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, 2013

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

Williamsville, 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 has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large Accelerated Filer   x    Accelerated Filer   ¨
Non-accelerated Filer   ¨    Smaller Reporting Company   ¨

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 30, 2013, 31,405,820 shares of Common Stock, $.01 par value per share, were outstanding.

 

 

 


Part I. Financial Information

 

Item 1. Financial Statements

SOVRAN SELF STORAGE, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

(dollars in thousands, except share data)

   March 31,
2013
(unaudited)
    December 31,
2012
 

Assets

    

Investment in storage facilities:

  

Land

   $ 302,930     $ 299,544  

Building, equipment, and construction in progress

     1,473,722       1,456,410  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
     1,776,652       1,755,954  

Less: accumulated depreciation

     (339,102     (328,952
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Investment in storage facilities, net

     1,437,550       1,427,002  

Cash and cash equivalents

     6,916       7,255  

Accounts receivable

     3,116       3,450  

Receivable from unconsolidated joint ventures

     740       856  

Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures

     34,263       34,255  

Prepaid expenses

     7,234       4,947  

Other assets

     5,721       6,676  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Assets

   $ 1,495,540     $ 1,484,441  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liabilities

    

Line of credit

   $ 76,000     $ 105,000  

Term notes

     575,000       575,000  

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

     22,031       36,667  

Deferred revenue

     6,847       6,416  

Fair value of interest rate swap agreements

     14,013       15,707  

Mortgages payable

     4,206       4,251  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Liabilities

     698,097       743,041  

Noncontrolling redeemable Operating Partnership Units at redemption value

     12,591       12,670  

Shareholders’ Equity

    

Common stock $.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 31,376,265 shares outstanding at March 31, 2013 (30,446,620 at December 31, 2012)

     325       316  

Additional paid-in capital

     998,739       943,604  

Dividends in excess of net income

     (173,334     (172,773

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (13,703     (15,242

Treasury stock at cost, 1,171,886 shares

     (27,175     (27,175
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Shareholders’ Equity

     784,852       728,730  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

   $ 1,495,540     $ 1,484,441  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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SOVRAN SELF STORAGE, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited)

 

(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

   January 1, 2013
to
March 31, 2013
    January 1, 2012
to
March 31, 2012
 

Revenues

    

Rental income

   $ 59,995     $ 51,213  

Other operating income

     4,340       3,760  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating revenues

     64,335       54,973  

Expenses

    

Property operations and maintenance

     15,283       13,435  

Real estate taxes

     6,461       5,484  

General and administrative

     8,793       7,565  

Acquisition costs

     486       7  

Depreciation and amortization

     11,290       9,894  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

     42,313       36,385  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from operations

     22,022       18,588  

Other income (expenses)

    

Interest expense

     (8,457     (8,253

Interest income

     —         3  

Gain on sale of real estate

     421       —    

Equity in income of joint ventures

     386       68  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations

     14,372       10,406  

Income from discontinued operations

     —         863  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

     14,372       11,269  

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

     (92     (131
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to common shareholders

   $ 14,280     $ 11,138  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings per common share attributable to common shareholders—basic

    

Continuing operations

   $ 0.47     $ 0.36  

Discontinued operations

   $ —       $ 0.03  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings per share—basic

   $ 0.47     $ 0.39  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings per common share attributable to common shareholders—diluted

    

Continuing operations

   $ 0.47     $ 0.36  

Discontinued operations

   $ —       $ 0.03  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings per share—diluted

   $ 0.47     $ 0.39  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Common shares used in basic earnings per share calculation

     30,488,853       28,785,663  

Common shares used in diluted earnings per share calculation

     30,654,495       28,877,736  

Dividends declared per common share

   $ 0.48     $ 0.45  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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SOVRAN SELF STORAGE, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(unaudited)

 

    

Three months ended

March 31,

 
(dollars in thousands)    2013     2012  

Net income

   $ 14,372     $ 11,269  

Other comprehensive income:

    

Change in fair value of derivatives net of reclassification to interest expense

     1,539       1,055  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income

     15,911       12,324  

Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest

     (102     (143
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comprehensive income attributable to common shareholders

   $ 15,809     $ 12,181  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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SOVRAN SELF STORAGE, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(unaudited)

 

(dollars in thousands)

   January 1, 2013
to
March 31, 2013
    January 1, 2012
to
March 31, 2012
 

Operating Activities

    

Net income

   $ 14,372     $ 11,269  

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

    

Depreciation and amortization

     11,290       10,245  

Amortization of deferred financing fees

     209       208  

Gain on sale of real estate

     (421     —    

Equity in income of joint ventures

     (386     (68

Distributions from unconsolidated joint venture

     555       337  

Non-vested stock earned

     626       600  

Stock option expense

     57       51  

Changes in assets and liabilities (excluding the effects of acquisitions):

    

Accounts receivable

     340       (347

Prepaid expenses

     (2,178     (2,653

Accounts payable and other liabilities

     (14,743     (11,705

Deferred revenue

     342       522  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

     10,063       8,459  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Investing Activities

    

Acquisitions of storage facilities

     (22,349     —    

Improvements, equipment additions, and construction in progress

     (2,917     (4,361

Net proceeds from the sale of real estate

     4,367       —    

Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures

     (198     (2,270

Receipts from (advances to) joint ventures

     116       (421

Reimbursement of property deposits

     175       125  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (20,806     (6,927
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Financing Activities

    

Net proceeds from sale of common stock

     54,465       773  

Proceeds from line of credit

     16,000       17,000  

Repayments of line of credit

     (45,000     —    

Dividends paid-common stock

     (14,614     (13,027

Distributions to noncontrolling interest holders

     (96     (152

Redemption of operating partnership units

     (306     —    

Mortgage principal payments

     (45     (42
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

     10,404       4,552  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net (decrease) increase in cash

     (339     6,084  

Cash at beginning of period

     7,255       7,321  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash at end of period

   $ 6,916     $ 13,405  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Supplemental cash flow information

    

Cash paid for interest, net of interest capitalized

   $ 8,682     $ 8,512  

See notes to consolidated 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, 2013 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending December 31, 2013.

Reclassification: Certain amounts from the 2012 financial statements have been reclassified as a result of the sale of 17 storage facilities in 2012 that have been reclassified as discontinued operations (see Note 5).

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, 2013, we had an ownership interest in and/or managed 469 self-storage properties in 25 states under the name Uncle Bob’s Self Storage ®. Among our 469 self-storage properties are 25 properties that we manage for an unconsolidated joint venture (Sovran HHF Storage Holdings LLC) of which we are a 20% owner, 30 properties that we manage for an unconsolidated joint venture (Sovran HHF Storage Holdings II LLC) of which we are a 15% owner, and 21 properties that we manage and in which have no ownership interest. Approximately 40% of the Company’s revenue is derived from stores in the states of Texas and Florida.

