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Life Storage, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2021 Results

BUFFALO, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Life Storage, Inc. (NYSE:LSI), a leading national owner and operator of self-storage properties, reported operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021. All share and per share information has been retrospectively adjusted to reflect the January 2021 three-for-two stock split made in the form of a 50% stock dividend.

Highlights for the First Quarter Included:

  • Generated net income attributable to common shareholders of $47.4 million, or $0.63 per fully diluted common share.
  • Achieved adjusted funds from operations (“FFO”)(1) per fully diluted common share of $1.08, a 16.1% increase over the same period in 2020.
  • Increased same store revenue by 7.3% and same store net operating income (“NOI”)(2) by 8.6%, year-over-year.
  • Acquired 16 stores for $266.2 million, including one store from one of our unconsolidated joint ventures for $47.9 million (net).
  • Added 18 stores (gross) to the Company’s third-party management platform.

Joe Saffire, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are off to a very solid start to the year with record occupancy, strong pricing power and robust acquisition activity. We’ve added more scale in key existing markets with the addition of 16 stores to our wholly owned portfolio and 18 stores to our third-party management platform. Warehouse Anywhere continues to gain traction with a significant contract for our Enterprise Solution and a growing pipeline for all business lines. We continue to demonstrate that our industry leading technology is a clear differentiator that we believe positions us well to further grow shareholder value in 2021 and beyond.”

FINANCIAL RESULTS:

In the first quarter of 2021, the Company generated net income attributable to common shareholders of $47.4 million or $0.63 per fully diluted common share, compared to net income attributable to common shareholders of $36.4 million, or $0.52 per fully diluted common share, in the first quarter of 2020. Net income in the quarter ended March 31, 2021 benefited from $0.8 million of preferred dividend income associated with the acquisition of a store from one of our unconsolidated joint ventures.

Funds from operations for the quarter were $1.08 per fully diluted common share compared to $0.94 for the same period last year. Adjusted FFO per fully diluted common share for the quarter was similarly $1.08, compared to $0.93, after adjusting for a total of $0.5 million related to a gain on sale of land and acquisition fees, for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.

OPERATIONS:

Revenues for the 531 stabilized stores wholly owned by the Company since December 31, 2019 increased 7.3% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same quarter of 2020. The increase largely resulted from the net impact of a 410 basis point increase in average occupancy and the net impact of a 1.3% increase in realized rental rates.

Same store operating expenses increased 4.7% for the first quarter of 2021 compared to the prior year period, the result of increased real estate taxes, repair and maintenance (including snow removal), office and other operating expense, payroll and benefits and utilities. The increases were offset by decreases in marketing expenses. Same store NOI increased 8.6% in the first quarter of 2021 as compared to the first quarter of 2020.

During the first quarter of 2021, the Company achieved same store revenue growth in 30 of its 31 major markets. Overall, the markets with the strongest positive revenue impact were New York-Newark-Jersey City, New England-Other and Buffalo-Upstate.

PORTFOLIO TRANSACTIONS:

During the quarter, the Company acquired 16 stores in Florida (8), Arizona (3), Washington (2), New York (1), California (1) and South Carolina (1) for a total purchase price of $266.2 million. One of the properties was acquired from SNL Orix Merrick, LLC, a joint venture in which the Company has a 5% common and a preferred investment. The net investment to acquire the property was $47.9 million.

At March 31, 2021, the Company was under contract to acquire six self-storage facilities in New Jersey (5) and Florida (1) for an aggregate purchase price of $106.5 million. The Company acquired one of these facilities subsequent to March 31, 2021 for $16.5 million. Also subsequent to quarter end, the Company entered into contracts to acquire 11 self-storage facilities in Texas (4), North Carolina (3), Florida (2) and New Hampshire (2) for an aggregate purchase price of $159.2 million. The purchases of the remaining facilities are subject to customary conditions to closing, and there is no assurance that any of these facilities will be acquired.

THIRD-PARTY MANAGEMENT:

The Company continues to aggressively and profitably grow its third-party management platform. During the quarter, the Company added 18 stores (gross). As of quarter end, the Company managed 342 facilities in total, including those in which it owns a minority interest.

