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|Sun Communities, Inc. Reports 2015 Fourth Quarter Results and Provides 2016 Guidance Same Site NOI(2) Grows 8.8 Percent in Fourth Quarter and 9.1 Percent for Full Year|
Southfield, Michigan, February 23, 2016 - Sun Communities, Inc. (NYSE: SUI) (the "Company"), a real estate investment trust ("REIT") that owns and operates manufactured housing ("MH") and recreational vehicle ("RV") communities, today reported its fourth quarter results.
Highlights: Three Months Ended December 31, 2015
"2015 represented another significant year in Sun Communities' ongoing growth and evolution. In addition to delivering NOI growth of more than 9 percent, we continued to upgrade our portfolio and enhance our geographic diversification as we integrated 38 high quality communities into our platform and disposed of 20 communities which no longer fit with our growth profile," said Gary A. Shiffman, Chairman and CEO. "Furthermore, we have a well-positioned balance sheet with the necessary flexibility and capacity to support additional growth. With meaningful embedded cash flow generating potential through occupancy and rate gains, along with site expansions and opportunistic acquisitions, we are encouraged by our prospects to build on our past successes."
Total portfolio occupancy increased to 95.0 percent at December 31, 2015 from 92.6 percent at December 31, 2014 from a combination of occupancy gains and the disposition of properties with higher vacancy. During the fourth quarter of 2015, revenue producing sites increased by 548 sites, as compared to 475 revenue producing sites gained in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Revenue producing sites increased by 1,905 for the year ended December 31, 2015 as compared to 1,890 revenue producing sites gained during the year ended December 31, 2014.
Same Site Results
For the 157 communities owned throughout 2015 and 2014, fourth quarter 2015 total revenues increased 7.4 percent and total expenses increased 4.1 percent, resulting in an increase in NOI(2) of 8.8 percent over the fourth quarter of 2014.
For the year ended December 31, 2015, total revenues increased 7.6 percent and total expenses increased 4.2 percent, resulting in an increase in NOI(2) of 9.1 percent over the year ended December 31, 2014.
Same site occupancy increased by 270 basis points during the year through the conversion of transient sites to annual/seasonal contracts, the lease up of expansion sites and the lease up of core manufactured housing sites.
Rent increases in the same site portfolio were 3.3 percent. Transient and other income also contributed approximately 170 basis points of revenue growth.
The Company sold 82 new homes during the fourth quarter of 2015, representing an increase of 148.5 percent as compared to the same three month period in 2014. Total home sales were 738 for the fourth quarter as compared to 552 homes sold during the fourth quarter of 2014, a 33.7 percent increase.
During the year ended December 31, 2015, 2,483 homes were sold compared to the 1,966 homes sold during the same period in 2014, resulting in a 26.3 percent increase.
New home sales are at their highest level in over a decade. Pre-owned and broker home sales are the highest level the Company has ever achieved and the Company received over 47,000 applications to live in its communities, of which approximately 41,000 were in the same site portfolio. The strength of these metrics reinforces the Company's view for continued demand of manufactured housing in its communities.
Rental homes sales, which are included in total home sales, were 908 and 799 for the year ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, a 13.6 percent increase year over year. The percentage of occupancy represented by renters has decreased by 210 basis point from 15.6 percent to 13.5 percent.
Since March of 2015 the Company has acquired 12 communities (8 manufactured home communities and 4 recreational vehicle resorts) for approximately $400.0 million resulting in the addition of over 5,300 developed sites to the portfolio. These acquisitions are in addition to the second phase closing of the American Land Lease portfolio in January 2015, comprised of 38 communities.
As previously announced, in October 2015 the Company sold three manufactured home communities, associated homes and notes for $36.1 million. The properties were located in Indiana and contained approximately 1,250 developed sites.
On November 24, 2015, the Company completed the sale of 13 communities for proceeds totaling $137.9 million. The communities contained 3,252 sites and included three recreational vehicle resorts. The communities were located in Michigan (3), Texas (3), Indiana (2), New York (2), Kansas (1), Florida (1) and North Carolina (1). This sale qualifies as a 1031 Exchange and the Company intends to recycle proceeds into communities with significant NOI growth potential in locations that complement its core market strategy.
