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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q



[ X ]  QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2006


Commission file number: 1-13820


SOVRAN SELF STORAGE, INC.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

                Maryland                 

      16-1194043      

(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)

(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 

6467 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14221
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip code)

(716) 633-1850
(Registrant's telephone number including area code)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes [ X ]     No [   ]

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, or a non-accelerated filer (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the exchange Act).

Large Accelerated Filer  [ X ]     Accelerated Filer  [   ]     Non-accelerated Filer  [   ]

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).     Yes [   ]     No [ X ]

As of April 28, 2006, 17,712,789 shares of Common Stock, $.01 par value per share, were outstanding.

 

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Part 1.
Item 1.

Financial Information
Financial Statements

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS



(dollars in thousands, except share data)

March 31,
2006       
(unaudited)  


December 31,
2005        

Assets

   

Investment in storage facilities:

   

 Land

$  167,934  

$  162,900  

 Building and equipment

   754,132  

   731,080  

 

922,066  

893,980  

 Less: accumulated depreciation

 (136,153

 (130,550

Investment in storage facilities, net

785,913  

763,430  

Cash and cash equivalents

6,326  

4,911  

Accounts receivable

1,402  

1,643  

Receivable from related parties

75  

75  

Receivable from joint ventures

2,763  

2,780  

Investment in joint ventures

777  

825  

Prepaid expenses

3,416  

3,075  

Fair value of interest rate swap agreements

3,500  

1,411  

Other assets

     6,279  

     6,226  

  Total Assets

$ 810,451  
======  

$ 784,376  
======   

Liabilities

   

Line of credit

$   90,000  

$   90,000  

Term notes

225,000  

200,000  

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

9,789  

10,865  

Deferred revenue

4,583  

4,227  

Accrued dividends

10,870  

10,801  

Mortgages payable

   48,891  

   49,144  

  Total Liabilities

389,133  

365,037  


Minority interest - Operating Partnership


11,001  


11,132  

Minority interest - consolidated joint venture

13,921  

14,122  


Shareholders' Equity



Series A Junior Participating Cumulative
  Preferred Stock, $.01 par value, 250,000 shares
  authorized and no shares issued and outstanding



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8.375% Series C Convertible Cumulative Preferred
  Stock, $.01 par value, 1,200,000 shares issued
  and outstanding, $30,000 liquidation value



26,613  



26,613  

Common stock $.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares
  authorized, 17,674,724 shares outstanding
  (17,563,046 at December 31, 2005)



188  



187  

Additional paid-in capital

468,185  

466,839  

Unearned restricted stock

-    

(1,838) 

Dividends in excess of net income

(74,903) 

(71,995) 

Accumulated other comprehensive income

3,488  

1,454  

Treasury stock at cost, 1,171,886 shares

   (27,175

 (27,175

Total Shareholders' Equity

  396,396  

 394,085  

  Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

$ 810,451  
=======  

$ 784,376  
======  

See notes to financial statements.

   

 

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SOVRAN SELF STORAGE, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited)



(dollars in thousands, except share data)

January 1, 2006 
to           
March 31, 2006

January 1, 2005 
to           
March 31, 2005

Revenues:

   

  Rental income

$      35,483    

$     31,211    

  Other operating income

       1,174    

          938    

     Total operating revenues

36,657    

32,149    

     

Expenses:

   

  Property operations and maintenance

9,648    

8,500    

  Real estate taxes

3,501    

3,017    

  General and administrative

3,438    

2,947    

  Depreciation and amortization

        5,622    

       5,037    

     Total operating expenses

      22,209    

     19,501    

     

Income from operations

14,448    

12,648    
 

Other income (expense):

   

    Interest expense

(5,700)   

(4,672)   

    Interest income

150    

98    

    Minority interest - Operating Partnership

(235)   

        (239)   

    Minority interest - consolidated joint venture

(143)   

        (92)   

    Equity in income of joint ventures

             75    

             25    


Net Income


8,595    


7,768    

  Preferred stock dividends

        (628)   

      (1,256)   

Net income available to common shareholders

$       7,967    
=======    

$       6,512    
=======    

     

Earnings per common share - basic

$         0.45    
=======    

$         0.41    
=======    

Earnings per common share - diluted

$         0.45    
=======    

$         0.40    
=======    


Common shares used in basic earnings per share calculation


17,543,154    


16,037,627    


Common shares used in diluted earnings per share calculation


17,612,478    


16,187,848    

     

  Dividends declared per common share

$     0.6150    
=======    

$     0.6050    
=======    

See notes to financial statements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SOVRAN SELF STORAGE, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(unaudited)



(dollars in thousands)

January 1, 2006 
to           
March 31, 2006

January 1, 2005 
to           
March 31, 2005

Operating Activities

 

Income from continuing operations

$   8,595    

$   7,768     

Adjustments to reconcile income from continuing
  operations to net cash provided by operating activities:

   

    Depreciation and amortization

5,873    

5,228     

    Equity in income of joint ventures

(75)   

(25)    

    Minority interest

378    

331     

    Restricted stock earned

152    

114     

    Stock option expense

22    

           -      

    Changes in assets and liabilities:

   

      Accounts receivable

269    

854     

      Prepaid expenses

(305)   

48     

      Accounts payable and other liabilities

(1,185)   

(1,027)    

      Deferred revenue

         191    

         277     

Net cash provided by operating activities

   13,915    

    13,568     

     

Investing Activities

   

  Acquisition of storage facilities

(22,296)   

(15,750)    

  Improvements and equipment additions

     (5,654)   

(2,459)    

  Receipts from joint ventures

           17    

(97)    

  Property deposits

       (156)   

(43)    

  Receipts from related parties

           -      

           15     

Net cash used in investing activities

  (28,089)   

  (18,334)    

     

Financing Activities

   

  Net proceeds from sale of common stock

3,011    

3,596     

  Proceeds from line of credit and term note

35,000    

19,000     

  Paydown of line of credit

(10,000)   

