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Whitestone REIT Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Results

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 -Operating Portfolio Occupancy for 2017 Increases 80 Basis Points to 90.5% from 2016-
-Annualized Base Rent per Leased Squared Foot Grows 8.6% to $18.82 from 2016 -
-2017 Full Year Net Income of $0.22 per Share-
-2017 Full Year Funds From Operations Core of $1.25 per Share-
-Provides 2018 Guidance-

HOUSTON, March 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR) ("Whitestone" or the "Company") today announced operating and financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017.  Whitestone is a community-centered retail REIT that acquires, owns, manages, develops and redevelops high quality "Ecommerce-resistant" neighborhood, community and lifestyle retail centers principally located in the largest, fastest-growing and most affluent markets in the Sunbelt. Whitestone's mix of national, regional and local tenants provide daily necessities, needed services and entertainment not typically readily available online to their respective communities.

Highlights

All per share amounts presented are on a diluted per common share and operating partnership ("OP") unit basis unless stated otherwise.

Fourth Quarter 2017 Compared to Fourth Quarter 2016:

  • 19.3% growth in revenues to $33.8 million
  • Net income attributable to Whitestone REIT of $1.9 million and $0.05 per share compared to $0.5 million and $0.01 per share
  • 19.0% increase in net operating income ("NOI") to $22.3 million
  • Same store NOI growth in wholly owned portfolio of 0.1%, 2.2% when adjusting for retenanting and non-recoverable property marketing expenses.  Same store NOI growth including consolidated partnership properties of (0.2%), 1.7% when adjusting for retenanting and non-recoverable property marketing expenses
  • 46.7% improvement in Funds from Operations ("FFO") to $9.1 million and 10% on a per share basis to $0.22
  • 14.3% increase in FFO Core to $12.2 million or $0.30 per share compared to $10.6 million or $0.34 per share

Full Year 2017 Compared to Full Year 2016:

  • 20.6% growth in revenues to $126.0 million
  • Net income attributable to Whitestone REIT of $8.3 million and $0.22 per share compared to $7.9 million and $0.26 per share
  • 19.2% growth in NOI to $83.8 million
  • Same store NOI growth in wholly owned portfolio up 2.6% and 1.4% including consolidated partnership properties
  • 29.6% increase in FFO to $35.0 million or 2.2% on a per share basis to $0.93
  • 19.6% growth in FFO Core to $47.1 million or $1.25 per share compared to $39.4 million or $1.34 per share
  • Total occupancy, including operating properties, development properties and consolidated partnership properties, of 88.0%, up 120 basis points
  • 7.0% increase in rental rates on new and renewal leases on a GAAP basis

"2017 marked another year of strong performance," commented James C. Mastandrea, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Whitestone REIT.  "While fourth quarter and full year same property NOI growth was slower than previous periods, due primarily to retenanting and non-recoverable property marketing costs, we expect that the expenditures will result in stronger NOI growth in 2018.  We believe that our high-quality properties, simple and transparent capital structure, well-aligned business model and efficient infrastructure will allow us to continue to expand profitably.  While there will be variability quarter-to-quarter and year-to-year,  our proven approach allows us to maximize property income, deliver predictable dividends, provide inflation protection from rising interest rates, and ultimately continue to drive long-term shareholder value."

Real Estate Portfolio Update

Community Centered Properties™ Portfolio Statistics:

As of December 31, 2017, Whitestone wholly owned 59 Community Centered Properties® with 5.0 million square feet of gross leasable area ("GLA").  Whitestone's retail Community Centered Properties® are located in Austin (4), San Antonio (3), Chicago (1), Dallas-Fort Worth (7), Houston (17) and the greater Phoenix metropolitan area (27). In addition to being business friendly, the Texas and Arizona markets are among the top in the country in terms of size, economic strength and population growth. Between 2017 and 2022, all of these cities are expected to experience significant population growth, led by Austin at +9.7%, San Antonio at +8.6%, Dallas-Fort Worth at +9.7%, Houston at 8.0% and Phoenix at +6.6% (1). We believe that the Company's retail properties in these markets are located on the best retail corners embedded in affluent communities. The Company also owns a majority interest in and manages 14 properties containing 1.5 million square feet of GLA through its investment in Pillarstone Capital REIT Operating Partnership, L.P.

