World News: 21:23 GMT Tuesday 7th February 2017. [CareTrust REIT via Globe Newswire via SPi World News]
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Feb. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CareTrust REIT, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRE) reported today operating results for the fourth quarter of 2016 and for the full year 2016, as well as other recent events.
For the quarter, CareTrust REIT:
For the full year 2016, CareTrust REIT:
Subsequent to year-end, CareTrust REIT acquired two assisted living facilities for approximately $26.1 million (inclusive of transaction costs), generating an initial cash yield of 8.3%.
Discussing CareTrust REIT’s progress during the quarter and full year 2016, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Greg Stapley remarked, “Our fourth quarter Texas acquisition and related new operator relationship, together with our equity raise to match-fund the acquisition, brought a great finish to the year.” He noted that 2016 saw the company further its disciplined growth and diversification strategy, nearly doubling its operator bullpen, reducing run-rate debt-to-EBITDA to 4.6x, and crossing the $100 million run-rate rental revenue mark. “We look forward to leveraging our operating experience and platform to again generate solid returns for our shareholders in 2017.”
Chief Financial Officer Bill Wagner reported that for the quarter, CareTrust REIT generated net income of $8.4 million, or $0.14 per diluted weighted-average common share, normalized FFO of $17.2 million or $0.28 per diluted weighted-average common share, and normalized FAD of $18.0 million or $0.29 per diluted weighted-average common share.
For the full year 2016, Mr. Wagner reported that CareTrust REIT generated net income of $29.4 million, or $0.52 per diluted weighted-average common share, normalized FFO of $62.0 million or $1.10 per diluted weighted-average common share, and normalized FAD of $65.6 million or $1.17 per diluted weighted-average common share.
Mr. Wagner also discussed CareTrust REIT’s liquidity, reviewing its 2016 underwritten public equity offerings and at-the-market program activity. With its March and November 2016 public equity offerings, CareTrust REIT issued and sold approximately 16.1 million shares of common stock at average prices of $11.35 and $13.35 per share respectively, for an aggregate $186.7 million in net proceeds. With its 2016 at-the-market offerings, CareTrust REIT issued approximately 0.9 million shares of common stock at an average price of $15.31 per share for $14.1 million in gross proceeds. Subsequent to year-end, CareTrust REIT issued approximately 1.1 million shares at an average price of $15.46 per share for $16.6 million in gross proceeds under the at-the-market program.
Mr. Wagner further reported a year-end outstanding balance of approximately $95.0 million under CareTrust REIT’s $300 million unsecured revolving credit facility. Currently, there is approximately $110.0 million outstanding under the revolver. He added that CareTrust REIT’s run-rate debt-to-EBITDA ratio was approximately 4.6x, and its debt-to-enterprise value was approximately 32%, each at year-end. He also noted that CareTrust continues to have no property-level debt and, taking into account existing extension rights, no debt maturing before 2020.
Mr. Wagner provided CareTrust REIT’s 2017 earnings guidance projecting, on a per-diluted weighted-average common share basis, net income of approximately $0.60 to $0.62, normalized FFO of approximately $1.11 to $1.13, and normalized FAD of approximately $1.18 to $1.20. This 2017 guidance assumes no new acquisitions beyond those made to date, no new debt incurrences or new equity issuances, and no future CPI-based rent escalators under CareTrust REIT’s long-term net-leases.
During the quarter, CareTrust declared a quarterly dividend of $0.17 per common share, bringing the full year 2016 dividend to $0.68 per common share. “Our 2016 dividends represent a FFO payout ratio of approximately 62% based on our actual 2016 FFO,” said Mr. Wagner. “At this level, our dividend remains among the best-protected of all our industry peers, while giving us ample additional growth capital to reinvest and providing a solid overall return to our shareholders,” he added.
A conference call will be held on Wednesday, February 8, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (10:00 a.m. Pacific Time), during which CareTrust REIT’s management will discuss fourth quarter and full year 2016 results, recent developments and other matters affecting CareTrust REIT’s business and prospects. The dial-in number for this call is (844) 220-4972 (U.S.) or (317) 973-4053 (International). The conference ID number is 65149740. To listen to the call online, or to view any financial or other statistical information required by SEC Regulation G, please visit the Investors section of the CareTrust REIT website at . The call will be recorded, and will be available for replay via the website for 30 days following the call.