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 99.4% ownership interest therein as of March 31, 2013. 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. Our consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company, the Operating Partnership, Locke Sovran I LLC (a wholly-owned subsidiary), Locke Sovran II LLC (a wholly-owned subsidiary), and Uncle Bob’s Management, LLC (the Company’s taxable REIT subsidiary). All intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated. Investments in joint ventures that we do not control but for which we have significant influence over are reported using the equity method.

 

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On June 30, 2011, the Company entered into a newly formed joint venture agreement with an owner of a self-storage facility in New Jersey (West Deptford JV LLC). As part of the agreement the Company contributed $4.2 million to the joint venture for a $2.8 million mortgage note at 8%, a 20% common interest, and a $1.4 million preferred interest with an 8% preferred return. The Company had concluded that this joint venture is a variable interest entity pursuant to the guidance in FASB ASC Topic 810, “Consolidation” on the basis that the total equity investment in the joint venture is not sufficient to permit the joint venture to finance its activities without additional subordinated financial support from its investors. On February 5, 2013 the Company entered into a Membership Interest Purchase Agreement to sell its common and preferred interests in West Deptford JV LLC to the other joint venture partner for approximately $1.4 million, resulting in a gain of $0.4 million. Simultaneous with this transaction the joint venture partner also repaid the $2.8 million mortgage note held by the Company. As a result of these transactions the Company no longer holds any ownership interest in this joint venture.

Included in the consolidated balance sheets are noncontrolling redeemable operating partnership units. These interests are presented in the “mezzanine” section of the consolidated balance sheet because they do not meet the functional definition of a liability or equity under current accounting literature. These represent the outside ownership interests of the limited partners in the Operating Partnership. At March 31, 2013, there were 199,163 noncontrolling redeemable operating partnership Units outstanding (204,028 at December 31, 2012). The Operating Partnership is obligated to redeem each of these limited partnership Units in the Operating Partnership at the request of the holder thereof for cash equal to the fair market value of a share of the Company’s common stock, at the time of such redemption, provided that the Company at its option may elect to acquire any such Unit presented for redemption for one common share or cash. The Company accounts for these noncontrolling redeemable Operating Partnership Units under the provisions of EITF D-98, “Classification and Measurement of Redeemable Securities” which are included in FASB ASC Topic 480-10-S99. The application of the FASB ASC Topic 480-10-S99 accounting model requires the noncontrolling interest to follow normal noncontrolling interest accounting and then be marked to redemption value at the end of each reporting period if higher (but never adjusted below that normal noncontrolling interest accounting amount). The offset to the adjustment to the carrying amount of the noncontrolling redeemable Operating Partnership Units is reflected in dividends in excess of net income. Accordingly, in the accompanying consolidated balance sheet, noncontrolling redeemable Operating Partnership Units are reflected at redemption value at March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, equal to the number of Units outstanding multiplied by the fair market value of the Company’s common stock at that date. Redemption value exceeded the value determined under the Company’s historical basis of accounting at those dates.

 

(Dollars in thousands)

   Three Months
Ended
Mar. 31, 2013
 

Beginning balance noncontrolling redeemable Operating Partnership Units

   $ 12,670  

Redemption of Operating Partnership Units

     (306

Redemption value in excess of carrying value for Units redeemed

     4  

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

     92  

Distributions

     (96

Adjustment to redemption value

     227  
  

 

 

 

Ending balance noncontrolling redeemable Operating Partnership Units

   $ 12,591  
  

 

 

 

 

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3. STOCK BASED COMPENSATION

The Company accounts for stock-based compensation under the provisions of ASC Topic 718, “Compensation—Stock Compensation”. The Company recognizes compensation cost in its financial statements for all share based payments granted, modified, or settled during the period. For awards with graded vesting, compensation cost is recognized on a straight-line basis over the related vesting period.

For the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, the Company recorded compensation expense (included in general and administrative expense) of $57,000 and $51,000, respectively, related to stock options and $596,000 and $600,000, respectively, related to amortization of non-vested stock grants.

During the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, employees exercised 107,645 and 21,835 stock options respectively, and 10,982 and 28,252 shares of non-vested stock, respectively, vested.

4. INVESTMENT IN STORAGE FACILITIES

The following summarizes our activity in storage facilities during the three months ended March 31, 2013.

 

 

(dollars in thousands)

      

Cost:

  

Beginning balance

   $ 1,755,954  

Acquisition of storage facilities

     21,939  

Improvements and equipment additions

     5,342  

Net decrease in construction in progress

     (2,024

Dispositions and impairments

     (4,559
  

 

 

 

Ending balance

   $ 1,776,652  
  

 

 

 

Accumulated Depreciation:

  

Beginning balance

   $ 328,952  

Depreciation expense during the period

     10,359  

Dispositions

     (209
  

 

 

 

Ending balance

   $ 339,102  
  

 

 

 

The assets and liabilities of the acquired storage facilities, which primarily consist of tangible and intangible assets, are measured at fair value on the date of acquisition in accordance with the principles of FASB ASC Topic 820, “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures.” During the three months ended March 31, 2013, the Company acquired 3 self-storage facilities and the purchase price of the facilities has preliminarily been assigned as follows:

 

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(dollars in thousands)

            Consideration paid     Acquisition Date Fair Value  

State

   Number
of
Properties
     Date of
Acquisition
     Purchase
Price
     Cash Paid      Loan
Assumed
     Net Other
Liabilities
(Assets)
Assumed
    Land      Building,
Equipment,
and
Improvements
     In-Place
Customers
Leases
     Closing
Costs
Expensed
 

2013

                            

Texas

     1         2/11/2013       $ 2,400       $ 2,382       $  —         $ 18      $ 337       $ 2,005       $ 58       $ 117   

New York

     1         3/22/2013         11,050         11,119         —           (69     2,122         8,736         192         236   

Massachusetts

     1         3/22/2013         8,850         8,848         —           2        1,553         7,186         111         133   
  

 

 

       

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total 2013

     3          $ 22,300       $ 22,349       $  —         $ (49   $ 4,012       $ 17,927       $ 361       $ 486   
        

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

The Company measures the fair value of in-place customer lease intangible assets based on the Company’s experience with customer turnover. The Company amortizes in-place customer leases on a straight-line basis over 12 months (the estimated future benefit period). In-place customer leases are included in other assets on the Company’s balance sheet as follows:

 

(Dollars in thousands)

   Mar. 31,
2013
    Dec. 31,
2012
 

In-place customer leases

   $ 13,480     $ 13,228  

Accumulated amortization

     (11,159     (10,337
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net carrying value at the end of period

   $ 2,321     $ 2,891  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Amortization expense related to in-place customer leases was $0.9 million and $0.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. The Company expects to record $3.2 million of amortization expense for the year ended December 31, 2013.

5. DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

In July and August of 2012, the Company sold 17 non-strategic storage facilities in Maryland (1), Michigan (4), and Texas (12) for net proceeds of approximately $47.7 million resulting in a gain of approximately $4.5 million. The operations of these facilities are reported as discontinued operations in 2012. Cash flows of discontinued operations have not been segregated from the cash flows of continuing operations on the accompanying consolidated statement of cash flows for the three months ended March 31, 2012. The following is a summary of the amounts reported as discontinued operations:

 

(dollars in thousands)

   Jan. 1, 2013
to
Mar. 31, 2013
     Jan. 1, 2012
to
Mar. 31, 2012
 

Total revenue

   $  —        $ 2,110  

Property operations and maintenance expense

     —          (619 )

Real estate tax expense

     —          (277 )

Depreciation and amortization expense

     —          (351 )

Net realized gain on sale of property

     —          —    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total income from discontinued operations

   $  —        $ 863   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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6. UNSECURED LINE OF CREDIT AND TERM NOTES

On August 5, 2011, the Company entered into agreements relating to new unsecured credit arrangements, and received funds under those arrangements. As part of the agreements, the Company entered into a $125 million unsecured term note maturing August 3, 2018 bearing interest at LIBOR plus a margin based on the Company’s credit rating (at March 31, 2013 the margin is 2.0%). The agreements also provide for a $175 million (expandable to $250 million) revolving line of credit bearing interest at a variable rate equal to LIBOR plus a margin based on the Company’s credit rating (at March 31, 2013 the margin is 2.0%), and requires a 0.20% facility fee. The interest rate at March 31, 2013 on the Company’s available line of credit was approximately 2.20% (2.21% at December 31, 2012). At March 31, 2013, there was $99 million available on the unsecured line of credit without considering the additional availability under the expansion feature. The revolving line of credit has a maturity date of August 4, 2016, but can be extended for two one-year periods at the Company’s option with the payment of an extension fee equal to 0.125% of the total line of credit commitment.

In addition, on August 5, 2011, the Company secured an additional $100 million term note with a delayed draw feature that was used to fund the Company’s mortgage maturities in December 2011. The delayed draw term note matures August 3, 2018 and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin based on the Company’s credit rating (at March 31, 2013 the margin is 2.0%).

On August 5, 2011, the Company also entered into a $100 million term note maturing August 5, 2021 bearing interest at a fixed rate of 5.54%. The interest rate on the term note increases to 7.29% if the notes are not rated by at least one rating agency, the credit rating on the notes is downgraded or if the Company’s credit rating is downgraded. The proceeds from this term note were used to fund acquisitions and investments in unconsolidated joint ventures.

The Company also maintains an $80 million term note maturing September 4, 2013 bearing interest at a fixed rate of 6.26%, a $20 million term note maturing September 4, 2013 bearing interest at a variable rate equal to LIBOR plus 1.50%, and a $150 million unsecured term note maturing April 13, 2016 bearing interest at 6.38%. The interest rate on the $150 million unsecured term note increases to 8.13% if the notes are not rated by at least one rating agency, the credit rating on the notes is downgraded or the Company’s credit rating is downgraded.

The line of credit and term notes require the Company to meet certain financial covenants, measured on a quarterly basis, including prescribed leverage, fixed charge coverage, minimum net worth, limitations on additional indebtedness and limitations on dividend payouts. At March 31, 2013, the Company was in compliance with its debt covenants.

We believe that if operating results remain consistent with historical levels and levels of other debt and liabilities remain consistent with amounts outstanding at March 31, 2013 the entire availability on the line of credit could be drawn without violating our debt covenants.

The Company’s fixed rate term notes contain a provision that allows for the noteholders to call the debt upon a change of control of the Company at an amount that includes a make whole premium based on rates in effect on the date of the change of control.

 

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7. MORTGAGES PAYABLE AND DEBT MATURITIES

Mortgages payable at March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012 consist of the following:

 

(dollars in thousands)

   March 31,
2013
     December 31,
2012
 

6.76% mortgage note due September 11, 2013, secured by one self-storage facility with an aggregate net book value of $1.9 million, principal and interest paid monthly (effective interest rate 6.77%)

     889        896  

6.35% mortgage note due March 11, 2014, secured by one self-storage facility with an aggregate net book value of $3.5 million, principal and interest paid monthly (effective interest rate 6.36%)

     974        983  

5.99% mortgage notes due May 1, 2026, secured by one self-storage facility with an aggregate net book value of $4.2 million, principal and interest paid monthly (effective interest rate 6.20%)

     2,343        2,372  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total mortgages payable

   $ 4,206      $ 4,251  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

The table below summarizes the Company’s debt obligations and interest rate derivatives at March 31, 2013. 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 notes and mortgage notes 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. These assumptions are considered Level 2 inputs within the fair value hierarchy as described in Note 9. The carrying values of our variable rate debt instruments approximate their fair values as these debt instruments bear interest at current market rates that approximate market participant rates. This is considered a Level 2 input within the fair value hierarchy. 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.

 

     Expected Maturity Date Including Discount         

(dollars in thousands)

   2013      2014      2015      2016      2017      Thereafter      Total      Fair
Value
 

Line of credit—variable rate LIBOR + 2.0% (2.20% at March 31, 2013)

     —           —          —        $ 76,000        —          —        $ 76,000       $ 76,000   

Notes Payable:

                       

Term note—variable rate LIBOR+1.50% (1.96% at March 31, 2013)

   $ 20,000         —           —           —          —          —        $ 20,000       $ 20,000   

Term note—fixed rate 6.26%

   $ 80,000         —           —           —          —          —        $ 80,000       $ 81,229   

Term note—fixed rate 6.38%

     —           —          —        $ 150,000         —          —        $ 150,000       $ 164,841   

Term note—variable rate LIBOR+2.0% (2.20% at March 31, 2013)

     —           —          —          —          —        $ 125,000       $ 125,000       $ 125,000   

Term note—variable rate LIBOR+2.0% (2.20% at March 31, 2013)

     —           —          —          —          —        $ 100,000       $ 100,000       $ 100,000   

Term note—fixed rate 5.54%

     —           —          —          —          —        $ 100,000       $ 100,000       $ 106,263   

Mortgage note—fixed rate 6.76%

   $ 889         —           —           —          —          —        $ 889       $ 905   

Mortgage note—fixed rate 6.35%

   $ 25       $ 949         —          —          —          —        $ 974       $ 1,005   

Mortgage notes—fixed rate 5.99%

   $ 90       $ 126       $ 134      $ 142      $ 151      $ 1,700       $ 2,343       $ 2,501   

Interest rate derivatives – liability

     —           —          —          —          —          —          —        $ 14,013   

 

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8. DERIVATIVE FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

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 Loss (“AOCL”). These deferred gains and losses are recognized in 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 deminimus in the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012.

The Company has six interest rate swap agreements in effect at March 31, 2013 as detailed below to effectively convert a total of $245 million of variable-rate debt to fixed-rate debt.

