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EastGroup Properties Announces Fourth Quarter and Year 2020 Results

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JACKSON, Miss., Feb. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --

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Fourth Quarter 2020 Results

  • Net Income Attributable to Common Stockholders of $0.94 Per Diluted Share for Fourth Quarter 2020 Compared to $1.28 Per Diluted Share for Fourth Quarter 2019 (Gains on Sales of Real Estate Investments Were $13 Million, or $0.33 Per Diluted Share, for Fourth Quarter 2020, and $30 Million, or $0.77 Per Diluted Share, for Fourth Quarter 2019)

  • Funds from Operations of $1.38 Per Share for Fourth Quarter 2020 Compared to $1.27 Per Share for Fourth Quarter 2019, an Increase of 8.7%

  • Same Property Net Operating Income for the Same Property Pool Excluding Income From Lease Terminations for Fourth Quarter 2020 Increased 2.2% on a Cash Basis and 2.0% on a Straight-Line Basis Compared to Fourth Quarter 2019

  • 98.0% Leased and 97.3% Occupied as of December 31, 2020; Average Occupancy of 96.9% for Fourth Quarter 2020

  • Rental Rates on New and Renewal Leases Increased an Average of 15.4% on a Straight-Line Basis

  • Acquired 297,000 Square Feet of Operating Properties for $42 Million and 162,000 Square Feet of Value-Add Properties for $28 Million

  • Acquired 76 Acres of Development Land for $20 Million

  • Started Construction of Three Development Projects Containing 577,000 Square Feet with Projected Total Costs of $56 Million

  • Transferred One Value-Add Project (196,000 Square Feet) to the Real Estate Portfolio

  • Sold Two Operating Properties Containing 126,000 Square Feet for $21 Million (Gains of $13 Million Not Included in FFO)

  • Closed $175 Million of Senior Unsecured Notes with a Weighted Average Fixed Interest Rate of 2.65%

  • Declared 164th Consecutive Quarterly Cash Dividend: $0.79 Per Share

  • Issued 122,380 Shares of Common Stock Pursuant to the Company's Continuous Common Equity Offering Program at an Average Price of $140.62 Per Share for Aggregate Net Proceeds of $17 Million

Year 2020 Results

  • Net Income Attributable to Common Stockholders of $2.76 Per Diluted Share for 2020 Compared to $3.24 Per Diluted Share for 2019 (Gains on Sales of Real Estate Investments Were $13 Million, or $0.33 Per Diluted Share, in 2020, and $41 Million, or $1.09 Per Diluted Share, in 2019)

  • Funds from Operations of $5.38 Per Share for 2020 Compared to $4.98 Per Share for 2019, an Increase of 8.0%

  • Same Property Net Operating Income for the Same Property Pool Excluding Income From Lease Terminations for 2020 Increased 3.2% on a Cash Basis and 2.1% on a Straight-Line Basis Compared to 2019

  • Average Occupancy of 96.7% for the Year

  • Rental Rates on New and Renewal Leases Increased an Average of 21.7% on a Straight-Line Basis

  • Acquired 347,000 Square Feet of Operating Properties for $49 Million and 162,000 Square Feet of Value-Add Properties for $28 Million

  • Acquired 233 Acres of Development Land for $46 Million

  • Started Construction of Five Development Projects Containing 851,000 Square Feet with Projected Total Costs of $91 Million

  • Transferred 18 Development and Value-Add Projects (2.4 Million Square Feet) to the Real Estate Portfolio

  • Development and Value-Add Program Consisted of 16 Projects in 10 Cities (2.7 Million Square Feet) at December 31, 2020 with a Projected Total Investment of $292 Million

  • Sold Two Operating Properties Containing 126,000 Square Feet for $21 Million (Gains of $13 Million Not Included in FFO)

  • Closed $275 Million of Unsecured Debt During the Year with a Weighted Average Effective Fixed Interest Rate of 2.56%

  • Repaid $105 Million of Unsecured Debt and a Mortgage with a Principal Balance of $46 Million During the Year with a Weighted Average Effective Fixed Interest Rate of 3.8%

  • Remaining Available Capacity of $270 Million on the $395 Million Lines of Credit as of December 31, 2020

  • Issued 709,924 Shares of Common Stock Pursuant to the Company's Continuous Common Equity Offering Program at an Average Price of $132.32 Per Share for Aggregate Net Proceeds of $93 Million

EastGroup Properties, Inc. (NYSE: EGP) (the "Company", "we", "us" or "EastGroup") announced today the results of its operations for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2020.

Commenting on EastGroup's performance, Marshall Loeb, CEO, stated, "Our team and portfolio's performance exceeded our expectations not only for the quarter, but also for the year. We finished 2020 with FFO per share above our original pre-COVID forecast and begin 2021 at a record high percentage leased all while in the midst of a global pandemic. Now we are beginning to feel like the markets may ease to a sense of normalcy over the course of the year. With that stability and accompanying improved economic predictability, our optimism further rises, primarily due to the pandemic's acceleration of a number of positive trends within our industry and markets."

