Gladstone Land Announces Second Quarter 2018 Results
MCLEAN, Va., Aug. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gladstone Land Corporation (Nasdaq: LAND) (“Gladstone Land” or the “Company”) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.
A reconciliation of funds from operations (“FFO”), core FFO (“CFFO”), and adjusted FFO (“AFFO”), all non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles in the United States) financial measures, to net loss, which the Company believes is the most directly-comparable GAAP measure for each, and a computation of fully-diluted net loss, FFO, CFFO, and AFFO per weighted-average share is set forth in the Quarterly Summary Information tables below, and a description of each of FFO, CFFO, and AFFO is located at the end of this press release. In addition, a description of net asset value (“NAV”), a non-GAAP financial measure, and a reconciliation to total equity, which the Company believes is its most directly-comparable GAAP measure, is also located at the end of this press release. All per-share references are to fully-diluted, weighted-average shares of common stock of the Company unless otherwise noted. For further detail, please refer to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (the “Form 10-Q”), filed today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), which is available on the SEC’s website at www.SEC.gov and the investor relations section of the Company’s website at www.GladstoneLand.com.
Comments from David Gladstone, President and CEO of Gladstone Land: “This was a challenging quarter for us, as the operations we conducted through our taxable REIT subsidiary fell short of our initial expectations, largely due to weather and market conditions towards the end of the season that were beyond our control. However, the good news is that the farm is now leased out to a strong, third-party operator for the next 10 years. While the second quarter was quiet on the acquisition front, the third quarter has started well for us, as we were able sell a farm in Oregon and quickly reinvest those proceeds into a larger and higher-yielding acquisition in Florida through a like-kind exchange. Further, the price we received on the sale of the Oregon farm represented a 22% premium over its most recent valuation, which we believe underscores our overall investment thesis of acquiring high-value farmland that appreciates over time. Our backlog of farms to buy is extremely healthy right now, so after a slow start to the year, we expect to be very active throughout the second half of the year. We are also hoping to receive a sizable amount of additional rental income from certain of our participating leases during the fourth quarter of 2018; however, we will not know the exact amounts until later in the year.”
Please note that the limited information that follows in this press release is a summary and is not adequate for making an informed investment judgment.
Quarterly Summary Information
(Dollars in thousands, except per-share amounts)
|For and As of the Quarters Ended||Change||Change|
|6/30/2018||3/31/2018||($ / #)||(%)|
|Total operating revenues||$||11,394||$||9,245||$||2,149||23.2||%|
|Total operating expenses, net of credits||(8,922||)||(6,459||)||(2,463||)||38.1||%|
|Other expenses, net||(4,324||)||(3,104||)||(1,220||)||39.3||%|
|Plus: Real estate and intangible depreciation and amortization||2,242||2,189||53||2.4||%|
|Less: Dividends declared on Series B Preferred Stock||(3||)||—||(3||)||N/A|
|FFO available to common stockholders and OP Unitholders||387||1,871||(1,484||)||(79.3||)%|
|Plus: Acquisition-related expenses||—||135||(135||)||(100.0||)%|
|Plus: Acquisition- and disposition-related accounting fees||—||22||(22||)||(100.0||)%|
|Plus: Other charges(1)||1,348||42||1,306||3,109.5||%|
|CFFO available to common stockholders and OP Unitholders||1,735||2,070||(335||)||(16.2||)%|
|Net rent adjustment(2)||(163||)||(252||)||89||(35.3||)%|
|Plus: Amortization of deferred financing costs||146||143||3||2.1||%|
|AFFO available to common stockholders and OP Unitholders||$||1,718||$||1,961||$||(243||)||(12.4||)%|
|Share and Per-Share Data:|
|Weighted-average common shares outstanding – basic and diluted||15,506,512||13,957,732||1,548,780||11.1||%|
|Weighted-average OP Units outstanding(3)||913,551||977,271||(63,720||)||(6.5||)%|
|Weighted-average total shares outstanding||16,420,063||14,935,003||1,485,060||9.9||%|
