Cousins Properties Reports Results For Quarter Ended March 31, 2015

ATLANTA, May 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

Highlights

  • Funds From Operations for the first quarter was $0.21 per share.
  • Same property net operating income on a cash basis for the first quarter was up 15.9% over the prior year.
  • Leased or renewed 440,839 square feet of office space during the first quarter.
  • Second generation net rent per square foot on a cash basis increased 8.0% for the first quarter.
  • Commenced operations of Colorado Tower, a Class-A office tower in downtown Austin, Texas, containing 373,000 square feet of space. As of quarter end, the building was 95% leased. Subsequent to quarter end, additional leases have been signed and the building is currently 98.5% leased.
  • Subsequent to quarter end, announced commencement of Carolina Square, a mixed-use development in Chapel Hill, North Carolina expected to contain 158,000 square feet of office space, 42,000 square feet of retail space and 246 apartment units. This development will be completed in a 50/50 joint venture with Northwood Ravin.

Cousins Properties Incorporated (NYSE: CUZ) today reported its results of operations for the quarter ended March 31, 2015.

"Our first quarter performance continues to demonstrate our ability to drive results in both our existing portfolio and our development pipeline," said Larry Gellerstedt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cousins. "Successfully opening Colorado Tower, which is now 98.5% leased with rents above pro forma, is just the latest example of the significant value of our development capabilities.  As we continue into 2015, the outlook for our leasing and development activities remains solid, and given the overall strength of our markets, we believe we will generate additional value creation opportunities."

Financial Results

FFO was $45.9 million, or $0.21 per share, for the first quarter of 2015, compared with $36.2 million, or $0.19 per share, for the first quarter of 2014.

Net income available to common stockholders was $7.2 million, or $0.03 per share, for the first quarter of 2015, compared with $5.2 million, or $0.03 per share, for the first quarter of 2014.

2015 FFO Guidance

For the year ending December 31, 2015, the Company expects to report FFO in the range of $0.82 to $0.86 per share, up from its previously provided guidance of $0.81 to $0.85 per share. This updated guidance reflects management's view of current and future market conditions, as well as the earnings impact of events referenced in this release and during our scheduled conference call. This guidance does not include the operational or capital impact of any future unannounced acquisition or disposition activity. This guidance also excludes the operational or capital impact of any development activity other than Research Park V, Emory Point Phase II, and Carolina Square.

The Company's increased 2015 FFO guidance is driven by realized and forecast gains on land sales. The Company leaves unchanged all other previously provided components of its 2015 FFO guidance.

The Company's guidance is provided for information purposes based on current plans and assumptions and is subject to change.

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will conduct a conference call at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Thursday, May 7, 2015, to discuss the results of the quarter ended March 31, 2015. The number to call for this interactive teleconference is (877) 247-1056.

A replay of the conference call will be available for 14 days by dialing (877) 344-7529 and entering the passcode 10063359. The replay can be accessed on the Company's website, www.cousinsproperties.com, through the "Q1 2015 Cousins Properties Incorporated Earnings Conference Call" link on the Investor Relations page.

A copy of Cousins Properties first quarter 2015 "Supplement Information" can be found in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.cousinsproperties.com.  The information in this update is for informational purposes based on current plans and assumptions and is subject to change.  The Company undertakes no obligation to update this information.

Cousins Properties Incorporated is a leading fully-integrated real estate investment trust (REIT) with extensive experience in development, acquisition, financing, management, and leasing. Based in Atlanta, the Company actively invests in top-tier urban office assets and opportunistic mixed-use properties in Sunbelt markets.

The Consolidated Statements of Operations, Consolidated Balance Sheets, a schedule entitled Funds From Operations, which reconciles Net Income (Loss) Available to FFO, and a schedule entitled Same Property Information, which reconciles cash basis same property net operating income to rental property revenues and rental property expenses, are attached to this press release. The change in second generation net rent per square foot represents the aggregate net rent (base rent less operating expense reimbursements and leasing costs) paid by prior tenants compared to the aggregate net rent paid by current tenants for spaces that have been re-leased in the office portfolio. Second generation leases exclude leases executed for spaces that were vacant upon acquisition, new leases in a development property, and leases for spaces that have been vacant for one year or more. More detailed information on Net Income (Loss) Available and FFO results is included in the "Net Income and Funds From Operations - Supplemental Detail" schedule, which is included along with other supplemental information in the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K, which the Company is furnishing to the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), and which can be viewed through the "Supplemental Information" and "SEC Filings" links on the "Investor Information & Filings" link of the Investor Relations page of the Company's website at www.cousinsproperties.com. This information may also be obtained by calling the Company's Investor Relations Department at (404) 407-1898.

