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– Increased Fourth Quarter Net Income per Share by 38% and AFFO per Share by 11% –

– Closed Quarterly Investments of $204.7 Million at a 7.3% Weighted Average Cash Cap Rate –

– Reiterates 2020 AFFO per Share Guidance –

PRINCETON, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Essential Properties Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: EPRT; “Essential Properties” or the “Company”), today announced operating results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2019.

Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial and Operating Highlights

  • Ended the year at 100.0% leased with a weighted average lease term (“WALT”) of 14.6 years and a weighted average rent coverage ratio of 2.9x
  • Grew Same-Store Contractual Cash Rents by 1.7%
  • Reduced top 10 tenant concentration to 23.4%, a 210 bps sequential decline
  • Invested $204.7 million in 94 properties at a 7.3% weighted average cash cap rate
  • Net income per fully diluted share increased 38% to $0.18 per share
  • Increased Funds from Operations (“FFO”) per fully diluted share 11% to $0.31 per share
  • Grew Core Funds from Operations (“Core FFO”) per fully diluted share by 14% to $0.32
  • Grew Adjusted Funds from Operations (“AFFO”) per fully diluted share by 11% to $0.30
  • Raised $103.2 million in gross proceeds from the sale of shares of common stock through the Company’s at-the-market equity program (“ATM Program”)
  • Net Debt to Annualized Adjusted EBITDAre was 5.0x at quarter end
  • Pro Forma Net Debt to Annualized Adjusted EBITDAre was 3.6x at quarter end, which incorporates the impact of the Company’s $200 million equity offering in January 2020

Full Year 2019 Financial and Operating Highlights

  • Invested $686.8 million in 375 properties at a 7.4% weighted average cash cap rate
  • Annualized fourth quarter dividend of $0.92 represented a 9.5% increase vs. last year
  • Raised $423.7 million of gross equity proceeds from the issuance of 21.5 million common shares
  • Sold $519.2 million of secondary shares to the public, which resulted in the Company’s founding capital partner fully exiting its position
  • Raised a $200 million five-year unsecured term loan and a $430 million seven-year unsecured term loan
  • Expanded unsecured revolving credit facility by $100 million to $400 million
  • Assigned investment grade credit rating of BBB- by Fitch Ratings

     

CEO Comments

Commenting on the fourth quarter and full year 2019 results, Essential Properties’ President and Chief Executive Officer, Pete Mavoides, said, “We are excited to close out 2019, which was our first full year as a public REIT. Looking back at the year, we closed approximately $687 million of investment activity, which helped to strengthen the durability and diversity of our newer vintage portfolio of net lease properties. With fourth quarter AFFO per share increasing 11% year-over-year, our quarterly results continue to illustrate the compelling growth potential of our disciplined investment platform. Our portfolio fundamentals remain strong with solid same-store rent growth, no vacancies, healthy unit-level coverages and improving tenant diversity. Looking ahead to 2020, our January stock offering has positioned our balance sheet for attractive earnings growth and continued execution of our investment pipeline.”

Net Investment Activity

Investments

During the quarter ended December 31, 2019, Essential Properties invested $204.7 million in 94 properties in 41 separate transactions at a weighted average cash and GAAP cap rate of 7.3% and 8.0%, respectively. These properties are 100% leased with a WALT of 16.3 years. As a percentage of cash ABR, 81.0% of the Company’s investments for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 came from sale-leaseback transactions, 41.1% were subject to a master lease and 99.0% are required to provide the Company with financial reporting.

During the year ended December 31, 2019, Essential Properties invested $686.8 million in 375 properties in 136 separate transactions at a weighted average cash and GAAP cap rate of 7.4% and 8.2%, respectively. These properties are 100% leased with a WALT of 15.9 years. As a percentage of cash ABR, 79.5% of the Company’s investments for the year ended December 31, 2019 came from sale-leaseback transactions, 57.5% were subject to a master lease and 99.7% are required to provide the Company with financial reporting.

Dispositions

During the quarter ended December 31, 2019, Essential Properties sold 8 properties, including one vacant property, for $15.2 million in aggregate, recording a net gain on these dispositions of $2.7 million. The disposition weighted average cash cap rate on the 7 leased properties sold in the quarter ended December 31, 2019 was 6.9%.

