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CTO Realty Growth, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2020 Net Income of $2.71 Per Share, Including a $1.30 Unrealized Gain on Mark to Market of PINE Shares, and Announces Pursuit of REIT Conversion

Company Release - 7/29/2020 4:20 PM ET

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CTO Realty Growth, Inc. (NYSE American: CTO) (the “Company”) today announced its operating results and earnings for the quarter ended June 30, 2020.

QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Net Income and Investment in Alpine

Reported net income per share of $2.71 for the second quarter of 2020, includes $1.30 of earnings per share, after tax, of a non-cash unrealized gain on the mark to market of the Company’s ownership of 2,039,644 shares of Alpine Income Property Trust, Inc. (“PINE”).

  • COVID-19 and Collections Update

The Company is actively working with its tenants that have been impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic (as defined below). During the three months ended June 30, 2020, the Company collected 80% of the Contractual Base Rent (as defined below) due during such period. As of July 28, 2020, the Company has collected approximately 87% of the Contractual Base Rent due in July 2020. The Company has provided additional disclosure regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic later in this press release.

  • Income Property Dispositions 

Sold four single-tenant income properties and one multi-tenant income property for approximately $39.3 million, for aggregate gain of approximately $7.4 million, or $1.20 per share, after tax, representing a total weighted average exit cap rate of 4.30%. With the closing of these transactions, at quarter-end the Company had more than $27 million of 1031 restricted cash, which proceeds are expected to be re-invested as part of a future Section 1031 like-kind exchange.

  • Loan Portfolio Dispositions 

Sold four of its commercial loan investments generating aggregate proceeds of approximately $20.0 million.

  • Convertible Notes

Repurchased approximately $7.5 million aggregate principal amount of the Company’s 3.875% Convertible Senior Notes due 2025 (the “2025 Notes”) at approximately 82% of face value, resulting in a gain on debt extinguishment.

  • Land JV

During the period beginning on April 1, 2020 and ending on July 28, 2020, the entity that holds the approximately 4,900 acres of undeveloped land in Daytona Beach, Florida (the “Land JV”) sold over 3,100 acres for nearly $42 million resulting in a distribution to the joint venture partner that reduced the partner’s capital balance to approximately $45 million.

CEO Comments

Mr. John P. Albright, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, stated, “Despite a challenging macro environment, we are pleased that our income portfolio performed strong with 87% collections in July and we were able to sell over $46 million of assets, five single-tenant and one multi-tenant, at attractive prices. In addition, we were able to sell the majority of our loan portfolio and use that capital to buy back convertible notes at an average of 79% of face value, using the balance to pay down our line. We are poised to produce a strong amount of free cash flow which is reflected in our increase in dividends year over year. Now that the market environment is a bit more stable, the Company’s Board of Directors has decided to pursue the conversion of CTO to a REIT, possibly as early as late 2020.” Mr. Albright also noted, “The Board believes a REIT conversion, which requires shareholder approval, will be important to shareholder value by meaningfully reducing the Company’s expected federal tax expense in 2020 and beyond, as over 80% of our assets are now income-producing. The expectation would be that the Company would seek shareholder approval for the REIT conversion by the end of 2020.”

Income Property Update

During the three months ended June 30, 2020, the Company sold four of its single-tenant income properties, including three ground leases, and sold one multi-tenant income property. Two additional single-tenant income properties are classified as Assets Held for Sale on the consolidated balance sheet as of June 30, 2020.

The Company’s income property portfolio consisted of the following as of June 30, 2020:

Property Type # of Properties Square Feet Wtd. Average Years Remaining on Lease
Single-Tenant (1) 25 1,222,163 13.7
Multi-Tenant 6 1,014,839 5.0
Total / Wtd. Avg. 31 2,237,002 9.3
       

(1)       One of the twenty-five single-tenant properties is leased to The Carpenter Hotel under a long-term ground lease which includes two tenant repurchase options. Pursuant to FASB ASC Topic 842, Leases, the $16.25 million investment has been recorded in the accompanying consolidated balance sheet as of June 30, 2020 as a commercial loan investment.

