NorthStar Realty Europe Announces First Quarter 2019 Results

NEW YORK--()--NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. (NYSE: NRE) (“NorthStar Realty Europe” or “NRE”), a European office REIT, today announced its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.

First Quarter 2019 Financial Results and Highlights

  • U.S. GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders: $11.1 million, or $0.22 per diluted share for the first quarter 2019
  • Cash available for distribution (“CAD”): $7.4 million, or $0.15 per share for the quarter despite significant sale activity in 2018 and lower corporate loan to value (“LTV”)1
  • During the first quarter, NRE sold three assets for a total consideration of $44 million, releasing $23 million of net equity and crystallizing an approximate 14% IRR2 and an aggregate 17% IRR over the last twelve months
  • $2.6 million of first quarter 2019 annualized cash expense savings compared to full year 2018, ahead of the $2 million stated target for 2019 and the overall target of $5 million
  • In April 2019, NRE repaid $81 million Cale Street preferred equity reducing overall LTV to 36%
  • Cash dividend of $0.15 per share declared for the first quarter 2019

Mahbod Nia, Chief Executive Officer and President, commented: “I am pleased to announce that during the quarter, we completed the sale of three assets, realizing an approximate 14% IRR. During the past year we have sold ten assets, crystallizing an aggregate 17% IRR for stockholders.”

Mr. Nia added: “We also further reduced our leverage and continued to make progress with our expense saving initiatives that we anticipate being ahead of our stated targets.”

For more information and a reconciliation of CAD, net operating income (“NOI”) and same store NOI to net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders, please refer to the tables on the following pages.

Portfolio Overview

$1.3 billion portfolio market value3 based on the year-end 2018 independent portfolio valuation by Cushman & Wakefield LLP adjusted for currency movements (“Portfolio Market Value” or “Valuation”) comprising of primarily the real estate portfolio and $40 million across two preferred equity investments.

Real Estate Portfolio4,5

As of March 31, 2019, NRE’s real estate portfolio comprised of 15 properties located across Germany, the U.K. and France with approximately 193,000 rentable square meters, 84% weighted average occupancy and a 6.2 year weighted average remaining lease term to expiry (“WALT”).

  • The office portfolio comprised of 12 properties with 122,000 rentable square meters, had a 96% weighted average occupancy and a 5.9 year WALT as of March 31, 2019.
  • The other (non-office) portfolio, which represented 7% of the Q1 2019 portfolio NOI, comprised of three properties with 71,000 rentable square meters (including a 59,000 square meters logistics asset, Marly), had a 63% weighted average occupancy (100% excluding Marly) and a 8.8 year WALT as of March 31, 2019.

Asset Sales

In 2019, NRE sold three properties for approximately $44 million releasing approximately $23 million of net equity to stockholders after repayment of financing and transactions costs, crystallizing an approximate 14% IRR.

  • On February 14, 2019, NRE completed the sale of a retail asset in Werl, Germany for $2.9 million. On March 1, 2019, NRE completed the sale of Kirchheide, a retail asset in Bremen, Germany for $1.1 million.
  • On March 1, 2019, NRE completed the sale of Uhlandstrasse, an office property in Frankfurt, Germany, for $40 million, representing a 65% premium to the allocated purchase price including funded capital expenditures, releasing approximately $22 million of net equity after repayment of financing and transaction costs.
  • Marly, NRE’s only logistics asset, was held for sale as of March 31, 2019.

Same Store Net Operating Income (Currency Adjusted; Excluding Held for Sale)

Same store sequential quarter-over-quarter rental income increased by $0.1 million, or 0.9%, due to indexation uplifts offset by partial vacancy in Dammtorwall (fully let from March 2019) and Marceau. Same store quarter-over-quarter NOI decreased by $0.2 million, or (1.5%), due to the timing of certain non-recoverable repairs and maintenance expenses specifically in IC Hotel (Berlin) and Ludwigstrasse (Cologne) incurred in the first quarter 2019. The remainder of the increase in operating expenses were reimbursed by the tenants and therefore did not result in a decrease in NOI.

