SOURCE: Duke Realty Corporation

Duke Realty Corporation

January 25, 2012 18:08 ET

Duke Realty Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Results

2011 Core FFO per Share of $1.15 at High End of Guidance; Significant Asset Repositioning Executed In-Line With Strategy; Key Operating Metrics Reflect Strong Performance; 2012 Core FFO Guidance Issued

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire - Jan 25, 2012) - Duke Realty Corporation (NYSE: DRE), a leading industrial, office and medical office property REIT, today reported results for the fourth quarter and full year 2011.

"We finished 2011 with an outstanding fourth quarter and made significant progress towards our asset, operating and capital strategic objectives," said Dennis D. Oklak, chairman and chief executive officer. "For the fourth quarter, we closed the $1 billion Blackstone sale and executed over $388 million of acquisitions. Operationally, we delivered Core FFO of $0.30 cents per share and achieved portfolio occupancy of 90.7 percent, a 160 basis points improvement over the prior year end. We also extended our unsecured line of credit for up to five years at less than half the cost of the previous facility. For the full year, we executed over 24.5 million square feet of leases and in alignment with our asset repositioning strategy closed $1.65 billion of asset dispositions and nearly $750 million of acquisitions. We also reduced our unsecured debt obligations and preferred equity by over $610 million, while closing the year with over $210 million in cash, which will be used for future property investment and de-leveraging."

Operating Highlights

Core funds from operations per diluted share ("Core FFO") was $0.30 for the quarter and $1.15 for the year. Funds from Operations per diluted share ("FFO") as defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT") was $0.24 for the quarter and $1.07 for the year. FFO, as defined by NAREIT, for the quarter included $12.9 million of impairment charges on land which is being held for sale and $3.4 million of severance charges neither of which are included in Core FFO. FFO, as defined by NAREIT, for the year also included a $3.8 million adjustment related to the redemption of our preferred N shares and $1.2 million of net acquisition costs, neither of which are included in Core FFO.

  • Strong operating momentum:
    • Overall portfolio occupancy remained steady for the quarter and for the year increased to 90.7 percent.
    • Tenant retention rate was 78.5 percent for the quarter and 68.8 percent for the year.
    • Over 24.5 million square feet of leases were completed for the year.
    • Same property net operating income growth was positive 4.7 percent for the quarter and 3.2 percent for the year.

  • Significant asset strategy execution:
    • Closed $388 million of bulk industrial and medical office building acquisitions for the quarter; and $747 million of total acquisitions for the year.
    • Generated over $1.1 billion of proceeds from dispositions during the quarter, primarily from the 79 building suburban office portfolio sale to Blackstone; $1.65 billion in total disposition proceeds for the year.
    • Achieved significant progress on our investment concentration objectives with our portfolio mix now at 54% industrial, 33% office, 9% medical office and 4% retail versus our strategic goal of 60% industrial, 25% office and 10% medical office.

  • Successful capital strategy achievement:
    • Reduced unsecured debt by over $500 million and redeemed preferred equity of $110 million during the year.
    • Executed an early renewal of our $850 million unsecured revolving credit facility, and increased the potential maximum facility size to $1.25 billion, at significantly lower cost and extended the term up to five years.
    • Concluded the year with over $210 million in cash.

  • 2012 Core FFO guidance introduced at $0.94 to $1.06 per share.

Financial Performance

  • Core FFO per share for the fourth quarter was $0.30 compared with $0.28 for the fourth quarter of 2010. The improved result is primarily attributable to an increase in property and service operations income in the fourth quarter of 2011 over 2010. Core FFO per share for the year ended 2011 was $1.15, equal to the prior year. A reconciliation of FFO as defined by NAREIT to Core FFO is included in the financial tables included in this release.

  • Net income per diluted share (EPS) for fourth quarter 2011 was $0.17, as compared to $0.04 for the same quarter in 2010. Fourth quarter 2011 EPS was positively impacted by increased gains on sales of assets. EPS for the year was $0.11 compared to a loss of $0.07 in 2010. The increase for 2011 was also attributable to a higher level of gains on sale of assets for the year compared to 2010.

Operating Performance

Operational highlights include:

  • Overall portfolio occupancy, including projects under development, remained steady at 90.7 percent from the third quarter, and increased 160 basis points from year-end 2010 occupancy of 89.1 percent.

