SAN DIEGO, July 26, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (NASDAQ:ROIC) announced today financial and operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • $8.3 million of net income attributable to common stockholders ($0.08 per diluted share)
  • $32.8 million of Funds From Operations (1) ($0.27 per diluted share)
  • $298.4 million of shopping center acquisitions lined up year-to-date
  • $171.9 million of shopping centers acquired year-to-date (including $80.4mm in 2Q'17)
  • $126.5 million of shopping center acquisitions currently lined up
  • $58.8mm of ROIC common equity to be issued in connection with acquisitions ($21.25 per share)
  • $43.5 million of non-core property dispositions currently lined up
  • 97.3% portfolio lease rate at June 30, 2017
  • 3.6% increase in same-center cash net operating income (2Q'17 vs. 2Q'16)
  • 27.3% increase in same-space comparative cash rents on new leases (12.0% on renewals)
  • 36.7% debt-to-total market capitalization ratio at June 30, 2017
  • 3.7x interest coverage for 2Q'17
  • Quarterly cash dividend of $0.1875 per share declared

 __________________________ (1) A reconciliation of GAAP net income to Funds From Operations (FFO) is provided at the end of this press release.

Stuart A. Tanz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. stated, "The core fundamentals of our business remain strong and we continue to take our portfolio to new heights.  During the second quarter, leasing activity continued to accelerate, driving our occupancy and releasing spreads higher.  We ended the quarter at 97.3% leased and achieved 27.3% increase in same-space base rents on new leases.  Additionally, we continued to enhance our presence across our key, in-fill markets through our highly-disciplined acquisition program." Tanz commented further, "Given our acquisitions year-to-date and ongoing leasing momentum, we are well-positioned to post a strong second half to 2017."

FINANCIAL SUMMARY

For the three months ended June 30, 2017, GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders was $8.3 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, as compared to GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders of $7.7 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2016.  For the six months ended June 30, 2017, GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders was $18.5 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, as compared to GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders of $15.7 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2016.

FFO for the second quarter of 2017 was $32.8 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, as compared to $30.5 million in FFO, or $0.27 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2016.  FFO for the first six months of 2017 was $67.2 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, as compared to $60.3 million in FFO, or $0.54 per diluted share for the first six months of 2016.  ROIC reports FFO as a supplemental performance measure in accordance with the definition set forth by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.  A reconciliation of GAAP net income to FFO is provided at the end of this press release.

At June 30, 2017, ROIC had a total market capitalization of approximately $3.7 billion with approximately $1.3 billion of principal debt outstanding, equating to a 36.7% debt-to-total market capitalization ratio.  ROIC's debt outstanding was comprised of $62.2 million of mortgage debt and approximately $1.3 billion of unsecured debt, including $281.0 million outstanding on its unsecured credit facility at June 30, 2017.  For the second quarter of 2017, ROIC's interest coverage was 3.7 times and 95.2% of its portfolio was unencumbered (based on gross leasable area) at June 30, 2017.

ACQUISITION SUMMARY

Year-to-date in 2017, ROIC has lined up a total of $298.4 million in shopping center acquisitions.  During the first quarter of 2017, ROIC acquired three shopping centers, in separate transactions, totaling $91.5 million.  During the second quarter of 2017, ROIC acquired two shopping centers, in separate transactions, totaling $80.4 million.  Additionally, ROIC currently has contracts to acquire three shopping centers, totaling $126.5 million.

Division Center

In April 2017, ROIC acquired Division Center for $33.0 million.  The shopping center is approximately 122,000 square feet and is anchored by Grocery Outlet Supermarket and Rite Aid Pharmacy.  The property is located in Portland, Oregon and is currently 91.4% leased.

Highland Hill Shopping Center

In May 2017, ROIC acquired Highland Hill Shopping Center for $47.4 million.  The shopping center is approximately 164,000 square feet and is anchored by Safeway Supermarket and LA Fitness.  The property is located in Tacoma, Washington, within the Seattle metropolitan area, and is currently 95.9% leased.

Monta Loma Plaza

ROIC has a contract to acquire Monta Loma Plaza for $30.0 million.  The shopping center is approximately 48,000 square feet and is anchored by Safeway Supermarket.  The property is located in Mountain View, California, within the San Francisco metropolitan area, and is currently 100% leased.

