Latest Grace Pacific Corporation News
Oct 29, 2020
News provided by Share this article HONOLULU, Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (NYSE: ALEX ) ("A&B" or "Company"), a Hawai'i-based company focused on owning and operating high-quality commercial real estate in Hawai'i, today announced financial results for the third quarter of 2020. Chris Benjamin, A&B president & chief executive officer stated: "Our third quarter results demonstrate positive momentum on several strategic fronts at A&B, including continued asset monetization and marked improvement in Grace Pacific performance, along with further recovery of our commercial real estate ("CRE") collections. We are pleased by the resilience of our portfolio, which we owe to our balance of needs-based retail, industrial and ground leases. Oahu's second COVID-19 shutdown was a temporary setback in the third quarter, but (as a percentage of lease billings) 95% of our tenants are now open as our local economy continues to reopen gradually and out-of-state tourism resumed in mid-October." "Our portfolio of primarily grocery-anchored properties and other needs-based retailers continues to provide essential goods and services to our local communities and our non-retail CRE assets, which do not include hotels or mall-based retail, provided additional support to cash flows, resulting in an 81% portfolio collection rate for the quarter. Further, we completed a total of 35 new and renewal leases in the third quarter at a leasing spread of 4.2% for comparable leases and achieved a high-water mark for industrial portfolio occupancy of 97.8%. Additionally, we negotiated 35 COVID-related lease modification extensions in the quarter." "We made progress in the quarter in executing our strategic plan. With robust demand for our assets, we continue to simplify our business and generate cash, as we closed several development sales at Kukui'ula and Maui Business Park, and a non-core asset sale on Kauai. At Grace Pacific, we are pleased by improving operating performance and increased EBITDA for the third quarter of 2020." "We are focused on supporting the safe reopening of our tourism industry, which is important to all businesses in Hawai'i, even though ours is not directly dependent on tourism. Though the timeline of the impact of COVID-19 is still unknown, we are proud of the outstanding work of our team and maintain an optimistic outlook that is supported by the resilience of our portfolio and the continued market demand for Hawai'i real estate and operating assets." Financial Results The third quarter of 2020 net income available to A&B common shareholders and earnings per share were $3.0 million and $0.04 per share, respectively, compared to a net loss of $49.8 million and $0.69 per share in the same quarter of 2019. The third quarter of 2020 Nareit-defined Funds From Operations ("FFO") and FFO per-diluted share were $12.5 million and $0.17 per share, respectively, compared to $(40.0) million and $(0.55) per share in the same quarter of 2019. The third quarter of 2020 Core FFO and Core FFO per-diluted share were $11.6 million and $0.16 per share, respectively, compared to $18.5 million and $0.25 per share in the same quarter of 2019. Commercial Real Estate (CRE) In the third quarter of 2020, CRE revenue decreased $7.0 million, or 16.4%, to $35.7 million, as compared to $42.7 million in the same quarter of 2019. In the third quarter of 2020, CRE operating profit decreased by $7.0 million, or 38.9%, to $11.0 million, as compared to $18.0 million in the same quarter of 2019. In the third quarter of 2020, CRE NOI decreased by $5.7 million, or 20.9%, to $21.6 million, as compared to $27.3 million in the same quarter of 2019. In the third quarter of 2020, Same-Store NOI decreased 18.8% compared to the prior year third quarter. During the third quarter of 2020, the Company executed a total of 35 standard leases, covering approximately 81,600 square feet of gross leasable area ("GLA"). Leasing spreads for comparable leases were 4.2% portfolio-wide for the third quarter of 2020 and (3.1)% for retail spaces. Significant standard leases executed during the third quarter of 2020 included: Two leases at P&L Building totaling approximately 12,800 square feet of GLA. Three leases at Harbor Industrial totaling approximately 10,100 square feet of GLA. Seven leases at Kaka'ako Commerce Center totaling approximately 8,200 square feet of GLA. Three leases at Manoa Marketplace totaling approximately 5,700 square feet of GLA. Three leases at Kunia Shopping Center totaling approximately 4,200 square feet of GLA. The Company also executed 35 COVID-related lease modification extensions, covering approximately 93,100 square feet of GLA at a weighted-average term of 1 year. Overall occupancy was 93.5% as of September 30, 2020, a decrease of 150 basis points compared to September 30, 2019. Same-store occupancy was 95.1% as of September 30, 2020, an increase of 10 basis points compared to September 30, 2019. Occupancy in the retail portfolio was 91.5% as of September 30, 2020, a decrease of 340 basis points compared to the same period last year, primarily due to the inclusion of Pu'unene Shopping Center in portfolio occupancy calculations, the previously mentioned Foodland grocery-anchor closure at Waipouli Town Center and also modest lease terminations as a result of COVID-related impacts. Occupancy in the same-store retail portfolio was 94.0% as of September 30, 2020, a decrease of 110 basis points compared to the same period last year. Occupancy in the industrial portfolio was 97.8% as of September 30, 2020, an increase of 240 basis points as compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2019, primarily due to strong leasing activity at Komohana Industrial Park. Occupancy in the same-store industrial portfolio was 97.6%, an increase of 260 basis points compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2019 due to positive leasing activity at Komohana Industrial Park and Harbor Industrial. CRE Redevelopment Aikahi Park Shopping Center redevelopment efforts remain on schedule with build-out work underway. Additional work at the property is slated to commence in the fourth quarter of 2020 to improve the