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Feb 18, 2020

Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. Reports 2019 Results

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (NASDAQ:ROIC) announced today financial and operating results for the year and three months ended December 31, 2019.

YEAR 2019 HIGHLIGHTS

  • $48.8mm of net income attributable to common stockholders ($0.42 per diluted share)
  • $138.1 million in Funds From Operations(1) ($1.10 per diluted share)
  • 97.9% portfolio lease rate at year-end (6th consecutive year above 97%)
  • 3.6% increase in same-center cash net operating income (2019 vs. 2018)
  • 1.4 million square feet of leases executed (new and renewed)
  • 32.8% increase in same-space cash rents on new leases (9.7% increase on renewals)
  • $74.1 million of property dispositions
  • $11.5 million grocery-anchored shopping center acquired
  • $34.2 million of common equity raised through ATM program
  • $72.6 million reduction in year-end principal debt outstanding (2019 vs. 2018)
  • 94.1% of total debt effectively fixed-rate at year-end (no debt maturing in 2020 and 2021)
  • 94.5% of portfolio’s gross leasable area unencumbered at year-end
  • $0.788 per share in total cash dividends paid in 2019

4TH QUARTER 2019 HIGHLIGHTS

  • $10.2mm of net income attributable to common stockholders ($0.09 per diluted share)
  • $35.3 million in Funds From Operations(1) ($0.28 per diluted share)
  • $11.5 million grocery-anchored shopping center acquired
  • $13.6 million property disposition
  • 3.5% increase in same-center cash net operating income (4Q‘19 vs. 4Q‘18)
  • 34.1% increase in same-space cash rents on new leases (6.2% increase on renewals)
  • $15.0 million of common equity raised through ATM program
  • Lowered borrowing spread, extended maturities on credit facility and term loan
  • 3.4 times interest coverage
  • $0.197 per share quarterly cash dividend paid
  • $0.20 per share quarterly cash dividend declared in 1Q‘20

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     (1) A reconciliation of GAAP net income to FFO is provided at the end of this press release.

Stuart A. Tanz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. stated, “During 2019, we again achieved stellar property operations results, including a new, record-high year-end lease rate of 97.9%, a 32.8% increase on new leases signed during the year, and a 3.6% increase in same-center cash net operating income.  We also made excellent progress with our portfolio enhancement initiatives, including selling $74.1 million of properties and commencing the entitlement process on three densification projects.  Additionally, we continued to enhance our long-term financial position, including utilizing proceeds from equity issuances and property dispositions to reduce debt by $72.6 million.”  Tanz added, “In terms of our objectives for 2020, we intend to focus on completing targeted dispositions, selectively acquiring grocery-anchored shopping centers in our core markets, and continuing to advance our densification efforts.”

FINANCIAL SUMMARY

For the year ended December 31, 2019, GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders was $48.8 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, as compared to GAAP net income of $42.7 million, or $0.38 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2018.  For the three months ended December 31, 2019, GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders was $10.2 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, as compared to GAAP net income of $10.5 million, or $0.09 per diluted share for the three months ended December 31, 2018.

FFO for the full year 2019 was $138.1 million, or $1.10 per diluted share, as compared to $142.1 million in FFO, or $1.14 per diluted share, for the full year 2018.  FFO for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $35.3 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, as compared to $36.5 million in FFO, or $0.29 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2018.  ROIC’s 2019 results reflect $74.1 million in property dispositions, as well as the issuance of approximately 1.9 million shares of common stock during the year.  ROIC reports FFO as a supplemental performance measure in accordance with the definition set forth by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.  A reconciliation of GAAP net income to FFO is provided at the end of this press release.

