SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.– CareTrust REIT, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTRE) today reported operating results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, as well as other recent events.
For the quarter, CareTrust REIT reported:
- Net loss of $10.1 million and net loss per diluted weighted-average common share of $0.11;
- Normalized FFO of $33.6 million and normalized FFO per diluted weighted-average common share of $0.35;
- Normalized FAD of $34.5 million and normalized FAD per diluted weighted-average common share of $0.36; and
- A net debt-to-normalized EBITDA ratio of 3.4x, and a net debt-to-enterprise value of 20%, each as of quarter-end.
Speaking of the Company’s progress during the quarter, Greg Stapley, CareTrust’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, reiterated that the Company’s record acquisition pace in the first half of the year, along with its conservative leverage levels, had allowed the Company to critically reexamine its portfolio for key re-tenanting and capital recycling opportunities. “As we previewed with last quarter’s results, after five full years of successful growth and diversification we recognized the need to do a deep dive on our portfolio and take a critical look at certain assets and relationships,” said Mr. Stapley. “As a result, we made affirmative moves that we believe have strengthened our overall portfolio by disposing of a few less desirable assets, moving other assets into stronger hands and restructuring or terminating relations with specific tenants,” he said.
Mr. Stapley characterized the exercise as a necessary part of a “regular and robust asset management process” in which every landlord should engage periodically. “We are committed to detecting and tackling small problems while they are still small, and believe this rigorous approach enhances accountability and promotes long term success both for us and our operating partners,” he said. David Sedgwick, CareTrust REIT’s Chief Operating Officer, added, “As a result of these changes, both the lease coverages and the tenant credits that back our overall portfolio are stronger than ever, and we believe our portfolio and tenant roster are very solid heading into 2020 and beyond.”
Financial Results for Quarter Ended September 30, 2019
Chief Financial Officer Bill Wagner reported that, for the third quarter, CareTrust generated a net loss of $10.1 million, or $0.11 per diluted weighted-average common share, normalized FFO of $33.6 million, or $0.35 per diluted weighted-average common share, and normalized FAD of $34.5 million, or $0.36 per diluted weighted-average common share. “We are pleased to be delivering a quarter-over-quarter increase in both normalized FFO and normalized FAD while simultaneously maintaining industry-low leverage and positioning CareTrust for future growth,” said Mr. Wagner.
Mr. Wagner reported that the quarter’s GAAP financial results were impacted by the several restructuring efforts simultaneously undertaken by the Company in the quarter. “The changes we made resulted in total impairments of $16.7 million, adjustments and write-offs of straight-line and other rent of $12.1 million, and a provision for loan loss of $1.1 million,” he said. “These one-time adjustments were a necessary part of our hands-on asset management philosophy, and we expect that the longer-term benefit of this quarter’s changes is a stronger and much more predictable platform to grow from in 2020,” he added.
Discussing the Company’s balance sheet, Mr. Wagner reported that, as of quarter end, CareTrust’s net debt-to-normalized EBITDA ratio was approximately 3.4x and its net debt-to-enterprise value was approximately 20%. “Our current debt levels continue to be well under management’s stated target leverage range of 4.0x to 5.0x net debt-to-normalized EBITDA, allowing us substantial optionality with respect to how we choose to fund significant growth going forward,” he said.
2019 Guidance Update & 2020 Guidance Preview
The Company updated its guidance for 2019, with Mr. Wagner projecting on a per-diluted weighted-average common share basis net income of approximately $0.46 to $0.47, normalized FFO of approximately $1.36 to $1.37, and normalized FAD of approximately $1.40 to $1.41. He noted that the 2019 guidance is based on a diluted weighted-average common share count of 93.4 million shares and assumes no new acquisitions or dispositions beyond those completed or announced to date, no new debt incurrences or new equity issuances, and estimated 1.75% CPI-based rent escalators under CareTrust’s long-term net leases.
