Slate Grocery REIT Reports First Quarter 2024 Results

Slate Grocery REIT Reports First Quarter 2024 Results

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TORONTO — Slate Grocery REIT (TSX: SGR.U) (TSX: SGR.UN) (the “REIT”), an owner and operator of U.S. grocery-anchored real estate, today announced its financial results and highlights for the three months ended March 31, 2024.

“Throughout the first quarter, our team converted strong demand for our high-quality, grocery-anchored spaces into nearly 800,000 square feet of leasing at double-digit leasing spreads,” said Blair Welch, Chief Executive Officer of Slate Grocery REIT. “At the same time, we saw steady growth in our net operating income, which we expect to build on in the coming months, as new leases completed over the last 12 months start to come online. Looking forward, our team will continue to capitalize on the tailwinds in the grocery-anchored sector to unlock additional value for our unitholders.”

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For the CEO’s letter to unitholders for the quarter, please follow the link here.

Highlights

  • Completed 770,784 square feet of total leasing in the quarter at attractive spreads that drove revenue growth
    • New deals were completed at 30.9% above comparable average in-place rent, and non-option renewals at 15.2% above expiring rent
    • As at quarter end, portfolio occupancy was 94.4%
    • Adjusting for completed redevelopments, same-property Net Operating Income (“NOI”) increased by $1.0 million or 2.5% year over year
  • Continued to prudently manage balance sheet to ensure the REIT remains protected in the current interest rate environment
    • The REIT exercised a six-month extension option on its $300.0 million revolver
    • 94.2% of the REIT’s total debt is fixed, with a weighted average interest rate of 4.4%, providing positive leverage and stability to the REIT
    • At $12.49 per square foot, average rent in the REIT’s portfolio remains well below market, providing significant runway for continued rent increases and NOI growth
  • The REIT’s units are trading at a discount to Net Asset Value (“NAV”), presenting a compelling investment opportunity for unitholders looking for an attractive total return
    • As at March 31, 2024, the REIT’s unit price indicates an implied capitalization rate of 8.0% based on trailing twelve-month NOI, representing a 39.8% discount to NAV

Summary of Q1 2024 Results

Three months ended March 31,

(thousands of U.S. dollars, except per unit amounts)

2024

2023

Change %

Rental revenue

$

51,915

$

50,789

2.2%

NOI 1 2

$

40,572

$

39,838

1.8%

Net income 2

$

13,612

$

(14,831)

(191.8)%

Same-property NOI (3 month period, 113 properties) 1

$

39,229

$

38,818

1.1%

Same-property NOI (12 month period, 96 properties) 1

$

119,968

$

119,529

0.4%

New leasing (square feet) 2

98,198

137,008

(28.3)%

New leasing spread 2

30.9%

17.1%

13.8%

Total leasing (square feet) 2

770,784

589,804

30.7%

Total leasing spread 2

10.8%

10.0%

0.8%

New leasing – anchor / junior anchor 2

10,000

63,130

(84.2)%

Weighted average number of units outstanding (“WA units”)

60,307

61,460

(1.9)%

FFO 1 2

$

16,198

$

15,955

1.5%

FFO per WA units 1 2

$

0.27

$

0.26

3.9%

FFO payout ratio 1 2

80.1%

82.8%

(2.7)%

AFFO 1 2

$

13,045

$

13,397

(2.6)%

AFFO per WA units 1 2

$

0.22

$

0.22

—%

AFFO payout ratio 1 2

99.4%

98.7%

0.7%

(thousands of U.S. dollars, except per unit amounts)

March 31, 2024

December 31, 2023

Change %

Total assets, IFRS

$

2,241,191

$

2,235,798

0.2%

Total assets, proportionate interest 1

$

2,453,308

$

2,448,127

0.2%

Debt, IFRS

$

1,165,036

$

1,161,756

0.3%

Debt, proportionate interest 1

$

1,371,478

$

1,369,053

0.2%

Net asset value per unit

$

14.01

$

13.97

0.3%

Number of properties 2

117

117

—%

Portfolio occupancy 2

94.4%

94.7%

(0.3)%

Debt / GBV ratio

52.0%

52.0%

—%

Interest coverage ratio 1

2.70x

2.72x

(0.7)%

(1) Refer to “Non-IFRS Measures” section below.
(2) Includes the REIT’s share of joint venture investments.

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Conference Call and Webcast

Senior management will host a live conference call at 9:00 am ET on May 1, 2024 to discuss the results and ongoing business initiatives of the REIT.

