• BRT APARTMENTS CORP. Reports First Quarter Results for 2020

    Source: Nasdaq GlobeNewswire / 17 Jun 2020 16:30:53   America/New_York

    Collects 98% of April and May 2020 Billed Amounts and 95% of June 2020 Billed Amounts

    GREAT NECK, N.Y., June 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BRT APARTMENTS CORP. (NYSE:BRT), a growing multi-family real estate investment trust with properties located primarily in the Southeast United States and Texas today announced operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.

    Jeffrey A. Gould, President and Chief Executive Officer stated: “BRT is in a position of strength as we continue to successfully execute in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We recognize that both the pandemic and its economic impact are a fluid situation and we continue to focus on fiscal preparedness and asset and property management that has served us well during these challenging times.  We remain committed to creating long term stockholder value and wish to remain well positioned as we navigate this unprecedented time.”

    Financial Results:
    Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $4.8 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2020, compared to net loss of $4.2 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2019.  The change is due primarily to the $523,000 increase in professional fees associated with the Company’s restatement of certain prior period financial statements.

    Funds from Operations[1], or FFO, was $3.3 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to $3.1 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, in the corresponding quarter in 2019.

    AFFO in the 2020 quarter was $4.0 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, compared to $3.7 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, in the 2019 quarter.

    Diluted per share net income, FFO and AFFO were negatively impacted during the quarter ended March 31, 2020 by the $0.03 per diluted share  increase in professional fees related to the restatement and the approximate 1.0 million increase in the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding from January 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020 (including the effect of 694,298 shares issued during the three months ended March 31, 2020), due primarily to stock issuances pursuant to the Company’s at-the-market equity offering program.

    Operating Results:

    As of June 15, 2020, BRT owns or has interests in 39 multi-family properties with 11,042 units, located across 11 states, including two properties in lease-up.  Eight properties are wholly-owned and the balance are owned through unconsolidated joint ventures in which BRT owns a substantial equity interest.

    [1]  A description and reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures (e.g., FFO and AFFO) to GAAP financial measures is presented later in this release.

    During the current quarter, average total occupancy at stabilized properties was approximately 93.3%, compared to approximately 91.1% during the corresponding quarter in 2019.  Average rental rate per occupied unit at stabilized properties during the current quarter was approximately $1,013 per month compared to approximately $956 per month during the corresponding 2019 quarter.  Stabilized properties include all our consolidated and unconsolidated properties, other than those in lease-up.

    Rental revenue for the current three months decreased 2.9% to $6.7 million from $6.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, due primarily to property sales.

    Total expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 were $9.8 million compared to $9.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, due primarily to professional fees and expenses related to the restatement of BRT’s financial statements.

    Our share of the loss of unconsolidated joint ventures for the current quarter was $1.8 million compared to $2.1 million in the corresponding quarter of 2019.

    Portfolio Activities

    During the current quarter, BRT acquired, through an unconsolidated joint venture in which it has an 80% equity interest, a 264-unit multi-family property located in a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina for a purchase price of $38 million, including $23.2 million of mortgage debt assumed in connection with acquisition.  BRT continues to be engaged with property owners for potential acquisitions but remains cautious with respect to additional capital deployment due to the economic uncertainties related to the pandemic.

    Subsequent Events:

    As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company anticipated that it would receive requests from its residents for rent relief.  Through June 15, 2020, BRT collected 98% of the amounts billed for each of April and May and 95% of the amounts billed for June 2020.

    Balance Sheet:

    At March 31, 2020, BRT had $18.7 million of cash and cash equivalents, total assets of $395 million, total debt of $169.6 million, and total stockholders’ equity of $202.9 million.

    At March 31, 2020, BRT’s unconsolidated subsidiaries had cash and cash equivalents of $12.7 million, total assets of $1.1 billion and total debt of $826.6 million.

    At June 1, 2020, after giving effect to $5 million borrowed in May 2020 from its credit facility, BRT’s available liquidity was approximately $33.4 million, comprising $18.5 million of cash and cash equivalents, $9.9 million of restricted cash, and, subject to attainment of requisite borrowing base levels and satisfaction of other conditions, up to $5 million available under its credit facility.

