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City Office REIT Reports Second Quarter 2023 Results

VANCOUVER, Aug. 3, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- City Office REIT, Inc. (NYSE: CIO) (the "Company," "City Office," "we" or "our") today announced its results for the quarter ended June 30, 2023.

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Second Quarter Highlights

  • Rental and other revenues were $44.6 million. GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders was approximately $2.5 million, or ($0.06) per fully diluted share;

  • Core FFO was approximately $14.2 million, or $0.35 per fully diluted share;

  • AFFO was approximately $7.3 million, or $0.18 per fully diluted share;

  • Same Store Cash NOI increased 7.5% as compared to the second quarter of 2022;

  • In-place occupancy was 85.6% as of quarter end;

  • Executed approximately 224,000 square feet of new and renewal leases during the quarter;

  • Declared a second quarter dividend of $0.10 per share of common stock, paid on July 21, 2023; and

  • Declared a second quarter dividend of $0.4140625 per share of Series A Preferred Stock, paid on July 21, 2023.

"Through the first half of the year, our portfolio continues to perform in line with our expectations, including a continued uptick in property utilization levels," commented James Farrar, the Company's Chief Executive Officer.  "Operationally during the second quarter, we completed approximately 224,000 square feet of leasing and achieved a 7.5% Same Store Cash NOI growth rate.  Our focus continues to be on building out spec suites and making property upgrades to drive leasing results over the long term."

"We have narrowed our 2023 guidance ranges based on our expectations for the balance of the year, including a slight decrease in the midpoint of our Core FFO per share guidance and a slight increase in our expected Same Store Cash NOI Change."

"Broadly speaking, there are headwinds to the commercial real estate sector and for office real estate in particular.  We are fortunate to own premium properties in some of the best performing cities across the Sun Belt. This, combined with our strategic approach to increasing cash flow and unlocking value, positions us for strong, long-term performance."

A reconciliation of certain non-GAAP financial measures, including FFO, Core FFO, AFFO, NOI, Same Store NOI, Same Store Cash NOI and their equivalent per share measures, to the most directly comparable financial measure under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") can be found at the end of this release.

Portfolio Operations

The Company reported that its total portfolio as of June 30, 2023 contained 5.7 million net rentable square feet and was 85.6% occupied.

Same Store Cash NOI increased 7.5% for the three months ended June 30, 2023 as compared to the same period in the prior year. Same Store Cash NOI increased 5.2% for the six months ended June 30, 2023 as compared to the same period in the prior year.

Leasing Activity

The Company's total leasing activity during the second quarter of 2023 was approximately 224,000 square feet, which included 49,000 square feet of new leasing and 175,000 square feet of renewals. Approximately 184,000 square feet of leases signed within the quarter will commence subsequent to quarter end.

New Leasing – New leases were signed with a weighted average lease term of 6.5 years at a weighted average annual rent of $35.67 per square foot and at a weighted average cost of $9.46 per square foot per year.

Renewal Leasing – Renewal leases were signed with a weighted average lease term of 2.2 years at a weighted average annual rent of $28.14 per square foot and at a weighted average cost of $2.85 per square foot per year.

Capital Structure

As of June 30, 2023, the Company had total principal outstanding debt of approximately $681.7 million. Approximately 90.4% of the Company's debt was fixed rate or effectively fixed rate due to interest rate swaps. City Office's total principal outstanding debt had a weighted average maturity of approximately 2.8 years and a weighted average interest rate of 4.6%.

On May 4, 2023, the Company's Board of Directors approved a new share repurchase plan authorizing the Company to repurchase up to an aggregate amount of $50 million of its outstanding shares of common stock or Series A Preferred Stock.  The Company has not repurchased any shares to date under this program.

Disposition of Real Estate

During the second quarter of 2023, the Company consented to the appointment of a receiver to assume possession and control of the 190 Office Center property in Dallas, Texas. The Company made this strategic decision based on its opinion of the value of the property and its future prospects relative to the non-recourse loan balance.  Given the appointment of the receiver, the Company deconsolidated the property as of May 15, 2023 and recognized a loss on deconsolidation of $0.1 million. The transaction reduced the Company's total debt outstanding by $38.6 million.