 

Notional Amount

   Effective
Date
     Expiration
Date
     Fixed Rate
Paid
    Floating
Rate Received
 

$20 Million

     9/4/05         9/4/13         4.4350     6 month LIBOR   

$75 Million

     9/1/2011         8/1/18         2.3700     1 month LIBOR   

$50 Million

     9/1/2011         8/1/18         2.3700     1 month LIBOR   

$50 Million

     12/30/11         12/29/17         1.6125     1 month LIBOR   

$25 Million

     12/30/11         12/29/17         1.6125     1 month LIBOR   

$25 Million

     12/30/11         12/29/17         1.6125     1 month LIBOR   

The interest rate swap agreements are the only derivative instruments, as defined by FASB ASC Topic 815 “Derivatives and Hedging”, held by the Company. During the three months ended March 31, 2013, and 2012, the net reclassification from AOCL to interest expense was $1.4 million and $1.2 million, respectively, based on payments made under the swap agreements. Based on current interest rates, the Company estimates that payments under the interest rate swaps will be approximately $4.6 million for the twelve months ended March 31, 2014. 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 a liability of $14.0 million and $15.7 million at March 31, 2013, and December 31, 2012 respectively.

 

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The changes in AOCL for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and March 31, 2012 are summarized as follows:

 

(dollars in thousands)

   Jan. 1, 2013
to
Mar. 31, 2013
    Jan. 1, 2012
to
Mar. 31, 2012
 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss beginning of period

   $ (15,242   $ (10,255

Realized loss reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss to interest expense

     1,375        1,198   

Unrealized gain (loss) from changes in the fair value of the effective portion of the interest rate swaps

     164        (143
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gain included in other comprehensive loss

     1,539        1,055   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss end of period

   $ (13,703   $ (9,200
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

9. FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

The Company applies the provisions of ASC Topic 820 “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures” in determining the fair value of its financial and nonfinancial assets and liabilities. ASC Topic 820 establishes a valuation hierarchy for disclosure of the inputs to valuation used to measure fair value. This hierarchy prioritizes the inputs into three broad levels as follows. Level 1 inputs are quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities. Level 2 inputs are quoted prices for similar assets and liabilities in active markets or inputs that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly through market corroboration. Level 3 inputs are unobservable inputs based on our own assumptions used to measure assets and liabilities at fair value. A financial asset or liability’s classification within the hierarchy is determined based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement.

In May 2011 the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-04, Fair Value Measurements (Topic 820): Amendments to Achieve Common Fair Value Measurement and Disclosure Requirements in US GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) (“ASU 2011-04”). ASU 2011-04 represents the converged guidance of the FASB and the IASB (the “Boards”) on fair value measurements. The collective efforts of the Boards and their staffs, reflected in ASU 2011-04, have resulted in common requirements for measuring fair value and for disclosing information about fair value measurements, including a consistent meaning of the term “fair value.” The Boards have concluded the common requirements will result in greater comparability of fair value measurements presented and disclosed in financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP and IFRS. The amendments in this ASU were required to be applied prospectively, and were effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2011. The Company adopted the provisions of ASU 2011-04 on January 1, 2012 and its adoption did not have a significant impact on the Company’s current fair value measurements or disclosures. The adoption is not expected to have a significant effect on any future fair value measurements or disclosures.

Refer to Note 7 for presentation of the fair values of debt obligations which are disclosed at fair value on a recurring basis.

The following table provides the assets and liabilities carried at fair value measured on a recurring basis as of March 31, 2013 (in thousands):

 

     Asset (Liability)     Level 1      Level 2     Level 3  

Interest rate swaps

     (14,013     —          (14,013     —    

 

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Interest rate swaps are over the counter securities with no quoted readily available Level 1 inputs, and therefore are measured at fair value using inputs that are directly observable in active markets and are classified within Level 2 of the valuation hierarchy, using the income approach.

During 2013, assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a non-recurring basis included the assets acquired and liabilities assumed in connection with the acquisition of 3 storage facilities (see note 4). To determine the fair value of land, the Company used prices per acre derived from observed transactions involving comparable land in similar locations, which is considered a Level 2 input. To determine the fair value of buildings, equipment and improvements, the Company used current replacement cost based on information derived from construction industry data by geographic region as adjusted for the age, condition, and economic obsolescence associated with these assets, which are considered Level 2 and 3 inputs. The fair value of in-place customer leases is based on the rent lost due to the amount of time required to replace existing customers which is based on the Company’s historical experience with turnover in its facilities, which is a Level 3 input. Other assets acquired and liabilities assumed in the acquisitions consist primarily of prepaid or accrued real estate taxes and deferred revenues from advance monthly rentals paid by customers. The fair values of these assets and liabilities are based on their carrying values as they typically turn over within one year from the acquisition date and these are Level 3 inputs.

10. INVESTMENT IN JOINT VENTURES

The Company has a 20% ownership interest in Sovran HHF Storage Holdings LLC (“Sovran HHF”), a joint venture that was formed in May 2008 to acquire self-storage properties that are managed by the Company. The carrying value of the Company’s investment at March 31, 2013 was $21.0 million. Twenty-five properties were acquired by Sovran HHF in 2008 for approximately $171.5 million and no additional properties have been acquired by Sovran HHF since then. In 2008, the Company contributed $18.6 million to the joint venture as its share of capital required to fund the acquisitions. In 2012 and 2011 the Company contributed an additional $1.2 million and $0.8 million, respectively, to the joint venture. As of March 31, 2013, the carrying value of the Company’s investment in Sovran HHF exceeds its share of the underlying equity in net assets of Sovran HHF by approximately $1.7 million as a result of the capitalization of certain acquisition related costs in 2008. This difference is included in the carrying value of the investment, which is assessed for other-than-temporary impairment on a periodic basis. No other-than-temporary impairments have been recorded on this investment.

The Company has a 15% ownership interest in Sovran HHF Storage Holdings II LLC (“Sovran HHF II”), a joint venture that was formed in 2011 to acquire self-storage properties that are managed by the Company. The carrying value of the Company’s investment at March 31, 2013 was $13.3 million. Twenty properties were acquired by Sovran HHF II during 2011 for approximately $166.1 million. During 2011, the Company contributed $12.8 million to the joint venture as its share of capital required to fund the acquisitions. Ten additional properties were acquired by Sovran HHF II during 2012 for approximately $29 million. During 2012, the Company contributed $2.4 million to the joint venture as its share of capital required to fund the acquisitions. The carrying value of this investment is assessed for other-than-temporary impairment on a periodic basis and no such impairments have been recorded on this investment.

 

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As manager of Sovran HHF and Sovran HHF II, the Company earns a management and call center fee of 7% of gross revenues which totaled $0.8 million and $0.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. For the three months ended March 31, 2012 the Company also received acquisition fees of $0.1 million for securing purchases for Sovran HHF II in 2012. No acquisition fee was earned in 2013. The Company’s share of Sovran HHF and Sovran HHF II’s income for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012 was $0.4 million and $29,000, respectively.

