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Please note that the limited information that follows in this press release is a summary and is not adequate for making an informed investment decision.

MCLEAN, VA / ACCESSWIRE / February 24, 2021 / Gladstone Land Corporation (NASDAQ:LAND) ("Gladstone Land" or the "Company") today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2020. A description of funds from operations ("FFO"), core FFO ("CFFO"), adjusted FFO ("AFFO"), and net asset value ("NAV"), all non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles in the United States) financial measures, appear at the end of this press release. All per-share references are to fully-diluted, weighted-average shares of the Company's common stock unless noted otherwise. For further detail, please refer to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K (the "Form 10-K"), which is available on the Investors section of the Company's website at www.GladstoneFarms.com.

Highlights for Fiscal Year 2020:

  • Portfolio Activity:
    • Property Acquisitions: Acquired 26 new farms, consisting of 14,544 total acres (including nearly 2,000 organic acres), for approximately $256.0 million. These farms are located in seven different states (10 different growing regions) across the U.S. and grow over 15 different types of crops. On a weighted-average basis, these farms were acquired at an initial, minimum net capitalization rate of 5.5%. However, the leases on these farms contain certain provisions (e.g., annual rent escalations or participation rents) that are expected to drive cash rents higher in future years. With approximately $156.0 million of these acquisitions occurring in the last three weeks of the year, the full impact of these acquisitions is not expected to be reflected in earnings until the first quarter of 2021.
  • Leasing Acivity:
    • Lease Renewals: Executed 17 new lease agreements on certain of our farms in six different states (AZ, CA, CO, FL, NC, & NE) that are expected to result in an aggregate increase in annual net operating income (before participation rents) of approximately $30,000, or 0.4%, over that of the prior leases. In addition, six of the new leases include a participation rent component, as compared to only three of the prior leases.
    • Lease Termination: Terminated two leases encompassing four farms in Arizona, for which we received a termination payment of approximately $3.0 million, resulting in additional lease revenue recorded during the year (after netting out certain balances related to the terminated lease) of approximately $2.8 million. The four farms were immediately re-leased to a new, unrelated third-party tenant.
    • Rent Collections: Collected all of the base cash rent amounts owed to us during the year ended December 31, 2020, except for approximately $43,000 owed from one tenant, which amount was written off during the year.
  • Debt Activity:
    • New Long-term Borrowing: Secured a total of approximately $178.0 million of new, long-term borrowings from nine different lenders (including three new lenders). On a weighted-average basis, these loans will bear interest at an expected effective interest rate of 2.83% and are fixed for the next 8.2 years.
    • MetLife Facility: Modified our credit facility with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company ("MetLife") to provide us with an additional $75.0 million of borrowing capacity.
    • Interest Patronage: Recorded approximately $1.3 million of interest patronage, or refunded interest, related to our 2019 borrowings from various Farm Credit associations (collectively, "Farm Credit"), which resulted in a 20.4% reduction (approximately 98 basis points) to the stated interest rates on such borrowings. In addition, we also received approximately $306,000 of interest patronage related to our 2020 borrowings from Farm Credit, as certain associations prepaid a portion of the 2020 interest patronage (which is typically received in 2021).
    • Farmer Mac Facility: Amended our bond facility with Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation ("Farmer Mac") to allow us to issue up to $100.0 million of additional bonds.
  • Equity Activity:
    • Series B Preferred Stock: Sold 1,229,531 shares of our 6.00% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (the "Series B Preferred Stock") for net proceeds of approximately $27.7 million. We completed the offering of the Series B Preferred Stock in March 2020, and in October 2020, we listed the Series B Preferred Stock on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol, "LANDO."
    • Series C Preferred Stock: Commenced sales of our 6.00% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (the "Series C Preferred Stock"). During the year ended December 31, 2020, we sold 1,088,315 shares of our Series C Preferred Stock for net proceeds of approximately $24.8 million.
    • Common Stock:
      • Follow-on Offering: Completed a public offering of our common stock, whereby we sold a total of 1,897,500 shares for total net proceeds of approximately $26.1 million.
      • ATM Program: Sold 3,096,558 shares of our common stock for net proceeds of approximately $45.4 million under our "at-the-market" program (the "ATM Program").
  • $1 Billion Portfolio Milestone: During the three months ended December 31, 2020, the value of the Company's farmland holdings surpassed $1.0 billion in fair value. The Company's farms are currently valued at approximately $1.2 billion.
  • Increased and Paid Distributions: Increased the distribution run rate on our common stock by a total of 0.53% and paid monthly cash distributions totaling $0.53715 per share of common stock during the year ended December 31, 2020.

