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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
 
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 8-K
 
CURRENT REPORT
 
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
 
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  January 31, 2018
  
AVALONBAY COMMUNITIES, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
 
Commission file number 1-12672
  
Maryland
 
77-0404318
 
(State or other jurisdiction of
 
(I.R.S. Employer 
 
incorporation or organization)
 
Identification No.)
 
 
Ballston Tower
671 N. Glebe Rd, Suite 800
Arlington, Virginia 22203
(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip code)
 
(703) 329-6300
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
 
 
(Former name, if changed since last report)
 

   
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Item 2.02.  Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
 
On January 31, 2018, AvalonBay Communities, Inc. issued a press release announcing its fourth quarter 2017 operating results. That release referred to certain attachments with supplemental information that were available on the Company's website. The full text of the press release, including the supplemental information and attachments referred to within the release, are furnished as Exhibit 99.1 and Exhibit 99.2 hereto.
 
Item 9.01.  Financial Statements and Exhibits.
 
(c)  Exhibits.
 
99.1
Press Release of AvalonBay Communities, Inc. dated January 31, 2018, including attachments.
 
 
99.2
Supplemental discussion of fourth quarter 2017 operating results dated January 31, 2018, including attachments.
 
 
 
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SIGNATURE
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be filed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
 
 
AVALONBAY COMMUNITIES, INC.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dated: January 31, 2018
By:
/s/ Kevin P. O’Shea
 
 
 
Kevin P. O’Shea
 
 
 
Chief Financial Officer






Exhibit Index
 
99.1

 
 
99.2




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Section 2: EX-99.1 (EXHIBIT 99.1)

Exhibit

Exhibit 99.1
392004538_avbpressreleaseheader1a08.jpgFor Immediate News Release
January 31, 2018


AVALONBAY COMMUNITIES, INC. ANNOUNCES
2017 OPERATING RESULTS, 3.5% DIVIDEND INCREASE
AND INITIAL 2018 FINANCIAL OUTLOOK


(Arlington, VA)  AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (NYSE: AVB) (the “Company”) reported today that Net Income Attributable to Common Stockholders for the three months ended December 31, 2017 was $237,573,000. This resulted in a decrease in Earnings per Share – diluted (“EPS”) of 2.3% to $1.72 for the three months ended December 31, 2017, from $1.76 for the prior year period.

Funds from Operations attributable to common stockholders - diluted (“FFO”) per share for the three months ended December 31, 2017 increased 4.3% to $2.18 from $2.09 for the prior year period. Core FFO per share (as defined in this release) for the three months ended December 31, 2017 increased 6.1% to $2.25 from $2.12 for the prior year period.

The following table compares the Company’s actual results for EPS, FFO per share and Core FFO per share for the three months ended December 31, 2017 to its results for the prior year period:
 
 
 Q4 2017 Results Compared to Q4 2016
 
 
 
 
 
Per Share
 
EPS
FFO
Core FFO
 
 
 
 
Q4 2016 per share reported results
$
1.76

$
2.09

$
2.12

Established and Redevelopment Community NOI
0.04

0.04

0.03

Development and Other Stabilized Community NOI
0.20

0.20

0.20

Capital markets activity (1)
(0.12
)
(0.12
)
(0.06
)
Joint venture income and management fees
(0.03
)
(0.03
)
(0.01
)
General and administrative expense and other
(0.04
)
(0.04
)
(0.04
)
Casualty gain, net
0.04

0.04

0.01

Gain on sale of real estate and depreciation expense
(0.13
)
$


Q4 2017 per share reported results
$
1.72

$
2.18

$
2.25

 
 
 
 
(1) Includes the impact of non-cash lease termination and debt extinguishment costs.
 
 
 
 

 
The following table compares the Company’s actual results for EPS, FFO per share and Core FFO per share for the fourth quarter of 2017 to its October 2017 outlook:

 
 
Fourth Quarter 2017 Results
Comparison to October 2017 Outlook
 
 
 
 
 
Per Share
 
EPS
FFO
Core FFO
 
 
 
 
Projected per share - October 2017 outlook (1)
$
1.60

$
2.22

$
2.24

Other Stabilized and Development Community NOI
0.01

0.01

0.01

Casualty gain, net
0.05

0.05

0.01

Capital markets activity (2)
(0.09
)
(0.09
)

General and administrative expense and other
(0.01
)
(0.01
)
(0.01
)
Gain on sale of real estate
0.16



Q4 2017 per share reported results
$
1.72

$
2.18

$
2.25

 
 
 
 
(1) The mid-point of the Company's October 2017 outlook.
 
 
(2) Includes the impact of non-cash lease termination and debt extinguishment costs.
 
 
 
 

For the year ended December 31, 2017, EPS decreased 15.6% to $6.35 from $7.52 for the prior year, FFO per share increased 2.3% to $8.45 from $8.26 for the prior year, and Core FFO per share increased 5.3% to $8.62 from $8.19 for the prior year.

The following table compares the Company’s actual results for EPS, FFO per share and Core FFO per share for the full year 2017 to its results for the full year 2016:



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Full Year 2017 Results
Comparison to Full Year 2016
 
 
 
 
 
Per Share
 
EPS
FFO
Core FFO
 
 
 
 
2016 per share reported results
$
7.52

$
8.26

$
8.19

Established and Redevelopment Community NOI
0.19

0.19

0.18

Development and Other Stabilized Community NOI
0.60

0.60

0.61

Capital markets activity
(0.44
)
(0.44
)
(0.26
)
Joint venture income and management fees
0.13

0.13

(0.04
)
General and administrative expense and other
(0.06
)
(0.06
)
(0.07
)
Casualty and impairment gain (loss), net and business interruption insurance proceeds
(0.18
)
(0.15
)
0.01

Gain on sale of real estate and depreciation expense
(1.41
)
(0.08
)

2017 per share reported results
$
6.35

$
8.45

$
8.62

 
 
 
 
 
 

Operating Results for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2017 Compared to the Prior Year Period
 
For the Company, total revenue increased by $37,052,000, or 7.1%, to $555,292,000. This increase is primarily due to growth in revenue from development communities and stabilized operating communities.

For Established Communities, total revenue increased $8,478,000, or 2.2%, to $396,979,000. Operating expenses for Established Communities increased $3,016,000, or 2.7%, to $114,314,000. NOI for Established Communities increased $5,462,000, or 2.0%, to $282,665,000. Rental revenue for Established Communities increased 2.2%, as a result of an increase in Average Rental Rates of 2.1% and Economic Occupancy of 0.1%. If the Company were to include current and previously completed redevelopment communities as part of its Established Communities portfolio, the increase in Established Communities' rental revenue would have been 2.3%.

The following table reflects the percentage changes in rental revenue, operating expenses and NOI for Established Communities for the three months ended December 31, 2017 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2016:

 
 
Q4 2017 Compared to Q4 2016
 
 
Rental
Revenue (1)
 
Opex (2)
 
NOI
 
% of
 NOI (3)
New England
 
1.5
%
 
3.0
 %
 
0.6
%
 
14.3
%
Metro NY/NJ
 
1.6
%
 
(0.1
)%
 
2.3
%
 
23.5
%
Mid-Atlantic
 
1.3
%
 
2.6
 %
 
0.7
%
 
16.3
%
Pacific NW
 
5.4
%
 
(4.1
)%
 
9.1
%
 
5.8
%
No. California
 
1.6
%
 
3.9
 %
 
0.9
%
 
19.6
%
So. California
 
3.7
%
 
6.6
 %
 
2.7
%
 
20.5
%
   Total
 
2.2
%
 
2.7
 %
 
2.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1) See full release for additional detail.
 
(2) See full release for discussion of variances.
 
(3) Represents each region's % of total NOI for Q4 2017, including amounts related to communities that have been sold or that are classified as held for sale.
 
 

Operating Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2017 Compared to the Prior Year
 
For the Company, total revenue increased by $113,373,000, or 5.5%, to $2,158,628,000. This increase is primarily due to growth in revenue from stabilized operating communities and development communities.

For Established Communities, total revenue increased $38,558,000, or 2.5%, to $1,575,260,000. Operating expenses for Established Communities increased $11,367,000, or 2.5%, to $462,788,000. NOI for Established Communities increased $27,191,000, or 2.5%, to $1,112,472,000. Rental revenue for Established Communities increased 2.5%, as a result of an increase in Average Rental Rates of 2.4% and Economic Occupancy of 0.1%. If the Company were to include current and previously completed redevelopment communities as part of its Established Communities portfolio, the increase in Established Communities' rental revenue would have been 2.6%.

The following table reflects the percentage changes in rental revenue, operating expenses and NOI for Established Communities for the year ended December 31, 2017 compared to the year ended December 31, 2016:



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Full Year 2017 Compared to Full Year 2016
 
 
Rental
Revenue (1)
 
Opex (2)
 
NOI
 
% of
NOI (3)
New England
 
2.4
%
 
3.0
%
 
2.1
%
 
14.2
%
Metro NY/NJ
 
2.1
%
 
1.9
%
 
2.1
%
 
23.8
%
Mid-Atlantic
 
1.8
%
 
2.3
%
 
1.5
%
 
15.7
%
Pacific NW
 
5.4
%
 
2.5
%
 
6.3
%
 
5.6
%
No. California
 
1.6
%
 
1.4
%
 
1.6
%
 
20.1
%
So. California
 
3.9
%
 
3.9
%
 
3.9
%
 
20.6
%
   Total
 
2.5
%
 
2.5
%
 
2.5
%
 
100.0
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1) See full release for additional detail.
 
(2) See full release for discussion of variances.
 
(3) Represents each region's % of total NOI for Full Year 2017, including amounts related to communities that have been sold or that are classified as held for sale.
 