The Company also has a 49% ownership interest in Iskalo Office Holdings, LLC, which owns the building that houses the Company’s headquarters and other tenants. The Company’s investment includes a capital contribution of $196,049. The carrying value of the Company’s investment is a liability of $0.5 million at March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, and is included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets. The Company’s share of Iskalo Office Holdings, LLC’s income for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012 was $21,000 and $13,000, respectively.

A summary of the unconsolidated joint ventures’ financial statements as of and for the three months ended March 31, 2013 is as follows:

 

(dollars in thousands)

   Sovran HHF
Storage
Holdings LLC
    Sovran HHF
Storage
Holdings II LLC
    Iskalo Office
Holdings, LLC
 

Balance Sheet Data:

      

Investment in storage facilities, net

   $ 160,307     $ 190,138     $  —    

Investment in office building

     —         —         5,110  

Other assets

     2,751       4,797       601  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Assets

   $ 163,058     $ 194,935     $ 5,711  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Due to the Company

   $ 364     $ 378     $  —    

Mortgages payable

     64,007       104,112       6,556  

Other liabilities

     2,326       2,044       730  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Liabilities

     66,697       106,534       7,286  

Unaffiliated partners’ equity (deficiency)

     77,089       75,146       (1,076 )

Company equity (deficiency)

     19,272       13,255       (499 )
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Partners’ Equity (Deficiency)

     96,361       88,401       (1,575 )
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Liabilities and Partners’ Equity (Deficiency)

   $ 163,058     $ 194,935     $ 5,711  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income Statement Data:

      

Total revenues

   $ 5,022     $ 6,388     $ 326  

Property operating expenses

     (1,657 )     (2,326 )     (121 )

Administrative, management and call center fees

     (384 )     (476 )     —    

Depreciation and amortization of customer list

     (938 )     (1,063 )     (57 )

Amortization of financing fees

     (30 )     (51 )     (3 )

Income tax expense

     (18 )     (71 )     —    

Interest expense

     (1,009 )     (1,282 )     (101 )
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

   $ 986     $ 1,119      $ 44   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

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

We do not expect to have material future cash outlays relating to these joint ventures.

 

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11. INCOME TAXES

The Company qualifies as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and will generally not be subject to corporate income taxes to the extent it distributes its taxable income to its shareholders and complies with certain other requirements.

The Company has elected to treat its Uncle Bob’s Management, LLC subsidiary as a taxable REIT subsidiary. In general, the Company’s taxable REIT subsidiary may perform additional services for tenants and generally may engage in certain real estate or non-real estate related business. A taxable REIT subsidiary is subject to corporate federal and state income taxes. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are determined based on differences between financial reporting and tax bases of assets and liabilities.

For the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, the Company recorded federal and state income tax expense of $0.3 million and $0.4 million, respectively, which are included in general and administrative expense in the consolidated statements of operations. At March 31, 2013 and 2012, there were no material unrecognized tax benefits. Interest and penalties relating to uncertain tax positions will be recognized in income tax expense when incurred. As of March 31, 2013, the Company had no interest or penalties related to uncertain tax positions. The Company’s taxable REIT subsidiary has a deferred tax liability of $1.1 million as of March 31, 2013, which is included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities in the consolidated balance sheet. The tax years 2009-2012 remain open to examination by the major taxing jurisdictions to which the Company is subject.

12. EARNINGS PER SHARE

The Company reports earnings per share data in accordance ASC Topic 260, “Earnings Per Share.” Effective January 1, 2009, FASB ASC Topic 260 was updated for the issuance of FASB Staff Position (“FSP”) EITF 03-6-1, “Determining Whether Instruments Granted in Share-Based Payment Transactions Are Participating Securities”, or FSP EITF 03-6-1, with transition guidance included in FASB ASC Topic 260-10-65-2. Under FSP EITF 03-6-1, unvested share-based payment awards that contain nonforfeitable rights to dividends or dividend equivalents, whether paid or unpaid, are participating securities and shall be included in the computation of earnings-per-share pursuant to the two-class method. The Company has calculated its basic and diluted earnings per share using the two-class method. The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted earnings per common share utilizing the two-class method.

 

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(in thousands except per share data)

   Three Months
Ended
Mar. 31,
2013
     Three Months
Ended
Mar. 31,
2012
 

Numerator:

     

Net income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders

   $ 14,280      $ 10,285  

Denominator:

     

Denominator for basic earnings per share – weighted average shares

     30,489        28,786  

Effect of Dilutive Securities:

     

Stock options and non-vested stock

     165        92  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

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

     30,654        28,878  

Basic earnings per common share from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders

   $ 0.47      $ 0.36   

Basic earnings per common share attributable to common shareholders

   $ 0.47      $ 0.39   

Diluted earnings per common share from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders

   $ 0.47       $ 0.36   

Diluted earnings per common share attributable to common shareholders

   $ 0.47       $ 0.39   

Not included in the effect of dilutive securities above are 77,340 unvested restricted shares for the three months ended March 31, 2013, and 76,500 stock options and 152,345 unvested restricted shares for the three months ended March 31, 2012, because their effect would be antidilutive.

13. SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

On February 27, 2013, the Company entered into a continuous equity offering program (“Equity Program”) with Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (“Wells Fargo”), Jefferies & Company, Inc. (“Jefferies”) and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. (“SunTrust”), pursuant to which the Company may sell from time to time up to $175 million in aggregate offering price of shares of the Company’s common stock. Actual sales under the Equity Program will depend on a variety of factors and conditions, including, but not limited to, market conditions, the trading price of the Company’s common stock, and determinations of the appropriate sources of funding for the Company. The Company expects to continue to offer, sell, and issue shares of common stock under the Equity Program from time to time based on various factors and conditions, although the Company is under no obligation to sell any shares under the Equity Program.

During the three months ended March 31, 2013, the Company issued 822,000 shares under this Equity Program at a weighted average issue price of $62.04 per share, generating net proceeds of $50.3 million after deducting $0.5 million of sales commissions payable to SunTrust and $0.2 million to Wells Fargo. In addition to sales commissions, the Company incurred expenses of $87,000 in connection with the Equity Program during 2013. The Company used the proceeds from the Equity Program to reduce the outstanding balance under the Company’s revolving line of credit and to fund the acquisition of three storage facilities. As of March 31, 2013, the Company had $124.0 million available for issuance under the Equity Program.

