Spirit MTA REIT Announces Second Quarter 2019 Financial and Operating Results

- Entered into a definitive agreement to sell the entities that comprise Master Trust 2014 -

- Filed a definitive proxy statement in connection with announced sale of Master Trust 2014 and a Proposed Plan of Voluntary Liquidation -

- Scheduled September 4, 2019 for Special Meeting of Shareholders -

DALLAS--()--Spirit MTA REIT (NYSE:SMTA) ("SMTA," “we” or the "Company"), a net-lease real estate investment trust ("REIT") headquartered in Dallas, Texas, today reported its financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019. Unless otherwise specified, financial and operating information prior to May 31, 2018 reflects the financial and operating information of SMTA's legal predecessor entities.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On June 2, 2019, we reached a definitive agreement to sell the entities that comprise Master Trust 2014 (the “Master Trust 2014 Sale”), as well as three assets presently owned by Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. (“Spirit”), to Hospitality Properties Trust (“HPT”) for $2.4 billion in total cash consideration, subject to certain adjustments. The Master Trust 2014 Sale is subject to customary conditions, including approval by a majority of SMTA’s shareholders. In connection with the sale, the Master Trust 2014 notes will be redeemed and the related make-whole premium owed as a result of the early repayment will be paid by HPT. Net proceeds to SMTA from this transaction are expected to be approximately $450.0 million.
  • On July 3, 2019, we reached an agreement to sell our distribution center leased to Academy Sports + Outdoors in the Other Properties segment for gross proceeds of $94.0 million and expected net proceeds of $7 million.
  • On August 5, 2019, in connection with the announced Master Trust 2014 Sale, we filed a definitive proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission and set September 4, 2019 as the date for a Special Meeting of Shareholders to vote on the Master Trust 2014 Sale and a proposed Plan of Voluntary Liquidation.
  • As of June 30, 2019, held $113.8 million in cash and cash equivalents.
  • During the second quarter of 2019, recovered $21.3 million of outstanding principal owed under the Shopko B-1 Term Loan.
  • During the second quarter of 2019, disposed of nine properties, all in the Master Trust 2014 segment, for $11.6 million in gross proceeds and $10.9 million in net proceeds. Net proceeds of Master Trust 2014 assets disposed subsequent to March 31, 2019 will be credited to HPT at closing, in accordance with the Master Trust 2014 Sale.
  • Subsequent to quarter-end, the Company disposed of its distribution center leased to Crown Distributing LLC in the Other Properties segment for gross proceeds of $12.2 million and net proceeds of $11.7 million.

CEO COMMENTS

During the second quarter, having evaluated multiple options, we announced an agreement to sell the entities comprising Master Trust 2014, as well as three assets owned by Spirit, to HPT. We are seeking shareholder approval on September 4, 2019 for the Master Trust 2014 Sale and a plan of voluntary liquidation of our Company. Additionally, we reached an agreement with our Manager, among other things, to reduce the management cost to SMTA during the liquidation process. We have continued to sell assets held outside of Master Trust 2014 and have recovered certain amounts owed under the Shopko B-1 Term Loan. Our overriding focus has been to execute this process expeditiously and efficiently, addressing issues which may unduly delay the timing of the liquidating distributions we intend to make to our shareholders,” stated SMTA Chief Executive Officer and President Ricardo Rodriguez.

PORTFOLIO HIGHLIGHTS

As of June 30, 2019, SMTA's diversified real estate portfolio, comprised of 781 Owned Properties, with 767 and 14 in the Master Trust 2014 and Other Properties segments, respectively, was 97.1% occupied with a weighted average remaining lease term of 8.6 years.

During the six months ended June 30, 2019, SMTA disposed of 12 properties for $17.0 million in gross proceeds. 11 of the properties were within Master Trust 2014 and one property was within the Other Properties segment. Additionally, $157.4 million of CMBS debt was eliminated by the foreclosure of the remaining 85 Shopko assets (83 owned properties and two seller-financed notes on properties) collateralizing the loan.

