SAN FRANCISCO (July 15, 2019) – Prologis, Inc. (NYSE: PLD), the global leader in logistics real estate, reported results for the second quarter of 2019 and announced that, subsequent to quarter end, it has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Industrial Property Trust Inc. (IPT).
Net earnings per diluted share was $0.60 for the quarter compared with $0.62 for the second quarter of 2018. Core funds from operations (Core FFO)* per diluted share was $0.77 for the quarter compared with $0.71 for the same period in 2018.
“We had a terrific quarter—our results reflect strong execution and the quality of our global portfolio,” said Hamid R. Moghadam, chairman and CEO, Prologis. “We are off to an excellent start to the second half of the year as we’ve just entered into an agreement to acquire IPT. The acquisition of this high-quality portfolio will deliver additional shareholder value immediately upon close.”
ACQUISITION OF INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY TRUST INC.
Prologis will acquire IPT’s wholly owned real estate assets for approximately $3.99 billion in a cash transaction, including the assumption and repayment of debt. The transaction, currently expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019/first quarter of 2020, is subject to the approval of IPT stockholders and other customary closing conditions.
“This is a compelling opportunity to acquire a portfolio of excellent asset quality and submarket composition consistent with our U.S. investment strategy and footprint,” said Eugene F. Reilly, chief investment officer, Prologis. “We expect to capture significant cost and revenue synergies, in addition to enhancing customer relationships and insights.”
The 37.5 million square foot operating portfolio comprises 236 properties, 96 percent of which are in existing Prologis markets. Specifically, the transaction expands the company’s position in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle and New Jersey.
Following the closing, the company intends to hold the portfolio through either one or both of its U.S. co-investment ventures. The transaction is expected to be accretive to annual Core FFO* by approximately $0.05-0.061 per share, on a stabilized basis. The transaction is not expected to have a meaningful impact on the company’s leverage. Further, Prologis does not expect to add any corporate overhead and, as a result, the transaction is expected to lower general and administrative expenses as a percentage of assets under management by approximately 4 percent.
“We have worked diligently to create a balance sheet that allows us to take advantage of opportunities such as this, and we remain committed to maintaining our financial strength,” said Thomas S. Olinger, chief financial officer, Prologis. “This accretive transaction advances our strategy of using our scale to grow earnings with no incremental overhead.”
BALANCE SHEET STRENGTH
The company ended the second quarter with leverage of 19.4 percent on a market capitalization basis, debt- to-adjusted EBITDA* of 4.1x and $4.2 billion of liquidity.
GUIDANCE MIDPOINT RAISED AND RANGE NARROWED FOR 2019²
“We continue to see healthy market conditions, robust customer demand and rent growth that has exceeded our expectations,” said Olinger. “As a result, we are increasing our Core FFO* guidance and now anticipate year-over-year growth without promotes of 9.5 percent.”
* This is a non-GAAP financial measure. See the Notes and Definitions in our supplemental information for further explanation and a reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP measure. 1 Due to the impact of non-cash depreciation, Prologis expects the acquisition to be dilutive to net earnings. 2 Guidance for 2019 does not include any impact from the proposed acquisition of IPT.
The earnings guidance described above includes potential gains recognized from real estate transactions but excludes any foreign currency or derivative gains or losses as our guidance assumes constant foreign currency rates. In reconciling from net earnings to Core FFO*, Prologis makes certain adjustments, including but not limited to real estate depreciation and amortization expense, gains (losses) recognized from real estate transactions and early extinguishment of debt, impairment charges, deferred taxes and unrealized gains or losses on foreign currency or derivative activity. The difference between the company's Core FFO* and net earnings guidance for 2019 relates predominantly to these items. Please refer to our second quarter Supplemental Information, which is available on our Investor Relations website at http://ir.prologis.com and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov for a definition of Core FFO* and other non-GAAP measures used by Prologis, along with reconciliations of these items to the closest GAAP measure for our results and guidance.
WEBCAST & CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION
Prologis will host a live webcast and conference call to discuss quarterly results, current market conditions, recent transaction activity and its outlook. Here are the event details:
▪ Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at 12 p.m. U.S. Eastern time.
▪ Live webcast at http://ir.prologis.com by clicking Events and Presentations.
▪ Dial in: +1 (877) 209-4258 (toll-free from the United States and Canada) or +1 (647) 689-5198 (from all other countries) and enter Passcode 9797336.
A telephonic replay will be available July 16-23 at +1 (800) 585-8367 (from the United States and Canada) or +1 (416) 621-4642 (from all other countries) using conference code 9797336. The webcast replay will be posted when available in the Investor Relations "Events & Presentations" section.
Prologis, Inc. is the global leader in logistics real estate with a focus on high-barrier, high-growth markets. As of June 30, 2019, the company owned or had investments in, on a wholly owned basis or through co-investment ventures, properties and development projects expected to total approximately 786 million square feet (73 million square meters) in 19 countries. Prologis leases modern logistics facilities to a diverse base of approximately 5,100 customers principally across two major categories: business-to-business and retail/online fulfillment.
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