shopping experience and provide the surrounding residents and center visitors with community-focused dining, shopping and service options. Land Operations Operating profit was $3.4 million in the third quarter of 2020, as compared to $2.8 million in the third quarter of 2019. The year-over-year increase was primarily attributable to a gain recognized from the sale of the Port Allen Solar Facility, a non-core asset on Kauai, in the third quarter of 2020. The Company continued to monetize land and development-for-sale investments including the following transactions that closed in the third quarter of 2020: Closed two sales totaling one acre at Maui Business Park. Closed four units at Kukui'ula joint venture projects. Materials & Construction Materials & Construction ("M&C") operating profit was $1.3 million in the third quarter of 2020, as compared to a $57.9 million loss in the third quarter of 2019. The operating loss in the third quarter of 2019 was attributable to a $49.7 million non-cash impairment charge to write down the carrying value of the goodwill balance related to Grace Pacific. M&C Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("EBITDA") was $3.8 million for the third quarter of 2020, as compared to $(4.4) million for the third quarter in 2019 due primarily to improved margins on jobs and positive impacts of operational and cost efficiency measures throughout Grace Pacific. The Company continues to evaluate strategic options for the businesses within the M&C segment. Management continues to focus on operational efficiencies and cost controls, and believes that improving operations, such as seen in the third quarter, will allow monetization at the appropriate time. Balance Sheet and Capital Markets Activity As of September 30, 2020, the Company had $763.6 million in total debt, which represents 48% of the Company's total market capitalization (equity market capitalization plus total debt). Loan maturities for 2020 have been addressed, with no material maturities until September 2022. The Company's debt has a weighted-average maturity of 4.1 years, with a weighted-average interest rate of 3.70%. Seventy-six percent of debt was at fixed rates. As of September 30, 2020, the Company had total liquidity of $385.0 million, consisting of cash and cash equivalents of $117.1 million and $267.9 million available on its committed line of credit. Dividend The Board expects to declare a "catch-up" dividend in the fourth quarter, as the Company currently anticipates taxable income for the full year 2020 will exceed the amount of dividends paid year to date. Guidance Due to continued uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it would be premature for the Company to reinstate guidance at this time. ABOUT ALEXANDER & BALDWIN Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. ("A&B") is Hawai'i's premier commercial real estate company and the largest owner of grocery-anchored, neighborhood shopping centers in the state. A&B owns, operates and manages approximately 3.9 million square feet of commercial space in Hawai'i, including 22 retail centers, ten industrial assets and four office properties, as well as 154 acres of ground leases. These core assets comprise nearly 72% of A&B's total assets. A&B's non-core assets include renewable energy generation facilities, approximately 27,000 acres of agricultural and conservation land and a vertically integrated paving business. A&B is achieving its strategic objective of becoming a Hawai'i-focused commercial real estate company by expanding and strengthening its Hawai'i CRE portfolio and monetizing non-core assets. Over its 150-year history, A&B has evolved with the state's economy and played a leadership role in the development of the agricultural, transportation, tourism, construction, residential and commercial real estate industries. Learn more about A&B at www.alexanderbaldwin.com . Contact: USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES The Company uses non-GAAP measures when evaluating operating performance because management believes that they provide additional insight into the Company's and segments' core operating results, and/or the underlying business trends affecting performance on a consistent and comparable basis from period to period. These measures generally are provided to investors as an additional means of evaluating the performance of ongoing core operations. NOI is a non-GAAP measure used internally in evaluating the unlevered performance of the Company's Commercial Real Estate portfolio. The Company believes NOI provides useful information to investors regarding the Company's financial condition and results of operations because it reflects only those cash income and expense items that are incurred at the property level, and when compared across periods, can be used to determine trends in earnings of the Company's properties as this measure is not affected by non-cash revenue and expense recognition items, the impact of depreciation and amortization expenses or other gains or losses that relate to the Company's ownership of properties. The Company believes the exclusion of these items from operating profit (loss) is useful because the resulting measure captures the actual revenue generated and actual expenses incurred in operating the Company's Commercial Real Estate portfolio as well as trends in occupancy rates, rental rates, and operating costs. NOI should not be viewed as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. The Company reports NOI and Occupancy on a Same-Store basis, which includes the results of properties that were owned and operated for the entirety of the prior calendar year and current reporting period, year-to-date. The Company believes that reporting on a Same-Store basis provides investors with additional information regarding the operating performance of comparable assets versus from other factors (such as the effect of developments, redevelopments, acquisitions or dispositions). Reconciliations of CRE operating profit to CRE NOI and Same-Store NOI are as follows: Three Months Ended (7.2) 1 Amounts in this table are rounded to the nearest tenth of a million, but percentages were calculated based on thousands. Accordingly, a