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Lexington Realty Trust Announces Fourth Quarter 2016 Activity

Company Release - 1/10/2017 4:15 PM ET

NEW YORK, Jan. 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lexington Realty Trust (“Lexington”) (NYSE:LXP), a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on single-tenant real estate investments, announced the following update on its fourth quarter 2016 transaction activity.

Highlights

  • Acquired two industrial properties for an aggregate cost of $97.5 million and completed 389,000 square feet of the Lake Jackson, TX build-to-suit project for an estimated cost of $78.5 million.
  • Disposed of nine office properties for $87.1 million.
  • Invested $25.4 million in on-going build-to-suit projects and committed to acquire two industrial properties in 2017 for an aggregate cost of $71.7 million.
  • Issued approximately 1.0 million common shares at an average gross price of $10.75 per share under its At-The-Market (“ATM”) offering program.
  • Retired $14.0 million of secured debt.
  • Completed 0.7 million square feet of new leases and lease extensions with overall portfolio 96.0% leased at quarter end.

Transaction Activity

ACQUISITIONS AND COMPLETED BUILD-TO-SUIT TRANSACTIONS
Primary Tenant
(Guarantor)
 Location Sq. Ft. Property 
Type
 Initial
Basis
($000)
 Estimated
Annual
GAAP
Rent
($000)
 Initial
Annualized
Cash Rent
($000)
 Estimated 
GAAP 
Yield
 Initial 
Cash 
Yield
 Approximate
Lease 
Term 
(Yrs)
Aryzta, LLC (Aryzta AG) Romeoville, IL 188,000  Industrial $52,700  $3,544  $3,301  6.7% 6.3% 15
Amazon.com.dedc, LLC (Amazon.com Inc.) Edwardsville, IL 770,000  Industrial 44,800  2,682  2,501  6.0% 5.6% 10
The Dow Chemical Company(1) Lake Jackson, TX 389,000  Office 78,484  8,673  7,108  9.5% 7.7% 20
    1,347,000    $175,984  $14,899  $12,910  7.8% 6.7%  
 
1. Three of four buildings completed in Q4 2016. Estimated GAAP and cash yields reflect estimated costs of completion of final building and developer partner payout of all four buildings, as set forth in the table immediately below.


ON-GOING BUILD-TO-SUIT PROJECTS  
Location Sq. Ft. Property
Type
 Maximum
Commitment/Estimated
Completion Cost
($000)
 GAAP Investment
Balance as of 
12/31/2016 ($000)(1)
 Estimated
Completion
Date
 Approximate
Lease
Term  
(Yrs)
Lake Jackson, TX(2) 275,000  Office $78,447  $55,960  1Q 17 20
Charlotte, NC 201,000  Office 62,445  40,443  2Q 17 15
Opelika, AL 165,000  Industrial 37,000  10,249  2Q 17 25
  641,000    $177,892  $106,652     
 
1. During the quarter, Lexington funded $25.4 million of the projected costs of the above projects, including the completed Lake Jackson buildings.
2. Total project is 664,000 square feet. 389,000 square feet completed in Q4 2016 as set forth in the table above.


FORWARD PURCHASE COMMITMENTS
Location Sq. Ft. Property 
Type
 Maximum 
Acquisition Cost 
($000)
 Estimated
Completion
Date
 Estimated
GAAP 
Yield
 Estimated
Initial
Cash Yield
 Approximate
Lease
Term  
(Yrs)
Grand Prairie, TX 215,000  Industrial $24,725  2Q 17 7.6% 6.2% 20
Warren, MI(1) 260,000  Industrial 47,000  3Q 17 8.3% 7.3% 15
  475,000    $71,725    8.0% 6.9%  
 
1. Lexington issued a $4.6 million letter of credit.


PROPERTY DISPOSITIONS
Primary Tenant Location Property
Type
 Gross
Disposition
Price ($000)
 Annualized Net
Income(1)(2)
($000)
 Annualized NOI(1)
($000)
 Month of
Disposition
Vacant Canonsburg, PA Office $8,250  $(330) $(330) October
Avnet, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Office 32,000  1,276  1,949  October
Bank of America, National Association Los Angeles, CA Office 19,200  1,014  1,107  November
BluePearl Holdings, LLC(3) Tampa, FL/Houston, TX Office 15,177  566  946  November
Nextel of Texas, Inc.(4) Temple, TX Office 7,463  (366) 800  December
Vacant Westmont, IL Office 5,000  (682) (635) December
      $87,090  $1,478  $3,837   
 
1. Quarterly period prior to sale annualized.
2. Excludes impairment charges recognized.
3. Four properties.
4. Conveyed to lender in a foreclosure sale.