Fourth Quarter 2020 Results:

Net income for the quarter was approximately $91,000, compared to approximately $1.6 million in the prior quarter. Net loss to common stockholders during the quarter was approximately $2.4 million, or $0.10 per share, compared to approximately $824,000, or $0.04 per share, in the prior quarter.

AFFO for the quarter was approximately $3.6 million, an increase of approximately $438,000, or 13.9%, from the prior quarter, while AFFO per common share increased to approximately $0.15 for the current quarter, compared to $0.14 for the prior quarter. Common stock dividends declared were approximately $0.13 per share for each quarter. The increase in AFFO was primarily driven by higher lease revenues recorded during the current quarter as a result of recent acquisitions, partially offset by additional costs incurred in connection with financing such acquisitions, as well as certain interest patronage amounts received related to our Farm Credit borrowings during the prior quarter. AFFO per common share was further impacted by the additional common shares outstanding during the quarter as a result of a follow-on public offering completed in October 2020, as well as common shares issued under our ATM Program during the quarter, the proceeds of which have not yet been fully invested.

Total lease revenues increased by approximately $1.1 million, or 8.1%, primarily due to additional fixed base cash rents earned from recent acquisitions. Revenue recorded from participation rents was approximately $1.2 million during the quarter, as compared to approximately $1.1 million in the prior quarter. Aggregate related-party fees increased by approximately $132,000, or 5.9%, from the prior quarter, primarily driven by slightly higher management and incentive fees. Our recurring core operating expenses remained relatively flat quarter-over-quarter, increasing by approximately $8,000.

Cash flows from operations for the current quarter increased, primarily due to the timing of when certain rental payments are scheduled to be paid pursuant to their respective leases, as well as advanced rental payments received related to new acquisitions. Our NAV per share increased by $0.26 from the prior quarter to $12.23 at December 31, 2020, primarily driven by common equity issuances at net offering prices above our estimated NAV per common share at September 30, 2020.

Fiscal Year 2020 Results:

Net income for the year was approximately $5.0 million, compared to approximately $1.8 million in the prior year. Net loss available to common stockholders and non-controlling OP Unitholders during the year was approximately $4.4 million, or $0.20 per share, compared to approximately $2.5 million, or $0.12 per share, in the prior year. AFFO for the year was approximately $14.3 million, an increase of approximately $3.1 million, or 27.3%, from the prior year, while AFFO per common share increased to approximately $0.64 for the current year, compared to $0.57 for the prior year. Common stock dividends declared for the year were approximately $0.54 per share, compared to approximately $0.53 per share in the prior year.

The increase in AFFO was primarily driven by additional lease revenues earned on recent acquisitions, partially offset by increases in preferred dividends (due to additional share issuances), related-party fees (partly due to a credit granted to us by our Adviser in the prior year), and interest expense (due to additional borrowings). On a same-property basis, revenue from fixed base rents were up by approximately 2.2% over last year. Revenue from participation rents were approximately $2.4 million, compared to approximately $2.3 million in the prior year. The slight year-over-year increase was primarily due to the participation rent component of one additional farm becoming active during 2020, partially offset by lease amendments on two other farms during the year, in which we decreased the participation rent component in exchange for higher fixed base cash rents. Excluding related-party fees, recurring core operating expenses decreased by approximately $820,000, or 21.2%, primarily due to additional expenses incurred during the prior year related to temporary generator rental costs to power newly-drilled wells on one of our properties.