 

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14. RECENT ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS

In February 2013, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2013-02, Reporting of Amounts Reclassified Out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income, an amendment to FASB ASC Topic 220. The update requires disclosure of amounts reclassified out of accumulated other comprehensive income by component. In addition, an entity is required to present either on the face of the statement of operations or in the notes, significant amounts reclassified out of accumulated other comprehensive income by the respective line items of net income but only if the amount reclassified is required to be reclassified to net income in its entirety in the same reporting period. For amounts not reclassified in their entirety to net income, an entity is required to cross-reference to other disclosures that provide additional detail about those amounts. This ASU is effective prospectively for the Company’s fiscal years, and interim periods within those years beginning after December 15, 2012. The Company adopted ASU No. 2013-02 in 2013. The adoption of ASU No. 2013-02 did not have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

15. COMMITMENT AND CONTINGENCIES

The Company conducts 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.

16. SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

On April 2, 2013, the Company declared a quarterly dividend of $0.48 per common share. The dividend was paid on April 26, 2013 to shareholders of record on April 12, 2013. The total dividend paid amounted to $15.1 million.

 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

The following discussion and analysis of the Company’s consolidated financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with the unaudited 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 Act of 1933 and in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company 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; the Company’s ability to evaluate, finance and integrate acquired businesses into the Company’s existing business and operations; the Company’s ability to effectively compete in the industry in which it does business; the Company’s existing indebtedness may mature in an unfavorable credit environment, preventing 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 the Company’s outstanding floating rate debt; the Company’s ability to comply with debt covenants; any future ratings on the Company’s debt instruments; regional concentration of the Company’s business may subject it to economic downturns in the states of Florida and Texas; the Company’s reliance on its call center; the Company’s cash flow may be insufficient to meet required payments of operating expenses, principal, interest and dividends; and tax law changes that may change the taxability of future income.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1, 2013 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2013, COMPARED TO THE PERIOD JANUARY 1, 2012 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2012

We recorded rental revenues of $60.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013, an increase of $8.8 million or 17.1% when compared to rental revenues of $51.2 million for the same period in 2012. Of the increase in rental revenue, $4.0 million resulted from a 7.8% increase in rental revenues at the 362 core properties considered in same store sales (those properties included in the consolidated results of operations since January 1, 2012). The increase in same store rental revenues was a result of a 530 basis point increase in average quarterly occupancy and a 0.4% increase in rental income per square foot. The remaining increase in rental revenue of $4.8 million was a result of the revenues from the acquisition of 31 properties completed since January 1, 2012. Other operating income, which includes merchandise sales, insurance commissions, truck rentals, management fees and acquisition fees, increased by $0.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 compared to the same period in 2012 primarily as a result of increased commissions earned on customer insurance.

 

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Property operations and maintenance expenses increased $1.8 million or 13.8% in the three months ended March 31, 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012. The 362 core properties considered in the same store pool experienced a $0.4 million or 3.1% increase in operating expenses as a result of higher costs for snow removal, insurance, and credit card fees. The same store pool benefited from reduced yellow page expense. The remaining increase in property operating expenses of $1.4 million resulted from the 31 properties acquired since January 1, 2012. Real estate tax expense increased $1.0 million as a result of a 3.9% increase in property taxes on the 362 same store pool and the inclusion of taxes on the properties acquired in 2013 and 2012.

Net operating income increased $6.5 million or 18.1% as a result of a 10.6% increase in our same store net operating income and the acquisitions completed since January 1, 2012.

Net operating income or “NOI” is a non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) financial measure that we define as total continuing revenues less continuing property operating expenses. NOI also can be calculated by adding back to net income: interest expense, impairment and casualty losses, depreciation and amortization expense, acquisition related costs, general and administrative expense, and deducting from net income: income from discontinued operations, interest income, gain on sale of real estate, and equity in income of joint ventures. We believe that NOI is a meaningful measure of operating performance because we utilize NOI in making decisions with respect to capital allocations, in determining current property values, and in comparing period-to-period and market-to-market property operating results. NOI should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP, such as total revenues, operating income and net income. There are material limitations to using a measure such as NOI, including the difficulty associated with comparing results among more than one company and the inability to analyze certain significant items, including depreciation and interest expense, that directly affect our net income. We compensate for these limitations by considering the economic effect of the excluded expense items independently as well as in connection with our analysis of net income. The following table reconciles NOI generated by our self-storage facilities to our net income presented in the consolidated financial statements for three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012.

 

     Three Months ended March 31,  
(dollars in thousands)    2013     2012  

Net operating income

    

Same store

   $ 38,428     $ 34,730  

Other stores and management fee income

     4,163       1,324  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total net operating income

     42,591       36,054  

General and administrative

     (8,793     (7,565

Acquisition related costs

     (486     (7

Depreciation and amortization

     (11,290     (9,894

Interest expense

     (8,457     (8,253

Interest income

     —         3  

Gain on sale of real estate

     421       —    

Equity in income of joint ventures

     386       68  

Income from discontinued operations

     —         863  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

   $ 14,372     $ 11,269  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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Our first quarter 2013 same store results consist of only those properties that were included in our consolidated results since January 1, 2012, and exclude the 17 properties we sold in July and August of 2012. The following table sets forth operating data for our 362 same store properties. These results provide information relating to property operating changes without the effects of acquisition.

Same Store Summary

 

     Three Months ended
March 31,
     Percentage  
(dollars in thousands)    2013      2012      Change  

Same store rental income

   $ 55,048      $ 51,071        7.8 %

Same store other operating income

     2,793        2,448        14.1 %
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total same store operating income

     57,841        53,519        8.1 %

Same store property operations and maintenance

     13,747        13,337        3.1 %

Same store real estate taxes

     5,666        5,452        3.9 %
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total same store operating expenses

     19,413        18,789        3.3 %
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Same store net operating income

   $ 38,428      $ 34,730        10.6 %
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
                    Change  

Quarterly same store move ins

     36,037        37,591        (1,554

Quarterly same store move outs

     34,483        33,385        1,098   

We believe the decrease in same store move ins was a byproduct of our increased occupancy leaving fewer spaces to rent. We believe the increase in move outs is also a byproduct of having more customers and a result of a return to somewhat normal seasonality.

General and administrative expenses increased $1.2 million or 16.2% from 2012 to 2013. The key drivers of the increase were a $0.8 million increase in salaries and performance incentives, and a $0.2 million increase in internet advertising.

Acquisition related costs were $0.5 million in the three months ended March 31, 2013 as a result of the acquisition of three stores during that period. Acquisition related costs for the three months ended March 31, 2012 were minimal as there were no acquisitions during that period.

Depreciation and amortization expense increased to $11.3 million in the three months ended March 31, 2013 from $9.9 million in the same period of 2012, primarily as a result of depreciation on the 31 properties acquired in 2012 and 2013.

Interest expense increased from $8.3 million in the three months ended March 31, 2012 to $8.5 million in the same period in 2013. The increase was due to increased borrowings on our line of credit.

During the three months ended March 31, 2013, we sold our equity interest and mortgage note in a formerly consolidated joint venture for $4.4 million resulting in a gain on the sale of $0.4 million.