In addition, ROIC has a contract to acquire the following two-property portfolio for $96.5 million.   ROIC expects to fund the acquisition in part with the issuance of approximately $58.8 million of ROIC common equity, based on a value of $21.25 per share.

Riverstone Marketplace

Riverstone Marketplace is approximately 108,000 square feet and is anchored by Kroger (QFC) Supermarket.  The property is located in Vancouver, Washington, within the Portland metropolitan area and is currently 96.1% leased.

Fullerton Crossroads

Fullerton Crossroads is approximately 222,000 square feet and is anchored by Kroger (Ralph's) Supermarket.  The property is located in Fullerton, California, within Orange County and is currently 100% leased.

DISPOSITION SUMMARY

ROIC currently has two properties lined up to be sold, totaling $43.5 million, including one shopping center and one land parcel, both slated for new multi-family development.

PROPERTY OPERATIONS SUMMARY

At June 30, 2017, ROIC's portfolio was 97.3% leased.  For the second quarter of 2017, same-center net operating income (NOI) was $39.0 million, as compared to $37.6 million in same-center NOI for the second quarter of 2016, representing a 3.6% increase.  ROIC reports same-center comparative NOI on a cash basis.  A reconciliation of GAAP operating income to same-center comparative NOI is provided at the end of this press release.

During the second quarter of 2017, ROIC executed 112 leases, totaling 316,515 square feet, achieving a 15.1% increase in same-space comparative base rent, including 43 new leases, totaling 99,922 square feet, achieving a 27.3% increase in same-space comparative base rent, and 69 renewed leases, totaling 216,593 square feet, achieving a 12.0% increase in base rent.   ROIC reports same-space comparative base rent on a cash basis.

CASH DIVIDEND

On June 29, 2017, ROIC distributed an $0.1875 per share cash dividend.  On July 26, 2017, ROIC's board of directors declared a cash dividend of $0.1875 per share, payable on September 28, 2017 to stockholders of record on September 14, 2017.

CONFERENCE CALL

ROIC will conduct a conference call and audio webcast to discuss its results on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time.  Those interested in participating in the conference call should dial (877) 312-8783 (domestic), or (408) 940-3874 (international) at least ten minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call. When prompted, provide the Conference ID: 22598941. A live webcast will also be available in listen-only mode at http://www.roireit.net/.  The conference call will be recorded and available for replay beginning at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on July 27, 2017 and will be available until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 3, 2017. To access the conference call recording, dial (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international) and use the Conference ID: 22598941. The conference call will also be archived on http://www.roireit.net/ for approximately 90 days.

ABOUT RETAIL OPPORTUNITY INVESTMENTS CORP.

Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (NASDAQ:ROIC), is a fully-integrated, self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) that specializes in the acquisition, ownership and management of grocery-anchored shopping centers located in densely-populated, metropolitan markets across the West Coast.  As of June 30, 2017, ROIC owned 86 shopping centers encompassing approximately 9.9 million square feet.  ROIC is the largest publicly-traded, grocery-anchored shopping center REIT focused exclusively on the West Coast.  ROIC is a member of the S&P SmallCap 600 Index and has investment-grade corporate debt ratings from Moody's Investor Services and Standard & Poor's.  Additional information is available at: www.roireit.net.

When used herein, the words "believes," "anticipates," "projects," "should," "estimates," "expects," "guidance" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements with the meaning of that term in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and in Section 21F of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. 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 of ROIC to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.   Information regarding such risks and factors is described in ROIC's filings with the SEC, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, which is available at: www.roireit.net.

