Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results
-Net Income Per Diluted Share Attributable to Whitestone REIT of $0.37 for the Fourth Quarter and $0.57 for the Full Year-
-Grew Same Store Net Operating Income (“NOI”) by 4.7% for the Fourth Quarter Compared to the Same Period in 2018, and 2.4% for the Full Year 2019-
-Provides 2020 Guidance-
Houston, Texas, February 26, 2020 - Whitestone REIT (NYSE: WSR) (“Whitestone” or the “Company”) today announced its operating and financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2019. Whitestone is a pure-play community-centered retail REIT that acquires, owns, manages, develops and redevelops high quality “e-commerce resistant” neighborhood, community and lifestyle retail centers principally located in the largest, fastest-growing and most affluent markets in the Sunbelt. Whitestone’s optimal mix of national, regional and local tenants provide daily necessities, needed services and entertainment to the respective communities which are not readily available online.
All per share amounts are on a diluted per common share and operating partnership (“OP”) unit basis unless stated otherwise.
Fourth Quarter and Full Year Operating and Financial Highlights:
Full Year 2019 funds from operations (“FFO”), as defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”), was $0.90 per share compared to $0.94 in 2018;
Fourth Quarter Funds from Operations Core (“FFO Core”) was $0.26 per share compared to $0.27 per share in the prior year quarter;
Full Year FFO Core was $1.06 per share compared to $1.16 per share in 2018;
Rental rates on new and renewal leases signed in 2019 increased 9.6% and 10.2%, respectively, on a GAAP basis;
Annualized Base Rent per leased square foot grew to $19.77 from $19.35;
Acquired Las Colinas Village in Irving, Texas for $34.8 Million;
The sale of three properties owned through an investment in Pillarstone REIT Operating Partnership, L.P. ("Pillarstone OP") in the fourth quarter of 2019; and
Net Debt to EBITDA, adjusted improved to 8.6 times from 8.7 times in the fourth quarter of 2018.
“We continued to show strong underlying fundamentals in 2019 as we grew same store NOI by 4.7% in the fourth quarter and 2.4% for the full year,” commented Jim Mastandrea, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Whitestone REIT. “We also made significant progress increasing rental rates, realizing significant income from equity investment as a result of gains on Pillarstone OP asset dispositions, scaling our G&A and making progress on our capital structure.”
Mr. Mastandrea concluded, “We are pleased with our acquisition of Las Colinas Village in Irving, Texas in the fourth quarter, and look forward to growing the portfolio and cashflow in the years ahead. Our high-quality properties in high growth markets coupled with our ‘e-commerce resistant’, service-based business model, will continue to result in long-term value creation for all our stakeholders. This is evidenced in our long term, industry-leading Total Shareholder Returns, which rank us number one of the U.S. public shopping center REITs over a three-year timeframe, and number two over a five-year timeframe.”
Reconciliations of Net Income Attributable to Whitestone REIT to FFO and FFO Core are included herein.
The Company reported Net Income attributable to Whitestone REIT of $15.8 million, or $0.37 per share for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to $8.5 million, or $0.21 per share for the same period in 2018. For the year, Net Income attributable to Whitestone REIT was $23.7 million, or $0.57 per share, for 2019 compared to $21.4 million or $0.52 per share for 2018.
FFO was $8.9 million, or $0.21 per share for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to $9.5 million, or $0.23 per share for the same period in 2018. For the year, FFO was $38.0 million, or $0.90 per share in 2019, compared to $39.4 million, or $0.94 per share in 2018.