Including fourth quarter 2016 disposition activity, consolidated 2016 disposition volume totaled $663.0 million at average GAAP and cash capitalization rates of 10.2% and 5.1%, respectively.

LOAN INVESTMENTS

Lexington collected an aggregate $1.6 million in full satisfaction of three loan investments secured by portfolios of single-tenant retail properties.

Leasing Activity

During the fourth quarter of 2016, Lexington executed the following new and extended leases:

  LEASE EXTENSIONS    
            
  Location Primary Tenant(1)Prior
Term
 Lease 
Expiration Date
 Sq. Ft.
  Office/Multi-Tenant        
1 San AntonioTX United Healthcare Services, Inc. 11/2017 11/2024 142,500 
2-3 VariousHI/PA N/A 2016-2017 2019-2020 1,521 
3 Total office lease extensions      144,021 
            
  Industrial/Multi-Tenant        
1 PlymouthIN Bay Valley Foods, LLC 12/2016 12/2018 300,500 
2 AntiochTN Wirtgen America, Inc. 12/2016 12/2019 73,500 
2 Total industrial/multi-tenant lease extensions       374,000 
            
  Other        
1 ChattanoogaTN BI-LO LLC/K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. 06/2017 06/2019 42,130 
1 Total other lease extensions       42,130 
            
6 Total lease extensions       560,151 
            
  NEW LEASES         
            
  Location     Lease
Expiration Date
 Sq. Ft.
  Office/Multi-Tenant        
1 Farmers BranchTX Brain Synergy Institute, LLC   09/2024 12,707 
2 RichmondVA N/A   02/2027 8,503 
3 HamptonVA Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation(2)   08/2023 71,073 
4-9 Honolulu/Farmers BranchHI/TX N/A   2017-2022 5,436 
9 Total new office leases       97,719 
            
9 Total new leases       97,719 
            
15 TOTAL NEW AND EXTENDED LEASES       657,870 
 
1. Leases greater than 10,000 square feet.
2. Lease commences January 1, 2020 following expiration of existing tenant's lease.

As of December 31, 2016, Lexington's portfolio was 96.0% leased, excluding any property subject to a mortgage in default.

Dividends/Distributions

As previously announced, during the fourth quarter of 2016, Lexington declared a regular quarterly common share dividend/distribution for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 of $0.175 per common share/unit, which is payable on January 17, 2017 to common shareholders/unitholders of record as of December 30, 2016. Lexington previously announced and declared a dividend of $0.8125 per share on its Series C Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock (“Series C Preferred Shares”), which is payable on February 15, 2017 to Series C Preferred Shareholders of record as of January 31, 2017.

Balance Sheet/Capital Markets

In the fourth quarter of 2016, Lexington issued 976,109 common shares at an average gross price of $10.75 per share under its ATM offering program.

During the fourth quarter of 2016, Lexington satisfied $14.0 million of secured debt with a weighted-average interest rate of 5.2%.

ABOUT LEXINGTON REALTY TRUST

Lexington Realty Trust (NYSE:LXP) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns a diversified portfolio of real estate assets consisting primarily of equity and debt investments in single-tenant net-leased commercial properties across the United States. Lexington seeks to expand its portfolio through build-to-suit transactions, sale-leaseback transactions and other transactions, including acquisitions. For more information or to follow Lexington on social media, visit www.lxp.com

