Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc. Reports Operating Results For The Second Quarter And First Half Of Fiscal 2012  

Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc. (NYSE: UBA and UBP), a real estate investment trust, today announced its second quarter and six months financial results for the period ended April 30, 2012.

Diluted Funds from Operations (FFO) for the quarter ended April 30, 2012 was $7,915,000 or $0.28 per Class A Common share and $0.25 per Common share, compared to $7,600,000 or $0.27 per Class A Common share and $0.25 per Common share in last year’s second quarter. For the first six months of fiscal 2012, diluted FFO amounted to $16,146,000 or $0.57 per Class A Common share and $0.52 per Common share compared to $18,411,000 or $0.66 per Class A Common share and $0.60 per Common share in the corresponding period of fiscal 2011.

Net income applicable to Class A Common and Common stockholders was $3,400,000 or $0.12 per diluted Class A Common share and $0.11 per diluted Common share in the second quarter of fiscal 2012 compared to $3,639,000 or $0.13 per diluted Class A Common share and $0.12 per diluted Common share in the same quarter last year. Net income applicable to Common and Class A Common stockholders for the first six months of fiscal 2012 was $7,164,000 or $0.25 per diluted Class A Common share and $0.23 per diluted Common share compared to $10,515,000 or $0.38 per diluted Class A Common share and $0.34 per diluted Common share for the same period last year.

FFO and net income applicable to Class A Common and Common stockholders for the six months ended April 30, 2011 included lease termination income in the amount of $2.99 million relating to a lease termination settlement with a grocery store tenant that vacated its space in the Company’s Meriden, CT property prior to expiration of its lease. The Company re-leased the space to another grocery store tenant that began paying rent related to the new lease in August of fiscal 2011. In addition, net income and FFO for the six month periods ended April 30, 2012 and 2011 were reduced by acquisition costs of $310,000 and $53,000, respectively, for property acquisitions in those periods. Prior to fiscal 2010 these costs were not expensed under generally accepted accounting principles.

Base rental revenue and net operating income (exclusive of the $2.99 million lease termination income in fiscal 2011) from properties owned in the three and six month periods ended April 30, 2012, when compared to the same periods of fiscal 2011, were relatively unchanged. For the six months ended April 30, 2012 rental revenues and net operating income from properties acquired in the second half of fiscal 2011 and first half of fiscal 2012 increased by $1,734,000 and $1,196,000, respectively when compared with the corresponding periods a year earlier. At April 30, 2012, the percentage of the gross leasable area of the Company’s core properties that was leased amounted to 91.0%, a decrease of 0.5% from the end of fiscal 2011 and equal to last quarter. The Company has three equity investments in unconsolidated joint ventures (447,000 square feet); at April 30, 2012, those properties were 97.1% leased.

Commenting on the quarter’s operating results, Willing L. Biddle, President and Chief Operating Officer of UBP, said, “It was a pretty quiet quarter for UBP. Leasing the vacant space in our portfolio remains our most important focus. We are encouraged by meetings with potential retailers at the just concluded convention in Las Vegas of the International Council of Shopping Centers (“ICSC”) and hope these meetings will lead to the leasing of some of the current vacancies in our portfolio. We currently have 370,800 square feet of vacant leasable space in our properties, but we have letters of intent or leases in negotiation for over 30,000 square feet, and have interest from additional retailers on many of our other vacancies. If these leasing transactions are completed, it could lead to improved operating results in the latter part of 2012 and beyond. So far in 2012, we have been successful in identifying and closing two property acquisitions in our core marketplace. The first was the Eastchester Plaza Shopping Center in the Town of Eastchester, Westchester County, NY. This property contains 24,000 square feet of leasable space and is anchored by a CVS Pharmacy. Eastchester NY. is one of the more affluent areas in Westchester County with a dense population, strong demographics and high barriers to further development. The second property was acquired through a “DownREIT” transaction by purchasing an approximate 2% interest in a newly formed limited liability company (“LLC”) that will own and operate the Orangetown Shopping Center (“Orangetown”) in Orangeburg, NY. UBP is the sole managing member of the newly formed LLC. The property was contributed to the LLC by the existing owners of Orangetown. UBP will be the manager and leasing agent for the property and will receive all the available cash flow of the property over and above a fixed distribution that is required to be made to the property’s contributing member. Orangetown is a 74,000 square foot shopping center anchored by a 12,400 square foot CVS. The shopping center, which is 96% occupied, is leased to CVS and other regional tenants including Orange Farm Market, Allstate, Dunkin Donuts, Palisades Federal Savings Bank, Subway, Planet Wings and Twins India Palace. These two property acquisitions were at reasonable prices and valuations and confirm the Company’s ability to continue to source and close accretive acquisitions in our core markets.

Our operating results, same store base rental revenue, and same store net operating income continue to be flat when compared with the corresponding period last year since the improvement realized by new leases entered into in fiscal 2011 and 2012 was largely offset by new vacancies during the same period. Looking ahead, another major challenge the Company faces is increased competition for shopping centers in our marketplace. This competition continues to push prices for those centers to very high levels. However, we are confident that we will be able to identify and acquire additional shopping centers in our core marketplace using proven strategies at prices that will be accretive to our FFO. We will also continue to focus on improving our existing portfolio to strengthen it for the long term. At April 30, 2012, our core portfolio was 91% leased, up modestly from the end of fiscal 2011 but still below our historical norm of 96%. We view this as an opportunity to grow our earnings by leasing these vacancies.”

