Cousins Properties Reports Results for Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2015
ATLANTA, Feb. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Cousins Properties Incorporated (NYSE: CUZ) today reported its results of operations for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2015.
"We had an outstanding fourth quarter highlighted by strong same property net operating income growth and over 1.2 million square feet of leasing," said Larry Gellerstedt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cousins. "Looking to 2016, we are keenly focused on our Houston portfolio as office market fundamentals have weakened in reaction to depressed energy prices. However, as a result of our aggressive action of executing several large leases in Houston very early in this cycle, we now own a stable portfolio in the most protected submarkets with minimal lease expiration exposure over the next few years. Meanwhile, office fundamentals in our other Sun Belt markets are outstanding as they continue to benefit from strong employment growth and limited new office supply."
Funds From Operations ("FFO") was $49.1 million, or $0.23 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with $51.6 million, or $0.24 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2014. FFO was $192.7 million, or $0.89 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2015, compared with $165.2 million, or $0.81 per share, for the same period in 2014.
Net income available to common stockholders was $56.7 million, or $0.27 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with $23.2 million, or $0.11 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2014. Net income available to common stockholders was $125.5 million, or $0.58 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2015, compared with $45.5 million, or $0.22 per share, for the same period in 2014.
2016 FFO Guidance
For the year ending December 31, 2016, the Company expects to report FFO in the range of $0.86 to $0.92 per share. This guidance reflects management's view of current and future market conditions, as well as the earnings impact of events referenced in this release and during our scheduled conference call. This guidance does not include the operational or capital impact of any future unannounced acquisition or disposition activity. This guidance also excludes the operational or capital impact of any development activity other than Carolina Square and the NCR project.
The Company's guidance is provided for information purposes based on current plans and assumptions and is subject to change.
Investor Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will conduct a conference call at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Thursday, February 11, 2016, to discuss the results of the quarter and year ended December 31, 2015. The number to call for this interactive teleconference is (877) 247-1056.
A replay of the conference call will be available for 14 days by dialing (877) 344-7529 and entering the passcode 10078591. The replay can be accessed on the Company's website, www.cousinsproperties.com, through the "Q4 2015 Cousins Properties Incorporated Earnings Conference Call" link on the Investor Relations page.
A copy of Cousins Properties fourth quarter 2015 Supplement Information can be found in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.cousinsproperties.com. The information in this update is for informational purposes based on current plans and assumptions and is subject to change. The Company undertakes no obligation to update this information.
Cousins Properties Incorporated is a leading fully-integrated real estate investment trust (REIT) with extensive experience in development, acquisition, financing, management, and leasing. Based in Atlanta, the Company actively invests in top-tier urban office assets and opportunistic mixed-use properties in Sunbelt markets.
The Consolidated Statements of Operations, Consolidated Balance Sheets, a schedule entitled Funds From Operations, which reconciles Net Income Available to Common Stockholders to FFO, and a schedule entitled Same Property Information, which reconciles cash basis same property net operating income to rental property revenues and rental property expenses, are attached to this press release. The change in second generation net rent per square foot on a cash basis represents the aggregate net rent (base rent less operating expense reimbursements and leasing costs) paid by prior tenants compared to the aggregate net rent paid by current tenants for spaces that have been re-leased in the office portfolio. Second generation leases exclude leases executed for spaces that were vacant upon acquisition, new leases in a development property, and leases for spaces that have been vacant for one year or more. More detailed information on Net Income (Loss) Available to Common Stockholders and FFO results is included in the "Net Income and Funds From Operations - Supplemental Detail" schedule, which is included along with other supplemental information in the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K, which the Company is furnishing to the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), and which can be viewed through the "Supplemental Information" and "SEC Filings" links on the "Investor Information & Filings" link of the Investor Relations page of the Company's website at www.cousinsproperties.com. This information may also be obtained by calling the Company's Investor Relations Department at (404) 407-1898.
