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 June 30, 2014

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 July 30, 2014, 33,280,092 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)

   June 30,
2014
(unaudited)
    December 31,
2013
 

Assets

    

Investment in storage facilities:

  

Land

   $ 370,243     $ 312,053  

Building, equipment, and construction in progress

     1,693,331       1,552,584  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
     2,063,574       1,864,637  

Less: accumulated depreciation

     (389,310     (366,472
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Investment in storage facilities, net

     1,674,264       1,498,165  

Cash and cash equivalents

     6,959       9,524  

Accounts receivable

     5,332       5,119  

Receivable from unconsolidated joint ventures

     543       883  

Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures

     36,750       30,391  

Prepaid expenses

     8,264       5,978  

Fair value of interest rate swap agreements

     —         794  

Other assets

     8,179       11,021  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Assets

   $ 1,740,291     $ 1,561,875  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liabilities

    

Line of credit

   $ 8,000     $ 49,000  

Term notes

     750,000       575,000  

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

     35,040       37,741  

Deferred revenue

     7,736       6,708  

Fair value of interest rate swap agreements

     12,376       7,523  

Mortgages payable

     2,191       2,254  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Liabilities

     815,343       678,226  

Noncontrolling redeemable Operating Partnership Units at redemption value

     15,348       12,940  

Shareholders’ Equity

    

Common stock $.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 33,240,930 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2014 (32,532,991 at December 31, 2013)

     344       337  

Additional paid-in capital

     1,120,650       1,066,399  

Dividends in excess of net income

     (172,162     (162,450

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (12,057     (6,402

Treasury stock at cost, 1,171,886 shares

     (27,175     (27,175
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Shareholders’ Equity

     909,600       870,709  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

   $ 1,740,291     $ 1,561,875  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

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)

   April 1, 2014
to
June 30, 2014
    April 1, 2013
to
June 30, 2013
 

Revenues

    

Rental income

   $ 74,394     $ 62,127  

Other operating income

     6,050       4,982  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating revenues

     80,444       67,109  

Expenses

    

Property operations and maintenance

     16,453       14,594  

Real estate taxes

     8,055       6,363  

General and administrative

     10,404       8,988  

Acquisition costs

     1,938       —    

Operating leases of storage facilities

     1,997       —    

Depreciation and amortization

     12,481       11,358  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

     51,328       41,303  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from operations

     29,116       25,806  

Other income (expenses)

    
    

Interest expense

     (8,872     (8,446

Interest income

     24       1  

Equity in income of joint ventures

     433       455  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations

     20,701       17,816  

Income from discontinued operations

     —         236  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

     20,701       18,052  

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

     (125     (115
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to common shareholders

   $ 20,576     $ 17,937  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings per common share attributable to common shareholders – basic

    

Continuing operations

   $ 0.63     $ 0.56  

Discontinued operations

     —         0.01  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings per share—basic

   $ 0.63     $ 0.57  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings per common share attributable to common shareholders – diluted

    

Continuing operations

   $ 0.62     $ 0.56  

Discontinued operations

     —         0.01  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings per share—diluted

   $ 0.62     $ 0.57  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Common shares used in basic earnings per share calculation

     32,799,837       31,275,850  

Common shares used in diluted earnings per share calculation

     32,979,708       31,425,016  

Dividends declared per common share

   $ 0.68     $ 0.48  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

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, 2014
to
June 30, 2014
    January 1, 2013
to
June 30, 2013
 

Revenues

    

Rental income

   $ 144,347     $ 121,688  

Other operating income

     11,555       9,299  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating revenues

     155,902       130,987  

Expenses

    

Property operations and maintenance

     33,518       29,719  

Real estate taxes

     16,121       12,782  

General and administrative

     20,360       17,781  

Acquisition costs

     4,716       486  

Operating leases of storage facilities

     3,994       —    

Depreciation and amortization

     24,423       22,559  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

     103,132       83,327  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from operations

     52,770       47,660  

Other income (expenses)

    
    

Interest expense

     (16,216     (16,904

Interest income

     31       1  

Gain on sale of real estate

     —         421  

Equity in income of joint ventures

     892       842  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations

     37,477       32,020  

Income from discontinued operations

     —         404  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

     37,477       32,424  

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

     (228     (207
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to common shareholders

   $ 37,249     $ 32,217  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings per common share attributable to common shareholders – basic

    

Continuing operations

   $ 1.14     $ 1.03  

Discontinued operations

     —         0.01  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings per share—basic

   $ 1.14     $ 1.04  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings per common share attributable to common shareholders – diluted

    

Continuing operations

   $ 1.14     $ 1.03  

Discontinued operations

     —         0.01  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings per share—diluted

   $ 1.14     $ 1.04  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Common shares used in basic earnings per share calculation

     32,591,917       30,882,352  

Common shares used in diluted earnings per share calculation

     32,759,069       31,039,756  

Dividends declared per common share

   $ 1.36     $ 0.96  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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SOVRAN SELF STORAGE, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(unaudited)

 

    

Three months ended

June 30,

   

Six months ended

June 30,

 
(dollars in thousands)    2014     2013     2014     2013  

Net income

   $ 20,701     $ 18,052     $ 37,477     $ 32,424  

Other comprehensive income:

        

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

     (3,726     7,222       (5,655     8,761  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income

     16,975       25,274       31,822       41,185  

Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest

     (103     (161     (194     (262
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comprehensive income attributable to common shareholders

   $ 16,872     $ 25,113     $ 31,628     $ 40,923  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

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, 2014
to
June 30, 2014
    January 1, 2013
to
June 30, 2013
 

Operating Activities

    

Net income

   $ 37,477     $ 32,424  

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

    

Depreciation and amortization

     24,413       22,737  

Amortization of deferred financing fees

     407       422  

Gain on sale of real estate

     —          (421

Equity in income of joint ventures

     (892     (842

Distributions from unconsolidated joint venture

     1,487       1,160  

Non-vested stock earned

     2,381       1,242  

Stock option expense

     149       219  

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

    

Accounts receivable

     (189     —    

Prepaid expenses

     (2,205     (648

Receipts from joint ventures

     423       201  

Accounts payable and other liabilities

     (2,978     (7,934

Deferred revenue

     (211     589  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

     60,262       49,149  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Investing Activities

    
    

Acquisitions of storage facilities

     (183,835     (22,349

Improvements, equipment additions, and construction in progress

     (11,717     (10,005

Net proceeds from the sale of real estate

     —         4,367  

Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures

     (7,053     (2,655

Property deposits

     (395     (75
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (203,000     (30,717
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Financing Activities

    
    

Net proceeds from sale of common stock

     51,728       56,770  

Proceeds from line of credit

     104,000       98,000  

Repayments of line of credit

     (145,000     (139,000

Proceeds from term notes

     175,000       225,000  

Repayments of term notes

     —          (225,000

Financing costs

     (711     (1,554

Dividends paid-common stock

     (44,510     (29,675

Distributions to noncontrolling interest holders

     (271     (191

Redemption of operating partnership units

     —          (306

Mortgage principal payments

     (63     (90
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

     140,173       (16,046
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net (decrease) increase in cash

     (2,565     2,386  

Cash at beginning of period

     9,524       7,255  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash at end of period

   $ 6,959     $ 9,641  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Supplemental cash flow information

    

Cash paid for interest, net of interest capitalized

   $ 14,075     $ 16,650  

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 six month period ended June 30, 2014 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending December 31, 2014.

