Press Release

VEREIT® Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Operating Results

Settled All Outstanding Legacy Litigation

Strengthened Portfolio and Reduced Debt Levels Through Prudent Capital Allocation

Company Release - 2/26/2020 6:15 AM ET

PHOENIX, Feb. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- VEREIT, Inc. (NYSE: VER) ("VEREIT" or the "Company") announced today its operating results for the three months and full year ending December 31, 2019.

VEREIT is a full-service real estate operating company which owns and manages one of the largest portfolios of single-tenant commercial properties in the U.S. (PRNewsfoto/VEREIT, Inc.)

2019 Financial and Operating Highlights

  • Net loss of $(307.1) million and net loss per diluted share of $(0.37)
  • Achieved $0.69 AFFO per diluted share
  • Acquisitions totaled $425.6 million
  • Dispositions totaled $1.06 billion, comprised of $729.5 million portfolio dispositions and $326.0 million from the industrial partnership
  • Announced settlements of pending litigation which received final approval on January 21, 2020
  • Total debt decreased from $6.09 billion to $5.71 billion; Net Debt decreased from $6.09 billion to $5.79 billion, or 39.2% Net Debt to Gross Real Estate Investments
  • Net Debt to Normalized EBITDA decreased from 5.9x to 5.7x and preferred stock outstanding was reduced from $1.1 billion to $773.0 million
  • Fitch Ratings upgraded the Company's corporate rating from 'BBB-' to 'BBB' with the Rating Outlook remaining at 'Stable' and Moody's affirmed the Company's rating of 'Baa3' and updated the Rating Outlook from 'Stable' to 'Positive'

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Financial Results

Rental Revenue
Rental Revenue for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 decreased $7.9 million to $305.4 million as compared to rental revenue of $313.3 million for the same quarter in 2018.

Rental Revenue for 2019 decreased $20.0 million to $1.24 billion as compared to rental revenue of $1.26 billion in 2018.

Net Income (Loss) and Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Common Stockholders per Diluted Share
Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 increased $43.3 million to $71.2 million as compared to net income of $27.9 million for the same quarter in 2018, and net income per diluted share increased $0.04 to $0.05 for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, as compared to net income per diluted share of $0.01 for the same quarter in 2018.

Net loss for 2019 increased $215.4 million to $(307.1) million as compared to net loss of $(91.7) million in 2018, and net loss per diluted share increased $0.20 to $(0.37) for 2019, as compared to net loss per diluted share of $(0.17) for 2018.

Normalized EBITDA
Normalized EBITDA for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 decreased $3.6 million to $253.9 million as compared to Normalized EBITDA of $257.5 million for the same quarter in 2018.

Normalized EBITDA for 2019 of $1.04 billion remained constant year over year.

Funds From Operations Attributable to Common Stockholders and Limited Partners ("FFO") and FFO per Diluted Share
FFO for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 decreased $5.2 million to $149.4 million, as compared to $154.6 million for the same quarter in 2018, and FFO per diluted share decreased $0.02 to $0.14 for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, as compared to FFO per diluted share of $0.16 for the same quarter in 2018.

FFO for 2019 decreased $572.8 million to $(138.4) million, as compared to $434.4 million for 2018, and FFO per diluted share decreased $0.58 to $(0.14) for 2019, as compared to FFO per diluted share of $0.44 for 2018.

Adjusted FFO Attributable to Common Stockholders and Limited Partners ("AFFO") and AFFO per Diluted Share
AFFO for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 increased $1.4 million to $173.9 million, as compared to $172.5 million for the same quarter in 2018, and AFFO per diluted share decreased $0.01 to $0.16 for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, as compared $0.17 for the same quarter in 2018.

AFFO for 2019 decreased $3.8 million to $706.9 million, as compared to $710.7 million for 2018, and AFFO per diluted share decreased $0.03 to $0.69 for 2019, as compared to $0.72 for 2018.

Management Commentary
Glenn J. Rufrano, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "2019 was a transformative year for us as we resolved our last legacy issue, litigation.  Additionally, we continued to improve tenant diversification and reduced Net Debt to Normalized EBITDA below our original guidance with our capital activity.  Through our expanded sourcing capabilities, net acquisitions will provide growth and quality product for VEREIT in 2020. As such, we expect to invest $1.0 billion to $1.3 billion on balance sheet with an additional $500 million to $800 million for the partnerships."

Common Stock Dividend Information
On February 25, 2020, the Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.1375 per share for the first quarter of 2020, representing an annual dividend of $0.55 per share. The dividend will be paid on April 15, 2020 to common stockholders of record as of March 31, 2020.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity
As of the end of the fourth quarter, the Company had utilized $150.0 million of its $1.5 billion revolving line of credit, leaving $1.35 billion of capacity available as of December 31, 2019. In addition, secured debt was reduced by $187.2 million in the fourth quarter, bringing the total amount reduced for the year to $388.1 million.

Fitch Ratings upgraded the Company's corporate rating from 'BBB-' to 'BBB' with the Rating Outlook remaining at 'Stable' and Moody's affirmed the Company's rating of 'Baa3' and updated the Rating Outlook from 'Stable' to 'Positive.'

Capital Market Activity
During the first quarter of 2019, the Company repaid $750.0 million principal outstanding related to the 2019 senior notes that matured, utilizing the $900.0 million unsecured term loan facility.

During the first and second quarters of 2019, the Company issued 5.0 million shares under the Company's at-the-market ("ATM") equity offering program for gross proceeds of $42.5 million at a weighted average price of $8.42.