Dividends

On May 5, 2023, the Company's Board of Directors approved and the Company declared a cash dividend of $0.10 per share of the Company's common stock for the three months ended June 30, 2023. The dividend was paid on July 21, 2023 to common stockholders and unitholders of record as of July 7, 2023.

On May 5, 2023, the Company's Board of Directors approved and the Company declared a cash dividend of $0.4140625 per share of the Company's 6.625% Series A Preferred Stock for the three months ended June 30, 2023. The dividend was paid on July 21, 2023 to preferred stockholders of record as of July 7, 2023.

2023 Outlook

The Company is updating its 2023 guidance based on year-to-date performance and its expectations for the remainder of the year. Updated Dispositions guidance reflects the completed disposition of the Company's 190 Office Center property and the potential for an incremental disposition later in the year. The updated Core FFO per diluted share expectations are primarily a result of reduced speculative leasing assumptions for the second half of the year.

Full Year 2023 Guidance

Previous


Updated


Low

High


Low

High

Acquisitions

$0.0M

$0.0M


$0.0M

$0.0M

Dispositions

$25.0M

$75.0M


$38.6M

$60.0M

Net Operating Income

$109.0M

$111.0M


$109.0M

$110.0M

General & Administrative Expenses

$14.5M

$15.5M


$14.7M

$15.2M

Interest Expense

$32.0M

$33.0M


$32.5M

$33.0M

2023 Core FFO per diluted share

$1.38

$1.43


$1.38

$1.40

Net Recurring Straight-Line Rent Adjustment

$4.5M

$5.5M


$4.5M

$5.0M

Same Store Cash NOI Change

2.0 %

4.0 %


3.0 %

4.0 %

December 31, 2023 Occupancy

85.0 %

87.0 %


85.0 %

86.0 %

Material Considerations:

  1. The General and Administrative Expenses guidance includes approximately $4.2 million for stock-based compensation. Our Core FFO definition excludes stock-based compensation. Excluding stock-based compensation, General and Administrative Expenses guidance for Full Year 2023 would have been $10.5 million$11.0 million.

  2. Annual weighted average fully diluted shares of common stock outstanding are assumed to be approximately 40.8 million. Guidance assumes that no share repurchases or issuances occur.

The Company's guidance is based on current plans and assumptions and subject to the risks and uncertainties more fully described in the Company's filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. This outlook reflects management's view of current and future market conditions, including assumptions such as timing and magnitude of future acquisitions and dispositions, if any, rental rates, occupancy levels, leasing activity, our ability to renew expiring leases, uncollectible rents, operating and general administrative expenses, weighted average diluted shares outstanding and rising interest rates.  The Company reminds investors that the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, inflation and general market conditions are uncertain and impossible to predict.  See "Forward-looking Statements" below.

Webcast and Conference Call Details

City Office's management will hold a conference call at 11:00 am Eastern Time on August 3, 2023.

The webcast will be available under the "Investor Relations" section of the Company's website at www.cioreit.com.  The conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-833-470-1428 for domestic callers and 1-404-975-4839 for international callers.  The passcode for the conference call is 067504.

A replay of the call will be available later in the day on August 3, 2023, continuing through November 1, 2023 and can be accessed by dialing 1-866-813-9403 for domestic callers and 1-929-458-6194 for international callers.  The passcode for the replay is 968587.  A replay will also be available for twelve months following the call at "Webcasts & Events" in the "Investor Relations" section of the Company's website.

A supplemental financial information package to accompany the discussion of the results will be posted on www.cioreit.com under the "Investor Relations" section.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures 

Funds from Operations ("FFO") – The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT") states FFO should represent net income or loss (computed in accordance with GAAP) plus real estate related depreciation and amortization (excluding amortization of deferred financing costs) and after adjustments of unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures, gains or losses on the sale of property and impairments to real estate.