During 2019, ROIC reduced its total outstanding principal debt by $72.6 million.  At December 31, 2019, ROIC had a total market capitalization of approximately $3.7 billion with approximately $1.4 billion of principal debt outstanding, equating to a 38.8% debt-to-total market capitalization ratio.  ROIC’s year-end debt outstanding was comprised of $86.2 million of mortgage debt and approximately $1.3 billion of unsecured debt, including $84.0 million outstanding on its unsecured credit facility at December 31, 2019.  For the fourth quarter of 2019, ROIC’s interest coverage was 3.4 times and 94.5% of its portfolio was unencumbered (based on gross leasable area) at year-end 2019.  Additionally, at December 31, 2019, 94.1% of ROIC’s total debt was effectively fixed-rate with no scheduled debt maturities in 2020 and 2021.

DISPOSITION SUMMARY

During 2019, ROIC sold four properties, totaling $74.1 million, including one property in the fourth quarter for $13.6 million.  Additionally, ROIC currently has an agreement to sell one property for approximately $13.5 million.

ACQUISITION SUMMARY

During the fourth quarter, ROIC acquired the following grocery-anchored shopping center.

Summerwalk Village

In December 2019, ROIC acquired Summerwalk Village for $11.5 million.  The shopping center is approximately 58,000 square feet and is anchored by Walmart Neighborhood Market.  The property is located in Lacey, Washington, within the greater Seattle metropolitan area, and is currently 97.9% leased.

Additionally, ROIC currently has a binding contract to acquire a grocery-anchored shopping center for $40.6 million.

PROPERTY OPERATIONS SUMMARY

At December 31, 2019, ROIC’s portfolio was 97.9% leased.  For the full year 2019, same-center net operating income (NOI) was $194.4 million, as compared to $187.7 million in same-center NOI for the full year 2018, representing a 3.6% increase.  For the fourth quarter of 2019, same-center NOI was $50.6 million, as compared to $48.9 million in same-center NOI for the fourth quarter of 2018, representing a 3.5% increase.  ROIC reports same-center NOI on a cash basis.  A reconciliation of GAAP operating income to same-center NOI is provided at the end of this press release.

For the full year 2019, ROIC executed 375 leases, totaling approximately 1.4 million square feet, including 130 new leases, totaling 463,043 square feet, achieving a 32.8% increase in same-space comparative base rent, and 245 renewed leases, totaling 919,788 square feet, achieving a 9.7% increase in base rent.  During the fourth quarter of 2019, ROIC executed 90 leases, totaling 379,459 square feet, including 39 new leases, totaling 177,982 square feet, achieving a 34.1% increase in same-space comparative base rent, and 51 renewed leases, totaling 201,477 square feet, achieving a 6.2% increase in base rent.   ROIC reports same-space comparative base rent on a cash basis.

CAPITAL MARKETS SUMMARY

During 2019, ROIC issued approximately 1.9 million shares of common stock through its ATM program, raising $34.2 million in proceeds, including raising $15.0 million in the fourth quarter.

Additionally, in the fourth quarter ROIC amended its $600 million unsecured credit facility, extending the maturity date to February 2024 and reducing the borrowing rate down to LIBOR plus 0.9%. The credit facility’s existing accordion feature provision, which allows ROIC to increase the facility amount by an additional $600 million, was maintained, as well as the provision to extend the facility’s maturity date for two consecutive six-month periods.  Additionally, ROIC amended its $300 million unsecured term loan, extending the maturity date to January 2025 and reducing the borrowing rate down to LIBOR plus 1.0%. The term loan’s accordion feature provision was maintained, which allows ROIC to increase the loan amount by an additional $200 million.

CASH DIVIDEND

On December 30, 2019, ROIC distributed a $0.1970 per share cash dividend.  For the year 2019, ROIC distributed cash dividends totaling $0.7880 per share.  On February 18, 2020, ROIC’s board of directors declared a cash dividend of $0.20 per share, payable on March 30, 2020 to stockholders of record on March 16, 2020.

2020 FFO GUIDANCE

ROIC currently estimates that FFO for the full year 2020 will be within the range of $1.09 to $1.13 per diluted share, and net income to be within the range of $0.35 to $0.40 per diluted share.  The following table provides a reconciliation of GAAP net income to FFO.