During the third quarter of 2019, the Company redeemed $100.0 million of VEREIT's 6.7% Series F preferred stock with proceeds from the industrial partnership.

In addition, the Company closed a public offering of common stock. The Company sold a total of 94.3 million shares of common stock in the offering, which included the full exercise of the underwriters' option to purchase additional shares. The net proceeds to the Company from the offering were approximately $886.9 million.

In the fourth quarter of 2019, the Company issued $600.0 million aggregate principal amount of 3.10% senior notes due 2029.  Proceeds from the senior notes along with borrowings under the Company's revolving credit facility and cash on hand were used to fund the redemption of all $400.0 million of the 4.125% senior notes due 2021, repurchase of $80.7 million of the 3.75% convertible senior notes due 2020, redemption of $200.0 million of VEREIT's 6.7% Series F preferred stock, and prepayment of $185.6 million of mortgage debt.

In addition, the Company issued 9.0 million shares under the Company's ATM equity offering program for gross proceeds of $86.7 million at a weighted average price of $9.60 per share.

Consolidated Financial Statistics
Financial Statistics as of the quarter ended December 31, 2019 are as follows:  Net Debt to Normalized EBITDA of 5.7x, Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio of 3.0x, Unencumbered Asset Ratio of 79.1%, Net Debt to Gross Real Estate Investments of 39.2%, Weighted Average Debt Term of 4.8 years and 97.2% Fixed Rate Debt.

Litigation Settlements
During the first and second quarters of 2019, the Company announced settlement agreements with certain shareholders who decided not to participate in the Class Action for approximately $27.9 million.  On September 9, 2019, the Company announced it entered into agreements to settle certain outstanding litigation, including the pending class action and the remaining opt out actions at a cost to the Company of approximately $765.5 million, comprised of a contribution of $738.5 million toward the class action settlement and $27.0 million toward the opt out action settlements. In conjunction with the class action settlement, the Company also entered into an agreement providing for the settlement of the derivative action lawsuit.

In accordance with the terms of the class action settlement agreement, certain defendants agreed to pay in the aggregate $1.025 billion, comprised of contributions from the Company's former external manager and its principals ("Former Manager") totaling $225.0 million, $12.5 million from the Company's former CFO, $49.0 million from the Company's former auditor, and the balance of $738.5 million from the Company.  The contributions from the Company's Former Manager and former CFO were subsequently satisfied with a combination of limited partner OP Units held by the Former Manager and the former CFO, amounts due related to dividends on certain of such limited partner OP Units previously withheld from distribution, the value of substantially all of the limited partner OP Units and dividends surrendered to the Company in July 2019 as a result of a settlement by the Former Manager with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), and cash paid by the Former Manager and former CFO.

On October 4, 2019, the court issued an order granting preliminary approval of both the class action settlement and the derivative settlement.  As such, on October 15, 2019, the Company funded $966.3 million for its contribution and a portion of the Former Manager and former CFO's contributions.  On January 21, 2020, the court granted final approval of both the class action settlement and the derivative settlement.

SEC Agreement
On November 18, 2019, the Company announced that the Company and the staff of the Enforcement Division of the SEC reached agreement on the material terms of a negotiated resolution relating to the SEC's investigation of the matters disclosed in the Company's October 29, 2014 Form 8-K relating to, among other things, the preliminary results of an investigation conducted by the Company's audit committee regarding certain accounting practices.  The agreement with the SEC staff, which is subject to documentation and approval by the SEC's Commissioners, includes payment of $8.0 million as a civil penalty, which was accrued in the fourth quarter financials.

Real Estate Portfolio
As of December 31, 2019, the Company's portfolio consisted of 3,858 properties with total portfolio occupancy of 99.1%, investment grade tenancy of 38.6% and a weighted-average remaining lease term of 8.3 years.  During the quarter ended December 31, 2019, same-store rents (3,779 properties) increased 1.1% as compared to the same quarter in 2018.

During 2019, same-store rents (3,738 properties) increased 1.2% as compared to 2018.

Property Acquisitions
During the fourth quarter of 2019, the Company acquired 26 properties for approximately $141.9 million at an average cash cap rate of 7.3%.

During 2019, the Company acquired 66 properties for approximately $401.3 million at an average cash cap rate of 7.1%.  In addition, the Company invested $24.3 million in one build-to-suit project.

Industrial Partnership
On May 30, 2019, the Company formed an industrial partnership with the objective of creating an increasing, long term asset base of investment grade tenants in the U.S. industrial market. The partnership is a traditional 80/20 structure and initially includes six VEREIT assets totaling approximately $407.5 million, which contributed $326.0 million to total dispositions.

Property Dispositions
During the quarter ended December 31, 2019, the Company disposed of 94 properties for an aggregate sales price of $225.5 million.  Of this amount, $210.4 million was used in the total weighted average cash cap rate calculation of 6.5%, including $13.1 million in net sales of Red Lobster restaurants.  The gain on fourth quarter sales was approximately $42.0 million.

During 2019, the Company disposed of 201 properties for an aggregate sales price of $1.06 billion, including the industrial partnership.   Of this amount, $868.4 million was used in the total weighted average cash cap rate calculation of 6.7%, including $133.1 million of Red Lobster restaurants.  The gain on 2019 sales was approximately $293.9 million.  In addition, the Company sold certain legacy mortgage related investments during the year for an aggregate sales price of $10.0 million.