Reclassification: Certain amounts from the 2013 financial statements have been reclassified as discontinued operations a result of the sale of 4 storage facilities in 2013 (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 June 30, 2014, we had an ownership interest in, leased, and/or managed 501 self-storage properties in 25 states under the name Uncle Bob’s Self Storage ®. Among our 501 self-storage properties are 28 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, 19 properties that we manage and have no ownership interest, and four properties we lease. 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 June 30, 2014. 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, Uncle Bob’s Management, LLC (the Company’s taxable REIT subsidiary), Locke Sovran I, LLC (a wholly-owned subsidiary), and Locke Sovran II, LLC (a wholly-owned 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 accounted for 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. The results of operations of this joint venture are included in our 2013 consolidated financial statements through the February 5, 2013 date of divesture.

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 June 30, 2014, there were 198,913 noncontrolling redeemable operating partnership Units outstanding (198,913 at December 31, 2013). These unitholders are entitled to receive distributions per unit equivalent to the dividends declared per share on the Company’s common stock. 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 was codified 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 June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, 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)

   Six Months
Ended
Jun. 30, 2014
 

Beginning balance noncontrolling redeemable Operating Partnership Units

   $ 12,940  

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests – consolidated joint venture

     228  

Distributions

     (271

Adjustment to redemption value

     2,451  
  

 

 

 

Ending balance noncontrolling redeemable Operating Partnership Units

   $ 15,348   
  

 

 

 

 

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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 June 30, 2014 and 2013, the Company recorded compensation expense (included in general and administrative expense) of $113,000 and $162,000, respectively, related to stock options and $1,129,000 and $586,000, respectively, related to amortization of non-vested stock grants. For the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, the Company recorded compensation expense (included in general and administrative expense) of $149,000 and $219,000, respectively, related to stock options and $2,322,000 and $1,182,000, respectively, related to amortization of non-vested stock grants.

During the three months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, employees exercised 7,500 and 14,200 stock options respectively, and 7,720 and 8,480 shares of non-vested stock, respectively, vested. During the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, employees exercised 9,000 and 121,845 stock options respectively, and 17,600 and 19,462 shares of non-vested stock, respectively, vested.

 

4. INVESTMENT IN STORAGE FACILITIES

The following summarizes our activity in storage facilities during the six months ended June 30, 2014.

 

(dollars in thousands)   

Cost:

  

Beginning balance

   $ 1,864,637  

Acquisition of storage facilities

     187,325  

Improvements and equipment additions

     14,204  

Net decrease in construction in progress

     (2,368

Dispositions

     (224
  

 

 

 

Ending balance

   $ 2,063,574  
  

 

 

 

 

Accumulated Depreciation:

  

Beginning balance

   $ 366,472  

Depreciation expense during the period

     22,944  

Dispositions

     (106
  

 

 

 

Ending balance

   $ 389,310  
  

 

 

 

 

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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 six months ended June 30, 2014 the Company acquired 23 self-storage facilities and the preliminary purchase price of the facilities has been assigned as follows (as of June 30, 2014 the purchase price assignments relating to the 16 facilities acquired during the three months ended June 30, 2014 are preliminary):

 

(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
 

2014

                             

Florida

     2         1/9/2014       $ 54,000       $ 53,599       $ —         $ 401       $ 23,309       $ 29,867       $ 824       $ 1,663   

Texas

     1         1/17/2014         9,000         8,962         —           38         3,999         4,856         145         211   

Texas

     1         2/10/2014         8,900         8,857         —           43         2,235         6,564         101         198   

Maine

     2         2/11/2014         14,750         14,601         —           149         2,639         11,824         287         397   

Illinois

     1         3/31/14         8,700         8,582         —           118         1,837         6,724         139         219   

Illinois

     1         5/5/14         5,500         5,487         —           13         598         4,902         —           40   

Texas

     1         5/13/14         6,075         6,017         —           58         2,000         3,935         140         175   

Missouri

     7         5/22/14         35,050         34,786         —           264         9,550         24,709         791         583   

New Jersey

     1         6/5/14         12,600         12,526         —           74         5,161         7,201         238         276   

New York

     1         6/11/14         8,000         7,988         —           12         1,741         6,106         153         196   

New Jersey

     1         6/12/14         2,500         2,430         —           70         —           2,319         181         59   

Georgia

     1         6/12/14         7,700         7,616         —           84         2,263         5,293         144         174   

New Jersey

     3         6/18/14         18,088         17,984         —           104         2,544         15,150         394         525   
  

 

 

       

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total 2014

     23          $ 190,863       $ 189,435       $ —         $ 1,428       $ 57,876       $ 129,450       $ 3,537       $ 4,716   
        

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

All of the properties acquired were purchased from unrelated third parties. The operating results of the acquired facilities have been included in the Company’s operations since the respective acquisition dates. Of the $189.4 million paid at closing for the properties acquired during the six months ended June 30, 2014, $5.6 million represented deposits that were paid in 2013 when these properties originally went under contract.

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)

   Jun. 30,
2014
    Dec. 31,
2013
 

In-place customer leases

   $ 18,179     $ 14,643  

Accumulated amortization

     (15,030     (13,551
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net carrying value at the end of period

   $ 3,149     $ 1,092  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Amortization expense related to in-place customer leases was $0.8 million and $1.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively and was $1.5 million and $1.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. The Company expects to record $3.7 million and $1.0 million of amortization expense for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2015, respectively.

