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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D. C. 20549
FORM 10-K
(Mark One)
x ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15 (d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934.
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016
OR
¨TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15 (d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934.
For the transition period from                      to                      .
Commission file number 001-11290
NATIONAL RETAIL PROPERTIES, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Maryland
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
56-1431377
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
450 South Orange Avenue, Suite 900
Orlando, Florida 32801
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (407) 265-7348
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
 
Title of each class:
Common Stock, $0.01 par value
6.625% Series D Preferred Stock, $0.01 par value
5.700% Series E Preferred Stock, $0.01 par value
5.200% Series F Preferred Stock, $0.01 par value
Name of exchange on which registered:
New York Stock Exchange
New York Stock Exchange
New York Stock Exchange
New York Stock Exchange
Securities registered pursuant to section 12(g) of the Act:
None
(Title of class)
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.    Yes  x   No  ¨
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act    Yes  ¨     No  x
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.     Yes  x     No  ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  x    No  ¨
Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.  x
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company. See definition of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
Large accelerated filer  x
  
Accelerated filer  ¨
  
Non-accelerated filer  ¨
  
Smaller reporting company  ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).    Yes  ¨    No  x
The aggregate market value of voting common stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant as of June 30, 2016 was $7,472,258,000.
The number of shares of common stock outstanding as of January 31, 2017 was 147,235,328.
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE:
Registrant incorporates by reference into Part III (Items 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14) of this Annual Report on Form 10-K portions of National Retail Properties, Inc.’s definitive Proxy Statement for the 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) pursuant to Regulation 14A. The definitive Proxy Statement will be filed with the Commission not later than 120 days after the end of the fiscal year covered by this Annual Report on Form 10-K.



TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 
 
PAGE      
REFERENCE
Part I
 
 
Item 1.
Item 1A.
Item 1B.
Item 2.
Item 3.
Item 4.
Part II
 
 
Item 5.
Item 6.
Item 7.
Item 7A.
Item 8.
Item 9.
Item 9A.
Item 9B.
Part III
 
 
Item 10.
Item 11.
Item 12.
Item 13.
Item 14.
Part IV
 
 
Item 15.



PART I
Unless the context otherwise requires, references in this Annual Report on Form 10-K to the terms “registrant” or “NNN” or the “Company” refer to National Retail Properties, Inc. and all of its consolidated subsidiaries. NNN may elect to treat certain subsidiaries as taxable real estate investment trust subsidiaries. These subsidiaries and their majority owned and controlled subsidiaries are collectively referred to as the “TRS.”
Statements contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, including the documents that are incorporated by reference, that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”). Also, when NNN uses any of the words “anticipate,” “assume,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” or similar expressions, NNN is making forward-looking statements. Although management believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon present expectations and reasonable assumptions, NNN’s actual results could differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Certain factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those NNN anticipates or projects are described in “Item 1A. Risk Factors” of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Given these uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements, which speak only as of the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K or any document incorporated herein by reference. NNN undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Item 1.
Business
The Company
NNN, a Maryland corporation, is a fully integrated real estate investment trust (“REIT”) formed in 1984. NNN's assets are primarily real estate assets. NNN's consolidated financial statements are included in Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Real Estate Assets
NNN acquires, owns, invests in and develops properties that are leased primarily to retail tenants under long-term net leases and are primarily held for investment ("Properties" or "Property Portfolio," or individually a "Property"). NNN owned 2,535 Properties with an aggregate gross leasable area of approximately 27,204,000 square feet, located in 48 states, with a weighted average remaining lease term of 11.6 years as of December 31, 2016. Approximately 99 percent of the Properties were leased as of December 31, 2016.
Competition
NNN generally competes with numerous other REITs, commercial developers, real estate limited partnerships and other investors including but not limited to insurance companies, pension funds and financial institutions that own, manage, finance or develop retail and net leased properties.
Employees
As of January 31, 2017, NNN employed 65 associates.
Other Information
NNN’s executive offices are located at 450 S. Orange Avenue, Suite 900, Orlando, Florida 32801, and its telephone number is (407) 265-7348. NNN has a website at www.nnnreit.com where NNN’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission") can be downloaded free of charge.
The common shares of National Retail Properties, Inc. are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (the "NYSE") under the ticker symbol "NNN." National Retail Properties, Inc. has three series of preferred shares outstanding which are traded on the NYSE: the depositary shares, each representing a 1/100th of a share of 6.625% Series D Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, par value $0.01 per share ("Series D Preferred Stock"), the depositary shares, each representing a 1/100th of a share of 5.700% Series E Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, par value $0.01 per share (“Series E Preferred Stock”), and the depositary shares, each representing a 1/100th of a share of 5.200% Series F Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, par value $0.01 per share (“Series F Preferred Stock”).


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Business Strategies and Policies
The following is a discussion of NNN’s operating strategy and certain of its investment, financing and other policies. These strategies and policies have been set by management and the Board of Directors and, in general, may be amended or revised from time to time by management and the Board of Directors without a vote of NNN’s stockholders.
Operating Strategies
NNN’s strategy is to invest primarily in retail real estate that is typically well located within each local market for its tenants’ retail lines of trade. Management believes that these types of properties, generally leased pursuant to triple-net leases, provide attractive opportunities for stable current returns and the potential for increased returns and capital appreciation. Triple-net leases typically require the tenant to pay property operating expenses such as insurance, utilities, repairs, maintenance, capital expenditures and real estate taxes and assessments. Initial lease terms are generally 10 to 20 years.
NNN holds real estate assets until it determines that the sale of such an asset is advantageous in view of NNN’s investment objectives. In deciding whether to sell a real estate asset, NNN may consider factors such as potential capital appreciation, net cash flow, tenant credit quality, tenant's line of trade, portfolio composition, market lease rates, local market conditions, potential use of sale proceeds and federal income tax considerations.
NNN’s management team focuses on certain key indicators to evaluate the financial condition and operating performance of NNN. These key indicators include the composition of the Property Portfolio (such as tenant, geographic and line of trade diversification), the occupancy rate of the Property Portfolio, certain financial performance ratios and profitability measures, and industry trends and performance compared to NNN.
The operating strategies employed by NNN have allowed NNN to increase the annual dividend (paid quarterly) per common share for 27 consecutive years. NNN is one of only four publicly traded REITs to increase its annual dividend per common share for 27 or more consecutive years.
Investment in Real Estate or Interests in Real Estate
NNN’s management believes that single tenant, freestanding net lease retail properties will continue to provide attractive investment opportunities and that NNN is well suited to take advantage of these opportunities because of its experience in accessing capital markets, and its ability to source, underwrite and acquire properties.
In evaluating a particular acquisition, management may consider a variety of factors, including but not limited to:
the location, visibility and accessibility of the property,
the geographic area and demographic characteristics of the community, as well as the local real estate market conditions, including potential for growth, market rents, and existing or potential competing properties or retailers,
the size, age and title status of the property,
the quality of construction and design and the current physical condition of the Property Portfolio,
the potential for, and current extent of, any environmental problems,
the purchase price,
the non-financial terms of the proposed acquisition,
the availability of funds or other consideration for the proposed acquisition and the cost thereof,
the compatibility of the property with NNN’s existing portfolio,
the property-level operating history,
the financial and other characteristics of the existing tenant,
the tenant’s business plan, operating history and management team,
the tenant’s industry,
the terms of any lease,
the rent to be paid by the tenant, and
any existing indebtedness encumbering the property which may be assumed in connection with acquiring or refinancing these investments.
NNN intends to engage in future investment activities in a manner that is consistent with the maintenance of its status as a

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REIT for federal income tax purposes. Additionally, NNN does not intend to engage in activities that will make NNN an investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.
Investments in Real Estate Mortgages and Securities of or Interests in Persons Engaged in Real Estate Activities
While NNN’s primary business objectives emphasize retail properties, NNN may invest in (i) a wide variety of property and tenant types, (ii) leases, mortgages and other types of real estate interests, (iii) loans secured by personal property, (iv) loans secured by partnership or membership interests in partnerships or limited liability companies, respectively, or (v) securities of other REITs, or other issuers, including for the purpose of exercising control over such entities.
Financing Strategy
NNN’s financing objective is to manage its capital structure effectively in order to provide sufficient capital to execute its operating strategies while servicing its debt requirements and providing value to its stockholders. NNN generally utilizes debt and equity security offerings, bank borrowings, the sale of properties, and to a lesser extent, internally generated funds to meet its capital needs.
NNN typically funds its short-term liquidity requirements including investments in additional properties with advances from its $650,000,000 unsecured revolving credit facility ("Credit Facility"). As of December 31, 2016, there was no outstanding balance and $650,000,000 was available for future borrowings under the Credit Facility, excluding undrawn letters of credit totaling $230,000.
As of December 31, 2016, NNN’s ratio of total debt to total gross assets (before accumulated depreciation and amortization) was approximately 30 percent and the ratio of secured indebtedness to total gross assets was less than one percent. The ratio of total debt to total market capitalization was approximately 22 percent. Certain financial agreements contain covenants that limit NNN’s ability to incur additional debt under certain circumstances.
NNN anticipates it will be able to obtain additional financing for short-term and long-term liquidity requirements as further described in "Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations – Liquidity." However, there can be no assurance that additional financing or capital will be available, or that the terms will be acceptable or advantageous to NNN.
The organizational documents of NNN do not limit the absolute amount or percentage of indebtedness that NNN may incur. Additionally, NNN may change its financing strategy at any time.
Strategies and Policy Changes
Any of NNN’s strategies or policies described above may be changed at any time by NNN without notice to or a vote of NNN’s stockholders.
Property Portfolio
As of December 31, 2016, NNN owned 2,535 Properties with an aggregate gross leasable area of approximately 27,204,000 square feet, located in 48 states, with a weighted average remaining lease term of 11.6 years. Approximately 99 percent of total Properties were leased as of December 31, 2016.
The following table summarizes the Property Portfolio at December 31, 2016 (in thousands):
 
 
Size(1)
 
Total Dollars Invested(2)
High
 
Low
 
Average
 
High
 
Low
 
Average
Land
3,733

 
2
 
102

 
$
8,882

 
$
5

 
$
855

Building
142

 
1
 
11

 
45,286

 
19

 
1,826

(1) 
 Approximate square feet.
(2) 
Costs vary depending upon size, local market conditions and other factors.


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As of December 31, 2016, NNN has committed to fund construction commitments on 21 Properties. The improvements are estimated to be completed within 12 months. These construction commitments, at December 31, 2016, are outlined in the table below (dollars in thousands):
Total commitment(1)
 
$
114,206

Amount funded
 
$
54,782

Remaining commitment
 
$
59,424

(1)
Includes land, construction costs, tenant improvements and lease costs.
Leases
The following is a summary of the general structure of the leases in the Property Portfolio, although the specific terms of each lease can vary. Generally, the Property leases provide for initial terms of 10 to 20 years. As of December 31, 2016, the weighted average remaining lease term of the Property Portfolio was approximately 11.6 years. The Properties are generally leased under net leases, pursuant to which the tenant typically bears responsibility for substantially all property costs and expenses associated with ongoing maintenance and operation, including utilities, property taxes and insurance. NNN's leases provide for annual base rental payments (payable in monthly installments) ranging from $6,000 to $3,714,000 (average of $218,000), and generally provide for increases in rent as a result of (i) increases in the Consumer Price Index ("CPI"), (ii) fixed increases, or, to a lesser extent, (iii) increases in the tenant’s sales volume.
Generally, NNN's leases provide the tenant with one or more multi-year renewal options subject to generally the same terms and conditions provided under the initial lease term. Some of the leases also provide that in the event NNN wishes to sell the Property subject to that lease, NNN first must offer the lessee the right to purchase the Property on the same terms and conditions as any offer which NNN intends to accept for the sale of the Property.
The following table summarizes the lease expirations, assuming none of the tenants exercise renewal options, of the Property Portfolio for each of the next 10 years and then thereafter in the aggregate as of December 31, 2016:
 
 
% of
Annual
Base
Rent(1)
 
# of
Properties
 
Gross
Leasable
Area(2)
 
 
 
% of
Annual
Base
Rent(1)
 
# of
Properties
 
Gross
Leasable
Area(2)
2017
1.2%
 
27
 
502,000

 
2023
 
2.5%
 
85
 
1,014,000

2018
3.2%
 
90
 
1,153,000

 
2024
 
2.6%
 
50
 
883,000

2019
3.0%
 
76
 
1,122,000

 
2025
 
5.0%
 
132
 
1,116,000

2020
3.8%
 
132
 
1,571,000

 
2026
 
6.0%
 
181
 
1,830,000

2021
4.4%
 
122
 
1,320,000

 
Thereafter
 
62.2%
 
1,495
 
14,733,000

2022
6.1%
 
111
 
1,456,000

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

(1) 
 Based on annualized base rent for all leases in place as of December 31, 2016.
(2) 
Approximate square feet.


