Atlanta, Nov. 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (“Piedmont” or the “Company”) (NYSE:PDM), an owner of Class A office properties located primarily in the Sunbelt, today announced its results for the quarter ended September 30, 2022.
Highlights for the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2022:
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|September 30, 2022||September 30, 2021||September 30, 2022||September 30, 2021|
|Net income applicable to Piedmont||$||3,331||$||11,306||$||71,261||$||30,597|
|Net income per share applicable to common stockholders – diluted||$||0.03||$||0.09||$||0.58||$||0.25|
|Gain on sale of real estate assets||—||—||$||50,674||—|
|Core Funds From Operations (“Core FFO”) applicable to common stock||$||61,352||$||62,004||$||185,835||$||182,413|
|Core FFO per diluted share||$||0.50||$||0.50||$||1.50||$||1.47|
|Increase/ (Decrease) in Same Store Net Operating Income (“Same Store NOI”) – Cash Basis||(0.3)||%||2.2||%|
|Increase in Same Store NOI – Accrual Basis||0.3||%||1.8||%|
|Adjusted Funds From Operations applicable to common stock||$||43,482||$||41,213||$||130,958||$||120,735|
- Net income applicable to Piedmont for the three months ended September 30, 2022 decreased as compared with the three months ended September 30, 2021 as a result of a $7.3 million increase in depreciation and amortization expense primarily resulting from acquisition activity during the current period as well as a $4.8 million increase in interest expense. The increase in interest expense was driven by additional debt associated with recent acquisition activity as well as rising interest rates. Other income for the quarter also decreased approximately $2.0 million due to the payoff of notes receivable due from the purchaser of the Company’s New Jersey Portfolio in March of 2022. The above decreases in net income were partially offset by additional operating income as a result of successful leasing, rental rate roll ups and asset recycling activity over the last twelve months.
- Irrespective of the $4.8 million increase in interest expense during the quarter ended September 30, 2022 as compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2021 mentioned above, the Company was able to achieve $0.50 of Core FFO per diluted share, consistent with the third quarter of 2021, primarily due to successful leasing, rental rate roll ups and asset recycling.
- As expected, Same Store NOI – Cash Basis decreased marginally during the third quarter due to recent leasing activity resulting in a 60% increase in leased square footage under abatement as of September 30, 2022 compared to September 30, 2021. Same Store NOI on a cash and accrual basis is anticipated to increase approximately 2-3% for the year.
|Three Months Ended September 30, 2022||Nine Months Ended September 30, 2022|
|# of transactions||54||157|
|Total leasing sf||444,000||1,720,000|
|New tenant leasing sf||124,000||595,000|
|Cash rent roll up||33.1%||10.5%|
|Accrual rent roll up||37.6%||18.5%|
|Leased Percentage as of period end||86.8%|
- The largest new tenant lease completed during the quarter was an approximately 35,000 square feet headquarter relocation for a financial services firm through 2028 at Crescent Ridge II in Minneapolis, MN.
- The largest renewal completed during the quarter was Ryan LLC’s approximately 178,000 square feet at Three Galleria Tower in Dallas, TX for two to five years. This renewal heavily influenced the large cash and accrual rent roll ups for the quarter; however, excluding this lease, cash and accrual rent roll ups for the quarter were 9.9% and 12.6%, respectively.
- The Company’s scheduled lease expirations for the remainder of 2022 and 2023 are low, representing less than 10% of its annualized lease revenue.
- As of September 30, 2022, the Company had approximately 1.2 million square feet of executed leases for vacant space yet to commence or under rental abatement, representing approximately $38 million of future additional annual cash revenue.