FINANCIAL RESULTS

Total revenues for the Master Trust 2014 and Other Properties segments were $44.7 million and $5.6 million, respectively, for the three months ended June 30, 2019, compared to $44.8 million and $16.2 million for the same period in 2018. Total revenues for the Master Trust 2014 and Other Properties segments were $90.2 million and $15.6 million, respectively, for the six months ended June 30, 2019, compared to $90.0 million and $31.0 million for the same period in 2018. The decrease in revenues for the Other Properties segment from 2018 to 2019 is primarily a result of the foreclosure on the Shopko assets during the first quarter of 2019.

Net loss attributable to common shareholders was $20.5 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2019, compared to net loss of $0.3 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the same period in 2018. Net loss attributable to common shareholders was $62.8 million, or $1.47 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2019, compared to net loss of $7.9 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, for the same period in 2018.

On May 1, 2019, the Board of Trustees declared a special cash dividend of $0.33 per common share that was paid on July 15, 2019 to holders of record as of June 28, 2019. The Board of Trustees also declared a cash dividend of $0.625 per SMTA Preferred Share and SubREIT’s Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $45.00 per SubREIT Series A Preferred Share, both of which were paid on June 28, 2019 to holders of record as of June 14, 2019. The amount and timing of any future dividends will be at the discretion of the Board of Trustees and will depend on many factors, including, but not limited to, maintaining the Company's REIT tax status, as applicable, timing and magnitude of disposition activities and working capital needs.

BALANCE SHEET, LIQUIDITY & CAPITAL MARKETS

  • As of June 30, 2019, net investments for the Master Trust 2014 and Other Properties segments were $1.67 billion and $144.5 million, respectively.
  • As of June 30, 2019, total cash was $113.8 million and restricted cash for the Master Trust 2014 and Other Properties segments was $37.3 million and $1.3 million, respectively.
  • As of June 30, 2019, debt for the Master Trust 2014 and Other Properties segments was $1.89 billion and $81.4 million, respectively.
  • As of August 8, 2019, total cash was $105.1 million.
  • As of August 8, 2019, the Company held $55.7 million in restricted cash, comprised of the Master Trust 2014 Reserve Account, Master Trust Liquidity Reserve, Master Trust collection account and other lender-controlled cash.

EARNINGS WEBCAST

The Company has provided pre-recorded comments from management. Interested parties can listen to the presentation via the following:

Internet:

 

The webcast link can be located on the investor relations page of the Company's website at www.spiritmastertrust.com

 

Telephone:

 

(844) 512-2921 (Domestic) / (412) 317-6671 (International)

 

 

Available through August 29, 2019 with access code 1135171

ABOUT SPIRIT MTA REIT

Spirit MTA REIT (NYSE:SMTA) is a net-lease REIT headquartered in Dallas, Texas. SMTA owns one of the largest, most diversified and seasoned commercial real estate backed master funding vehicles. SMTA is managed by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. (NYSE:SRC), one of the largest publicly traded triple net-lease REITs.

As of June 30, 2019, our diversified portfolio was comprised of 781 Owned Properties and six properties securing mortgage loans made by the Company. Our Owned Properties, with an aggregate gross leasable area of approximately 13.8 million square feet, are leased to approximately 207 tenants across 43 states and 24 industries. More information about Spirit MTA REIT can be found on the investor relations page of the Company's website at www.spiritmastertrust.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING AND CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "expect," "plan," "will," "estimate," "project," "intend," "believe," "guidance," “approximately,” “anticipate,” “may,” “should,” “seek” 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 to historical matters. You can also identify forward-looking statements by discussions of strategy, plans or intentions of management. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that you should not rely on as predictions of future events. Forward-looking statements depend on assumptions, data and/or methods which may be incorrect or imprecise and we may not be able to realize them. The following risks and uncertainties, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, which include, but are not limited to: industry and economic conditions; the outcome of the shareholder vote to approve the Master Trust 2014 Sale; SMTA’s ability to close the Master Trust 2014 Sale by satisfying the conditions to closing and completing the proposed Master Trust 2014 Sale; SMTA’s dependence on its external manager, a subsidiary of Spirit Realty Capital, Inc., to conduct its business and achieve its investment objectives; unknown liabilities acquired in connection with acquired properties or interests in real-estate related entities; general risks affecting the real estate industry and local real estate markets (including, without limitation, market value of SMTA’s properties, potential illiquidity of SMTA’s remaining real estate investments, condemnations, and potential damage from natural disasters); the financial performance of SMTA’s tenants; the impact of any financial, accounting, legal or regulatory issues or litigation that may affect SMTA or its major tenants; volatility and uncertainty in the financial markets, including potential fluctuations in the consumer price index; risks associated with its failure or unwillingness to maintain SMTA’s status as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and other additional risks discussed in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. SMTA expressly disclaims any responsibility to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