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The following table summarizes the diversification of the Property Portfolio based on the top 10 lines of trade:
 
 
 
 
 
% of Annual Base Rent(1)
  
 
Top 10 Lines of Trade
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
1.
 
Convenience stores
 
16.9%
 
16.7%
 
18.0%
2.
 
Restaurants - full service
 
11.8%
 
11.0%
 
9.1%
3.
 
Restaurants - limited service
 
7.5%
 
7.2%
 
6.5%
4.
 
Automotive service
 
6.6%
 
7.0%
 
7.2%
5.
 
Family entertainment centers
 
5.8%
 
5.6%
 
5.1%
6.
 
Health and fitness
 
5.7%
 
3.8%
 
3.9%
7.
 
Theaters
 
4.9%
 
5.2%
 
5.2%
8.
 
Automotive parts
 
3.9%
 
4.2%
 
4.7%
9.
 
Recreational vehicle dealers, parts and accessories
 
3.4%
 
3.6%
 
3.1%
10.
 
Banks
 
3.1%
 
3.4%
 
3.7%
 
 
Other
 
30.4%
 
32.3%
 
33.5%
 
 
 
 
100.0%
 
100.0%
 
100.0%

(1) 
Based on annualized base rent for all leases in place as of December 31 of the respective year.
The following table summarizes the diversification of the Property Portfolio by state as of December 31, 2016:
 
 
 
State
 
# of
Properties
 
% of
Annual
Base Rent(1)
1.
 
Texas
 
448
 
18.4%
2.
 
Florida
 
197
 
9.1%
3.
 
Illinois
 
132
 
5.7%
4.
 
Ohio
 
165
 
5.7%
5.
 
North Carolina
 
134
 
4.7%
6.
 
Georgia
 
118
 
4.3%
7.
 
Indiana
 
118
 
4.2%
8.
 
Virginia
 
88
 
3.5%
9.
 
Alabama
 
101
 
3.0%
10.
 
Tennessee
 
77
 
2.8%
 
 
Other
 
957
 
38.6%
 
 
 
 
2,535
 
100.0%

(1) 
 Based on annualized base rent for all leases in place as of December 31, 2016.
As of December 31, 2016, NNN did not have any tenant that accounted for ten percent or more of its rental income.

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Governmental Regulations Affecting Properties
Property Environmental Considerations.  Subject to a determination of the level of risk and potential cost of remediation, NNN may acquire a property where some level of environmental contamination may exist. Investments in real property create a potential for substantial environmental liability for the owner of such property from the presence or discharge of hazardous materials on the property or the improper disposal of hazardous materials emanating from the property, regardless of fault. In order to mitigate exposure to environmental liability, NNN maintains an environmental insurance policy which provides some coverage for substantially all of the properties. Such policy expires in August 2018. As a part of its acquisition due diligence process, NNN obtains an environmental site assessment for each property. In such cases where NNN intends to acquire a property where some level of contamination may exist, NNN generally requires the seller or tenant to (i) remediate the problem, (ii) indemnify NNN for environmental liabilities, and/or (iii) agree to other arrangements deemed appropriate by NNN, including, under certain circumstances, the purchase of environmental insurance to address environmental conditions at the property.
As of February 6, 2017, NNN has 76 Properties currently under some level of environmental remediation and/or monitoring. In general, the seller, a previous owner, the tenant or an adjacent land owner is responsible for the cost of the environmental remediation for each of these Properties.
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  The Properties, as commercial facilities, are required to comply with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and similar state and local laws and regulations (collectively, the "ADA"). The tenants will typically have primary responsibility for complying with the ADA, but NNN may incur costs if the tenant does not comply. As of February 6, 2017, NNN has not been notified by any governmental authority of, nor is NNN’s management aware of, any non-compliance with the ADA that NNN’s management believes would have a material adverse effect on its business, financial position or results of operations.
Other Regulations.  State and local fire, life-safety and similar entities regulate the use of the Properties. NNN’s leases generally require each tenant to undertake primary responsibility for complying with regulations, but failure to comply could result in fines by governmental authorities, awards of damages to private litigants, or restrictions on the ability to conduct business on such properties.
Item 1A.
Risk Factors
Carefully consider the following risks and all of the other information set forth in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, including the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto. If any of the events or developments described below were actually to occur, NNN’s business, financial condition or results of operations could be adversely affected.
Financial and economic conditions may have an adverse impact on NNN, its tenants, and commercial real estate in general.
Financial and economic conditions continue to be challenging and volatile and any worsening of such conditions, including any disruption in the capital markets, could adversely affect NNN’s business and results of operations. Such conditions could also affect the financial condition of NNN’s tenants, developers, borrowers, lenders or the institutions that hold NNN’s cash balances and short-term investments, which may expose NNN to increased risks of default by these parties.
There can be no assurance that actions of the United States Government, the Federal Reserve or other government and regulatory bodies intended to stabilize the economy or financial markets will achieve their intended effect. Additionally, some of these actions may adversely affect financial institutions, capital providers, retailers, consumers, NNN’s financial condition, NNN's results of operations or the trading price of NNN’s shares.

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Potential consequences of challenging and volatile financial and economic conditions include:
the financial condition of NNN’s tenants may be adversely affected, which may result in tenant defaults under the leases due to bankruptcy, lack of liquidity, operational failures or for other reasons,
the ability to borrow on terms and conditions that NNN finds acceptable may be limited or unavailable, which could reduce NNN’s ability to pursue acquisition and development opportunities and refinance existing debt, reduce NNN’s returns from acquisition and development activities, reduce NNN’s ability to make cash distributions to its stockholders and increase NNN’s future interest expense,
the recognition of impairment charges on or reduced values of the Properties, may adversely affect NNN's results of operations,
reduced values of the Properties may limit NNN's ability to dispose of assets at attractive prices and reduce the availability of buyer financing, and
the value and liquidity of NNN’s short-term investments and cash deposits could be reduced as a result of (i) a deterioration of the financial condition of the institutions that hold NNN’s cash deposits or the institutions or assets in which NNN has made short-term investments, (ii) the dislocation of the markets for NNN’s short-term investments, (iii) increased volatility in market rates for such investments or (iv) other factors.

NNN may be unable to obtain debt or equity capital on favorable terms, if at all.
NNN may be unable to obtain capital on favorable terms, if at all, to further its business objectives or meet its existing obligations. Nearly all of NNN’s debt, including the Credit Facility, is subject to balloon principal payments due at maturity. These maturities range between 2017 and 2026. NNN's ability to make these scheduled principal payments may be adversely impacted by NNN’s inability to extend or refinance the Credit Facility, the inability to dispose of assets at an attractive price or the inability to obtain additional debt or equity capital. Capital that may be available may be materially more expensive or available under terms that are materially more restrictive which would have an adverse impact on NNN’s business, financial condition and results of operations.
Loss of rent from tenants would reduce NNN’s cash flow.
NNN's tenants encounter significant macroeconomic, governmental and competitive forces. Adverse changes in consumer spending or consumer preferences for particular goods, services or store based retailing could severely impact their ability to pay rent. Shifts from in-store to online shopping could increase due to changing consumer shopping patterns as well as the increase in consumer adoption and use of mobile electronic devices. This expansion of e-commerce could have an adverse impact on NNN's tenants' ongoing viability. The default, financial distress, bankruptcy or liquidation of one or more of NNN’s tenants could cause substantial vacancies in the Property Portfolio. Vacancies reduce NNN’s revenues, increase property expenses and could decrease the value of each such vacant Property. Upon the expiration of a lease, the tenant may choose not to renew the lease and NNN may not be able to re-lease the vacant Property at a comparable lease rate. Furthermore, NNN may incur additional expenditures in connection with such renewal or re-leasing.
A significant portion of the Property Portfolio annual base rent is concentrated in specific industry classifications, tenants and geographic locations.
As of December 31, 2016, approximately,
48.6% of the Property Portfolio annual base rent is generated from tenants in five retail lines of trade, including convenience stores (16.9%) and full-service and limited-service restaurants (19.3%),
20.1% of the Property Portfolio annual base rent is generated from five tenants, including Sunoco (5.4%), Mister Car Wash (4.0%), LA Fitness (3.8%), AMC Theatres (3.5%), and Camping World (3.4%), and
43.6% of the Property Portfolio annual base rent is generated from properties located in five states, including Texas (18.4%) and Florida (9.1%).
Any financial hardship and/or economic changes in these lines of trade, tenants or states could have an adverse effect on NNN’s results of operations.

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Owning real estate and indirect interests in real estate carries inherent risks.
NNN’s economic performance and the value of its real estate assets are subject to the risk that if the Properties do not generate revenues sufficient to meet its operating expenses, including debt service, NNN’s cash flow and ability to pay distributions to its stockholders will be adversely affected. As a real estate company, NNN is susceptible to the following real estate industry risks, which are beyond its control:
changes in national, regional and local economic conditions and outlook,
decreases in consumer spending and retail sales or adverse changes in consumer preferences for particular goods, services or store based retailing,
economic downturns in the areas where the Properties are located,
adverse changes in local real estate market conditions, such as an oversupply of space, reduction in demand for space, loss of a large employer, intense competition for tenants, or a demographic change,
changes in tenant or consumer preferences that reduce the attractiveness of the Properties to tenants,
changes in zoning, regulatory restrictions, or tax laws, and
changes in interest rates or availability of financing.
All of these factors could result in decreases in market rental rates and increases in vacancy rates, which could adversely affect NNN’s results of operations.
NNN’s real estate investments are illiquid.
Because real estate investments are relatively illiquid, NNN’s ability to adjust the portfolio promptly in response to economic or other conditions is limited. Certain significant expenditures generally do not change in response to economic or other conditions, including: (i) debt service (if any), (ii) real estate taxes, and (iii) operating and maintenance costs. This combination of variable revenue and relatively fixed expenditures may result, under certain market conditions, in reduced earnings and could have an adverse effect on NNN’s financial condition.
Costs of complying with changes in governmental laws and regulations may adversely affect NNN’s results of operations.
NNN cannot predict what laws or regulations will be enacted in the future, how future laws or regulations will be administered or interpreted, or how future laws or regulations will affect NNN or its Properties, including, but not limited to environmental laws and regulations. Compliance with new laws or regulations, or stricter interpretation of existing laws, may require NNN, its retail tenants, or consumers to incur significant expenditures, impose significant liability, restrict or prohibit business activities and could cause a material adverse effect on NNN’s results of operation.
NNN may be subject to known or unknown environmental liabilities and hazardous materials on Properties owned by NNN.
There may be known or unknown environmental liabilities associated with properties owned or acquired in the future by NNN. Certain particular uses of some properties may also have a heightened risk of environmental liability because of the hazardous materials used in performing services on those properties, such as convenience stores with underground petroleum storage tanks or auto parts and auto service businesses using petroleum products, paint and machine solvents. Some of the Properties may contain asbestos or asbestos-containing materials, or may contain or may develop mold or other bio-contaminants. Asbestos-containing materials must be handled, managed and removed in accordance with applicable governmental laws, rules and regulations. Mold and other bio-contaminants can produce airborne toxins, may cause a variety of health issues in individuals and must be remediated in accordance with applicable governmental laws, rules and regulations.
As part of its due diligence process, NNN generally obtains an environmental site assessment for each property it acquires. In cases where NNN intends to acquire real estate where evidence of some level of known contamination may exist, NNN generally requires the seller or tenant to (i) remediate the contamination in accordance with applicable laws, rules and regulations, (ii) indemnify NNN for environmental liabilities, and/or (iii) agree to other arrangements deemed appropriate by NNN, including, under certain circumstances, the purchase of environmental insurance. Although sellers or tenants may be contractually responsible for remediating hazardous materials on a property and may be responsible for indemnifying NNN for any liability resulting from the use of a property and for any failure to comply with any applicable environmental laws, rules or regulations, NNN has no assurance that sellers or tenants shall be able to meet their remediation and indemnity obligations to NNN. A tenant or seller may not have the financial ability to meet its remediation and indemnity obligations to NNN when required. Furthermore, NNN may have strict liability to governmental agencies or third parties as a result of the existence of hazardous materials on Properties, whether or not NNN knew about or caused such hazardous materials to exist.