During the year ended December 31, 2019, Essential Properties sold 36 properties, including three vacant properties, for $72.0 million in aggregate, recording a net gain on these dispositions of $10.9 million. The disposition weighted average cash cap rate on the leased properties sold in the year ended December 31, 2019 was 6.8%.

Portfolio Update

Portfolio Highlights

As of December 31, 2019, Essential Properties’ portfolio consisted of 1,000 freestanding net lease properties, which included 91 properties that secured mortgage notes receivable, with a WALT of 14.6 years and a weighted average rent coverage ratio of 2.9x. As of the same date, the portfolio was 100.0% leased by 205 tenants operating 265 different concepts across 44 states in 16 industries. At year end, 94.4% of the Company’s cash ABR was generated from tenants that operate service-oriented or experience-based businesses, and 60.3% of its cash ABR was derived from properties subject to a master lease.

Leasing Activity

During the year ended December 31, 2019, the Company signed three new leases without vacancy, renewed two leases that were expiring during the year, and completed one lease assignment subject to a lease incentive for a total recovery rate of 103.9% vs. prior cash rents. Total leasing activity for the year ended December 31, 2019 represented 1.1% of total current cash ABR.

Leverage and Balance Sheet and Liquidity

Leverage

As of December 31, 2019, the Company’s ratio of net debt to Annualized Adjusted EBITDAre was 5.0x. As of the same date, Pro Forma Net Debt to Annualized Adjusted EBITDAre was 3.6x, which is adjusted to include the impact of the Company’s common stock offering in January 2020.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

Essential Properties had $46.0 million in outstanding borrowings under its $400 million unsecured revolving credit facility as of December 31, 2019, and had $354 million of unused borrowing capacity as of the same date. Additionally, Essential Properties had $180.0 million of available borrowing capacity under its $430 million term loan as of December 31, 2019 and had $21.3 million of cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash as of the same date.

ATM Program

Essential Properties has a $200.0 million ATM Program through which it may, from time to time, sell shares of its common stock. Essential Properties uses the proceeds generated from its ATM Program for general corporate purposes, including funding its investment activity, the repayment or refinancing of outstanding indebtedness, working capital and other general purposes. During the quarter ended December 31, 2019, Essential Properties sold 4,088,181 shares of common stock through its ATM Program at an average price of $25.23 per share, raising gross proceeds of $103.2 million.

Subsequent to quarter end, Essential Properties sold an additional 253,698 shares under its ATM Program at an average price of $24.74, raising gross proceeds of $6.3 million.

January 2020 Follow-On Offering

In January 2020, Essential Properties completed a follow-on offering of 7,935,000 shares of its common stock, including 1,035,000 shares issued pursuant to the underwriters’ exercise of an option to purchase additional shares, raising gross proceeds of $200.0 million.

Dividend Information

As previously announced, on December 6, 2019 Essential Properties declared a cash dividend of $0.23 per share of common stock for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. The dividend was paid on January 15, 2020 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on December 31, 2019.

2020 Guidance

The Company reiterates its previously issued expectation that 2020 AFFO per share on a fully diluted basis will be within a range of $1.27 to $1.30.

Note: The Company does not provide a reconciliation for its guidance range of AFFO per diluted share to net income available to common stockholders per diluted share, the most directly comparable forward looking GAAP financial measure, due to the inherent variability in timing and/or amount of various items that could impact net income available to common stockholders per diluted share, including, for example, gains or losses on debt extinguishment, impairments and other items that are outside the control of the Company.

Conference Call Information

In conjunction with the release of Essential Properties’ operating results, the Company will host a conference call on March 2, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. EST to discuss the results. To access the conference, dial (844) 369-8770. A live webcast will also be available in listen-only mode by clicking on the webcast link in the Investor Relations section at www.essentialproperties.com.

A telephone replay of the conference call can also be accessed by calling (877) 481-4010 and entering the access code: 58649. The telephone replay will be available through March 17, 2020.

A replay of the conference call webcast will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the live broadcast. The webcast replay will be available for 90 days. No access code is required for this replay.