    BRT’s mortgage debt of $965.8 million (including $832.5 million of mortgage debt of its unconsolidated subsidiaries) has a weighted average interest rate of 4.07% and a weighted average remaining term to maturity of 7.5 years.  Approximately 91% of the mortgage debt bears interest at a fixed rate.  The balance of such debt represents variable rate construction financing;  BRT anticipates refinancing, with fixed rate mortgage debt, such debt when lease-up at the related properties is complete.

    Supplemental Financial Information:

    In an effort to enhance its financial disclosures to investors, BRT has posted a supplemental financial information report which can be accessed on the Company’s website at www.brtapartments.com under the caption “Investor Relations - Financial Statements and SEC Filings.”

    Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

    BRT discloses FFO and AFFO because it believes that such metrics are widely recognized and appropriate measure of the performance of an equity REIT.

    BRT computes FFO in accordance with the "White Paper on Funds from Operations" issued by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT") and NAREIT's related guidance. FFO is defined in the White Paper as net income (loss) (computed in accordance with generally accepting accounting principles), excluding gains (or losses) from sales of property, plus depreciation and amortization, plus impairment write-downs of depreciable real estate and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures.  Adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures are calculated to reflect funds from operations on the same basis.  In computing FFO, BRT does not add back to net income the amortization of costs in connection with its financing activities or depreciation of non-real estate assets.  BRT computes AFFO by adjusting FFO for loss on extinguishment of debt; straight-line rent accruals; restricted stock and restricted stock unit expense and deferred mortgage costs (including its share of its unconsolidated joint ventures); and gain on insurance recovery.  Since the NAREIT White Paper only provides guidelines for computing FFO, the computation of AFFO may vary from one REIT to another.

    BRT believes that FFO and AFFO are useful and standard supplemental measures of the operating performance for equity REITs and are used frequently by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in evaluating equity REITs, many of which present FFO and AFFO when reporting their operating results.  FFO and AFFO are intended to exclude GAAP historical cost depreciation and amortization of real estate assets, which assures that the value of real estate assets diminish predictability over time.  In fact, real estate values have historically risen and fallen with market conditions.  As a result, BRT believes that FFO and AFFO provide a performance measure that when compared year-over-year, should reflect the impact to operations from trends in occupancy rates, rental rates, operating costs, interest costs and other matters without the inclusion of depreciation and amortization, providing a perspective that may not be necessarily apparent from net income.  BRT also considers FFO and AFFO to be useful in evaluating potential property acquisitions.

    FFO and AFFO do not represent net income or cash flows from operations as defined by GAAP.  FFO and AFFO should not be considered to be an alternative to net income as a reliable measure of our operating performance; nor should FFO and AFFO be considered an alternative to cash flows from operating, investing or financing activities (as defined by GAAP) as measures of liquidity.

    Forward Looking Information:

    Certain information contained herein is forward looking within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements regarding the apparent improvement in the economic environment and BRT’s ability to originate additional loans.  BRT intends such forward looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and includes this statement for purposes of complying with these safe harbor provisions.  Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe our future plans, strategies and expectations, are generally identifiable by use of the words “may,” “will,” “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “project,” “apparent,” “experiencing” or similar expressions or variations thereof.  Forward looking statements, including statements with respect to BRT’s multi-family property acquisition and ownership activities, involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which, in some cases, are beyond BRT’s control and could materially affect actual results, performance or achievements.  Other factors that could cause BRT’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from its expectations  include: the recent restatement of its financial statements, accounting, accounting policies and internal control over financial reporting; the preparation of, and the audit or review, as applicable, of restated filings;  the discovery of adjustments, in addition to those previously reported, to its previously issued financial statements; and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its operations, liquidity and capital resources. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements and to carefully review the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 filed on May 15, 2020 and in the Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K filed thereafter.

    Additional Information:

    BRT is a real estate investment trust that owns, operates and develops multi-family properties.  Interested parties are urged to review the Form 10-Q to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 and the supplemental disclosures regarding the quarter on the investor relations section of the Company’s website at: http://brtapartments.com/investor_relations for further details.  The Form 10-Q can also be linked through the “Investor Relations” section of BRT’s website. For additional information on BRT’s operations, activities and properties, please visit its website at www.brtapartments.com.

