Piedmont Office Realty Trust Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual 2022 Results

Atlanta, Feb. 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. ("Piedmont" or the "Company") (NYSE:PDM), an owner of Class A office properties located primarily in major U.S. Sunbelt markets, today announced its results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2022.

Highlights for the Three Months and Year Ended December 31, 2022:

Financial Results:

 Three Months Ended Year Ended
(in 000s other than per share amounts and %)December 31, 2022December 31, 2021 December 31, 2022December 31, 2021
Net income/(loss) applicable to Piedmont$75,569 $(31,750) $146,830 $(1,153)
Net income/(loss) per share applicable to common stockholders - diluted$0.61 $(0.26) $1.19 $(0.01)
Gain on sale of real estate assets$101,055    $151,729   
Impairment losses$25,981 $41,000  $25,981 $41,000 
Core Funds From Operations ("Core FFO") applicable to common stock$61,235 $63,009  $247,070 $245,422 
Core FFO per diluted share$0.50 $0.51  $2.00 $1.97 
Increase in Same Store Net Operating Income ("Same Store NOI") - Cash Basis         1.6  %           1.9 % 
(Decrease)\Increase in Same Store NOI - Accrual Basis           (0.7)%           1.1 % 
Adjusted Funds From Operations applicable to common stock$47,082 $39,399  $178,040 $160,134 
  • Net income applicable to Piedmont for the three months ended December 31, 2022 included the following:
    • $101.1 million in gain on sale of real estate assets primarily associated with the previously announced sales of the Company's two Cambridge, MA properties during the fourth quarter;
    • $26.0 million of non-cash impairment losses associated with: (a) a partial write down of the Company's goodwill balance driven by the decline of the stock market and the Company's stock price during the fourth quarter; and (b) the write down of one property as a result of a reduction in the assumed hold period for that particular asset;
    • $2.2 million in severance costs associated with a reorganization of the Company's management structure during the fourth quarter; and,
    • A $6.8 million increase in interest expense driven by a higher average debt balance during the fourth quarter as a result of the acquisition of 1180 Peachtree Street in Atlanta during the third quarter and higher interest rates on the Company's variable rate debt. Other income for the fourth quarter also decreased approximately $2.5 million due to the payoff of notes receivable due from the purchaser of the Company's New Jersey Portfolio in March of 2022. This increase in interest expense and decrease in other income were partially offset by additional property operating income as a result of successful leasing, rental rate roll ups and asset recycling activity over the last twelve months.
  • Net loss applicable to Piedmont for the fourth quarter of 2021 did not include any gain on sale of real estate assets or severance costs, but did include a $41.0 million impairment loss on an asset subsequently sold during 2022.
  • Core FFO, which removes the impact of the gains on sale of real estate assets, impairment losses, and severance costs enumerated above, as well as depreciation and amortization expense, was $0.50 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2022 as compared to $0.51 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2021, with the $.01 per diluted share decrease primarily attributable to the $6.8 million, or $.06 per diluted share, increase in interest expense during the fourth quarter of 2022 noted above.


 Three Months Ended December 31, 2022 Year Ended December 31, 2022
# of transactions        42           203  
Total leasing sf        433,000          2,153,000 
New tenant leasing sf        164,000          763,000 
Cash rent roll up        6.5 %         9.7 %
Accrual rent roll up        11.5 %         17.2 %
Leased Percentage as of period end        86.7 %  
  • The Company completed approximately 2.2 million square feet of leasing transactions during 2022, including the largest amount of annual new tenant leasing since 2018.
  • The largest new tenant lease completed during the fourth quarter was an approximately 28,000 square foot lease with Cadence Bank through 2035 at 999 Peachtree Street in Atlanta, GA.
  • The largest renewal and expansion lease completed during the fourth quarter totaled approximately 58,000 square feet with Institute for Justice through 2037 at Arlington Gateway in Arlington, VA.
  • The Company's scheduled lease expirations for 2023 are low, representing approximately 7% of its annualized lease revenue.
  • As of December 31, 2022, the Company had approximately 1.14 million square feet of executed leases for vacant space yet to commence or under rental abatement, representing approximately $33 million of future additional annual cash revenue.
  • The Company's leased percentage as of December 31, 2022 was 86.7%, up from 85.5% at December 31, 2021, and down 0.1% for the fourth quarter of 2022 due to the disposition of the 94% leased Cambridge, MA assets during the quarter.

Capital Markets:

  • During the fourth quarter, the Company completed the sale of its two, 94% leased, Cambridge, MA properties, One Brattle Square and 1414 Massachusetts, resulting in a $102.6 million gain on sale of real estate assets that is included in the Company's results of operations. The combined approximately $160 million in sales proceeds from the two transactions was used to pay off the outstanding balance on the Company’s $600 million line of credit, leaving the full capacity of the line available as of December 31, 2022.

Balance Sheet (including description of a subsequent event):

 December 31, 2022 December 31, 2021
Total Real Estate Assets (in millions)$3,501  $3,245 
Total Assets (in millions)$4,086  $3,931 
Total Debt (in millions)$1,984  $1,878 
Weighted Average Cost of Debt         3.89 %          2.93 %
Debt-to-Gross Assets Ratio         37.6 %          37.1 %
Average Net Debt-to-Core EBITDA (ttm) 6.0x   5.7x 
  • During the fourth quarter, the Company addressed its largest near-term debt maturity by amending its $200 million unsecured term loan facility to extend the final maturity date to June 2025. All other terms of the facility remain unchanged.
  • As previously announced, on January 31, 2023, the Company also entered into an additional new $215 million term loan facility priced at adjusted SOFR + 105 bps with a final extended maturity date of January 31, 2025. The Company intends to use the proceeds from the facility, along with a combination of cash on hand, proceeds from select property dispositions, and/or draws on its $600 million line of credit to repay its $350 million in Unsecured Senior Notes that mature June 1, 2023.

ESG and Operations:

  • During the fourth quarter, Piedmont received its inaugural GRESB® assessment, achieving an overall 4 star designation and “Green Star” recognition. The Company's annual ESG Report which includes Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) metrics and information that aligns with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework is available on the Company's website at www.piedmontreit.com/ESG.

Commenting on annual and fourth quarter results, Brent Smith, Piedmont's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Despite facing the challenging operating and economic environment that unfolded during 2022, we were able to accomplish a number of key objectives for the year, including the execution of approximately 2.2 million square feet of leasing at meaningfully higher rental rates and the completion of a strategic Midtown Atlanta acquisition paired with several non-core dispositions that furthered our concentration in the Sunbelt to over two-thirds of our annualized lease revenue. We also strengthened our cash position, increasing liquidity ahead of our 2023 debt maturity and bolstering our balance sheet. The fourth quarter also reflects a continuation of these same annual themes: the completion of approximately 433,000 square feet of total leasing, 164,000 square feet of which related to new tenant leases; the completion of the disposition of our Cambridge, MA assets, resulting in the recognition of a nine-digit gain; and the extension of our most near-term debt maturity. Looking ahead, we are encouraged by the approximately 230,000 square feet of leasing already executed thus far in 2023, with over 100,000 square feet of that for new tenant space, demonstrating that leasing velocity has not wavered compared to last year."

First Quarter 2023 Dividend

As previously announced, on February 1, 2023, the board of directors of Piedmont declared a dividend for the first quarter of 2023 in the amount of $0.21 per share on its common stock to stockholders of record as of the close of business on February 24, 2023, payable on March 17, 2023.

Guidance for 2023

Due to higher projected interest costs, the Company is introducing the following guidance for the year ending December 31, 2023:

(in millions, except per share data)Low High  
Net income/(loss)$        (1) $1  
Depreciation         144            151   
Amortization         80            84    
Core FFO applicable to common stock$223  $236  
Core FFO applicable to common stock per diluted share$1.80  $1.90  

The Company anticipates continued growth in its Property NOI and SSNOI during the forthcoming year ending December 31, 2023.

Executed leasing activity for 2023 is estimated to be in the range of 1.6 to 2.0 million square feet with year-end leased percentage anticipated to be between 87-88%, before the impacts of acquisition and disposition activity.

