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Life Storage, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2022 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, 2022.

Highlights for the First Quarter Included:

  • Generated net income attributable to common shareholders of $73.6 million, or $0.88 per fully diluted common share.
  • Achieved funds from operations (“FFO”)(1) per fully diluted common share of $1.44, a 33.3% increase over the same period in 2021.
  • Increased same store revenue by 15.6% and same store net operating income (“NOI”)(2) by 21.9%, year-over-year.
  • Acquired 18 stores for $351.5 million, including one store from the Company’s third-party management platform.
  • Added 25 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 strong start for the year as we continue to demonstrate strong pricing power in our footprint and robust acquisition activity. We added more scale to our key existing markets with the addition of 18 wholly owned stores and 25 stores to our third-party management platform. With a strong pipeline ahead, healthy consumer demand trends, and our ability to continue to operationally execute on our strategic initiatives, we are well positioned to continue to grow shareholder value through 2022 and beyond.”

FINANCIAL RESULTS:

In the first quarter of 2022, the Company generated net income attributable to common shareholders of $73.6 million or $0.88 per fully diluted common share, compared to net income attributable to common shareholders of $47.4 million, or $0.63 per fully diluted common share, in the first quarter of 2021.

Funds from operations for the quarter were $1.44 per fully diluted common share compared to $1.08 for the same period last year.

OPERATIONS:

Revenues for the 580 stabilized stores wholly owned by the Company since December 31, 2020 increased 15.6% in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same quarter of 2021. The increase largely resulted from the impact of a 14.9% increase in realized rental rates and a 20 basis point increase in average occupancy.

Same store operating expenses increased 2.9% for the first quarter of 2022 compared to the prior year period, the result of increased internet marketing costs, utilities, and office and other operating expenses. The increases were partially offset by decreases in payroll and benefits. Same store NOI increased 21.9% in the first quarter of 2022 as compared to the first quarter of 2021.

During the first quarter of 2022, the Company achieved double digit same store revenue growth in 32 of its 33 major markets. Overall, the markets with the strongest positive revenue impact were various Florida markets; Atlanta, GA; Las Vegas, NV; Buffalo, NY; and Austin, TX.

PORTFOLIO TRANSACTIONS:

Wholly Owned Portfolio

During the quarter, the Company acquired 18 stores in California (6), North Carolina (4), Texas (4), Illinois (1), Georgia (1), South Carolina (1), and Maryland (1) for a total purchase price of $351.5 million.

At March 31, 2022, the Company was under contract to acquire 15 self-storage facilities in California (3), Florida (6), New York (2), Massachusetts (1), Illinois (1), Georgia (1) and Texas (1) for an aggregate purchase price of $279.1 million. Subsequent to March 31, 2022, the Company completed the acquisition of five of these self-storage facilities in Florida (3), Georgia (1) and Massachusetts (1) for an aggregate purchase price of $88.5 million. In addition, the Company acquired the remaining ownership interest in a joint venture in which the Company had a 85.8% common and preferred investment. The net investment to acquire the remaining equity in this joint venture, which owns a property located in New York, was $5.2 million. Also subsequent to March 31, 2022, the Company entered into contracts to acquire three self-storage facilities in Florida, California and North Carolina for an aggregate purchase price of $54.8 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 25 stores (gross). As of quarter end, the Company managed 378 facilities in total, including those in which it owns a noncontrolling interest.

FINANCIAL POSITION:

At March 31, 2022, the Company had approximately $50.2 million of cash on hand, and approximately $365 million available on its line of credit.

During the quarter, the Company issued 686,712 shares of common stock under its continuous equity offering program at a weighted average issue price of $136.48 per share, generating net proceeds after expenses of $92.8 million.

Below are key financial ratios at March 31, 2022:

  • Debt to Enterprise Value (at $140.43/share) 19.6%
  • Debt to Book Cost of Storage Facilities 39.5%
  • Debt to Recurring Annualized EBITDA 4.9x
  • Debt Service Coverage 5.8x

COMMON STOCK DIVIDEND:

Subsequent to quarter end, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of $1.00 per share, or $4.00 annualized. The dividend was paid on April 26, 2022 to shareholders of record on April 14, 2022.