The conference call can be accessed dialing (289) 514-5100 or 1 (800) 717-1738. Additionally, the conference call will be available via simultaneous audio found at https://onlinexperiences.com/scripts/Server.nxp?LASCmd=AI:4;F:QS!10100&ShowUUID=F194EEF0-F3C1-4FCB-B6D4-7D43001F98CF&LangLocaleID=1033. A replay will be accessible until May 15, 2024 via the REIT’s website or by dialing (289) 819-1325 or 1 (888) 660-6264 (access code 49272#) approximately two hours after the live event.

About Slate Grocery REIT (TSX: SGR.U / SGR.UN)

Slate Grocery REIT is an owner and operator of U.S. grocery-anchored real estate. The REIT owns and operates approximately $2.4 billion of critical real estate infrastructure across major U.S. metro markets that communities rely upon for their everyday needs. The REIT’s resilient grocery-anchored portfolio and strong credit tenants provide unitholders with durable cash flows and the potential for capital appreciation over the longer term. Visit slategroceryreit.com to learn more about the REIT.

About Slate Asset Management

Slate Asset Management is a global alternative investment platform. We focus on fundamentals with the objective of creating long-term value for our investors and partners. Slate’s platform focuses on four areas of real assets, including real estate equity, real estate credit, real estate securities, and infrastructure. We are supported by exceptional people and flexible capital, which enable us to originate and execute on a wide range of compelling investment opportunities. Visit slateam.com to learn more, and follow Slate Asset Management on LinkedIn, X (Twitter), and Instagram.

Supplemental Information

All interested parties can access Slate Grocery’s Supplemental Information online at slategroceryreit.com in the Investors section. These materials are also available on SEDAR+ or upon request to the REIT at info@slateam.com or (416) 644-4264.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain information herein constitutes “forward-looking information” as defined under Canadian securities laws which reflect management’s expectations regarding objectives, plans, goals, strategies, future growth, results of operations, performance, business prospects and opportunities of the REIT. The words “plans”, “expects”, “does not expect”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “intends”, “anticipates”, “does not anticipate”, “projects”, “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or statements to the effect that certain actions, events or results “may”, “will”, “could”, “would”, “might”, “occur”, “be achieved”, or “continue” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Management believes that the expectations reflected in its forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, however, management can give no assurance that actual results, performance or achievements will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations.

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Forward-looking statements are necessarily based on a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management as of the date hereof, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. When relying on forward-looking statements to make decisions, the REIT cautions readers not to place undue reliance on these statements, as forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, and should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or not the times at or by which such performance or results will be achieved. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ, possibly materially, from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Additional information about risks and uncertainties is contained in the filings of the REIT with securities regulators.

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Non-IFRS Measures

This news release and accompanying financial statements are based on International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”), as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”).

We disclose a number of financial measures in this news release that are not measures used under IFRS, including NOI, same-property NOI, FFO, FFO payout ratio, AFFO, AFFO payout ratio, adjusted EBITDA and the interest coverage ratio, in addition to certain measures on a per unit basis.

  • NOI is defined as rental revenue less operating expenses, prior to straight-line rent, IFRIC 21, Levies (“IFRIC 21”) property tax adjustments and adjustments for equity investment. Same-property NOI includes those properties owned by the REIT for each of the current period and the relevant comparative period excluding those properties under development.
  • FFO is defined as net income adjusted for certain items including transaction costs, change in fair value of properties, change in fair value of financial instruments, deferred income taxes, unit income (expense), adjustments for equity investment and IFRIC 21 property tax adjustments.
  • AFFO is defined as FFO adjusted for straight-line rental revenue and sustaining capital, leasing costs and tenant improvements.
  • FFO payout ratio and AFFO payout ratio are defined as distributions declared divided by FFO and AFFO, respectively.
  • FFO per WA unit and AFFO per WA unit are defined as FFO and AFFO divided by the weighted average class U equivalent units outstanding, respectively.

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  • Adjusted EBITDA is defined as NOI less general and administrative expenses.
  • Interest coverage ratio is defined as adjusted EBITDA divided by cash interest paid.
  • Net asset value is defined as the aggregate of the carrying value of the REIT’s equity, deferred income taxes and exchangeable units of subsidiaries.
  • Proportionate interest represents financial information adjusted to reflect the REIT’s equity accounted joint ventures and financial real estate assets and its share of net income (losses) from equity accounted joint ventures and financial real estate assets on a proportionately consolidated basis at the REIT’s ownership percentage of the related investment.