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As of February 6, 2017, NNN has 76 Properties currently under some level of environmental remediation and/or monitoring. In general, the seller, a previous owner, the tenant or an adjacent land owner is responsible for the cost of the environmental remediation for each of these Properties.
If NNN is responsible for hazardous materials located on its Properties, NNN’s liability may include investigation and remediation costs, property damage to third parties, personal injury to third parties, and governmental fines and penalties. Furthermore, the presence of hazardous materials on a Property may adversely impact the Property value or NNN’s ability to sell the Property. Significant environmental liability could impact NNN’s results of operations, ability to make distributions to stockholders, and its ability to meet its debt obligations.
In order to mitigate exposure to environmental liability, NNN maintains an environmental insurance policy which provides some coverage for substantially all of its Properties. That policy expires in August 2018. However, the policy is subject to exclusions and limitations and does not cover all of the Properties owned by NNN. For those Properties covered under the policy, insurance may not fully compensate NNN for any environmental liability. NNN has no assurance that the insurer on its environmental insurance policy will be able to meet its obligations under the policy. NNN may not desire to renew the environmental insurance policy in place upon expiration or a replacement policy may not be available at a reasonable cost, if at all.
NNN may not be able to successfully execute its acquisition or development strategies.
NNN may not be able to implement its investment strategies successfully. Additionally, NNN cannot assure that its Property Portfolio will expand at all, or if it will expand at any specified rate or to any specified size. In addition, investment in additional real estate assets is subject to a number of risks. Because NNN expects to invest in markets other than the ones in which its current Properties are located or properties which may be leased to tenants other than those to which NNN has historically leased properties, NNN will also be subject to the risks associated with investment in new markets or with new tenants that may be relatively unfamiliar to NNN’s management team.
NNN’s development activities are subject to, without limitation, risks relating to the availability and timely receipt of zoning and other regulatory approvals, the cost and timely completion of construction (including risks from factors beyond NNN’s control, such as weather or labor conditions or material shortages), the risk of finding tenants for the properties and the ability to obtain both construction and permanent financing on favorable terms. These risks could result in substantial unanticipated delays or expenses and, under certain circumstances, could prevent completion of development activities once undertaken or provide a tenant the opportunity to reduce rent or terminate a lease. Any of these situations may delay or eliminate proceeds or cash flows NNN expects from these projects, which could have an adverse effect on NNN’s financial condition.
NNN may not be able to dispose of properties consistent with its operating strategy.
NNN may be unable to sell properties targeted for disposition due to adverse market conditions. This may adversely affect, among other things, NNN’s ability to sell under favorable terms, execute its operating strategy, achieve target earnings or returns, retire or repay debt or pay dividends.
NNN may suffer a loss in the event of a default of or bankruptcy of a borrower or a tenant.
As of December 31, 2016, mortgages and notes receivables had an outstanding principal balance of $1,252,000. If a borrower defaults on a mortgage or other loan made by NNN, and does not have sufficient assets to satisfy the loan, NNN may suffer a loss of principal and interest. In the event of the bankruptcy of a borrower, NNN may not be able to recover against all or any of the assets of the borrower, or the collateral may not be sufficient to satisfy the balance due on the loan. In addition, certain of NNN’s loans may be subordinate to other debt of a borrower. These investments are typically loans secured by a borrower’s pledge of its ownership interests in the entity that owns the real estate or other assets and are typically subordinated to senior loans encumbering the underlying real estate or assets. Subordinated positions are generally subject to a higher risk of nonpayment of principal and interest than the more senior loans. If a borrower defaults on the debt senior to NNN’s loan, or in the event of the bankruptcy of a borrower, NNN’s loan will be satisfied only after the borrower’s senior creditors’ claims are satisfied. Where debt senior to NNN’s loans exists, the presence of intercreditor arrangements may limit NNN’s ability to amend loan documents, assign the loans, accept prepayments, exercise remedies and control decisions made in bankruptcy proceedings relating to borrowers. Bankruptcy proceedings and litigation can significantly increase the time needed for NNN to acquire underlying collateral, if any, in the event of a default, during which time the collateral may decline in value. In addition, there are significant costs and delays associated with the foreclosure process.

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Certain provisions of NNN’s leases or loan agreements may be unenforceable.
NNN’s rights and obligations with respect to its leases, mortgage loans or other loans are governed by written agreements. A court could determine that one or more provisions of such an agreement are unenforceable, such as a particular remedy, a master lease covenant, a loan prepayment provision or a provision governing NNN’s security interest in the underlying collateral of a borrower or lessee. NNN could be adversely impacted if this were to happen with respect to an asset or group of assets.
Property ownership through joint ventures and partnerships could limit NNN’s control of those investments.
Joint ventures or partnerships involve risks not otherwise present for direct investments by NNN. It is possible that NNN’s co-venturers or partners may have different interests or goals than NNN at any time and they may take actions contrary to NNN’s requests, policies or objectives, including NNN’s policy with respect to maintaining its qualification as a REIT. Other risks of joint venture or partnership investments include impasses on decisions because in some instances no single co-venturer or partner has full control over the joint venture or partnership, respectively, or the co-venturer or partner may become insolvent, bankrupt or otherwise unable to contribute to the joint venture or partnership, respectively. Further, disputes may develop with a co-venturer or partner over decisions affecting the property, joint venture or partnership that may result in litigation, arbitration or some other form of dispute resolution.
Competition from numerous other REITs, commercial developers, real estate limited partnerships and other investors may impede NNN’s ability to grow.
NNN may not complete suitable property acquisitions or developments on advantageous terms, if at all, due to competition for such properties with others engaged in real estate investment activities or lack of properties for sale on terms deemed acceptable to NNN. NNN’s inability to successfully acquire or develop new properties may affect NNN’s ability to achieve anticipated return on investment or realize its investment strategy, which could have an adverse effect on its results of operations.
NNN's loss of key management personnel could adversely affect performance and the value of its securities.
NNN is dependent on the efforts of its key management. Competition for senior management personnel can be intense and NNN may not be able to retain its key management. Although NNN believes qualified replacements could be found for any departures of key management, the loss of their services could adversely affect NNN's performance and the value of its securities.
On September 29, 2016, NNN announced that, as the culmination of its long-term executive succession planning process, Craig Macnab, Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and Chairman of NNN's Board of Directors, will retire as CEO and step down as Chairman and a member of NNN's Board of Directors effective April 28, 2017. Julian E. (“Jay”) Whitehurst, currently President and Chief Operating Officer, will assume the role of President and CEO as of April 28, 2017.
Uninsured losses may adversely affect NNN’s operating results and asset values.
The Properties are generally covered by comprehensive liability, fire, and extended insurance coverage. NNN believes that the insurance carried on its Properties is adequate and in accordance with industry standards. There are, however, types of losses (such as from hurricanes, floods, earthquakes or other types of natural disasters or wars or other acts of violence) which may be uninsurable, self-insured by tenants, or the cost of insuring against these losses may not be economically justifiable in the opinion of tenants or NNN. If an uninsured loss occurs or a loss exceeds policy limits, NNN could lose both its invested capital and anticipated revenues from the property, thereby reducing NNN’s cash flow and asset value.
Acts of violence, terrorist attacks or war may affect the markets in which NNN operates and NNN’s results of operations.
Terrorist attacks or other acts of violence may negatively affect NNN’s operations. There can be no assurance that there will not be terrorist attacks against businesses within the United States. These attacks may directly or indirectly impact NNN’s physical facilities or the businesses or the financial condition of its tenants, developers, borrowers, lenders or financial institutions with which NNN has a relationship. The United States is engaged in armed conflict, which could have an impact on these parties. The consequences of armed conflict are unpredictable, and NNN may not be able to foresee events that could have an adverse effect on its business or be insured for such.
More generally, any of these events or threats of these events could cause consumer confidence and spending to decrease or result in increased volatility in the United States and worldwide financial markets and economies. They also could result in, or

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cause a deepening of, economic recession in the United States or abroad. Any of these occurrences could have an adverse impact on NNN’s financial condition or results of operations.
Vacant properties or bankrupt tenants or borrowers could adversely affect NNN’s business or financial condition.
As of December 31, 2016, NNN owned 27 vacant, un-leased Properties, which accounted for approximately one percent of total Properties held in the Property Portfolio. NNN is actively marketing these properties for sale or lease but may not be able to sell or lease these properties on favorable terms or at all. The lost revenues and increased property expenses resulting from the rejection by any bankrupt tenant of any of their respective leases with NNN could have a material adverse effect on the liquidity and results of operations of NNN if NNN is unable to re-lease the Properties at comparable rental rates and in a timely manner. As of January 31, 2017, less than one percent of the total gross leasable area of the Property Portfolio was leased to tenants that have filed a voluntary petition for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and have the right to reject or affirm their leases with NNN.
The amount of debt NNN has and the restrictions imposed by that debt could adversely affect NNN’s business and financial condition.
As of December 31, 2016, NNN had outstanding debt including mortgages payable of $13,878,000, total unsecured notes payable of $2,297,811,000 and zero outstanding on the Credit Facility. NNN’s organizational documents do not limit the level or amount of debt that it may incur. If NNN incurs additional indebtedness and permits a higher degree of leverage, debt service requirements would increase and could adversely affect NNN’s financial condition and results of operations, as well as NNN’s ability to pay principal and interest on the outstanding indebtedness or cash dividends to its stockholders. In addition, increased leverage could increase the risk that NNN may default on its debt obligations.
The amount of debt outstanding at any time could have important consequences to NNN’s stockholders. For example, it could:
require NNN to dedicate a substantial portion of its cash flow from operations to payments on its debt, thereby reducing funds available for operations, real estate investments and other business opportunities that may arise in the future,
increase NNN’s vulnerability to general adverse economic and industry conditions,
limit NNN’s ability to obtain any additional financing it may need in the future for working capital, debt refinancing, capital expenditures, real estate investments, development or other general corporate purposes,
make it difficult to satisfy NNN’s debt service requirements,
limit NNN’s ability to pay dividends in cash on its outstanding common and preferred stock,
limit NNN’s flexibility in planning for, or reacting to, changes in its business and the factors that affect the profitability of its business, and
limit NNN’s flexibility in conducting its business, which may place NNN at a disadvantage compared to competitors with less debt or debt with less restrictive terms.
NNN’s ability to make scheduled payments of principal or interest on its debt, or to retire or refinance such debt will depend primarily on its future performance, which to a certain extent is subject to the creditworthiness of its tenants, competition, and economic, financial, and other factors beyond its control. There can be no assurance that NNN’s business will continue to generate sufficient cash flow from operations in the future to service its debt or meet its other cash needs. If NNN is unable to generate sufficient cash flow from its business, it may be required to refinance all or a portion of its existing debt, sell assets or obtain additional financing to meet its debt obligations and other cash needs.
NNN cannot assure stockholders that any such refinancing, sale of assets or additional financing would be possible or, if possible, on terms and conditions, including but not limited to the interest rate, which NNN would find acceptable or would not result in a material decline in earnings.

