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CoreSite Reports Strong Third-Quarter Revenue and Earnings Growth

October 30, 2014 at 8:00 AM EDT
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Funds from operations increased 18% year over year
Raising 2014 guidance

DENVER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 30, 2014-- CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE:COR), a premier provider of secure, reliable, high-performance data center solutions, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014.

Quarterly Highlights

  • Reported third-quarter funds from operations (“FFO”) of $0.55 per diluted share and unit, representing 17.0% growth year over year
  • Reported third-quarter total operating revenues of $70.5 million, representing a 16.3% increase year over year
  • Executed new and expansion turn-key data center leases representing $7.6 million of annualized GAAP rent at a rate of $141 per square foot
  • Realized rent growth on signed renewals of 3.0% on a cash basis and 10.6% on a GAAP basis and recorded rental churn of 1.2%
  • Commenced 45,014 net rentable square feet of new and expansion leases with GAAP annualized rent of $135 per square foot, increasing stabilized data center occupancy to 86.4%

Tom Ray, CoreSite’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The third quarter reflected continued execution and ongoing momentum throughout the organization.” Mr. Ray continued, “We are pleased with the execution of our sales and marketing teams thus far this year as evidenced by our quarterly results. Leasing activity was healthy across the portfolio, led by the Silicon Valley, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles markets. We believe our activities closing out 2014 point toward another year of solid growth in 2015, as we set the stage for anticipated new developments within existing facilities across multiple markets in our portfolio, including at BO1, CH1, DE1, NY2, and VA2, and we continue to evaluate developing additional capacity at LA2 and on our Coronado Campus in Santa Clara.”

Financial Results

CoreSite reported FFO attributable to shares and units of $25.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014, an 18.4% increase year over year and a decrease of 3.1% on a sequential basis, owing in part to the previously-reported $3.7 million non-recurring benefit recorded in the second quarter related to adjustments to accruals for real estate taxes. On a per diluted share and unit basis, FFO increased 17.0% to $0.55 for the three months ended September 30, 2014, as compared to $0.47 per diluted share and unit for the three months ended September 30, 2013.

Total operating revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2014, were $70.5 million, a 16.3% increase year over year. Data center revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2014, were $68.5 million, a 16.7% increase year over year. CoreSite reported net income attributable to common shares of $3.1 million, or $0.14 per diluted share.

Sales Activity

CoreSite executed 118 new and expansion data center leases representing $7.6 million of annualized GAAP rent during the third quarter, comprised of 54,123 NRSF at a weighted-average GAAP rate of $141 per NRSF.

CoreSite’s renewal leases signed in the third quarter totaled $12.1 million in annualized GAAP rent, comprised of 55,262 NRSF at a weighted average GAAP rate of $219 per NRSF, reflecting a 3.0% increase in rent on a cash basis and a 10.6% increase on a GAAP basis. The third-quarter rental churn rate was 1.2%.

CoreSite’s third-quarter data center lease commencements totaled 45,014 NRSF at a weighted average GAAP rental rate of $135 per NRSF, which represents $6.1 million of GAAP annualized rent.

Development Activity

CoreSite had 50,000 NRSF of data center space under construction at VA2 in Reston, Virginia, at the end of the third quarter. As of September 30, 2014, CoreSite had incurred $69.7 million of the estimated $74.9 million required to complete this project.

During the third quarter, CoreSite also began construction on 15,149 NRSF of data center space at BO1 in Boston, which the company expects to complete in the second quarter of 2015 at an estimated cost of $9.5 million.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of September 30, 2014, CoreSite had $305.3 million of total long-term debt, correlating to 2.3 times third-quarter annualized adjusted EBITDA and $420.3 million of long-term debt and preferred stock, correlating to 3.2 times third-quarter annualized adjusted EBITDA.

At quarter end, CoreSite had $9.3 million of cash available on its balance sheet and $192.4 million of capacity available under its credit facility.


On August 29, 2014, CoreSite announced a dividend of $0.35 per share of common stock and common stock equivalents for the third quarter of 2014. The dividend was paid on October 15, 2014, to shareholders of record on September 30, 2014.

CoreSite also announced on August 29, 2014, a dividend of $0.4531 per share of Series A preferred stock for the period July 15, 2014, to October 14, 2014. The preferred dividend was paid on October 15, 2014, to shareholders of record on September 30, 2014.

2014 Guidance

Excluding a previously-disclosed one-time charge of $0.02 per share and unit in the first quarter and a one-time net benefit recorded in the second quarter in the amount of $0.06 per share, CoreSite is increasing its guidance of FFO per diluted share and unit to a range of $2.12 to $2.16 from the previous range of $2.07 to $2.15. Including the above-referenced one-time items, CoreSite is increasing its 2014 guidance of FFO per diluted share and unit to a range of $2.16 to $2.20.

In addition, CoreSite is revising its 2014 guidance for net income attributable to common shares to a range of $0.59 to $0.63 per diluted share from the previous range of $0.61 to $0.69 per diluted share. The difference between FFO and net income is attributable to 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 NAREIT’s REITWorld conference from November 5 through November 7 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, GA and the 2014 RBC Capital Markets’ Technology, Internet, Media and Telecommunications Conference on November 11at the Westin Times Square in New York City.

Conference Call Details

CoreSite will host a conference call on October 30, 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 13591009. The replay will be available until November 6, 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 online replay will be available for a limited time beginning immediately following the call.

About CoreSite

CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE:COR) delivers secure, reliable, high-performance data center solutions across eight key North American markets. More than 800 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 350+ 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

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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