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Urban Edge Properties Reports Third Quarter 2017 Results

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Urban Edge Properties (NYSE:UE) (the "Company") today announced its results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017.

Financial Results(1)(2)

  • Generated net income of $19.2 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, for the quarter and $88.8 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017.
  • Generated Funds from Operations applicable to diluted common shareholders ("FFO") of $40.0 million, or $0.32 per share, for the quarter and $152.1 million, or $1.32 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017.
  • Generated FFO as Adjusted of $0.34 per share for the quarter and $1.00 per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, an increase of 6.3% per share compared to the third quarter of 2016 and an increase of 6.4% per share compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2016. FFO as Adjusted for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 excludes $2.2 million of casualty and impairment charges related to Hurricane Maria.(3)

Operating Results(1)

  • Increased same-property cash Net Operating Income (“NOI”) by 3.9% compared to the third quarter of 2016 and by 4.7% compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2016 primarily due to rent commencements at Garfield Commons, Hackensack Commons, West End Commons and Brunswick Commons and higher recovery revenue.
  • Increased same-property cash NOI including properties in redevelopment by 4.1% compared to the third quarter of 2016 and by 5.5% compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2016. Rent commencements at Walnut Creek and East Hanover warehouses contributed to this growth.
  • Increased same-property retail portfolio occupancy by 60 basis points to 98.3% compared to September 30, 2016 and reported a decrease of 10 basis points compared to June 30, 2017.
  • Reported a decline in consolidated retail portfolio occupancy of 70 basis points to 95.9% compared to September 30, 2016. This metric remained the same compared to June 30, 2017. The decline from the prior year resulted from acquiring centers with lower occupancy than our existing portfolio in the second quarter of 2017.
  • Executed 35 new leases, renewals and options totaling 416,000 square feet (sf) during the quarter. Same-space leases totaled 310,000 sf and generated average rent spreads of 18.6% on a GAAP basis and 13.3% on a cash basis.

Financing Activity

On August 4, 2017, the Company issued 6.25 million common shares to a large institutional investor priced at $24.80 per share, generating net cash proceeds of $155 million.

Development, Redevelopment and Anchor Repositioning Activity

Completed Projects:

  • Completed redevelopment projects at Turnersville and Hackensack for $6.8 million.
  • Over the past 12 months, the Company has completed six projects totaling $36.5 million generating a 20% unleveraged return.

Active Projects:

  • Advanced five projects from pipeline to active with total expected costs of $31.4 million:
    • Bergen Town Center - building 40,000 sf Best Buy on vacant pad;
    • Rockaway River Commons - expanding ShopRite by 8,000 sf and developing new outparcel for Popeye's;
    • Morris Plains - renovating facade, repositioning anchor and developing new pad for fast food user;
    • Cherry Hill - developing outparcel to accommodate fast food restaurant; and
    • Huntington - converting 11,000 sf of basement space into street-front retail space.
  • The Company has 16 active projects totaling $199.4 million in costs expected to generate a 9% unleveraged return.

Pipeline Projects:

  • Added the Plaza at Woodbridge to the pipeline for total expected costs of $5 million related to the development of a 60,000 sf self-storage facility in previously unused below grade space.
  • The Company has 11 pipeline projects with approximately $56 - 68 million in total estimated costs expected to generate a 9% unleveraged return.

Balance Sheet Highlights at September 30, 2017(1)(4)

  • Total market capitalization of approximately $4.5 billion comprising 126.5 million, fully diluted common shares valued at $3.1 billion and $1.4 billion of debt.
  • Net debt to total market capitalization of 23%.
  • Net debt to adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") of 4.5x.
  • $380 million of cash and cash equivalents and no amounts drawn on the $600 million revolving credit facility.

(1) Refer to "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and "Operating Metrics" for definitions and additional detail.
(2) Refer to page 8 for a reconciliation of FFO to FFO as Adjusted for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017.
(3) The Company estimates it will spend approximately $6.5 million repairing its properties and expects insurance proceeds to cover these costs in addition to business interruption losses, subject to applicable deductibles estimated to be approximately $2.5 million. For further details, refer to our Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.
(4) The tables accompanying this press release provide the calculation of fully diluted common shares and a reconciliation of net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company uses certain non-GAAP performance measures, in addition to the primary GAAP presentations, as we believe these measures improve the understanding of the Company's operational results. We continually evaluate the usefulness, relevance, limitations, and calculation of our reported non-GAAP performance measures to determine how best to provide relevant information to the investing public, and thus such reported measures are subject to change. The Company's non-GAAP performance measures have limitations as they do not include all items of income and expense that affect operations, and accordingly, should always be considered as supplemental financial results. The following non-GAAP measures are commonly used by the Company and investing public to understand and evaluate our operating results and performance:

