Washington Prime Group Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results and Announces Dividend
BETHESDA, MD, November 4, 2014 – Washington Prime Group (NYSE:WPG) today reported results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014.
Results for the Third Quarter
Funds from Operations ("FFO") was $79.5 million or $0.42 per diluted share compared to $86.4 million or $0.46 per diluted share, in the prior year period. Included in third quarter FFO is increased interest expense of $9.4 million or $0.05 per diluted share as well as $2.5 million or $0.01 per diluted share of expense related to the proposed merger with Glimcher.
Net income for the third quarter was $38.8 million or $0.21 per diluted share compared to $38.6 million or $0.21 per diluted share in the prior year period. Included in net income for the third quarter of 2014 are gains of $9.0 million or $0.05 per diluted share from acquisitions of controlling property interests and sale of interests.
Same property net operating income (NOI) for the third quarter of 2014 increased 2.8 percent from the third quarter of 2013. Ending occupancy for the portfolio rose to 92.7 percent, an increase of 50 basis points from the third quarter of 2013 and 30 basis points from the second quarter of 2014.
Results for the Nine Months
FFO for the nine months ending September 30, 2014 was $209.2 million or $1.12 per diluted share; for the same period in the prior year FFO was $262.2 million or $1.40 per diluted share. Year-to-date results include increased interest expense of $18.6 million or $0.10 per diluted share, $39.9 million or $0.21 per diluted share of transaction expenses related to the spin-off from Simon Property Group effective May 28, 2014, and $2.5 million or $0.01 per diluted share of expenses related to the proposed merger with Glimcher.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, net income was $164.6 million or $0.88 per diluted share compared to $135.8 million or $0.73 per diluted share for the same period in the prior year. Increased gains on acquisitions of controlling property interests and sale of interests of $86.3 million or $0.46 per diluted share are also included in the results for the nine months ended September 30, 2014.
Year-to-date same property NOI increased 1.6 percent over the same period in 2013.
On September 16, Washington Prime and Glimcher Realty Trust (NYSE:GRT) (“Glimcher”) announced that they had entered into a definitive agreement under which Washington Prime will acquire Glimcher in a stock and cash transaction valued at $14.20 per Glimcher common share. The total transaction value, including the assumption of debt, is approximately $4.3 billion. The new company, which will be renamed WPGlimcher, will have a combined portfolio of 119 properties totaling approximately 68 million square feet of gross leasable area.
On October 28, the companies filed a preliminary Form S-4 Registration Statement with the SEC. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015.
Acquisitions and Dispositions
During the quarter, Washington Prime sold Highland Lakes Center, an open-air center in Orlando, FL, for approximately $21.5 million for an estimated gain of approximately $9.0 million.
The company has an active redevelopment pipeline with approximately 15 projects totaling $100 million currently under redevelopment. Six additional projects totaling approximately $125 million are in various stages of the approval process.
Washington Prime announced today that its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per common share as well as a distribution of $0.25 per operating partnership unit. Both amounts are payable on December 15, 2014, to shareholders and unitholders of record on November 26, 2014.
Due to the proposed merger transaction the company is not hosting a quarterly earnings call. However, as WPGlimcher, we expect to establish regular quarterly earnings calls in 2015.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release includes FFO and NOI, including same property NOI growth, which are financial performance measures not defined by generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP"). Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are included in this press release. FFO and same property NOI growth are financial performance measures widely used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of REITs. These measures should not be considered as alternatives to net income (determined in accordance with GAAP) as an indicator of financial performance and are not alternatives to cash flow from operating activities (determined in accordance with GAAP) as a measure of liquidity. Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as they do not include all items of income and expense that affect operations, and accordingly, should always be considered as supplemental to financial results presented in accordance with GAAP. Computation of these non-GAAP measures may differ in certain respects from the methodology utilized by other REITs and, therefore, may not be comparable to such other REITs. Investors are cautioned that items excluded from FFO are significant components in understanding and addressing financial performance.
For a reconciliation of these measures and other information, please refer to the attached tables.
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Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements made in this press release may be deemed "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, the Company can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained, and it is possible that actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements due to a variety of risks, uncertainties and other factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to: the Company's ability to meet debt service requirements, the availability and terms of financing, changes in the Company's credit rating, changes in market rates of interest and foreign exchange rates for foreign currencies, changes in value of investments in foreign entities, the ability to hedge interest rate and currency risk, risks associated with the acquisition, development, expansion, leasing and management of properties, general risks related to retail real estate, the liquidity of real estate investments, environmental liabilities, international, national, regional and local economic conditions, changes in market rental rates, trends in the retail industry, relationships with anchor tenants, the inability to collect rent due to the bankruptcy or insolvency of tenants or otherwise, risks relating to joint venture properties, costs of common area maintenance, the intensely competitive market environment in the retail industry, risks related to international activities, insurance costs and coverage, terrorist activities, changes in economic and market conditions and maintenance of our status as a real estate investment trust. The Company discusses these and other risks and uncertainties under the heading "Risk Factors" in our annual and quarterly reports filed with the SEC and in the disclosures incorporated by reference into our Form 10-Q for the period ending September 30, 2014 and attached to such Form 10-Q as Exhibit 99.1. The Company undertakes no duty or obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise unless required by law.
About Washington Prime Group
Washington Prime Group (NYSE: WPG) is a retail REIT that owns and manages more than 95 shopping centers totaling more than 50 million square feet diversified by size, geography and tenancy. When the proposed merger with Glimcher Realty Trust (NYSE: GRT) is completed, the combined company will be named WPGlimcher and will have a portfolio of 119 properties totaling approximately 68 million square feet of gross leasable area. For more information visit washingtonprime.com.
Important Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed transaction, WPG has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") a registration statement on Form S-4 that includes a proxy statement of GRT and a prospectus of WPG, and GRT will file other documents with respect to WPG's proposed acquisition of GRT. GRT plans to mail the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and a form of proxy to its shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction. This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT WPG, THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS.
A free copy of the Proxy Statement/Prospectus, as well as other filings containing information about WPG and GRT, may be obtained at the SEC's Internet site (http://www.sec.gov). You are also able to obtain these documents, free of charge, from WPG by accessing WPG's website at investors.washingtonprime.com under the heading "Financial Information" and then under "SEC Filings" or from GRT by accessing GRT's website at investor.glimcher.com under the heading "Financial Information" and then under "SEC Filings". Copies of the Proxy Statement/Prospectus can also be obtained, free of charge, by directing a request to Washington Prime Group Inc., 7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20814, Attention: Investor Relations, Telephone: 240-630-0021 or to Glimcher Realty Trust, 180 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, Attention: Investor Relations, Telephone: 614-887-5632.
WPG, GRT and their respective directors, trustees and executive officers and other persons may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from GRT's shareholders in respect of the proposed transaction that will be described in the proxy statement/prospectus. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies from GRT's shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction, including a description of their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, in GRT is set forth in GRT's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and its Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A, dated March 28, 2014, which are filed with the SEC. Additional information regarding the interests of WPG's and GRT's directors, trustees and executive officers in the proposed transaction, which may be different than those of GRT's shareholders generally, will be contained in the proxy statement/prospectus when filed with the SEC.