(3,000)    

  Financing costs

(148)   

           -      

  Dividends paid-common stock

(10,806)   

(9,663)    

  Dividends paid-preferred stock

(628)   

(1,256)    

  Distributions from unconsolidated joint venture

123    

123     

  Minority interest distributions

(637)   

(643)    

  Redemption of Operating Partnership Units

         (73)   

           -      

  Mortgage principal payments

       (253)   

        (208)    

Net cash provided by financing activities

    15,589    

       7,949     

Net increase in cash from continuing operations

1,415    

3,183     

Cash at beginning of period

      4,911    

     3,105     

Cash at end of period

$   6,326    
======    

$   6,288     
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Supplemental cash flow information
Cash paid for interest


$   6,817    


$  5,836     

Fair value of assets acquired on the acquisition of storage facilities *

64    

87     

Fair value of liabilities assumed on the acquisition of storage facilities *

219    

90     

*  Also see fair value of land, building, and equipment acquired in Note 4

    

     

Dividends declared but unpaid were $10,870 at March 31, 2006 and $9,731 at March 31, 2005.

See notes to financial statements.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Unaudited)

1.

BASIS OF PRESENTATION

The accompanying unaudited financial statements of Sovran Self Storage, Inc. have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all information and footnotes required by generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included. Operating results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2006 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ended December 31, 2006.

Reclassification: Certain amounts from the 2005 financial statements have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation.

2.

ORGANIZATION

Sovran Self Storage, Inc. (the "Company," "We," "Our," or "Sovran"), a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (a "REIT"), was formed on April 19, 1995 to own and operate self-storage facilities throughout the United States. On June 26, 1995, the Company commenced operations effective with the completion of its initial public offering. At March 31, 2006, we owned and/or managed 291 self-storage properties under the "Uncle Bob's Self Storage" registered trade name in 21 states.

All of the Company's assets are owned by, and all its operations are conducted through, Sovran Acquisition Limited Partnership (the "Operating Partnership"). Sovran Holdings, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company (the "Subsidiary"), is the sole general partner of the Operating Partnership; the Company is a limited partner of the Operating Partnership, and through its ownership of the Subsidiary and its limited partnership interest controls the operations of the Operating Partnership, holding a 97.4% ownership interest therein as of March 31, 2006. The remaining ownership interests in the Operating Partnership (the "Units") are held by certain former owners of assets acquired by the Operating Partnership subsequent to its formation.

We consolidate all wholly owned subsidiaries. Partially owned subsidiaries and joint ventures are consolidated when we control the entity. We evaluate partially-owned subsidiaries and joint ventures held in partnership form in accordance with the provisions of Statement of Positions (SOP) 78-9, "Accounting for Investments in Real Estate Ventures", to determine whether the rights held by other investors constitute "important rights" as defined therein. For partially-owned subsidiaries or joint ventures held in corporate form, we consider the guidance of SFAS No. 94 "Consolidation of All Majority-Owned Subsidiaries" and Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF) 96-16, "Investor's Accounting for an Investee When the Investor has a Majority of the Voting Interest but the Minority Shareholder or Shareholders Have Certain Approval or Veto Rights", and in particular, whether rights held by other investors would be viewed as "participation rights" as defined therein. To the extent that any minority investor has important rights in a partnership or substantive participating rights in a corporation, including substantive veto rights, the related entity will generally not be consolidated. We also consider the provisions

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of SFAS Interpretation No. 46(R), "Consolidation of Variable Interest Entities - An Interpretation of ARB No. 51" in evaluating whether consolidation of entities which are considered to be variable interest entities is warranted and we are the primary beneficiary of the expected losses or residual gains of such entities. Our consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company, the Operating Partnership, and Locke Sovran II, LLC, which is a majority controlled joint venture. All intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated. Investments in joint ventures that are not majority owned are reported using the equity method.

In April 2006, the Company made additional investments of $8,475,000 in Locke Sovran I, LLC and Locke Sovran II, LLC that increased the Company's ownership to over 70% in each of these joint ventures. As a result of this transaction, from the date that its controlling interest was acquired, the Company will consolidate the accounts of Locke Sovran I, LLC in its financial statements. As noted above, the accounts of Locke Sovran II, LLC were already being included in the Company's financial statements as it was a majority controlled joint venture.

3.

STOCK BASED COMPENSATION

On December 16, 2004, the FASB issued FASB Statement No. 123(R), Share-Based Payment, which is a revision of FASB Statement No. 123, Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation. Statement 123(R) supersedes APB Opinion No. 25, Accounting for Stock Issued to Employees, and amends FASB Statement No. 95, Statement of Cash Flows. Generally, the approach in Statement 123(R) is similar to the approach described in Statement 123. However, Statement 123(R) requires all share-based payments to employees, including grants of employee stock options, to be recognized in the income statement based on their fair values. Pro forma disclosure is no longer an alternative under Statement 123(R). The Company adopted Statement 123(R) on January 1, 2006 and uses the modified-prospective method. Under the modified-prospective method, the Company will recognize compensation cost in the financial statements issued subsequent to January 1, 2006 for all share based payments granted, modified, or settled after the date of adoption as well as for any awards that were granted prior to the adoption date for which the requisite service period has not been completed as of the adoption date. The Company's shared-based payment arrangements are described below.

The Company established the 2005 Award and Option Plan (the "Plan") which replaced the expiring 1995 Award and Option Plan for the purpose of attracting and retaining the Company's executive officers and other key employees. 1,500,000 shares were authorized for issuance under the Plan. The options vest ratably over four and five years, and must be exercised within ten years from the date of grant. The exercise price for qualified incentive stock options must be at least equal to the fair market value of the common shares at the date of grant.