 

Development Activity

During the three months ended December 31, 2017, the Company completed the development of six communities:

Avalon North Station, located in Boston, MA;
Avalon West Hollywood, located in West Hollywood, CA;
Avalon Newcastle Commons I, located in Newcastle, WA;
Avalon Great Neck, located in Great Neck, NY;
Avalon Rockville Centre II, located in Rockville Centre, NY; and
Avalon Easton, located in Easton, MA.

These communities contain an aggregate of 1,821 apartment homes and 44,000 square feet of retail space and were constructed for an aggregate Total Capital Cost of $752,000,000.

The Company started the construction of four communities:

Avalon Towson, located in Towson, MD;
Avalon Yonkers, located in Yonkers, NY;
Avalon Walnut Creek II, located in Walnut Creek, CA; and
Avalon North Creek, located in Bothell, WA.

These communities are expected to contain a total of 1,477 apartment homes when completed and will be developed for an aggregate estimated Total Capital Cost of $479,000,000.

During 2017, the Company:

completed the development of 14 communities containing an aggregate of 5,189 apartment homes
 
and 71,000 square feet of retail space, for an aggregate Total Capital Cost of $1,897,000,000; and

commenced the development of eight communities, which in the aggregate are expected to contain 2,600 apartment homes and be completed for a Total Capital Cost of $808,000,000.

At December 31, 2017, the Company had 21 communities under construction that in the aggregate are expected to contain 6,544 apartment homes and 97,000 square feet of retail space and be completed for an estimated Total Capital Cost of $2,928,000,000, including the Company's share of communities being developed through joint ventures.

The projected Total Capital Cost of development rights at December 31, 2017 increased to $3.8 billion at December 31, 2017 from $3.2 billion at September 30, 2017.

During the three months ended December 31, 2017, the Company acquired one land parcel for development, and acquired two additional land parcels for development in January 2018, for an aggregate investment of $35,078,000. The Company has started or anticipates starting construction of apartment communities on this land during the first half of 2018.

Acquisition Activity

In December 2017, the Company acquired 850 Boca, located in Boca Raton, FL. 850 Boca contains 370 apartment homes and was acquired for a purchase price of $138,000,000. The acquisition marked the Company's entry into the Southeast Florida metropolitan region.

During 2017, the Company acquired three communities containing an aggregate of 1,062 apartment homes and 27,000 square feet of retail space, for an aggregate purchase price of $365,750,000.

Disposition Activity

Consolidated Apartment Communities

During the three months ended December 31, 2017, the Company sold three wholly-owned operating communities: Avalon Run East, located in Lawrenceville, NJ, Avalon Huntington, located in Shelton, CT and Avalon Milford, located in Milford, CT. In the aggregate, the three communities contain 657 apartment homes and were sold for $171,000,000 resulting in a gain in accordance with GAAP of $92,715,000 and an Economic Gain of $54,767,000. These communities


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generated an Unleveraged IRR of 9.5% over a weighted average investment period of 11.9 years.

During the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company sold six wholly-owned operating communities containing 1,624 apartment homes, one of which included a golf course adjacent to the community. These communities were sold for an aggregate sales price of $475,500,000, resulting in a gain in accordance with GAAP of $251,163,000, and an Economic Gain of $163,081,000. The six communities yielded an Unleveraged IRR of 11.0% over a weighted average investment period of 9.6 years.

Unconsolidated Real Estate Investments

Fund II

AvalonBay Value Added Fund II, L.P. ("Fund II") is a private discretionary real estate investment vehicle that was formed in September 2008, and acquired, owned, operated and disposed of 13 apartment communities. The Company made an investment of $111,375,000 in Fund II, representing an equity interest of 31.3%. The Company also served as both the general partner and property manager for the investments of Fund II, and earned asset and property management fees over this period. As the General Partner of Fund II, the Company was entitled to, and received, a promoted return above its proportionate share of the venture’s results achieved in excess of certain thresholds.

During the year ended December 31, 2017, Fund II sold its final three communities containing 1,366 apartment homes for a total sales price of $272,050,000, resulting in an aggregate gain in accordance with GAAP for the Company of $26,322,000. In conjunction with these dispositions, the real estate ventures repaid $127,179,000 of related secured indebtedness at par in advance of the scheduled maturity dates. In addition, the Company recognized $26,742,000 in joint venture income associated with its promoted interest in Fund II for these dispositions.

From the inception of Fund II through its final real estate dispositions, the Company recognized a Gross Levered IRR of 19.2%, and a Gross Levered Cash Flow Multiple of 2.4 times. The Company’s total returns over the life of Fund II include recognition of its promoted interest in Fund II of $34,727,000.
U.S. Fund

During the year ended December 31, 2017, Multifamily Partners AC LP (the "U.S. Fund"), a private discretionary real estate investment vehicle acquired as part of the Archstone acquisition, in which the Company holds an equity interest of
 
28.6%, sold Eaves Sunnyvale containing 192 apartment homes for a sales price of $107,000,000. The Company's share of the gain in accordance with GAAP was $13,788,000. In conjunction with the disposition of this community, the U.S. Fund repaid $32,542,000 of related secured indebtedness in advance of the scheduled maturity date. This resulted in charges for prepayment penalties and write-offs of deferred financing costs, of which the Company’s portion was $406,000, reported as a reduction of joint venture income.

Liquidity and Capital Markets

At December 31, 2017, the Company did not have any borrowings outstanding under its $1,500,000,000 unsecured credit facility, and had $201,906,000 in unrestricted cash and cash in escrow.

The Company’s annualized Net Debt-to-Core EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2017 was 5.0 times.

Q4 2017 Capital Markets Activity

During the three months ended December 31, 2017, the Company issued the following unsecured notes in public offerings under its existing shelf registration statement:

$300,000,000 principal amount of floating rate unsecured notes were issued for net proceeds of $298,800,000. The notes mature in January 2021 and were issued at three-month LIBOR plus 0.43%; and

$450,000,000 principal amount of unsecured notes were issued for net proceeds of $445,271,000. The notes mature in January 2028 and were issued with a 3.20% coupon.

In addition, the Company obtained a $21,700,000 variable rate secured note with a maturity date of October 2020, in conjunction with the refinancing of $21,601,000 of secured indebtedness that had a contractual interest rate of 6.26%.

During the three months ended December 31, 2017, in addition to amounts refinanced discussed above, the Company repaid the following indebtedness or satisfied the following encumbrances:

$300,000,000 principal amount of its variable rate unsecured term loan indexed to LIBOR plus 1.450% entered into in March 2014, was repaid prior to the contractual maturity, resulting in a charge of $1,367,000 for the non-cash write-off of deferred financing costs; and



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the ground lease for Avalon Morningside Park, located in New York City, in conjunction with the acquisition of the land for $95,000,000, for which the Company recognized a non-cash write-off of prepaid rent of $11,153,000 associated with the ground lease termination.

Full Year 2017 Capital Markets Activity

During 2017, the Company issued $1,906,800,000 aggregate principal amount of debt, consisting of $1,700,000,000 of unsecured debt and $206,800,000 of secured debt. The Company used proceeds from these offerings to repay outstanding indebtedness of $1,565,804,000, consisting of $300,000,000 of unsecured debt and $1,265,804,000 of secured debt, as well as acquiring land encumbered by a ground lease for $95,000,000.

As a result of the debt issuance and repayment activity, the Company’s debt profile improved as of December 31, 2017 as compared to December 31, 2016 by (i) decreasing the weighted average effective interest rate on outstanding debt to 3.6% from 3.7%; (ii) decreasing the weighted average contractual interest rate on outstanding debt to 3.3% from 3.6%; (iii) increasing unencumbered NOI to 89% from 80%; and (iv) increasing weighted average years to maturity to 9.9 years from 8.6 years.

In addition, during the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company sold 568,424 shares of common stock at an average sales price of $188.39 per share, for net proceeds of $105,478,000 under the current continuous equity program established in December 2015.

First Quarter 2018 Dividend Declaration

The Company’s Board of Directors declared a dividend for the first quarter of 2018 of $1.47 per share on the Company’s common stock (par value of $0.01 per share). The declared dividend is a 3.5% increase over the Company’s prior quarterly dividend of $1.42 per share. The dividend is payable on April 16, 2018 to common stockholders of record as of March 29, 2018.

In declaring the increased dividend, the Board of Directors evaluated the Company’s past performance and future prospects for earnings growth. Additional factors considered in determining the increase included current common dividend distributions, the relationship of the current common dividend distribution to the Company’s Core FFO, the relationship of dividend distributions to taxable income, distribution requirements under rules governing real estate investment trusts, and expected growth in taxable income.
 
2018 Financial Outlook

The following presents a summary of the Company's financial outlook for 2018, further details for which are provided in the full release.

For its first quarter and full year 2018 financial outlook, the Company expects the following:
 
Projected EPS, Projected FFO and Projected Core FFO Outlook (1)
 
 
Q1 2018
 
Full Year 2018
 
 
Low
 
High
 
Low
 
High
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Projected EPS
 
$0.99
-
$1.05
 
$5.83
-
$6.23
Projected FFO per share
 
$2.13
-
$2.19
 
$8.67
-
$9.07
Projected Core FFO per share
$2.14
-
$2.20
 
$8.73
-
$9.13
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 (1) See Definitions and Reconciliations of this release for reconciliations of Projected FFO per share and Projected Core FFO per share to Projected EPS.
 
 

The following table compares the 2018 full year outlook for EPS, FFO per share and Core FFO per share to the Company's actual results for the full year 2017:
 
 
Full Year 2018 Outlook
Comparison to Full Year 2017 Results
 
 
 
 
 
 Per Share
 
EPS
FFO
Core FFO
 
 
 

 
2017 per share reported results
$
6.35

$
8.45

$
8.62

Established and Redevelopment Community NOI
0.18

0.18

0.14

Development and other community NOI
0.56

0.56

0.56

Capital markets activity
(0.14
)
(0.14
)
(0.30
)
General and administrative expense
0.08

0.08

(0.07
)
Joint venture income and management fees
(0.20
)
(0.20
)
(0.02
)
Casualty and impairment gain (loss), net and business interruption insurance proceeds
(0.06
)
(0.06
)

Gain on sale of real estate and depreciation expense
(0.74
)


2018 per share outlook (1)
$
6.03

$
8.87

$
8.93

 
 
(1) Represents the mid-point of the Company's January 2018 outlook.
 
