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Slate Grocery REIT Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results

November 3, 2021 GMT

TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 2, 2021--

Slate Grocery REIT (TSX: SGR.U) (TSX: SGR.UN) (the “REIT”), an owner and operator of U.S. grocery-anchored real estate, today announced its financial results and highlights for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021.

“Slate Grocery REIT just concluded one of its best, most consequential quarters to date,” said David Dunn, Chief Executive Officer of Slate Grocery REIT. “We achieved transformational growth, increasing the value of our portfolio by more than $414 million, and our team’s continued exceptional operating performance drove record new leasing volumes at high spreads. These results confirm the resilient and essential nature of grocery-anchored real estate, and we are well positioned to continue growing our portfolio to create additional value for our unitholders.”

For the CEO’s letter to unitholders for the quarter, please follow the link here.

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Highlights

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  • Exceptional operational performance further enhanced the portfolio’s durability
    • The REIT’s new leasing volumes of 229,290 square feet represent a quarterly record by 18.0%. These new deals were completed at a rental spread of 20.5%.
    • The REIT achieved its fifth consecutive quarter of occupancy growth, finishing the quarter at 93.5%, an increase of 0.3% relative to the last quarter. Excluding assets acquired during the third quarter, portfolio occupancy was 94.4%, an increase of 1.2% from the second quarter 2021.
    • Anchor occupancy increased to 100.0% during the third quarter.
    • Same-property net operating income (“NOI”) for the third quarter increased by $0.4 million or 2.1% over the comparative period. Including the impact of completed redevelopments, same-property NOI for the three month period ended September 30, 2021 increased by $0.8 million or 3.7%.
    • Adjusted funds from operations (“AFFO”) per unit for the third quarter was $0.23, an increase of $0.02 relative to last quarter.
  • Achieved significant growth through record quarterly acquisition activity
    • Acquisitions in the third quarter totaled $414.3 million, which increases the portfolio’s scale to $1.9 billion of critical real estate across 13.2 million square feet.
    • Third quarter acquisitions significantly increased the REIT’s portfolio presence in the top 50 major metro markets across the United States to 65%, at an attractive cost basis of $127 per square foot.
  • Well-positioned for growth and acquisition activity
    • In addition to contractual base rent commitments not yet online, which total more than $2.5 million over the next three quarters, the REIT has a deep new leasing pipeline of over 150,000 square feet.
    • The investment market for grocery-anchored real estate remains liquid and strong. The REIT continues to actively underwrite compelling new opportunities that would further enhance the quality and scale of the portfolio while creating additional value for unitholders.

Summary of Q3 2021 Results

 

Three months ended September 30,

(thousands of U.S. dollars, except per unit amounts)

2021

2020

Change %

Rental revenue

 

$

34,079

 

$

31,961

 

6.6%

NOI 1

 

$

25,647

 

$

23,098

 

11.0%

Net income 2

 

$

9,603

 

$

7,630

 

25.9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New leasing (square feet) 2

 

229,290

 

196,438

 

16.7%

New leasing spread 2

 

20.5%

 

4.5%

 

16.0%

Total leasing (square feet) 2

 

425,821

 

431,778

 

(1.4)%

Total leasing spread 2

 

10.2%

 

13.1%

 

(2.9)%

Leasing – anchor / junior anchor 2

 

307,885

 

280,175

 

9.9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of units outstanding ("WA units")

 

49,742

 

42,222

 

17.8%

FFO 1 2

 

$

13,686

 

$

11,487

 

19.1%

FFO per WA units 1 2

 

$

0.28

 

$

0.27

 

3.7%

FFO payout ratio 1 2 4

 

82.4%

 

79.1%

 

3.3%

AFFO 1 2

 

$

11,478

 

$

8,954

 

28.2%

AFFO per WA units 1 2

 

$

0.23

 

$

0.21

 

9.5%

AFFO payout ratio 1 2 4

 

98.3%

 

101.5%

 

(3.2)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(thousands of U.S. dollars)

2021

2020

Change %

Same-property NOI (3 month period, 67 properties)

 

$

21,100

 

