Innovative Industrial Properties Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results
Investments Drive 197% Q3 Total Revenues, 205% Q3 Net Income and 192% Q3 AFFO Growth Year-over-Year
SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (IIP), the first and only real estate company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: IIPR) focused on the medical-use U.S. cannabis industry, announced today results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.
Third Quarter 2020 and Subsequent Events Highlights
Financial Results and Financing Activity
- IIP generated total revenues of approximately $34.3 million in the quarter, representing a 197% increase from the prior year’s third quarter.
- IIP recorded net income available to common stockholders of approximately $18.9 million for the quarter, or $0.86 per diluted share, and adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) of approximately $27.9 million, or $1.28 per diluted share. Net income available to common stockholders and AFFO increased by 205% and 192% from the prior year’s third quarter, respectively.
- IIP paid a quarterly dividend of $1.17 per share on October 15, 2020 to common stockholders of record as of September 30, 2020, representing an approximately 10% increase over the second quarter 2020’s dividend and a 50% increase over the third quarter 2019’s dividend.
- In July, IIP completed an underwritten public offering of 3,085,867 shares of common stock, including the exercise in full of the underwriters’ option to purchase an additional 402,504 shares, resulting in net proceeds of approximately $248.2 million.
- In September, IIP issued 474,000 shares of common stock for net proceeds of approximately $58.1 million under its “at-the-market” equity offering program.
- From July 1, 2020 through today, IIP acquired five properties, totaling approximately 448,000 rentable square feet (including expected rentable square feet upon completion of properties under development), located in Florida, Michigan and New Jersey.
- From July 1, 2020 through today, IIP also made available additional funding to tenants at seven existing properties for continued buildout and expansion of facilities in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
- These twelve transactions represented an aggregate investment by IIP of approximately $180.3 million (consisting of purchase prices and development / tenant reimbursement commitments, but excluding transaction costs).
- In these transactions, IIP established new tenant relationships with Columbia Care Inc., Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. (Curaleaf) and Jushi Holdings Inc., while expanding existing tenant relationships with Ascend Wellness Holdings, LLC, GR Companies, Inc. (Grassroots, a subsidiary of Curaleaf), Green Peak Industries, LLC, Green Thumb Industries Inc., Holistic Industries, Inc. (Holistic), Parallel and PharmaCann Inc.
- As of November 4, 2020, IIP has invested or committed to invest through tenant improvement allowances and construction funding commitments a total of approximately $1.2 billion across its total portfolio.
Balance Sheet Highlights (at September 30, 2020)
- Approximately $161.1 million in cash and cash equivalents and approximately $451.2 million in short-term investments, totaling approximately $612.3 million.
- No debt, other than approximately $143.7 million of unsecured debt, consisting solely of 3.75% exchangeable senior notes maturing in 2024, representing a fixed cash interest obligation of approximately $5.4 million annually, or approximately $1.3 million quarterly.
- 9.4% debt to total gross assets, with over $1.5 billion in total gross assets.
Rent Collections (as of November 4, 2020)
- As reported in IIP’s first quarter earnings release, during this coronavirus pandemic, IIP worked with three of its 22 tenants to provide temporary rent deferrals, structured to apply a portion of the security deposit IIP holds under each lease to pay April rent in full, defer rent for May and June in full, and provide for the pro rata repayment of the security deposit and deferred rent over an 18 month time period starting July 1. All three tenants paid rent in full for each of July, August, September and October, including pro rata repayments of the security deposit and deferred rent.
- IIP collected 100% of contractual rent due for each of the months of July, August, September and October 2020 across IIP’s total portfolio (other than the tenant at IIP’s Los Angeles, California property that is in receivership), and has not executed rent deferrals for any additional tenants, other than the three tenants described above.
Los Angeles, California Property Update (as of November 4, 2020)
- Holistic has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the retail, distribution, cultivation and manufacturing licenses for cannabis operations from the tenant at IIP’s Los Angeles, California property, which is in receivership, and IIP has negotiated a long-term, triple-net lease with Holistic for the entire property upon the closing of Holistic’s acquisition of the licenses. The transaction is subject to final government approvals for the transfer of the licenses and customary closing conditions, and IIP can provide no assurance that the transaction, including the lease, will be completed on the terms described here, or at all.
Portfolio Update and Investment Activity
IIP acquired the following properties and made the following additional funds available to tenants for improvements at IIP’s properties during the period from July 1, 2020 through November 4, 2020 (dollars in thousands):
As of November 4, 2020, IIP owned 63 properties located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, totaling approximately 5.0 million rentable square feet (including approximately 1.7 million rentable square feet under development/redevelopment), which were 99.3% leased (based on square footage) with a weighted-average remaining lease term of approximately 16.1 years. As of November 4, 2020, IIP had raised total net proceeds of over $1.4 billion from all of its capital raising activities to date, after deducting underwriters’ discounts and commissions and offering expenses, and had invested approximately $908.4 million in the aggregate (excluding transaction costs) and had committed an additional approximately $273.5 million to reimburse certain tenants and sellers for completion of construction and tenant improvements at IIP’s properties. These statistics do not include up to approximately $7.2 million that may be funded in the future pursuant to IIP’s lease with a tenant at one of IIP’s Massachusetts properties, as the tenant at that property may not elect to have IIP disburse those funds to the tenant and pay IIP the corresponding base rent on those funds. These statistics also treat IIP’s Los Angeles, California property as not leased, due to the tenant being in receivership and its ongoing default in its obligation to pay rent at that location.
In July, IIP completed an underwritten public offering of 3,085,867 shares of common stock, including the exercise in full of the underwriters’ option to purchase an additional 402,504 shares, resulting in net proceeds of approximately $248.2 million.