- As previously announced, Piedmont acquired 1180 Peachtree Street, an iconic, 41-story, Class AA office building located at the epicenter of Midtown Atlanta, GA, for a net purchase price of approximately $465 million, which included the assumption of an existing $197 million, 4.1% fixed rate mortgage secured by the property that matures in 2028. The LEED Platinum, 95% leased building has over seven years of weighted-average lease term at roughly 20% below-market rents and provides tenants with a best-in-class amenity set along with unmatched views of the city of Atlanta across its full-glass façade. With this acquisition in Midtown Atlanta, Piedmont now owns 1.3 million square feet in this dynamic submarket and is the largest office owner along Peachtree Street in Midtown. The initial accrual-basis NOI yield for the transaction was in the mid-6% range. The cash portion of the net purchase price was initially funded primarily from the proceeds of a new $200 million bridge loan further described below; however, the Company anticipates using the net sales proceeds from the disposition of non-strategic assets over the next 12 months to fund the acquisition.
|September 30, 2022||December 31, 2021|
|Total Real Estate Assets (in millions)||$3,573||$3,245|
|Total Assets (in millions)||$4,185||$3,931|
|Total Debt (in millions)||$2,145||$1,878|
|Weighted Average Cost of Debt||3.69%||2.93%|
|Debt-to-Gross Assets Ratio||39.8 %||37.1%|
|Average Net Debt-to-Core EBITDA (ttm)||5.9x||5.7x|
- In addition to assuming the $197 million mortgage in conjunction with the purchase of 1180 Peachtree Street mentioned above, Piedmont also entered into a $200 million, unsecured, floating rate term loan facility initially bearing interest at Adjusted Term SOFR Rate (as defined in the term loan agreement) + 100 bps to fund a majority of the cash portion of the acquisition. Piedmont intends to use the proceeds from subsequent dispositions of assets to pay down outstanding debt and make the acquisition leverage neutral from a balance sheet perspective.
ESG and Operations:
- Piedmont published its Annual ESG report, available on its website at www.piedmontreit.com/ESG
Brent Smith, Piedmont’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased with our third quarter operating and financial results including over 440,000 square feet of leasing at meaningfully higher rental rates, continuing to demonstrate tenant preferences for place making, amenity-rich, mixed-use environments. Strategically, we further enhanced our Sunbelt market exposure with the acquisition of 1180 Peachtree Street, a skyline defining asset in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, which will enable us to recycle capital from our two Cambridge, Massachusetts assets in a tax-efficient manner. Notwithstanding our accomplishments in the third quarter, the broader operating environment continues to pose numerous challenges to the commercial real estate sector including the impact of remote work, rising inflation and interest rates as well as the potential for an economic recession. Regardless of these headwinds, our current leasing pipeline remains stable, with over 150,000 square feet of leases already executed thus far in the fourth quarter and another 300,000 square feet in documentation, positioning the Company to close 2022 having completed over two million square feet of leasing and the portfolio approximately 87% leased. While both the public and private markets continue to struggle with the trajectory of the office sector, we believe Piedmont’s focus on high-quality assets in amenity-rich office environments in conjunction with a well-capitalized, low leveraged balance sheet positions us to successfully navigate these challenging waters.”
Fourth Quarter 2022 Dividend
As previously announced, on October 25, 2022, the board of directors of Piedmont declared a dividend for the fourth quarter of 2022 in the amount of $0.21 per share on its common stock to stockholders of record as of the close of business on November 25, 2022, payable on January 3, 2023.
Guidance for 2022
After considering year-to-date results and updated annual forecasts, including much higher interest expense resulting from rapidly rising interest rates, the Company is narrowing its guidance for the year ending December 31, 2022 as follows:
|(in millions, except per share data)||Low||High||Low||High|
|Gain on sale of real estate assets||(51)||(51)||(51)||(51)|
|Core FFO applicable to common stock||$||246||$||249||$||246||$||254|
|Core FFO per diluted share||$||1.99||$||2.01||$||1.99||$||2.05|
Year-end leased percentage is anticipated to be around 87% and Same Store NOI on a cash and accrual basis is anticipated to increase approximately 2-3% for the year.
