Exhibit 99.1

  

 

 

 

FREIT Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results

 

 

HACKENSACK, NJ, June 7, 2019 – First Real Estate Investment Trust of New Jersey (“FREIT” or the “Company”) reported its operating results for the fiscal quarter and six months ended April 30, 2019. The results of operations as presented in this earnings release are unaudited and are not necessarily indicative of future results.

 

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS & OPERATING STATISTICS

 

   For the Fiscal Quarter Ended   For the Six Months Ended 
   April 30,   April 30, 
($ in thousands, except per share amounts)  2019   2018   2019   2018 
                 
AFFO Per Share - Basic & Diluted  $0.32   $0.57   $0.74   $0.81 
Dividends Per Share  $0.125   $0.05   $0.275   $0.05 
                     
Total Average Residential Occupancy   95.1%   94.2%   95.2%   93.7%
                     
Total Average Commercial Occupancy (a)   81.2%   80.4%   81.3%   79.7%
Average Commercial Occupancy Excluding Rotunda Retail (b)   81.1%   81.7%   81.4%   81.0%
Average Occupancy at the Rotunda Retail   81.8%   71.8%   80.5%   70.6%

 

(a) Occupancy metrics exclude the Patchogue, New York property from all periods presented as the property was sold in February 2019.

 

(b) Occupancy metrics exclude the 156,000 square feet of Rotunda retail leasable space as the Rotunda was substantially completed in the third quarter of Fiscal 2016 and is in the lease-up phase.

 

Results for the Quarter

 

Real estate revenue increased 3.2% to $14.8 million for the fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2019 as compared to $14.3 million for the prior year’s comparable period. The increase in revenue was primarily attributable to an increase in the average occupancy rate at the Rotunda property resulting from the lease-up of the new residential units and retail space at the property. 

 

Net income attributable to common equity (“net income”) was $0.8 million or $0.11 per share basic and diluted for the fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2019 as compared to $1.1 million or $0.16 per share basic and diluted for the prior year’s comparable period. The decrease in net income for the Current Quarter was primarily driven by the following: real estate tax credits and refunds related to the Icon at the Rotunda property in the amount of approximately $1.1 million received in the prior period’s quarter related to Fiscal 2017 (with a consolidated impact to FREIT of approximately $0.7 million); special committee expenses in the amount of approximately $0.6 million related to advisory and legal fees incurred in the current period’s quarter; offset by an $0.8 million gain on the sale of the Patchogue, New York property sold in February 2019 and an increase in revenue as explained in the preceding paragraph. (Refer to “Table of Revenue & Net Income Components”)

  

Results for the Six Months

 

Real estate revenue increased 4.2% to $29.7 million for the six months ended April 30, 2019 as compared to $28.5 million for the prior year’s comparable period. The increase in revenue was primarily attributable to an increase in the average occupancy rate at the Rotunda property resulting from the lease-up of the new residential units and retail space at the property.

 

 

 

 

Net income was $1.2 million or $0.18 per share basic and diluted for the six months ended April 30, 2019 as compared to $0.8 million or $0.11 per share basic and diluted for the prior year’s comparable period. The increase in net income for the six months ending April 30, 2019 was primarily driven by the following: an $0.8 million gain on the sale of the Patchogue, New York property sold in February 2019; the prior period year being burdened by a $1.2 million loan prepayment cost (with a consolidated impact to FREIT of $0.8 million) related to the Pierre Towers, LLC loan refinancing; an increase in revenue as explained in the preceding paragraph; offset by real estate tax credits and refunds related to the Icon at the Rotunda property in the amount of approximately $1.1 million received in the prior period year related to Fiscal 2017 (with a consolidated impact to FREIT of approximately $0.7 million); and special committee expenses in the amount of approximately $0.6 million related to advisory and legal fees incurred in the current period’s year. (Refer to “Table of Revenue & Net Income Components”)

  

Table of Revenue & Net Income Components

 

   For the Fiscal Quarter Ended April 30,   For the Six Months Ended April 30, 
   2019   2018   Change   2019   2018   Change 
   (In Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Share Amounts)   (In Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Share Amounts) 
Revenue:                        
    Commercial properties  $6,578   $6,358   $220   $13,277   $12,779   $498 
    Residential properties   8,208    7,967    241    16,437    15,740    697 
      Total real estate revenues   14,786    14,325    461    29,714    28,519    1,195 
                               
Operating expenses:                              
    Real estate operations   6,221    5,115    1,106    12,547    11,868    679 
    General and administrative   1,369    639    730    1,977    1,192    785 
    Depreciation   2,783    2,801    (18)   5,607    5,512    95 
      Total operating expenses   10,373    8,555    1,818    20,131    18,572    1,559 
Operating income   4,413    5,770    (1,357)   9,583    9,947    (364)
                               
    Financing costs (a)   (4,527)   (4,419)   (108)   (9,179)   (9,571)   392 
                               
    Investment income   113    57    56    184    112    72 
                               
    Unrealized (loss) gain on interest rate cap contract   (5)   19    (24)   (159)   19    (178)
                               