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NNN is obligated to comply with financial and other covenants in its debt instruments that could restrict its operating activities, and the failure to comply with such covenants could result in defaults that accelerate the payment of such debt.
As of December 31, 2016, NNN had approximately $2,311,689,000 of outstanding indebtedness, of which approximately $13,878,000 was secured indebtedness. NNN’s unsecured debt instruments contain various restrictive covenants which include, among others, provisions restricting NNN’s ability to:
incur or guarantee additional debt,
make certain distributions, investments and other restricted payments,
enter into transactions with certain affiliates,
create certain liens,
consolidate, merge or sell NNN’s assets, and
pre-pay debt.
NNN’s secured debt instruments generally contain customary covenants, including, among others, provisions:
requiring the maintenance of the property securing the debt,
restricting its ability to sell, assign or further encumber the properties securing the debt,
restricting its ability to incur additional debt on the property securing the debt,
restricting modifications to property improvements,
restricting its ability to amend or modify existing leases on the property securing the debt, and
establishing certain prepayment restrictions.
In addition, NNN’s debt instruments may contain cross-default provisions, in which case a default of NNN under one debt instrument will be a default of NNN under multiple or all debt instruments of NNN.
NNN’s ability to meet some of its debt covenants, including covenants related to the condition of the property or payment of real estate taxes, may be dependent on the performance by NNN’s tenants under their leases.
In addition, certain covenants in NNN’s debt instruments, including its Credit Facility, require NNN, among other things, to:
limit certain leverage ratios,
maintain certain minimum interest and debt service coverage ratios, and
limit investments in certain types of assets.
NNN’s failure to comply with certain of its debt covenants could result in defaults that accelerate the payment under such debt and limit the dividends paid to NNN’s common and preferred stockholders which would likely have a material adverse impact on NNN’s financial condition and results of operations. In addition, these defaults could impair its access to the debt and equity markets.
The market value of NNN’s equity and debt securities is subject to various factors that may cause significant fluctuations or volatility.
As with other publicly traded securities, the market price of NNN’s equity and debt securities depends on various factors, which may change from time-to-time and/or may be unrelated to NNN’s financial condition, operating performance or prospects that may cause significant fluctuations or volatility in such prices. These factors, among others, include:
general economic and financial market conditions,
level and trend of interest rates,
changes in government taxation or regulatory authorities,
NNN’s ability to access the capital markets to raise additional capital,
the issuance of additional equity or debt securities,
changes in NNN’s funds from operations or earnings estimates,
changes in NNN’s debt ratings or analyst ratings,
NNN’s financial condition and performance,
market perception of NNN compared to other REITs, and
market perception of REITs compared to other investment sectors.

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NNN’s failure to qualify as a REIT for federal income tax purposes could result in significant tax liability.
NNN intends to operate in a manner that will allow NNN to continue to qualify as a REIT. NNN believes it has been organized as, and its past and present operations qualify NNN as a REIT. However, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) could successfully assert that NNN is not qualified as such. In addition, NNN may not remain qualified as a REIT in the future. Qualification as a REIT involves the application of highly technical and complex provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) for which there are only limited judicial or administrative interpretations and involves the determination of various factual matters and circumstances not entirely within NNN’s control. Furthermore, new tax legislation, administrative guidance or court decisions, in each instance potentially with retroactive effect, could make it more difficult or impossible for NNN to qualify as a REIT or avoid significant tax liability.
If NNN fails to qualify as a REIT, it would not be allowed a deduction for dividends paid to stockholders in computing taxable income and would become subject to federal income tax at regular corporate rates. In this event, NNN could be subject to potentially significant tax liabilities and penalties. Unless entitled to relief under certain statutory provisions, NNN would also be disqualified from treatment as a REIT for the four taxable years following the year during which the qualification was lost.
Even if NNN remains qualified as a REIT, NNN faces other tax liabilities that reduce operating results and cash flow.
Even if NNN remains qualified for taxation as a REIT, NNN is subject to certain federal, state and local taxes on its income and assets, including taxes on any undistributed income, tax on income from some activities conducted as a result of a foreclosure, and state or local income, property and transfer taxes. Any of these taxes would decrease earnings and cash available for distribution to stockholders. In addition, in order to meet the REIT qualification requirements, NNN has owned some of its assets in the TRS.
Adverse legislative or regulatory tax changes could reduce NNN’s earnings and cash flow and the market value of NNN’s securities.
At any time, the federal and state income tax laws or the administrative interpretations of those laws may change. Any such changes may have current and retroactive effects, and could adversely affect NNN or its stockholders. Legislation could cause shares in non-REIT corporations to be a more attractive investment to individual investors than shares in REITs, and could have an adverse effect on the value of NNN’s securities.
Compliance with REIT requirements, including distribution requirements, may limit NNN’s flexibility and may negatively affect NNN’s operating decisions.
To maintain its status as a REIT for U.S. federal income tax purposes, NNN must meet certain requirements on an on-going basis, including requirements regarding its sources of income, the nature and diversification of its assets, the amounts NNN distributes to its stockholders and the ownership of its shares. NNN may also be required to make distributions to its stockholders when it does not have funds readily available for distribution or at times when NNN’s funds are otherwise needed to fund expenditures or debt service requirements. NNN generally will not be subject to federal income taxes on amounts distributed to stockholders, so long as it distributes 100 percent of its REIT taxable income and meets certain other requirements for qualifying as a REIT. For each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 2016, NNN believes it has qualified as a REIT. Notwithstanding NNN’s qualification for taxation as a REIT, NNN is subject to certain state taxes on its income and real estate.
Changes in accounting pronouncements could adversely impact NNN’s or NNN’s tenants’ reported financial performance.
Accounting policies and methods are fundamental to how NNN records and reports its financial condition and results of operations. From time to time the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and the Commission, who create and interpret appropriate accounting standards, may change the financial accounting and reporting standards or their interpretation and application of these standards that govern the preparation of NNN’s financial statements. These changes could have a material impact on NNN’s reported financial condition and results of operations. In some cases, NNN could be required to apply a new or revised standard retroactively, resulting in restating prior period financial statements. Similarly, these changes could have a material impact on NNN’s tenants’ reported financial condition or results of operations and affect their preferences regarding leasing real estate.
NNN’s failure to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting could have a material adverse effect on its business, operating results and the market value of NNN's securities.
Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 requires annual management assessments of the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. If NNN fails to maintain the adequacy of its internal control over financial reporting, as such standards may be modified, supplemented or amended from time to time, NNN may not be able to ensure that it can

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conclude on an ongoing basis that it has effective internal control over financial reporting in accordance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Moreover, effective internal control over financial reporting, particularly those related to revenue recognition, are necessary for NNN to produce reliable financial reports and to maintain its qualification as a REIT and are important in helping to prevent financial fraud. If NNN cannot provide reliable financial reports or prevent fraud, its business and operating results could be harmed, REIT qualification could be jeopardized, investors could lose confidence in the Company’s reported financial information, the company's access to capital could be impaired, and the trading price of NNN’s shares could drop significantly.
NNN’s ability to pay dividends in the future is subject to many factors.
NNN’s ability to pay dividends may be impaired if any of the risks described in this section were to occur. In addition, payment of NNN’s dividends depends upon NNN’s earnings, financial condition, maintenance of NNN’s REIT status and other factors as NNN’s Board of Directors may deem relevant from time to time.
Cybersecurity risks and cyber incidents could adversely affect NNN's business, disrupt operations and expose NNN to liabilities to tenants, employees, capital providers, and other third parties.

Cyber incidents can result from deliberate attacks or unintentional events. These incidents can include, but are not limited to, gaining unauthorized access to digital systems for purposes of misappropriating assets or sensitive information, corrupting data, or causing operational disruption. The result of these incidents could include, but are not limited to, disrupted operations, misstated financial data, liability for stolen assets or information, increased cybersecurity protection costs, litigation and reputational damage adversely affecting customer or investor confidence. These cyber incidents could negatively impact NNN, NNN's tenants and/or the capital markets.
Future investment in international markets could subject NNN to additional risks.
If NNN expands its operating strategy to include investment in international markets, NNN could face additional risks, including foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, operational risks due to local economic and political conditions and laws and policies of the U.S. affecting foreign investment.

Item 1B.
Unresolved Staff Comments
None.

Item 2.
Properties
Please refer to Item 1. “Business.”

Item 3.
Legal Proceedings
In the ordinary course of its business, NNN is a party to various legal actions that management believes are routine in nature and incidental to the operation of the business of NNN. Management does not believe that any of these proceedings are material.

Item 4.
Mine Safety Disclosures

None.


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PART II

Item 5.
Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
The common stock of NNN currently is traded on the NYSE under the symbol “NNN.” Set forth below is a line graph comparing the cumulative total stockholder return on NNN’s common stock, based on the market price of the common stock and assuming reinvestment of dividends, with the FTSE National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts Equity Index (“NAREIT”) and the S&P 500 Index (“S&P”) for the five-year period commencing December 31, 2011 and ending December 31, 2016. The graph assumes an investment of $100 on December 31, 2011.
Comparison to Five-Year Cumulative Total Return
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Set forth below is a line graph comparing the cumulative total stockholder return on NNN’s common stock, based on the market price of the common stock and assuming reinvestment of dividends, with the FTSE National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts Equity Index (“NAREIT”) and the S&P 500 Index (“S&P”) for the ten-year period commencing December 31, 2006 and ending December 31, 2016. The graph assumes an investment of $100 on December 31, 2006.
Comparison to Ten-Year Cumulative Total Return
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For each calendar quarter and year indicated, the following table reflects respective high, low and closing sales prices for the common stock as quoted by the NYSE and the dividends paid per share in each such period.
2016
 
First
Quarter
 
Second
Quarter
 
Third
Quarter
 
Fourth
Quarter
 
Year
High
 
$
46.86

 
$
51.72

 
$
53.60

 
$
51.26

 
$
53.60

Low
 
38.29

 
43.52

 
47.76

 
39.86

 
38.29

Close
 
46.20

 
51.72

 
50.85

 
44.20

 
44.20

Dividends paid per share
 
0.435

 
0.435

 
0.455

 
0.455

 
1.780

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
High
 
$
44.43

 
$
42.11

 
$
38.91

 
$
40.37

 
$
44.43

Low
 
38.60

 
34.86

 
33.62

 
35.51

 
33.62

Close
 
40.97

 
35.01

 
36.27

 
40.05

 
40.05

Dividends paid per share
 
0.420

 
0.420

 
0.435

 
0.435

 
1.710

The following table presents the characterizations for tax purposes of such common stock dividends for the years ended December 31: 
 
2016
 
2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ordinary dividends
$
1.513705

 
85.0396
%
 
$
1.363294

 
79.7248
%
Qualified dividends

 

 
0.019005

 
1.1114
%
Capital gain

 

 
0.007806

 
0.4565
%
Unrecaptured Section 1250 Gain

 

 
0.011055

 
0.6465
%
Nontaxable distributions
0.266295

 
14.9604
%
 
0.308840

 
18.0608
%
 
$
1.780000

 
100.0000
%
 
$
1.710000

 
100.0000
%

NNN intends to pay regular quarterly dividends to its stockholders, although all future distributions will be declared and paid at the discretion of the Board of Directors and will depend upon cash generated by operating activities, NNN’s financial condition, capital requirements, annual distribution requirements under the REIT provisions of the Code and such other factors as the Board of Directors deems relevant.
In January 2017, NNN declared dividends payable to its stockholders of $66,780,000, or $0.455 per share, of common stock.
On January 31, 2017, there were 1,800 stockholders of record of NNN's common stock.