Subsequent to December 31, 2020:

  • Portfolio Activity:
    • Leasing Activity-Lease Renewals: Extended the leases on two of our farms (one in CA and one in CO) that were originally scheduled to expire in 2021. In the aggregate, the new leases are expected to result in a decrease in annual net operating income of approximately $132,000, or 6.8%, from that of the prior leases.
    • Rent Collections: Collected all of the base cash rent amounts owed to us thus far in 2021 except for approximately $97,000 owed from two tenants, which amounts are expected to be collected in full during 2021.
  • Debt Activity:
    • New Long-term Borrowing: Secured a total of approximately $4.5 million of new, long-term borrowings from two different lenders. On a weighted-average basis, these loans will bear interest at an expected effective interest rate of 2.70% and are fixed for 7.4 years.
    • Issuance of Series D Term Preferred Stock and Redemption of Series A Term Preferred Stock: Completed a public offering of 5.00% Series D Cumulative Term Preferred Stock (the "Series D Term Preferred Stock"), whereby we sold a total of 2,415,000 shares for total net proceeds of approximately $58.5 million. Approximately $28.8 million of these proceeds were used to redeem all of our outstanding shares of 6.375% Series A Cumulative Term Preferred Stock (the "Series A Term Preferred Stock").
  • Equity Activity:
    • Series C Preferred Stock: Sold 313,646 shares of our Series C Preferred Stock for net proceeds of approximately $7.1 million.
    • Common Stock-ATM Program: Sold 524,148 shares of our common stock for net proceeds of approximately $7.5 million under the ATM Program.
  • Increased Distributions: Increased our distribution run rate by 0.11%, declaring monthly cash distributions of $0.04495 per share of common stock (including OP Units held by non-controlling OP Unitholders, if any) for each of January, February, and March 2021. This marks our 21st distribution increase over the past 24 quarters, during which time we have increased the distribution run rate by 49.8%.

Comments from David Gladstone, President and CEO of Gladstone Land: "The Company ended 2020 with a flurry of activity in December and has acquired $256 million of farms in each of the past two years, almost doubling the size of its farmland holdings. We are a big believer that a well-diversified portfolio adds to the security of the dividends we pay to shareholders, and we intend to continue growing our portfolio to further add to the underlying diversity. We now have surpassed $1 billion in total farmland value, which is a testament to the hard work of this team. The Company also had a strong year from an operational standpoint, as it continued to cover an increased dividend with AFFO. Participation rents came in similar to last year, which is what we were expecting. However, we are hopeful that this figure increases further in 2021, as we have several additional farms with participation rent components that are scheduled to become active later this year, though there is no guarantee of anything being received. We are pleased with our 2020 performance and are hopeful of taking even larger strides in 2021."

Quarterly Summary Information
(Dollars in thousands, except per-share amounts)

 

For and As of the Quarters Ended

 

Change

 

Change

 

12/31/2020

 

9/30/2020

 

($ / #)

 

(%)

Operating Data:

             

Total operating revenues

$

15,124

   

$

13,989

   

$

1,135

   

8.1

%

Total operating expenses, net of credits

(7,985)

   

(6,858)

   

(1,127)

   

16.4

%

Other expenses, net

(7,048)

   

(5,550)

   

(1,498)

   

27.0

%

Net income

$

91

   

$

1,581

   

$

(1,490)

   

(94.2)

%

Less: Aggregate dividends declared on Series B and Series C Preferred Stock(1)

(2,529)

   

(2,405)

   

(124)

   

5.2

%

Net loss available to common stockholders and non-controlling OP Unitholders

(2,438)

   

(824)

   

(1,614)

   

195.9

%

Plus: Real estate and intangible depreciation and amortization

4,646

   

3,909

   

737

   

18.9

%

Plus: Losses on dispositions of real estate assets, net

1,318

   

195

   

1,123

   

575.9

%

Adjustments for unconsolidated entities(2)