Same store year-over-year rental income for the three months ended March 31, 2019 decreased by $0.1 million, or (0.7)%, driven by partial vacancy mentioned above and as the first quarter of 2018 preceded the execution of certain value enhancing leases, including a 9 year lease extension with BNP Paribas SA at Boulevard Macdonald and a 10 year lease extension with Baker Tilly at Valentinskamp. Same store year-over-year NOI for the three months ended March 31, 2019 decreased by $0.3 million, or (1.8%), driven by the non-recoverable expenses mentioned above.

Expense Saving Initiatives

In addition to the $3 million of savings in other expenses and general and administrative expenses realized in 2018, NRE remains on track to achieve an additional $2-3 million of savings during 2019, exceeding the overall expense saving target of $5 million.

Liquidity and Financing

As of March 31, 2019, NRE’s overall leverage was 39% based on the Portfolio Market Value. On April 5, 2019, NRE fully repaid the $81 million preferred equity debt related to the SEB portfolio, reducing leverage to 36%.

As of April 24, 2019, total liquidity was $433 million, comprising of $363 million of unrestricted cash, of which $196 million was held in US Dollars, and $70 million of availability under NRE’s revolving credit facility.

  $ in millions
Unrestricted cash $   363
Revolving credit facility 70
Total liquidity $   433

Amended and Restated Management Agreement

On April 23, 2019, NRE entered into Amendment No. 2 to the amended and restated management agreement (the “Amended and Restated Management Agreement”) dated November 9, 2017, with an affiliate of Colony Capital, Inc., extending the date used in the definition of Triggering Date (as defined in the Amended and Restated Management Agreement) from April 30, 2019 to June 30, 2019 to accommodate the ongoing strategic review process.

Stockholder’s Equity

NRE had 50.1 million shares of common stock, operating partnership units and restricted stock units (“RSUs”) not subject to performance hurdles outstanding as of March 31, 2019.

As of March 31, 2019, total equity was $682 million (U.S. GAAP depreciated value), or $13.62 per share and EPRA NAV6 was $20.48 per share. For more information and a reconciliation of EPRA NAV to total equity, please refer to the tables on the following pages.

First Quarter 2019 Disclosure Supplement Presentation

First Quarter 2019 disclosure supplement presentation will be posted on NRE’s website, www.nrecorp.com, which provides additional details regarding NRE’s operations and portfolio.

First Quarter 2019 Conference Call

NRE will conduct a conference call to discuss the results on May 8, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. ET. Hosting the call will be Mahbod Nia, Chief Executive Officer, Keith Feldman, Chief Financial Officer and Trevor Ross, General Counsel.

To participate in the event by telephone, please dial +1 866 966 5335 (U.S. Toll Free), or +44 (0) 20 3003 2666 (International) or 0808 109 0700 (U.K. Toll Free), using passcode: NorthStar.

The call will also be broadcast live over the internet and can be accessed from NRE’s website at www.nrecorp.com. For those unable to participate during the live call, a replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the call through May 15, 2019 by dialing +1 866 583 1039 (U.S. Toll Free), or +44 (0) 20 8196 1998 (International) or 0800 633 8453 (UK Toll Free), using passcode: 3902609.

About NorthStar Realty Europe Corp.

NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. is a European focused commercial real estate company with predominately prime office properties within key cities in Germany, the United Kingdom and France, organized as a REIT and managed by an affiliate of Colony Capital, Inc. (NYSE: CLNY), a leading global equity REIT with an embedded investment management platform. For more information about NorthStar Realty Europe Corp., please visit www.nrecorp.com.

