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Slate Office REIT Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2019 Results

Monday, March 2, 2020

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TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Slate Office REIT (TSX: SOT.UN) (the "REIT") reported today financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019.

“Slate Office REIT achieved solid results in the fourth quarter of 2019 highlighted by strong leasing, improved leverage and continued growth in net asset value,” said Scott Antoniak, Chief Executive Officer of Slate Office REIT. “With the completion of the capital recycling program and a strengthening balance sheet, the REIT is well positioned for growth and will look to deploy capital into new investment opportunities that will strengthen the quality of the REIT’s portfolio and create incremental value for unitholders.”

For the CEO’s letter to unitholders for the quarter, please follow the link here .

Fourth Quarter 2019 Highlights

  • Value creation: The REIT’s IFRS net asset value ("NAV") has increased to $8.99 per unit at December 31, 2019 from $8.54 per unit at December 31, 2018 and is well supported by recent transactions completed by the REIT. This represents a 10.7% annual return including the REIT's distributions to unitholders.
  • Availability of capital: The REIT has executed on $311 million of dispositions since June 2018 at an average 17% premium to purchase price plus closing costs and a levered internal rate of return of 15%. The 2019 transactions have generated $171 million of net proceeds which have been used to improve leverage and provide capacity to reinvest into new accretive opportunities that will grow the REIT’s portfolio in 2020 and beyond.
  • Significant pipeline: The REIT has a significant acquisition pipeline in the United States and Canada where it expects to deploy proceeds to strengthen the quality of the REIT’s portfolio and create incremental value for unitholders.
  • Loan-to-value: The REIT’s loan-to-value (“LTV”) ratio decreased to 58.7% at December 31, 2019 from 63.1% at December 31, 2018, an improvement of 4.4% which provides additional balance sheet flexibility for future growth and acquisitions.
  • Strong leasing activity and occupancy gains: The REIT completed a total of 190,894 square feet of leasing in the fourth quarter, comprised of 41,412 square feet of new lease deals and 149,482 square feet of renewals increasing occupancy to 87.1% compared to 86.3% at September 30, 2019.
  • Positive leasing spreads: Leasing spreads in the quarter were 13.4% above expiring or in-place building rents and the weighted average lease term was 5.6 years.
  • Core-FFO: Core funds from operations (“Core-FFO”) was $13.2 million or $0.18 per unit for the fourth quarter of 2019.
  • AFFO and AFFO payout ratio: The adjusted funds from operations (“AFFO”) payout ratio for the fourth quarter of 2019 was 63.6%. AFFO was $11.5 million or $0.16 per unit for the fourth quarter of 2019.

Summary of Q4 2019 Results

 

Three months ended December 31,

(thousands of dollars, except per unit amounts)

2019

   

2018

   

Change %

Rental revenue

$

51,329

 

 

$

59,055

 

 

(13.1

)%

Net operating income

$

24,174

 

 

$

27,358

 

 

(11.6

)%

Net income

$

19,813

 

 

$

27,944

 

 

(29.1

)%

Same-property NOI

$

24,009

 

 

$

24,079

 

 

(0.3

)%

Weighted average diluted number of trust units (000s)

73,278

 

 

75,261

 

 

(2.6

)%

Funds from operations ("FFO")

$

12,600

 

 

$

13,758

 

 

(8.4

)%

FFO per unit

$

0.17

 

 

$

0.18

 

 

(5.6

)%

FFO payout ratio

58.0

%

 

102.5

%

 

(44.5

)%

Core FFO

$

13,236

 

 

$

14,356

 

 

(7.8

)%

Core FFO per unit

$

0.18

 

 

$

0.19

 

 

(5.3

)%

Core FFO payout ratio

55.2

%

 

98.2

%

 

(43.0

)%

AFFO

$

11,498

 

 

$

11,101

 

 

3.6

%

AFFO per unit

$

0.16

 

 

$

0.15

 

 

6.7

%

AFFO payout ratio

63.6

%

 

127.0

%

 

(63.4

)%

 

 

   

 

   

 

 

 

December 31, 2019

   

December 31, 2018

   

Change %

Total assets

$

1,709,964

 

 

$

1,866,729

 

 

(8.4

)%

Total debt

$

1,001,947

 

 

$

1,175,826

 

 

(14.8

)%

Portfolio occupancy 1

87.1

%

 

87.6

%

 

(0.5

)%

Loan to value ratio

58.7

%

 

63.1

%

 

(4.4

)%

Net debt to adjusted EBITDA leverage 2

10.1

 

12.5

x  

(2.4

)x

Interest coverage ratio 2

2.2

 

2.2

x  

 

(1) Including redevelopment properties.

(2) EBITDA is calculated using trailing twelve month actuals, as calculated below.

Conference Call and Presentation Details

Senior management will host a live conference call at 9:00 a.m. ET on Monday, March 2, 2020 to discuss the results and ongoing business initiatives of the REIT.

The conference call can be accessed by dialing (647) 427-2311 or 1 (866) 521-4909. Additionally, the conference call will be available via simultaneous audio found at www.snwebcastcenter.com/webcast/slate/2020/0203. A replay will be accessible until March 16, 2020 via the REIT's website or by dialing (416) 621-4642 or 1 (800) 585-8367 (access code 9137755) approximately two hours after the live event.

About Slate Office REIT (TSX: SOT.UN)

Slate Office REIT is an open-ended real estate investment trust. The REIT's portfolio comprises 36 strategic and well positioned real estate assets located primarily across Canada's major population centres and includes two downtown assets in Chicago, Illinois. The REIT is focused on maximizing value through internal organic rental and occupancy growth and strategic acquisitions. Visit slateofficereit.com to learn more.

About Slate Asset Management

Slate Asset Management is a leading real estate focused alternative investment platform with over $6 billion in assets under management. Slate is a value-oriented manager and a significant sponsor of all of its private and publicly traded investment vehicles, which are tailored to the unique goals and objectives of its investors. The firm's careful and selective investment approach creates long-term value with an emphasis on capital preservation and outsized returns. Slate is supported by exceptional people, flexible capital and a demonstrated ability to originate and execute on a wide range of compelling investment opportunities. Visit slateam.com to learn more.

Supplemental Information

All interested parties can access Slate Office REIT's Supplemental Information online at slateofficereit.com in the Investors section. These materials are also available on Sedar or upon request at ir@slateam.com or (416) 644-4264.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements herein may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. These statements reflect management’s expectations regarding objectives, plans, goals, strategies, future growth, results of operations, performance and business prospects and opportunities of the REIT including expectations for the current financial year, and include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to management’s beliefs, plans, estimates and intentions, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events, results, circumstances, performance or expectations that are not historical facts. Statements that contain words such as “could”, “should”, “would”, “anticipate”, “expect”, “believe”, “plan”, “intend”, “will”, “may”, “might” and similar expressions or statements relating to matters that are not historical facts constitute forward-looking statements.

These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future events or performance and, by their nature, are based on the REIT’s current estimates and assumptions, which are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements contained herein are made as the date hereof and accordingly are subject to change after such date. The REIT does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that are contained herein except as expressly required by applicable securities laws.

Non-IFRS Measures

We disclose a number of financial measures in this news release that are not measures used under IFRS, including NOI, same-property NOI, FFO, FFO payout ratio, Core-FFO, Core-FFO payout ratio, AFFO, AFFO payout ratio, IFRS net asset value, adjusted EBITDA, net debt to adjusted EBITDA and the interest coverage ratio, in addition to certain measures on a per unit basis.