  • FFO: The Company believes FFO is a useful, supplemental measure of its operating performance that is a recognized metric used extensively by the real estate industry and, in particular REITs. FFO, as defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT") and the Company, is net income (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding gains (or losses) from sales of depreciated real estate assets, real estate impairment losses, rental property depreciation and amortization expense. The Company believes that financial analysts, investors and stockholders are better served by the presentation of comparable period operating results generated from FFO primarily because it excludes the assumption that the value of real estate assets diminish predictably. FFO does not represent cash flows from operating activities in accordance with GAAP, should not be considered an alternative to net income as an indication of our performance, and is not indicative of cash flow as a measure of liquidity or our ability to make cash distributions.
  • FFO as Adjusted: The Company provides disclosure of FFO as Adjusted because it believes it is a useful supplemental measure of its core operating performance that facilitates comparability of historical financial periods. FFO as Adjusted is calculated by making certain adjustments to FFO to account for items the Company does not believe are representative of ongoing core operating results including transaction costs associated with acquisition and disposition activity and non-comparable revenues and expenses. The Company's method of calculating FFO as Adjusted may be different from methods used by other REITs and, accordingly, may not be comparable to such other REITs.
  • Cash NOI: The Company uses cash NOI internally to make investment and capital allocation decisions and to compare the unlevered performance of our properties to our peers. The Company believes cash NOI is useful to investors as a performance measure because, when compared across periods, cash NOI reflects the impact on operations from trends in occupancy rates, rental rates, operating costs and acquisition and disposition activity on an unleveraged basis, providing perspective not immediately apparent from operating income or net income. The Company calculates cash NOI using net income as defined by GAAP reflecting only those income and expense items that are incurred at the property level, adjusted for the following items: lease termination fees, bankruptcy settlement income, non-cash rental income and ground rent expense and income or expenses that we do not believe are representative of ongoing operating results, if any.
  • Same-property Cash NOI: The Company provides disclosure of cash NOI on a same-property basis, which includes the results of properties that were owned and operated for the entirety of the reporting periods being compared totaling 75 properties for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016. Information provided on a same-property basis excludes properties under development, redevelopment or that involve anchor repositioning where a substantial portion of the gross leasable area ("GLA") is taken out of service and also excludes properties acquired, sold, under contract to be sold, or that are in the foreclosure process during the periods being compared. As such, same-property cash NOI assists in eliminating disparities in net income due to the development, redevelopment, acquisition or disposition of properties during the periods presented, and thus provides a more consistent performance measure for the comparison of the operating performance of the Company's properties. While there is judgment surrounding changes in designations, a property is removed from the same-property pool when it is designated as a redevelopment property because it is undergoing significant renovation or retenanting pursuant to a formal plan that is expected to have a significant impact on its operating income. A development or redevelopment property is moved back to the same-property pool once a substantial portion of the NOI growth expected from the development or redevelopment is reflected in both the current and comparable prior year period, generally one year after at least 80% of the expected NOI from the project is realized on a cash basis. Acquisitions are moved into the same-property pool once we have owned the property for the entirety of the comparable periods and the property is not under significant development or redevelopment. The Company has also provided disclosure of cash NOI on a same-property basis adjusted to include redevelopment properties.
  • EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA: EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are supplemental, non-GAAP measures utilized by us in various financial ratios. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are presented to assist investors in the evaluation of REITs, as a measure of the Company's operational performance as they exclude various items that do not relate to or are not indicative of our operating performance and because they approximate key performance measures in our debt covenants. Accordingly, the Company believes that the use of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, as opposed to income before income taxes in various ratios, provides meaningful performance measures related to the Company's ability to meet various coverage tests for the stated periods. The Company also presents the ratio of net debt (net of cash) to annualized Adjusted EBITDA, which it believes is useful to investors as a supplemental measure in evaluating the Company's balance sheet leverage.

The Company believes net income is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure to the non-GAAP performance measures outlined above. Reconciliations of these measures to net income have been provided in the tables accompanying this press release.

