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Saul Centers, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2019 Earnings

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BETHESDA, Md., May 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Saul Centers, Inc. (NYSE:BFS), an equity real estate investment trust ("REIT"), announced its operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 ("2019 Quarter").  Total revenue for the 2019 Quarter increased to $59.8 million from $56.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 ("2018 Quarter").  Net income increased to $17.1 million for the 2019 Quarter from $14.9 million for the 2018 Quarter.

Net income available to common stockholders increased to $10.5 million ($0.46 per diluted share) for the 2019 Quarter from $6.9 million ($0.31 per diluted share) for the 2018 Quarter.  Net income available to common stockholders increased primarily due to (a) extinguishment in 2018 of issuance costs upon redemption of preferred shares ($2.3 million), (b) higher termination fees in the core portfolio ($1.2 million), (c) the net operating income of recently acquired properties ($0.6 million), (d) lower preferred stock dividends ($0.5 million) and (e) higher base rent in the core portfolio ($0.5 million) partially offset by (f) higher noncontrolling interests ($1.3 million).

Same property revenue increased $2.8 million (4.9%) and same property operating income increased $1.8 million (4.3%) for the 2019 Quarter compared to the 2018 Quarter.  We define same property revenue as total revenue minus the revenue of properties not in operation for the entirety of the comparable reporting periods.  We define same property operating income as net income plus (a) interest expense, net and amortization of deferred debt costs, (b) depreciation and amortization of deferred leasing costs and (c) general and administrative expenses minus (d) the results of properties which were not in operation for the entirety of the comparable periods.  Shopping Center same property operating income for the 2019 Quarter totaled $33.5 million, a $1.4 million increase from the 2018 Quarter.  Mixed-Use same property operating income totaled $10.5 million, a $0.4 million increase from the 2018 Quarter.  The increase in Shopping Center same property operating income was primarily the result of higher termination fees ($1.2 million).  The increase in Mixed-Use same property operating income was primarily the result of (a) higher base rent ($0.2 million) and (b) lower credit losses ($0.2 million).

As of March 31, 2019, 95.2% of the commercial portfolio was leased (not including the residential portfolio), compared to 94.1% at March 31, 2018.  On a same property basis, 95.7% of the commercial portfolio was leased as of March 31, 2019, compared to 94.1% at March 31, 2018.  As of March 31, 2019, the residential portfolio was 99.0% leased compared to 95.9% at March 31, 2018.

Funds from operations ("FFO") available to common stockholders and noncontrolling interests (after deducting preferred stock dividends) was $25.8 million ($0.84 per diluted share) in the 2019 Quarter compared to $20.6 million ($0.69 per diluted share) in the 2018 Quarter.  FFO is a non-GAAP supplemental earnings measure which the Company considers meaningful in measuring its operating performance.  A reconciliation of net income to FFO is attached to this press release.  The increase in FFO available to common stockholders and noncontrolling interests was primarily due to (a) extinguishment in 2018 of issuance costs upon redemption of preferred shares ($2.3 million), (b) higher termination fees ($1.2 million), (c) the net operating income of recently acquired properties ($0.6 million), (d) lower preferred stock dividends ($0.5 million) and (e) higher base rent in the core portfolio ($0.5 million).

Saul Centers, Inc. is a self-managed, self-administered equity REIT headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, which currently operates and manages a real estate portfolio of 60 properties which includes (a) 49 community and neighborhood shopping centers and seven mixed-use properties with approximately 9.3 million square feet of leasable area and (b) four land and development properties. Over 85% of the Saul Centers' property operating income is generated by properties in the metropolitan Washington, DC/Baltimore area.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain matters discussed within this press release may be deemed to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws.  For these statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained.  These factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 26, 2019, and include the following: (i) general adverse economic and local real estate conditions, (ii) the inability of major tenants to continue paying their rent obligations due to bankruptcy, insolvency or a general downturn in their business, (iii) financing risks, such as the inability to obtain equity, debt or other sources of financing or refinancing on favorable terms to the Company, (iv) the Company's ability to raise capital by selling its assets, (v) changes in governmental laws and regulations and management's ability to estimate the impact of such changes, (vi) the level and volatility of interest rates and management's ability to estimate the impact thereof, (vii) the availability of suitable acquisition, disposition, development and redevelopment opportunities, and risks related to acquisitions not performing in accordance with our expectations, (viii) increases in operating costs, (ix) changes in the dividend policy for the Company's common and preferred stock and the Company's ability to pay dividends at current levels, (x) the reduction in the Company's income in the event of multiple lease terminations by tenants or a failure by multiple tenants to occupy their premises in a shopping center, (xi) impairment charges, and (xii) unanticipated changes in the Company's intention or ability to prepay certain debt prior to maturity.  Given these uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements that we make, including those in this press release.  Except as may be required by law, we make no promise to update any of the forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  You should carefully review the risks and risk factors included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 26, 2019.

 

Saul Centers, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)



March 31,
 2019


December 31,
 2018


(Unaudited)

Assets




Real estate investments




Land

$

488,942



$

488,918


Buildings and equipment

1,275,927



1,273,275


Construction in progress

216,545



185,972



1,981,414



1,948,165


Accumulated depreciation

(535,269)



(525,518)



1,446,145



1,422,647


Cash and cash equivalents

11,456



14,578


Accounts receivable and accrued income, net

51,603



53,876


Deferred leasing costs, net

26,967



28,083


Prepaid expenses, net

4,064



5,175


Other assets

5,593



3,130


Total assets

$

1,545,828



$

1,527,489






Liabilities




Notes payable

$

873,143



$

880,271


Revolving credit facility payable

38,465



45,329


Term loan facility payable

74,616



74,591


Construction loan payable

36,897



21,655


Dividends and distributions payable

19,224



19,153


Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities

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