NOTICE REGARDING NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

This press release may refer to certain non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures are in addition to, not a substitute for or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered replacements for, and should be read together with, the most comparable GAAP financial measures. Definitions of non-GAAP financial measures, reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and statements of why management believes these measures are useful to investors are included below.

REPORTING DEFINITIONS AND EXPLANATIONS

Annualized Cash Rent represents Annualized Contractual Rent, less any rent reserved for.
Annualized Contractual Rent represents the monthly Contractual Rent multiplied by twelve.
Contractual Rent represents monthly contractual cash rent, excluding percentage rents, from properties owned fee-simple or ground leased, recognized during the final month of the reporting period, adjusted to exclude amounts received from properties sold during that period and adjusted to include a full month of contractual rent for properties acquired during that period. We use Contractual Rent when calculating certain metrics that are useful to evaluate portfolio credit, asset type, industry and geographic diversity and to manage risk.
Gross Investment represents the gross acquisition cost including the contracted purchase price and related capitalized transaction costs.
Liquidity Reserve represents cash held on deposit until there is a cashflow shortfall as defined in the Master Trust 2014 agreements or a liquidation of Master Trust 2014 occurs.
Master Trust 2014 is an asset-backed securitization trust established in 2005, and amended and restated in 2014, which issues non-recourse notes collateralized by commercial real estate, net-leases and mortgage loans from time to time. Indirect special purpose entity subsidiaries of the Company are the borrowers. This liability is discussed in greater detail in our financial statements and the notes thereto included in our periodic reports filed with the SEC.
Occupancy is calculated by dividing the number of economically yielding Owned Properties in the portfolio as of the measurement date by the number of total Owned Properties on said date.
Other Properties are all properties not included in the Master Trust 2014.
Owned Properties refers to properties owned fee-simple or ground leased by Company subsidiaries as lessee.
Real Estate Investment represents the Gross Investment plus improvements less impairment charges.
SMTA Preferred Stock refers to the 10% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock.
Weighted Average Remaining Lease Term is calculated by dividing the sum product of (a) a stated revenue or sales price component and (b) the lease term for each lease by (c) the sum of the total revenue or sales price components for all leases within the sample.
Workout Assets include tenants or properties that are targeted for potential future dispositions or other lease restructurings.

Spirit MTA REIT

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

June 30, 2019

 

 

December 31, 2018

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real estate investments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land and improvements

$

760,824

 

 

$

870,549

 

Buildings and improvements

 

1,375,537

 

 

 

1,526,933

 

Total real estate investments

 

2,136,361

 

 

 

2,397,482

 

Less: accumulated depreciation

 

(446,845

)

 

 

(459,615

)

 

 

1,689,516

 

 

 

1,937,867

 

Loans receivable, net

 

26,405

 

 

 

30,093

 

Intangible lease assets, net

 

71,051

 

 

 

79,314

 

Real estate assets held for sale, net

 

28,090

 

 

 

7,263

 

Net investments

 

1,815,062

 

 

 

2,054,537

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

113,825

 

 

 

161,013

 

Deferred costs and other assets, net

 

76,752

 

 

 

83,087

 

Goodwill

 

7,012

 

 

 

7,012

 

Total assets

$

2,012,651

 

 

$

2,305,649

 

Liabilities and deficit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mortgages and notes payable, net

$

1,974,511

 

 

$

2,138,804

 

Intangible lease liabilities, net

 

15,889

 

 

 

17,676

 

Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities

 

46,810

 

 

 

83,629

 

Total liabilities

 

2,037,210

 

 

 