EARNINGS PER SHARE

Three Months Ended December 31, 2020
On a diluted per share basis, earnings per common share ("EPS") were $0.94 for the three months ended December 31, 2020, compared to $1.28 for the same period of 2019. The Company's property net operating income ("PNOI") increased by $4,570,000 ($0.12 per share) for the three months ended December 31, 2020, as compared to the same period of 2019. EastGroup recognized gains on sales of real estate investments of $13,145,000 ($0.33 per share) during the three months ended December 31, 2020, compared to $29,662,000 ($0.77 per share) during the same period of 2019. In addition, depreciation and amortization expense increased by $2,989,000 ($0.08 per share) during the three months ended December 31, 2020, as compared to the same period of 2019.

Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2020
Diluted EPS for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 were $2.76 compared to $3.24 for the same period of 2019. PNOI increased by $21,792,000 ($0.55 per share) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, as compared to the same period of 2019. EastGroup recognized gains on sales of real estate investments of $13,145,000 ($0.33 per share) during the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, compared to $41,068,000 ($1.09 per share) during the same period of 2019. Depreciation and amortization expense increased by $11,635,000 ($0.30 per share) during the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, as compared to the same period of 2019.

FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS AND PROPERTY NET OPERATING INCOME

Three Months Ended December 31, 2020
For the three months ended December 31, 2020, funds from operations attributable to common stockholders ("FFO") were $1.38 per share compared to $1.27 per share for the same quarter of 2019, an increase of 8.7%.

PNOI increased by $4,570,000, or 7.3%, during the three months ended December 31, 2020, compared to the same period of 2019. PNOI increased $3,814,000 from newly developed and value-add properties, $839,000 from same property operations (based on the same property pool) and $631,000 from 2019 and 2020 acquisitions; PNOI decreased $695,000 from operating properties sold in 2019 and 2020.

The same property pool PNOI Excluding Income from Lease Terminations increased 2.0% on a straight-line basis for the three months ended December 31, 2020, compared to the same quarter in 2019; on a cash basis (excluding straight-line rent adjustments and amortization of above/below market rent intangibles), Same PNOI increased 2.2%. The Company has included in rental income deferred rent charges for executed deferral agreements that qualify for the modified COVID-19-related guidance provided by the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB"); this rental income is also included in calculations for same property metrics. Additional information on the Company's deferred rent agreements may be found in the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic section below.

On a straight-line basis, rental rates on new and renewal leases (3.4% of total square footage) increased an average of 15.4% during the three months ended December 31, 2020.

Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2020
FFO for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 was $5.38 per share compared to $4.98 per share during the same period of 2019, an increase of 8.0%.

PNOI increased by $21,792,000, or 9.1%, during the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, compared to the same period of 2019. PNOI increased $15,941,000 from newly developed and value-add properties, $5,505,000 from 2019 and 2020 acquisitions and $4,062,000 from same property operations (based on the same property pool); PNOI decreased $3,706,000 from operating properties sold in 2019 and 2020.

The same property pool PNOI Excluding Income from Lease Terminations increased 2.1% on a straight-line basis for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, compared to the same period of 2019; on a cash basis (excluding straight-line rent adjustments and amortization of above/below market rent intangibles), Same PNOI increased 3.2%. The Company has included in rental income deferred rent charges for executed deferral agreements that qualify for the modified COVID-19-related guidance provided by the FASB; this rental income is also included in calculations for same property metrics. Additional information on the Company's deferred rent agreements may be found in the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic section below.

On a straight-line basis, rental rates on new and renewal leases (18.5% of total square footage) increased an average of 21.7% during the twelve months ended December 31, 2020.

The same property pool for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2020 includes properties which were included in the operating portfolio for the entire period from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020; this pool is comprised of properties containing 38,612,000 square feet.

FFO, PNOI and Same PNOI are non-GAAP financial measures, which are defined under Definitions later in this release. Reconciliations of Net Income to PNOI and Same PNOI, and Net Income Attributable to EastGroup Properties, Inc. Common Stockholders to FFO are presented in the attached schedule "Reconciliations of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures."

IMPACT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. Global, national and local economies continue to be impacted by the pandemic and the mitigation efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19.

During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States has experienced, and may continue to experience, significant health, social and economic impacts from COVID-19. EastGroup's operations, occupancy and rent collections have remained stable during this period. As of February 8, 2021, the Company has received rent relief requests, primarily in the form of payment deferral requests, from approximately 28% of its customers. These requests have largely ended; for comparison, this is only a slight increase from 26% at the end of April 2020 during the beginning of the pandemic. To date, approximately 18% of these requests have been granted some form of relief, which represents approximately 5% of the Company's customers on a square foot basis. The Company has executed rent deferral agreements totaling $1.7 million, which represents 0.4% of the Company's 2020 revenue. The deferrals all relate to 2020 rental income with no future period deferred rents. The terms differ for each deferral agreement, and all deferred rent payments that were due through December 31, 2020 have been collected with the exception of $27,000. As of February 8, 2021, 56% of total deferred rent has been collected. Under modified COVID-19-related guidance provided by the FASB, rental income for the majority of these deferral agreements ($1.4 million of the $1.7 million) qualifies to be recognized as rental income in the periods in which it was charged under the original terms of the leases. When requests were made, they were handled on a case-by-case basis, and the Company's responses were dependent on its understanding of the financial strength of the customer, the operational and earnings impacts being experienced by the customer, and the customer's ability or inability to obtain capital through debt or equity issuances, government assistance programs or by other means. Through February 8, 2021, rent payment deferrals and other forms of rent relief have not been material. The Company is continuing to actively monitor the evolving situation and its impact on the Company's cash flows and operations.