5

   

5

   

-

   

-

%

FFO available to common stockholders and non-controlling OP Unitholders

3,531

   

3,285

   

246

   

7.5

%

Plus: Acquisition- and disposition-related expenses

100

   

43

   

57

   

132.6

%

Plus: Other nonrecurring charges, net(3)

196

   

-

   

196

   

N/A

CFFO available to common stockholders and non-controlling OP Unitholders

3,827

   

3,328

   

499

   

15.0

%

Net adjustment for normalized cash rents(4)

(453)

   

(437)

   

(16)

   

3.7

%

Plus: Amortization of debt issuance costs

198

   

194

   

4

   

2.1

%

Plus: Other non-cash charges, net(5)

14

   

63

   

(49)

   

(77.8)

%

AFFO available to common stockholders and non-controlling OP Unitholders

$

3,586

   

$

3,148

   

$

438

   

13.9

%

               

Share and Per-Share Data:

             

Weighted-average common stock outstanding-basic and diluted

24,340,703

   

21,991,291

   

2,349,412

   

10.7

%

Weighted-average common non-controlling OP Units outstanding

-

   

16,452

   

(16,452)

   

(100.0)

%

Weighted-average total common shares outstanding

24,340,703

   

22,007,743

   

2,332,960

   

10.6

%

               

Diluted net loss per weighted-average total common share

$

(0.100)

   

$

(0.037)

   

$

(0.063)

   

167.5

%

Diluted FFO per weighted-average total common share

$

0.145

   

$

0.149

   

$

(0.004)

   

(2.8)

%

Diluted CFFO per weighted-average total common share

$

0.157

   

$

0.151

   

$

0.006

   

4.0

%

Diluted AFFO per weighted-average total common share

$

0.147

   

$

0.143

   

$

0.004

   

3.0

%

Cash distributions declared per total common share

$

0.135

   

$

0.134

   

$

0.001

   

0.2

%

               

Balance Sheet Data:

             

Net investments in real estate, at cost(6)

$

1,048,654

   

$

860,790

   

$

187,864

   

21.8

%

Total assets

$

1,067,289

   

$

878,377

   

$

188,912

   

21.5

%

Total indebtedness(7)

$

656,440

   

$

535,482

   

$

120,958

   

22.6

%

Total equity

$

383,790

   

$

317,315

   

$

66,475

   

20.9

%

Total common shares outstanding

26,219,019

   

22,204,906

   

4,014,113

   

18.1

%

               

Other Data:

             

Cash flows from operations

$

13,408

   

$

1,656

   

$

11,752

   

709.7

%

Farms owned

137

   

123

   

14

   

11.4

%

Acres owned

101,079

   

92,601

   

8,478

   

9.2

%

Occupancy rate(8)

100.0

%

 

100.0

%

 

-

%

 

-

%

Farmland portfolio value

$

1,162,524

   

$

970,881

   

$

191,643

   

19.7

%

NAV per common share

$

12.23

   

$

11.97

   

$

0.26

   

2.2

%

  1. Includes (i) cash dividends paid on our Series B and Series C Preferred Stock, (ii) the pro-rata write-off of offering costs related to shares of Series B and Series C Preferred Stock that were redeemed, and (iii) the value of additional shares of Series C Preferred Stock issued pursuant to the dividend reinvestment program.
  2. Represents our pro-rata share of depreciation expense recorded in unconsolidated entities during the period.
  3. Consists primarily of costs related to an aborted offering and a one-time listing application fee that were charged to expense during the three months ended December 31, 2020, partially offset by net property and casualty recoveries recorded, net of the cost of related repairs expensed, as a result of the damage caused to certain irrigation improvements by natural disasters on certain of our properties.
  4. This adjustment removes the effects of straight-lining rental income, as well as the amortization related to above-market lease values and lease incentives and accretion related to below-market lease values, deferred revenue, and tenant improvements, resulting in rental income reflected on a modified accrual cash basis. The effect to AFFO is that cash rents received pertaining to a lease year are normalized over that respective lease year on a straight-line basis, resulting in cash rent being recognized ratably over the period in which the cash rent is earned.
  5. Consists of (i) the pro-rata write-off of offering costs related to shares of the Series B and Series C Preferred Stock that were redeemed, which were noncash charges, (ii) the amount of dividends on the Series C Preferred Stock paid via issuing new shares (pursuant to the dividend reinvestment program), and (iii) our remaining pro-rata share of income (loss) recorded from investments in unconsolidated entities during the period.
  6. Consists of the initial acquisition price (including the costs allocated to both tangible and intangible assets acquired and liabilities assumed), plus subsequent improvements and other capitalized costs associated with the properties, and adjusted for accumulated depreciation and amortization.
  7. Consists of the principal balances outstanding of all indebtedness, including our lines of credit, notes and bonds payable, and our Series A Term Preferred Stock.
  8. Based on gross acreage.