 

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As noted above, during the six months ended June 30, 2014, the Company acquired 23 properties. The following pro forma information is based on the combined historical financial statements of the Company and the 23 properties acquired, and presents the Company’s results as if the acquisitions had occurred as of January 1, 2013:

 

     Three months ended
June 30,
    

Six months ended

June 30,

 
(dollars in thousands)    2014      2013      2014      2013  

Total revenues

   $ 82,310      $ 71,923      $ 161,122      $ 140,339  

Net income attributable to common shareholders

   $ 22,765      $ 17,151      $ 42,572       $ 25,748   

Earnings per common share

           

Basic

   $ 0.69      $ 0.52      $ 1.29      $ 0.78  

Diluted

   $ 0.69      $ 0.52      $ 1.28      $ 0.78   

The following table summarizes the revenues and earnings related to the 23 properties since the acquisition dates that are included in the Company’s consolidated statements of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014.

 

     Three months
ended June 30,
2014
    Six months
ended June 30,
2014
 

Total revenues

   $ 3,023     $ 4,484  

Net loss attributable to common shareholders

   $ (2,112   $ (4,877

The above net losses attributable to common shareholders were primarily due to the acquisition costs incurred in connection with the 2014 acquisitions.

 

5. DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

In the 4th quarter of 2013, the Company sold four non-strategic storage facilities in Florida (2), Ohio (1), and Virginia (1) for net proceeds of approximately $11.7 million resulting in a gain of approximately $2.4 million. The operations of these facilities are reported as discontinued operations. 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 six months ended June 30, 2013. Through June 30, 2014 the Company has not disposed of any facilities. The following is a summary of the amounts reported as discontinued operations in 2013:

 

(dollars in thousands)

   Apr. 1, 2013
to
Jun. 30, 2013
    Jan. 1, 2013
to
Jun. 30, 2013
 

Total revenue

   $ 506     $ 962  

Property operations and maintenance expense

     (140 )     (298 )

Real estate tax expense

     (41 )     (82 )

Depreciation and amortization expense

     (89 )     (178 )

Net realized gain on sale of property

     —         —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total income from discontinued operations

   $ 236     $ 404  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders was $20.6 million and $17.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014, and 2013, respectively. Income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders was $37.2 million and $31.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014, and 2013, respectively. Income from discontinued operations attributable to common shareholders was $0 and $0.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014, and 2013, respectively. Income from discontinued operations attributable to common shareholders was $0 and $0.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014, and 2013, respectively.

 

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6. UNSECURED LINE OF CREDIT AND TERM NOTES

Borrowings outstanding on our unsecured line of credit and term notes are as follows:

 

(Dollars in thousands)

   Jun. 30,
2014
     Dec. 31,
2013
 

Revolving line of credit borrowings

   $ 8,000      $ 49,000  
     

Term note due April 13, 2016

     150,000        150,000  

Term note due June 4, 2020

     225,000        225,000  

Term note due June 4, 2020

     100,000        100,000  

Term note due August 5, 2021

     100,000        100,000  

Term note due April 8, 2024

     175,000        —     
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total term notes payable

   $ 750,000      $ 575,000  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

On April 8, 2014, the Company entered into a $175 million term note maturing April 2024 bearing interest at a fixed rate of 4.533%. The interest rate on the term note increases to 6.283% if the Company is not rated by at least one rating agency or if the Company’s credit rating is downgraded. The proceeds from this term note were used to repay the $115 million outstanding on the Company’s line of credit at April 8, 2014, with the excess proceeds used for acquisitions.

On June 4, 2013, the Company entered into an amendment to its unsecured credit arrangements. As part of the amended agreement, the Company entered into a $225 million unsecured term note maturing June 4, 2020 bearing interest at LIBOR plus a margin based on the Company’s credit rating (at June 30, 2014 the margin is 1.65%). The agreement also provides 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 June 30, 2014 the margin is 1.50%), and requires a 0.20% facility fee. The interest rate at June 30, 2014 on the Company’s available line of credit was approximately 1.65% (1.67% at December 31, 2013). At June 30, 2014, there was $166.3 million available on the unsecured line of credit net of outstanding letters of credit of $0.7 million and without considering the additional availability under the expansion feature. The revolving line of credit has a maturity date of June 4, 2018, 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 June 4, 2013, as part of the amendment to its unsecured credit arrangement, the Company secured an additional $100 million term note with a delayed draw feature that was used to fund the Company’s term notes that matured in September 2013. The delayed draw term note matures June 4, 2020 and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin based on the Company’s credit rating (at June 30, 2014 the margin is 1.65%).

In 2011, the Company 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.

 

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The Company also maintains 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 June 30, 2014, 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 June 30, 2014 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.

 

7. MORTGAGES PAYABLE AND DEBT MATURITIES

Mortgages payable at June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013 consist of the following:

 

(dollars in thousands)

   June 30,
2014
     December 31,
2013
 

5.99% mortgage notes due May 1, 2026, secured by one self-storage facility with an aggregate net book value of $4.4 million, principal and interest paid monthly (effective interest rate 6.21%)

     2,191        2,254  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total mortgages payable

   $ 2,191      $ 2,254  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

The table below summarizes the Company’s debt obligations and interest rate derivatives at June 30, 2014. 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.

 

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     Expected Maturity Date Including Discount         

(dollars in thousands)

   2014      2015      2016      2017      2018      Thereafter      Total      Fair
Value
 

Line of credit - variable rate LIBOR + 1.50% (1.65% at June 30, 2014)

     —          —          —          —        $ 8,000         —        $ 8,000       $ 8,000   

Notes Payable:

                       

Term note - fixed rate 6.38%

     —          —        $ 150,000         —          —          —        $ 150,000       $ 164,776   

Term note - variable rate LIBOR+1.65% (1.80% at June 30, 2014)

     —          —          —          —          —        $ 225,000       $ 225,000       $ 225,000   

Term note - variable rate LIBOR+1.65% (1.80% at June 30, 2014)

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

Term note - fixed rate 5.54%

     —          —          —          —          —        $ 100,000       $ 100,000       $ 112,443   

Term note - fixed rate 4.533%

     —          —          —          —          —        $ 175,000       $ 175,000       $ 179,287   

Mortgage notes - fixed rate 5.99%

   $ 64       $ 134       $ 142      $ 151      $ 160      $ 1,540       $ 2,191       $ 2,306   

Interest rate derivatives – liability

     —          —          —          —          —          —          —        $ 12,376   

 

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 into 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 for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, and 2013.

The Company has interest rate swap agreements in effect at June 30, 2014 as detailed below to effectively convert a total of $325 million of variable-rate debt to fixed-rate debt.

