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Jul 29, 2020

Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. Reports 2020 Second Quarter Results & Provides COVID-19 Update

SAN DIEGO, July 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (NASDAQ:ROIC) announced today financial and operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020, and provided information regarding financial and operational activities in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

SECOND QUARTER 2020

  • $4.6 million of net income attributable to common stockholders ($0.04 per diluted share)
  • $29.2 million of Funds From Operations (FFO)(1) ($0.23 per diluted share)
  • 81.9% of total 2Q 2020 billed base rent has been paid to date
  • 97.0% portfolio lease rate at June 30, 2020
  • 8.4% increase in same-space comparative cash rents on new leases (7.2% on renewals)
  • 9.3% decrease in same-center cash net operating income (2Q‘20 vs. 2Q‘19)
  • 3.1% decrease in same-center cash net operating income (first 6 months of ‘20 vs. ‘19)

COVID-19 UPDATE (as of July 27, 2020)

  • All 88 shopping centers are open and operating
  • 98% of total portfolio (86 out of 88 shopping centers) are grocery and/or drug-store anchored
  • 87.5% of total tenants are open, based on annualized base rent (ABR)
  • 84.9% of July 2020 billed monthly base rent has been paid to date
  • $161.3 million in cash & cash equivalents ($27.8 million increase since April)
  • Quarterly dividend remains temporarily suspended

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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, “Notwithstanding the West Coast having been under strict stay-at-home orders for a good portion of the second quarter, our portfolio, given our grocery and daily-necessity focus, continued to perform remarkably well.  Our portfolio lease rate held reasonably steady during the quarter and we continued to achieve rent growth with our leasing activity.” Tanz added, “Over the past several months, we have been implementing a number of initiatives aimed at adapting our shopping centers and supporting tenants during this unprecedented time, as well as strategically positioning our business for a strong return going forward.”

SECOND QUARTER 2020 SUMMARY

For the three months ended June 30, 2020, GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders was $4.6 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, as compared to GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders of $7.6 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2019.  For the six months ended June 30, 2020, GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders was $16.6 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, as compared to GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders of $20.8 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2019.

FFO for the second quarter of 2020 was $29.2 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, as compared to $32.6 million in FFO, or $0.26 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2019.  FFO for the first six months of 2020 was $66.6 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, as compared to $69.3 million in FFO, or $0.55 per diluted share for the first six months of 2019.  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.

For the second quarter of 2020, same-center net operating income (NOI) was $44.5 million, as compared to $49.0 million in same-center NOI for the second quarter of 2019, representing a 9.3% decrease.  For the first six months of 2020, same-center NOI decreased 3.1% as compared to same-center NOI for the first six months of 2019.  ROIC reports same-center comparative NOI on a cash basis.  A reconciliation of GAAP operating income to same-center comparative NOI is provided at the end of this press release.

2020 financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020, as compared to 2019, reflect $62.6 million in net property dispositions completed during 2019, and the impact to date in 2020 from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including $5.9 million of bad debt in the second quarter of 2020.

During the second quarter of 2020, ROIC executed 51 leases, totaling 175,458 square feet, including 19 new leases, totaling 53,952 square feet, achieving an 8.4% increase in same-space comparative base rent, and 32 renewed leases, totaling 121,506 square feet, achieving a 7.2% increase in base rent.  ROIC reports same-space comparative base rent on a cash basis.

At June 30, 2020, ROIC had total real estate assets (before accumulated depreciation) of approximately $3.1 billion and approximately $1.4 billion of principal debt outstanding (net of cash and cash equivalents).  As of June 30, 2020, 94.5% of ROIC’s principal debt outstanding was unsecured, and 85.1% was effectively fixed-rate.  Additionally, ROIC’s interest coverage for the second quarter 2020 was 3.0 times and 94.5% of its portfolio was unencumbered at June 30, 2020, based on GLA.

COVID-19 UPDATE SUMMARY

The following portfolio and tenant statistics are as of July 27, 2020, to the best of ROIC’s knowledge. ROIC expects that the following statistics will change going forward.