YEAR 2022 EARNINGS GUIDANCE:

The following assumptions covering operations have been utilized in formulating guidance for 2022:

 

 

Current Guidance
Range

Prior Guidance
Range
(February 24, 2022)

Same Store Revenue

 

10.50%

 

-

 

11.50%

 

9.50%

 

-

 

10.50%

Same Store Operating Costs (excluding property
taxes)

 


4.50%

 


-

 


5.50%

 


4.50%

 


-

 


5.50%

Same Store Property Taxes

 

6.25%

 

-

 

7.25%

 

6.25%

 

-

 

7.25%

Total Same Store Operating Expenses

 

5.00%

 

-

 

6.00%

 

5.00%

 

-

 

6.00%

Same Store Net Operating Income

 

13.0%

 

-

 

14.0%

 

11.5%

 

-

 

12.5%

General & Administrative

 

$69M

 

-

 

$71M

 

$69M

 

-

 

$71M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expansions & Enhancements

 

$65M

 

-

 

$75M

 

$65M

 

-

 

$75M

Capital Expenditures

 

$30M

 

-

 

$35M

 

$30M

 

-

 

$35M

Wholly Owned Acquisitions

 

$700M

 

-

 

$900M

 

$550M

 

-

 

$650M

Joint Venture Investments

 

$50M

 

-

 

$100M

 

$50M

 

-

 

$100M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted Funds from Operations per Share

 

$6.04

 

-

 

$6.14

 

$5.93

 

-

 

$6.03

 

Reconciliation of Guidance

2Q 2022

Range or Value

FY 2022

Range or Value

Earnings per share attributable to
common shareholders - diluted


$0.94 - $0.98


$3.82 - $3.92

Plus: real estate depreciation and
amortization


0.56 - 0.56


2.22 - 2.22

FFO per share

$1.50 - $1.54

$6.04 - $6.14

The Company’s 2022 same store pool consists of the 580 stabilized stores wholly owned since December 31, 2020. Forty-two of the stores purchased through March 31, 2022, 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 herein, 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.

All forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. We may also make additional forward-looking statements from time to time. All such subsequent forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, by us or on our behalf, are also expressly qualified by these cautionary statements. All forward-looking statements apply only as of the date made. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements which may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

There are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained herein. Any forward-looking statements should be considered in light of the risks referenced in the “Risk Factors” section included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Such factors include, but are not limited to:

  • adverse changes in general economic conditions, the real estate industry and in the markets in which we operate;
  • the effect of competition from new self-storage facilities or other storage alternatives, which would cause rents and occupancy rates to decline;
  • impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic or the future outbreak of other highly infectious or contagious diseases on the U.S., regional and global economies and our financial condition and results of operations;
  • potential liability for uninsured losses and environmental contamination;
  • the impact of the regulatory environment as well as national, state, and local laws and regulations including, without limitation, those governing real estate investment trusts (“REITs”), tenant reinsurance and other aspects of our business, which could adversely affect our results;
  • loss of key personnel;
  • the Company’s ability to evaluate, finance and integrate acquired self-storage facilities on expected terms into the Company’s existing business and operations;
  • the Company’s ability to effectively compete in the industry in which it does business;
  • disruptions in credit and financial markets and resulting difficulties in raising capital or obtaining credit at reasonable rates or at all, which could impede our ability to grow;
  • 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 increase, impacting costs associated with the Company’s outstanding floating rate debt, if any, and impacting the Company’s ability to comply with debt covenants;
  • exposure to litigation or other claims;
  • risks associated with breaches of our data security;
  • the regional concentration of the Company's business may subject the Company to economic downturns in the states of Florida and Texas;
  • the Company’s cash flow may be insufficient to meet required payments of operating expenses, principal, interest and dividends; and
  • failure to maintain our REIT status for U.S. federal income purposes, including tax law changes that may change the taxability of future income.

The forward-looking statements are based on our beliefs, assumptions and expectations of our future performance, taking into account all information currently available to us. These beliefs, assumptions and expectations are subject to risks and uncertainties and can change as a result of many possible events or factors, not all of which are known to us. If a change occurs, our business, financial condition, liquidity and results of operations may vary materially from those expressed in our forward-looking statements. You should carefully consider these risks before you make an investment decision with respect to our securities.

CONFERENCE CALL:

Life Storage will hold its First Quarter Earnings Release Conference Call at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, May 5, 2022. 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 829431 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 45168.

