American Spectrum Realty Reports Decreased Corporate Overhead In Third Quarter

American Spectrum Realty, Inc. (NYSE MKT:AQQ) (“the Company”), a real estate investment, management and leasing company headquartered in Houston, Texas, announced today its results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Corporate general and administrative expense decreased by approximately $1.0 million for the third quarter of 2012 when compared to the third quarter of 2011. The decrease was primarily attributable to a reduction in personnel costs and professional fees through streamlined operations. During the third quarter of 2012, the Company initiated a plan to relocate its accounting department from Irvine, California to Houston, Texas, thereby reducing annual costs by approximately $0.5 million. This restructuring has allowed the company to reduce redundancy between its two corporate office locations and provide more efficient service to third-party management clients.

Rental revenue decreased by approximately $0.7 million for the third quarter of 2012 in comparison to the third quarter of 2011. This decrease was primarily due to the deconsolidation of VIE’s during 2011 which accounted for approximately $1.4 million of the decrease. Rental revenue for properties consolidated for the full three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 increased by approximately $0.7 million. This increase was attributable to an increase in rental revenue for our owned properties of $0.1 million and our VIE properties of $0.6 million. The increases were primarily attributable to occupancy fluctuations. As of September 30, 2012, the weighted average occupancy of our owned properties and our VIE properties was 83% and 89%, respectively.

Net loss attributable to common stockholders decreased by $1.9 million for the third quarter of 2012 in comparison to the third quarter of 2011. Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the third quarter of 2012 was $1.3 million, or $0.35 per share, compared to a net loss of $3.2 million, or $1.05 per share for the third quarter of 2011.

The Company’s Funds From Operations (FFO), a widely accepted supplemental measure of REIT performance established by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, was approximately $(1.8) million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared to approximately $2.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. The Company’s business is the ownership, operation and management of real estate. It believes that FFO is helpful to investors when measuring operating performance because it excludes various items that are considered in the determination of net income or loss that do not relate to or are not indicative of operating performance, such as gains or losses from sales of operating properties and depreciation and amortization, which can make periodic and peer analyses of operating performance more difficult. The following table reflects the reconciliation of FFO to net income (loss) attributable to the Company, the most directly comparable Generally Accepted Accounting Principles measure, for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 (in thousands):

         
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2012           2011
Net (loss) income attributable to the Company $ (846 ) $ 4,232
Depreciation and amortization from discontinued operations 1,680 5,207
Gain on disposition of discontinued operations (6,178 ) (15,969 )
Deferred income tax (benefit) expense (435 ) 3,125
Depreciation and amortization attributable to the Company’s owned properties 3,956   5,531  
FFO $ (1,823 ) $ 2,126  
 

American Spectrum Realty, Inc. is a real estate investment company that owns, through its operating partnership, interest in office, industrial, self-storage, retail properties, and multi-family properties throughout the United States. The company has been publicly traded since 2001. American Spectrum Management Group, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company that manages and leases all properties owned by American Spectrum Realty, Inc. as well as third-party clients.

ASMG provides first-class management and leasing services for office, industrial, retail, self-storage, student housing and multi-family properties, totaling over 10 million square feet in multiple states. For more information, please visit www.asrmanagement.com or call 713-706-6200.

Certain matters discussed in this release are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, including the risks and uncertainties of acquiring, owning, operating and disposing of real estate. Such risks and uncertainties are disclosed in the Company’s past and current filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
AMERICAN SPECTRUM REALTY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Dollars in thousands, except share amounts)
(Unaudited)
                                     
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2012         2011 2012         2011
 
REVENUES:
Rental revenue $ 13,256 $ 13,941 $ 39,777 $ 44,044
Third party management and leasing revenue 889 1,079 2,511 3,593
Interest income   38     73     124     272  
Total revenues   14,183     15,093     42,412     47,909  
 
EXPENSES:
Property operating expense 4,670 4,686 12,488 14,953
Corporate general and administrative 2,571 3,583 8,245 8,524
Depreciation and amortization 5,397 6,929 15,572 19,282
Interest expense 5,145 4,844 15,844 16,816
Impairment expense   104     3,450     585     3,600  
Total expenses   17,887     23,492     52,734     63,175  
 
OTHER INCOME:
Gain on litigation settlement - - - 4,170
Other income   876     -     726     623  
Total other income   876     -     726     4,793  
 
Loss from continuing operation before deferred income tax (2,828 ) (8,399 ) (9,596 ) (10,473 )
 
Deferred income tax benefit   534     1,584     2,363     1,228  
 
Loss from continuing operations   (2,294 )   (6,815 )   (7,233 )   (9,245 )
 

Discontinued operations:
Loss from operations (389 ) (1,637 ) (2,051 ) (7,366 )
Gain on disposition of discontinued operations 7 380 7,549 24,011
Income tax benefit/(expense)   142     322     (1,928 )   (4,353 )
(Loss)/income from discontinued operations (240 ) (935 ) 3,570 12,292
       
Net (loss)/income, including non-controlling interests (2,534 ) (7,750 ) (3,663 ) 3,047
 
Plus: Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests   1,289     4,587     2,817     1,185  
 
Net (loss)/income attributable to American Spectrum Realty, Inc.   (1,245 )   (3,163 )   (846 )   4,232  
 
Less: Preferred stock dividend (60 ) (60 ) (180 ) (180 )
       
Net (loss)/income attributable to American Spectrum Realty, Inc. common stockholders $ (1,305 ) $ (3,223 ) $ (1,026 ) $ 4,052  
 
 
Basic and diluted per share data:
Loss from continuing operations attributable to American Spectrum Realty, Inc.
common stockholders (0.29 ) (0.88 ) (1.19 ) $ (0.77 )
(Loss)/income from discontinued operations attributable to American Spectrum Realty, Inc.   (0.06 )   (0.17 )   0.95     2.19  
Net (loss)/income attributable to American Spectrum Realty, Inc. common stockholders   (0.35 ) $ (1.05 )   (0.24 ) $ 1.42  
 
Basic and diluted weighted average shares used 3,566,782 2,996,914 3,569,783 2,974,070
 
Amounts attributable to American Spectrum Realty, Inc. common stockholders:
Loss from continuing operations $ (1,090 ) $ (2,721 ) $ (4,417 ) $ (2,455 )
(Loss)/income from discontinuing operations $ (215 ) $ (502 ) $ 3,391   $ 6,507  
Net (loss)/income $ (1,305 ) $ (3,223 ) $ (1,026 ) $ 4,052  
 

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