Mack-Cali Realty Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter Results

02/11/2010 Category: Earnings

Edison, New Jersey—February 11, 2010—Mack-Cali Realty Corporation (NYSE: CLI) today reported its results for the fourth quarter 2009.

Recent highlights include:

- Reported funds from operations, excluding a non-cash item, of $0.78 per diluted share;

- Reported net income, excluding a non-cash item, of $0.19 per diluted share;

- Recognized a non-cash impairment charge of $0.18 per share;

- Reported funds from operations of $0.60 per diluted share and net income of $0.01 per diluted share after taking the non-cash impairment charge into effect; and

- Declared $0.45 per share quarterly cash common stock dividend.


FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

Funds from operations (FFO) available to common shareholders for the quarter ended December 31, 2009 amounted to $55.3 million, or $0.60 per share. For the year ended December 31, 2009, FFO available to common shareholders equaled $274.8 million, or $3.11 per share.

Net income available to common shareholders for the fourth quarter 2009 equaled $1.0 million, or $0.01 per share. For the year ended December 31, 2009, net income available to common shareholders amounted to $52.6 million, or $0.71 per share.

Included in net income and FFO for the fourth quarter 2009 was a $16.6 million, or $0.18 per share, non-cash impairment charge. Included in net income and FFO for the year ended December 31, 2009 were non-cash impairment charges totaling $20.0 million, or $0.23 per share, partially offset by a non-cash gain resulting from the reduction of other obligations of $1.7 million, or $0.02 per share.

Excluding the net effect of these items results in net income for the fourth quarter 2009 of $15.1 million, or $0.19 per share, and FFO of $71.8 million, or $0.78 per share, and net income of $68.0 million, or $0.92 per share, and FFO of $293.1 million, or $3.32 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2009.

Total revenues for the fourth quarter 2009 were $194.9 million. For the year ended December 31, 2009, total revenues amounted to $764.5 million.

All per share amounts presented above are on a diluted basis.

The Company had 78,969,752 shares of common stock, 10,000 shares of 8 percent Series C cumulative redeemable perpetual preferred stock ($25,000 liquidation value per share), and 13,495,036 common operating partnership units outstanding as of December 31, 2009. The Company had a total of 92,464,788 common shares/common units outstanding at December 31, 2009.

As of December 31, 2009, the Company had total indebtedness of approximately $2.3 billion, with a weighted average annual interest rate of 6.61 percent. The Company had a debt-to-undepreciated assets ratio of 39.8 percent at December 31, 2009. The Company had an interest coverage ratio of 2.4 times for the quarter ended December 31, 2009.

On January 15, 2010, the Company refinanced its $150 million secured loan with The Prudential Insurance Company of America. The new loan also includes VPCM, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Virginia Retirement System, as co-lender. The mortgage loan, which is collateralized by seven properties, is for a 7-year term and carries an effective interest rate of 6.25 percent.

“We’re pleased to end the year with a stabilized occupancy rate of 90.1 percent. This success is a testament to our commitment to the highest levels of service for our tenants in our premier properties. While we anticipate a period of continued economic uncertainty, we have positioned Mack-Cali well as the landlord of choice in the regions in which we operate and to be poised to take advantage of opportunities as they emerge,” commented Mitchell E. Hersh, president and chief executive officer.


DIVIDENDS

In December, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.45 per common share (indicating an annual rate of $1.80 per common share) for the fourth quarter 2009, which was paid on January 15, 2010 to shareholders of record as of January 6, 2010.

The Board also declared a cash dividend on the Company’s 8 percent Series C cumulative redeemable perpetual preferred stock ($25 liquidation value per depositary share, each representing 1/100th of a share of preferred stock) equal to $0.50 per depositary share for the period October 15, 2009 through January 14, 2010. The dividend was paid on January 15, 2010 to shareholders of record as of January 6, 2010.


