DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., April 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CTO Realty Growth, Inc. (NYSE: CTO) (the “Company” or “CTO”) today announced its operating results and earnings for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.
- Reported Net Income per diluted share of $1.32 for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.
- Reported FFO and AFFO per diluted share of $0.89 and $0.97, respectively, for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.
- Paid a cash dividend for the first quarter of 2021 of $1.00 per share on March 31, 2021 to stockholders of record as of March 22, 2021.
- Collected 100% of the Contractual Base Rent (“CBR”) (as defined below) due for the three months ended March 31, 2021.
- During the first quarter of 2021, acquired two multi-tenant income properties for a total acquisition volume of $38.5 million, representing a weighted average going-in cash cap rate of 7.9%.
- During the first quarter of 2021, disposed of two income properties for a total disposition volume of $4.9 million, representing a weighted average exit cap rate of 6.4%.
- During the first quarter of 2021, sold approximately 25,000 acres of subsurface oil, gas and mineral rights for $1.9 million.
- Non-cash, unrealized gain of $4.8 million on the mark-to-market of the Company’s investment in Alpine Income Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: PINE) during the first quarter of 2021.
- Book value per share outstanding as of March 31, 2021 was $59.49.
- Collected 100% of CBR (as defined below) due in April 2021.
- Announced agreements to sell seven single-tenant net lease properties to Alpine Income Property Trust, Inc. for $56.0 million at a weighted-average exit cap rate of 7.2%.
- Declared a cash dividend for the second quarter of 2021 of $1.00 per share, representing an annualized yield of 7.6% based on the closing price of CTO common stock on April 28, 2021.
Quarterly Financial Results Highlights
The tables below provide a summary of the Company’s operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2021:
|(in thousands)||For the Three
March 31, 2021
|For the Three
March 31, 2020
|Variance to Comparable
Period in the Prior Year
|Management Fee Income||$||669||$||702||$||(33||)||(4.7||%)|
|Commercial Loan and Master Lease Investments||$||701||$||1,052||$||(351||)||(33.4||%)|
|Real Estate Operations||$||1,893||$||81||$||1,812||2,237.0||%|
The increase in total revenue was primarily attributable to income produced by the Company’s recent income property acquisitions versus that of properties disposed of by the Company during the comparative period, as well as increased revenue from real estate operations related to the sale of subsurface interests.
|(in thousands, except per share data)||For the Three
March 31, 2021
|For the Three
March 31, 2020
|Variance to Comparable
Period in the Prior Year
|Net Income (Loss)||$||7,785||$||(12,262||)||$||20,047||163.5||%|
|Net Income (Loss) per diluted share||$||1.32||$||(2.60||)||$||3.92||150.8||%|
|FFO per diluted share (1)||$||0.89||$||1.97||$||(1.08||)||(54.8||%)|
|AFFO per diluted share (1)||$||0.97||$||1.95||$||(0.98||)||(50.3||%)|
|Dividends Declared and Paid, per share||$||1.00||$||0.25||$||0.75||300.0||%|
(1) See the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section and tables at the end of this press release for a discussion and reconciliation of Net Income to non-GAAP financial measures, including FFO, FFO per diluted share, AFFO and AFFO per diluted share.
The Company’s quarter-over-quarter comparison of per share data was impacted by the issuance of 1.2 million shares of common stock which was issued in December of 2020 in connection with the Company’s special distribution, as required in connection with the Company’s election to be taxable as a REIT. Additionally, the Company’s net loss for three months ended March 31, 2020 included an income tax benefit of $4.1 million, or $0.87 per diluted share, as the Company’s REIT conversion became effective in the statements of operations during the three months ended December 31, 2020. Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2021 includes $0.7 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, from gains on dispositions of income-producing properties and a non-cash, unrealized gain of $4.8 million, or $0.82 per diluted share, on the mark-to-market of the Company’s investment in PINE due to the increase in the closing stock price of PINE during the quarter.
“The first quarter was a strong start to the year as we completed our uplisting to the NYSE, continued to opportunistically sell legacy single tenant properties at attractive cap rates, and reinvest into high-quality, multi-tenanted properties at higher yields in the growing Salt Lake City, UT and Las Vegas, NV markets,” said John P. Albright, President and Chief Executive Officer of CTO Realty Growth. “These transactions resulted in approximately 130 basis points of spread between the weighted-average cap rate of our dispositions and the comparable reinvestment yields of our acquisitions, which has been a consistent theme of our portfolio repositioning efforts as we continue our evolution into a best-in-class, diversified REIT. As we look to accelerate our pace of dispositions in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, we expect to continue this trend, which should drive increased earnings per share growth and further support our attractive 7.6% dividend yield.”