The Company also established the 1995 Outside Directors' Stock Option Plan (the Non-employee Plan) for the purpose of attracting and retaining the services of experienced and knowledgeable outside directors. The Non-employee Plan provides for the initial granting of options to purchase 3,500 shares of common stock and for the annual granting of options to purchase 2,000 shares of common stock to each eligible director. Such options vest over a one-year period for initial awards and immediately upon subsequent grants. In addition, effective in 2004 each outside director receives restricted shares annually equal to 80% of the annual fees paid to them. The total shares reserved under the Non-employee Plan is 150,000. The exercise price for options granted under the Non-employee Plan is equal to the fair market value at the date of grant.

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The Company has also issued 193,911 shares of restricted stock to employees which vest over two to nine year periods. The fair market value of the restricted stock on the date of grant ranged from $20.38 to $55.21. During the three months ended March 31, 2006, 40,555 shares of restricted stock were issued to employees with a fair value of $2,190,000.

Prior to the adoption of FAS 123(R) restricted shares issued to employees and non-employee directors were recorded as unearned compensation (a component of stockholders' equity), at an amount equivalent to the fair market value of the shares on the date of grant. Upon the adoption of FAS 123(R) on January 1, 2006, the unearned restricted stock balance of approximately $1.8 million was reclassified as additional-paid-in-capital. Under the provisions of FAS 123(R), compensation expense and a corresponding increase to additional paid-in capital are recorded for restricted share grants on a straight-line basis as the restriction periods lapse.

For the three months ended March 31, 2006, the Company recorded compensation expense (included in general and administrative expense) of $22,000 related to stock options under Statement 123(R) and $152,000 related to amortization of restricted stock grants. The adoption of FAS 123(R) will have no affect on cash flows and had no effect on basic or diluted earnings per share for the three-months ended March 31, 2006. The Company will use the Black-Scholes Merton option pricing model to estimate the fair value of stock options granted subsequent to the adoption of FAS 123(R). For stock option awards that were granted prior to the adoption date of FAS 123(R) for which the requisite service period has not been provided as of the adoption date (no stock option awards were granted during the three-months ended March 31, 2006), the fair value of each option was estimated on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes Merton option pricing model with the following weighted assumptions:

 

Weighted Average

Range       

Expected life (years)

7.00          

7.00   

Risk free interest rate

4.14%       

4.00 - 4.48%

Expected volatility

20.59%       

19.40% - 21.00%

Expected dividend yield

7.01%       

5.10% - 8.00%

Fair value

$3.12          

$1.93 - $6.16    

A summary of the Company's stock option activity and related information for the three months ended March 31 follows:

 




Options 

Weighted
average 
exercise 
price    

Aggregate
Intrinsic 
Value    

Outstanding at beginning of year:

142,900 

$   32.68 

 

Granted

-   

-   

 

Exercised

(22,500)

29.06 

 

Forfeited

          -   

           -   

 

Outstanding at March 31, 2006

120,400 

$   33.33 

$ 2,633,148 

Exercisable at March 31, 2006

63,400 

$   27.20 

$ 1,775,200 

 

 

 

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Outstanding

Exercisable




Exercise Price Range




Options 

Weighted
average 
exercise 
price    




Options 

Weighted
average 
exercise 
price    

$19.06 - 29.99

41,900 

$   21.65 

40,400 

$   21.45 

$30.00 - 39.99

42,000 

$   34.29 

15,000 

$   32.87 

$40.00 - 47.45

  36,500 

$   45.62 

   8,000 

$   45.60 

Total

120,400 

$   33.33 

63,400 

$   27.20 

The aggregate intrinsic value is calculated as the difference between the exercise price of the underlying awards and the quoted price of the Company's common stock at March 31, 2006. As of March 31, 2006, there was approximately $0.2 million of total unrecognized compensation cost related to unvested share-based compensation arrangements granted under our stock award plans. That cost is expected to be recognized over a weighted-average period of approximately two years. The weighted average remaining contractual life of the outstanding options is 7.16 years.

As permitted by Statement 123, through the fourth quarter of 2005 and previous years, the Company accounted for share-based payments to employees using Opinion 25's intrinsic value method and, as such, generally recognized no compensation cost for employee stock options when the stock option price at the grant date was equal to or greater than the fair market value of the stock at that date. Had the Company adopted Statement 123(R) in prior periods, the impact of that standard would have approximated the impact of Statement 123 as described below:

 

Pro Forma Three Months   
Ended March 31, 2005
    

(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

     

Net income available to common shareholders as reported

 

$ 6,512 

 

Add: Total stock-based compensation expense recorded

 

 114 

 

Deduct: Total stock-based employee compensation expense
  determined under fair value method for all awards

 


    (144)

 

Pro forma net income available to common shareholders

 

$ 6,482 

 

Earnings per common share

     

   Basic - as reported

 

$ 0.41 

 

   Basic - pro forma

 

$ 0.40 

 

   Diluted - as reported

 

$ 0.40 

 

   Diluted - pro forma

 

$ 0.40 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4.

INVESTMENT IN STORAGE FACILITIES

The following summarizes activity in storage facilities during the three months ended March 31, 2006.

(dollars in thousands)

Cost:

 

  Beginning balance

$  893,980 

  Property acquisitions

22,451 

  Improvements and equipment additions

5,666 

  Dispositions

          (31)

Ending balance

$  922,066 

   

Accumulated Depreciation:

 

  Beginning balance

$  130,550 

  Additions during the period

5,622 

  Dispositions

          (19)

Ending balance

$  136,153 

During the first three months of 2006, the Company acquired six storage facilities for $22.5 million. Substantially all of the purchase price of these facilities was allocated to land ($4.4 million), building ($17.7 million) and equipment ($0.4 million) and the operating results of the acquired facilities have been included in the Company's operations since their respective acquisition dates.

5.

