Agree Realty Corporation Reports First Quarter 2020 Results - WIRE.RealEstate

Agree Realty Corporation Reports First Quarter 2020 Results

Apr 23, 2020 11:05 PM ET


Agree Realty Corporation (NYSE: ADC) (the “Company”) today announced results for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.  All per share amounts included herein are on a diluted per common share basis unless otherwise stated.

First Quarter 2020 Financial and Operating Highlights:

  • Invested $231.2 million in 55 retail net lease properties
  • Completed three development and Partner Capital Solutions (“PCS”) projects
  • Net Income per share attributable to the Company decreased 2.6% to $0.46
  • Net Income attributable to the Company increased 15.7% to $21.2 million
  • Increased Core Funds from Operations (“Core FFO”) per share 10.7% to $0.82
  • Increased Core FFO 31.4% to $37.6 million
  • Increased Adjusted Funds from Operations (“AFFO”) per share 13.0% to $0.81
  • Increased AFFO 34.1% to $37.2 million
  • Declared a quarterly dividend of $0.585 per share, a 5.4% year-over-year increase
  • Sold 3,373,828 shares of common stock via the forward component of the Company’s at-the-market equity (“ATM”) program for anticipated net proceeds of $228.4 million
  • Settled 1,400,251 shares of the Company’s outstanding ATM forward equity offerings for net proceeds of approximately $104.6 million
  • Commenced a follow-on public offering of 2,875,000 shares of common stock, including the underwriters’ overallotment option, at a public offering price of $61.00 per share, raising net proceeds of $170.4 million
  • Received a BBB investment grade credit rating from S&P Global Ratings

Financial Results

Net Income

Net Income attributable to the Company for the three months ended March 31, 2020 increased 15.7% to $21.2 million, compared to $18.3 million for the comparable period in 2019. Net Income per share attributable to the Company for the three months ended March 31, 2020 decreased 2.6% to $0.46, compared to $0.48 per share for the comparable period in 2019.

Core Funds from Operations

Core FFO for the three months ended March 31, 2020 increased 31.4% to $37.6 million, compared to Core FFO of $28.6 million for the comparable period in 2019. Core FFO per share for the three months ended March 31, 2020 increased 10.7% to $0.82, compared to Core FFO per share of $0.74 for the comparable period in 2019.

Adjusted Funds from Operations

AFFO for the three months ended March 31, 2020 increased 34.1% to $37.2 million, compared to AFFO of $27.7 million for the comparable period in 2019.  AFFO per share for the three months ended March 31, 2020 increased 13.0% to $0.81, compared to AFFO per share of $0.72 for the comparable period in 2019.

Dividend

The Company paid a cash dividend of $0.585 per share on April 9, 2020 to stockholders of record on March 27, 2020, a 5.4% increase over the $0.555 quarterly dividend declared in the first quarter of 2019.  The quarterly dividend represents payout ratios of approximately 72% of Core FFO per share and AFFO per share, respectively.

CEO Comments

“We are very pleased with our start to the year as we continue to execute on our operating strategy despite the disruption caused by COVID-19,” said Joey Agree, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our best-in-class retail portfolio benefitted from another quarter of robust investment volume and opportunistic disposition activities. Approximately 89% of annualized base rents acquired during the quarter are derived from leading investment grade retailers, further solidifying our portfolio. Given our fortified balance sheet and visibility into our pipeline, we are poised to take advantage of a myriad of opportunities.”

Portfolio Update                                               

As of March 31, 2020, the Company’s growing portfolio consisted of 868 properties located in 46 states totaling approximately 16.3 million square feet of gross leasable area. 

The portfolio was approximately 99.3% leased, had a weighted-average remaining lease term of approximately 9.8 years, and generated 59.6% of annualized base rents from investment grade retail tenants or parent entities thereof.

COVID-19 Update

As of April 17, 2020, the Company received April rent payments from over 87% of its portfolio. 100% of the Company’s investment grade tenants paid April rent.  Additional detail regarding April rent payments received can be found in the Retail Sectors table on page 6.

As is believed to be the case with all retail landlords, the Company received a myriad of short-term rent relief requests, or requests for further discussions from its tenants, from approximately 33% of its portfolio as measured by annualized base rent. The Company believes many of these requests are opportunistic in nature and are coming from tenants that have the ability to pay rent. Not all tenant requests will ultimately result in modification agreements, nor is the Company forgoing its contractual rights under its lease agreements.

Approximately 81% of stores within the Company’s portfolio are currently open, 26% of which are operating on a limited basis. The remaining 19% of stores are closed.

Ground Lease Portfolio

As of March 31, 2020, the Company’s ground lease portfolio consisted of 66 properties located in 24 states and totaled approximately 2.2 million square feet of gross leasable area. Properties ground leased to tenants accounted for 8.5% of annualized base rents.

The ground lease portfolio was fully occupied, had a weighted-average remaining lease term of approximately 10.6 years, and generated 89.1% of annualized base rents from investment grade retail tenants or parent entities thereof.

