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GTY earnings call for the period ending December 31, 2020.

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Getty Realty Corp (Holding Company) (GTY 2.83%)
Q4 2020 Earnings Call
Feb 24, 2021, 8:30 a.m. ET


  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Good morning, and welcome to Getty Realty's Earning Conference Call for the Fourth Quarter 2020. This call is being recorded. After the presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Prior to starting the call, Joshua Dicker, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Company will read a Safe Harbor statement and provide information about non-GAAP financial measures. Please go ahead, Mr. Dicker.

Joshua Dicker -- Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Thank you, operator, I would like to thank you all for joining us for Getty Realty's fourth quarter and year end earnings conference call. Yesterday afternoon, the Company released its financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2020. The Form 8-K and earnings release are available in the Investor Relations section of our website at

Certain statements made in the course of this call are not based on historical information and may constitute forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to trends, events and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements include our 2021 guidance and may also include statements made by management in their remarks, and in response to questions, including regarding the Company's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, future Company operations and financial performance and the Company's acquisition or redevelopment plans and opportunities.

We caution you that such statements reflect our best judgment based on factors currently known to us and that actual events or results could differ materially. I refer you to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, our subsequent quarterly reports filed on Form 10-Q and our other filings made with the SEC for a more detailed discussion of the risks and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made today.

You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect our view only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements that may be made in the course of this call. Also please refer to our earnings release for a discussion of our use of non-GAAP financial measures including our definition of adjusted funds from operations or AFFO and our reconciliation of those measures to net earnings.

With that, let me turn the call over to Christopher Constant, our Chief Executive Officer.

Christopher J. Constant -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Josh. Good morning, everyone. And welcome to our fourth quarter and full year 2020 earnings call. With Josh and me on the phone today are Mark Olear, our Chief Operating Officer, and Brian Dickman, our new Chief Financial Officer. Brian officially joined Getty in December, but I'd like to formally welcome him to the Company on the call this morning. I've known Brian for many years and we are all enjoying working with him and looking forward to his contributions at Getty for years to come.

I'll begin today's call by providing an overview of our fourth quarter and full-year 2020 performance, update everyone on our business in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, touch on our 2021 strategic objectives and then we'll pass the call to Mark and Brian to discuss our portfolio and financial results in more detail.

We closed out 2020 with a highly productive quarter, which saw each aspect of our business pose significant accomplishments. During the year, we maintained high monthly rent collections and stable occupancy in our portfolio, acquired 34 properties and completed six redevelopment projects. The net result was the continued growth of both our revenues from rental properties, which increased by 3.5% for the quarter and 5% for the year. And our adjusted funds from operations per share, which grew by 12% for the quarter and 7% for the year.

In a normal year, we'd be proud to report on this growth. When you consider the countless challenges brought upon us by COVID-19, I can say with great satisfaction that these results were only possible due to the extraordinary efforts put forth by the entire Getty team this year. I believe these results reflect the value of our portfolio and combined with our strong and flexible balance sheet and growing pipeline of investment prospects position the Company well for success as we work toward 2021 and beyond.

I'm pleased to report that our fourth quarter results continue to demonstrate the stability of our triple-net lease rents and growth platform. Our portfolio of convenience stores, gas stations and other automotive assets produced another strong quarter of rent collections, operating performance and growth at Getty. We saw the rent collection rate increase to 98.7% and we collected substantially all of the deferred rent and mortgage payments that were due to us in the fourth quarter.

We entered 2021 with a small balance of COVID-related deferrals, which we expect to collect throughout this year. In addition, Getty completed several leasing and disposition transactions in the quarter, which we -- which will serve to stabilize the small number of assets where we were experiencing difficulties with rent collections. Looking ahead, although uncertainty remains regarding the forward impact of COVID-19 to the broader economy, we are encouraged by the strength exhibited by our tenants and assets since the beginning of the pandemic. We will continue to be vigilant in monitoring the health of our tenants as we believe the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic on the US economy will continue to impact the consumer and retail activity through at least the first half of 2021, and therefore, could negatively affect Getty's rent collections and financial results.