 
 
 

First Quarter Conference Schedule

Management is scheduled to present at Citi's Global Property CEO Conference from March 4 - 7, 2018. Management may discuss the Company's current operating environment; operating trends; development, redevelopment, disposition and acquisition activity; financial outlook; portfolio strategy and other business and financial matters affecting the Company. Details on how to access a webcast of the Company's presentation will be available in advance of the


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conference event on the Company's website at http:// www.avalonbay.com/events.

Other Matters

The Company will hold a conference call on February 1, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET to review and answer questions about this release, its fourth quarter 2017 results, the Attachments (described below) and related matters. To participate on the call, dial 877-795-3647 domestically and 719-325-2308 internationally and use conference id: 6417274.
 
To hear a replay of the call, which will be available from February 1, 2018 at 6:00 PM ET to February 8, 2018 at 6:00 PM ET, dial 888-203-1112 domestically and 719-457-0820 internationally and use conference id: 6417274. A webcast of the conference call will also be available at http://www.avalonbay.com/earnings, and an on-line playback of the webcast will be available for at least seven days following the call.
 
The Company produces Earnings Release Attachments (the "Attachments") that provide detailed information regarding operating, development, redevelopment, disposition and acquisition activity. These Attachments are considered a part of this earnings release and are available in full with this earnings release via the Company's website at http://www.avalonbay.com/earnings. To receive future press releases via e-mail, please submit a request through http://www.avalonbay.com/email.

In addition to the Attachments, the Company is providing a teleconference presentation that will be available on the Company's website at http://www.avalonbay.com/earnings subsequent to this release and before the market opens on February 1, 2018. These supplemental materials will be available on the Company's website for 30 days following the earnings call.

About AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

As of December 31, 2017, the Company owned or held a direct or indirect ownership interest in 288 apartment communities containing 84,158 apartment homes in 12 states and the District of Columbia, of which 21 communities were under development and nine communities were under redevelopment. The Company is an equity REIT in the business of developing, redeveloping, acquiring and managing apartment communities in leading metropolitan areas primarily in New England, the New York/New Jersey Metro area, the Mid-Atlantic, the Pacific Northwest, and the Northern and Southern California regions of the United States. More information may be found on the Company’s website at
 
http://www.avalonbay.com. For additional information, please contact Jason Reilley, Vice President of Investor Relations, at 703-317-4681.

Forward-Looking Statements
 
This release, including its Attachments, contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  These forward-looking statements, which you can identify by the Company’s use of words such as “expects,” “plans,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “projects,” “intends,” “believes,” “outlook” and similar expressions that do not relate to historical matters, are based on the Company’s expectations, forecasts and assumptions at the time of this release, which may not be realized and involve risks and uncertainties that cannot be predicted accurately or that might not be anticipated. These could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that might cause such differences include the following, among others: we may abandon development or redevelopment opportunities for which we have already incurred costs; adverse capital and credit market conditions may affect our access to various sources of capital and/or cost of capital, which may affect our business activities, earnings and common stock price, among other things; changes in local employment conditions, demand for apartment homes, supply of competitive housing products, and other economic conditions may result in lower than expected occupancy and/or rental rates and adversely affect the profitability of our communities; delays in completing development, redevelopment and/or lease-up may result in increased financing and  construction costs and may delay and/or reduce the profitability of a community; debt and/or equity  financing for development, redevelopment or acquisitions of communities may not be available  or may not be available on favorable terms; we may be unable to obtain, or experience delays in obtaining, necessary governmental permits and authorizations; expenses may result in communities that we develop or redevelop failing to achieve expected profitability; our assumptions concerning risks relating to our  lack of control of joint ventures and our abilities to successfully dispose of certain assets may not be realized; our assumptions and expectations in our financial outlook may prove to be too optimistic; and the Company's expectations and assumptions as of the date of this release regarding potential uninsured loss amounts and on-going investigations resulting from the casualty loss at Avalon at Edgewater ("Edgewater") are subject to change and could materially affect the Company's current expectations regarding the impact of the casualty loss. Additional discussions of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially


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from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements appear in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 under the heading  “Risk Factors” and under the heading “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - Forward-Looking Statements” and in subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

The Company does not undertake a duty to update forward-looking statements, including its expected 2018 operating results and other financial data forecasts contained in this release. The Company may, in its discretion, provide information in future public announcements regarding its outlook that may be of interest to the investment community.  The format and extent of future outlooks may be different from the format and extent of the information contained in this release.



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Definitions and Reconciliations

Non-GAAP financial measures and other capitalized terms, as used in this earnings release, are defined and further explained on Attachment 15, Definitions and Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Terms. Attachment 15 is included in the full earnings release available at the Company’s website at http://www.avalonbay.com/earnings. This wire distribution includes only definitions and reconciliations of the following non-GAAP financial measures:

Average Rental Rates are calculated by the Company as rental revenue in accordance with GAAP, divided by the weighted average number of occupied apartment homes.

Economic Gain (Loss) is calculated by the Company as the gain (loss) on sale in accordance with GAAP, less accumulated depreciation through the date of sale and any other non-cash adjustments that may be required under GAAP accounting.  Management generally considers Economic Gain (Loss) to be an appropriate supplemental measure to gain (loss) on sale in accordance with GAAP because it helps investors to understand the relationship between the cash proceeds from a sale and the cash invested in the sold community.  The Economic Gain (Loss) for each of the communities presented is based on their respective final settlement statements.  A reconciliation of Economic Gain (Loss) to gain on sale in accordance with GAAP for the year ended December 31, 2017 as well as prior years’ activities is presented elsewhere in the full release.

Economic Occupancy (“Ec Occ”) is defined as total possible revenue less vacancy loss as a percentage of total possible revenue. Total possible revenue (also known as “gross potential”) is determined by valuing occupied units at contract rates and vacant units at market rents. Vacancy loss is determined by valuing vacant units at current market rents. By measuring vacant apartments at their market rents, Economic Occupancy takes into account the fact that apartment homes of different sizes and locations within a community have different economic impacts on a community’s gross revenue.
 
Established Communities are consolidated communities where a comparison of operating results from the prior year to the current year is meaningful, as these communities were owned and had Stabilized Operations, as defined below, as of the beginning of the respective prior year period. Therefore, for 2017 operating results, Established Communities are consolidated communities that have Stabilized Operations as of January 1, 2016, are not conducting or planning to conduct substantial redevelopment activities and are not held for sale or planned for disposition within the current year. 

FFO and Core FFO are considered by management to be supplemental measures of our operating and financial performance. FFO is calculated by the Company in accordance with the definition adopted by the Board of Governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”). FFO is calculated by the Company as Net income or loss attributable to common stockholders computed in accordance with GAAP, adjusted for gains or losses on sales of previously depreciated operating communities, cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle, impairment write-downs of depreciable real estate assets, write-downs of investments in affiliates which are driven by a decrease in the value of depreciable real estate assets held by the affiliate and depreciation of real estate assets, including adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. By excluding gains or losses related to dispositions of previously depreciated operating communities and excluding real estate depreciation (which can vary among owners of identical assets in similar condition based on historical cost accounting and useful life estimates), FFO can help one compare the operating and financial performance of a company’s real estate between periods or as compared to different companies. Core FFO is the Company's FFO as adjusted for non-core items outlined in the table below. By further adjusting for items that are not considered part of our core business operations, Core FFO can help one compare the core operating and financial performance of the Company between periods. A reconciliation of Net income attributable to common stockholders to FFO and to Core FFO is as follows (dollars in thousands):





 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Q4
 
Q4
 
Full Year
 
Full Year
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
Net income attributable to common stockholders
 
$
237,573

 
$
242,235

 
$
876,921

 
$
1,034,002

Depreciation - real estate assets, including joint venture adjustments
 
156,413

 
140,773

 
582,907

 
538,606

Distributions to noncontrolling interests
 
10

 
10

 
42

 
41

Gain on sale of unconsolidated entities holding previously depreciated real estate
 
57

 
(4,897
)
 
(40,053
)
 
(58,069
)
Gain on sale of previously depreciated real estate
 
(92,845
)
 
(90,041
)
 
(252,599
)
 
(374,623
)
Casualty and impairment (recovery) loss, net on real estate (1)(6)
 

 

 

 
(4,195
)
FFO attributable to common stockholders
 
301,208

 
288,080

 
1,167,218

 
1,135,762

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adjusting items:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Joint venture losses (2)
 
139

 
268

 
950

 
6,031

Joint venture promote (3)
 

 
(4,538
)
 
(26,742
)
 
(7,985
)
Impairment loss on real estate (4)(6)
 

 

 
9,350

 
10,500

Casualty (gain) loss, net on real estate (5)(6)
 
(5,438
)
 

 
(3,100
)
 
(10,239
)
Business interruption insurance proceeds (7)
 

 
(143
)
 
(3,495
)
 
(20,565
)
Lost NOI from casualty losses covered by business interruption insurance (8)
 
1,662

 
1,786

 
7,904

 
7,366

Loss on extinguishment of consolidated debt
 
1,310

 
4,614

 
25,472

 
7,075

Hedge ineffectiveness
 

 

 
(753
)
 

Severance related costs
 
(66
)
 
(55
)
 
87

 
852

Development pursuit and other write-offs
 
232

 
(107
)
 
1,406

 
3,662

Loss (gain) on other real estate transactions (9)
 
11,153

 
697

 
10,907

 
(10,224
)
Acquisition costs
 
92

 
959

 
92

 
3,523

Legal settlements
 
589

 
(417
)
 
