Announces Total 2018 Investment Activity of $271.0 million and Disposition Activity of $220.4 million
Fourth Quarter Highlights:
- Reported fourth quarter 2018 total revenue of $105.3 million, up 8% over the prior year period.
- Generated fourth quarter net income per share and OP unit of $0.06 on a fully diluted basis, compared to net income per share and OP unit of $0.05 on a fully diluted basis in the same period last year.
- Generated fourth quarter normalized funds from operations (Normalized FFO) of $0.27 per share and OP unit on a fully diluted basis, consistent with the same period last year.
- Fourth Quarter Same-Store Cash Net Operating Income (Cash NOI) growth was 1.3% year-over-year.
- Declared a quarterly dividend of $0.23 per share and OP unit for the fourth quarter 2018, paid January 18, 2019.
MILWAUKEE–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE: DOC) (the “Company,” the “Trust,” “we,” “our” and “us”), a self-managed healthcare real estate investment trust, today announced results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018.
John T. Thomas, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Trust, commented, “Our financial results once again demonstrated the resilient value of high quality medical office facilities during a quarter that will best be remembered for volatility and uncertainty across the broader markets.”
“Our mandate for 2018 was to strengthen what we already believed to be among the best portfolios of medical assets in the United States. We accomplished that by selling $220 million of older, less strategically valuable properties throughout the year and reinvesting those proceeds into four of the highest quality properties in the country. Each of these acquisitions is on the campus of or affiliated with a leading health system, and at an average size of 155,000 square feet, represents the type of asset best positioned to offer long-term value to both our tenant partners and shareholders,” Mr. Thomas continued.
“We look forward to discussing our quarterly performance, as well as our expectations for 2019, during today’s conference call,” Mr. Thomas concluded.
Fourth Quarter Financial Results
Total revenue for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018 was $105.3 million, an increase of 8% from the same period in 2017. As of December 31, 2018, the portfolio was 95.7% leased.
Total expenses for the fourth quarter 2018 were $94.2 million, an increase of 7% from the same period in 2017. The increase in expenses was primarily the result of a $5.0 million increase in operating expenses, a $3.2 million increase in depreciation and amortization, and a $2.5 million increase in interest expense.
Net income for the fourth quarter 2018 increased to $11.2 million, compared to net income of $10.2 million for the fourth quarter 2017, an increase of 10%.
Net income attributable to common shareholders for the fourth quarter 2018 was $10.5 million. Diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter 2018 was $0.06 based on 187.8 million weighted average common shares and operating partnership units (“OP Units”) outstanding.
Funds from operations (FFO) for the fourth quarter 2018 consisted of net income, plus $39.3 million of depreciation and amortization, less $0.5 million of other adjustments, resulting in $0.27 per share and OP unit on a fully diluted basis. Normalized FFO, which adjusts for net changes in fair value, was $49.9 million, or $0.27 per share and OP unit on a fully diluted basis.
Normalized funds available for distribution (FAD) for the fourth quarter 2018, which consists of normalized FFO adjusted for non-cash share compensation, straight-line rent adjustments, amortization of acquired above-market and below-market leases and assumed debt, amortization of lease inducements, amortization of deferred financing costs, and recurring capital expenditures, was $44.7 million.
Our same-store portfolio, which includes 229 properties representing approximately 85% of our net leasable square footage, generated year-over-year Same-Store Cash NOI growth of 1.3% for the fourth quarter 2018. Same-Store Cash NOI for the fourth quarter 2018 excludes 6 assets slated for disposition.
Assets Slated for Disposition
We consider 6 properties in three states, representing an aggregate of approximately 320,270 square feet of gross leasable area, to be slated for disposition as of December 31, 2018. We believe that these properties no longer meet our core business strategy from a size, age, geography, or line of business perspective.
Other Recent Events
On December 21, 2018, our Board of Trustees authorized and declared a cash distribution of $0.23 per common share and OP Unit for the quarterly period ended December 31, 2018. The distribution was paid on January 18, 2019 to common shareholders and OP Unit holders of record as of the close of business on January 4, 2019.
Recent Investment Activity
During the quarter ended December 31, 2018, the Company executed 3 mezzanine loans with an aggregate principal balance of $9.8 million and a weighted average interest rate of 8.3%.
On January 18, 2019, the Company made a construction loan to finance the construction of a 27,000 square foot cancer center in Denton, Texas up to $15.5 million. The loan bears interest at a rate of 5.50% on the outstanding principal balance during construction and 6.25% following substantial completion. The loan is secured by a first deed of trust on the real estate and a completion guaranty, and includes a fixed $15.5 million purchase option that is exercisable upon the first anniversary of substantial completion at which time the yield is expected to be 6.0%. The 100% pre-leased development is located across the street from the 208-bed Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton campus, and is expected to include expanded radiation oncology services, CT, PET-CT, and a state of the art infusion center with direct access to a healing garden. As of the date of this press release, $5.0 million has been funded under the construction loan facility.