All of ROIC’s 88 shopping centers are open and are operating in compliance with federal, state and local COVID-19 guidelines and mandates.  All of ROIC’s shopping centers feature necessity-based tenants, with 86 of its 88 properties being grocery and/or drug-anchored.  In terms of ROIC’s tenant base, 87.5% (based on ABR) are currently open and operating.  To date, ROIC has received 81.9% of total second quarter 2020 billed base rent, and thus far has received 84.9% of July 2020 monthly billed base rent.

    Percentage of Tenants Open   Percentage of Base Rent Paid to Date
Region   by GLA   by ABR   Second Quarter 2020   July 2020
Southern California   86.5%   86.4%   80.9%   83.5%
Northern California   85.8%   84.2%   83.9%   88.4%
Pacific Northwest   90.7%   90.5%   82.4%   85.3%
Total Portfolio   88.0%   87.5%   81.9%   84.9%

ROIC currently has $161.3 million in cash and cash equivalents, representing a $27.8 million increase since it reported first quarter results on April 22, 2020. Additionally, ROIC currently has $366.5 million available on its unsecured credit facility.  In terms of future debt maturities, ROIC has no unsecured debt maturing for the next three years, through late 2023. Additionally, ROIC has no secured debt maturing in 2020 and 2021, $23.1 million maturing in mid-2022, and no secured debt maturing in 2023.

Given the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic’s near and potential long term impact on ROIC’s business, ROIC’s quarterly dividend remains temporarily suspended.  Going forward, ROIC’s board of directors will continue to evaluate dividend declarations each quarter.  ROIC intends to maintain compliance with REIT taxable income distribution requirements.

CONFERENCE CALL

ROIC will conduct a conference call and audio webcast to discuss its results on Thursday, July 30, 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: 9546307. 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 July 30, 2020 and will be available until 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on August 6, 2020. To access the conference call recording, dial (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international) and use the Conference ID: 9546307. 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 June 30, 2020, 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)
 
  June 30, 2020
 (unaudited)
  December 31, 2019
ASSETS      
Real Estate Investments:      
Land $ 881,657     $ 879,540  
Building and improvements 2,262,445     2,252,301  
  3,144,102     3,131,841  
Less: accumulated depreciation 425,009     390,916  
  2,719,093     2,740,925  
Mortgage note receivable 5,000     13,000  
Real Estate Investments, net 2,724,093     2,753,925  
Cash and cash equivalents 151,372     3,800  
Restricted cash 1,686     1,658  
Tenant and other receivables, net 52,805     45,821  
Acquired lease intangible assets, net 55,419     59,701  
Prepaid expenses 1,642     3,169  
Deferred charges, net 25,410     27,652  
Other assets 17,706     18,031  
Total assets $ 3,030,133     $ 2,913,757  
       
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY      
Liabilities:      
Term loan $ 298,495     $ 298,330  
Credit facility 230,633     80,743  
Senior Notes 943,564     942,850  
Mortgage notes payable 87,020     87,523  
Acquired lease intangible liabilities, net 136,889     144,757  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 12,333     17,562  
Tenants’ security deposits 6,970     7,177  
Other liabilities 47,408     42,987  
Total liabilities 1,763,312     1,621,929  
       
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;
117,640,038 and 116,496,016 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2020
and December 31, 2019, respectively
12     12  
Additional paid-in capital 1,488,780     1,481,466  
Dividends in excess of earnings (304,678 )   (297,998 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (11,648 )   (4,132 )
Total Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. stockholders’ equity 1,172,466     1,179,348  
Non-controlling interests 94,355     112,480  
Total equity 1,266,821     1,291,828  
Total liabilities and equity $ 3,030,133     $ 2,913,757  
       


 
RETAIL OPPORTUNITY INVESTMENTS CORP.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
  2020   2019   2020   2019
Revenues              
Rental revenue $ 65,734     $ 71,821     $ 139,931     $ 147,188  
Other income 818     1,109     1,493     1,795  
Total revenues 66,552     72,930     141,424     148,983  
               
Operating expenses              
Property operating 9,286     10,710     19,890     21,771  
Property taxes 8,766     7,832     16,755     16,070  
Depreciation and amortization 24,114     24,443     48,392     49,204  
General and administrative expenses 3,929     4,950     7,873     9,226  
Other expense 296     1,224     360     1,317  
Total operating expenses 46,391     49,159     93,270     97,588  
               
