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Granite Announces 2024 First Quarter Results


Granite Real Estate Investment Trust and Granite REIT Inc. (TSX: GRT.UN; NYSE: GRP.U) ("Granite" or the "Trust") announced today its combined results for the three month period ended March 31, 2024.

FIRST QUARTER 2024 HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights for the three month period ended March 31, 2024 are set out below:

Financial:

Developments:

Operations:

Financing:

GRANITE'S FINANCIAL, OPERATING AND PROPERTY HIGHLIGHTS

(in millions, except as noted)

 

 

For the three months ended March 31,

 

2024

 

2023

 

 

 

Revenue

$

138.9

$

129.6

Net operating income ("NOI")

$

114.5

$

107.4

Net income attributable to stapled unitholders

$

89.1

$

9.8

Funds from operations ("FFO")(1)

$

82.4

$

79.6

Adjusted funds from operations ("AFFO")(2)

$

77.9

$

75.1

Diluted FFO per stapled unit(1)

$

1.30

$

1.25

Diluted AFFO per stapled unit(2)

$

1.22

$

1.18

Monthly distributions paid per stapled unit

$

0.83

$

0.80

AFFO payout ratio(3)

 

67 %

 

68 %

 

 

 

As at March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023

 

2024

 

2023

Fair value of investment properties

$

8,952.4

$

8,808.1

Cash and cash equivalents

$

139.9

$

116.1

Total debt(5)

$

3,034.5

$

2,998.4

Net leverage ratio(6)

 

32 %

 

33 %

Number of income-producing properties

 

138

 

137

Gross leasable area ("GLA"), square feet

 

63.3

 

62.9

Occupancy, by GLA

 

95.0 %

 

95.0 %

Committed occupancy, by GLA(9)

 

95.4 %

NA

Magna as a percentage of annualized revenue(8)

 

27 %

 

26 %

Magna as a percentage of GLA

 

19 %

 

19 %

Weighted average lease term in years, by GLA

 

6.1

 

6.2

Overall capitalization rate(7)

 

5.3 %

 

5.2 %

A more detailed discussion of Granite's combined financial results for the three month periods ended March 31, 2024 and 2023 is contained in Granite's Management's Discussion and Analysis of Results of Operations and Financial Position ("MD&A") and the unaudited condensed combined financial statements for those periods and the notes thereto, which are available through the internet on the Canadian Securities Administrators' System for Electronic Data Analysis and Retrieval Plus ("SEDAR+") and can be accessed at www.sedarplus.ca and on the United States Securities and Exchange Commission's (the "SEC") Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval System ("EDGAR"), which can be accessed at www.sec.gov.

2024 OUTLOOK

For 2024 outlook, Granite's forecast for FFO per unit remains unchanged from the outlook Granite provided on February 28, 2024, which is estimated to be within a range of $5.30 to $5.45. For AFFO per unit, Granite is adjusting downward its forecast range by $0.05 to $4.60 to $4.75 due to revised estimates for maintenance capital expenditures, leasing commissions and tenant allowances (collectively "AFFO-related capital expenditures") which were initially expected to occur in 2023. Granite is forecasting an increase in AFFO-related capital expenditures of approximately $3.0 million to approximately $28.0 million for fiscal year 2024. Granite has not made any changes to foreign currency exchange rate assumptions pertaining to the forecast period from April to December 2024. The high and low ranges continue to reflect foreign currency exchange rate assumptions where the high end of the range estimates the Canadian dollar to Euro exchange rate of 1.48 and the Canadian dollar to US dollar exchange rate of 1.38. On the low end of the range, we are assuming exchange rates of the Canadian dollar to Euro of 1.43 and the Canadian dollar to US dollar of 1.32. With respect to constant currency same property NOI ? cash basis guidance, Granite is maintaining its forecast range of 7.0% to 8.0%, based on a four-quarter average over 2024, and it is forecasted to skew to the lower end of the range based on revised leasing assumptions on certain existing availabilities. Granite's 2024 outlook assumes no acquisitions and dispositions.

Non-IFRS measures are included in Granite's 2024 forecasts above (see "NON-IFRS PERFORMANCE MEASURES"). See also "FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS".

