Brandywine Realty Belief Pronounces First Quarter Outcomes And Narrows 2021 Steerage NYSE:BDN

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Brandywine Realty Trust Announces First Quarter Results And Narrows 2021 Guidance NYSE:BDN

PHILADELPHIA, April 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Brandywine Realty Trust (NYSE:BDN) today reported its financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

Management Comments

“With the accelerated availability of vaccinations and the easing of government restrictions, we are excited to see an increasing number of our tenants begin returning to the workplace. As this transition advances, we will continue to prioritize the safety of our employees, tenants and stakeholders,” stated Gerard H. Sweeney, President and Chief Executive Officer for Brandywine Realty Trust. “We are making excellent progress on our 2021 business plan. Based on the midpoint of our range, we have now completed 91% of our speculative revenue target and continue to experience positive mark-to-market rents increasing 8.3% and 5.0% on an accrual and cash basis. While our first quarter same-store net operating income and mark-to-market rents were below our 2021 business plan ranges, that first quarter performance was expected, and based on current executed leases and future leasing activity, we will achieve our business plan ranges. Our balance sheet and liquidity remain strong during the quarter, we continued to make excellent progress on our life science and other development initiatives. Based on our first quarter progress, we are narrowing our 2021 FFO guidance of $1.32 to $1.42 per share to $1.33 to $1.41 per share.”

First Quarter 2021 Highlights

Financial Results

  • Net income allocated to common shareholders; $6.8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share.
  • Funds from Operations (FFO); $60.2 million, or $0.35 per diluted share.

Portfolio Results

  • Core Portfolio: 90.3% occupied and 92.5% leased.
  • New and renewal leases signed: 493,251 square feet.
  • Tenant retention ratio: 52%.
  • Rental rate mark-to-market increased 8.3% on an accrual basis and 5.0% on a cash basis.
  • Same store net operating income: (0.9%) on an accrual basis and (1.4%) on a cash basis.

COVID-19 Update

We continue to monitor events related to COVID-19 and take steps to reduce risks to Brandywine and our tenants. While the duration and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic remains unknown, we believe that as of the date of this press release, our 2021 business plan and earnings estimates account for the impact of COVID-19. We are continually assessing the ongoing effects of the pandemic to our business plan, our tenants and our earnings estimates.

The following is a summary of our first quarter consolidated cash base rent collections as of April 19, 2021:

  • 98.9% of total cash-based rent due has been received from our tenants during the first quarter 2021, which represents a 99.1% collection rate from our office tenants.
  • A majority of the rental revenue that has been in the form of rent deferrals is scheduled to be repaid by year-end 2021.
  • We have collected 41% of the rent deferrals not provided as free rent with an associated lease extension.

Transaction Activity

Joint Venture Activity

  • As previously announced, on February 2, 2021, we formed a joint venture with a global institutional investor to commence development of 3025 JFK Boulevard, also known as Schuylkill Yards West, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The estimated project cost is approximately $287 million, and the joint venture partner has agreed to fund up to approximately $45 million of the project costs in exchange for a 45% preferred equity interest in the venture. We are in the process of securing a construction loan totaling approximately $187 million, or 65% of total project costs. The loan should close in the second quarter 2021. We commenced construction in March 2021 with substantial completion anticipated for the third quarter 2023. The project is the first ground-up development in our Schuylkill Yards master-planned development. The 29-story building will consist of 326 ultra-luxury rental residences, 200,000 square feet of life science/innovation office space, 29,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor amenity space, 9,000 square feet of retail, and 115 below-grade parking spaces. The project was designed by Practice for Architecture and Urbanism.