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Item 6.
Selected Financial Data
Historical Financial Highlights
(dollars in thousands, except per share data)
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
Gross revenues(1)
$
533,817

 
$
483,025

 
$
435,278

 
$
397,008

 
$
342,057

Earnings from continuing operations
212,324

 
187,511

 
179,777

 
154,006

 
132,388

Earnings including noncontrolling interests
239,506

 
197,961

 
191,170

 
160,085

 
141,937

Net earnings attributable to NNN
239,500

 
197,836

 
190,601

 
160,145

 
142,015

Total assets
6,334,151

 
5,460,044

 
4,915,551

 
4,445,308

 
3,980,210

Total debt
2,311,689

 
1,975,944

 
1,729,891

 
1,560,844

 
1,579,148

Total stockholders’ equity of NNN
3,916,799

 
3,342,134

 
3,082,515

 
2,777,045

 
2,296,285

Cash dividends declared to:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Common stockholders
257,007

 
228,699

 
204,157

 
189,107

 
167,495

Series C preferred stockholders

 

 

 

 
1,979

Series D preferred stockholders
19,047

 
19,047

 
19,047

 
19,047

 
15,449

Series E preferred stockholders
16,387

 
16,387

 
16,387

 
8,876

 

Series F preferred stockholders
3,189

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
144,176,224

 
133,998,674

 
124,257,558

 
118,204,148

 
106,965,156

Diluted
144,660,633

 
134,489,416

 
124,710,226

 
119,864,824

 
109,117,515

Per share information:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings from continuing operations:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
$
1.39

 
$
1.21

 
$
1.24

 
$
1.06

 
$
1.04

Diluted
1.38

 
1.20

 
1.24

 
1.05

 
1.02

Net earnings:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
1.39

 
1.21

 
1.24

 
1.11

 
1.13

Diluted
1.38

 
1.20

 
1.24

 
1.10

 
1.11

Cash dividends declared to:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Common stockholders
1.78

 
1.71

 
1.65

 
1.60

 
1.56

Series C preferred depositary stockholders

 

 

 

 
0.537760

Series D preferred depositary stockholders
1.656250

 
1.656250

 
1.656250

 
1.656250

 
1.343403

Series E preferred depositary stockholders
1.425000

 
1.425000

 
1.425000

 
0.771875

 

Series F preferred depositary stockholders
0.231111

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash flows provided by (used in):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating activities
$
415,337

 
$
341,095

 
$
296,733

 
$
274,421

 
$
228,130

Investing activities
(779,943
)
 
(644,544
)
 
(541,558
)
 
(568,040
)
 
(601,759
)
Financing activities
644,886

 
307,105

 
253,944

 
293,028

 
373,623

Funds from operations – available to common stockholders(2)
330,544

 
289,193

 
260,902

 
228,622

 
193,563

(1) 
Gross revenues include revenues from NNN’s continuing and discontinued operations. Prior to January 1, 2014, in accordance with FASB guidance on Accounting for the Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived Assets, NNN classified the revenues related to (i) all Properties which generated revenue that were sold and a leasehold interest which expired and (ii) all Properties which generated revenue and were held for sale at December 31, 2013, as discontinued operations. Effective January 1, 2014, NNN early adopted ASU 2014-08, “Presentation of Financial Statements (Topic 205) and Property, Plant, and Equipment (Topic 360): Reporting Discontinued Operations and Disclosures of Disposal of Components of an Entity.” Therefore, only disposals representing a strategic shift in operations are to be presented as discontinued operations. This requires the Company to continue to classify any Property disposal or Property classified as

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held for sale as of December 31, 2013, as discontinued operations prospectively. Therefore, the revenues and expenses related to these properties are presented as discontinued operations as of December 31, 2014. The Company has not classified any additional properties as discontinued operations subsequent to December 31, 2013.
(2) 
The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”) developed Funds from Operations (“FFO”) as a relative non-U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) financial measure of performance of a REIT in order to recognize that income-producing real estate historically has not depreciated on the basis determined under GAAP. FFO is defined by NAREIT and is used by NNN as follows: net earnings (computed in accordance with GAAP) plus depreciation and amortization of real estate assets, excluding gains (or losses) on the disposition of certain assets, any impairment charges on a depreciable real estate asset and NNN’s share of these items from NNN’s unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures.

Funds From Operations (FFO) Reconciliation
FFO is generally considered by industry analysts to be an appropriate measure of operating performance of real estate companies. FFO does not necessarily represent cash provided by operating activities in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered an alternative to net income as an indication of NNN’s operating performance or to cash flow as a measure of liquidity or ability to make distributions. Management considers FFO an appropriate measure of operating performance of an equity REIT because it primarily excludes the assumption that the value of the real estate assets diminishes
predictably over time, and because industry analysts have accepted it as an operating performance measure. NNN’s computation of FFO may differ from the methodology for calculating FFO used by other equity REITs, and therefore, may not be comparable to such other REITs.
The following table reconciles FFO to the most directly comparable GAAP measure, net earnings for the years ended December 31:
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
Net earnings available to common stockholders
$
200,877

 
$
162,402

 
$
155,167

 
$
132,222

 
$
121,489

Real estate depreciation and amortization:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Continuing operations
148,779

 
134,380

 
115,888

 
99,048

 
73,685

Discontinued operations

 

 
3

 
343

 
1,381

Joint venture real estate depreciation

 

 

 

 
112

Joint venture gain on disposition of real estate

 

 

 

 
(2,341
)
Gain on disposition of real estate, net of income tax and noncontrolling interests
(27,137
)
 
(10,397
)
 
(10,904
)
 
(5,442
)
 
(10,956
)
Impairment losses – depreciable real estate, net of recoveries and income tax
8,025

 
2,808

 
748

 
2,451

 
10,193

FFO available to common stockholders
$
330,544

 
$
289,193

 
$
260,902

 
$
228,622

 
$
193,563

For a discussion of material events affecting the comparability of the information reflected in the selected financial data, refer to “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.”


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Item 7.
Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with "Item 6. Selected Financial Data," and the consolidated financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, and the forward-looking disclaimer language in italics before "Item 1. Business."
The term "NNN" or the "Company" refers to National Retail Properties, Inc. and all of its consolidated subsidiaries. NNN may elect to treat certain subsidiaries as taxable real estate investment trust subsidiaries. These subsidiaries and their majority owned and controlled subsidiaries are collectively referred to as the "TRS." At the close of business on December 31, 2015, NNN elected to revoke its election to classify the TRS as taxable REIT subsidiaries ("TRS Revocation Election").
Overview
NNN, a Maryland corporation, is a fully integrated real estate investment trust ("REIT") formed in 1984. NNN's assets include: real estate assets and mortgages and notes receivable. NNN acquires, owns, invests in and develops properties that are leased primarily to retail tenants under long-term net leases and primarily held for investment ("Properties," "Property Portfolio," or individually a "Property").
NNN owned 2,535 Properties, with an aggregate gross leasable area of approximately 27,204,000 square feet, located in 48 states, with a weighted average remaining lease term of 11.6 years as of December 31, 2016. Approximately 99 percent of the Properties were leased as of December 31, 2016.
NNN’s management team focuses on certain key indicators to evaluate the financial condition and operating performance of NNN. The key indicators for NNN include items such as: the composition of the Property Portfolio (such as tenant, geographic and line of trade diversification), the occupancy rate of the Property Portfolio, certain financial performance ratios and profitability measures, and industry trends and performance compared to that of NNN.
NNN evaluates the creditworthiness of its current and prospective tenants. This evaluation includes reviewing available financial statements, store level financial performance, press releases, public credit ratings from major credit rating agencies, industry news publications and financial market data (debt and equity pricing). NNN also evaluates the tenant's business and operations, including periodically meeting with senior management of certain tenants.
NNN continues to maintain its diversification by tenant, geography and tenant’s line of trade. NNN’s largest lines of trade concentrations are the convenience store and restaurant (including full and limited service) sectors. These sectors represent a large part of the freestanding retail property marketplace and NNN’s management believes these sectors present attractive investment opportunities. The Property Portfolio is geographically concentrated in the south and southeast United States, which are regions of historically above-average population growth. Given these concentrations, any financial hardship within these sectors or geographic regions, respectively, could have a material adverse effect on the financial condition and operating performance of NNN.
As of the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014, the Property Portfolio has remained at least 99 percent leased. As of December 31, 2016, the average remaining lease term of the Property Portfolio was 11.6 years, which is consistent with the past three years, coupled with a net lease structure, provides enhanced probability of maintaining occupancy and operating earnings.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates
The preparation of NNN’s consolidated financial statements in conformance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses as well as other disclosures in the financial statements. On an ongoing basis, management evaluates its estimates and assumptions; however, actual results may differ from these estimates and assumptions, which in turn could have a material impact on NNN’s financial statements. A summary of NNN’s accounting policies and procedures are included in Note 1 of NNN’s consolidated financial statements. Management believes the following critical accounting policies, among others, affect its more significant estimates and assumptions used in the preparation of NNN’s consolidated financial statements.
Real Estate Portfolio.  NNN records the acquisition of real estate at cost, including acquisition and closing costs. The cost of properties developed or funded by NNN includes direct and indirect costs of construction, property taxes, interest and other miscellaneous costs incurred during the development period until the project is substantially complete and available for occupancy.

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Purchase Accounting for Acquisition of Real Estate Subject to a Lease.  In accordance with the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") guidance on business combinations, the fair value of the real estate acquired with in-place leases is allocated to the acquired tangible assets, consisting of land, building and tenant improvements, and identified intangible assets and liabilities, consisting of the value of above-market and below-market leases, value of in-place leases, and based in each case on their fair values. Acquisition and closing costs incurred on the acquisition of real estate with an in-place lease is expensed as incurred and recorded as real estate acquisition costs.
Impairment  –  Real Estate.  Based upon certain events or changes in circumstances, management periodically assesses its Properties for possible impairment whenever the carrying value of the asset, including accrued rental income, may not be recoverable through operations. Events or circumstances that may occur include significant changes in real estate market conditions or the ability of NNN to re-lease or sell properties that are vacant or become vacant in a reasonable period of time. Management evaluates whether an impairment in carrying value has occurred by comparing the estimated future cash flows (undiscounted and without interest charges), including the residual value of the real estate, with the carrying value of the individual asset. If an impairment is indicated, a loss will be recorded for the amount by which the carrying value of the asset exceeds its estimated fair value.
Real Estate – Held For Sale. Real estate held for sale is not depreciated and is recorded at the lower of cost or fair value, less costs to sell.
Commercial Mortgage Residual Interests, at Fair Value.  Commercial mortgage residual interests, classified as available for sale, are reported at their market values with unrealized gains and losses reported as other comprehensive income in stockholders’ equity. NNN recognizes the excess of all cash flows attributable to the commercial mortgage residual interests estimated at the acquisition/transaction date over the initial investment (the accretable yield) as interest income over the life of the beneficial interest using the effective yield method. Losses are considered other than temporary valuation impairments if and when there has been a change in the timing or amount of estimated cash flows, exclusive of changes in interest rates, that leads to a loss in value.
Revenue Recognition.  Rental revenues for properties under construction commence upon completion of construction of the leased asset and delivery of the leased asset to the tenant. Rental revenues for non-development real estate assets are recognized when earned in accordance with the FASB guidance on accounting for leases, based on the terms of the lease of the leased asset.
NNN's real estate is generally leased to tenants on a net lease basis, whereby the tenant is responsible for all operating expenses relating to the Property, generally including property taxes, insurance, maintenance, utilities, repairs and capital expenditures. The leases are accounted for using either the operating or the direct financing method. Such methods are described below:
Operating method  –  Properties with leases accounted for using the operating method are recorded at the cost of the real estate. Revenue is recognized as rentals are earned and expenses (including depreciation) are charged to operations as incurred. Buildings are depreciated on the straight-line method over their estimated useful lives. Leasehold interests are amortized on the straight-line method over the terms of their respective leases. When scheduled rental revenue varies during the lease term, income is recognized on a straight-line basis so as to produce a constant periodic rent over the term of the lease. Accrued rental income is the aggregate difference between the scheduled rents which vary during the lease term and the income recognized on a straight-line basis.
Direct financing method  –  Properties with leases accounted for using the direct financing method are recorded at their net investment (which at the inception of the lease generally represents the cost of the Property). Unearned income is deferred and amortized into income over the lease terms so as to produce a constant periodic rate of return on NNN’s net investment in the leases.
New Accounting Pronouncements.  Refer to Note 1 of the December 31, 2016, Consolidated Financial Statements.
Use of Estimates.  Additional critical accounting policies of NNN include management’s estimates and assumptions relating to the reporting of assets and liabilities, revenues and expenses and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities to prepare the consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Additional critical accounting policies include management’s estimates of the useful lives used in calculating depreciation expense relating to real estate assets, the recoverability of the carrying value of long-lived assets, including the commercial mortgage residual interests, and the collectibility of receivables from tenants, including accrued rental income. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