680

 
(417
)
Core FFO attributable to common stockholders
 
$
310,881

 
$
291,144

 
$
1,189,976

 
$
1,125,341

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Average shares outstanding - diluted
 
138,245,981

 
137,519,045

 
138,066,686

 
137,461,637

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings per share - diluted
 
$
1.72

 
$
1.76

 
$
6.35

 
$
7.52

FFO per common share - diluted
 
$
2.18

 
$
2.09

 
$
8.45

 
$
8.26

Core FFO per common share - diluted
 
$
2.25

 
$
2.12

 
$
8.62

 
$
8.19

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1) In 2016, the Company received insurance proceeds, net of additional costs incurred, of $5,732 related to the severe winter storms that occurred in the Company’s Northeast markets in 2015. For full year 2016, the Company recognized $4,195 of this recovery as an offset to the impairment on depreciable real estate of $4,195 recognized in the prior year period. The balance of the net insurance proceeds received in 2016 of $1,537 is recognized as a casualty gain and is included in the reconciliation of FFO to Core FFO.
(2) Amounts for 2016 and 2017 are primarily composed of (i) the Company's portion of yield maintenance charges incurred for the early repayment of debt associated with joint venture disposition activity, (ii) the write-off of asset management fee intangibles primarily associated with the disposition of communities in the U.S. Fund and (iii) the Company's proportionate share of operating results for joint ventures formed with Equity Residential as part of the Archstone acquisition.
(3) Amounts for 2017 and 2016 are composed of the Company's recognition of its promoted interest in Fund II.
(4) Amount for full year 2017 includes an impairment charge for a land parcel the Company had acquired for development and sold in July 2017. Amount for full year 2016 includes impairment charges relating to ancillary land parcels.
(5) Amounts for 2017 include $5,438 in legal settlement proceeds relating to construction defects at a community acquired as part of the Archstone acquisition. Amount for full year 2017 also includes $19,481 for the Maplewood casualty loss, partially offset by $17,143 of property damage insurance proceeds. Amount for full year 2016 includes $8,702 in property damage insurance proceeds for the Edgewater casualty loss, and $1,537 in insurance proceeds in excess of the total recognized loss related to severe winter storms in the Company's Northeast markets that occurred in 2015.
(6) Aggregate impact of (i) Casualty and impairment (recovery) loss, net on real estate, (ii) Impairment loss on real estate, and (iii) Casualty (gain) loss, net on real estate, is a gain of $5,438 for Q4 2017 and a loss of $6,250 for full year 2017, and a gain of $3,935 for full year 2016.
(7) Amount for full year 2017 is composed of business interruption insurance proceeds resulting from the final insurance settlement of the Maplewood casualty loss. Amount for full year 2016 is primarily composed of business interruption insurance proceeds resulting from the final insurance settlement of the Edgewater casualty loss.
(8) Amounts for 2016 and 2017 primarily relate to a casualty event at Edgewater in Q1 2015, for which the Company received $20,306 in business interruption insurance proceeds in Q1 2016. Amounts for 2017 also include amounts related to the Maplewood casualty loss in Q1 2017, for which the Company recognized $3,495 in business interruption insurance proceeds in Q3 2017.
(9) Amounts for 2017 are primarily composed of a loss resulting from the non-cash write-off of prepaid rent associated with the purchase of land previously under a ground lease. Amount for the full year 2016 includes a gain of $10,621 for the land contributed by the Company to the AVA North Point joint venture.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





Gross Levered IRR is calculated as the internal rate of return on the Company's equity investment in Fund II considering the timing and amounts of capital contributions and distributions, including promoted interest earned on the Company’s general partnership interest. 

Gross Levered Cash Flow Multiple is calculated as the ratio of the Company’s share of distributions from Fund II, including promoted interest earned, to the Company’s share of contributions in Fund II.

The calculation of Gross Levered IRR and Gross Levered Cash Flow Multiple excludes all management fees earned by the Company during the investment period.

Initial Year Market Cap Rate is defined by the Company as Projected NOI of a single community for the first 12 months of operations (assuming no repositioning), less estimates for non-routine allowance of approximately $300 - $500 per apartment home, divided by the gross sales price for the community.  Projected NOI, as referred to above, represents management’s estimate of projected rental revenue minus projected operating expenses before interest, income taxes (if any), depreciation and amortization. For this purpose, management’s projection of operating expenses for the community includes a management fee of 2.5% - 3.5%. The Initial Year Market Cap Rate, which may be determined in a different manner by others, is a measure frequently used in the real estate industry when determining the appropriate purchase price for a property or estimating the value for a property.  Buyers may assign different Initial Year Market Cap Rates to different communities when determining the appropriate value because they (i) may project different rates of change in operating expenses and capital expenditure estimates and (ii) may project different rates of change in future rental revenue due to different estimates for changes in rent and occupancy levels.  The weighted average Initial Year Market Cap Rate is weighted based on the gross sales price of each community.

Interest Coverage is calculated by the Company as Core EBITDA divided by the sum of interest expense, net, and preferred dividends, if applicable. Interest Coverage is presented by the Company because it provides rating agencies and investors an additional means of comparing our ability to service debt obligations to that of other companies. EBITDA is defined by the Company as net income or loss attributable to the Company before interest income and expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. 

A reconciliation of Core EBITDA and a calculation of Interest Coverage for the three months ended December 31, 2017 are as follows (dollars in thousands):

 
 
 

Net income attributable to common stockholders
$
237,573

Interest expense, net, inclusive of loss on extinguishment of debt, net
53,833

Income tax expense
39

Depreciation expense
157,100

EBITDA
$
448,545

 
 

NOI from real estate assets sold or held for sale
(1,369
)
Gain on sale of communities
(92,845
)
Loss on other real estate transactions
11,153

Joint venture income
(358
)
Consolidated EBITDA after disposition activity
$
365,126

 
 
Casualty and impairment gain
(5,438
)
Lost NOI from casualty losses covered by business interruption insurance
1,662

Acquisition costs
92

Severance related costs
(66
)
Development pursuit and other write-offs
232

Legal settlements
589

Core EBITDA
$
362,197

 
 
Interest expense, net
$
52,523

 
 
Interest Coverage
6.9 times

 
 
 

Net Debt-to-Core EBITDA is calculated by the Company as total debt that is consolidated for financial reporting purposes, less consolidated cash and cash in escrow, divided by annualized fourth quarter 2017 Core EBITDA, as adjusted. For a calculation of Core EBITDA, see "Interest Coverage" above. A calculation of Net Debt-to-Core EBITDA is as follows (dollars in thousands):





 
 
 
Total debt principal (1)
$
7,404,313

Cash and cash in escrow
(201,906
)
Net debt
$
7,202,407

 
 
Core EBITDA
$
362,197

 
 
Core EBITDA, annualized
$
1,448,788

 
 
Net Debt-to-Core EBITDA
5.0 times

 
 
(1) Balance at December 31, 2017 excludes $10,850 of debt discount and $36,386 of deferred financing costs as reflected in unsecured notes, net, and $16,351 of debt discount and $11,256 of deferred financing costs as reflected in notes payable on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.
 
 
 

NOI is defined by the Company as total property revenue less direct property operating expenses (including property taxes), and excluding corporate-level income (including management, development and other fees), corporate-level property management and other indirect operating expenses, investments and investment management expenses, expensed acquisition, development and other pursuit costs, net of recoveries, interest expense, net, loss (gain) on extinguishment of debt, net, general and administrative expense, joint venture income, depreciation expense, corporate income tax expense, casualty and impairment loss (gain), net, gain on sale of communities, loss (gain) on other real estate transactions and net operating income from real estate assets sold or held for sale. The Company considers NOI to be an important and appropriate supplemental performance measure to Net Income of operating performance of a community or communities because it helps both investors and management to understand the core operations of a community or communities prior to the allocation of any corporate-level property management overhead or financing-related costs. NOI reflects the operating performance of a community, and allows for an easier comparison of the operating performance of individual assets or groups of assets.  In addition, because prospective buyers of real estate have different financing and overhead structures, with varying marginal impact to overhead as a result of acquiring real estate, NOI is considered by many in the real estate industry to be a useful measure for determining the value of a real estate asset or groups of assets.

A reconciliation of NOI to Net Income, as well as a breakdown of NOI by operating segment, is as follows (dollars in thousands):





 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Q4
 
Q4
 
Q3
 
Q2
 
Q1
 
Full Year
 
Full Year
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2017
 
2017
 
2017
 
2016
Net income
 
$
237,486

 
$
242,183

 
$
238,199

 
$
165,194

 
$
235,781

 
$
876,660

 
$
1,033,708

Indirect operating expenses, net of corporate income
 
16,926

 
14,443

 
15,752

 
16,423

 
16,297

 
65,398

 
61,403

Investments and investment management expense
 
1,659

 
1,277

 
1,501

 
1,455

 
1,321

 
5,936

 
4,822

Expensed acquisition, development and other pursuit costs, net of recoveries
 
649

 
1,220

 
789

 
570

 
728

 
2,736

 
9,922

Interest expense, net
 
52,523

 
49,648

 
47,741

 
50,102

 
49,295

 
199,661

 
187,510

Loss on extinguishment of debt, net
 
1,310

 
4,614

 

 
24,162

 

 
25,472

 
7,075

General and administrative expense
 
11,904

 
10,638

 
11,679

 
14,005

 
13,226

 
50,814

 
46,076

Joint venture income
 
(358
)
 
(10,184
)
 
(52,568
)
 
(1,146
)
 
(16,672
)
 
(70,744
)
 
(64,962
)
Depreciation expense
 
157,100

 
140,020

 
144,990

 
141,439

 
140,621

 
584,150

 
531,434

Casualty and impairment (gain) loss, net
 
(5,438
)
 

 

 

 
11,688

 
6,250

 
(3,935
)
Gain on sale of communities
 
(92,845
)
 