Acquisitions

Total acquisition volume for the first quarter of 2020, excluding acquisition and closing costs, was approximately $227.7 million and included 51 assets net leased to leading retailers operating in the off-price retail, auto parts, general merchandise, dollar store, home improvement, grocery and tire and auto service sectors.  The properties are located in 24 states and leased to tenants operating in 14 retail sectors.  The properties were acquired at a weighted-average capitalization rate of 6.4% and had a weighted-average remaining lease term of approximately 11.0 years. Approximately 88.7% of annualized base rents acquired were generated from investment grade retail tenants or parent entities thereof. Approximately 36% of the Company’s first quarter acquisition volume was invested into six assets leased to Walmart.

The Company’s outlook for acquisition volume in 2020, which includes several significant assumptions, is being increased to a range of $700 million to $800 million of high-quality retail net lease properties from a previous range of $600 million to $700 million.

Dispositions

During the first quarter, the Company sold six properties for gross proceeds of approximately $25.1 million. The dispositions were completed at a weighted-average capitalization rate of 7.8% and included the Company’s only JOANN Fabrics, an Academy Sports, four franchise restaurants and a Walgreens.

The Company is increasing the lower end of its disposition guidance range from $25 million to $35 million and is maintaining the upper end of the range at $75 million.

Development and Partner Capital Solutions  

In the first quarter of 2020, the Company completed three previously announced development and PCS projects, including the Company’s redevelopment of the former Kmart space in Frankfort, Kentucky for ALDI, Big Lots and Harbor Freight Tools; the Company’s first development with Tractor Supply in Hart, Michigan; and the Company’s fifth project with Sunbelt Rentals in Converse, Texas which also commenced during the first quarter.

The Company commenced one additional development project during the first quarter. The project is the Company’s first development with TJ Maxx in Harlingen, Texas, and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2020.

For the three months ended March 31, 2020, the Company had four development or PCS projects completed or under construction. Anticipated total costs are approximately $15.3 million and include the following projects:

Tenant

 

Location

 

Lease
Structure

 

Lease
Term

 

Actual or
Anticipated Rent
Commencement

 

Status

                     

ALDI

 

Frankfort, KY

 

Build-to-Suit

 

10 years

 

Q4 2019

 

Complete

Harbor Freight Tools

 

Frankfort, KY

 

Build-to-Suit

 

10 years

 

Q4 2019

 

Complete

Big Lots

 

Frankfort, KY

 

Build-to-Suit

 

10 years

 

Q1 2020

 

Complete

Tractor Supply

 

Hart, MI

 

Build-to-Suit

 

10 years

 

Q1 2020

 

Complete

Sunbelt Rentals

 

Converse, TX

 

Build-to-Suit

 

10 years

 

Q1 2020

 

Complete

TJ Maxx

 

Harlingen, TX

 

Build-to-Suit

 

10 years

 

Q3 2020

 

Under Construction

Leasing Activity and Expirations

During the first quarter, the Company executed new leases, extensions or options on approximately 180,000 square feet of gross leasable area throughout the existing portfolio. Notable new leases, extensions or options included an approximately 44,000-square foot Dick’s Sporting Goods in Boynton Beach, Florida, and an approximately 38,000-square foot Giant Eagle in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

As of March 31, 2020, the Company’s 2020 lease maturities represented 0.2% of annualized base rents. The following table presents contractual lease expirations within the Company’s portfolio as of March 31, 2020, assuming no tenants exercise renewal options:

Year

 Leases

 

Annualized
Base Rent(1)

 

Percent of
Annualized
Base Rent

 

Gross

Leasable Area

 

Percent of Gross
Leasable Area

                   

2020

5

 

407

 

0.2%

 

64

 

0.4%

2021

25

 

4,498

 

2.1%

 

262

 

1.6%

2022

20

 

3,881

 

1.8%

 

348

 

2.2%

2023

41

 

8,046

 

3.7%

 

937

 

5.8%

2024

35

 

11,295

 

5.2%

 

1,217

 

7.5%

2025

53

 

12,970

 

6.0%

 

1,068

 

6.6%

2026

66

 

11,908

 

5.5%

 

1,133

 

7.0%

2027

69

 

16,469

 

7.6%

 

1,244

 

7.7%

2028

65

 

16,470

 

7.6%

 

1,240

 

7.7%

2029

89

 

28,218

 

13.1%

 

2,515

 

15.6%

Thereafter

481

 

101,831

 

47.2%

 

6,105

 

37.9%

Total Portfolio

949

 

$215,993

 

100.0%

 

16,133

 

100.0%

The contractual lease expirations presented above exclude the effect of replacement tenant leases that had been executed as of March 31, 2020 but that had not yet commenced.

Annualized Base Rent and gross leasable area (square feet) are in thousands; any differences are the result of rounding.