As of February 8, 2021, the Company's rent collection and rent payment deferral status was as follows:

Period


% of Rent

Collected(1)


% of Uncollected
Rent Deferred to
Future Period


% of Uncollected
Rent With No
Deferral
Agreement








Quarterly







Q1 2020


99.8%


0.0%


0.2%

Q2 2020


99.5%


0.3%


0.2%

Q3 2020


99.4%


0.3%


0.3%

Q4 2020


99.5%


0.1%


0.4%








Monthly







October 2020


99.3%


0.2%


0.5%

November 2020


99.4%


0.1%


0.5%

December 2020


99.6%


0.1%


0.3%

January 2021(2)


99.2%


0.0%


0.8%


(1) Customer payments are received daily. The collection information presented is current through February 8, 2021, and the Company anticipates continuing to receive rental payments which will increase the % of Rent Collected.


(2) For comparison, as of February 8, 2021, January rental receipts are slightly higher than the December rental receipts were as of January 8, 2021.

As of December 31, 2020, Houston, EastGroup's largest market, represented approximately 13.1% of the Company's total portfolio on an annualized base rent basis, and the Company's Houston portfolio was 97.2% leased and 95.9% occupied. As of February 8, 2021, with the exception of two months of 99.5% collections, EastGroup had collected 100% of its 2020 monthly rent for its Houston properties. January 2021 collections are 99.7% as of February 8, 2021.

We believe EastGroup's financial condition and balance sheet remain strong. As of December 31, 2020, the outstanding balance on the Company's $395 million unsecured revolving credit facilities was $125 million, providing $270 million of available capacity. EastGroup has only drawn amounts on its unsecured revolving credit facilities for general corporate purposes in the ordinary course of business. The Company is in compliance with its debt covenants at December 31, 2020 and anticipates remaining in compliance during the foreseeable future. The Company's recent debt and equity activity is described below under Financial Strength and Flexibility.

The Company has been continuing construction on already-active development and value-add projects. During the second and third quarters, EastGroup did not begin construction on any new development projects; and during the fourth quarter, the Company started construction on three new development projects as noted in the Development and Value-Add Properties section of this release. Management will continue to monitor the economic conditions of the Company's markets to determine whether to begin construction on additional future development projects.

The future impacts of COVID-19 on the Company are largely dependent on the severity and duration of the economic uncertainty and its effect on EastGroup's customers and cannot be predicted with certainty at this time.

ACQUISITIONS AND DISPOSITIONS

In October, the Company closed the acquisition of Rancho Distribution Center in the Inland Empire West submarket of Los Angeles. The 162,000 square foot, multi-tenant distribution building was acquired for $27.9 million. The addition of this property brings EastGroup's ownership in Los Angeles, which is currently 100% leased, to 2.5 million square feet of operating and value-add properties.

During December 2020, EastGroup purchased The Rock, a multi-tenant distribution center built in 2019 within the Northeast submarket of Dallas. The property, which contains 212,000 square feet and is currently 100% leased, was purchased for $34.1 million.

Also during December, EastGroup purchased Cherokee 75 Business Center 1, a recently constructed distribution facility which contains 85,000 square feet, for $8.3 million. The 100% leased property is located within an existing 53 acre industrial park in the Northwest submarket of Atlanta.

During December, the Company also acquired 11.3 acres of land in Dallas, known as CreekView Phase 3, for $4.0 million. The Company plans to use this parcel to develop two business distribution buildings containing 145,000 square feet. This project will increase the total square feet of the CreekView 121 park, currently owned by the Company and 99% leased, to 772,000 square feet.

Also, in December 2020, the Company acquired 40.1 acres of development land in McKinney, Texas, within the Northeast submarket of Dallas for $12.2 million. The land, which is near the Company's Allen Station properties, is expected to accommodate the future development of approximately 380,000 square feet across four buildings.

In mid-December, EastGroup acquired 12.7 acres of land in El Paso, Texas for $2.5 million. The land is located adjacent to the Company's Americas Ten Building 1, which is 100% leased, and is expected to accommodate the future development of a 168,000 square foot business distribution building.

Also in December, the Company acquired 11.4 acres of development land in the I-20 West submarket of Atlanta for $1.4 million. EastGroup has future plans to construct a 120,000 square foot building on this site, known as the Blairs Bridge land.

In the aggregate during 2020, EastGroup acquired 347,000 square feet of operating properties for $48.7 million, 162,000 square feet of value-add properties for $27.9 million, and 233 acres of development land for $45.7 million.

Subsequent to year-end, EastGroup purchased Northpoint 200, a recently constructed distribution facility which contains 79,000 square feet, for $6.5 million. The 100% leased property is located within the Northwest submarket of Atlanta, where the Cherokee 75 property acquired in December is located.

