Press Release

Getty Realty Corp. Announces Preliminary Financial Results for the Quarter and Six Months Ended June 30, 2010

Company Release - 8/3/2010 5:20 PM ET

JERICHO, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Getty Realty Corp. (NYSE-GTY) (“Getty” or the “Company”) today reported its preliminary financial results for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2010.

Net earnings for the quarter ended June 30, 2010 increased by $0.4 million to $14.0 million, as compared to $13.6 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2009. Net earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2010 increased by $2.4 million to $25.9 million, as compared to $23.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2009. Earnings from continuing operations for the quarter ended June 30, 2010 increased by $2.1 million to $12.6 million, as compared to $10.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2009. Earnings from continuing operations for the six months ended June 30, 2010 increased by $4.1 million to $24.2 million, as compared to $20.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2009. Earnings from discontinued operations, primarily comprised of gains on dispositions of real estate, were $1.4 million and $1.7 million for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2010, respectively, as compared to $3.1 million and $3.4 million for the respective prior year periods.

The $2.1 million and $4.1 million increases in earnings from continuing operations for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2010, respectively, as compared to the respective prior year periods, were principally due to increased rental income and net reductions in operating expenses which were partially offset by higher interest expense. The $1.7 million decreases in earnings from discontinued operations for both the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2010, respectively, as compared to the respective prior year periods, were due to lower gains on dispositions of real estate.

During May 2010, the Company completed a primary public stock offering of 5.2 million shares of the Company’s common stock. The $108.2 million net proceeds from the offering was used in part to repay a portion of the outstanding balance under the Company’s revolving credit facility and the remainder is available for general corporate purposes.

Funds from operations, or FFO, increased by $1.7 million to $15.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, and increased by $3.5 million to $29.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010, as compared to $13.3 million and $25.5 million for the respective prior year periods. Adjusted funds from operations, or AFFO, increased by $1.0 million to $14.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, and increased by $2.3 million to $28.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010, as compared to $13.8 million and $26.1 million for the respective prior year periods. Certain items, which are included in the changes in net earnings, are excluded from the changes in FFO and AFFO. The changes in FFO for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2010 were primarily due to the changes in net earnings discussed above and further below but exclude decreases in depreciation and amortization expense and decreases in gains on dispositions of real estate. The changes in AFFO for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2010 also exclude impairment charges recorded in 2009 and non-cash adjustments recorded for deferred rental revenue due to the recognition of rental income on a straight-line basis over the current lease term, net amortization of above-market and below-market leases and recognition of rental income under a direct financing lease using the effective interest rate method which produces a constant periodic rate of return on the net investment in the leased property (the “Revenue Recognition Adjustments”) which cause the Company’s reported revenues from rental properties to vary from the amount of rent payments contractually due or received by the Company during the periods presented. FFO and AFFO are supplemental non-GAAP measures of the performance of real estate investment trusts and are defined and reconciled to net earnings in the financial tables at the end of this release.

The calculations of net earnings per share, FFO per share, and AFFO per share for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010 were impacted by increases in the weighted average number of shares outstanding as a result of the issuance of 5.2 million shares of common stock in May 2010. The weighted average number of shares outstanding used in the Company’s per share calculations increased by 2.4 million shares, or 9.6%, and 1.2 million shares, or 4.8%, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010, as compared to the respective prior year periods. Accordingly, the percentage or direction of the changes in net earnings, FFO and AFFO discussed above may differ from the changes in the related per share amounts. Diluted net earnings per share decreased by $0.04 per share for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, and increased by $0.05 per share for the six months ended June 30, 2010, to $0.51 per share and $1.00 per share, respectively, as compared to $0.55 per share and $0.95 per share for the respective prior year periods. Diluted FFO per share increased by $0.01 per share for the quarter ended June 30, 2010 and increased by $0.09 per share for the six months ended June 30, 2010 to $0.55 per share and $1.12 per share, respectively, as compared to $0.54 per share and $1.03 per share for the respective prior year periods. Diluted AFFO per share decreased by $0.02 per share for the quarter ended June 30, 2010 and increased by $0.04 per share for the six months ended June 30, 2010 to $0.54 per share and $1.09 per share, respectively, as compared to $0.56 per share and $1.05 per share for the respective prior year periods.