The execution of the Company's acquisition strategy was an important driver of Q4 and full year 2020 performance. For the quarter, Getty acquired 10 properties for $45.1 million and for the year, we acquired 34 properties for $150 million, which represents significant growth over the Company's acquisition activity in the prior year. These high-quality assets are located in numerous markets across the country and include portfolios of both convenience stores which offer consumers food, traditional merchandise and fuel as well as car washes.

We also continued the momentum of our redevelopment program as we completed our third project with AutoZone, bringing our total of completed projects for the year to six. We are closing in on completing 20 projects since the inception of our redevelopment strategy further demonstrating the value of the real estate we hold in our portfolio.

Our balance sheet also ended 2020 in excellent condition as we successfully issued a $175 million, 3.4% debt private placement in December and we issued approximately $65 million of equity under our ATM program during the year. Our leverage continues to be less than 5 times and with a revolver that is almost completely undrawn, Getty has significant capacity to fund its growth plans.

As we enter 2021, we feel encouraged about our portfolio of nearly 1,000 properties. The convenience store industry and other automotive businesses are essential and largely internet resistant. Our rents 65% of which come from the top 50 MSAs in the US continue to be well covered. In fact, despite COVID-related challenges, our rent coverage ratio remained stable throughout the year and ended 2020 at a healthy 2.6 times.

Our portfolio is built around serving the needs of the car driving individual and it's continuing to do so whether it's stopping for convenience store items, fuel, getting snacks, meals, or getting your car washed or reserviced. These are needs that continue to be in high demand today and which we believe will be stable for the mobile consumer for years to come.

Our team is more focused than ever on executing our growth initiatives, including maximizing the quality of our input portfolio through continued active asset management, enhancing our portfolio through accretive acquisition in stores and other automotive assets which serve the mobile consumer and unlocking embedded value through our selective redevelopments.

We are confident in our targeted investment strategy, which focuses on acquiring high-quality real estate in Metropolitan markets across the country and in our ability to continue to successfully execute on these strategic objectives. Our approach and focus on driving growth should result in driving additional shareholder value as we move through the remainder of 2021 and beyond.

With that, I will turn the call over to Mark Olear to discuss our portfolio and investment activities.

Mark J. Olear -- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Thank you, Chris. During 2020, Getty's underwriting of potential transactions grew as we added resources to focus on convenience store and other automotive opportunities. For the year, we reviewed approximately $2.1 billion of opportunities, which met our initial screen process. Convenience store opportunities represented 62% and other automotive represented 38% of the total.

As Chris mentioned, we remain highly committed to growing our portfolio in terms of both the convenience store industry, which offers consumers food, traditional merchandise and fuel, and with other automotive-related assets that are tied to mobile consumer spending. Going forward, we anticipate growing both areas of our underwriting platform as we view the businesses as highly complementary and the underwriting characteristics to be very similar.

To review a few highlights of our investment activities, for the fourth quarter, we invested $45.1 million in 10 highly -- high quality convenience store and car wash assets. In October, we completed a sale-leaseback with CEFCO Convenience Stores, one of the leading independent convenience store operators in the Southern United States. In this transaction, Getty acquired six properties for $28.7 million, all of located throughout the state of Texas.

These properties are subject to unitary triple-net lease with a 15-year base term and multiple renewal options. They have an average lot size of 2.7 acres and an average store size in excess of 5,300 square feet, which reflect that the assets we acquired have all the attributes of today's modern full service convenience store. Our initial cash yield is in line with our historical acquisition cap rate range. In addition, we acquired four car wash assets in individual transactions with Go Car Wash and Zips Car Wash for $16.4 million in the aggregate.