Supplemental Materials

The Company’s Supplemental Operating & Financial Data—Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2019 is available on Essential Properties’ website at investors.essentialproperties.com.

About Essential Properties Realty Trust, Inc.

Essential Properties Realty Trust, Inc. is an internally managed REIT that acquires, owns and manages primarily single-tenant properties that are net leased on a long-term basis to companies operating service-oriented or experience-based businesses. As of December 31, 2019, the Company’s portfolio consisted of 1,000 freestanding net lease properties with a weighted average lease term of 14.6 years and a weighted average rent coverage ratio of 2.9x. As of the same date, the Company’s portfolio was 100.0% leased to 205 tenants operating 265 different concepts in 16 industries across 44 states.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. When used in this press release, the words “estimate,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “believe,” “intend,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seek,” “approximately” or “plan,” or the negative of these words and phrases or similar words or phrases that are predictions of or indicate future events or trends and that do not relate solely to historical matters are intended to identify forward-looking statements. You can also identify forward-looking statements by discussions of strategy, plans or intentions of management. Forward-looking statements involve numerous risks and uncertainties and you should not rely on them as predictions of future events. Forward-looking statements depend on assumptions, data or methods that may be incorrect or imprecise and the Company may not be able to realize them. The Company does not guarantee that the transactions and events described will happen as described (or that they will happen at all). You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. While forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s good faith beliefs, they are not guarantees of future performance. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law. In light of these risks and uncertainties, the forward-looking events discussed in this press release might not occur as described, or at all.

Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) filings, including, but not limited to, the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Copies of each filing may be obtained from the Company or the Commission. Such forward-looking statements should be regarded solely as reflections of the company’s current operating plans and estimates. Actual operating results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecast in this press release.

The results reported in this press release are preliminary and not final. There can be no assurance that these results will not vary from the final results reported in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 that it will file with the Commission.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Certain Definitions

The Company’s reported results are presented in accordance with GAAP. The Company also discloses the following non-GAAP financial measures: FFO, Core FFO, AFFO, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”), EBITDA further adjusted to exclude gains (or losses) on sales of depreciable property and real estate impairment losses (“EBITDAre”), adjusted EBITDAre, annualized adjusted EBITDAre, net debt, net operating income (“NOI”) and cash NOI (“Cash NOI”). The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are industry measures used by analysts and investors to compare the operating performance of REITs.

FFO, Core FFO and AFFO

The Company computes FFO in accordance with the definition adopted by the Board of Governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”). NAREIT defines FFO as GAAP net income or loss adjusted to exclude extraordinary items (as defined by GAAP), net gain or loss from sales of depreciable real estate assets, impairment write-downs associated with depreciable real estate assets and real estate-related depreciation and amortization (excluding amortization of deferred financing costs and depreciation of non-real estate assets), including the pro rata share of such adjustments of unconsolidated subsidiaries. FFO is used by management, and may be useful to investors and analysts, to facilitate meaningful comparisons of operating performance between periods and among the Company’s peers primarily because it excludes the effect of real estate depreciation and amortization and net gains and losses on sales (which are dependent on historical costs and implicitly assume that the value of real estate diminishes predictably over time, rather than fluctuating based on existing market conditions).

The Company computes Core FFO by adjusting FFO, as defined by NAREIT, to exclude certain GAAP income and expense amounts that we believe are infrequent and unusual in nature and/or not related to our core real estate operations. Exclusion of these items from similar FFO-type metrics is common within the equity REIT industry, and management believes that presentation of Core FFO provides investors with a metric to assist in their evaluation of our operating performance across multiple periods and in comparison to the operating performance of our peers, because it removes the effect of unusual items that are not expected to impact our operating performance on an ongoing basis. Core FFO is used by management in evaluating the performance of our core business operations. Items included in calculating FFO that may be excluded in calculating Core FFO include certain transaction related gains, losses, income or expense or other non-core amounts as they occur.

To derive AFFO, the Company modifies its computation of Core FFO to include other adjustments to GAAP net income related to certain items that it believes are not indicative of the Company’s operating performance, including straight-line rental revenue, non-cash interest expense, non-cash compensation expense, other amortization and non-cash charges, capitalized interest expense and transaction costs. Such items may cause short-term fluctuations in net income but have no impact on operating cash flows or long-term operating performance. The Company believes that AFFO is an additional useful supplemental measure for investors to consider when assessing the Company’s operating performance without the distortions created by non-cash items and certain other revenues and expenses.