2020 Guidance
The Company expects its 2020 AFFO per diluted share to be in a range between $0.64 and $0.66 (see reconciliation to net income per share at the end of this release).  This guidance assumes:

  • Acquisitions: $1.0 billion to $1.3 billion at an average cash cap rate of 6.5% to 7.5%
  • Dispositions: $250 million to $350 million at an average cash cap rate of 6.5% to 7.5%
  • Dispositions Contributed to the Office Partnership: $110 million (Company's pro rata share)
  • Industrial Partnership Acquisitions: $400 million to $600 million
  • Office Partnership Acquisitions $100 million to $200 million
  • Average Occupancy: above 98.0%
  • Same-Store Rental Growth: 0.3% to 0.8%
  • Net Debt to Normalized EBITDA: 5.5x to 6.0x

Subsequent Events

Property Acquisitions
Acquisitions year-to-date through February 12, 2020, totaled $127.8 million.

Office Partnership
On January 13, 2020, the Company formed an office partnership which allows VEREIT to reduce balance sheet office exposure while utilizing the Company's in-house infrastructure to manage and increase the value of the enterprise. The partnership is a traditional 80/20 structure and will include three VEREIT office assets totaling approximately $137.5 million. Two of the three properties were contributed at the time of closing, totaling $87.7 million, with the last property expected to be added to the partnership in the first half of 2020 for $49.8 million.

In addition, the partnership closed on an external property acquisition for $33.1 million.

Property Dispositions
Portfolio dispositions year-to-date through February 12, 2020, totaled $30.3 million. In addition, the Company's share of dispositions contributed to the office partnership totaled $70.2 million.

Audio Webcast and Call Details
The live audio webcast will be available, beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, on the Company's Investor Relations website at: http://ir.vereit.com/. The dial-in information is as follows: (844) 746-0748 (domestic) or (412) 317-5274 (international).  Participants should log in 10-15 minutes early.

Approximately one hour following the call, a replay of the webcast will be available at the link above and archived for up to 12 months. A telephone replay of the conference call can also be accessed by dialing (877) 344-7529 (domestic) or (412) 317-0088 (international), passcode 10138882. The telephone replay will be available until March 11, 2020.

About the Company
VEREIT is a full-service real estate operating company which owns and manages one of the largest portfolios of single-tenant commercial properties in the U.S.  The Company has total real estate investments of $14.8 billion including approximately 3,900 properties and 89.5 million square feet. VEREIT's business model provides equity capital to creditworthy corporations in return for long-term leases on their properties. VEREIT is a publicly traded Maryland corporation listed on the New York Stock Exchange. VEREIT uses, and intends to continue to use, its Investor Relations website, which can be found at www.VEREIT.com, as a means of disclosing material nonpublic information and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.  Additional information about VEREIT can be found through social media platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn.

Definitions

Descriptions of FFO and AFFO, EBITDA and Normalized EBITDA, Principal Outstanding and Adjusted Principal Outstanding, Net Debt, Interest Expense, Excluding Non-Cash Amortization, Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio, Net Debt to Normalized EBITDA Annualized Ratio, Net Debt Leverage Ratio, and Unencumbered Asset Ratio are provided below. Refer to the subsequent tables for reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure and the calculations of these financial ratios.

Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("EBITDA"), EBITDA for Real Estate ("EBITDAre") and Normalized EBITDA

Due to certain unique operating characteristics of real estate companies, as discussed below, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, Inc. ("Nareit") has promulgated a supplemental performance measure known as Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization for Real Estate ("EBITDAre"). Nareit defines EBITDAre as net income or loss computed in accordance with GAAP, adjusted for interest expense, income tax expense (benefit), depreciation and amortization, impairment write-downs on real estate, gains or losses from disposition of property and our pro rata share of EBITDAre adjustments related to unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. We calculated EBITDAre in accordance with Nareit's definition described above.

In addition to EBITDAre, we use Normalized EBITDA as a non-GAAP supplemental performance measure to evaluate the operating performance of the Company. Normalized EBITDA, as defined by the Company, represents EBITDAre, modified to exclude non-routine items such as acquisition-related expenses, litigation and non-routine costs, net, loss on disposition of discontinued operations, net revenue or expense earned or incurred that is related to  the services agreement, gains or losses on sale of investment securities or mortgage notes receivable, payments on fully reserved loan receivables and restructuring expenses. We also exclude certain non-cash items such as impairments of goodwill and intangible assets, straight-line rental revenue, gains or losses on derivatives, gains or losses on the extinguishment or forgiveness of debt, write-off of program development costs, and amortization of intangibles, above-market lease assets and below-market lease liabilities. Normalized EBITDA omits the Normalized EBITDA impact of Excluded Properties. Management believes that excluding these costs from EBITDAre provides investors with supplemental performance information that is consistent with the performance models and analysis used by management, and provides investors a view of the performance of our portfolio over time. Therefore, EBITDA, EBITDAre, and Normalized EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net income, as computed in accordance with GAAP. The Company uses EBITDA, EBITDAre, and Normalized EBITDA as one measure of its operating performance when formulating corporate goals and evaluating the effectiveness of the Company's strategies. Normalized EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

Excluded Properties

Excluded Properties are properties for which (i) the related mortgage loan is in default, and (ii) management decides to transfer the properties to the lender in connection with settling the mortgage note obligation. Certain non-GAAP measures and operating metrics omit the impact of such properties for the month beginning with the date that such criteria are met and ending with the disposition date, in order to better reflect the ongoing operations of the Company.