WAREHOUSE ANYWHERE:

Subsequent to quarter end, a corporate customer awarded a multi-year contract to Warehouse Anywhere to expand its existing relationship by adding approximately 300 storage units nationwide. Each space will include Warehouse Anywhere’s proprietary inventory management technology solution.

FINANCIAL POSITION:

At March 31, 2021, the Company had approximately $13.9 million of cash on hand, and approximately $456.9 million available on its line of credit.

During the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Company issued 2,220,559 shares of common stock under its continuous equity offering program at a weighted average issue price of $82.23 per share, generating net proceeds after expenses of $180.5 million.

Below are key financial ratios at March 31, 2021:

  • Debt to Enterprise Value (at $85.95/share)

25.5%

  • Debt to Book Cost of Storage Facilities

40.3%

  • Debt to Recurring Annualized EBITDA

5.5x

  • Debt Service Coverage

4.9x

STOCK SPLIT AND COMMON STOCK DIVIDEND:

During the quarter, the Company completed a three-for-two stock split, which was made in the form of a 50% stock dividend. The additional shares were distributed on January 27, 2021 and Life Storage’s common stock began trading on a split-adjusted basis on January 28, 2021.

Subsequent to quarter end, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.74 per share, or $2.96 annualized, on a post-split basis. The dividend was paid on April 26, 2021 to shareholders of record on April 14, 2021.

YEAR 2021 EARNINGS GUIDANCE:

The following assumptions covering operations have been utilized in formulating guidance for 2021:

Year 2021 Earnings Guidance

Current Guidance

Range

Prior Guidance

Range

(February 22, 2021)

Same Store Revenue

5.50%

-

6.50%

 

3.75%

-

4.75%

Same Store Operating Costs (excluding property taxes)

2.25%

-

3.25%

 

2.25%

-

3.25%

Same Store Property Taxes

6.75%

-

7.75%

 

6.75%

-

7.75%

Total Same Store Operating Expenses

4.00%

-

5.00%

 

4.00%

-

5.00%

Same Store Net Operating Income

6.50%

-

7.50%

 

3.75%

-

4.75%

General & Administrative

$57M

-

$58M

 

$56M

-

$57M

Expansions & Enhancements

$40M

-

$50M

 

$40M

-

$50M

Capital Expenditures

$21M

-

$26M

 

$21M

-

$26M

Wholly Owned Acquisitions

$550M

-

$600M

 

$350M

-

$450M

Joint Venture Investments

$20M

-

$25M

 

$20M

-

$25M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted Funds from Operations per Share

$4.33

-

$4.41

 

$4.18

-

$4.28

 

 

Reconciliation of Guidance

2Q 2021

Range or Value

FY 2021

Range or Value

Earnings per share attributable to common shareholders – diluted

$0.63 - $0.67

$2.53 - $2.61

Plus: real estate depreciation and amortization

0.45 - 0.45

1.80 - 1.80

FFO per share

$1.08 - $1.12

$4.33 - $4.41

 

The Company’s 2021 same store pool consists of the 531 stabilized stores wholly owned since December 31, 2019. Twenty-five of the stores purchased through March 31, 2021 at certificate of occupancy or that were in the early stages of lease-up are not included, regardless of their current occupancies. The Company believes that occupancy levels achieved during the lease-up period, using discounted rates, are not truly indicative of a new store’s performance, and therefore do not result in a meaningful year-over-year comparison in future years. The Company will include such stores in its same store pool in the second year after the stores achieve 80% sustained occupancy using market rates and incentives.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS:

When used in this news release, 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 our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the effect of competition from new self-storage facilities, which would cause rents and occupancy rates to decline; risks associated with the COVID-19 global health crisis or similar events, including but not limited to (i) the impact to the health of our employees and/or customers, (ii) the negative impacts to the economy and to self-storage customers which could reduce the demand for self-storage or reduce our ability to collect rent, (iii) reducing or eliminating our ability to increase rents charged to our current or future customers, (iv) limiting our ability to collect rent from or evict past due customers, (v) we could see an increase in move-outs of longer-term customers due to the economic uncertainty and significant rise in unemployment resulting from the COVID-19 global health crisis which could lead to lower occupancies and reduced average rental rates as longer-term customers are replaced with new customers at lower rates, and (vi) potential negative impacts on the cost and availability of debt and equity which could have a negative impact on our capital and growth plans; the Company’s ability to evaluate, finance and integrate acquired self-storage facilities 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.