NorthStar Realty Europe Corp.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

($ in thousands, except per share data)

Unaudited

  March 31, 2019   December 31, 2018
Assets
Operating real estate, gross $   843,212   $   844,809  
Less: accumulated depreciation

(68,143)

 

 

(64,187)

 

 

Operating real estate, net 775,069 780,622
Preferred equity investments 39,754 39,090
Cash and cash equivalents 453,373 438,931
Restricted cash 5,093 5,592

Receivables, net of allowance of $232 and $236 as of March 31, 2019 and
December 31, 2018, respectively

8,097 8,989
Assets held for sale 45,891 73,345
Derivative assets, at fair value 5,255 6,440
Intangible assets, net and goodwill 25,390 58,173
Other assets, net 47,805     14,317    
Total assets $   1,405,727     $   1,425,499    
Liabilities
Mortgage and other notes payable, net $ 663,214 $ 682,912
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 21,935 22,367
Due to affiliates 10,227 9,630
Intangible liabilities, net 9,492 9,722
Liabilities related to assets held for sale 2,007 1,498
Other liabilities 16,473     21,267    
Total liabilities 723,348     747,396    
Commitments and contingencies
Equity
NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. Stockholders’ Equity

Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized, no shares
issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 1,000,000,000 shares authorized, 49,783,016
and 49,807,448 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2019 and
December 31, 2018, respectively

497 498
Additional paid-in capital 863,112 862,240
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)

(167,063)

 

(170,669)

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

(18,322)

 

 

(18,424)

 

 

Total NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. stockholders’ equity

678,224     673,645    
Noncontrolling interests 4,155     4,458    
Total equity 682,379     678,103    
Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interest and equity $   1,405,727     $   1,425,499    
 
 

NorthStar Realty Europe Corp.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

($ in thousands, except for per share data)

Unaudited

Three Months Ended March 31,
2019   2018
Revenues
Lease income $   17,084   $   32,565  
Interest income 1,611 729
Other income 475       278    
Total revenues 19,170       33,572    
Expenses
Properties - operating expenses 2,906 6,802
Interest expense 3,680 6,107
Transaction costs 762 481
Management fee, related party 3,888 4,157
Other expenses 737 1,424
General and administrative expenses 1,736 1,878
Compensation expense 1,287 365
Depreciation and amortization 5,913     11,651    
Total expenses 20,909 32,865
Other income (loss)
Other gain (loss), net

(2,517)

 

(3,002)

 

Extinguishment of debt

(194)

 

Gain on sales, net 17,725    

1,266

   
Income (loss) before income tax benefit (expense) 13,275

(1,029)

 

Income tax benefit (expense)

(2,152)

 

 

(39)

 

 

Net income (loss) 11,123    

(1,068)

 

 

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

(62)

 

 

(4)

 

 

Net income (loss) attributable to NorthStar Realty Europe Corp.
common stockholders

$   11,061     $  

(1,072)

 

 

Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic $   0.22     $  

(0.02)

 

 

Diluted $   0.22     $  

(0.02)

 

 

Weighted average number of shares:
Basic 49,314,342     55,192,762    
Diluted 50,670,072     55,603,500    

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Included in this press release are Cash Available for Distribution, or CAD, net operating income, or NOI, same store net operating income, or same store NOI, Adjusted Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization, or Adjusted EBITDA and EPRA net asset value, or EPRA NAV, each a “non-GAAP financial measure,” which measures NRE’s historical or future financial performance that is different from measures calculated and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or U.S. GAAP, within the meaning of the applicable Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, rules. NRE believes these metrics can be a useful measure of its performance which is further defined below.

Cash Available for Distribution

We believe that CAD provides investors and management with a meaningful indicator of operating performance. We also believe that CAD is useful because it adjusts for a variety of items that are consistent with presenting a measure of operating performance (such as transaction costs, depreciation and amortization, equity-based compensation, gain on sales, net, asset impairment and non-recurring bad debt expense). We adjust for transaction costs because these costs are not a meaningful indicator of our operating performance. For instance, these transaction costs include costs such as professional fees associated with new investments, which are expenses related to specific transactions. Management also believes that quarterly distributions are principally based on operating performance and our board of directors includes CAD as one of several metrics it reviews to determine quarterly distributions to stockholders. The definition of CAD may be adjusted from time to time for our reporting purposes in our discretion, acting through our audit committee or otherwise. CAD may fluctuate from period to period based upon a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, the timing and amount of investments, new leases, repayments and asset sales, capital raised, use of leverage, changes in the expected yield of investments and the overall conditions in commercial real estate and the economy generally.