Development/Redevelopment Activity

  • In March 2021, Brandywine was selected by Terrapin Development Company and University of Maryland as the exclusive developer of a mixed used neighborhood spanning five acres within the University of Maryland’s Discovery District. The project will consist of 550,000 square feet of Class-A innovative workspaces for research and life science and 200-250 multifamily residential units. The planning and approval process is underway with an anticipated first phase construction start targeted for the second half of 2022, subject to pre-leasing and market conditions.
  • In March 2021, we entered into an agreement with Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center to create B.Labs, a Life Science incubator at Cira Centre directly adjacent to Schuylkill Yards neighborhood in the University City section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We expect to open the initial 50,000 square feet of plug & play lab and research space in the fourth quarter of 2021.

2021 Finance Activity

  • We had $13.0 million outstanding on our $600.0 million unsecured revolving credit facility as of March 31, 2021.
  • We had $45.7 million of cash and cash equivalents on-hand as of March 31, 2021.

Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021

Net income allocated to common shares totaled $6.8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2021 compared to a net income allocated to common shares of $7.9 million, or $0.04 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2020.

FFO available to common shares and units in the first quarter of 2021 totaled $60.2 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, versus $61.4 million or $0.35 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2020. Our first quarter 2021 payout ratio ($0.19 common share distribution / $0.35 FFO per diluted share) was 54.3%.

Operating and Leasing Activity

In the first quarter of 2021, our Net Operating Income (NOI) excluding termination revenues and other income items decreased (0.9%) on an accrual basis and (1.5%) on a cash basis for our 73 same store properties, which were 90.1% and 93.0% occupied on March 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020, respectively.

We leased approximately 493,000 square feet and commenced occupancy on 196,000 square feet during the first quarter of 2021.   The first quarter occupancy activity includes 167,000 square feet of renewals, 9,000 square feet of new leases and 20,000 square feet of tenant expansions. We executed on an additional 282,000 square feet of new leases scheduled to commence subsequent to March 31, 2021.

We achieved a 52% tenant retention ratio in our core portfolio with negative absorption of (165,000) square feet during the first quarter of 2021, however, we have relet 119,000 square feet, or 72%, of the negative absorption at a 19% cash mark-to-market.   First quarter rental rate growth increased 8.3% as our renewal rental rates increased 8.7% and our new lease/expansion rental rates increased 8.2%, all on an accrual basis.

At March 31, 2021, our core portfolio of 76 properties comprising 12.9 million square feet was 90.3% occupied and, as of April 17, 2021, we are now 92.5% leased (reflecting new leases commencing after March 31, 2021).

Distributions

On February 24, 2021, our Board of Trustees declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.19 per common share and OP Unit that was paid on April 21, 2021 to holders of record on April 7, 2021.

2021 Earnings and FFO Guidance

Based on current plans and assumptions and subject to the risks and uncertainties more fully described in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, we are adjusting our 2021 earnings per share guidance of $0.32 – $0.42 to $0.28 – $0.36 per diluted share and 2021 FFO guidance of $1.32 – $1.42 to $1.33 – $1.41 per diluted share. This guidance is provided for informational purposes and is subject to change. The following is a reconciliation of the calculation of 2021 FFO and earnings per diluted share:

Guidance for 2021   Range  
Earnings per diluted share allocated to common shareholders $0.28 to $0.36
Plus: real estate depreciation, amortization 1.05   1.05
FFO per diluted share $1.33 to $1.41

 Our 2021 FFO key assumptions include:

  • Year-end Core Occupancy Range: 91-93%;
  • Year-end Core Leased Range: 92-94%;
  • Rental Rate Mark-to-Market (accrual): 14-16%;
  • Rental Rate Mark-to-Market (cash): 8-10%;
  • Same Store (accrual) NOI Range: 0-2%;
  • Same Store (cash) NOI Range: 3-5%;
  • Speculative Revenue Range: $18.0 – $22.0 million, $18.1 million achieved;
  • Tenant Retention Rate Range: 51-53%;
  • Property Acquisition Activity: None;
  • Property Sales Activity: None;
  • Development/Redevelopment Starts: Two starts; one start commenced, Schuylkill Yards West;
  • Core and Same Store Portfolio Adjustments: Effective January 1, 2021, we removed 2340 Dulles (placed into redevelopment) and effective January 1, 2021, 905 Broadmoor was removed from our first quarter same store portfolio and was subsequently taken out of service, as part of our Broadmoor Master Plan;
  • Financing Activity: None;
  • Share Buyback Activity: None;
  • Annual earnings and FFO per diluted share based on 173.0 million fully diluted weighted average common shares.