As a consequence of the Company's acquisition and disposition activities, site exposure in the Southeast increased by 87.8% and the Company's Midwest presence decreased by 12.2%, when compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.
BALANCE SHEET AND CAPITAL MARKETS ACTIVITY
As of December 31, 2015, the Company had approximately $2.3 billion of debt outstanding. The weighted average interest rate was 4.99 percent and the weighted average maturity was 8.4 years. The Company had $45.1 million of unrestricted cash on hand and $388.6 million available on its credit facility. Additionally, the Company had $126.3 million of restricted cash on the Balance Sheet as a result of the assets sold in November 2015. At year- end the Company's net debt to trailing twelve month EBITDA(3) ratio was 6.6 times.
On December 31, 2015, the Company repaid an $85.2 million loan secured by eight communities and due to mature on July 1, 2016 carrying an interest rate of 5.32 percent. With the payment of this loan, the Company effectively reduced its 2016 debt maturities by 44.4 percent. Also, during the fourth quarter, the Company repaid a $3.8 million loan with an interest rate of 5.64 percent secured by one property.
The Company closed as scheduled on a $35.8 million loan in December 2015, which was the second closing of the previously announced $87.0 million mortgage debt secured by five communities at an interest rate of 4.06 percent for a term of 25 years. The first closing of $51.2 million was completed in the September 2015.
In November 2015, the Company raised net proceeds of approximately $233.1 million through the sale of 3,737,500 shares of common stock at a price of $65.00 per share. The Company used the proceeds of the offering to repay borrowings outstanding under the Company's revolving line of credit.
The Company estimates full year 2016 FFO(1) per Share to be in the range of $3.72 to $3.79 and the first quarter 2016 to be in the range of $0.87 to $0.89 per Share. Guidance does not include prospective acquisitions or capital markets activity.
SAME SITE PORTFOLIO:
(i) The foregoing table nets $24.8 million of utility revenue against the related utility expense in property operating and maintenance expense.
(ii)2015 Actual Property operating and maintenance expense excludes $2.3 million of first year expense for properties acquired in late 2014 and 2015 incurred to bring the properties up to Sun's operating standards.
The estimates and assumptions presented above represent a range of possible outcomes and may differ materially from actual results. The estimates and assumptions are forward looking based on the Company's current assessment of economic and market conditions, as well as other risks outlined below under the caption "Forward-Looking Statements."
EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALL
A conference call to discuss fourth quarter operating results will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. (ET). To participate, call toll-free 888-359-3624. Callers outside the U.S. or Canada can access the call at 719-325-2144. A replay will be available following the call through March 8, 2016 and can be accessed toll-free by calling 888-203-1112 or by calling 719-457-0820. The Conference ID number for the call and the replay is 7302048. The conference call will be available live on Sun Communities' website www.suncommunities.com. Replay will also be available on the website.
Sun Communities, Inc. is a REIT that currently owns and operates a portfolio of 231 communities comprising approximately 88,400 developed sites.
For more information about Sun Communities, Inc., please visit our website at www.suncommunities.com.
Please address all inquiries to our investor relations department at our website www.suncommunities.com, by phone (248) 208-2500, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail Sun Communities, Inc. Investor Relations, 27777 Franklin Road, Ste. 200, Southfield, MI 48034.
This press release contains various "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Company intends that such forward-looking statements will be subject to the safe harbors created thereby. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as "will," "may," "could," "expect," "anticipate," "believes," "intends," "should," "plans," "estimates," "approximate", "guidance" and similar expressions in this press release that predict or indicate future events and trends and that do not report historical matters.
These forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events and financial performance, but involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, some of which are beyond the Company's control. These risks, uncertainties, and other factors may cause the actual results of the Company to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include national, regional and local economic climates, the ability to maintain rental rates and occupancy levels, competitive market forces, the performance of recent acquisitions, the ability to integrate future acquisitions smoothly and efficiently, changes in market rates of interest, the ability of manufactured home buyers to obtain financing, the level of repossessions by manufactured home lenders and those risks and uncertainties referenced under the headings entitled "Risk Factors" contained in the Company's 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K, and the Company's other periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date hereof and the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to provide public updates, revisions or amendments to any forward-looking statements made herein to reflect changes in the Company's assumptions, expectations of future events, or trends.
