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Empire State Realty Trust Announces Second Quarter 2022 Results

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– Net Income of $0.18 Per Fully Diluted Share –
– Core FFO of $0.29 Per Fully Diluted Share –
– $1.2 Billion of Liquidity, No Outstanding Debt Maturities Until November 2024 –
– 2022 Guidance Updated –

NEW YORK, July 27, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) (the "Company") is a REIT that owns and manages office, retail and multifamily assets in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area. ESRT owns the Empire State Building, the World’s Most Famous Building, and Tripadvisor’s 2022 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards #1 attraction in the U.S. and #3 attraction in the world, the newly reimagined and iconic Empire State Building Observatory. Today the Company reported its operational and financial results for the second quarter of 2022.

Second Quarter 2022 and Recent Highlights

  • Net Income of $0.18 per fully diluted share.

  • Core Funds From Operations ("Core FFO") of $0.29 per fully diluted share in second quarter 2022, compared to $0.18 per fully diluted share in second quarter 2021. Second quarter Core FFO included $0.07 of lease termination fee income for space that was released as part of a tenant expansion.

  • Same-Store Property Cash Net Operating Income ("NOI") excluding lease termination fees decreased 7.1% from the second quarter of 2021, primarily driven by the normalization of operating expenses.

  • Total commercial portfolio is 87.8% leased; Manhattan office portfolio is 88.3% leased.

  • Signed a total of 320,225 rentable square feet of new, renewal, and several large long-term expansion leases, including iCapital for two full floors for 59,000 square feet at One Grand Central Place and Burlington Merchandising Corporation for 35,000 square feet at 1400 Broadway, and 18 prebuilt leases in the Manhattan office portfolio.

  • Empire State Building Observatory (ESBO) NOI was $19.6 million for the second quarter 2022, which represented approximately 80% of 2019 second quarter NOI levels.

  • Notably, the ESBO was named the #1 attraction in the U.S. and #3 worldwide by Tripadvisor’s 2022 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards. In the second quarter, the ESBO hosted 573,000 visitors. Year to date, ESBO has already surpassed one million visitors.

  • Repurchased $53.7 million of common stock at a weighted average price of $7.90 per share in the second quarter and through July 21, 2022. The stock repurchase program began in March 2020 and through July 21, 2022, approximately $256 million at a weighted average price of $8.48 per share has been repurchased.

  • Selected as a 2022 Platinum Green Lease Leader by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Better Buildings Alliance and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT). ESRT is one of only nine awardees to achieve the new highest Platinum distinction. With this award, ESRT is recognized for its integration of high-performance leasing and sustainability practices into business operations, which deliver energy efficiency, cost savings, air quality, and sustainability for our tenants.

Property Operations

As of June 30, 2022, the Company’s property portfolio contained 9.2 million rentable square feet of office space, 0.7 million rentable square feet of retail space and 625 residential units across two multifamily properties, which were occupied and leased as shown below.

June 30, 2022

March 31, 2022

June 30, 2021

Percent occupied:

Total commercial portfolio

84.3%

83.0%

85.2%

Total office

83.7%

82.4%

85.0%

Manhattan office

84.0%

83.9%

87.2%

GNYMA office1

82.2%

76.2%

76.1%

Total retail2

92.0%

91.1%

88.5%

Total multifamily portfolio

98.4%

97.6%

N/A

Percent leased (includes signed leases not commenced):

Total commercial portfolio

87.8%

87.0%

88.2%

Total office

87.4%

86.6%

87.9%

Manhattan office

88.3%

88.6%

89.9%

GNYMA office1

83.5%

78.5%

79.8%

Total retail2

92.4%

91.5%

92.0%

1 "GNYMA office" for the period ending June 30, 2022 reflects the removal of 383 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CT.

2 "Total retail" for the periods ending March 31, 2022 and June 30, 2022 includes the retail assets acquired as part of the multifamily acquisition completed in late-December 2021.