At the end of the fourth quarter, the Company's diversified tenant base in our wholly-owned properties was comprised of 1,266 tenants, with the largest tenant accounting for only 2.9% of annualized base rental revenues. Lease terms range from less than one year for smaller tenants to over 15 years for larger tenants. The leases generally include minimum monthly lease payments and tenant reimbursements for payment of taxes, insurance and maintenance, and typically exclude restrictive lease clauses.

Leasing Activity:

During the fourth quarter, the leasing team signed 94 leases totaling 264,085 square feet in new, expansion and renewal leases, compared to 98 leases totaling 257,395 square feet in the fourth quarter of 2016.  The total lease value added during the quarter was $14.8 million compared to $20.0 million during the same period last year.  For the full year, total lease value added was $71.2 million compared to $77.0 million in 2016.

The Company's total operating portfolio occupancy, excluding development and non wholly-owned properties, was 90.5% at year-end.

Acquisition Activity in 2017:

Eldorado Plaza

On May 3, 2017, the Company completed the acquisition of Eldorado Plaza, located in McKinney, Texas, for $46.6 million.  Eldorado Plaza is located on the north end of the Dallas "Platinum Corridor."  This Class-A lifestyle center contains 221,577 square feet of leasable space.  As of December 31, 2017, Eldorado Plaza was 96% leased.

BLVD Place

On May 26, 2017, the Company completed the acquisition of BLVD Place, a Class-A retail center located in the affluent and fast-growing Uptown community of Houston, Texas, one of the largest business districts in the United States, for a purchase price of $158.0 million.  This Class-A lifestyle center, includes 216,944 square feet of leasable space and approximately 1.43 acres of developable land.  As of December 31, 2017, BLVD Place was 100% leased.

Disposition Activity:

On February 27, 2018, we completed the sale of Bellnott Square, located in Houston, Texas, for $4.7 million.  This disposition was pursuant to our strategy of recycling capital by disposing of Non-Core Properties, primarily properties that we owned at the time our current management team assumed the management of the Company, that do not fit our Community Centered Property strategy.  We expect to record a gain on sale of approximately $0.3 million in 2018.

Development Activity in 2017:

During 2017, the Company invested $17.6 million of capital improvements in its portfolio, including development of Pinnacle of Scottsdale Phase II, a 27,063 square foot Community Centered Property® located in Scottsdale, Arizona and Shops at Starwood Phase III, a 35,351 square foot Community Centered Property® located in Frisco, Texas.  Pinnacle of Scottsdale Phase II and Shop at Starwood Phase III were 91% and 71% occupied, respectively, at year-end.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

Balance Sheet:

Reflecting the Company's acquisition and disposition activity during the year and selective development and redevelopment, undepreciated real estate assets increased $229.1 million, or 24.9%, to $1.149 billion at December 31, 2017 compared to December 31, 2016.

Liquidity, Debt and Credit Facility:

At December 31, 2017, 49 of the Company's wholly-owned 59 properties were unencumbered by mortgage debt, with an undepreciated cost basis of $735.7 million.  At December 31, 2017 the Company had total real estate debt of $659.1 million, of which $426.9 million, or approximately 65%, was subject to fixed interest rates.  The Company's weighted average interest rate on all fixed rate debt as of the end of the fourth quarter was 3.9% and the weighted average remaining term was 5.3 years.

At quarter end, Whitestone had $7.8 million of cash available on its balance sheet and $67.8 million of available capacity under its credit facility, before the $200 million accordion option.

Dividend

On December 14, 2017, the Company declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.285 per common share and OP unit for the first quarter of 2018, to be paid in three equal installments of $0.095 in January, February and March of 2018.

2018 FINANCIAL GUIDANCE
(all amounts in thousands, except shares, per share numbers and percentages)

        Projected Range
    Actual   Full Year 2018
      2017     Low   High
Net income attributable to Whitestone REIT per common share and OP unit - diluted   $   0.22     $   0.27     $   0.32  
FFO per common share and OP unit - diluted   $   0.93     $   0.96     $   1.01  
FFO Core per common share and OP unit - diluted   $   1.25     $   1.19     $   1.24  
             
Operating Assumptions            
Same Store NOI growth - wholly owned properties     2.6 %     2.5 %     3.7 %
Same Store NOI growth - Consolidated Partnership     (6.6 )%     (2.0 )%     2.0 %
Same Store NOI growth - all properties     1.4 %     2.0 %     3.5 %
             