Annual Summary Information
(Dollars in thousands, except per-share amounts)

 

For and As of the Years Ended

 

Change

 

Change

 

12/31/2020

 

12/31/2019

 

($ / #)

 

(%)

Operating Data:

             

Total operating revenues

$

57,031

   

$

40,692

   

$

16,339

   

40.2

%

Total operating expenses, net of credits

(29,380)

   

(21,386)

   

(7,994)

   

37.4

%

Other expenses, net

(22,696)

   

(17,544)

   

(5,152)

   

29.4

%

Net income

$

4,955

   

$

1,762

   

$

3,193

   

181.2

%

Less: Aggregate dividends declared on Series B and Series C Preferred Stock(1)

(9,322)

   

(4,240)

   

(5,082)

   

119.9

%

Net loss available to common stockholders and non-controlling OP Unitholders

(4,367)

   

(2,478)

   

(1,889)

   

76.2

%

Plus: Real estate and intangible depreciation and amortization

16,655

   

12,790

   

3,865

   

30.2

%

Plus: Losses on dispositions of real estate assets, net

2,180

   

328

   

1,852

   

564.6

%

Adjustments for unconsolidated entities(2)

18

   

1

   

17

   

1,700.0

%

FFO available to common stockholders and non-controlling OP Unitholders

14,486

   

10,641

   

3,845

   

36.1

%

Plus: Acquisition- and disposition-related expenses

210

   

380

   

(170)

   

(44.7)

%

Plus (less): Other nonrecurring charges (receipts), net(3)

159

   

(1)

   

160

   

N/A

CFFO available to common stockholders and non-controlling OP Unitholders

14,855

   

11,020

   

3,835

   

34.8

%

Net adjustment for normalized cash rents(4)

(1,305)

   

(382)

   

(923)

   

241.6

%

Plus: Amortization of debt issuance costs

756

   

630

   

126

   

20.0

%

Plus: Other non-cash charges, net(5)

40

   

-

   

40

   

N/A

AFFO available to common stockholders and non-controlling OP Unitholders

$

14,346

   

$

11,268

   

$

3,078

   

27.3

%

               

Share and Per-Share Data:

             

Weighted-average common stock outstanding-basic and diluted

22,258,121

   

19,602,533

   

2,655,588

   

13.5

%

Weighted-average common non-controlling OP Units outstanding

131,745

   

235,613

   

(103,868)

   

(44.1)

%

Weighted-average total common shares outstanding

22,389,866

   

19,838,146

   

2,551,720

   

12.9

%

               

Diluted net loss per weighted-average total common share

$

(0.195)

   

$

(0.125)

   

$

(0.070)

   

56.1

%

Diluted FFO per weighted-average total common share

$

0.647

   

$

0.536

   

$

0.111

   

20.6

%

Diluted CFFO per weighted-average total common share

$

0.663

   

$

0.555

   

$

0.108

   

19.4

%

Diluted AFFO per weighted-average total common share

$

0.641

   

$

0.568

   

$

0.073

   

12.8

%

Cash distributions declared per total common share

$

0.537

   