CONFERENCE CALL

Granite will hold a conference call and live audio webcast to discuss its financial results. The conference call will be chaired by Kevan Gorrie, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Date:

Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. (ET)

Telephone:

North America (Toll-Free): 1-800-579-2543

International (Toll): 1-785-424-1699

Conference ID/Passcode:

REIT

Webcast:

To access the live audio webcast in listen-only mode, please visit https://events.q4inc.com/attendee/751825028 or https://granitereit.com/events.

To hear a replay of the webcast, please visit https://granitereit.com/events. The replay will be available for 90 days.

ANNUAL AND SPECIAL MEETINGS OF UNITHOLDERS

Granite's Annual and Special Meetings of Unitholders (the "Meetings") will take place on June 6, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. (ET) virtually by way of a live audio webcast. Unitholders can participate at the Meetings by joining the live audio webcast online at https://meetnow.global/MR6Z6J9. Refer to the "Voting Information and General Proxy Matters" within Granite's Management Information Circular/Proxy Statement for detailed instructions on how to vote at the Meetings. The webcast of the Meetings will be archived on our website following the Meetings. Please refer to the Annual Meetings Page at www.granitereit.com for additional details on the virtual Meetings.

OTHER INFORMATION

Additional property statistics as at March 31, 2024 have been posted to our website at https://granitereit.com/property-statistics-q1-2024. Copies of financial data and other publicly filed documents are available through the internet on SEDAR+, which can be accessed at www.sedarplus.ca and on EDGAR, which can be accessed at www.sec.gov.

Granite is a Canadian-based REIT engaged in the acquisition, development, ownership and management of logistics, warehouse and industrial properties in North America and Europe. Granite owns 143 investment properties representing approximately 63.3 million square feet of leasable area.

For further information, please see our website at www.granitereit.com or contact Teresa Neto, Chief Financial Officer, at (647) 925-7560.

NON-IFRS MEASURES, RATIOS AND RECONCILIATIONS

Readers are cautioned that certain terms used in this press release such as FFO, AFFO, FFO payout ratio, AFFO payout ratio, same property NOI - cash basis, constant currency same property NOI - cash basis, total debt and net debt, net leverage ratio, and any related per unit amounts used by management to measure, compare and explain the operating results and financial performance of the Trust do not have standardized meanings prescribed under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and, therefore, should not be construed as alternatives to net income, cash provided by operating activities or any other measure calculated in accordance with IFRS. Additionally, because these terms do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS, they may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other publicly traded entities.

(1) FFO is a non-IFRS performance measure that is widely used by the real estate industry in evaluating the operating performance of real estate entities. Granite calculates FFO as net income attributable to stapled unitholders excluding fair value gains (losses) on investment properties and financial instruments, gains (losses) on sale of investment properties including the associated current income tax, deferred income taxes, corporate restructuring costs and certain other items, net of non-controlling interests in such items. The Trust's determination of FFO follows the definition prescribed by the Real Estate Property Association of Canada ("REALPAC") guidelines on Funds From Operations & Adjusted Funds From Operations for IFRS dated January 2022 ("REALPAC Guidelines") except for the exclusion of corporate restructuring costs. Granite considers FFO to be a meaningful supplemental measure that can be used to determine the Trust's ability to service debt, fund capital expenditures and provide distributions to stapled unitholders. FFO is reconciled to net income, which is the most directly comparable IFRS measure (see table below). FFO should not be construed as an alternative to net income or cash flow provided by operating activities determined in accordance with IFRS.

(2) AFFO is a non-IFRS performance measure that is widely used by the real estate industry in evaluating the recurring economic earnings performance of real estate entities after considering certain costs associated with sustaining such earnings. Granite calculates AFFO as net income attributable to stapled unitholders including all adjustments used to calculate FFO and further adjusts for actual maintenance capital expenditures that are required to sustain Granite's productive capacity, leasing costs such as leasing commissions and tenant allowances incurred and non-cash straight-line rent and tenant incentive amortization, net of non-controlling interests in such items. The Trust's determination of AFFO follows the definition prescribed by the REALPAC Guidelines except for the exclusion of corporate restructuring costs as noted above. Granite considers AFFO to be a meaningful supplemental measure that can be used to determine the Trust's ability to service debt, fund expansion capital expenditures, fund property development and provide distributions to stapled unitholders after considering costs associated with sustaining operating earnings. AFFO is also reconciled to net income, which is the most directly comparable IFRS measure (see table below). AFFO should not be construed as an alternative to net income or cash flow provided by operating activities determined in accordance with IFRS.