2,240,109

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redeemable preferred equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMTA Preferred Shares, $0.01 par value, $25 per share liquidation preference, 20,000,000 shares authorized: 6,000,000 shares issued and outstanding at both June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018

 

150,000

 

 

 

150,000

 

SubREIT Preferred Shares, $0.01 par value, $1,000 per share liquidation preference, 50,000,000 shares authorized: 5,125 shares issued and outstanding at both June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018

 

5,125

 

 

 

5,125

 

Total redeemable preferred equity

 

155,125

 

 

 

155,125

 

Shareholders' deficit:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common shares, $0.01 par value, 750,000,000 shares authorized; 43,159,931 and 43,000,862 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively

 

432

 

 

 

430

 

Capital in excess of common share par value

 

202,264

 

 

 

201,056

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(382,380

)

 

 

(291,071

)

Total shareholders' deficit

 

(179,684

)

 

 

(89,585

)

Total liabilities and deficit

$

2,012,651

 

 

$

2,305,649

 

Spirit MTA REIT

Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive (Loss) Income

(In Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rental income

$

48,513

 

 

$

59,644

 

 

$

101,565

 

 

$

119,252

 

Interest income on loans receivable

 

893

 

 

 

752

 

 

 

2,129

 

 

 

833

 

Other income

 

929

 

 

 

562

 

 

 

2,122

 

 

 

941

 

Total revenues

 

50,335

 

 

 

60,958

 

 

 

105,816

 

 

 

121,026

 

Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General and administrative

 

1,145

 

 

 

3,571

 

 

 

4,773

 

 

 

9,222

 

Related party fees

 

6,392

 

 

 

3,351

 

 

 

13,342

 

 

 

5,081

 

Transaction costs

 

4,354

 

 

 

5,525

 

 

 

4,960

 

 

 

8,542

 

Shopko-related expenses

 

10,689

 

 

 

 

 

 

13,113

 

 

 

 

Property costs (including reimbursable)

 

1,888

 

 

 

2,251

 

 

 

3,461

 

 

 

3,664

 

Interest

 

27,575

 

 

 

27,743

 

 

 

59,910

 

 

 

55,755

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

17,321

 

 

 

21,109

 

 

 

36,696

 

 

 

42,102

 

(Recoveries of) allowance for loan losses and impairment

 

(1,463

)

 

 

1,247

 

 

 

4,574

 

 

 

6,072

 

Total expenses

 

67,901

 

 

 

64,797

 

 

 

140,829

 

 

 

130,438

 

Other income (loss):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss on debt extinguishment

 

 

 

 

(108

)

 

 

(21,267

)

 

 

(363

)

Gain on disposition of real estate assets

 

1,041

 

 

 

4,948

 

 

 

1,519

 

 

 

3,254

 

Total other income (loss)

 

1,041

 

 

 

4,840

 

 

 

(19,748

)

 

 

2,891

 

(Loss) income before income tax expense

 

(16,525

)

 

 

1,001

 

 

 

(54,761

)

 

 

(6,521

)

Income tax expense

 

(41

)

 

 

(22

)

 

 

(75

)

 

 

(79

)

Net (loss) income and total comprehensive (loss) income

 

(16,566

)

 

 

979

 

 

 

(54,836

)

 

 

(6,600

)

Preferred dividends

 

(3,983

)

 

 

(1,325

)

 

 

(7,958

)

 

 

(1,325

)

Net loss attributable to common shareholders

$

(20,549

)

 

$

(346

)

 

$

(62,794

)

 

$

(7,925

)

Net loss per share attributable to common shareholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

(0.48

)

 

$

(0.01

)

 

$

(1.47

)

 

$

(0.18

)

Diluted

$

(0.48

)

 

$

(0.01

)

 

$

(1.47

)

 

$

(0.18

)

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

42,964,179

 

 

 

42,851,010

 

 

 

42,912,589

 

 

 

42,851,010

 

Diluted

 

42,964,179

 

 

 

42,851,010

 

 

 

42,912,589

 

 

 

42,851,010

 

Spirit MTA REIT

Components of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(In Millions, Unaudited)

Components of Pro Forma NAV

   

Master Trust 2014

June 30, 2019

Master Trust 2014 anticipated sale proceeds (1)