Leasing

The tables below summarize leasing activity for the three months ended June 30, 2022:

Total Portfolio

Total Portfolio

Total Leases
Executed

Total square
footage
executed

Average cash
rent psf - leases
executed

Previously
escalated cash
rents psf

% of new cash
rent over / under
previously
escalated rents

Office

34

316,949

$

60.28

$

58.25

3.5%

Retail

3

3,276

$

115.08

$

115.54

(0.4%)

Total Overall

37

320,225

$

60.86

$

58.86

3.4%

Manhattan Office Portfolio

Manhattan Office Portfolio

Total Leases
Executed

Total square
footage
executed

Average cash
rent psf - leases
executed

Previously
escalated cash
rents psf

% of new cash
rent over / under
previously
escalated rents

New Office

13

159,970

$

67.84

$

62.70

8.2%

Renewal Office

14

99,690

$

58.43

$

58.28

0.3%

Total Office

27

259,660

$

64.23

$

61.00

5.3%

Observatory Results

For the second quarter of 2022, the Observatory hosted approximately 573,000 visitors, compared to 162,000 visitors in the second quarter 2021. Observatory revenue was $27.4 million, expenses were $7.8 million, and NOI was $19.6 million. Second quarter visitation was in line with the hypothetical forecast of 60% of 2019 levels. Notably, second quarter NOI was approximately 80% of 2019 levels, which reflected higher per cap revenue from our visitors as part of our conversion to a reservations-only operation with a focus on customer satisfaction and reduction of lines. The Company’s hypothetical forecast for Observatory admissions (as % of 2019 visitation) for the balance of 2022 is provided in the investor presentation posted on its website. The current forecast is unchanged from the prior presentation.

Balance Sheet

The Company had $1.2 billion of total liquidity as of June 30, 2022, which was comprised of $359 million of cash, plus $850 million available under its revolving credit facility. At June 30, 2022, the Company had total debt outstanding of approximately $2.3 billion, of which 95% was fixed-rate debt, with a weighted average interest rate of 3.9% per annum. The weighted average term to maturity was 6.9 years and the Company has no outstanding debt maturities until November 2024. At June 30, 2022, the Company’s pro-rata net debt to total market capitalization was 48.7% and net debt / adjusted EBITDA was 5.8x, or 5.6x if adjusted for full year EBITDA contribution from the multifamily acquisition completed in late-December 2021.

Dividend

On June 30, 2022, the Company paid a quarterly dividend of $0.035 per share or unit, as applicable, for the second quarter 2022 to holders of the Company’s Class A common stock (NYSE: ESRT) and Class B common stock and to holders of the Series ES, Series 250 and Series 60 partnership units (NYSE Arca: ESBA, FISK and OGCP, respectively) and Series PR partnership units of Empire State Realty OP, L.P., the Company’s operating partnership (the "Operating Partnership").

On June 30, 2022, the Company paid a quarterly preferred dividend of $0.15 per unit for the second quarter 2022 to holders of the Operating Partnership’s Series 2014 private perpetual preferred units and a preferred dividend of $0.175 per unit for the second quarter 2022 to holders of the Operating Partnership’s Series 2019 private perpetual preferred units.

2022 Earnings Outlook

The Company updated its 2022 Core FFO guidance to a revised range of $0.80 to $0.85 per fully diluted share. The higher range versus prior guidance reflects +$0.07 of lease termination fee income recognized in the second quarter. Other underlying guidance assumptions for the year remain unchanged. The Company’s current guidance does not include the impact of any significant future lease termination fee income or any potential acquisitions, dispositions or other capital markets activities beyond July 21, 2022. Key assumptions are included in the table below.

Key Assumptions

Current 2022
Guidance

Prior 2022
Guidance

2021 Actual

Comments

Earnings

Core FFO Per Fully Diluted Share

$0.80 to $0.85

$0.73 to $0.78

$0.70

  • +$0.07 vs. prior guidance due to lease termination fees recognized in 2Q22

  • Includes $0.02 from the multifamily acquisition that closed in late-December 2021

  • Includes ~270M fully diluted shares as of July 21, 2022

Same-Store (SS) Commercial Property Drivers

SS Occupancy at year-end

84% to 86%

84% to 86%

82.4%

SS Cash NOI (excluding lease termination fees)

-10% to -12% from 2021

-10% to -12% from 2021

$290M

  • Primarily driven by normalization of operating expenses as building utilization increases; ~10% y/y increase in SS operating expenses