  Year Ended December 31, 2020
  Low End   High End
  (unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share data)
GAAP net income applicable to stockholders $ 40,304      $ 46,913   
Plus: Depreciation and amortization 95,000      95,000   
Funds from operations (FFO) – basic 135,304      141,913   
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests 4,216      4,422   
Funds from operations (FFO) – diluted $ 139,520      $ 146,335   
       
Diluted Shares 128,000      129,500   
       
GAAP net income per diluted share $ 0.35      $ 0.40   
FFO per diluted share $ 1.09      $ 1.13   
       
Key Assumptions      
Acquisitions $ 40,000      $ 100,000   
Dispositions $ 40,000      $ 75,000   
Equity issued $ 50,000      $ 75,000   
Debt retired $ 50,000      $ 50,000   
       
Same-center cash NOI growth (vs. 2019) %   %

ROIC’s management will discuss the company’s guidance and underlying assumptions on its February 19, 2020 conference call.  ROIC’s guidance is a forward-looking statement and is subject to risks and other factors described elsewhere in this press release.

CONFERENCE CALL

ROIC will conduct a conference call and audio webcast to discuss its results on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time/9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Those interested in participating in the conference call should dial (877) 312-8783 (domestic), or (408) 940-3874 (international) at least ten minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call. When prompted, provide the Conference ID: 6790258. A live webcast will also be available in listen-only mode at http://www.roireit.net/.  The conference call will be recorded and available for replay beginning at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 19, 2020 and will be available until 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 26, 2020. To access the conference call recording, dial (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international) and use the Conference ID: 6790258. The conference call will also be archived on http://www.roireit.net/ for approximately 90 days.

ABOUT RETAIL OPPORTUNITY INVESTMENTS CORP.

Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (NASDAQ: ROIC), is a fully-integrated, self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) that specializes in the acquisition, ownership and management of grocery-anchored shopping centers located in densely-populated, metropolitan markets across the West Coast.  As of December 31, 2019, ROIC owned 88 shopping centers encompassing approximately 10.1 million square feet.  ROIC is the largest publicly-traded, grocery-anchored shopping center REIT focused exclusively on the West Coast.  ROIC is a member of the S&P SmallCap 600 Index and has investment-grade corporate debt ratings from Moody's Investor Services and Standard & Poor's.  Additional information is available at: www.roireit.net.

When used herein, the words "believes," "anticipates," "projects," "should," "estimates," "expects," “guidance” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements with the meaning of that term in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and in Section 21F of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Certain statements contained herein may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results of ROIC to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.   Information regarding such risks and factors is described in ROIC's filings with the SEC, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, which is available at: www.roireit.net.


RETAIL OPPORTUNITY INVESTMENTS CORP.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share data)

  December 31,
  2019   2018
ASSETS      
Real Estate Investments:      
Land $ 879,540      $ 894,240   
Building and improvements 2,252,301      2,266,232   
  3,131,841      3,160,472   
Less: accumulated depreciation 390,916      329,207   
  2,740,925      2,831,265   
Mortgage note receivable 13,000      —   
Real Estate Investments, net 2,753,925      2,831,265   
Cash and cash equivalents 3,800      6,076   
Restricted cash 1,658      1,373   
Tenant and other receivables, net 45,821      46,832   
Acquired lease intangible assets, net 59,701      72,109   
Prepaid expenses 3,169      4,194   
Deferred charges, net 27,652      33,857   
Other assets 18,031      7,365   
Total assets $ 2,913,757      $ 3,003,071   
       
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY      
Liabilities:      
Term loan $ 298,330      $ 299,076   
Credit facility 80,743      153,689   
Senior Notes 942,850      941,449   
Mortgage notes payable 87,523      88,511   
Acquired lease intangible liabilities, net 144,757      166,146   
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 17,562      15,488   
Tenants’ security deposits 7,177      7,065   
Other liabilities 42,987      23,219   
Total liabilities 1,621,929      1,694,643   
       