Also subsequent to year-end, EastGroup purchased Access Business Park 1, a recently constructed 156,000 square foot building, for $10.3 million. The property, which is 20% leased as of February 8, 2021, is located in the I-385 South submarket in Greenville, South Carolina, near the Company's 385 Business Park buildings, which are 100% leased.

During December 2020, EastGroup sold its joint venture partnership interest in University Business Center 120, a 57,000 square foot research and development building in Santa Barbara, for $10.5 million. EastGroup owned 80%, or 46,000 square feet, of the building through a joint venture arrangement. The sale generated a gain for EastGroup of $6.3 million, which is included in Gain on sales of real estate investments; this gain is excluded from FFO.

Also in December 2020, EastGroup sold Central Green, an 80,000 square foot distribution building in Houston, for $10.5 million. The sale generated a gain of $6.8 million, which is included in Gain on sales of real estate investments; this gain is excluded from FFO.

In total for 2020, EastGroup sold 126,000 square feet of operating properties for $21.0 million, generating gains of $13.1 million, which are included in Gain on sales of real estate investments; these gains are excluded from FFO.

DEVELOPMENT AND VALUE-ADD PROPERTIES

During the fourth quarter of 2020, EastGroup began construction of three new development projects in three different cities. The buildings will contain a total of 577,000 square feet and have projected total costs of $56.1 million. The development projects started during 2020 are detailed in the table below:

Development Projects Started in 2020


Location


Size


Anticipated
Conversion
Date


Projected
Total
Costs






(Square feet)




(In thousands)












Gateway 4


Miami, FL


197,000


06/2021


$

26,000



SunCoast 7


Ft. Myers, FL


77,000


11/2021


8,700



Gilbert Crossroads C & D


Phoenix, AZ


178,000


06/2022


21,400



Steele Creek X


Charlotte, NC


162,000


07/2022


12,600



Basswood 1 & 2


Dallas, TX


237,000


10/2022


22,100



Total Development Projects Started




851,000




$

90,800



At December 31, 2020, EastGroup's development and value-add program consisted of 16 projects (2,741,000 square feet) in 10 cities. The projects, which were collectively 35% leased as of February 8, 2021, have a projected total cost of $291.5 million, of which $65.5 million remained to be spent as of December 31, 2020.

During the fourth quarter of 2020, EastGroup transferred one project to the real estate portfolio (one year after value-add acquisition date). The project, which is located in Las Vegas, contains 196,000 square feet and is 100% leased as of February 8, 2021.

The development and value-add properties transferred to the real estate portfolio during 2020 are detailed in the table below:

Development and Value-Add Properties Transferred to the Real Estate Properties Portfolio in 2020


Location


Size


Conversion
Date


Cumulative
Cost as of
12/31/20


Percent
Leased as of
2/8/21





(Square feet)




(In thousands)














Logistics Center 6 & 7 (1)


Dallas, TX


142,000


01/2020


$

15,783



100%

Settlers Crossing 1


Austin, TX


77,000


01/2020


9,418



100%

Settlers Crossing 2


Austin, TX


83,000


01/2020


8,855



100%

Parc North 5


Dallas, TX


100,000


02/2020


9,115



84%

Airport Commerce Center 3


Charlotte, NC


96,000


03/2020


8,893



100%

Horizon VIII & IX


Orlando, FL


216,000


04/2020


18,218



100%

Ten West Crossing 8


Houston, TX


132,000


04/2020


9,836



65%

Tri-County Crossing 1 & 2


San Antonio, TX


203,000


04/2020


16,439



100%

SunCoast 8


Ft. Myers, FL


77,000


05/2020


8,315



100%

CreekView 121 5 & 6


Dallas, TX


139,000


06/2020


15,513



100%

Parc North 6


Dallas, TX


96,000


07/2020


10,768



100%

SunCoast 6


Ft. Myers, FL


81,000


07/2020


8,600



100%

Arlington Tech Centre 1 & 2 (1)


Dallas, TX


151,000


08/2020


14,496



33%

Gateway 5


Miami, FL


187,000


08/2020


25,075



100%

Steele Creek IX


Charlotte, NC


125,000


08/2020


11,114



100%

Grand Oaks 75 2 (1)


Tampa, FL


150,000


09/2020


15,140



100%

Rocky Point 2 (1)


San Diego, CA


109,000


09/2020


20,083



100%

Southwest Commerce Center (1)


Las Vegas, NV


196,000


10/2020


28,487



100%

Total Projects Transferred




2,360,000




$

254,148



93%












Projected Stabilized Yield (2)


7.3%










(1) These value-add projects were acquired by EastGroup.

(2) Weighted average yield based on property net operating income at 100% occupancy and rents computed on a straight-line basis.

Subsequent to quarter-end, EastGroup began construction of two development projects. Horizon West 2 & 3 in Orlando will contain 210,000 square feet and have a projected total cost of $18.2 million. Grand Oaks 75 3 in Tampa will contain 136,000 square feet and has a projected total cost of $11.2 million.