For the year, we acquired 34 properties for $150 million. Our weighted average initial return on acquisitions for the year was 7%. Finally, the weighted average initial lease term of the properties acquired for the year was 14.6 years. Overall, our acquisition team remains busy sourcing and underwriting potential investments and we continue to feel strongly that the volume of opportunities we are underwriting will produce additional growth as we progress through this year. We expect that our future acquisition activity will remain focused on the convenience store and other automotive sectors and that we will pursue direct sale-leasebacks, acquisitions of net leased properties and funding for new to industry construction.

Finally, we remain committed to our core underwriting principles of acquiring high quality real estate and partnering with strong tenants in our target asset classes. Moving to our redevelopment platform. For the year, we invested approximately $2.9 million in both our completed projects and sites which are in progress. In the fourth quarter, we returned one redevelopment project back to the net lease portfolio bringing our total for completed rent commencement projects to six in 2020 and 19 since the inception of our program.

Specifically, in October, rent commenced on project with AutoZone in New Jersey. In this project, we invested $0.2 million and we expect to generate a return on our investment of more than 45%. In terms of redevelopment projects, we ended the quarter with 10 signed leases or letters of intent, which includes six active projects and four signed leases on properties, which are currently subject to triple-net leases, but which have not yet been recaptured from the current tenants. We expect to have rent commencements at several sites during 2021 with remainder completing within three years.

On the capital spending side, we have invested approximately $1.8 million in the 10 redevelopment projects in our pipeline and estimate that these projects will require total investment by Getty of $5.8 million. We project these redevelopments will generate incremental returns to the company in excess of where we could invest these funds in the acquisition market today. For a more detailed information on the redevelopment pipeline, please refer to Pages 15 and 16 of our Investor Presentation, which can be found on our website.

We remain committed to optimizing our portfolio and continue to anticipate redevelopment opportunities over the next five years, possibly involving between 5% and 10% of our current portfolio with targeted unlevered redevelopment program yields of greater than 10%.

Turning to dispositions. We sold 11 properties during 2020 realizing proceeds of approximately $6 million. These properties are sold -- sold were vacant or returned to us by tenants for the terms of their lease agreements. We expect the net financial impact of these dispositions will be minimal. In addition, during the year, we exited 10 properties, which we previously leased from third-party landlords.

As we look ahead, we will continue to selectively dispose of properties where we have made the determination that the property is no longer competitive as a convenience store location or does not have redevelopment potential. The net result is our portfolio is now 35 states plus Washington DC and 65% of our annualized base rent comes from the top 50 national MSAs. We ended the year with 946 net lease properties, six active redevelopment sites and seven vacant properties. Our weighted average lease term is approximately 9.5 years, and our overall occupancy, excluding active redevelopments, increased to 99.3%.

With that, I turn the call over to Brian Dickman to discuss our financial results.

Brian Dickman -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Thanks, Mark, and good morning, everyone. I'm excited to be here with Chris, Mark, Josh and the rest of the Getty team and I look forward to interacting with all of you going forward.

I'll start with a recap of earnings. Hopefully, everyone's had a chance to see yesterday's release. AFFO, which we believe best reflects the Company's core operating performance, was $0.48 per share for the fourth quarter and $1.84 per share for the full year, representing year-over-year increases of 12% and 7% respectively. FFO was $0.91 per share for the fourth quarter and $2.32 per share for the full year. Both periods were impacted by non-recurring legal settlement in the company's favor.

Our total revenues were $37.1 million in the fourth quarter and $147.3 million for the full year, representing year-over-year increases of 3.3% and 4.7% respectively. Rental income, which excludes tenant reimbursements and interest on notes and mortgages receivables grew 3.9% to $31.8 million in the fourth quarter and 7.1% for the full year to $128.2 million. Acquisition activity, rent escalators in our leases, and the completion of redevelopment projects, all contributed to the growth in our rental income.

On the expense side, we benefited from a reduction in property costs in both the fourth quarter and full year, primarily due to decreases in third-party rent expense and professional fees related to property redevelopments. Environmental expenses increased in the fourth quarter versus the prior year, although the amounts were credits in both periods, a decrease for the full year versus 2019. Environmental expenses are subject to a number of estimates and non-cash adjustments and continue to be highly variable.