We calculate CAD by subtracting from or adding to net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders, noncontrolling interests and the following items: depreciation and amortization items including straight-line rental income or expense (excluding amortization of rent free periods), amortization of above/below market leases, amortization of deferred financing costs, amortization of discount on financings and other and equity-based compensation; other gain (loss), net (excluding any realized gain (loss) on the settlement on foreign currency derivatives); gain on sales, net; impairment on depreciable property; extinguishment of debt; acquisition gains or losses; transaction costs; foreign currency gains (losses) related to sales; goodwill impairment following the sale of operating real estate and other intangible assets; the incentive fee relating to the Amended and Restated Management Agreement and one-time events pursuant to changes in U.S. GAAP and certain other non-recurring items. These items, if applicable, include any adjustments for unconsolidated ventures.

CAD should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders, determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, as an indicator of operating performance. In addition, our methodology for calculating CAD involves subjective judgment and discretion and may differ from the methodologies used by other comparable companies, including other REITs, when calculating the same or similar supplemental financial measures and may not be comparable with these companies.

The following table presents a reconciliation of net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders to CAD for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018 (dollars in thousands):

 
Three Months Ended March 31,
2019   2018

Net income (loss) attributable to common 
stockholders

$   11,061 $  

(1,072)

 

Noncontrolling interests 62 4
 
Adjustments:
Depreciation and amortization items(1) 7,418 12,952
Other (gain) loss, net(2) 3,663 1,586
(Gain) on sales, net

(17,725)

 

(1,266)

 

Transaction costs and other(3) 2,926   481  
CAD $   7,405   $   12,685  
CAD per share(4) $   0.15   $   0.23  

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(1) Three months ended March 31, 2019 reflects an adjustment to exclude depreciation and amortization of $5.9 million, amortization expense of capitalized above/below market leases of $(0.3) million, amortization of deferred financing costs of $0.5 million and amortization of equity-based compensation of $1.3 million. Three months ended March 31, 2018 reflects an adjustment to exclude depreciation and amortization of $11.7 million, amortization expense of capitalized above/below market leases of $0.2 million, amortization of deferred financing costs of $0.7 million and amortization of equity-based compensation of $0.4 million.

(2) Three months ended March 31, 2019 CAD includes a $1.1 million net gain related to the settlement of foreign currency derivatives. Three months ended March 31, 2018 CAD includes a $1.4 million net loss related to the settlement of foreign currency derivatives.

(3) Three months ended March 31, 2019 reflects an adjustment to exclude $0.8 million of transaction costs, $0.2 million related to extinguishment of debt and $2.0 million of taxes related to sales. Three months ended March 31, 2018 reflects an adjustment to exclude $0.5 million of transaction costs and other one-time items.

(4) CAD per share is based on 50.1 million and 55.8 million weighted average shares (common shares outstanding including operating partnership units and RSUs not subject to performance hurdles) for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. CAD per share does not take into account any potential dilution from restricted stock units subject to performance metrics not currently achieved.

Net Operating Income

We believe NOI is a useful metric for evaluating the operating performance of our real estate portfolio in the aggregate. Portfolio results and performance metrics represent 100% for all consolidated investments. Net operating income reflects total property and related revenues, adjusted for: (i) amortization of above/below market leases; (ii) straight-line rent (except with respect to rent free period); (iii) other items such as adjustments related to joint ventures and non-recurring bad debt expense and less property operating expenses. However, the usefulness of NOI is limited because it excludes general and administrative costs, interest expense, transaction costs, depreciation and amortization expense, gains on sales, net and other items under U.S. GAAP and capital expenditures and leasing costs, all of which may be significant economic costs. NOI may fail to capture significant trends in these components of U.S. GAAP net income (loss) which further limits its usefulness.

NOI should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss), determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, as an indicator of operating performance. In addition, our methodology for calculating NOI involves subjective judgment and discretion and may differ from the methodologies used by other comparable companies, including other REITs, when calculating the same or similar supplemental financial measures and may not be comparable with these companies.