Ending occupancy - wholly owned properties     90.2 %     90.5 %     91.5 %
Ending occupancy - Consolidated Partnership     80.5 %     80.5 %     81.5 %
Ending occupancy - all properties     88.0 %     88.2 %     89.2 %
             
General and administrative expense (excluding acq cost) as % of total property revenue     17.7 %     16.3 %     15.5 %
             
Net debt to adjusted EBITDA - Year End     8.56 X     8.40 X     8.20 X
Average interest rate on all debt     3.8 %     4.1 %     4.1 %
Weighted average shares and OP units      37,343        41,672        41,672  

The following table outlines the key factors impacting 2018 FFO and FFO Core ranges, and accounts for the difference from the Company's 2017 reported FFO and FFO Core:

    FFO   FFO Core
    Low   High   Low   High
Actual - 2017   $   0.93     $   0.93     $   1.25     $   1.25  
                 
2017 Transactional activity (acquisition costs)     0.02       0.02              
Same Store NOI Growth     0.03       0.06       0.03       0.06  
Interest rate increase     (0.03 )     (0.03 )     (0.03 )     (0.03 )
Non-cash share based compensation     0.07       0.07              
Cash compensation     (0.06 )     (0.04 )     (0.06 )     (0.04 )
                 
Guidance - 2018   $   0.96     $   1.01     $   1.19     $   1.24  
 

This guidance reflects management's view of current and future market conditions, as well as the earnings impact of events referenced elsewhere in this release and during the Company's conference call. This guidance does not include the operational or capital impact of any future unannounced acquisition or disposition activity. Estimates involve numerous assumptions such as rental income, interest rates, tenant default, occupancy rates, expenses, the consolidation of the Company's non-wholly owned portfolio of non-retail assets and numerous other factors, and excludes potential future acquisitions and dispositions, acquisition and disposition transaction income and expenses and professional service fees.  Not all of the factors are determinable at this time and actual results may vary from the projected results, and may be above or below the range indicated.  The above range represents management's estimate of results based upon these assumptions as of the date of this press release. Please refer to the "2018 Financial Guidance" and "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures - 2018 Financial Guidance" sections of the supplemental data package for the full list of guidance information.

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES - 2018 FINANCIAL GUIDANCE
(per diluted common share and OP unit)
             
        Projected Range
    Actual   Full Year 2018
Guidance:     2017   Low   High
Net income attributable to Whitestone REIT   $ 0.22   $ 0.27   $ 0.32
             
Adjustments to reconcile net income to FFO(3):            
Depreciation expense, amortization, gain on disposal of assets     0.70     0.68     0.68
(Gain) loss on sale or disposal of assets or properties            
Net income attributable to redeemable operating partnership     0.01     0.01     0.01
   FFO   $ 0.93   $ 0.96   $ 1.01
             
Adjustments to reconcile FFO to FFO Core:            
Acquisition costs     0.04     0.02     0.02
Share based compensation expense     0.28     0.21     0.21
     FFO Core   $ 1.25   $ 1.19   $ 1.24
 

(3)     Includes pro-rata share attributable to Pillarstone OP. 

Conference Call Information

In conjunction with the issuance of its financial results, you are invited to listen to the Company's earnings release conference call to be broadcast live on Friday, March 2, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. Central Time.  The call will be led by James C. Mastandrea, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and David K. Holeman, Chief Financial Officer.  Conference call access information is as follows:

Toll-Free Number (for domestic participants):   (800) 263-0877
Toll Number (for international participants):   (323) 794-2094

The conference call will be recorded and a telephone replay will be available through March 16, 2018.  Replay access information is as follows:

Toll-Free Number (for domestic participants):   (844) 512-2921
Toll Number (for international participants):   (412) 317-6671
Pass Code (for all participants):   1228081

To listen to a live webcast of the conference call, click on the Investor Relations tab of the Company's website, www.whitestonereit.com, and then click on the webcast link.  A replay of the call will be available on Whitestone's website via the webcast link until the Company's next earnings release.  Additional information about Whitestone can be found on the Company's website.

The fourth quarter and full year earnings release and supplemental data package will be located in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website.  For those without internet access, the earnings release and supplemental data package will be available by mail upon request.  To receive a copy, please call the Company's Investor Relations line at (713) 435-2219.

Supplemental Financial Information

Supplemental materials and details regarding Whitestone's results of operations, communities and tenants are available on the Company's website at www.whitestonereit.com.