During the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Company acquired two multi-tenant retail properties for total acquisition volume of $38.5 million, representing a weighted average going-in cash cap rate of 7.9%.
During the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Company sold two income properties for total disposition volume of $4.9 million, reflecting a weighted average exit cap rate of 6.4%. The sale of the properties generated a gain of $0.7 million.
On April 23, 2021, the Company completed the sale of the property located in North Richland Hills, Texas, leased to Burlington for a sales price of $11.5 million, reflecting an exit cap rate of 7.3%, and of which proceeds are expected to be a part of a 1031 like-kind exchange transaction.
Income Property Portfolio
As of March 31, 2021, the Company’s portfolio had economic occupancy of 92.9% and physical occupancy of 92.7%.
The Company’s income property portfolio consisted of the following as of March 31, 2021:
|# of Properties||Square Feet||Weighted Average
Remaining on Lease Term
|Single-Tenant (1)||20||1,471||18.4 years|
|Total / Weighted Average Lease Term||27||2,810||12.2 years|
|% of Cash Rent attributable to Retail Tenants||66%|
|% of Cash Rent attributable to Office Tenants||32%|
|% of Cash Rent attributable to Hotel Ground Lease||2%|
Square feet in thousands.
(1) The 20 single-tenant properties include (i) a property leased to The Carpenter Hotel which is under a long-term ground lease and includes two tenant repurchase options and (ii) a property in Hialeah leased to a master tenant which includes three tenant-repurchase options. Pursuant to FASB ASC Topic 842, Leases, the $16.3 and $21.0 million investments, respectively, have been recorded in the Company’s consolidated balance sheets as Commercial Loan and Master Lease Investments.
During the first quarter of 2021, CTO signed leases totaling 133,500 square feet. A summary of the Company’s leasing activity is as follows:
|Cash Rent Per
|Renewals & Extensions||130.0||5.2||$||12.19||97||88|
In thousands except for per square foot and lease term data.
COVID-19 Pandemic and Rent Collection Update
In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the novel coronavirus as a pandemic (the “COVID-19 Pandemic”), which has spread throughout the United States. The spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic has continued to cause significant volatility in the U.S. and international markets, and in many industries, business activity has experienced periods of almost complete shutdown. There continues to be uncertainty around the duration and severity of business disruptions related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, as well as its impact on the U.S. economy and international economies.
Q1 2021 Rent Status: The Company collected approximately100% of the CBR due for the three months ended March 31, 2021. CBR represents the amount owed to the Company under the current terms of its lease agreements in each respective month. The Company previously agreed to defer or abate certain CBRs in exchange for additional lease term or other lease enhancing additions. In general, the repayment of the deferred CBR began in the third quarter of 2020, with ratable payments continuing, in some cases, into 2023.
2021 Rent Status: As of April 28, 2021, the Company has received payments for CBR due in April 2021 from tenants representing 100% of the CBR due during such period. An assessment of the current or identifiable potential financial and operational impacts on the Company as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic are as follows:
- The total borrowing capacity on the Company’s revolving credit facility is based on the assets currently in the borrowing base, as defined by the Company’s revolving credit facility agreement. Pursuant to the terms of the revolving credit facility agreement, any property in the borrowing base with a tenant that is more than 60 days past due on its contractual rent obligations would be automatically removed from the borrowing base and the Company’s borrowing capacity would be reduced. For the tenants requesting rent relief with which the Company has reached an agreement, such deferral and/or abatement agreements for current rent, under the terms of the credit facility, would not be past due if the tenants adhere to such modifications, and thus those properties would not be required to be removed from the borrowing base. The Company’s available borrowing capacity has not been limited as a result of the referenced terms of the revolving credit facility.
- As a result of the outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the federal government and the state of Florida issued orders encouraging everyone to remain in their residence and not go into work. In response to these orders and in the best interest of our employees and directors, we have implemented significant preventative measures to ensure the health and safety of our employees and Board of Directors (the “Board”), including: (i) conducting all meetings of the Board and Committees of the Board telephonically or via a visual conferencing service, (ii) permitting the Company’s employees to work from home at their election, (iii) enforcing appropriate social distancing practices in the Company’s office, (iv) encouraging the Company’s employees to wash their hands often and use face masks, (v) providing hand sanitizer and other disinfectant products throughout the Company’s office, (vi) requiring employees who do not feel well in any capacity to stay at home, and (vii) requiring all third-party delivery services (e.g. mail, food delivery, etc.) to complete their service outside the front door of the Company’s office. The Company also offered COVID-19 testing to its employees to ensure a safe working environment. These preventative measures have not had any material adverse impact on the Company’s financial reporting systems, internal controls over financial reporting or disclosure controls and procedures. At this time, we have not laid off, furloughed, or terminated any employee in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Land Joint Venture
The venture formed when the Company sold its controlling interest in the entity that owned the Company’s remaining land portfolio, of which the Company has a retained interest (the “Land JV”), currently holds approximately 1,600 acres of undeveloped land in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Land JV’s current transaction pipeline includes approximately 300 acres of potential land sales totaling $16.6 million. The buyers of these parcels include in-state and out-of-state developers.
