WHITESTONE REIT ANNOUNCES OPERATING RESULTS FOR
FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2014
Houston, Texas, February 26, 2015 - Whitestone REIT (NYSE: WSR - “Whitestone” or the “Company”), a fully integrated real estate company that owns, re-develops, repositions, leases, manages, and operates Community Centered PropertiesTM, announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2014.
Operating and Financial Highlights
Acquisitions totaled $94 million for the quarter and $132 million for the full year.
Dispositions totaled $10 million in the fourth quarter.
Annual Property Net Operating Income increased 25%.
Occupancy improved to 86.8% during the fourth quarter, up from 85.8% in the third quarter.
Rental Rates (GAAP Basis) on New and Renewal Leases increased 13.5% and 6.7%, respectively, in 2014.
Annual Funds From Operations Core increased 35%, and 9% on a Per Share Basis.
Fourth Quarter Funds From Operations Core increased 22%, and 14.3% on a Per Share Basis.
“Our strong 2014 fiscal year and fourth quarter results reflect the successful execution of our forward-thinking operating model,” stated James C. Mastandrea, Whitestone’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mastandrea added, “In 2014 we continued to acquire properties in high-growth, geographically aggregated markets, strategically invest in our communities to strengthen our tenants’ connections with customers, optimize tenant mix and increase occupancy rates.” Mastandrea concluded, “Our balanced capital structure, diversified cash flows, and flexible model position Whitestone for continued robust organic and acquisitive growth in 2015.”
The Company reported net income attributable to common shareholders of $2.9 million or $0.12 per diluted share (hereinafter “per share”) for the fourth quarter of 2014, as compared with $1.3 million or $.06 per share for the same period in 2013. For the full year 2014, the Company reported net income attributable to common shareholders of $7.6 million or $0.32 per share, as compared with $3.8 million or $0.20 per share for the full year 2013. Included in net income for 2014 were gains on sale of properties of $0.08 per share.
For the fourth quarter, Funds From Operations (“FFO”) was $5.2 million or $0.22 per share compared with $4.9 million or $0.22 per share in the same period of 2013. FFO Core for the fourth quarter was $7.5 million or $0.32 per share versus the same quarter last year when FFO Core was $6.2 million or $0.28 per share. The 14.3% increase in FFO Core per share over the prior year was primarily due to the Company's increased net operating income from acquisitions and existing properties.
For the full year, FFO was $21.9 million or $0.93 per share compared to $17.3 million or $0.91 per share in 2013. FFO Core for 2014 was $28.2 million or $1.20 per share compared to $20.8 million or $1.10 per share in 2013. The 9% growth in FFO Core per share over the prior year was primarily due to the Company's increased net operating income from acquisitions and existing properties.
The following information was filed by Whitestone Reit (WSR) on Thursday, February 26, 2015 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.