At and during the three months ended December 31, 2019, there were no Excluded Properties. During the year ended December 31, 2019, there was one Excluded Property which was an office property comprising 145,186 square feet, of which 6,926 square feet was vacant, with Principal Outstanding of $19.5 million. During the year ended December 31, 2018, the Excluded Property was one vacant industrial property, comprising 307,725 square feet with Principal Outstanding of $16.2 million.

Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio

Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio is the sum of (i) Interest Expense, excluding non-cash amortization, (ii) secured debt principal amortization on Adjusted Principal Outstanding and (iii) dividends attributable to preferred shares divided by Normalized EBITDA. Management believes that Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio is a useful supplemental measure of our ability to satisfy fixed financing obligations.

Fixed Rate Debt

Fixed Rate Debt includes variable rate debt effectively fixed through the use of interest rate swap agreements.

Funds from Operations ("FFO") and Adjusted Funds from Operations ("AFFO")

Due to certain unique operating characteristics of real estate companies, as discussed below, the Nareit, an industry trade group, has promulgated a supplemental performance measure known as funds from operations ("FFO"), which we believe to be an appropriate supplemental performance measure to reflect the operating performance of a REIT. FFO is not equivalent to our net income or loss as determined under U.S. GAAP.

Nareit defines FFO as net income or loss computed in accordance with U.S. GAAP adjusted for gains or losses from disposition of property, depreciation and amortization of real estate assets, impairment write-downs on real estate, and our pro rata share of FFO adjustments related to unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. We calculate FFO in accordance with Nareit's definition described above.

In addition to FFO, we use adjusted funds from operations ("AFFO") as a non-GAAP supplemental financial performance measure to evaluate the operating performance of the Company. AFFO, as defined by the Company, excludes from FFO non-routine items such as acquisition-related expenses, litigation and non-routine costs, net, loss on disposition of discontinued operations, net revenue or expense earned or incurred that is related to the services agreement, gains or losses on sale of investment securities or mortgage notes receivable, payments on fully reserved loan receivables and restructuring expenses. We also exclude certain non-cash items such as impairments of goodwill and intangible assets, straight-line rent, net of bad debt expense related to straight-line rent, net direct financing lease adjustments, gains or losses on derivatives, reserves for loan loss, gains or losses on the extinguishment or forgiveness of debt, non-current portion of the tax benefit or expense, equity-based compensation and amortization of intangible assets, deferred financing costs, premiums and discounts on debt and investments, above-market lease assets and below-market lease liabilities. We omit the impact of the Excluded Properties and related non-recourse mortgage notes from FFO to calculate AFFO. Management believes that excluding these costs from FFO provides investors with supplemental performance information that is consistent with the performance models and analysis used by management, and provides investors a view of the performance of our portfolio over time. AFFO allows for a comparison of the performance of our operations with other publicly-traded REITs, as AFFO, or an equivalent measure, is routinely reported by publicly-traded REITs, and we believe often used by analysts and investors for comparison purposes.

For all of these reasons, we believe FFO and AFFO, in addition to net income (loss), as defined by U.S. GAAP, are helpful supplemental performance measures and useful in understanding the various ways in which our management evaluates the performance of the Company over time. However, not all REITs calculate FFO and AFFO the same way, so comparisons with other REITs may not be meaningful. FFO and AFFO should not be considered as alternatives to net income (loss) and are not intended to be used as a liquidity measure indicative of cash flow available to fund our cash needs. Neither the SEC, Nareit, nor any other regulatory body has evaluated the acceptability of the exclusions used to adjust FFO in order to calculate AFFO and its use as a non-GAAP financial performance measure.

Gross Real Estate Investments

Gross Real Estate Investments represent total gross real estate and related assets of Operating Properties, equity investments in the Cole REITs, investment in direct financing leases, investment securities backed by real estate and mortgage notes receivable, and the Company's pro rata share of such amounts related to properties owned by unconsolidated joint ventures, net of gross intangible lease liabilities. We believe that the presentation of Gross Real Estate Investments, which shows our total investments in real estate and related assets, in connection with Net Debt, provides useful information to investors to assess our overall financial flexibility, capital structure and leverage. Gross Real Estate Investments should not be considered as an alternative to the Company's real estate investments balance as determined in accordance with GAAP or any other GAAP financial measures and should only be considered together with, and as a supplement to, the Company's financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Interest Expense, Excluding Non-Cash Amortization

Interest Expense, excluding non-cash amortization is a non-GAAP measure that represents interest expense incurred on the outstanding principal balance of our debt and the Company's pro rata share of the unconsolidated joint ventures' outstanding principal balance.  This measure excludes (i) the amortization of deferred financing costs, premiums and discounts, which is included in interest expense in accordance with GAAP, and (ii) the impact of Excluded Properties and related non-recourse mortgage notes. We believe that the presentation of Interest Expense, excluding non-cash amortization, which shows the interest expense on our contractual debt obligations, provides useful information to investors to assess our overall solvency and financial flexibility. Interest Expense, excluding non-cash amortization should not be considered as an alternative to the Company's interest expense as determined in accordance with GAAP or any other GAAP financial measures and should only be considered together with and as a supplement to the Company's financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Net Debt Leverage Ratio

Net Debt Leverage Ratio equals Net Debt divided by Gross Real Estate Investments. We believe that the presentation of Net Debt Leverage Ratio provides useful information to investors because our management reviews Net Debt Leverage Ratio as part of its management of our overall liquidity, financial flexibility, capital structure and leverage.