During the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Company sold approximately 25,000 acres of subsurface oil, gas and mineral rights for $1.9 million, resulting in a gain on the sale of $1.8 million. As of March 31, 2021, the Company owns full or fractional subsurface oil, gas, and mineral interests underlying approximately 429,000 “surface” acres of land owned by others in 20 counties in Florida.
REIT Conversion and NYSE Uplisting
On February 1, 2021, the Company announced the completion of a merger that was undertaken in connection with the Company’s previously announced plan for the Company to elect to be subject to tax as a REIT for U.S. federal income tax purposes (the “Merger”).
As a result of the Merger, the Company is a corporation organized in the state of Maryland and the Company’s charter includes certain standard REIT provisions, including ownership limitations and transfer restrictions applicable to the Company’s capital stock.
Following the completion of the Merger, the Company’s common stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on February 1, 2021 under the ticker symbol “CTO.”
Capital Markets and Balance Sheet
During the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Company completed the following notable capital markets transactions:
- On March 10, 2021, the Company entered into a $50.0 million term loan agreement under its revolving credit facility. The revolving credit facility was also amended to increase lender commitments from $200.0 million to $210.0 million with the addition of one lender and to increase the accordion option that allows the Company to request additional term loan lender commitments up to a total of $150.0 million and additional credit facility lender commitments up to a total of $300.0 million.
- On March 12, 2021, the Company repaid its $23.2 million mortgage note payable secured by its Wells Fargo-occupied property in Raleigh, North Carolina with availability from its revolving credit facility.
The following table provides a summary of the Company’s long-term debt, at face value, as of March 31, 2021:
|Component of Long-Term Debt||Principal||Interest Rate||Maturity Date|
|Revolving Credit Facility (1)||$100.0 million||0.7325% + [1.35% – 1.95%]||May 2023|
|Revolving Credit Facility||$44.8 million||30-day LIBOR + [1.35% – 1.95%]||May 2023|
|2026 Term Loan (2)||$50.0 million||0.2200% + [1.35% – 1.95%]||March 2026|
|Mortgage Note Payable||$30.0 million||4.33%||October 2034|
|2025 Convertible Senior Notes||$62.5 million||3.88%||April 2025|
|Total Debt / Weighted Average Interest Rate||$287.3 million||2.62%|
(1) Effective March 31, 2020, the Company utilized an interest rate swap to achieve a fixed LIBOR rate of 0.7325% plus the applicable spread on $100.0 million of the outstanding balance on the revolving credit facility.
(2) Effective March 10, 2021, the Company redesignated the interest rate swap that previously hedged $50.0 million of the outstanding balance on the revolving credit facility to the $50.0 million term loan balance.
On April 1, 2021, the Company filed a shelf registration statement on Form S-3, registering the possible issuance and sale of common stock, preferred stock, warrants, rights, and units with a maximum aggregate offering price of up to $350.0 million.
The Company paid a cash dividend for the first quarter of 2021 of $1.00 per share, on March 31, 2021 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on March 22, 2021.
On April 28, 2021, the Company announced a cash dividend for the second quarter of 2021 of $1.00 per share, payable on June 30, 2021 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on June 21, 2021, representing an annualized yield of 7.6% based on the closing price of the Company’s common stock on April 28, 2021.
The Company is maintaining its outlook and guidance for 2021, which assumes continued improvement in economic activity, stable or positive business trends related to each of our tenants and other significant assumptions.
|Acquisition of Income-Producing Assets||$75.0 million||$125.0 million|
|Target Investment Initial Cash Yield||6.50%||7.25%|
|Disposition of Assets||$75.0 million||$125.0 million|
|Target Disposition Cash Yield||6.35%||6.75%|
|FFO Per Diluted Share||$3.80||$4.10|
|AFFO Per Diluted Share||$3.90||$4.20|
|Weighted Average Diluted Shares Outstanding||5.9 million||1.9 million|
1st Quarter Earnings Conference Call & Webcast
The Company will host a conference call to present its operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 9:00 AM ET. Stockholders and interested parties may access the earnings call via teleconference or webcast:
|Teleconference: USA (Toll Free)||1-888-317-6003|
|Canada (Toll Free):||1-866-284-3684|
Please dial in at least fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled start time and use the code 9801231 when prompted.