Operating Metrics

The Company presents certain operating metrics related to our properties including occupancy, leasing activity and rental rates. Operating metrics are used by the Company and are useful to investors in facilitating an understanding of the operational performance for our properties.

Occupancy metrics represent the percentage of occupied gross leasable area based on executed leases (including properties in development and redevelopment) and includes leases signed, but for which rent has not yet commenced. Same-property retail portfolio occupancy includes shopping centers and malls that have been owned and operated for the entirety of the reporting periods being compared totaling 75 properties for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016. Occupancy metrics presented for the Company's same-property retail portfolio excludes properties under development, redevelopment or that involve anchor repositioning where a substantial portion of the gross leasable area is taken out of service and also excludes properties acquired within the past 12 months, properties sold, under contract to be sold, or that are in the foreclosure process during the periods being compared.

Executed new leases, renewals and exercised options are presented on a same-space basis. Same-space leases represent those leases signed on spaces for which there was a previous lease with comparable gross leasable area.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For a copy of the Company’s supplemental disclosure package, please access the "Investors" section of UE’s website at www.uedge.com. Our website also includes other financial information, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports.

ABOUT URBAN EDGE

Urban Edge Properties is a NYSE listed real estate investment trust focused on managing, acquiring, developing, and redeveloping retail real estate in urban communities, primarily in the New York metropolitan region. Urban Edge owns 90 properties totaling 16.7 million square feet of gross leasable area.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements contained in this Press Release constitute forward-looking statements as such term is defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. They represent our intentions, plans, expectations and beliefs and are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties. Our future results, financial condition and business may differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. You can find many of these statements by looking for words such as “approximates,” “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “intends,” “plans,” “would,” “may” or other similar expressions in this Press Release. Many of the factors that will determine the outcome of these and our other forward-looking statements are beyond our ability to control or predict; these factors include, among others, the Company's ability to complete its active development, redevelopment and anchor repositioning projects, the Company's ability to pursue, finance and complete acquisition opportunities, the Company's ability to engage in the projects in its planned expansion and redevelopment pipeline, the Company's ability to achieve the estimated unleveraged returns for such projects and acquisitions, the estimated remediation and repair costs related to Hurricane Maria and the timing of re-opening and resumption of full operations at the affected properties. For further discussion of factors that could materially affect the outcome of our forward-looking statements, see “Risk Factors” in Part I, Item 1A, of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and the other documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

For these statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this Press Release. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or any person acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or referred to in this section. We do not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to our forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this Press Release.

URBAN EDGE PROPERTIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

September 30, December 31,
2017 2016
ASSETS (Unaudited)
Real estate, at cost:
Land $ 522,085 $ 384,217
Buildings and improvements 2,013,767 1,650,054
Construction in progress 117,830 99,236
Furniture, fixtures and equipment 7,129 4,993
Total 2,660,811 2,138,500
Accumulated depreciation and amortization (586,187 ) (541,077 )
Real estate, net 2,074,624 1,597,423
Cash and cash equivalents 380,395 131,654
Restricted cash 8,363 8,532

Tenant and other receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $3,469 and
$2,332, respectively

24,063 9,340

Receivable arising from the straight-lining of rents, net of allowance for doubtful
accounts of $260 and $261, respectively

85,853 87,695

Identified intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $29,771 and $22,361,
respectively

91,305 30,875

Deferred leasing costs, net of accumulated amortization of $15,556 and $13,909,
respectively

20,500 19,241

Deferred financing costs, net of accumulated amortization of $1,484 and $726,
respectively

4,492 1,936
Prepaid expenses and other assets 16,917 17,442
Total assets $ 2,706,512 $ 1,904,138
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Liabilities:

Mortgages payable, net

$ 1,408,066 $ 1,197,513

Identified intangible liabilities, net of accumulated amortization of $63,468 and
$72,528, respectively

184,061 146,991
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 65,769 48,842
Other liabilities 16,542 14,675
Total liabilities 1,674,438 1,408,021
Commitments and contingencies
Shareholders’ equity:

Common shares: $0.01 par value; 500,000,000 shares authorized and 113,817,429
and 99,754,900 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

1,138 997
Additional paid-in capital 945,047 488,375
Accumulated deficit (18,322 ) (29,066 )
Noncontrolling interests:
Redeemable noncontrolling interests 103,818 35,451
Noncontrolling interest in consolidated subsidiaries 393 360
Total equity 1,032,074 496,117
Total liabilities and equity $ 2,706,512 $ 1,904,138