UNSECURED LINE OF CREDIT AND TERM NOTES

The Company has a $100 million (expandable to $200 million) unsecured line of credit that matures in September 2007 and a $100 million unsecured term note that matures in September 2009. The line of credit bears interest at LIBOR plus 0.90% and requires a 0.20% facility fee. The term note bears interest at LIBOR plus 1.20%. The Company also maintains a $80 million term note maturing September 2013 bearing interest at a fixed rate of 6.26% and a $20 million term note maturing September 2013 bearing interest at a variable rate equal to LIBOR plus 1.50%. The weighted average interest rate at March 31, 2006 on the Company's line of credit before the effect of interest rate swaps was approximately 5.6%. At March 31, 2006, there was $10 million available on the revolving line of credit, excluding the amount available on the expansion feature.

The Company entered into a $25 million term note with a bank in January 2006. The term note matures in July 2006 and bears interest at LIBOR plus 1.20%.

In April 2006, the Company entered into a $150 million term note maturing in April 2016 bearing interest at 6.38%. The proceeds from this term note were used to paydown the outstanding balance on the Company's line of credit, to repay the $25 million term note entered in January 2006 and a $15 million term note entered in April 2006, and to make an additional investment into Locke Sovran I, LLC (see Note 9) and Locke Sovran II, LLC (see Note 2).

 

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Interest rate swaps are used to adjust the proportion of total debt that is subject to variable interest rates. The interest rate swaps require the Company to pay an amount equal to a specific fixed rate of interest times a notional principal amount and to receive in return an amount equal to a variable rate of interest times the same notional amount. The notional amounts are not exchanged. No other cash payments are made unless the contract is terminated prior to its maturity, in which case the contract would likely be settled for an amount equal to its fair value. The Company enters interest rate swaps with a number of major financial institutions to minimize counterparty credit risk.

The interest rate swaps qualify and are designated as hedges of the amount of future cash flows related to interest payments on variable rate debt. Therefore, the interest rate swaps are recorded in the consolidated balance sheet at fair value and the related gains or losses are deferred in shareholders' equity as Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income ("AOCI"). These deferred gains and losses are amortized into interest expense during the period or periods in which the related interest payments affect earnings. However, to the extent that the interest rate swaps are not perfectly effective in offsetting the change in value of the interest payments being hedged, the ineffective portion of these contracts is recognized in earnings immediately. Ineffectiveness was immaterial in 2006 and 2005.

The Company has entered into five interest rate swap agreements as detailed below to effectively convert a total of $150 million of variable-rate debt to fixed-rate debt.



Notional Amount



Effective Date



Expiration Date


Fixed
  
Rate Paid


Floating Rate
  
Received
    

   

$50 Million

9/28/01

10/2/06

5.685%

1 month LIBOR

$30 Million

9/28/01

9/30/08

5.705%

1 month LIBOR

$50 Million

11/14/05

9/1/09

5.590%

1 month LIBOR

$20 Million

9/4/05

9/4/13

5.935%

6 month LIBOR

$50 Million - forward start

10/10/06

9/1/09

5.680%

1 month LIBOR

The interest rate swap agreements are the only derivative instruments, as defined by SFAS No. 133, held by the Company. Based on current interest rates, the Company estimates that payments under the interest rate swaps will be approximately $0.2 million in 2006. Payments made under the interest rate swap agreements will be reclassified to interest expense as settlements occur. The fair value of the swap agreements, including accrued interest, was an asset of $3.5 million at March 31, 2006. In conjunction with the Company entering a $150 million term note in April 2006, the Company terminated the $30 million notional swap expiring in September of 2008. The company received $255,000 for terminating this interest rate swap.

The table below summarizes the Company's debt obligations and interest rate derivatives at March 31, 2006. The estimated fair value of financial instruments is subjective in nature and is dependent on a number of important assumptions, including discount rates and relevant comparable market information associated with each financial instrument. The fair value of the fixed rate term note and mortgage note were estimated by discounting the future cash flows using the current rates at which similar loans would be made to borrowers with similar credit ratings and for the same remaining maturities. The use of different market assumptions and estimation methodologies may have a material effect on the reported estimated fair value amounts. Accordingly, the estimates presented below are not necessarily indicative of the amounts the Company would realize in a current market exchange.

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                                     Expected Maturity Date                                      

Fair    

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

Thereafter

Total

Value  

Line of credit - variable rate LIBOR + 0.9%

-   

$90,000

-   

-   

-   

-   

$  90,000

$  90,000

Notes Payable:

Term note - variable rate LIBOR+1.20%

-   

-   

-   

$100,000

-   

-   

$100,000

$100,000

Term note - variable rate LIBOR+1.50%

-   

-   

-   

-   

-   

$  20,000

$  20,000

$  20,000

Term note - variable rate LIBOR+1.20%

$25,000

-   

-   

-   

-   

-   

$  25,000

$  25,000

Term note - fixed rate 6.26%

-   

-   

-   

-   

-   

$  80,000

$  80,000

$  79,201

Mortgage note - fixed rate 7.19%

$     647

$     936

$     997

$    1,081

$  1,163

$  40,208

$  45,032

$  47,086

Mortgage note - fixed rate 5.40%

$       90

$     126

$     133

$       141

$     149

$    3,220

$    3,859

$    3,718

Interest rate derivatives - asset

-   

-   

-   

-   

-   

-   

-   

$    3,500

6.

MORTGAGES PAYABLE

In February 2002, the consolidated joint venture (Locke Sovran II, LLC) entered into a mortgage note of $48 million. The note is secured by the 27 properties owned by the joint venture with a carrying value of $72.6 million at March 31, 2006. The 10-year note bears interest at 7.19%.

The Company assumed a 7.25% mortgage note in connection with the acquisition of a storage facility in June 2005. The mortgage was recorded at its fair value of $3.9 million based upon the estimated market rate of 5.4% as compared to the actual outstanding balance of $3.6 million. The premium of approximately $0.3 million over the principal balance of the mortgage payable will be amortized over the remaining term of the mortgage based on the effective interest method. The note is secured by the one property with a carrying value of $6.1 million at March 31, 2006.

7.

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

The Company's current practice is to conduct environmental investigations in connection with property acquisitions. At this time, the Company is not aware of any environmental contamination of any of its facilities that individually or in the aggregate would be material to the Company's overall business, financial condition, or results of operations.

