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Equity Commonwealth Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

Company Release - 10/29/2019 4:15 PM ET

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Equity Commonwealth (NYSE: EQC) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. All per share results are reported on a diluted basis.

Financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019

Net income attributable to common shareholders was $21.9 million, or $0.18 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. This compares to net income attributable to common shareholders of $30.8 million, or $0.25 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. The decrease in net income was primarily a result of property dispositions and a decrease in gains from property sales, partially offset by higher interest income and lower interest expense.

Funds from Operations, or FFO, as defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, were $25.6 million, or $0.21 per share. This compares to FFO for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 of $20.9 million, or $0.17 per share. The following items impacted FFO for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, compared to the corresponding 2018 period:

  • ($0.09) per share of decrease in income and straight-line rent from properties sold;
  • $0.05 per share of increase in interest and other income, net;
  • $0.04 per share of interest expense savings;
  • $0.02 per share of general & administrative expense savings; and
  • $0.01 per share of increase in same property NOI.

Normalized FFO was $25.7 million, or $0.21 per share. This compares to Normalized FFO for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 of $21.6 million, or $0.18 per share. The following items impacted Normalized FFO for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, compared to the corresponding 2018 period:

  • ($0.07) per share of decrease in income from properties sold;
  • $0.04 per share of increase in interest and other income;
  • $0.04 per share of interest expense savings;
  • $0.02 per share of general & administrative expense savings; and
  • $0.01 per share of increase in same property cash NOI and termination income.

Normalized FFO begins with FFO and eliminates certain items that we view as nonrecurring or impacting comparability from period to period. Definitions of FFO, Normalized FFO and reconciliations to net income, determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, are included at the end of this press release.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2019, the company’s cash balance net of distributions payable was $2.8 billion. Total debt outstanding was $25.9 million.

Same property results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019

The company’s same property portfolio at the end of the quarter consisted of 7 properties totaling 2.5 million square feet. Operating results were as follows:

  • The same property portfolio was 93.5% leased as of September 30, 2019, compared to 90.5% as of June 30, 2019, and 93.1% as of September 30, 2018.
  • The same property portfolio commenced occupancy was 88.2% as of September 30, 2019, compared to 89.7% as of June 30, 2019, and 91.1% as of September 30, 2018.
  • Same property NOI increased 5.2% when compared to the same period in 2018.
  • Same property cash NOI increased 6.9% when compared to the same period in 2018.
  • The company entered into leases for approximately 298,000 square feet, including new leases for approximately 116,000 square feet and renewal leases for approximately 182,000 square feet.
  • GAAP rental rates on new and renewal leases were 9.1% higher compared to prior GAAP rental rates for the same space.
  • Cash rental rates on new and renewal leases were 0.7% lower compared to prior cash rental rates for the same space.

The definitions and reconciliations of same property NOI and same property cash NOI to net income, determined in accordance with GAAP, are included at the end of this press release. The same property portfolio includes properties continuously owned from July 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019 and excludes properties sold or classified as held for sale at the end of the period.

Significant events during the quarter ended September 30, 2019

  • The company announced a special, one-time cash distribution of $3.50 per common share, which was paid on October 23, 2019 to shareholders of record on October 7, 2019.

Earnings Conference Call & Supplemental Data

Equity Commonwealth will host a conference call to discuss third quarter results on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at 9:00 A.M. CDT. The conference call will be available via live audio webcast on the Investor Relations section of the company’s website (www.eqcre.com). A replay of the audio webcast will also be available following the call.

A copy of EQC’s Third Quarter 2019 Supplemental Operating and Financial Data is available on the Investor Relations section of EQC’s website at www.eqcre.com.

About Equity Commonwealth

Equity Commonwealth (NYSE: EQC) is a Chicago based, internally managed and self-advised real estate investment trust (REIT) with commercial office properties in the United States. As of October 29, 2019, EQC’s portfolio comprised 7 properties and 2.5 million square feet.