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

(in millions, except per unit amounts)

 

 

2024

 

 

2023

 

Net income attributable to stapled unitholders

 

$

89.1

 

$

9.8

 

Add (deduct):

 

 

 

Fair value (gains) losses on investment properties, net

 

 

(12.7

)

 

73.0

 

Fair value losses on financial instruments, net

 

 

2.0

 

 

0.5

 

Loss on sale of investment properties

 

 

?

 

 

0.6

 

Deferred tax expense (recovery)

 

 

3.8

 

 

(12.3

)

Fair value remeasurement of the Executive Deferred Stapled Unit Plan

 

 

0.2

 

 

4.6

 

Fair value remeasurement of the Directors Deferred Stapled Unit Plan

 

 

?

 

 

1.3

 

Corporate restructuring costs(1)

 

 

0.2

 

 

?

 

Non-controlling interests relating to the above

 

 

(0.2

)

 

2.1

 

FFO

[A]

$

82.4

 

$

79.6

 

Add (deduct):

 

 

 

Maintenance or improvement capital expenditures incurred

 

 

(0.6

)

 

(0.1

)

Leasing costs

 

 

(0.2

)

 

(0.4

)

Tenant allowances

 

 

(0.6

)

 

(0.6

)

Tenant incentive amortization

 

 

0.1

 

 

1.1

 

Straight-line rent amortization

 

 

(3.2

)

 

(4.6

)

Non-controlling interests relating to the above

 

 

?

 

 

0.1

 

AFFO

[B]

$

77.9

 

$

75.1

 

Basic and Diluted FFO per stapled unit

[A]/[C] and [A]/[D]

$

1.30

 

$

1.25

 

Basic AFFO per stapled unit

[B]/[C]

$

1.23

 

$

1.18

 

Diluted AFFO per stapled unit

[B]/[D]

$

1.22

 

$

1.18

 

Basic weighted average number of stapled units

[C]

 

63.4

 

 

63.7

 

Diluted weighted average number of stapled units

[D]

 

63.6

 

 

63.9

 

(1) Effective January 1, 2024, Granite amended its definition of Funds From Operations (FFO) to exclude corporate restructuring costs associated with the uncoupling of the Trust's stapled unit structure (refer to "NON-IFRS PERFORMANCE MEASURES"). See also "SIGNIFICANT MATTERS - SUBSEQUENT EVENTS - STAPLED UNIT STRUCTURE". Granite views these restructuring costs as non-recurring, as they are solely related to this specific transaction and do not reflect normal operating activities.

(3) The FFO and AFFO payout ratios are calculated as monthly distributions, which exclude special distributions, declared to unitholders divided by FFO and AFFO (non-IFRS performance measures), respectively, in a period. FFO payout ratio and AFFO payout ratio may exclude revenue or expenses incurred during a period that can be a source of variance between periods. The FFO payout ratio and AFFO payout ratio are supplemental measures widely used by investors in evaluating the sustainability of the Trust's monthly distributions to stapled unitholders.

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

(in millions, except as noted)

 

 

2024

 

 

2023

 

Monthly distributions declared to unitholders

[A]

$

52.3

 

$

51.0

 

FFO

[B]

 

82.4

 

 

79.6

 

AFFO

[C]

 

77.9

 

 

75.1

 

FFO payout ratio

[A]/[B]

 

63

%

 

64

%

AFFO payout ratio

[A]/[C]

 

67

%

 

68

%

(4) Same property NOI ? cash basis refers to the NOI ? cash basis (NOI excluding lease termination and close-out fees, and the non-cash impact from straight-line rent and tenant incentive amortization) for those properties owned by Granite throughout the entire current and prior year periods under comparison. Same property NOI ? cash basis excludes properties that were acquired, disposed of, classified as development properties or assets held for sale during the periods under comparison. Granite believes that same property NOI ? cash basis is a useful measure in understanding period-over-period organic changes in NOI ? cash basis from the same stock of properties owned.