About Brandywine Realty Trust

Brandywine Realty Trust (NYSE: BDN) is one of the largest, publicly traded, full-service, integrated real estate companies in the United States withm a core focus in the Philadelphia, Austin and Washington, D.C. markets. Organized as a real estate investment trust (REIT), we own, develop, lease and manage an urban, town center and transit-oriented portfolio comprising 174 properties and 24.5 million square feet as of March 31, 2021 which excludes assets held for sale. Our purpose is to shape, connect and inspire the world around us through our expertise, the relationships we foster, the communities in which we live and work, and the history we build together. For more information, please visit www.brandywinerealty.com.

Conference Call and Audio Webcast

We will hold our first quarter conference call on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern. The conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-833-818-6810 and providing conference ID: 2956876. Beginning two hours after the conference call, a taped replay of the call can be accessed through Friday, May 7, 2021, by calling 1-855-859-2056 and entering access code 2956876. The conference call can also be accessed via a webcast on our website at www.brandywinerealty.com

Looking Ahead – Second Quarter 2021 Conference Call

We expect to release our second quarter 2021 earnings on Monday, July 26, 2021, after the market close and will host our second quarter 2021 conference call on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern. We expect to issue a press release in advance of these events to reconfirm the dates and times and provide all related information.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements can generally be identified by our use of forward-looking terminology such as “will,” “strategy,” “expects,” “seeks,” “believes,” “potential,” or other similar words. Because such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and contingencies, actual results may differ materially from the expectations, intentions, beliefs, plans or predictions of the future expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements, including our 2021 guidance, are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of our management and are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are difficult to predict and generally not within our control. Such risks, uncertainties and contingencies include, among others: risks related to the impact of COVID-19 and other potential future outbreaks of infectious diseases on our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows and those of our tenants as well as on the economy and real estate and financial markets; reduced demand for office space and pricing pressures, including from competitors, that could limit our ability to lease space or set rents at expected levels or that could lead to declines in rent; uncertainty and volatility in capital and credit markets, including changes that reduce availability, and increase costs, of capital; the potential loss or bankruptcy of tenants or the inability of tenants to meet their rent and other lease obligations; risks of acquisitions and dispositions, including unexpected liabilities and integration costs; delays in completing, and cost overruns incurred in connection with, our developments and redevelopments; disagreements with joint venture partners; unanticipated operating and capital costs; uninsured casualty losses and in ability to obtain adequate insurance, including coverage for terrorist acts; asset impairments; our dependence upon certain geographic markets; changes in governmental regulations, tax laws and rates and similar matters; unexpected costs of REIT qualification compliance; and costs and disruptions as the result of a cybersecurity incident or other technology disruption. The declaration and payment of future dividends (both timing and amount) is subject to the determination of our Board of Trustees, in its sole discretion, after considering various factors, including our financial condition, historical and forecast operating results, and available cash flow, as well as any applicable laws and contractual covenants and any other relevant factors. Our Board’s practice regarding declaration of dividends may be modified at any time and from time to time. Additional information on factors which could impact us and the forward-looking statements contained herein are included in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020. We assume no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking statements that become untrue because of subsequent events except as required by law.