On February 13, 2019, the Company funded a $15.0 million term loan that is secured by a first mortgage on real estate being developed in Columbus, Ohio and by a full recourse guaranty. The loan bears interest at a rate of 8.5% during its one-year term.
Recent Capital Activity
During the quarter ended December 31, 2018, the Company issued 144,562 shares pursuant to our ATM program at a weighted average price of $17.03 for net proceeds of $2.4 million. The Company paid off $25.9 million of secured mortgage loans early at an interest rate of approximately 5.6% per annum, reducing the Company’s secured leverage to 2.5% of total assets.
During the quarter ended December 31, 2018, El Paso Specialty Hospital and its affiliate El Paso Specialty Physicians Group, tenants in two of our El Paso, Texas properties, announced they would be terminating their business operations and vacating their leased space by the end of the year. The tenants leased a combined 145,451 rentable square feet in the properties and paid approximately $3.4 million of combined annualized base rent. The Company was able to quickly reach an agreement with a subsidiary of a major healthcare system that employed most of the physicians in the group, and executed a new 10-year lease for 58,480 square feet of the vacant space at a comparable rental rate. The Company is in negotiations to lease the remaining vacant space to the same major healthcare system and has also entertained interest in the facility by several other healthcare systems. The anticipated FFO and FAD impact to earnings is $0.8 million per quarter.
The Company anticipates G&A expenses to be between $31 million and $33 million for the year ended December 31, 2019. During 2019, the Company expects to close between $200 million and $400 million of off-market real estate investments at cap rates of 5.50% to 6.25%.
Impact of Future Accounting Standards
In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Topic 842, which will be implemented by the Company as of January 1, 2019. As part of Topic 842, companies are required to expense certain leasing costs that were previously capitalizable. The guidance for G&A is fully inclusive of this change.
Leadership Team Promotions
We are proud to announce three promotions. Our Board of Trustees has promoted Mark D. Theine to Executive Vice President, Asset Management, recognizing his strong leadership and growth as a leader of the company. Mr. Theine’s career began when he was hired by our founder, John W. Sweet, to help build and run the private company that is the predecessor company to DOC, and became an original officer of DOC as a Senior Vice President upon completion of our IPO. Mr. Theine is responsible for managing the daily operations of our portfolio, which has grown from 19 buildings and 500,000 square feet at the time of the IPO to over 250 buildings and almost 14,000,000 square feet today. In the beginning, he managed a handful of internal employees and third party property managers, and today, due to our growth, directly or indirectly manages over 100 people.
In addition, the Board promoted and expanded the responsibilities of John W. Lucey, recognizing his contributions as our Chief Accounting and Administrative Officer. Mr. Lucey joined our organization immediately following our IPO as our Principal Accounting and Reporting Officer, and his leadership and ability to scale our team through the significant growth of our company has been critical to our success. Mr. Lucey leads our accounting, SEC, and public company reporting, leads our human resources and information technology functions, and oversees other administrative responsibilities.
Among many of Mr. Lucey’s accomplishments, was his decision to hire, mentor and develop Laurie P. Becker, who rose quickly through the organization. We are pleased to announce Ms. Becker has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Controller. Ms. Becker will continue to report to and support Mr. Lucey across his many responsibilities, with a direct focus on accounting, SEC, and public company reporting.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire DOC team, we are excited to see the professional development, leadership and maturity of these three outstanding individuals, who have helped create, grow, and cultivate our Company and demonstrate every day the heart of our culture. We expect Mark, John, and Laurie to continue to help lead our organization for years to come,” said Governor Tommy G. Thompson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Conference Call Information
The Company has scheduled a conference call on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. ET to discuss its financial performance and operating results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018. The conference call can be accessed by dialing (877) 407-0784 from within the U.S. or (201) 689-8560 for international callers. Participants can reference the Physicians Realty Trust Fourth Quarter Earnings Call or passcode: 13685911. The conference call also will be available via a live listen-only webcast and can be accessed through the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website, www.docreit.com. A replay of the conference call will be available beginning February 27, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. ET until March 27, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. ET, by dialing (844) 512-2921 (U.S.) or (412) 317-6671 (International); passcode: 13685911. A replay of the webcast also will be accessible on the Investor Relations website for one year following the event. Beginning February 27, 2019, the Company’s supplemental information package for the fourth quarter 2018 will be accessible through the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website under the “Supplemental Information” tab.
About Physicians Realty Trust
Physicians Realty Trust is a self-managed healthcare real estate company organized to acquire, selectively develop, own and manage healthcare properties that are leased to physicians, hospitals and healthcare delivery systems. The Company invests in real estate that is integral to providing high quality healthcare. The Company conducts its business through an UPREIT structure in which its properties are owned by Physicians Realty L.P., a Delaware limited partnership (the “operating partnership”), directly or through limited partnerships, limited liability companies or other subsidiaries. The Company is the sole general partner of the operating partnership and, as of December 31, 2018, owned approximately 97.2% of OP units.
Investors are encouraged to visit the Investor Relations portion of the Company’s website (www.docreit.com) for additional information, including annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, press releases, supplemental information packages and investor presentations.
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