We utilize these measures for a variety of reasons, including measuring performance, managing the business, capital allocation and the assessment of risk. Descriptions of why these non-IFRS measures are useful to investors and how management uses each measure are included in Management’s Discussion and Analysis. We believe that providing these performance measures on a supplemental basis to our IFRS results is helpful to investors in assessing the overall performance of our businesses in a manner similar to management. These financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for similar financial measures calculated in accordance with IFRS. We caution readers that these non-IFRS financial measures may differ from the calculations disclosed by other businesses, and as a result, may not be comparable to similar measures presented by others.

SGR-FR

Calculation and Reconciliation of Non-IFRS Measures

The table below summarizes a calculation of non-IFRS measures based on IFRS financial information.

Three months ended March 31,

(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per unit amounts)

2024

2023

Rental revenue

$

51,915

$

50,789

Straight-line rent revenue

(114)

(118)

Property operating expenses

(37,600)

(36,917)

IFRIC 21 property tax adjustment

21,145

20,547

Contribution from joint venture investments

5,226

5,537

NOI 1 2

$

40,572

$

39,838

Cash flow from operations

$

17,039

$

19,179

Changes in non-cash working capital items

452

(2,086)

Finance charge and mark-to-market adjustments

(557)

(630)

Interest, net and TIF note adjustments

125

30

Adjustments for joint venture investments

2,431

2,979

Non-controlling interest

(3,343)

(3,502)

Capital expenditures

(736)

(1,082)

Leasing costs

(808)

(684)

Tenant improvements

(1,558)

(807)

AFFO 1 2

$

13,045

$

13,397

Net income (loss) 1 2

$

13,612

$

(14,831)

Change in fair value of financial instruments

(2,186)

Change in fair value of properties

(13,682)

17,880

Deferred income tax expense (recovery)

1,591

(4,624)

Unit income

(612)

(902)

Adjustments for joint venture investments

385

1,982

Non-controlling interest

(4,055)

(4,097)

IFRIC 21 property tax adjustment

21,145

20,547

FFO 1 2

$

16,198

$

15,955

Straight-line rental revenue

(114)

(118)

Capital expenditures

(736)

(1,082)

Leasing costs

(808)

(684)

Tenant improvements

(1,558)

(807)

Adjustments for joint venture investments

(649)

(462)

Non-controlling interest

712

595

AFFO 1 2

$

13,045

$

13,397

(1) Refer to “Non-IFRS Measures” section above.
(2) Includes the REIT’s share of joint venture investments.

Three months ended March 31,

(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per unit amounts)

2024

2023

NOI 1 2

$

40,572

$

39,838

General and administrative expenses

(3,945)

(3,847)

Cash interest, net

(13,460)

(12,607)

Finance charge and mark-to-market adjustments

(557)

(630)

Current income tax expense

(325)

(724)

Adjustments for joint venture investments

(2,795)

(2,558)

Non-controlling interest

(3,343)

(3,502)

Capital expenditures

(736)

(1,082)

Leasing costs

(808)

(684)

Tenant improvements

(1,558)

(807)

AFFO 1 2

$

13,045

$

13,397

(1) Refer to “Non-IFRS Measures” section above.
(2) Includes the REIT’s share of joint venture investments.

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Three months ended March 31,

(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per unit amounts)

2024

2023

Net income (loss) 1

$

13,612

$

(14,831)

Interest and financing costs

14,017

13,237

Change in fair value of financial instruments

(2,186)

Change in fair value of properties

(13,682)

17,880

Deferred income tax expense (recovery)

1,591

(4,624)

Current income tax expense

325

724

Unit income

(612)

(902)

Adjustments for joint venture investments

2,531

4,078

Straight-line rent revenue

(114)

(118)

IFRIC 21 property tax adjustment

21,145

20,547

Adjusted EBITDA 1 2

$

36,627

$

35,991

NOI 1 2

40,572

39,838

General and administrative expenses

(3,945)

(3,847)

Adjusted EBITDA 1 2

$

36,627

$

35,991

Cash interest paid

(13,585)

(12,637)

Interest coverage ratio 1 2

2.70x

2.85x

WA units

60,307

61,460

FFO per WA unit 1 2

$

0.27

$

0.26

FFO payout ratio 1 2

80.1%

82.8%

AFFO per WA unit 1 2

$

0.22

$

0.22

AFFO payout ratio 1 2

99.4%

98.7%

(1) Includes the REIT’s share of joint venture investments.
(2) Refer to “Non-IFRS Measures” section above.