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 over 1,100 storage facilities in 36 states. The Company serves both residential and commercial storage customers with storage units rented by month. Life Storage consistently provides responsive service to approximately 625,000 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)

2022

2021

Assets
Investment in storage facilities:
Land

$

1,224,576

 

$

1,185,976

 

Building, equipment and construction in progress

 

6,229,832

 

 

5,904,481

 

 

7,454,408

 

 

7,090,457

 

Less: accumulated depreciation

 

(1,048,299

)

 

(1,007,650

)

Investment in storage facilities, net

 

6,406,109

 

 

6,082,807

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

50,206

 

 

171,865

 

Accounts receivable

 

18,209

 

 

17,784

 

Receivable from joint ventures

 

804

 

 

333

 

Investment in joint ventures

 

214,641

 

 

213,003

 

Prepaid expenses

 

12,462

 

 

9,918

 

Intangible asset - in-place customer leases

 

11,854

 

 

13,966

 

Trade name

 

16,500

 

 

16,500

 

Other assets

 

28,706

 

 

30,421

 

Total Assets

$

6,759,491

 

$

6,556,597

 

 
Liabilities
Line of credit

$

135,000

 

$

-

 

Term notes, net

 

2,748,787

 

 

2,747,838

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 

112,136

 

 

131,778

 

Deferred revenue

 

29,495

 

 

27,277

 

Mortgages payable

 

36,837

 

 

37,030

 

Total Liabilities

 

3,062,255

 

 

2,943,923

 

 
Noncontrolling redeemable Preferred Operating Partnership Units at redemption value

 

90,761

 

 

90,783

 

 
Noncontrolling redeemable Common Operating Partnership Units at redemption value

 

131,780

 

 

142,892

 

 
Equity
Common stock

 

843

 

 

836

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

3,791,598

 

 

3,697,000

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(313,851

)

 

(314,713

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(3,895

)

 

(4,124

)

Total Shareholders' Equity

 

3,474,695

 

 

3,378,999

 

Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

$

6,759,491

 

$

6,556,597

 

Life Storage, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(unaudited)
January 1, 2022 January 1, 2021
to to
(dollars in thousands, except share data) March 31, 2022 March 31, 2021
 
Revenues
Rental income

$

205,509

 

$

150,283

 

Tenant reinsurance

 

17,267

 

 

12,619

 

Other operating income

 

4,858

 

 

4,395

 

Management and acquisition fee income

 

5,856

 

 

4,590

 

Total operating revenues

 

233,490

 

 

171,887

 

 
Expenses
Property operations and maintenance

 

42,368

 

 

33,740

 

Tenant reinsurance

 

6,847

 

 

4,780

 

Real estate taxes

 

24,523

 

 

19,887

 

General and administrative

 

15,826

 

 

14,183

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

40,795

 

 

31,288

 

Amortization of in-place customer leases

 

5,606

 

 

2,071

 

Total operating expenses

 

135,965

 

 

105,949

 

 
Income from operations

 

97,525

 

 

65,938

 

 
Other income (expense)
Interest expense (A)

 

(24,240

)

 

(20,346

)

Interest and dividend income

 

15

 

 

779

 

Equity in income of joint ventures

 

2,118

 

 

1,221

 

 
Net income

 

75,418

 

 

47,592

 

Net income attributable to noncontrolling preferred interests in the Operating Partnership

 

(996

)

 

-

 

Net income attributable to noncontrolling common interests in the Operating Partnership

 

(847

)

 

(209

)

Net income attributable to common shareholders

$

73,575

 

$

47,383

 

 
Earnings per common share attributable to common shareholders - basic

$

0.88

 

$

0.63

 

 
Earnings per common share attributable to common shareholders - diluted

$

0.88

 

$

0.63

 

 
Common shares used in basic earnings per share calculation

 

83,644,426

 

 

75,387,332

 

 
Common shares used in diluted earnings per share calculation

 

83,837,773

 

 

75,510,201

 

 
Dividends declared per common share

$

1.0000

 

$

0.7400

 

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

$

23,510

 

$

19,743

 

Amortization of debt issuance costs

 

730

 

 

603

 

Total interest expense

$

24,240

 

$

20,346

 

Life Storage, Inc.
Computation of Funds From Operations (FFO) (1)
(unaudited)
January 1, 2022 January 1, 2021
to to
(dollars in thousands, except share data) March 31, 2022 March 31, 2021
 
Net income attributable to common shareholders

$

73,575

 

$

47,383

 

Noncontrolling common interests in the Operating Partnership

 

847

 

 

209

 

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

 

45,866

 

 

32,819

 

Depreciation and amortization from unconsolidated joint ventures

 

1,802

 

 

1,202

 

Funds from operations allocable to noncontrolling
interest in Operating Partnership

 

(1,389

)

 

(359

)

Funds from operations available to common shareholders

 

120,701

 

 

81,254

 

FFO per share - diluted

$

1.44

 

$

1.08

 

 
Common shares - diluted

 

83,837,773

 

 

75,510,201

 

Life Storage, Inc.
Computation of Net Operating Income (2)
(unaudited)
January 1, 2022 January 1, 2021
to to
(dollars in thousands) March 31, 2022 March 31, 2021
 
Net Income

$

75,418

 

$

47,592

 

General and administrative

 

15,826

 

 