DIVIDENDS

EastGroup declared a cash dividend of $0.79 per share in the fourth quarter of 2020. The fourth quarter dividend, which was paid on January 15, 2021, was the Company's 164th consecutive quarterly cash distribution to shareholders. The Company has increased or maintained its dividend for 28 consecutive years and has increased it 25 years over that period, including increases in each of the last nine years. The annualized dividend rate of $3.16 per share yielded 2.2% on the closing stock price of $146.06 on February 8, 2021.

FINANCIAL STRENGTH AND FLEXIBILITY

EastGroup continues to maintain a strong and flexible balance sheet. Debt-to-total market capitalization was 19.3% at December 31, 2020. The Company's interest and fixed charge coverage ratio was 7.24x both for the fourth quarter of 2020 and for the year 2020, and its ratio of debt to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization for real estate ("EBITDAre") was 5.16x for the fourth quarter and 5.34x for the year. EBITDAre is a non-GAAP financial measure defined under Definitions later in this release. A reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDAre is presented in the attached schedule "Reconciliations of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures."

During the fourth quarter, EastGroup issued and sold 122,380 shares of common stock under its continuous common equity offering program at an average price of $140.62 per share, providing aggregate net proceeds to the Company of $16.9 million. During the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, EastGroup issued and sold 709,924 shares of common stock under its continuous common equity program at an average price of $132.32 per share, providing aggregate net proceeds to the Company of $92.7 million.

As previously announced, in July 2020, the Company and a group of lenders agreed to terms on the private placement of $175 million of senior unsecured notes with a weighted average fixed interest rate of 2.65%. The $100 million note has a 10-year term and a fixed interest rate of 2.61%, and the $75 million note has a 12-year term and a fixed interest rate of 2.71%. These maturity dates complement the Company's existing debt maturity schedule. The notes dated August 17, 2020, were issued and sold on October 14, 2020 and require interest-only payments. The notes will not be and have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements.

In October 2020, EastGroup repaid (with no penalty) a mortgage loan with a balance of $45.9 million, an interest rate of 4.39% and an original maturity date of January 5, 2021.

Also, in December 2020, the Company repaid a maturing $75 million unsecured term loan with an effective fixed interest rate of 3.45%.

During 2020, the Company closed a total of $275 million in unsecured debt with a weighted average interest rate of 2.56%. Also during 2020, EastGroup repaid maturing unsecured debt totaling $105 million with a weighted average effective fixed interest rate of 3.55% and a maturing mortgage with a principal balance of $45.9 million and an interest rate of 4.39%.

OUTLOOK FOR 2021

EPS for 2021 is estimated to be in the range of $2.52 to $2.62. Estimated FFO per share attributable to common stockholders for 2021 is estimated to be in the range of $5.63 to $5.73. The table below reconciles projected net income attributable to common stockholders to projected FFO. The Company is providing a projection of estimated net income attributable to common stockholders solely to satisfy the disclosure requirements of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

EastGroup's projections are based on management's current beliefs and assumptions about our business, the industry and the markets in which we operate; there are known and unknown risks and uncertainties associated with these projections. The Company assumes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, including its outlook for 2021, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted global, national and local economies and the financial markets; it is difficult to predict the future impact on our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows. Please refer to the "Forward-Looking Statements" disclosures included in this earnings release and "Risk Factors" disclosed in our annual and quarterly reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for more information.



Low Range


High Range



Q1 2021


Y/E 2021


Q1 2021


Y/E 2021



(In thousands, except per share data)










Net income attributable to common stockholders


$

23,856



101,502



25,450



105,528


Depreciation and amortization


30,840



125,363



30,840



125,363





















Funds from operations attributable to common stockholders


$

54,696



226,865



56,290



230,891











Diluted shares


39,861



40,262



39,861



40,262


Per share data (diluted):









Net income attributable to common stockholders


$

0.60



2.52



0.64



2.62


Funds from operations attributable to common stockholders


1.37



5.63



1.41



5.73


The following assumptions were used for the mid-point:

Metrics

Initial
Guidance for
Year 2021


Actual for
Year 2020

FFO per share

$5.63 - $5.73


$5.38

FFO per share increase over prior year

5.6%


8.0%

















Same PNOI growth: cash basis(1)

3.5% - 4.5%(2)


3.2%

















Average month-end occupancy

95.9% - 96.9%


96.7%

Lease termination fee income

$585,000


$709,000

Reserves for uncollectible rent (No identified bad debts for 2021)

$1.8 million


$2.8 million

Development starts:




Square feet

2.0 million


851,000

Projected total investment

$205 million


$91 million

Value-add property acquisitions (Projected total investment)

$35 million


$29 million

Operating property acquisitions

$30 million


$49 million

Operating property dispositions

(Potential gains on dispositions are not included in the projections)

$60 million


$21 million









Unsecured debt closing in period

$250 million at 2.70% weighted average interest rate


$275 million at 2.56% weighted average interest rate

Common stock issuances

$140 million


$94 million

General and administrative expense

$16.2 million


$14.4 million


(1) Excludes straight-line rent adjustments, amortization of market rent intangibles for acquired leases and income from lease terminations. Includes rental income for executed deferral agreements that qualify for the modified COVID-19-related guidance provided by the FASB.