Three months ended March 31,

(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per unit amounts)

2024

2023

Rental revenue

$

51,915

$

50,789

Straight-line rent revenue

(114)

(118)

Property operating expenses

(37,600)

(36,917)

IFRIC 21 property tax adjustment

21,145

20,547

Contribution from joint venture investments

5,226

5,537

NOI 1 2

$

40,572

$

39,838

Cash flow from operations

$

17,039

$

19,179

Changes in non-cash working capital items

452

(2,086)

Finance charge and mark-to-market adjustments

(557)

(630)

Interest, net and TIF note adjustments

125

30

Adjustments for joint venture investments

2,431

2,979

Non-controlling interest

(3,343)

(3,502)

Capital expenditures

(736)

(1,082)

Leasing costs

(808)

(684)

Tenant improvements

(1,558)

(807)

AFFO 1 2

$

13,045

$

13,397

Net income (loss) 1 2

$

13,612

$

(14,831)

Change in fair value of financial instruments

(2,186)

Change in fair value of properties

(13,682)

17,880

Deferred income tax expense (recovery)

1,591

(4,624)

Unit income

(612)

(902)

Adjustments for joint venture investments

385

1,982

Non-controlling interest

(4,055)

(4,097)

IFRIC 21 property tax adjustment

21,145

20,547

FFO 1 2

$

16,198

$

15,955

Straight-line rental revenue

(114)

(118)

Capital expenditures

(736)

(1,082)

Leasing costs

(808)

(684)

Tenant improvements

(1,558)

(807)

Adjustments for joint venture investments

(649)

(462)

Non-controlling interest

712

595

AFFO 1 2

$

13,045

$

13,397

(1) Refer to “Non-IFRS Measures” section above.
(2) Includes the REIT’s share of joint venture investments.

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March 31, 2024

December 31, 2023

(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per unit amounts)

Statement of
Financial
Position

Joint Venture
Investments

Proportionate
Share
(Non-IFRS)

Statement of
Financial
Position

Joint Venture
Investments

Proportionate
Share
(Non-IFRS)

ASSETS

Non-current assets

Properties

$

2,061,799

$

307,900

$

2,369,699

$

2,062,599

$

307,300

$

2,369,899

Joint venture investments

108,486

(108,486)

107,101

(107,101)

Interest rate swaps

14,621

612

15,233

7,652

580

8,232

Other assets

558

4,551

5,109

718

4,268

4,986

$

2,185,464

$

204,577

$

2,390,041

$

2,178,070

$

205,047

$

2,383,117

Current assets

Cash

23,407

4,709

28,116

23,587

4,420

28,007

Accounts receivable

21,846

1,442

23,288

22,172

1,813

23,985

Other assets

6,167

6,167

6,985

6,985

Prepaids

4,307

1,389

5,696

4,984

1,049

6,033

$

55,727

$

7,540

$

63,267

$

57,728

$

7,282

$

65,010

Total assets

$

2,241,191

$

212,117

$

2,453,308

$

2,235,798

$

212,329

$

2,448,127

LIABILITIES

Non-current liabilities

Debt

$

595,634

$

205,433

$

801,067

$

859,637

$

205,831

$

1,065,468

Deferred income taxes

149,417

2

149,419

146,651

2

146,653

Other liabilities

4,365

434

4,799

4,346

482

4,828

$

749,416

$

205,869

$

955,285

$

1,010,634

$

206,315

$

1,216,949

Current liabilities

Debt

569,402

1,009

570,411

302,119

1,466

303,585

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

41,292

5,239

46,531

43,217

4,548

47,765

Distributions payable

4,323

4,323

4,323

4,323

Exchangeable units of subsidiaries

7,661

7,661

8,269

8,269

$

622,678

$

6,248

$

628,926

$

357,928

$

6,014

$

363,942

Total liabilities

$

1,372,094

$

212,117

$

1,584,211

$

1,368,562

$

212,329

$

1,580,891

EQUITY

Unitholders’ equity

$

688,102

$

$

688,102

$

687,443

$

$

687,443

Non-controlling interest

180,995

180,995

179,793

179,793

Total equity

$

869,097

$

$

869,097

$

867,236

$

$

867,236

Total liabilities and equity

$

2,241,191

$

212,117

$

2,453,308

$

2,235,798

$

212,329

$

2,448,127

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