In July and August of 2012, the Company sold 17 non-strategic storage facilities in Maryland (1), Michigan (4) and Texas (12) for net proceeds of approximately $47.7 million resulting in a gain of approximately $4.5 million, which was recorded in the quarter ended September 30, 2012. The 2012 operations of these facilities are reported in income from discontinued operations for all periods presented.

 

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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 available to common shareholders computed in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), excluding gains or losses on sales of properties, plus impairment of real estate assets, 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.

In October and November of 2011, NAREIT issued guidance for reporting FFO that reaffirmed NAREIT’s view that impairment write-downs of depreciable real estate should be excluded from the computation of FFO. This view is based on the fact that impairment write-downs are akin to and effectively reflect the early recognition of losses on prospective sales of depreciable property or represent adjustments of previously charged depreciation. Since depreciation of real estate and gains/losses from sales are excluded from FFO, it is NAREIT’s view that it is consistent and appropriate for write-downs of depreciable real estate to also be excluded. Our calculation of FFO excludes impairment write-downs of investments in storage facilities.

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.

 

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Reconciliation of Net Income to Funds From Operations (unaudited)

 

     Three months ended  

(in thousands)

   March 31, 2013     March 31, 2012  

Net income attributable to common shareholders

   $ 14,280     $ 11,138  

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

     92       131  

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

     11,090       9,801  

Depreciation of real estate included in discontinued operations

     —         352  

Depreciation and amortization from unconsolidated joint ventures exclusive of deferred financing fees

     375       390  

Gain on sale of real estate

     (421 )     —    

Funds from operations allocable to noncontrolling redeemable Operating Partnership Units

     (162 )     (254 )
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

FFO available to common shareholders

   $ 25,254      $ 21,558   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

Our line of credit and term notes require us to meet certain financial covenants measured on a quarterly basis, including prescribed leverage, fixed charge coverage, minimum net worth, limitations on additional indebtedness, and limitations on dividend payouts. At March 31, 2013, the Company was in compliance with all debt covenants. The most sensitive covenant is the leverage ratio covenant contained in certain of our term note agreements. This covenant limits our total consolidated liabilities to 55% of our gross asset value. At March 31, 2013, our leverage ratio as defined in the agreements was approximately 41.2%. The agreements define total consolidated liabilities to include the liabilities of the Company plus our share of liabilities of unconsolidated joint ventures. The agreements also define a prescribed formula for determining gross asset value which incorporates the use of a 9.25% capitalization rate applied to annualized earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and other items (“Adjusted EBITDA”) as defined in the agreements. In the event that the Company violates debt covenants in the future, the amounts due under the agreements could be callable by the lenders and could adversely affect our credit rating requiring us to pay higher interest and other debt-related costs. We believe that if operating results remain consistent with historical levels and levels of other debt and liabilities remain consistent with amounts outstanding at March 31, 2013, the entire availability under our line of credit could be drawn without violating our debt covenants.

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 and the availability on our line of credit will be sufficient to fund ongoing operations, capital improvements, dividends and debt service requirements through September 2013, at which time $100 million of term notes mature. Our options to address the term notes due in September 2013 include, draws on our line of credit, a new term note with a syndicate of banks or private noteholders, or an issuance of common stock through our continuous equity offering program.

 

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Cash flows from operating activities were $10.1 million and $8.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013, and 2012, respectively. The increase in operating cash flows from 2012 to 2013 was primarily due to the increase in net income.

Cash used in investing activities was $20.8 million and $6.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. The increase in cash used from 2012 to 2013 was due to the acquisition of three storage facilities in the first quarter of 2013 as compared to none in same period in 2012. We also sold our equity interest and a mortgage note in a consolidated joint venture in 2013 resulting in net proceeds of $4.4 million. No stores were sold during the three months ended March 31, 2012. In 2012 we made an additional investment in an unconsolidated joint venture to fund the Company’s 15% share of the purchase price of 10 self-storage facilities acquired by the joint venture.

Cash provided by financing activities was $10.4 million and $4.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. In 2013, we issued shares under our continuous equity offering program and used funds from operations to fund (i) the acquisition of three storage facilities, and (ii) capital improvements. Since there were no acquisitions in the first quarter of 2012, we used operating cash flows and draws on our line of credit to fund capital improvements and to make an additional investment in an unconsolidated joint venture.

On August 5, 2011, the Company entered into agreements relating to new unsecured credit arrangements, and received funds under those arrangements. As part of the agreements, the Company entered into a $125 million unsecured term note maturing in August 2018 bearing interest at LIBOR plus a margin based on the Company’s credit rating (at March 31, 2013 the margin is 2.0%). The agreements also provide for a $175 million (expandable to $250 million) revolving line of credit bearing interest at a variable rate equal to LIBOR plus a margin based on the Company’s credit rating (at March 31, 2013 the margin is 2.0%), and requires a 0.20% facility fee. The interest rate at March 31, 2013 on the Company’s available line of credit was approximately 2.20% (2.21% at December 31, 2012). At March 31, 2013, there was $99 million available on the unsecured line of credit without considering the additional availability under the expansion feature. The revolving line of credit has a maturity date of August 2016, but can be extended for two one-year periods at the Company’s option with the payment of an extension fee equal to 0.125% of the total line of credit commitment.

In addition, on August 5, 2011, the Company secured an additional $100 million term note with a delayed draw feature that was used to fund the Company’s mortgage maturities in December 2011. The delayed draw term note matures August 2018 and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin based on the Company’s credit rating (at March 31, 2013 the margin is 2.0%).

On August 5, 2011, the Company also entered into a $100 million term note maturing August 2021 bearing interest at a fixed rate of 5.54%. The interest rate on the term note increases to 7.29% if the notes are not rated by at least one rating agency, the credit rating on the notes is downgraded or if the Company’s credit rating is downgraded. The proceeds from this term note were used to fund acquisitions and investments in unconsolidated joint ventures.

 

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The Company also maintains an $80 million term note maturing September 2013 bearing interest at a fixed rate of 6.26%, a $20 million term note maturing September 2013 bearing interest at a variable rate equal to LIBOR plus 1.50%, and a $150 million unsecured term note maturing in April 2016 bearing interest at 6.38%. The interest rate on the $150 million unsecured term note increases to 8.13% if the notes are not rated by at least one rating agency, the credit rating on the notes is downgraded or the Company’s credit rating is downgraded.

Our line of credit facility and term notes have an investment grade rating from Standard and Poor’s and Fitch Ratings (BBB-).

In addition to the unsecured financing mentioned above, our consolidated financial statements also include $4.2 million of mortgages payable that are secured by three storage facilities.

On February 27, 2013, the Company entered into a continuous equity offering program (“Equity Program”) with Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (“Wells Fargo”), Jefferies & Company, Inc. (“Jefferies”) and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. (“SunTrust”) pursuant to which the Company may sell from time to time up to $175 million in aggregate offering price of shares of the Company’s common stock. Actual sales under the Equity Program will depend on a variety of factors and conditions, including, but not limited to, market conditions, the trading price of the Company’s common stock, and determinations of the appropriate sources of funding for the Company. The Company expects to continue to offer, sell, and issue shares of common stock under the Equity Program from time to time based on various factors and conditions, although the Company is under no obligation to sell any shares under the Equity Program.

