Kite Realty Group Trust Reports First Quarter 2021 Operating Results

INDIANAPOLIS, April 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kite Realty Group Trust (NYSE: KRG) reported today its operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

“KRG had another strong quarter of leasing as we continue to upgrade tenancy and mark rents to market,” said John A. Kite, Chairman and CEO. “I’m encouraged by our current operations and recent capital allocation decisions, including a successful exchangeable debt issuance and the completion of an accretive capital recycling effort through the disposition of an undervalued portion of the portfolio. As the country trends toward a sense of normalcy, KRG is well-positioned to capitalize on new opportunities, continue strong operational performance and create value for all our stakeholders.”

First Quarter Financial Results

  • Realized net income attributable to common shareholders of $24.6 million, or $0.29 per common share, compared to net loss of $0.1 million, or $0.00 per common share, for the three months ending March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.
  • Generated NAREIT Funds From Operations of the Operating Partnership (FFO) of $30.0 million, or $0.34 per diluted common share.
  • Generated Funds From Operations, as adjusted, of the Operating Partnership (FFO) of $29.8 million, or $0.34 per diluted common share.
    • Excludes $0.2 million of 2020 Collection Impact (as defined below).
  • Same-Property Net Operating Income (NOI) decreased by 2.9%.
  • Approximately 97% of first quarter base rent and recoveries have been collected.
  • As detailed on page 17 of our supplemental, KRG’s bad debt reserve this quarter was approximately $1.4 million, primarily comprised of:
    • $1.6 million for rental income due during the first quarter, which represents approximately 3% of all first quarter billings, less
    • $0.2 million of prior period bad debt recovery.

First Quarter Portfolio Operations

  • Executed 76 new and renewal leases representing over 426,900 square feet.
    • GAAP leasing spreads of 34.9% (25.3% cash basis) on 16 comparable new leases, 6.9% (2.0% cash basis) on 46 comparable renewals, and 12.2% (6.4% cash basis) on a blended basis.
    • Excluding one strategic anchor renewal, blended spreads would have been 16.7% and 10.5% on a GAAP and cash basis, respectively.
  • Signed two significant new anchor leases – ALDI at Eastgate Crossing (Chapel Hill, NC), creating a dual-grocery anchored center, and Total Wine & More at Cool Creek Commons (Indianapolis, IN).
  • Annualized base rent (ABR) for the operating retail portfolio was $18.53, a 2.8% increase year-over-year and an all-time company high.
  • Retail leased percentage was 90.5%.

First Quarter Transaction Activity

  • Sold 16 outparcel ground leases for gross proceeds of $40.3 million.
    • Under contract to sell one additional ground lease for $1.5 million, which will complete the transaction with Agree Realty Corporation (NYSE: ADC).

Balance Sheet Overview

  • Issued $175 million of exchangeable senior unsecured notes with a 0.75% coupon due 2027.
    • In conjunction with the exchangeable notes, the Company entered into capped call transactions, thereby increasing the strike price of the convertible issuance to approximately $30.26 (subject to potential adjustments under the terms of such agreements).
  • As of March 31, 2021, KRG’s net-debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA, proforma for the ground lease sales, was 6.6x.

Virtual Market Tour Series

  • In order to showcase the Company’s high-quality, open-air retail real estate, KRG introduced a Virtual Market Tour Series in early September.
  • To view the Company’s Virtual Market Tours visit our Market Highlights page at KRG Virtual Market Tours.

2021 Earnings Guidance
KRG is raising 2021 guidance for FFO, as adjusted, to $1.26 to $1.34 per share (previously $1.24 - $1.34).

  • Estimated 2021 FFO, as adjusted, excludes the impact of 2020 bad debt or 2020 accounts receivable (“2020 Collection Impact”). In the future, should there be previous bad debt collected (recognized as revenue) or accounts receivable written off (recognized as expense) related to 2020 billings, KRG will disclose the impact, but exclude it from FFO, as adjusted.

Net Income to FFO, as adjusted, Reconciliation
  Low EndHigh End 
Net Income ($0.11)($0.03) 
      Depreciation  1.37  1.37  
NAREIT FFO $1.26 $1.34  
      2020 Collection Impact  0.00  0.00  
FFO, as adjusted Guidance $1.26 $1.34  

Earnings Conference Call

Kite Realty Group Trust will conduct a conference call to discuss its financial results on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. A live webcast of the conference call will be available on KRG’s corporate website at www.kiterealty.com. The dial-in numbers are (844) 309-0605 for domestic callers and (574) 990-9933 for international callers (Conference ID: 4436448). In addition, a webcast replay link will be available on the corporate website.