(90,041
)
 
(27,738
)
 
(44,067
)
 
(87,949
)
 
(252,599
)
 
(374,623
)
Loss (gain) on other real estate transactions
 
11,153

 
697

 
120

 

 
(366
)
 
10,907

 
(10,224
)
NOI from real estate assets sold or held for sale
 
(1,369
)
 
(7,474
)
 
(3,072
)
 
(4,241
)
 
(5,891
)
 
(14,573
)
 
(44,263
)
NOI
 
$
390,700

 
$
357,041

 
$
377,393

 
$
363,896

 
$
358,079

 
$
1,490,068

 
$
1,383,943

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Established:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    New England
 
$
38,322

 
$
38,074

 
$
38,055

 
$
36,820

 
$
37,056

 
$
150,253

 
$
147,219

    Metro NY/NJ
 
63,286

 
61,857

 
61,932

 
61,538

 
60,964

 
247,720

 
242,600

    Mid-Atlantic
 
39,071

 
38,791

 
38,242

 
37,829

 
38,608

 
153,750

 
151,441

    Pacific NW
 
16,008

 
14,674

 
15,687

 
15,017

 
14,815

 
61,527

 
57,857

    No. California
 
64,812

 
64,237

 
64,557

 
64,587

 
63,717

 
257,673

 
253,582

    So. California
 
61,166

 
59,570

 
60,024

 
59,808

 
60,551

 
241,549

 
232,582

        Total Established
 
282,665

 
277,203

 
278,497

 
275,599

 
275,711

 
1,112,472

 
1,085,281

Other Stabilized (1)
 
52,469

 
46,612

 
48,519

 
48,186

 
47,559

 
196,733

 
155,069

Redevelopment
 
29,758

 
29,587

 
29,328

 
29,522

 
29,454

 
118,062

 
139,749

Development (2)
 
25,808

 
3,639

 
21,049

 
10,589

 
5,355

 
62,801

 
3,844

NOI
 
$
390,700

 
$
357,041

 
$
377,393

 
$
363,896

 
$
358,079

 
$
1,490,068

 
$
1,383,943

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1) NOI for Full Year 2016 Other Stabilized Communities includes $20,306 of business interruption insurance proceeds related to the Edgewater casualty loss.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(2) NOI for Q3 and Full Year 2017 Development includes $3,495 of business interruption insurance proceeds related to the Maplewood casualty loss.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NOI as reported by the Company does not include the operating results from assets sold or classified as held for sale. A reconciliation of NOI from communities sold or classified as held for sale is as follows (dollars in thousands):

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Q4
 
Q4
 
Full Year
 
Full Year
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenue from real estate assets sold or held for sale
 
$
2,245

 
$
11,021

 
$
23,457

 
$
70,273

Operating expenses from real estate assets sold or held for sale
 
(876
)
 
(3,547
)
 
(8,884
)
 
(26,010
)
NOI from real estate assets sold or held for sale
 
$
1,369

 
$
7,474

 
$
14,573

 
$
44,263

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Other Stabilized Communities are completed consolidated communities that the Company owns, which have Stabilized Operations as of January 1, 2017. Other Stabilized Communities do not include communities that are conducting or planning to conduct substantial redevelopment activities.

Projected FFO and Projected Core FFO, as provided within this release in the Company’s outlook, are calculated on a basis consistent with historical FFO and Core FFO, and are therefore considered to be appropriate supplemental measures to projected Net Income from projected operating performance. A reconciliation of the ranges provided for Projected FFO per share (diluted) for the first quarter and full year 2018 to the ranges provided for projected EPS (diluted) and corresponding reconciliation of the ranges for Projected FFO per share to the ranges for Projected Core FFO per share are as follows:





 
 
 
 
Low
Range
 
High
Range
Projected EPS (diluted) - Q1 2018
 
$
0.99

 
$
1.05

 
Depreciation (real estate related)
 
1.14

 
1.14

Projected FFO per share (diluted) - Q1 2018
 
2.13

 
2.19

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lost NOI from casualty losses covered by business interruption insurance
 
0.01

 
0.01

Projected Core FFO per share (diluted) - Q1 2018
 
$
2.14

 
$
2.20

 
 
 
 
 
 
Projected EPS (diluted) - Full Year 2018
 
$
5.83

 
$
6.23

 
Depreciation (real estate related)
 
4.40

 
4.60

 
Gain on sale of communities
 
(1.56
)
 
(1.76
)
Projected FFO per share (diluted) - Full Year 2018
 
8.67

 
9.07

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Joint venture promote and other income, development pursuit, other write-offs and other
 
0.03

 
0.03

 
Lost NOI from casualty losses covered by business interruption insurance
 
0.01

 
0.01

 
Loss on extinguishment of consolidated debt
 
0.02

 
0.02

Projected Core FFO per share (diluted) - Full Year 2018
 
$
8.73

 
$
9.13

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Projected NOI, as used within this release for certain development communities and in calculating the Initial Year Market Cap Rate for dispositions, represents management’s estimate, as of the date of this release (or as of the date of the buyer’s valuation in the case of dispositions), of projected stabilized rental revenue minus projected stabilized operating expenses. For development communities, Projected NOI is calculated based on the first twelve months of Stabilized Operations following the completion of construction.  In calculating the Initial Year Market Cap Rate, Projected NOI for dispositions is calculated for the first twelve months following the date of the buyer’s valuation. Projected stabilized rental revenue represents management’s estimate of projected gross potential minus projected stabilized economic vacancy and adjusted for projected stabilized concessions plus projected stabilized other rental revenue. Projected stabilized operating expenses do not include interest, income taxes (if any), depreciation or amortization, or any allocation of corporate-level property management overhead or general and administrative costs. In addition, projected stabilized operating expenses for development communities do not include property management fee expense. Projected gross potential for development communities and dispositions is based on leased rents for occupied homes and management’s best estimate of rental levels for homes which are currently unleased, as well as those homes which will become available for lease during the twelve month forward period used to develop Projected NOI.  The weighted average Projected NOI as a percentage of Total Capital Cost is weighted based on the Company’s share of the Total Capital Cost of each community, based on its percentage ownership.

Management believes that Projected NOI of the development communities, on an aggregated weighted average basis, assists investors in understanding management's estimate of the likely impact on operations of the development communities when the assets are complete and achieve stabilized occupancy (before allocation of any corporate-level property management overhead, general and administrative costs or interest expense).  However, in this release the Company has not given a projection of NOI on a company-wide basis.  Given the different dates and fiscal years for which NOI is projected for these communities, the projected allocation of corporate-level property management overhead, general and administrative costs and interest expense to communities under development is complex, impractical to develop, and may not be meaningful.  Projected NOI of these communities is not a projection of the Company's overall financial performance or cash flow. There can be no assurance that the communities under development will achieve the Projected NOI as described in this release.
 
Projected Stabilized Yield (also expressed as “weighted average initial stabilized yield” or words of similar meaning) means Projected NOI as a percentage of Total Capital Cost.

Rental Revenue with Concessions on a Cash Basis is considered by the Company to be a supplemental measure to rental revenue in conformity with GAAP to help investors evaluate the impact of both current and historical concessions on GAAP-based rental revenue and to more readily enable comparisons to revenue as reported by other companies. In addition, Rental Revenue with Concessions on a Cash Basis allows an investor to understand the historical trend in cash concessions.





A reconciliation of rental revenue from Established Communities in conformity with GAAP to Rental Revenue with Concessions on a Cash Basis is as follows (dollars in thousands):

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Q4
 
Q4
 
Full Year
 
Full Year
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
Rental revenue (GAAP basis)
 
$
396,735

 
$
388,245

 
$
1,574,395

 
$
1,535,747

Concessions amortized
 
305

 
469

 
1,670

 
2,449

Concessions granted
 
(330
)
 
(816
)
 
(1,118
)
 
(1,902
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rental Revenue with Concessions
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
   on a Cash Basis
 
$
396,710

 
$
387,898

 
$
1,574,947

 
$
1,536,294

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
% change -- GAAP revenue
 
 

 
2.2
%
 
 
 
2.5
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
% change -- cash revenue
 
 

 
2.3
%
 
 
 
2.5
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stabilized Operations/Restabilized Operations is defined as the earlier of (i) attainment of 95% physical occupancy or (ii) the one-year anniversary of completion of development or redevelopment.

Total Capital Cost includes all capitalized costs projected to be or actually incurred to develop the respective development or redevelopment community, or development right, including land acquisition costs, construction costs, real estate taxes, capitalized interest and loan fees, permits, professional fees, allocated development overhead and other regulatory fees, offset by proceeds from the sale of any associated land or improvements, all as determined in accordance with GAAP.  For redevelopment communities, Total Capital Cost excludes costs incurred prior to the start of redevelopment when indicated.  With respect to communities where development or redevelopment was completed in a prior or the current period, Total Capital Cost reflects the actual cost incurred, plus any contingency estimate made by management.  Total Capital Cost for communities identified as having joint venture ownership, either during construction or upon construction completion, represents the total projected joint venture contribution amount.  For joint ventures not in construction, Total Capital Cost is equal to gross real estate cost.

Unencumbered NOI as calculated by the Company represents NOI generated by real estate assets unencumbered by outstanding secured debt as of December 31, 2017 as a percentage of total NOI generated by real estate assets.  The Company believes that current and prospective unsecured creditors of the Company view Unencumbered NOI as one indication of the borrowing capacity of the Company.  Therefore, when reviewed together with the Company’s Interest Coverage, EBITDA and cash flow from operations, the Company believes that investors and creditors view Unencumbered NOI as a useful supplemental measure for determining the financial flexibility of an entity. A calculation of Unencumbered NOI for the year ended December 31, 2017 is as follows (dollars in thousands):
 
 
 
 
Full Year
 
 
NOI
NOI for Established Communities
 
$
1,112,472

NOI for Other Stabilized Communities
 
196,733

NOI for Redevelopment Communities
 
118,062

NOI for Development Communities (1)
 
62,801

NOI from real estate assets sold or held for sale
 
14,573

Total NOI generated by real estate assets
 
1,504,641

NOI on encumbered assets
 
168,005

NOI on unencumbered assets
 
$
1,336,636

 
 
 
Unencumbered NOI
 
89
%
 
 
 
(1) NOI for Development includes $3,495 of business interruption insurance proceeds related to the Maplewood casualty loss.
 