Net Debt, Principal Outstanding and Adjusted Principal Outstanding

Principal Outstanding is a non-GAAP measure that represents the Company's outstanding principal debt balance, excluding certain GAAP adjustments, such as premiums and discounts, financing and issuance costs, and related accumulated amortization. Adjusted Principal Outstanding includes the Company's pro rata share of the unconsolidated joint ventures' outstanding principal debt balance and omits the outstanding principal balance of mortgage notes secured by Excluded Properties. We believe that the presentation of Principal Outstanding and Adjusted Principal Outstanding, which show our contractual debt obligations, provides useful information to investors to assess our overall financial flexibility, capital structure and leverage. Principal Outstanding and Adjusted Principal Outstanding should not be considered as alternatives to the Company's consolidated debt balance as determined in accordance with GAAP or any other GAAP financial measures and should only be considered together with, and as a supplement to, the Company's financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Net Debt is a non-GAAP measure used to show the Company's Adjusted Principal Outstanding, less all cash and cash equivalents and the Company's pro rata share of unconsolidated joint ventures' cash and cash equivalents. We believe that the presentation of Net Debt provides useful information to investors because our management reviews Net Debt as part of its management of our overall liquidity, financial flexibility, capital structure and leverage.

Net Debt to Normalized EBITDA Annualized Ratio

Net Debt to Normalized EBITDA Annualized equals Net Debt divided by the respective quarter Normalized EBITDA multiplied by four. We believe that the presentation of Net Debt to Normalized EBITDA Annualized provides useful information to investors because our management reviews Net Debt to Normalized EBITDA Annualized as part of its management of our overall liquidity, financial flexibility, capital structure and leverage.

Unencumbered Asset Ratio

Unencumbered Asset Ratio equals unencumbered Gross Real Estate Investments divided by Gross Real Estate Investments. Management believes that Unencumbered Asset Ratio is a useful supplemental measure of our overall liquidity and leverage.

Forward-Looking Statements

Information set forth herein contains "forward-looking statements" (within the meaning of the federal securities laws, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended), which reflect VEREIT's expectations and projections regarding future events and plans, VEREIT's future financial condition, results of operations and business, and VEREIT's portfolio and joint venture acquisitions for 2020, including the ability to be a net acquirer in 2020 through its expanded sourcing capabilities. Generally, the words "anticipates," "assumes," "believes," "continues," "could," "estimates," "expects," "goals," "intends," "may," "plans," "projects," "seeks," "should," "targets," "will," variations of such words and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available and involve a number of known and unknown assumptions and risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may be difficult to predict and beyond VEREIT's control, that could cause actual events and plans or could cause VEREIT's business, financial condition, liquidity and results of operations to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements.

The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements: VEREIT's plans, market and other expectations, objectives, intentions and other statements that are not historical facts; VEREIT's ability to meet its 2020 guidance; VEREIT's ability to renew leases, lease vacant space or re-lease space as leases expire on favorable terms or at all; risks associated with tenant, geographic and industry concentrations with respect to VEREIT's properties; risks accompanying the management of its industrial partnership and office partnership; the impact of impairment charges in respect of certain of VEREIT's properties; unexpected costs or liabilities that may arise from potential dispositions, including related to limited partnership, tenant-in-common and Delaware statutory trust real estate programs and VEREIT's management with respect to such programs; competition in the acquisition and disposition of properties; the inability to acquire, dispose of, or lease properties on advantageous terms; risks associated with bankruptcies or insolvencies of tenants, from tenant defaults generally or from the unpredictability of the business plans and financial condition of VEREIT's tenants; risks associated with VEREIT's substantial indebtedness, including that such indebtedness may affect VEREIT's ability to pay dividends and that the terms and restrictions within the agreements governing VEREIT's indebtedness may restrict its borrowing and operating flexibility; the ability to retain or hire key personnel; and continuation or deterioration of current market conditions. Additional factors that may affect future results are contained in VEREIT's filings with the SEC, which are available at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. VEREIT disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of changes in underlying assumptions or factors, new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

VEREIT, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except for share and per share data)




December 31,

2019


December 31,

2018

ASSETS





Real estate investments, at cost:





Land


$

2,738,679



$

2,843,212


Buildings, fixtures and improvements


10,200,550



10,749,228


Intangible lease assets


1,904,641



2,012,399


Total real estate investments, at cost


14,843,870



15,604,839


Less: accumulated depreciation and amortization


3,594,247



3,436,772


Total real estate investments, net


11,249,623



12,168,067


Operating lease right-of-use assets


215,227




Investment in unconsolidated entities


68,825



35,289


Cash and cash equivalents


12,921



30,758


Restricted cash


20,959



22,905


Rent and tenant receivables and other assets, net


348,395



366,092


Goodwill


1,337,773



1,337,773


Real estate assets held for sale, net


26,957



2,609


Total assets


$

13,280,680



$

13,963,493







LIABILITIES AND EQUITY





Mortgage notes payable, net


$

1,528,134



$

1,922,657


Corporate bonds, net


2,813,739



3,368,609


Convertible debt, net


318,183



394,883


Credit facility, net


1,045,669



401,773


Below-market lease liabilities, net


143,583



173,479


Accounts payable and accrued expenses


126,320



145,611


Deferred rent and other liabilities


90,349



69,714


Distributions payable


150,364



186,623


Operating lease liabilities


221,061




Total liabilities


6,437,402



6,663,349


Series F preferred stock


309



428


Common stock


10,768



9,675


Additional paid-in capital


13,251,962



12,615,472


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(27,670)



(1,280)


Accumulated deficit


(6,399,626)



(5,467,236)