About Kite Realty Group Trust

Kite Realty Group Trust is a full-service, vertically integrated real estate investment trust (REIT) that provides communities with convenient and beneficial shopping experiences. We connect consumers to retailers in desirable markets through our portfolio of neighborhood, community, and lifestyle centers. Using operational, development, and redevelopment expertise, we continuously optimize our portfolio to maximize value and return to our shareholders. For more information, please visit our website at kiterealty.com.

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Safe Harbor

This release, together with other statements and information publicly disseminated by us, contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such statements are based on assumptions and expectations that may not be realized and are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy and some of which might not even be anticipated. Future events and actual results, performance, transactions or achievements, financial or otherwise, may differ materially from the results, performance, transactions or achievements, financial or otherwise, expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.

Currently, one of the most significant factors that could cause actual outcomes to differ materially from the forward-looking statements is the potential adverse effect of the current pandemic of the novel coronavirus(“COVID-19”), including possible resurgences and mutations, on the financial condition, result of operations, cash flows and performance of the Company and its tenants, the real estate market and the global economy and financial markets. The effects of COVID-19 have caused and may continue to cause many of the Company’s tenants to close stores, reduce hours or significantly limit service, making it difficult for them to meet their obligations, and therefore has and will continue to impact us significantly for the foreseeable future. COVID-19 has impacted the Company significantly, and the extent to which it will continue to impact the Company and its tenants will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence, including the scope, severity and duration of the pandemic, the speed and effectiveness of vaccine and treatment developments and distribution pipeline, the actions taken to contain the pandemic or mitigate its impact, and the direct and indirect economic effects of the pandemic and containment measures, and possible short-term and long-term effects of the pandemic on consumer behavior, among others. Moreover, investors are cautioned to interpret many of the risks identified under the section titled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 as being heightened as a result of the ongoing and numerous adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional risks, uncertainties and other factors that might cause such differences, some of which could be material, include but are not limited to: national and local economic, business, real estate and other market conditions, particularly in connection with low or negative growth in the U.S. economy as well as economic uncertainty; financing risks, including the availability of, and costs associated with, sources of liquidity; the Company’s ability to refinance, or extend the maturity dates of, the Company’s indebtedness; the level and volatility of interest rates; the financial stability of tenants, including their ability to pay rent or request rent concessions, and the risk of tenant insolvency and bankruptcy; the competitive environment in which the Company operates, including potential oversupplies of and reduction in demand for rental space; acquisition, disposition, development and joint venture risks; property ownership and management risks, including the relative illiquidity of real estate investments, periodic costs to repair, renovate and re-lease spaces, operating costs and expenses, vacancies or the inability to rent space on favorable terms or at all; the Company’s ability to maintain the Company’s status as a real estate investment trust for U.S. federal income tax purposes; potential environmental and other liabilities; impairment in the value of real estate property the Company owns; the attractiveness of our properties to tenants, the actual and perceived impact of e-commerce on the value of shopping center assets and changing demographics and customer traffic patterns; risks related to the geographical concentration of the Company’s properties in Florida, Indiana, Texas, North Carolina and Nevada; civil unrest, acts of terrorism or war, acts of God, climate change, epidemics, pandemics (including COVID-19), natural disasters and severe weather conditions such as hurricanes, tropical storms, tornadoes, earthquakes, droughts, floods and fires, including such events or conditions that may result in underinsured or uninsured losses or other increased costs and expenses; changes in laws and government regulations including governmental orders affecting the use of the Company’s properties or the ability of its tenants to operate, and the costs of complying with such changed laws and government regulations; possible short-term or long-term changes in consumer behavior due to COVID-19 and the fear of future pandemics; insurance costs and coverage; risks associated with cybersecurity attacks and the loss of confidential information and other business disruptions; other factors affecting the real estate industry generally; and other risks identified in reports the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“the SEC”) or in other documents that it publicly disseminates, including, in particular, the section titled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, and in the Company’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

This Earnings Release also includes certain forward-looking non-GAAP information. Due to high variability and difficulty in making accurate forecasts and projections of some of the information excluded from these estimates, together with some of the excluded information not being ascertainable or accessible, the Company is unable to quantify certain amounts that would be required to be included in the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures without unreasonable efforts.


