-- Net income (loss) allocable to common shareholders for the first quarter 2012 was ($55) million or ($0.66) per diluted common share.
-- Company completed new $880 million senior secured credit facilities.
-- Company retired $724 million of debt during the first quarter and had $610 million of cash, including cash reserved for debt repayment, at March 31, 2012.
NEW YORK, April 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- iStar Financial Inc. (NYSE: SFI) today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012.
First Quarter 2012 Results
iStar reported net income (loss) allocable to common shareholders for the first quarter of ($54.8) million, or ($0.66) per diluted common share, compared to $67.4 million, or $0.71 per diluted common share, for the first quarter 2011. The year-over-year decrease is primarily due to lower gains from early extinguishment of debt of $1.7 million versus $106.6 million for the same period last year, increased interest expense and higher provisions for loan losses and impairments. The decrease was partially offset by increased earnings from equity method investments and income from sales of residential property.
Prior to the effect of depreciation, loan loss provisions, impairments and gains on early extinguishment of debt, all of which are non-cash items, net income (loss) allocable to common shareholders for the first quarter was ($7.3) million, compared to ($5.0) million for the first quarter 2011. Please see the financial tables that follow the text of this press release for a reconciliation of these amounts to GAAP net income (loss) allocable to common shareholders.
Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $95.1 million, compared to $90.4 million for the same period last year. The year-over-year improvement was primarily due to increases in earnings from equity method investments and income from sales of residential property, partially offset by lower revenue from a smaller asset base. Please see the financial tables that follow the text of this press release for the Company's calculation of Adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation to GAAP net income (loss).
During the first quarter, the Company generated $214.8 million of proceeds from its portfolio, comprised of $136.2 million in principal repayments, $51.4 million primarily from unit sales of other real estate owned (OREO) assets, $6.5 million from sales of net lease assets and $20.7 million from other investments. Additionally, the Company funded a total of $23.0 million of investments.
As previously announced, during the quarter the Company entered into a new $880.0 million senior secured credit agreement comprised of a $410.0 million 2012 A-1 term loan tranche due March 2016 and a $470.0 million 2012 A-2 term loan tranche due March 2017. Proceeds from the new financing were used to repurchase $124.1 million of unsecured notes maturing in 2012 and to repay the $244.0 million remaining balance of its unsecured revolving credit facility due June 2012. The remaining debt proceeds will be used to refinance unsecured debt maturing in 2012.
In addition, during the quarter the Company repurchased $96.3 million of senior unsecured notes and repaid the remaining $169.7 million of its 5.15% senior unsecured notes due March 2012. Further, the Company repaid $89.8 million on the 2011 A-1 tranche of its secured credit facility, bringing the balance of the 2011 A-1 tranche to $871.8 million at the end of the quarter. Subsequent to quarter end, the Company repaid an additional $144.8 million on the 2011 A-1 tranche, thereby satisfying all minimum amortization requirements prior to the payment of any remaining balance at maturity in June 2013.
The Company's leverage was 2.7x at March 31, 2012, unchanged from the prior quarter. Please see the financial tables that follow the text of this press release for a calculation of the Company's leverage. The Company's weighted average effective cost of debt for the first quarter was 5.8%. At the end of the quarter, cash and cash equivalents, including cash reserved for repayment of indebtedness, totaled $609.7 million.
At March 31, 2012, the Company's total portfolio had a carrying value of $6.82 billion, gross of general loan loss reserves. The portfolio was comprised of $2.67 billion of loans and other lending investments, $1.67 billion of net lease assets, $2.00 billion of owned real estate and $468.6 million of other investments.
At March 31, 2012, the Company's $2.01 billion of performing loans and other lending investments had a weighted average last dollar loan-to-value ratio of 76.0% and a weighted average maturity of 3.1 years. The performing loans consisted of 49.5% floating rate loans that generated a weighted average effective yield for the quarter of 5.8%, or approximately 550 basis points over the average one-month LIBOR rate for the quarter, and 50.5% fixed rate loans that generated a weighted average effective yield for the quarter of 8.3%. The weighted average risk rating of the Company's performing loans improved to 3.27, from 3.29 in the prior quarter. Included in the performing loan balance were $169.8 million of watch list assets, compared to $136.0 million in the prior quarter.
At March 31, 2012, the Company's non-performing loans (NPLs) had a carrying value of $662.7 million, net of $477.2 million of specific reserves. This compares to $771.2 million, net of $557.1 million of specific reserves, at the end of the prior quarter.
For the first quarter, the Company recorded $17.5 million in loan loss provision versus $16.0 million in the prior quarter. At March 31, 2012, loan loss reserves totaled $567.2 million or 18.0% of total gross carrying value of loans. This compares to loan loss reserves of $646.6 million or 18.5% of total gross carrying value of loans at December 31, 2011.
At the end of the quarter, the Company's $1.67 billion of net lease assets, net of $347.3 million of accumulated depreciation, were 91.2% leased with a weighted average remaining lease term of 12.4 years. The weighted average risk rating of the Company's net lease assets improved to 2.63, versus 2.67 in the prior quarter. The Company recorded $14.1 million of impairments within its net lease asset portfolio. During the quarter, the Company's occupied net lease assets generated a weighted average effective yield of 10.2% and the total net lease assets generated a weighted average effective yield of 9.1%.
At the end of the quarter, the Company's $2.00 billion owned real estate portfolio was comprised of $775.9 million of OREO and $1.23 billion of real estate held for investment (REHI). The Company's OREO assets are considered held for sale based on management's current intention to market and sell the assets in the near term, while management's current intent and strategy is to hold, operate or develop its REHI assets over a longer term.
During the quarter, the Company took title to properties with a carrying value of $140.4 million. The Company also recorded $2.5 million of impairments within its OREO portfolio. For the quarter, the Company recorded $14.4 million of revenue and $6.7 million of income from sales of residential property units within its owned real estate portfolio during the quarter, offset by $22.1 million of net expenses. In addition, the Company funded $10.8 million of capital expenditures associated with its owned real estate portfolio.
iStar Financial Inc. (NYSE: SFI) is a fully-integrated finance and investment company focused on the commercial real estate industry. The Company provides custom-tailored investment capital to high-end private and corporate owners of real estate and invests directly across a range of real estate sectors. The Company, which is taxed as a real estate investment trust ("REIT"), has invested more than $35 billion over the past two decades. Additional information on iStar Financial is available on the Company's website at http://www.istarfinancial.com/.
iStar Financial will hold a quarterly earnings conference call at 10:00 a.m. ET today, April 27, 2012. This conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by all interested parties through iStar Financial's website, http://www.istarfinancial.com/, under the "Investor Relations" section. To listen to the live call, please go to the website's "Investor Relations" section at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software. For those who are not available to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the call on the iStar Financial website.
(Note: Statements in this press release which are not historical fact may be deemed forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Although iStar Financial Inc. believes the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, the Company can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from iStar Financial Inc.'s expectations include the Company's ability to generate liquidity and to repay indebtedness as it comes due, additional loan loss provisions, the amount and timing of asset sales (including OREO assets), increases in NPLs, repayment levels, the Company's ability to reduce its indebtedness, the Company's ability to maintain compliance with its debt covenants, economic conditions, the availability of liquidity for commercial real estate transactions and other risks detailed from time to time in iStar Financial Inc.'s SEC reports.)
SOURCE iStar Financial Inc.
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