|Diluted net loss per weighted-average total share||$||(0.113||)||$||(0.021||)||$||(0.092||)||430.6||%|
|Diluted FFO per weighted-average total share||$||0.024||$||0.125||$||(0.102||)||(81.2||)%|
|Diluted CFFO per weighted-average total share||$||0.106||$||0.139||$||(0.033||)||(23.8||)%|
|Diluted AFFO per weighted-average total share||$||0.105||$||0.131||$||(0.027||)||(20.3||)%|
|Cash distributions declared per total share||$||0.133||$||0.133||$||0.000||0.1||%|
|Balance Sheet Data:|
|Net investments in real estate, at cost(4)||$||465,282||$||461,186||$||4,096||0.9||%|
|Total common shares + OP Units outstanding(3)||16,741,295||16,186,804||554,491||3.4||%|
|Cash flows from operations||$||1,731||$||2,750||$||(1,019||)||(37.1||)%|
|Farmland portfolio value||$||543,444||$||537,378||$||6,066||1.1||%|
|NAV per share||$||13.51||$||13.57||$||(0.06||)||(0.4||)%|
(1) For the three months ended June 30, 2018, consists of the net incremental impact of the farming operations conducted through Land Advisers (as defined below) (the “Incremental TRS Operations”), which was a net loss of approximately $1.4 million, as well as approximately $13,000 of non-recurring credits. For the three months ended March 31, 2018, consists of: (i) the Incremental TRS Operations, which was a net profit of approximately $121,000; (ii) a property and casualty loss of approximately $129,000; and (iii) approximately $34,000 of additional repairs incurred as a result of damage caused to one of our properties from a lightning strike.
(2) This adjustment removes the effects of straight-lining rental income, as well as the amortization related to above-market lease values and accretion related to below-market lease values, deferred revenue and tenant improvements, resulting in rental income reflected on a modified accrual cash basis. The effect to AFFO is that cash rents received pertaining to a lease year are normalized over that respective lease year on a straight-line basis, resulting in cash rent being recognized ratably over the period in which the cash rent is earned.
(3) There were 717,423 and 970,605 OP Units (as defined below) held by non-controlling limited partners as of June 30, 2018, and March 31, 2018, respectively.
(4) Consists of the initial acquisition price (including the costs allocated to both tangible and intangible assets acquired and liabilities assumed), plus subsequent improvements and other capitalized costs associated with the properties, and adjusted for accumulated depreciation and amortization.
(5) Consists of the principal balances outstanding of all indebtedness, including our lines of credit, mortgage notes and bonds payable, and our Series A Term Preferred Stock.
(6) Based on total acreage. Includes one farm that, until July 31, 2018, was leased (on a temporary basis) to Land Advisers (as defined below).
Highlights for the quarter:
- Leasing Activity: Executed a 10-year lease agreement with a new, unrelated third-party tenant on our 169-acre farm located in Ventura County, California, that, from October 17, 2017, through July 31, 2018, was leased to Gladstone Land Advisers, Inc. (“Land Advisers”), our taxable REIT subsidiary (“TRS”). The new lease commenced on August 1, 2018, and provides for annualized straight-line rents of approximately $667,000. Compared to the previous lease that was assigned to Land Advisers, the new lease, which is triple-net, is expected to result in an increase of approximately $20,000 in annual net operating income, or 3.0%, over that of the prior lease.
- Financing Activity: Obtained approximately $1.5 million of new, long-term borrowings from an existing lender at an expected effective interest rate of 4.24%, which is fixed for 5 years.
- Series B Preferred Stock: Completed the sale of 20,280 shares of our 6.00% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (the “Series B Preferred Stock”) for net proceeds of approximately $456,000.
- Overnight Offering—Over-allotment Option: In connection with an overnight offering of common stock completed in March 2018, the underwriters exercised the over-allotment option in April 2018, resulting in the issuance of an additional 165,000 shares of common stock for net proceeds of approximately $1.9 million.
- ATM Program: Issued and sold 399,106 shares of common stock under our ATM Program for net proceeds of approximately $5.0 million.
