Gladstone Land Announces Fourth Quarter and Year Ended 2020 Results
February 24, 2021 at 16:10 PM EST
Please note that the limited information that follows in this press release is a summary and is not adequate for making an informed investment decision.
MCLEAN, VA / ACCESSWIRE / February 24, 2021 / Gladstone Land Corporation (NASDAQ:LAND) ("Gladstone Land" or the "Company") today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2020. A description of funds from operations ("FFO"), core FFO ("CFFO"), adjusted FFO ("AFFO"), and net asset value ("NAV"), all non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles in the United States) financial measures, appear at the end of this press release. All per-share references are to fully-diluted, weighted-average shares of the Company's common stock unless noted otherwise. For further detail, please refer to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K (the "Form 10-K"), which is available on the Investors section of the Company's website at www.GladstoneFarms.com.
Highlights for Fiscal Year 2020:
Fourth Quarter 2020 Results:
Net income for the quarter was approximately $91,000, compared to approximately $1.6 million in the prior quarter. Net loss to common stockholders during the quarter was approximately $2.4 million, or $0.10 per share, compared to approximately $824,000, or $0.04 per share, in the prior quarter.
AFFO for the quarter was approximately $3.6 million, an increase of approximately $438,000, or 13.9%, from the prior quarter, while AFFO per common share increased to approximately $0.15 for the current quarter, compared to $0.14 for the prior quarter. Common stock dividends declared were approximately $0.13 per share for each quarter. The increase in AFFO was primarily driven by higher lease revenues recorded during the current quarter as a result of recent acquisitions, partially offset by additional costs incurred in connection with financing such acquisitions, as well as certain interest patronage amounts received related to our Farm Credit borrowings during the prior quarter. AFFO per common share was further impacted by the additional common shares outstanding during the quarter as a result of a follow-on public offering completed in October 2020, as well as common shares issued under our ATM Program during the quarter, the proceeds of which have not yet been fully invested.
Total lease revenues increased by approximately $1.1 million, or 8.1%, primarily due to additional fixed base cash rents earned from recent acquisitions. Revenue recorded from participation rents was approximately $1.2 million during the quarter, as compared to approximately $1.1 million in the prior quarter. Aggregate related-party fees increased by approximately $132,000, or 5.9%, from the prior quarter, primarily driven by slightly higher management and incentive fees. Our recurring core operating expenses remained relatively flat quarter-over-quarter, increasing by approximately $8,000.
Cash flows from operations for the current quarter increased, primarily due to the timing of when certain rental payments are scheduled to be paid pursuant to their respective leases, as well as advanced rental payments received related to new acquisitions. Our NAV per share increased by $0.26 from the prior quarter to $12.23 at December 31, 2020, primarily driven by common equity issuances at net offering prices above our estimated NAV per common share at September 30, 2020.
Fiscal Year 2020 Results:
Net income for the year was approximately $5.0 million, compared to approximately $1.8 million in the prior year. Net loss available to common stockholders and non-controlling OP Unitholders during the year was approximately $4.4 million, or $0.20 per share, compared to approximately $2.5 million, or $0.12 per share, in the prior year. AFFO for the year was approximately $14.3 million, an increase of approximately $3.1 million, or 27.3%, from the prior year, while AFFO per common share increased to approximately $0.64 for the current year, compared to $0.57 for the prior year. Common stock dividends declared for the year were approximately $0.54 per share, compared to approximately $0.53 per share in the prior year.
The increase in AFFO was primarily driven by additional lease revenues earned on recent acquisitions, partially offset by increases in preferred dividends (due to additional share issuances), related-party fees (partly due to a credit granted to us by our Adviser in the prior year), and interest expense (due to additional borrowings). On a same-property basis, revenue from fixed base rents were up by approximately 2.2% over last year. Revenue from participation rents were approximately $2.4 million, compared to approximately $2.3 million in the prior year. The slight year-over-year increase was primarily due to the participation rent component of one additional farm becoming active during 2020, partially offset by lease amendments on two other farms during the year, in which we decreased the participation rent component in exchange for higher fixed base cash rents. Excluding related-party fees, recurring core operating expenses decreased by approximately $820,000, or 21.2%, primarily due to additional expenses incurred during the prior year related to temporary generator rental costs to power newly-drilled wells on one of our properties.
Subsequent to December 31, 2020:
Comments from David Gladstone, President and CEO of Gladstone Land: "The Company ended 2020 with a flurry of activity in December and has acquired $256 million of farms in each of the past two years, almost doubling the size of its farmland holdings. We are a big believer that a well-diversified portfolio adds to the security of the dividends we pay to shareholders, and we intend to continue growing our portfolio to further add to the underlying diversity. We now have surpassed $1 billion in total farmland value, which is a testament to the hard work of this team. The Company also had a strong year from an operational standpoint, as it continued to cover an increased dividend with AFFO. Participation rents came in similar to last year, which is what we were expecting. However, we are hopeful that this figure increases further in 2021, as we have several additional farms with participation rent components that are scheduled to become active later this year, though there is no guarantee of anything being received. We are pleased with our 2020 performance and are hopeful of taking even larger strides in 2021."
Quarterly Summary Information
Conference Call for Stockholders: The Company will hold a conference call on Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. (EST) to discuss its earnings results. Please call (877) 407-9046 to enter the conference. An operator will monitor the call and set a queue for any questions. A conference call replay will be available beginning one hour after the call and will be accessible through March 4, 2021. To hear the replay, please dial (877) 660-6853, and use playback conference number 13713657. The live audio broadcast of the Company's conference call will also be available online at the Company's website, www.GladstoneFarms.com. The event will be archived and available for replay on the Company's website.
About Gladstone Land Corporation:
Founded in 1997, Gladstone Land is a publicly traded real estate investment trust that acquires and owns farmland and farm-related properties located in major agricultural markets in the U.S. and leases its properties to unrelated third-party farmers. The Company, which reports the aggregate fair value of its farmland holdings on a quarterly basis, currently owns 137 farms, comprised of approximately 101,000 acres in 13 different states, valued at approximately $1.2 billion. Gladstone Land's farms are predominantly located in regions where its tenants are able to grow fresh produce annual row crops, such as berries and vegetables, which are generally planted and harvested annually. The Company also owns farms growing permanent crops, such as almonds, apples, cherries, figs, lemons, olives, pistachios, and other orchards, as well as blueberry groves and vineyards, which are generally planted every 10 to 20-plus years and harvested annually. The Company may also acquire property related to farming, such as cooling facilities, processing buildings, packaging facilities, and distribution centers. Gladstone Land pays monthly distributions to its stockholders and has paid 96 consecutive monthly cash distributions on its common stock since its initial public offering in January 2013. The Company has increased its common distributions 21 times over the prior 24 quarters, and the current per-share distribution on its common stock is $0.04495 per month, or $0.53940 per year. Additional information, including detailed information about each of the Company's farms, can be found at www.GladstoneFarms.com.
Owners or brokers who have farmland for sale in the U.S. should contact:
Lenders who are interested in providing us with long-term financing on farmland should contact Jay Beckhorn at (703) 587-5823 or Jay.Beckhorn@GladstoneCompanies.com.
For stockholder information on Gladstone Land, call (703) 287-5893. For Investor Relations inquiries related to any of the monthly dividend-paying Gladstone funds, please visit www.GladstoneCompanies.com.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures:
FFO: The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT") developed FFO as a relative non-GAAP supplemental measure of operating performance of an equity REIT in order to recognize that income-producing real estate historically has not depreciated on the basis determined under GAAP. FFO, as defined by NAREIT, is net income (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding gains (or losses) from sales of property and impairment losses on property, plus depreciation and amortization of real estate assets, and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. The Company believes that FFO per share provides investors with an additional context for evaluating its financial performance and as a supplemental measure to compare it to other REITs; however, comparisons of its FFO to the FFO of other REITs may not necessarily be meaningful due to potential differences in the application of the NAREIT definition used by such other REITs.