Commitments and contingencies      
       
Equity:      
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value 50,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding —      —   
Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 500,000,000 shares authorized; 116,496,016 and 113,992,837 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively 12      11   
Additional paid-in capital 1,481,466      1,441,080   
Dividends in excess of earnings (297,998 )   (256,438 )
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income (4,132 )   3,561   
Total Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. stockholders’ equity 1,179,348      1,188,214   
Non-controlling interests 112,480      120,214   
Total equity 1,291,828      1,308,428   
Total liabilities and equity $ 2,913,757      $ 3,003,071   
       

RETAIL OPPORTUNITY INVESTMENTS CORP.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)

  Three Months Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,
  2019   2018   2019   2018
Revenues              
Rental revenue $ 72,282      $ 73,514      $ 291,263      $ 289,601   
Other income 1,337      1,644      3,777      6,197   
Total revenues 73,619      75,158      295,040      295,798   
               
Operating expenses              
Property operating 10,896      11,206      43,662      43,851   
Property taxes 8,205      8,361      32,388      32,349   
Depreciation and amortization 24,192      24,955      97,559      100,838   
General and administrative expenses 4,157      3,627      17,831      14,918   
Other expense 41      89      1,405      478   
Total operating expenses 47,491      48,238      192,845      192,434   
               
Gain on sale of real estate —      —      13,175      5,890   
               
Operating income 26,128      26,920      115,370      109,254   
Non-operating expenses              
Interest expense and other finance expenses (15,002  )   (15,352  )   (61,687  )   (62,113  )
Net income 11,126      11,568      53,683      47,141   
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests (975  )   (1,067  )   (4,839  )   (4,405  )
Net Income Attributable to Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. $ 10,151      $ 10,501      $ 48,844      $ 42,736   
               
Earnings per share – basic and diluted $ 0.09      $ 0.09      $ 0.42      $ 0.38   
               
Dividends per common share $ 0.1970      $ 0.1950      $ 0.7880      $ 0.7800   
               

CALCULATION OF FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)

  Three Months Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,
  2019   2018   2019   2018
Net income attributable to ROIC $ 10,151      $ 10,501      $ 48,844      $ 42,736   
Plus: Depreciation and amortization 24,192      24,955      97,559      100,838   
Less:  Gain on sale of real estate —      —      (13,175  )   (5,890  )
Funds from operations – basic 34,343      35,456      133,228      137,684   
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests 975      1,067      4,839      4,405   
Funds from operations – diluted $ 35,318      $ 36,523      $ 138,067      $ 142,089   
               

SAME-CENTER CASH NET OPERATING INCOME ANALYSIS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except number of shopping centers and percentages)

    Three Months Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,
    2019   2018   $ Change   % Change   2019   2018   $ Change   % Change
Number of shopping centers included in same-center analysis 87      87              85      85           
Same-center occupancy 97.9  %   97.8  %       0.1  %   97.9  %   97.7  %       0.2  %
                                 
Revenues:                              
  Base rents $ 51,385      $ 49,806      $ 1,579      3.2    $ 201,118      $ 193,930      $ 7,188      3.7  %
  Percentage rent 1,007      1,263      (256  )   (20.3  )%   1,316      1,545      (229  )   (14.8  )%
  Recoveries from tenants 16,720      16,432      288      1.8  %   65,603      63,400      2,203      3.5  %
  Other property income 1,050      473      577      122.0  %   2,943      2,577      366      14.2  %
  Bad debt (1) (305  )   —      (305  )   N/A   (1,416  )   —      (1,416  )   N/A
Total Revenues 69,857      67,974      1,883      2.8  %   269,564      261,452      8,112      3.1  %
Operating Expenses                              
  Property operating expenses 11,142      10,827      315      2.9  %   43,721      41,684      2,037      4.9  %
  Bad debt (1) —      142      (142  )   N/A   —      844      (844  )   N/A
  Property taxes 8,110      8,133      (23  )   (0.3  )%   31,434      31,271      163      0.5  %
Total Operating Expenses 19,252      19,102      150      0.8  %   75,155      73,799      1,356      1.8  %
Same-Center Cash Net Operating Income $ 50,605      $ 48,872      $ 1,733      3.5  %   $ 194,409      $ 187,653      $ 6,756      3.6  %
                                 

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  1. In connection with the adoption of the lease accounting standard ASU No. 2016-2, effective January 1, 2019, bad debt is now classified as an offset to revenue instead of being included in operating expenses.