This guidance is based on information available to management as of the date of this release and reflects management’s view of current market conditions. It incorporates certain economic and operational assumptions and projections, including the impacts of completed transactional activity through September of 2022 and the disposition of the Cambridge assets mentioned above around the end of 2022, but no other speculative transactional activity. Actual results could differ materially from these estimates based on a variety of factors, particularly the timing of any future dispositions, as well as those factors discussed under “Forward Looking Statements” below.
Note that individual quarters may fluctuate on both a cash basis and an accrual basis due to the timing of lease commencements and expirations, abatement periods, repairs and maintenance expenses, capital expenditures, capital markets activities, seasonal general and administrative expenses, accrued potential performance-based compensation expense, and one-time revenue or expense events.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement the presentation of the Company’s financial results prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), this release and the accompanying quarterly supplemental information as of and for the period ended September 30, 2022 contain certain financial measures that are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, including FFO, Core FFO, AFFO, Same Store NOI (cash and accrual basis), Property NOI (cash and accrual basis), EBITDAre, and Core EBITDA. Definitions and reconciliations of each of these non-GAAP measures to their most comparable GAAP metrics are included below and in the accompanying quarterly supplemental information.
Each of the non-GAAP measures included in this release and the accompanying quarterly supplemental financial information has limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for an analysis of the Company’s results calculated in accordance with GAAP. In addition, because not all companies use identical calculations, the Company’s presentation of non-GAAP measures in this release and the accompanying quarterly supplemental information may not be comparable to similarly titled measures disclosed by other companies, including other REITs. The Company may also change the calculation of any of the non-GAAP measures included in this news release and the accompanying supplemental financial information from time to time in light of its then existing operations.
Conference Call Information
Piedmont has scheduled a conference call and an audio web cast for Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 9:00 A.M. Eastern daylight time. The live, listen-only, audio web cast of the call may be accessed on the Company’s website at http://investor.piedmontreit.com/news-and-events/events-calendar. Dial-in numbers for analysts who plan to actively participate in the call are (877) 545-0320 for participants in the United States and Canada and (973) 528-0002 for international participants. Participant Access Code is 136718. A replay of the conference call will be available through 9:00 A.M. Eastern standard time on November 17, 2022, and may be accessed by dialing (877) 481-4010 for participants in the United States and Canada and (919) 882-2331 for international participants, followed by conference identification code 46892. A web cast replay will also be available after the conference call in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website. During the audio web cast and conference call, the Company’s management team will review third quarter 2022 performance, discuss recent events, and conduct a question-and-answer period.
Quarterly supplemental information as of and for the period ended September 30, 2022 can be accessed on the Company`s website under the Investor Relations section at www.piedmontreit.com.
About Piedmont Office Realty Trust
Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: PDM) is an owner, manager, developer, redeveloper, and operator of high-quality, Class A office properties located primarily in the Sunbelt. Its approximately $5 billion portfolio is currently comprised of approximately 17 million square feet. The Company is a fully integrated, self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) with local management offices in each of its markets and is investment-grade rated by S&P Global Ratings (BBB) and Moody’s (Baa2). Piedmont is a 2022 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. For more information, see www.piedmontreit.com.
Certain statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). The Company intends for all such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe-harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act, as applicable. Such information is subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Therefore, such statements are not intended to be a guarantee of the Company`s performance in future periods. Such forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the Company’s use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “believe,” “continue” or similar words or phrases that indicate predictions of future events or trends or that do not relate solely to historical matters. Examples of such statements in this press release include: whether the disposition of the Company’s Cambridge assets will occur around the end of 2022, if at all; whether Piedmont will end the year with 2 million square feet of leasing completed, the portfolio around 87% leased and Same Store NOI – cash and accrual basis increasing 2-3%; and the Company’s estimated range of Net Income, Depreciation, Amortization, Core FFO and Core FFO per diluted share for the year ending December 31, 2022. These statements are based on beliefs and assumptions of Piedmont’s management, which in turn are based on information available at the time the statements are made.