Kite Realty Group Trust
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)

($ in thousands)    
  March 31,
2021
 December 31,
2020
Assets:    
Investment properties at cost: $3,137,530   $3,143,961  
Less: accumulated depreciation (778,676)  (755,100) 
  2,358,854   2,388,861  
     
Cash and cash equivalents 228,842   43,648  
Tenant and other receivables, including accrued straight-line rent of $23,707 and $24,783, respectively 49,080   57,154  
Restricted cash and escrow deposits 3,688   2,938  
Deferred costs, net 58,955   63,171  
Prepaid and other assets 42,859   39,975  
Investments in unconsolidated subsidiaries 13,045   12,792  
Total Assets $2,755,323   $2,608,539  
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity:    
Mortgage and other indebtedness, net $1,315,248   $1,170,794  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 72,074   77,469  
Deferred revenue and other liabilities 83,427   85,649  
Total Liabilities 1,470,749   1,333,912  
Commitments and contingencies    
Limited Partners' interests in Operating Partnership and other 52,005   43,275  
Equity:    
Kite Realty Group Trust Shareholders' Equity:    
Common Shares, $.01 par value, 225,000,000 shares authorized, 84,486,182 and 84,187,999 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively 845   842  
Additional paid in capital 2,068,095   2,085,003  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (24,348)  (30,885) 
Accumulated deficit (812,721)  (824,306) 
Total Kite Realty Group Trust Shareholders' Equity 1,231,871   1,230,654  
Noncontrolling Interest 698   698  
Total Equity 1,232,569   1,231,352  
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $2,755,323   $2,608,539  


Kite Realty Group Trust
Consolidated Statements of Operations
For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 and 2020
(Unaudited)

($ in thousands, except per share data)    
  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2021 2020
Revenue:    
Rental income $67,890   $65,527  
Other property related revenue 1,051   4,281  
Fee income 434   104  
Total revenue 69,375   69,912  
Expenses:    
Property operating 10,269   10,801  
Real estate taxes 9,400   8,934  
General, administrative, and other 7,276   6,926  
Depreciation and amortization 30,634   31,468  
Total expenses 57,579   58,129  
Gain on sale of properties, net 26,207   1,043  
Operating income  38,003   12,826  
Interest expense (12,242)  (12,293) 
Income tax benefit of taxable REIT subsidiary 118   104  
Equity in loss of unconsolidated subsidiaries (318)  (403) 
Other expense, net (206)  (104) 
Net income 25,355   130  
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (778)  (204) 
Net income (loss) attributable to Kite Realty Group Trust common shareholders $24,577   $(74) 
     
Net income (loss) per common share - basic and diluted $0.29   $0.00  
     
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic 84,336,577   84,023,090  
Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted 84,446,989   84,023,090  
Cash dividends per common share  $0.1500   $0.3175  
     


Kite Realty Group Trust
Funds From Operations
For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 and 2020
(Unaudited)

($ in thousands, except per share data)    
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2021 2020
Funds From Operations    
Consolidated net income $25,355   $130  
Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interests in properties (132)  (132) 
Less: Gain on sales of properties (26,207)  (1,043) 
Add: depreciation and amortization of consolidated and unconsolidated entities, net of noncontrolling interests 30,971   31,788  
FFO of the Operating Partnership1 29,987   30,743  
Less: Limited Partners' interests in FFO (870)  (769) 
FFO attributable to Kite Realty Group Trust common shareholders1 $29,117   $29,974  
FFO, as defined by NAREIT, per share of the Operating Partnership - basic $0.35   $0.36   
FFO, as defined by NAREIT, per share of the Operating Partnership - diluted $0.34   $0.36   
     
FFO of the Operating Partnership1 $29,987   $30,743  
Less: 2020 Collection Impact (209)    
FFO, as adjusted, of the Operating Partnership $29,778   $30,743  
FFO, as adjusted, per share of the Operating Partnership - basic $0.34   $0.36  
FFO, as adjusted, per share of the Operating Partnership - diluted $0.34   $0.36  
     
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic 84,336,577   84,023,090  
Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted 84,446,989   84,175,520  
Weighted average common shares and units outstanding - basic 86,862,153   86,200,410  
Weighted average common shares and units outstanding - diluted 86,972,566   86,352,840  
     
FFO, as defined by NAREIT, per diluted share/unit    
Consolidated net income $0.29   $0.00  
Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interests in properties 0.00   0.00  
Less: Gain on sales of properties (0.30)  (0.01) 
Add: depreciation and amortization of consolidated and unconsolidated entities, net of noncontrolling interests 0.36   0.37  
FFO, as defined by NAREIT, of the Operating Partnership per diluted share/unit1 $0.34   $0.36  
     
Less: 2020 Collection Impact 0.00     
FFO, as adjusted, of the Operating Partnership per diluted share/unit 2 $0.34   $0.36  


1“FFO of the Operating Partnership" measures 100% of the operating performance of the Operating Partnership’s real estate properties. “FFO attributable to Kite Realty Group Trust common shareholders” reflects a reduction for the redeemable noncontrolling weighted average diluted interest in the Operating Partnership.
2Per share/unit amounts of components will not necessarily sum to the total due to rounding to the nearest cent.

