Mack-Cali Realty Corporation Announces First Quarter Results

04/26/2012 Category: Earnings

Edison, New Jersey—April 26, 2012—Mack-Cali Realty Corporation (NYSE: CLI) today reported its results for the first quarter 2012.

Recent highlights include:

- Reported funds from operations of $0.74 per diluted share;

- Reported net income of $0.29 per diluted share;

- Acquired a senior mezzanine loan position through a joint venture;

- Completed sale of $300 million face amount of senior unsecured notes; 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 March 31, 2012 amounted to $74.5 million, or $0.74 per share.

Net income available to common shareholders for the first quarter 2012 equaled $25.8 million, or $0.29 per share.

Total revenues for the first quarter 2012 were $183.0 million.

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

The Company had 87,811,226 shares of common stock, and 12,187,122 common operating partnership units outstanding as of March 31, 2012. The Company had a total of 99,998,348 common shares/common units outstanding at March 31, 2012.

As of March 31, 2012, the Company had total indebtedness of approximately $1.9 billion, with a weighted average annual interest rate of 6.15 percent.

The Company had a debt-to-undepreciated assets ratio of 34.2 percent at March 31, 2012. The Company had an interest coverage ratio of 3.4 times for the quarter ended March 31, 2012.

“The economic recovery and employment gains have been slow to materialize. Notwithstanding this continued pressure on economic fundamentals, we experienced solid leasing activity. We also took advantage of our well-regarded balance sheet and recently completed the sale of $300 million in 10-year senior unsecured notes at a favorable interest rate of 4.5 percent. This successful execution enhanced our financial flexibility," commented Mitchell E. Hersh, president and chief executive officer.


TRANSACTIONS

On February 17, 2012, the Company entered into a joint venture to form Stamford SM L.L.C. (“Stamford SM”) which acquired a senior mezzanine loan position in the capital stack of a 1.7 million square-foot class A portfolio in Stamford, Connecticut for $40 million. The Mezz Loan has a face value of $50 million (subject to certain conditions, $3 million is payable to another party), and is secured by the equity interests in a premier seven-building portfolio containing 1.67 million square feet of class A office space and 106 residential rental units totaling 70,500 square feet, all located in the Stamford Central Business District. The Company owns an 80 percent interest in the venture.


FINANCING ACTIVITY

On April 19, 2012, the Company completed the sale of $300 million face amount of 4.50 percent senior unsecured notes due April 18, 2022 with interest payable semi-annually in arrears. The net proceeds from the issuance of $296.8 million, after underwriting discount and offering expenses, were used primarily to repay outstanding borrowings under the Company’s unsecured revolving credit facility and for general corporate purposes, which may include the purchasing or retiring of some of our outstanding debt securities.


DIVIDENDS

In March, 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 first quarter 2012, which was paid on April 13, 2012 to shareholders of record as of April 4, 2012.


LEASING INFORMATION

Mack-Cali’s consolidated in-service portfolio was 87.9 percent leased at March 31, 2012, as compared to 88.3 percent leased at December 31, 2011.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2012, the Company executed 166 leases at its consolidated in-service portfolio totaling 1,098,191 square feet, consisting of 815,044 square feet of office space and 283,147 square feet of office/flex space. Of these totals, 291,426 square feet were for new leases and 806,765 square feet were for lease renewals and other tenant retention transactions.

Highlights of the quarter’s leasing transactions include:

NORTHERN NEW JERSEY:
- Tower Insurance Company of New York, a provider of property and casualty insurance products and services, signed a new lease for 76,892 square feet at Harborside Financial Center Plaza 2 in Jersey City. The 761,200 square-foot office building is 98.0 percent leased.

- Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc., a global financial services firm, signed transactions totaling 33,258 square feet, representing a 30,542 square-foot relocation and a 2,716 square-foot renewal at 101 Hudson Street in Jersey City. The 1,246,283 square-foot office building is 89.5 percent leased.

- Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, a financial services firm, signed a new lease for 29,391 square feet at Mack-Cali Centre VI, located at 461 From Road in Paramus. The 253,554 square-foot office building is 27.3 percent leased.

- The State of New Jersey signed a new lease for 23,316 square feet at 201 Littleton Road in Morris Plains. The 88,369 square-foot office building is 77.7 percent leased.

- Mannkind Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company, renewed 22,746 square feet at Mack-Cali Centre IV, a 269,191 square-foot office building located at 61 South Paramus Road in Paramus that is 61.2 percent leased.

CENTRAL NEW JERSEY:
- A global engineering company renewed 39,060 square feet at 200 Horizon Drive in Hamilton Township. Located in Horizon Center Business Park, the 45,770 square-foot office/flex building is 100 percent leased.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NEW YORK:
- BTX Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of products used to interface and integrate video, audio and data systems, renewed 23,060 square feet at 5 Skyline Drive in Hawthorne. The 124,022 square-foot office/flex building, located in Mid-Westchester Executive Park, is 96.1 percent leased.

- Vie De France Yamazaki, Inc., a wholesale bakery distributor, renewed 24,678 square feet at 525 Executive Boulevard in Elmsford. The 61,700 square-foot office/flex building, located in Cross Westchester Executive Park, is 100 percent leased.

SUBURBAN PHILADELPHIA:
- A global engineering company renewed its lease for the entire 74,565 square-foot office building at 228 Strawbridge Drive in Moorestown Corporate Center in Moorestown.

Additionally, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company signed transactions totaling 46,858 square feet, including:

- A renewal of 11,650 square feet and an expansion of 5,971 square feet at 565 Taxter Road in Elmsford, NY, a 170,554 square-foot office building located in Taxter Corporate Park that is 83.1 percent leased;
- A renewal of 16,272 square feet at 65 Jackson Drive in Cranford, NJ, an 82,778 square-foot office building located in Cranford Business Park that is 89.8 percent leased; and
- A renewal of 12,965 square feet at Mack-Cali Centre IV, located at 61 South Paramus Road in Paramus, NJ.

Included in the Company’s Supplemental Operating and Financial Data for the first quarter 2012 are schedules highlighting the leasing statistics for both the Company’s consolidated and joint venture properties.

The supplemental information is available on Mack-Cali’s website, as follows:
http://www.mack-cali.com/file-uploads/1st.quarter.sp.12.pdf



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The Company expressed comfort with net income and FFO per diluted share for the full year 2012, 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, April 26, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, which will be broadcast live via the Internet at:
http://phoenix.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?p=irol-eventDetails&c=96021&eventID=4746970

The live conference call is also accessible by calling (719) 325-4761 and requesting the Mack-Cali conference call.

The conference call will be rebroadcast on Mack-Cali’s website at www.mack-cali.com beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 26, 2012 through May 3, 2012.

A replay of the call will also be accessible during the same time period by calling (719) 457-0820 and using the pass code 6505314.

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

First Quarter 2012 Form 10-Q:
http://www.mack-cali.com/file-uploads/1st.quarter.10q.12.pdf

First Quarter 2012 Supplemental Operating and Financial Data:
http://www.mack-cali.com/file-uploads/1st.quarter.sp.12.pdf

In addition, these items are available upon request from:
Mack-Cali Investor Relations Department
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 noncontrolling 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, and impairments related to depreciable rental property, 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, gains (or losses) from sales of properties and impairments related to depreciable rental property (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 277 properties, primarily office and office/flex buildings located in the Northeast, totaling approximately 32.2 million square feet. The properties enable the Company to provide a full complement of real estate opportunities to its diverse base of over 2,000 tenants.

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

The information in this press release must be read in conjunction with, and is modified in its entirety by, the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (the “10-Q”) 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-Q, the footnotes thereto and the limitations set forth therein. Investors may not rely on the press release without reference to the 10-Q 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,” “potential,” “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.