The Company uses FFO as a supplemental performance measure because the Company believes that FFO is beneficial to investors as a starting point in measuring the Company's operational performance.  We also believe that, as a widely recognized measure of the performance of REITs, FFO will be used by investors as a basis to compare the Company's operating performance with that of other REITs.

However, because FFO excludes depreciation and amortization and captures neither the changes in the value of the Company's properties that result from use or market conditions nor the level of capital expenditures and leasing commissions necessary to maintain the operating performance of the Company's properties, all of which have real economic effects and could materially impact the Company's results from operations, the utility of FFO as a measure of the Company's performance is limited.  In addition, other equity REITs may not calculate FFO in accordance with the NAREIT definition as the Company does, and, accordingly, the Company's FFO may not be comparable to such other REITs' FFO.  Accordingly, FFO should be considered only as a supplement to net income as a measure of the Company's performance.

Core Funds from Operations ("Core FFO") – We calculate Core FFO by using FFO as defined by NAREIT and adjusting for certain other non-core items.   We also exclude from our Core FFO calculation acquisition costs, loss on early extinguishment of debt, changes in the fair value of earn-outs, changes in fair value of contingent consideration and the amortization of stock based compensation.

We believe Core FFO provides a useful metric in comparing operations between reporting periods and in assessing the sustainability of our ongoing operating performance. Other equity REITs may calculate Core FFO differently or not at all, and, accordingly, the Company's Core FFO may not be comparable to such other REITs' Core FFO.

Adjusted Funds from Operations ("AFFO") – We compute AFFO by adding to Core FFO the non-cash amortization of deferred financing fees and non-real estate depreciation and then subtracting cash paid for recurring tenant improvements, leasing commissions, and capital expenditures, and eliminating the net effect of straight-line rent / expense, deferred market rent and debt fair value amortization.  Recurring capital expenditures exclude development / redevelopment activities, capital expenditures planned at acquisition and costs to reposition a property.  We exclude first generation leasing costs within the first two years of acquisition, which are generally to fill vacant space in properties we acquire or were planned at acquisition.  We have further excluded all costs associated with tenant improvements, leasing commissions and capital expenditures which were funded by the entity contributing the properties at closing.

Along with FFO and Core FFO, we believe AFFO provides investors with appropriate supplemental information to evaluate the ongoing operations of the Company. Other equity REITs may calculate AFFO differently, and, accordingly, the Company's AFFO may not be comparable to such other REITs' AFFO.

Net Operating Income ("NOI") – We define NOI as rental and other revenues less property operating expenses.

We consider NOI to be an appropriate supplemental performance measure to net income because we believe it provides information useful in understanding the core operations and operating performance of our portfolio.

Same Store Net Operating Income ("Same Store NOI") and Same Store Cash Net Operating Income ("Same Store Cash NOI") – Same Store NOI and Same Store Cash NOI are calculated as the NOI attributable to the properties continuously owned and operated for the entirety of the reporting periods presented. The Company's definition of Same Store NOI and Same Store Cash NOI excludes properties that were not stabilized during both of the applicable reporting periods. These exclusions may include, but are not limited to, acquisitions, dispositions and properties undergoing repositioning or significant renovations.

We believe Same Store NOI and Same Store Cash NOI are important measures of comparison because it allows for comparison of operating results of stabilized properties owned and operated for the entirety of both applicable periods and therefore eliminates variations caused by acquisitions, dispositions or repositionings during such periods. Other REITs may calculate Same Store NOI and Same Store Cash NOI differently and our calculation should not be compared to that of other REITs.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Certain statements contained in this press release, including those that express a belief, expectation or intention, as well as those that are not statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws and as such are based upon the Company's current beliefs as to the outcome and timing of future events. Forward-looking statements are generally identifiable by use of forward-looking terminology such as "approximately," "anticipate," "assume," "believe," "budget," "contemplate," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "future," "hypothetical," "intend," "may," "outlook," "plan," "potential," "predict," "project," "seek," "should," "target," "will"  or other similar words or expressions. There can be no assurance that actual forward-looking statements, including projected capital resources, projected profitability and portfolio performance, estimates or developments affecting the Company will be those anticipated by the Company. Examples of forward-looking statements include those pertaining to expectations regarding our financial performance, including under metrics such as NOI and FFO, market rental rates, national or local economic growth, including the impact of inflation, estimated replacement costs of our properties, the Company's expectations regarding tenant occupancy, re-leasing periods, the