 
RETAIL OPPORTUNITY INVESTMENTS CORP.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share data)
 
  June 30, 2017  (unaudited)   December 31, 2016
ASSETS      
Real Estate Investments:      
Land $ 811,587     $ 766,199  
Building and improvements 2,068,083     1,920,819  
  2,879,670     2,687,018  
Less: accumulated depreciation 225,615     193,021  
Real Estate Investments, net 2,654,055     2,493,997  
Cash and cash equivalents 11,408     13,125  
Restricted cash     125  
Tenant and other receivables, net 36,645     35,820  
Deposits 5,000      
Acquired lease intangible assets, net 78,922     79,205  
Prepaid expenses 1,167     3,317  
Deferred charges, net 35,585     34,753  
Other assets 2,926     2,627  
Total assets $ 2,825,708     $ 2,662,969  
       
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY      
Liabilities:      
Term loan $ 299,385     $ 299,191  
Credit facility 279,217     95,654  
Senior Notes Due 2026 199,738     199,727  
Senior Notes Due 2024 245,619     245,354  
Senior Notes Due 2023 245,371     245,051  
Mortgage notes payable 62,515     71,303  
Acquired lease intangible liabilities, net 157,861     154,958  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 19,927     18,294  
Tenants' security deposits 6,287     5,950  
Other liabilities 14,174     11,922  
Total liabilities 1,530,094     1,347,404  
       
Commitments and contingencies      
       
Equity:      
Preferred stock, $.0001 par value 50,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding      
Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 500,000,000 shares authorized, 109,730,196 and 109,301,762 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively 11     11  
Additional paid-in capital 1,361,811     1,357,910  
Accumulated dividends in excess of earnings (188,737 )   (165,951 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (2,580 )   (3,729 )
Total Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. stockholders' equity 1,170,505     1,188,241  
Non-controlling interests 125,109     127,324  
Total equity 1,295,614     1,315,565  
Total liabilities and equity $ 2,825,708     $ 2,662,969  
       

 
RETAIL OPPORTUNITY INVESTMENTS CORP.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
  2017   2016   2017   2016
Revenues              
Base rents $ 50,528     $ 45,652     $ 102,007     $ 89,500  
Recoveries from tenants 15,222     12,511     28,890     24,371  
Other income 890     508     1,643     894  
Total revenues 66,640     58,671     132,540     114,765  
Operating expenses              
Property operating 9,628     8,210     18,928     15,708  
Property taxes 7,647     6,053     14,715     11,708  
Depreciation and amortization 23,645     21,821     46,703     42,754  
General and administrative expenses 3,817     3,516     7,316     6,835  
Acquisition transaction costs 4     298     4     434  
Other expense 225     217     274     371  
Total operating expenses 44,966     40,115     87,940     77,810  
               
Operating income 21,674     18,556     44,600     36,955  
               
Non-operating expenses              
Interest expense and other finance expenses (12,477 )   (9,918 )   (24,152 )   (19,392 )
Net income 9,197     8,638     20,448     17,563  
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests (888 )   (934 )   (1,969 )   (1,832 )
Net Income Attributable to Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. $ 8,309     $ 7,704     $ 18,479     $ 15,731  
               
Earnings per share - basic and diluted: $ 0.08     $ 0.08     $ 0.17     $ 0.16  
               
Dividends per common share $ 0.1875     $ 0.1800     $ 0.3750     $ 0.3600  
               

 
CALCULATION OF FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
  2017   2016   2017   2016
Net income attributable to ROIC $ 8,309     $ 7,704     $ 18,479     $ 15,731  
Plus: Depreciation and amortization 23,645     21,821     46,703     42,754  
Funds from operations - basic 31,954     29,525     65,182     58,485  
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests 888     934     1,969     1,832  
Funds from operations - diluted $ 32,842     $ 30,459     $ 67,151     $ 60,317  
               

 
  SAME-CENTER CASH NET OPERATING INCOME ANALYSIS
  (Unaudited)
  (In thousands, except number of shopping centers and percentages)
   
    Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
    2017   2016   $ Change   % Change   2017   2016   $ Change   % Change
Number of shopping centers included in same-center analysis 74     74             72     72          
Same-center occupancy 97.5 %   97.3 %       0.2 %   97.6 %   97.2 %       0.4 %
                                 