G&A expenses increased in both the fourth quarter and full year primarily due to increases in employee-related expenses, including stock-based compensation and certain legal and other professional fees. As previously mentioned, in the fourth quarter, we had a non-recurring benefit of $20.5 million as a result of the settlement of a litigation matter. For additional information, please refer to our 10-K, which will be filed tomorrow.

Turning to the balance sheet and our capital markets activities. During the fourth quarter, we issued $175 million of new 10-year unsecured notes at 3.43% via direct private placements at three life insurance companies. We used the proceeds to retire the full $100 million outstanding under our 6% Series A notes, which were coming due in early 2021 and to repay borrowings under our credit facility.

As a result of this transaction, we incurred a $1.2 million debt extinguishment charge which is included in GAAP net earnings and FFO. We are also active with our at-the-market equity program during the quarter, raising $25.1 million at an average price of $28.45 per share. For the full year, we raised $64.4 million through the ATM at an average price of $29.16 per share, which helped to fund our growth and maintain our low leverage profile.

As of December 31, we had total debt outstanding of $550 million, including $25 million outstanding under our credit facility and $525 million of long-term fixed rate unsecured notes. Our weighted average borrowing cost was 4.1% and the weighted average maturity of our debt is 7.3 years. In addition, our total debt to total market capitalization was 32%, our total debt to total asset value was 40% and our net debt to EBITDA is 4.9 times. With no debt maturities until June of 2023, other than our credit facility, which matures in March of next year that has a one-year extension option in our election.

As we look ahead and think about our capital needs, we remain committed to maintaining a conservative, well-laddered and flexible capital structure. With respect to our environmental liability, we ended the quarter and year at $48.1 million, which was down $2.6 million from the end of 2019. For the fourth quarter and full year, net environmental remediation spending was approximately $1.6 million and $6.4 million respectively. And finally, we are introducing our 2021 AFFO per share guidance at a range of $1.86 to $1.88 per share. Our guidance includes transaction activity today but does not otherwise assume any potential acquisitions or capital markets activities for the remainder of 2021.

Specific factors, which impact our guidance this year include the full year impact of our 2020 investment and capital raising activities, our expectations that operating cost will generally continue to increase, our expectation that we will forego rent when we recapture properties for redevelopment and our expectation that we will remain active in pursuing acquisitions and redevelopment, which could result in additional expenses for deals ultimately not completed.

With that, I will turn the call back to Chris.

Christopher J. Constant -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Brian. That concludes our prepared remarks. So let me ask the operator to open the call for questions.

Questions and Answers:


Perfect. [Operator Instructions] And our first question is from Anthony Paolone with JP Morgan. Please state your question.

Anthony Paolone -- JP Morgan -- Analyst

Thanks. Good morning, and welcome Brian to the call. My first question is, your largest tenant tenant Arco, just curious if their listing changes anything for you all, whether that helps with -- maybe do they have a growth mandate? I think Mark you mentioned potential partnering with tenants with their growth and objectives and that being a source of deals, just wondering if any of that has a role in this?

Christopher J. Constant -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. I'll maybe give you my perspective and then let Mark talk about the growth side to their business. But Arco is somebody that Getty's had a relationship with since the mid-2000s. We've got four leases with them today, it's certainly been very requisitive. We talked to them on a regular basis and having another tenant that's public where we can see their performance quarter-to-quarter, certainly, I think it's very helpful from an asset management and credit underwriting perspective.

Mark J. Olear -- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Yeah. I'll just echo with what Chris said. We were in constant contact with not only them but most of all our tenants that have a growth program in our current portfolio. They've been a great partner. We share similar view on underwriting of both the real estate and the business opportunity, and they constantly make us aware of what they might be looking at and I think good partner and they seem to be remaining very active and we're happy to look at things with them.