Company's ability to renew expiring leases, tenant compliance with contractual lease obligations, projected capital improvements, expected sources of financing and ability to service existing financing, expectations as to the likelihood and timing of closing of acquisitions, dispositions, or other transactions, the expected operating performance of the Company's current properties, anticipated near-term acquisitions and descriptions relating to these expectations, including, without limitation, the anticipated net operating income yield and cap rates, lower than expected yields, increased interest rates, operating costs and costs of capital, and changes in local, regional, national and international economic conditions, including as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Forward-looking statements presented in this press release are based on management's beliefs and assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on historical performance and management's current plans, estimates and expectations in light of information currently available to us and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting us will be those that we have anticipated. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to the factors, risks and uncertainties described above, changes in global, regional or local political, economic, business, competitive, market, regulatory and other factors described in our news releases and filings with the SEC, including but not limited to those described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 under the heading "Risk Factors" and in our subsequent reports filed with the SEC, many of which are beyond our control. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of our assumptions prove to be incorrect, our actual results may vary in material respects from what we may have expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. We caution that you should not place undue reliance on any of our forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release speaks only as of the date of this press release. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. The Company does not guarantee that the assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements contained in this press release are free from errors. Unless otherwise stated, historical financial information and per share and other data are as of June 30, 2023 or relate to the quarter ended June 30, 2023. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable securities laws.

City Office REIT, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

 (In thousands, except par value and share data)



June 30,

 2023


December 31,
2022

Assets




Real estate properties




Land

$        193,524


$          199,537

Building and improvement

1,189,789


1,215,000

Tenant improvement

146,633


139,365

Furniture, fixtures and equipment

689


689


1,530,635


1,554,591

Accumulated depreciation

(197,062)


(175,720)


1,333,573


1,378,871

Cash and cash equivalents

38,350


28,187

Restricted cash

14,307


16,075

Rents receivable, net

48,971


44,429

Deferred leasing costs, net

21,058


21,989

Acquired lease intangible assets, net

49,876


55,438

Other assets

31,313


29,450

Total Assets

$     1,537,448


$       1,574,439

Liabilities and Equity




Liabilities:




Debt

$        678,380


$          690,099

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

30,625


35,753

Deferred rent

7,956


9,147

Tenant rent deposits

7,142


7,040

Acquired lease intangible liabilities, net

8,422


9,150

Other liabilities

16,035


20,076

Total Liabilities

748,560


771,265

Commitments and Contingencies




Equity:




6.625% Series A Preferred stock, $0.01 par value per share, 5,600,000 shares authorized,
   4,480,000 issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022

112,000


112,000

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 39,938,451 and 39,718,767
   shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022

399


397

Additional paid-in capital

436,733


436,161

Retained earnings

235,705


251,542

Accumulated other comprehensive income

3,726


2,731

Total Stockholders' Equity

788,563


802,831

Non-controlling interests in properties

325


343

Total Equity

788,888


803,174

Total Liabilities and Equity

$       1,537,448


$       1,574,439

 

City Office REIT, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share data)



Three Months Ended
June 30,


Six Months Ended
June 30,


2023


2022


2023


2022

Rental and other revenues

$         44,604


$         45,498


$         90,562


$         90,350









Operating expenses:








Property operating expenses

17,246


16,836


34,966


33,325

General and administrative

3,668


3,614


7,433


7,070

Depreciation and amortization

15,768


15,701


31,072


31,516

Total operating expenses

36,682


36,151


73,471


71,911









Operating income

7,922


9,347


17,091


18,439

Interest expense:








Contractual interest expense

(7,981)


(5,982)


(15,953)


(11,729)

Amortization of deferred financing costs and debt fair value

(323)


(302)


(647)


(614)