This guidance is based on information available to management as of the date of this release and reflects management's view of current market conditions, including the following specific assumptions and projections:

  • The largest impact on 2023 guidance is increased interest expense. With an over 400 bps increase in the Federal Funds Rate rates during 2022 and further increases projected during 2023, along with two new floating rate term loans priced at adjusted SOFR plus 100 and 105 bps, respectively, replacing $350 million of 10-year bonds maturing in June at an effective rate of 3.43%, projected interest expense for 2023 is estimated to increase approximately $27 million over 2022 total interest expense.
  • 2023 guidance includes General and Administrative expenses of approximately $29 million.
  • No speculative acquisitions or dispositions are included in the above guidance. The Company will adjust guidance throughout the year as such transactions occur.

Note that actual results could differ materially from these estimates and individual quarters may fluctuate on both a cash basis and an accrual basis due to the timing of any future dispositions, significant lease commencements and expirations, abatement periods, repairs and maintenance expenses, capital expenditures, capital markets activities, seasonal general and administrative expenses, accrued potential performance-based compensation expense, one-time revenue or expense events, and other factors discussed under "Forward Looking Statements" below.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the presentation of the Company’s financial results prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), this release and the accompanying quarterly supplemental information as of and for the period ended December 31, 2022 contain certain financial measures that are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, including FFO, Core FFO, AFFO, Same Store NOI (cash and accrual basis), Property NOI (cash and accrual basis), EBITDAre, and Core EBITDA. Definitions and reconciliations of each of these non-GAAP measures to their most comparable GAAP metrics are included below and in the accompanying quarterly supplemental information.

Each of the non-GAAP measures included in this release and the accompanying quarterly supplemental financial information has limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for an analysis of the Company’s results calculated in accordance with GAAP. In addition, because not all companies use identical calculations, the Company’s presentation of non-GAAP measures in this release and the accompanying quarterly supplemental information may not be comparable to similarly titled measures disclosed by other companies, including other REITs. The Company may also change the calculation of any of the non-GAAP measures included in this news release and the accompanying supplemental financial information from time to time in light of its then existing operations.

Conference Call Information

Piedmont has scheduled a conference call and an audio web cast for Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 9:00 A.M. Eastern time. The live, listen-only, audio web cast of the call may be accessed on the Company's website at http://investor.piedmontreit.com/news-and-events/events-calendar. Dial-in numbers for analysts who plan to actively participate in the call are (888) 506-0062 for participants in the United States and Canada and (973) 528-0011 for international participants. Participant Access Code is 985382. A replay of the conference call will be available through 9:00 A.M. Eastern time on February 23, 2023, and may be accessed by dialing (877) 481-4010 for participants in the United States and Canada and (919) 882-2331 for international participants, followed by conference identification code 47462. A web cast replay will also be available after the conference call in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website. During the audio web cast and conference call, the Company's management team will review fourth quarter and annual 2022 performance, discuss recent events, and conduct a question-and-answer period.

Supplemental Information

Quarterly supplemental information as of and for the period ended December 31, 2022 can be accessed on the Company`s website under the Investor Relations section at www.piedmontreit.com.

About Piedmont Office Realty Trust

Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: PDM) is an owner, manager, developer, redeveloper, and operator of high-quality, Class A office properties located primarily in major U.S. Sunbelt markets. Its approximately $5 billion portfolio is currently comprised of approximately 17 million square feet. The Company is a fully integrated, self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) with local management offices in each of its markets and is investment-grade rated by S&P Global Ratings (BBB) and Moody’s (Baa2). Piedmont is a 2022 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. For more information, see www.piedmontreit.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"). The Company intends for all such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe-harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act, as applicable. Such information is subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Therefore, such statements are not intended to be a guarantee of the Company`s performance in future periods. Such forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the Company's use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "estimate," "believe," "continue" or similar words or phrases that indicate predictions of future events or trends or that do not relate solely to historical matters. Examples of such statements in this press release include the Company's estimated range of Net Income, Depreciation, Amortization, Core FFO and Core FFO per diluted share for the year ending December 31, 2023. These statements are based on beliefs and assumptions of Piedmont’s management, which in turn are based on information available at the time the statements are made.