In September, IIP issued 474,000 shares of common stock for net proceeds of approximately $58.1 million under its “at-the-market” equity offering program.
IIP expects to use the net proceeds from these offerings to invest in specialized industrial real estate assets that support the regulated cannabis cultivation and processing industry and for general corporate purposes.
IIP generated total revenues of approximately $34.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020, compared to approximately $11.6 million for the same period in 2019, an increase of 197%. The increase was driven primarily by the acquisition and leasing of new properties, contractual rental escalations at certain properties and the partial repayment of deferrals of rent commencing on July 1 from three of IIP’s tenants described above. Total revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019 also included approximately $2.8 million and $357,000, respectively, of tenant reimbursements for property insurance premiums and property tax paid at certain properties, with the increase driven primarily by the insurance premiums paid by tenants relating to IIP’s placement of a portfolio-wide insurance policy in July 2020.
IIP generated total revenues of approximately $79.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, compared to approximately $27.0 million for the same period in 2019, an increase of 196%. The increase was driven primarily by the acquisition and leasing of new properties, additional tenant improvement allowances and construction funding at existing properties resulting in adjustments to base rent, and contractual rental escalations at certain properties, partially offset by the deferrals of rent from three of IIP’s tenants described above. Total revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 also included approximately $422,000 of tenant reimbursements, rent collected and associated lease penalties through the drawdown of the security deposit at IIP’s Los Angeles, California property, where the tenant is in receivership and defaulted on its lease obligations, and the drawdown of part of the security deposits totaling approximately $940,000 at certain properties leased to three tenants to pay part of the rent and property management fee as a part of the deferral programs described above. Total revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019 also included approximately $3.7 million and $941,000, respectively, of tenant reimbursements for property insurance premiums and property tax paid at certain properties.
For the three months ended September 30, 2020, IIP recorded net income available to common stockholders and net income available to common stockholders per diluted share of approximately $18.9 million and $0.86, respectively; funds from operations (“FFO”) and FFO per diluted share of approximately $26.5 million and $1.22, respectively; and AFFO and AFFO per diluted share of approximately $27.9 million and $1.28, respectively. Third quarter 2020 AFFO and AFFO per diluted share for the quarter increased by 192% and 49% from the prior year’s third quarter, respectively.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2020, IIP recorded net income and net income per diluted share of approximately $43.4 million and $2.33, respectively; FFO and FFO per diluted share of approximately $62.7 million and $3.40, respectively; and AFFO and AFFO per diluted share of approximately $66.7 million and $3.62, respectively. For the nine months ended September 30, 2020, AFFO and AFFO per diluted share increased by 223% and 79% from the prior year period, respectively.
FFO and AFFO are supplemental non-GAAP financial measures used in the real estate industry to measure and compare the operating performance of real estate companies. A complete reconciliation containing adjustments from GAAP net income available to common stockholders to FFO and AFFO and definitions of terms are included at the end of this release.
Teleconference and Webcast
Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. will not be conducting a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2020 earnings results, but does expect to conduct a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and full-year 2020 earnings results. IIP’s current policy is generally to conduct earnings conference calls two times per year, for its second quarter earnings results and fourth quarter and full-year earnings results.
About Innovative Industrial Properties
Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. is a self-advised Maryland corporation focused on the acquisition, ownership and management of specialized properties leased to experienced, state-licensed operators for their regulated medical-use cannabis facilities. Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust, commencing with the year ended December 31, 2017. Additional information is available at www.innovativeindustrialproperties.com.
FFO and FFO per share are operating performance measures adopted by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, Inc. (NAREIT). NAREIT defines FFO as the most commonly accepted and reported measure of a REIT’s operating performance equal to “net income, computed in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP), excluding gains (or losses) from sales of property, plus depreciation, amortization and impairment related to real estate properties, and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures.”
Management believes that net income, as defined by GAAP, is the most appropriate earnings measurement. However, management believes FFO and FFO per share to be important supplemental measures of a REIT’s performance because they provide an understanding of the operating performance of IIP’s properties without giving effect to certain significant non-cash items, primarily depreciation expense. Historical cost accounting for real estate assets in accordance with GAAP assumes that the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably over time. However, real estate values instead have historically risen or fallen with market conditions. IIP believes that by excluding the effect of depreciation, FFO and FFO per share can facilitate comparisons of operating performance between periods. FFO and FFO per share are used by management to evaluate the REIT’s operating performance and these measures are the predominant measures used by the REIT industry and industry analysts to evaluate REITs. For these reasons, management has deemed it appropriate to disclose and discuss FFO and FFO per share.
Management believes that AFFO and AFFO per share are also appropriate supplemental measures of a REIT’s operating performance. IIP calculates AFFO by adding to FFO certain non-cash and infrequent or unpredictable expenses which may impact comparability, consisting of non-cash stock-based compensation expense and non-cash interest expense.
IIP’s computation of FFO and AFFO may differ from the methodology for calculating FFO and AFFO utilized by other equity REITs and, accordingly, may not be comparable to such REITs. Further, FFO and AFFO do not represent cash flow available for management’s discretionary use. FFO and AFFO should not be considered as an alternative to net income (computed in accordance with GAAP) as an indicator of IIP’s financial performance or to cash flow from operating activities (computed in accordance with GAAP) as an indicator of IIP’s liquidity, nor is it indicative of funds available to fund IIP’s cash needs, including IIP’s ability to pay dividends or make distributions. FFO and AFFO should be considered only as supplements to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as measures of IIP’s operations.