14,183

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

46,401

 

 

33,359

 

Interest expense

 

24,240

 

 

20,346

 

Interest and dividend income

 

(15

)

 

(779

)

Equity in income of joint ventures

 

(2,118

)

 

(1,221

)

Net operating income

$

159,752

 

$

113,480

 

 
Same store (4)

$

120,547

 

$

98,868

 

Net operating income related to tenant reinsurance

 

10,420

 

 

7,839

 

Other stores and management fee income

 

28,785

 

 

6,773

 

Total net operating income

$

159,752

 

$

113,480

 

Life Storage, Inc.
Quarterly Same Store Data (3) (4) 580 mature stores owned since 12/31/20
(unaudited)
January 1, 2022 January 1, 2021
to to Percentage
(dollars in thousands) March 31, 2022 March 31, 2021 Change Change
 
Revenues:
Rental income

$

169,446

$

146,430

$

23,016

 

15.7

%

Other operating income

 

1,924

 

1,845

 

79

 

4.3

%

Total operating revenues

 

171,370

 

148,275

 

23,095

 

15.6

%

 
Expenses:
Payroll and benefits

 

10,823

 

11,068

 

(245

)

-2.2

%

Real estate taxes

 

19,744

 

19,327

 

417

 

2.2

%

Utilities

 

4,506

 

4,136

 

370

 

8.9

%

Repairs and maintenance

 

5,331

 

5,126

 

205

 

4.0

%

Office and other operating expense

 

4,704

 

4,422

 

282

 

6.4

%

Insurance

 

1,763

 

1,722

 

41

 

2.4

%

Advertising

 

52

 

52

 

-

 

0.0

%

Internet marketing

 

3,900

 

3,554

 

346

 

9.7

%

Total operating expenses

 

50,823

 

49,407

 

1,416

 

2.9

%

 
Net operating income (2)

$

120,547

$

98,868

$

21,679

 

21.9

%

 
 
QTD Same store move ins

 

50,203

 

51,745

 

(1,542

)

 
QTD Same store move outs

 

49,951

 

46,560

 

3,391

 

Other Comparable Quarterly Same Store Data (4)
(unaudited)
January 1, 2022 January 1, 2021
to to Percentage
March 31, 2022 March 31, 2021 Change Change
2021 Same store pool (530 stores)
Revenues

$

155,574

$

134,500

$

21,074

15.7

%

Expenses

 

46,157

 

44,726

 

1,431

3.2

%

Net operating income

$

109,417

$

89,774

$

19,643

21.9

%

 
 
2020 Same store pool (514 stores)
Revenues

$

150,732

$

130,185

$

20,547

15.8

%

Expenses

 

44,698

 

43,347

 

1,351

3.1

%

Net operating income

$

106,034

$

86,838

$

19,196

22.1

%

Life Storage, Inc.
Other Data - unaudited

Same Store (3)

All Stores (5)

2022

2021

2022

2021

 
Weighted average quarterly occupancy

93.6%

93.4%

93.0%

92.7%

 
Occupancy at March 31

93.7%

94.0%

92.9%

93.1%

 
Rent per occupied square foot

$17.11

$14.89

$16.98

$14.82

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, 2022:
 
Beginning balance

$

7,090,457

 

Property acquisitions

 

348,017

 

Improvements and equipment additions:
Expansions

 

5,060

 

Roofing, paving, and equipment:
Stabilized stores

 

3,980

 

Recently acquired stores

 

1,653

 

Change in construction in progress (Total CIP $55.0 million)

 

5,430

 

Dispositions and Impairments

 

(189

)

Storage facilities at cost at period end

$

7,454,408

 

 
 
Comparison of Selected G&A Costs (unaudited) Quarter Ended
March 31, 2022 March 31, 2021
Management and administrative salaries and benefits

$

9,911

 

$

8,612

Training

 

136

 

 

102

Call center

 

840

 

 

700

Life Storage Solutions costs

 

345

 

 

299

Income taxes

 

358

 

 

573

Legal, accounting and professional

 

1,101

 

 

1,063

Other administrative expenses (6)

 

3,135

 

 

2,834

$

15,826

 

$

14,183

 
Net rentable square feet March 31, 2022
Wholly owned properties

 

52,569,873

 

Joint venture properties

 

8,857,421

 

Third party managed properties

 

19,593,021

 

 

81,020,315

 

 
March 31, 2022 March 31, 2021
 
Common shares outstanding

 

84,307,259

 

 

76,477,796

Operating Partnership Units outstanding

 

960,208

 

 

333,398

 
(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.
Alex Gress
(716) 295-6833
[email protected]

Source: Life Storage, Inc.