 

Notional Amount

   Effective
Date
     Expiration
Date
     Fixed Rate
Paid
    Floating
Rate Received
 

$125 Million

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

$100 Million

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

$100 Million

     9/4/13         9/4/18         1.3710     1 month LIBOR   

$100 Million

     12/29/17         11/29/19         3.9680     1 month LIBOR   

$125 Million

     8/1/18         6/1/20         4.1930     1 month LIBOR   

 

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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 June 30, 2014 and 2013, the net reclassification from AOCL to interest expense was $1.4 million and $1.1 million, respectively, based on payments made under the swap agreements. During the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, the net reclassification from AOCL to interest expense was $2.7 million and $2.5 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 $5.5 million for the 12 months ended June 30, 2015. 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 $12.4 million at June 30, 2014, and an asset of $0.8 million and a liability of $7.5 million at December 31, 2013.

The Company’s agreements with its interest rate swap counterparties contain provisions pursuant to which the Company could be declared in default of its derivative obligations if the Company defaults on any of its indebtedness, including default where repayment of the indebtedness has not been accelerated by the lender. The interest rate swap agreements also incorporate other loan covenants of the Company. Failure to comply with the loan covenant provisions would result in the Company being in default on the interest rate swap agreements. As of June 30, 2014, the Company had not posted any collateral related to the interest rate swap agreements. If the Company had breached any of these provisions as of June 30, 2014, it could have been required to settle its obligations under the agreements at their net termination value of $12.4 million.

The changes in AOCL for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2013 are summarized as follows:

 

(dollars in thousands)

   Apr. 1, 2014
to
Jun. 30, 2014
    Apr. 1, 2013
to
Jun. 30, 2013
    Jan. 1, 2014
to
Jun. 30, 2014
    Jan. 1, 2013
to
Jun. 30, 2013
 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss beginning of period

   $ (8,331   $ (13,703   $ (6,402   $ (15,242

Realized loss reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss to interest expense

     1,381        1,129        2,742        2,504   

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

     (5,107     6,093        (8,397     6,257   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

(Loss) gain included in other comprehensive loss

     (3,726     7,222        (5,655     8,761   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss end of period

   $ (12,057   $ (6,481   $ (12,057   $ (6,481
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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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 June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013 (in thousands):

 

     Asset (Liability)     Level 1      Level 2     Level 3  

June 30, 2014

         

Interest rate swaps

     (12,376     —          (12,376     —    

December 31, 2013

         

Interest rate swaps

     794        —          794        —    

Interest rate swaps

     (7,523     —          (7,523     —    

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 the six months ended June 30, 2014, 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 23 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 which is considered a Level 2 input. This replacement cost is then adjusted for the age, condition, and economic obsolescence associated with these assets, which are considered Level 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 June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013 was $24.0 million and $17.4 million, respectively. Twenty-five properties were acquired by Sovran HHF in 2008 for approximately $171.5 million and three additional properties were acquired by Sovran HHF in June 2014 for $34.4 million. In 2008, the Company contributed $18.6 million in cash to the joint venture as its share of capital required to fund acquisitions. In 2012 the Company contributed an additional $1.2 million in cash to the joint venture. In 2013 the Company received a return of capital distribution of $3.4 million as part of the refinancing of Sovran HHF. In 2014, the Company contributed $7.0 million in cash to the joint venture as its share of capital required to fund acquisitions.

 

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As of June 30, 2014, 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 June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013 was $12.8 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.

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 $0.9 million and $0.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. The management and call center fees earned by the Company for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 totaled $1.8 million and $1.6 million, respectively.

The Company’s share of Sovran HHF and Sovran HHF II’s income for the three months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 was $367,000 and $456,000 respectively. The Company’s share of Sovran HHF and Sovran HHF II’s income for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 was $793,000 and $821,000, 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 carrying value of the Company’s investment is a liability of $0.4 million at June 30, 2014 and $0.5 million at December 31, 2013, 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 (loss) for the three months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 was $32,000 and ($1,000), respectively. The Company’s share of Iskalo Office Holdings, LLC’s income for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 was $64,000 and $21,000, respectively. The Company paid rent to Iskalo Office Holdings, LLC of $252,000 and $165,000 during the three months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. The Company paid rent to Iskalo Office Holdings, LLC of $503,000 and $345,000 during the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

 

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A summary of the unconsolidated joint ventures’ financial statements as of and for the six months ended June 30, 2014 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

   $ 190,594     $ 186,243     $  —    

Investment in office building

     —         —         4,878  

Other assets

     4,951       4,762       687  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Assets

   $ 195,545     $ 191,005     $ 5,565  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Due to the Company

   $ 239     $ 311     $  —    

Mortgages payable

     81,273       103,247       6,514  

Other liabilities

     2,859       2,215       417  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Liabilities

     84,371       105,773       6,931  

Unaffiliated partners’ equity (deficiency)

     88,939       72,453       (920 )

Company equity (deficiency)

     22,235       12,779       (446 )
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Partners’ Equity (Deficiency)

     111,174       85,232       (1,366 )
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Liabilities and Partners’ Equity (Deficiency)

   $ 195,545     $ 191,005     $ 5,565  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income Statement Data:

      

Total revenues

   $ 11,401     $ 14,008     $ 719  

Property operating expenses

     (3,638 )     (4,970 )     (274 )

Administrative, management and call center fees

     (865 )     (1,039 )     —    

Acquisition costs

     (926 )     —         —    

Depreciation and amortization of customer list

     (2,013 )     (2,075 )     (115 )

Amortization of financing fees

     (92 )     (102 )     (5 )

Income tax expense

     (44 )     (201 )     —    

Interest expense

     (2,144 )     (2,571 )     (194 )
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

   $ 1,679     $ 3,050     $ 131  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

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 outside our share of capital for future acquisitions of properties.

 

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 one of its subsidiaries 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.

 

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For the three months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, the Company recorded federal and state income tax expense of $0.3 million and $0.3 million, respectively. For the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, the Company recorded federal and state income tax expense of $0.6 million and $0.7 million, respectively. At June 30, 2014 and 2013, 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 June 30, 2014 and 2013, the Company had no interest or penalties related to uncertain tax positions. Net income taxes payable and the deferred tax liability of our taxable REIT subsidiary are classified within accounts payable and accrued liabilities in the consolidated balance sheet. As of June 30, 2014, the Company’s taxable REIT subsidiary has a current tax liability of $0.1 million and a deferred tax liability of $0.9 million. The tax years 2010-2013 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.