Revenues from rental properties included in continuing operations increased by $1.2 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, and $3.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010 to $21.7 million and $44.2 million, respectively, as compared to $20.5 million and $41.2 million for the respective prior year periods. Rent received increased by $1.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2010 to $21.5 million and by $2.9 million to $43.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010, as compared to the respective prior year periods. The increases in rent received were primarily due to rental income from the thirty-six properties acquired from, and leased back to, White Oak Petroleum in September 2009 and, to a lesser extent, due to rent escalations, partially offset by the effect of dispositions of real estate and lease expirations. Rental revenue includes Revenue Recognition Adjustments which increased rental revenue by $0.3 million and $0.5 million for the quarters ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively, and increased rental revenue by $0.7 million and $0.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively.

There were no impairment charges recorded in the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2010. Impairment charges of $1.1 million recorded in the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2009 were attributable to general reductions in real estate valuations in 2009 and, in certain cases, by the removal or scheduled removal of underground storage tanks by Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc., the Company’s largest tenant.

Environmental expenses, net of estimated recoveries from underground storage tank funds included in continuing operations for the quarter ended June 30, 2010 increased by $0.2 million to $1.3 million, as compared to $1.1 million for the prior year quarter. The increase in net environmental expenses for the quarter ended June 30, 2010 was primarily due to a higher provision for estimated environmental remediation costs, which increased by $0.6 million to $1.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, as compared to $0.4 million recorded for the quarter ended June 30, 2009, partially offset by lower litigation loss reserves and legal fees, which decreased by an aggregate $0.3 million to $0.2 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, as compared to $0.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2009. Environmental expenses, net of estimated recoveries from underground storage tank funds included in continuing operations for the six months ended June 30, 2010 decreased by $0.7 million to $2.9 million, as compared to $3.6 million recorded for the prior six month period. The decrease in net environmental expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2010 was primarily due to lower litigation loss reserves and legal fees, which decreased by an aggregate $0.9 million to $0.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010, as compared to $1.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2009, partially offset by a higher provision for estimated environmental remediation costs, which increased by $0.1 million to $1.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010, as compared to $1.8 million recorded for the six months ended June 30, 2009. Environmental expenses vary from period to period and, accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed on the magnitude or the direction of change in reported environmental expenses for one period as compared to prior periods.

General and administrative expenses increased by $0.3 million to $1.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, and by $0.8 million to $4.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010, as compared to $1.5 million and $3.4 million for the respective prior year periods. General and administrative expenses increased due to higher employee compensation and benefit expenses, allowance for doubtful accounts and professional fees.

Depreciation and amortization expense included in continuing operations decreased by $0.3 million to $2.4 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2010 and by $0.4 million to $4.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010, as compared to $2.7 million and $5.2 million for the respective prior year periods. Depreciation expense decreased in the 2010 periods as compared to the 2009 periods due to the effect of certain assets becoming fully depreciated, lease terminations and property dispositions partially offset by depreciation charges related to properties acquired.

Interest expense increased by $0.1 million to $1.3 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2010 and by $0.4 million to $2.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010, as compared to $1.2 million and $2.4 million for the respective prior year periods. The increase in interest expense for the quarter ended June 30, 2010 was due to higher weighted average effective interest rates partially offset by lower average borrowings outstanding. The increase in interest expense for the six months June 30, 2010 was due to higher weighted average effective interest rates and higher average borrowings outstanding.

David Driscoll, Getty’s Chief Executive Officer commented, “The increase in our earnings for 2010 is largely attributable to the contribution realized from the September 2009 White Oak transaction. While cap rates have compressed over the past few months, we are still comfortable that we can make accretive acquisitions while building our capacity to source and process those opportunities as they arise.”

Getty Realty Corp.’s Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To participate in the conference call, please dial (719) 325-2392 five to ten minutes before the scheduled start time and reference pass code 1298440. If you cannot participate in the live event, a replay will be available on August 4, 2010 beginning at 12:00 noon Eastern Time through midnight Eastern Time, August 7, 2010. To access the replay, please dial (719) 457-0820 and reference pass code 1298440.

Getty Realty Corp. is the largest publicly-traded real estate investment trust in the United States specializing in ownership and leasing of convenience store/gas station properties and petroleum distribution terminals. The Company owns and leases approximately 1,065 properties nationwide.