$

450.0

 

 

 

Academy Distribution Center

June 30, 2019

Academy anticipated sale proceeds

$

7.0

 

 

 

Workout Assets

June 30, 2019

Workout Assets Annualized Contractual Rent (2)

$

5.8

Real Estate Investment of vacant Workout Assets

$

8.6

 

 

 

Other Assets

June 30, 2019

Unrestricted cash

$

113.8

 

 

 

Other Liabilities

June 30, 2019

Termination fee (3)

$

48.1

Dividends payable

$

14.3

Redeemable preferred equity

$

155.1

(1)

 

Net proceeds to SMTA from the Master Trust 2014 Sale are expected to be approximately $450.0 million after taking into consideration (i) redemption of the Master Trust 2014 notes, (ii) purchasing three travel center properties from Spirit, (iii) proceeds from the repayment of the mortgage loans in Master Trust 2014, (iv) cash released by the Master Trust 2014 upon redemption of the notes and (v) certain adjustments for working capital, interim Master Trust 2014 cash flows between signing and closing, and transaction costs.

(2)

 

Property cost leakage for Workout Assets for the twelve months ended June 30, 2019 was $2.5 million.

(3)

 

Termination fee is 1.75x the sum of the annualized asset management fee under the Asset Management Agreement of $20.0 million and the annualized property management fee under the Property Management and Servicing Agreement of approximately $7.5 million.

Spirit MTA REIT

Workout Assets Overview as of June 30, 2019

(Dollars and Square Feet In Thousands, Unaudited)

   

Tenant (1)

Industry

Asset
Type

Square
Feet

 

City

State

Zip Code

Annualized
Cash Rent (2)(3)

Remaining
Lease
Term
(Years)

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (4)

Multi-Tenant

Office

164,616

 

 

Columbia

SC

29204

$

2,193

 

0.4

Crown Distributing LLC

Distribution

Industrial

93,878

 

 

Arlington

WA

98223

 

845

 

9.8

Children's Learning Adventure USA, LLC

Education

Retail

25,190

 

 

The Woodlands

TX

77384

 

728

 

17.6

Children's Learning Adventure USA, LLC

Education

Retail

25,737

 

 

East Humble

TX

77398

 

724

 

17.6

Children's Learning Adventure USA, LLC

Education

Retail

20,032

 

 

Henderson

NV

89052

 

684

 

17.6

Neighbors Health System, Inc.

Medical / Other Office

Retail

8,000

 

 

Midland

TX

79707

 

423

 

8.3

Neighbors Health System, Inc.

Medical / Other Office

Retail

6,500

 

 

Orange

TX

77630

 

200

 

7.9

7-Eleven, Inc.

Convenience Stores

Retail

1

(5)

 

Arlington

TX

76011

 

(5)

14.9

Vacant

Vacant

Retail

46,538

 

 

Kansas City

KS

66109

 

 

Vacant

Vacant

Retail

28,500

 

 

Sacramento

CA

95828

 

 

Vacant

Vacant

Retail

34,395

 

 

Denver

CO

80223

 

 

Vacant

Vacant

Retail

8,836

 

 

El Paso

TX

79936

 

 

Vacant

Vacant

Retail

6,371

 

 

Tyler

TX

75701

 

 

(1)

 

Tenants represent legal entities ultimately responsible for obligations under the lease agreements or affiliated entities. Other tenants may operate the same or similar business concepts or brands as those set forth above.

(2)

 

Annualized Cash Rent and Annualized Contractual Rent were equal for the Workout Assets as of June 30, 2019.

(3)

 

Property cost leakage for the twelve months ended June 30, 2019 for the Workout Assets held as of June 30, 2019 was $2.4 million.

(4)

 

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP occupies 135,311 square feet of the multi-tenant building. All Annualized Cash Rents pertain to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

(5)

 

Tenant provided a rent-free period during tenant's construction phase of its asset.

 

Contacts

INVESTORS
Investor Relations
(972) 476-1409
SMTAInvestorRelations@SpiritRealty.com

Contacts

INVESTORS
Investor Relations
(972) 476-1409
SMTAInvestorRelations@SpiritRealty.com