The following are some of the factors that could cause the Company's actual results and its expectations to differ materially from those described in the Company's forward-looking statements: economic, regulatory, socio-economic (including work from home), technological (e.g. Metaverse, Zoom, etc), and other changes that impact the real estate market generally, the office sector or the patterns of use of commercial office space in general, or the markets where we primarily operate or have high concentrations of annualized lease revenue; the impact of competition on our efforts to renew existing leases or re-let space on terms similar to existing leases; lease terminations, lease defaults, lease contractions, or changes in the financial condition of our tenants, particularly by one of our large lead tenants; impairment charges on our long-lived assets or goodwill resulting therefrom; the success of our real estate strategies and investment objectives, including our ability to implement successful redevelopment and development strategies or identify and consummate suitable acquisitions and divestitures; the illiquidity of real estate investments, including economic changes, such as rising interest rates, which could impact the number of buyers/sellers of our target properties, and regulatory restrictions to which real estate investment trusts ("REITs") are subject and the resulting impediment on our ability to quickly respond to adverse changes in the performance of our properties; the risks and uncertainties associated with our acquisition and disposition of properties, many of which risks and uncertainties may not be known at the time of acquisition or disposition; development and construction delays, including the potential of supply chain disruptions, and resultant increased costs and risks; future acts of terrorism, civil unrest, or armed hostilities in any of the major metropolitan areas in which we own properties, or future cybersecurity attacks against any of our properties or our tenants; risks related to the occurrence of cyber incidents, or a deficiency in our cybersecurity, which could negatively impact our business by causing a disruption to our operations, a compromise or corruption of our confidential information, and/or damage to our business relationships; costs of complying with governmental laws and regulations, including environmental standards imposed on office building owners; uninsured losses or losses in excess of our insurance coverage, and our inability to obtain adequate insurance coverage at a reasonable cost; additional risks and costs associated with directly managing properties occupied by government tenants, such as potential changes in the political environment, a reduction in federal or state funding of our governmental tenants, or an increased risk of default by government tenants during periods in which state or federal governments are shut down or on furlough; significant price and volume fluctuations in the public markets, including on the exchange which we listed our common stock; changes in the method pursuant to which the London Interbank Offered Rate ("LIBOR") and the Secured Overnight Financing Rate are determined and the planned phasing out of United States dollar LIBOR after June 2023; changing capital reserve requirements on our lenders and rapidly rising interest rates in the public bond markets could impact our ability to finance properties or refinance existing debt or significantly increase operating/financing costs; the effect of future offerings of debt or equity securities on the value of our common stock; additional risks and costs associated with inflation and continuing increases in the rate of inflation, including the possibility of a recession that could negatively impact our operations and the operations of our tenants and their ability to pay rent; uncertainties associated with environmental and regulatory matters; changes in the financial condition of our tenants directly or indirectly resulting from geopolitical developments that could negatively affect important supply chains and international trade, the termination or threatened termination of existing international trade agreements, or the implementation of tariffs or retaliatory tariffs on imported or exported goods; the effect of any litigation to which we are, or may become, subject; additional risks and costs associated with owning properties occupied by tenants in particular industries, such as oil and gas, hospitality, travel, co-working, etc., including risks of default during start-up and during economic downturns; changes in tax laws impacting REITs and real estate in general, as well as our ability to continue to qualify as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or other tax law changes which may adversely affect our stockholders; the future effectiveness of our internal controls and procedures; actual or threatened public health epidemics or outbreaks, such as experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as governmental and private measures taken to combat such health crises, could have a material adverse effect on our business operations and financial results; the adequacy of our general reserve related to tenant lease-related assets or the establishment of any other reserve in the future; and other factors, including the risk factors discussed under Item 1A. of Piedmont’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 and other documents we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company cannot guarantee the accuracy of any such forward-looking statements contained in this press release, and the Company does not intend to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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