At their regular meeting, the Directors of the Company approved a quarterly dividend on shares of the company’s Class A Common Stock and Common Stock. The quarterly dividend rates approved were $0.2475 for each share of Class A Common Stock and $0.225 for each share of Common Stock. The dividends are payable July 20, 2012 to stockholders of record on July 6, 2012.

Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc. is a self-administered equity real estate investment trust which owns or has equity interests in 54 properties containing approximately 4.9 million square feet of space. Listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 1970, it provides investors with a means of participating in ownership of income-producing properties. It has paid 170 consecutive quarters of uninterrupted dividends to its shareholders since its inception and raised its dividend to its shareholders for the last 18 consecutive years.

Non-GAAP Financial Measure

Funds from Operations (“FFO”)

The Company considers FFO to be a meaningful additional measure of operating performance because it primarily excludes the assumption that the value of its real estate assets diminishes predictably over time and industry analysts have accepted it as a performance measure. FFO is presented to assist investors in analyzing the performance of the Company. The Company reports FFO in addition to net income applicable to common shareholders and net cash provided by operating activities. FFO is helpful as it excludes various items included in net income that are not indicative of the Company’s operating performance, such as gains (or losses) from sales of property and depreciation and amortization. The Company has adopted the definition suggested by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”). The Company defines FFO as net income computed in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, excluding gains (or losses) from sales of property plus real estate related depreciation and amortization, and after adjustments for unconsolidated joint ventures. FFO does not represent cash flows from operating activities in accordance with GAAP and is not indicative of cash available to fund cash needs. FFO should not be considered as an alternative to net income as an indicator of the Company’s operating performance or as an alternative to cash flow as a measure of liquidity. Since all companies do not calculate FFO in a similar fashion, the Company’s calculation of FFO presented herein may not be comparable to similarly titled measures as reported by other companies.

Certain statements contained herein may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among other things, risks associated with the timing of and costs associated with property improvements, financing commitments and general competitive factors.

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URSTADT BIDDLE PROPERTIES INC. (NYSE: UBA AND UBP)

THREE AND SIX MONTHS ENDED 2012 RESULTS

(in thousands, except per share data)
 
Six Months Ended Three Months Ended
April 30, April 30,
2012     2011 2012     2011
Revenues
Base rents $33,857 $32,114 $17,143 $15,971
Recoveries from tenants 10,130 10,764 4,828 5,684
Lease termination income 87 2,988 - -
Other income 1,095 1,013 514 698

Total Revenues
45,169 46,879 22,485 22,353
 
Expenses
Property operating 7,155 7,663 3,436 4,427
Property taxes 7,454 7,225 3,702 3,580
Depreciation and amortization 8,383 7,593 4,171 3,806
General and administrative 3,808 3,731 1,861 1,830
Acquisition Costs 310 53 225 53
Directors' fees and expenses 140 152 69 67
Total Operating Expenses 27,250 26,417 13,464 13,763
 
Operating Income 17,919 20,462 9,021 8,590
Non-Operating Income (Expense):
Interest expense (4,320) (3,807) (2,285) (1,903)
Equity in net income from unconsolidated joint ventures (166) 141 (192) 79
Interest, dividends and other investment income 449 419 224 224
 
Net Income 13,882 17,215 6,768 6,990
 
Noncontrolling interests:
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (171) (153) (94) (77)
Net income attributable to Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc. 13,711 17,062 6,674 6,913
Preferred stock dividends (6,547) (6,547) (3,274) (3,274)
 
Net Income Applicable to Common and Class A Common Stockholders $7,164 $10,515 $3,400 $3,639
 
Diluted Earnings Per Share:
Common $.23 $.34 $.11 $.12
Class A Common $.25 $.38 $.12 $.13
 
Dividends Per Share:
Common $.4500 $.4450 $.2250 $.2225
Class A Common $.4950 $.4900 $.2475 $.2450
 
Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding
Common and Common Equivalent 8,113 7,881 8,237 7,964
Class A Common and Class A Common Equivalent 20,748 20,679 20,786 20,709
 
 
             
 

URSTADT BIDDLE PROPERTIES INC. (NYSE: UBA AND UBP)

SIX MONTHS AND THREE MONTHS ENDED APRIL 30, 2012 AND 2011

(in thousands, except per share data)
 
 
Six Months Ended

April 30,
Three Months Ended

April 30,
2012     2011 2012     2011

Net Income Applicable to Common and Class A Common

Stockholders
$7,164 $10,515 $3,400 $3,639
 
Real property depreciation 6,509 6,061 3,282 3,047
Amortization of tenant improvements and allowances 1,595 1,241 748 623
Amortization of deferred leasing costs 251 271 128 125
Depreciation and amortization on unconsolidated joint ventures 627 323 357 166

Funds from Operations Applicable to Common and Class A

Common Stockholders
$16,146 $18,411 $7,915 $7,600
 
Funds from Operations (Diluted) Per Share:
Common $0.52 $0.60 $0.25 $0.25
Class A Common $0.57 $0.66 $0.28 $0.27
 
 
                   
 
Balance Sheet Highlights
(in thousands)

April

30,

October

31,
2012 2011
(Unaudited)
Assets
Real Estate investments before accumulated depreciation $657,101 $631,167
 
Investments in and advances to unconsolidated joint ventures $26,694 $26,384
 
Total Assets $594,792 $576,264
 
Liabilities
Revolving credit lines $21,900 $41,850
 
Mortgage notes payable and other loans $152,139 $118,135
 
Total liabilities $189,929 $175,019
 
Redeemable Preferred Stock $96,203 $96,203
 
Redeemable Noncontrolling Interests $11,608 $2,824
 
Total Stockholders’ Equity $297,052 $302,218
 
 

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