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Global Net Lease, inc (NYSE:GNL)
Q2 2021 Earnings Call
Aug 5, 2021, 1:00 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good afternoon and welcome to the Global Net Lease Second Quarter 2021 Earnings Call. [Operator Instructions]. I would now like to turn the conference over to Louisa Quarto, Executive Vice President. Please go ahead.

Louisa Quarto -- Executive Vice President

Thank you, operator. Good afternoon, everyone and thank you for joining us for GNL's second quarter 2021 earnings call. This call is being webcast in the Investor Relations section of GNL's website at www.globalnetlease.com. Joining me today on the call to discuss the quarter's results are Jim Nelson, GNL's Chief Executive Officer and Chris Masterson, GNL's Chief Financial Officer.

The following information contains forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. We refer all of you to our SEC filings, including the Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 filed on February 26, 2021 and all other filings with the SEC after that date for a more detailed discussion of the risk factors that could cause these differences.

Any forward-looking statements provided during this conference call are only made as of the date of this call. As stated in our SEC filings, GNL disclaims any intent or obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements, except as required by law. Also, during today's call, we will discuss non-GAAP financial measures, which we believe can be useful in evaluating the company's financial performance. These measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for our financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is available in our earnings release and supplement, which are posted to our website at www.globalnetlease.com. Please refer to our earnings release for more detailed information about what we consider to be implied investment grade tenants, a term we will use throughout today's call.

I will now turn the call over to our CEO, Jim Nelson. Jim?

James L. Nelson -- Chief Executive Officer and President

Thank you, Louisa and thanks again to everyone for joining us on today's call. I am pleased to report that GNL had an excellent quarter, highlighted by cash NOI growth of 21.1% to $85.5 million, AFFO of $0.44 per share and the ongoing construction of a robust forward acquisition pipeline including the acquisition of the McLaren Group's headquarters in April that we discussed on last quarter's call.

Our year-to-date closed and forward pipeline acquisitions exceed $380 million of contract purchase price at a weighted average cap rate of 9.7% and a weighted average remaining lease term of 16.9 years. The acquisitions consists of 10 properties, six of which are located in the U.S. and total over 1.3 million square feet. Since closing on the McLaren headquarters early in the quarter, McLaren has sought and obtained a B-minus credit rating from Fitch effective upon the closing of McLaren's recent senior secured notes offering. The sale leaseback transaction that we completed was the catalyst from McLaren to reconstitute their balance sheet and issue senior secured notes. You may recall that the attainment of a credit rating of B minus or higher was one of the two conditions for a potential rent reset with McLaren. The other condition was the GNL refinance the debt on the property within three years. The company is under no obligation to complete a refinancing of this loan and has no immediate plans to do so. Our forward acquisitions pipeline includes two industrial properties leased to Pilot Point Steel and a 90,000 square foot learning center leased to Walmart in Bentonville Arkansas that we anticipate closing later this year. Our team is also evaluating strategic disposition opportunities and searching for additional acquisition targets that meet our stringent investment requirements.

We continue to have strong leasing success and to that list we can add our FedEx facility in Bohemia, New York, where we have executed a non-binding LOI to extend the 158,000 square foot lease for five years. We have very minimal lease expirations in the next two years and have actually reduced the percent of rent expiring through the end of 2023 by 3% since this time last year. I am very pleased with the stability in our portfolio and the way we have been able to reduce our exposure to potential lease export -- expirations. Thanks to the mission critical nature of many of our properties and our strong acquisitions underwriting.

The vast majority of our leases don't expire until after the end of 2025. Our $4.6 billion, 311 property portfolios are nearly fully occupied at 99.7% leased with a weighted average remaining lease term of 8.5 years at the end of the quarter. Geographically, 239 of our properties are in the U.S. and Canada and 72 are in the U.K. and Western Europe representing 60% and 40% of annual straight-line rent revenue respectively. Our portfolio is well diversified with 135 tenants and 48 industries with no single industry representing more than 12% of the whole portfolio based on annualized straight-line rent. We also continue to increase the concentration of industrial properties in our portfolio.

At the end of the second quarter, our assets were 52% Industrial and Distribution, 43% Office and 5% Retail compared to 47% Industrial and Distribution, 48% Office and 5% Retail a year ago. Contributing to our success is our focus on tenant credit, industrial acquisitions and retail dispositions over the last several years. Across the portfolio, over 64% of annualized straight-line rent comes from investment grade or implied investment grade tenants.