(1) Annualized Base Rent represents the annualized amount of contractual minimum rent required by tenant lease agreements as of March 31, 2020, computed on a straight-line basis. Annualized Base Rent is not, and is not intended to be, a presentation in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes annualized contractual minimum rent is useful to management, investors, and other interested parties in analyzing concentrations and leasing activity.

Top Tenants

As of March 31, 2020, Dave & Buster’s and Burlington are no longer among the Company’s top tenants. The following table presents annualized base rents for all tenants that represent 1.5% or greater of the Company’s total annualized base rent as of March 31, 2020:

Tenant

 

Annualized
Base Rent(1)

 

 Percent of

Annualized Base Rent

         

Walmart

 

$13,593

 

6.3%

Sherwin-Williams

 

10,001

 

4.6%

TJX Companies

 

8,231

 

3.8%

Best Buy

 

7,400

 

3.4%

Tractor Supply

 

7,113

 

3.3%

Dollar General

 

6,846

 

3.2%

Walgreens

 

6,594

 

3.1%

O’Reilly Auto Parts

 

6,375

 

3.0%

TBC Corporation

 

5,880

 

2.7%

CVS

 

5,530

 

2.6%

LA Fitness

 

5,091

 

2.4%

Lowe’s

 

4,890

 

2.3%

Sunbelt Rentals

 

4,735

 

2.2%

Dollar Tree

 

4,658

 

2.2%

Home Depot

 

4,549

 

2.1%

AutoZone

 

4,049

 

1.9%

Wawa

 

3,793

 

1.8%

Hobby Lobby

 

3,733

 

1.7%

Mister Car Wash

 

3,517

 

1.6%

Other(2)

 

99,415

 

45.8%

Total Portfolio

 

$215,993

 

100.0%

Annualized Base Rent is in thousands; any differences are the result of rounding.

(1) Refer to footnote 1 on page 4 for the Company’s definition of Annualized Base Rent. 

(2) Includes tenants generating less than 1.5% of Annualized Base Rent.

Retail Sectors

The following table presents annualized base rents for all of the Company’s retail sectors as of March 31, 2020:

Sector

 

Annualized
Base Rent(1)

 

Percent of
Annualized

Base Rent

April Rent
Payments
Received(2)

           

Home Improvement

 

$22,665

 

10.5%

100%

Tire and Auto Service

 

17,690

 

8.2%

97%

Grocery Stores

 

14,921

 

6.9%

100%

Off-Price Retail

 

13,539

 

6.3%

100%

Pharmacy

 

12,944

 

6.0%

100%

Convenience Stores

 

12,817

 

5.9%

100%

General Merchandise

 

12,594

 

5.8%

100%

Auto Parts

 

12,013

 

5.6%

100%

Dollar Stores

 

10,295

 

4.8%

100%

Consumer Electronics

 

8,756

 

4.1%

99%

Farm and Rural Supply

 

8,064

 

3.7%

100%

Health and Fitness

 

7,499

 

3.5%

26%

Restaurants – Quick Service

 

6,148

 

2.8%

82%

Crafts and Novelties

 

5,895

 

2.7%

85%

Equipment Rental

 

5,061

 

2.3%

100%

Warehouse Clubs

 

4,988

 

2.3%

100%

Health Services

 

4,925

 

2.3%

85%

Specialty Retail

 

4,862

 

2.3%

23%

Discount Stores

 

4,182

 

1.9%

61%

Home Furnishings

 

4,062

 

1.9%

59%

Theaters

 

3,786

 

1.8%

1%

Entertainment Retail

 

3,117

 

1.4%

0%

Pet Supplies

 

2,597

 

1.2%

94%

Restaurants – Casual Dining

 

2,426

 

1.1%

60%

Dealerships

 

2,367

 

1.1%

100%

Financial Services

 

2,075

 

1.0%

100%

Sporting Goods

 

2,020

 

0.9%

100%

Apparel

 

1,271

 

0.6%

23%

Shoes

 

1,019

 

0.5%

0%

Beauty and Cosmetics

 

661

 

0.3%

100%

Office Supplies

 

659

 

0.3%

61%

Miscellaneous

 

75

 

0.0%

100%

Total Portfolio

 

$215,993

 

100.0%

87%

Annualized Base Rent is in thousands; any differences are the result of rounding.

(1) Refer to footnote 1 on page 4 for the Company’s definition of Annualized Base Rent.

(2) Reflects the contractual obligations paid or committed in writing and in transit in April as a percentage of the total contractual obligations due in April for each respective sector. The Company is providing this supplemental information about April collections to assist with analysis of the potential financial impact of COVID-19. April rent payments received may not be indicative of collections in future periods.

Geographic Diversification

The following table presents annualized base rents for all states that represent 2.5% or greater of the Company’s total annualized base rent as of March 31, 2020:

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State

 

Annualized
Base Rent(1)

 

 Percent of

Annualized Base Rent

         

Michigan

 

$16,028

 

7.4%

Texas

 

14,881

 

6.9%

Florida

 

13,432

 

6.2%

Illinois

 

12,018

 

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