Press Release

CoreSite Reports First Quarter 2012 Results

April 26, 2012 at 7:32 AM EDT
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DENVER, Apr 26, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) --CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE: COR), a national provider of powerful, network-rich data centers, today announced financial results for the first quarter 2012.

Quarterly Highlights

  • Reported first-quarter FFO of $0.36 per diluted share and unit, representing a 5.9% increase over the prior quarter and a 44.0% increase over the prior-year quarter
  • Reported first-quarter revenue of $47.3 million, representing a 2.7% increase over the prior quarter and a 18.3% increase over the prior-year quarter
  • Executed new and expansion data center leases representing $7.1 million of annualized GAAP rent with a weighted-average GAAP rental rate of $188 per net rentable square foot
  • Achieved an 85.8% retention ratio with 3.3% rent growth on signed renewals on a cash basis and 12.5% on a GAAP basis
  • Commenced 30,698 net rentable square feet ("NRSF") of new and expansion leasing, with GAAP annualized rent of $241 per square foot

Tom Ray, CoreSite's Chief Executive Officer, commented, "During the first quarter of 2012, we continued to successfully execute on our strategy to expand our position as a network-centric provider in key domestic markets. Sales remained well-distributed across verticals and geographies, with particular strength in the cloud and carrier verticals. We delivered new capacity in Northern Virginia and Santa Clara and booked new sales in our 2972 Stender development to bring that site to 19,567 NRSF under executed licenses at March 31, 2012, representing 59% of the 33,129 NRSF delivered as of that date."

Mr. Ray continued, "We continue to make investments to position CoreSite for ongoing growth. With the recent acquisition of Comfluent we are entering the Denver market, acquiring the leader in interconnection in Denver and the Rocky Mountain region. We're also pleased to add to our management team with the hiring of Jarrett Appleby in the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer. Jarrett brings strong domain expertise in network-centric data centers and we look forward to his planned start date of May 7, 2012. We remain focused on expanding our national platform and continuously enhancing our customer experience as we work toward our goal of becoming the network-centric provider of choice in the markets in which we compete."

Financial Results

CoreSite reported funds from operations ("FFO") of $16.4 million, or $0.36 per diluted share and unit, for the three months ended March 31, 2012, compared to $11.3 million, or $0.25 per diluted share and unit, for the three months ended March 31, 2011. Total operating revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2012, was $47.3 million, a 2.7% increase on a sequential quarter basis and an 18.3% increase over the same quarter of the prior year. The company reported net income for the three months ended March 31, 2012, of $1.3 million and net income attributable to common shares of $600,000, or $0.03 per diluted share.

Leasing Activity

The company executed new and expansion data center leases representing $7.1 million of annualized GAAP rent during the quarter, comprised of 37,563 NRSF at a weighted average GAAP rate of $188 per NRSF and a weighted average lease term of 4.4 years.

During the first quarter, data center lease commencements totaled 30,698 NRSF at a weighted average GAAP rental rate of $241 per NRSF, which represents $7.4 million of annualized GAAP rent.

Renewal leases totaling 15,433 NRSF commenced in the first quarter at a weighted average GAAP rate of $170 per NRSF, reflecting a 3.3% increase in rent on a cash basis and a 12.5% increase on a GAAP basis. The company's rent retention ratio for the first quarter was 85.8%.

Development and Redevelopment Activity

During the first quarter, CoreSite completed construction on 46,303 NRSF of space in Northern Virginia and the San Francisco Bay Area for a total cost of $21.9 million, or approximately $473 per NRSF.

At March 31, 2012, the company had 78,856 NRSF of data center space under construction. Of the estimated $77.8 million required to complete these projects, the company had incurred costs of $55.4 million through March 31, 2012.

Including the space currently under construction or in preconstruction at March 31, 2012, as well as currently operating space targeted for future redevelopment, CoreSite owns land and buildings sufficient to develop or redevelop 888,892 feet of data center space, comprised of (1) 78,856 NRSF of data center space currently under construction, (2) 464,786 NRSF of office and industrial space currently available for redevelopment, and (3) 345,250 NRSF of new data center space available for development on land that the company currently owns at its Coronado-Stender business park.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of March 31, 2012, the company had $132.0 million of total long-term debt equal to 10.8% of total enterprise value and equal to 1.6x annualized adjusted EBITDA for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. The company has no debt maturities until 2014, assuming all extensions are available and exercised.