$

0.534

   

$

0.003

   

0.5

%

               

Balance Sheet Data:

             

Net investments in real estate, at cost(6)

$

1,048,654

   

$

794,769

   

$

253,885

   

31.9

%

Total assets

$

1,067,289

   

$

816,787

   

$

250,502

   

30.7

%

Total indebtedness(7)

$

656,440

   

$

513,800

   

$

142,640

   

27.8

%

Total equity

$

383,790

   

$

278,970

   

$

104,820

   

37.6

%

Total common shares outstanding

26,219,019

   

21,224,961

   

4,994,058

   

23.5

%

               

Other Data:

             

Cash flows from operations

$

25,002

   

$

21,370

   

$

3,632

   

17.0

%

Farms owned

137

   

111

   

26

   

23.4

%

Acres owned

101,079

   

86,535

   

14,544

   

16.8

%

Occupancy rate(8)

100.0

%

 

100.0

%

 

-

%

 

-

%

Farmland portfolio value

$

1,162,524

   

$

877,485

   

$

285,039

   

32.5

%

NAV per common share

$

12.23

   

$

11.41

   

$

0.82

   

7.2

%

  1. Includes (i) cash dividends paid on our Series B and Series C Preferred Stock, (ii) the pro-rata write-off of offering costs related to shares of Series B and Series C Preferred Stock that were redeemed, and (iii) the value of additional shares of Series C Preferred Stock issued pursuant to the dividend reinvestment program.
  2. Represents our pro-rata share of depreciation expense recorded in unconsolidated entities during the period.
  3. Consists primarily of costs related to an aborted offering and a one-time listing application fee that were charged to expense during the three months ended December 31, 2020, partially offset by net property and casualty recoveries recorded, net of the cost of related repairs expensed, as a result of the damage caused to certain irrigation improvements by natural disasters on certain of our properties.
  4. This adjustment removes the effects of straight-lining rental income, as well as the amortization related to above-market lease values and lease incentives and accretion related to below-market lease values, deferred revenue, and tenant improvements, resulting in rental income reflected on a modified accrual cash basis. The effect to AFFO is that cash rents received pertaining to a lease year are normalized over that respective lease year on a straight-line basis, resulting in cash rent being recognized ratably over the period in which the cash rent is earned.
  5. Consists of (i) the pro-rata write-off of offering costs related to shares of the Series B and Series C Preferred Stock that were redeemed, which were noncash charges, (ii) the amount of dividends on the Series C Preferred Stock paid via issuing new shares (pursuant to the dividend reinvestment program), and (iii) our remaining pro-rata share of income (loss) recorded from investments in unconsolidated entities during the period.
  6. Consists of the initial acquisition price (including the costs allocated to both tangible and intangible assets acquired and liabilities assumed), plus subsequent improvements and other capitalized costs associated with the properties, and adjusted for accumulated depreciation and amortization.
  7. Consists of the principal balances outstanding of all indebtedness, including our lines of credit, notes and bonds payable, and our Series A Term Preferred Stock.
  8. Based on gross acreage.

Conference Call for Stockholders: The Company will hold a conference call on Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. (EST) to discuss its earnings results. Please call (877) 407-9046 to enter the conference. An operator will monitor the call and set a queue for any questions. A conference call replay will be available beginning one hour after the call and will be accessible through March 4, 2021. To hear the replay, please dial (877) 660-6853, and use playback conference number 13713657. The live audio broadcast of the Company's conference call will also be available online at the Company's website, www.GladstoneFarms.com. The event will be archived and available for replay on the Company's website.