Mr. Wagner also noted that the recent adjustments in CareTrust’s portfolio had provided early visibility into the Company’s estimated earnings for 2020. “We are projecting normalized FFO per share of $1.36 to $1.38, and normalized FAD per share of $1.40 to $1.42,” he said. “The 2020 guidance includes all investments made to date plus the expected fourth quarter acquisition of CareTrust’s remaining preferred equity investment, all portfolio adjustments made to date, the application of announced property sale proceeds to outstanding borrowings on the Company’s revolver, a diluted weighted-average share count of 95.6 million shares, no additional investments or dispositions, no debt or equity issuances, and inflation-based rent escalators at an average of 1.75%,” he added.
Portfolio Growth and Other Changes in the Quarter and Since
During the third quarter, CareTrust acquired a 96-operating bed assisted living facility in Escondido, California, and leased it to Bayshire, LLC. The total investment was approximately $12.6 million, inclusive of transaction costs, and the new master lease carries an initial annual cash rent of approximately $1.0 million. CareTrust funded the acquisition using cash on hand.
On September 1, 2019, the Company sold three of the seven Ohio properties that were formerly leased to Trillium Healthcare Group, LLC for $28.0 million, and leased the remaining four to affiliates of Providence Group, an existing CareTrust tenant with operations in Ohio and elsewhere. “The Ohio transactions allowed us to dispose of a couple challenging facilities and install an operator in the remaining assets with more experience and resources in the region, while allowing Trillium to refocus their efforts in Iowa and Georgia,” said Mr. Sedgwick.
On October 1, 2019, CareTrust acquired a 70-bed skilled nursing facility in Modesto, California, and a 99-bed skilled nursing and 72-unit assisted living campus in Sacramento, California. The facilities were both leased to Kalesta Healthcare, LLC. The total initial investment for the two assets was approximately $22.8 million, inclusive of transaction costs. Scheduled cash rent for the first two years is approximately $3.9 million, with CPI-based escalators thereafter.
On November 1, 2019, CareTrust replaced longtime tenant Priority Life Care, LLC in a portfolio of seven assisted living facilities located in Florida, Maryland, Indiana and Wisconsin. The new operator is Noble Health Services.
During the quarter, CareTrust concluded that six skilled nursing facilities located in Michigan and operated by Metron Integrated Health Systems met the criteria to be classified as held for sale. The Michigan assets are now under contract to sell for $37.0 million, subject to normal diligence, transfer documentation and licensure. Mr. Sedgwick said that the Company expects the transaction to close within the next few months.
During the quarter, CareTrust declared a quarterly dividend of $0.225 per common share. “On an annualized basis, our quarterly dividend represents a payout ratio of approximately 64% based on the third quarter 2019 normalized FFO, and 63% on normalized FAD,” said Mr. Wagner. “At this level, our dividend remains among the best-protected of all our industry peers, while simultaneously providing additional growth capital for reinvestment and a solid overall return to our shareholders,” he added.
A conference call will be held on Friday, November 8, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (10:00 a.m. Pacific Time), during which CareTrust’s management will discuss third quarter 2019 results, recent developments and other matters. The dial-in number for this call is (844) 220-4972 (U.S.) or (317) 973-4053 (International). The conference ID number is 2590957. To listen to the call online, or to view any financial or other statistical information required by SEC Regulation G, please visit the Investors section of the CareTrust REIT website at http://investor.caretrustreit.com. The call will be recorded, and will be available for replay via the website for 30 days following the call.
CareTrust REIT, Inc. is a self-administered, publicly-traded real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership, acquisition, development and leasing of skilled nursing, seniors housing and other healthcare-related properties. With a nationwide portfolio of long-term net-leased properties, and a growing portfolio of quality operators leasing them, CareTrust REIT is pursuing both external and organic growth opportunities across the United States. More information about CareTrust REIT is available at www.caretrustreit.com.
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