This release contains certain forward-looking statements which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties or other factors not under Lexington's control which may cause actual results, performance or achievements of Lexington to be materially different from the results, performance, or other expectations implied by these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed under the headings “Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Risk Factors” in Lexington's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including risks related to: (1) the successful consummation of any lease, acquisition, build-to-suit, financing or other transaction, (2) the failure to continue to qualify as a real estate investment trust, (3) changes in general business and economic conditions, including the impact of any legislation, (4) competition, (5) increases in real estate construction costs, (6) changes in interest rates, (7) changes in accessibility of debt and equity capital markets, and (8) future impairment charges. Copies of the periodic reports Lexington files with the Securities and Exchange Commission are available on Lexington's web site at www.lxp.com. Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe Lexington's future plans, strategies and expectations, are generally identifiable by use of the words “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “projects”, “may,” “plans,” “predicts,” “will,” “will likely result,” “is optimistic,” “goal,” “objective” or similar expressions and include initial projected leveraged returns. Except as required by law, Lexington undertakes no obligation to publicly release the results of any revisions to those forward-looking statements which may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the occurrence of unanticipated events. Accordingly, there is no assurance that Lexington's expectations will be realized.

References to Lexington refer to Lexington Realty Trust and its consolidated subsidiaries. All interests in properties and loans are held through special purpose entities, which are separate and distinct legal entities, some of which are consolidated for financial statement purposes and/or disregarded for income tax purposes. The assets and credit of each special purpose entity with a property subject to a mortgage loan (a “property owner subsidiary”) are not available to creditors to satisfy the debt and other obligations of any other person, including any other special purpose entity or affiliate. Consolidated entities that are not property owner subsidiaries do not directly own any of the assets of a property owner subsidiary (or the general partner, member of managing member of such property owner subsidiary, but merely hold partnership, membership or beneficial interests therein which interests are subordinate to the claims of the property owner subsidiary's general partner's, member's or managing member's creditors).

Non-GAAP Financial Measures - Definitions

Lexington has used non-GAAP financial measures as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation G in this release and in other public disclosures.

Lexington believes that the measures defined below are helpful to investors in measuring our performance or that of an individual investment. Since these measures exclude certain items which are included in their respective most comparable measures under generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), reliance on the measures has limitations; management compensates for these limitations by using the measures simply as supplemental measures that are weighed in balance with other GAAP measures. These measures are not necessarily indications of our cash flow available to fund cash needs. Additionally, they should not be used as an alternative to the respective most comparable GAAP measures when evaluating Lexington's financial performance or cash flow from operating, investing or financing activities or liquidity.

Cash Rent: Cash Rent is calculated by making adjustments to GAAP rent to remove the impact of GAAP required adjustments to rental income such as adjustments for straight-line rents relating to free rent periods and contractual rent increases. Cash Rent excludes lease termination income. Lexington believes Cash Rent provides a meaningful indication of an investment's ability to fund cash needs.

GAAP and Cash Yield or Capitalization Rate: GAAP and cash yields or capitalization rates are measures of operating performance used to evaluate the individual performance of an investment. These measures are not presented or intended to be viewed as a liquidity or performance measure that present a numerical measure of Lexington's historical or future financial performance, financial position or cash flows. The yield or capitalization rate is calculated by dividing the annualized NOI (as defined below, except GAAP rent adjustments are added back to rental income to calculate GAAP yield or capitalization rate) the investment is expected to generate (or has generated) divided by the acquisition/completion cost (or sale) price.

Net Operating Income (“NOI”): NOI is a measure of operating performance used to evaluate the individual performance of an investment. This measure is not presented or intended to be viewed as a liquidity or performance measure that presents a numerical measure of Lexington's historical or future financial performance, financial position or cash flows. Lexington defines NOI as operating revenues (rental income (less GAAP rent adjustments and lease termination income), tenant reimbursements and other property income) less property operating expenses. Other REITs may use different methodologies for calculating NOI, and accordingly, Lexington's NOI may not be comparable to other companies. Because NOI excludes general and administrative expenses, interest expense, depreciation and amortization, acquisition-related expenses, other nonproperty income and losses, and gains and losses from property dispositions, it provides a performance measure that, when compared year over year, reflects the revenues and expenses directly associated with owning and operating commercial real estate and the impact to operations from trends in occupancy rates, rental rates, and operating costs, providing a perspective on operations not immediately apparent from net income. Lexington believes that net income is the most directly comparable GAAP measure to NOI.

Investor or Media Inquiries, Heather Gentry
Lexington Realty Trust
Phone: (212) 692-7200 E-mail: HGentry@lxp.com

Source: Lexington Realty Trust