  • NOI is defined as rental revenue less operating property expenses, prior to straight-line rent and other changes. Same-property NOI includes those properties owned by the REIT for each of the current period and the relevant comparative period.
  • FFO is defined as net income and comprehensive income adjusted for certain items including leasing costs amortized to revenue, change in fair value of properties, change in fair value of financial instruments, disposition costs, depreciation of hotel asset, change in fair value of Class B LP units, distributions to Class B LP unitholders and subscription receipts equivalent amount.
  • Core-FFO is defined as FFO adjusted for the REIT's share of lease payments received for its Data Centre asset, which for IFRS purposes is accounted for as a finance lease and removes the impact of mortgage discharge fees (if any).
  • AFFO is defined as FFO adjusted for certain items including guaranteed income supplements, amortization of deferred transaction costs, de-recognition and amortization of mark-to-market adjustments on mortgages refinanced or discharged, adjustments for interest rate subsidies received, recognition of the REIT's share of lease payments received for its Data Centre asset, which for IFRS purposes is accounted for as a finance lease, amortization of straight-line rent and normalized direct leasing and capital costs.
  • FFO payout ratio, Core-FFO payout ratio and AFFO payout ratio are defined as distributions declared divided by FFO, Core-FFO and AFFO, respectively.
  • FFO per unit, Core-FFO per unit and AFFO per unit are defined as FFO, Core-FFO and AFFO divided by the weighted average diluted number of units outstanding, respectively.
  • IFRS net asset value is defined as the aggregate of the carrying value of the REIT’s equity, Class B LP units and deferred units.
  • Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, fair value gains (losses) from both financial instruments and investment properties, while also excluding non-recurring items such as transaction costs from dispositions, acquisitions or other events and adjusting income received from the Data Centre to cash received as opposed to finance income recorded for accounting purposes.
  • Net debt to adjusted EBITDA is calculated by dividing the aggregate amount of debt outstanding, less cash on hand, by annualized adjusted EBITDA.
  • Interest coverage ratio is defined as adjusted EBITDA divided by cash interest paid.

We utilize these measures for a variety of reasons, including measuring performance, managing the business, capital allocation and the assessment of risk. Descriptions of why these non-IFRS measures are useful to investors and how management uses each measure are included in Management’s Discussion and Analysis, which readers should read when evaluating the measures included herein. We believe that providing these performance measures on a supplemental basis to our IFRS results is helpful to investors in assessing the overall performance of our businesses in a manner similar to management. These financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for similar financial measures calculated in accordance with IFRS. We caution readers that these non-IFRS financial measures may differ from the calculations disclosed by other businesses, and as a result, may not be comparable to similar measures presented by others.

Calculation and Reconciliation of Non-IFRS Measures

The tables below summarize a calculation of non-IFRS measures based on IFRS financial information.

The calculation of NOI is as follows:

 

Three months ended December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

Revenue

$

51,329

 

$

59,055

 

Property operating expenses

 

(25,599

)

 

(29,429

)

IFRIC 21 property tax adjustment 1

 

(2,555

)

 

(2,107

)

Straight-line rents and other changes

 

999

 

 

(161

)

Net operating income

$

24,174

 

$

27,358

 

The reconciliation of net income to FFO, Core-FFO and AFFO is as follows:

 

Three months ended December 31,

(thousands of dollars, except per unit amounts)

2019

 

2018

 

Net income

$

19,813

 

$

27,944

 

Add (deduct):

 

 

 

 

Leasing costs amortized to revenue

1,445

 

1,121

 

Change in fair value of properties

468

 

(9,925

)

IFRIC 21 property tax adjustment

(2,555

)

(2,107

)

Change in fair value of financial instruments

(6,500

)

4,547

 

Disposition costs

816

 

921

 

Depreciation of hotel asset

261

 

268

 

Deferred income tax expense (recovery)

861

 

199

 

Change in fair value of Class B LP units

(2,537

)

(10,201

)

Distributions to Class B unitholders

528

 

991

 

FFO 1

$

12,600

 

$

13,758

 

Finance income on finance lease receivable

(889

)

(927

)

Finance lease payments received

1,525

 

1,525

 

Core-FFO 1

$

13,236

 

$

14,356

 

Amortization of deferred transaction costs

681

 

889

 

Amortization of debt mark-to-market adjustments

(59

)

(97

)

Amortization of straight-line rent

(446

)

(1,282

)

Interest rate subsidy

108

 

108

 

Guaranteed income supplements

296

 

300

 

Normalized direct leasing and capital costs

(2,318

)

(3,173

)

AFFO 1

$

11,498

 

$

11,101

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of diluted units outstanding (000s)

73,278

 

75,261

 

FFO per unit 1

$

0.17

 

$

0.18

 

Core-FFO per unit 1

0.18

 

0.19

 

AFFO per unit 1

0.16

 

0.15

 

FFO payout ratio 1

58.0

%

102.5

%

Core-FFO payout ratio 1

55.2

%

98.2

%

AFFO payout ratio 1

63.6

%

127.0

%

(1) Refer to "Non-IFRS measures" section above.