(2) Includes properties which have been in the operating portfolio since 1/1/20 and are projected to be in the operating portfolio through 12/31/21; includes 41,043,000 square feet.

DEFINITIONS

The Company's chief decision makers use two primary measures of operating results in making decisions: (1) funds from operations attributable to common stockholders ("FFO") and (2) property net operating income ("PNOI"), as defined below.

FFO is computed in accordance with standards established by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, Inc. ("Nareit"). In December 2018, Nareit issued the "Nareit Funds from Operations White Paper - 2018 Restatement" (the "2018 White Paper"), which reaffirmed, and in some cases refined, Nareit's prior determinations concerning FFO. The guidance in the 2018 White Paper allows preparers an option as it pertains to whether gains or losses on sale, or impairment charges, on real estate assets incidental to a real estate investment trust's ("REIT's") business are excluded from the calculation of FFO. EastGroup has made the election to exclude activity related to such assets that are incidental to our business. The Company has adjusted its 2018 and prior results, as necessary, to reflect this guidance. FFO is calculated as net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders computed in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), excluding gains and losses from sales of real estate property (including other assets incidental to the Company's business) and impairment losses, adjusted for real estate related depreciation and amortization, and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures.

FFO Excluding Gain on Casualties and Involuntary Conversion is calculated as FFO (as defined above), adjusted to exclude gain on casualties and involuntary conversion. The Company believes that the exclusion of gain on casualties and involuntary conversion presents a more meaningful comparison of operating performance.

PNOI is defined as Income from real estate operations less Expenses from real estate operations (including market-based internal management fee expense) plus the Company's share of income and property operating expenses from its less-than-wholly-owned real estate investments. EastGroup sometimes refers to PNOI from Same Properties as "Same PNOI" in this press release and the accompanying reconciliation; the Company also presents Same PNOI Excluding Income from Lease Terminations. The Company presents Same PNOI and Same PNOI Excluding Income from Lease Terminations as a property-level supplemental measure of performance used to evaluate the performance of the Company's investments in real estate assets and its operating results on a same property basis. The Company believes it is useful to evaluate Same PNOI Excluding Income from Lease Terminations on both a straight-line and cash basis. The straight-line basis is calculated by averaging the customers' rent payments over the lives of the leases; GAAP requires the recognition of rental income on a straight-line basis. The cash basis excludes adjustments for straight-line rent and amortization of market rent intangibles for acquired leases; cash basis is an indicator of the rents charged to customers by the Company during the periods presented and is useful in analyzing the embedded rent growth in the Company's portfolio. "Same Properties" is defined as operating properties owned during the entire current period and prior year reporting period. Operating properties are stabilized real estate properties (land including building and improvements) that make up the Company's operating portfolio. Properties developed or acquired are excluded from the same property pool until held in the operating portfolio for both the current and prior year reporting periods. Properties sold during the current or prior year reporting periods are also excluded.

FFO and PNOI are supplemental industry reporting measurements used to evaluate the performance of the Company's investments in real estate assets and its operating results. The Company believes that the exclusion of depreciation and amortization in the industry's calculations of PNOI and FFO provides supplemental indicators of the properties' performance since real estate values have historically risen or fallen with market conditions. PNOI and FFO as calculated by the Company may not be comparable to similarly titled but differently calculated measures for other REITs. Investors should be aware that items excluded from or added back to FFO are significant components in understanding and assessing the Company's financial performance.

The Company's chief decision makers also use Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization for Real Estate ("EBITDAre") in making decisions. EBITDAre is computed in accordance with standards established by Nareit and defined as Net Income, adjusted for gains and losses from sales of real estate investments, non-operating real estate and other assets incidental to the Company's business, interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization. EBITDAre is a non-GAAP financial measure used to measure the Company's operating performance and its ability to meet interest payment obligations and pay quarterly stock dividends on an unleveraged basis.

EastGroup's chief decision makers also use its Debt-to-EBITDAre ratio, a non-GAAP financial measure calculated by dividing the Company's debt by its EBITDAre, in analyzing the financial condition and operating performance of the Company relative to its leverage.

The Company's interest and fixed charge coverage ratio is a non-GAAP financial measure calculated by dividing the Company's EBITDAre by its interest expense. This ratio provides a basis for analysis of the Company's leverage, operating performance, and its ability to service the interest payments due on its debt.

CONFERENCE CALL

EastGroup will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the results of its fourth quarter and review the Company's current operations on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. A live broadcast of the conference call is available by dialing 1-877-876-9173 (conference ID: EastGroup) or by webcast through a link on the Company's website at www.eastgroup.net. If you are unable to listen to the live conference call, a telephone and webcast replay will be available until Wednesday, February 17, 2021. The telephone replay can be accessed by dialing 1-800-723-0488, and the webcast replay can be accessed through a link on the Company's website at www.eastgroup.net.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

Supplemental financial information is available under Quarterly Results in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.eastgroup.net or upon request by calling the Company at 601-354-3555.

