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CoreSite Reports Fourth-Quarter Funds from Operations Increased 17% Year over Year

February 13, 2014 at 7:00 AM EST
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2013 funds from operations increased 17% to $1.82 per share

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 13, 2014-- CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE:COR), a provider of network-dense, cloud-enabled, enterprise-class data center products and services, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013.

Quarterly and Subsequent Highlights

  • Reported fourth-quarter funds from operations (“FFO”) of $0.49 per diluted share and unit, representing a 16.7% increase year over year
  • Reported fourth-quarter operating revenue of $61.4 million, representing an 11.2% increase year over year
  • Executed new and expansion data center leases representing $3.5 million of annualized GAAP rent at a rate of $132 of annualized GAAP rent per square foot
  • Realized rent growth on signed renewals of 3.5% on a cash basis and 14.3% on a GAAP basis and rental churn of 1.9%
  • Increased quarterly dividend by 30% to $0.35 per share; annual rate of $1.40 per share
  • Entered into a new $100 million, five-year, senior unsecured term loan, and subsequently retired the approximately $58 million loan secured by its SV1 facility

Tom Ray, CoreSite’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “In the fourth quarter we continued to see the financial results driven by execution upon our plan to sell an attractive product mix to customers benefitting from our strong foundation in the network and cloud verticals,” Mr. Ray continued, “We also delivered the first computer room of turn-key data center capacity at NY2 in Secaucus, New Jersey, in December, and are pleased with sales activity surrounding the investment. In addition, we delivered the build-to-suit at SV5 and look forward to completing construction on our VA2 development in Northern Virginia toward the second half of the year. 2014 represents a year of strong opportunity for CoreSite to leverage our network-dense, cloud-enabled data centers with excellence in customer service. Our primary focus for the balance of 2014 centers around increasing the productivity of our existing sales and marketing resources to sell available and pipeline capacity and deliver attractive returns on capital.”

Financial Results

CoreSite reported FFO attributable to shares and units of $23.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2013, a 17.2% increase year over year and an increase of 5.6% quarter over quarter. On a per diluted share and unit basis, FFO increased 16.7% to $0.49 for the three months ended December 31, 2013, as compared to $0.42 per diluted share and unit for the three months ended December 31, 2012. Total operating revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2013, was $61.4 million, an 11.2% increase year over year. Revenue growth in the fourth quarter was diluted by 1.8% due to CoreSite’s customer at SV3 decreasing its metered power draw as it transitions out of that facility. CoreSite reported net income attributable to common shares of $3.1 million, or $0.15 per diluted share.

Sales Activity

CoreSite executed 122 new and expansion data center leases, representing $3.5 million of annualized GAAP rent during the fourth quarter, comprised of 26,276 NRSF at a weighted average GAAP rate of $132 per NRSF.

CoreSite’s renewal leases signed in the fourth quarter totaled $6.8 million in annualized GAAP rent, comprised of 50,513 NRSF at a weighted average GAAP rate of $135 per NRSF. These results reflect a 3.5% increase in rent on a cash basis and a 14.3% increase on a GAAP basis. The fourth-quarter rental churn rate was 1.9%.

CoreSite’s fourth-quarter data center lease commencements totaled 116,052 NRSF at a weighted average GAAP rental rate of $41 per NRSF, which represents $4.8 million of annualized GAAP rent. These results include a 101,721 NRSF build-to-suit powered shell lease for a valued and strategic customer at the Santa Clara Campus. Excluding this lease, commencements totaled 14,331 at a weighted average GAAP rental rate of $116 per NRSF.

Development Activity

In the fourth quarter, CoreSite completed and delivered the build-to-suit powered shell building at SV5 on its Santa Clara campus. Also during the quarter, the company placed into service the first computer room at the new NY2 data center in Secaucus, New Jersey, representing an incremental 18,103 NRSF of TKD capacity.

As of December 31, 2013, CoreSite had 118,300 NRSF of data center space under construction at three locations. The projects under construction include a new data center at VA2 (Northern Virginia), adjacent to VA1, and additional inventory at NY2 (New York market) and LA2 (Los Angeles). As of December 31, 2013, CoreSite had incurred $117.9 million of the estimated $170.4 million required to complete these projects.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of December 31, 2013, CoreSite had $232.5 million of total long-term debt equal to 2.1x annualized adjusted EBITDA and $347.5 million of long-term debt and preferred stock equal to 3.1x annualized adjusted EBITDA.

As of December 31, 2013, CoreSite had $174.3 million drawn on the credit facility and approximately $222.4 million of available capacity under the facility.

At quarter end, CoreSite had $5.3 million of cash available on its balance sheet. On January 31, 2014, CoreSite entered into a new $100 million, five-year, senior unsecured term loan. The term loan has an accordion feature, which would allow CoreSite to increase the total commitments by $100 million, to $200 million, under specified circumstances. CoreSite used the capacity under the term loan to retire the $58 million mortgage on its SV1 facility and pay down a portion of the outstanding balance on its revolving credit facility.


On December 6, 2013, CoreSite announced a 30% increase in its quarterly dividend to $0.35 per share of common stock and common stock equivalents for the fourth quarter of 2013. The dividend was paid on January 15, 2014, to shareholders of record on December 31, 2013.

CoreSite also announced on December 6, 2013, a dividend of $0.4531 per share of Series A preferred stock for the period October 15, 2013, to January 14, 2014. The preferred dividend was paid on January 15, 2014, to shareholders of record on December 31, 2013.

2014 Guidance

CoreSite is introducing its 2014 guidance of FFO per diluted share and unit in the range of $2.00 to $2.10. More detail regarding the assumptions behind the 2014 annual guidance can be found on page 21 of the earnings supplemental.

In addition, the company’s estimate of the net income attributable to common shares is $0.50 to $0.60 per diluted share, with the difference between FFO and net income being real estate depreciation and amortization.

This outlook is predicated 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 2014 Global Property CEO Conference on March 3, 2014, at The Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, Florida.

Conference Call Details

CoreSite will host a conference call on February 13, 2014, 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 can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 877-407-3982 for domestic callers or 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 858-384-5517 for international callers. The passcode for the replay is 13574365. The replay will be available until February 20, 2014.

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

About CoreSite

CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE:COR) delivers secure and reliable data center solutions across eight key North American markets. CoreSite connects, protects and delivers an optimal performance environment and continued operation of mission-critical data and IT infrastructure for enterprises and Internet, private networking, mobility, and cloud service providers. CoreSite's scalable platform of over two and a half million square feet of efficient, network-dense, cloud-enabled data center capacity enables customers to accelerate business performance, reduce operating costs and increase flexibility across their IT and communications systems. CoreSite's 350 professionals deliver best-in-class service by placing customer needs first in supporting the planning, implementation and operating requirements foundational to delivering reliable, secure and efficient IT operating environments.

More than 750 of the world’s leading enterprises, carriers and mobile operators, content and cloud providers and media and entertainment companies choose CoreSite to connect, protect and optimize their performance-sensitive data, applications and computing workloads. CoreSite provides valuable gateways to global business opportunities with direct access to more than 275 carriers and ISPs, inter-site connectivity and CoreSite's Open Cloud Exchange, which supports rapid, efficient and scalable Ethernet access to multiple key public clouds, enabling simple, flexible, multiple-cloud capabilities.

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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 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.

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