  • Also impacted by late-2021 occupancy decline

Observatory Drivers

Observatory NOI

$74M to $77M

$74M to $77M

$18M

  • Base case reflects hypothetical Observatory admissions (as % of 2019 visitation) 70% in 3Q22 and 80% in 4Q22

  • Reflects second half quarterly expenses of approximately $8M - $9M

Low

High

2021 Actual

Net Income (loss) Attributable to Common Stockholders and the Operating Partnership

$0.12

$0.16

-$0.05

Add:

Impairment Charge

-

-

0.03

Real Estate Depreciation & Amortization

0.77

0.77

0.71

Less:

Private Perpetual Distributions

0.02

0.02

0.02

Gain on Disposal of Real Estate, net

0.10

0.10

-

FFO Attributable to Common Stockholders and the Operating Partnership

$0.77

$0.82

$0.67

Add:

Amortization of Below Market Ground Lease

0.03

0.03

0.03

Core FFO Attributable to Common Stockholders and the Operating Partnership

$0.80

$0.85

$0.70

The estimates set forth above may be subject to fluctuations as a result of several factors, including the negative impact of the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic on our business and our market, straight-line rent adjustments and the amortization of above and below-market leases. There can be no assurance that the Company’s actual results will not differ materially from the estimates set forth above.

Investor Presentation Update

The Company has posted on the "Investors" section of its website (www.esrtreit.com) the latest investor presentation, which contains additional information on its businesses, financial condition and results of operations.

Webcast and Conference Call Details

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. will host a webcast and conference call, open to the general public, on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 12:00 pm Eastern time.

The webcast will be accessible on the "Investors" section of the Company’s website at www.esrtreit.com. To listen to the live webcast, go to the site at least five minutes prior to the scheduled start time in order to register and download and install any necessary audio software. The conference call can also be accessed by dialing 1-877-407-3982 for domestic callers or 1-201-493-6780.

Starting shortly after the call until August 4, 2022, a replay of the webcast will be available on the Company’s website, and a dial-in replay will be available by dialing 1-844-512-2921 for domestic callers or 1-412-317-6671 for international callers. The passcode for this dial-in replay is 13730152.

The Supplemental Report and Investor Presentation are additional components of the quarterly earnings announcement and are now available on the "Investors" section of the Company’s website at www.esrtreit.com.

The Company uses, and intends to continue to use, the "Investors" page of its website, which can be found at www.esrtreit.com, as a means of disclosing material nonpublic information and of complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD, including, without limitation, through the posting of investor presentations that may include material nonpublic information. Accordingly, investors should monitor the "Investors" page, in addition to following our press releases, SEC filings, public conference calls, presentations and webcasts. The information contained on, or that may be accessed through, our website is not incorporated by reference into, and is not a part of, this document.