About Whitestone REIT

Whitestone is a community-centered retail REIT that acquires, owns, manages, develops and redevelops high quality "E-commerce resistant" neighborhood, community and lifestyle retail centers principally located in the largest, fastest-growing and most affluent markets in the Sunbelt. Whitestone's mix of national, regional and local tenants provides daily necessities, needed services and entertainment not typically readily available online to their respective communities. Whitestone's properties are primarily located in business-friendly Phoenix, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, which are among the fastest growing U.S. population centers with highly educated workforces, high household incomes and strong job growth. As of February 28, 2018, Whitestone's total shareholder return ranks #1 of 17, #2 of 17, and #4 of 15, of the U.S. public shopping center REITs for the one-year, three-year, and five-year periods, respectively (2). Visit www.whitestonereit.com for additional information.

Forward-Looking Statements

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 risks and uncertainties, as well as known and unknown risks, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated. Therefore, such statements are not intended to be a guarantee of our 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," "plan," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "goals" or similar words or phrases that are predictions of future events or trends and which do not relate solely to historical matters.

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: the Company's ability to meet its long-term goals, its assumptions regarding its earnings guidance, including its ability to execute effectively its acquisition and disposition strategy, to continue to execute its development pipeline on schedule and at the expected costs, and its ability to grow its NOI as expected, which could be impacted by a number of factors, including, among other things, its ability to continue to renew leases or re-let space on attractive terms and to otherwise address its leasing rollover; its ability to successfully identify, finance and consummate suitable acquisitions, and the impact of such acquisitions, including financing developments, capitalization rates and internal rate of return; the Company's ability to reduce or otherwise effectively manage its general and administrative expenses, including in connection with the recent proposed nomination of trustees by a shareholder of the Company; the Company's ability to fund from cash flows or otherwise distributions to its shareholders at current rates or at all; current adverse market and economic conditions; lease terminations or lease defaults; the impact of competition on the Company's efforts to renew existing leases; changes in the economies and other conditions of the specific markets in which the Company operates; economic, legislative and regulatory changes, including the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017; the success of the Company's real estate strategies and investment objectives; the Company's ability to continue to qualify as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended; and other factors detailed in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other documents the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time.

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.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release contains supplemental financial measures that are not calculated pursuant to U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") including FFO, FFO Core, and NOI. Following are explanations and reconciliations of these metrics to their most comparable GAAP metric.

FFO: Management believes that FFO is a useful measure of the Company's operating performance. The Company computes FFO as defined by NAREIT, which states that FFO should represent net income available to common shareholders (computed in accordance with GAAP) excluding gains or losses from sales of operating assets, impairment charges and extraordinary items, plus depreciation and amortization of operating properties, including the Company's share of unconsolidated real estate joint ventures and partnerships. 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 the Company's performance or to cash flow from operations as a measure of liquidity or ability to make distributions and service debt.

Management considers FFO a useful additional measure of performance for an equity REIT because it facilitates an understanding of the operating performance of its properties without giving effect to real estate depreciation and amortization, which assumes that the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably over time. Since real estate values have historically risen or fallen with market conditions, management believes that FFO provides a more meaningful and accurate indication of the Company's performance and useful information for the investment community to compare Whitestone to other REITs since FFO is generally recognized as the industry standard for reporting the operations of REITs.

Other REITs may use different methodologies for calculating FFO, and accordingly, the Company's FFO may not be comparable to other REITs. The Company presents FFO per diluted share calculations that are based on the outstanding dilutive common shares plus the outstanding OP units for the periods presented.

FFO Core: Management believes that the computation of FFO in accordance with NAREIT's definition includes certain non-cash and non-comparable items that affect the Company's period-over-period performance. These items include, but are not limited to, legal settlements, non-cash share-based compensation expense, rent support agreement payments received from sellers on acquired assets and acquisition costs. In addition, the Company believes that FFO Core is a useful supplemental measure for the investing community to use in comparing the Company to other REITs as many REITs provide some form of adjusted or modified FFO. However, other REITs may use different adjustments, and the Company's FFO Core may not be comparable to the adjusted or modified FFO of other REITs.