At March 31, 2006, the Company was in negotiations to acquire five stores for approximately $13.0 million. These stores were purchased in April 2006.

8.

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

Total comprehensive income consisting of net income and the change in the fair value of interest rate swap agreements was $10.6 million and $9.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2006 and 2005, respectively.

 

 

 

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9.

INVESTMENT IN JOINT VENTURES

Investment in joint ventures includes an ownership interest in Locke Sovran I, LLC, which owns 11 self-storage facilities throughout the United States, and an ownership interest in Iskalo Office Holdings, LLC, which owns the building that houses the Company's headquarters and other tenants.

In December 2000, the Company contributed seven self-storage properties to Locke Sovran I, LLC with a fair market value of $19.8 million, in exchange for a $15 million one year note receivable bearing interest at LIBOR plus 1.75% which was repaid in 2001, and a 45% interest in Locke Sovran I, LLC.

In April 2006, the Company made an additional investment of $2.8 million in Locke Sovran I, LLC that increased the Company's ownership to over 70%. As a result of this transaction the Company will consolidate the results of operations of Locke Sovran I, LLC in its financial statements from the date that it acquired its controlling interest.

The Company also has a 49% ownership interest in Iskalo Office Holdings, LLC at March 31, 2006. The Company's investment includes a capital contribution of $49.

A summary of the unconsolidated joint ventures' financial statements as of and for the three months ended March 31, 2006 is as follows:

(dollars in thousands)

Locke Sovran I,
        LLC        

Iskalo Office 
Holdings, LLC

Balance Sheet Data:

   

Investment in storage facilities, net

$ 38,000     

$           -     

Investment in office building

-     

5,961     

Other assets

    1,240     

         665     

  Total Assets

$ 39,240     
=====     

$    6,626     
======     


Due to the Company


$   2,763     


$           -     

Mortgage payable

29,379     

7,493     

Other liabilities

      579     

       285     

  Total Liabilities

32,721     

7,778     

Unaffiliated partners' equity (deficiency)

3,521     

(663)    

Company equity (deficiency)

   2,998     

      (489)    

  Total Liabilities and Partners' Equity (deficiency)

$  39,240     
=====     

$   6,626     
=====    


Income Statement Data:

   

Total revenues

$    1,699     

$       322     

Total expenses

    1,581     

       298     

  Net income

$       118     
=====     

$         24     
======    

     

The Company does not guarantee the debt of Locke Sovran I, LLC or Iskalo Office Holdings, LLC.

 

 

 

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10.

EARNINGS PER SHARE

The Company reports earnings per share data in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 128, "Earnings Per Share." In computing earnings per share, the Company excludes preferred stock dividends from net income to arrive at net income available to common shareholders. The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted earnings per common share.


(in thousands except per share data)

Three Months Ended   
March 31, 2006      

Three Months Ended   
March 31, 2005      

Numerator:

   

  Net income available to common shareholders

$  7,967           

$  6,512           

     

Denominator:

   

  Denominator for basic earnings per share -
    weighted average shares


17,543           


16,038           

Effect of Dilutive Securities:

   

  Stock options, warrants and unvested restricted stock

      69           

      150           

  Denominator for diluted earnings per share -
    adjusted weighted average shares and
    assumed conversion



17,612           



16,188           

     

Basic earnings per common share

$    0.45           

$    0.41           

Diluted earnings per common share

$    0.45           

$    0.40           

Potential common shares from the possible conversion of the Series C Convertible Cumulative Preferred Stock were excluded from the 2006 and 2005 diluted earnings per share calculation because their inclusion would have had an antidilutive effect on earnings per share.

Item 2.

Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

The following discussion and analysis of the consolidated financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and notes thereto included elsewhere in this report.

Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

When used in this discussion and elsewhere in this document, the words "intends," "believes," "expects," "anticipates," and similar expressions are intended to identify "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of that term in Section 27A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and in Section 21F of the Securities Act of 1933. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the effect of competition from new self-storage facilities, which would cause rents and occupancy rates to decline; our ability to evaluate, finance and integrate acquired businesses into our existing business and operations; our ability to effectively compete in the industry in which we do business; our existing indebtedness may mature in an unfavorable credit environment, preventing

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refinancing or forcing refinancing of the indebtedness on terms that are not as favorable as the existing terms; interest rates may fluctuate, impacting costs associated with our outstanding floating rate debt; our ability to successfully extend our truck move-in program for new customers and Dri-guard product roll-out; our reliance on our call center; our cash flow may be insufficient to meet required payments of principal, interest and dividends; and tax law changes that may change the taxability of future income.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1, 2006 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2006, COMPARED TO THE PERIOD JANUARY 1, 2005 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2005

We recorded rental revenues of $35.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2006, an increase of $4.3 million, or 13.7%, when compared to rental revenues of $31.2 million in the three months ended March 31, 2005. Of this increase, $2.0 million resulted from a 6.4% increase in rental revenues at the 255 core properties considered in same store sales (those properties included in the consolidated results of operations since January 1, 2005 that were at a stable occupancy). The increase in same store rental revenues was achieved primarily through rate increases on select units, and a 2.5 basis point occupancy increase, which we believe resulted from improved responsiveness to customer demand created by our centralized call center and the increased demand in areas damaged by the 2005 hurricanes. The remaining $2.3 million increase in rental revenues resulted from the acquisition of six stores during 2006 and from having the 2005 acquisitions included for a full quarter of operations. Other income increased $0.2 million due to increased merchandise and insurance sales and the additional incidental revenue generated by truck rentals.

Property operating and real estate tax expense increased $1.6 million, or 14.2%, in the first quarter of 2006 compared to the same period in 2005. Of this increase, $1.0 million was expenses incurred by the facilities acquired in 2006 and from having expenses from the 2005 acquisitions included for a full quarter of operations. $0.6 million of the increase was due to increased personnel, utilities, maintenance expenses, and increased property taxes at the 255 core properties considered same stores. We expect the trend of increasing operating costs to continue at a moderate pace with upward pressure related to utilities and property insurance costs.