Finally GNL's performance has in many measures returned to or exceeded metrics we reported before the pandemic. Superior execution by our team and the strengths of our portfolio contributed to continuing growth in adjusted EBITDA, cash NOI and AFFO. Portfolio occupancy has ticked up to 99.7% as has the percentage of our leases expiring after 2025, which is almost 70%. Exposure to Industrial and Distribution assets has also increased over 5% while we collected all of the original cash rent that was payable for the third quarter in a row, underscoring the quality and resilience of our existing portfolio. Our historic emphasis on credit quality, underwriting, asset selection and due diligence have all helped shape a portfolio that continues to perform well.

GNL is well positioned to deliver a strong second half of 2021 and continue to grow through accretive acquisitions interest strategic dispositions. Our strong balance sheet and mature capital structure help to keep financing cost low and our hedging program protects our non-dollar denominated cash flows from exchange rate risk.

With that, I will turn the call over to Chris to walk through the operating results in more detail before I follow-up with some closing remarks. Chris?

Christopher Masterson -- Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary

Thanks, Jim. For the second quarter 2021, we recorded adjusted EBITDA of $73.2 million up from $61 million in the second quarter of 2020. We also reported a 22.8% increase in revenue to $99.6 million from $81.1 million with net loss attributable to common stockholders of $2.4 million. FFO and AFFO for the second quarter were $44 million and $42.8 million respectively or $0.46 and $0.44 per share compared to $0.39 and $0.44 per share in the second quarter of 2020.

As always, the reconciliation of GAAP net income to the non-GAAP measures can be found in our earnings release. On the balance sheet, we ended the quarter with net debt of $2.3 billion at a weighted average interest rate of 3.4%. Our net debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio was 7.8 times at the end of the quarter. The weighted average debt maturity at the end of the second quarter of 2021 was 4.7 years. The components of our debt include $500 million in senior notes, $167.9 million on the multi-currency revolving credit facility, $293.5 million on the term loan and $1.5 billion of outstanding gross mortgage debt. This debt was approximately 92% fixed rate, which is inclusive of floating rate debt with in-place interest rate swaps.

The company has a well cushioned interest coverage ratio of 3.4 times. As of June 30, 2021, liquidity was approximately $268.5 million. The company distributed $38.1 million in common dividends to shareholders in the quarter or $0.40 per share. Our net debt to enterprise value was 51.4% with an enterprise value of $4.5 billion based on the June 30, 2021 closing share price of $18.50 for common shares, $26.79 for Series A preferred shares and $27.50 for Series B preferred shares.

With that, I'll turn the call back to Jim for some closing remarks.

James L. Nelson -- Chief Executive Officer and President

Thank you, Chris. We had a very good second quarter reflecting the impact of the acquisitions we have made year-to-date. I'm proud of the growth we reported in AFFO, adjusted EBITDA and cash NOI in the second quarter and our continued collection of all the cash rent payable across the portfolio. In the second half of the year, we will continue to evaluate opportunities to enhance our portfolio accretive acquisitions and select dispositions, as well as capitalize on historically low interest rates and our extensive capital markets experience to further strengthen our balance sheet. We have had an exciting and encouraging quarter and I look forward to keeping this momentum going.

With that operator we can open the line for questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Thank you. [Operator Instructions]. Our first question is from Bryan Maher with B. Riley Securities. Please proceed.

Bryan Maher -- B. Riley Securities. -- Analyst

Yeah, good morning, or I should say, good afternoon, Jim.

James L. Nelson -- Chief Executive Officer and President

Good afternoon, Bryan.

Bryan Maher -- B. Riley Securities. -- Analyst

It's been a long week, right?

James L. Nelson -- Chief Executive Officer and President

Yeah.

Bryan Maher -- B. Riley Securities. -- Analyst

You made a comment in your prepared comments about evaluating dispositions without getting specific. Can you give us an idea of kind of the asset type and/or geography that would kind of rise to the top of that list?

James L. Nelson -- Chief Executive Officer and President

Well, there is only a couple that we're looking at right now. And Chris, do you have any color on that?