Total stockholders' equity


6,835,743



7,157,059


Non-controlling interests


7,535



143,085


Total equity


6,843,278



7,300,144


Total liabilities and equity


$

13,280,680



$

13,963,493


 

VEREIT, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except for per share data) (Unaudited)




Three Months Ended December 31,



2019


2018

Rental revenue


$

305,363



$

313,263


Operating expenses:





Acquisition-related


1,168



1,136


Litigation and non-routine costs, net


8,659



23,541


Property operating


34,066



32,567


General and administrative


16,966



17,220


Depreciation and amortization


112,307



153,050


Impairments


22,851



18,565


Restructuring


356




Total operating expenses


196,373



246,079


Other (expense) income:





Interest expense


(69,628)



(70,832)


(Loss) gain on extinguishment and forgiveness of debt, net


(17,413)



21


Other income, net


7,461



7,008


Equity in income of unconsolidated entities


936



225


Gain on disposition of real estate and real estate assets held for sale, net


41,541



25,880


Total other expenses, net


(37,103)



(37,698)


Income before taxes


71,887



29,486


Provision for income taxes from continuing operations


(719)



(1,614)


Income from continuing operations


71,168



27,872


Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax




(30)


Net income


71,168



27,842


Net income attributable to non-controlling interests


(43)



(624)


Net income attributable to the General Partner


$

71,125



$

27,218







Basic and diluted net income per share attributable to common stockholders


$

0.05



$

0.01


Distributions declared per common share


$

0.1375



$

0.1375


 

VEREIT, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except for per share data)




Year Ended December 31,



2019


2018

Rental revenue


$

1,237,234



$

1,257,867


Operating expenses:





Acquisition-related


4,337



3,632


Litigation and non-routine costs, net


815,422



290,963


Property operating


129,769



126,461


General and administrative


62,711



63,933


Depreciation and amortization


481,995



640,618


Impairments


47,091



54,647


Restructuring


10,505




Total operating expenses


1,551,830



1,180,254


Other income (expense):





Interest expense


(278,574)



(280,887)


(Loss) gain on extinguishment and forgiveness of debt, net


(17,910)



5,360


Other income, net


12,971



15,090


Equity in income of unconsolidated entities


2,618



1,869


Gain on disposition of real estate and real estate assets held for sale, net


292,647



94,331


Total other income (expenses), net


11,752



(164,237)


Loss before taxes


(302,844)



(86,624)


Provision for income taxes from continuing operations


(4,262)



(5,101)


Loss from continuing operations


(307,106)



(91,725)


Income from discontinued operations, net of tax




3,695


Net loss


(307,106)



(88,030)


Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests


6,753



2,256


Net loss attributable to the General Partner


$

(300,353)



$

(85,774)







Basic and diluted net loss per share from continuing operations attributable to common stockholders


$

(0.37)



$

(0.17)


Basic and diluted net income per share from discontinued operations attributable to common stockholders




0.00


Basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to common stockholders


$

(0.37)



$

(0.16)


Distributions declared per common share


$

0.55



$

0.55


 

VEREIT, INC.

EBITDA, EBITDAre AND NORMALIZED EBITDA

(In thousands) (Unaudited)




Three Months Ended December 31,



2019


2018

Net income


$

71,168



$

27,842


 Adjustments:





Interest expense


69,628



70,832


Depreciation and amortization


112,307



153,050


Provision for income taxes


719



1,614


Proportionate share of adjustments for unconsolidated entities


1,603



254


 EBITDA


$

255,425



$

253,592


Gain on disposition of real estate assets, net


(41,541)



(25,951)


Impairments of real estate


22,851



18,565


EBITDAre


$

236,735



$

246,206


Loss on disposition of discontinued operations




30


Payments received on fully reserved loans


(133)



(4,792)


Acquisition-related expenses


1,168



1,136


Litigation and non-routine costs, net


8,659



23,541


Gain on investments




(1,790)


Loss on derivative instruments, net




92


Amortization of above-market lease assets and deferred lease incentives, net of amortization of below-market lease liabilities


504



945


Loss (gain) on extinguishment and forgiveness of debt, net


17,413



(21)


Net direct financing lease adjustments


387



498


Straight-line rent, net of bad debt expense related to straight-line rent


(7,107)



(8,341)


Restructuring expenses


356




Other adjustments, net


(3,511)



(78)


 Proportionate share of adjustments for unconsolidated entities


(559)



60


Adjustment for Excluded Properties


3




Normalized EBITDA


$

253,915



$

257,486


 

VEREIT, INC.

EBITDA, EBITDAre AND NORMALIZED EBITDA

(In thousands) (Unaudited)




Year Ended December 31,



2019


2018

Net loss


$

(307,106)



$

(88,030)


 Adjustments:





Interest expense


278,574



280,887


Depreciation and amortization


481,995



640,618


Provision for income taxes


4,262



3,006


Proportionate share of adjustments for unconsolidated entities


3,966



1,448


 EBITDA


$

461,691



$

837,929


Gain on disposition of real estate assets, net


(292,654)



(95,034)


Impairments of real estate


47,091



54,647


EBITDAre


$

216,128



$

797,542


Loss on disposition of discontinued operations




1,815


Payments received on fully reserved loans


(133)



(4,792)


Acquisition-related expenses


4,337



3,632


Litigation and non-routine costs, net


815,422



290,309


Loss (gain) on investments


493



(4,092)


Loss (gain) on derivative instruments, net


58



(355)


Amortization of above-market lease assets and deferred lease incentives, net of amortization of below-market lease liabilities


2,538



4,178


Loss (gain) on extinguishment and forgiveness of debt, net


17,910



(5,360)


Net direct financing lease adjustments


1,617



2,023


Straight-line rent, net of bad debt expense related to straight-line rent


(28,032)



(39,723)


Restructuring expenses


10,505




Other adjustments, net


(2,686)



(2,150)


 Proportionate share of adjustments for unconsolidated entities


(1,079)



18


Adjustment for Excluded Properties


(257)



35


Normalized EBITDA


$

1,036,821



$

1,043,080


Normalized EBITDA from continuing operations


$

1,036,821



$

1,040,319


Normalized EBITDA from discontinued operations


$



$

2,761


 

VEREIT, INC.

FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except for share and per share data) (Unaudited)




Three Months Ended December 31,



2019


2018

Net income


$

71,168



$

27,842


Dividends on non-convertible preferred stock


(15,964)



(17,973)


Gain on disposition of real estate assets, net


(41,541)



(25,951)


Depreciation and amortization of real estate assets


111,892



151,837


Impairment of real estate


22,851



18,565


Proportionate share of adjustments for unconsolidated entities


1,027



256


FFO attributable to common stockholders and limited partners


$

149,433



$

154,576


FFO attributable to common stockholders and limited partners from continuing operations


149,433



154,606


FFO attributable to common stockholders and limited partners from discontinued operations




(30)







Weighted-average shares outstanding - basic


1,070,625,899



967,817,245


Effect of weighted-average Limited Partner OP Units and dilutive securities


7,021,153



24,520,714


Weighted-average shares outstanding - diluted


1,077,647,052



992,337,959







FFO attributable to common stockholders and limited partners per diluted share


$

0.139



$

0.156


FFO attributable to common stockholders and limited partners from continuing operations per diluted share


$

0.139



$

0.156


FFO attributable to common stockholders and limited partners from discontinued operations per diluted share


$



(0.000)


 

VEREIT, INC.

FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except for share and per share data) (Unaudited)




Year Ended December 31,



2019


2018

Net loss


$

(307,106)



$

(88,030)


Dividends on non-convertible preferred stock


(68,488)



(71,892)


Gain on disposition of real estate assets, net


(292,654)



(95,034)


Depreciation and amortization of real estate assets


480,064



637,097


Impairment of real estate


47,091



54,647


Proportionate share of adjustments for unconsolidated entities


2,721



1,278


FFO attributable to common stockholders and limited partners


$

(138,372)



$

438,066


FFO attributable to common stockholders and limited partners from continuing operations


(138,372)



434,371


FFO attributable to common stockholders and limited partners from discontinued operations




3,695







Weighted-average shares outstanding - basic


998,139,969



969,092,268


Effect of weighted-average Limited Partner OP Units and dilutive securities


20,094,822



24,145,875


Weighted-average shares outstanding - diluted


1,018,234,791



993,238,143







FFO attributable to common stockholders and limited partners per diluted share


$

(0.136)



$

0.441


FFO attributable to common stockholders and limited partners from continuing operations per diluted share


$

(0.136)



$

0.437


FFO attributable to common stockholders and limited partners from discontinued operations per diluted share


$



0.004


 

VEREIT, INC.

ADJUSTED FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except for share and per share data) (Unaudited)




Three Months Ended December 31,



2019


2018

FFO attributable to common stockholders and limited partners


$

149,433



$

154,576







Acquisition-related expenses


1,168



1,136


Litigation and non-routine costs, net


8,659



23,541


Loss on disposition of discontinued operations




30


Payments received on fully reserved loans


(133)



(4,792)


Gain on investments




(1,790)


Loss on derivative instruments, net




92


Amortization of premiums and discounts on debt and investments, net


(1,479)



(1,154)


Amortization of above-market lease assets and deferred lease incentives, net of amortization of below-market lease liabilities


504



945


Net direct financing lease adjustments


387



498


Amortization and write-off of deferred financing costs


5,305



3,715


Loss (gain) on extinguishment and forgiveness of debt, net


17,413



(21)


Straight-line rent, net of bad debt expense related to straight-line rent


(7,107)



(8,341)


Equity-based compensation


2,934



2,924


Restructuring expenses


356




Other adjustments, net


(3,097)



1,092


Proportionate share of adjustments for unconsolidated entities


(493)



60


Adjustment for Excluded Properties


3




AFFO attributable to common stockholders and limited partners


$

173,853



$

172,511







Weighted-average shares outstanding - basic


1,070,625,899



967,817,245


Effect of weighted-average Limited Partner OP Units and dilutive securities


7,021,153



24,520,714


Weighted-average shares outstanding - diluted


1,077,647,052



992,337,959







AFFO attributable to common stockholders and limited partners per diluted share


$

0.161



$

0.174


 

VEREIT, INC.

