DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 8, 2018-- CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE:COR), a premier provider of secure, reliable, high-performance data center and interconnection solutions across the U.S., today announced financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2017.
Quarterly and Subsequent Highlights
“We finished out the year with solid results, highlighted by fourth-quarter revenue, adjusted EBITDA and FFO growth, before the one-time Preferred Stock redemption charge, of 14%, 13%, and 11%, year over year, respectively,” said Paul Szurek, CoreSite’s Chief Executive Officer. “Organic growth was driven primarily by the continued expansion of existing customers across the portfolio and also by new logo growth as we continue to attract valuable deployments to our facilities, driving interactions and interconnections among our customers. When looking at 2017 in its entirety, we executed well on our strategic priorities and took important steps to grow our differentiated scalable and flexible campus strategy in key markets, including Santa Clara, Northern Virginia, Los Angeles, and most recently, Chicago.”
CoreSite reported net income attributable to common shares of $14.9 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to $14.9 million, or $0.44 per diluted share for the three months ended December 31, 2016. Net income per diluted share declined 4.3% on a sequential-quarter basis, due to a one-time non-cash expense related to the original issuance costs associated with CoreSite’s redeemed Preferred Stock.
CoreSite reported FFO per diluted share and unit, excluding the aforementioned one-time non-cash expense related to the original issuance costs associated with CoreSite’s redeemed Preferred Stock, of $1.18 for the three months ended December 31, 2017, an increase of 11.3% compared to $1.06 per diluted share and unit for the three months ended December 31, 2016. FFO per diluted share and unit, adjusted for the non-cash expense, increased 7.3% on a sequential-quarter basis. FFO per diluted share and unit, as reported, was $1.09 for the three months ended December 31, 2017, an increase of 2.8% year over year. On a sequential-quarter basis, FFO, as reported, declined 0.9%, again reflecting the one-time non-cash expense related to CoreSite’s redeemed Preferred Stock.
Total operating revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2017, were $125.9 million, a 14.0% increase year over year and an increase of 2.3% on a sequential-quarter basis.
CoreSite executed 128 new and expansion data center leases representing $7.2 million of annualized GAAP rent during the fourth quarter, comprised of 41,521 NRSF at a weighted-average GAAP rental rate of $174 per NRSF. Leasing to smaller deployments rebounded during the fourth quarter, with annualized GAAP rent signed for leases less than 5,000 square feet increasing 5.2% compared to the trailing twelve-month average.
CoreSite’s fourth-quarter data center lease commencements totaled 52,221 NRSF at a weighted average GAAP rental rate of $157 per NRSF, which represents $8.2 million of annualized GAAP rent.
CoreSite’s renewal leases signed in the fourth quarter totaled $11.2 million in annualized GAAP rent, comprised of 78,577 NRSF at a weighted-average GAAP rental rate of $142 per NRSF, reflecting a 3.5% increase in rent on a cash basis and a 6.2% increase on a GAAP basis. The fourth-quarter rental churn rate was 0.5%.
Development and Acquisition Activity
During the fourth quarter, CoreSite placed into service 13,735 square feet of turn-key data center capacity at BO1 in Boston and 3,087 square feet of turn-key data center capacity at VA1 in Reston, Virginia.
On January 29, 2018, CoreSite acquired a two-acre land parcel located in downtown Chicago, Illinois, with a total real estate cost of $4.5 million. CoreSite expects to build CH2, a 175,000 square foot turn-key data center building, on the acquired land parcel, upon the receipt of necessary entitlements. The facility is located in close proximity to CoreSite’s existing CH1 facility and network node and CoreSite expects to achieve campus interconnectivity with diverse, high-count dark fiber between CH1 and CH2.
In addition, as of December 31, 2017, CoreSite had a total of 220,336 square feet of turn-key data center capacity under construction and had spent $98.5 million of the estimated $213.6 million required to complete the projects, which consisted of the following.
