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MCLEAN, VA / ACCESSWIRE / May 4, 2022 / Gladstone Commercial Corporation (Nasdaq:GOOD) ("Gladstone Commercial" or the "Company") today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022. A description of funds from operations, or FFO, and Core FFO, both non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles in the United States) financial measures, are located at the end of this press release. All per share references are to fully-diluted weighted average shares of common stock and Non-controlling OP Units, unless otherwise noted. For further detail, please also refer to both the quarterly financial supplement and the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which can be retrieved from the investors section of our website at www.gladstonecommercial.com.
Summary Information (dollars in thousands, except share and per share data):
|As of and for the three months ended|
|March 31, 2022||December 31, 2021||$ Change||% Change|
Total operating revenue
Total operating expenses
Other expense, net
Less: Dividends attributable to preferred stock
Less: Dividends attributable to senior common stock
Less: Loss on extinguishment of Series F preferred stock
Net income (loss) available (attributable) to common stockholders and Non-controlling OP Unitholders
Add: Real estate depreciation and amortization
Add: Loss on sale of real estate
Funds from operations available to common stockholders and Non-controlling OP Unitholders - basic
Add: Convertible senior common distributions
Funds from operations available to common stockholders and Non-controlling OP Unitholders - diluted
Funds from operations available to common stockholders and Non-controlling OP Unitholders - basic
Add: Write off shelf registration statement costs and prepaid ATM costs
Add: Asset retirement obligation expense
Less: Acquisition related expenses
Core funds from operations available to common stockholders and Non-controlling OP Unitholders - basic
Add: Convertible senior common distributions
Core funds from operations available to common stockholders and Non-controlling OP Unitholders - diluted
Share and Per Share Data:
Net income (loss) available (attributable) to common stockholders and Non-controlling OP Unitholders - basic and diluted
FFO available to common stockholders and Non-controlling OP Unitholders - basic
FFO available to common stockholders and Non-controlling OP Unitholders - diluted
Core FFO available to common stockholders and Non-controlling OP Unitholders - basic
Core FFO available to common stockholders and Non-controlling OP Unitholders - diluted
Weighted average shares of common stock and Non-controlling OP Units outstanding - basic
Weighted average shares of common stock and Non-controlling OP Units outstanding - diluted
Cash dividends declared per common share and Non-controlling OP Unit
Real estate, before accumulated depreciation
Mortgage notes payable, net, borrowings under revolver, net and borrowings under term loan, net
Total equity and mezzanine equity
Square feet owned
Square feet leased
(1) Includes a $0.3 million loss on sale, net, from one property sale during the three months ended December 31, 2021.
First Quarter Activity:
- Collected 100% of cash rents: Collected 100% of cash rents due during January, February, and March;
- Acquired property: Purchased two fully-occupied industrial properties for $13.3 million in the aggregate, with approximately 136,000 square feet of total rented space, at a weighted average cap rate of 6.58%;
- Renewed leases: Renewed 257,978 square feet with remaining lease terms ranging from 1.9 to 15.0 years at three of our properties;
- Issued common stock under ATM program: Issued 945,566 shares for net proceeds of $20.3 million;
- Issued Series F Preferred Stock: Issued 62,883 shares for net proceeds of $1.4 million; and
- Paid distributions: Paid monthly cash distributions for the quarter totaling $0.37620 per share on our common stock and Non-controlling OP Units, $0.414063 per share on our Series E Preferred Stock, $0.375 per share on our Series F Preferred Stock, $0.375 per share on our Series G Preferred Stock, and $0.2625 per share on our senior common stock.
First Quarter 2022 Results: Core FFO available to common shareholders and Non-controlling OP Unitholders for the three months ended March 31, 2022 was $15.3 million, a 1.3% increase when compared to the three months ended December 31, 2021, equaling $0.40 per share. Core FFO increased primarily due to additional lease revenue from the acquisitions during the quarter.
Net income available to common stockholders and Non-controlling OP Unitholders for the three months ended March 31, 2022 was $0.3 million, or $0.01 per share, compared to net loss attributable to common stockholders and Non-controlling OP Unitholders for the three months ended December 31, 2021 of $0.01 million, or $0.00 per share. A reconciliation of Core FFO to net income (loss) for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, which we believe is the most directly comparable GAAP measure to Core FFO, and a computation of basic and diluted Core FFO per weighted average share of common stock and Non-controlling OP Unit and basic and diluted net income (loss) per weighted average share of common stock and Non-controlling OP Unit is set forth in the Summary Information table above.