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Results of Operations
Property Analysis
General.  The following table summarizes the Property Portfolio as of December 31:
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
Properties Owned:
 
 
 
 
 
Number
2,535

 
2,257

 
2,054

Total gross leasable area (square feet)
27,204,000

 
24,964,000

 
22,479,000

Properties:
 
 
 
 
 
Leased and unimproved land
2,508

 
2,236

 
2,025

Percent of Properties – leased and unimproved land
99
%
 
99
%
 
99
%
Weighted average remaining lease term (years)
11.6

 
11.4

 
11.6

Total gross leasable area (square feet) – leased
26,700,000

 
24,544,000

 
21,938,000


The following table summarizes the lease expirations, assuming none of the tenants exercise renewal options, of the Property Portfolio for each of the next 10 years and then thereafter in the aggregate as of December 31, 2016:
 
 
 
% of
Annual
Base Rent(1)
 
# of
Properties
 
Gross
Leasable
Area(2)
 
 
 
% of
Annual
Base Rent(1)
 
# of
Properties
 
Gross
Leasable
Area(2)
2017
 
1.2%
 
27
 
502,000

 
2023
 
2.5%
 
85
 
1,014,000

2018
 
3.2%
 
90
 
1,153,000

 
2024
 
2.6%
 
50
 
883,000

2019
 
3.0%
 
76
 
1,122,000

 
2025
 
5.0%
 
132
 
1,116,000

2020
 
3.8%
 
132
 
1,571,000

 
2026
 
6.0%
 
181
 
1,830,000

2021
 
4.4%
 
122
 
1,320,000

 
Thereafter
 
62.2%
 
1,495
 
14,733,000

2022
 
6.1%
 
111
 
1,456,000

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1) 
Based on the annualized base rent for all leases in place as of December 31, 2016.
(2) 
Approximate square feet.
The following table summarizes the diversification of the Property Portfolio based on the top 10 lines of trade:
 
 
 
 
 
% of Annual Base Rent(1)
 
 
Top 10 Lines of Trade
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
1.
 
Convenience stores
 
16.9%
 
16.7%
 
18.0%
2.
 
Restaurants - full service
 
11.8%
 
11.0%
 
9.1%
3.
 
Restaurants - limited service
 
7.5%
 
7.2%
 
6.5%
4.
 
Automotive service
 
6.6%
 
7.0%
 
7.2%
5.
 
Family entertainment centers
 
5.8%
 
5.6%
 
5.1%
6.
 
Health and fitness
 
5.7%
 
3.8%
 
3.9%
7.
 
Theaters
 
4.9%
 
5.2%
 
5.2%
8.
 
Automotive parts
 
3.9%
 
4.2%
 
4.7%
9.
 
Recreational vehicle dealers, parts and accessories
 
3.4%
 
3.6%
 
3.1%
10.
 
Banks
 
3.1%
 
3.4%
 
3.7%
 
 
Other
 
30.4%
 
32.3%
 
33.5%
 
 
 
 
100.0%
 
100.0%
 
100.0%
(1) 
Based on annualized base rent for all leases in place as of December 31 of the respective year.

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The following table summarizes the diversification of the Property Portfolio by state as of December 31, 2016:
 
 
 
State
 
# of Properties     
 
% of Annual Base Rent(1)
1.
 
Texas
 
448
 
18.4%
2.
 
Florida
 
197
 
9.1%
3.
 
Illinois
 
132
 
5.7%
4.
 
Ohio
 
165
 
5.7%
5.
 
North Carolina
 
134
 
4.7%
6.
 
Georgia
 
118
 
4.3%
7.
 
Indiana
 
118
 
4.2%
8.
 
Virginia
 
88
 
3.5%
9.
 
Alabama
 
101
 
3.0%
10.
 
Tennessee
 
77
 
2.8%
 
 
Other
 
957
 
38.6%
 
 
 
 
2,535
 
100.0%
(1) 
Based on annualized base rent for all leases in place as of December 31, 2016.

Property Acquisitions.  The following table summarizes the Property acquisitions for each of the years ended December 31 (dollars in thousands):
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
Acquisitions:
 
 
 
 
 
Number of Properties
313

 
221

 
221

Gross leasable area (square feet)
2,734,000

 
2,706,000

 
2,417,000

Initial cash yield
6.9
%
 
7.2
%
 
7.5
%
Total dollars invested(1)
$
846,906

 
$
726,303

 
$
618,145

(1) 
Includes dollars invested in projects under construction or tenant improvements for each respective year.
NNN typically funds Property acquisitions either through borrowings under NNN's unsecured revolving credit facility (the "Credit Facility") or by issuing its debt or equity securities in the capital markets.
Property Dispositions.  The following table summarizes the Properties sold by NNN for each of the years ended December 31 (dollars in thousands):
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
Number of properties
38

 
19

 
27

Gross leasable area (square feet)
490,000

 
232,000

 
317,000

Net sales proceeds
$
103,215

 
$
39,116

 
$
55,378

Gain, net of income tax expense(1)
$
27,182

 
$
10,450

 
$
11,424

Cap rate
6.8
%
 
5.9
%
 
7.2
%
(1) Amounts include deferred gains on previously sold properties.
NNN typically uses the proceeds from a Property disposition to either pay down the Credit Facility or reinvest in real estate.

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Analysis of Revenue from Continuing Operations
General.  During the year ended December 31, 2016, NNN’s rental income increased primarily due to the increase in rental income from Property acquisitions (See "Results of Operations – Property Analysis – Property Acquisitions"). NNN anticipates increases in rental income will continue to come from additional Property acquisitions and increases in rents pursuant to existing lease terms.
The following summarizes NNN’s revenues from continuing operations (dollars in thousands):
 
 
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
 
Percent of Total
 
2016
Versus
2015
Percent
 
2015
Versus
2014
Percent
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
 
 
Rental Income(1)
 
$
515,954

 
$
465,282

 
$
416,842

 
96.7
%
 
96.3
%
 
95.9
%
 
10.9
 %
 
11.6
 %
 
Real estate expense reimbursement from tenants
 
14,984

 
14,868

 
13,875

 
2.8
%
 
3.1
%
 
3.2
%
 
0.8
 %
 
7.2
 %
 
Interest and other income from real estate transactions
 
1,032

 
988

 
2,326

 
0.2
%
 
0.2
%
 
0.5
%
 
4.5
 %
 
(57.5
)%
 
Interest income on commercial mortgage residual interests
 
1,677

 
1,778

 
1,834

 
0.3
%
 
0.4
%
 
0.4
%
 
(5.7
)%
 
(3.1
)%
 
Total revenues from continuing operations
 
$
533,647

 
$
482,916

 
$
434,877

 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
10.5
 %
 
11.0
 %
(1) 
Includes rental income from operating leases, earned income from direct financing leases and percentage rent from continuing operations ("Rental Income").
Comparison of Revenues from Continuing Operations – 2016 versus 2015
Rental Income.  Rental Income increased in amount and as a percent of the total revenues from continuing operations for the year ended December 31, 2016 as compared to the same period in 2015. The increase for the year ended December 31, 2016, is primarily due to a partial year of Rental Income received as a result of the acquisition of 313 properties with aggregate gross leasable area of approximately 2,734,000 during 2016 and a full year of Rental Income received as a result of the acquisition of 221 properties with a gross leasable area of approximately 2,706,000 square feet in 2015.
Comparison of Revenues from Continuing Operations – 2015 versus 2014
Rental Income.  Rental Income increased in amount and as a percent of the total revenues from continuing operations for the year ended December 31, 2015 as compared to the same period in 2014. The increase for the year ended December 31, 2015, is primarily due to a partial year of Rental Income received as a result of the acquisition of 221 properties with aggregate gross leasable area of approximately 2,706,000 during 2015 and a full year of Rental Income received as a result of the acquisition of 221 properties with a gross leasable area of approximately 2,417,000 square feet in 2014. During the year ended December 31, 2015, NNN recorded $1,950,000 of rental revenue from a settlement with a prior tenant.
Real Estate Expense Reimbursement from Tenants.  Real estate expense reimbursements from tenants increased for the year ended December 31, 2015, as compared to the same period in 2014, but decreased as a percentage of total revenues from continuing operations for the same period. The increase is primarily attributable to a full year of reimbursements from properties acquired in 2014 and a partial year of reimbursements from certain newly acquired properties in 2015.


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Analysis of Expenses from Continuing Operations
General.  Operating expenses from continuing operations increased primarily due to an increase in depreciation expense and an increase in impairments during the year ended December 31, 2016, as compared to the same period in 2015. The following summarizes NNN’s expenses from continuing operations (dollars in thousands):
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
General and administrative
$
36,508

 
$
34,736

 
$
32,518

Real estate
20,852

 
19,776

 
18,935

Depreciation and amortization
149,101

 
134,798

 
116,162

Impairment – commercial mortgage residual interests valuation
6,830

 
531

 
256

Impairment losses – real estate and other charges, net of recoveries
11,287

 
4,420

 
760

Total operating expenses
$
224,578

 
$
194,261

 
$
168,631

 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest and other income
$
(170
)
 
$
(109
)
 
$
(357
)
Interest expense
96,352

 
90,008

 
85,510

Real estate acquisition costs
563

 
927

 
1,391

Total other expenses (revenues)
$
96,745

 
$
90,826

 
$
86,544

 
 
 
Percentage of Total Expenses
 
Percentage of
Revenues from
Continuing Operations
 
2016
Versus
2015
Percent
 
2015
Versus
2014
Percent
 
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
 
General and administrative
 
16.3
 %
 
17.9
 %
 
19.3
 %
 
6.9
%
 
7.2
 %
 
7.5
 %
 
5.1
 %
 
6.8
 %
 
Real estate
 
9.3
 %
 
10.2
 %
 
11.2
 %
 
3.9
%
 
4.1
 %
 
4.3
 %
 
5.4
 %
 
4.4
 %
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
66.4
 %
 
69.4
 %
 
68.9
 %
 
27.9
%
 
27.9
 %
 
26.7
 %
 
10.6
 %
 
16.0
 %
 
Impairment – commercial mortgage residual interests valuation
 
3.0
 %
 
0.3
 %
 
0.2
 %
 
1.3
%
 
0.1
 %
 
0.1
 %
 
1,186.3
 %
 
107.4
 %
 
Impairment losses – real estate and other charges, net of recoveries
 
5.0
 %
 
2.2
 %
 
0.4
 %
 
2.1
%
 
0.9
 %
 
0.2
 %
 
155.4
 %
 
481.6
 %
 
Total operating expenses
 
100.0
 %
 
100.0
 %
 
100.0
 %
 
42.1
%
 
40.2
 %
 
38.8
 %
 
15.6
 %
 
15.2
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest and other income
 
(0.2
)%
 
(0.1
)%
 
(0.4
)%
 

 

