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BRT APARTMENTS CORP. Reports Second Quarter Results for 2020

BRT Apartments Corp.
·15 min read

- Collects 98% of Billed Amounts in the Second Quarter and for July -

GREAT NECK, N.Y., Aug. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BRT APARTMENTS CORP. (NYSE:BRT), a multi-family real estate investment trust with properties located primarily in the Southeast United States and Texas today announced operating results for the three months ended June 30, 2020.

“We are operating in an unprecedented time and remain focused on the health and well-being of our tenants and team members. We have weathered the impact of the health crisis well thus far, having collected 98% of our billed amounts for each of the quarter and July. We continue to monitor the markets in which our properties are located and will balance supporting our residents’ needs during the pandemic with the protection of our stockholders’ interests and our liquidity requirements. We believe we are well positioned from a liquidity perspective and look forward to re-engaging in capital deployment activities at an appropriate time,” commented Jeffrey A. Gould, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Financial Results:

Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $4.25 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2020, compared to net loss of $4.32 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2019.

Funds from Operations1, or FFO, was $4.19 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2020, compared to $3.48 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2019.

Adjusted Funds from Operations, or AFFO, for the three months ended June 30, 2020 was $4.71 million, or $0.27 per diluted share for the three months ended June 30, 2020, compared to $3.87 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, in the three months ended June 30, 2019.

Diluted per share net income, FFO and AFFO were impacted during the quarter ended June 30, 2020 by the approximate increase of 1.28 million weighted average shares of common stock outstanding from the second quarter of 2019 through the current quarter, primarily due to stock issuances pursuant to the Company’s at-the-market equity offering program.

1 A description and reconciliation of non-GAAP financial statements (e.g. FFO, AFFO and NOI) to GAAP financial measures is presented in this release

Operating Results:

As of August 10, 2020, BRT wholly-owns eight multi-family properties located in six states with 1,880 units and has ownership interests, through unconsolidated joint ventures, in 31 multi-family properties located in nine states with 9,162 units, including 741 units at two properties in lease-up. BRT’s equity interests in its unconsolidated subsidiaries ranges from 32% to 90%.

During the current quarter, average total occupancy at our consolidated properties was approximately 94.0% compared to approximately 94.9% during the corresponding 2019 quarter. Average rental rate per occupied unit during the current quarter was approximately $1,070 per month compared to approximately $1,012 per month during the corresponding 2019 quarter.

Rental revenue at consolidated properties for the current three months decreased 6.2% to $6.66 million from $7.10 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019. Rental revenue at unconsolidated multi-family properties for the current three months increased 8.8% to $31.54 million from $28.98 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019.

Total expenses at consolidated properties for the three months ended June 30, 2020 were $9.58 million compared to $9.28 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019. Total expenses at unconsolidated multi-family properties for the current twelve months increased 1.8% to $33.86 million from $33.25 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019.

Equity in loss of unconsolidated joint ventures was $1.39 million during the current quarter compared to $2.22 million in the corresponding quarter of the prior year.

Net operating income, or NOI, at consolidated same store properties increased in the current quarter by 1.3% to $3.17 million. NOI at unconsolidated same store properties increased in the current quarter by 3.6% to $13.90 million.

Balance Sheet:

At June 30, 2020, BRT had $16.87 million of cash and cash equivalents, total assets of $385.60 million, total debt of $168.91 million, and BRT total stockholders’ equity of $195.27 million.

At August 1, 2020, BRT’s available liquidity was approximately $32.86 million, including $13.26 million of cash and cash equivalents, $9.60 million of restricted cash for property improvements and up to $10.0 million available under its credit facility. In addition, the unconsolidated joint ventures have approximately $14.7 million of cash and cash equivalents which is used for day-to-day working capital purposes.

BRT’s mortgage debt of $963.40 million (including $830.87 million mortgage debt of its unconsolidated subsidiaries) has a weighted average interest rate of 4.0% and a weighted average remaining term to maturity of 7.1 years. Approximately 91% of the mortgage debt bears interest at a fixed rate. The balance of such debt represents variable-rate construction financing; BRT anticipates refinancing, with fixed rate mortgage debt, the construction financing when lease-up at the related property is complete.

Supplemental Financial Information:

In an effort to enhance its financial disclosures to investors, BRT has posted a supplemental financial information report which can be accessed on the Company’s website at www.brtapartments.com under the caption “Investor Relations - Financial Statements and SEC Filings.”

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

BRT discloses FFO, AFFO and NOI because it believes that such metrics are widely recognized and appropriate measure of the performance of an equity REIT.

BRT computes FFO in accordance with the "White Paper on Funds from Operations" issued by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT") and NAREIT's related guidance. FFO is defined in the White Paper as net income (calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles), excluding depreciation and amortization related to real estate, gains and losses from the sale of certain real estate assets, gains and losses from change in control, impairment write-downs of certain real estate assets and investments in entities when the impairment is directly attributable to decreases in the value of depreciable real estate held by the entity. Adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures are calculated to reflect funds from operations on the same basis.