About Gladstone Land Corporation:

Founded in 1997, Gladstone Land is a publicly traded real estate investment trust that acquires and owns farmland and farm-related properties located in major agricultural markets in the U.S. and leases its properties to unrelated third-party farmers. The Company, which reports the aggregate fair value of its farmland holdings on a quarterly basis, currently owns 137 farms, comprised of approximately 101,000 acres in 13 different states, valued at approximately $1.2 billion. Gladstone Land's farms are predominantly located in regions where its tenants are able to grow fresh produce annual row crops, such as berries and vegetables, which are generally planted and harvested annually. The Company also owns farms growing permanent crops, such as almonds, apples, cherries, figs, lemons, olives, pistachios, and other orchards, as well as blueberry groves and vineyards, which are generally planted every 10 to 20-plus years and harvested annually. The Company may also acquire property related to farming, such as cooling facilities, processing buildings, packaging facilities, and distribution centers. Gladstone Land pays monthly distributions to its stockholders and has paid 96 consecutive monthly cash distributions on its common stock since its initial public offering in January 2013. The Company has increased its common distributions 21 times over the prior 24 quarters, and the current per-share distribution on its common stock is $0.04495 per month, or $0.53940 per year. Additional information, including detailed information about each of the Company's farms, can be found at www.GladstoneFarms.com.

Owners or brokers who have farmland for sale in the U.S. should contact:

Lenders who are interested in providing us with long-term financing on farmland should contact Jay Beckhorn at (703) 587-5823 or [email protected].

For stockholder information on Gladstone Land, call (703) 287-5893. For Investor Relations inquiries related to any of the monthly dividend-paying Gladstone funds, please visit www.GladstoneCompanies.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

FFO: The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT") developed FFO as a relative non-GAAP supplemental measure of operating 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, as defined by NAREIT, is net income (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding gains (or losses) from sales of property and impairment losses on property, plus depreciation and amortization of real estate assets, and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. The Company believes that FFO per share provides investors with an additional context for evaluating its financial performance and as a supplemental measure to compare it to other REITs; however, comparisons of its FFO to the FFO of other REITs may not necessarily be meaningful due to potential differences in the application of the NAREIT definition used by such other REITs.

CFFO: CFFO is FFO, adjusted for items that are not indicative of the results provided by the Company's operating portfolio and affect the comparability of the Company's period-over-period performance. These items include certain non-recurring items, such as acquisition- and disposition-related expenses, the net incremental impact of operations conducted through our taxable REIT subsidiary, income tax provisions, and property and casualty losses or recoveries. Although the Company's calculation of CFFO differs from NAREIT's definition of FFO and may not be comparable to that of other REITs, the Company believes it is a meaningful supplemental measure of its sustainable operating performance. Accordingly, CFFO should be considered a supplement to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of our performance. For a full explanation of the adjustments made to arrive at CFFO, please read the Company's Form 10-Q, filed today with the SEC.

AFFO: AFFO is CFFO, adjusted for certain non-cash items, such as the straight-lining of rents and amortizations into rental income (resulting in cash rent being recognized ratably over the period in which the cash rent is earned). Although the Company's calculation of AFFO differs from NAREIT's definition of FFO and may not be comparable to that of other REITs, the Company believes it is a meaningful supplemental measure of its sustainable operating performance on a cash basis. Accordingly, AFFO should be considered a supplement to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of our performance. For a full explanation of the adjustments made to arrive at AFFO, please read the Company's Form 10-Q, filed today with the SEC.

A reconciliation of FFO (as defined by NAREIT), CFFO, and AFFO (each as defined above) to net income (loss), which the Company believes is the most directly-comparable GAAP measure for each, and a computation of fully-diluted net income (loss), FFO, CFFO, and AFFO per weighted-average share is set forth in the Quarterly Summary Information table above. The Company's presentation of FFO, CFFO, or AFFO, does not represent cash flows from operating activities determined in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered an alternative to net income as an indication of its performance or to cash flow from operations as a measure of liquidity or ability to make distributions.

