   

1,275

     

Other income

303

   

286

   

17

     

Total revenues

58,977

   

56,220

   

2,757

   

4.9

%

Utilities

2,639

   

2,870

   

(231)

     

Real estate taxes and insurance

2,736

   

2,558

   

178

     

Management fees

1,040

   

966

   

74

     

Repairs and maintenance(3)

4,502

   

5,214

   

(712)

     

Other(2)(4)

1,532

   

1,975

   

(443)

     

Properties - operating expenses

12,449

   

13,583

   

(1,134)

   

(8.4)

%

Same store net operating income

$

46,528

   

$

42,637

   

$

3,891

   

9.1

%

 

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  1. Six months ended June 30, 2017 is translated using the average exchange rate for the six months ended June 30, 2018.
  2. Adjusted to exclude amortization of above/below market leases and ground leases.
  3. Includes non-recoverable VAT.
  4. Includes bad debt expense, ground rent, administrative costs and other non-reimbursable expenses.

 

 

The following table presents a reconciliation from net income (loss) to same store net operating income for the real estate equity segment for the six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017 (dollars in thousands):

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

2018

 

2017

Net income (loss)

$

34,964

   

$

(26,064)

 

Corporate segment net (income) loss(1)

13,723

   

35,703

 

Other (income) loss(2)

2,735

   

39,006

 

Net operating income

51,422

   

48,645

 

Sale of real estate investments and other(3)(5)

(3,459)

   

(5,711)

 

Interest income(4)

(1,435)

   

(297)

 

Same store net operating income

$

46,528

   

$

42,637

 

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  1. Includes management fees, general and administrative expense, compensation expense, corporate interest expense and corporate transaction costs.
  2. Includes realized gain on sales offset by depreciation and amortization expense, unrealized loss on interest rate caps, and other expenses in the real estate equity segment.
  3. Primarily reflects the impact of net operating income of sold assets.
  4. Reflects interest income earned in the preferred equity segment.
  5. Six months ended June 30, 2017 is translated using the average exchange rate for the six months ended June 30, 2018

 

Adjusted EBITDA

We believe that Adjusted EBITDA provides investors and management with a meaningful indication of operating performance. We also believe that Adjusted EBITDA is useful because it adjusts for a variety of items that are consistent with presenting a measure of operating performance (such as depreciation and amortization items, interest expense, income tax benefit (expense), realized gain (loss) on investments, transaction costs, equity-based compensation and asset impairment). The definition of Adjusted EBITDA may be adjusted from time to time for our reporting purposes in our discretion, acting through our audit committee or otherwise. Adjusted EBITDA may fluctuate from period to period based upon a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, the timing and amount of investments, repayments and asset sales, capital raised, changes in the expected yield of investments and the overall conditions in commercial real estate and the economy generally.

We calculate Adjusted EBITDA by subtracting from or adding to net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders, non-controlling interests and the following items: depreciation and amortization items including straight-line rental income or expense (excluding amortization of rent free periods), amortization of above/below market leases and equity-based compensation; interest expense; income tax (benefit) expense; unrealized gain (loss) on derivatives and other; realized gain (loss) on investments and other (excluding any realized gain (loss) on foreign currency derivatives); impairment on depreciable property; acquisition gains or losses; transaction costs; foreign currency gains (losses) related to sales; impairment on goodwill and any other intangible assets; the incentive fee relating to the Amended and Restated Management Agreement and one-time events pursuant to changes in U.S. GAAP and certain other non-recurring items. These items, if applicable, include any adjustments for unconsolidated ventures.

Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders, determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, as an indicator of operating performance. In addition, our methodology for calculating Adjusted EBITDA involves subjective judgment and discretion and may differ from the methodologies used by other comparable companies, including other REITs, when calculating the same or similar supplemental financial measures and may not be comparable with these companies.

