-- Revenue Growth of 13% for the Year --
DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 6, 2019-- CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE:COR) (“the Company”), 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, 2018.
“We delivered solid results in 2018, while expanding our customer ecosystem and building our new capacity pipeline,” said Paul Szurek, CoreSite’s Chief Executive Officer. “In 2019, our focus is to continue executing on high-value edge and hybrid cloud deployments requiring direct interconnection to networks and cloud on-ramps. This includes our goals of delivering significant new capacity and translating it into attractive sales growth, acquiring many new customers and continuing to deliver a strong customer experience.”
Other Financial Results and Liquidity
CoreSite’s $139.1 million of operating revenues for the fourth quarter included $118.3 million of rental, power and related revenue, $18.0 million of interconnection revenue and $2.8 million of office, light-industrial and other revenue.
Net Income was $25.9 million for the fourth quarter and $106.8 million for the year, or $0.54 and $2.22 attributable to each common diluted share, respectively.
The Company’s balance sheet remains strong, with a ratio of net principal debt to fourth quarter annualized adjusted EBITDA of 3.8 times. As of the end of the fourth quarter, CoreSite had $236.2 million of total liquidity, including $2.6 million of cash and $233.6 million of available capacity on its revolving credit facility.
For the quarter, the Company continued to perform in the core retail colocation space with solid pricing, ongoing acquisition of new logos and expansion with key strategic customers. Additionally, the Company achieved strong lease renewals, with churn lower than expected. Scale colocation leasing for the quarter was impacted by the fact that occupancies were high and therefore capacity was constrained for large blocks of contiguous space in certain markets. In 2018, the Company made solid progress on construction, and when coupled with its development completion schedule for 2019, believes its new capacity will strengthen its future sales opportunities, including for scale leasing.
“We are entering 2019 with a strong pipeline of construction and development, new logo additions, and an ongoing value proposition that we believe resonates with customers,” said Steven Smith, Chief Revenue Officer. “These elements, along with our product enhancements, should drive significant new leasing opportunities in 2019.”
CoreSite expects 2019 to be a positive transition year, entering the year with leasable capacity at a low level compared to historical norms, and plans to end 2019 with leasable capacity, plus quickly developable incremental capacity, at the higher levels the Company experienced in previous years.
CoreSite has a strong ongoing development and operational position that includes --
In 2018, the Company placed into service nearly 172,000 NRSF of new turn-key data center capacity, including completion late in the fourth quarter of its DC2 data center, located in Washington DC, for nearly 25,000 NRSF.
As of December 31, 2018, CoreSite had a total of approximately 271,000 NRSF of turn-key data center capacity under construction, with $166.4 million incurred to date of the $530.2 million of total estimated costs as detailed below. Included in these numbers are two development projects in the pre-construction phase totaling 118,000 NRSF, with $39.4 million incurred to date of the $250.0 million of estimated total costs.
CoreSite made investments in 2017 and 2018 to drive operational excellence with new technology, talent and staffing upgrades and increased training.
In 2018, CoreSite achieved 99.99999% reliability, or “seven 9s,” exceeding its target of “six 9s.” This achievement positively impacted operating costs and correlated to high satisfaction from some of the Company’s largest customers for its reliability and ease of doing business.
In addition, CoreSite delivered approximately 7% improvement in Power Utilization Efficiency on a same-store basis compared to 2017, enabled by strategic infrastructure investments and an ongoing program of operational efficiency improvements.
The Company’s outlook is based on current economic conditions, internal assumptions about its customer base, and the supply and demand dynamics of the markets in which it operates. The guidance does not include the impact of any future financing, investment or disposition activities, beyond what has already been disclosed.
The Company’s guidance for 2019 includes --
The difference between net income and FFO represents real estate depreciation and amortization.
For further detail on the Company’s 2019 guidance, including operating revenues, Adjusted EBITDA, depreciation and amortization and capital expenditures, along with guidance drivers, please see page 23 of CoreSite’s Supplemental Information.
Upcoming Conferences and Events
CoreSite’s management will participate in Citi’s 2019 Global Property CEO Conference in Hollywood, Florida on March 4-5.
Conference Call Details
CoreSite will host its fourth quarter 2018 earnings call on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The conference call will be accessible by dialing 1-877-407-3982 (domestic) or 1-201-493-6780 (international). A replay will be available until February 21, 2019, 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 13686173. The quarterly conference call also will be offered as a simultaneous webcast, accessible by visiting www.CoreSite.com and clicking on the “Investors” link. An on-line replay will be available for a limited time 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 1,350 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; failure to obtain necessary outside financing; the ability to service existing debt; the 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 its 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.
Use of Funds From Operations (“FFO”)
FFO is a supplemental measure of CoreSite’s performance which should be considered along with, but not as an alternative to, net income and cash provided by operating activities as a measure of operating performance. The Company calculates FFO in accordance with the standards established by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“Nareit”). FFO represents net income (loss) (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding gains (or losses) from sales of property and undepreciated land and impairment write-downs of depreciable real estate, plus real estate related depreciation and amortization (excluding amortization of deferred financing costs) and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. FFO attributable to common shares and units represents FFO less preferred stock dividends declared during the period.
CoreSite’s management uses FFO as a supplemental performance measure because, by excluding real estate related depreciation and amortization and gains and losses from property dispositions, it provides a performance measure that, when compared year over year, captures trends in occupancy rates, rental rates and operating costs.
CoreSite offers this measure because it recognizes that investors use FFO as a basis to compare its operating performance with that of other REITs. However, the utility of FFO as a measure of the Company’s performance is limited because FFO excludes depreciation and amortization and captures neither the changes in the value of its properties that result from use or market conditions, nor the level of capital expenditures and capitalized leasing commissions necessary to maintain the operating performance of its properties, all of which have real economic effect and could materially impact the Company’s financial condition and results from operations. FFO is a non-GAAP measure and should not be considered a measure of liquidity, an alternative to net income, cash provided by operating activities or any other performance measure determined in accordance with GAAP, nor is it indicative of funds available to fund the Company’s cash needs, including its ability to pay dividends or make distributions. In addition, CoreSite’s calculations of FFO are not necessarily comparable to FFO as calculated by other REITs that do not use the same definition or implementation guidelines or interpret the standards differently from the Company. Investors in CoreSite’s securities should not rely on these measures as a substitute for any GAAP measure, including net income.
Use of Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization for Real Estate (“EBITDAre”)
EBITDAre is calculated in accordance with the standards established by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“Nareit”). EBITDAre is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, gains or losses from the sale of depreciated property, and impairment of depreciated property. CoreSite calculates adjusted EBITDA by adding its non-cash compensation expense, transaction costs from unsuccessful deals and business combinations and litigation expense to EBITDAre as well as adjusting for the impact of other impairment charges, gains or losses from sales of undepreciated land and gains or losses on early extinguishment of debt. Management uses EBITDAre and adjusted EBITDA as indicators of the Company’s ability to incur and service debt. In addition, CoreSite considers EBITDAre and adjusted EBITDA to be appropriate supplemental measures of its performance because they eliminate depreciation and interest, which permits investors to view income from operations without the impact of non-cash depreciation or the cost of debt. However, because EBITDAre and adjusted EBITDA are calculated before recurring cash charges including interest expense and taxes, and are not adjusted for capital expenditures or other recurring cash requirements of the Company’s business, their utilization as a cash flow measurement is limited.