Press Release

Healthcare Realty Trust Reports Results For the Fourth Quarter

Company Release - 2/12/2020 5:00 PM ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated (NYSE:HR) today announced results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2019.  The Company reported net income of $27.2 million, or $0.20 per diluted common share, for the quarter and $39.2 million, or $0.29 per diluted common share, for the year ended December 31, 2019.  Normalized FFO for the three months ended December 31, 2019 totaled $54.7 million, or $0.41 per diluted common share.

Salient quarterly highlights include:

  • Normalized FFO per share increased 4.0% over fourth quarter of 2018.
  • For the trailing twelve months ended December 31, 2019, same store cash NOI grew 2.9%.
    • Revenues increased 2.5% and revenue per average occupied square foot increased 2.6%.
    • Operating expenses increased 1.8%.
    • Average occupancy remained stable at 89.3%.
  • Predictive growth measures in the same store multi-tenant portfolio include:
    • Average in-place rent increases of 2.90%, up from 2.81% eight quarters ago
    • Future annual contractual increases of 3.16% for leases commencing in the quarter
    • Weighted average cash leasing spreads of 4.2% on 353,000 square feet renewed:  
      • 13% (<0% spread)
      • 7% (0-3%)
      • 40% (3-4%)
      • 40% (>4%) 
    • Tenant retention of 86.6%
  • Portfolio leasing activity in the fourth quarter totaled 527,000 square feet related to 135 leases:
    • 382,000 square feet of renewals
    • 145,000 square feet of new and expansion leases
  • During the fourth quarter, the Company acquired six medical office buildings for $107.4 million totaling 317,000 square feet.  Acquisitions included:
    • In Raleigh, a 58,000 square foot building adjacent to A2 rated WakeMed'sNorth Hospital for $21.6 million.
    • In Dallas, a 48,000 square foot building adjacent to AA- rated Baylor Scott & White Health'sMedical Center of Plano for $20.1 million.
    • In Seattle, a 36,000 square foot building anchored by A rated EvergreenHealth for $22.8 million. 
    • In Seattle, a 44,000 square foot building anchored by AA+ rated UW Medicine and A rated Overlake Hospital for $24.3 million.
    • In Seattle, a 20,000 square foot building adjacent to BBB+ rated CommonSpirit Health's Highline Medical Center for $10.0 million.
    • In Memphis, a 111,000 square foot building anchored by BBB+ rated Baptist Memorial Health Care.  The 85% pre-leased building is being redeveloped for a total budget of $27.8 million, including the acquisition of the building for $8.7 million, and is expected to generate a yield of 7.6% once stabilized.
  • Subsequent to the end of the quarter, the Company acquired an 87,000 square foot medical office building adjacent to AA- rated MemorialCare Health'sSaddleback Medical Center in Los Angeles for $42.0 million.
  • Fourth quarter dispositions totaled $39.7 million including four medical office buildings, two inpatient rehab facilities, and one skilled nursing facility.
  • During the fourth quarter, the Company sold 3.1 million shares through its at-the-market equity program, generating $103.2 million in net proceeds.
  • Net debt to adjusted EBITDA decreased to 4.9 times at the end of the quarter.
  • A dividend of $0.30 per share was declared for the fourth quarter.

Salient highlights for the year ended December 31, 2019 include:

  • Normalized FFO totaled $206.2 million or $1.60 per diluted common share, up from $1.57 per diluted common share in 2018.
  • Predictive growth measures in the same store multi-tenant portfolio include:
    • Average in-place contractual rent increases of 2.90%
    • Future annual contractual increases of 3.12% for leases commencing in the year
    • Weighted average cash leasing spreads of 3.8% on 1,870,000 square feet renewed:
      • 10% (<0% spread)
      • 4% (0-3%)
      • 59% (3-4%)
      • 27% (>4%) 
    • Average tenant retention of 87.4%
  • Annual portfolio leasing activity totaled 2,592,000 square feet related to 658 leases:
    • 2,080,000 square feet of renewals
    • 512,000 square feet of new and expansion leases
  • Net investment activity totaled $355.0 million:
    • $381.3 million of acquisitions
    • $28.6 million of development and redevelopment funding
    • $54.9 million of dispositions
  • Dividends paid in 2019 totaled $155.4 million, which equaled 75.3% of normalized FFO and 95.0% of FAD.

