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Franklin Street Properties Corp (NYSEMKT:FSP)
Q3 2019 Earnings Call
Oct 30, 2019, 11:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good day and welcome to the Franklin Street Properties Corp Third Quarter 2019 Results Conference Call and webcast. [Operator Instructions] I would now like to turn the conference over to Mr. Scott Carter, General Counsel. Please go ahead.

Scott H. Carter -- Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

Good morning and welcome to the Franklin Street Properties Third Quarter 2019 earnings call. With me this morning are George Carter, our Chief Executive Officer; John Demeritt, our Chief Financial Officer; Jeff Carter, our President and Chief Investment Officer, and John Donahue, President of FSP Property Management. Also with me this morning are Toby Daley, Executive Vice President of FSP Property Management and Will Friend also Executive Vice President of FSP Property Management.

Various remarks that we may make about future expectations, plans and prospects for the Company may constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the Safe Harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including those discussed in the Risk Factors section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, which is on file with the SEC. In addition, these forward-looking statements represent the Company's expectations only as of today, October 30, 2019. While the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements, it specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.

Any forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company's estimates or views as of any date subsequent to today. At times during this call, we may refer to funds from operations or FFO a reconciliation -- a reconciliation of FFO to GAAP net income is contained in yesterday's press release which is available in the Investor Relations section of our website at www.fspreit.com. Now, I'll turn the call over to John Demeritt. John?

John G. Demeritt -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Scott, and good morning, everyone. On today's call, I'll begin with a brief overview of our third quarter results and afterward, our CEO, George Carter will discuss our performance in more detail and provide some of his remarks. John Donahue, our President of the Asset Management team will then discuss recent leasing activities and then Jeff Carter, our President and CIO will discuss our investment and disposition activities and then after that we'll be happy to take your questions. As a reminder, our comments today will refer to our earnings release, supplemental package and 10-Q which were filed with the SEC last night, and as Scott mentioned, can be found on our website.

We reported funds from operations or FFO of $24.9 million or $0.23 per share for the third quarter of '19. Turning to our balance sheet at September 30, '19, we had about $970 million of unsecured debt outstanding and our debt service coverage ratio was about 3.8 times. During Q3, we continued to have no balance drawn on our revolver and the full $600 million on that's available. We have no debt maturities until November 30 of '21 and about 95% of our debt is at fixed rates. With our debt stack more termed out and our rates, mostly fixed, we believe, we have aligned our capital structure with the more long-term value add properties that we have in our markets. From a liquidity standpoint, we had $600 million available on the revolver, and $20 million in cash on our balance sheet at quarter end. So total liquidity of $620 million at quarter end.

With that, I'll turn the call over to George, George?

George J. Carter -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, John. And again, welcome to Franklin Street Properties third quarter 2019 earnings call. In recent earnings calls, we have said that the most important metrics for FSP in 2019 and 2020 will flow from our leasing results. Importantly, the third quarter continued the strong leasing activity realized in the first half of the year. These leasing results are in the context of the large approximately tree year lease roll bulge that FSP is dealing with. The bulk of which occurs in 2018, 2019 and 2020. It is a large lease roll that is both a challenge and an opportunity. We continue to be very positive and optimistic about our portfolio of office properties and the concentrations of square footage in targeted markets with strong infrastructure and exceptional long-term growth dynamics. We have financially prepared for the cost of current leasing efforts by increasing our available liquidity as well as terming out and fixing rates on most of our debt all of which continues to be unsecured.

Much of our current leasing activity is renewing or backfilling existing tenant lease rollover space but successfully handling this rollover space is important and needs to be achieved before meaningful net new absorption can take place. We are just beginning to realize some net new absorption in our portfolio of 32 operating properties as well as our three redevelopment properties. Although net new absorption will be very choppy quarter-to-quarter as we move through the large lease expirations remaining in 2019 and 2020.

Specific to one of our redevelopment properties, we welcome on our homes one of America's leading homebuilders to Blue Lagoon in Miami as their soon to be new corporate headquarters. We also continue to see generally rising rents and longer leases at most of our properties as we work through this period. As John Demeritt said, our FFO for the quarter was $0.23 per share and as noted in our earnings press release, issued last night, we revised full year 2019 FFO guidance upward.