 

(in thousands except per share data)

   Three Months
Ended
Jun. 30, 2014
     Three Months
Ended
Jun. 30, 2013
     Six Months
Ended
Jun. 30, 2014
     Six Months
Ended
Jun. 30, 2013
 

Numerator:

           

Net income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders

   $ 20,576      $ 17,703      $ 37,249      $ 31,816  

Denominator:

           

Denominator for basic earnings per share – weighted average shares

     32,800         31,276        32,592         30,882  

Effect of Dilutive Securities:

           

Stock options and non-vested stock

     180         149        167         158  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

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

     32,980        31,425        32,759         31,040  

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

   $ 0.63      $ 0.56       $ 1.14      $ 1.03   

Basic earnings per common share attributable to common shareholders

   $ 0.63      $ 0.57       $ 1.14      $ 1.04   

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

   $ 0.62       $ 0.56       $ 1.14       $ 1.03   

Diluted earnings per common share attributable to common shareholders

   $ 0.62       $ 0.57       $ 1.14       $ 1.04   

 

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Not included in the effect of dilutive securities above are 8,000 stock options and 142,417 unvested restricted shares for the three months ended June 30, 2014, and 8,000 stock option and 67,447 unvested restricted shares for the three months ended June 30, 2013, because their effect would be antidilutive. Not included in the effect of dilutive securities above are 4,000 stock options and 155,648 unvested restricted shares for the six months ended June 30, 2014, and 4,000 stock options and 72,394 unvested restricted shares for the six months ended June 30, 2013, because their effect would be antidilutive.

 

13. SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

The following is a reconciliation of the changes in total shareholders’ equity for the period:

 

(dollars in thousands)

   Six Months
Ended
June 30, 2014
 

Beginning balance of total shareholders’ equity

   $ 870,709  

Net proceeds from the issuance of common stock

     51,372  

Exercise of stock options

     356  

Earned portion of non-vested stock

     2,322  

Stock option expense

     149  

Deferred compensation outside directors

     59  

Adjustment to redemption value on noncontrolling redeemable Operating Partnership units

     (2,451

Net income attributable to common shareholders

     37,249  

Change in fair value of derivatives

     (5,655

Dividends

     (44,510
  

 

 

 

Ending balance of total shareholders’ equity

   $ 909,600  
  

 

 

 

On May 12, 2014, the Company entered into a continuous equity offering program (“Equity Program”) with Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (“Wells Fargo”), Jefferies LLC (“Jefferies”), SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. (“SunTrust”), Piper Jaffray & Co. (“Piper”), HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. (“HSBC”), and BB&T Capital Markets, a division of BB&T Securities, LLC (“BB&T”), pursuant to which the Company may sell from time to time up to $225 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 June 30, 2014, the Company issued 250,000 shares of common stock under the Equity Program at a weighted average issue price of $77.08 per share, generating net proceeds of $19.0 million after deducting $0.2 million of sales commissions paid to Piper. During the three months ended March 31, 2014, the Company issued 359,102 shares of common stock under a previous equity program at a weighted average issue price of $74.32 per share, generating net proceeds of $26.4 million after deducting $0.3 million of sales commissions payable to SunTrust. In addition to sales commissions, the Company incurred expenses of $0.1 million in connection with these Equity Programs during 2014. The Company used the proceeds from the Equity Programs to fund a portion of the acquisition of 23 storage facilities. As of June 30, 2014, the Company had $205.7 million available for issuance under the Equity Program.

 

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In 2013, the Company implemented a Dividend Reinvestment. The Company issued 90,675 shares under the plan in 2014.

 

14. RECENT ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS

In July 2013, the FASB issued ASU 2013-11, “Income Taxes (Topic 740): Presentation of an Unrecognized Tax Benefit When a Net Operating Loss Carryforward, a Similar Tax Loss, or a Tax Credit Carryforward Exists.” This ASU provides explicit guidance regarding the presentation in the statement of financial position of an unrecognized tax benefit when net operating losses or tax credit carryforwards exist. It is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2013, with early adoption permitted, and is applicable to the Company’s fiscal year beginning January 1, 2014. The adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

In April 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-08, “Presentation of Financial Statements (Topic 205) and Property, Plant and Equipment (Topic 360): Reporting Discontinued Operations and disclosures of Components of an Entity”. Under this ASU, only disposals representing a strategic shift in operations should be presented as discontinued operations. Those strategic shifts should have a major effect on the organization’s operations and financial results. The ASU also requires new disclosures of both discontinued operations and certain other disposals that do not meet the definition of a discontinued operation. It is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2014, with early adoption permitted. We have adopted this guidance effective January 1, 2014 and the adoption is expected to significantly reduce the classification of property sales by the Company as discontinued operations.

In May 2014, FASB issued ASU No. 2014-09, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers,” which supersedes the revenue recognition requirements in “Revenue Recognition (Topic 605),” and requires an entity to recognize revenue in a way that depicts the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled to in exchange for those goods or services. ASU 2014-09 is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2016, and is to be applied retrospectively, with early application not permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the new standard.

In June 2014, the FASB issued ASU No. 2014-12, “Accounting for Share-Based Payments When the Terms of an Award Provide That a Performance Target Could Be Achieved after the Requisite Service Period,” which requires a reporting entity to treat a performance target that affects vesting and that could be achieved after the requisite service period as a performance condition. ASU 2014-12 is effective for annual periods, and interim periods within those annual periods, beginning after December 15, 2015. Early adoption is permitted. ASU 2014-12 may be adopted either prospectively for share-based payment awards granted or modified on or after the effective date, or retrospectively, using a modified retrospective approach. The modified retrospective approach would apply to share-based payment awards outstanding as of the beginning of the earliest annual period presented in the financial statements on adoption, and to all new or modified awards thereafter. The Company is currently evaluating the new standard.

 

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15. COMMITMENT AND CONTINGENCIES

At June 30, 2014, the Company was under contract to acquire one self-storage facility for cash consideration of approximately $11.8 million. The facility was acquired in July 2014 and was funded through operating cash flow.

The Company was also under contract as of June 30, 2014 to sell one self storage facility for cash consideration of approximately $5.2 million. The sale of this facility by the Company is subject to customary conditions to closing, and there is no assurance that this facility will be sold.

 

16. SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

On July 2, 2014, the Company declared a quarterly dividend of $0.68 per common share. The dividend was paid on July 28, 2014 to shareholders of record on July 14, 2014. The total dividend paid amounted to $22.6 million.