The following table presents a reconciliation of net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders to Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended June 30, 2018, March 31, 2018 and June 30, 2017 (dollars in thousands):

 

Three Months Ended

 

June 30, 2018

 

March 31, 2018

 

June 30, 2017

Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders

$

36,024

   

$

(1,281)

   

$

(10,447)

 

Non-controlling interests

217

   

4

   

(91)

 
           

Adjustments:

         

Depreciation and amortization items(1)(2)(3)

15,000

   

12,444

   

14,158

 

Income tax (benefit) expense

(76)

   

39

   

237

 

Interest expense

5,855

   

6,107

   

6,722

 

Unrealized (gain) loss on derivatives and other

(5,682)

   

1,189

   

7,655

 

Realized (gain) loss on sales and other(4)(5)(6)

(35,737)

   

(868)

   

(1,342)

 

Transaction costs and other(7)(8)(9)

645

   

481

   

973

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

16,246

   

$

18,115

   

$

17,865

 

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  1. Three months ended June 30, 2018 reflects an adjustment to exclude depreciation and amortization of $12.0 million, amortization expense of capitalized above/below market leases of $0.2 million and amortization of equity-based compensation of $2.8 million.
  2. Three months ended March 31, 2018 reflects an adjustment to exclude depreciation and amortization of $11.7 million, amortization expense of capitalized above/below market leases of $0.2 million and amortization of equity-based compensation of $0.6 million.
  3. Three months ended June 30, 2017 reflects an adjustment to exclude depreciation and amortization of $12.5 million, amortization of above/below market leases of $0.3 million and amortization of equity-based compensation of $1.4 million.
  4. Three months ended June 30, 2018 Adjusted EBITDA includes a $1.0 million net loss related to the settlement of foreign currency derivatives.
  5. Three months ended March 31, 2018 Adjusted EBITDA includes a $1.4 million net loss related to the settlement of foreign currency derivatives.
  6. Three months ended June 30, 2017 Adjusted EBITDA includes a $0.6 million net gain related to the settlement of foreign currency derivatives.
  7. Three months ended June 30, 2018 reflects an adjustment to exclude $0.4 million of transaction costs and $0.2 million related to other one-time items.
  8. Three months ended March 31, 2018 reflects an adjustment to exclude $0.5 million of transaction costs.
  9. Three months ended June 30, 2017 reflects an adjustment to exclude $1.0 million of transaction costs.

 

 

EPRA Net Asset Value (EPRA NAV)

As our entire portfolio is based in Europe, our management calculates European Public Real Estate Association net asset value, or EPRA NAV, a non-GAAP measure, to compare our balance sheet to other European real estate companies and believes that disclosing EPRA NAV provides investors with a meaningful measure of our net asset value. Our calculation of EPRA NAV is derived from our U.S. GAAP balance sheet with adjustments reflecting our interpretation of EPRA's best practices recommendations. Accordingly, our calculation of EPRA NAV may be different from how other European real estate companies calculate EPRA NAV, which utilize International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") to prepare their balance sheet. EPRA NAV makes adjustments to net assets as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP in order to provide our stockholders a measure of fair value of our assets and liabilities with a long-term investment strategy. This performance measure excludes assets and liabilities that are not expected to materialize in normal circumstances. EPRA NAV includes the revaluation of investment properties and excludes the fair value of financial instruments that we intend to hold to maturity, deferred tax and goodwill that resulted from deferred tax. All other assets, including real property and investments reported at cost are adjusted to fair value based upon an independent third party valuation conducted in December and June of each year. This measure should not be considered as an alternative to measuring our net assets in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

The following table presents a reconciliation of total equity to EPRA NAV as at June 30, 2018 (dollars in thousands, other than per share data):

 

June 30, 2018

Total Equity

$

555,256

 

Adjustments

 

Operating real estate, net intangibles and other

(1,565,191)

 

Fair value of properties

2,087,137

 

Adjusted NAV

1,077,202

 
   

Diluted NAV, after the exercise of options, convertibles and other equity interests

1,077,202

 

Fair value of financial instruments

(7,801)

 

EPRA NAV

1,069,401

 

EPRA NAV per share(1)

$

20.95

 

 

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  1. Based on 51.1 million common shares, operating partnership units and RSUs not subject to performance hurdles outstanding as of June 30, 2018. EPRA NAV per  share does not take into account any potential dilution from restricted stock units subject to performance metrics not currently achieved.