During the three months ended March 31, 2013, the Company issued 822,000 shares under this Equity Program at a weighted average issue price of $62.04 per share, generating net proceeds of $50.3 million after deducting $0.5 million of sales commissions payable to SunTrust and $0.2 million to Wells Fargo. In addition to sales commissions, the Company incurred expenses of $87,000 in connection with the Equity Program during 2013. The Company used the proceeds from the Equity Program to reduce the outstanding balance under the Company’s revolving line of credit and to fund the acquisition of three storage facilities. As of March 31, 2013, the Company had $124.0 million available for issuance under the Equity Program.

During 2012, the Company issued 1,391,425 shares under its previously available equity offering program with Wells Fargo at a weighted average issue price of $55.20 per share, generating net proceeds of $75.3 million after deducting $1.5 million of sales commissions payable to Wells Fargo. In addition to sales commissions paid to Wells Fargo, the Company incurred expenses of $58,000 in connection with this equity offering program during 2012. The Company used the proceeds from this offering to reduce the outstanding balance under the Company’s revolving line of credit.

We implemented a new Dividend Reinvestment Plan in March 2013 which replaced our previous plan which was suspended in November 2009. We did not issue any shares under the new plan in the three months ended March 31, 2013.

During the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, 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, 2013, 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.

 

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Future acquisitions, our expansion and enhancement program, and share repurchases are expected to be funded with draws on our line of credit, issuance of common and preferred stock, the issuance of unsecured term notes, sale of properties, and private placement solicitation of joint venture equity. Should the capital markets deteriorate, we may have to curtail acquisitions, our expansion and enhancement program, and share repurchases as we approach September 2013, when certain term notes mature.

ACQUISITION AND DISPOSITION OF PROPERTIES

In the three months ended March 31, 2013, the Company acquired three self-storage facilities comprising 0.1 million square feet in Massachusetts, New York, and Texas for a total purchase price of $22.3 million. Based on the trailing financials of the entities from which the properties were acquired, the weighted average capitalization rate was 4.5% on these purchases and ranged from 3.3% to 6.5%.

In 2012, we acquired 28 self storage facilities comprising 2.2 million square feet in Arizona (1), Florida (8), Georgia (5), Illinois (9), North Carolina (1), Texas (3), and Virginia (1) for a total purchase price of $189.1 million. Based on the trailing financials of the entities from which the properties were acquired, the weighted average capitalization rate was 5.2% on these purchases and ranged from 1.0% to 8.2%.

In February 2013, we sold our equity interest and a mortgage note in one storage facility in New Jersey for $4.4 million resulting in a gain of $0.4 million.

In July and August of 2012, we sold 17 non-strategic storage facilities located in Michigan, Maryland and Texas for net cash proceeds of $47.7 million resulting in a gain of approximately $4.5 million.

We may seek to sell additional properties to third parties or joint venture programs in 2013.

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 into new markets by acquiring several facilities at once in those new markets. We are actively pursuing acquisitions in 2013, although as of March 31, 2013 we did not have any properties under contract.

In the three months ended March 31, 2013, we added 60,000 square feet to existing properties for a total cost of approximately $3.7 million. In 2012, we added 372,000 square feet to existing properties, and converted 35,000 square feet to premium storage for a total cost of approximately $22.5 million. Although we do not expect to construct any new facilities in 2013, we do plan to expend an additional $16.0 million to expand and enhance existing facilities.

We also expect to continue making capital expenditures on our properties. This includes roofing, paving, and remodeling of the office buildings. For the first three months of 2013 we spent approximately $1.6 million on such improvements and we expect to spend approximately $13.3 million for the remainder of 2013.

 

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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 also derive at least 95% of our total gross income from income related to real property, interest and dividends.

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 are formed as an Umbrella Partnership Real Estate Investment Trust (“UPREIT”) and, as such, have the ability to issue Operating Partnership Units in exchange for properties sold by independent owners. By utilizing such 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, 2013, 199,163 Units are outstanding. These Units had been issued in prior years in exchange for self-storage properties at the request of the sellers.

INTEREST RATE RISK

The primary market risk to which we believe we are exposed is interest rate risk, which may result from many factors, including government monetary and tax policies, domestic and international economic and political considerations, and other factors that are beyond our control.

We have entered into interest rate swap agreements in order to mitigate the effects of fluctuations in interest rates on our variable rate debt. 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 $245 million of our debt through the interest rate swap termination dates. See Note 8 to our consolidated financial statements appearing elsewhere in this quarterly report on Form 10-Q.

Through September 2013, $245 million of our $321 million of floating rate unsecured debt is on a fixed rate basis after taking into account our interest rate swap agreements. Based on our outstanding unsecured debt of $321 million at March 31, 2013, a 100 basis point increase in interest rates would have a $0.8 million effect on our annual interest expense. These amounts were determined by considering the impact of the hypothetical interest rates on our borrowing cost and our interest rate swap agreements in effect on March 31, 2013. These analyses do not consider the effects of the reduced level of overall economic activity that could exist in such an environment. Further, in the event of a change of such magnitude, we would consider taking actions to further mitigate our exposure to the change. However, due to the uncertainty of the specific actions that would be taken and their possible effects, the sensitivity analysis assumes no changes in our capital structure.

 

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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 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 and college student activity 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

See Note 14 to the financial statements.

 

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

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, has been conducted 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, 2013. 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, 2013.

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.

 

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PART II. Other Information

 

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

None

 

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, 2012, which could materially affect our business, financial condition 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

During the quarterly period ended March 31, 2013, the Company issued 2,000 shares of common stock as a result of the exercise of stock options issued under the Company’s 2009 Outside Directors’ Stock Option and Award Plan. The Company received aggregate proceeds of $98,840 in connection with the exercise of the stock options. The issuance of such common stock was exempt from registration pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, among other reasons, by virtue of Section 4(2) as transactions not involving a public offering.

The Company made no repurchases of any of its equity securities during the period covered by this report.

 

Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities

None

 

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures

Not Applicable

 

Item 5. Other Information

None

 

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Item 6. 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.
101*   

The following financial statements from the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form

10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, formatted in XBRL, as follows:

 

(i)     Consolidated Balance Sheets at March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012;

 

(ii)    Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012;

 

(iii)   Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012;

 

(iv)   Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012; and

 

(v)    Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

* Pursuant to Rule 406T of Regulation S-T, the Interactive Data Files on Exhibit 101 hereto are deemed not filed or part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of Section 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, are deemed not filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and otherwise are not subject to liability under those sections.

 

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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/ Andrew J. Gregoire

 

Andrew J. Gregoire

Chief Financial Officer

(Principal Accounting Officer)

 

May 8, 2013

Date

 

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