Certain matters discussed in this news release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Examples of such statements in this news release include the Company's estimated ranges of FFO per share, same property NOI growth, fee and other income, general and administrative expense, interest and other expenses, GAAP straight-lined rental income, and above and below market rental income, and the assumptions related thereto. Such statements are subject to uncertainties and risk. These include, but are not limited to, the availability and terms of capital and financing; the ability to refinance indebtedness as it matures; the failure of purchase, sale, or other contracts to ultimately close; the failure to achieve anticipated benefits from acquisitions and investments or from dispositions; the potential dilutive effect of common stock offerings; the failure to achieve benefits from the repurchase of its common stock; the availability of buyers and adequate pricing with respect to the disposition of assets; risks related to the geographic concentration of its portfolio, including, but not limited to, metropolitan Houston and metropolitan Atlanta; risks related to industry concentration of the Company's portfolio including, but not limited to, the energy industry; risks and uncertainties related to national and local economic conditions, the real estate industry in general, and the commercial real estate markets in particular; changes to the Company's strategy with regard to land and other non-core holdings that require impairment losses to be recognized; leasing risks, including the ability to obtain new tenants or renew expiring tenants, and the ability to lease newly developed and/or recently acquired space; the adverse change in the financial condition of one or more of its major tenants; volatility in interest rates and insurance rates; the availability of sufficient investment opportunities; competition from other developers or investors; the risks associated with real estate developments (such as zoning approval, receipts of required permits, construction delays, cost overruns, and leasing risk); the loss of key personnel; the potential liability for uninsured losses, condemnation, or environmental issues; the potential liability for a failure to meet regulatory requirements; the financial condition and liquidity of, or disputes with, joint venture partners; any failure to comply with debt covenants under credit agreements; any failure to continue to qualify for taxation as a real estate investment trust; and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those described in Part I, Item 1A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015. The words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "plans," "may," "intend," "will," or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although the the Company believes that its plans, intentions and expectations reflected in any forward-looking statement are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such plans, intentions or expectations will be achieved. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and speak as of the date of such statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of future events, new information or otherwise, except as required under U.S. federal securities laws.
The table above shows Funds From Operations Available to Common Stockholders ("FFO") and the related reconciliation to Net Income Available to Common Stockholders for Cousins Properties Incorporated and Subsidiaries. The Company calculated FFO in accordance with the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts' ("NAREIT") definition, which is net income (loss) available to common stockholders (computed in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP")), excluding extraordinary items, cumulative effect of change in accounting principle and gains or losses from sales of depreciable property, plus depreciation and amortization of real estate assets, impairment losses on depreciable investment property and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures to reflect FFO on the same basis.
FFO is used by industry analysts and investors as a supplemental measure of an equity REIT's operating performance. Historical cost accounting for real estate assets implicitly assumes that the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably over time. Since real estate values instead have historically risen or fallen with market conditions, many industry investors and analysts have considered presentation of operating results for real estate companies that use historical cost accounting to be insufficient by themselves. Thus, NAREIT created FFO as a supplemental measure of REIT operating performance that excludes historical cost depreciation, among other items, from GAAP net income. Management believes that the use of FFO, combined with the required primary GAAP presentations, has been fundamentally beneficial, improving the understanding of operating results of REITs among the investing public and making comparisons of REIT operating results more meaningful. Company management evaluates operating performance in part based on FFO. Additionally, the Company uses FFO along with other measures, to assess performance in connection with evaluating and granting incentive compensation to its officers and other key employees.
This schedule shows Same Property Net Operating Income and the related reconciliation to rental property revenues and rental property expenses. Net Operating Income is used by industry analysts, investors and Company management to measure operating performance of the Company's properties. Net Operating Income, which is rental property revenues less rental property operating expenses, excludes certain components from net income in order to provide results that are more closely related to a property's results of operations. Certain items, such as interest expense, while included in FFO and net income, do not affect the operating performance of a real estate asset and are often incurred at the corporate level as opposed to the property level. As a result, management uses only those income and expense items that are incurred at the property level to evaluate a property's performance. Depreciation and amortization are also excluded from Net Operating Income. Same Property Net Operating Income includes those office properties that have been fully operational in each of the comparable reporting periods. A fully operational property is one that has achieved 90% economic occupancy for each of the two periods presented or has been substantially complete and owned by the Company for each of the two periods presented and the preceding year. Same Property Net Operating Income allows analysts, investors and management to analyze continuing operations and evaluate the growth trend of the Company's portfolio.
Cash Basis Same Property Net Operating Income represents Net Operating Income excluding straight-line rents, amortization of lease inducements, and amortization of acquired above and below market rents.
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