Non-GAAP Supplemental Financial Measures

We compute our financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Although FFO and NOI are non-GAAP financial measures, we believe that FFO and NOI calculations are helpful to shareholders and potential investors and are widely recognized measures of real estate investment trust performance. At the end of this press release, we have provided a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

Funds from Operations (FFO)

We compute FFO in accordance with standards established by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), which may not be comparable to FFO reported by other REITs that do not compute FFO in accordance with the NAREIT definition, or that interpret the NAREIT definition differently than us. NAREIT defines FFO as net income (loss) before non-controlling interests and excluding gains (losses) on sales of depreciable operating property, impairment losses on depreciable consolidated real estate, impairment losses on investments in unconsolidated real estate ventures and extraordinary items (computed in accordance with GAAP); plus real estate related depreciation and amortization (excluding amortization of deferred financing costs), and after similar adjustments for unconsolidated joint ventures. Net income, the GAAP measure that we believe to be most directly comparable to FFO, includes depreciation and amortization expenses, gains or losses on property sales, extraordinary items and non-controlling interests. To facilitate a clear understanding of our historical operating results, FFO should be examined in conjunction with net income (determined in accordance with GAAP) as presented in the financial statements included elsewhere in this release. FFO does not represent cash flow from operating activities (determined in accordance with GAAP) and should not be considered to be an alternative to net income (loss) (determined in accordance with GAAP) as an indication of our financial performance or to be an alternative to cash flow from operating activities (determined in accordance with GAAP) as a measure of our liquidity, nor is it indicative of funds available for our cash needs, including our ability to make cash distributions to shareholders. We generally consider FFO and FFO per share to be useful measures for understanding and comparing our operating results because, by excluding gains and losses related to sales of previously depreciated operating real estate assets, impairment losses and real estate asset depreciation and amortization (which can differ across owners of similar assets in similar condition based on historical cost accounting and useful life estimates), FFO and FFO per share can help investors compare the operating performance of a company’s real estate across reporting periods and to the operating performance of other companies.

Net Operating Income (NOI)

NOI (accrual basis) is a financial measure equal to net income available to common shareholders, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, plus corporate general and administrative expense, depreciation and amortization, interest expense, non-controlling interest in the Operating Partnership and losses from early extinguishment of debt, less interest income, development and management income, gains from property dispositions, gains on sale from discontinued operations, gains on early extinguishment of debt, income from discontinued operations, income from unconsolidated joint ventures and non-controlling interest in property partnerships. In some cases we also present NOI on a cash basis, which is NOI after eliminating the effects of straight-lining of rent and deferred market intangible amortization. NOI presented by us may not be comparable to NOI reported by other REITs that define NOI differently. NOI should not be considered an alternative to net income as an indication of our performance or to cash flows as a measure of the Company’s liquidity or its ability to make distributions. We believe NOI is a useful measure for evaluating the operating performance of our properties, as it excludes certain components from net income available to common shareholders in order to provide results that are more closely related to a property’s results of operations. We use NOI internally to evaluate the performance of our operating segments and to make decisions about resource allocations. We concluded that NOI provides useful information to investors regarding our financial condition and results of operations, as it reflects only the income and expense items incurred at the property level, as well as the impact on operations from trends in occupancy rates, rental rates, operating costs and acquisition and development activity on an unlevered basis.

Same Store Properties

In our analysis of NOI, particularly to make comparisons of NOI between periods meaningful, it is important to provide information for properties that were in-service and owned by us throughout each period presented. We refer to properties acquired or placed in-service prior to the beginning of the earliest period presented and owned by us through the end of the latest period presented as Same Store Properties. Same Store Properties therefore exclude properties placed in-service, acquired, repositioned, held for sale or in development or redevelopment after the beginning of the earliest period presented or disposed of prior to the end of the latest period presented. Accordingly, it takes at least one year and one quarter after a property is acquired for that property to be included in Same Store Properties.

Core Portfolio

Our core portfolio is comprised of our wholly-owned properties, excluding any properties currently in development, re-development or re-entitlement.