$

20,669

 

2.1%

Same-property NOI (12 month period, 59 properties)

 

$

73,889

 

$

73,940

 

(0.1)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As at September 30,

(thousands of U.S. dollars, except per unit amounts)

2021

2020

Change %

Total assets, IFRS

 

$

1,715,471

 

$

1,302,849

 

31.7%

Total assets, proportionate interest

 

$

1,881,842

 

$

1,314,465

 

43.2%

Debt, IFRS

 

$

928,122

 

$

777,526

 

19.4%

Debt, proportionate interest

 

$

1,140,774

 

$

784,472

 

45.4%

Net asset value per unit

 

$

11.95

 

$

10.65

 

12.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of properties 2

 

107

 

76

 

40.8%

Portfolio occupancy 2

 

93.5%

 

92.5%

 

1.0%

Debt / GBV ratio 3

 

54.1%

 

59.7%

 

(5.6)%

Interest coverage ratio 1

 

2.73x

 

2.48x

 

10.1%

(1) Refer to “Non-IFRS Measures” section below.

(2) Includes the REIT's share of joint venture investments.

(3) Excludes subscription receipt funds in escrow for first and second quarter of 2021. The REIT's leverage ratio including subscription receipt funds in escrow for the first and second quarter of 2021 would be 49.8% and 49.4%, respectively.

(4) Adjusting to exclude the impact of the September distributions in relation to the subscription receipt offering completed on September 22, 2021 for the acquisition of the 25 grocery anchored portfolio (the "Acquisition"), FFO payout ratio and AFFO payout ratio would be 76.5% and 91.2%, respectively.

Conference Call and Webcast

Senior management will host a live conference call at 9:00 am ET on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 to discuss the results and ongoing business initiatives of the REIT.

The conference call can be accessed by dialing (647) 427-2311 or 1 (866) 521-4909. Additionally, the conference call will be available via simultaneous audio found at https://snwebcastcenter.com/webcast/slate/2021/1103. A replay will be accessible until November 17, 2021 via the REIT’s website or by dialing (416) 621-4642 or 1 (800) 585-8367 (access code 3665096) approximately two hours after the live event.

About Slate Grocery REIT (TSX: SGR.U / SGR.UN)

Slate Grocery REIT is an owner and operator of U.S. grocery-anchored real estate. The REIT owns and operates approximately U.S. $1.9 billion of critical real estate infrastructure across major U.S. metro markets that communities rely upon for their everyday needs. The REIT’s resilient grocery-anchored portfolio and strong credit tenants provide unitholders with durable cash flows and the potential for capital appreciation over the longer term. Visit slategroceryreit.com to learn more about the REIT.

About Slate Asset Management

Slate Asset Management is a global alternative investment platform focused on real estate. We focus on fundamentals with the objective of creating long-term value for our investors and partners. Slate’s platform has a range of investment strategies, including opportunistic, value add, core plus and debt investments. We are supported by exceptional people and flexible capital, which enable us to originate and execute on a wide range of compelling investment opportunities. Visit slateam.com to learn more.

Supplemental Information

All interested parties can access Slate Grocery’s Supplemental Information online at slategroceryreit.com in the Investors section. These materials are also available on SEDAR or upon request to the REIT at info@slateam.com or (416) 644-4264.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain information herein constitutes “forward-looking information” as defined under Canadian securities laws which reflect management’s expectations regarding objectives, plans, goals, strategies, future growth, results of operations, performance, business prospects and opportunities of the REIT. The words “plans”, “expects”, “does not expect”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “intends”, “anticipates”, “does not anticipate”, “projects”, “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or statements to the effect that certain actions, events or results “may”, “will”, “could”, “would”, “might”, “occur”, “be achieved”, or “continue” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Some of the specific forward-looking statements contained herein include, but are not limited to, statements relating to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. There can be no assurance regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the business, operations, and financial performance of the REIT and its tenants, as well as on consumer behaviors and the economy in general. Management believes that the expectations reflected in its forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, however, management can give no assurance that actual results, performance or achievements will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations.

Forward-looking statements are necessarily based on a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management as of the date hereof, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. When relying on forward-looking statements to make decisions, the REIT cautions readers not to place undue reliance on these statements, as forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, and should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or not the times at or by which such performance or results will be achieved. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ, possibly materially, from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Additional information about risks and uncertainties is contained in the filings of the REIT with securities regulators.

Non-IFRS Measures

This news release and accompanying financial statements are based on International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”), as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”).

We disclose a number of financial measures in this news release that are not measures used under IFRS, including NOI, same-property NOI, FFO, FFO payout ratio, AFFO, AFFO payout ratio, adjusted EBITDA and the interest coverage ratio, in addition to certain measures on a per unit basis.

  • NOI is defined as rental revenue less operating expenses, prior to straight-line rent, IFRIC 21, Levies (“IFRIC 21”) property tax adjustments and adjustments for equity investment. Same-property NOI includes those properties owned by the REIT for each of the current period and the relevant comparative period excluding those properties under development.
  • FFO is defined as net income adjusted for certain items including transaction costs, change in fair value of properties, change in fair value of financial instruments, deferred income taxes, unit expense (income), adjustments for equity investment and IFRIC 21 property tax adjustments.
  • AFFO is defined as FFO adjusted for straight-line rental revenue and sustaining capital, leasing costs and tenant improvements.
  • FFO payout ratio and AFFO payout ratio are defined as distributions declared divided by FFO and AFFO, respectively.
  • FFO per WA unit and AFFO per WA unit are defined as FFO and AFFO divided by the weighted average class U equivalent units outstanding, respectively.
  • Adjusted EBITDA is defined as NOI less general and administrative expenses.
  • Interest coverage ratio is defined as adjusted EBITDA divided by cash interest paid.
  • Net asset value is defined as the aggregate of the carrying value of the REIT’s equity, deferred income taxes and exchangeable units of subsidiaries.
  • Proportionate interest represents financial information adjusted to reflect the REIT’s equity accounted joint ventures and financial real estate assets and its share of net income (losses) from equity accounted joint ventures and financial real estate assets on a proportionately consolidated basis at the REIT’s ownership percentage of the related investment.

We utilize these measures for a variety of reasons, including measuring performance, managing the business, capital allocation and the assessment of risk. Descriptions of why these non-IFRS measures are useful to investors and how management uses each measure are included in Management’s Discussion and Analysis. We believe that providing these performance measures on a supplemental basis to our IFRS results is helpful to investors in assessing the overall performance of our businesses in a manner similar to management. These financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for similar financial measures calculated in accordance with IFRS. We caution readers that these non-IFRS financial measures may differ from the calculations disclosed by other businesses, and as a result, may not be comparable to similar measures presented by others.

SGR-FR

Calculation and Reconciliation of Non-IFRS Measures

The table below summarizes a calculation of non-IFRS measures based on IFRS financial information.

 

Three months ended September 30,

(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per unit amounts)

 

2021

 

2020

Rental revenue

 

$

34,079

 

 

$

31,961

 

Straight-line rent revenue

 

(8

)

 

(530

)

Property operating expenses

 

(4,809

)

 

(4,649

)

IFRIC 21 property tax adjustment

 

(4,227

)

 

(4,115

)

Contribution from joint venture investments

 

612

 

 

431

 

NOI1 2

 

$

25,647

 

 

$

23,098

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flow from operations

 

$

8,034

 

 

$

10,657

 

Changes in non-cash working capital items

 

793

 

 

(466

)

Transaction costs

 

 

 

16

 

Subscription receipts equivalent amount

 

4,933

 

 

 

Finance charge and mark-to-market adjustments

 

(465

)

 

(395

)

Interest, net and TIF note adjustments

 

31

 

 

34

 

Adjustments for joint venture investments

 

303

 

 

364

 

Non-controlling interest

 

57

 

 

 

Taxes on dispositions

 

1

 

 

747

 

Capital

 

(1,653

)

 

(852

)

Leasing costs

 

(492

)

 

(412

)

Tenant improvements

 

(64

)

 

(739

)

AFFO1 2

 

$

11,478

 

 

$

8,954

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income 1 2

 

$

9,603

 

 

$

7,630

 

Change in fair value of financial instruments

 

(2,102

)

 

 

Transaction costs

 

 

 

16

 

Change in fair value of properties

 

(6

)

 

2,829

 

Deferred income tax expense

 

1,782

 

 

2,077

 

Subscription receipts

 

4,933

 

 

 

Adjustments for joint venture investments

 

3,621

 

 

1,088

 

Unit expense

 

33

 

 

1,215

 

Non-controlling interest

 

48

 

 

 

Taxes on dispositions

 

1

 

 

747

 

IFRIC 21 property tax adjustment

 

(4,227

)

 

(4,115

)

FFO 1 2

 

$

13,686

 

 

$

11,487

 

Straight-line rental revenue

 

(8

)

 

(530

)

Capital expenditures

 

(1,653

)

 

(852

)

Leasing costs

 

(492

)

 

(412

)

Tenant improvements

 

(64

)

 

(739

)

Non-controlling interest

 

9

 

 

 

AFFO 1 2

 

$

11,478

 

 

$

8,954

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30,

(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per unit amounts)

 

2021

 

2020

NOI 1 2

 

$

25,647

 

 

$

23,098

 

General and administrative expenses

 

(2,549

)

 

(3,293

)

Cash interest, net

 

(8,444

)

 

(7,954

)

Finance charge and mark-to-market adjustments

 

(465

)

 

(395

)

Adjustments for joint venture investments

 

(309

)

 

(67

)

Current income tax expense

 

(250

)

 

(432

)

Non-controlling interest

 

57

 

 

 

Capital expenditures

 

(1,653

)

 

(852

)

Leasing costs

 

(492

)

 

(412

)

Tenant improvements

 

(64

)

 

(739

)

AFFO1 2

 

$

11,478

 

 

$

8,954

 

(1) Refer to “Non-IFRS Measures” section above.

(2) Includes the REIT's share of joint venture investments.

 

Three months ended September 30,

(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per unit amounts)

 

2021

 

2020

Net income 1

 

$

9,603

 

 

$

7,630

 

Interest and financing costs

 

 

13,842

 

 

 

8,349

 

Change in fair value of financial instruments

 

 

(2,102

)

 

 

 

Transaction costs

 

 

 

 

 

16

 

Change in fair value of properties

 

 

(6

)

 

 

2,829

 

Deferred income tax expense

 

 

1,782

 

 

 

2,077

 

Current income tax expense

 

 

251

 

 

 

1,179

 

Unit expense

 

 

33

 

 

 

1,215

 

Adjustments for equity investment

 

 

3,930

 

 

 

1,155

 

Straight-line rent revenue

 

 

(8

)

 

 

(530

)

IFRIC 21 property tax adjustment

 

 

(4,227

)

 

 

(4,115

)

Adjusted EBITDA 1 2

 

$

23,098

 

 

$

19,805

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOI 1 2

 

$

25,647

 

 

$

23,098

 

General and administrative expenses

 

 

(2,549

)

 

 

(3,293

)

Adjusted EBITDA 1 2

 

$

23,098

 

 

$

19,805

 

Cash interest paid

 

 

(8,475

)

 

 

(7,988

)

Interest coverage ratio 1 2

 

2.73x

 

2.48x

 

 

 

 

 

WA units

 

 

49,742

 

 

 

42,222

 

FFO per WA unit 1 2

 

$

0.28

 

 

$

0.27

 

FFO payout ratio 1 2 3

 

 

82.4

%

 

 

79.1

%

AFFO per WA unit 1 2

 

$

0.23

 

 

$

0.21

 

AFFO payout ratio 1 2 3

 

 

98.3

%

 

 

101.5

%

(1) Includes the REIT's share of joint venture investments.

(2) Refer to “Non-IFRS Measures” section above.

(3) Adjusting to exclude the impact of the September distributions in relation to the subscription receipt offering completed on September 22, 2021 for the Acquisition, FFO payout ratio would be 76.5% and 91.2%, respectively.

 

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