BRT computes AFFO by adjusting FFO for loss on extinguishment of debt; straight-line rent accruals; restricted stock and restricted stock unit expense and deferred mortgage costs (including its share of its unconsolidated joint ventures); and gain on insurance recovery. Since the NAREIT White Paper only provides guidelines for computing FFO, the computation of AFFO may vary from one REIT to another.

BRT computes NOI by adjusting net income (loss) to (a) add back (1) depreciation expense, (2) general and administrative expenses, (3) interest expense, (4) loss on extinguishment of debt, (5) equity in loss of unconsolidated joint ventures, (6) provision for taxes, (7) the impact of non-controlling interests, and (b) deduct (1) other income, (2) gain on sale of real estate, and (3) gain on insurance recoveries related to casualty loss. BRT defines "Same Store NOI" as NOI for all its properties that were owned for the entirety of the periods being presented, other than properties in lease up. Because there is no industry standard definition of NOI and practice is divergent across the industry, the computation of NOI may from one REIT to another.

BRT believes that FFO, AFFO and NOI are useful and standard supplemental measures of the operating performance for equity REITs and are used frequently by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in evaluating equity REITs, many of which present such metrics when reporting their operating results. FFO and AFFO are intended to exclude GAAP historical cost depreciation and amortization of real estate assets, which assures that the value of real estate assets diminish predictability over time. In fact, real estate values have historically risen and fallen with market conditions. As a result, BRT believes that FFO and AFFO provide a performance measure that when compared year-over-year, should reflect the impact to operations from trends in occupancy rates, rental rates, operating costs, interest costs and other matters without the inclusion of depreciation and amortization, providing a perspective that may not be necessarily apparent from net income. BRT also considers FFO and AFFO to be useful in evaluating potential property acquisitions. BRT views Same Store NOI as an important measure of operating performance because it allows a comparison of operating results of properties owned for the entirety of the current and comparable periods and therefore eliminates variations caused by acquisitions or dispositions during the periods.

FFO, AFFO and NOI do not represent net income or cash flows from operations as defined by GAAP. FFO, AFFO and NOI should not be considered to be an alternative to net income as a reliable measure of our operating performance; nor should FFO, AFFO and NOI be considered an alternative to cash flows from operating, investing or financing activities (as defined by GAAP) as measures of liquidity.

Forward Looking Information:

Certain information contained herein is forward looking 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, including statements regarding the apparent improvement in the economic environment and BRT’s ability to originate additional loans. BRT intends such forward looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and includes this statement for purposes of complying with these safe harbor provisions. Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe our future plans, strategies and expectations, are generally identifiable by use of the words “may,” “will,” “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “project,” “apparent,” “experiencing” or similar expressions or variations thereof. Forward looking statements, including statements with respect to BRT’s multi-family property acquisition and ownership activities, involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which, in some cases, are beyond BRT’s control and could materially affect actual results, performance or achievements. Currently, one of the most significant uncertainties the Company is facing is the potential adverse effect of the current pandemic of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, on residents at the Company’s properties. The pandemic, among other things, may adversely affect the ability of the residents to pay rent (due to furloughs, layoffs and/or the expiration of, or reduction in, unemployment benefits) and as a result, the Company’s ability to pay dividends and/or the debt service on its mortgages. The possibility that in the near term, the Company may be adversely impacted by the pandemic, is heightened by the recent resurgence of the pandemic in the southeast United States and Texas, where many of the Company’s properties are located. The extent to which COVID-19 impacts the Company will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence, including the scope, severity and duration of the pandemic, the actions taken to contain the pandemic or mitigate its impact and the direct and indirect economic effects of the pandemic and containment measures, among others. Investors are cautioned not to rely on any forward-looking statements and to carefully review the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on May 15, 2020 and in the Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K filed thereafter.

Additional Information:

BRT is a real estate investment trust that owns, operates and develops multi-family properties. Interested parties are urged to review the Form 10-Q to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 and the supplemental disclosures regarding the quarter on the investor relations section of the Company’s website at: http://brtapartments.com/investor_relations for further details. The Form 10-Q can also be linked through the “Investor Relations” section of BRT’s website. For additional information on BRT’s operations, activities and properties, please visit its website at www.brtapartments.com.