Subsequent to the end of the quarter:
- Collected 100% of April cash rent: Collected 100% of April cash rent owed;
- Issued common stock under ATM program: Issued 91,227 shares for net proceeds of $2.0 million;
- Issued Series F Preferred Stock: Issued 18,431 shares for net proceeds of $0.4 million;
- Acquired property: Purchased a 260,719 square foot, two property portfolio for $19.3 million;
- Leased vacant space: Leased 29,505 square feet of vacant space in our Blaine, Minnesota property for 5.1 years, bringing the building to full occupancy;
- Refinanced debt: Refinanced $14.8 million of fixed rate debt coming due with a new $15.0 million note, collateralized by two properties, at a variable interest rate of SOFR plus 2.50%, subject to a 3.25% minimum;
- Agreed to terms to extend debt: Agreed to terms with the lender to extend the maturity date of $7.6 million of variable rate debt coming due for one year;
- Issued debt: Issued $10.0 million of fixed rate debt in connection with the two property portfolio acquired on the same date, with a term of 5.0 years and interest rate of 4.0%; and
- Declared distributions: Declared monthly cash distributions for April, May, and June 2022, totaling $0.37620 per share on our common stock and Non-controlling OP Units, $0.414063 per share on our Series E Preferred Stock, $0.375 per share on our Series F Preferred Stock, $0.375 per share on our Series G Preferred Stock, and $0.2625 per share on our senior common stock.
Comments from Gladstone Commercial's President, Bob Cutlip: "Our financial results reflect consistent performance and stabilized revenues from our tremendous same store property occupancy, rent collection and growth, accretive real estate investments made during 2021 and the first three months of 2022, and our ability to renew tenants, as well as our deleveraging and capital recycling programs. We had an excellent start to 2022, by investing $32.6 million in four industrial assets in our target markets. We intend to continue our capital recycling program, whereby we will sell non-core assets and use the proceeds to de-lever our portfolio, as well as acquire properties in our target growth markets. While we have not exited any assets thus far in 2022, we have additional non-core assets we anticipate selling in the next one to two years that we believe will result in capital gains. We will continue to opportunistically sell non-core assets and redeploy the proceeds into stronger target growth markets with a focus on industrial investment opportunities. While we expect to face challenges due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the geo-political and economic issues arising from the war in Ukraine, we feel strongly about the depth of our tenant credit underwriting. We have collected 100% of first quarter cash rents and 100% of April cash rents. We anticipate our tenants will successfully navigate the current economic climate and will be able to continue operating successfully when remaining operating restrictions are fully lifted and economic normalcy returns. Despite economic uncertainty, so far during 2022, we renewed 257,978 square feet with three tenants and leased 29,505 square feet of vacant space. We are in good standing on our credit facility, which continues to provide us added financial flexibility. We are actively marketing our remaining vacant space and anticipate positive outcomes. We expect to continue to have access to the debt and equity markets, as necessary, for added liquidity. We are extremely pleased with our solid performance over the last several years. We believe our same store rents, which have increased by 2% annually in recent years, should be continuing to rise as we grow. We will continue to primarily focus on investing in our target markets, with an emphasis on industrial properties and actively managing our portfolio. We have also appointed Arthur "Buzz" Cooper as co-president of the Company. Mr. Cooper has been with the Company since its inception in 2003 and has over 35 years of experience in the commercial lending industry and the commercial real estate industry. I have announced my intention to retire on or about June 30, 2022, and Buzz Cooper will assume the President's role at that time. It has been a pleasure serving the Company during my ten-year tenure and I thank David Gladstone, the Board of Directors and our Team for the support and collective engagement. We are looking forward to continued growth and success for our shareholders."
Conference Call: Gladstone Commercial will hold a conference call on Thursday, May 5, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. EDT to discuss its earnings results. Please call (877) 407-9045 to enter the conference call. An operator will monitor the call and set a queue for questions. A conference call replay will be available beginning one hour after the call and will be accessible through May 12, 2022. To hear the replay, please dial (877) 660-6853 and use playback conference number 13727662. The live audio broadcast of the Company's quarterly conference call will also be available on the investors section of our website, www.gladstonecommercial.com.
About Gladstone Commercial: Gladstone Commercial Corporation is a real estate investment trust focused on acquiring, owning, and operating net leased industrial and office properties across the United States. Including payments through April 2022, Gladstone Commercial has paid 208 consecutive monthly cash distributions on its common stock. Prior to paying distributions on a monthly basis, Gladstone Commercial paid five consecutive quarterly cash distributions. Gladstone Commercial has never skipped, reduced or deferred a distribution on its common stock or preferred stock since its inception in 2003. Further information can be found at www.gladstonecommercial.com.
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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. FFO 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. 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.
Core FFO: Core FFO is FFO adjusted for certain 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 the adjustment for acquisition related expenses, gains or losses from early extinguishment of debt and any other non-recurring expense adjustments. Although the Company's calculation of Core FFO 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 operating performance. Accordingly, Core FFO should be considered a supplement to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of our performance.
The Company's presentation of FFO, as defined by NAREIT, FFO as adjusted for comparability, or presentation of Core FFO, 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.
The statements in this press release regarding the forecasted stability of Gladstone Commercial's income, its ability, plans or prospects to re-lease its unoccupied properties, and grow its portfolio 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 Gladstone Commercial'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, Gladstone Commercial's ability to raise additional capital; availability and terms of capital and financing, both to fund its operations and to refinance its indebtedness as it matures; 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 space; 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" of its Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021, as filed with the SEC on February 15, 2022, and other reports filed with the SEC. Gladstone Commercial cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Gladstone Commercial 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.
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