In July 2014, the Company acquired one self-storage facility for $11.8 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 APRIL 1, 2014 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2014, COMPARED TO THE PERIOD APRIL 1, 2013 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2013

We recorded rental revenues of $74.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014, an increase of $12.3 million or 19.7% when compared to rental revenues of $62.1 million for the same period in 2013. Of the increase in rental revenue, $5.1 million resulted from an 8.3% increase in rental revenues at the 386 core properties considered in same store sales (those properties included in the consolidated results of operations since January 1, 2013). The increase in same store rental revenues was a result of a 270 basis point increase in average quarterly occupancy and a 4.4% increase in rental income per square foot. The remaining increase in rental revenue of $7.2 million was a result of the revenues from the acquisition of 34 properties and the lease of four properties completed since January 1, 2013. Other operating income, which includes merchandise sales, insurance commissions, truck rentals, management fees and acquisition fees, increased by $1.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014 compared to the same period in 2013 primarily as a result of increased commissions earned on customer insurance. Also included in 2014 other income is an acquisition fee of $0.1 million related to three properties acquired for one of our unconsolidated joint ventures. There was no such fee in 2013.

 

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Property operations and maintenance expenses increased $1.9 million or 12.7% in the three months ended June 30, 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013. The 386 core properties considered in the same store pool experienced a $0.4 million or 2.9% increase in operating expenses as a result of higher costs for repairs and maintenance, bank charges and other operating expenses. The same store pool benefited from reduced property insurance and yellow page expenses. The remaining increase in property operating expenses of $1.5 million resulted from the acquisition of 34 properties and the lease of four properties completed since January 1, 2013. Real estate tax expense increased $1.7 million as a result of a 12.1% increase in property taxes on the 386 same store pool and the inclusion of taxes on the properties acquired and leased in 2014 and 2013.

Net operating income increased $9.8 million or 21.2% as a result of a 10.0% increase in our same store net operating income and the acquisitions completed since January 1, 2013.

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 the three months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013.

 

     Three Months ended June 30,  
(dollars in thousands)    2014     2013  

Net operating income

    

Same store

   $ 48,701     $ 44,279  

Other stores and management fee income

     7,235       1,873  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total net operating income

     55,936       46,152  

General and administrative

     (10,404     (8,988

Acquisition related costs

     (1,938     —     

Operating leases of storage facilities

     (1,997     —     

Depreciation and amortization

     (12,481     (11,358

Interest expense

     (8,872     (8,446

Interest income

     24       1  

Equity in income of joint ventures

     433       455  

Income from discontinued operations

     —         236  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

   $ 20,701     $ 18,052  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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Our 2014 same store results consist of only those properties that were included in our consolidated results since January 1, 2013, and exclude the four properties we sold in 2013. The following table sets forth operating data for our 386 same store properties. These results provide information relating to property operating changes without the effects of acquisitions.

Same Store Summary

 

    

Three Months ended
June 30,

    

Percentage

 

(dollars in thousands)

   2014      2013      Change  

Same store rental income

   $ 66,745      $ 61,641        8.3 %

Same store other operating income

     3,786        3,294        14.9 %
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total same store operating income

     70,531        64,935        8.6 %

Payroll and benefits

     6,286        6,145        2.3 %

Real estate taxes

     7,043        6,284        12.1 %

Utilities

     2,421        2,359        2.6 %

Repairs and maintenance

     2,315        2,091        10.7 %

Office and other operating expenses

     2,422        2,281        6.2 %

Insurance

     988        1,113        -11.2 %

Advertising and yellow pages

     355        383        -7.3 %
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total same store operating expenses

     21,830        20,656        5.7 %
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Same store net operating income

   $ 48,701      $ 44,279        10.0 %
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
                   Change  

Quarterly same store move ins

     45,898        47,791         (1,893

Quarterly same store move outs

     39,662        38,800        862   

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.

General and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2014 increased $1.4 million or 15.8% compared with the three months ended June 30, 2013. The key driver of the increase was a $0.8 million increase in salaries and performance incentives and a $0.2 million increase in internet advertising. The remaining $0.4 million increase is the result of various other administrative costs related to managing the increased number of stores in our portfolio as compared to the 2013 period.

Acquisition related costs were $1.9 million in the three months ended June 30, 2014 as a result of the acquisition of 16 stores during that period. There were no acquisition related costs in the three months ended June 30, 2013 as no acquisitions were completed during that period.

The operating lease expense for storage facilities in the 2014 period relates to leases which commenced in November 2013 with respect to four self storage facilities in New York (2) and Connecticut (2). Such leases have annual lease payments of $6 million with a provision for 4% annual increases, and an exclusive option to purchase the facilities for $120 million.

Depreciation and amortization expense increased to $12.5 million in the three months ended June 30, 2014 from $11.4 million in the same period of 2013, primarily as a result of depreciation on the 34 properties acquired in 2013 and 2014.

Interest expense increased from $8.5 million in the three months ended June 30, 2013 to $8.9 million in the same period in 2014. The increase was due the higher outstanding balance on our terms notes in 2014 which were used to fund a portion of our acquisitions and to repay our line of credit balance.

 

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In the 4th quarter of 2013, we sold four non-strategic facilities in Ohio, Florida (2), and Virginia for net proceeds of approximately $11.7 million resulting in a gain of approximately $2.4 million. The 2013 operations of these facilities are reported in income from discontinued operations.

FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1, 2014 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2014, COMPARED TO THE PERIOD JANUARY 1, 2013 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2013

We recorded rental revenues of $144.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014, an increase of $22.7 million or 18.6% when compared to rental revenues of $121.7 million for the same period in 2013. Of the increase in rental revenue, $9.7 million resulted from an 8.0% increase in rental revenues at the 386 core properties considered in same store sales (those properties included in the consolidated results of operations since January 1, 2013). The increase in same store rental revenues was a result of a 290 basis point increase in average quarterly occupancy and a 3.9% increase in rental income per square foot. The remaining increase in rental revenue of $13.0 million was a result of the revenues from the acquisition of 34 properties and the lease of four properties completed since January 1, 2013. Other operating income, which includes merchandise sales, insurance commissions, truck rentals, management fees and acquisition fees, increased by $2.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014 compared to the same period in 2013 primarily as a result of increased commissions earned on customer insurance. Also included in 2014 other income is an acquisition fee of $0.1 million related to three properties acquired for one of our unconsolidated joint ventures. There was no such fee in 2013.

Property operations and maintenance expenses increased $3.8 million or 12.8% in the six months ended June 30, 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013. The 386 core properties considered in the same store pool experienced a $1.1 million or 3.8% increase in operating expenses as a result of higher costs for utilities, repairs and maintenance, and snow removal. The same store pool benefited from reduced insurance and yellow page expenses. The remaining increase in property operating expenses of $2.7 million resulted from the acquisition of 34 properties and the lease of four properties completed since January 1, 2013. Real estate tax expense increased $3.3 million as a result of an 11.2% increase in property taxes on the 386 same store pool and the inclusion of taxes on the properties acquired and leased in 2014 and 2013.

