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Edited Transcript of FRPH earnings conference call or presentation 5-Aug-19 5:00pm GMT

Q2 2019 FRP Holdings Inc Earnings Call

JACKSONVILLE Aug 12, 2019 (Thomson StreetEvents) -- Edited Transcript of FRP Holdings Inc earnings conference call or presentation Monday, August 5, 2019 at 5:00:00pm GMT

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Corporate Participants

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* David H. deVilliers

FRP Holdings, Inc. - President

* John Daniel Baker

FRP Holdings, Inc. - Executive Chairman & CEO

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Presentation

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Operator [1]

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Excuse me, everyone. We now have John Baker, Executive Chairman and CEO of FRP Holdings Incorporated, in conference. (Operator Instructions) I would now like to turn the conference over to John Baker. Mr. Baker, you may begin.

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John Daniel Baker, FRP Holdings, Inc. - Executive Chairman & CEO [2]

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Thank you very much, and welcome to everyone. My name is John Baker, and I'm Chairman of FRP Holdings, Inc. With me today are David deVilliers Jr., our President; John Milton, now our General Counsel; John Baker III, our CFO; David deVilliers III, our Executive VP; and John Klopfenstein, our Chief Accounting Officer.

Let me remind you that any statements made on this call which relate to the future are, by their very nature, subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those indicated in such forward-looking statements. These include, but are not limited to, risks generally associated with real estate investing as well as other risks listed from time to time in our SEC filings.

With the sale of 1 office building and 1 warehouse building during the quarter for a combined consideration of approximately $20 million, we have almost completely transformed our company in the past year. David deVilliers will outline our progress, but suffice it to say, our primary task is to redeploy the proceeds of the warehouse sale into higher-performing projects that will conservatively and substantially grow our net asset value over time.

We believe that we can bring the most value by finding development projects, generally, in partnership with experienced developers that generate much higher returns than our traditional industrial portfolios.

We like opportunities where we can utilize 1031s and/or our opportunity zone investments to reduce the tax bite of being a C corporation. But we are focused on the quality of the project and the quality of our partner is our primary criteria so the tax savings are a benefit, but not a driving force. We are excited about our existing projects and some new ones that we are looking at, and believe that they will serve us well for a long time. David, please walk us through our developments as they stand today.

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David H. deVilliers, FRP Holdings, Inc. - President [3]

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Thank you, John, and good day to those on the call this afternoon. As a follow-up to John's opening remarks, we have been busy continuing the redeployment of capital and the future opportunities for the business. I'll provide greater detail as I get into the highlights of the Development section.

Relative to our Asset Management segment, of the 43 buildings we owned and managed at the beginning of 2018, all that remains is our home office building in Baltimore and the vacant lot that once held the corporate management's offices in Jacksonville that is still leased to a third-party tenant.

During the quarter we completed the sale of the office building at 7030 Dorsey Road in Anne Arundel County to a local family office development company for $8.8 million and sold the 110,875 square foot warehouse at 1502 Quarry Drive for $11.7 million to the same subsidiary of the Blackstone Group that purchased our warehouse platform in May of last year.

Some of the sale proceeds were used as part of the reverse 1031 strategy for the purchase of our Cranberry Run Business Park, and we are in the process of seeking out and identifying other assets deemed suitable to perfect tax deferrals with the balance of the funds.

Subsequent to our acquisition of the Cranberry Business Park in the first quarter of '19, we completed significant redevelopment efforts totaling over $1.0 million to increase the marketability and value and have enjoyed some early leasing success, bringing the project to 33% leased and occupied as of the end of this quarter.

Cranberry Run is a 5-building industrial park in Harford County, Maryland, totaling 268,010 square feet of industrial/flex space, and a welcome addition to the Asset Management segment.

Besides Cranberry Run, another addition to the Asset Management business segment is our latest spec warehouse building constructed on 1 of the 3 remaining lots at our Hollander Business Park in Baltimore, Maryland. The building was transferred from development into this business segment when it was placed in service during this quarter. It is a state-of-the-art 32-foot clear height distribution building of 94,350 square feet. This project is 33% leased as of last week, and the tenant will take occupancy in the first quarter of 2020 when tenant improvements are complete.

Total revenues in this segment were $662,000, up $94,000 or 16.5% over the same period last year. Operating loss was $11,000, down a $160,000 compared to the same quarter last year due to a higher allocation of corporate expenses, increased operating expenses associated with the Cranberry Run acquisition and the addition of the Hollander spec building to this business segment.

Relative to Mining and Royalties, total revenues for the quarter were $2,633,000 versus $2,055,000 in the same period last year, resulting in a 28% increase. Total operating profit correspondingly increased 30% in this segment to $2,422,000 versus $1,866,000 for the same period, resulting in a $556,000 increase.

Among the reasons for this increase in revenue and operating profit is the trend of increased tonnage sales on 8 of the 10 active mines, along with contribution from our Fort Myers quarry, the revenue from which, now that mining has begun in earnest, was more than double the minimum royalty we had been receiving.