  • Occupancy in the bulk distribution portfolio at year end was 91.9 percent, down from 92.4 percent at September 30, 2011, and increased 140 basis points from year-end 2010 occupancy of 90.5 percent.

  • Occupancy in the suburban office portfolio at year end was 85.6 percent, down from 85.9 percent at September 30, 2011, and decreased 10 basis points from year-end 2010 occupancy of 85.7.

  • Average tenant retention for the fourth quarter and year ended 2011 was 78.5 percent and 68.8 percent, respectively.

  • Same-property net operating income for the three months ended December 31, 2011 increased 4.7 percent over the same period of 2010. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2011, same property net operating income increased by 3.2 percent over the same period of 2010.

Real Estate Investment Activity

Acquisitions

The company has a comprehensive asset strategy, which provides for increasing investment in industrial and medical office assets. In alignment with this strategy, the company acquired over $388 million of industrial and medical office assets totaling over 4.8 million square feet in the fourth quarter of 2011, bringing the total acquisitions to $747 million for the year.

The fourth quarter included the following strategic acquisitions:

  • A portfolio of nine industrial buildings, eight in Chicago, IL and one in Los Angeles, CA, that were 100% leased and totaled 1.79 million square feet;

  • Two industrial buildings totaling 1.35 million square feet in Dallas, TX, that were 100% leased;

  • Two industrial buildings totaling 436,000 square feet in Chicago, IL, that were 100% leased;

  • A portfolio of three industrial buildings totaling 356,000 square feet in Minneapolis, MN, that were 100% leased;

  • Six medical office buildings totaling 363,000 square feet in Texas that were 97% leased;

  • Five medical office buildings totaling 279,000 square feet in Indiana that were 100% leased.

Development

Wholly Owned Properties

  • The company's wholly owned development projects under construction at December 31, 2011 consist of four medical office projects totaling 295,000 square feet and a 344,000 square foot office building project. These projects are 84 percent pre-leased in the aggregate.

  • During the fourth quarter, the company started development of one medical office building. The project is 52,000 square feet and 52 percent pre-leased.

  • Additionally, two medical office buildings totaling 79,000 square feet were placed into service.

Joint Venture Properties

  • The company has one joint venture development project under construction at December 31, 2011, a 274,000 square foot medical office project which is 100 percent pre-leased to a single tenant.

Dispositions

Proceeds from fourth quarter building dispositions totaled $1.11 billion. Total dispositions for the year 2011, including land sales, were $1.65 billion.

Fourth quarter dispositions included the following:

  • As previously announced in December 2011, the company closed on the sale of a 79 building suburban office portfolio totaling over 9.8 million square feet;

  • A three building suburban office portfolio in Cleveland, OH, totaling 273,000 square feet;

  • A three building industrial portfolio in Atlanta, GA, totaling 278,000 square feet;

  • A 300,000 square foot industrial building located in Indianapolis, IN;

  • A 300,000 square foot industrial building located in Dallas, TX.

Dividends Declared

The company's board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend on the company's common stock of $0.17 per share, or $0.68 per share on an annualized basis. The fourth quarter dividend will be payable February 29, 2012, to shareholders of record as of February 15, 2012.

The board also declared the following dividends on the company's outstanding preferred stock:

Class NYSE Symbol Quarterly Amount/Share Record Date Payment Date
Series J DREPRJ $0.414063 February 15, 2012 February 29, 2012
Series K DREPRK $0.406250 February 15, 2012 February 29, 2012
Series L DREPRL $0.412500 February 15, 2012 February 29, 2012
Series M DREPRM $0.434375 March 21, 2012 April 2, 2012
Series O DREPRO $0.523438 March 21, 2012 April 2, 2012

2012 Earnings Guidance

"We ended 2011 with another great year of success towards achieving our asset, operating and capital strategy objectives," Mr. Oklak stated. "Our outlook for 2012 reflects cautious optimism that the economy will continue to slowly improve. Our guidance also factors in our 2011 repositioning activity and a lower level of service operations revenue as a result of the wind down of the BRAC construction project."

The company announced full-year 2012 Core FFO guidance of $0.94 to $1.06 per share. The assumptions underlying the guidance are as follows:

1. Core FFO per share dilution from the December 2011 Blackstone sale of $0.10-$0.12, consistent with transaction disclosure from the 4th quarter;
2. Flat to modestly increased occupancy performance;
3. Modest same property net operating income growth;
4. Consistent overall construction starts, comprised of increased development activity offset by decreased third party construction;
5. Continued progress on asset strategy execution and growth with net acquisitions for the year;
6. A decrease in service operations income primarily related to the completion of the BRAC project;
7. Relatively flat G & A expense.

