MINOT, N.D., June 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — IRET (NYSE: IRET) announced today its fiscal fourth quarter 2018 financial and operating results.  Net income and Funds from Operations (“FFO”) per share for the three and twelve months ended April 30, 2018, are detailed below.  Core FFO adjusts FFO for certain non-routine items, and both FFO and Core FFO are reconciled to net income in the tables accompanying this earnings release.

Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended

April 30,

April 30,

Per Share

2018

2017

2018

2017

Net Income (Loss)

$

(0.19)

$

0.23

$

0.87

$

0.26

FFO

0.06

0.07

0.27

0.40

Core FFO

0.08

0.11

0.38

0.47

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Quarterly
Comparison

Sequential
Comparison

YTD
Comparison

Multifamily Same-Store Results

4Q18 vs. 4Q17

4Q18 vs. 3Q18

4Q18 vs. 4Q17

Revenues

5.2

%

1.3

%

4.3

%

Expenses

5.8

%

(0.2)

%

9.5

%

Net Operating Income (“NOI”)

4.7

%

2.4

%

0.4

%

Multifamily Same-Store Results

4Q18

3Q18

4Q17

Physical Occupancy

96.5

%

95.2

%

93.8

%

Weighted Average Occupancy

95.1

%

93.9

%

91.6

%

“The last twelve months were pivotal in positioning ourselves as a multifamily company,” said Mark O. Decker, Jr., IRET’s President and CEO.  “The next twelve months and beyond will be as pivotal in our quest to be the premier provider of apartment homes in our markets.”

IRET also announced that it has promoted Anne Olson to Chief Operating Officer and that Andrew Martin has resigned from his position as Executive Vice President, Property Operations, of the Company effective June 25, 2018. Mr. Martin will assist with his transition through July 31, 2018. Ms. Olson has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since April 30, 2017, overseeing the Asset Management and Legal Departments, and will continue in her capacity as General Counsel and Secretary. “Anne has been an integral part of our leadership team over the last 14 months, and I am confident that she can assist us in leveraging the progress we have made and continue to demonstrate our commitment to improve our residents’ experience and our company’s financial results.”

Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Highlights

  • Achieved quarterly same-store revenue growth of 5.2% over the same period in the prior year, driven by a 3.8% increase in occupancy and 1.4% growth in revenue per occupied home.
  • Experienced elevated quarterly same-store expense growth of 5.8% over the same period in the prior year, driven by previously disclosed changes to capitalization policies, additional costs related to increasing occupancy, higher labor costs, and increased real estate taxes primarily attributable to higher levy rates in select markets.
  • Grew quarterly same-store NOI growth by 4.7% over the same period in the prior year, driven by the aforementioned revenue growth of 5.2% offset by the 5.8% increase in expenses.
  • Closed the acquisition of Westend, a 390-home apartment community in Denver, Colorado, completing our second investment in this top-25 MSA where we now have 664 apartment homes.
  • Closed a $6.0 million operating line of credit to manage cash balances more effectively and enhance treasury management activities.

Fiscal Year 2018 Highlights

  • Substantially completed our transformation into a focused multifamily company by selling 50 commercial and other non-core multifamily properties for an aggregate sales price of $515.1 million. We used a portion of the proceeds from these sales to purchase four apartment communities with 1,355 homes for $373.1 million.
  • Achieved same-store revenue growth of 4.3% over the prior fiscal year, driven by a 2.4% increase in occupancy and 1.9% increase in revenue per occupied home. Realized these increases through a combination of initiatives, including better revenue management across the portfolio and the expansion of utility billings and ancillary revenue programs.
  • Experienced elevated same-store expense growth of 9.5% over the prior fiscal year, driven by previously disclosed changes to capitalization policies, additional costs related to increasing occupancy, higher labor costs, and increased real estate taxes.
  • Posted same-store NOI growth of 0.4% over the prior fiscal year, driven by the aforementioned revenue growth of 4.3% but offset by the 9.5% increase in expenses.
  • Issued 4,118,460 shares of 6.625% Series C preferred shares for gross proceeds of $103.0 million and redeemed all 4,600,000 shares of 7.95% Series B preferred shares for an aggregate cost, including accrued dividends, of $115.8 million, which will result in a reduction of $2.3 million in annual preferred dividend payments.
  • Increased the commitments to our unsecured line of credit by $50 million to a current total of $300 million. Closed a $70 million unsecured term loan and executed a swap agreement to synthetically fix the interest rate for the full duration of the loan.
  • Established a new senior management team to complete the portfolio transition and continue the operational improvements while achieving a $1.6 million year-over-year reduction in general and administrative expenses.
  • Strengthened our board with two new trustees who add expertise in customer-facing service operations and technology application as well as public company leadership experience in both board and management roles.

Acquisitions
We added one new community to our portfolio during the quarter:

(in thousands)

Community Name

Location

Apartment
Homes

Total Cost

% Occupied
as of 4/30/2018

Westend

Denver, CO

390

$

128,700

93.8

%

Dispositions
During the quarter, we sold one commercial property and adjacent parcel of unimproved land in Bismarck, ND for an aggregate sales price of $5.5 million.