LEASING INFORMATION

Mack-Cali’s consolidated in-service portfolio was 90.1 percent leased at December 31, 2009, as compared to 90.0 percent leased at September 30, 2009.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2009, the Company executed 127 leases at its consolidated in-service portfolio totaling 901,468 square feet, consisting of 722,011 square feet of office space and 179,457 square feet of office/flex space. Of these totals, 307,882 square feet were for new leases and 593,586 square feet were for lease renewals and other tenant retention transactions.

For the year ended December 31, 2009, the Company executed 492 leases totaling 3,191,762 square feet, consisting of 2,273,557 square feet of office space, 869,105 square feet of office/flex space, 39,800 square feet of industrial/warehouse space, and 9,300 square feet of retail space. Of these totals, 1,070,811 square feet were for new leases and 2,120,951 square feet were for lease renewals and other tenant retention transactions.

Highlights of the quarter’s leasing transactions include:

NORTHERN NEW JERSEY:

- A&E Distribution, Inc., a subsidiary of retailer A&E Stores, Inc., signed a five-year renewal for 63,400 square feet at Mack-Cali Airport, located at 200 Riser Road in Little Ferry. The 286,628 square-foot office building is 100 percent leased.

- Law Firm Budd Larner P.C. signed a 13-year, two-month renewal for 54,931 square feet at Mack-Cali Short Hills, located at 150 JFK Parkway in Short Hills. The 247,476 square-foot office building is 100 percent leased.

- Subsidiaries of Interpublic Group, a marketing and communications firm, signed renewals until 2022 in Parsippany, as follows:

- Torre Lazur Healthcare Group, Inc. renewed 61,945 square feet at 20 Waterview Boulevard. The 225,550 square-foot office building in Waterview Corporate Center is 100 percent leased.

- Integrated Communications Corp. renewed 43,101 square feet at Five Sylvan Way. The 151,383 square-foot office building in Mack-Cali Business Campus is 96.5 percent leased.

- Pace LLC renewed 19,633 square feet at 35 Waterview Boulevard. The 172,498 square-foot office building in Waterview Corporate Center is 90.9 percent leased.

CENTRAL NEW JERSEY:

- Science Application International Corporation, a scientific, engineering and technology applications company, signed a three-year, three-month renewal for 22,781 square feet at One River Centre, Building Two, in Red Bank. The 120,360 square-foot office building is 100 percent leased.

- FirstEnergy Service Company, an energy conservation support services company, signed a five-year renewal for 17,497 square feet at One River Centre Building Three, in Red Bank. The 194,518 square-foot office building is 100 percent leased.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NEW YORK:

- Allstar Marketing Group LLC, a development, branding, marketing and distribution company, signed a new 10-year lease for 24,883 square feet at 2 Skyline Drive in Mid-Westchester Executive Park in Hawthorne. The 30,000 square-foot office building is 82.9 percent leased.

- Law firm Goldberg Segalla LLP, signed a new, seven-year, three-month lease for 17,812 square feet at 11 Martine Avenue in Westchester Financial Center in White Plains. The 180,000 square-foot office building is 78.4 percent leased.

- New York Blood Center Inc. signed a 10-year renewal for 16,920 square feet at 525 Executive Boulevard in Cross Westchester Executive Park in Elmsford. The 61,700 square-foot office/flex building is 100 percent leased.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK:

- Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York and Health and Welfare Fund of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York signed a new 16-year, one month lease for 39,069 square feet at 125 Broad Street. Mack-Cali’s ownership interests at the building total 524,476 square feet.

SUBURBAN PHILADELPHIA:

- The Township of Moorestown Police Department signed a new, 15,000 square-foot lease for two years at 1245 North Church Street in Moorestown. The 52,810 square-foot office/flex building, located in Moorestown West Corporate Center, is 100 percent leased.