NOI: Management believes that NOI is a useful measure of the Company's property operating performance. The Company defines NOI as operating revenues (rental and other revenues) less property and related expenses (property operation and maintenance and real estate taxes). Because NOI excludes general and administrative expenses, depreciation and amortization, involuntary conversion, interest expense, interest income, provision for income taxes, gain or loss on sale or disposition of assets and capital expenditures and leasing costs, it provides a performance measure that, when compared year over year, reflects the revenues and expenses directly associated with owning and operating commercial real estate properties and the impact to operations from trends in occupancy rates, rental rates and operating costs, providing perspective not immediately apparent from net income. The Company uses NOI to evaluate its operating performance since NOI allows the Company to evaluate the impact of factors, such as occupancy levels, lease structure, lease rates and tenant base, have on the Company's results, margins and returns. In addition, management believes that NOI provides useful information to the investment community about the Company's property and operating performance when compared to other REITs since NOI is generally recognized as a standard measure of property performance in the real estate industry. However, NOI should not be viewed as a measure of the Company's overall financial performance since it does not reflect general and administrative expenses, depreciation and amortization, involuntary conversion, interest expense, interest income, provision for income taxes, gain or loss on sale or disposition of assets, and the level of capital expenditures and leasing costs necessary to maintain the operating performance of the Company's properties. Other REITs may use different methodologies for calculating NOI, and accordingly, the Company's NOI may not be comparable to that of other REITs.

(1)Source:  Claritas, April 2017

(2) Whitestone REIT's total shareholder return as compared to its peers according to the SNL Public REIT Market Data based on closing prices on February 28, 2018. One-year and three-year peer groups include Regency Centers Corp., Cedar Realty Trust Inc., Retail Opportunity Investments, Weingarten Realty Investors, Saul Centers Inc., Urban Edge Properties, Federal Realty Investment, Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc., Ramco-Gershenson Properties, Retail Properties of America, Kite Realty Group Trust, Acadia Realty Trust, Wheeler REIT Inc., Brixmor Property Group Inc., Kimco Realty Corp., and DDR Corp.  Urban Edge Properties and Brixmor Property Group are not included in the five-year period because they were not listed as of the beginning of the five-year period.

Whitestone REIT Contacts:
Investors Contact:
Kevin Reed
Director of Investor Relations
(713) 435-2219
kreed@whitestonereit.com

Media Contact:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Andrew Siegel
(212) 355-4449
Or
Amy Feng
(415) 869-3950

 

 

Whitestone REIT and Subsidiaries
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
    December 31,
    2017   2016
ASSETS
Real estate assets, at cost        
Property   $  1,149,454     $   920,310  
Accumulated depreciation      (131,034 )      (107,258 )
Total real estate assets      1,018,420        813,052  
Cash and cash equivalents      7,817        4,168  
Restricted cash      205        56  
Marketable securities      32        517  
Escrows and acquisition deposits      10,104        6,620  
Accrued rents and accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts      23,504        19,951  
Unamortized lease commissions and loan costs      8,422        8,083  
Prepaid expenses and other assets      3,228        2,762  
Total assets   $  1,071,732     $   855,209  
         
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Liabilities:        
Notes payable   $ 659,068     $   544,020  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses      35,995        28,692  
Tenants' security deposits      6,885        6,125  
Dividends and distributions payable      11,466        8,729  
Total liabilities      713,414        587,566  
Commitments and contingencies:      —        —  
Equity:        
Preferred shares, $0.001 par value per share; 50,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively      —        —  
Common shares, $0.001 par value per share; 400,000,000 shares authorized; 39,221,773 and 29,468,563 issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively      38        29  
Additional paid-in capital      521,314        396,494  
Accumulated deficit      (176,684 )      (141,695 )
Accumulated other comprehensive gain      2,936        859  
Total Whitestone REIT shareholders' equity      347,604        255,687  
Noncontrolling interests:        
Redeemable operating partnership units      10,800        11,941  
Noncontrolling interest in Consolidated Partnership      (86 )      15  
Total noncontrolling interests      10,714        11,956  
Total equity      358,318        267,643  
Total liabilities and equity   $  1,071,732     $   855,209  
 

 

 

Whitestone REIT and Subsidiaries
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(in thousands, except per share data)
             
    Year Ended December 31,
      2017       2016       2015  
Property revenues            
Rental revenues   $ 94,568     $ 80,068     $  71,843  
Other revenues      31,391        24,369        21,573  
Total property revenues      125,959        104,437        93,416  
             
Property expenses            
Property operation and maintenance      24,213        19,709        18,698  
Real estate taxes      17,897        14,383        12,637  
Total property expenses      42,110        34,092        31,335  
             