General and administrative expenses increased $0.5 million, or 16.7%, in the first quarter of 2006 compared to the same period in 2005. The increase primarily resulted from increased personnel costs, increased costs in our call center, and the increased costs associated with operating the properties acquired in 2006 and 2005.

Depreciation and amortization expense increased to $5.6 million in the first quarter of 2006 from $5.0 million in the same period in 2005, primarily as a result of additional depreciation taken on real estate assets acquired in 2006 and a full quarter of depreciation on 2005 acquisitions.

Income from operations increased from $12.6 million in the first quarter of 2005 to $14.4 million in the same period in 2006 as a result of the net effect of the aforementioned items.

Interest expense increased from $4.7 million in the first quarter of 2005 to $5.7 million in the same period in 2006 as a result of higher interest rates and additional borrowings under our line of credit and term notes to purchase six stores in 2006.

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The decrease in preferred stock dividends from 2005 to 2006 was a result of the conversion of 1,200,000 shares of our Series C Preferred Stock to 920,244 shares of common stock in 2005.

FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS

We believe that Funds from Operations ("FFO") provides relevant and meaningful information about our operating performance that is necessary, along with net earnings and cash flows, for an understanding of our operating results. FFO adds back historical cost depreciation, which assumes the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably in the future. In fact, real estate asset values increase or decrease with market conditions. Consequently, we believe FFO is a useful supplemental measure in evaluating our operating performance by disregarding (or adding back) historical cost depreciation.

FFO is defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, Inc. ("NAREIT") as net income computed in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), excluding gains or losses on sales of properties, plus depreciation and amortization and after adjustments to record unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures on the same basis. We believe that to further understand our performance, FFO should be compared with our reported net income and cash flows in accordance with GAAP, as presented in our consolidated financial statements.

Our computation of FFO may not be comparable to FFO reported by other REITs or real estate companies that do not define the term in accordance with the current NAREIT definition or that interpret the current NAREIT definition differently. FFO does not represent cash generated from operating activities determined in accordance with GAAP, and should not be considered as an alternative to net income (determined in accordance with GAAP) as an indication of our performance, as an alternative to net cash flows from operating activities (determined in accordance with GAAP) as a measure of our liquidity, or as an indicator of our ability to make cash distributions.

Reconciliation of Net Income to Funds From Operations

 

                    Three months ended               

(in thousands)

March 31, 2006  

March 31, 2005  


Net income


$ 8,595       


$  7,768       

Minority interest in income

378       

331       

Depreciation of real estate and amortization
  of intangible assets exclusive of deferred
  financing fees



5,622       



5,056       

Depreciation and amortization from
  unconsolidated joint ventures


121       


118       

Preferred stock dividends

(628)      

(1,256)      

Funds from operations allocable to
  minority interest in Operating Partnership


(365)      


(349)      

Funds from operations allocable to
  minority interest in consolidated joint venture


     (399)
      


   (341)
      

FFO available to common shareholders

$  13,324       
=======      

$ 11,327       
=======      

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LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

Our ability to retain cash flow is limited because we operate as a REIT. In order to maintain our REIT status, a substantial portion of our operating cash flow must be used to pay dividends to our shareholders. We believe that our internally generated net cash provided by operating activities will continue to be sufficient to fund ongoing operations, capital improvements, dividends and debt service requirements through September 2007, at which time our revolving line of credit matures unless renewed at our option for one additional year.

Cash flows from operating activities were $13.9 million and $13.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2006, and 2005, respectively. The increase is primarily attributable to increased net income and increased non-cash charges for depreciation and amortization.

Cash used in investing activities was $28.1 million and $18.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2006, and 2005, respectively. The increase in cash used was attributable to increased acquisition activity in 2006 and increased spending on improvements to existing facilities.

Cash provided by financing activities was $15.6 million in 2006 compared to $7.9 million in 2005. In December 2004, our unsecured credit agreements were amended to increase the line of credit availability from $75 million to $100 million (expandable to $200 million), reduce the interest rate from LIBOR plus 1.375% to LIBOR plus 0.90%, extend the maturity by one year to September 2007, and retain a one year extension option. In addition, the line of credit requires a facility fee of 0.20%. At March 31, 2006, there was $10 million available on our line of credit. The amendment also reduced the interest rate on the $100 million term note from LIBOR plus 1.50% to LIBOR plus 1.20%, and extended the maturity by one year to September 2009.

In addition to the line of credit and term note mentioned above, in 2003, we also issued a $80 million unsecured term note bearing interest at a fixed rate of 6.26% and a $20 million unsecured term note bearing interest at a variable rate equal to LIBOR plus 1.50%. The term notes mature September 2013.

In April 2006, the Company entered into a $150 million term note maturing in April 2016 and bearing interest at 6.38%. The proceeds from this term note were used to paydown the outstanding balance on the Company's line of credit, to repay a $25 million term note entered in January 2006 and a $15 million term note entered in April 2006, and to make an additional investment in Locke Sovran I, LLC.

The line of credit facility and term notes currently have investment grade ratings from Standard and Poor's (BBB-) and Fitch (BBB-).

Our line of credit and term notes require us to meet certain financial covenants, including prescribed leverage, fixed charge coverage, minimum net worth, limitations on additional indebtedness and limitations on dividend payouts. As of March 31, 2006, we were in compliance with all covenants.

In February 2002, the consolidated joint venture (Locke Sovran II, LLC) entered into a mortgage note of $48 million. The note is secured by the 27 properties owned by the joint venture with a carrying value of $72.6 million at March 31, 2006. The 10-year note bears interest at a fixed rate of 7.19%.

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The Company assumed a 7.25% mortgage note in connection with the acquisition of a storage facility in June 2005. The note is secured by the one property with a carrying value of $6.1 million at March 31, 2006.