About Empire State Realty Trust

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) is a REIT that owns and manages office, retail and multifamily assets in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area. ESRT owns the Empire State Building, the World’s Most Famous Building, and Tripadvisor’s 2022 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards #1 attraction in the U.S. and #3 attraction in the world, the newly reimagined and iconic Empire State Building Observatory. The company is a leader in healthy buildings, energy efficiency, and indoor environmental quality and has the lowest greenhouse gas emissions per square foot of any publicly traded REIT portfolio in New York City. As of June 30, 2022, ESRT’s portfolio is comprised of approximately 9.2 million rentable square feet of office space, 700,000 rentable square feet of retail space and 625 residential units across two multifamily properties. More information about Empire State Realty Trust can be found at esrtreit.com and by following ESRT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "should," "seeks," "approximately," "intends," "plans," "estimates," "contemplates," "aims," "continues," "would" or "anticipates" or the negative of these words and phrases or similar words or phrases. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results and future events to differ materially from those set forth or contemplated in the forward-looking statements: (i) economic, market, political and social impact of, and uncertainty relating to, the COVID-19 pandemic; (ii) a failure of conditions or performance regarding any event or transaction described herein, (iii) resolution of legal proceedings involving the Company; (iv) reduced demand for office, multifamily or retail space, including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; (v) changes in our business strategy; (vi) changes in technology and market competition that affect utilization of our office, retail, broadcast or other facilities; (vii) changes in domestic or international tourism, including due to health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, geopolitical events, including global hostilities, currency exchange rates, and/or competition from recently opened observatories in New York City, any or all of which may cause a decline in Observatory visitors; (viii) defaults on, early terminations of, or non-renewal of, leases by tenants; (ix) increases in the Company’s borrowing costs as a result of changes in interest rates and other factors, including the current phasing out of LIBOR; (x) declining real estate valuations and impairment charges; (xi) termination of our ground leases; (xii) changes in our ability to pay down, refinance, restructure or extend our indebtedness as it becomes due and potential limitations on our ability to borrow additional funds in compliance with drawdown conditions and financial covenants; (xiii) decreased rental rates or increased vacancy rates; (xiv) our failure to execute any newly planned capital project successfully or on the anticipated timeline or at the anticipated costs; (xv) difficulties in identifying and completing acquisitions; (xvi) risks related to our development projects (including our Metro Tower development site); (xvii) impact of changes in governmental regulations, tax laws and rates and similar matters; (xviii) our failure to qualify as a REIT; (xix) environmental uncertainties and risks related to climate change, adverse weather conditions, rising sea levels and natural disasters; and (xx) accuracy of our methodologies and estimates regarding ESG metrics and goals, tenant willingness and ability to collaborate in reporting ESG metrics and meeting ESG goals, and impact of governmental regulation on our ESG efforts. For a further discussion of these and other factors that could impact the Company's future results, see the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, and other risks described in documents subsequently filed by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

While forward-looking statements reflect the Company's good faith beliefs, they are not guarantees of future performance. The Company disclaims any obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, new information, data or methods, future events, or other changes after the date of this press release, except as required by applicable law. Prospective investors should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are based only on information currently available to the Company (or to third parties making the forward-looking statements).

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(unaudited and amounts in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended June 30,

2022

2021

Revenues

Rental revenue

$

149,339

$

140,797

Observatory revenue

27,368

8,359

Lease termination fees

18,859

3,339

Third-party management and other fees

326

327

Other revenue and fees

2,130

586

Total revenues

198,022

153,408

Operating expenses

Property operating expenses

37,433

28,793

Ground rent expenses

2,332

2,332

General and administrative expenses

15,876

14,089

Observatory expenses

7,776

5,268

Real estate taxes

29,802

31,354

Depreciation and amortization

58,304

45,088

Total operating expenses

151,523

126,924

Total operating income

46,499

26,484

Other income (expense):

Interest income

431

164

Interest expense

(25,042

)

(23,422

)

Gain on disposition of property

27,170

-

Income before income taxes

49,058

3,226

Income tax (expense) benefit

(363

)

1,185

Net income

48,695

4,411

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests:

Noncontrolling interest in the Operating Partnership

(18,224

)

(1,285

)

Noncontrolling interests in other partnerships

159

-

Preferred unit distributions

(1,051

)

(1,051

)

Net income attributable to common stockholders

$

29,579

$

2,075

Total weighted average shares

Basic

167,118

171,615

Diluted

270,085

278,436

Earnings per share attributable to common stockholders

Basic

$

0.18

$

0.01

Diluted

$

0.18

$

0.01

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(unaudited and amounts in thousands, except per share data)

Six Months Ended June 30,

2022

2021

Revenues

Rental revenue

$

296,853

$

281,028

Observatory revenue

40,609

10,962

Lease termination fees

20,032

4,628

Third-party management and other fees

636

603

Other revenue and fees

3,926

1,491

Total revenues

362,056

298,712

Operating expenses

Property operating expenses

76,077

59,072

Ground rent expenses

4,663

4,663

General and administrative expenses

29,562

27,942

Observatory expenses

13,991

9,856

Real estate taxes

59,806

62,801

Depreciation and amortization

125,410

89,545

Total operating expenses

309,509

253,879

Total operating income

52,547

44,833

Other income (expense):

Interest income

580

286

Interest expense

(50,056

)

(46,976

)

Gain on disposition of property

27,170

-

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

-

(214

)

Loss before income taxes

30,241

(2,071

)

Income tax benefit

1,233

3,291

Net income

31,474

1,220

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests:

Noncontrolling interest in the Operating Partnership

(11,305

)

335

Noncontrolling interests in other partnerships

222

-

Preferred unit distributions

(2,101

)

(2,101

)

Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders

$

18,290

$

(546

)

Total weighted average shares

Basic

168,099

172,183

Diluted

271,837

277,887

Earnings per share attributable to common stockholders

Basic

$

0.11

$

-

Diluted

$

0.11

$

-

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.