- Increased and Paid Distributions: Increased our monthly distribution run rate by 0.11% and paid total cash distributions of 0.1329 per share of common stock (including outstanding common units of limited partnership interests in Gladstone Land Limited Partnership (“OP Units”) that are held outside of the Company) for each of April, May, and June 2018.
Q2 2018 Results: Net loss for the quarter was approximately $1.9 million, or $0.11 per share, compared to approximately $318,000, or $0.02 per share, in the prior quarter. AFFO for the quarter was approximately $1.7 million, or $0.10 per share, a decrease of approximately $243,000, or 12.4%, from the prior quarter. The decrease in AFFO was driven by approximately $314,000 of interest patronage (or refunded interest) from Farm Credit (as defined in our Form 10-Q) that we recorded in the prior quarter related to interest previously paid to them on outstanding loans. Partially offsetting this decrease was: (i) an increase of approximately $32,000 in cash rents recognized during the current quarter; (ii) a decrease of approximately $21,000 in operating expenses, primarily driven by lower property-operating expenses; and (iii) a decrease of approximately $20,000 in interest expense due to lower overall borrowings outstanding during the current quarter. AFFO per share decreased by 20.3% from the prior quarter due to the reasons discussed above, coupled with a 9.9% increase in the weighted-average total common shares (consisting of both common stock and OP Units) outstanding during the current quarter as a result of additional shares of common stock issued in connection with the overnight offering completed in March 2018 and the ATM Program. We concluded the farming operations through Land Advisers, with the results coming in significantly below our initial expectations. The end result was an operating loss of approximately $180,000, and, due to certain market conditions (primarily the existence of bumper crops in all of the strawberry-growing regions within California, causing freezers to reach capacity earlier in the season than normal), we also had to write off approximately $1.1 million of crop inventory as a loss during the quarter due to not being able to sell the crops. Effective August 1, 2018, the farm was leased out to an unrelated third-party tenant for the next 10 years. Cash flows from operations for the current quarter were lower primarily due to the timing of when certain rental payments are scheduled to be paid pursuant to their respective leases, coupled with the additional costs paid in connection with the unsold crops on the farm operated by Land Advisers, for which no corresponding revenues were received. Our NAV per share decreased by $0.06 from the prior quarter to $13.51 at June 30, 2018, primarily driven by ongoing capital improvements made on certain of our farms (which won't be reflected in the properties' fair values until the respective projects are completed), largely offset by the net appreciation in value of our farmland holdings.
Subsequent to June 30, 2018:
- Portfolio Activity—Section 1031 Like-Kind Exchange: Sold a 1,895-acre farm in Morrow County, Oregon (the “Oregon Farm”), to the existing tenant for $20.5 million, the proceeds of which were used to acquire 5 farms totaling 5,630 acres in Collier and Hendry Counties, Florida (the “Florida Farms”), for approximately $37.4 million. We achieved a 20% internal rate of return on our initial equity investment in the Oregon Farm, which had a net book value of approximately $13.8 million at the time of the sale and was previously valued (for NAV purposes) at approximately $16.8 million. In addition, the seven-year lease that we executed upon the acquisition of the Florida Farms will provide us with annual straight-line rents of approximately $2.1 million, or approximately $1.4 million more than that of the Oregon Farm.
- Financing Activity: Secured an aggregate of approximately $32.8 million of new, long-term borrowings from three existing lenders at an expected weighted-average effective interest rate of 4.18%. On a weighted-average basis, these rates are fixed for the next seven years.
- Equity Activity—Series B Preferred Stock: Completed the sale of 89,419 shares of the Series B Preferred Stock for net proceeds of approximately $2.0 million.
- Increased Distributions: Increased our distribution run rate by 0.11%, declaring monthly cash distributions of $0.04435 per share of common stock (including OP Units held outside of the Company) for each of July, August, and September 2018. This marks our 11th distribution increase over the past 43 months, during which time we’ve increased the distribution run rate by a total of 47.8%.