On July 3, 2002, we entered into an agreement providing for the issuance of 2,800,000 shares of 8.375% Series C Convertible Cumulative Preferred Stock and warrants to purchase 379,166 shares of common stock at $32.60 per share in a privately negotiated transaction. The offering price was $25.00 per share and the net proceeds of $67.9 million were used to reduce indebtedness that was incurred in the June 2002 acquisition of seven self-storage properties and to repay a portion of our borrowings under the line of credit. During 2005, we issued 920,244 shares of our common stock in connection with a written notice from one of the holders of our Series C Preferred Stock requesting the conversion of 1,200,000 shares of Series C Preferred Stock into common stock. All converted shares of Series C Preferred Stock were retired, leaving 1,200,000 shares outstanding at March 31, 2006.

During 2006 and 2005, we did not acquire any shares of our common stock via the Share Repurchase Program authorized by the Board of Directors. From the inception of the Share Repurchase Program through March 31, 2006, we have reacquired a total of 1,171,886 shares pursuant to this program. From time to time, subject to market price and certain loan covenants, we may reacquire additional shares.

During 2006, we issued 69,331 shares of our common stock pursuant to our Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan and Employee Stock Option Plan. We realized $3.0 million from the sale of such shares. We expect to issue shares when our share price and capital needs warrant such issuance.

Future acquisitions, share repurchases and repayment of the credit line are expected to be funded with the revolving line of credit, issuance of secured or unsecured term notes, issuance of common or preferred stock, sale of properties, private placement solicitation of joint venture equity and other sources of capital.

ACQUISITION OF PROPERTIES

During 2006, we have used operating cash flow, borrowings pursuant to a term note, and proceeds from our Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan to acquire six properties in New York and Texas comprising 352,000 square feet from unaffiliated storage operators for $22.5 million.

FUTURE ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT PLANS

Our external growth strategy is to increase the number of facilities we own by acquiring suitable facilities in markets in which we already have operations, or to expand in new markets by acquiring several facilities at once in those new markets.

At March 31, 2006, we were in negotiations to acquire five stores for approximately $13 million. These stores were purchased in April 2006.

In addition, as announced in 2004, we have begun to implement a program that will add 450,000 to 600,000 square feet of rentable space at existing stores and convert up to an additional

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250,000 to 300,000 square feet to premium (climate and humidity controlled) space. The projected cost of these revenue enhancing improvements is estimated at between $32 and $40 million. Funding of these and the above-mentioned improvements is expected to be provided primarily from borrowings under our line of credit and issuance of shares of our common stock through our Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan.

We also expect to accelerate, by two to three years, the required capital expenditures on 50 to 70 of our Properties. This includes repainting, paving, and remodeling of the office buildings at these facilities. Typically we spend $4 to $5 million per year on such improvements; for 2006 and 2007, we expect to spend approximately $15 million per year.

REIT QUALIFICATION AND DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS

As a REIT, we are not required to pay federal income tax on income that we distribute to our shareholders, provided that the amount distributed is equal to at least 90% of our taxable income. These distributions must be made in the year to which they relate, or in the following year if declared before we file our federal income tax return, and if it is paid before the first regular dividend of the following year.

As a REIT, we must derive at least 95% of our total gross income from income related to real property, interest and dividends. In the first three months of 2006, our percentage of revenue from such sources exceeded 96%, thereby passing the 95% test, and no special measures are expected to be required to enable us to maintain our REIT designation. Although we currently intend to operate in a manner designed to qualify as a REIT, it is possible that future economic, market, legal, tax or other considerations may cause our Board of Directors to revoke our REIT election.

UMBRELLA PARTNERSHIP REIT

We were formed as an Umbrella Partnership Real Estate Investment Trust ("UPREIT") and, as such, have the ability to issue Operating Partnership ("OP") Units in exchange for properties sold by independent owners. By utilizing such OP Units as currency in facility acquisitions, we may obtain more favorable pricing or terms due to the seller's ability to partially defer their income tax liability. As of March 31, 2006, 477,802 Units are outstanding that were issued in exchange for property at the request of the sellers.

INTEREST RATE RISK

We have entered into interest rate swap agreements in order to mitigate the effects of fluctuations in interest rates on our floating rate debt. At March 31, 2006, we have five outstanding interest rate swap agreements as summarized below:



Notional Amount



Effective Date



Expiration Date


Fixed
  
Rate Paid


Floating Rate
  
Received
     

   

$50 Million

9/28/01

10/2/06

5.685%

1 month LIBOR

$30 Million

9/28/01

9/30/08

5.705%

1 month LIBOR

$50 Million

11/14/05

9/1/09

5.590%

1 month LIBOR

$20 Million

9/4/05

9/4/13

5.935%

6 month LIBOR

$50 Million - forward start

10/10/06

9/1/09

5.680%

1 month LIBOR

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Upon renewal or replacement of the credit facility, our total interest may change dependent on the terms we negotiate with the lenders; however, the LIBOR base rates have been contractually fixed on $150 million of our debt through the interest rate swap termination dates.

Through September 2008, $230 million of our $315 million of unsecured debt is on a fixed rate basis after taking into account the interest rate swaps noted above. Based on our outstanding unsecured debt of $315 million at March 31, 2006, a 1% increase in interest rates would increase our interest expense by $850,000 per year. In conjunction with the Operating Partnership entering a $150 million term note in April 2006, the Operating Partnership terminated the $30 million notional swap expiring in September of 2008. The Operating Partnership received $255,000 for terminating this interest rate swap.

INFLATION

We do not believe that inflation has had or will have a direct effect on our operations. Substantially all of the leases at the facilities are on a month-to-month basis which provides us with the opportunity to increase rental rates as each lease matures.