Other expenses (income)            
General and administrative      23,949        23,922        20,312  
Depreciation and amortization      27,240        22,457        19,761  
Interest expense      23,651        19,239        14,910  
Interest, dividend and other investment income      (410 )      (429 )      (313 )
Total other expense      74,430        65,189        54,670  
             
Income before gain (loss) on sale or disposal of properties or assets and income taxes      9,419        5,156        7,411  
             
Provision for income taxes      (386 )      (289 )      (372 )
Gain on sale of properties      16        3,357        —  
Loss on sale or disposal of assets      (183 )      (96 )      (185 )
Income from continuing operations      8,866        8,128        6,854  
             
Income from discontinued operations      —        —        11  
Income from discontinued operations      —        —        11  
             
Net income      8,866        8,128        6,865  
             
Redeemable operating partnership units      254        182        116  
Non-controlling interests in Consolidated Partnership      278        15        —  
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests      532        197        116  
             
Net income attributable to Whitestone REIT   $   8,334     $   7,931     $   6,749  
             
             
Whitestone REIT and Subsidiaries
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(in thousands, except per share data)
             
    Year Ended December 31,
      2017       2016       2015  
Basic Earnings Per Share:            
Income from continuing operations attributable to Whitestone REIT excluding amounts attributable to unvested restricted shares   $   0.22     $   0.26     $   0.25  
Income from discontinued operations attributable to Whitestone REIT      —        —        —  
Net income attributable to common shareholders excluding amounts attributable to unvested restricted shares   $   0.22     $   0.26     $   0.25  
Diluted Earnings Per Share:            
Income from continuing operations attributable to Whitestone REIT excluding amounts attributable to unvested restricted shares   $   0.22     $   0.26     $   0.24  
Income from discontinued operations attributable to Whitestone REIT      —        —        —  
Net income attributable to common shareholders excluding amounts attributable to unvested restricted shares   $   0.22     $   0.26     $   0.24  
             
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:            
Basic      35,428        27,618        24,631  
Diluted      36,255        28,383        25,683  
             
Distributions declared per common share / OP unit   $ 1.1400     $ 1.1400     $ 1.1400  
             
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income            
             
Net income   $   8,866     $   8,128     $   6,865  
             
Other comprehensive gain (loss)            
             
Unrealized gain on cash flow hedging activities      2,022        929        46  
Unrealized gain (loss) on available-for-sale marketable securities      118        82        (85 )
             
Comprehensive income      11,006        9,139        6,826  
             
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests      532        197        116  
                         
Less: Comprehensive gain (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests      63        23        (1 )
             
Comprehensive income attributable to Whitestone REIT   $   10,411     $   8,919     $   6,711  
 

 

 

Whitestone REIT and Subsidiaries
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(in thousands, except per share data)
             
    Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
    December 31,   December 31,
      2017       2016       2017       2016  
    (unaudited)   (unaudited)        
Property revenues                
Rental revenues   $   25,371     $   21,153     $   94,568     $   80,068  
Other revenues      8,460        7,212        31,391        24,369  
Total property revenues      33,831        28,365        125,959        104,437  
                 
Property expenses                
Property operation and maintenance      7,240        5,328        24,213        19,709  
Real estate taxes      4,309        4,311        17,897        14,383  
Total property expenses      11,549        9,639        42,110        34,092  
                 
Other expenses (income)                
General and administrative      6,351        7,455        23,949        23,922  
Depreciation and amortization      7,304        6,095        27,240        22,457  
Interest expense      6,493        5,018        23,651        19,239  
Interest, dividend and other investment income      (29 )      (90 )      (410 )      (429 )
Total other expense      20,119        18,478        74,430        65,189  
                 
Income before gain (loss) on sale or disposal of properties or assets and income taxes      2,163        248        9,419        5,156  
                 
Provision for income taxes      (90 )      (42 )      (386 )      (289 )
Gain on sale of properties      —        467        16        3,357  
Loss on sale or disposal of assets      (48 )      (106 )      (183 )      (96 )
                 
Net income      2,025        567        8,866        8,128  
                 
Redeemable operating partnership units      54        20        254        182  
Non-controlling interests in Consolidated Partnership      50        15        278        15  
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests      104        35        532        197  
                 
Net income attributable to Whitestone REIT   $   1,921     $   532     $   8,334     $   7,931  
                 
Whitestone REIT and Subsidiaries
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(in thousands, except per share data)
                 
    Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
    December 31,   December 31,
      2017       2016       2017       2016  
    (unaudited)   (unaudited)        
Basic Earnings Per Share:                
Net income attributable to common shareholders excluding amounts attributable to unvested restricted shares   $   0.05     $   0.01     $   0.22     $   0.26  
Diluted Earnings Per Share:                
Net income attributable to common shareholders excluding amounts attributable to unvested restricted shares   $   0.05     $   0.01     $   0.22     $   0.26  
                 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:                
Basic      38,460        28,834        35,428        27,618  
Diluted      39,353        29,486        36,255        28,383  
                 
Distributions declared per common share / OP unit   $   0.2850     $   0.2850     $   1.1400     $   1.1400  
                 
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income                
                 
Net income   $   2,025     $   567     $   8,866     $   8,128  
                 
Other comprehensive gain (loss)                
                 
Unrealized gain on cash flow hedging activities      1,898        7,891        2,022        929  
Unrealized gain on available-for-sale marketable securities      92        62        118        82  
                 
Comprehensive income      4,015        8,520        11,006        9,139  
                 
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests      104        35        532        197  
Less: Comprehensive gain attributable to noncontrolling interests      55        289        63        23  
                 
Comprehensive income attributable to Whitestone REIT   $   3,856     $   8,196     $   10,411     $   8,919  
 

 

 

Whitestone REIT and Subsidiaries
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
    Year Ended December 31,
      2017       2016       2015  
Cash flows from operating activities:            
Net income from continuing operations   $   8,866     $   8,128     $   6,854  
Net income from discontinued operations      —        —        11  
Net income      8,866        8,128        6,865  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:            
Depreciation and amortization      27,240        22,457        19,761  
Amortization of deferred loan costs      1,283        1,554        1,212  
Amortization of notes payable discount      508        391        295  
Loss (gain) on sale of marketable securities      91        —        (44 )
Loss (gain) on sale or disposal of assets and properties      167        (3,261 )      185  
Bad debt expense      2,340        1,585        1,974  
Share-based compensation      10,410        10,231        7,337  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:            
Escrows and acquisition deposits      (3,484 )      48        (2,576 )
Accrued rent and accounts receivable      (5,893 )      (6,070 )      (5,606 )
Unamortized lease commissions      (2,864 )      (2,638 )      (1,918 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets      536        1,047        394  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses      999        4,837        7,419  
Tenants' security deposits      760        871        882  
Net cash provided by operating activities      40,959        39,180        36,169  
Net cash provided by operating activities of discontinued operations      —        —        11  
Cash flows from investing activities:            
Acquisitions of real estate      (125,468 )      (60,616 )      (147,950 )
Additions to real estate      (17,575 )      (22,036 )      (12,719 )
Proceeds from sales of properties      26        6,897        —  
Proceeds from sales of marketable securities      513        —        496  
Net cash used in investing activities      (142,504 )      (75,755 )      (160,173 )
Net cash used in investing activities of discontinued operations      —        —        —  
Cash flows from financing activities:            
Distributions paid to common shareholders      (40,472 )      (31,911 )      (28,457 )
Distributions paid to OP unit holders      (1,241 )      (729 )      (489 )
Distributions paid to noncontrolling interest in Consolidated Partnership      (379 )      —        —  
Proceeds from issuance of common shares, net of offering costs      118,412        30,014        49,649  
Net proceeds from credit facility      45,600        59,000        107,500  
Repayments of notes payable      (11,543 )      (14,335 )      (2,847 )
Payments of loan origination costs      (695 )      —        (1,534 )
Change in restricted cash      (149 )      65        (121 )
Repurchase of common shares      (4,339 )      (3,948 )      (1,357 )
Net cash provided by financing activities      105,194        38,156        122,344  
Net cash provided by financing activities of discontinued operations      —        —        —  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents      3,649        1,581        (1,649 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period      4,168        2,587        4,236  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $   7,817     $   4,168     $   2,587  
             