Conference Call for Stockholders: The Company will hold a conference call on Thursday, August 9, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. EDT to discuss its earnings results. Please call (855) 363-1762 to enter the conference. An operator will monitor the call and set a queue for any questions. A conference call replay will be available beginning one hour after the call and will be accessible through August 16, 2018. To hear the replay, please dial (855) 859-2056, and use playback conference number 8374898. The live audio broadcast of the Company’s conference call will also be available online at the Company’s website, www.GladstoneFarms.com. The event will be archived and available for replay on the Company’s website through October 9, 2018.
About Gladstone Land Corporation:
Gladstone Land is a publicly-traded real estate investment trust that invests in farmland and farm-related properties located in major agricultural markets in the U.S., which it leases to unrelated third-party farmers. The Company reports the current fair value of its farmland on a quarterly basis; as of June 30, 2018, the estimated net asset value of the Company was $13.51 per share. Gladstone Land currently owns 79 farms, comprised of 67,060 acres in 9 different states across the U.S., valued at approximately $560 million. Its acreage is predominantly concentrated in locations where its tenants are able to grow fresh produce annual row crops (e.g., berries and vegetables), which are generally planted and harvested annually, as well as permanent crops (e.g., almonds, blueberries, and pistachios), which are generally planted every 10 to 20-plus years. The Company may also acquire property related to farming, such as cooling facilities, processing buildings, packaging facilities, and distribution centers. Gladstone Land pays monthly distributions to its stockholders and has paid 66 consecutive monthly cash distributions on its common stock since its initial public offering in January 2013. The current per-share distribution rate on its common stock is $0.04435 per month, or $0.5322 per year. Additional information 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 Bill.F@GladstoneLand.com;
- Midwest U.S. – Bill Hughes at (618) 606-2887 or Bill.H@GladstoneLand.com; or
- Western U.S. – Bill Reiman at (805) 263-4778 or Bill.R@GladstoneLand.com, or Tony Marci at (831) 225-0883 or Tony.M@GladstoneLand.com.
Lenders who are interested in providing us 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.Gladstone.com.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures:
FFO: The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”) developed FFO as a relative non-GAAP supplemental measure of operating performance of an equity REIT in order to recognize that income-producing real estate historically has not depreciated on the basis determined under GAAP. FFO, as defined by NAREIT, is net income (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding gains (or losses) from sales of property and impairment losses on property, plus depreciation and amortization of real estate assets, and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. The Company believes that FFO per share provides investors with an additional context for evaluating its financial performance and as a supplemental measure to compare it to other REITs; however, comparisons of its FFO to the FFO of other REITs may not necessarily be meaningful due to potential differences in the application of the NAREIT definition used by such other REITs.
CFFO: CFFO is FFO, adjusted for items that are not indicative of the results provided by the Company’s operating portfolio and affect the comparability of the Company’s period-over-period performance. These items include certain non-recurring items, such as acquisition- and disposition-related expenses, the net incremental impact of operations conducted through our taxable REIT subsidiary, income tax provisions, and property and casualty losses or recoveries. Although the Company’s calculation of CFFO differs from NAREIT’s definition of FFO and may not be comparable to that of other REITs, the Company believes it is a meaningful supplemental measure of its sustainable operating performance. Accordingly, CFFO should be considered a supplement to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of our performance. For a full explanation of the adjustments made to arrive at CFFO, please read the Company’s Form 10-Q, filed today with the SEC.
AFFO: AFFO is CFFO, adjusted for certain non-cash items, such as the straight-lining of rents and amortizations into rental income (resulting in cash rent being recognized ratably over the period in which the cash rent is earned). Although the Company’s calculation of AFFO differs from NAREIT’s definition of FFO and may not be comparable to that of other REITs, the Company believes it is a meaningful supplemental measure of its sustainable operating performance on a cash basis. Accordingly, AFFO should be considered a supplement to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of our performance. For a full explanation of the adjustments made to arrive at AFFO, please read the Company’s Form 10-Q, filed today with the SEC.
The Company’s presentation of FFO, as defined by NAREIT, or CFFO or AFFO, as defined above, does not represent cash flows from operating activities determined in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered an alternative to net income as an indication of its performance or to cash flow from operations as a measure of liquidity or ability to make distributions.