Debt Update

The following table provides a summary of the Company’s long-term debt, at face value, as of June 30, 2020:

Component of Long-Term Debt  Principal Interest Rate Maturity Date
Revolving Credit Facility (1) $100.00 million 30-day 0.7325% + 1.35% – 1.95% May 2023
Revolving Credit Facility $62.84 million 30-day LIBOR + 1.35% – 1.95% May 2023
Mortgage Note Payable (2) $23.54 million 3.17% April 2021
Mortgage Note Payable $30.00 million 4.33% October 2034
2025 Convertible Senior Notes $62.47 million 3.88% April 2025
Total Debt/Weighted-Average Rate $278.85 million 2.78%  
        

(1)       Utilized interest rate swap to achieve a fixed interest rate of 0.7325% plus the applicable spread on $100 million of the outstanding principal balance
(2)       Utilized interest rate swap to achieve fixed interest rate of 3.17%

OPERATING RESULTS

Three Months ended June 30, 2020 (compared to same period in 2019):

     Increase (Decrease)
Operating Segment Revenue for  the Quarter Ended 6/30/2020 ($000's) vs Same Period in 2019 ($000's) vs Same Period in 2019 (%)
Income Properties $11,474 $1,098   11%
Management Fee Income  695  695   100%
Interest Income from Commercial Loan Investments  835  782   1483%
Real Estate Operations  6  (254)  -98%
Total Revenue $13,010 $2,321   22%
            

The increase in total revenue was primarily attributable to income produced by the Company’s recent income property acquisitions versus that of properties disposed of by the Company during the comparative period, resulting in an increase of approximately $1.1 million of additional revenue. Additionally, revenues from commercial loan investments and management fee income increased by approximately $782,000 and $695,000, respectively.

     Increase (Decrease)
  For the Quarter Ended 6/30/2020 vs Same
Period
in 2019
 vs Same Period in 2019 (%)
Total Revenue ($000's) $13,010 $2,321   22%
Operating Income ($000's) $10,773 $(3,859)  -26%
Income from Continuing Operations Per Share (basic) $2.71 $0.96   55%
Income from Discontinued Operations Per Share (basic) $ $(0.39)  -100%
Net Income Per Share (basic) $2.71 $0.57   27%
            

Operating income during the three months ended June 30, 2020 included gains on the disposition of four single-tenant and one multi-tenant income properties totaling approximately $7.4 million, a decrease of approximately $4.4 million from the three months ended June 30, 2019 which included gains totaling approximately $11.8 million on the disposition of two multi-tenant income properties. Additionally, operating income for the three months ended June 30, 2020 was adversely impacted by a loss of approximately $353,000 related to the Company’s disposition of the four commercial loan investments, while operating income benefited from the approximately $505,000 gain on the repurchase of $7.5 million aggregate principal amount of the 2025 Notes.

A significant portion of net income for the quarter, which totaled approximately $12.6 million, or $2.71 per share, was due to the increase in the closing stock price of PINE resulting in the unrealized, non-cash gain on the Company’s investment in PINE of approximately $8.1 million, or $1.30 per share, after tax.

The Company’s general and administrative expenses were relatively flat quarter over quarter.

Six Months ended June 30, 2020 (compared to same period in 2019):

     Increase (Decrease)
Operating Segment Revenue for  the Six Months Ended 6/30/2020 ($000's) vs Same Period in 2019 ($000's) vs Same Period in 2019 (%)
Income Properties $22,476 $1,376   7%
Management Fee Income  1,398  1,398   100%
Interest Income from Commercial Loan Investments  1,887  1,834   3477%
Real Estate Operations  87  (408)  -82%
Total Revenue $25,848 $4,200   19%
            

The increase in total revenue was primarily attributable to income from commercial loan investments totaling approximately $1.8 million as the majority of the Company’s commercial loan investments were originated after June 30, 2019. Income produced by the Company’s recent income property acquisitions versus that of properties disposed of by the Company during the comparative period, resulted in increased revenues of approximately $1.7 million. Additionally, revenues from management fee income totaled approximately $1.4 million, the majority of which was from the external management of PINE, which commenced in the late part of the fourth quarter of 2019. 


 

    Increase (Decrease)
  For the Six Months Ended 6/30/2020 vs Same
Period in 2019
 vs Same Period in 2019 (%)
Total Revenue ($000's) $25,848 $4,200   19%
Operating Income ($000's) $11,062 $(13,572)  -55%
Income from Continuing Operations Per Share (basic)$0.07 $(2.66)  -97%
Income from Discontinued Operations Per Share (basic)$ $(0.59)  -100%
Net Income Per Share (basic) $0.07 $(3.25)  -98%
            

Operating income during the six months ended June 30, 2020 included gains on the disposition of four single-tenant and one multi-tenant income properties totaling approximately $7.4 million, a decrease of approximately $11.3 million from the six months ended June 30, 2019 which included gains totaling approximately $18.7 million on the disposition of three multi-tenant income properties. Further, operating income for the six months ended June 30, 2020 was adversely impacted by an aggregate loss of approximately $2.1 million on the commercial loan portfolio, including the impairment charge recognized in the first quarter of 2020, related to the Company’s disposition of four of its commercial loan investments, while operating income benefited from a gain of approximately $1.1 million on the repurchase of $12.5 million aggregate principal amount of the 2025 Notes. 

A significant portion of the reduced net income of approximately $349,000, or $0.07 per share, was due to the decrease in the closing stock price of PINE which resulted in an unrealized, non-cash loss on the Company’s investment in PINE of approximately $5.6 million, or $0.91 per share, after tax during the six months ended June 30, 2020.

The operating results during the six months ended June 30, 2020 were impacted by an increase of approximately $642,000, or 14% in general and administrative expenses, compared to the same period in 2019. The increase was made up of (i) approximately $127,000 in legal and tax fees related to the Company’s evaluation of a potential REIT conversion; and (ii) approximately $317,000 of increased audit, tax, and legal fees, primarily attributable to the significant transactions completed during the three months ended December 31, 2019 including the Land JV and the asset portfolio sale to PINE for which fees were incurred primarily during the first quarter of 2020.

2020 Guidance

 YTD Q2 2020 Actual Guidance for FY 2020
Acquisition of Income-Producing Assets$137.2mm $160mm - $210mm
Target Investment Yields (Initial Yield – Unlevered)7.8% 6.25% - 7.25%
Disposition of Income-Producing Assets (Sales Value) (1)$46.5mm $40mm - $60mm
Target Disposition Yields (1)4.4% 6.50% - 7.50%
Leverage Target (as % of Total Enterprise Value)56% 40% - 50%
    

(1) Includes the Wawa Jacksonville Sale (defined below) completed subsequent to June 30, 2020.

Significant Events Subsequent to June 30, 2020

On July 23, 2020, the Company sold its Wawa ground lease located in Jacksonville, Florida (the “Wawa Jacksonville Sale”), for a sales price of approximately $7.1 million, reflecting an exit cap rate of approximately 4.9%. The Company’s estimated gain on the sale is approximately $246,000, or $0.04 per share after tax.

Q2 and Q3 2020 Shareholder Dividend

  • Paid second quarter 2020 dividend of $0.25 per share to stockholders of record on May 11, 2020.
  • The Board, at its July 2020 meeting, approved payment of the third quarter dividend of $0.40 per share on August 31, 2020, to stockholders of record on August 17, 2020.

COVID-19 Pandemic and Rent Collection Update

In March 2020, the agency of the United Nations, responsible for international public health, declared the outbreak of the novel coronavirus as a pandemic (the “COVID-19 Pandemic”), which has spread throughout the United States. The spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic has continued to cause significant volatility in the U.S. and international markets and, in many industries, business activity was, for a time, virtually shut down entirely. There continues to be uncertainty around the duration and severity of business disruptions related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, as well as its impact on the U.S. economy and international economies.

Q2 2020 Rent Status: As of June 30, 2020, the Company had received second quarter payments from tenants representing approximately 80% of the Contractual Base Rent, defined as monthly base rent due pursuant to the original terms of the respective lease agreements, without giving effect to any deferrals or abatements subsequently entered into, due during the three months ended June 30, 2020. With respect to unpaid Contractual Base Rent due during the three months ended June 30, 2020 approximately 9% was deferred and approximately 4% was abated. In general, repayment of the deferred Contractual Base Rent will begin in the third quarter of 2020, with ratable payments continuing, in some cases, through the end of 2021. Certain of the deferral agreements are pending full execution of the lease amendment; however, both parties have indicated, in writing, their agreement to the repayment terms and in some instances, the tenant has already made the payments contemplated in the agreed-to lease amendment. In connection with the leases in which rent was abated, other lease modifications, including extended lease terms and imposition of percentage rent, were agreed to by the Company and the tenants. The Company has not yet reached an agreement with respect to approximately 7% of the Contractual Base Rent due during the three months ended June 30, 2020.

July 2020 Rent Status: As of July 29, 2020, the Company had received July 2020 payments from tenants representing approximately 87% of the Contractual Base Rent due for the month of July 2020. With respect to unpaid Contractual Base Rent due for the month of July, approximately 5% was deferred and approximately 1% was abated pursuant to executed agreements between the Company and the tenants. The Company has not yet reached an agreement with respect to approximately 7% of the Contractual Base Rent due for the month of July 2020.

An assessment of the current or identifiable potential financial and operational impacts on the Company as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic are as follows:

  • The total borrowing capacity on the Company’s revolving credit facility (the “Credit Facility”), based on the assets currently in the borrowing base, is approximately $200 million, and as such the Company has the ability to draw an additional $37.2 million on the Credit Facility. Pursuant to the terms of the Credit Facility, any property in the borrowing base with a tenant that is more than 60 days past due on its contractual rent obligations would be automatically removed from the borrowing base and the Company’s borrowing capacity would be reduced. For the tenants requesting rent relief with which the Company has reached an agreement, such deferral and/or abatement agreements for current rent, under the terms of the credit facility, would not be past due if it adheres to such modification, and thus those properties would not be required to be removed from the borrowing base.
  • As a result of the outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the federal government and the state of Florida issued orders encouraging everyone to remain in their residence and not go into work. In response to these orders and in the best interest of our employees and directors, we have implemented significant preventative measures to ensure the health and safety of our employees and Board of Directors (the “Board”), including: (i) conducting all meetings of the Board and Committees of the Board telephonically or via a visual conferencing service, (ii) permitting the Company’s employees to work from home at their election, (iii) enforcing appropriate social distancing practices in the Company’s office, (iv) encouraging the Company’s employees to wash their hands often and use face masks, (v) providing hand sanitizer and other disinfectant products throughout the Company’s office, (vi) requiring employees who do not feel well in any capacity to stay at home, and (vii) requiring all third-party delivery services (e.g. mail, food delivery, etc.) to complete their service outside the front door of the Company’s office. The Company also offered COVID-19 testing to its employees to ensure a safe working environment. These preventative measures have not had any material adverse impact on the Company’s financial reporting systems, internal controls over financial reporting or disclosure controls and procedures. At this time, we have not laid off, furloughed, or terminated any employee in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Compensation Committee of the Board may reevaluate the performance goals and other aspects of the compensation arrangements of the Company’s executive officers later in 2020 as more information about the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic become known.

2nd Quarter Earnings Conference Call & Webcast

The Company will host a conference call to present its operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, Thursday, July 30, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. eastern time. Shareholders and interested parties may access the earnings call via teleconference or webcast:

Teleconference: USA (Toll Free)
International:
Canada (Toll Free):
 1-888-317-6003
1-412-317-6061
1-866-284-3684
   

Please dial in at least fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled start time and use the code 1046397 when prompted.

A webcast of the call can be accessed at: https://services.choruscall.com/links/cto200730.html.

To access the webcast, log on to the web address noted above or go to http://www.ctorealtygrowth.com and log in at the investor relations section. Please log in to the webcast at least ten minutes prior to the scheduled time of the Earnings Call.

About CTO Realty Growth, Inc.

CTO Realty Growth, Inc. is a Florida-based publicly traded real estate company, which owns income properties comprised of approximately 2.2 million square feet in diversified markets in the United States and an approximately 23.5% interest in Alpine Income Property Trust, Inc., a publicly traded net lease real estate investment trust (NYSE: PINE). Visit our website at www.ctorealtygrowth.com.

We encourage you to review our most recent investor presentation, which is available on our website at www.ctorealtygrowth.com.

SAFE HARBOR

Certain statements contained in this press release (other than statements of historical fact) are 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. Words such as “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “will,” “could,” “may,” “should,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “forecast,” “project,” and similar expressions and variations thereof are intended to identify certain of such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the dates on which they were made, although not all forward-looking statements contain such words. Although forward-looking statements are made based upon management’s present expectations and reasonable beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effect upon the Company, a number of factors could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Such factors may include general adverse economic  and real estate conditions, the inability of major tenants to continue paying their rent or obligations due to bankruptcy, insolvency or a general downturn in their business, the loss or failure, or decline in the business or assets of Alpine Income Property Trust, Inc. or the Company’s land joint-venture, the completion of 1031 exchange transactions, the availability of investment properties that meet the Company’s investment goals and criteria, uncertainties associated with obtaining required governmental permits and satisfying other closing conditions for planned acquisitions and sales, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s business and the business of its tenants, as well as the uncertainties and risk factors discussed in our (i) Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 and (ii) Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. There can be no assurance that future developments will be in accordance with management’s expectations or that the effect of future developments on the Company will be those anticipated by management. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release.

CTO REALTY GROWTH, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

  (Unaudited)
June 30,
 2020
 December 31,
 2019
ASSETS      
Property, Plant, and Equipment:      
Income Properties, Land, Buildings, and Improvements $480,683,312  $392,841,899 
Other Furnishings and Equipment  745,482   733,165 
Construction in Progress  42,499   24,788 
Total Property, Plant, and Equipment  481,471,293   393,599,852 
Less, Accumulated Depreciation and Amortization  (26,329,430)  (23,008,382)
Property, Plant, and Equipment—Net  455,141,863   370,591,470 
Land and Development Costs  7,151,736   6,732,291 
Intangible Lease Assets—Net  54,735,943   49,022,178 
Assets Held for Sale  9,974,702   833,167 
Investment in Joint Ventures  55,759,088   55,736,668 
Investment in Alpine Income Property Trust Inc.  33,164,611   38,814,425 
Mitigation Credits  2,497,884   2,322,596 
Commercial Loan Investments  18,488,912   34,625,173 
Cash and Cash Equivalents  10,701,531   6,474,637 
Restricted Cash  29,709,862   128,430,049 
Other Assets  11,526,739   9,703,549 
Total Assets $688,852,871  $703,286,203 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY      
Liabilities:      
Accounts Payable $759,158  $1,385,739 
Accrued and Other Liabilities  9,627,066   5,687,192 
Deferred Revenue  5,178,851   5,830,720 
Intangible Lease Liabilities—Net  26,176,171   26,198,248 
Liabilities Held for Sale  831,320   831,320 
Income Taxes Payable  1,239,167   439,086 
Deferred Income Taxes—Net  90,581,236   90,282,173 
Long-Term Debt  270,783,375   287,218,303 
Total Liabilities  405,176,344   417,872,781 
Commitments and Contingencies      
Shareholders’ Equity:      
Common Stock – 25,000,000 shares authorized; $1 par value, 6,108,185 shares issued and 4,713,261 shares outstanding at June 30, 2020; 6,076,813 shares issued and 4,770,454 shares outstanding at December 31, 2019  6,047,393   6,017,218 
Treasury Stock – 1,394,924 shares at June 30, 2020 and 1,306,359 shares at December 31, 2019  (77,540,735)  (73,440,714)
Additional Paid-In Capital  32,888,012   26,689,795 
Retained Earnings  324,074,094   326,073,199 
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)  (1,792,237)  73,924 
Total Shareholders’ Equity  283,676,527   285,413,422 
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity $688,852,871  $703,286,203 
         

CTO REALTY GROWTH, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  June 30, June 30, June 30, June 30,
  2020 2019 2020 2019
Revenues            
Income Properties $11,473,112  $10,375,295  $22,476,143  $21,099,713 
Management Fee Income  695,051      1,397,652    
Interest Income from Commercial Loan Investments  835,190   52,765   1,887,239   52,765 
Real Estate Operations  6,390   260,771   87,141   495,672 
Total Revenues  13,009,743   10,688,831   25,848,175   21,648,150 
Direct Cost of Revenues            
Income Properties  (2,568,462)  (1,634,720)  (4,681,557)  (3,567,208)
Real Estate Operations  (56,635)  (40,129)  (1,581,001)  (86,296)
Total Direct Cost of Revenues  (2,625,097)  (1,674,849)  (6,262,558)  (3,653,504)
General and Administrative Expenses  (2,170,671)  (2,119,176)  (5,262,411)  (4,620,796)
Impairment Charges        (1,904,500)   
Depreciation and Amortization  (5,021,187)  (4,074,587)  (9,573,658)  (7,420,874)
Total Operating Expenses  (9,816,955)  (7,868,612)  (23,003,127)  (15,695,174)
Gain on Disposition of Assets  7,075,858   11,811,907   7,075,858   18,681,864 
Gain on Extinguishment of Debt  504,544      1,141,481    
Other Gains and Income  7,580,402   11,811,907   8,217,339   18,681,864 
Total Operating Income  10,773,190   14,632,126   11,062,387   24,634,840 
Investment and Other Income (Loss)  8,469,612   14,560   (4,716,786)  53,315 
Interest Expense  (2,452,962)  (3,042,058)  (5,905,560)  (5,965,287)
Income from Continuing Operations Before Income Tax Expense  16,789,840   11,604,628   440,041   18,722,868 
Income Tax Expense from Continuing Operations  (4,179,316)  (2,941,213)  (91,376)  (4,715,853)
Income from Continuing Operations  12,610,524   8,663,415   348,665   14,007,015 
Income from Discontinued Operations (Net of Income Tax)     1,933,385      3,057,884 
Net Income $12,610,524  $10,596,800  $348,665  $17,064,899 
             
Per Share Information:            
Basic and Diluted            
Net Income from Continuing Operations $2.71  $1.75  $0.07  $2.72 
Net Income from Discontinued Operations (Net of Income Tax)     0.39      0.59 
Basic and Diluted Net Income per Share $2.71  $2.14  $0.07  $3.31 
             
Weighted Average Number of Common Shares:            
Basic  4,653,627   4,951,469   4,682,511   5,147,580 
Diluted  4,653,627   4,951,469   4,682,511   5,147,580 
                 


Contact:   Lisa M. Vorakoun, Vice President – Chief Accounting Officer
lvorakoun@ctorealtygrowth.com
Phone: (386) 944-5641
Facsimile: (386) 274-1223
   

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