NAV: Pursuant to a valuation policy approved by our board of directors, our valuation team, with oversight from the chief valuation officer, provides recommendations of value for our properties to our board of directors, who then review and approve the fair values of our properties. Per our valuation policy, our valuations are derived based on either the purchase price of the property; values as determined by independent, third-party appraisers; or through an internal valuation process, which process is, in turn, based on values as determined by independent, third-party appraisers. In any case, we intend to have each property valued by an independent, third-party appraiser at least once every three years, or more frequently in some instances. Various methodologies are used, both by the appraisers and in our internal valuations, to determine the fair value of our real estate, including the sales comparison, income capitalization (or a discounted cash flow analysis), and cost approaches of valuation. NAV is a non-GAAP, supplemental measure of financial position of an equity REIT and is calculated as total equity available to common stockholders and non-controlling OP Unitholders, adjusted for the increase or decrease in fair value of our real estate assets and encumbrances relative to their respective costs bases. Further, we calculate NAV per share by dividing NAV by our total shares outstanding (inclusive of both our common stock and OP Units held by non-controlling third parties). A reconciliation of NAV to total equity, to which the Company believes is the most directly-comparable GAAP measure, is provided below (dollars in thousands, except per-share amount):

Total equity per balance sheet
      $ 383,790  
 
Fair value adjustment for long-term assets:
             
Less: net cost basis of tangible and intangible real estate holdings(1)
  $ (1,048,654 )        
Plus: estimated fair value of real estate holdings(2)
    1,162,524          
Net fair value adjustment for real estate holdings
        113,870  
 
Fair value adjustment for long-term liabilities:
             
Plus: book value of aggregate long-term indebtedness(3)
    656,340          
Less: fair value of aggregate long-term indebtedness(3)(4)
    (657,045 )        
Net fair value adjustment for long-term indebtedness
        (705 )
 
Estimated NAV
        496,955  
 
Less: aggregate fair value of Series B Preferred Stock and Series C Preferred Stock(5)
        (176,410 )
 
Estimated NAV available to common stockholders and non-controlling OP Unitholders
      $ 320,545  
 
Total common shares and OP Units outstanding(6)
        26,219,019  
 
Estimated NAV per common share and non-controlling OP Unit
      $ 12.23  
 
  1. Consists of the initial acquisition price (including the costs allocated to both tangible and intangible assets acquired and liabilities assumed), plus subsequent improvements and other capitalized costs associated with the properties, and adjusted for accumulated depreciation and amortization.
  2. As determined by the Company's valuation policy and approved by its board of directors.
  3. Includes the principal balances outstanding of all long-term borrowings (consisting of notes and bonds payable) and the Series A Term Preferred Stock.
  4. Long-term notes and bonds payable were valued using a discounted cash flow model. The Series A Term Preferred Stock was valued at its liquidation value due to the short-term maturity of the security.
  5. The Series B Preferred Stock was valued based on its closing stock price as of December 31, 2020, while the Series C Preferred Stock was valued at its liquidation value.
  6. Includes 26,219,019 shares of common stock and zero OP Units held by non-controlling OP Unitholders.

Comparison of our estimated NAV and estimated NAV per share to similarly-titled measures for other REITs may not necessarily be meaningful due to possible differences in the calculation or application of the definition of NAV used by such REITs. In addition, the trading price of our common shares may differ significantly from our most recent estimated NAV per share calculation. The Company's independent auditors have neither audited nor reviewed our calculation of NAV or NAV per share. For a full explanation of our valuation policy, please read the Company's Form 10-K, filed today with the SEC.

CAUTION CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS:

Certain statements in this press release, including, but not limited to, the Company's ability to maintain or grow its portfolio and FFO, expected increases in capitalization rates, benefits from increases in farmland values, increases in operating revenues, and the increase in NAV per share, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements inherently involve certain risks and uncertainties, although they are based on the Company's current plans that are believed to be reasonable as of the date of this press release. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the Company's ability to procure financing for investments, downturns in the current economic environment, the performance of its tenants, the impact of competition on its efforts to renew existing leases or re-lease real property, and significant changes in interest rates. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by its forward-looking statements are disclosed under the caption "Risk Factors" within the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, as filed with the SEC on February 24, 2021, and certain other documents filed with the SEC from time to time. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.

CONTACT:

Gladstone Land Corporation
+1-703-287-5893

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