    Contact:  Investor Relations - (516) 466-3100

    60 Cutter Mill Road
    Suite 303
    Great Neck, New York 11021
    Telephone (516) 466-3100
    Telecopier (516) 466-3132

    (Dollars in thousands)

     March 31, 2020
     December 31, 2019
    Real estate properties, net of accumulated depreciation$168,451    $169,689   
    Investments in unconsolidated joint ventures185,946    177,071   
    Real estate loan4,000    4,150   
    Cash and cash equivalents18,707    22,699   
    Restricted cash10,243    9,719   
    Other assets7,613    7,282   
    Total assets$394,960    $390,610   
    Mortgages payable, net of deferred costs$132,524    $133,215   
    Junior subordinated notes, net of deferred costs37,068    37,063   
    Accounts payable and accrued liabilities22,642    20,772   
    Total Liabilities192,234    191,050   
    Total BRT Apartments Corp. stockholders’ equity202,879    199,653   
    Non-controlling interests(153)  (93) 
    Total Equity202,726    199,560   
    Total Liabilities and Equity$394,960    $390,610   

     (Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

      Three Months Ended
    March 31,
      2020 2019
    Rental and other revenues from real estate properties $6,745    $6,886   
    Other income 179    244   
    Total revenues 6,924    7,130   
    Real estate operating expenses 3,058    3,176   
    Interest expense 1,860    1,946   
    General and administrative 3,367    2,544   
    Depreciation 1,561    1,547   
    Total expenses 9,846    9,213   
    Total revenue less total expenses (2,922)  (2,083) 
      Equity in loss of unconsolidated joint ventures (1,815)  (2,068) 
    (Loss) from continuing operations (4,737)  (4,151) 
      Income tax provision 62    62   
    Net (loss) income from continuing operations, net of taxes (4,799)  (4,213) 
    Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests (32)  (34) 
    Net (loss) attributable to common stockholders $(4,831)  $(4,247) 
    Per share amounts attributable to common stockholders:    
    Basic $(0.29)  $(0.27) 
    Diluted $(0.29)  $(0.27) 
    Funds from operations - Note 1 $3,298    $3,062   
    Funds from operations per common share - diluted - Note 2 $0.19    $0.19   
    Adjusted funds from operations - Note 1 $3,968    $3,718   
    Adjusted funds from operations per common share - diluted -Note 2 $0.23    $0.23   
    Weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding:    
    Basic 16,932,252    15,886,493   
    Diluted 16,932,252    15,886,493   

     (Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

      Three Months Ended March 31,
      2020 2019
    Note 1:    
    Funds from operations is summarized in the following table:    
    GAAP Net loss attributable to common stockholders $(4,831)  $(4,247) 
    Add: depreciation of properties 1,561    1,547   
    Add: our share of depreciation in unconsolidated joint ventures 6,572    5,785   
    Adjustments for non-controlling interests (4)  (23) 
    NAREIT Funds from operations attributable to common stockholders 3,298    3,062   
    Adjustments for: straight-line rent accruals (10)  (10) 
    Add: amortization of restricted stock and restricted stock units 438    365   
    Add: amortization of deferred mortgage costs 80    73   
    Add: our share of deferred mortgage costs from unconsolidated joint venture properties 160    227   
    Adjustments for non-controlling interests    $  
    Adjusted funds from operations attributable to common stockholders $3,968    $3,718   
    Note 2:    
    GAAP Net loss attributable to common stockholders $(0.29)  $(0.27) 
    Add: depreciation of properties 0.09    0.10   
    Add: our share of depreciation in unconsolidated joint ventures 0.39    0.36   
    Adjustment for non-controlling interests —    —   
    NAREIT Funds from operations per diluted common share 0.19    0.19   
    Adjustments for: straight line rent accruals —    —   
    Add: amortization of restricted stock and restricted stock units 0.03    0.02   
    Add:  amortization of deferred mortgage costs —    —   
    Add: our share of deferred mortgage costs from unconsolidated joint venture properties 0.01    0.02   
    Adjustments for non-controlling interests —    —   
    Adjusted funds from operations per diluted common share $0.23    $0.23   

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