FFO, Core FFO and AFFO do not include all items of revenue and expense included in net income, they do not represent cash generated from operating activities and they are not necessarily indicative of cash available to fund cash requirements; accordingly, they should not be considered alternatives to net income as a performance measure or cash flows from operations as a liquidity measure and should be considered in addition to, and not in lieu of, GAAP financial measures. Additionally, our computation of FFO, Core FFO and AFFO may differ from the methodology for calculating these metrics used by other equity REITs and, therefore, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other equity REITs.

EBITDA and EBITDAre

The Company compute EBITDA as earnings before interest, income taxes and depreciation and amortization. In 2017, NAREIT issued a white paper recommending that companies that report EBITDA also report EBITDAre. The Company computes EBITDAre in accordance with the definition adopted by NAREIT. NAREIT defines EBITDAre as EBITDA (as defined above) excluding gains (or losses) from the sales of depreciable property and real estate impairment losses. The Company presents EBITDA and EBITDAre as they are measures commonly used in its industry and the Company believes that these measures are useful to investors and analysts because they provide supplemental information concerning its operating performance, exclusive of certain non-cash items and other costs. The Company uses EBITDA and EBITDAre as measures of its operating performance and not as measures of liquidity.

EBITDA and EBITDAre do not include all items of revenue and expense included in net income, they do not represent cash generated from operating activities and they are not necessarily indicative of cash available to fund cash requirements; accordingly, they should not be considered alternatives to net income as a performance measure or cash flows from operations as a liquidity measure and should be considered in addition to, and not in lieu of, GAAP financial measures. Additionally, the Company’s computation of EBITDA and EBITDAre may differ from the methodology for calculating these metrics used by other equity REITs and, therefore, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other equity REITs.

Net Debt

The Company calculates its net debt as our gross debt (defined as total debt plus net deferred financing costs on its secured borrowings) less cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash deposits held for the benefit of lenders. The Company believes excluding cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash deposits held for the benefit of lenders from gross debt, all of which could be used to repay debt, provides an estimate of the net contractual amount of borrowed capital to be repaid, which it believes is a beneficial disclosure to investors and analysts.

NOI and Cash NOI

The Company computes NOI as total revenues less property expenses. NOI excludes all other items of expense and income included in the financial statements in calculating net income or loss. Cash NOI further excludes non-cash items included in total revenues and property expenses, such as straight-line rental revenue and other amortization and non-cash charges. The Company believes NOI and Cash NOI provide useful and relevant information because they reflect only those revenue and expense items that are incurred at the property level and present such items on an unlevered basis.

NOI and Cash NOI are not measures of financial performance under GAAP. You should not consider the Company’s NOI and Cash NOI as alternatives to net income or cash flows from operating activities determined in accordance with GAAP. Additionally, the Company’s computation of NOI and Cash NOI may differ from the methodology for calculating these metrics used by other equity REITs and, therefore, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other equity REITs.

Adjusted EBITDAre / Adjusted NOI / Adjusted Cash NOI

The Company further adjusts EBITDAre, NOI and Cash NOI i) based on an estimate calculated as if all investment and disposition activity that took place during the quarter had occurred on the first day of the quarter, ii) to exclude certain GAAP income and expense amounts that the Company believes are infrequent and unusual in nature and iii) to eliminate the impact of lease termination fees and contingent rental revenue from its tenants which is subject to sales thresholds specified in the lease. The Company then annualizes these estimates for the current quarter by multiplying them by four, which it believes provides a meaningful estimate of the Company’s current run rate for all investments as of the end of the current quarter. You should not unduly rely on these measures, as they are based on assumptions and estimates that may prove to be inaccurate. The Company’s actual reported EBITDAre, NOI and Cash NOI for future periods may be significantly less than these estimates of current run rates.

Cash ABR

Cash ABR means annualized contractually specified cash base rent in effect as of the end of the current quarter for all of the Company’s leases (including those accounted for as direct financing leases) commenced as of that date and annualized cash interest on its mortgage loans receivable as of that date.