Certain matters discussed in this news release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Examples of such statements in this news release include the Company's estimated ranges of FFO per share, same property NOI growth, fee and other income, general and administrative expense, interest and other expenses, GAAP straight-lined rental income, and above and below market rental income, and the assumptions related thereto. Such statements are subject to uncertainties and risk. These include, but are not limited to, the availability and terms of capital and financing; the ability to refinance indebtedness as it matures; the failure of purchase, sale, or other contracts to ultimately close; the failure to achieve anticipated benefits from acquisitions and investments or from dispositions; the potential dilutive effect of common stock offerings; the availability of buyers and adequate pricing with respect to the disposition of assets; risks related to the geographic concentration of our portfolio; risks and uncertainties related to national and local economic conditions, the real estate industry in general, and the commercial real estate markets in particular; changes to the Company's strategy with regard to land and other non-core holdings that require impairment losses to be recognized; leasing risks, including the ability to obtain new tenants or renew expiring tenants, and the ability to lease newly developed and/or recently acquired space;  the adverse change in the financial condition of one or more of its major tenants; volatility in interest rates and insurance rates; the availability of sufficient investment opportunities; competition from other developers or investors; the risks associated with real estate developments (such as zoning approval, receipt of required permits, construction delays, cost overruns, and leasing risk); the loss of key personnel; the potential liability for uninsured losses, condemnation, or environmental issues; the potential liability for a failure to meet regulatory requirements; the financial condition and liquidity of, or disputes with, joint venture partners; any failure to comply with debt covenants under credit agreements; any failure to continue to qualify for taxation as a real estate investment trust; and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those described in Part I, Item 1A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014. The words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "plans," "may," "intend," "will," or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that its plans, intentions and expectations reflected in any forward-looking statement are reasonable, the Company can give no assurance that such plans, intentions or expectations will be achieved. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and speak as of the date of such statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of future events, new information or otherwise, except as required under U.S. federal securities laws.

CONTACT:


Gregg D. Adzema


Marli Quesinberry

Executive Vice President and


Director, Investor Relations and

Chief Financial Officer


Corporate Communications

(404) 407-1116


(404) 407-1898

greggadzema@cousinsproperties.com


marliquesinberry@cousinsproperties.com

 

 

COUSINS PROPERTIES INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited; in thousands, except per share amounts)






Three Months Ended March 31,


2015


2014

Revenues:




Rental property revenues

$ 90,033


$ 77,484

Fee income

1,816


2,338

Other

127


1,901


91,976


81,723

Costs and expenses:




Rental property operating expenses

37,954


34,857

Reimbursed expenses

1,111


932

General and administrative expenses

3,493


5,611

Interest expense

7,677


7,167

Depreciation and amortization

36,147


34,140

Separation expenses

102


84

Acquisition and related costs

83


22

Other

357


494


86,924


83,307

Income (loss) from continuing operations before taxes, unconsolidated joint ventures, and sale of investment properties

5,052


(1,584)

Benefit for income taxes from operations

-


12

Income from unconsolidated joint ventures

1,611


1,286

Income (loss) from continuing operations before gain on sale of investment properties

6,663


(286)

Gain on sale of investment properties

1,105


161

Income (loss) from continuing operations

7,768


(125)

Income (loss)  from discontinued operations:




Income (loss) from discontinued operations

(14)


892

Gain (loss) on sale from discontinued operations

(551)


6,365


(565)


7,257

Net income

7,203


7,132

Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

-


(155)

Net income attributable to controlling interests

7,203


6,977

Dividends to preferred stockholders

-


(1,777)

Net income available to common stockholders

$  7,203


$  5,200

Per common share information — basic and diluted:




Income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to controlling interest

$    0.04


$   (0.01)

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

(0.01)


0.04

Net income available to common stockholders

$    0.03


$    0.03

Weighted average shares — basic

216,568


191,739

Weighted average shares — diluted

216,754


191,952

Dividends declared per common share

$  0.080


$  0.075

 

 

COUSINS PROPERTIES INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES

FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS

(unaudited; in thousands, except per share amounts)






Three Months Ended March 31,


2015


2014

Net Income Available to Common Stockholders

$  7,203


$  5,200

    Depreciation and amortization of real estate assets:




         Consolidated properties

35,724


33,955

         Share of unconsolidated joint ventures

2,743


2,998

    (Gain) loss on sale of depreciated properties:




         Consolidated properties

(286)


         Discontinued properties

551


(6,358)

         Share of unconsolidated joint ventures


387

Funds From Operations Available to Common Stockholders

$ 45,935


$ 36,182

Per Common Share — Basic and Diluted:




Net Income Available

$    0.03


$    0.03

Funds From Operations

$    0.21


$    0.19

Weighted Average Shares — Basic

216,568


191,739

Weighted Average Shares — Diluted

216,754


191,952





The table above shows Funds From Operations Available to Common Stockholders ("FFO") and the related reconciliation to Net Income Available to Common Stockholders for Cousins Properties Incorporated and Subsidiaries.  The Company calculated FFO in accordance with the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts' ("NAREIT") definition, which is net income (loss) available to common stockholders (computed in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP")), excluding extraordinary items, cumulative effect of change in accounting principle and gains or losses from sales of depreciable property, plus depreciation and amortization of real estate assets, impairment losses on depreciable investment property and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures to reflect FFO on the same basis.      