Reconciliation of Net Income to Funds From Operations ("FFO"),

Modified Funds From Operations ("Modified FFO") and Core Funds From Operations ("Core FFO")

(unaudited and amounts in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended
June 30,

2022

2021

Net income

$

48,695

$

4,411

Noncontrolling interests in other partnerships

159

-

Preferred unit distributions

(1,051

)

(1,051

)

Real estate depreciation and amortization

56,571

43,480

Gain on disposition of property

(27,170

)

-

FFO attributable to common stockholders and the Operating Partnership

77,204

46,840

Amortization of below-market ground leases

1,958

1,958

Modified FFO attributable to common stockholders and the Operating Partnership

79,162

48,798

Core FFO attributable to common stockholders and the Operating Partnership

$

79,162

$

48,798

Total weighted average shares

Basic

270,078

277,893

Diluted

270,085

278,436

FFO per share

Basic

$

0.29

$

0.17

Diluted

$

0.29

$

0.17

Modified FFO per share

Basic

$

0.29

$

0.18

Diluted

$

0.29

$

0.18

Core FFO per share

Basic

$

0.29

$

0.18

Diluted

$

0.29

$

0.18

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.

Reconciliation of Net Income to Funds From Operations ("FFO"),

Modified Funds From Operations ("Modified FFO") and Core Funds From Operations ("Core FFO")

(unaudited and amounts in thousands, except per share data)

Six Months Ended
June 30,

2022

2021

Net income

$

31,474

$

1,220

Noncontrolling interests in other partnerships

222

-

Preferred unit distributions

(2,101

)

(2,101

)

Real estate depreciation and amortization

121,985

86,584

Gain on disposition of property

(27,170

)

-

FFO attributable to common stockholders and the Operating Partnership

124,410

85,703

Amortization of below-market ground leases

3,916

3,916

Modified FFO attributable to common stockholders and the Operating Partnership

128,326

89,619

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

-

214

Core FFO attributable to common stockholders and the Operating Partnership

$

128,326

$

89,833

Total weighted average shares

Basic

271,834

277,887

Diluted

271,837

277,887

FFO per share

Basic

$

0.46

$

0.31

Diluted

$

0.46

$

0.31

Modified FFO per share

Basic

$

0.47

$

0.32

Diluted

$

0.47

$

0.32

Core FFO per share

Basic

$

0.47

$

0.32

Diluted

$

0.47

$

0.32

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(unaudited and amounts in thousands)

June 30, 2022

December 31, 2021

Assets

Commercial real estate properties, at cost

$

3,535,897

$

3,500,917

Less: accumulated depreciation

(1,137,231

)

(1,072,938

)

Commercial real estate properties, net

2,398,666

2,427,979

Cash and cash equivalents

359,424

423,695

Restricted cash

53,335

50,943

Tenant and other receivables

43,672

18,647

Deferred rent receivables

233,194

224,922

Prepaid expenses and other assets

82,256

76,549

Deferred costs, net

193,436

202,437

Acquired below market ground leases, net

332,988

336,904

Right of use assets

28,781

28,892

Goodwill

491,479

491,479

Total assets

$

4,217,231

$

4,282,447

Liabilities and equity

Mortgage notes payable, net

$

916,657

$

948,769

Senior unsecured notes, net

973,555

973,373

Unsecured term loan facility, net

388,507

388,223

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

113,837

120,810

Acquired below market leases, net

20,178

24,941

Ground lease liabilities

28,781

28,892

Deferred revenue and other liabilities

80,008

84,358

Tenants’ security deposits

29,615

28,749

Total liabilities

2,551,138

2,598,115

Total equity

1,666,093

1,684,332

Total liabilities and equity

$

4,217,231

$

4,282,447

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