recalculation of some percentages, if based on the reported data, may be slightly different. FFO is presented by the Company as a widely used non-GAAP measure of operating performance for real estate companies. FFO is defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("Nareit") December 2018 Financial Standards White Paper as follows: net income (calculated in accordance with GAAP), excluding (1) depreciation and amortization related to real estate, (2) gains and losses from the sale of certain real estate assets, (3) gains and losses from change in control and (4) 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. The Company believes that, subject to the following limitations, FFO provides a supplemental measure to net income (calculated in accordance with GAAP) for comparing its performance and operations to those of other REITs. FFO does not represent an alternative to net income calculated in accordance with GAAP. In addition, FFO does not represent cash generated from operating activities in accordance with GAAP, nor does it represent cash available to pay distributions and should not be considered as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities, determined in accordance with GAAP, as a measure of our liquidity. The Company presents different forms of FFO: "Core FFO" represents a non-GAAP measure relevant to the operating performance of the Company's commercial real estate business (i.e., its core business). Core FFO is calculated by adjusting CRE operating profit to exclude items noted above (i.e., depreciation and amortization related to real estate included in CRE operating profit) and to make further adjustments to include expenses not included in CRE operating profit but that are necessary to accurately reflect the operating performance of its core business (i.e., corporate expenses and interest expense attributable to this core business). The Company believes such adjustments facilitate the comparable measurement of the Company's core operating performance over time. The Company believes that Core FFO, which is a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure, provides an additional and useful means to assess and compare the operating performance of REITs. FFO represents the Nareit-defined non-GAAP measure for the operating performance of the Company as a whole. The Company's calculation refers to net income (loss) available to A&B common shareholders as its starting point in the calculation of FFO. The Company presents both non-GAAP measures and reconciles each to the most directly-comparable GAAP measure as well as reconciling FFO to Core FFO. The Company's FFO and Core FFO may not be comparable to FFO non-GAAP measures reported by other REITs. These other REITs may not define the term in accordance with the current Nareit definition or may interpret the current Nareit definition differently. Reconciliations of net income (loss) available to A&B common shareholders to FFO and Core FFO are as follows: Three Months Ended 46.6 Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("EBITDA") and Adjusted EBITDA for the Materials & Construction ("M&C") segment are non-GAAP measures used by the Company in evaluating the Materials & Construction segment's operating performance on a consistent and comparable basis from period to period. The Company provides this information to investors as an additional means of evaluating the performance of the segment's ongoing core operations. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be viewed as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. EBITDA is calculated for the Materials & Construction segment by adjusting segment operating profit (which excludes interest and tax expenses), by adding back depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated for the Materials & Construction segment by adjusting for income attributable to noncontrolling interests and asset impairments related to the M&C segment. The Company adjusts EBITDA for the asset impairments related to the Materials and Construction segment as the Company believes these items are infrequent in nature. By excluding these items from EBITDA the Company believes it provides meaningful supplemental information about its core operating performance and facilitates comparisons to historical operating results. Reconciliations of Materials & Construction operating profit to Materials & Construction EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are as follows: Three Months Ended (6.7) 1 See above for a discussion of management's use of non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliations from GAAP to non-GAAP measures. FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS Statements in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the relevant forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding possible or assumed future results of operations, business strategies, growth opportunities and competitive positions, as well as the rapidly changing challenges with, and the Company's plans and responses to, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and related economic disruptions. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statements were made and are not guarantees of future performance. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that could cause actual results and the timing of certain events to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, prevailing market conditions and other factors related to the Company's REIT status and the Company's business, risks associated with COVID-19 and its impacts on the Company's businesses, results of operations, liquidity and financial condition, the evaluation of alternatives by the Company related to its materials and construction business and by the Company's joint venture related to the development of Kukui'ula, generally discussed in the Company's most recent Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and other filings with the SEC. The information in this release should be evaluated in light of these important risk factors. We do not undertake any obligation to update the Company's forward-looking statements. SOURCE Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.