Healthcare Realty Trust is a real estate investment trust that integrates owning, managing, financing and developing income-producing real estate properties associated primarily with the delivery of outpatient healthcare services throughout the United States.  As of December 31, 2019, the Company owned 204 real estate properties in 25 states totaling 15.4 million square feet and was valued at approximately $5.9 billion. The Company provided leasing and property management services to 11.4 million square feet nationwide.

Additional information regarding the Company, including this quarter's operations, can be found at www.healthcarerealty.com.  Please contact the Company at 615.269.8175 to request a printed copy of this information.

In addition to the historical information contained within, the matters discussed in this press release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These risks are discussed in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Healthcare Realty Trust, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 under the heading "Risk Factors," and as updated in its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed thereafter. Forward-looking statements represent the Company's judgment as of the date of this release.  The Company disclaims any obligation to update forward-looking statements. A reconciliation of all non-GAAP financial measures in this release is included herein.

Consolidated Balance Sheets 1
DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA
    
ASSETS   
 DECEMBER 31, 2019 DECEMBER 31, 2018
Real estate properties   
Land$289,751  $230,206 
Buildings, improvements and lease intangibles 3,986,326   3,675,415 
Personal property 10,538   10,696 
Construction in progress 48,731   33,107 
Land held for development 24,647   24,647 
Total real estate properties 4,359,993   3,974,071 
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization (1,121,102)  (1,015,174)
Total real estate properties, net 3,238,891   2,958,897 
Cash and cash equivalents 657   8,381 
Assets held for sale, net 37   9,272 
Operating lease right-of-use assets 126,177    
Financing lease right-of-use assets 12,667    
Other assets, net 185,426   214,697 
Total assets$3,563,855  $3,191,247 
    
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   
 DECEMBER 31, 2019 DECEMBER 31, 2018
Liabilities   
Notes and bonds payable$1,414,069  $1,345,984 
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 78,517   80,411 
Liabilities of properties held for sale 145   587 
Operating lease liabilities 91,574    
Financing lease liabilities 18,037    
Other liabilities 61,504   47,623 
Total liabilities 1,663,846   1,474,605 
Commitments and contingencies   
Stockholders' equity   
Preferred stock, $.01 par value; 50,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding     
Common stock, $.01 par value; 300,000 shares authorized; 134,706 and 125,279 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively 1,347   1,253 
Additional paid-in capital 3,485,003   3,180,284 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (6,175)  (902)
Cumulative net income attributable to common stockholders 1,127,304   1,088,119 
Cumulative dividends (2,707,470)  (2,552,112)
Total stockholders' equity 1,900,009   1,716,642 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$3,563,855  $3,191,247 

1 The Consolidated Balance Sheets do not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America for complete financial statements.

Consolidated Statements of Income 1
DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA
      
      
 THREE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31,TWELVE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31,
  2019 2018  2019 2018
Revenues     
Rental income 2$119,438 $111,149  $462,225 $442,397 
Other operating 2,086  2,019   8,073  7,992 
  121,524  113,168   470,298  450,389 
Expenses     
Property operating 46,214  42,815   180,005  170,506 
General and administrative 7,669  8,534   34,826  34,511 
Acquisition and pursuit costs 515  200   1,742  738 
Depreciation and amortization 46,134  42,437   177,859  164,201 
Bad debts, net of recoveries2   18     60 
  100,532  94,004   394,432  370,016 
Other income (expense)     
Gain on sales of real estate assets 20,036  10,787   25,101  41,665 
Interest expense (13,816) (13,602)  (55,435) (52,804)
Impairment of real estate assets (7)    (5,617)  
Interest and other income (expense), net 5  (35)  (730) 537 
  6,218  (2,850)  (36,681) (10,602)
Net Income$27,210 $16,314  $39,185 $69,771 
      
Basic earnings per common share - Net income$0.20 $0.13  $0.29 $0.55 
Diluted earnings per common share - Net income$0.20 $0.13  $0.29 $0.55 
      
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic 132,240  123,326   128,000  123,292 
Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted 132,317  123,376   128,084  123,351 
  1. The Consolidated Statements of Income do not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America for complete financial statements.
  2. Beginning in the first quarter of 2019 with the adoption of Accounting Standards Codification Topic 842, bad debts, net of recoveries associated with lease revenue was recorded within rental income. 