Revenues:                              
  Base rents $ 40,118     $ 39,076     $ 1,042     2.7 %   $ 78,629     $ 76,142     $ 2,487     3.3 %
  Percentage rent 108     154     (46 )   (29.9 )%   214     320     (106 )   (33.1 )%
  Recoveries from tenants 13,558     12,198     1,360     11.1 %   25,345     23,709     1,636     6.9 %
  Other property income 874     526     348     66.2 %   1,605     749     856     114.3 %
Total Revenues 54,658     51,954     2,704     5.2 %   105,793     100,920     4,873     4.8 %
Operating Expenses:                              
  Property operating expenses $ 8,941     $ 7,832     $ 1,109     14.2 %   $ 16,765     $ 14,977     $ 1,788     11.9 %
  Bad debt expense 245     731     (486 )   (66.5 )%   673     864     (191 )   (22.1 )%
  Property taxes 6,485     5,742     743     12.9 %   12,250     11,055     1,195     10.8 %
Total Operating Expenses 15,671     14,305     1,366     9.5 %   29,688     26,896     2,792     10.4 %
Same-center cash net operating income $ 38,987     $ 37,649     $ 1,338     3.6 %   $ 76,105     $ 74,024     $ 2,081     2.8 %
                                 

 
SAME-CENTER CASH NET OPERATING INCOME RECONCILIATION
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
  2017   2016   2017   2016
GAAP operating income $ 21,674     $ 18,556     $ 44,600     $ 36,955  
Depreciation and amortization 23,645     21,821     46,703     42,754  
General and administrative expenses 3,817     3,516     7,316     6,835  
Acquisition transaction costs 4     298     4     434  
Other expense 225     217     274     371  
Property revenues and other expenses (1) (4,275 )   (5,402 )   (11,129 )   (10,335 )
Total Company cash NOI 45,090     39,006     87,768     77,014  
Non same-center cash NOI (6,103 )   (1,357 )   (11,663 )   (2,990 )
Same-center cash NOI $ 38,987     $ 37,649     $ 76,105     $ 74,024  

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(1) Includes straight-line rents, amortization of above and below-market lease intangibles, anchor lease termination fees, net of contractual amounts, and expense and recovery adjustments related to prior periods.

NON-GAAP DISCLOSURES

Funds from operations ("FFO"), is a widely recognized non-GAAP financial measure for REITs that the Company believes when considered with financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP, provides additional and useful means to assess its financial performance.  FFO is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties to evaluate the performance of REITs, most of which present FFO along with net income as calculated in accordance with GAAP.  The Company computes FFO in accordance with the "White Paper" on FFO published by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT"), which defines FFO as net income attributable to common stockholders (determined in accordance with GAAP) excluding gains or losses from debt restructuring, sales of depreciable property and impairments, plus real estate related depreciation and amortization, and after adjustments for partnerships and unconsolidated joint ventures.

The Company uses cash net operating income ("NOI") internally to evaluate and compare the operating performance of the Company's properties.  The Company believes cash NOI provides useful information to investors regarding the Company's financial condition and results of operations because it reflects only those income and expense items that are incurred at the property level, and when compared across periods, can be used to determine trends in earnings of the Company's properties as this measure is not affected by the non-cash revenue and expense recognition items, the cost of the Company's funding, the impact of depreciation and amortization expenses, gains or losses from the acquisition and sale of operating real estate assets, general and administrative expenses or other gains and losses that relate to the Company's ownership of properties.  The Company believes the exclusion of these items from operating income is useful because the resulting measure captures the actual revenue generated and actual expenses incurred in operating the Company's properties as well as trends in occupancy rates, rental rates and operating costs.  Cash NOI is a measure of the operating performance of the Company's properties but does not measure the Company's performance as a whole and is therefore not a substitute for net income or operating income as computed in accordance with GAAP.  The Company defines cash NOI as operating revenues (base rent and recoveries from tenants), less property and related expenses (property operating expenses and property taxes), adjusted for non-cash revenue and operating expense items such as straight-line rent and amortization of lease intangibles, debt-related expenses and other adjustments.  Cash NOI also excludes general and administrative expenses, depreciation and amortization, acquisition transaction costs, other expense, interest expense, gains and losses from property acquisitions and dispositions, extraordinary items, tenant improvements and leasing commissions.  Other REITs may use different methodologies for calculating cash NOI, and accordingly, the Company's cash NOI may not be comparable to other REITs.
Contact:Ashley Rubino, Investor Relations858-255-4913arubino@roireit.net

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