 

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains certain "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward looking statements are generally identifiable by use of forward looking terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "potential," "intend," "expect," "seek," "anticipate," "estimate," "believe," "could," "project," "predict," "hypothetical," "continue," "future" or other similar words or expressions. Forward looking statements are not guarantees of performance and are based on certain assumptions, discuss future expectations, describe plans and strategies, contain projections of results of operations or of financial condition or state other forward looking information. Such statements include, but are not limited to, the likelihood and timing of successfully completing sales transactions and the amount of the net equity released after repayment of financing and transaction costs; the timing and certainty with respect to new lease commencements; the expected run rate cost savings as a result of operational efficiencies, the time required to achieve such run rate cost savings; the expected impact of recent leasing activity on same store NOI; the availability of future borrowings under the revolving credit facility; the ability to execute on NRE's strategy; NRE's ability to maintain dividend payments, at current levels, or at all, and the timing of dividend levels declared; whether NRE will make repurchases of its common stock pursuant to the stock repurchase program and the level or timing of any such repurchases. Forward looking statements are necessarily speculative in nature, and it can be expected that some or all of the assumptions underlying any forward-looking statements will not materialize or will vary significantly from actual results. Variations of assumptions and results may be material. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from NRE's expectations include, but are not limited to, NRE's liquidity and financial flexibility; NRE's future cash available for distribution; the pace and result of any asset disposals contemplated by NRE; NRE's use of leverage; and the anticipated strength and growth of NRE's business. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward looking statements are specified in NRE's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Such forward looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. NRE expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in its expectations with regard thereto or change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

Disclaimer

As an opinion, the valuation by Cushman & Wakefield LLP referenced in this release is not a measure of realizable value and may not reflect the amount that would be received if the property in question were sold. Real estate valuation is inherently subjective due to, among other factors, the individual nature of each property, its location, the expected future rental revenues from that particular property and the valuation methodology adopted. Real estate valuations are subject to a large degree of uncertainty and are made on the basis of assumptions and methodologies that may not prove to be accurate, particularly in periods of volatility, low transaction flow or restricted debt availability in the commercial or residential real estate markets. For example, in the appraisal, a number of the properties were valued using the special assumption that such properties would be purchased through a tax-efficient special purpose vehicle, and is therefore subject to lower purchaser transaction expenses. If one or more assumptions are incorrect, the value may be materially lower than the appraised value.

Endnotes

  1. The external third-party valuation was prepared by Cushman & Wakefield LLP in accordance with the current U.K. and Global edition of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' (RICS) Valuation - Professional Standards (the "Red Book") on the basis of "Fair Value", which is widely recognized within Europe as the leading professional standards for independent valuation professionals. Each property is classified as an investment and has been valued on the basis of Fair Value adopted by the International Accounting Standards Board. This is the equivalent to the Red Book definition of Market Value. The Red Book defines Market Value as the estimated amount for which an asset or liability should exchange on the valuation date between a willing buyer and a willing seller in an arm's-length transaction after proper marketing where the parties had each acted knowledgeably, prudently and without compulsion. The Cushman & Wakefield LLP valuation assumes that certain properties would be purchased through market accepted structures resulting in lower purchaser transaction expenses (taxes, duties, and similar costs). This Cushman & Wakefield LLP valuation is as of June 30, 2018. The $2.1 billion Portfolio Market Value comprises $2.1 billion real estate portfolio value based on the independent valuation by Cushman & Wakefield LLP and $35 million preferred equity investment (please refer to Note 11, "Fair Value" in the NRE Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended June 30, 2018 included in Part I Item 1. "Financial Statements").
  2. EPRA = European Public Real Estate Association.
  3. Excludes the preferred equity investment.
  4. Occupancy and weighted average remaining contractual lease term based on rent roll as of June 30, 2018, on a same store basis. Proforma occupancy based on rent roll as of June 30, 2018, adjusted for new leases signed, but commencing through remainder 2018.
  5. Leverage, or loan to value, is calculated as property level debt plus portfolio level preferred equity divided by the Portfolio Market Value and unrestricted cash net of any outstanding balance on the revolving credit facility.
  6. Please see NRE's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and the exhibits thereto for additional details relating to the terms of the amended and restated management agreement ("Amended and Restated Management Agreement").

 

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