Reconciliation of FFO, Normalized FFO and FAD
DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA - UNAUDITED
      
 THREE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, TWELVE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31,
  2019 2018  2019 2018
Net income$27,210 $16,314  $39,185 $69,771 
Gain on sales of real estate assets (20,036) (10,787)  (25,101) (41,665)
Impairment of real estate asset 7     5,617   
Real estate depreciation and amortization 47,042  43,380   181,036  166,854 
Funds from operations (FFO)$54,223 $48,907  $200,737 $194,960 
Acquisition and pursuit costs 1 515  200   1,742  738 
Lease intangible amortization 2 4     147   
Accelerated Stock Awards 3      2,854  70 
Forfeited earnest money received        (466)
Debt financing costs      760   
Normalized FFO$54,742 $49,107  $206,240 $195,302 
Non-real estate depreciation and amortization 838  790   3,269  3,284 
Non-cash interest expense amortization 4 731  649   2,866  2,608 
Provision for bad debt, net 124  18   167  60 
Straight-line rent income, net (781) (302)  (1,431) (2,728)
Stock-based compensation 2,133  2,601   9,519  10,621 
Normalized FFO adjusted for non-cash items 57,787  52,863   220,630  209,147 
2nd generation TI (12,126) (10,367)  (28,690) (30,939)
Leasing commissions paid (4,970) (2,182)  (11,329) (7,119)
Capital additions (5,159) (2,817)  (17,158) (20,347)
Funds available for distribution (FAD)$35,532 $37,497  $163,453 $150,742 
FFO per common share - diluted$0.41 $0.39  $1.56 $1.57 
Normalized FFO per common share - diluted$0.41 $0.40  $1.60 $1.57 
FFO weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted 5 133,125  124,240   128,863  124,104 
  1. Acquisition and pursuit costs include third party and travel costs related to the pursuit of acquisitions and developments.
  2. The Company adopted the 2018 NAREIT FFO White Paper Restatement during the first quarter of 2019.  This amended definition specifically includes the impact of acquisition related market lease intangible amortization in the calculation of NAREIT FFO.  The Company historically included this amortization in the real estate depreciation and amortization line item which is added back in the calculation of NAREIT FFO.   Prior periods were not restated for the adoption.
  3. The Company's former Executive Chairman, David R. Emery, died on September 30, 2019 resulting in $2.9 million of expenses associated with the acceleration of his outstanding non-vested share-based awards.  The third quarter of 2018 includes a revaluation adjustment recorded in connection with an officer retirement. 
  4. Includes the amortization of deferred financing costs and discounts and premiums.
  5. Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding for the three months ended December 31, 2019 includes the dilutive effect of nonvested share-based awards outstanding of 807,447 shares.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures
DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA - UNAUDITED
 

Management considers funds from operations ("FFO"), FFO per share, normalized FFO, normalized FFO per share, funds available for distribution ("FAD") to be useful non-GAAP measures of the Company's operating performance. A non-GAAP financial measure is generally defined as one that purports to measure historical financial performance, financial position or cash flows, but excludes or includes amounts that would not be so adjusted in the most comparable measure determined in accordance with GAAP. Set forth below are descriptions of the non-GAAP financial measures management considers relevant to the Company's business and useful to investors.

The non-GAAP financial measures presented herein are not necessarily identical to those presented by other real estate companies due to the fact that not all real estate companies use the same definitions. These measures should not be considered as alternatives to net income (determined in accordance with GAAP), as indicators of the Company's financial performance, or as alternatives to cash flow from operating activities (determined in accordance with GAAP) as measures of the Company's liquidity, nor are these measures necessarily indicative of sufficient cash flow to fund all of the Company's needs.