COMPANY INFORMATION

EastGroup Properties, Inc. (NYSE: EGP), an S&P MidCap 400 company, is a self-administered equity real estate investment trust focused on the development, acquisition and operation of industrial properties in major Sunbelt markets throughout the United States with an emphasis in the states of Florida, Texas, Arizona, California and North Carolina. The Company's goal is to maximize shareholder value by being a leading provider in its markets of functional, flexible and quality business distribution space for location sensitive customers (primarily in the 15,000 to 70,000 square foot range). The Company's strategy for growth is based on ownership of premier distribution facilities generally clustered near major transportation features in supply-constrained submarkets. EastGroup's portfolio, including development projects and value-add acquisitions in lease-up and under construction, currently includes approximately 47 million square feet. EastGroup Properties, Inc. press releases are available on the Company's website at www.eastgroup.net.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

The statements and certain other information contained in this press release, which can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "will," "seek," "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "targets," "intends," "should," "estimates," "could," "continue," "assume," "projects" or "plans" and variations of such words or similar expressions or the negative of such words, constitute "forward-looking statements" 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, and are subject to the safe harbors created thereby. These forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current views about its plans, intentions, expectations, strategies and prospects, which are based on the information currently available to the Company and on assumptions it has made. Although the Company believes that its plans, intentions, expectations, strategies and prospects as reflected in or suggested by those forward-looking statements are reasonable, the Company can give no assurance that such plans, intentions, expectations or strategies will be attained or achieved. Furthermore, these forward-looking statements should be considered as subject to the many risks and uncertainties that exist in the Company's operations and business environment. Such risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These uncertainties include, but are not limited to:

  • international, national, regional and local economic conditions;

  • the duration and extent of the impact of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on our business and the businesses of our tenants (including their ability to timely make rent payments) and the economy generally;

  • the duration of any "shelter-in-place" or "stay-at-home" orders or other formal recommendations for social distancing which may have affected our operations or the operations of our tenants, and the speed and extent to which revenues of our tenants recover following the lifting of any such orders or recommendations;

  • the general level of interest rates and ability to raise equity capital on attractive terms;

  • financing risks, including the risks that our cash flows from operations may be insufficient to meet required payments of principal and interest, and we may be unable to refinance our existing debt upon maturity or obtain new financing on attractive terms or at all;

  • the competitive environment in which the Company operates;

  • fluctuations of occupancy or rental rates;

  • potential defaults (including bankruptcies or insolvency) on or non-renewal of leases by tenants, or our ability to lease space at current or anticipated rents, particularly in light of the significant uncertainty as to when and the conditions under which current or potential tenants will be able to operate physical locations in the future;

  • potential changes in the law or governmental regulations and interpretations of those laws and regulations, including changes in real estate laws or REIT or corporate income tax laws, and potential increases in real property tax rates;

  • our ability to maintain our qualification as a REIT;

  • acquisition and development risks, including failure of such acquisitions and development projects to perform in accordance with projections;

  • natural disasters such as fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes;

  • pandemics, epidemics or other public health emergencies, such as the outbreak of COVID-19;

  • the terms of governmental regulations that affect us and interpretations of those regulations, including the costs of compliance with those regulations, changes in real estate and zoning laws and increases in real property tax rates;

  • credit risk in the event of non-performance by the counterparties to our interest rate swaps;

  • lack of or insufficient amounts of insurance;

  • litigation, including costs associated with prosecuting or defending claims and any adverse outcomes;

  • our ability to retain key personnel;

  • the consequences of future terrorist attacks or civil unrest; and

  • environmental liabilities, including costs, fines or penalties that may be incurred due to necessary remediation of contamination of properties presently owned or previously owned by us.

All forward-looking statements should be read in light of the risks identified in Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors within the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in its subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

The Company assumes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

EASTGROUP PROPERTIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)

(UNAUDITED)








Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended



December 31,


December 31,



2020


2019


2020


2019

REVENUES









Income from real estate operations


$

92,592



86,480



362,669



330,813


Other revenue


76



70



354



574




92,668



86,550



363,023



331,387


EXPENSES









Expenses from real estate operations


25,863



24,294



103,368



93,274


Depreciation and amortization


30,686



27,697



116,359



104,724


General and administrative


3,384



4,905



14,404



16,406


Indirect leasing costs


139



105



661



411




60,072



57,001



234,792



214,815


OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)









Interest expense


(8,777)



(8,249)



(33,927)



(34,463)


Gain on sales of real estate investments


13,145



29,662



13,145



41,068


Other


231



320



942



163


NET INCOME


37,195



51,282



108,391



123,340


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest in joint ventures


(14)



(1,673)



(28)



(1,678)


NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO EASTGROUP PROPERTIES, INC. COMMON STOCKHOLDERS


37,181



49,609



108,363



121,662


Other comprehensive income (loss) - cash flow hedges


2,693



2,429



(13,559)



(3,894)


TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME


$

39,874



52,038



94,804



117,768











BASIC PER COMMON SHARE DATA FOR NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO EASTGROUP PROPERTIES, INC. COMMON STOCKHOLDERS