ADJUSTED FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except for share and per share data) (Unaudited)




Year Ended December 31,



2019


2018

FFO attributable to common stockholders and limited partners


$

(138,372)



$

438,066







Acquisition-related expenses


4,337



3,632


Litigation and non-routine costs, net


815,422



290,309


Loss on disposition of discontinued operations




1,815


Payments received on fully reserved loans


(133)



(4,792)


Loss (gain) on investments


493



(4,092)


Loss (gain) on derivative instruments, net


58



(355)


Amortization of premiums and discounts on debt and investments, net


(5,312)



(3,486)


Amortization of above-market lease assets and deferred lease incentives, net of amortization of below-market lease liabilities


2,538



4,178


Net direct financing lease adjustments


1,617



2,023


Amortization and write-off of deferred financing costs


15,464



19,166


Deferred and other tax expense




(1,855)


Loss (gain) on extinguishment and forgiveness of debt, net


17,910



(5,360)


Straight-line rent, net of bad debt expense related to straight-line rent


(28,032)



(39,723)


Equity-based compensation


12,251



12,417


Restructuring expenses


10,505




Other adjustments, net


(773)



1,446


Proportionate share of adjustments for unconsolidated entities


(1,005)



36


Adjustment for Excluded Properties


(33)



465


AFFO attributable to common stockholders and limited partners


$

706,935



$

713,890


AFFO attributable to common stockholders and limited partners from continuing operations


706,935



710,688


AFFO attributable to common stockholders and limited partners from discontinued operations




3,202







Weighted-average shares outstanding - basic


998,139,969



969,092,268


Effect of weighted-average Limited Partner OP Units and dilutive securities


20,094,822



24,145,875


Weighted-average shares outstanding - diluted


1,018,234,791



993,238,143







AFFO attributable to common stockholders and limited partners per diluted share


$

0.694



$

0.719


AFFO attributable to common stockholder and limited partners from continuing operations per diluted share


$

0.694



$

0.716


AFFO attributable to common stockholders and limited partners from discontinued operations per diluted share


$



$

0.003


 

VEREIT, INC.
FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONS STATISTICS AND RATIOS
(Dollars in thousands) (Unaudited)




Three Months Ended



December 31,
2019

Interest expense - as reported


$

(69,628)


Adjustments:



Amortization of deferred financing costs and other non-cash charges


(5,395)


Amortization of net premiums


1,569


Unconsolidated joint ventures' pro rata share


(490)


Interest Expense, Excluding Non-Cash Amortization


$

(66,292)










Three Months Ended



December 31,
2019

Interest Expense, Excluding Non-Cash Amortization


$

66,292


Secured debt principal amortization


2,360


Dividends attributable to preferred shares


15,964


Total fixed charges


84,616


Normalized EBITDA


253,915


Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio


3.00

x

 



December 31,
 2019


December 31,
2018

Mortgage notes payable, net


$

1,528,134



$

1,922,657


Corporate bonds, net


2,813,739



3,368,609


Convertible debt, net


318,183



394,883


Credit facility, net


1,045,669



401,773


Total debt - as reported


5,705,725



6,087,922


Deferred financing costs, net


39,721



42,763


Net discounts (premiums)


5,413



(8,053)


Principal Outstanding


5,750,859



6,122,632


Unconsolidated joint ventures' pro rata share


53,850




Adjusted Principal Outstanding


$

5,804,709



$

6,122,632


Cash and cash equivalents


(12,921)



(30,758)


Pro rata share of unconsolidated joint ventures' cash and cash equivalents


(1,480)




Net Debt


$

5,790,308



$

6,091,874


 



December 31,
 2019

Total real estate investments, at cost - as reported


$

14,843,870


Adjustments:



Investment in Cole REITs


7,552


Gross assets held for sale


36,210


Investment in direct financing leases, net


9,341


Gross below market leases


(242,898)


Unconsolidated joint ventures' pro rata share


121,873


Gross Real Estate Investments


$

14,775,948


 



December 31,
 2019


December 31,
2018

Net Debt


$

5,790,308



$

6,091,874


Normalized EBITDA annualized


1,015,660



1,029,944


Net Debt to Normalized EBITDA Annualized Ratio


5.70

x


5.91

x

 



December 31,
 2019

Net Debt


$

5,790,308


Gross Real Estate Investments


14,775,948


Net Debt Leverage Ratio


39.2

%




Unencumbered Gross Real Estate Investments


$

11,681,648


Gross Real Estate Investments


14,775,948


Unencumbered asset ratio


79.1

%

VEREIT, INC.
ADJUSTED FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS PER DILUTED SHARE - 2020 GUIDANCE
(Unaudited)

The Company expects its 2020 AFFO per diluted share to be in a range between $0.64 and $0.66.   This guidance assumes:

  • Acquisitions: $1.0 billion to $1.3 billion at an average cash cap rate of 6.5% to 7.5%
  • Dispositions: $250 million to $350 million at an average cash cap rate of 6.5% to 7.5%
  • Dispositions contributed to the Office Partnership: $110 million (Company's pro rata share)
  • Industrial Partnership Acquisitions: $400 million to $600 million
  • Office Partnership Acquisitions $100 million to $200 million
  • Average Occupancy: above 98.0%
  • Same-Store Rental Growth: 0.3% to 0.8%
  • Net Debt to Normalized EBITDA: 5.5x to 6.0x

The estimated net income per diluted share is not a projection and is provided solely to satisfy the disclosure requirements of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 



Low


High

Diluted net income per share attributable to common stockholders and limited partners (1)


$

0.21



$

0.23


Depreciation and amortization of real estate assets


0.39



0.39


FFO attributable to common stockholders and limited partners per diluted share


0.60



0.62


Adjustments (2)


0.04



0.04


AFFO attributable to common stockholders and limited partners per diluted share


$

0.64



$

0.66


_____________________________________

(1)

Includes impact of dividends to be paid to preferred shareholders.

(2)

Includes (i) non-routine items such as acquisition-related expenses, litigation and other non-routine costs, net, and (ii) certain non-cash items such as straight-line rent, net direct financing lease adjustments, equity-based compensation and amortization of intangible assets, deferred financing costs, premiums and discounts on debt , above-market lease assets and below-market lease liabilities.

 

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