Contact: Investor Relations - (516) 466-3100

BRT APARTMENTS CORP.
60 Cutter Mill Road
Suite 303
Great Neck, New York 11021
Telephone (516) 466-3100
Telecopier (516) 466-3132
www.BRTapartments.com


BRT APARTMENTS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
(Dollars in thousands)

June 30.2020
(unaudited)

December 31, 2019
(audited)

ASSETS

Real estate properties, net of accumulated depreciation

$

166,760

$

169,689

Investments in unconsolidated joint ventures

180,768

177,071

Real estate loan

4,000

4,150

Cash and cash equivalents

16,874

22,699

Restricted cash

9,462

9,719

Other assets

7,738

7,282

Total assets

$

385,602

$

390,610

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Mortgages payable, net of deferred costs

$

131,840

$

133,215

Junior subordinated notes, net of deferred costs

37,073

37,063

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

21,538

20,772

Total Liabilities

190,451

191,050

Total BRT Apartments Corp. stockholders’ equity

195,274

199,653

Non-controlling interests

(123

)

(93

)

Total Equity

195,151

199,560

Total Liabilities and Equity

$

385,602

$

390,610

BRT APARTMENTS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended
June 30,

Six Months Ended
June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Revenues:

Rental and other revenues from real estate properties

$

6,657

$

7,097

$

13,402

$

13,983

Other income

159

190

338

434

Total revenues

6,816

7,287

13,740

14,417

Expenses:

Real estate operating expenses

3,004

3,325

6,062

6,501

Interest expense

1,809

2,049

3,669

3,995

General and administrative

2,957

2,481

6,324

5,025

Depreciation

1,809

1,428

3,370

2,975

Total expenses

9,579

9,283

19,425

18,496

Total revenue less total expenses

(2,763

)

(1,996

)

(5,685

)

(4,079

)

Equity in loss of unconsolidated joint ventures

(1,387

)

(2,218

)

(3202

)

(4286

)

Loss from continuing operations

(4,150

)

(4,214

)

(8,887

)

(8,365

)

Income tax provision

65

59

127

121

Net loss from continuing operations, net of taxes

(4,215

)

(4,273

)

(9,014

)

(8,486

)

Net income attributable to non-controlling interests

(31

)

(44

)

(63

)

(78

)

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(4,246

)

$

(4,317

)

$

(9,077

)

$

(8,564

)

Per share amounts attributable to common stockholders:

Basic and diluted

$

(0.25

)

$

(0.27

)

$

(0.53

)

$

(0.54

)

Funds from operations - Note 1

$

4,186

$

3,479

$

7,484

$

6,541

Funds from operations per common share - diluted - Note 2

$

0.24

$

0.22

$

0.44

$

0.41

Adjusted funds from operations - Note 1

$

4,712

$

3,871

$

8,680

$

7,589

Adjusted funds from operations per common share - diluted -Note 2

$

0.27

$

0.24

$

0.51

$

0.48

Weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding:

Basic and diluted

17,176,401

15,900,316

17,054,327

15,893,443

BRT APARTMENTS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended June 30,

2020

2019

Note 1:

Funds from operations is summarized in the following table:

GAAP Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(4,246

)

$

(4,317

)

Add: depreciation of properties

1,809

1,428

Add: our share of depreciation in unconsolidated joint ventures

6,627

6,375

Adjustments for non-controlling interests

(4

)

(7

)

NAREIT Funds from operations attributable to common stockholders

4,186

3,479

Adjustments for: straight-line rent accruals

(10

)

(10

)

Add: amortization of restricted stock and restricted stock units

461

373

Add: amortization of deferred mortgage costs

80

84

Add: our share of deferred mortgage costs from unconsolidated joint venture properties

163

358

Adjustments for non-controlling interests

1

$

1

Adjusted funds from operations attributable to common stockholders

$

4,712

$

3,871

Note 2:

GAAP Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(0.25

)

$

(0.27

)

Add: depreciation of properties

0.10

0.09

Add: our share of depreciation in unconsolidated joint ventures

0.39

0.40

Adjustment for non-controlling interests

NAREIT Funds from operations per diluted common share

0.24

0.22

Adjustments for: straight line rent accruals

Add: amortization of restricted stock and restricted stock units

0.03

0.02

Add: amortization of deferred mortgage costs

0.01

Add: our share of deferred mortgage costs from unconsolidated joint venture properties

0.01

0.02

Adjustments for non-controlling interests

Adjusted funds from operations per diluted common share

$

0.27

$

0.24

BRT APARTMENTS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF NOI TO NET INCOME
(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2020

2019

2019

2018

GAAP Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(4,246

)

$

(4,317

)

$

(9,077

)

$

(8,564

)

Less: Other Income

(159

)

(190

)

(338

)

(434

)

Add: Interest expense

1,809

2,049

3,669

3,995

General and administrative

2,957

2,481

6,324

5,025

Depreciation

1,809

1,428

3,370

2,975

Provision for taxes

65

59

127

121

Less: Gain on sale of real estate

Add: Loss on extinguishment of debt

Equity in loss of unconsolidated joint venture properties

1,387

2,218

3,202

4,286

Add: Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests

31

44

63

78

Net Operating Income

$

3,653

$

3,772

$

7,340

$

7,482

Non-same store Net Operating Income

$

(482

)

$

(641

)

$

(1,044

)

$

(1,279

)

Same store Net Operating Income

$

3,171

$

3,131

$

6,296

$

6,203