Cash Cap Rate

Cash Cap Rate means annualized contractually specified cash base rent for the first full month after investment or disposition divided by the purchase or sale price, as applicable, for the property.

GAAP Cap Rate

GAAP Cap Rate means annualized rental income computed in accordance with GAAP for the first full month after investment divided by the purchase price, as applicable, for the property.

Rent Coverage Ratio

Rent coverage ratio means the ratio of tenant-reported or, when unavailable, management’s estimate based on tenant-reported financial information, annual EBITDA and cash rent attributable to the leased property (or properties, in the case of a master lease) to the annualized base rental obligation as of a specified date.

Disclaimer

Essential Properties Realty Trust, Inc. and the Essential Properties Realty Trust REIT are not affiliated with or sponsored by Griffin Capital Essential Asset Operating Partnership, L.P. or the Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT, information about which can be obtained at (https://www.gcear.com).

 

Essential Properties Realty Trust, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

 

 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

 

(unaudited)

 

 

(unaudited)

 

 

(unaudited)

 

 

(audited)

 

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rental revenue1,2

 

$

37,828

 

 

$

27,825

 

 

$

135,670

 

 

$

94,944

 

Interest on loans and direct financing leases

 

 

1,355

 

 

 

277

 

 

 

3,024

 

 

 

656

 

Other revenue

 

 

22

 

 

 

548

 

 

 

663

 

 

 

623

 

Total revenues

 

 

39,205

 

 

 

28,650

 

 

 

139,357

 

 

 

96,223

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest

 

 

6,963

 

 

 

6,718

 

 

 

27,037

 

 

 

30,192

 

General and administrative3

 

 

5,290

 

 

 

3,891

 

 

 

21,745

 

 

 

13,762

 

Property expenses4

 

 

736

 

 

 

759

 

 

 

3,070

 

 

 

1,980

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

12,378

 

 

 

8,510

 

 

 

42,745

 

 

 

31,352

 

Provision for impairment of real estate

 

 

997

 

 

 

977

 

 

 

2,918

 

 

 

4,503

 

Total expenses

 

 

26,364

 

 

 

20,855

 

 

 

97,515

 

 

 

81,789

 

Other operating income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gain on dispositions of real estate, net

 

 

2,695

 

 

 

345

 

 

 

10,932

 

 

 

5,445

 

Income from operations

 

 

15,536

 

 

 

8,140

 

 

 

52,774

 

 

 

19,879

 

Other (loss)/income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss on repurchase and retirement of secured borrowings5

 

 

(887

)

 

 

 

 

 

(5,240

)

 

 

 

Interest

 

 

71

 

 

 

211

 

 

 

794

 

 

 

930

 

Income before income tax expense

 

 

14,720

 

 

 

8,351

 

 

 

48,328

 

 

 

20,809

 

Income tax expense

 

 

94

 

 

 

52

 

 

 

303

 

 

 

195

 

Net income

 

 

14,626

 

 

 

8,299

 

 

 

48,025

 

 

 

20,614

 

Net income attributable to non-controlling interests

 

 

(105

)

 

 

(2,519

)

 

 

(6,181

)

 

 

(5,001

)

Net income attributable to stockholders and members

 

$

14,521

 

 

$

5,780

 

 

$

41,844

 

 

$

15,613

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

 

Year Ended December

 

 

Period from June 25, 2018 to December

 

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

31, 2019

 

 

31, 2018

 

Basic weighted-average shares outstanding

 

 

81,232,922

 

 

 

43,057,802

 

 

 

64,104,058

 

 

 

42,634,678

 

Basic net income per share

 

$

0.18

 

 

$

0.13

 

 

$

0.65

 

 

$

0.26

 

Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding

 

 

82,231,030

 

 

 

62,217,218

 

 

 

75,309,896

 

 

 

61,765,957

 

Diluted net income per share

 

$

0.18

 

 

$

0.13

 

 

$

0.63

 

 

$

0.26

 

Contacts

Investor/Media:
Essential Properties Realty Trust, Inc.

Daniel Donlan

Senior Vice President, Capital Markets

609-436-0619

[email protected]

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