The following table presents a reconciliation of NOI of our real estate equity and preferred equity segments to property and other related revenues less property operating expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018 (dollars in thousands):

 
Three Months Ended March 31,
2019   2018
Lease income $   17,084   $   32,565
Other income 475     278
Total property and other income 17,559     32,843
Properties - operating expenses 2,906 6,802

Adjustments:

Interest income 777 729
Amortization and other items(1)

(252)

 

 

220
NOI(2) $   15,178     $   26,990

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(1) Three months ended March 31, 2019 primarily excludes $(0.3) million of amortization of above/below market leases. Three months ended March 31, 2018 primarily excludes $0.2 million of amortization of above/below market leases and $0.1 million of other one-time items.

(2) The following table presents a reconciliation of net income (loss) to NOI of our real estate equity and preferred equity segment for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018 (dollars in thousands):

 
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
2019   2018
Net income (loss) $   11,123   $  

(1,068)

 

 

Remaining segments(i) 9,276 9,528

Real estate equity and preferred equity segment 
adjustments:

Interest expense 3,454 5,955
Other expenses 737 1,424
Depreciation and amortization 5,913 11,651
Other (gain) loss, net 331 168
Extinguishment of debt 194
Gain on sales, net

(17,725)

 

(1,266)

 

Income tax (benefit) expense 2,152 39
Other items

(277)

 

 

559    
Total adjustments

(5,221)

 

 

18,530    
NOI $   15,178     $   26,990    

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(i) Reflects the net (income) loss in our corporate segment to reconcile to net operating income.

Same Store Net Operating Income

We believe same store NOI is a useful metric for evaluating the operating performance as it reflects the operating performance of the real estate portfolio and provides a better measure of operational performance for quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year comparison. Same store net operating income is presented for the same store portfolio, which comprises all properties that were owned by us at the end of the reporting period. We define same store net operating income as NOI excluding (i) properties that were acquired or sold during the period, (ii) impact of foreign currency changes and (iii) amortization of above/below market leases. We consider same store NOI to be an appropriate and useful supplemental performance measure. Same store NOI should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss), determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, as an indicator of operating performance. In addition, our methodology for calculating same store net operating income involves subjective judgment and discretion and may differ from the methodologies used by other comparable companies, including other REITs, when calculating the same or similar supplemental financial measures and may not be comparable with these companies. Same store portfolio is defined as properties in operation throughout the full periods presented under the comparison, excluding the impact of foreign currency changes, and included 14 properties (excluding an asset held for sale) and our preferred equity segment (in case of quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year comparison).

The following table presents our same store analysis for the Gresham Street preferred equity and real estate equity segment which comprises 14 properties (134,047 square meters) adjusted for currency movement and to exclude the held for sale asset as of March 31, 2019 and properties that were acquired or sold at any time during the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018 and December 31, 2018 (dollars in thousands):

       

Three Months Ended March
31,

Year-over-year 
Increase (Decrease)

 

Three Months 
Ended

December 31, 
2018(1)

 

Quarter-over-quarter 
Increase (Decrease)

 

2019   2018(1) Amount   % Amount   %
Same Store Occupancy (end of period)

96%

 

97%

 

96%

 

Same store
Rental income(2) $ 13,357 $ 13,453 $

(96)

 

(0.7%)

 

$

13,242

$

115

0.9%

 

Escalation income

$ 2,569   $ 2,187   382     2,592  

(23)

 

 

Lease income

15,926

15,640

286

1.8%

15,834

92

0.6%

Interest income $ 681 $ 674 7 688

(7)

 

Other income 63   136  

(73)

 

  74  

(11)

 

 
Total revenues 16,670 16,450 220

1.3%

 

16,596 74

0.4%

 

Utilities 689 526 163 549 140
Real estate taxes and insurance 708 571 137 660 48
Management fees 129 209

(80)

 

222

(93)

 

Repairs and maintenance 1,095 839 256 845 250
Other(2)(3) 203   204  

(1)

 

  268   (65 )  
Properties - operating expenses 2,824   2,349   475  

20.2%

 

2,544   280  

11.0%

 

Same store net operating income $ 13,846   $ 14,101   $

(255)

 

(1.8%)

 

$ 14,052   $

(206)

 

(1.5%)

 

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(1) Three months ended December 31, 2018 and March 31, 2018 are translated using the average exchange rate for the three months ended March 31, 2019.