Gain on sale of real estate     180         2,818  
               
Operating income 20,161     23,951     48,154     54,213  
Non-operating expenses              
Interest expense and other finance expenses (15,125 )   (15,605 )   (29,982 )   (31,284 )
Net income 5,036     8,346     18,172     22,929  
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests (389 )   (761 )   (1,523 )   (2,094 )
Net Income Attributable to Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. $ 4,647     $ 7,585     $ 16,649     $ 20,835  
               
Earnings per share – basic and diluted $ 0.04     $ 0.07     $ 0.14     $ 0.18  
               
Dividends per common share $     $ 0.1970     $ 0.2000     $ 0.3940  
               


 
CALCULATION OF FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
  2020   2019   2020   2019
Net income attributable to ROIC $ 4,647     $ 7,585     $ 16,649     $ 20,835  
Plus: Depreciation and amortization 24,114     24,443     48,392     49,204  
Less:  Gain on sale of real estate     (180 )       (2,818 )
Funds from operations – basic 28,761     31,848     65,041     67,221  
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests 389     761     1,523     2,094  
Funds from operations – diluted $ 29,150     $ 32,609     $ 66,564     $ 69,315  
               


 
SAME-CENTER CASH NET OPERATING INCOME ANALYSIS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except number of shopping centers and percentages)
 
    Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
    2020   2019   $ Change   % Change   2020   2019   $ Change   % Change
Number of shopping centers included in same-center analysis 87       87               87       87            
Same-center occupancy 97.0   %   97.9   %       (0.9 ) %   97.0   %   97.9   %       (0.9 ) %
                                 
Revenues:                              
  Base rents $ 51,497       $ 50,737       $ 760     1.5   %   $ 103,275       $ 100,955       $ 2,320     2.3   %
  Percentage rent 120       46       74     160.9   %   213       133       80     60.2   %
  Recoveries from tenants 16,677       16,421       256     1.6   %   33,909       33,188       721     2.2   %
  Other property income 354       846       (492 )   (58.2 ) %   682       1,439       (757 )   (52.6 ) %
  Bad debt (5,692 )     (297 )     (5,395 )   1,816.5   %   (6,177 )     (902 )     (5,275 )   584.8   %
Total Revenues 62,956       67,753       (4,797 )   (7.1 ) %   131,902       134,813       (2,911 )   (2.2 ) %
Operating Expenses                              
  Property operating expenses 9,839       11,056       (1,217 )   (11.0 ) %   20,964       21,883       (919 )   (4.2 ) %
  Property taxes 8,648       7,666       982     12.8   %   16,679       15,683       996     6.4   %
Total Operating Expenses 18,487       18,722       (235 )   (1.3 ) %   37,643       37,566       77     0.2   %
Same-Center Cash Net Operating Income $ 44,469       $ 49,031       $ (4,562 )   (9.3 ) %   $ 94,259       $ 97,247       $ (2,988 )   (3.1 ) %
                                 


 
SAME-CENTER CASH NET OPERATING INCOME RECONCILIATION
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
  2020   2019   2020   2019
GAAP operating income $ 20,161     $ 23,951     $ 48,154     $ 54,213  
Depreciation and amortization 24,114     24,443     48,392     49,204  
General and administrative expenses 3,929     4,950     7,873     9,226  
Other expense 296     1,224     360     1,317  
Gain on sale of real estate     (180 )       (2,818 )
Straight-line rent (319 )   (546 )   (230 )   (1,726 )
Amortization of above- and below-market rent (2,522 )   (3,460 )   (8,000 )   (9,938 )
Property revenues and other expenses (1) (99 )   43     (248 )   296  
Total Company cash NOI 45,560     50,425     96,301     99,774  
Non same-center cash NOI (1,091 )   (1,394 )   (2,042 )   (2,527 )
Same-center cash NOI $ 44,469     $ 49,031     $ 94,259     $ 97,247  
               

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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
858-677-0900
arubino@roireit.net

Source: Retail Opportunity Investments Corp.


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