Anthony Paolone -- JP Morgan -- Analyst

Okay. I mean can you talk a bit more about the deal pipeline and you did $45 million in a quarter or two. It's a solid run rate, if you can kind of keep that pace, but maybe if you could comment on whether you're seeing a large amount of flow or not in yields?

Mark J. Olear -- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Yeah. I can talk specifically about the opportunity flow. There was a bit of a pause as we mentioned in our quarterly calls throughout last year and tenants focused on running their business in a mix of the early stage of the pandemic, but the rebound is noticeable, coming out at the end of the year and certainly coming through the beginning of this year. So we're pretty excited about the deal flow of opportunities that like we meet our initial underwriting criteria in the asset classes that we've summarized here on the call today.

So we're encouraged that that activity in the pipeline of underwriting will continue to generate opportunities for us to stay on pace through this year.

Anthony Paolone -- JP Morgan -- Analyst

Okay. You said yield is consistent with your historical ops, can you just remind us kind of where those might be and whether or not, there has been much change in the market?

Christopher J. Constant -- President and Chief Executive Officer

So the range that we always quote is the mid to high 6%'s through low 7% range. There is definitely a lot of activity around our asset class both convenience and gas and other automotive. There has been some slight pricing movement in the market with the activity in the interest in the assets coming out of the pandemic having performed so strongly and remained open as essential businesses, but we have again -- haven't seen a run-off in those opportunities coming our way.

We're doing our -- our team is doing a great job both maintaining relationships with the growing tenants, the deal sponsors and certainly has ramped up our business development activity where we're generating new opportunities that might not be as broadly marketed which would hopefully put some type of balance to the pricing versus broadly marketed deals.

Anthony Paolone -- JP Morgan -- Analyst

Okay. Got it. Thank you.

Christopher J. Constant -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Tony.


And our next question is from Todd Thomas with KeyBanc Capital Markets.

Todd Thomas -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Hi, thanks. Good morning. Just wanted to follow up a little bit on the deal flow commentary there, and curious relative to the split that you saw in 2020, C-stores, I think you said comprised 62% of the year's acquisitions, other automotive was 38%. How should we think about that mix for future investments going forward?

Christopher J. Constant -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. Well, just to be clear, right. The 62%-38% split that Mark mentioned, that's what we underwrote for the year. If you look at what was completed for the year, probably it was the inverse of that, right, where we actually acquired more in our other automotive categories. We view both the categories as how important to Getty and obviously we'd prefer it to be sort of 50-50 looking at as many opportunities as we can in both of those target markets, that's my perspective unless you guys want to add to that book.

Mark J. Olear -- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Yeah. Again, we broaden our strategic underwriting about two years ago to expand outside of pure convenience, gas from crude oil and other automotive. So Getty's lifecycle, it's relatively new initiative. But that said, we've ramped up extremely quickly and made significant inroads to sourcing opportunities in the other automotive category.

I would expect that it will continue to grow as a component of the underwriting pipeline but not only that growth pipeline. So we really hope to [Technical Issues] and kind of maintain a growth of both new opportunities, new relationships in both in all those asset classes.

Todd Thomas -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Okay. And then the portfolio, Chris, I think you noted, right, which was, it's been built around car driving as we sort of think about the reopen and make our way through '21, is there an opportunity, whether it's automotive or C-stores, is there an opportunity to do something larger on the investment front or strategic in nature to sort of gain leverage to the reopened for these assets?

Christopher J. Constant -- President and Chief Executive Officer

We're always looking at opportunities, big and small. There's obviously -- our current sub-plans rise to continue to acquire portfolio, single assets like we've done, but we certainly feel that the consumer, right, is itching to get out, right, especially once everyone's vaccinated and get sort of back to normal as much as possible.

So we think it's going to be actually beneficial to our asset types as the year goes on, but again today that the plan is to continue to manage the opportunities that we have in our pipeline and underwrite new opportunities, something larger comes our way, we certainly think we've got the balance sheet and capacity to do it, but we'll just evaluate that as it presents itself to us.