URBAN EDGE PROPERTIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

2017 2016 2017 2016
REVENUE
Property rentals $ 69,625 $ 59,138 $ 196,831 $ 176,750
Tenant expense reimbursements 23,938 19,888 71,590 62,274
Management and development fees 369 375 1,199 1,356
Income from acquired leasehold interest 39,215
Other income 169 572 831 2,118
Total revenue 94,101 79,973 309,666 242,498
EXPENSES
Depreciation and amortization 20,976 14,435 60,505 41,908
Real estate taxes 15,872 12,729 43,975 38,701
Property operating 11,402 9,897 35,858 32,596
General and administrative 6,930 6,618 22,720 20,873
Casualty and impairment loss 2,170 5,637
Ground rent 2,891 2,508 7,997 7,529
Transaction costs 95 223 278 307
Provision for doubtful accounts 575 149 1,674 994
Total expenses 60,911 46,559 178,644 142,908
Operating income 33,190 33,414 131,022 99,590
Gain on sale of real estate 202 202 15,618
Interest income 719 176 1,182 520
Interest and debt expense (14,637 ) (12,766 ) (41,379 ) (39,015 )
Loss on extinguishment of debt (1,274 )
Income before income taxes 19,474 20,824 89,753 76,713
Income tax expense (318 ) (319 ) (942 ) (349 )
Net income 19,156 20,505 88,811 76,364

Less (net income) loss attributable to noncontrolling
interests in:

Operating partnership (1,967 ) (1,239 ) (7,431 ) (4,594 )
Consolidated subsidiaries (11 ) (1 ) (33 ) 1
Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 17,178 $ 19,265 $ 81,347 $ 71,771
Earnings per common share - Basic: $ 0.15 $ 0.19 $ 0.77 $ 0.72
Earnings per common share - Diluted: $ 0.15 $ 0.19 $ 0.77 $ 0.72
Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic 110,990 99,304 104,938 99,281
Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted 111,260 99,870 115,323 99,711

Reconciliation of Net Income to FFO and FFO as Adjusted

The following table reflects the reconciliation of net income to FFO and FFO as Adjusted for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017. Net income is considered the most directly comparable GAAP measure. Refer to "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" on page 3 for a description of FFO and FFO as Adjusted.

Three Months Ended
September 30, 2017
Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2017
(in thousands) (per share) (in thousands) (per share)
Net income $ 19,156 $ 0.15 $ 88,811 $ 0.77

Less (net income) attributable to noncontrolling interests
in:

Operating partnership (1,967 ) (0.02 ) (7,431 ) (0.06 )
Consolidated subsidiaries (11 ) (33 )
Net income attributable to common shareholders 17,178 0.13 81,347 0.71
Adjustments:
Rental property depreciation and amortization 20,855 0.17 59,886 0.52
Real estate impairment loss 3,467 0.03
Limited partnership interests in operating partnership 1,967 0.02 7,431 0.06
FFO applicable to diluted common shareholders(1) 40,000 0.32 152,131 1.32
Casualty loss 2,170 0.02 2,170 0.02
Transaction costs 95 278
Loss on extinguishment of debt 1,274 0.01
Gain on sale of land (202 ) (202 )
Tenant bankruptcy settlement income (115 ) (628 ) (0.01 )
Income from acquired leasehold interest(2) (39,215 ) (0.34 )

FFO as Adjusted applicable to diluted common
shareholders(1)

$ 41,948 $ 0.34 $ 115,808 $ 1.00
Weighted average diluted common shares - FFO(1) 123,989 115,654

(1) Refer to the table below for reconciliation of weighted average diluted shares used in EPS calculations and weighted average diluted common shares used in FFO per share calculations.
(2) Income from acquired leasehold interest at the Shops at Bruckner includes the write-off of unamortized intangible liability related to the below-market ground lease acquired and existing straight-line receivable balance.

The following table reflects the reconciliation of weighted average diluted shares used in EPS calculations and weighted average diluted common shares used in FFO per share calculations.