CONFERENCE CALL:

Life Storage will hold its First Quarter Earnings Release Conference Call at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. To help avoid connection delays, participants are encouraged to pre-register using this link. Anyone unable to pre-register may access the conference call at 888.506.0062 (domestic) or 973.528.0011 (international); passcode 680774 or request to be joined into the Life Storage call. Management will accept questions from registered financial analysts after prepared remarks; all others are encouraged to listen to the call via webcast by accessing the investor relations tab at lifestorage.com. The webcast will be archived for a period of 90 days; a telephone replay will also be available for 14 days by calling 877.481.4010 and entering passcode 40759.

ABOUT LIFE STORAGE, INC:

Life Storage, Inc. is a self-administered and self-managed equity REIT that is in the business of acquiring and managing self-storage facilities. Located in Buffalo, New York, the Company operates more than 950 storage facilities in 33 states and in the province of Ontario, Canada. The Company serves both residential and commercial storage customers with storage units rented by month. Life Storage consistently provides responsive service to more than 525,000 customers, making it a leader in the industry. For more information visit http://invest.lifestorage.com.

 
Life Storage, Inc.
Balance Sheet Data
(unaudited)
 

March 31,

 

December 31,

(dollars in thousands)

2021

 

2020

Assets
Investment in storage facilities:
Land

$

991,214

 

$

951,813

 

Building, equipment and construction in progress

 

4,612,622

 

 

4,378,510

 

 

5,603,836

 

 

5,330,323

 

Less: accumulated depreciation

 

(904,420

)

 

(873,178

)

Investment in storage facilities, net

 

4,699,416

 

 

4,457,145

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

13,914

 

 

54,400

 

Accounts receivable

 

14,796

 

 

15,464

 

Receivable from joint ventures

 

520

 

 

1,064

 

Investment in joint ventures

 

140,415

 

 

143,042

 

Prepaid expenses

 

12,335

 

 

8,326

 

Intangible asset - in-place customer leases

 

6,226

 

 

5,409

 

Trade name

 

16,500

 

 

16,500

 

Other assets

 

26,639

 

 

26,498

 

Total Assets

$

4,930,761

 

$

4,727,848

 

 
Liabilities
Line of credit

$

43,000

 

$

-

 

Term notes, net

 

2,156,140

 

 

2,155,457

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 

95,708

 

 

112,654

 

Deferred revenue

 

20,120

 

 

17,416

 

Mortgages payable

 

37,596

 

 

37,777

 

Total Liabilities

 

2,352,564

 

 

2,323,304

 

 
Noncontrolling redeemable Operating Partnership Units at redemption value

 

28,707

 

 

26,446

 

 
Equity
Common stock

 

765

 

 

495

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

2,853,019

 

 

2,671,311

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(299,482

)

 

(288,667

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(4,812

)

 

(5,041

)

Total Shareholders' Equity

 

2,549,490

 

 

2,378,098

 

Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

$

4,930,761

 

$

4,727,848

 

 
 
Life Storage, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(unaudited)
January 1, 2021 January 1, 2020
to to
(dollars in thousands, except share data) March 31, 2021 March 31, 2020
 
Revenues
Rental income

$

150,283

 

$

128,907

 

Other operating income

 

17,014

 

 

13,623

 

Management and acquisition fee income

 

4,590

 

 

4,413

 

Total operating revenues

 

171,887

 

 

146,943

 

 
Expenses
Property operations and maintenance

 

38,520

 

 

32,850

 

Real estate taxes

 

19,887

 

 

17,408

 

General and administrative

 

14,183

 

 

12,906

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

31,288

 

 

27,028

 

Amortization of in-place customer leases

 

2,071

 

 

1,302

 

Total operating expenses

 

105,949

 

 

91,494

 

 
Gain on sale of real estate

 

-

 

 

302

 

Income from operations

 

65,938

 

 

55,751

 

 
Other income (expense)
Interest expense (A)

 

(20,346

)

 

(20,246

)

Interest and dividend income

 

779

 

 

4

 

Equity in income of joint ventures

 

1,221

 

 

1,116

 

 
Net income

 

47,592

 

 

36,625

 