Todd Thomas -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Do you expect to see sort of an uptick or a flurry of investment activity and transaction activity within the space overall?

Christopher J. Constant -- President and Chief Executive Officer

We've been seeing that Todd, over the years with this obviously been more and more interest, the convenience store has been one of the healthier segments of the retail that we initiated over the last couple of years, so there's certainly been more competition coming in. I think our other institutional and public real estate investors have always been focused on some of the other automotive asset classes. So there is a steady stream of competition there.

The term essential, right, it's sort of a new phrase, right. So we now know that our portfolio is almost 100% essential businesses. And I think you'll continue to see investors flock to that "essential basket". So you may see more competition but from our perspective, we think the competition has been there. We think we've been able to successfully bring opportunities in, underwrite those opportunities and close deals. So we're more focused on executing what's in our pipeline and what we can underwrite and bring in.

Todd Thomas -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Okay and just last question for Brian. Brian, regarding the balance sheet here and the cash balances, is that expected to be whittled down by year-end? Is that sort of the first source of funding for acquisitions or do you expect to sit with a higher cash balance throughout the year?

Brian Dickman -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Hey, Todd. No, I think you'll see us manage that as efficiently as possible. Sometimes you get those moments in time at the end of the year, at the end of the quarter, but we will utilize cash on hand, we'll utilize cash from operations after dividends, we'll utilize the revolver, which as we said had a small balance at the end of the year and we'll continue to be active with ATM. So I think you'll see us use the full suite of sources available to us, but certainly, our cash sitting on the balance sheet and cash from operations is a good place to start from a cost perspective -- cost to capital perspective.

Todd Thomas -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

All right. Great. Thank you.


[Operator Instructions] And our next question comes from John Massocca with Ladenburg Thalmann.

John Massocca -- Ladenburg Thalmann -- Analyst

Good morning, and welcome to the call, Brian.

Brian Dickman -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Thank you, John.

John Massocca -- Ladenburg Thalmann -- Analyst

As you look out into the pipeline today, I mean, I guess, how does the acquisition opportunity set kind of bifurcate between maybe one-off deals, some of these mid-sized portfolios that you've done recently and maybe larger portfolios relative to the size of Getty?

Christopher J. Constant -- President and Chief Executive Officer

So hey, John. It's mostly going to be weighting toward the mid-size portfolios. We continue to scour the marketed one-off opportunities to just supplement the pipeline, but those deals being kind of what the brokers call bite-sized deals in the $1 million to $2 million range, or if the real -- if we like the real estate and like the tenant and can get our returns, we will not ignore those. But it's hard to fill a program with those deals.

So, we're focused on the mid-sized pipeline deals -- mid-sized portfolio deals, I should say, the larger institutional deals we're aware of, but I think the buckets you just summarized kind of the mid-sized portfolio deals both marketed and as I said before, those opportunities are being mined by our business development team, we're trying to generate, relate new relationships to kind of work our -- both our tenants and our geographic diversity and just continue to grow the opportunity set for future transactions.

John Massocca -- Ladenburg Thalmann -- Analyst

Okay. And maybe -- and as you think about cap rates, have they trended pretty much the same in all three of those buckets or has maybe there's been more compression in one of those buckets versus the other?

Christopher J. Constant -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I think there's been a general shift downward, right. You can see it from -- just little, what we've been able to buy over the last couple of years, and I don't think it's a dramatic shift, John but it certainly feels like there has been a steady tightening whether in the sector over the last four to five years. Again, I still think the market for what Getty is looking at is in that, Mark quoted earlier today that kind of mid-6s to low-7s, right. That's kind of our sweet spot. That's what we've been able to do in the last couple of years. And I mean, I think there's no change from our perspective and that is what we're looking for.

John Massocca -- Ladenburg Thalmann -- Analyst

Okay. And then in terms of the other automotive bucket, it seems like that's primarily consisted of car washes and kind of tire, auto parts, etc. I mean I guess how wide could that opportunity set get, things like car dealerships potentially in that investment targeted area or is it pretty much just what's been completed, maybe over the last two years, three years?