(1) Funds from operations attributable to Sun Communities, Inc. common stockholders and dilutive convertible securities ("FFO") is defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT") as net income (loss) (computed in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles "GAAP"), excluding gains (or losses) from sales of depreciable operating property, plus real estate-related depreciation and amortization, and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. FFO is a non-GAAP financial measure that management believes is a useful supplemental measure of the Company's operating performance. Management generally considers FFO to be a useful measure for reviewing comparative operating and financial performance because, by excluding gains and losses related to sales of previously depreciated operating real estate assets, impairment and excluding real estate asset depreciation and amortization (which can vary among owners of identical assets in similar condition based on historical cost accounting and useful life estimates), FFO provides a performance measure that, when compared year over year, reflects the impact to operations from trends in occupancy rates, rental rates and operating costs, providing perspective not readily apparent from net loss. Management believes that the use of FFO has been beneficial in improving the understanding of operating results of REITs among the investing public and making comparisons of REIT operating results more meaningful. FFO is computed in accordance with the Company's interpretation of standards established by NAREIT, which may not be comparable to FFO reported by other REITs that do not define the term in accordance with the current NAREIT definition or that interpret the current NAREIT definition differently than the Company.
Because FFO excludes significant economic components of net income (loss) including depreciation and amortization, FFO should be used as an adjunct to net income (loss) and not as an alternative to net income (loss). The principal limitation of FFO is that it does not represent cash flow from operations as defined by GAAP and is a supplemental measure of performance that does not replace net income (loss) as a measure of performance or net cash provided by operating activities as a measure of liquidity. In addition, FFO is not intended as a measure of a REIT's ability to meet debt principal repayments and other cash requirements, nor as a measure of working capital. FFO only provides investors with an additional performance measure.
(2) Investors in and analysts following the real estate industry utilize NOI as a supplemental performance measure. NOI is derived from revenues minus property operating expenses and real estate taxes. NOI does not represent cash generated from operating activities in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered to be an alternative to net income (loss) (determined in accordance with GAAP) as an indication of the Company's financial performance or to be an alternative to cash flow from operating activities (determined in accordance with GAAP) as a measure of the Company's liquidity; nor is it indicative of funds available for the Company's cash needs, including its ability to make cash distributions. The Company believes that net income (loss) is the most directly comparable GAAP measurement to NOI. Net income (loss) includes interest and depreciation and amortization which often have no effect on the market value of a property and therefore limit its use as a performance measure. In addition, such expenses are often incurred at a parent company level and therefore are not necessarily linked to the performance of a real estate asset. The Company believes that NOI is helpful to investors as a measure of operating performance because it is an indicator of the return on property investment, and provides a method of comparing property performance over time. The Company uses NOI as a key management tool when evaluating performance and growth of particular properties and/or groups of properties. The principal limitation of NOI is that it excludes depreciation, amortization, interest expense, and non-property specific expenses such as general and administrative expenses, all of which are significant costs, and therefore, NOI is a measure of the operating performance of the properties of the Company rather than of the Company overall.
(3) EBITDA is defined as NOI plus other income, plus (minus) equity earnings (loss) from affiliates, minus general and administrative expenses. EBITDA includes EBITDA from discontinued operations.
(4) The consideration amounts presented with respect to acquired communities represent the economic transaction and do not contemplate the fair value purchase accounting required by GAAP.
(5) Includes Series A-1, A-3, A-4 and C preferred OP units as converted.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
Consolidated Statements of Operations
Reconciliation of Net Income to FFO(1)
(6) The effect of certain anti-dilutive convertible securities is excluded from these items.
Statement of Operations - Same Site
(7) Includes manufactured housing and annual/seasonal recreational vehicle sites and excludes transient recreational vehicle sites.
Rental Program Summary
Homes Sales Summary
Acquisition Summary - Properties Acquired in 2014 and 2015
(9) Monthly base rent per site pertains to annual/seasonal recreational vehicle sites and excludes transient recreational vehicle sites.