 

Sq ft(1)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

(in millions)

 

2024

 

 

2023

 

$ change

% change

Revenue

 

$

138.9

 

$

129.6

 

9.3

 

 

Less: Property operating costs

 

 

24.4

 

 

22.2

 

2.2

 

 

NOI

 

$

114.5

 

$

107.4

 

7.1

 

6.6

%

Add (deduct):

 

 

 

 

 

Straight-line rent amortization

 

 

(3.2

)

 

(4.6

)

1.4

 

 

Tenant incentive amortization

 

 

0.1

 

 

1.1

 

(1.0

)

 

NOI - cash basis

63.3

$

111.4

 

$

103.9

 

7.5

 

7.2

%

Less NOI - cash basis for:

 

 

 

 

 

Acquisitions

1.0

 

0.3

 

 

?

 

0.3

 

 

Developments

2.5

 

(2.6

)

 

0.2

 

(2.8

)

 

Dispositions and assets held for sale

0.3

 

?

 

 

(0.3

)

0.3

 

 

Same property NOI - cash basis

59.8

$

109.1

 

$

103.8

 

5.3

 

5.1

%

Constant currency same property NOI - cash basis(2)

59.8

$

109.1

 

$

104.0

 

5.1

 

4.9

%

(1) The square footage relating to the NOI ? cash basis represents GLA of 63.3 million square feet as at March 31, 2024. The square footage relating to the same property NOI ? cash basis represents the aforementioned GLA excluding the impact from the acquisitions, dispositions, assets held for sale and developments during the relevant period.

(2) Constant currency same property NOI - cash basis is calculated by converting the comparative same property NOI - cash basis at current period average foreign exchange rates.

(5) Total debt is calculated as the sum of all current and non-current debt, the net mark to market fair value of derivatives and lease obligations as per the consolidated financial statements. Net debt subtracts cash and cash equivalents from total debt. Granite believes that it is useful to include the derivatives and lease obligations for the purposes of monitoring the Trust's debt levels.

(6) The net leverage ratio is calculated as net debt (a non-IFRS performance measure defined above) divided by the fair value of investment properties. The net leverage ratio is a non-IFRS ratio used in evaluating the Trust's degree of financial leverage, borrowing capacity and the relative strength of its balance sheet.

As at March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023

 

 

2024

 

 

2023

 

Unsecured debt, net

 

$

3,085.8

 

$

3,066.0

 

Derivatives, net

 

 

(86.1

)

 

(100.8

)

Lease obligations

 

 

34.8

 

 

33.2

 

Secured debt

 

 

?

 

 

?

 

Total debt

 

$

3,034.5

 

$

2,998.4

 

Less: cash and cash equivalents

 

 

139.9

 

 

116.1

 

Net debt

[A]

$

2,894.6

 

$

2,882.3

 

Investment properties

[B]

$

8,952.4

 

$

8,808.1

 

Net leverage ratio

[A]/[B]

 

32

%

 

33

%

(7) Overall capitalization rate is calculated as stabilized net operating income (property revenue less property expenses) divided by the fair value of the property.

(8) Annualized revenue for each period presented is calculated as the contractual base rent for the month subsequent to the quarterly reporting period multiplied by 12 months. Annualized revenue excludes revenue from properties classified as assets held for sale.