(2) Adjusted to exclude amortization of above/below market leases and ground leases.

(3) Includes non-recoverable value-added tax, or VAT, administrative costs and other non-reimbursable expenses.

The following table presents a reconciliation from net income (loss) to same store net operating income for the real estate equity and preferred equity segments for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018 and December 31, 2018 (dollars in thousands):

   
Three Months Ended March 31,

Three Months
Ended
December 31, 2018

2019   2018
Net income (loss) $ 11,123 $

(1,068)

 

$ 171,466
Corporate segment net (income) loss(1) 9,276 9,528 13,305
(Gain) on sales, net

(17,725)

 

(1,266)

 

(198,767)

 

Other (income) loss(2) 12,504   19,796   36,351  
Net operating income 15,178   26,990   22,355  
Sale of real estate investments and other(3)

(1,332)

 

(12,889)

 

(8,303)

 

Same store net operating income $ 13,846   $ 14,101   $ 14,052  

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(1) Includes management fees, general and administrative expense, compensation expense, corporate interest expense and corporate transaction costs offset by the net gain on foreign currency derivatives.

(2) Includes depreciation and amortization expense, loss on interest rate caps and other expenses in the real estate equity segment.

(3) Primarily reflects the impact of net operating income of sold assets, interest income on the Trianon preferred equity investment and the foreign currency effect relating to the translation of the March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2018 balances to the March 31, 2019 exchange rate.

Adjusted EBITDA

We believe that Adjusted EBITDA provides investors and management with a meaningful indicator of operating performance. We also believe that Adjusted EBITDA is useful because it adjusts for a variety of items that are consistent with presenting a measure of operating performance (such as depreciation and amortization, interest expense, income tax benefit (expense), gain on sales, net, transaction costs, equity-based compensation and asset impairment). The definition of Adjusted EBITDA may be adjusted from time to time for our reporting purposes in our discretion, acting through our audit committee or otherwise. Adjusted EBITDA may fluctuate from period to period based upon a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, the timing and amount of investments, new leases, repayments and asset sales, capital raised, changes in the expected yield of investments and the overall conditions in commercial real estate and the economy generally.

We calculate Adjusted EBITDA by subtracting from or adding to net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders, noncontrolling interests and the following items: depreciation and amortization items including straight-line rental income or expense (excluding amortization of rent free periods), amortization of above/below market leases and equity-based compensation; interest expense; income tax (benefit) expense; other gain (loss), net (excluding any realized gain (loss) on the settlement on foreign currency derivatives); gain on sales, net; impairment on depreciable property; extinguishment of debt; acquisition gains or losses; transaction costs; foreign currency gains (losses) related to sales; goodwill impairment following the sale of operating real estate and other intangible assets; the incentive fee relating to the Amended and Restated Management Agreement and one-time events pursuant to changes in U.S. GAAP and certain other non-recurring items. These items, if applicable, include any adjustments for unconsolidated ventures.

Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders, determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, as an indicator of operating performance. In addition, our methodology for calculating Adjusted EBITDA involves subjective judgment and discretion and may differ from the methodologies used by other comparable companies, including other REITs, when calculating the same or similar supplemental financial measures and may not be comparable with these companies.