Funds from Operations (FFO) is a widely used performance measure for real estate companies and is provided here as a supplemental measure of operating performance. The Company calculates FFO, a non-GAAP financial measure, in accordance with the best practices described in the April 2002 National Policy Bulletin of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT"), as restated in 2018. The NAREIT white paper defines FFO as net income (calculated in accordance with GAAP), excluding depreciation and amortization related to real estate, gains and losses from the sale of certain real estate assets, gains and losses from change in control, and impairment write-downs of certain real estate assets and investments in entities when the impairment is directly attributable to decreases in the value of depreciable real estate held by the entity.  

Considering the nature of our business as a real estate owner and operator, the Company believes that FFO is helpful to investors in measuring our operational performance because it excludes various items included in net income that do not relate to or are not indicative of our operating performance, such as gains or losses from sales of depreciated property and depreciation and amortization, which can make periodic and peer analyses of operating performance more difficult. FFO excludes the gain on the sale of the ground lease portfolio as this sale was part of our capital strategy distinct from our ongoing operating strategy of selling individual land parcels, from time to time. FFO (a) should not be considered as an alternative to net income (calculated in accordance with GAAP) for the purpose of measuring our financial performance, (b) is not an alternative to cash flow from operating activities (calculated in accordance with GAAP) as a measure of our liquidity, and (c) is not indicative of funds available to satisfy our cash needs, including our ability to make distributions. Our computation of FFO may not be comparable to FFO reported by other REITs that do not define the term in accordance with the current NAREIT definition or that interpret the current NAREIT definition differently than we do.

From time to time, the Company may report or provide guidance with respect to “FFO as adjusted” which starts with FFO, as defined by NAREIT, and then removes the impact of certain non-recurring and non-operating transactions or other items the Company does not consider to be representative of its core operating results including without limitation, gains or losses associated with the early extinguishment of debt, gains or losses associated with litigation involving the Company that is not in the normal course of business, the impact on earnings from employee severance, the excess of redemption value over carrying value of preferred stock redemption, and the impact of 2020 bad debt or 2020 accounts receivable ("2020 Collection Impact"), which are not otherwise adjusted in the Company’s calculation of FFO.


Kite Realty Group Trust
Same Property Net Operating Income
For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 and 2020
(Unaudited)

($ in thousands)      
 Three Months Ended March 31, 
 2021 2020 % Change 
Number of properties for the period83   83     
       
Leased percentage at period end90.6 % 95.0 %   
Economic Occupancy percentage288.8 % 94.1 %   
       
Minimum rent$49,871   $50,948     
Tenant recoveries 14,999   15,757     
Bad debt(641)  (650)    
Other income171   240     
 64,400   66,295     
       
Property operating expenses (8,705)  (9,125)    
Real estate taxes (8,818)  (8,916)    
 (17,523)  (18,041)    
Same Property NOI$46,877   $48,254   (2.9)% 
       
Reconciliation of Same Property NOI to Most Directly Comparable GAAP Measure:       
Net operating income - same properties$46,877   $48,254     
Net operating income - non-same activity32,395   1,819     
Other expense, net28   (299)    
General, administrative and other(7,276)  (6,926)    
Depreciation and amortization expense(30,634)  (31,468)    
Interest expense(12,242)  (12,293)    
Gain on sales of properties26,207   1,043     
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests(778)  (204)    
Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders$24,577   $(74)    


1Same Property NOI excludes (i) The Corner, Glendale Town Center, and Hamilton Crossing redevelopments, (ii) Eddy Street Commons - Phases II and III developments, (iii) the recently acquired Eastgate Crossing, and (iv) office properties.
2Excludes leases that are signed but for which tenants have not yet commenced the payment of cash rent. Calculated as a weighted average based on the timing of cash rent commencement and expiration during the period.
3Includes non-cash activity across the portfolio as well as net operating income from properties not included in the same property pool including properties sold during both periods.