The supplemental information is available on Mack-Cali’s website, as follows:

http://www.mack-cali.com/graphics/shareholders/pdfs/4th.quarter.sp.09.pdf



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The Company expressed comfort with net income and FFO per diluted share for the full year 2010, as follows:



These estimates reflect management’s view of current market conditions and certain assumptions with regard to rental rates, occupancy levels and other assumptions/projections. Actual results could differ from these estimates.

An earnings conference call with management is scheduled for today, February 11, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, which will be broadcast live via the Internet at:

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?p=irol-eventDetails&c=96021&eventID=2695906


The live conference call is also accessible by calling (913) 312-0408 and requesting the Mack-Cali conference call.

The conference call will be rebroadcast on Mack-Cali’s website at http://www.mack-cali.com beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 11, 2010 through February 18, 2010.

A replay of the call will also be accessible during the same time period by calling (719) 457-0820 and using the pass code 4962767.

Copies of Mack-Cali’s Form 10-K and Supplemental Operating and Financial Data are available on Mack-Cali’s website, as follows:

2009 Form 10-K:

http://www.mack-cali.com/graphics/shareholders/pdfs/10k.09.pdf


Fourth Quarter 2009 Supplemental Operating and Financial Data:

http://www.mack-cali.com/graphics/shareholders/pdfs/4th.quarter.sp.09.pdf


In addition, these items are available upon request from:
Mack-Cali Investor Relations Dept.
343 Thornall Street, Edison, New Jersey 08837-2206
(732) 590-1000 ext. 1143


INFORMATION ABOUT FFO

Funds from operations (“FFO”) is defined as net income (loss) before minority interest of unitholders, computed in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), excluding gains (or losses) from extraordinary items and sales of depreciable rental property (which the Company believes includes unrealized losses on properties held for sale), plus real estate-related depreciation and amortization. The Company believes that FFO per share is helpful to investors as one of several measures of the performance of an equity REIT. The Company further believes that by excluding the effect of depreciation and gains (or losses) from sales of properties (all of which are based on historical costs which may be of limited relevance in evaluating current performance), FFO per share can facilitate comparison of operating performance between equity REITs. FFO per share should not be considered as an alternative to net income per share as an indication of the Company’s performance or to cash flows as a measure of liquidity. FFO per share presented herein is not necessarily comparable to FFO per share presented by other real estate companies due to the fact that not all real estate companies use the same definition. However, the Company’s FFO per share is comparable to the FFO per share of real estate companies that use the current definition of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”). A reconciliation of net income per share to FFO per share is included in the financial tables accompanying this press release.


ABOUT THE COMPANY

Mack-Cali Realty Corporation is a fully-integrated, self-administered, self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) providing management, leasing, development, construction and other tenant-related services for its class A real estate portfolio. Mack-Cali owns or has interests in 289 properties, primarily office and office/flex buildings located in the Northeast, totaling approximately 33.2 million square feet. The properties enable the Company to provide a full complement of real estate opportunities to its diverse base of approximately 2,100 tenants.

Additional information on Mack-Cali Realty Corporation is available on the Company’s website at http://www.mack-cali.com.

The information in this press release must be read in conjunction with, and is modified in its entirety by, the Annual Report on Form 10-K (the “10-K”) filed by the Company for the same period with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and all of the Company’s other public filings with the SEC (the “Public Filings”). In particular, the financial information contained herein is subject to and qualified by reference to the financial statements contained in the 10-K, the footnotes thereto and the limitations set forth therein. Investors may not rely on the press release without reference to the 10-K and the Public Filings.

Statements made in this press release may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “plan,” “should,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “continue,” or comparable terminology. Such forward-looking statements are inherently subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties, many of which the Company cannot predict with accuracy and some of which the Company might not even anticipate, and involve factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or suggested. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements and are advised to consider the factors listed above together with the additional factors under the heading “Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Reports on Form 10-K, as may be supplemented or amended by the Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, which are incorporated herein by reference. The Company assumes no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking statements that become untrue because of subsequent events, new information or otherwise.