The reconciliation of cash flow from operating activities to FFO, Core-FFO and AFFO is as follows:

 

Three months ended December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

Cash flow from operating activities

$

15,600

 

$

14,410

 

Add (deduct):

 

 

 

 

Leasing costs amortized to revenue

1,445

 

1,121

 

Disposition costs

816

 

921

 

Working capital items

(4,168

)

(3,054

)

Straight-line rent and other changes

(999

)

161

 

Interest and other finance costs

(11,117

)

(13,951

)

Interest paid

10,495

 

13,159

 

Distributions paid to Class B unitholders

528

 

991

 

FFO 1

$

12,600

 

$

13,758

 

Finance income on finance lease receivable

(889

)

(927

)

Finance lease payments received

1,525

 

1,525

 

Core-FFO 1

$

13,236

 

$

14,356

 

Amortization of deferred transaction costs

681

 

889

 

Amortization of debt mark-to-market adjustments

(59

)

(97

)

Amortization of straight-line rent

(446

)

(1,282

)

Interest rate subsidy

108

 

108

 

Guaranteed income supplements

296

 

300

 

Normalized direct leasing and capital costs

(2,318

)

(3,173

)

AFFO 1

$

11,498

 

$

11,101

 

(1) Refer to "Non-IFRS measures" section above.

The calculation of trailing twelve month adjusted EBITDA is as follows:

 

Trailing twelve months ended December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

Net income

$

62,441

 

$

77,137

 

Straight line rent and other changes

2,339

 

(683

)

Interest income

(556

)

(264

)

Interest and finance costs

48,988

 

44,265

 

Change in fair value of properties

(32,738

)

(15,288

)

IFRIC 21 property tax adjustment

 

(4,371

)

Change in fair value of financial instruments

2,710

 

(2,401

)

Distributions to Class B shareholders

2,421

 

3,964

 

Disposition costs

12,142

 

2,247

 

Depreciation of hotel asset

1,000

 

947

 

Change in fair value of Class B LP units

(634

)

(11,469

)

Deferred income tax recovery

830

 

(721

)

Adjusted EBITDA 1

$

98,943

 

$

93,363

 

(1) Refer to "Non-IFRS measures" section above.

The calculation of net debt is as follows:

 

December 31, 2019

 

December 31, 2018

Debt, non-current

$

818,621

 

 

$

908,488

 

Debt, current

183,326

 

 

267,338

 

Debt

$

1,001,947

 

 

$

1,175,826

 

Less: cash on hand

6,117

 

 

7,192

 

Net debt

$

995,830

 

 

$

1,168,634

 

The calculation of net debt to adjusted EBITDA is as follows:

 

Trailing twelve months ended December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

Debt

1,001,947

 

1,175,826

 

Less: cash on hand

6,117

 

7,192

 

Net debt

$

995,830

 

$

1,168,634

 

Adjusted EBITDA 1

98,943

 

93,363

 

Net debt to adjusted EBITDA 2

10.1

x

12.5

x

(1) Adjusted EBITDA is based on actuals for the twelve months preceding the balance sheet date.

(2) Refer to "Non-IFRS measures" section above.

The interest coverage ratio is calculated as follows:

 

Trailing twelve months ended December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

Adjusted EBITDA 1

$

98,943

 

$

93,363

 

Interest expense

45,400

 

41,715

 

Interest coverage ratio 1

2.2x

 

2.2x

 

(1) Refer to "Non-IFRS measures" section above.

The following is the calculation of IFRS net asset value on a total and per unit basis at December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018:

 

December 31, 2019

 

December 31, 2018

 

Equity

$

627,305

 

$

611,447

 

Class B LP units

30,918

 

31,552

 

Deferred unit liability

742

 

636

 

Deferred tax liability (asset)

92

 

(757

)

IFRS net asset value

$

659,057

 

$

642,878

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted number of units outstanding 1

73,291

 

75,300

 

IFRS net asset value per unit

$

8.99

 

$

8.54

 

(1) Represents the fully diluted number of units outstanding and includes outstanding REIT units, DUP units and Class B LP units.

 

Contact:

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