BRANDYWINE REALTY TRUST
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited and in thousands)

  March 31, 2021   December 31, 2020
ASSETS      
Real estate investments:      
Operating properties $ 3,386,559       $ 3,474,109    
Accumulated depreciation (900,167 )     (896,561 )  
Right of use asset – operating leases, net 20,810       20,977    
Operating real estate investments, net 2,507,202       2,598,525    
Construction-in-progress 264,529       210,311    
Land held for development 116,902       117,984    
Prepaid leasehold interests in land held for development, net 27,762       39,185    
Total real estate investments, net 2,916,395       2,966,005    
Assets held for sale, net 7,349       7,349    
Cash and cash equivalents 45,717       46,344    
Accounts receivable 14,665       13,536    
Accrued rent receivable, net of allowance of $5,080 and $5,086 as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively 159,175       155,372    
Investment in Real Estate Ventures 433,046       401,327    
Deferred costs, net 83,839       84,856    
Intangible assets, net 43,883       48,570    
Other assets 185,844       176,747    
Total assets $ 3,889,913       $ 3,900,106    
LIABILITIES AND BENEFICIARIES’ EQUITY      
Unsecured credit facility $ 13,000       $    
Unsecured term loan, net 249,215       249,084    
Unsecured senior notes, net 1,581,378       1,581,511    
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 119,208       121,982    
Distributions payable 32,763       32,706    
Deferred income, gains and rent 22,416       21,396    
Intangible liabilities, net 17,073       18,448    
Lease liability – operating leases 22,810       22,758    
Other liabilities 49,796       47,573    
Total liabilities $ 2,107,659       $ 2,095,458    
Brandywine Realty Trust’s Equity:      
Common Shares of Brandywine Realty Trust’s beneficial interest, $0.01 par value; shares authorized 400,000,000; 170,663,251 and 170,572,964 issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively 1,707       1,707    
Additional paid-in-capital 3,140,456       3,138,152    
Deferred compensation payable in common shares 17,658       17,516    
Common shares in grantor trust, 1,111,777 and 1,160,494 issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively (17,658 )     (17,516 )  
Cumulative earnings 1,117,004       1,110,083    
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (6,469 )     (7,561 )  
Cumulative distributions (2,480,811 )     (2,448,238 )  
Total Brandywine Realty Trust’s equity 1,771,887       1,794,143    
Noncontrolling interests 10,367       10,505    
Total beneficiaries’ equity $ 1,782,254       $ 1,804,648    
Total liabilities and beneficiaries’ equity $ 3,889,913       $ 3,900,106    

BRANDYWINE REALTY TRUST
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data)

  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2021   2020
Revenue      
Rents $ 113,484       $ 139,204    
Third party management fees, labor reimbursement and leasing 6,651       4,954    
Other 634       930    
Total revenue 120,769       145,088    
Operating expenses      
Property operating expenses 28,935       37,461    
Real estate taxes 14,761       16,787    
Third party management expenses 2,978       2,662    
Depreciation and amortization 40,343       52,038    
General and administrative expenses 6,584       8,561    
Total operating expenses 93,601       117,509    
Gain on sale of real estate      
Net gain on disposition of real estate 74       2,586    
Net gain on sale of undepreciated real estate 1,993          
Total gain on sale of real estate 2,067       2,586    
Operating income 29,235       30,165    
Other income (expense):      
Interest and investment income 1,674       575    
Interest expense (16,293 )     (20,009 )  
Interest expense – amortization of deferred financing costs (709 )     (749 )  
Equity in loss of Real Estate Ventures (6,924 )     (1,891 )  
Net income before income taxes 6,983       8,091    
Income tax provision (19 )     (4 )  
Net income 6,964       8,087    
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (43 )     (65 )  
Net income attributable to Brandywine Realty Trust 6,921       8,022    
Nonforfeitable dividends allocated to unvested restricted shareholders (146 )     (131 )  
Net income attributable to Common Shareholders of Brandywine Realty Trust $ 6,775       $ 7,891    
PER SHARE DATA      
Basic income per Common Share $ 0.04       $ 0.04    
Basic weighted average shares outstanding 170,624,741       176,069,968    
Diluted income per Common Share $ 0.04       $ 0.04    
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 171,636,120       176,653,459    