The following table presents a reconciliation of net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders to Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2019, December 31, 2018 and March 31, 2018 (dollars in thousands):

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31, 2019   December 31, 2018   March 31, 2018

Net income (loss) attributable to common
stockholders

$ 11,061 $ 170,271 $

(1,072)

 

Noncontrolling interests 62 1,195 4
 

Adjustments:

Depreciation and amortization items(1) 6,948 12,157 12,236
Impairments(2) 8,889

 

Incentive fee 5,445
Income tax (benefit) expense 2,152 949 39
Interest expense 3,680 4,663 6,107
Other (gain) loss, net(3) 3,663

(351)

 

1,586
(Gain) on sales, net

(17,725)

 

(198,767)

 

(1,266)

 

Transaction costs and other(4) 956   11,067   481  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 10,797   $ 15,518   $ 18,115  

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(1) Three months ended March 31, 2019 reflects an adjustment to exclude depreciation and amortization of $5.9 million, amortization expense of capitalized above/below market leases of $(0.3) million and amortization of equity-based compensation of $1.3 million. Three months ended December 31, 2018 reflects an adjustment to exclude depreciation and amortization of $10.9 million and amortization of equity-based compensation of $1.3 million. Three months ended March 31, 2018 reflects an adjustment to exclude depreciation and amortization of $11.7 million, amortization expense of capitalized above/below market leases of $0.2 million and amortization of equity-based compensation of $0.4 million.

(2) Three months ended December 31, 2018 reflects an adjustment to exclude a goodwill impairment following the sale of operating real estate of $8.1 million and an impairment loss related to assets held-for-sale of $0.8 million.

(3) Three months ended March 31, 2019 Adjusted EBITDA includes a $1.1 million net gain related to the settlement of foreign currency derivatives. Three months ended December 31, 2018 Adjusted EBITDA includes a $0.1 million net gain related to the settlement of foreign currency derivatives. Three months ended March 31, 2018 Adjusted EBITDA includes a $1.4 million net loss related to the settlement of foreign currency derivatives.

(4) Three months ended March 31, 2019 reflects an adjustment to exclude $0.8 million of transaction costs and $0.2 million related to extinguishment of debt. Three months ended December 31, 2018 reflects an adjustment to exclude $8.3 million of transaction costs and $2.8 million related to extinguishment of debt. Three months ended March 31, 2018 reflects an adjustment to exclude $0.5 million of transaction costs and other one-time items.

EPRA Net Asset Value (EPRA NAV)

As our entire portfolio is based in Europe, our management calculates European Public Real Estate Association net asset value, or EPRA NAV, a non-GAAP measure, to compare our balance sheet to other European real estate companies and believes that disclosing EPRA NAV provides investors with a meaningful measure of our net asset value. Our calculation of EPRA NAV is derived from our U.S. GAAP balance sheet with adjustments reflecting our interpretation of EPRA’s best practices recommendations. Accordingly, our calculation of EPRA NAV may be different from how other European real estate companies calculate EPRA NAV, which utilize International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) to prepare their balance sheet. EPRA NAV makes adjustments to net assets as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP in order to provide our stockholders a measure of fair value of our assets and liabilities with a long-term investment strategy. This performance measure excludes assets and liabilities that are not expected to materialize in normal circumstances. EPRA NAV includes the revaluation of investment properties and excludes the fair value of financial instruments that we intend to hold to maturity, deferred tax and goodwill that resulted from deferred tax. All other assets, including real property and investments reported at cost are adjusted to fair value based upon an independent third party valuation conducted in December and June of each year. This measure should not be considered as an alternative to measuring our net assets in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

The following table presents a reconciliation of total equity to EPRA NAV as at March 31, 2019 (dollars in thousands, other than per share data):

 
March 31, 2019
Total Equity $

682,379

 

Adjustments

 
Operating real estate, net intangibles and other

(871,448)

 

Fair value of properties 1,216,000  
Adjusted NAV 1,026,931  
 
Diluted NAV, after the exercise of options, convertibles and other equity interests 1,026,931
Fair value of financial instruments

(901)

 