Balance Sheet
At the end of the fourth quarter, we had $193.9 million of total liquidity on our balance sheet, including $176.0 million available on our corporate revolver and $6.0 million on our operating line of credit.

During the quarter, we repurchased and retired approximately 548,000 common shares and redeemed approximately 39,000 Units for an aggregate cost of approximately $3.0 million, representing an average price of approximately $5.09 per share.

During fiscal year 2018, we incurred a loss of $18.1 million due to impairment of one apartment community, three other commercial properties, and four parcels of land.

Quarterly Distributions
On June 5, 2018, IRET’s Board of Trustees declared a regular quarterly distribution of $0.07 per share/unit payable on July 2, 2018, to common shareholders and unitholders of record on June 15, 2018.  This distribution will be the 189th consecutive quarterly distribution paid by IRET since its inception in 1970.  It represents an annualized rate of $0.28 per share/unit with an annualized yield of 4.7% based on IRET’s closing share price as of June 26, 2018.

The Board of Trustees also declared a distribution of $0.4140625 per share on the 6.625% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares (NYSE: IRET PRC) payable on July 2, 2018, to holders of record on June 15, 2018.  Series C preferred share distributions are cumulative and payable quarterly in arrears at an annual rate of $1.65625 per share.

Earnings Call

Live webcast and replay:  http://ir.iretapartments.com

Live Conference Call

Conference Call Replay

Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 10:00 AM ET

Replay available until July 12, 2018

USA Toll Free Number

1-877-509-9785

USA Toll Free Number

1-877-344-7529

International Toll Free Number

1-412-902-4132

International Toll Free Number

1-412-317-0088

Canada Toll Free Number

1-855-669-9657

Canada Toll Free Number

1-855-669-9658

Conference Number

10120792

Supplemental Information
Supplemental Operating and Financial Data for the Quarter Ended April 30, 2018 (“Supplemental Information”), is available in the Investors section on IRET’s website at www.iretapartments.com or by calling Investor Relations at 701-837-7104.  Non-GAAP financial measures and other capitalized terms, as used in this earnings release, are defined and reconciled in the Supplemental Information, which accompanies this earnings release.

About IRET
IRET is a real estate company focused on the ownership, management, acquisition, redevelopment, and development of apartment communities.  As of April 30, 2018, IRET owned interests in 90 apartment communities consisting of 14,176 apartment homes.  IRET’s common shares and Series C preferred shares are publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE symbols: IRET and IRET PRC, respectively).

Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release are based on our current expectations and assumptions, and are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements do not discuss historical fact, but instead include statements related to expectations, projections, intentions or other items related to the future.  Froward-looking statements are typically identified by the use of terms such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” and variations of those words and similar expressions.  These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance, or achievements to be materially different from the results of operations, financial conditions, or plans expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.  Although we believe the expectations reflected in our forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that our expectations will be achieved.  Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact should be deemed forward-looking statements.  As a result, reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements, as these statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors beyond our control and could differ materially from our actual results and performance.  Such risks and uncertainties are detailed from time to time in our filings with the SEC, including the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Risk Factors” contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2018, in subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and in other public reports.  We assume no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking statements that become untrue due to subsequent events.

IRET

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO

IRET TO FFO AND CORE FFO

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended April 30,

2018

2017

Amount

Weighted
Avg Shares
and Units(1)

Per
Share
And
Unit(2)

Amount

Weighted
Avg Shares
and Units(1)

Per
Share
And
Unit(2)

Net income (loss) attributable to controlling interests

$

(20,874)

$

30,280

Less dividends to preferred shareholders

1,705

2,286

Less redemption of preferred shares

Net income (loss) available to common shareholders

(22,579)

119,588

$

(0.19)

27,994

121,155

$

0.23

Adjustments:

Noncontrolling interest – Operating Partnership

(2,663)

14,115

3,656

15,797

Depreciation and amortization

20,269

13,222

Impairment of real estate investments

15,192

2,875

Gains on depreciable property sales attributable to controlling interests

(2,210)

(37,517)

FFO applicable to common shares and Units(1)

$

8,009

133,703

$

0.06

$

10,230

136,952

$

0.07

Adjustments to Core FFO:

Lease termination fees

(3,244)

Development pursuit and other write offs

3,224

Loss on extinguishment of debt

122

2,910

Severance related costs

301

2,612

Land impairment

2,617

Redemption of Preferred Shares

Core FFO applicable to common shares and Units(1)

$

11,049

133,703

$

0.08

$

15,732

136,952

$

0.11

(1)

Units of the Operating Partnership are exchangeable for cash or, at our discretion, Common Shares on a one-for-one basis.

(2)

Net income attributable to IRET is calculated on a per common share basis. FFO is calculated on a per common share and Unit basis.