 
(0.1
)%
 
56.0
 %
 
(69.5
)%
 
Interest expense
 
99.6
 %
 
99.1
 %
 
98.8
 %
 
18.1
%
 
18.6
 %
 
19.7
 %
 
7.0
 %
 
5.3
 %
 
Real estate acquisition costs
 
0.6
 %
 
1.0
 %
 
1.6
 %
 
0.1
%
 
0.2
 %
 
0.3
 %
 
(39.3
)%
 
(33.4
)%
 
Total other expenses (revenues)
 
100.0
 %
 
100.0
 %
 
100.0
 %
 
18.2
%
 
18.8
 %
 
19.9
 %
 
6.5
 %
 
4.9
 %
 

Comparison of Expenses from Continuing Operations – 2016 versus 2015
General and Administrative Expenses.  General and administrative expenses increased for the year ended December 31, 2016, as compared to the same period in 2015, but decreased both as a percentage of total operating expenses and as a percentage of revenues from continuing operations. The increase in general and administrative expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016, is primarily attributable to an increase in personnel costs.
Real Estate.  Real estate expenses increased for the year ended December 31, 2016, as compared to the same period in 2015, but decreased both as a percentage of total operating expenses and as a percentage of revenues from continuing operations. The increase is primarily due to the increase in tenant reimbursable and non-reimbursable expenses related to a partial year of reimbursable and non-reimbursable expenses from certain properties acquired in 2016 and a full year of reimbursable and non-reimbursable expenses from certain properties acquired in 2015.
Depreciation and Amortization.  Depreciation and amortization expenses increased in amount, decreased as a percentage of total operating expenses and remained flat as a percentage of revenues from continuing operations for the year ended December 31, 2016, as compared to the year ended December 31, 2015. The increase in expenses is primarily due to the

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acquisition of 313 properties with an aggregate gross leasable area of approximately 2,734,000 square feet in 2016 and 221 properties with an aggregate gross leasable area of approximately 2,706,000 square feet during 2015.
Impairment – Commercial Mortgage Residual Interests Valuation.  As of December 31, 2015, NNN held the commercial mortgage residual interests (“Residuals”) from seven loan securitizations. In 2016, the loan servicer of five of the securitizations exercised its clean-up call option. The clean-up call allowed the servicer to purchase all of the trusts’ assets, thereby terminating future cash distributions payable to NNN as the holder of these residual interests. Unrealized gains and losses are reported as other comprehensive income in stockholders' equity and other than temporary valuation impairment. As of December 31, 2016, the remaining two Residuals are recorded at fair value. During the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014, NNN recorded other than temporary valuation impairments as a reduction of earnings from operations of $6,830,000, $531,000 and $256,000. The other than temporary valuation impairment recorded during the year ended December 31, 2016 related primarily to the execution of the clean-up call option on the five securitizations.
Impairment Losses – Real Estate and Other Charges, Net of Recoveries.  NNN reviews long-lived assets for impairment whenever certain events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of the asset may not be recoverable. Events or circumstances that may occur include changes in real estate market conditions, the ability of NNN to re-lease properties that are currently vacant or become vacant, and the ability to sell properties at a price that exceeds NNN's carrying value. Management evaluates whether an impairment in value has occurred by comparing the estimated undiscounted future cash flows, including the residual value of the real estate, with the carrying cost of the individual asset. If an impairment is indicated, a loss will be recorded for the amount by which the carrying value of the asset exceeds its fair value. During the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, NNN recorded $8,025,000 and $3,970,000, respectively, of real estate impairments. NNN also recorded a $3,269,000 loss on mortgages receivable for the year ended December 31, 2016, and a $450,000 loss on the sale of mortgages receivable during the year ended December 31, 2015.
Interest Expense.  Interest expense increased in total and as a percentage of total other expenses (revenues) for the year ended December 31, 2016, as compared to the same period in 2015, and decreased as a percentage of revenues from continuing operations.
The following represents the primary changes in debt that have impacted interest expense:
(i)
the issuance in October 2015 of $400,000,000 principal amount of notes payable with a maturity of November 2025, and stated interest rate of 4.000%,
(ii)
the repayment in December 2015 of $150,000,000 principal amount of notes payable with a stated interest rate of 6.150%,
(iii)
the repayment in January 2016 of $5,876,000 principal amount of mortgages payable with an interest rate of 5.750%,
(iv)
the repayment in March 2016 of $722,000 principal amount of mortgages payable with an interest rate of 6.900%,
(v)
the repayment in October 2016 of $2,709,000 principal amount of mortgages payable with an interest rate of 6.400%,
(vi)
the issuance in December 2016 of $350,000,000 principal amount of notes payable with a maturity of December 2026, and stated interest rate of 3.600%, and
(vii)
the decrease of $8,543,000 in the weighted average outstanding balance on the Credit Facility and a slightly higher weighted average interest rate for the year ended December 31, 2016, as compared to the same period in 2015.
Comparison of Expenses from Continuing Operations – 2015 versus 2014
General and Administrative Expenses.  General and administrative expenses increased for the year ended December 31, 2015, as compared to the same period in 2014, but decreased both as a percentage of total operating expenses and as a percentage of revenues from continuing operations. The increase in general and administrative expenses for the year ended December 31, 2015, is primarily attributable to an increase in incentive compensation.
Real Estate.  Real estate expenses increased for the year ended December 31, 2015, as compared to the same period in 2014, but decreased both as a percentage of total operating expenses and as a percentage of revenues from continuing operations. The increase is primarily due to the increase in tenant reimbursable expenses related to a partial year of reimbursable expenses from certain properties acquired in 2015 and a full year of reimbursable expenses from certain properties acquired in 2014.

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Depreciation and Amortization.  Depreciation and amortization expenses increased in amount and as a percentage of total operating expenses and as a percentage of revenues from continuing operations for the year ended December 31, 2015, as compared to the year ended December 31, 2014. The increase in expenses is primarily due to the acquisition of 221 properties with an aggregate gross leasable area of approximately 2,706,000 square feet in 2015 and 221 properties with an aggregate gross leasable area of approximately 2,417,000 square feet during 2014.
Impairment Losses – Real Estate and Other Charges, Net of Recoveries.  NNN reviews long-lived assets for impairment whenever certain events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of the asset may not be recoverable. Events or circumstances that may occur include changes in real estate market conditions, the ability of NNN to re-lease properties that are currently vacant or become vacant, and the ability to sell properties at a price that exceeds NNN's carrying value. Management evaluates whether an impairment in value has occurred by comparing the estimated undiscounted future cash flows, including the residual value of the real estate, with the carrying cost of the individual asset. If an impairment is indicated, a loss will be recorded for the amount by which the carrying value of the asset exceeds its fair value. During the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, NNN recorded $3,970,000 and $760,000, respectively, of real estate impairments. NNN also recorded a $450,000 loss on the sale of a mortgage receivable during the year ended December 31, 2015.
Interest Expense.  Interest expense increased in total and as a percentage of total other expenses (revenues) for the year ended December 31, 2015, as compared to the same period in 2014, and decreased as a percentage of revenues from continuing operations.
The following represents the primary changes in debt that have impacted interest expense:
(i)
the issuance in May 2014 of $350,000,000 principal amount of notes payable with a maturity of June 2024, and stated interest rate of 3.900%,
(ii)
the repayment in June 2014 of $150,000,000 principal amount of notes payable with a stated interest rate of 6.250%,
(iii)
the assumption of a mortgage in September 2014 of $2,824,000 in connection with a Property acquisition with an interest rate of 6.400%,
(iv)
the assumption of a mortgage in November 2014 of $14,430,000 in connection with the acquisition of Properties with an interest rate of 5.230%,
(v)
the issuance in October 2015 of $400,000,000 principal amount of notes payable with a maturity of November 2025, and stated interest rate of 4.000%,
(vi)
the repayment in December 2015 of $150,000,000 principal amount of notes payable with a stated interest rate of 6.150%, and
(vii)
the increase of $22,092,000 in the weighted average debt outstanding on the Credit Facility for the year ended December 31, 2015, as compared to the same period in 2014, and a slightly lower weighted average interest rate for the year ended December 31, 2015, as compared to the same period in 2014.

Impact of Inflation
NNN’s leases typically contain provisions to mitigate the adverse impact of inflation on NNN’s results of operations. Tenant leases generally provide for limited increases in rent as a result of fixed increases, increases in the consumer price index, and/or, to a lesser extent, increases in the tenant’s sales volume. During times when inflation is greater than increases in rent, rent increases will not keep up with the rate of inflation.
Properties are leased to tenants under long-term, net leases which typically require the tenant to pay certain operating expenses for a Property, thus, NNN’s exposure to inflation is reduced with respect to these expenses. Inflation may have an adverse impact on NNN’s tenants.

Liquidity
General.  NNN’s demand for funds has been and will continue to be primarily for (i) payment of operating expenses and cash dividends; (ii) Property acquisitions and development; (iii)  capital expenditures; (iv) payment of principal and interest on its outstanding indebtedness; and (v) other investments.
NNN expects to meet short-term liquidity requirements through cash provided from operations and NNN’s Credit Facility. As of December 31, 2016, there was no outstanding balance and $650,000,000 was available for future borrowings under the

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Credit Facility, excluding undrawn letters of credit totaling $230,000. NNN anticipates its long-term capital needs will be funded by the Credit Facility, cash provided from operations, the issuance of long-term debt or the issuance of common or preferred equity or other instruments convertible into or exchangeable for common or preferred equity. However, there can be no assurance that additional financing or capital will be available, or that the terms will be acceptable or advantageous to NNN.
Cash and Cash Equivalents.  NNN's cash and cash equivalents includes the aggregate of Cash and cash equivalents and Restricted cash and cash held in escrow from the Consolidated Balance Sheets. The table below summarizes NNN’s cash flows for each of the years ended December 31 (dollars in thousands):
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
Cash and cash equivalents:
 
 
 
 
 
Provided by operating activities
$
415,337

 
$
341,095

 
$
296,733

Used in investing activities
(779,943
)
 
(644,544
)
 
(541,558
)
Provided by financing activities
644,886

 
307,105

 
253,944

Increase
280,280

 
3,656

 
9,119

Net cash at beginning of year
14,260

 
10,604

 
1,485

Net cash at end of year
$
294,540

 
$
14,260

 
$
10,604

Cash provided by operating activities represents cash received primarily from Rental Income and interest income less cash used for general and administrative expenses. NNN’s cash flow from operating activities has been sufficient to pay the distributions for each period presented. The change in cash provided by operations for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014, is primarily the result of changes in revenues and expenses as discussed in “Results of Operations.” Cash generated from operations is expected to fluctuate in the future.
Changes in cash for investing activities are primarily attributable to acquisitions and dispositions of Properties. NNN typically uses proceeds from its Credit Facility to fund the acquisition of its Properties.
NNN’s financing activities for the year ended December 31, 2016, included the following significant transactions:
$334,103,000 in net proceeds from the issuance of 13,800,000 depositary shares representing interests in NNN's 5.200% Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (the "Series F Preferred Stock") in October,
$342,765,000 in net proceeds from the issuance of the 3.600% notes payable in December,
$8,340,000 in net proceeds from the issuance of 187,626 shares of common stock in connection with the Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan (“DRIP”),
$265,696,000 in net proceeds from the issuance of 5,716,222 shares of common stock in connection with the at-the-market ("ATM") equity program,
$19,047,000 in dividends paid to holders of the depositary shares of NNN’s Series D Preferred Stock,
$16,387,000 in dividends paid to holders of the depositary shares of NNN’s Series E Preferred Stock,
$3,189,000 in dividends paid to holders of the depositary shares of NNN’s Series F Preferred Stock, and
$257,007,000 in dividends paid to common stockholders.
Financing Strategy.  NNN’s financing objective is to manage its capital structure effectively in order to provide sufficient capital to execute its operating strategy while servicing its debt requirements, maintaining its investment grade credit rating, staggering debt maturities and providing value to NNN’s stockholders. NNN generally utilizes debt and equity security offerings, bank borrowings, proceeds from the disposition of certain properties, and to a lesser extent, internally generated funds to meet its capital needs.
NNN typically funds its short-term liquidity requirements, including investments in additional Properties, with cash from its Credit Facility. As of December 31, 2016, there was no outstanding balance and $650,000,000 was available for future borrowings under the Credit Facility, excluding undrawn letters of credit totaling $230,000.
As of December 31, 2016, NNN’s ratio of total debt to total gross assets (before accumulated depreciation and amortization) was approximately 30 percent and the ratio of secured indebtedness to total gross assets was less than one percent. The ratio of total debt to total market capitalization was approximately 22 percent. Certain financial agreements to which NNN is a party contain covenants that limit NNN’s ability to incur additional debt under certain circumstances. The organizational documents of NNN do not limit the absolute amount or percentage of indebtedness that NNN may incur. Additionally, NNN may change its financing strategy.