SAME-CENTER CASH NET OPERATING INCOME RECONCILIATION
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)

  Three Months Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,
  2019   2018   2019   2018
GAAP operating income $ 26,128      $ 26,920      $ 115,370      $ 109,254   
Depreciation and amortization 24,192      24,955      97,559      100,838   
General and administrative expenses 4,157      3,627      17,831      14,918   
Other expense 41      89      1,405      478   
Gain on sale of real estate —      —      (13,175  )   (5,890  )
Straight-line rent (433  )   (1,014  )   (3,083  )   (5,380  )
Amortization of above- and below-market rent (2,593  )   (3,074  )   (15,618  )   (13,965  )
Property revenues and other expenses (1) (277  )   (751  )   (269  )   (711  )
Total Company cash NOI 51,215      50,752      200,020      199,542   
Non same-center cash NOI (610  )   (1,880  )   (5,611  )   (11,889  )
Same-center cash NOI $ 50,605      $ 48,872      $ 194,409      $ 187,653   
               

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  1. Includes anchor lease termination fees, net of contractual amounts, if any, expense and recovery adjustments related to prior periods and other miscellaneous adjustments.


NON-GAAP DISCLOSURES

Funds from operations (“FFO”), is a widely recognized non-GAAP financial measure for REITs that the Company believes when considered with financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP, provides additional and useful means to assess its financial performance.  FFO is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties to evaluate the performance of REITs, most of which present FFO along with net income as calculated in accordance with GAAP.  The Company computes FFO in accordance with the “White Paper” on FFO published by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”), which defines FFO as net income attributable to common stockholders (determined in accordance with GAAP) excluding gains or losses from debt restructuring, sales of depreciable property and impairments, plus real estate related depreciation and amortization, and after adjustments for partnerships and unconsolidated joint ventures.

The Company uses cash net operating income (“NOI”) internally to evaluate and compare the operating performance of the Company’s properties.  The Company believes cash NOI provides useful information to investors regarding the Company’s financial condition and results of operations because it reflects only those income and expense items that are incurred at the property level, and when compared across periods, can be used to determine trends in earnings of the Company’s properties as this measure is not affected by the non-cash revenue and expense recognition items, the cost of the Company’s funding, the impact of depreciation and amortization expenses, gains or losses from the acquisition and sale of operating real estate assets, general and administrative expenses or other gains and losses that relate to the Company’s ownership of properties.  The Company believes the exclusion of these items from operating income is useful because the resulting measure captures the actual revenue generated and actual expenses incurred in operating the Company’s properties as well as trends in occupancy rates, rental rates and operating costs.  Cash NOI is a measure of the operating performance of the Company’s properties but does not measure the Company’s performance as a whole and is therefore not a substitute for net income or operating income as computed in accordance with GAAP.  The Company defines cash NOI as operating revenues (base rent and recoveries from tenants), less property and related expenses (property operating expenses and property taxes), adjusted for non-cash revenue and operating expense items such as straight-line rent and amortization of lease intangibles, debt-related expenses and other adjustments.  Cash NOI also excludes general and administrative expenses, depreciation and amortization, acquisition transaction costs, other expense, interest expense, gains and losses from property acquisitions and dispositions, extraordinary items, tenant improvements and leasing commissions.  Other REITs may use different methodologies for calculating cash NOI, and accordingly, the Company’s cash NOI may not be comparable to other REITs.

Contact:
Ashley Rubino, Investor Relations
858-255-4913
arubino@roireit.net

Source: Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. 

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