(8,304)


(6,284)


(16,600)


(12,343)

Net (loss)/gain on disposition of real estate property

(134)



(134)


21,658

Net (loss)/income

(516)


3,063


357


27,754

Less:








Net income attributable to non-controlling interests in properties

(164)


(164)


(333)


(335)

Net (loss)/income attributable to the Company

(680)


2,899


24


27,419

Preferred stock distributions

(1,855)


(1,855)


(3,710)


(3,710)

Net (loss)/income attributable to common stockholders

$         (2,535)


$            1,044


$         (3,686)


$         23,709









Net (loss)/income per common share:








Basic

$           (0.06)


$              0.02


$           (0.09)


$              0.54

Diluted

$           (0.06)


$              0.02


$           (0.09)


$              0.53

Weighted average common shares outstanding:








Basic

39,938


43,632


39,906


43,593

Diluted

39,938


44,482


39,906


44,445









Dividend distributions declared per common share

$              0.10


$              0.20


$              0.30


$              0.40









 

City Office REIT, Inc.

Reconciliation of Net Income to FFO, Core FFO and AFFO

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share data)



Three Months Ended

June 30, 2023

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$                 (2,535)

(+) Depreciation and amortization

15,768

(+) Net loss on disposition of a real estate property

134


13,367

Non-controlling interests in properties:


(+) Share of net income

164

(-) Share of FFO

(332)

FFO attributable to common stockholders

$                13,199

(+) Stock based compensation

1,023

Core FFO attributable to common stockholders

$                14,222

(-) Net recurring straight-line rent/expense adjustment

(953)

(+) Net amortization of above and below market leases

25

(+) Net amortization of deferred financing costs and debt fair value

321

(-) Net recurring tenant improvements and incentives

(4,353)

(-) Net recurring leasing commissions

(654)

(-) Net recurring capital expenditures

(1,338)

AFFO attributable to common stockholders

$                  7,270



FFO per common share

$                    0.32

Core FFO per common share

$                    0.35

AFFO per common share

$                    0.18



Dividends distributions declared per common share

$                    0.10

FFO Payout Ratio

31 %

Core FFO Payout Ratio

29 %

AFFO Payout Ratio

56 %



Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted

40,793

 

City Office REIT, Inc.

Reconciliation of Rental and Other Revenues to Same Store NOI and Same Store Cash NOI

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)



Three Months Ended
June 30,


Six Months Ended
June 30,


2023


2022


2023


2022

Rental and other revenues

$         44,604


$         45,498


$         90,562


$         90,350

Property operating expenses

17,246


16,836


34,966


33,325

Net operating income ("NOI")

$         27,358


$         28,662


$         55,596


$         57,025

Less: NOI of properties not included in same store

(772)


(3,464)


(1,461)


(6,147)

Same store NOI

$         26,586


$         25,198


$         54,135


$         50,878

Less:








Termination fee income

(95)


(254)


(349)


(670)

Straight-line rent/expense adjustment

(1,060)


(1,317)


(2,599)


(1,644)

Above and below market leases

36


47


64


127

NCI in properties – share in cash NOI

(443)


(398)


(877)


(798)

Same store cash NOI

$         25,024


$         23,276


$         50,374


$         47,893

 

City Office REIT, Inc.

Reconciliation of Net Income to Core FFO Guidance

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share data)



Full Year 2023 Outlook


Low


High

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$       (10,200)


$       (10,700)

(+) Depreciation and amortization

63,000


64,000

(+) Net loss on disposition of real estate property

100


100

(-) Non-controlling interests in properties

(600)


(600)

FFO attributable to common stockholders

$         52,300


$         52,800

(+) Stock based compensation

4,200


4,200

Core FFO attributable to common stockholders

$         56,500


$         57,000





FFO per common share

$             1.28


$             1.29

Core FFO per common share

$             1.38


$             1.40





Weighted average shares of common stock

40,800


40,800

 

Contact
City Office REIT, Inc.
Anthony Maretic, CFO
+1-604-806-3366
investorrelations@cityofficereit.com

 

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