EdR Announces Leasing Results For 2012/2013 Academic Year

EdR (NYSE:EDR), one of the nation’s largest developers, owners and managers of collegiate housing, announced today leasing results for the 2012-2013 academic school year.

Net rental rates increased 5.1% for EdR’s same-community portfolio for the 2012-2013 lease term over 2011-2012. The Company’s same-community opening occupancy was 90.5% for the 2012-2013 lease term, compared to 94.7% occupancy in the prior year.

“While we were able to achieve another year of strong growth in rental rates, our occupancy was below the level we expected to reach,” stated Christine Richards, senior vice president and chief operating officer. “The vast majority of our communities achieved expected occupancy targets, however, five communities were impacted by local factors, including modest declines in university enrollment. These five communities accounted for 76% of our occupancy decline.”

Recent investments by EdR are changing the growth characteristics of the Company and reducing its reliance on NOI growth from its legacy same-community portfolio. Since 2011, the Company has acquired or developed communities representing more than $360 million of investment. These new communities, accounting for more than one-third of our asset base, are well located at growing major universities and, along with 2013 development deliveries, are expected to produce revenue and NOI growth trends in excess of the Company’s existing same-community portfolio.

The Company continued its strategic portfolio repositioning in the third-quarter, completing the acquisition of The Province, a 728-bed, $50 million community serving East Carolina University at Greenville, North Carolina in September. Also in the quarter, EdR completed the sale of The Reserve at Frankford, a 737-bed community at Lubbock, Texas and North Pointe Apartments, 912-bed community at Tucson, Arizona. Combined gross proceeds for the two communities were $42 million.

Based on expectations resulting from same-community occupancy rate for the 2012-2013 lease term, as well as the recently-completed dispositions and acquisition, EdR has narrowed its 2012 Core FFO per share guidance to $0.46 to $0.48 per share, from $0.46 to $0.51 per share. Consistent with prior guidance, this outlook does not include the impact of any unannounced dispositions, acquisitions, or developments, new third-party development or management contracts, or capital transactions. A reconciliation of funds from operations (“FFO”) and Core FFO to net income is included within the financial table accompanying this release.

EdR will release property-specific leasing data in the Company’s third-quarter earnings release scheduled for October 25, 2012.

   

EdR AND SUBSIDIARIES2012 GUIDANCE – RECONCILIATION OF FFO and CORE FFO(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)Unaudited
 

Year ending December 31, 2012
Low End   High End
 
 
Income attributable to EdR $1,935 $ 3,327
 
Gain on sale of collegiate housing assets (172) (172)
Real estate related depreciation and amortization 38,051 38,051
Equity portion of real estate depreciation and amortization on equity investees 221 221
Equity portion of loss on sale of collegiate housing property on equity investees 88 88
Noncontrolling interests 215 370
Funds from operations (“FFO”) $40,338 $ 41,885

FFO adjustments:
Acquisition costs 508 508
Straight-line adjustment for ground leases (1) 4,200 4,200
FFO adjustments 4,708 4,708
 
FFO on Participating Developments: (2)
Interest on loan to Participating Development 1,820 1,820
Development fees on Participating Development, net of costs and tax 200 700
FFO on Participating Developments 2,020 2,520
 
Core funds from operations (“Core FFO”) $ 47,066 $ 49,113
 
FFO per weighted average share/unit (3) $ 0.39 $ 0.41
 
Core FFO per weighted average share/unit (3) $ 0.46 $ 0.48
 
Weighted average shares/units (3) 102,318 102,318

Notes:
(1) This represents the straight-line rent expense adjustment required by GAAP related to ground leases at three communities. As the ground lease terms range from 40 to 99 years, the adjustment to straight-line these agreements becomes material to our operating results, distorting the economic results of the communities.
 
(2) FFO on participating developments represents the economic impact of interest and fees not recognized in net income due to the Company having a participating investment in the third-party development. The adjustment for development fees is recognized under the same percentage of completion method of accounting used for third-party development fees. The adjustment for interest income is based on terms of the loan.
 
(3) FFO and Core FFO per weighted average share/unit were computed using the weighted average of all shares and partnership units outstanding, regardless of their dilutive impact.
 

About EdR

EdR (NYSE:EDR) is one of the nation's largest owners, developers and managers of collegiate housing. EdR is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust that owns or manages 63 communities in 24 states with more than 35,400 beds within more than 11,700 units. For more information please visit the company's web site at www.EdRtrust.com.

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