 
 
 

Unleveraged IRR on sold communities refers to the internal rate of return calculated by the Company considering the timing and amounts of (i) total revenue during the period owned by the Company and (ii) the gross sales price net of selling costs, offset by




(iii) the undepreciated capital cost of the communities at the time of sale and (iv) total direct operating expenses during the period owned by the Company.  Each of the items (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv) is calculated in accordance with GAAP.
 
The calculation of Unleveraged IRR does not include an adjustment for the Company’s general and administrative expense, interest expense, or corporate-level property management and other indirect operating expenses. Therefore, Unleveraged IRR is not a substitute for Net Income as a measure of our performance.  Management believes that the Unleveraged IRR achieved during the period a community is owned by the Company is useful because it is one indication of the gross value created by the Company’s acquisition, development or redevelopment, management and sale of a community, before the impact of indirect expenses and Company overhead.  The Unleveraged IRR achieved on the communities as cited in this release should not be viewed as an indication of the gross value created with respect to other communities owned by the Company, and the Company does not represent that it will achieve similar Unleveraged IRRs upon the disposition of other communities. The weighted average Unleveraged IRR for sold communities is weighted based on all cash flows over the investment period for each respective community, including net sales proceeds.





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Section 3: EX-99.2 (EXHIBIT 99.2)

Exhibit

Exhibit 99.2
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For Immediate News Release
January 31, 2018


AVALONBAY COMMUNITIES, INC. ANNOUNCES
2017 OPERATING RESULTS, 3.5% DIVIDEND INCREASE
AND INITIAL 2018 FINANCIAL OUTLOOK




(Arlington, VA)  AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (NYSE: AVB) (the “Company”) reported today that Net Income Attributable to Common Stockholders for the three months ended December 31, 2017 was $237,573,000. This resulted in a decrease in Earnings per Share – diluted (“EPS”) of 2.3% to $1.72 for the three months ended December 31, 2017, from $1.76 for the prior year period.

Funds from Operations attributable to common stockholders - diluted (“FFO”) per share for the three months ended December 31, 2017 increased 4.3% to $2.18 from $2.09 for the prior year period. Core FFO per share (as defined in this release) for the three months ended December 31, 2017 increased 6.1% to $2.25 from $2.12 for the prior year period.

The following table compares the Company’s actual results for EPS, FFO per share and Core FFO per share for the three months ended December 31, 2017 to its results for the prior year period:
 
 
 Q4 2017 Results Compared to Q4 2016
 
 
 
 
 
Per Share
 
EPS
FFO
Core FFO
 
 
 
 
Q4 2016 per share reported results
$
1.76

$
2.09

$
2.12

Established and Redevelopment Community NOI
0.04

0.04

0.03

Development and Other Stabilized Community NOI
0.20

0.20

0.20

Capital markets activity (1)
(0.12
)
(0.12
)
(0.06
)
Joint venture income and management fees
(0.03
)
(0.03
)
(0.01
)
General and administrative expense and other
(0.04
)
(0.04
)
(0.04
)
Casualty gain, net
0.04

0.04

0.01

Gain on sale of real estate and depreciation expense
(0.13
)
$


Q4 2017 per share reported results
$
1.72

$
2.18

$
2.25

 
 
 
 
(1) Includes the impact of non-cash lease termination and debt extinguishment costs.
 
 
 
 
 

The following table compares the Company’s actual results for EPS, FFO per share and Core FFO per share for the fourth quarter of 2017 to its October 2017 outlook:

 
 
Fourth Quarter 2017 Results
Comparison to October 2017 Outlook
 
 
 
 
 
Per Share
 
EPS
FFO
Core FFO
 
 
 
 
Projected per share - October 2017 outlook (1)
$
1.60

$
2.22

$
2.24

Other Stabilized and Development Community NOI
0.01

0.01

0.01

Casualty gain, net
0.05

0.05

0.01

Capital markets activity (2)
(0.09
)
(0.09
)

General and administrative expense and other
(0.01
)
(0.01
)
(0.01
)
Gain on sale of real estate
0.16



Q4 2017 per share reported results
$
1.72

$
2.18

$
2.25

 
 
 
 
(1) The mid-point of the Company's October 2017 outlook.
 
 
(2) Includes the impact of non-cash lease termination and debt extinguishment costs.
 
 
 
 

For the year ended December 31, 2017, EPS decreased 15.6% to $6.35 from $7.52 for the prior year, FFO per share increased 2.3% to $8.45 from $8.26 for the prior year, and Core FFO per share increased 5.3% to $8.62 from $8.19 for the prior year.

The following table compares the Company’s actual results for EPS, FFO per share and Core FFO per share for the full year 2017 to its results for the full year 2016:



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Full Year 2017 Results
Comparison to Full Year 2016
 
 
 
 
 
Per Share
 
EPS
FFO
Core FFO
 
 
 
 
2016 per share reported results
$
7.52

$
8.26

$
8.19

Established and Redevelopment Community NOI
0.19

0.19

0.18

Development and Other Stabilized Community NOI
0.60

0.60

0.61

Capital markets activity
(0.44
)
(0.44
)
(0.26
)
Joint venture income and management fees
0.13

0.13

(0.04
)
General and administrative expense and other
(0.06
)
(0.06
)
(0.07
)
Casualty and impairment gain (loss), net and business interruption insurance proceeds
(0.18
)
(0.15
)
0.01

Gain on sale of real estate and depreciation expense
(1.41
)
(0.08
)

2017 per share reported results
$
6.35

$
8.45

$
8.62

 
 
 
 
 
 

Operating Results for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2017 Compared to the Prior Year Period
 
For the Company, total revenue increased by $37,052,000, or 7.1%, to $555,292,000. This increase is primarily due to growth in revenue from Development Communities and stabilized operating communities.

For Established Communities, total revenue increased $8,478,000, or 2.2%, to $396,979,000. Operating expenses for Established Communities increased $3,016,000, or 2.7%, to $114,314,000. NOI for Established Communities increased $5,462,000, or 2.0%, to $282,665,000. Rental revenue for Established Communities increased 2.2%, as a result of an increase in Average Rental Rates of 2.1% and Economic Occupancy of 0.1%. If the Company were to include current and previously completed Redevelopment Communities as part of its Established Communities portfolio, the increase in Established Communities' rental revenue would have been 2.3%.

The following table reflects the percentage changes in rental revenue, operating expenses and NOI for Established Communities for the three months ended December 31, 2017 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2016:

 
 
Q4 2017 Compared to Q4 2016
 
 
Rental
Revenue (1)
 
Opex (2)
 
NOI
 
% of
 NOI (3)
New England
 
1.5
%
 
3.0
 %
 
0.6
%
 
14.3
%
Metro NY/NJ
 
1.6
%
 
(0.1
)%
 
2.3
%
 
23.5
%
Mid-Atlantic
 
1.3
%
 
2.6
 %
 
0.7
%
 
16.3
%
Pacific NW
 
5.4
%
 
(4.1
)%
 
9.1
%
 
5.8
%
No. California
 
1.6
%
 
3.9
 %
 
0.9
%
 
19.6
%
So. California
 
3.7
%
 
6.6
 %
 
2.7
%
 
20.5
%
   Total
 
2.2
%
 
2.7
 %
 
2.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1) See Attachment 4, Quarterly Rental Revenue and Occupancy Changes, for additional detail.
 
(2) See Attachment 7, Operating Expenses ("Opex"), for discussion of variances.
 
(3) Represents each region's % of total NOI for Q4 2017, including amounts related to communities that have been sold or that are classified as held for sale.
 
 

Operating Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2017 Compared to the Prior Year
 
For the Company, total revenue increased by $113,373,000, or 5.5%, to $2,158,628,000. This increase is primarily due to growth in revenue from stabilized operating communities and Development Communities.

For Established Communities, total revenue increased $38,558,000, or 2.5%, to $1,575,260,000. Operating expenses for Established Communities increased $11,367,000, or 2.5%, to $462,788,000. NOI for Established Communities increased $27,191,000, or 2.5%, to $1,112,472,000. Rental revenue for Established Communities increased 2.5%, as a result of an increase in Average Rental Rates of 2.4% and Economic Occupancy of 0.1%. If the Company were to include current and previously completed Redevelopment Communities as part of its Established Communities portfolio, the increase in Established Communities' rental revenue would have been 2.6%.

The following table reflects the percentage changes in rental revenue, operating expenses and NOI for Established Communities for the year ended December 31, 2017 compared to the year ended December 31, 2016:



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Full Year 2017 Compared to Full Year 2016
 
 
Rental
Revenue (1)
 
Opex (2)
 
NOI
 
% of
NOI (3)
New England
 
2.4
%
 
3.0
%
 
2.1
%
 
14.2
%
Metro NY/NJ
 
2.1
%
 
1.9
%
 
2.1
%
 
23.8
%
Mid-Atlantic
 
1.8
%
 
2.3
%
 
1.5
%
 
15.7
%
Pacific NW
 
5.4
%
 
2.5
%
 
6.3
%
 
5.6
%
No. California
 
1.6
%
 
1.4
%
 
1.6
%
 
20.1
%
So. California
 
3.9
%
 
3.9
%
 
3.9
%
 
20.6
%
   Total
 
2.5
%
 
2.5
%
 
2.5
%
 
100.0
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1) See Attachment 6, Full Year Rental Revenue and Occupancy Changes, for additional detail.
 