CERTAIN STATEMENTS IN THIS CURRENT REPORT ON FORM 8-K MAY CONSTITUTE “FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS” WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995. WHEN THE WORDS “BELIEVES,” “EXPECTS,” “PLANS,” “PROJECTS,” “ESTIMATES” AND SIMILAR EXPRESSIONS ARE USED, THEY IDENTIFY FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS. THESE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS ARE BASED ON MANAGEMENT’S CURRENT BELIEFS AND ASSUMPTIONS AND INFORMATION CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO MANAGEMENT AND INVOLVE KNOWN AND UNKNOWN RISKS, UNCERTAINTIES AND OTHER FACTORS WHICH MAY CAUSE THE ACTUAL RESULTS, PERFORMANCE OR ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE COMPANY TO BE MATERIALLY DIFFERENT FROM ANY FUTURE RESULTS, PERFORMANCE OR ACHIEVEMENTS EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED BY THESE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS. EXAMPLES OF FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS IN THIS CURRENT REPORT ON FORM 8-K INCLUDE THE STATEMENT OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER RELATING TO THE COMPANY’S ABILITY TO MAKE ACCRETIVE PROPERTY ACQUISITIONS. INFORMATION CONCERNING FACTORS THAT COULD CAUSE THE COMPANY’S ACTUAL RESULTS TO DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM THESE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS CAN BE FOUND IN THE COMPANY’S PERIODIC REPORTS FILED WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION. THE COMPANY UNDERTAKES NO OBLIGATION TO PUBLICLY RELEASE REVISIONS TO THESE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS TO REFLECT FUTURE EVENTS OR CIRCUMSTANCES OR REFLECT THE OCCURRENCE OF UNANTICIPATED EVENTS.

 

GETTY REALTY CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share data)
(unaudited)
           
    June 30,   December 31,
      2010   2009
Assets:          
 
Real Estate:
Land $ 253,466 $ 252,083
Buildings and improvements   252,077     251,791  
505,543 503,874
Less – accumulated depreciation and amortization   (140,502 )   (136,669 )
Real estate, net 365,041 367,205
 
Net investment in direct financing lease 20,373 19,156
Deferred rent receivable (net of allowance of $8,648 as of June 30, 2010 and $9,389 as of December 31, 2009) 27,640 27,481
Cash and cash equivalents 10,091 3,050
Recoveries from state underground storage tank funds, net 4,390 3,882
Mortgages and accounts receivable, net 2,174 2,402
Prepaid expenses and other assets   7,559     9,696  
Total assets $ 437,268   $ 432,872  
           
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity:          
 
Borrowings under credit line $ 45,000 $ 151,200
Term loan 23,980 24,370
Environmental remediation costs 17,317 16,527
Dividends payable 14,278 11,805
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   19,974     21,301  
Total liabilities 120,549 225,203
Commitments and contingencies -- --
Shareholders' equity:

Common stock, par value $.01 per share; authorized 50,000,000 shares; issued 29,941,576 at June 30, 2010 and 24,766,376 at December 31, 2009

299 248
Paid-in capital 367,844 259,459
Dividends paid in excess of earnings (49,279 ) (49,045 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (2,145 )   (2,993 )
Total shareholders' equity   316,719     207,669  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 437,268   $ 432,872  
 
 

GETTY REALTY CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
 
    Three months ended June 30,

 

Six months ended June 30,

    2010   2009   2010   2009
     
Revenues from rental properties $ 21,742 $ 20,531 $ 44,191 $ 41,154
 
Operating expenses:
Rental property expenses 2,314 2,498 5,538 5,544
Impairment charges - 1,069 - 1,069
Environmental expenses, net 1,335 1,088 2,887 3,636
General and administrative expenses 1,820 1,516 4,158 3,354
Depreciation and amortization expense   2,405     2,696     4,795     5,229  
Total operating expenses   7,874     8,867     17,378     18,832  

Operating income

13,868 11,664 26,813 22,322
 
Other income, net 53 116 174 249
Interest expense   (1,322 )   (1,242 )   (2,816 )   (2,437 )
Earnings from continuing operations 12,599 10,538 24,171 20,134
 
Discontinued operations:
Earnings from operating activities 32 4 55 104
Gains from dispositions of real estate   1,328     3,063     1,638     3,295  
Earnings from discontinued operations   1,360     3,067     1,693     3,399  
Net earnings $ 13,959   $ 13,605   $ 25,864   $ 23,533  
 