CareTrust REIT, Inc. is a self-administered, publicly-traded real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership, acquisition and leasing of seniors housing and healthcare-related properties. With 153 net-leased healthcare properties and three operated seniors housing properties in 20 states, CareTrust is pursuing opportunities across the nation to acquire properties that will be leased to a diverse group of local, regional and national seniors housing operators, healthcare services providers, and other healthcare-related businesses. More information about CareTrust REIT is available at .
EBITDA represents net income before interest expense (including amortization of deferred financing costs) and amortization of stock-based compensation, and depreciation and amortization. Normalized EBITDA represents EBITDA as further adjusted to eliminate the impact of certain items that the Company does not consider indicative of core operating performance, such as costs associated with the spin-off, impairments, expensed acquisition costs, and gains or losses on the sale of real estate. EBITDA and Normalized EBITDA do not represent cash flows from operations or net income as defined by GAAP and should not be considered an alternative to those measures in evaluating the Company’s liquidity or operating performance. EBITDA and Normalized EBITDA do not purport to be indicative of cash available to fund future cash requirements, including the Company’s ability to fund capital expenditures or make payments on its indebtedness. Further, the Company’s computation of EBITDA and Normalized EBITDA may not be comparable to EBITDA and Normalized EBITDA reported by other REITs.
Funds from Operations (“FFO”), as defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”), and Funds Available for Distribution (“FAD”) are important non-GAAP supplemental measures of operating performance for a REIT. Because the historical cost accounting convention used for real estate assets requires straight-line depreciation except on land, such accounting presentation implies that the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably over time. However, since real estate values have historically risen or fallen with market and other conditions, presentations of operating results for a REIT that uses historical cost accounting for depreciation could be less informative. Thus, NAREIT created FFO as a supplemental measure of operating performance for REITs that excludes historical cost depreciation and amortization, among other items, from net income, as defined by GAAP.
FFO is defined by NAREIT as net income computed in accordance with GAAP, excluding gains or losses from real estate dispositions, real estate depreciation and amortization and impairment charges, and adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. The Company computes FFO in accordance with NAREIT’s definition.
FAD is defined as FFO excluding non-cash income and expenses, such as amortization of stock-based compensation, amortization of deferred financing costs and the effects of straight-line rent. The Company considers FAD to be a useful supplemental measure to evaluate the Company’s operating results excluding these income and expense items to help investors, analysts and other interested parties compare the operating performance of the Company between periods or as compared to other companies on a more consistent basis.
In addition, the Company reports normalized FFO and normalized FAD, which adjust FFO and FAD for certain revenue and expense items that the Company does not believe are indicative of its ongoing operating results, such as costs associated with the spin-off, written-off deferred financing fees, expensed acquisition costs, and other unanticipated charges. By excluding these items, investors, analysts and our management can compare normalized FFO and normalized FAD between periods more consistently.
While FFO, normalized FFO, FAD and normalized FAD are relevant and widely-used measures of operating performance among REITs, they do not represent cash flows from operations or net income as defined by GAAP and should not be considered an alternative to those measures in evaluating the Company’s liquidity or operating performance. FFO, normalized FFO, FAD and normalized FAD do not purport to be indicative of cash available to fund future cash requirements.
Further, the Company’s computation of FFO, normalized FFO, FAD and normalized FAD may not be comparable to FFO, normalized FFO, FAD and normalized FAD reported by other REITs that do not define FFO in accordance with the current NAREIT definition or that interpret the current NAREIT definition or define FAD differently than the Company does.
The Company believes that net income, as defined by GAAP, is the most appropriate earnings measure. The Company also believes that the use of EBITDA, Normalized EBITDA, FFO, normalized FFO, FAD and normalized FAD, combined with the required GAAP presentations, improves the understanding of operating results of REITs among investors and makes comparisons of operating results among such companies more meaningful. The Company considers EBITDA and Normalized EBITDA useful in understanding the Company’s operating results independent of its capital structure and indebtedness, thereby allowing for a more meaningful comparison of operating performance between periods and against other REITs. The Company considers FFO, normalized FFO, FAD and normalized FAD to be useful measures for reviewing comparative operating and financial performance because, by excluding gains or losses from real estate dispositions, impairment charges and real estate depreciation and amortization, and, for FAD and normalized FAD, by excluding non-cash income and expenses such as amortization of stock-based compensation, amortization of deferred financing costs, and the effects of straight-line rent, FFO, normalized FFO, FAD and normalized FAD can help investors compare the Company’s operating performance between periods and to other REITs.
CareTrust REIT, Inc.
Globe Newswire: 21:23 GMT Tuesday 7th February 2017
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