    Gain on sale of property (b)   836    -    836    836    -    836 
Net income   830    1,427    (597)   1,265    507    758 
                               
Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries   (44)   (312)   268    (20)   251    (271)
      Net income attributable to common equity  $786   $1,115   $(329)  $1,245   $758   $487 
                               
Earnings per share - basic and diluted  $0.11   $0.16   $(0.05)  $0.18   $0.11   $0.07 
                               
Weighted average shares outstanding:                              
      Basic and Diluted   6,932    6,876         6,923    6,869      

 

(a) Included in the six months ended April 30, 2018 is a $1.2 million loan prepayment cost related to the Pierre Towers, LLC loan refinancing on January 8, 2018

 

(b) Included in the six and three months ended April 30, 2019 is a gain on sale of the Patchogue, New York property sold on February 8, 2019.

   

Dividend

 

The Board of Trustees declared a second quarter dividend of $0.125 per share, which will be paid on June 14, 2019 to shareholders of record on June 1, 2019.

 

Financing Activity

 

On April 3, 2019, WestFREIT, Corp. (owned 100% by FREIT) exercised its option to extend its loan held by M&T Bank, with an outstanding balance of approximately $22.5 million, for twelve months. Effective beginning on June 1, 2019, the extension of this loan, secured by the Westridge Square Shopping Center, will require monthly principal payments of $47,250 plus interest and has a maturity date of May 1, 2020. The interest rate for this extension period was reduced from a floating interest rate of 275 basis points over the one-month LIBOR to 240 basis points over the one-month LIBOR.

 

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Adjusted Funds From Operations

 

Funds From Operations (“FFO”) is a non-GAAP measure defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”). FREIT does not include sources or distributions from equity/debt sources in its computation of FFO. Although many consider FFO as the standard measurement of a REIT’s performance, FREIT modified the NAREIT computation of FFO to include other adjustments to GAAP net income, which are not considered by management to be the primary drivers of its decision making process. These adjustments to GAAP net income involve straight-line rents and recurring capital improvements on FREIT’s residential apartments.

 

The modified FFO computation is referred to as Adjusted Funds From Operations (“AFFO”). FREIT believes that AFFO is a superior measure of its operating performance. FREIT computes FFO and AFFO as follows:

 

   For the Fiscal Quarter Ended April 30,   For the Six Months Ended April 30, 
   2019   2018   2019   2018 
   (In Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Share Amounts)   (In Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Share Amounts) 
Funds From Operations ("FFO") (a)                
                 
Net income  $830   $1,427   $1,265   $507 
Depreciation of consolidated properties   2,783    2,801    5,607    5,512 
Amortization of deferred leasing costs   133    155    260    300 
Distributions to minority interests   (392)   (280)   (686)   (340)(b)
Gain on sale of property   (836)   -    (836)   - 
FFO  $2,518   $4,103   $5,610   $5,979 
                     
 Per Share - Basic and Diluted  $0.36   $0.60   $0.81   $0.87 

 

(a) As prescribed by NAREIT.

 

(b) FFO excludes the distribution of proceeds to minority interest in the amount of approximately $6 million related to the refinancing of the loan for Pierre Towers, LLC, owned by S And A Commercial Associates Limited Partnership which is a consolidated subsidiary.

 

Adjusted Funds From Operations ("AFFO")

 

FFO
  $2,518   $4,103   $5,610   $5,979 
Deferred rents (Straight lining)   (120)   (75)   (187)   (173)
Capital Improvements - Apartments   (161)   (127)   (285)   (238)
  AFFO  $2,237   $3,901   $5,138   $5,568 
                     
   Per Share - Basic and Diluted  $0.32   $0.57   $0.74   $0.81 
                     
   Weighted Average Shares Outstanding:                    
   Basic and Diluted   6,932    6,876    6,923    6,869 

 

FFO and AFFO do not represent cash generated from operating activities in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, and therefore should not be considered a substitute for net income as a measure of results of operations or for cash flow from operations as a measure of liquidity. Additionally, the application and calculation of FFO and AFFO by certain other REITs may vary materially from that of FREIT, and therefore FREIT’s FFO and AFFO may not be directly comparable to those of other REITs.

 

 

 

The statements in this report which relate to future earnings or performance are forward-looking. Actual results may differ materially and be adversely affected by such factors as longer than anticipated lease-up periods or the inability of tenants to pay increased rents. Additional information about these factors is contained in the Trust’s filings with the SEC including the Trust’s most recent filed reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.

 

First Real Estate Investment Trust of New Jersey is a publicly traded (over-the-counter – symbol FREVS.) REIT organized in 1961. Its portfolio of residential and commercial properties are located in New Jersey, New York and Maryland, with the largest concentration in Northern New Jersey.

 

For additional information contact Shareholder Relations at (201) 488-6400

Visit us on the web: www.freitnj.com

 

 

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