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended
September 30, 2017

Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2017

Weighted average diluted shares used to calculate EPS 111,260 115,323
Assumed conversion of OP and LTIP Units to common stock(1) 12,729 331

Weighted average diluted common shares used to calculate
FFO per share

123,989 115,654

(1) Operating Partnership ("OP") and Long-Term Incentive Plan ("LTIP") Units are excluded from the calculation of earnings per diluted share for the three months ended September 30, 2017, because their inclusion is anti-dilutive and included for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, because their inclusion is dilutive. FFO includes earnings allocated to unitholders as the inclusion of these units is dilutive to FFO per share.

Reconciliation of Net Income to Cash NOI and Same-Property Cash NOI

The following table reflects the reconciliation of net income to cash NOI, same-property cash NOI and same-property cash NOI including properties in redevelopment for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016. Net income is considered the most directly comparable GAAP measure. Refer to "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" on page 3 for a description of cash NOI and same-property cash NOI.

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

(Amounts in thousands) 2017 2016 2017 2016
Net income $ 19,156 $ 20,505 $ 88,811 $ 76,364
Add: income tax expense 318 319 942 349
Income before income taxes 19,474 20,824 89,753 76,713
Interest income (719 ) (176 ) (1,182 ) (520 )
Gain on sale of real estate (202 ) (202 ) (15,618 )
Interest and debt expense 14,637 12,766 41,379 39,015
Loss on extinguishment of debt 1,274
Operating income 33,190 33,414 131,022 99,590
Depreciation and amortization 20,976 14,435 60,505 41,908
Casualty and impairment loss 2,170 5,637
General and administrative expense 6,930 6,618 22,720 20,873
Transaction costs 95 223 278 307
NOI 63,361 54,690 220,162 162,678
Less: non-cash revenue and expenses (2,554 ) (1,823 ) (44,807 ) (5,088 )
Cash NOI(1) 60,807 52,867 175,355 157,590
Adjustments:
Cash NOI related to properties being redeveloped(1) (6,158 ) (5,809 ) (18,580 ) (16,667 )

Cash NOI related to properties acquired, disposed,
or in foreclosure(1)

(6,357 ) (164 ) (11,987 ) (1,134 )

Management and development fee income from
non-owned properties

(369 ) (375 ) (1,199 ) (1,356 )
Tenant bankruptcy settlement income (115 ) (545 ) (628 ) (2,035 )
Other(2) 4 43 17 129
Subtotal adjustments (12,995 ) (6,850 ) (32,377 ) (21,063 )
Same-property cash NOI $ 47,812 $ 46,017 $ 142,978 $ 136,527
Adjustments:
Cash NOI related to properties being redeveloped 6,158 5,809 18,580 16,667

Same-property cash NOI including properties in
redevelopment

$ 53,970 $ 51,826 $ 161,558 $ 153,194

(1) Cash NOI is calculated as total property revenues less property operating expenses, excluding the net effects of non-cash rental income and non-cash ground rent expense.
(2) Other adjustments include revenue and expense items attributable to non-same properties and corporate activities.

Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

The following table reflects the reconciliation of net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017. Net income is considered the most directly comparable GAAP measure. Refer to "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" on page 3 for a description of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA.

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

(Amounts in thousands) 2017 2016 2017 2016
Net income $ 19,156 $ 20,505 $ 88,811 $ 76,364
Depreciation and amortization 20,976 14,435 60,505 41,908
Interest and debt expense 14,637 12,766 41,379 39,015
Income tax expense 318 319 942 349
EBITDA 55,087 48,025 191,637 157,636
Adjustments for Adjusted EBITDA:
Casualty and impairment loss 2,170 5,637
Transaction costs 95 223 278 307
Loss on extinguishment of debt 1,274
Tenant bankruptcy settlement income (115 ) (545 ) (628 ) (2,035 )
Gain on sale of real estate (202 ) (202 ) (15,618 )
Income from acquired leasehold interest (39,215 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ 57,035 $ 47,703 $ 158,781 $ 140,290

The following table reflects the Company's fully diluted common shares outstanding which is the total number of shares that would be outstanding assuming all possible conversions. Fully diluted common shares outstanding are utilized to calculate our equity market capitalization to allow investors the ability to assess our market value. The sum of the total equity market capitalization and total debt, as calculated in accordance with GAAP, represents the Company's total market capitalization.

September 30, 2017
Common shares outstanding 113,817,429
OP and LTIP units (dilutive) 12,729,634
Fully diluted common shares 126,547,063

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Urban Edge Properties
Mark Langer, 212-956-2556
EVP and Chief Financial Officer

Source: Urban Edge Properties