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests in the Operating Partnership

 

(209

)

 

(192

)

Net income attributable to common shareholders

$

47,383

 

$

36,433

 

 
Earnings per common share attributable to common shareholders - basic

$

0.63

 

$

0.52

 

 
Earnings per common share attributable to common shareholders - diluted

$

0.63

 

$

0.52

 

 
Common shares used in basic earnings per share calculation

 

75,387,332

 

 

70,015,856

 

 
Common shares used in diluted earnings per share calculation

 

75,510,201

 

 

70,126,344

 

 
Dividends declared per common share

$

0.7400

 

$

0.7133

 

 
 
(A) Interest expense for the period ending March 31 consists of the following
Interest expense

$

19,743

 

$

19,632

 

Amortization of debt issuance costs

 

603

 

 

614

 

Total interest expense

$

20,346

 

$

20,246

 

 
 
Life Storage, Inc.
Computation of Funds From Operations (FFO) (1)
(unaudited)
January 1, 2021 January 1, 2020
to to
(dollars in thousands, except share data) March 31, 2021 March 31, 2020
 
Net income attributable to common shareholders

$

47,383

 

$

36,433

 

Noncontrolling interests in the Operating Partnership

 

209

 

 

192

 

Depreciation of real estate and amortization of intangible assets exclusive of debt issuance costs

 

32,819

 

 

27,742

 

Depreciation and amortization from unconsolidated joint ventures

 

1,202

 

 

1,795

 

Funds from operations allocable to noncontrolling interest in Operating Partnership

 

(359

)

 

(346

)

Funds from operations available to common shareholders

 

81,254

 

 

65,816

 

FFO per share - diluted

$

1.08

 

$

0.94

 

 
Adjustments to FFO
Gain on sale of land

 

-

 

 

(302

)

Acquisition fee

 

-

 

 

(217

)

Funds from operations resulting from non-recurring items allocable to noncontrolling interest in Operating Partnership

 

-

 

 

3

 

Adjusted funds from operations available to common shareholders

 

81,254

 

 

65,300

 

Adjusted FFO per share - diluted

$

1.08

 

$

0.93

 

 
Common shares - diluted

 

75,510,201

 

 

70,126,344

 

 
 
Life Storage, Inc.
Computation of Net Operating Income (2)
(unaudited)
January 1, 2021 January 1, 2020
to to
(dollars in thousands) March 31, 2021 March 31, 2020
 
Net Income

$

47,592

 

$

36,625

 

General and administrative

 

14,183

 

 

12,906

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

33,359

 

 

28,330

 

Gain on sale of real estate

 

-

 

 

(302

)

Interest expense

 

20,346

 

 

20,246

 

Interest and dividend income

 

(779

)

 

(4

)

Equity in income of joint ventures

 

(1,221

)

 

(1,116

)

Net operating income

$

113,480

 

$

96,685

 

 
Same store (4)

$

89,935

 

$

82,808

 

Net operating income related to tenant reinsurance

 

7,839

 

 

6,877

 

Other stores and management fee income

 

15,706

 

 

7,000

 

Total net operating income

$

113,480

 

$

96,685

 

 
 
Life Storage, Inc.
Quarterly Same Store Data (3) (4) 531 mature stores owned since 12/31/19
(unaudited)
January 1, 2021 January 1, 2020
to to Percentage
(dollars in thousands) March 31, 2021 March 31, 2020 Change Change
 
Revenues:
Rental income

$

133,144

$

124,111

$

9,033

 

7.3

%

Other operating income

 

1,593

 

1,494

 

99

 

6.6

%

Total operating revenues

 

134,737

 

125,605

 

9,132

 

7.3

%

 
Expenses:
Payroll and benefits

 

10,023

 

9,841

 

182

 

1.8

%

Real estate taxes

 

17,424

 

16,592

 

832

 

5.0

%

Utilities

 

3,793

 

3,620

 

173

 

4.8

%

Repairs and maintenance

 

4,702

 

4,046

 

656

 

16.2

%

Office and other operating expense

 

4,036

 

3,803

 

233

 

6.1

%

Insurance

 

1,524

 

1,506

 

18

 

1.2

%

Advertising

 

48

 

64

 

(16

)

-25.0

%

Internet marketing

 

3,252

 