A webcast of the call can be accessed at: https://services.choruscall.com/links/cto210430.html.
To access the webcast, log on to the web address noted above or go to http://www.ctoreit.com and log in at the investor relations section. Please log in to the webcast at least ten minutes prior to the scheduled time of the Earnings Call.
About CTO Realty Growth, Inc.
CTO Realty Growth, Inc. is a publicly traded diversified REIT that owns and operates a diversified portfolio of income properties comprising approximately 2.8 million square feet in the United States. CTO also owns an approximate 22.3% interest in Alpine Income Property Trust, Inc., a publicly traded net lease real estate investment trust (NYSE: PINE).
We encourage you to review our most recent investor presentation, which is available on our website at www.ctoreit.com.
Certain statements contained in this press release (other than statements of historical fact) 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. Forward-looking statements can typically be identified by words such as “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “will,” “could,” “may,” “should,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “forecast,” “project,” and similar expressions, as well as variations or negatives of these words.
Although forward-looking statements are made based upon management’s present expectations and reasonable beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effect upon the Company, a number of factors could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Such factors may include, but are not limited to: the Company’s ability to remain qualified as a REIT; the Company’s exposure to U.S. federal and state income tax law changes, including changes to the REIT requirements; general adverse economic and real estate conditions; the ultimate geographic spread, severity and duration of pandemics such as the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus, actions that may be taken by governmental authorities to contain or address the impact of such pandemics, and the potential negative impacts of such pandemics on the global economy and the Company’s financial condition and results of operations; the inability of major tenants to continue paying their rent or obligations due to bankruptcy, insolvency or a general downturn in their business; the loss or failure, or decline in the business or assets of PINE or the venture formed when the Company sold its controlling interest in the entity that owned the Company’s remaining land portfolio, of which the Company has a retained interest; the completion of 1031 exchange transactions; the availability of investment properties that meet the Company’s investment goals and criteria; the uncertainties associated with obtaining required governmental permits and satisfying other closing conditions for planned acquisitions and sales; and the uncertainties and risk factors discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, as filed with the SEC.
There can be no assurance that future developments will be in accordance with management’s expectations or that the effect of future developments on the Company will be those anticipated by management. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company undertakes no obligation to update the information contained in this press release to reflect subsequently occurring events or circumstances.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Our reported results are presented in accordance with GAAP. We also disclose Funds From Operations (“FFO”) and Adjusted Funds From Operations (“AFFO”), both of which are non-GAAP financial measures. We believe these two non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors because they are widely accepted industry measures used by analysts and investors to compare the operating performance of REITs.
FFO and AFFO do not represent cash generated from operating activities and are not necessarily indicative of cash available to fund cash requirements; accordingly, they should not be considered alternatives to net income as a performance measure or cash flows from operating activities as reported on our statement of cash flows as a liquidity measure and should be considered in addition to, and not in lieu of, GAAP financial measures.
We compute FFO in accordance with the definition adopted by the Board of Governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, or NAREIT. NAREIT defines FFO as GAAP net income or loss adjusted to exclude extraordinary items (as defined by GAAP), net gain or loss from sales of depreciable real estate assets, impairment write-downs associated with depreciable real estate assets and real estate related depreciation and amortization, including the pro rata share of such adjustments of unconsolidated subsidiaries. The Company also excludes the gains or losses from sales of assets incidental to the primary business of the REIT which specifically include the sales of mitigation credits, impact fee credits, subsurface sales, and the land sales gains included in discontinued operations. To derive AFFO, we modify the NAREIT computation of FFO to include other adjustments to GAAP net income related to non-cash revenues and expenses such as straight-line rental revenue, amortization of deferred financing costs, amortization of capitalized lease incentives and above- and below-market lease related intangibles, and non-cash compensation. Such items may cause short-term fluctuations in net income but have no impact on operating cash flows or long-term operating performance. We use AFFO as one measure of our performance when we formulate corporate goals.
FFO is used by management, investors and analysts to facilitate meaningful comparisons of operating performance between periods and among our peers primarily because it excludes the effect of real estate depreciation and amortization and net gains on sales, which are based on historical costs and implicitly assume that the value of real estate diminishes predictably over time, rather than fluctuating based on existing market conditions. We believe that AFFO is an additional useful supplemental measure for investors to consider because it will help them to better assess our operating performance without the distortions created by other non-cash revenues or expenses. FFO and AFFO may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies.