(2) See Attachment 7, Operating Expenses ("Opex"), for discussion of variances.
 
(3) Represents each region's % of total NOI for Full Year 2017, including amounts related to communities that have been sold or that are classified as held for sale.
 
 

Development Activity

During the three months ended December 31, 2017, the Company completed the development of six communities:

Avalon North Station, located in Boston, MA;
Avalon West Hollywood, located in West Hollywood, CA;
Avalon Newcastle Commons I, located in Newcastle, WA;
Avalon Great Neck, located in Great Neck, NY;
Avalon Rockville Centre II, located in Rockville Centre, NY; and
Avalon Easton, located in Easton, MA.

These communities contain an aggregate of 1,821 apartment homes and 44,000 square feet of retail space and were constructed for an aggregate Total Capital Cost of $752,000,000.

The Company started the construction of four communities:

Avalon Towson, located in Towson, MD;
Avalon Yonkers, located in Yonkers, NY;
Avalon Walnut Creek II, located in Walnut Creek, CA; and
Avalon North Creek, located in Bothell, WA.

These communities are expected to contain a total of 1,477 apartment homes when completed and will be developed for an aggregate estimated Total Capital Cost of $479,000,000.

During 2017, the Company:

completed the development of 14 communities containing an aggregate of 5,189 apartment homes
 
and 71,000 square feet of retail space, for an aggregate Total Capital Cost of $1,897,000,000; and

commenced the development of eight communities, which in the aggregate are expected to contain 2,600 apartment homes and be completed for a Total Capital Cost of $808,000,000.

At December 31, 2017, the Company had 21 communities under construction that in the aggregate are expected to contain 6,544 apartment homes and 97,000 square feet of retail space and be completed for an estimated Total Capital Cost of $2,928,000,000, including the Company's share of communities being developed through joint ventures.

The projected Total Capital Cost of Development Rights at December 31, 2017 increased to $3.8 billion at December 31, 2017 from $3.2 billion at September 30, 2017.

During the three months ended December 31, 2017, the Company acquired one land parcel for development, and acquired two additional land parcels for development in January 2018, for an aggregate investment of $35,078,000. The Company has started or anticipates starting construction of apartment communities on this land during the first half of 2018.

Acquisition Activity

In December 2017, the Company acquired 850 Boca, located in Boca Raton, FL. 850 Boca contains 370 apartment homes and was acquired for a purchase price of $138,000,000. The acquisition marked the Company's entry into the Southeast Florida metropolitan region.

During 2017, the Company acquired three communities containing an aggregate of 1,062 apartment homes and 27,000 square feet of retail space, for an aggregate purchase price of $365,750,000.

Disposition Activity

Consolidated Apartment Communities

During the three months ended December 31, 2017, the Company sold three wholly-owned operating communities: Avalon Run East, located in Lawrenceville, NJ, Avalon Huntington, located in Shelton, CT and Avalon Milford, located in Milford, CT. In the aggregate, the three communities contain 657 apartment homes and were sold for $171,000,000 resulting in a gain in accordance with GAAP of $92,715,000 and an Economic Gain of $54,767,000. These communities


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generated an Unleveraged IRR of 9.5% over a weighted average investment period of 11.9 years.

During the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company sold six wholly-owned operating communities containing 1,624 apartment homes, one of which included a golf course adjacent to the community. These communities were sold for an aggregate sales price of $475,500,000, resulting in a gain in accordance with GAAP of $251,163,000, and an Economic Gain of $163,081,000. The six communities yielded an Unleveraged IRR of 11.0% over a weighted average investment period of 9.6 years.

Unconsolidated Real Estate Investments

Fund II

AvalonBay Value Added Fund II, L.P. ("Fund II") is a private discretionary real estate investment vehicle that was formed in September 2008, and acquired, owned, operated and disposed of 13 apartment communities. The Company made an investment of $111,375,000 in Fund II, representing an equity interest of 31.3%. The Company also served as both the general partner and property manager for the investments of Fund II, and earned asset and property management fees over this period. As the General Partner of Fund II, the Company was entitled to, and received, a promoted return above its proportionate share of the venture’s results achieved in excess of certain thresholds.

During the year ended December 31, 2017, Fund II sold its final three communities containing 1,366 apartment homes for a total sales price of $272,050,000, resulting in an aggregate gain in accordance with GAAP for the Company of $26,322,000. In conjunction with these dispositions, the real estate ventures repaid $127,179,000 of related secured indebtedness at par in advance of the scheduled maturity dates. In addition, the Company recognized $26,742,000 in joint venture income associated with its promoted interest in Fund II for these dispositions.

From the inception of Fund II through its final real estate dispositions, the Company recognized a Gross Levered IRR of 19.2%, and a Gross Levered Cash Flow Multiple of 2.4 times. The Company’s total returns over the life of Fund II include recognition of its promoted interest in Fund II of $34,727,000.
U.S. Fund

During the year ended December 31, 2017, Multifamily Partners AC LP (the "U.S. Fund"), a private discretionary real estate investment vehicle acquired as part of the Archstone acquisition, in which the Company holds an equity interest of
 
28.6%, sold Eaves Sunnyvale containing 192 apartment homes for a sales price of $107,000,000. The Company's share of the gain in accordance with GAAP was $13,788,000. In conjunction with the disposition of this community, the U.S. Fund repaid $32,542,000 of related secured indebtedness in advance of the scheduled maturity date. This resulted in charges for prepayment penalties and write-offs of deferred financing costs, of which the Company’s portion was $406,000, reported as a reduction of joint venture income.

Liquidity and Capital Markets

At December 31, 2017, the Company did not have any borrowings outstanding under its $1,500,000,000 unsecured credit facility, and had $201,906,000 in unrestricted cash and cash in escrow.

The Company’s annualized Net Debt-to-Core EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2017 was 5.0 times.

Q4 2017 Capital Markets Activity

During the three months ended December 31, 2017, the Company issued the following unsecured notes in public offerings under its existing shelf registration statement:

$300,000,000 principal amount of floating rate unsecured notes were issued for net proceeds of $298,800,000. The notes mature in January 2021 and were issued at three-month LIBOR plus 0.43%; and

$450,000,000 principal amount of unsecured notes were issued for net proceeds of $445,271,000. The notes mature in January 2028 and were issued with a 3.20% coupon.

In addition, the Company obtained a $21,700,000 variable rate secured note with a maturity date of October 2020, in conjunction with the refinancing of $21,601,000 of secured indebtedness that had a contractual interest rate of 6.26%.

During the three months ended December 31, 2017, in addition to amounts refinanced discussed above, the Company repaid the following indebtedness or satisfied the following encumbrances:

$300,000,000 principal amount of its variable rate unsecured term loan indexed to LIBOR plus 1.450% entered into in March 2014, was repaid prior to the contractual maturity, resulting in a charge of $1,367,000 for the non-cash write-off of deferred financing costs; and



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the ground lease for Avalon Morningside Park, located in New York City, in conjunction with the acquisition of the land for $95,000,000, for which the Company recognized a non-cash write-off of prepaid rent of $11,153,000 associated with the ground lease termination.

Full Year 2017 Capital Markets Activity

During 2017, the Company issued $1,906,800,000 aggregate principal amount of debt, consisting of $1,700,000,000 of unsecured debt and $206,800,000 of secured debt. The Company used proceeds from these offerings to repay outstanding indebtedness of $1,565,804,000, consisting of $300,000,000 of unsecured debt and $1,265,804,000 of secured debt, as well as acquiring land encumbered by a ground lease for $95,000,000.

As a result of the debt issuance and repayment activity, the Company’s debt profile improved as of December 31, 2017 as compared to December 31, 2016 by (i) decreasing the weighted average effective interest rate on outstanding debt to 3.6% from 3.7%; (ii) decreasing the weighted average contractual interest rate on outstanding debt to 3.3% from 3.6%; (iii) increasing unencumbered NOI to 89% from 80%; and (iv) increasing weighted average years to maturity to 9.9 years from 8.6 years.

In addition, during the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company sold 568,424 shares of common stock at an average sales price of $188.39 per share, for net proceeds of $105,478,000 under the current continuous equity program established in December 2015.

First Quarter 2018 Dividend Declaration

The Company’s Board of Directors declared a dividend for the first quarter of 2018 of $1.47 per share on the Company’s common stock (par value of $0.01 per share). The declared dividend is a 3.5% increase over the Company’s prior quarterly dividend of $1.42 per share. The dividend is payable on April 16, 2018 to common stockholders of record as of March 29, 2018.

In declaring the increased dividend, the Board of Directors evaluated the Company’s past performance and future prospects for earnings growth. Additional factors considered in determining the increase included current common dividend distributions, the relationship of the current common dividend distribution to the Company’s Core FFO, the relationship of dividend distributions to taxable income, distribution requirements under rules governing real estate investment trusts, and expected growth in taxable income.
 
2018 Financial Outlook

The following presents a summary of the Company's financial outlook for 2018, further details for which are provided on Attachment 14.

For its first quarter and full year 2018 financial outlook, the Company expects the following:
 
Projected EPS, Projected FFO and Projected Core FFO Outlook (1)
 
 
Q1 2018
 
Full Year 2018
 
 
Low
 
High
 
Low
 
High
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Projected EPS
 
$0.99
-
$1.05
 
$5.83
-
$6.23
Projected FFO per share
 
$2.13
-
$2.19
 
$8.67
-
$9.07
Projected Core FFO per share
$2.14
-
$2.20
 
$8.73
-
$9.13
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 (1) See Attachment 15 for reconciliations of Projected FFO per share and
 Projected Core FFO per share to Projected EPS.
 