3,325

 

(73

)

-2.2

%

Total operating expenses

 

44,802

 

42,797

 

2,005

 

4.7

%

 
Net operating income (2)

$

89,935

$

82,808

$

7,127

 

8.6

%

 
 
QTD Same store move ins

 

46,838

 

46,389

 

449

 

 
QTD Same store move outs

 

42,158

 

44,458

 

(2,300

)

 
 
Other Comparable Quarterly Same Store Data (4)
(unaudited)
January 1, 2021 January 1, 2020
to to Percentage
March 31, 2021 March 31, 2020 Change Change
2020 Same store pool (515 stores)
Revenues

$

130,422

$

121,522

$

8,900

7.3

%

Expenses

 

43,422

 

41,569

 

1,853

4.5

%

Net operating income

$

87,000

$

79,953

$

7,047

8.8

%

 
 
2019 Same store pool (502 stores)
Revenues

$

127,658

$

119,044

$

8,614

7.2

%

Expenses

 

42,263

 

40,536

 

1,727

4.3

%

Net operating income

$

85,395

$

78,508

$

6,887

8.8

%

 
 
Life Storage, Inc.
Other Data - unaudited Same Store (3) All Stores (5)

2021

2020

2021

2020

 
Weighted average quarterly occupancy

93.3

%

89.2

%

92.7

%

88.0

%

 
Occupancy at March 31

94.0

%

89.4

%

93.1

%

88.3

%

 
Rent per occupied square foot

$14.87

 

$14.68

 

$14.82

 

$14.60

 

 
Life Storage, Inc.
Other Data - unaudited (continued)
 
Investment in Storage Facilities: (unaudited)
The following summarizes activity in storage facilities during the three months ended March 31, 2021:
 
Beginning balance

$

5,330,323

 

Property acquisitions

 

263,299

 

Improvements and equipment additions:
Expansions

 

-

 

Roofing, paving, and equipment:
Stabilized stores

 

3,827

 

Recently acquired stores

 

462

 

Change in construction in progress (Total CIP $24.7 million)

 

6,024

 

Dispositions and Impairments

 

(99

)

Storage facilities at cost at period end

$

5,603,836

 

 
 
 
Comparison of Selected G&A Costs (unaudited) Quarter Ended
March 31, 2021 March 31, 2020
 
Management and administrative salaries and benefits

$

8,612

 

$

7,521

Training

 

102

 

 

208

Call center

 

700

 

 

731

Life Storage Solutions costs

 

299

 

 

207

Income taxes

 

573

 

 

796

Legal, accounting and professional

 

1,063

 

 

1,074

Other administrative expenses (6)

 

2,834

 

 

2,369

$

14,183

 

$

12,906

 
Net rentable square feet March 31, 2021
Wholly owned properties

 

44,477,765

 

Joint venture properties

 

6,679,639

 

Third party managed properties

 

18,762,599

 

 

69,920,003

 

 
March 31, 2021 March 31, 2020
 
Common shares outstanding

 

76,477,796

 

 

70,353,546

Operating Partnership Units outstanding

 

333,398

 

 

365,949

 

(1) 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.

Funds from operations 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.

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.

(2) 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, operating lease expenses, depreciation and amortization expense, any losses on sale of real estate, acquisition related costs, general and administrative expense, and deducting from net income: income from discontinued operations, interest income, any gains on sale of real estate, and equity in income of joint ventures. We believe that NOI is a meaningful measure to investors in evaluating our 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. Additionally, NOI is widely used in the real estate industry and the self-storage industry to measure the performance and value of real estate assets without regard to various items included in net income that do not relate to or are not indicative of operating performance, such as depreciation and amortization, which can vary depending on accounting methods and book value of assets. 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.

(3) Includes the stores owned and/or managed by the Company for the entire periods presented that are consolidated in our financial statements. Does not include unconsolidated joint ventures or other stores managed by the Company.

(4) Revenues and expenses do not include items related to tenant reinsurance.

(5) Does not include unconsolidated joint venture stores or other stores managed by the Company.

(6) Other administrative expenses include office rent, travel expense, investor relations and miscellaneous other expenses.

Life Storage, Inc.
David Dodman
(716) 229-8284
ddodman@lifestorage.com

Source: Life Storage, Inc.