CFFO: CFFO is FFO, adjusted for items that are not indicative of the results provided by the Company's operating portfolio and affect the comparability of the Company's period-over-period performance. These items include certain non-recurring items, such as acquisition- and disposition-related expenses, the net incremental impact of operations conducted through our taxable REIT subsidiary, income tax provisions, and property and casualty losses or recoveries. Although the Company's calculation of CFFO differs from NAREIT's definition of FFO and may not be comparable to that of other REITs, the Company believes it is a meaningful supplemental measure of its sustainable operating performance. Accordingly, CFFO should be considered a supplement to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of our performance. For a full explanation of the adjustments made to arrive at CFFO, please read the Company's Form 10-Q, filed today with the SEC.
AFFO: AFFO is CFFO, adjusted for certain non-cash items, such as the straight-lining of rents and amortizations into rental income (resulting in cash rent being recognized ratably over the period in which the cash rent is earned). Although the Company's calculation of AFFO differs from NAREIT's definition of FFO and may not be comparable to that of other REITs, the Company believes it is a meaningful supplemental measure of its sustainable operating performance on a cash basis. Accordingly, AFFO should be considered a supplement to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of our performance. For a full explanation of the adjustments made to arrive at AFFO, please read the Company's Form 10-Q, filed today with the SEC.
A reconciliation of FFO (as defined by NAREIT), CFFO, and AFFO (each as defined above) to net income (loss), which the Company believes is the most directly-comparable GAAP measure for each, and a computation of fully-diluted net income (loss), FFO, CFFO, and AFFO per weighted-average share is set forth in the Quarterly Summary Information table above. The Company's presentation of FFO, CFFO, or AFFO, does not represent cash flows from operating activities determined in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered an alternative to net income as an indication of its performance or to cash flow from operations as a measure of liquidity or ability to make distributions.
NAV: Pursuant to a valuation policy approved by our board of directors, our valuation team, with oversight from the chief valuation officer, provides recommendations of value for our properties to our board of directors, who then review and approve the fair values of our properties. Per our valuation policy, our valuations are derived based on either the purchase price of the property; values as determined by independent, third-party appraisers; or through an internal valuation process, which process is, in turn, based on values as determined by independent, third-party appraisers. In any case, we intend to have each property valued by an independent, third-party appraiser at least once every three years, or more frequently in some instances. Various methodologies are used, both by the appraisers and in our internal valuations, to determine the fair value of our real estate, including the sales comparison, income capitalization (or a discounted cash flow analysis), and cost approaches of valuation. NAV is a non-GAAP, supplemental measure of financial position of an equity REIT and is calculated as total equity available to common stockholders and non-controlling OP Unitholders, adjusted for the increase or decrease in fair value of our real estate assets and encumbrances relative to their respective costs bases. Further, we calculate NAV per share by dividing NAV by our total shares outstanding (inclusive of both our common stock and OP Units held by non-controlling third parties). A reconciliation of NAV to total equity, to which the Company believes is the most directly-comparable GAAP measure, is provided below (dollars in thousands, except per-share amount):
Comparison of our estimated NAV and estimated NAV per share to similarly-titled measures for other REITs may not necessarily be meaningful due to possible differences in the calculation or application of the definition of NAV used by such REITs. In addition, the trading price of our common shares may differ significantly from our most recent estimated NAV per share calculation. The Company's independent auditors have neither audited nor reviewed our calculation of NAV or NAV per share. For a full explanation of our valuation policy, please read the Company's Form 10-K, filed today with the SEC.
CAUTION CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS:
Certain statements in this press release, including, but not limited to, the Company's ability to maintain or grow its portfolio and FFO, expected increases in capitalization rates, benefits from increases in farmland values, increases in operating revenues, and the increase in NAV per share, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements inherently involve certain risks and uncertainties, although they are based on the Company's current plans that are believed to be reasonable as of the date of this press release. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the Company's ability to procure financing for investments, downturns in the current economic environment, the performance of its tenants, the impact of competition on its efforts to renew existing leases or re-lease real property, and significant changes in interest rates. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by its forward-looking statements are disclosed under the caption "Risk Factors" within the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, as filed with the SEC on February 24, 2021, and certain other documents filed with the SEC from time to time. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.
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