Net operating income increased $17.8 million or 20.1% as a result of a 9.7% increase in our same store net operating income and the acquisitions completed since January 1, 2013.

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

 

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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 the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013.

 

     Six Months ended June 30,  
(dollars in thousands)    2014     2013  

Net operating income

    

Same store

   $ 93,398     $ 85,169  

Other stores and management fee income

     12,865       3,317  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total net operating income

     106,263       88,486  

General and administrative

     (20,360     (17,781

Acquisition related costs

     (4,716     (486

Operating leases of storage facilities

     (3,994     —     

Depreciation and amortization

     (24,423     (22,559

Interest expense

     (16,216     (16,904

Interest income

     31       1  

Gain on sale of real estate

     —          421  

Equity in income of joint ventures

     892       842  

Income from discontinued operations

     —         404  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

   $ 37,477     $ 32,424  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Our 2014 same store results consist of only those properties that were included in our consolidated results since January 1, 2013, and exclude the four properties we sold in 2013. The following table sets forth operating data for our 386 same store properties. These results provide information relating to property operating changes without the effects of acquisitions.

Same Store Summary

 

    

Six Months ended

June 30,

    

Percentage

 

(dollars in thousands)

   2014      2013      Change  

Same store rental income

   $ 130,684      $ 121,029        8.0 %

Same store other operating income

     7,278        6,162        18.1 %
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total same store operating income

     137,962        127,191        8.5 %

Payroll and benefits

     12,540        12,331        1.7 %

Real estate taxes

     14,100        12,679        11.2 %

Utilities

     5,283        4,861        8.7 %

Repairs and maintenance

     5,026        4,535        10.8 %

Office and other operating expenses

     4,842        4,699        3.0 %

Insurance

     2,061        2,136        -3.5 %

Advertising and yellow pages

     712        781        -8.8 %
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total same store operating expenses

     44,564        42,022        6.0 %
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Same store net operating income

   $ 93,398      $ 85,169        9.7 %
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
                   Change  

Year-to-date same store move ins

     84,516        85,906         (1,390

Year-to-date same store move outs

     75,239        75,507        (268

 

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We believe the decrease in same store move ins was a byproduct of our increased occupancy, leaving fewer spaces to rent. We believe the decrease in year-to-date move outs is a result of customers staying longer with us.

General and administrative expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2014 increased $2.6 million or 14.5% compared with the six months ended June 30, 2013. The key driver of the increase was a $1.5 million increase in salaries and performance incentives and a $0.5 million increase in internet advertising. The remaining $0.6 million increase is the result of various other administrative costs related to managing the increased number of stores in our portfolio as compared to the 2013 period.

Acquisition related costs were $4.7 million in the six months ended June 30, 2014 as a result of the acquisition of 23 stores during that period. Acquisition related costs for the six months ended June 30, 2013 were $0.5 million as a result of the acquisition of three stores during that period.

The operating lease expense for storage facilities in the 2014 period relates to leases which commenced in November 2013 with respect to four self storage facilities in New York (2) and Connecticut (2). Such leases have annual lease payments of $6 million with a provision for 4% annual increases, and an exclusive option to purchase the facilities for $120 million.

Depreciation and amortization expense increased to $24.4 million in the six months ended June 30, 2014 from $22.6 million in the same period of 2013, primarily as a result of depreciation on the 34 properties acquired in 2013 and 2014.

Interest expense decreased from $16.9 million in the six months ended June 30, 2013 to $16.2 million in the same period in 2014. The decrease was due to reduced interest rates as a result of our refinancing in June 2013, partially offset by increased borrowings to fund acquisitions.

During the six months ended June 30, 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 the 4th quarter of 2013, we sold four non-strategic facilities in Ohio, Florida (2), and Virginia for net proceeds of approximately $11.7 million resulting in a gain of approximately $2.4 million. The 2013 operations of these facilities are reported in income from discontinued operations.

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.

 

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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.

Reconciliation of Net Income to Funds From Operations (unaudited)

 

(in thousands)

   Three Months
Ended
Jun. 30, 2014
    Three Months
Ended
Jun. 30, 2013
    Six Months
Ended
Jun. 30, 2014
    Six Months
Ended
Jun. 30, 2013
 

Net income attributable to common shareholders

   $ 20,576     $ 17,937     $ 37,249     $ 32,217  

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

     125       115       228       207  

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

     12,255       11,138       23,970       22,141  

Depreciation of real estate included in discontinued operations

     —         89       —         177  

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

     360       372       736       746  

Gain on sale of real estate

     —         —         —         (421

Funds from operations allocable to noncontrolling redeemable Operating Partnership Units

     (202     (189     (378     (351
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

FFO available to common shareholders

   $ 33,114     $ 29,462     $ 61,805     $ 54,716  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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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 June 30, 2014, 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 June 30, 2014, our leverage ratio as defined in the agreements was approximately 38.3%. 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 June 30, 2014, 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 April 2016, at which time $150 million of term notes mature.

Cash flows from operating activities were $60.3 million and $49.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014, and 2013, respectively. The increase in operating cash flows in the 2014 period compared to the 2013 period was primarily due to the increase in net income and a smaller decrease in accounts payable in 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013.

Cash used in investing activities was $203.0 million and $30.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. The increase in cash used in investing activities in the 2014 period compared to the 2013 period was due to the acquisition of 23 storage facilities in the six months ended June 30, 2014 for $183.8 million as compared to three storage facilities in the same period of 2013 for $22.3 million. In 2014 we also made an additional investment of $7.1 million in an unconsolidated joint venture to fund our share of the purchase price of three storage facilities acquired by that joint venture. In 2013 we sold our equity interest and a mortgage note in a consolidated joint venture resulting in net proceeds of $4.4 million.

Cash provided by financing activities was $140.2 million and $16.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. In the 2014 period we received proceeds of $175.0 million on a 10 year term note and used the proceeds to reduce our line of credit. We made net repayments on our line of credit of $41.0 million in the 2014 period. In the 2014 period we also issued shares under our continuous equity offering program to fund acquisitions which, when combined with proceeds from the exercise of stock options and the sale of common stock through our dividend reinvestment plan, resulted in net cash proceeds from the sale of common

 

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stock of $51.7 million. We paid dividends of $44.5 million in the 2014 period which increased in comparison to dividends of $29.7 million in the 2013 period primarily because of an increase in our common shares outstanding and an increase in our dividend rate. In the 2013 period we received more proceeds under our continuous equity offering program in comparison to the 2014 period for the purpose of funding acquisitions and reducing the balance on our line of credit. Proceeds from the issuance of shares under the equity offering program, stock option exercises and the sale of shares through our dividend reinvestment program resulted in net proceeds of $56.8 million in the 2013 period. We made net repayments on our line of credit of $41.0 million in the 2013 period.