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Contractual Obligations and Commercial Commitments.  The information in the following table summarizes NNN’s contractual obligations and commercial commitments outstanding as of December 31, 2016. The table presents principal cash flows by year-end of the expected maturity for debt obligations and commercial commitments outstanding as of December 31, 2016.
 
Expected Maturity Date (dollars in thousands)
 
Total
 
2017
 
2018
 
2019
 
2020
 
2021
 
Thereafter
Long-term debt(1) 
$
2,338,452

 
$
250,510

 
$
538

 
$
567

 
$
596

 
$
300,630

 
$
1,785,611

Long-term debt – interest(2)
606,083

 
96,958

 
83,323

 
83,294

 
83,265

 
75,668

 
183,575

Operating lease
6,462

 
728

 
743

 
758

 
773

 
788

 
2,672

Total contractual cash obligations
$
2,950,997

 
$
348,196

 
$
84,604

 
$
84,619

 
$
84,634

 
$
377,086

 
$
1,971,858

(1) 
Includes only principal amounts outstanding under mortgages payable and notes payable and excludes unamortized mortgage premiums, note discounts and note costs.
(2) 
Interest calculation based on stated rate of the principal amount.
In addition to the contractual obligations outlined above, NNN has committed to fund construction commitments on 21 Properties. The improvements are estimated to be completed within 12 months. These construction commitments, at December 31, 2016, are outlined in the table below (dollars in thousands):
Total commitment(1)
 
$
114,206

Amount funded
 
$
54,782

Remaining commitment
 
$
59,424

(1)
Includes land, construction costs, tenant improvements and lease costs.
As of December 31, 2016, NNN did not have any other material contractual cash obligations, such as purchase obligations, financing lease obligations or other long-term liabilities other than those reflected in the table. In addition to items reflected in the table, NNN has issued preferred stock with cumulative preferential cash distributions, as described below under “Dividends.”
Management anticipates satisfying these obligations with a combination of NNN’s cash provided from operations, current capital resources on hand, its Credit Facility, debt or equity financings and asset dispositions.
Generally the Properties are leased under long-term net leases, which require the tenant to pay all property taxes and assessments, to maintain the interior and exterior of the property, and to carry property and liability insurance coverage. Therefore, management anticipates that capital demands to meet obligations with respect to these Properties will be modest for the foreseeable future and can be met with funds from operations and working capital. Certain of the Properties are subject to leases under which NNN retains responsibility for specific costs and expenses associated with the Property. Management anticipates the costs associated with the vacant Properties or those Properties that become vacant will also be met with funds from operations and working capital. NNN may be required to borrow under its Credit Facility or use other sources of capital in the event of significant capital expenditures.
The lost revenues and increased property expenses resulting from vacant Properties or uncollectibility of lease revenues could have a material adverse effect on the liquidity and results of operations if NNN is unable to re-lease the Properties at comparable rental rates and in a timely manner. As of December 31, 2016, NNN owned 27 vacant, un-leased Properties which accounted for approximately one percent of total Properties. Additionally, as of January 31, 2017, less than one percent of the total gross leasable area of the Property Portfolio was leased to tenants that have filed a voluntary petition for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. As a result, these tenants have the right to reject or affirm their leases with NNN.
Dividends.  NNN has made an election to be taxed as a REIT under Sections 856 through 860 of the Code, as amended, and related regulations and intends to continue to operate so as to remain qualified as a REIT for federal income tax purposes. NNN generally will not be subject to federal income tax on income that it distributes to its stockholders, provided that it distributes 100 percent of its REIT taxable income and meets certain other requirements for qualifying as a REIT. If NNN fails to qualify as a REIT in any taxable year, it will be subject to federal income tax on its taxable income at regular corporate rates and will not be permitted to qualify for treatment as a REIT for federal income tax purposes for the four years following the year during which qualification is lost. Such an event could materially adversely affect NNN’s income and ability to pay dividends.

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One of NNN’s primary objectives, consistent with its policy of retaining sufficient cash for reserves and working capital purposes and maintaining its status as a REIT, is to distribute a substantial portion of its funds available from operations to its stockholders in the form of dividends.
The following table outlines the dividends declared and paid for NNN's common stock for the years ended December 31 (dollars in thousands, except per share data):
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
 
Dividends
$
257,007

 
$
228,699

 
$
204,157

 
Per share
1.780

 
1.710

 
1.650

The following presents the characterizations for tax purposes of such common stock dividends for the years ended December 31:
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
Ordinary dividends
$
1.513705

 
85.0396
%
 
$
1.363294

 
79.7248
%
 
$
1.306992

 
79.2116
%
Qualified dividends

 

 
0.019005

 
1.1114
%
 
0.006212

 
0.3765
%
Capital gain

 

 
0.007806

 
0.4565
%
 
0.008603

 
0.5214
%
Unrecaptured Section 1250 Gain

 

 
0.011055

 
0.6465
%
 
0.015362

 
0.9310
%
Nontaxable distributions
0.266295

 
14.9604
%
 
0.308840

 
18.0608
%
 
0.312831

 
18.9595
%
 
$
1.780000

 
100.0000
%
 
$
1.710000

 
100.0000
%
 
$
1.650000

 
100.0000
%
On January 17, 2017, NNN declared a dividend of $0.455 per share, payable February 15, 2017 to its common stockholders of record as of January 31, 2017.
Holders of NNN’s preferred stock issuances are entitled to receive, when and as authorized by the Board of Directors, cumulative preferential cash distributions based on the stated rate and liquidation preference per annum. The following table outlines the dividends declared and paid for NNN's preferred stock for the years ended December 31 (dollars in thousands, except per share data):
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
Series D Preferred Stock(1):
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dividends
$
19,047

 
$
19,047

 
$
19,047

 
Per share
1.656250

 
1.656250

 
1.656250

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Series E Preferred Stock(2):
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dividends
16,387

 
16,387

 
16,387

 
Per share
1.425000

 
1.425000

 
1.425000

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Series F Preferred Stock(3):
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dividends
3,189

 

 

 
Per share
0.231111

 

 

(1) In January 2017, NNN called for redemption of all outstanding shares of its Series D Preferred Stock represented by depositary shares, each representing a 1/100th interest in a Series D Preferred Stock share. The depositary shares will be redeemed on February 23, 2017.
(2) The Series E Preferred Stock has no maturity date and will remain outstanding unless redeemed by NNN. The earliest redemption date for the Series E Preferred Stock is May 2018.
(3) The Series F Preferred Stock was issued October 11, 2016 and has no maturity date and will remain outstanding unless redeemed by NNN. The earliest redemption date for the Series F preferred stock is October 2021.

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The following presents the characterizations for tax purposes of such preferred stock dividends for the years ended December 31:
 
 
Ordinary dividends
 
Qualified dividends
 
Capital gain
 
Unrecaptured Section 1250 Gain
 
Totals
2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Percentage of Total
 
100.0000%
 

 

 

 
100.0000
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Series D
 
$1.656250
 

 

 

 
$
1.656250

Series E
 
$1.425000
 

 

 

 
$
1.425000

Series F(1)
 
$0.231111
 

 

 

 
$
0.231111

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Percentage of Total
 
97.2400
%
 
1.4134
%
 
0.5570
%
 
0.7896
%
 
100.0000
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Series D
 
$
1.610538

 
$
0.023409

 
$
0.009225

 
$
0.013078

 
$
1.656250

Series E
 
$
1.385670

 
$
0.020141

 
$
0.007937

 
$
0.011252

 
$
1.425000

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Percentage of Total
 
97.8035
%
 
0.4027
%
 
0.6440
%
 
1.1498
%
 
100.0000
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Series D
 
$
1.619870

 
$
0.006670

 
$
0.010666

 
$
0.019044

 
$
1.656250

Series E
 
$
1.393700

 
$
0.005738

 
$
0.009177

 
$
0.016385

 
$
1.425000

(1) The Series F Preferred Stock was issued in October 2016.
In January 2017, NNN called for redemption of all outstanding shares of its Series D Preferred Stock represented by depositary shares, each representing a 1/100th interest in a Series D Preferred Stock share. The depositary shares will be redeemed on February 23, 2017 at $25.00 per depositary share, plus all accrued and unpaid dividends through the redemption date, for an aggregate redemption price of $25.3128472 per depositary share. After the redemption date, dividends on the depositary shares representing interests in the Series D Preferred Stock shares will cease to accrue.

Capital Resources
Generally, cash needs for Property acquisitions, debt payments, capital expenditures, development and other investments have been funded by equity and debt offerings, bank borrowings, the sale of Properties and, to a lesser extent, by internally generated funds. Cash needs for operating and interest expenses and dividends have generally been funded by internally generated funds. If available, future sources of capital include proceeds from the public or private offering of NNN’s debt or equity securities, secured or unsecured borrowings from banks or other lenders, proceeds from the sale of Properties, as well as undistributed funds from operations.

Debt
The following is a summary of NNN’s total outstanding debt as of December 31 (dollars in thousands):
 
 
2016
 
Percentage
of Total
 
2015
 
Percentage
of Total
Mortgages payable
$
13,878

 
0.6
%
 
$
23,964

 
1.2
%
Notes payable
2,297,811

 
99.4
%
 
1,951,980

 
98.8
%
Total outstanding debt
$
2,311,689

 
100.0
%
 
$
1,975,944

 
100.0
%

Indebtedness.  NNN expects to use indebtedness primarily for property acquisitions and development of single-tenant retail properties, either directly or through investment interests. Additionally, indebtedness may be used to refinance existing indebtedness.

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Line of Credit Payable. NNN's $650,000,000 unsecured revolving credit facility (the “Credit Facility”) had a weighted average outstanding balance of $70,139,000 and a weighted average interest rate of 1.4% for the year ended December 31, 2016. The Credit Facility matures January 2019, with an option to extend maturity to January 2020. As of December 31, 2016, the Credit Facility bears interest at LIBOR plus 92.5 basis points; however, such interest rate may change pursuant to a tiered interest rate structure based on NNN's debt rating. The Credit Facility also includes an accordion feature to increase the facility size up to $1,000,000,000. As of December 31, 2016, there was no outstanding balance and $650,000,000 was available for future borrowings under the Credit Facility, excluding undrawn letters of credit totaling $230,000.
In accordance with the terms of the Credit Facility, NNN is required to meet certain restrictive financial covenants, which, among other things, require NNN to maintain certain (i) leverage ratios, (ii) debt service coverage, (iii) cash flow coverage, and (iv) investment limitations. At December 31, 2016, NNN was in compliance with those covenants. In the event that NNN violates any of these restrictive financial covenants, it could cause the indebtedness under the Credit Facility to be accelerated and may impair NNN’s access to the debt and equity markets and limit NNN’s ability to pay dividends to its common and preferred stockholders, each of which would likely have a material adverse impact on NNN’s financial condition and results of operations.

Mortgages Payable.    The following table outlines the mortgages payable included in NNN’s consolidated financial statements (dollars in thousands):
Entered(1)
 
Initial Balance
 
Interest
Rate
 
Maturity(2)
 
Carrying
Value of
Encumbered
Asset(s)(3) 
 
Outstanding Principal
Balance at December 31,
2016
 
2015
February 2004(6)
 
$
6,952

 
6.90%
 
January 2017
 
$

 
$

 
$
848