Reston– CoreSite had 24,922 square feet of turn-key data center capacity under construction at VA3 (Phase 1A). As of December 31, 2017, CoreSite had incurred $16.5 million of the estimated $22.3 million required to complete this phase of the project, and expects to complete development late in the first quarter or early in the second quarter of 2018. During the fourth quarter, CoreSite also had 49,837 square feet of turn-key data center capacity under construction at VA3 (Phase 1B), inclusive of 9,837 square feet of the infrastructure building to support this phase of the data center campus. As of the end of the fourth quarter, CoreSite had incurred $27.4 million of the estimated $100.2 million required to complete VA3 Phase 1B and the infrastructure building, and expects to complete development in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Los Angeles – CoreSite had 47,338 square feet of turn-key data center capacity under construction at LA2, which capacity was 78.6% pre-leased. As of December 31, 2017, CoreSite had incurred $43.6 million of the estimated $45.2 million required to complete the expansion and expects to complete construction in the first quarter of 2018. In addition, CoreSite had an incremental 39,925 square feet of turn-key data center capacity under construction at LA2. As of the end of the fourth quarter, CoreSite had spent $6.2 million of the estimated $15.0 million required to complete this expansion and expects to complete construction in the first quarter of 2018. In conjunction with the build-out of the fourth floor at LA2, during the fourth quarter CoreSite spent $8.6 million in recurring capital expenditures to substantially complete a chiller plant replacement and upgrade project at LA2. The project is expected to result in improved energy efficiency and reduced maintenance capital requirements.
Washington, D.C. – CoreSite had 24,563 square feet of turn-key data center capacity under construction at DC2. As of the end of the fourth quarter, CoreSite had spent $4.4 million of the estimated $17.4 million required to complete the project, and expects to complete development in the third quarter of 2018.
Denver – CoreSite had 15,630 square feet of turn-key data center capacity under construction at DE1. CoreSite expects to spend $7.5 million to complete this expansion and expects to complete construction in the third quarter of 2018.
New York – CoreSite commenced construction on 18,121 square feet of turn-key data center capacity at NY2, and expects to spend $6.0 million to complete this expansion in the third quarter of 2018.
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
As of December 31, 2017, CoreSite had net principal debt outstanding of $939.3 million, correlating to 3.4 times fourth-quarter annualized adjusted EBITDA.
As of the end of the fourth quarter, CoreSite had $180.9 million of total liquidity consisting of available cash and capacity on its revolving credit facility.
On December 12, 2017, CoreSite redeemed all 4,600,000 shares of its 7.25% Series A cumulative redeemable Preferred Stock for $25.00 per share, plus all accrued and unpaid dividends in an amount equal to $0.292014 per share, for a total payment of $25.292014 per share.
On December 7, 2017, CoreSite announced a dividend of $0.98 per share of common stock and common stock equivalents for the fourth quarter of 2017. The $0.98 per share quarterly dividend represents a $0.08, or 8.9%, increase over the prior quarterly dividend of $0.90 per share that was established in May 2017, and a $0.18, or 22.5%, increase over the dividend rate set in December 2016.
The fourth-quarter dividend was paid on January 16, 2018, to shareholders of record on December 29, 2017.
CoreSite is introducing its 2018 guidance of net income attributable to common shares in the range of $2.15 to $2.27 per diluted share. In addition, the company’s guidance of FFO per diluted share and unit is a range of $4.92 to $5.04, with the difference between net income and FFO being real estate depreciation and amortization.
CoreSite’s 2018 guidance of FFO per diluted share reflects the company’s adoption of two new accounting standards – revenue recognition and lease accounting, which are cumulatively expected to reduce FFO per diluted share by approximately $0.06 per share. Absent these accounting changes, CoreSite’s 2018 guidance midpoint would reflect 11.5% year-over-year growth.
This outlook is based on current economic conditions, internal assumptions about CoreSite’s customer base, and the supply and demand dynamics of the markets in which CoreSite operates. The guidance does not include the impact of any future financing, investment or disposition activities, beyond what has already been disclosed.
Upcoming Conferences and Events
CoreSite will participate in Citi’s 2018 Global Property CEO Conference on March 5-6, 2018, at The Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida.
Conference Call Details
CoreSite will host a conference call on February 8, 2018, at 12:00 p.m., Eastern Time (10:00 a.m., Mountain Time), to discuss its financial results, current business trends and market conditions.
The call will be accessible by dialing +1-877-407-3982 (domestic) or +1-201-493-6780 (international). A replay will be available until February 22, 2018, and can be accessed shortly after the call by dialing + 1-844-512-2921 (domestic) or + 1-412-317-6671 (international). The passcode for the replay is 13674936.
Interested parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call by logging on to CoreSite’s website at www.CoreSite.com and clicking on the “Investors” link. The on-line replay will be available for a limited time beginning immediately following the call.
CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE:COR) delivers secure, reliable, high-performance data center and interconnection solutions to a growing customer ecosystem across eight key North American markets. More than 1,200 of the world’s leading enterprises, network operators, cloud providers, and supporting service providers choose CoreSite to connect, protect and optimize their performance-sensitive data, applications and computing workloads. Our scalable, flexible solutions and 450+ dedicated employees consistently deliver unmatched data center options — all of which leads to a best-in-class customer experience and lasting relationships. 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 CoreSite’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 ability to service existing debt; the company’s failure to qualify or maintain its 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.