At quarter end, the company had $4.0 million of cash available on its balance sheet and $153.6 million of available capacity under its revolving credit facility.

Denver Market Acquisition

In April 2012 the company entered the Denver market with the acquisition of Comfluent, a carrier-neutral, network-centric colocation provider, located in Denver, Colorado for a purchase price of approximately $3.0 million along with the provision for earn-out payments over the next three years if certain operating hurdles are met. Comfluent plays a vital role in the interconnection community in the western U.S., serving more than 75 customers and managing the Rocky Mountain Internet eXchange (RMIX), the region's largest Internet exchange, which will be integrated into CoreSite's national Any2 Internet Exchange platform as part of the integration plan for Comfluent. Comfluent currently leases two sites that total approximately 9,300 NRSF.

Dividend

On March 14, 2012, the company's board of directors declared a dividend of $0.18 per share of common stock and common stock equivalents for the first quarter of 2012. The dividend was paid on April 16, 2012 to shareholders of record on March 30, 2012.

2012 Guidance

Due to the acquisition of Comfluent, the company is increasing its 2012 guidance of FFO per diluted share and unit to a range of $1.38 to $1.52 from its prior range of $1.36 to $1.50. This outlook is predicated on current economic conditions, internal assumptions about its customer base, and the supply and demand dynamics of the markets in which it operates. Further, the company's guidance does not include the impact of any additional acquisitions or capital markets transactions that may become available.

In addition, the company's estimate of the net income attributable to common shares is $0.00 to $0.15 per diluted share with the difference between FFO and net income being real estate depreciation and amortization.

Upcoming Conferences and Events

The company will participate in NAREIT's REITWeek conference from June 12th through June 14th at the Hilton in New York City.

Conference Call Details

The company will host a conference call April 26th at 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) to discuss its financial results, current business trends and market conditions.

The call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 877-407-3982 for domestic callers and 201-493-6780 for international callers. A replay will be available shortly after the call and can be accessed by dialing 877-870-5176 for domestic callers, or for international callers, 858-384-5517. The passcode for the replay is 392009. The replay will be available until May 3, 2012.

Interested parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call by logging on to the company's website at www.CoreSite.com and clicking on the "Investors" tab. The on-line replay will be available for a limited time beginning immediately following the call.

About CoreSite

CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE: COR) is a national provider of data center products and interconnection services. More than 700 customers such as Global 1000 enterprises, communications providers, cloud and content companies, financial firms, media and entertainment, healthcare, and government agencies choose CoreSite for the confidence that comes with customer-focused data center products, service and support systems, and scalability. CoreSite data centers are business catalysts, featuring the Any2 Internet exchange and network ecosystems, which include access to 200+ carriers and service providers and a growing mesh of more than 15,000 interconnections. The company features a diverse colocation offering from individual cabinets to custom cages and private suites, with 12 data center locations in seven major U.S. markets. For more information, visit www.CoreSite.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This earnings release and accompanying supplemental information may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "should," "seeks," "approximately," "intends," "plans," "pro forma," "estimates" or "anticipates" 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. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and contingencies, many of which are beyond the company's control, that may cause actual results to differ significantly from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. These risks include, without limitation: the geographic concentration of the company's data centers in certain markets and any adverse developments in local economic conditions or the demand for data center space in these markets; fluctuations in interest rates and increased operating costs; difficulties in identifying properties to acquire and completing acquisitions; significant industry competition; the company's failure to obtain necessary outside financing; the company's failure to qualify or maintain our status as a REIT; financial market fluctuations; changes in real estate and zoning laws and increases in real property tax rates; and other factors affecting the real estate industry generally. All forward-looking statements reflect the company's good faith beliefs, assumptions and expectations, but they are not guarantees of future performance. Furthermore, the company disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, of new information, data or methods, future events or other changes. For a further discussion of these and other factors that could cause the company's future results to differ materially from any forward-looking statements, see the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the company's most recent annual report on Form 10-K, and other risks described in documents subsequently filed by the company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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