Regulation FD Disclosures

We intend to use any of the following to comply with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD: press releases, SEC filings, public conference calls, or our website. We routinely post important information on our website at www.eqcre.com, including information that may be deemed to be material. We encourage investors and others interested in the company to monitor these distribution channels for material disclosures.

Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws including, but not limited to, statements pertaining to the marketing of certain properties for sale, consummating any sales, and future share repurchases. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release are intended to be made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” or “potential” or the negative of these words and phrases or similar words or phrases which are predictions of or indicate future events or trends and which do not relate solely to historical matters. You can also identify forward-looking statements by discussions of strategy, plans or intentions.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release reflect the company’s current views about future events and are subject to numerous known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and changes in circumstances that may cause the company’s actual results to differ significantly from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. We do not guarantee that the transactions and events described will happen as described (or that they will happen at all). We disclaim any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, of new information, data or methods, future events or other changes. For a further discussion of these and other factors that could cause the company’s future results to differ materially from any forward-looking statements, see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(amounts in thousands, except share data)

 

 

September 30, 2019

 

December 31, 2018

ASSETS

 

 

 

Real estate properties:

 

 

 

Land

$

85,627

 

$

135,142

Buildings and improvements

572,714

 

1,004,500

 

658,341

 

1,139,642

Accumulated depreciation

(197,847)

 

(375,968)

 

460,494

 

763,674

Cash and cash equivalents

3,205,775

 

2,400,803

Marketable securities

 

249,602

Restricted cash

4,456

 

3,298

Rents receivable

19,347

 

51,089

Other assets, net

41,271

 

62,306

Total assets

$

3,731,343

 

$

3,530,772

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

 

 

 

Senior unsecured debt, net

$

 

$

248,473

Mortgage notes payable, net

25,896

 

26,482

Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other

38,218

 

58,300

Rent collected in advance

3,533

 

9,451

Distributions payable

435,583

 

4,068

Total liabilities

$

503,230

 

$

346,774

 

 

 

 

Shareholders' equity:

 

 

 

Preferred shares of beneficial interest, $0.01 par value: 50,000,000 shares authorized;

 

 

 

Series D preferred shares; 6 1/2% cumulative convertible; 4,915,196 shares issued and outstanding, aggregate liquidation preference of $122,880

$

119,263

 

$

119,263

Common shares of beneficial interest, $0.01 par value: 350,000,000 shares authorized; 121,924,199 and 121,572,155 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

1,219

 

1,216

Additional paid in capital

4,310,353

 

4,305,974

Cumulative net income

3,347,664

 

2,870,974

Cumulative other comprehensive loss

 

(342)

Cumulative common distributions

(3,851,947)

 

(3,420,548)

Cumulative preferred distributions

(699,727)

 

(693,736)

Total shareholders’ equity

3,226,825

 

3,182,801

Noncontrolling interest

1,288

 

1,197

Total equity

$

3,228,113

 

$

3,183,998

Total liabilities and equity

$

3,731,343

 

$

3,530,772

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(amounts in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

September 30,

 

September 30,

 

 

 

2019

 

 

 

2018

 

 

 

2019

 

 

 

2018

 

 

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rental revenue

$

 

23,995

 

 

$

 

 

43,770

 

 

$

 

 

93,459

 

 

$

 

144,612

 

 

Other revenue

 

2,740

 

 

 

3,103

 

 

 

8,396

 

 

 

9,485

 

 

Total revenues

$

 

26,735

 

 

$

 

 

46,873

 

 

$

 

 

101,855

 

 

$

 

154,097

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses

$

 

9,923

 

 

$

 

 

20,257

 

 

$

 

 

36,677

 

 

$

 

64,377

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

5,939

 

 

 

11,287

 

 

 

22,085

 

 

 

38,211

 

 

General and administrative

 

8,523

 

 

 

10,905

 