More specific assumptions and components of 2012 Core FFO will be available by 6:00 p.m. EST today through the Investor Relations-Financials section of the company's web-site.

Information Regarding FFO

Funds from Operations ("FFO"): FFO is computed in accordance with standards established by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT"). NAREIT defines FFO as net income (loss) excluding gains (losses) on sales of depreciable property and extraordinary items (computed in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP")); plus real estate related depreciation and amortization, and after similar adjustments for unconsolidated joint ventures. We believe FFO to be most directly comparable to net income as defined by GAAP. We believe that FFO should be examined in conjunction with net income (as defined by GAAP) as presented in the financial statements accompanying this release. FFO does not represent a measure of liquidity, nor is it indicative of funds available for our cash needs, including our ability to make cash distributions to shareholders.

Core Funds from Operations ("Core FFO"): Core FFO is computed as FFO adjusted for certain items that are generally non-cash in nature and that materially distort the comparative measurement of company performance over time. The adjustments include impairment charges, tax expenses or benefit related to (i) changes in deferred tax asset valuation allowances, (ii) changes in tax exposure accruals that were established as the result of the adoption of new accounting principles, or (iii) taxable income (loss) related to other items excluded from FFO or Core FFO (collectively referred to as "other income tax items"), gains (losses) on debt transactions, adjustments on the repurchase of preferred stock, gains (losses) on and related costs of acquisitions, and severance charges related to major overhead restructuring activities. Although our calculation of Core FFO differs from NAREIT's definition of FFO and may not be comparable to that of other REITs and real estate companies, we believe it provides a meaningful supplemental measure of our operating performance.

Adjusted Funds from Operations ("AFFO"): AFFO is defined by the company as Core FFO (as defined above), less recurring building improvements and second generation capital expenditures, and adjusted for certain non-cash items including straight line rental income, non-cash components of interest expense and stock compensation expense, and after similar adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures.

About Duke Realty

Duke Realty owns and operates more than 136 million rentable square feet of industrial and office, including medical office, space in 18 major U.S. cities. Duke Realty is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol DRE and is listed on the S&P MidCap 400 Index. More information about Duke Realty is available at www.dukerealty.com.

Fourth Quarter Earnings Call and Supplemental Information

Duke Realty is hosting a conference call tomorrow, January 26, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. EST to discuss its fourth quarter operating results and 2012 guidance. All investors and other interested parties are invited to listen to the call. Access is available through the Investor Relations section of the company's Web site.

A copy of the company's supplemental information and a summary of the key assumptions of its 2012 Core FFO guidance will be available by 6:00 p.m. EST today through the Investor Relations section of the company's Web site.

Cautionary Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, including, among others, statements regarding the company's future financial position, projected financing sources, future transactions with joint venture partners, future dividends, and future performance, are forward-looking statements. Those statements include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of the company, members of its management team, as well as the assumptions on which such statements are based, and generally are identified by the use of words such as "may," "will," "seeks," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "plans," "intends," "should," or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. Many of these factors are beyond the company's abilities to control or predict. Such factors include, but are not limited to, (i) general adverse economic and local real estate conditions, including the current economic recession; (ii) the inability of major tenants to continue paying their rent obligations due to bankruptcy, insolvency or a general downturn in their business; (iii) financing risks, such as the inability to obtain equity, debt or other sources of financing or refinancing on favorable terms, if at all; (iv) the company's ability to raise capital by selling its assets; (v) changes in governmental laws and regulations; (vi) the level and volatility of interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates; (vii) valuation of joint venture investments, (viii) valuation of marketable securities and other investments; (ix) increases in operating costs; (x) changes in the dividend policy for the company's common stock; (xi) the reduction in the company's income in the event of multiple lease terminations by tenants; and (xii) impairment charges. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company refers you to the section entitled "Risk Factors" contained in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010. Copies of each filing may be obtained from the company or the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The risks included here are not exhaustive and undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations. All written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the company, its management, or persons acting on their behalf are qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. Further, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results over time unless otherwise required by law.