Christopher Masterson -- Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary

Sure. So in terms of the properties that we're looking to dispose, one of them is the vacant property that we've had for the last few years and evaluating the opportunities there. A sale at this point seems like the best option. And then, in terms of just said overall level, there are a couple office properties that we are looking at. None of them are material in size, though.

James L. Nelson -- Chief Executive Officer and President

And Bryan, if you remember, I've said this several times, we are opportunistic sellers of retail. So, if we do see any good opportunities to sell our retail, we will. As you know, we look at reducing our retail exposure over the long-term.

Bryan Maher -- B. Riley Securities. -- Analyst

Great. And then on the AFIN call earlier today, Michael Weil was talking about potentially pursuing at least rating if not an investment grade rating, and I think you guys are BB plus by S&P. Do you guys give that any thought what would be the benefits for you, what do you think you need to do to get that if you were to pursue it?

James L. Nelson -- Chief Executive Officer and President

Well, we certainly have taken a good look at that. I mean, as you remember the bond offering we did in last December was rated by S&P a BBB minus. And we are working toward an investment grade rating over time.

Bryan Maher -- B. Riley Securities. -- Analyst

And I don't know, maybe for Chris. Do you -- you guys already borrow at substantially low rates, do you see any lower interest rate benefit from doing that or would you guys be interested in borrowing [Indecipherable].

Christopher Masterson -- Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary

So, there definitely would be benefits of being investment grade from the borrowing percentage. First, the rates do come down on our credit facility if we are investment grade by two rating agencies, and then obviously as we tap the unsecured market which we plan to do in the future, the rates will obviously be better there for us.

Bryan Maher -- B. Riley Securities. -- Analyst

And just last from me on that topic, not to beat a dead horse. But if you guys decided to go that route, do you think that you would pursue that in some type of financial engineering way or would you be willing to wait to do it over time as EBITDA grows organically?

James L. Nelson -- Chief Executive Officer and President

I think it makes more sense to do it over time. It -- we've been working toward it, a lot of the metrics have improved over time, the rating agencies really like our portfolio, they like the strength of our properties and our tenants. So, there are a few other things that we need to accomplish. But they will be accomplished over time.

Bryan Maher -- B. Riley Securities. -- Analyst

Okay. Thank you, Jim.

James L. Nelson -- Chief Executive Officer and President

Okay. Thanks, Bryan.

Operator

Our next question is from Craig Mailman with KeyBanc Capital Markets. Please proceed.

Craig Mailman -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Hey guys. Maybe for Chris, just to start out. The $5.2 million, the reimbursement financing costs from McLaren. Does that amortize back into AFFO over any certain period of time or how should we think it. With that, it seem like a bit of a wash from AFFO perspective this quarter?

Christopher Masterson -- Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary

So that will not amortize back into AFFO in the future. This is just the case where the accounting for the revenue is just different than the expense portion, so they don't naturally net out. So what you'll see is, just here there is -- the one-time back out of that amount and you won't see that back out or any reference to it in future periods.

James L. Nelson -- Chief Executive Officer and President

But it will still be -- the benefit will still be a top line going forward.

Christopher Masterson -- Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary

It will still sit in the revenue for the remainder of this year.

Craig Mailman -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

One-time. Okay. And then just, Jim. Looking at what you guys have under contract for kind of the balance of the year, it's skewing a little bit more office. Is that just the nature of kind of what you guys have seeing on the opportunity set in the pricing that's going on in industrial that office may look a little bit better here for the near term?

James L. Nelson -- Chief Executive Officer and President

Well, I think -- again, I think it's a matter of opportunities more than anything else. Our focus is primarily on industrial and distribution. But when we see like this. Walmart learning center, I mean Walmart is a fantastic tenant. It's an excellent property that we got it at a very good price. So it made sense to buy it. And the same thing with Trafalgar Court, which is in Guernsey, the island of Guernsey, and it's a fantastic building, it has Northern Trust and Aztec Group, which is a huge financial service company as tenants and it was just -- it was compelling to buy it. It was a very, very good price so -- and a great property with good leases in place. So, it made a lot of sense to do that, but we are still focused on industrial distribution and we will maintain that focus going forward.

Craig Mailman -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Okay. And you guys hit the ATM, a little bit in the quarter, I think $51 million raised. Do you guys feel like you have enough capital here or how much runway do you feel like the capital you have, liquidity you have gives you and would you kind of take a step back here and maybe wait until some of the benefit of those acquisitions roll through and maybe positively impact the share price before coming back?

James L. Nelson -- Chief Executive Officer and President

The ATM has been really effective for us. As you know, I mean, it's a great way to raise capital. It's a low cost compared to some other ways to do it and it's very efficient because you can raise capital sort of when you need it. Assuming the ATMs are in demand at any given time. So we continue to look at our growth what we need to grow, what we need to buy these properties and we will probably use the ATM as necessary going forward.

Craig Mailman -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Okay, great, thank you.

James L. Nelson -- Chief Executive Officer and President

Thanks, Craig.

Operator

[Operator Instructions] And our final question is going to come from James Villard with Ladenburg Thalmann. Please proceed.

James Allen Villard -- Ladenburg Thalmann -- Analyst

Good afternoon guys.

James L. Nelson -- Chief Executive Officer and President

Hey, how are you?

Christopher Masterson -- Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary

Good afternoon.

James Allen Villard -- Ladenburg Thalmann -- Analyst

Doing well. Yeah, I guess most of my questions have been answered, but can you give us some more color on the opportunities you're seeing in the investment grade office space and kind of how that -- how cap rates have kind of trended as just kind of this delay of return to work.

James L. Nelson -- Chief Executive Officer and President

Well, that's a really interesting question. We've seen on the industrial distribution side a little bit of compression in cap rates, but remember a lot of our acquisitions are relationship driven, so we have a very strong pipeline of relationship driven properties that we look at to buy. So we're not really chasing after deals, we're not really chasing after low cap rate deals, I mean we do have a very, very, very serious underwriting metrics that we use. So, we don't deviate from that very much unless there is something compelling about the property. But as you can see there is a couple of office properties in the pipeline right now that will close in the next quarter, either this quarter or early Q4. And they were very compelling properties, as I said earlier, you know the Walmart learning center was a great property, Trafalgar Court, our asset manager in London went to see the building, he said that this is a nicest building on Guernsey and we got it at a very good -- very, very good terms, price in terms. So we're going to continue doing what we've been doing for the last four years. We do have a focus on industrial distribution. You will see a lot more of that, then you'll see office. But when we see something compelling in the office sector, we -- and it's priced right, we will close on it.

James Allen Villard -- Ladenburg Thalmann -- Analyst

Are you seeing, I guess, better still somewhat scared to bid, I guess, bid down the cap rate kind of where we are in the pandemic.

James L. Nelson -- Chief Executive Officer and President

You are talking about office, Vill?

James Allen Villard -- Ladenburg Thalmann -- Analyst

Yeah. So on office.

James L. Nelson -- Chief Executive Officer and President

You know, I've said this on previous calls. We are in a very unique position with the office properties that we own. We don't have office properties in the major metropolitan areas. So a lot of our tenants, they're not using public transportation to commute to work and they're in suburbs or second-tier cities. So it's a very different situation than in the major metropolitan areas. So we're in a much -- and if you look back at rent collection, we've collected even during the early year of the pandemic, we collected roughly 99% of all our cash rents. So we're in a very good position with the office properties that we have and our tenants, they pay their rent, they're happy and they're going back to work at different points of time, but they're usually headquarter building or something that's very important to the tenants. So we're in a very comfortable position with the office properties that we own and what we're looking at Dubai.

James Allen Villard -- Ladenburg Thalmann -- Analyst

Yeah, that's a good color. Thanks, that's all for me.

James L. Nelson -- Chief Executive Officer and President

All right, thank you for calling in.

Operator

We have reached the end of our question-and-answer session. I would like to transfer the conference back over to James for closing remarks.

James L. Nelson -- Chief Executive Officer and President

Yeah, I just want to thank everybody for listening in today. Global Net Lease continues on its path of accretive growth and we're very happy with our results and we look forward to talking you next quarter. Thank you all very much. Bye-bye.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 22 minutes

Call participants:

Louisa Quarto -- Executive Vice President

James L. Nelson -- Chief Executive Officer and President

Christopher Masterson -- Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary

Bryan Maher -- B. Riley Securities. -- Analyst

Craig Mailman -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

James Allen Villard -- Ladenburg Thalmann -- Analyst

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