(9) Committed occupancy as at May 8, 2024.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release may contain statements that, to the extent they are not recitations of historical fact, constitute "forward-looking statements" or "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities legislation, including the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information may include, among others, statements regarding Granite's future plans, goals, strategies, intentions, beliefs, estimates, costs, objectives, capital structure, cost of capital, tenant base, tax consequences, economic performance or expectations, or the assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Words such as "outlook", "may", "would", "could", "should", "will", "likely", "expect", "anticipate", "believe", "intend", "plan", "forecast", "project", "estimate", "seek" and similar expressions are used to identify forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information should not be read as guarantees of future events, performance or results and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or the times at or by which such future performance will be achieved. Undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. There can also be no assurance that Granite's expectations regarding various matters, including the following, will be realized in a timely manner, with the expected impact or at all: the effectiveness of measures intended to mitigate such impact, and Granite's ability to deliver cash flow stability and growth and create long-term value for unitholders; Granite's ability to implement its ESG+R program and related targets and goals; the expansion and diversification of Granite's real estate portfolio and the reduction in Granite's exposure to Magna and the special purpose properties; Granite's ability to accelerate growth and to grow its net asset value, FFO and AFFO per unit, and constant currency same property NOI - cash basis; Granite's ability to execute on its strategic plan and its priorities for the remainder of 2024; Granite's 2024 outlook for FFO per unit, AFFO per unit and constant currency same property NOI, including the anticipated impact of future foreign currency exchange rates on FFO and AFFO per unit and expectations regarding Granite's business strategy; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and the effect on Granite's revenues, expenses, cash flows, assets and liabilities; Granite's ability to offset interest or realize interest savings relating to its term loans, debentures and cross currency interest rate swaps; Granite's ability to find and integrate satisfactory acquisition, joint venture and development opportunities and to strategically deploy the proceeds from recently sold properties and financing initiatives; Granite's intended use of available liquidity, its ability to obtain secured funding against its unencumbered assets and its expectations regarding the funding of its ongoing operations and future growth; any future offerings under the Shelf Prospectuses; the potential for expansion and rental growth at the property in Ajax, Ontario and the enhancement to the yield of the property from such potential expansion and rental growth; the completion of the property in Ajax, Ontario and subsequent commencement of the lease in the second quarter of 2024; the potential for expansion and rental growth at the property in Weert, Netherlands and the enhancement to the yield of the property from such potential expansion and rental growth; obtaining site planning approval of a 0.7 million square foot distribution facility on the 34.0 acre site in Brantford, Ontario; obtaining site planning approval for a third phase of development for up to 1.3 million square feet on the 101.0 acre site in Houston, Texas and the potential yield from the project; the development of 12.9 acres of land in West Jefferson, Ohio and the potential yield from that project; the development of a 0.6 million square foot multi-phased business park on the remaining 36.0 acre parcel of land in Brantford, Ontario and the potential yield from that project; the development of a 0.2 million square foot modern distribution/logistics facility on the 10.1 acres of land in Brant County, Ontario and the potential yield of the project; estimates regarding Granite's development properties and expansion projects, including square footage of construction, total construction costs and total costs; Granite's ability to meet its target occupancy goals; Granite's ability to secure sustainability or other certifications for any of its properties; the impact of the refinancing of the term loans on Granite's returns and cash flow; the amount of any distributions; the effect of any legal proceedings on Granite; and the successful completion of the internal reorganization that would simplify Granite's capital structure by replacing its current stapled unit structure with a conventional REIT trust unit structure. Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information are based on information available at the time and/or management's good faith assumptions and analyses made in light of Granite's perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors Granite believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other unpredictable factors, many of which are beyond Granite's control, that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. Important factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the risk of changes to tax or other laws and treaties that may adversely affect Granite REIT's mutual fund trust status under the Income Tax Act (Canada) or the effective tax rate in other jurisdictions in which Granite operates; the risks related to Russia's 2022 invasion of Ukraine that may adversely impact Granite's operations and financial performance; economic, market and competitive conditions and other risks that may adversely affect Granite's ability to expand and diversify its real estate portfolio; and the risks set forth in the "Risk Factors" section in Granite's AIF for 2023 dated February 28, 2024, filed on SEDAR+ at www.sedarplus.ca and attached as Exhibit 1 to the Trust's Annual Report on Form 40-F for the year ended December 31, 2023 filed with the SEC and available online on EDGAR at www.sec.gov, all of which investors are strongly advised to review. The "Risk Factors" section also contains information about the material factors or assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information speak only as of the date the statements and information were made and unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Granite expressly disclaims any intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements or forward-looking information contained in this press release to reflect subsequent information, events or circumstances or otherwise.


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