NAV: Pursuant to a valuation policy approved by our board of directors, our valuation team, with oversight from the chief valuation officer, provides recommendations of value for our properties to our board of directors, who then review and approve the fair values of our properties. Per our valuation policy, our valuations are derived based on either the purchase price of the property; values as determined by an independent, third-party appraiser; or through an internal valuation process, which process is, in turn, based on values as determined by independent, third-party appraisers. In any case, we intend to have each property valued by an independent, third-party appraiser at least once every three years, or more frequently in some instances. Various methodologies are used, both by the appraisers and in our internal valuations, to determine the fair value of our real estate on a fee simple, “As Is” basis, including the sales comparison, income capitalization (or a discounted cash flow analysis), and cost approaches of valuation. NAV is a non-GAAP, supplemental measure of financial position of an equity REIT and is calculated as total equity, adjusted for the increase or decrease in fair value of our real estate assets and encumbrances relative to their respective costs bases. Further, we calculate NAV per share by dividing NAV by our total shares outstanding (inclusive of both our common stock and OP Units held outside of the Company). A reconciliation of NAV to total equity, to which the Company believes is the most directly-comparable GAAP measure, is provided below (dollars in thousands, except per-share amount):
|Total equity per balance sheet||$||135,151|
|Fair value adjustment for long-term assets:|
|Less: net cost basis of tangible and intangible real estate holdings(1)||$||(465,282||)|
|Plus: estimated fair value of real estate holdings(2)||543,444|
|Net fair value adjustment for real estate holdings||78,162|
|Fair value adjustment for long-term liabilities:|
|Plus: book value of aggregate long-term indebtedness(3)||320,694|
|Less: fair value of aggregate long-term indebtedness(3)(4)||(307,358||)|
|Net fair value adjustment for long-term indebtedness||13,335|
|Less: fair value of Series B Preferred Stock(5)||(507||)|
|Estimated NAV available to common stockholders and OP Unitholders||$||226,142|
|Total common shares and OP Units outstanding(6)||16,741,295|
|Estimated NAV per common share and OP Unit||$||13.51|
(1) Consists of the initial acquisition price (including the costs allocated to both tangible and intangible assets acquired and liabilities assumed), plus subsequent improvements and other capitalized costs associated with the properties, and adjusted for accumulated depreciation and amortization.
(2) As determined by the Company's valuation policy and approved by its board of directors.
(3) Includes the principal balances outstanding of all long-term borrowings (consisting of mortgage notes and bonds payable) and the Series A Term Preferred Stock.
(4) Long-term mortgage notes and bonds payable were valued using a discounted cash flow model. The Series A Term Preferred Stock was valued based on its closing stock price as of June 30, 2018.
(5) Valued at the security's liquidation value.
(6) Includes 16,023,872 shares of common stock and 717,423 OP Units held by non-controlling limited partners.
Comparison of estimated NAV and estimated NAV per share to similarly-titled measures for other REITs may not necessarily be meaningful due to possible differences in the calculation or application of the definition of NAV used by such REITs. In addition, the trading price of our common shares may differ significantly from our most recent estimated NAV per share calculation. The Company’s independent auditors have neither audited nor reviewed our calculation of NAV or NAV per share. For a full explanation of our valuation policy, please read the Company’s Form 10-Q, filed today with the SEC.
CAUTION CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS:
Certain statements in this press release, including, but not limited to, the Company’s ability to maintain or grow its portfolio and FFO, expected increases in capitalization rates, benefits from increases in farmland values, increases in operating revenues, and the increase in net asset value per share, are “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 inherently involve certain risks and uncertainties, although they are based on the Company’s current plans that are believed to be reasonable as of the date of this press release. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the Company’s ability to procure financing for investments, downturns in the current economic environment, the performance of its tenants, the impact of competition on its efforts to renew existing leases or re-lease real property, and significant changes in interest rates. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by its forward-looking statements are disclosed under the caption “Risk Factors” within the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, as filed with the SEC on February 20, 2018, and its Form 10-Q for the three months ended June 30, 2018, as filed with the SEC on August 8, 2018, 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.
Gladstone Land Corporation, +1-703-287-5893
Released August 8, 2018