In our Developing segment, we were quite busy with many projects in the queue. So with respect to ongoing and new projects they include: one, Phase 1 of our joint venture with St. John's Properties consisting of 2 single-story office buildings totaling 72,000 square feet and 2 small bay retail buildings totaling 28,000 square feet in Baltimore County, Maryland, were placed in service at the end of last year.

As of June 30, marketing efforts have resulted in a lease up of 61% of the office component of the project. Two, our efforts continue to be favorable towards achieving planned unit development status for our 118-acre tract in Carroll County, Maryland, now known as Hampstead Overlook. Concept plans continue to provide for a combination of 255 single-family and townhouse building lots.

Three, our residential land development venture in Baltimore County, Maryland, now known as Hyde Park, went under contract of sale to a homebuilder during the quarter for the 122 townhouse and 4 single-family lots that were previously approved by the appropriate government authorities. We currently have a $250,000 nonrefundable deposit and subject to certain conditions, including receipt of a record plat for the aforementioned lots, settlement could be as early as the first quarter of 2020.

Construction of Phase 2 of our Riverfront on the Anacostia project in Washington, D.C., now known as The Maren, is ahead of schedule and was 60% complete at the end of the quarter. Upon its completion, this mixed-use development will consist of 264 apartments and 6,900 square feet of first-floor retail. The building is expected to receive its first resident in the early 2020.

Like we did for Phase 1, or Dock 79 as it's now known, this is the joint venture with MidAtlantic Realty Partners, or MRP, in which FRP is a majority partner.

Five, earlier this year, we broke ground on Phase 1 of another joint venture opportunity with our partner at Riverfront, MRP, to develop the first phase of a multiphased mixed-use residential and retail development adjacent to the Red Line Metro Station in Northeast Washington, D.C., known as Bryant Street, which is just 2 stops north of Union Station.

We contributed $32 million in common equity and another $23 million in preferred equity to the joint venture. And like The Maren, we'll hold a majority ownership interest in this venture.

This property is located in a designated opportunity zone, which allows us to defer the capital gains on some of the pretax profits from the warehouse sale. Phase 1 will consist of 487 apartments and 86,000 square feet of first-floor and freestanding retail. 51,000 square feet of this retail has been preleased. As of June 30, construction was 29% complete.

Finally, at the end of the quarter, we created an opportunity fund with $50 million of additional capital gains proceeds from the warehouse sale. That assuming appropriate long-term investments can be identified, the funds will qualify for opportunity zone tax benefits. The expiration date for asset identification is August 25, 2019.

Moving on to our Stabilized Joint Venture Segment. Average occupancy for the quarter was 96.4%, up 100 basis points from the same quarter a year ago. And on June 30, Dock 79 was 97.4% occupied.

During the quarter, leases renewed at an average increase rent of 2.1%. Net operating income for this segment was $1,868,634, up 12.6% compared to the same quarter last year. The 3 retail suites that make up 76% of the total retail component, continue to operate at high levels with 2 of the 3 restaurants providing overage checks, which help to bolster the NOI year-to-date. Dock 79 is a joint venture between the company and MRP, in which FRP is the majority owner with a 66% ownership.

As has been stated before, we began 2019 a very different company than we were at the start of 2018. The asset sale of a year ago has dramatically reshaped the landscape of our business and our direction forward. The disposition of 43 buildings, the infrastructure required to support it and the cash we've retained from that disposition has shifted our focus towards development, both from our own forces and by partnering with best-in-class third-party teams in their respective asset classes as the number of ongoing projects in our Development segment demonstrates.

As we move further from the financial crisis that sparked the severe global recession of 2008 and 2009, many of the memories of the risks associated with those trying times has naturally begun to fade. Rest assured, those memories remain front and center and guide us in everything we do.

Despite or maybe because of the lack of consensus regarding economic forecasts, indicators and the volatility of markets, we believe we're in an enviable financial position given our current liquidity. We prize this liquidity and remain steadfast in our commitment to redeploy these proceeds as carefully as we possibly can.

We have some of the best assets in the business segments in which we compete as demonstrated by another amazing quarter from our Mining and Royalties segment and the continued ability to grow rents at Dock 79. We use these as our yardstick for measuring the acceptability of all future investment opportunities.

Thank you, and I'll now turn back to John.

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John Daniel Baker, FRP Holdings, Inc. - Executive Chairman & CEO [4]

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Thank you, David. Now if there are any questions, we'd be delighted to entertain them.

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Operator [5]

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(Operator Instructions) At this time, there are no questions in the queue.

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John Daniel Baker, FRP Holdings, Inc. - Executive Chairman & CEO [6]

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Well, thank you all for joining us today. We appreciate your interest in the company and look forward to talking to you next quarter.

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Operator [7]

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Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, this concludes today's teleconference. You may now disconnect.