On April 8, 2014, the Company entered into a $175 million term note maturing April 2024 bearing interest at a fixed rate of 4.533%. The interest rate on the term note increases to 6.283% if the Company is not rated by at least one rating agency or if the Company’s credit rating is downgraded. The proceeds from this term note were used to repay the $115 million outstanding on the Company’s line of credit at April 8, 2014, with the excess proceeds used to fund a portion of the 2014 acquisitions.

On June 4, 2013, the Company entered into an amendment to its unsecured credit arrangement. As part of the amended agreement, the Company entered into a $225 million unsecured term note maturing June 4, 2020 bearing interest at LIBOR plus a margin based on the Company’s credit rating (at June 30, 2014 the margin is 1.65%). The agreement also provides 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 June 30, 2014 the margin is 1.50%), and requires a 0.20% facility fee. The interest rate at June 30, 2014 on the Company’s available line of credit was approximately 1.65% (1.67% at December 31, 2013). At June 30, 2014, there was $166.3 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 June 4, 2018, 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 June 4, 2013, as part of the amendment to its unsecured credit arrangement, the Company secured an additional $100 million term note with a delayed draw feature that was used to fund the Company’s term notes that matured in September 2013. The delayed draw term note matures June 4, 2020 and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin based on the Company’s credit rating (at June 30, 2014 the margin is 1.65%).

On August 5, 2011, the Company 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.

The Company also maintains 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-).

 

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In addition to the unsecured financing mentioned above, our consolidated financial statements also include a $2.2 million mortgage payable that is secured by a storage facility.

On May 12, 2014, the Company entered into a continuous equity offering program (“Equity Program”) with Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (“Wells Fargo”), Jefferies LLC (“Jefferies”), SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. (“SunTrust”), Piper Jaffray & Co. (“Piper”), HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. (“HSBC”), and BB&T Capital Markets, a division of BB&T Securities, LLC (“BB&T”), pursuant to which the Company may sell from time to time up to $225 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 June 30, 2014, the Company issued 250,000 shares of common stock under the Equity Program at a weighted average issue price of $77.08 per share, generating net proceeds of $19.0 million after deducting $0.2 million of sales commissions payable to Piper. During the three months ended March 31, 2014, the Company issued 359,102 shares of common stock under a previous equity program at a weighted average issue price of $74.32 per share, generating net proceeds of $26.4 million after deducting $0.3 million of sales commissions payable to SunTrust. In addition to sales commissions, the Company incurred expenses of $0.1 million in connection with these Equity Programs during 2014. The Company used the proceeds from the Equity Programs to fund a portion of the acquisition of 23 storage facilities. As of June 30, 2014, the Company had $205.7 million available for issuance under the Equity Program.

In 2013, the Company implemented a Dividend Reinvestment Plan. The Company issued 90,675 shares under the plan during the six months ended June 30, 2014.

During the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, 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 June 30, 2014, 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.

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 April 2016, when certain term notes mature.

 

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ACQUISITION AND DISPOSITION OF PROPERTIES

In the six months ended June 30, 2014, the Company acquired 23 self-storage facilities comprising 1.6 million square feet in Florida (2), Georgia (1), Illinois (2), Maine (2), Missouri (7), New Jersey (5), New York (1), and Texas (3) for a total purchase price of $190.9 million. Based on the trailing financial information of the entities from which the properties were acquired, the weighted average capitalization rate was 5.8% on these purchases and ranged from 0% on a recently constructed facility to 7.1% on mature facilities.

Sovran HHF Holdings LLC, a joint venture in which the Company is a 20% owner, acquired three self-storage facilities in the six months ended June 30, 2014 for approximately $34 million. The Company’s share of the capital required for these purchases was approximately $7 million.

In 2013, we acquired 11 self storage facilities comprising 0.6 million square feet in Colorado (1), Connecticut (1), Florida (1), Massachusetts (1), New Jersey (2), New York (3), and Texas (2) for a total purchase price of $94.9 million. In addition to the properties acquired, in November 2013 the Company entered into lease agreements with respect to four self storage facilities in New York (2) and Connecticut (2). Such leases have annual lease payments of $6 million with a provision for 4% annual increases, and an exclusive option to purchase the facilities for $120 million.

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.

During 2013, we sold four non-strategic storage facilities in Florida, Ohio, and Virginia for net proceeds of approximately $11.7 million resulting in a gain of approximately $2.4 million. We may seek to sell additional properties to third parties or joint venture partners in 2014, and at June 30, 2014 we had one property on sale contract for $5.2 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 into new markets by acquiring several facilities at once in those new markets. We are actively pursuing acquisitions in 2014, and at June 30, 2014 we had one property under contract to be purchased for approximately $11.8 million. The facility was acquired in July 2014.

In the six months ended June 30, 2014, we added 108,800 square feet to existing properties for a total cost of approximately $7.6 million. During 2013, we added 295,000 square feet to existing properties and converted 9,000 square feet to premium storage for a total cost of approximately $17.9 million. Although we do not expect to construct any new facilities in 2014, we do plan to complete an additional $13.1 million of expansions and enhancements to our existing facilities.

We also expect to continue making capital expenditures on our properties. This includes roofing, paving, and remodeling of store offices. For the first six months of 2014 we spent approximately $6.6 million on such improvements and we expect to spend approximately $9.4 million for the remainder of 2014.

 

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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 we satisfy certain requirements, including distributing at least 90% of our REIT taxable income for a taxable year. 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 they are paid not later than the date of 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.

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 June 30, 2014, 198,913 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. The LIBOR base rates have been contractually fixed on $325 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.

Based on our outstanding unsecured floating rate debt of $333 million at June 30, 2014, and taking into account our interest rate swap agreements, a 100 basis point increase in interest rates would have a $0.1 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 June 30, 2014. 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.

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.

 

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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.

 

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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 June 30, 2014. 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 June 30, 2014.

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. Legal Proceedings

 

Item 1. Other Information

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, 2013, 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

None

 

Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities

None

 

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures

Not Applicable

 

Item 5. Other Information

None

 

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.

 

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101   

The following financial statements from the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, formatted in XBRL, as follows:

   (i) Consolidated Balance Sheets at June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013;
   (ii) Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013;
   (iii) Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013;
   (iv) Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013; and
  

(v) Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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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)
August 5, 2014     
Date    

 

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