The Company uses same property NOI ("Same Property NOI"), a non-GAAP financial measure, to evaluate the performance of our properties. Same Property NOI excludes properties that have not been owned for the full period presented. It also excludes net gains from outlot sales, straight-line rent revenue, lease termination income in excess of lost rent, amortization of lease intangibles and significant prior period expense recoveries and adjustments, if any. When the Company receives payments in excess of any accounts receivable in exchange for terminating a lease, Same Property NOI will include such excess payments as monthly rent until the earlier of the following: the expiration of 12 months or the start date of a replacement tenant. The Company believes that Same Property NOI is helpful to investors as a measure of our operating performance because it includes only the NOI of properties that have been owned and fully operational for the full quarters presented. The Company believes such presentation eliminates disparities in net income due to the acquisition or disposition of properties during the particular periods presented and thus provides a more consistent comparison of our properties. Same Property NOI includes the results of properties that have been owned for the entire current and prior year reporting periods.

NOI and Same Property NOI should not, however, be considered as alternatives to net income (calculated in accordance with GAAP) as indicators of our financial performance. Our computation of NOI and Same Property NOI may differ from the methodology used by other REITs, and therefore may not be comparable to such other REITs.

When evaluating the properties that are included in the same property pool, the Company has established specific criteria for determining the inclusion of properties acquired or those recently under development. An acquired property is included in the same property pool when there is a full quarter of operations in both years subsequent to the acquisition date. Development and redevelopment properties are included in the same property pool four full quarters after the properties have been transferred to the operating portfolio. A redevelopment property is first excluded from the same property pool when the execution of a redevelopment plan is likely and the Company a) begins recapturing space from tenants or b) the contemplated plan significantly impacts the operations of the property. For the quarter ended March 31, 2021, the Company excluded three redevelopment properties from the same property pool that met these criteria and were owned in both comparable periods. In addition, the Company excluded one recently acquired property from the same property pool.

  

Kite Realty Group Trust
Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation, and Amortization
For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021
(Unaudited)

($ in thousands)  
  Three Months Ended March 31, 2021
Consolidated net income $25,355  
Adjustments to net income:  
Depreciation and amortization 30,634  
Interest expense 12,242  
Income tax benefit of taxable REIT subsidiary (118) 
Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) 68,113  
Adjustments to EBITDA:  
Unconsolidated EBITDA 303  
Gain on sales of properties (26,207) 
Other income and expense, net 524  
Noncontrolling interest (132) 
Adjusted EBITDA 42,601  
   
Annualized Adjusted EBITDA1 $170,404  
   
Company Share of Net Debt:  
Mortgage and other indebtedness $1,315,248  
Less: Partner share of consolidated joint venture debt 2 (1,099) 
Less: Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash (233,811) 
Plus: Company share of unconsolidated joint venture debt 22,413  
Plus: Debt Premium 10,260  
Company Share of Net Debt $1,113,011  
Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA 6.5x
Net Debt to Pro-Forma Adjusted EBITDA 3 6.6x


1Represents Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2021 (as shown in the table above) multiplied by four.
2Partner share of consolidated joint venture debt is calculated based upon the partner's pro-rata ownership of the joint venture, multiplied by the related secured debt balance.
3Reflects as if ground lease portfolio was sold at the beginning of the 1st quarter.


The Company defines EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, as net income before depreciation and amortization, interest expense and income tax expense of taxable REIT subsidiary. For informational purposes, the Company has also provided Adjusted EBITDA, which the Company defines as EBITDA less (i) EBITDA from unconsolidated entities, (ii) gains on sales of operating properties or impairment charges, (iii) other income and expense, (iv) noncontrolling interest EBITDA and (v) other non-recurring activity or items impacting comparability from period to period. Annualized Adjusted EBITDA is Adjusted EBITDA for the most recent quarter multiplied by four. Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA is the Company's share of net debt divided by Annualized Adjusted EBITDA. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Annualized Adjusted EBITDA and Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA, as calculated by us, are not comparable to EBITDA and EBITDA-related measures reported by other REITs that do not define EBITDA and EBITDA-related measures exactly as we do. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Annualized Adjusted EBITDA do not represent cash generated from operating activities in accordance with GAAP, and should not be considered alternatives to net income as an indicator of performance or as alternatives to cash flows from operating activities as an indicator of liquidity.

Considering the nature of our business as a real estate owner and operator, the Company believes that EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and the ratio of Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA are helpful to investors in measuring our operational performance because they exclude various items included in net income that do not relate to or are not indicative of our operating performance, such as gains or losses from sales of depreciated property and depreciation and amortization, which can make periodic and peer analyses of operating performance more difficult. For informational purposes, the Company has also provided Annualized Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted as described above. The Company believes this supplemental information provides a meaningful measure of our operating performance. The Company believes presenting EBITDA and the related measures in this manner allows investors and other interested parties to form a more meaningful assessment of our operating results.

PRESS RELEASE                         
Contact Information: Kite Realty Group Trust
Jason Colton
SVP, Capital Markets & Investor Relations
317.713.2762
jcolton@kiterealty.com

 


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