SEASONALITY

Our revenues typically have been higher in the third and fourth quarters, primarily because we increase rental rates on most of our storage units at the beginning of May and because self-storage facilities tend to experience greater occupancy during the late spring, summer and early fall months due to the greater incidence of residential moves during these periods. However, we believe that our customer mix, diverse geographic locations, rental structure and expense structure provide adequate protection against undue fluctuations in cash flows and net revenues during off-peak seasons. Thus, we do not expect seasonality to affect materially distributions to shareholders.

RECENT ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS

In March 2005, the FASB issued Interpretation No. 47, Accounting for Conditional Asset Retirement Obligations. Interpretation 47 clarifies that the term conditional asset retirement obligation as used in FASB Statement No. 143, Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations, refers to a legal obligation to perform an asset retirement activity in which the timing and (or) method of settlement are conditional on a future event that may or may not be within the control of the entity. However, the obligation to perform the asset retirement activity is unconditional even though uncertainty exists about the timing and (or) method of settlement. Interpretation 47 requires that the uncertainty about the timing and (or) method of settlement of a conditional asset retirement obligation should be factored into the measurement of the liability when sufficient information exists. Interpretation 47 is effective no later than for fiscal years ending after December 15, 2005 (December 31, 2005 for the Company). The application of Interpretation 47 does not have a material impact on the Company's financial position or results of operations.

In June 2005, the FASB ratified the EITF's consensus on Issue No. 04-5 "Determining Whether a General Partner, or the General Partners as a Group, Controls a Limited Partnership or Similar Entity When the Limited Partners Have Certain Rights." This consensus established the presumption that general partners in a limited partnership control that limited partnership (or

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similar entity such as an LLC) regardless of the extent of the general partners' ownership interest in the limited partnership. The consensus further establishes that the rights of the limited partners can overcome the presumption of control by the general partners, if the limited partners have either (a) the substantive ability to dissolve (liquidate) the limited partnership or otherwise remove the general partners without cause or (b) substantive participating rights. EITF 04-5 is effective for all agreements entered into or modified after June 29, 2005. For pre-existing agreements that are not modified, the consensus is effective as of the beginning of the first fiscal reporting period beginning after December 15, 2005. The implementation of this standard did not have a material effect on our consolidated financial position or results of operations.

Item 3.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

The information required is incorporated by reference to the information appearing under the caption "Interest Rate Risk" in "Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" above.

Item 4.

Controls and Procedures

Conclusion Regarding the Effectiveness of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

Our management conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures, as such term is defined under Rule 13a-15(e) promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, under the supervision of and with the participation of our management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Based on that evaluation, our management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective at March 31, 2006. There have not been changes in the Company's internal controls or in other factors that could significantly affect these controls during the quarter ended March 31, 2006.

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

There have not been any changes in the Company's internal control over financial reporting (as defined in 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) promulgated under The Securities Exchange Act of 1934) that occurred during the Company's most recent fiscal quarter that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company's internal control over financial reporting.

PART II.

Other Information

Item 1.

Legal Proceedings

No disclosure required.

Item 1A.

Risk Factors

In addition to the other information set forth in this report, you should carefully consider the factors discussed in Part I, "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005, which could materially affect our business, financial condition

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or future results. The risks described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K are not the only risks facing our Company. Additional risks and uncertainties not currently known to us or that we currently deem to be immaterial also may materially adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results.

Item 2.

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

No disclosure required.

Item 3.

Defaults Upon Senior Securities

No disclosure required.

Item 4.

Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders

No disclosure required.

Item 5.

Other Information

No disclosure required.

Item 6.

Exhibits and Reports on Form 8-K

   

(a)

Exhibits:

   

31.1

Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) and Rule 15d-14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act, as amended.

   

31.2

Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) and Rule 15d-14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act, as amended.

   

32

Certification of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350 as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

   

(b)

Reports on Form 8-K:

The Company furnished a Current Report on Form 8-K, dated February 15, 2006, attaching a press release announcing results of operations for the year and quarter ended December 31, 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

Sovran Self Storage, Inc.

 


By:     / S / David L. Rogers                        
           David L. Rogers
           Secretary, Chief Financial Officer

May 8, 2006                  
Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exhibit 31.1

Certification of Chief Executive Officer Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act, as amended

I, Robert J. Attea, certify that:

1.

I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Sovran Self Storage, Inc.;

2.

Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

3.

Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

4.

The registrant's other certifying officers and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)), for the registrant and have:

 

a)

designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

b)

designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external reporting purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

c)

evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant's disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

d)

disclosed in this report any change in the registrant's internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant's most recent fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant's internal control over financial reporting; and

5.

The registrant's other certifying officers and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant's auditors and the audit committee of the registrant's board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

a)

all significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal controls over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant's ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

b)

any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant's internal controls over financial reporting.

Date:          May 8, 2006

 

   / S / Robert J. Attea                          
Robert J. Attea
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

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Exhibit 31.2

Certification of Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act, as amended

I, David L. Rogers, certify that:

1.

I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Sovran Self Storage, Inc.;

2.

Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

3.

Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

4.

The registrant's other certifying officers and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)), for the registrant and have:

 

a)

designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

b)

designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external reporting purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

c)

evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant's disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

d)

disclosed in this report any change in the registrant's internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant's most recent fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant's internal control over financial reporting; and

5.

The registrant's other certifying officers and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant's auditors and the audit committee of the registrant's board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

a)

all significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal controls over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant's ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

b)

any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant's internal controls over financial reporting.

Date:          May 8, 2006

 

   / S / David L. Rogers                         
David L. Rogers
Secretary, Chief Financial Officer

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Exhibit 32

Certification of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

 

               Each of the undersigned of Sovran Self Storage, Inc. (the "Company") does hereby certify, pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, that:

1)

The Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of the Company for the period ended March 31, 2006 (the "Report") fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78m); and

   

2)

The information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Company.

Dated:          May 8, 2006

 

   / S / Robert J. Attea                          
Robert J. Attea
Chairman of the Board
Chief Executive Officer

 



   / S / David L. Rogers                       
 
David L. Rogers
Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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