Mark J. Olear -- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

I think the types of operation and what we do is other automotive or certainly the car wash, tire and battery, lube and oil change, collision centers. That's kind of the set we've been working on. We've not been pursuing the auto dealerships as part of that opportunity set as of today. We like the classes that I just mentioned are very similar to what we already own and are comfortable owning, they're [indecipherable] they're convenience-driven, they're in and around other retail generators or centers of influence, high traffic which kind of -- it lead to our real estate attribute underwriting criteria that we always referenced, although it's a great -- it may be a great car wash, great C-store, great tire and battery center, it's also to be a great piece of property for us to want to acquire.

So it has to have those underlying attributes of convenience, visibility, proximity to other traffic generators. So that's kind of the verticals that we would consider in other automotive.

John Massocca -- Ladenburg Thalmann -- Analyst

Okay. And then maybe the flip side of the Arco going public Applegreen potentially going private. I mean does that impact you guys at all either in terms of the opportunity set or disclosure, anything to that extent?

Christopher J. Constant -- President and Chief Executive Officer

All of those newer leases we get sidelined in our reporting, right. And that's how we kind of get our coverage that we disclosed in our investor presentation with Arco being one of our bigger tenants today it's certainly nice to get that public steady flow of information. We certainly have that with Applegreen, but we've got a good dialogue, and we know what they're trying to execute in our portfolios with them and we'll certainly miss having their reporting.

But it's -- we obviously can't control that, so we'll monitor all our portfolios to the best of our ability and I cannot speak on public or private. But we'll adjust accordingly.

John Massocca -- Ladenburg Thalmann -- Analyst

Okay, that's it from me. Thank you all very much.


And our next question is from Josh Dennerlein with Bank of America.

Josh Dennerlein -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Yeah, good morning guys. I hope everyone is well. Question, so you own a lot of well-positioned C-stores, automotive locations, any kind of discussions about adding elect EV chargers to a lot of those locations? Seems like it could be an interesting opportunity.

Christopher J. Constant -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Absolutely. We're -- we talk to our tenants all the time about the purpose of the properties that we own [Technical Issues] today around charging and what the right infrastructure is to add to properties and where chargers can be done. I can't [Technical Issues] today, Josh. But there's certainly a lot of the stuff start going into how the convenience store in general adapts to changes in consumer needs, right, so the need to fuel changes, the desire to shop in C-stores requires a mix of product or renovation in the store, we're very supportive of all of our tenants changing our product mix or changing their business strategy to continue to support our assets.

And we, from time to time, either through redevelopment or through funding our tenants, also invest in our properties, right to make sure that they remain competitive. The C-store business obviously are in all corners and certainly a competitive business and everybody at Getty or our tenants needs to be aware that the consumer needs change and we've got to make sure that we adapt our properties or their businesses to meet the consumer needs.

Josh Dennerlein -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Yeah. I know it is interesting because I would imagine, it takes a little bit longer to charge a EV than fill up on a gas station, so it drives extra sales in the box if people wait longer, but yeah, I appreciate the thoughts, Chris. That's it from me guys. Thanks.


Ladies and gentlemen, we have reached the end of the question-and-answer session. Now I would like to turn the call back over to Chris Constant for closing remarks.

Christopher J. Constant -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Great. Thank you, operator. I just want to thank everybody for participating in the call today. I appreciate your interest in Getty. We look forward to updating everybody on our progress throughout 2021 and look forward to getting back on the phone while we report our Q1 earnings in late April.


[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 40 minutes

Call participants:

Joshua Dicker -- Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Christopher J. Constant -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Mark J. Olear -- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Brian Dickman -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Anthony Paolone -- JP Morgan -- Analyst

Todd Thomas -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

John Massocca -- Ladenburg Thalmann -- Analyst

Josh Dennerlein -- Bank of America -- Analyst

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