 

 

30,152

 

 

 

35,466

 

 

Loss on asset impairment

 

 

 

 

12,087

 

 

Total expenses

$

 

24,385

 

 

$

 

 

42,449

 

 

$

 

 

88,914

 

 

$

 

150,141

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest and other income, net

 

19,401

 

 

 

12,626

 

 

 

57,871

 

 

 

31,074

 

 

Interest expense (including net amortization of debt discounts, premiums and deferred financing fees of $(55), $559, $264 and $2,005, respectively)

 

(321

)

 

 

(5,085

)

 

 

(8,597

)

 

 

(21,550

)

 

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

 

 

 

(6,374

)

 

 

(6,403

)

 

Gain on sale of properties, net

 

1,945

 

 

 

20,877

 

 

 

422,148

 

 

 

253,025

 

 

Income before income taxes

 

23,375

 

 

 

32,842

 

 

 

477,989

 

 

 

260,102

 

 

Income tax benefit (expense)

 

521

 

 

 

(65

)

 

 

(1,119

)

 

 

(2,616

)

 

Net income

$

 

23,896

 

 

$

 

 

32,777

 

 

$

 

 

476,870

 

 

$

 

257,486

 

 

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

 

(10

)

 

 

(13

)

 

 

(180

)

 

 

(90

)

 

Net income attributable to Equity Commonwealth

$

 

23,886

 

 

$

 

 

32,764

 

 

$

 

 

476,690

 

 

$

 

257,396

 

 

Preferred distributions

 

(1,997

)

 

 

(1,997

)

 

 

(5,991

)

 

 

(5,991

)

 

Net income attributable to Equity Commonwealth common shareholders

$

 

21,889

 

 

$

 

 

30,767

 

 

$

 

 

470,699

 

 

$

 

251,405

 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding — basic (1)

 

122,140

 

 

 

121,845

 

 

 

122,075

 

 

 

122,504

 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding — diluted (1)

 

123,564

 

 

 

122,851

 

 

 

125,938

 

 

 

123,389

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per common share attributable to Equity Commonwealth common shareholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

 

0.18

 

 

$

 

0.25

 

 

$

 

3.86

 

 

$

 

2.05

 

Diluted

$

 

0.18

 

 

$

 

0.25

 

 

$

 

3.79

 

 

$

 

2.04

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distributions declared per common share

$

 

3.50

 

 

$

 

2.50

 

 

$

 

3.50

 

 

$

 

2.50

 

Certain reclassifications were made to conform the prior period to our presentation of the condensed consolidated statements of operations due to the impact of adopting ASU 2016-02. Amounts that were previously disclosed as "Tenant reimbursements and other income" are now included in "Rental revenue" and are no longer presented as a separate line item. Parking revenues that do not represent components of leases and were previously disclosed as "Rental income" are now included in "Other revenue." Subsequent to January 1, 2019, provisions for credit losses are included in "Rental revenue." Provisions for credit losses prior to January 1, 2019 were disclosed as "Operating expenses" and were not reclassified to conform prior periods to the current presentation.

(1)

Weighted average common shares outstanding for the three months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 includes 217 and 362 unvested, earned RSUs, respectively. Weighted average common shares outstanding for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 includes 208 and 344 unvested, earned RSUs, respectively.

CALCULATION OF FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS (FFO) AND NORMALIZED FFO

(amounts in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

September 30,

 

September 30,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Calculation of FFO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

23,896

 

$

32,777

 

$

476,870

 

$

257,486

Real estate depreciation and amortization

5,683

 

10,978

 

21,243

 

37,298

Loss on asset impairment

 

 

 

12,087

Gain on sale of properties, net

(1,945)

 

(20,877)

 

(422,148)

 

(253,025)

FFO attributable to Equity Commonwealth

27,634

 

22,878

 

75,965

 

53,846

Preferred distributions

(1,997)

 

(1,997)

