Gladstone Land Announces No Damage to Florida Farms from Hurricane Dorian and Provides Update on Recent Acquisition Activity
MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gladstone Land Corporation (NASDAQ: LAND) (“Gladstone Land” or the “Company”) announces no damage to its farms and farm facilities in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.
“We have spoken to our tenant-partners across the state who reported no crop losses or property damage,” said Bill Frisbie, Managing Director of Gladstone Land. “We are grateful to have come out unscathed, given the strength of this historic storm.”
“Farmers who rent our farms know that we stand behind our farms and are ready to help where needed, but we are thankful that there was no significant damage sustained as a result of this storm,” said David Gladstone, President and CEO of Gladstone Land. “Most of our farms in Florida grow annually-planted crops rather than trees, such as orange trees that are often grown in Florida. By not having orchards in Florida, we avoid the loss of the trees when there are strong winds.”
“On another note, we continue to add to the strength and diversity of our farmland holdings in the U.S. Since June 30, 2019, the Company has acquired over $153 million of new farms. This is a substantial increase since we last reported, and we now own about 82,000 acres across ten states. These recent acquisitions should add nicely to the revenue and earnings for the remainder of 2019.”
About Gladstone Land Corporation:
Founded in 1997, Gladstone Land is a publicly traded real estate investment trust that owns farmland and farm-related properties located in major agricultural markets across the U.S. and leases its properties to unrelated third-party farmers. The Company reports the fair value of its farms on a quarterly basis. The Company currently owns 95 farms, comprised of approximately 82,000 acres in 10 different states, valued at approximately $821 million. The farms are predominantly located in regions where its tenants are able to grow fresh produce annual row crops, such as berries and vegetables, which are generally planted and harvested annually. The Company also owns farms growing permanent crops, such as almonds, apples, figs, olives, pistachios, and other orchards, as well as groves of blueberries and vineyards, which are generally planted every 10 to 20-plus years and harvested annually. The Company may also acquire property related to farming, such as cooling facilities, processing buildings, packaging facilities, and distribution centers. The Company pays monthly distributions to its stockholders and has paid 79 consecutive monthly cash distributions on its common stock since its initial public offering in January 2013. The current per-share distribution on its common stock is $0.04455 per month, or $0.5346 per year. Additional information, including detailed information about each of the Company’s farms, can be found at www.GladstoneFarms.com.
Owners or brokers who have farmland for sale in the U.S. should contact:
- Eastern U.S. – Bill Frisbie at (703) 287-5839 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Midwest U.S. – Bill Hughes at (618) 606-2887 or email@example.com
- Western U.S. – Bill Reiman at (805) 263-4778 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Tony Marci at (831) 225-0883 or email@example.com
Lenders who are interested in providing the Company with long-term financing on farmland should contact Jay Beckhorn at (703) 587-5823 or Jay.Beckhorn@GladstoneCompanies.com.
For stockholder information on Gladstone Land, call (703) 287-5893. For Investor Relations inquiries related to any of the monthly dividend-paying Gladstone funds, please visit www.GladstoneCompanies.com.
All statements contained in this press release, other than historical facts, may constitute "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. Words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates" and variations of the foregoing words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Readers should not rely upon forward-looking statements because the matters they describe are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company's business, financial condition, liquidity, results of operations, funds from operations or prospects to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such statements. Such risks and uncertainties are disclosed under the caption "Risk Factors" of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 (the “Form 10-K”), as filed with the SEC on February 26, 2019, and certain other documents filed with the SEC from time to time. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.
For a definition of net asset value and a reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP measure, please see the Company’s Form 10-K.
SOURCE: Gladstone Land Corporation
For further information: Gladstone Land, 703-287-5893
Released September 5, 2019