Duke Realty Corporation
Statement of Operations
December 31, 2011
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2011 2010 2011 2010
Revenues:
Rental and related revenue $ 193,464 $ 179,841 $ 752,478 $ 678,795
General contractor and service fee revenue 112,178 100,971 521,796 515,361
305,642 280,812 1,274,274 1,194,156
Expenses:
Rental expenses 37,590 37,491 147,173 137,348
Real estate taxes 23,216 22,406 103,724 89,718
General contractor and other services expenses 101,299 94,433 480,480 486,865
Depreciation and amortization 86,724 77,770 330,450 279,606
248,829 232,100 1,061,827 993,537
Other Operating Activities
Equity in earnings (loss) of unconsolidated companies (1,325 ) 455 4,565 7,980
Gain on sale of properties 1,638 32,745 68,549 39,662
Undeveloped land carrying costs (1,913 ) (2,051 ) (8,934 ) (9,203 )
Impairment charges (12,931 ) - (12,931 ) (9,834 )
Other operating expenses (1,066 ) (229 ) (1,237 ) (1,231 )
General and administrative expense (13,876 ) (10,158 ) (43,107 ) (41,329 )
(29,473 ) 20,762 6,905 (13,955 )
Operating income (loss) 27,340 69,474 219,352 186,664
Other income (expense)
Interest and other income, net 115 30 658 534
Interest expense (55,590 ) (50,029 ) (223,053 ) (189,094 )
Loss on debt transactions - (55 ) - (16,349 )
Acquisition-related activity 337 (1,693 ) (1,188 ) 55,820
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes (27,798 ) 17,727 (4,231 ) 37,575
Income tax benefit - - 194 1,126
Income (loss) from continuing operations (27,798 ) 17,727 (4,037 ) 38,701
Discontinued Operations:
Income (loss) before gain on sales 3,567 (579 ) (536 ) (6,493 )
Gain on sale of depreciable properties 84,478 8,671 100,882 33,054
Income from discontinued operations 88,045 8,092 100,346 26,561
Net income 60,247 25,819 96,309 65,262
Dividends on preferred shares (14,006 ) (16,016 ) (60,353 ) (69,468 )
Adjustments for redemption/repurchase of preferred shares - (294 ) (3,796 ) (10,438 )
Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests (1,276 ) 43 (744 ) 536
Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders $ 44,965 $ 9,552 $ 31,416 $ (14,108 )
Basic net income (loss) per common share:
Continuing operations attributable to common shareholders $ (0.17 ) $ 0.01 $ (0.28 ) $ (0.18 )
Discontinued operations attributable to common shareholders $ 0.34 $ 0.03 $ 0.39 $ 0.11
Total $ 0.17 $ 0.04 $ 0.11 $ (0.07 )
Diluted net income (loss) per common share:
Continuing operations attributable to common shareholders $ (0.17 ) $ 0.01 $ (0.28 ) $ (0.18 )
Discontinued operations attributable to common shareholders $ 0.34 $ 0.03 $ 0.39 $ 0.11
Total $ 0.17 $ 0.04 $ 0.11 $ (0.07 )
Duke Realty Corporation
Statement of Funds From Operations
December 31, 2011
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended
December 31,
(Unaudited)
2011 2010
Wtd. Wtd.
Avg. Per Avg. Per
Amount Shares Share Amount Shares Share
Net Income Attributable to Common Shareholders $ 44,965 $ 9,552
Less: Dividends on share based awards expected to vest (825 ) (728 )
Net Income Per Common Share- Basic 44,140 252,922 $ 0.17 8,824 252,130 $ 0.04
Add back:
Noncontrolling interest in earnings of unitholders 1,228 6,950 200 5,290
Other potentially dilutive securities
Net income Per Common Share- Diluted $ 45,368 259,872 $ 0.17 $ 9,024 257,420 $ 0.04
Reconciliation to Funds From Operations ("FFO")
Net Income Attributable to Common Shareholders $ 44,965 252,922 $ 9,552 252,130
Adjustments:
Depreciation and amortization 93,250 96,098
Company share of joint venture depreciation and amortization 8,889 7,403
Earnings from depreciable property sales-wholly owned, discontinued operations (84,478 ) (8,671 )
Earnings from depreciable property sales-wholly owned, continuing operations (1,638 ) (32,745 )
Noncontrolling interest share of adjustments (438 ) (1,276 )
Funds From Operations- Basic 60,550 252,922 $ 0.24 70,361 252,130 $ 0.28
Noncontrolling interest in income of unitholders 1,228 6,950 200 5,290
Noncontrolling interest share of adjustments 438 1,276
Other potentially dilutive securities 3,550 2,984
Funds From Operations- Diluted $ 62,216 263,422 $ 0.24 $ 71,837 260,404 $ 0.28
Loss on debt transactions - 55
Adjustments for redemption/repurchase of preferred shares - 294
Impairment charges - non-depreciable properties 12,931 -
Acquisition-related activity (337 ) 1,693
Overhead restructuring 3,407 -
Core Funds From Operations- Diluted $ 78,217 263,422 $ 0.30 $ 73,879 260,404 $ 0.28
Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
(Unaudited)
2011 2010
Wtd. Wtd.
Avg. Per Avg. Per
Amount Shares Share Amount Shares Share
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Common Shareholders $ 31,416 $ (14,108 )
Less: Dividends on share based awards expected to vest (3,243 ) (2,513 )
Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share- Basic 28,173 252,694 $ 0.11 (16,621 ) 238,920 $ (0.07 )
Add back:
Noncontrolling interest in earnings of unitholders 859 6,904 -
Other potentially dilutive securities
Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share- Diluted $ 29,032 259,598 $ 0.11 $ (16,621 ) 238,920 $ (0.07 )
Reconciliation to Funds From Operations ("FFO")
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Common Shareholders $ 31,416 252,694 $ (14,108 ) 238,920
Adjustments:
Depreciation and amortization 385,679 360,184
Company share of joint venture depreciation and amortization 33,687 34,674
Earnings from depreciable property sales-wholly owned, discontinued operations (100,882 ) (33,054 )
Earnings from depreciable property sales-wholly owned, continuing operations (68,549 ) (39,662 )
Earnings from depreciable property sales-JV (91 ) (2,308 )
Noncontrolling interest share of adjustments (6,644 ) (7,771 )
Funds From Operations- Basic 274,616 252,694 $ 1.09 297,955 238,920 $ 1.25
Noncontrolling interest in income (loss) of unitholders 859 6,904 (351 ) 5,950
Noncontrolling interest share of adjustments 6,644 7,771
Other potentially dilutive securities 3,588 2,934
Funds From Operations- Diluted $ 282,119 263,186 $ 1.07 $ 305,375 247,804 $ 1.23
Loss on debt transactions - 16,349
Adjustments for repurchases of preferred shares 3,796 10,438
Impairment charges - non-depreciable properties 12,931 9,834
Acquisition-related activity 1,188 (55,820 )
Other income tax items (194 ) (1,126 )
Overhead restructuring 3,407 -
Core Funds From Operations- Diluted $ 303,247 263,186 $ 1.15 $ 285,050 247,804 $ 1.15

Duke Realty Corporation
Balance Sheet
December 31, 2011
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
December 31, December 31,
2011 2010
ASSETS:
Rental Property $ 6,038,107 $ 7,032,889
Less: Accumulated Depreciation (1,127,595 ) (1,406,437 )
Construction in Progress 44,497 61,776
Undeveloped Land 622,235 625,353
Net Real Estate Investments 5,577,244 6,313,581
Cash 213,809 18,384
Accounts Receivable 22,428 23,478
Straight-line Rents Receivable 108,392 135,294
Receivables on Construction Contracts, Including Retentions 40,247 7,564
Investments in and Advances to Unconsolidated Companies 364,859 367,445
Deferred Financing Costs, Net 42,268 46,320
Deferred Leasing and Other Costs, Net 463,983 545,787
Escrow Deposits and Other Assets 170,807 186,423
Total Assets $ 7,004,037 $ 7,644,276
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Secured Debt $ 1,173,233 $ 1,065,628
Unsecured Notes 2,616,063 2,948,405
Unsecured Line of Credit 20,293 193,046
Construction Payables and Amounts due Subcontractors 55,916 44,892
Accrued Real Estate Taxes 69,470 91,502
Accrued Interest 58,904 62,407
Accrued Expenses 60,230 63,175
Other Liabilities 131,735 130,711
Tenant Security Deposits and Prepaid Rents 38,935 54,607
Total Liabilities 4,224,779 4,654,373
Preferred Stock 793,910 904,540
Common Stock and Additional Paid-in Capital 3,597,117 3,576,242
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss 987 (1,432 )
Distributions in Excess of Net Income (1,677,328 ) (1,533,740 )
Total Shareholders' Equity 2,714,686 2,945,610
Noncontrolling Interest 64,972 44,293
Total Liabilities and Equity $ 7,004,437 $ 7,644,276

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