Basic and diluted earnings per common share:
Earnings from continuing operations $ .46 $ .43 $ .93 $ .81
Earnings from discontinued operations $ .05 $ .12 $ .07 $ .14
Net earnings $ .51 $ .55 $ 1.00 $ .95
 
Weighted-average shares outstanding:
Basic 27,150 24,766 25,958 24,766
Stock options and restricted stock units   2     -     2     -  
Diluted   27,152     24,766     25,960     24,766  
 
 
GETTY REALTY CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF NET EARNINGS TO
FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS AND
ADJUSTED FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
 
    Three months ended June 30,

 

Six months ended June 30,

    2010   2009   2010   2009
Net earnings   $13,959   $13,605 $25,864   $23,533
 
Depreciation and amortization of real estate assets 2,409 2,760 4,804 5,353
Gains from dispositions of real estate (1,328) (3,079) (1,638) (3,348)
Funds from operations 15,040 13,286 29,030 25,538
Revenue recognition adjustments (275) (547) (659) (549)
Impairment charges - 1,069 - 1,069
Adjusted funds from operations $14,765 $13,808 $28,371 $26,058
 
Diluted per share amounts:
Earnings per share $.51 $.55 $1.00 $.95
Funds from operations per share $.55 $.54 $1.12 $1.03
Adjusted funds from operations per share $.54 $.56 $1.09 $1.05
 
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 27,152 24,766 25,960 24,766
 

In addition to measurements defined by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”), Getty also focuses on funds from operations (“FFO”) and adjusted funds from operations (“AFFO”) to measure its performance. FFO is generally considered to be an appropriate supplemental non-GAAP measure of the performance of REITs. FFO is defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts as net earnings before depreciation and amortization of real estate assets, gains or losses on dispositions of real estate (including such non-FFO items reported in discontinued operations), extraordinary items and cumulative effect of accounting change. Other REITs may use definitions of FFO and/or AFFO that are different than Getty’s and, accordingly, may not be comparable.

Getty believes that FFO and AFFO are helpful to investors in measuring its performance because both FFO and AFFO exclude various items included in GAAP net earnings that do not relate to, or are not indicative of, Getty’s fundamental operating performance. FFO excludes various items such as gains or losses from property dispositions and depreciation and amortization of real estate assets. In Getty’s case, however, GAAP net earnings and FFO typically include the impact of deferred rental revenue (straight-line rental revenue), the net amortization of above-market and below-market leases and income recognized from direct financing leases on its recognition of revenues from rental properties (collectively the “Revenue Recognition Adjustments”), as offset by the impact of related collection reserves. GAAP net earnings and FFO from time to time may also include impairment charges and/or income tax benefits. Deferred rental revenue results primarily from fixed rental increases scheduled under certain leases with its tenants. In accordance with GAAP, the aggregate minimum rent due over the current term of these leases are recognized on a straight-line (or an average) basis rather than when payment is contractually due. The present value of the difference between the fair market rent and the contractual rent for in-place leases at the time properties are acquired is amortized into revenue from rental properties over the remaining lives of the in-place leases. Income from direct financing leases is recognized over the lease term using the effective interest method which produces a constant periodic rate of return on the net investment in the leased property. Impairment of long-lived assets represents charges taken to write-down real estate assets to fair value estimated when events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of the property may not be recoverable. In prior periods, income tax benefits have been recognized due to the elimination of, or a net reduction in, amounts accrued for uncertain tax positions related to being taxed as a C-corp., rather than as a REIT, prior to 2001.

Getty pays particular attention to AFFO, a supplemental non-GAAP performance measure that Getty defines as FFO less Revenue Recognition Adjustments, impairment charges and income tax benefit. In Getty’s view, AFFO provides a more accurate depiction than FFO of Getty’s fundamental operating performance related to (i) the impact of scheduled rent increases from operating leases; (ii) rental revenue from acquired in-place leases; (iii) the impact of rent due from direct financing leases, (iv) Getty’s rental operating expenses (exclusive of impairment charges); and (v) Getty’s election to be treated as a REIT under the federal income tax laws beginning in 2001. Neither FFO nor AFFO represent cash generated from operating activities calculated in accordance with GAAP and therefore these measures should not be considered an alternative for GAAP net earnings or as a measure of liquidity.

Source: Getty Realty Corp.

Contact:

Getty Realty Corp.

Thomas J. Stirnweis, 516-478-5403