 

The following table compares the 2018 full year outlook for EPS, FFO per share and Core FFO per share to the Company's actual results for the full year 2017:
 
 
Full Year 2018 Outlook
Comparison to Full Year 2017 Results
 
 
 
 
 
 Per Share
 
EPS
FFO
Core FFO
 
 
 

 
2017 per share reported results
$
6.35

$
8.45

$
8.62

Established and Redevelopment Community NOI
0.18

0.18

0.14

Development and other community NOI
0.56

0.56

0.56

Capital markets activity
(0.14
)
(0.14
)
(0.30
)
General and administrative expense
0.08

0.08

(0.07
)
Joint venture income and management fees
(0.20
)
(0.20
)
(0.02
)
Casualty and impairment gain (loss), net and business interruption insurance proceeds
(0.06
)
(0.06
)

Gain on sale of real estate and depreciation expense
(0.74
)


2018 per share outlook (1)
$
6.03

$
8.87

$
8.93

 
 
(1) Represents the mid-point of the Company's January 2018 outlook.
 
 
 
 

First Quarter Conference Schedule

Management is scheduled to present at Citi's Global Property CEO Conference from March 4 - 7, 2018. Management may discuss the Company's current operating environment; operating trends; development, redevelopment, disposition and acquisition activity; financial outlook; portfolio strategy and other business and financial matters affecting the Company. Details on how to access a webcast of the Company's presentation will be available in advance of the


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conference event on the Company's website at http:// www.avalonbay.com/events.

Other Matters

The Company will hold a conference call on February 1, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET to review and answer questions about this release, its fourth quarter 2017 results, the Attachments (described below) and related matters. To participate on the call, dial 877-795-3647 domestically and 719-325-2308 internationally and use conference id: 6417274.
 
To hear a replay of the call, which will be available from February 1, 2018 at 6:00 PM ET to February 8, 2018 at 6:00 PM ET, dial 888-203-1112 domestically and 719-457-0820 internationally and use conference id: 6417274. A webcast of the conference call will also be available at http://www.avalonbay.com/earnings, and an on-line playback of the webcast will be available for at least seven days following the call.
 
The Company produces Earnings Release Attachments (the "Attachments") that provide detailed information regarding operating, development, redevelopment, disposition and acquisition activity. These Attachments are considered a part of this earnings release and are available in full with this earnings release via the Company's website at http://www.avalonbay.com/earnings. To receive future press releases via e-mail, please submit a request through http://www.avalonbay.com/email.

In addition to the Attachments, the Company is providing a teleconference presentation that will be available on the Company's website at http://www.avalonbay.com/earnings subsequent to this release and before the market opens on February 1, 2018. These supplemental materials will be available on the Company's website for 30 days following the earnings call.

About AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

As of December 31, 2017, the Company owned or held a direct or indirect ownership interest in 288 apartment communities containing 84,158 apartment homes in 12 states and the District of Columbia, of which 21 communities were under development and nine communities were under redevelopment. The Company is an equity REIT in the business of developing, redeveloping, acquiring and managing apartment communities in leading metropolitan areas primarily in New England, the New York/New Jersey Metro area, the Mid-Atlantic, the Pacific Northwest, and the Northern and Southern California regions of the United States. More information may be found on the Company’s website at
 
http://www.avalonbay.com. For additional information, please contact Jason Reilley, Vice President of Investor Relations, at 703-317-4681.

Forward-Looking Statements
 
This release, including its Attachments, contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  These forward-looking statements, which you can identify by the Company’s use of words such as “expects,” “plans,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “projects,” “intends,” “believes,” “outlook” and similar expressions that do not relate to historical matters, are based on the Company’s expectations, forecasts and assumptions at the time of this release, which may not be realized and involve risks and uncertainties that cannot be predicted accurately or that might not be anticipated. These could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that might cause such differences include the following, among others: we may abandon development or redevelopment opportunities for which we have already incurred costs; adverse capital and credit market conditions may affect our access to various sources of capital and/or cost of capital, which may affect our business activities, earnings and common stock price, among other things; changes in local employment conditions, demand for apartment homes, supply of competitive housing products, and other economic conditions may result in lower than expected occupancy and/or rental rates and adversely affect the profitability of our communities; delays in completing development, redevelopment and/or lease-up may result in increased financing and  construction costs and may delay and/or reduce the profitability of a community; debt and/or equity  financing for development, redevelopment or acquisitions of communities may not be available  or may not be available on favorable terms; we may be unable to obtain, or experience delays in obtaining, necessary governmental permits and authorizations; expenses may result in communities that we develop or redevelop failing to achieve expected profitability; our assumptions concerning risks relating to our  lack of control of joint ventures and our abilities to successfully dispose of certain assets may not be realized; our assumptions and expectations in our financial outlook may prove to be too optimistic; and the Company's expectations and assumptions as of the date of this release regarding potential uninsured loss amounts and on-going investigations resulting from the casualty loss at Avalon at Edgewater ("Edgewater") are subject to change and could materially affect the Company's current expectations regarding the impact of the casualty loss. Additional discussions of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially


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from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements appear in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 under the heading  “Risk Factors” and under the heading “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - Forward-Looking Statements” and in subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

The Company does not undertake a duty to update forward-looking statements, including its expected 2018 operating results and other financial data forecasts contained in this release. The Company may, in its discretion, provide information in future public announcements regarding its outlook that may be of interest to the investment community.  The format and extent of future outlooks may be different from the format and extent of the information contained in this release.
 
Definitions and Reconciliations
 
Non-GAAP financial measures and other capitalized terms, as used in this earnings release, are defined and further explained on Attachment 15, Definitions and Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Terms. Attachment 15 is included in the full earnings release available at the Company’s website at http://www.avalonbay.com/earnings.


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 FOURTH QUARTER 2017
 
Supplemental Operating and Financial Data
 
Table of Contents
 
Company Profile
 
 
Detailed Operating Information......................................................................................................................................
 
Attachment 1
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets....................................................................................................................
 
Attachment 2
Sequential Operating Information by Business Segment..............................................................................................
 
Attachment 3
 
 
 
Market Profile - Established Communities
 
 
Quarterly Rental Revenue and Occupancy Changes....................................................................................................
 
Attachment 4
Sequential Quarterly Rental Revenue and Occupancy Changes..................................................................................
 
Attachment 5
Full Year Rental Revenue and Occupancy Changes.....................................................................................................
 
Attachment 6
Operating Expenses ("Opex")........................................................................................................................................
 
Attachment 7
 
 
 
Development, Joint Venture, Debt Profile and Disposition Activity
 
 
Expensed Community Maintenance Costs and Capitalized Community Expenditures.................................................
 
Attachment 8
Development Communities............................................................................................................................................
 
Attachment 9
Future Development......................................................................................................................................................
 
Attachment 10
Unconsolidated Real Estate Investments......................................................................................................................
 
Attachment 11
Debt Structure and Select Debt Metrics.........................................................................................................................
 
Attachment 12
Summary of Disposition Activity.....................................................................................................................................
 
Attachment 13
 
 
 
Financial Outlook
 
 
2018 Financial Outlook.................................................................................................................................................
 
Attachment 14
 
 
 
Definitions and Reconciliations
 
 
Definitions and Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Terms...................................................
 
Attachment 15

 
The following is a "Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  The projections and estimates contained in the following attachments, including but not limited to Attachments 9, 10, 14 and 15, are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those projected in such statements.  Risks associated with the Company's development, redevelopment, construction, and lease-up activities which could impact the forward-looking statements are discussed in the paragraph titled "Forward-Looking Statements" in the release that accompanies these attachments. Among other risks, development opportunities may be abandoned; Total Capital Cost of a community may exceed original estimates, possibly making the community uneconomical and/or affecting projected returns; construction and lease-up may not be completed on schedule, resulting in increased debt service and construction costs; and other risks described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 and the Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for subsequent quarters, could cause actual results to differ materially from such projections and estimates.
 







 
Attachment 1
AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
Detailed Operating Information
December 31, 2017
(Dollars in thousands except per share data)
(unaudited)
 
 
Q4
 
Q4
 
 
 
Full Year
 
Full Year
 
 
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
% Change
 
2017
 
2016
 
% Change
Revenue:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Rental and other income (1)
 
$
554,435

 
$
516,952

 
7.3
 %
 
$
2,154,481

 
$
2,039,656

 
5.6
 %
Management, development and other fees
 
857

 
1,288

 
(33.5
)%
 
4,147

 
5,599

 
(25.9
)%
Total
 
555,292

 
518,240

 
7.1
 %
 
2,158,628

 
2,045,255

 
5.5
 %
Operating expenses:
 


 
 
 
 
 


 


 
 
Direct property operating expenses, excluding property taxes
 
105,189

 
101,154

 
4.0
 %
 
428,451

 
406,577

 
5.4
 %
Property taxes
 
57,180

 
51,326

 
11.4
 %
 
221,375

 
204,837

 
8.1
 %
Property management and other indirect operating expenses
 
17,780

 
15,688

 
13.3
 %
 
69,559

 
67,038

 
3.8
 %
Total operating expenses
 
180,149

 
168,168

 
7.1
 %
 
719,385

 
678,452

 
6.0
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest expense, net
 
(52,523
)
 
(49,648
)
 
5.8
 %
 
(199,661
)
 
(187,510
)
 
6.5
 %
Loss on extinguishment of debt, net
 
(1,310
)
 
(4,614
)
 
(71.6
)%
 
(25,472
)
 
(7,075
)
 
260.0
 %
General and administrative expense
 
(11,904
)
 
(10,638
)
 
11.9
 %
 
(50,814
)
 
(46,076
)
 
10.3
 %
Joint venture income (2)
 
358

 
10,184

 
(96.5
)%
 
70,744

 
64,962

 
8.9
 %
Investments and investment management
 
(1,659
)
 
(1,277
)
 
29.9
 %
 
(5,936
)
 
(4,822
)
 
23.1
 %
Expensed acquisition, development and other pursuit costs, net of recoveries
 
(649
)
 
(1,220
)
 
(46.8
)%
 
(2,736
)
 
(9,922
)
 
(72.4
)%
Depreciation expense
 
(157,100
)