EPRA NAV 1,026,030  
EPRA NAV per share(1) $ 20.48  

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(1) Based on 50.1 million common shares, operating partnership units and RSUs not subject to performance hurdles outstanding as of March 31, 2019. EPRA NAV per share does not take into account any potential dilution from restricted stock units subject to performance metrics not currently achieved.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains certain “forward looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward looking statements are generally identifiable by use of forward looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “potential,” “intend,” “expect,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “believe,” “could,” “project,” “predict,” “hypothetical,” “continue,” “future” or other similar words or expressions. Forward looking statements are not guarantees of performance and are based on certain assumptions, discuss future expectations, describe plans and strategies, contain projections of results of operations or of financial condition or state other forward looking information. Such statements include, but are not limited to, the likelihood and timing of successfully completing sales transactions and the amount of the net equity released after repayment of financing and transaction costs; the expected cost savings as a result of operational efficiencies, the time required to achieve such run rate cost savings; the availability of future borrowings under the revolving credit facility; the ability to execute on NRE’s strategy; NRE’s ability to maintain dividend payments, at current levels, or at all, and the timing of dividend levels declared. Forward looking statements are necessarily speculative in nature, and it can be expected that some or all of the assumptions underlying any forward-looking statements will not materialize or will vary significantly from actual results. Variations of assumptions and results may be material. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from NRE’s expectations include, but are not limited to, NRE’s liquidity and financial flexibility; NRE’s future cash available for distribution; the pace and result of any asset disposals contemplated by NRE; NRE’s use of leverage; the result of the ongoing review of the strategic alternatives for the company; and the anticipated strength and growth of NRE’s business. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward looking statements are specified in NRE’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Such forward looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. NRE expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in its expectations with regard thereto or change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

Disclaimer

As an opinion, the valuation by Cushman & Wakefield LLP referenced in this release is not a measure of realizable value and may not reflect the amount that would be received if the property in question were sold. Real estate valuation is inherently subjective due to, among other factors, the individual nature of each property, its location, the expected future rental revenues from that particular property and the valuation methodology adopted. Real estate valuations are subject to a large degree of uncertainty and are made on the basis of assumptions and methodologies that may not prove to be accurate, particularly in periods of volatility, low transaction flow or restricted debt availability in the commercial or residential real estate markets. For example, in the appraisal, a number of the properties were valued using the special assumption that such properties would be purchased through a tax-efficient special purpose vehicle, and is therefore subject to lower purchaser transaction expenses. If one or more assumptions are incorrect, the value may be materially lower than the appraised value.

Endnotes

1. Leverage, or loan to value, is calculated as property level debt plus portfolio level preferred equity divided by the Portfolio Market Value and unrestricted cash net of any outstanding balance on the revolving credit facility.

2. IRR = Internal Rate of Return.

3. The external third-party valuation was prepared by Cushman & Wakefield LLP in accordance with the current U.K. and Global edition of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' (RICS) Valuation - Professional Standards (the "Red Book") on the basis of "Fair Value", which is widely recognized within Europe as the leading professional standards for independent valuation professionals. Each property is classified as an investment and has been valued on the basis of Fair Value adopted by the International Accounting Standards Board. This is the equivalent to the Red Book definition of Market Value. The Red Book defines Market Value as the estimated amount for which an asset or liability should exchange on the valuation date between a willing buyer and a willing seller in an arm's-length transaction after proper marketing where the parties had each acted knowledgeably, prudently and without compulsion. The Cushman & Wakefield LLP valuation assumes that certain properties would be purchased through market accepted structures resulting in lower purchaser transaction expenses (taxes, duties, and similar costs). This Cushman & Wakefield LLP valuation is as of December 31, 2018, adjusted for currency movements as of March 31, 2019.

The $1.3 billion Portfolio Market Value comprises $1.2 billion real estate portfolio value based on the independent valuation by Cushman & Wakefield LLP and $40 million across two preferred equity investments (please refer to Note 11, “Fair Value” in the NRE Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 2019 included in Part I Item 1. “Financial Statements”).

4. Excludes the preferred equity investment.

5. Occupancy and weighted average remaining contractual lease term based on rent roll as of March 31, 2019, on a same store basis.

6. EPRA = European Public Real Estate. EPRA Net Asset Value (“EPRA NAV”).

Contacts

Investor Relations
Gordon Simpson
Finsbury
+1 855 527 8539 or +44 (0) 207 2513801
nre@finsbury.com

Contacts

Investor Relations
Gordon Simpson
Finsbury
+1 855 527 8539 or +44 (0) 207 2513801
nre@finsbury.com