The following are some of the factors that could cause the Company’s actual results and its expectations to differ materially from those described in the Company’s forward-looking statements: economic, regulatory, socio-economic (including work from home), technological (e.g. Metaverse, Zoom, etc), and other changes (including accounting standards) that impact the real estate market generally, the office sector or the patterns of use of commercial office space in general, or the markets where we primarily operate or have high concentrations of annualized lease revenue; the impact of competition on our efforts to renew existing leases or re-let space on terms similar to existing leases; lease terminations, lease defaults, lease contractions, or changes in the financial condition of our tenants, particularly by one of our large lead tenants; impairment charges on our long-lived assets or goodwill resulting therefrom; the success of our real estate strategies and investment objectives, including our ability to implement successful redevelopment and development strategies or identify and consummate suitable acquisitions and divestitures; the illiquidity of real estate investments, including economic changes, such as rising interest rates, which could impact the number of buyers/sellers of our target properties, and regulatory restrictions to which real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) are subject and the resulting impediment on our ability to quickly respond to adverse changes in the performance of our properties; the risks and uncertainties associated with our acquisition and disposition of properties, many of which risks and uncertainties may not be known at the time of acquisition or disposition; development and construction delays, including the potential of supply chain disruptions, and resultant increased costs and risks; future acts of terrorism, civil unrest, or armed hostilities in any of the major metropolitan areas in which we own properties, or future cybersecurity attacks against any of our properties or our tenants; risks related to the occurrence of cyber incidents, or a deficiency in our cybersecurity, which could negatively impact our business by causing a disruption to our operations, a compromise or corruption of our confidential information, and/or damage to our business relationships; costs of complying with governmental laws and regulations, including environmental standards imposed on office building owners; uninsured losses or losses in excess of our insurance coverage, and our inability to obtain adequate insurance coverage at a reasonable cost; additional risks and costs associated with directly managing properties occupied by government tenants, such as potential changes in the political environment, a reduction in federal or state funding of our governmental tenants, or an increased risk of default by government tenants during periods in which state or federal governments are shut down or on furlough; significant price and volume fluctuations in the public markets, including on the exchange which we listed our common stock; changes in the method pursuant to which the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) and the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (“SOFR”) rates are determined and the planned phasing out of United States dollar (“USD”) LIBOR after June 2023; changing capital reserve requirements on our lenders and rapidly rising interest rates in the public bond markets could impact our ability to finance properties or refinance existing debt or significantly increase operating/financing costs; the effect of future offerings of debt or equity securities on the value of our common stock; additional risks and costs associated with inflation and continuing increases in the rate of inflation, including the possibility of a recession that could negatively impact our operations and the operations of our tenants and their ability to pay rent; uncertainties associated with environmental and regulatory matters; changes in the financial condition of our tenants directly or indirectly resulting from geopolitical developments that could negatively affect important supply chains and international trade, the termination or threatened termination of existing international trade agreements, or the implementation of tariffs or retaliatory tariffs on imported or exported goods; the effect of any litigation to which we are, or may become, subject; additional risks and costs associated with owning properties occupied by tenants in particular industries, such as oil and gas, hospitality, travel, co-working, etc., including risks of default during start-up and during economic downturns; changes in tax laws impacting REITs and real estate in general, as well as our ability to continue to qualify as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), or other tax law changes which may adversely affect our stockholders; the future effectiveness of our internal controls and procedures; actual or threatened public health epidemics or outbreaks, such as experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as governmental and private measures taken to combat such health crises, could have a material adverse effect on our business operations and financial results; the adequacy of our general reserve related to tenant lease-related assets or the establishment of any other reserve in the future; and other factors, including the risk factors discussed under Item 1A. of Piedmont’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 and other documents we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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 cannot guarantee the accuracy of any such forward-looking statements contained in this press release, and the Company does not intend to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
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