FFO and FFO per share are operating performance measures adopted by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, Inc. (“NAREIT”). NAREIT defines FFO as “net income (computed in accordance with GAAP) excluding depreciation and amortization related to real estate, gains and losses from the sale of certain real estate assets, gains and losses from change in control, and impairment write-downs of certain real assets and investments in entities when the impairment is directly attributable to decreases in the value of depreciable real estate held by the entity.”  The Company defines Normalized FFO as FFO excluding acquisition-related expenses, lease intangible amortization and other normalizing items that are unusual and infrequent in nature.  FAD is presented by adding to Normalized FFO non-real estate depreciation and amortization, deferred financing fees amortization, share-based compensation expense and provision for bad debts, net; and subtracting maintenance capital expenditures, including second generation tenant improvements and leasing commissions paid and straight-line rent income, net of expense.  The Company's definition of these terms may not be comparable to that of other real estate companies as they may have different methodologies for computing these amounts.  FFO, Normalized FFO and FAD do not represent cash generated from operating activities determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America and is not necessarily indicative of cash available to fund cash needs. FFO, Normalized FFO and FAD should not be considered an alternative to net income as an indicator of the Company’s operating performance or as an alternative to cash flow as a measure of liquidity.  FFO, Normalized FFO and FAD should be reviewed in connection with GAAP financial measures.

Management believes FFO, FFO per share, Normalized FFO, Normalized FFO per share, and FAD provide an understanding of the operating performance of the Company’s properties without giving effect to certain significant non-cash items, including depreciation and amortization expense. Historical cost accounting for real estate assets in accordance with GAAP assumes that the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably over time. However, real estate values instead have historically risen or fallen with market conditions. The Company believes that by excluding the effect of depreciation, amortization, gains or losses from sales of real estate, and other normalizing items that are unusual and infrequent, FFO, FFO per share, Normalized FFO, Normalized FFO per share  and FAD can facilitate comparisons of operating performance between periods. The Company reports these measures because they have been observed by management to be the predominant measures used by the REIT industry and by industry analysts to evaluate REITs and because these measures are consistently reported, discussed, and compared by research analysts in their notes and publications about REITs.

Cash NOI and Same Store Cash NOI are key performance indicators. Management considers these to be supplemental measures that allow investors, analysts and Company management to measure unlevered property-level operating results. The Company defines Cash NOI as rental income and property lease guaranty income less property operating expenses. Cash NOI excludes non-cash items such as above and below market lease intangibles, straight-line rent, lease inducements, lease terminations, tenant improvement amortization and leasing commission amortization. Cash NOI is historical and not necessarily indicative of future results.

Same Store Cash NOI compares Cash NOI for stabilized properties.  Stabilized properties are properties that have been included in operations for the duration of the year-over-year comparison period presented and include redevelopment projects.   Accordingly, stabilized properties exclude properties that were recently acquired or disposed of, properties classified as held for sale, reposition properties and newly developed properties.  The Company utilizes the reposition classification for properties experiencing a shift in strategic direction.  Such a shift can occur for a variety of reasons, including a substantial change in the use of the asset, a change in strategy or closure of a neighboring hospital, or significant property damage.  Such properties may require enhanced management, leasing, capital needs or a disposition strategy that differs from the rest of the portfolio.  To identify properties exhibiting these reposition characteristics, the Company applies the following Company-defined criteria:

  • Properties having less than 60% occupancy that is expected to last at least two quarters;
  • Properties that experience a loss of occupancy over 30% in a single quarter; or
  • Properties with negative net operating income that is expected to last at least two quarters.

Any recently acquired property will be included in the same store pool once the Company has owned the property for eight full quarters.  Newly developed properties will be included in the same store pool eight full quarters after substantial completion.  Any additional square footage created by redevelopment projects at a same store property is included in the same store pool immediately upon completion.  Any property included in the reposition property group will be included in the same store analysis once occupancy has increased to 60% or greater with positive net operating income and has remained at that level for eight full quarters.

Carla Baca
Associate Vice President, Investor Relations
P: 615.269.8175

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Source: Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated