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Sep. 30, 2011
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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 September 30, 2011, we had an ownership interest in and or managed 432 self-storage properties in 25 states under the name Uncle Bob's Self Storage ®. Among our 432 self-storage properties are 25 properties that we manage for an unconsolidated joint venture (Sovran HHF Storage Holdings LLC) of which we are a 20% owner, 19 properties that we manage for an unconsolidated joint venture (Sovran HHF Storage Holdings II LLC) of which we are a 15% owner, one property that we manage for a consolidated joint venture (West Deptford JV LLC) of which we have a 20% common ownership interest and a preferred interest, and eight properties that we manage and have no ownership interest. Over 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 98.8% ownership interest therein as of September 30, 2011. 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, Locke Sovran II, LLC and West Deptford JV LLC, a controlled joint venture. All intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated. Investments in joint ventures that we do not control but for which we have significant influence over are reported using the equity method.

In May 2011, the Company made an additional investment of $17.0 million in Locke Sovran II, LLC and now owns 100% of that entity. The purchase price in excess of the carrying value of the non-controlling interest in Locke Sovran II, LLC was $3.9 million and was recorded as a reduction of additional paid-in capital. In connection with this transaction, the noncontrolling interest holders settled an outstanding $2.8 million note receivable due to the Company, and the net cash paid by the Company to the noncontrolling interest holders was $14.2 million. Prior to May 2011, the Company presented noncontrolling interests in Locke Sovran II, LLC as a separate component of equity, called "Noncontrolling interests - consolidated joint venture" in the consolidated balance sheets.

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 20% common interest and a preferred interest with an 8% return on the Company's investment. Pursuant to the terms of the joint venture operating agreement, upon a liquidation of the joint venture the Company has the right to receive a return of its investment prior to any distributions to the common members. The Company also has the right to redeem its preferred interests in the joint venture upon a written election any time on or after June 30, 2016. The Company has 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. The Company has determined that it is the primary beneficiary of the joint venture as it has the power to direct the activities of the joint venture that most significantly impact the joint venture's economic performance. The Company also has the right to receive a significant amount of the benefits of the joint venture by virtue of its preferred interest and liquidation preferences. As a result of the above, the assets, liabilities and results of operations of West Deptford JV LLC since June 30, 2011 are included in the Company's consolidated financial statements. Pursuant to the terms of the West Deptford JV LLC operating agreement, neither party to the joint venture is obligated to make additional capital contributions to the joint venture and shall not be held personally liable for any obligations of the joint venture. Should the joint venture be unable to meet its obligations as they come due or there be any other events or circumstances that have a significant adverse effect on West Deptford JV LLC, the Company could be exposed to losses on its investment in the joint venture and the Company could determine that it is necessary to make additional capital contributions to West Deptford JV LLC.

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 September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, there were 339,025 noncontrolling redeemable operating partnership Units outstanding. The Operating Partnership is obligated to redeem each of these limited partnership Units in the Operating Partnership at the request of the holder thereof for cash equal to the fair market value of a share of the Company's common stock, at the time of such redemption, provided that the Company at its option may elect to acquire any such Unit presented for redemption for one common share or cash. The Company accounts for these noncontrolling redeemable Operating Partnership Units under the provisions of EITF D-98, "Classification and Measurement of Redeemable Securities" which are included in FASB ASC Topic 480-10-S99. The application of the FASB ASC Topic 480-10-S99 accounting model requires the noncontrolling interest to follow normal noncontrolling interest accounting and then be marked to redemption value at the end of each reporting period if higher (but never adjusted below that normal noncontrolling interest accounting amount). The offset to the adjustment to the carrying amount of the noncontrolling redeemable Operating Partnership Units is reflected in dividends in excess of net income. Accordingly, in the accompanying consolidated balance sheet, noncontrolling redeemable Operating Partnership Units are reflected at redemption value at September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, 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.

Changes in total equity, equity attributable to the parent and equity attributable to noncontrolling interests consist of the following:

 

(dollars in thousands)    Parent      Noncontrolling
Interests
    Total  

Balance at December 31, 2010

     $  631,581         $  13,082        $  644,663  

Net income attributable to the parent

     20,336         -          20,336  

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest holders

     -             567         567  

Change in fair value of derivatives

     1,889         -          1,889  

Dividends

     (37,366)         -          (37,366

Distributions to noncontrolling interest holders

     -             (567     (567

Adjustment of noncontrolling redeemable Operating Partnership units to carrying value

     (335)         -          (335

Net proceeds from issuance of stock through Stock Option Plan and "at the market" offering

     5,679         -          5,679  

Additional paid-in capital related to stock based compensation

     1,896         -          1,896  

Additional investment in Locke Sovran II, LLC

     (3,918)         (13,082     (17,000
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance at September 30, 2011

     $  619,762         $        -          $  619,762