BRANDYWINE REALTY TRUST
FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data)

  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2021   2020
Reconciliation of Net Income to Funds from Operations:      
Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 6,775       $ 7,891    
Add (deduct):      
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests – LP units 44       53    
Nonforfeitable dividends allocated to unvested restricted shareholders 146       131    
Net gain on disposition of real estate (74 )     (2,586 )  
Depreciation and amortization:      
Real property 31,534       38,353    
Leasing costs including acquired intangibles 8,280       13,199    
Company’s share of unconsolidated real estate ventures 13,731       4,599    
Partners’ share of consolidated real estate ventures (5 )     (60 )  
Funds from operations $ 60,431       $ 61,580    
Funds from operations allocable to unvested restricted shareholders (213 )     (190 )  
Funds from operations available to common share and unit holders (FFO) $ 60,218       $ 61,390    
FFO per share – fully diluted $ 0.35       $ 0.35    
Weighted-average shares/units outstanding – fully diluted 172,617,754       177,635,093    
Distributions paid per common share $ 0.19       $ 0.19    
FFO payout ratio (distributions paid per common share/FFO per diluted share) 54.3   %   54.3   %

BRANDYWINE REALTY TRUST
SAME STORE OPERATIONS – 1st QUARTER
(unaudited and in thousands)

Of the 81 properties owned by the Company as of March 31, 2021, a total of 73 properties (“Same Store Properties”) containing an aggregate of 12.5 million net rentable square feet were owned for the entire three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020. As of March 31, 2021, three properties were recently completed/acquired, and five properties were in development/redevelopment. Average occupancy for the Same Store Properties was 90.3% and 92.5% during the three-month periods ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively. The following table sets forth revenue and expense information for the Same Store Properties:

  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2021   2020
Revenue      
Rents $ 106,876       $ 107,362    
Other 207       285    
Total revenue 107,083       107,647    
Operating expenses      
Property operating expenses 26,863       28,031    
Real estate taxes 12,895       12,666    
Net operating income $ 67,325       $ 66,950    
Net operating income – percentage change over prior year 0.6    %    
Net operating income, excluding other items $ 65,085       $ 65,685    
Net operating income, excluding other items – percentage change over prior year (0.9 ) %    
Net operating income $ 67,325       $ 66,950    
Straight line rents & other (3,247 )     (2,272 )  
Above/below market rent amortization (970 )     (1,295 )  
Amortization of tenant inducements 193       202    
Non-cash ground rent 208       211    
Cash – Net operating income $ 63,509       $ 63,796    
Cash – Net operating income – percentage change over prior year (0.4 ) %    
Cash – Net operating income, excluding other items $ 61,130       $ 62,039    
Cash – Net operating income, excluding other items – percentage change over prior year (1.5 ) %    
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2021   2020
Net income: $ 6,964       $ 8,087    
Add/(deduct):      
Interest income (1,674 )     (575 )  
Interest expense 16,293       20,009    
Interest expense – amortization of deferred financing costs 709       749    
Equity in loss of Real Estate Ventures 6,924       1,891    
Net gain on disposition of real estate (74 )     (2,586 )  
Net gain on sale of undepreciated real estate (1,993 )        
Depreciation and amortization 40,343       52,038    
General & administrative expenses 6,584       8,561    
Income tax provision 19       4    
Consolidated net operating income 74,095       88,178    
Less: Net operating income of non-same store properties and elimination of non-property specific operations (6,770 )     (21,228 )  
Same store net operating income $ 67,325       $ 66,950    

Company / Investor Contact:

Tom Wirth
EVP & CFO
610-832-7434
tom.wirth@bdnreit.com