Whitestone REIT and Subsidiaries
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
Supplemental Disclosure
(in thousands)
    Year Ended December 31,
      2017       2016       2015  
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:            
Cash paid for interest   $   22,541     $   18,287     $   13,470  
Cash paid for taxes   $   337     $   284     $   315  
Non cash investing and financing activities:            
Disposal of fully depreciated real estate   $   1,036     $   690     $   57  
Financed insurance premiums   $   1,115     $   1,060     $   1,057  
Value of shares issued under dividend reinvestment plan   $   127     $   114     $   95  
Value of common shares exchanged for OP units   $   206     $   125     $   174  
Change in fair value of available-for-sale securities   $   118     $   82     $   85  
Change in fair value of cash flow hedge   $   2,022     $   929     $   (46 )
Acquisition of real estate in exchange for OP units   $   —     $   8,738     $   1,333  
Reallocation of ownership percentage between parent and subsidiary   $   13     $   11     $   —  
Debt issued with acquisitions of real estate   $ 80,000     $   —     $   —  

 

 

Whitestone REIT and Subsidiaries
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES
(in thousands, except per share and per unit data)
                     
    Three Months Ended   Year Ended
    December 31,   December 31,
FFO AND FFO CORE     2017       2016       2017       2016       2015  
Net income attributable to Whitestone REIT   $   1,921     $   532     $   8,334     $   7,931     $   6,749  
  Adjustments to reconcile to FFO:(1)                    
Depreciation and amortization of real estate assets      7,035        5,984        26,290        22,179        19,646  
(Gain) loss on sale or disposal of assets and properties      47        (361 )      161        (3,261 )      185  
Net income attributable to redeemable operating partnership units      54        20        254        182        116  
FFO      9,057        6,175        35,039        27,031        26,696  
Adjustments to reconcile to FFO Core:                    
Share-based compensation expense      2,881        3,361        10,426        10,247        7,339  
Acquisition costs      227        1,111        1,625        2,101        1,719  
FFO Core   $   12,165     $   10,647     $   47,090     $   39,379     $   35,754  
                     
FFO PER SHARE AND OP UNIT CALCULATION                    
Numerator:                    
FFO   $   9,057     $   6,175     $   35,039     $   27,031     $   26,696  
Distributions paid on unvested restricted common shares      (112 )      (122 )      (456 )      (620 )      (528 )
FFO excluding amounts attributable to unvested restricted common shares   $   8,945     $   6,053     $   34,583     $   26,411     $   26,168  
FFO Core excluding amounts attributable to unvested restricted common shares   $   12,053     $   10,525     $   46,634     $   38,759     $   35,226  
Denominator:                    
Weighted average number of total common shares - basic      38,460        28,834        35,428        27,618        24,631  
Weighted average number of total noncontrolling OP units - basic      1,084        1,103        1,088        642        430  
Weighted average number of total common shares and noncontrolling OP units - basic      39,544        29,937        36,516        28,260        25,061  
                     
Effect of dilutive securities:                    
Unvested restricted shares      893        652        827        765        1,052  
Weighted average number of total common shares and noncontrolling OP units - diluted      40,437        30,589        37,343        29,025        26,113  
                     
FFO per common share and OP unit - basic   $   0.23     $   0.20     $   0.95     $   0.93     $   1.04  
FFO per common share and OP unit - diluted   $   0.22     $   0.20     $   0.93     $   0.91     $   1.00  
                     
FFO Core per common share and OP unit - basic   $   0.30     $   0.35     $   1.28     $   1.37     $   1.41  
FFO Core per common share and OP unit - diluted   $   0.30     $   0.34     $   1.25     $   1.34     $   1.35  
                     
(1) Includes pro-rata share attributable to Pillarstone OP in 2017.
                     
Whitestone REIT and Subsidiaries
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES
(in thousands, except per share and per unit data)
                     
    Three Months Ended   Year Ended
    December 31,   December 31,
      2017       2016       2017       2016       2015  
PROPERTY NET OPERATING INCOME                    
Net income attributable to Whitestone REIT   $   1,921     $   532     $   8,334     $   7,931     $   6,749  
General and administrative expenses      6,351        7,455        23,949        23,922        20,312  
Depreciation and amortization      7,304        6,095        27,240        22,457        19,761  
Interest expense      6,493        5,018        23,651        19,239        14,910  
Interest, dividend and other investment income      (29 )      (90 )      (410 )      (429 )      (313 )
Provision for income taxes      90        42        386        289        372  
Gain on sale of properties      —        (467 )      (16 )      (3,357 )      —  
Loss on disposal of assets      48        106        183        96        185  
Income from discontinued operations      —        —        —        —        (11 )
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests      104        35        532        197        116  
NOI   $   22,282     $   18,726     $   83,849     $   70,345     $   62,081  
 

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