Net income attributable to common stockholders


$

0.94



1.29



2.77



3.25


Weighted average shares outstanding


39,507



38,561



39,185



37,442


DILUTED PER COMMON SHARE DATA FOR NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO EASTGROUP PROPERTIES, INC. COMMON STOCKHOLDERS









Net income attributable to common stockholders


$

0.94



1.28



2.76



3.24


Weighted average shares outstanding


39,653



38,687



39,296



37,527



EASTGROUP PROPERTIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)

(UNAUDITED)












Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended



December 31,


December 31,



2020


2019


2020


2019










NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO EASTGROUP PROPERTIES, INC. COMMON STOCKHOLDERS


$

37,181



49,609



108,363



121,662


Depreciation and amortization


30,686



27,697



116,359



104,724


Company's share of depreciation from unconsolidated investment


34



35



137



141


Depreciation and amortization from noncontrolling interest


(28)



(45)



(142)



(186)


Gain on sales of real estate investments


(13,145)



(29,662)



(13,145)



(41,068)


Gain on sales of non-operating real estate




(83)





(83)


Noncontrolling interest in gain on sales of real estate investments of consolidated
joint ventures




1,671





1,671


FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS ("FFO") ATTRIBUTABLE TO COMMON STOCKHOLDERS


54,728



49,222



211,572



186,861


Gain on casualties and involuntary conversion




(80)



(161)



(428)


FFO EXCLUDING GAIN ON CASUALTIES AND INVOLUNTARY CONVERSION


$

54,728



49,142



211,411



186,433











NET INCOME


$

37,195



51,282



108,391



123,340


Interest expense (1)


8,777



8,249



33,927



34,463


Depreciation and amortization


30,686



27,697



116,359



104,724


Company's share of depreciation from unconsolidated investment


34



35



137



141


EARNINGS BEFORE INTEREST, TAXES, DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION ("EBITDA")


76,692



87,263



258,814



262,668


Gain on sales of real estate investments


(13,145)



(29,662)



(13,145)



(41,068)


Gain on sales of non-operating real estate




(83)





(83)


EBITDA for Real Estate ("EBITDAre")


$

63,547



57,518



245,669



221,517











Debt


$

1,310,895



1,182,602



1,310,895



1,182,602


Debt-to-EBITDAre ratio


5.16



5.14



5.34



5.34


DILUTED PER COMMON SHARE DATA FOR NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO EASTGROUP PROPERTIES, INC. COMMON STOCKHOLDERS









Net income attributable to common stockholders


$

0.94



1.28



2.76



3.24


FFO attributable to common stockholders


$

1.38



1.27



5.38



4.98


FFO Excluding Gain on Casualties and Involuntary Conversion attributable to common stockholders


$

1.38



1.27



5.38



4.97


Weighted average shares outstanding for EPS and FFO purposes


39,653



38,687



39,296



37,527




















(1) Net of capitalized interest of $2,089 and $2,386 for the three months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively; and $9,651 and $8,453 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

EASTGROUP PROPERTIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP MEASURES (Continued)

(IN THOUSANDS)

(UNAUDITED)












Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended



December 31,


December 31,



2020


2019


2020


2019










NET INCOME


$

37,195



51,282



108,391



123,340


Gain on sales of real estate investments


(13,145)



(29,662)



(13,145)



(41,068)


Gain on sales of non-operating real estate




(83)





(83)


Net loss on other








884


Interest income


(15)



(28)



(101)



(129)


Other revenue


(76)



(70)



(354)



(574)


Indirect leasing costs


139



105



661



411


Depreciation and amortization


30,686



27,697



116,359



104,724


Company's share of depreciation from unconsolidated investment


34



35



137



141


Interest expense (1)


8,777



8,249



33,927



34,463


General and administrative expense (2)


3,384



4,905



14,404



16,406


Noncontrolling interest in PNOI of consolidated joint ventures


(41)



(62)



(171)



(199)


PROPERTY NET OPERATING INCOME ("PNOI")


66,938



62,368



260,108



238,316


PNOI from 2019 and 2020 Acquisitions


(2,065)



(1,434)



(8,434)



(2,929)


PNOI from 2019 and 2020 Development and Value-Add Properties


(7,494)



(3,680)



(24,050)



(8,109)


PNOI from 2019 and 2020 Operating Property Dispositions


(255)



(950)



(1,081)



(4,787)


Other PNOI


87



68



257



247


SAME PNOI (Straight-Line Basis)


57,211



56,372



226,800



222,738


Net lease termination fee income from same properties


(48)



(317)



(709)



(1,258)


SAME PNOI EXCLUDING INCOME FROM LEASE TERMINATIONS (Straight-Line Basis)


57,163



56,055



226,091



221,480


Straight-line rent adjustments for same properties


374



261



1,361



(867)


Acquired leases - market rent adjustment amortization for same properties


(134)



(170)



(583)



(730)


SAME PNOI EXCLUDING INCOME FROM LEASE TERMINATIONS (Cash Basis)


$

57,403



56,146



226,869



219,883




















(1) Net of capitalized interest of $2,089 and $2,386 for the three months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively; and $9,651 and $8,453 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

(2) Net of capitalized development costs of $1,637 and $2,121 for the three months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively; and $6,689 and $6,918 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

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