 

IRET

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO

IRET TO FFO AND CORE FFO

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Twelve Months Ended April 30,

2018

2017

Amount

Weighted
Avg Shares
and Units(1)

Per
Share
And
Unit(2)

Amount

Weighted
Avg Shares
and Units(1)

Per
Share
And
Unit(2)

Net income attributable to controlling interests

$

116,788

$

43,347

Less dividends to preferred shareholders

(8,569)

(10,546)

Less redemption of preferred shares

(3,657)

(1,435)

Net income available to common shareholders

104,562

119,977

$

0.87

31,366

121,169

$

0.26

Adjustments:

Noncontrolling interest – Operating Partnership

12,702

14,617

4,059

16,130

Depreciation and amortization

87,299

52,564

Impairment of real estate investments attributable to controlling interests

15,448

42,065

Gains on depreciable property sales attributable to controlling interests

(183,687)

(74,847)

FFO applicable to common shares and Units(1)

$

36,324

134,594

$

0.27

$

55,207

137,299

$

0.40

Adjustments to Core FFO:

Lease termination fees

(3,251)

Development pursuit and other write offs

3,224

Loss on extinguishment of debt

7,448

4,889

Land impairment

2,617

Redemption of Preferred Shares

3,657

1,435

Severance and transition costs

951

2,612

Core FFO applicable to common shares and Units(1)

$

50,997

134,594

$

0.38

$

64,116

137,299

$

0.47

(1)

Units of the Operating Partnership are exchangeable for cash or, at our discretion, common shares on a one-for-one basis.

(2)

Net income attributable to IRET is calculated on a per common share basis. FFO is calculated on a per common share and Unit basis.

 

IRET

RECONCILIATION OF NET OPERATING INCOME TO THE

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended April 30, 2018

Multifamily

All Other

Total

Real estate revenue

$

42,360

$

1,825

$

44,185

Real estate expenses

18,164

570

18,734

Net operating income

$

24,196

$

1,255

25,451

Property management

(1,411)

Casualty gain

155

Depreciation and amortization

(21,072)

Impairment of real estate investments

(17,809)

General and administrative expenses

(4,093)

Acquisition and investment related costs

(30)

Interest expense

(8,302)

Loss on debt extinguishment

(122)

Interest and other income

592

Loss before gain on sale of real estate and other investments and income from discontinued operations

(26,641)

Gain on sale of real estate and other investments

2,285

Loss from continuing operations

(24,356)

Income from discontinued operations

197

Net income (loss)

$

(24,159)

 

IRET

RECONCILIATION OF NET OPERATING INCOME TO THE

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended April 30, 2017

Multifamily

All Other

Total

Real estate revenue

$

36,228

$

6,583

$

42,811

Real estate expenses

15,720

722

16,442

Net operating income

$

20,508

$

5,861

26,369

Property management

(1,239)

Casualty gain

51

Depreciation and amortization

(11,060)

Impairment of real estate investments

(2,875)

General and administrative expenses

(4,728)

Acquisition and investment related costs

(3,224)

Interest expense

(8,281)

Loss on debt extinguishment

(1,193)

Interest and other income

461

Loss before gain on sale of real estate and other investments and income from discontinued operations

(5,719)

Gain on sale of real estate and other investments

7,409

Income from continuing operations

1,690

Income from discontinued operations

31,950

Net income (loss)

$

33,640

(in thousands)

Twelve Months Ended April 30, 2018

Multifamily

All Other

Total

Real estate revenue

$

159,983

$

9,762

$

169,745

Real estate expenses

70,460

2,574

73,034

Net operating income

$

89,523

$

7,188

96,711

Property management

(5,526)

Casualty loss

(500)

Depreciation and amortization

(82,070)

Impairment of real estate investments

(18,065)

General and administrative expenses

(14,203)

Acquisition and investment related costs

(51)

Interest expense

(34,178)

Loss on debt extinguishment

(940)

Interest and other income

1,508

Loss before gain on sale of real estate and other investments and income from discontinued operations

(57,314)

Gain on sale of real estate and other investments

20,120

Loss from continuing operations

(37,194)

Income from discontinued operations

164,823

Net income (loss)

$

127,629

(in thousands)

Twelve Months Ended April 30, 2017

Multifamily

All Other

Total

Real estate revenue

$

142,214

$

17,890

$

160,104

Real estate expenses

60,895

3,431

64,326

Net operating income

$

81,319

$

14,459

95,778

Property management

(5,046)

Casualty loss

(414)

Depreciation and amortization

(44,253)

Impairment of real estate investments

(57,028)

General and administrative expenses

(15,871)

Acquisition and investment related costs

(3,276)

Interest expense

(34,314)

Loss on debt extinguishment

(1,651)

Interest and other income

1,146,000

Loss before gain on sale of real estate and other investments and income from discontinued operations

(64,929)

Gain on sale of real estate and other investments

18,701

Loss from continuing operations

(46,228)

Income from discontinued operations

76,753

Net income (loss)

$

30,525

 

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