FFO is used by industry analysts and investors as a supplemental measure of an equity REIT's operating performance. Historical cost accounting for real estate assets implicitly assumes that the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably over time.  Since real estate values instead have historically risen or fallen with market conditions, many industry investors and analysts have considered presentation of operating results for real estate companies that use historical cost accounting to be insufficient by themselves.  Thus, NAREIT created FFO as a supplemental measure of REIT operating performance that excludes historical cost depreciation, among other items, from GAAP net income.  Management believes that the use of FFO, combined with the required primary GAAP presentations, has been fundamentally beneficial, improving the understanding of operating results of REITs among the investing public and making comparisons of REIT operating results more meaningful.  Company management evaluates operating performance in part based on FFO.  Additionally, the Company uses FFO along with other measures, to assess performance in connection with evaluating and granting incentive compensation to its officers and other key employees.

 

 

COUSINS PROPERTIES INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)












March 31, 2015


December 31, 2014




(unaudited)



 Assets: 





Real estate assets:






Operating properties, net of accumulated depreciation of $348,344 and $324,543 in 2015 and 2014, respectively

$      2,271,966


$               2,181,684



Projects under development

10,101


91,615



Land

20,971


21,646




2,303,038


2,294,945








Cash and cash equivalents

4,388


-


Restricted cash

4,773


5,042


Notes and accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,678 and $1,643 in 2015 and 2014, respectively

12,109


10,732


Deferred rents receivable

64,161


57,939


Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures

100,821


100,498







Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $87,595 and $76,050 in 2015 and 2014, respectively

152,719


163,244


Other assets

42,652


34,930



Total assets

$      2,684,661


$               2,667,330

 Liabilities: 





Notes payable

$         847,948


$                 792,344


Accounts payable and accrued expenses

51,102


76,240


Deferred income

22,822


23,277







Intangible liabilities, net of accumulated amortization of $19,605 and $16,897 in 2015 and 2014, respectively

67,313


70,020


Other liabilities

32,541


31,991



Total liabilities

1,021,726


993,872

 Commitments and contingencies 

-


-

 Equity: 





Stockholders' investment:





Common stock, $1 par value, 350,000,000 and 250,000,000 shares authorized, 220,172,267 and 220,082,610 shares issued in 2015 and 2014, respectively

220,172


220,083


Additional paid-in capital

1,720,506


1,720,972


Treasury stock at cost, 3,570,082 shares in 2015 and 2014

(86,840)


(86,840)


Distributions in excess of cumulative net income

(190,903)


(180,757)



Total equity

1,662,935


1,673,458



Total liabilities and equity

$      2,684,661


$               2,667,330

 

 

COUSINS PROPERTIES INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES

SAME PROPERTY INFORMATION

(unaudited, in thousands)






Three Months Ended March 31,


2015


2014

Net Operating Income - Consolidated Properties




    Rental property revenues

$ 90,033


$ 77,484

    Rental property expenses

(37,954)


(34,857)


52,079


42,627

Net Operating Income - Discontinued Operations




    Rental property revenues

4


1,356

    Rental property expenses

(18)


(464)


(14)


892

Net Operating Income - Unconsolidated Joint Ventures

5,988


6,499

    Total Net Operating Income

$ 58,053


$ 50,018





Net Operating Income




    Same Property

$ 43,327


$ 41,166

    Non-Same Property

14,726


8,852


$ 58,053


$ 50,018





Non-Cash Items




    Straight-line rent

$  6,285


$  7,649

    Other

1,459


1,586


7,744


9,235

Cash Basis Property Net Operating Income




    Same Property

38,808


33,489

    Non-Same Property

11,501


7,294


$ 50,309


$ 40,783





This schedule shows same property net operating income and the related reconciliation to rental property revenues and rental property expenses. Net Operating Income is used by industry analysts, investors and Company management to measure operating performance of the Company's properties. Net Operating Income, which is rental property revenues less rental property operating expenses, excludes certain components from net income in order to provide results that are more closely related to a property's results of operations. Certain items, such as interest expense, while included in FFO and net income, do not affect the operating performance of a real estate asset and are often incurred at the corporate level as opposed to the property level. As a result, management uses only those income and expense items that are incurred at the property level to evaluate a property's performance. Depreciation and amortization are also excluded from Net Operating Income. Same Property Net Operating Income includes those office properties that have been fully operational in each of the comparable reporting periods. A fully operational property is one that has achieved 90% economic occupancy for each of the two periods presented or has been substantially complete and owned by the Company for each of the two periods presented and the preceding year. Same Property Net Operating Income allows analysts, investors and management to analyze continuing operations and evaluate the growth trend of the Company's portfolio.     


Cash Basis Same Property Net Operating Income represents Net Operating Income excluding straight-line rents, amortization of lease inducements, and amortization of acquired above and below market rents.

 

 

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