The FFO guidance bullet point on Page 1 of our earnings press release includes additional color on certain non-recurring items, which for us and many office REITs often consists of lease termination fee income. You can find these non-recurring items on Page 8 of our quarterly supplemental operating and financial data. I want to make two brief related points. First, some level of lease termination fee income is effectively an annual recurring item at FSP.

Our full-year FFO guidance for 2019 includes estimated lease termination fee income of approximately $8.4 million compared to approximately $6.1 million during the year ended 2018. Second, the estimated lease termination fee income of approximately $8.4 million included in our full-year FFO guidance for 2019 comes primarily from a tenant at one of our Dallas properties that effectively agreed to buy out lease space of approximately 40,000 square feet for 100% of the remaining rent obligations attributable to that space.

Approximately 6.5 years were remaining under its lease. We do not view this event as a traditional early lease termination. Beginning January 1, 2020, we will be able to release the space and it is a relatively small amount of space 40,000 square feet in one of our strongest markets. In fact, we already have significantly more interest from prospective new tenants and space to rent and at rental rates that are higher than the expired rent.

In our experience, it is unusual to get all of the rent, every dollar on space that would have been due over the next, approximately 6.5 years and get it all upfront and now have the opportunity to release that same space again to another tenant or tenants effectively double renting the same space. Now for some commentary about the property portfolio activity, I will turn the call over to John Donahue, President of our Property Management Company. John?

John F. Donahue -- Executive Vice President, President of FSP Property Management LLC

Thank you, George. Good morning, everyone. The FSP operating portfolio was 89.7% leased as of September 2019, which represents an increase from 88.1% leased as of June. The entire portfolio, including the redevelopment assets was 88.1% leased as of September, which represents an increase from 85% leased in June. During the third quarter, as George mentioned, FSP and Lennar Homes signed a 16-year lease for approximately 156,000 square feet at Blue Lagoon in Miami. Blue Lagoon, one of our redevelopment properties is now 73% leased. The three redevelopment properties were collectively 50.3% leased as of September which is an increase from 11.9% leased as of June. Denver, our largest market, which represents 26% of the entire FSP portfolio continues to anchor the portfolio. Leased occupancy in Denver improved to approximately 93.5% as of September compared to 90.7% at the end of 2018 and approximately 87.3% at the end of 2016.

That is an improvement in leased occupancy of more than 600 basis points. The three CBD assets in Denver were in aggregate above 90% leased as of September. Weighted average GAAP rents in Denver now exceeds $33 per square foot as compared $31.85 per square foot as of December 2018. Total leasing achieved for the first nine months of 2019 was 1,139,000 square feet, approximately 444,000 square feet was with new tenants. Based upon the net absorption year-to-date and new prospects in the pipeline, we expect to set an FSP record for new leasing in the calendar year. There are approximately 200,000 square feet of new potential tenants, properties both in redevelopment and in the operating portfolio that are shortlisted or high probability prospects in the letter of intent stage. Barring any surprises, we expect to execute a high percentage of those new leases prior to the end of the calendar year.

In terms of in place or occupied weighted average rental rate, the portfolio finished the third quarter at $29.81 per square foot compared to $29.01 per square foot at the end of 2018. The weighted average GAAP gross rental rate achieved on leasing activity for the first nine months of the year was $32.73 per square foot. On a net rent basis, the weighted average for total leasing activity exceeded $20.50 per square foot as compared to $18.95 in 2018. With that I will turn it over to Jeff Carter.

Jeffrey B. Carter -- President and Chief Investment Officer

Thank you, John. Good morning. Our strategy at Franklin Street Properties is to own high quality office properties primarily within the US Sunbelt and Mountain West regions as well as several opportunistic markets. We believe that delivering our customers excellent service at well located and activated properties creates the conditions for value creation. The US Sunbelt and Mountain West regions continue to demonstrate employment and population growth, as well as quality of life ratings that exceed the national average. We believe that these conditions have the potential to positively influence rental rate appreciation over time. FSPs regional focus has continued to show encouraging signs relative to the US national office market. In fact on May 23, the US Census Bureau reported that the south and west continue to have the fastest growing cities in the United States. This report indicated that among the 15 cities or towns, with the largest numeric gains between 2017 and '18, that 14 were in the south and west. On the disposition and asset recycling front, at this time, FSP broadly views our directly owned portfolio as possessing value add upside potential. Looking ahead, we believe that our two remaining managed properties could be candidates for disposition during 2020 should their respective value maximization efforts conclude over the coming months. With respect to our strategic market focus on the US Sunbelt and Mountain West areas, FSP has worked to reshape its portfolio over the past five years by completing dispositions and or mortgage repayments of over $351 million since 2014. On the acquisition front, FSP continues to track all suitable investment opportunities within our markets, generally though, we are seeing stronger IRR potential organically on our value-add efforts within our existing portfolio then externally through new purchases. We continue to seek high quality infill and urban properties in our markets that possess the ability to credibly add value over the short to intermediate term.

With that, I thank you for listening to our earnings conference call today. And at this time, we'd like to open up the call for any questions. Lexie.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Thank you. [Operator Instructions] . Your first question comes from Dave Rodgers with Baird. Please go ahead.

Dave Rodgers -- Baird -- Analyst

Yeah, Good morning, everybody, John wanted to start with you, if I could, John Donahue, on the leasing side, you said you had a good pipeline of LOIs late stage negotiation. And so I wanted to ask about kind of can you detail the amount of square feet you are talking about if you said that I had missed it. And then maybe dovetail that into the redevelopment assets and how demand is looking at those three particular assets obviously not withstanding Lennar.

John F. Donahue -- Executive Vice President, President of FSP Property Management LLC

Sure. Good morning, Dave. So the amount of -- of space that we have with those high, probability prospects is approximately 200,000 square feet and that's new leases. We have an additional approximate 200,000 square feet of potential renewals. So we're expecting a very strong fourth quarter and barring any surprises. We think that we might be close to another record, but we'll see how that turns out. In regards to where those leases are they're spread out across the country, there is no one predominant lease. We have a couple of prospects in Dallas, prospect in Denver. We do have two prospects in Charlotte and we have another prospect in Minneapolis, all of those prospects are at favorable leasing spreads, and we're working toward finalizing the majority of those deals prior to the end of the year. So hope to have a high batting average on those and we'll let you know.

Dave Rodgers -- Baird -- Analyst

That's helpful. And then wanted to ask about the Worldventures that you guys footnoted in the February commencement. I just wanted to remember if that is a GAAP or a cash commencement in February for that tenant about 100,000 square feet, I think.

John F. Donahue -- Executive Vice President, President of FSP Property Management LLC

That -- so that tenant is going direct from a sublease with Denbury, if you recall then, they were a major tenant of ours. A few years ago. So they have gone direct and I believe there is a few months of free rent. I don't have that in front of me, but that that will be I think that will be cash in Q2 or Q3, I have to get back to you on that.

Dave Rodgers -- Baird -- Analyst

Okay. But, yeah, that's helpful. On the Denbury side. Appreciate that. I wanted to go back, and this is maybe for John or John, on the lease termination income. I appreciate, George, your comments about it, it sounds like the full amortization of that will be complete by the end of the year. And so we don't really see that bleeding from that one particular tenant into 2020, is that correct?

John G. Demeritt -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. So it's John Demeritt, it will be fully amortized then by the end of this year.

Dave Rodgers -- Baird -- Analyst

Okay, that's helpful. How much -- how much of the total 2019 lease term income was from that tenant?

John G. Demeritt -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

I think it was -- total is 7.6 [Phonetic] lease term, but there are some straight line rent receivable writedowns that don't hit the lease termination fee income that reduce that sum.

Dave Rodgers -- Baird -- Analyst

Okay. That's a gross number. Okay. Fair.

John G. Demeritt -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Probably closer to $7 million. Yeah, Dave.

Dave Rodgers -- Baird -- Analyst

Maybe net $7 million, all right. And then really quickly on the cost increase at Blue Lagoon. It was great to see the Lennar deal there. I think the cost was up about $11 million in terms of the overall project. I know you were adding some parking, it's obviously a headquarter deal, so maybe some added cost there, but can you detail the added cost and then how much of that you think you're getting paid for in the rent and all those good things.

John F. Donahue -- Executive Vice President, President of FSP Property Management LLC

Sure, Dave. It's John Donahue, the -- the majority of the price -- cost increase is attributable to the parking. The amount of parking and increase in their ratio from about 3.2 per thousand [Phonetic] , up to 4.0 1000 [Phonetic] is significant. There are a few specific items for the Lennar Homes lease such as elevators and other HVAC items that were not planned also increasing the number. The -- the lion's share of that is not amortized into the lease. We're still seeing strong rental spreads on that deal, a double-digit IRRs. But we see the garage as a long-term asset increase and that that's not baked into the Lennar Homes lease.

Dave Rodgers -- Baird -- Analyst

Great. I appreciate all the color. Thanks, guys.

Operator

Thank you. Your next question comes from Rob Stevenson with Janney. Please go ahead.

Robert Stevenson -- Janney -- Analyst

Good morning, guys. John, where are you on the bigger 2020 lease expirations? What's the known -- the incremental known or likely move-outs out of that almost 1 million square feet that comes up for renewal next year?

John F. Donahue -- Executive Vice President, President of FSP Property Management LLC

Good morning, Rob. So there really isn't any new information. As a refresher, I'll give you the rundown of the largest few. So Petrobras is expiring in the fourth quarter. We do have a small portion of that holding over for at least a month, but the lion's share of that will be expiring in Q4. We do have portions of the US government leases expiring next year. Again, there is some holdover with that and so they will likely be delayed a little bit, but we don't know exactly how long. But there will be a few of those expiring over the course of next year and then Northrop Grumman as we've talked about on a few calls. They are expiring at the end of the year. So we'll have that space to release at the beginning of the year.

They have been in touch with us about other subsidiaries of their company that might use the space, but we haven't finalized anything and we're not certain that we will. So we'll be marketing that space 100% and we've already got some early interest for the entire building from a couple of prospects. So we'll see how that goes. And then last but not least, Jones Day, we don't expect Jones Day to vacate the part next year, we believe that will slip into 2021.

Robert Stevenson -- Janney -- Analyst

Okay. And then can you give us an update on what's the current status at Innsbrook and Richmond, I guess you're still at the sort of 57% leased after the move out a year ago. The rent there is sub $20 the lowest in the operating portfolio. What, what are you guys thinking there? Is that still good tenant -- good prospects, I didn't hear Richmond in your list of new potential tenants or is this something that you guys may wind up selling at current occupancy levels.

John F. Donahue -- Executive Vice President, President of FSP Property Management LLC

We do not have a deal in leases for Richmond at this time. We do have a mixture of medium sized, small sized and potentially large tenants. We're casting a wide net there and nothing has been finalized. We are seeing those mid-sized tenants between 50,000 square feet and 70,000 square feet that might be interested in the second half of the year occupancy.

So it will likely be multi-tenanted and hopefully, we'll have some news for you in February, when we talk again, but nothing in leases at this time.

Robert Stevenson -- Janney -- Analyst

Okay. And then on the Dallas lease buyout was there something in the lease that didn't allow them to sublease or something else. It seems strange, I mean as you guys even alluded to yourselves that someone will pay you a 100% for the space. If there wasn't severe restrictions on what they could do with it.

George J. Carter -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

It is unusual. Rob, this is George. And there was nothing in the lease on that 40,000 square feet that was structurally allow them an early -- early termination. This was a spin-off and the company that was spinning off, the company whose square footage is 40,000 represented, simply wanted an absolute clean balance sheet. They didn't want any further lease obligations on their balance sheet after the spin-off, and so we negotiated again, truly negotiated, as it wasn't part of the lease. Them leaving at year-end and paying the full rent, 100% of the rent. So it is unusual, you -- usually my experience on these is at minimum in situations like this, you probably get some sort of subleasing going on or something, but that was not the case. And it was really -- really quite an exceptional deal. I've only seen a couple of things like this in my career.

Robert Stevenson -- Janney -- Analyst

Okay, all right, thanks guys. Appreciate it.

Operator

Thank you [Operator Instruction] Your next question comes from John Kim with BMO. Please go ahead.

John Kim -- BMO -- Analyst

Thank you. First question on Blue Lagoon. Where did the Lennar rents come in relative to your expectations or underwriting and how does that impact the -- redevelopment yields that you're projecting.

John F. Donahue -- Executive Vice President, President of FSP Property Management LLC

Good morning, John. It's John Donahue. The rental rates are very strong, as you would imagine from a 16-year lease, and really all we're prepared to say at this time is that we've got strong leasing spreads and that everything is going according to plan there. The details that we have are located in the supplemental, on Page 24 for the redevelopment activity. But suffice to say that we're very pleased with the transaction.

John Kim -- BMO -- Analyst

Can you provide an update on the yields you expect for the entire redevelopment program?

John F. Donahue -- Executive Vice President, President of FSP Property Management LLC

Not at this time, we don't have a return on investment to provide to you. We believe that the leases themselves will be double-digit IRRs and that the value of the property will exceed the investment at the conclusion.

John Kim -- BMO -- Analyst

Are there any other assets that could go into redevelopment as far as upcoming lease expirations that may result in additional CapEx repositioning?

John F. Donahue -- Executive Vice President, President of FSP Property Management LLC

At this time, we don't think so, John. We don't have any buildings that we believe will need to be categorized as redevelopment, as we approach year end and we look at the Northrop Grumman Stonecroft building, we will update you on that, but at this time, we don't expect to have a significant repositioning of that asset.

John Kim -- BMO -- Analyst

Okay. And just to clarify on your total operating portfolio lease percentage of 89.7%. I'm assuming that does not include the expected lease termination in fourth quarter?

John F. Donahue -- Executive Vice President, President of FSP Property Management LLC

That is correct.

John Kim -- BMO -- Analyst

Okay. I think George mentioned that there is a fair amount of recurring termination fees that happen every year. What do you think a good run rate is for 2020? Is it closer to the $6 million that you got last year or is such a figure more likely to occur over the next few years?

George J. Carter -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

John, this is George. Again, we do not relative to guidance put line items out there as to what -- what comprises our guidance. And but I can tell you, every year there is always some allocation in our guidance for expected or planned for terminations. Most of these terminations you sort of don't know and are always adjusting them quarter-to-quarter because most of them are structural to the lease. Most of them as you know allow an early exit with some pre-established termination fee, which usually represents some [Technical Issues] amortized CapEx that was spent upfront on the original lease. And again sometimes the lease is terminated in full and sometimes it's partially terminated and so it is a moving target for us. It just happens every year with our kind of buildings, our kinds of tenants, it's just ongoing recurring, but it can vary quite a bit from year-to-year and from quarter-to-quarter.

So we -- when we give our 2020 guidance, which will be in February there will be, as part of that guidance some estimated termination fee income. This -- this was unusual and that this really is not a structural lease termination. This was a negotiated deal between Franklin Street and this particular tenant. We actually negotiated this -- this buyout and so having negotiated, signed, sealed and delivered it. We thought it was unusual enough to warrant putting in our guidance bullet point.

John Kim -- BMO -- Analyst

Great. Thanks for the color.

Operator

Thank you. This concludes our question-and-answer session. I would like to turn the conference back over to Mr. George Carter for any closing remarks.

George J. Carter -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

I just like to thank everybody for tuning into the call. And I would like to reiterate to everyone how bullish FSP is on getting through this three year period and how confident we are in our property portfolio, their locations and our strategy, and thank you all for your support.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 32 minutes

Call participants:

Scott H. Carter -- Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

John G. Demeritt -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

George J. Carter -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

John F. Donahue -- Executive Vice President, President of FSP Property Management LLC

Jeffrey B. Carter -- President and Chief Investment Officer

Dave Rodgers -- Baird -- Analyst

Robert Stevenson -- Janney -- Analyst

John Kim -- BMO -- Analyst

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