 

(5,991)

 

(5,991)

FFO attributable to EQC common shareholders and unitholders

$

25,637

 

$

20,881

 

$

69,974

 

$

47,855

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calculation of Normalized FFO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FFO attributable to EQC common shareholders and unitholders

$

25,637

 

$

20,881

 

$

69,974

 

$

47,855

Lease value amortization

(39)

 

(4)

 

(117)

 

76

Straight line rent adjustments

499

 

(1,435)

 

(349)

 

(3,985)

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

 

 

6,374

 

6,403

Loss on sale of securities

 

 

 

4,987

Loss on sale of real estate mortgage receivable

 

2,117

 

 

2,117

Income taxes related to gains on property sales, net

(423)

 

25

 

142

 

2,498

Normalized FFO attributable to EQC common shareholders and unitholders

$

25,674

 

$

21,584

 

$

76,024

 

$

59,951

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares and units outstanding -- basic (1)

122,189

 

121,891

 

122,121

 

122,548

Weighted average common shares and units outstanding -- diluted (1)

123,613

 

122,897

 

123,421

 

123,433

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FFO attributable to EQC common shareholders and unitholders per share and unit -- basic & diluted

$

0.21

 

$

0.17

 

$

0.57

 

$

0.39

Normalized FFO attributable to EQC common shareholders and unitholders per share and unit -- basic & diluted

$

0.21

 

$

0.18

 

$

0.62

 

$

0.49

(1)

Our calculations of FFO and Normalized FFO attributable to EQC common shareholders and unitholders per share and unit - basic for the three months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 include 49 and 46 LTIP/Operating Partnership Units, respectively, that are excluded from the calculation of basic earnings per common share attributable to EQC common shareholders (only). Our calculations of FFO and Normalized FFO attributable to EQC common shareholders and unitholders per share and unit - basic for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 include 46 and 44 LTIP/Operating Partnership Units, respectively, that are excluded from the calculation of basic earnings per common share attributable to EQC common shareholders (only).

We compute FFO in accordance with standards established by NAREIT. NAREIT defines FFO as net income (loss), calculated in accordance with GAAP, excluding real estate depreciation and amortization, gains (or losses) from sales of depreciable property, impairment of depreciable real estate, and our portion of these items related to equity investees and noncontrolling interests. Our calculation of Normalized FFO differs from NAREIT’s definition of FFO because we exclude certain items that we view as nonrecurring or impacting comparability from period to period. FFO and Normalized FFO are supplemental non-GAAP financial measures. We consider FFO and Normalized FFO to be appropriate measures of operating performance for a REIT, along with net income (loss), net income (loss) attributable to EQC common shareholders, and cash flow from operating activities.

 

We believe that FFO and Normalized FFO provide useful information to investors because by excluding the effects of certain historical amounts, such as depreciation expense, FFO and Normalized FFO may facilitate a comparison of our operating performance between periods and with other REITs. FFO and Normalized FFO do not represent cash generated by operating activities in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to net income (loss), net income (loss) attributable to EQC common shareholders, or cash flow from operating activities, determined in accordance with GAAP, or as indicators of our financial performance or liquidity, nor are these measures necessarily indicative of sufficient cash flow to fund all of our needs. These measures should be considered in conjunction with net income (loss), net income (loss) attributable to EQC common shareholders, and cash flow from operating activities as presented in our condensed consolidated statements of operations, condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive income and condensed consolidated statements of cash flows. Other REITs and real estate companies may calculate FFO and Normalized FFO differently than we do.

CALCULATION OF SAME PROPERTY NET OPERATING INCOME (NOI) AND SAME PROPERTY CASH BASIS NOI

(amounts in thousands)

 

 

For the Three Months Ended

 

9/30/2019

 

6/30/2019

 

3/31/2019

 

12/31/2018

 

9/30/2018

Calculation of Same Property NOI and Same Property Cash Basis NOI:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rental revenue

$

23,995

 

$

30,574

 

$

38,890

 

$

39,756

 

$

43,770

Other revenue

2,740

 

2,794

 

2,862

 

3,169

 

3,103

Operating expenses

(9,923)

 

(10,974)

 

(15,780)

 

(15,539)

 

(20,257)

NOI

$

16,812

 

$

22,394

 

$

25,972

 

$

27,386

 

$

26,616

Straight line rent adjustments

499

 

(11)

 

(837)

 

(986)

 

(1,435)

Lease value amortization

(39)

 

(39)

 

(39)

 

(22)

 

(4)

Lease termination fees

(11)

 

(2,188)

 

 

(19)

 

(395)

Cash Basis NOI

$

17,261

 

$

20,156

 

$

25,096

 

$

26,359

 

$

24,782

Cash Basis NOI from non-same properties (1)

(135)

 

(2,666)

 

(7,853)

 

(10,273)

 

(8,756)

Same Property Cash Basis NOI

$

17,126

 

$

17,490

 

$

17,243

 

$

16,086

 

$

16,026

Non-cash rental income and lease termination fees from same properties

(449)

 

1,950

 

(165)

 

(137)

 

(180)

Same Property NOI

$

16,677

 

$

19,440

 

$

17,078

 

$

15,949

 

$

15,846

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation of Same Property NOI to GAAP Net Income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Same Property NOI

$

16,677

 

$

19,440

 

$

17,078

 

$

15,949

 

$

15,846

Non-cash rental income and lease termination fees from same properties

449

 

(1,950)

 

165

 

137

 

180

Same Property Cash Basis NOI

$

17,126

 

$

17,490

 

$

17,243

 

$

16,086

 

$

16,026

Cash Basis NOI from non-same properties (1)

135

 

2,666

 

7,853

 

10,273

 

8,756

Cash Basis NOI

$

17,261

 

$

20,156

 

$

25,096

 

$

26,359

 

$

24,782

Straight line rent adjustments

(499)

 

11

 

837

 

986

 

1,435

Lease value amortization

39

 

39

 

39

 

22

 

4

Lease termination fees

11

 

2,188

 

 

19

 

395

NOI

$

16,812

 

$

22,394

 

$

25,972

 

$

27,386

 

$

26,616

Depreciation and amortization

(5,939)

 

(7,561)

 

(8,585)

 

(10,830)

 

(11,287)

General and administrative

(8,523)

 

(9,533)

 

(12,096)

 

(8,973)

 

(10,905)

Interest and other income, net

19,401

 

20,695

 

17,775

 

15,741

 

12,626

Interest expense

(321)

 

(4,070)

 

(4,206)

 

(5,035)

 

(5,085)

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

 

(6,374)

 

 

(719)

 

Gain (loss) on sale of properties, net

1,945

 

227,166

 

193,037

 

(1,608)

 

20,877

Income before income taxes

$

23,375

 

$

242,717

 

$

211,897

 

$

15,962

 

$

32,842

Income tax benefit (expense)

521

 

(340)

 

(1,300)

 

(540)

 

(65)

Net income

$

23,896

 

$

242,377

 

$

210,597

 

$

15,422

 

$

32,777

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Same Property capitalized external legal costs(2)

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

$

 

$

14

(1)

Cash Basis NOI from non-same properties for all periods presented includes the operations of disposed properties.

(2)

Effective January 1, 2019, with the adoption of ASU 2016-02, we no longer capitalize external legal costs incurred when we enter into leases. We did not recast the comparative prior periods presented for the external legal leasing costs capitalized in those periods.

CALCULATION OF SAME PROPERTY NET OPERATING INCOME (NOI) AND SAME PROPERTY CASH BASIS NOI

(amounts in thousands)

 

 

For the Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

2019

 

2018

Calculation of Same Property NOI and Same Property Cash Basis NOI:

 

 

 

Rental revenue

$

93,459

 

$

144,612

Other revenue

8,396

 

9,485

Operating expenses

(36,677)

 

(64,377)

NOI

$

65,178

 

$

89,720

Straight line rent adjustments

(349)

 

(3,985)

Lease value amortization

(117)

 

76

Lease termination fees

(2,199)

 

(2,917)

Cash Basis NOI

$

62,513

 

$

82,894

Cash Basis NOI from non-same properties (1)

(10,654)

 

(35,777)

Same Property Cash Basis NOI

$

51,859

 

$

47,117

Non-cash rental income and lease termination fees from same properties

1,336

 

256

Same Property NOI

$

53,195

 

$

47,373

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation of Same Property NOI to GAAP Net Income:

 

 

 

Same Property NOI

$

53,195

 

$

47,373

Non-cash rental income and lease termination fees from same properties

(1,336)

 

(256)

Same Property Cash Basis NOI

$

51,859

 

$

47,117

Cash Basis NOI from non-same properties (1)

10,654

 

35,777

Cash Basis NOI

$

62,513

 

$

82,894

Straight line rent adjustments

349

 

3,985

Lease value amortization

117

 

(76)

Lease termination fees

2,199

 

2,917

NOI

$

65,178

 

$

89,720

Depreciation and amortization

(22,085)

 

(38,211)

General and administrative

(30,152)

 

(35,466)

Loss on asset impairment

 

(12,087)

Interest and other income, net

57,871

 

31,074

Interest expense

(8,597)

 

(21,550)

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

(6,374)

 

(6,403)

Gain on sale of properties, net

422,148

 

253,025

Income before income taxes

$

477,989

 

$

260,102

Income tax expense

(1,119)

 

(2,616)

Net income

$

476,870

 

$

257,486

 

 

 

 

Same Property capitalized external legal costs(2)

N/A

 

$

190

(1)

Cash Basis NOI from non-same properties for all periods presented includes the operations of disposed properties.

(2)

Effective January 1, 2019, with the adoption of ASU 2016-02, we no longer capitalize external legal costs incurred when we enter into leases. We did not recast the comparative prior periods presented for the external legal leasing costs capitalized in those periods.

NOI is income from our real estate including lease termination fees received from tenants less our property operating expenses. NOI excludes amortization of capitalized tenant improvement costs and leasing commissions and corporate level expenses. Cash Basis NOI is NOI excluding the effects of straight line rent adjustments, lease value amortization, and lease termination fees. The quarter-to-date same property versions of these measures include the results of properties continuously owned from July 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019. The year-to-date same property versions of these measures include the results of properties continuously owned from January 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019. Properties classified as held for sale within our condensed consolidated balance sheets are excluded from the same property versions of these measures.

 

We consider these supplemental non-GAAP financial measures to be appropriate supplemental measures to net income (loss) because they may help to understand the operations of our properties. We use these measures internally to evaluate property level performance, and we believe that they provide useful information to investors regarding our results of operations because they reflect only those income and expense items that are incurred at the property level and may facilitate comparisons of our operating performance between periods and with other REITs. Cash Basis NOI is among the factors considered with respect to acquisition, disposition and financing decisions. These measures do not represent cash generated by operating activities in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss), net income (loss) attributable to Equity Commonwealth common shareholders, or cash flow from operating activities, determined in accordance with GAAP, or as indicators of our financial performance or liquidity, nor are these measures necessarily indicative of sufficient cash flow to fund all of our needs. These measures should be considered in conjunction with net income (loss), net income (loss) attributable to EQC common shareholders, and cash flow from operating activities as presented in our condensed consolidated statements of operations, condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive income and condensed consolidated statements of cash flows. Other REITs and real estate companies may calculate these measures differently than we do.

 

Sarah Byrnes, Investor Relations
(312) 646-2801
ir@eqcre.com

Source: Equity Commonwealth