CTO Realty Growth, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
March 31, 2021
|Land, at cost||$||179,923||$||166,512|
|Building and Improvements, at cost||317,870||305,614|
|Other Furnishings and Equipment, at cost||679||672|
|Construction in Process, at cost||551||323|
|Total Real Estate, at cost||499,023||473,121|
|Less, Accumulated Depreciation||(33,319||)||(30,737||)|
|Land and Development Costs||7,074||7,083|
|Intangible Lease Assets—Net||53,215||50,176|
|Assets Held for Sale||4,505||833|
|Investment in Joint Ventures||48,686||48,677|
|Investment in Alpine Income Property Trust, Inc.||35,408||30,574|
|Commercial Loan and Master Lease Investments||38,417||38,320|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents||4,691||4,289|
|Refundable Income Taxes||277||26|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Accrued and Other Liabilities||7,042||9,090|
|Intangible Lease Liabilities—Net||23,396||24,163|
|Liabilities Held for Sale||831||831|
|Deferred Income Taxes—Net||3,343||3,521|
|Commitments and Contingencies|
|Preferred Stock – 100,000,000 shares authorized; $0.01 par value, no shares issued or outstanding at March 31, 2021; 50,000 shares authorized; $100.00 par value, no shares issued or outstanding at December 31, 2020||—||—|
|Common Stock – 500,000,000 shares authorized; $0.01 par value, 5,957,079 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2021; 25,000,000 shares authorized; $1.00 par value, 7,310,680 shares issued and 5,915,756 shares outstanding at December 31, 2020||60||7,250|
|Treasury Stock – 0 shares at March 31, 2021 and 1,394,924 shares at December 31, 2020||—||(77,541||)|
|Additional Paid-In Capital||13,341||83,183|
|Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss||(673||)||(1,910||)|
|Total Stockholders’ Equity||354,373||350,899|
|Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity||$||673,435||$||666,700|
CTO Realty Growth, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited, in thousands, except share, per share and dividend data)
|Three Months Ended|
|March 31,||March 31,|
|Management Fee Income||669||702|
|Interest Income from Commercial Loan and Master Lease Investments||701||1,052|
|Real Estate Operations||1,893||81|
|Direct Cost of Revenues|
|Real Estate Operations||(82||)||(1,524||)|
|Total Direct Cost of Revenues||(2,999||)||(3,637||)|
|General and Administrative Expenses||(3,132||)||(3,092||)|
|Depreciation and Amortization||(4,830||)||(4,552||)|
|Total Operating Expenses||(10,961||)||(13,186||)|
|Gain on Disposition of Assets||708||—|
|Gain on Extinguishment of Debt||—||637|
|Other Gains and Income||708||637|
|Total Operating Income||4,459||289|
|Investment and Other Income (Loss)||5,332||(13,186||)|
|Income (Loss) from Operations Before Income Tax Benefit||7,347||(16,350||)|
|Income Tax Benefit||438||4,088|
|Net Income (Loss)||$||7,785||$||(12,262||)|
|Per Share Information:|
|Weighted Average Number of Common Shares:|
|Dividends Declared and Paid||$||1.00||$||0.25|
CTO Realty Growth, Inc.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)
|Three Months Ended
|March 31,||March 31,|
|Net Income (Loss)||$||7,785||$||(12,262||)|
|Depreciation and Amortization||4,830||4,552|
|Gains on Disposition of Assets||(708||)||—|
|Losses (Gains) on Other Assets||(1,827||)||1,389|
|Unrealized (Gain) Loss on Investment Securities||(4,834||)||13,706|
|Funds from Operations||$||5,246||$||9,290|
|Straight-Line Rent Adjustment||$||(685||)||$||(338||)|
|COVID-19 Rent Repayments||220||—|
|Amortization of Intangibles to Lease Income||(396||)||(474||)|
|Contributed Leased Assets Accretion||(121||)||(43||)|
|Gain on Extinguishment of Debt||—||(637||)|
|Amortization of Discount on Convertible Debt||310||504|
|Amortization of Deferred Financing Costs to Interest Expense||165||150|
|Accretion of Loan Origination Fees||—||(88||)|
|Non-Cash Imputed Interest||(103||)||(103||)|
|Adjusted Funds from Operations||$||5,687||$||9,182|
|FFO per diluted share||$||0.89||$||1.97|
|AFFO per diluted share||$||0.97||$||1.95|
Matthew M. Partridge
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer