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PLYM earnings call for the period ending June 30, 2021.

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Plymouth Industrial REIT, Inc. (PLYM 0.05%)
Q2 2021 Earnings Call
Aug 06, 2021, 9:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Operator

Good morning and welcome to the Plymouth Industrial REIT second-quarter 2021 earnings call. [Operator instructions] Please note, this event is being recorded. I'd now like to turn the conference over to Tripp Sullivan of SCR Partners. Please go ahead.

Tripp Sullivan -- Investor Relations Contact Officer

Thank you. Good morning. Welcome to the Plymouth Industrial REIT conference call to review the company's results for the second quarter of 2021. On the call today will be Jeff Witherell, chairman and chief executive officer; Pen White, president and chief investment officer; Dan Wright, executive vice president and chief financial officer; Jim Connolly, executive vice president of asset management; and Anne Hayward, general counsel.

Our results were released this morning in our earnings press release, which can be found on the investor relations section of our website along with our Form 10-Q and supplemental filed with the SEC. The replay of this call will be available shortly after the conclusion of the call through August 13, 2021. The numbers to access the replay are provided in the earnings press release. For those who listen to the replay of this call, we remind you that the remarks made herein are as of today August 6, 2021, and will not be updated subsequent to this call.

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During this call, certain comments and statements we make may be deemed forward-looking statements within the meaning prescribed by the securities laws, including statements related to the future performance of our portfolio, our pipeline of potential acquisitions and other investments, future dividends, and financing activities. All forward-looking statements represent Plymouth's judgment as of the date of this conference call and are subject to risk and uncertainties that can cause actual results to be different materially from our current expectations. Investors are urged to carefully review various disclosures made by the company, including the risk and other information disclosed in the company's filings with the SEC. We will also discuss certain non-GAAP measures including but not limited to core FFO, AFFO, and adjusted EBITDA.

Definitions of these non-GAAP measures and reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures are included in our filings with the SEC. I'll now turn the call over to Jeff Witherell. Please go ahead.

Jeff Witherell -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Tripp. Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us today. Our strong performance in the second quarter is a combination of having a great team and a relentless focus on operations. Our leasing and asset management activity, combined with strong rental rate increases, have led to continued growth within our portfolio.

We have expanded our scale in our targeted markets, have an improving balance sheet, and have a robust earnings outlook. We will discuss some details on our progress in each of these areas this morning. Let's start with our portfolio staff at quarter end. We noted on our last call that this quarter would look a lot like Q1 and that was definitely the case.

Occupancy was 96.2%, cash releasing spreads were 7%, bringing us to 9% through the first half of the year. Collections were 99%, core FFO and AFFO per share are in line with our forecast. We continue to trust our processes and believe our heritage as real estate operators, combined with our longer-term approach to value creation, will continue to reward our shareholders. Acquisitions will continue to be our primary method of inorganic growth, and Pen will discuss our buildings acquired today as well as the increase in our acquisition targets for the year.

I want to spend a few moments on development as it is a natural extension of our skills across the team and can complement that acquisition's growth. We are deploying our capital in a measured and disciplined fashion to unlock the developable GLA within our existing portfolio. Our updated disclosure on Page 14 of our supplemental will help track our progress on this front and within the markets where we are pursuing these opportunities. I noted last quarter, that we've begun redevelopment at our 1.1 million square foot Fisher park building in Cincinnati.

Having already reconfigured tenant layouts to increase marketable space by 40,000 square feet and commence construction on an additional 58,000 square feet, we've now expanded that redevelopment to a new total of 150,000 square feet that should generate a projected cash yield of 14% on our $4.1 million investment. We aren't using any of the 30 additional acres yet at this property. We are creating this 150,000 square feet of new space by installing floors over the open crane pits left from this building's legacy as GM's iconic manufacturing facility. As noted on Page 5 of the supplemental, we continue to make progress on our 70,000 square foot ground-up development in Portland Maine.

We broke ground during the second quarter and we're expecting to complete shelf construction in December 2021 at a cost of approximately $7.2 million. We continue to be in discussions with potential tenants to take this space. Our targeted returns for this development are in the high single digits. Moving to Atlanta, we expect to break ground on a new 240,000 square foot industrial building during the fourth quarter.

This building will be constructed adjacent to our existing building that is currently 100% leased and based on existing absorption trends in rent growth within this submarket, we are confident there will be strong demand. The cost is anticipated to be between $12.8 million and $13.2 million with a target to return again in the high single digits. In Jacksonville, another market where we have continued to actively explore value creation opportunities and have identified 180,000 square feet for potential development within one of our existing business parks. With the infrastructure already in place in this park, we should be able to accelerate our plans there if permitting proceed as planned.

We will have a better update for you on our third-quarter call in terms of timing and development costs. One last point to make on Jacksonville, this is an opportunity that has arisen due to the initiative taken in the local knowledge of our team on the ground there. In addition to the Jacksonville office, we have intentionally supported our increasing scale in markets such as Columbus and Memphis with regional offices, the latter of which is now fully staffed. A local presence is inappropriate for every market where we have a substantial scale but we do see these as a competitive advantage for us in terms of asset management, property management, leasing, and deal sourcing.

We have made some of our greatest strides on the balance sheet. As Dan will describe later, we have continued to bring down our cost of capital with expanded borrowing capacity on an unsecured basis and successful execution of our ATM program to match fund our acquisition activity. We have strong support from our banking group and have been able to expand that support with the largest syndicate and create options to ladder our upcoming debt maturities. Our top priorities for the balance sheet are to ensure that our dividend is well covered, our leverage profile continues to improve, and that we have access to multiple sources of capital.

The dividend remains well covered with an annualized payout ratio of less than 50% on core FFO and 58% on an AFFO based on our full-year midpoint. While leverage ticked down this quarter due to the timing of the ATM activity, the higher net proceeds we are receiving from this program has enabled us to substantially increase our full-year acquisitions target while affirming our full-year guidance in our target of approximately seven times net debt to adjusted EBITDA by year end. With another quarter in the books, we are focused on maintaining our leasing momentum, executing on our acquisition and development pipeline, and efficient property operations. The industrial fundamentals are strong in our markets and elsewhere.

Now is the time to own industrial buildings from the first mile to the last mile. We are capitalizing on the opportunities that can provide the most embedded growth and extend a platform that we believe is incredibly difficult to replicate in our markets. Pen, why don't you walk us through our acquisition activity?

Pen White -- President and Chief Investment Officer

Thanks, Jeff. Good morning everybody. We continue to be very active in increasing our footprint within our existing markets with a total of $91 million in acquisitions completed the year to date. We have another $85 million of properties under contract that are expected to close in the coming weeks.

Based on that pace and the composition of our pipeline, we have increased our full-year target once again to $280 million in wholly owned acquisitions for 2021. After adding to our presence across five of our Midwest markets in the first quarter, our portfolio additions in the second quarter and through July we're focused in Memphis and St. Louis. In St.

Lewis, we acquired 150,000 square foot property fully leased for $8.8 million or $57 per square foot at an initial yield of 6.7%. We added some color on this multi-tenant industrial property on Page 4 of our supplemental. This acquisition brought us to over 1 million square feet in St. Louis and will give us an opportunity to leverage our leasing capabilities there.

The Memphis acquisitions were completed in late June and throughout July and represented a total of 625,000 square feet. That brings us to 2.4 million square feet of wholly owned properties in Memphis in addition to the 2.3 million square feet owned through the Madison joint venture. The first was a single tenant industrial building that is 100% occupied. We acquired this 75,000 square foot building for $5.3 million an initial yield of 7%.

While on the smaller side, recall that in our previous commentary on Memphis there is a strong tenant demand there for buildings of this size. Also in Memphis, we acquired a 230,000 square foot multi-tenant industrial building 87% leased for $9.9 million and an initial yield of 7.7%. We have not assumed any lease up on the vacant space in the first year. So if we are able to leverage the activity in the market quicker than expected, we could see some upside to that projected yield.

And last week, we closed on a 317,000 square foot multi-tenant industrial building that is 100% occupied for $6.3 million at an initial yield of 8%. This quarter's activity was consistent with our strategy of acquiring industrial properties at attractive yields while methodically building scale in our target markets. At this point a year ago, we had only two buildings totaling less than 200,000 square feet in St. Louis.

Now, we've reached 1 million square feet across eight buildings and we'll be expanding there again in the third quarter. And in Memphis, while we made our biggest leap with the Madison JV, we've increased our wholly owned portfolio by one-third the same time frame. The added scale in Memphis has enabled us to create a local office there, as Jeff mentioned earlier, and it has also helped us source additional acquisition opportunities. The two buildings we have under contract in St.

Louis and Chicago are good examples of local scale leading to new opportunities. These acquisitions are under contract and expected to close during the third quarter subject to customary closing conditions. They're both single-tenant buildings that are 100% occupied and will represent a total investment of approximately $85 million in growing yields consistent with our targeted ranges of mid-6% to mid-7%. What we've added to our portfolio over the last several months of what you might call classic Plymouth properties.

They've been acquired one-off at attractive initial yields with a balance of stabilized cash flows and lease-up as well as lease renewal opportunities. They've also helped us fill in where we have existing clusters of properties. The methodical approach to scale up and markets experiencing strong rent growth, positive absorption, and limited institutional competition is creating solid value. While this focus on singles and doubles comprises the largest share of our pipeline, we continue to actively explore smaller portfolios within our markets and the larger transactions such as the two in St.

Louis and Chicago. We look forward to reporting on our additional investment activity next quarter. I'll now turn it over to Jim to walk through the leasing activity and portfolio operations.

Jim Connolly -- Executive Vice President of Asset Management

Good morning. Through the end of July, we had addressed 81% of our leases that were scheduled to expire during the year. This is comprised of 4.9 million square feet that were scheduled to expire in 2021, including adjustments for acquisitions and early terminations. Of that amount, 2.5 million square feet has been renewed 1.5 million square of square feet has been leased to new tenants, leaving 900,000 thousand square feet that still need to be addressed during the remainder of the year.

Significant progress has been made on leasing this space and many leases are nearing execution. In addition, we have leased 210,000 square feet of space that have been vacant at the start of 2021. During Q2 and year to date, we saw rental rates increase 7% and 9%, respectively, on commencing leases over prior lease rates on a cash basis. During the quarter, we saw rents increase higher than anticipated, including leases negotiated for subsequent quarters.

Therefore, we expect to be well within our guidance range of 8% to 10% for the year. Portfoliowide occupancy at the end of Q2 was 96.2%, down 40 basis points from the end of Q1. The vacancy within our portfolio included 540,000 square feet that is being repositioned at four locations. This figure increased this quarter due to the inclusion of a 300,000 square foot building in Chicago that is going through some upgrades prior to releasing.

Excluding the repositioned square footage our occupancy rate would have increased to 98.4%. Efforts at these locations are beginning to show benefits. 50% of 140,000 square foot facility in Chicago was leased in April and we have active prospects for all that we position vacancy. Through 7/31 we have collected 99.7% of our rents build during Q2 in 98.5% of the rent for July.

One small rent deferral was issued during Q1 that will be paid back by the end of the year. It has been a busy year through July with 113 leases executed related to 2021 expirations and prior vacancies, totaling 4.2 million square feet and digital 24 leases totaling 830,000 square feet has been executed for leases expiring beyond this year with many more leases nearing execution. These numbers reflect the high level of performance that Plymouth's asset and property management teams are delivering and ensure that we are well-positioned to meet our leasing and management requirements long into the future. At this point, I'll turn it over to Dan to discuss our financial results.

Dan Wright -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Jim. First, I would call your attention to the supplemental information filed earlier, which provides more detailed disclosures in addition to those referenced in these prepared remarks. Looking at our second-quarter results are key metrics were in line with what we projected, namely that core FFO and AFFO would be similar to the first quarter. Core FFO was slightly higher at $0.41 per weighted average common share in units and AFFO remained at $0.32 notwithstanding a 7.5% sequential increase sequentially in a weighted average share count.

Same-store NOI increased 2.6% on a GAAP basis with same-store NOI on a cash basis decreasing 1.6%. This inversion between GAAP and cash same-store NOI primarily reflects the impact of free rent disproportionately impacting the second quarter offset for the balance of the year. Specifically free rent for a new 500,000 square foot 10-year triple net lease, previously a gross lease, more than double the average quarterly run rate for free rent to approximately $800,000. On a full-year basis, we anticipate having total free rent in line with the average annual rent including this spike in Q2.

As noted in our earnings release, we have again affirmed our full-year 2021 guidance ranges for net loss, core FFO, and AFFO while adjusting the underlying assumptions. The main drivers for these changes are the anticipated increased acquisition volume and a higher share count from the ATM activity in the second quarter and to date in the third quarter, I'll briefly touch on several of these assumptions. Acquisition timing remains a primary factor in the quarterly cadence for the back half of the year. With $91 million completed through the end of July and another $85 million under contract for closing in the third quarter, we will see the sequential ramp-up in the third quarter and again in the fourth quarter with an additional 110 million projected for the full year.

We will not see the full impact from that activity in the fourth quarter, but it will set the stage for a solid run rate heading into 2022. The impact of strong leasing activity for both renewals and new leases, as Jim discussed, as our full-year guidance employment implies we've been able to match fund our acquisition activity with our ATM. Year to date, we have raised $107 million through the ATM with steadily improving pricing and have been able to put it to work. That capital raised when combined with the assumed acquisitions should keep us below our target of seven times net debt to adjusted EBITDA at year end.

The higher weighted average share and unit count from the ATM activity now assumes that we will be at 30.7 million shares and units on a weighted average basis for the year. As of today, we have a total of 32.4 million common shares and units outstanding. As we look at the balance sheet, we continue to achieve our leverage targets and bring down our cost of capital with strong execution on the ATM program and further reduction with the recent commitments from our banking group for an expanded unsecured credit facility at attractive terms. Our net debt to EBITDA at quarter end was six point two times, which is lower than we had anticipated for this quarter due to the ATM activity and the timing of acquisitions.

But we are still on track to stay below seven times at year-end. The composition of our balance sheet continues to improve with 33% of our debt unsecured with a rate presently under 2% and 67% of our debt with fixed interest rates. That is likely to change a bit during the second half of the year as we put in place our expanded credit facility that is anticipated to close by the end of this month. We have secured commitments to expanding existing unsecured credit facility of $300 million, $200 million of a revolving line of credit, and a $100 million term loan presently to $500 million with the addition of a new 200 million to our term loan with accordion provisions that would increase the total borrowing capacity to $1 billion.

The modifications to the existing credit facility and the expanded capacity reflect decreases in costs with great spread reductions to LIBOR with a zero base floor versus 30 bps presently and reduced margin of 130 to 190 basis points, which is an improvement of 10 to 15 basis points to the existing structure. The existing hundred million dollar term loan that matures in October of 2025 will have an extended maturity date to 2026. The incremental new $200 million term loan will mature in 2027. When combined with the utilization of our ATM program, the expanded facility will give us significant flexibility for future growth opportunities with well lighter maturities and improved borrowing costs.

Our liquidity position remains strong as presently we have $13.4 million of cash on hand plus an additional $11.3 million in operating expenses gross and $132 million of capacity on the revolving line of credit. Operator, we are now ready to take questions.

Questions & Answers:


Operator

We will now begin the question-and-answer session. [Operator instructions] Our first question today will come from Dave Rodgers with Baird. Please go ahead.

Dave Rodgers -- Baird -- Analyst

Hey, good morning, everybody. Thanks for all the added color this quarter. I wanted to ask about the broader acquisition pipeline. You've done a great job of obviously growing it through the first half of the year.

Adding some officers probably helped but can you talk about the depth of that pipeline as we look out even a little bit further than just the third quarter and into the fourth? And can you talk about kind of competition that you're starting to see for this kind of one-off assets? Is that picking up or just getting more and more rumors and discussions about the tougher competition out there?

Pen White -- President and Chief Investment Officer

Sure, Dave. Pen here. We've always maintained a pretty robust pipeline right now it hovers around $600 million worth of deals that we're currently in very stages of analyzing. So we feel very, very good and confident about achieving our renewed goals for 2021.

The competition is out there. It always has been. I think there's less competition for the singles and doubles that we pursue. Obviously, more competition for some of the portfolios that we monitor.

We've -- we're not doing deals just for the sake of doing deals, which sometimes we walk away from deals. But we're very, very comfortable with our pipeline right now and like I mentioned looking forward to achieving our acquisition goals for the rest of the year.

Dave Rodgers -- Baird -- Analyst

Great. And then maybe just a second question. I wanted to maybe peek if we could into the 2022 year in terms of any major expirations that we should be looking for. It's a pretty decent-sized year of expirations for Plymouth overall, and so just wondering if you guys have any early read on any tenants we should be watching or any early successes that you've had either way.

Pen White -- President and Chief Investment Officer

Yeah. There's a few larger tenants that are going to expire, but we've been working with them. For instance, we have one that's leaving in January 300,000 thousand square feet. We've already found a replacement tenant for that space and we're working on a termination deal to move those people in.

We also have another one of roughly about the same size during the middle of the year, which we're doing the same thing we're going to have somebody move in early. So basically, if someone's leaving we find out in advance, we find a new tenant, and then we work on termination agreements. So those explorations will be largely reduced by the end of this year.

Jeff Witherell -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Subject, obviously, to not happening. David, right? Just to be clear.

Dave Rodgers -- Baird -- Analyst

Well, that sounds good that you're finding replacement tenants was going to ask another one, but just that obviously 600,000 square feet in total there. Are those tenants moving to bigger spaces? What would be are is a tenant that has struggled? Just a little color on those two particular tenants and the year before.

Pen White -- President and Chief Investment Officer

Not struggling. I mean, mostly what we're finding is tenants are -- a lot of tenants want to expand. In general, business is good people want to expand and they're moving to a larger facility. And we -- because of the robust economy we are finding new tenants right away that need the space.

So it's just a matter of where they are in the business cycle.

Dave Rodgers -- Baird -- Analyst

All right that's helpful. Thanks, guys.

Operator

Our next question will come from Craig Mailman with KeyBanc Capital Markets. Please go ahead.

Craig Mailman -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Hey. Good morning, guys. Pen, maybe just a quick one looking at the 3Q acquisitions here. It looks like you guys are holding -- you're paying less about 20 bucks a foot for the 300,000 square foot building in Memphis.

Is there capital that's going to need to be put into that building over time? Or what explains the lower cost versus what you've historically been buying?

Pen White -- President and Chief Investment Officer

Craig, you're right. There are some we obviously acquired that at a significant discount to replacement cost, but we are anticipating putting some capital into that property. I kind of call that kind of a B minus property, if you will that, will bring up to a B plus stage. And the tenant in there is it's got two more years left on the lease so that we're taking a little bit of risk on that renewal, but we feel we've underwritten that quite well protected our downside quite nicely on that.

So we like, we'd like that feel a lot as well as the other two deals that we closed on in Memphis and look forward to adding to our footprint there in the near future.

Craig Mailman -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Does that get put in the redev portfolio in two years once the tenant moves out? Or do you do the improvements what, with the tenant in place?

Pen White -- President and Chief Investment Officer

We'll probably be doing it in place. That's just a schedule right now.

Craig Mailman -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

And then, you guys talked last quarter about cap rate compression and portfolio deals kind of going in the six cap range. But you've still been able to kind of source deals in that seven to eight cap range. I mean, has the comp -- had the cap rate compression cooled off at all? Or are you guys, are these just deals that have been in the pipeline and that 85 million under contract and the 600 million our pipeline those cap rates are compressing. Can you give us a little color on where yields are headed?

Pen White -- President and Chief Investment Officer

Yeah. And just to clarify when we talk about cap rates credit especially when it applies to Plymouth. The cap rate only tells one part of the story when we analyzed deals we're looking at the tenants, how long they're there in the building when their expiration date is? How much capex there is? There's a lot of metrics that go into analyzing the properties. So we're still able to source deals in the six or seven cap rate range.

Some of them have tenants that are paying below market. They might have a go into it at a lower going-in yield. Some are maybe even above market. So that would justify higher yields on the capex therefore higher yield.

So that's just one metric out of multiple metrics that we look at. But in general, we're still finding deals that are in our typical six and a half to seven quarter range when it comes to portfolios. As I said last quarter where we're seeing a premium applied to portfolios especially portfolios that might have assets and multiple cities. The larger the portfolio it seems the greater the premium applied to it these days.

So it's there can be all over the map and it's going to be our job to sift through the deals. Like I said, we have $600 million were the deals we're looking at right now. And because of that, we're in a good position to pick and choose what we want to pursue.

Craig Mailman -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

That's helpful. Just one last one for me. Jeff, on the development side it sounds like you guys are kind of doing bolt-on deals adjacent to fully leased buildings. How big? At any one point, you want kind of dollars committed to development to be vs.

acquisitions. Or any kind of metric in terms of kind of risk mitigation. As you guys look to increase the development activity.

Jeff Witherell -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, Craig. I think that's a difficult question to answer. What dollar amount that's a moment in time, right? So I think as we sit here now with roughly $8 million to be invested in Portland to be delivered in December breaking ground in that land. This fall for another $12 million, $13 million that's not minimal.

So I think I think as we go through time, we look and see if I mean in Portland we're getting a lot of traction up there right now on prospective tenants. Existing tenants looking at the spaces while requesting proposals. Same thing in Atlanta one of our existing tenants was really the impetus for us to start that project. We'll see if we get them in the building.

So I think it's going to just be part of the continuation as we go each month to month. As to how much we're going to put into the ground. If there's no activity on these buildings you're probably not going to build more. So I don't think again at the moment in time I don't know if we have a dollar figure.

We've thought through that.

Craig Mailman -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Right. And I guess maybe another way to get at it is you guys are doing and I mean that's kind of you've gotten through acquisitions. Are you going to start to look at den novo land sites that are outside of the existing footprints? Or kind of start to land bank and start trying to get out how big a development business do you want versus just the kind of blocking tackling the acquisition front?

Jeff Witherell -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. I mean, I think it comes down to really just opportunity and we are never say never, but we have no plans in the near future to go into some of these large development markets and start buying land in trying to compete with the other guys that are developing. It's just not -- we're finding other opportunities, right? We're buying properties as Pen mentioned that have good yields. They require expertise with some tenant improvements and things like that.

We're finding better value there. But if we can build at high single-digit yields then that complements our strategy of what we're buying for an existing product. So again, you won't see us going outside of our market land banking and things like that. Now, opportunities present us one in Florida is presenting to us now, which is adjacent to one of our business parks is land for sale.

So we can get that at the right price. But again what that land going to cost us 600,000 on a 750 million market cap. Again we're just not going to be out buying lots of lands. Where it's contiguous where it makes sense where we have guys on the ground that's will continue to do that.

I think that that's a great business.

Craig Mailman -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Thanks for the color.

Jeff Witherell -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

Our next question comes from Gaurav Mehta with National Securities. Please go ahead.

Gaurav Mehta -- National Securities -- Analyst

Yeah, thanks. Good morning. Question on building scale and debt markets you talked about team colors and Memphis. I was wondering when you think about building scale.

Is there any kind of cap that you have in terms of how much exposure you want to any given market? And then, on markets such as Boston and Philadelphia, where you own one property are those markets as well, where you may look to build fill in the future?

Pen White -- President and Chief Investment Officer

Yeah. Good question. A couple of questions there I think to answer your first one. We don't have a set cap per se, in terms of -- if we decide to limit out in a particular market.

We do try to achieve some semblance of balance between the markets that we're in right now. But we're as Jeff touched on earlier, we try to be opportunistic when opportunities present themselves to us. We certainly don't ignore them whether they're in markets where we've already scaled up considerably or in markets where we haven't. Such as you mentioned Philadelphia and the Boston area, but we are looking at opportunities in those markets.

We'll continue to do so and work like I touched on earlier with the type of pipeline that we have. Where I think we're in a good position to be looking to continue to explore opportunities and markets where we have a lot of scale right now and those that we're looking to build up.

Gaurav Mehta -- National Securities -- Analyst

Ok. Great. Going back to development. I was wondering if you would comment on what kind of trends you're seeing in regards to construction costs and that's impacting you are you at all?

Jeff Witherell -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. Yeah. Construction costs are up. We all know that we see that.

We've seen somewhat of leveling off in our world as we talk about basically steel prices and things like that. So but what we pay attention to is rents are going up at the same time. So that's a balance. I mean, when that gets out of whack you don't want to be developing.

And so we're certainly monitoring that across all of all the markets that we mentioned in my prepared remarks as well as in some of our supplemental information. So places like Jacksonville Florida, Atlanta up here in New England, certainly in Cincinnati on the property on the land we own there. So but we do -- we target our fixed price contracts is what we're working on for development and the builders that are going to do those for us. They monitor steel prices daily.

And so we're locking in forward contracts on steel so that our pricing is not going to go up to us in catch us by surprise.

Gaurav Mehta -- National Securities -- Analyst

OK. Thank you.

Jeff Witherell -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks.

Operator

Our next question comes from Connor Siversky with Berenberg. Please go ahead.

Connor Siversky -- Berenberg Capital Markets -- Analyst

Good morning, everybody. Thanks for having me on the call. Curious in their prepared remarks. As you're expanding headcount within those local offices.

Do you have any idea of what or how this could impact a G&A ramp? Over say the next three to five years or even on a higher level what do your headcount needs look like at present?

Jeff Witherell -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Sure, Connor, this is Jeff. A couple of things, so our headcount I think that was in our Qs, 39 as we sit here today. Twelve of those 39 are in property management. So in our local offices that property management headcount in effect doesn't hit our G&A.

We get reimbursed from tenants for property management and all of our leases basically have that in there were 2%, 3% reimbursement for property management. So as we stayed in the past, we -- I don't think we wait we make money in property management, but we save -- we have done that the recent tally. But it's well not over $1 million as far as savings is concerned for third-party property management. As we sit here today we don't see a lot of expansion in the property management team.

We feel kind of fill the holes and that's where we are there. And at the corporate level probably the same thing. You'll see -- as we add properties we'll add people that service properties, which would be asset management in accounting property accounts. But as far as an executive-level, administratively, and so forth we're in good shape from that.

Connor Siversky -- Berenberg Capital Markets -- Analyst

OK. Appreciate the color there. And then on the ODW logistics distro center just noticing the square footage of the building. Is this the largest asset you now have with the portfolio? And is this kind of what you're going to be targeting going forward? Can we expect to see maybe a move toward some of these assets? Maybe approaching 1 million square feet or more.

Pen White -- President and Chief Investment Officer

It's somewhat atypical. We have one larger in Cincinnati and Fisher Park. But you're going to see mostly our bread and butter deals where are typically kind of in the 150 to 300,000 square foot range.

Connor Siversky -- Berenberg Capital Markets -- Analyst

OK. that's helpful. That's all for me. Thank you.

Pen White -- President and Chief Investment Officer

Thank you.

Operator

Our next question comes from Barry Oxford with Colliers. Please go ahead.

Barry Oxford -- Colliers Securities -- Analyst

Great. Thanks. Jeff, just building on the development it looks like most of it is spec right now. Would you entertain build a suit or the yields not strong enough then build a suit and given where we are in the industrial cycle? Spec just makes a lot more sense because chances are I'm going to be able to lease it.

Jeff Witherell -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Hi, Barry. Yep. Yeah. So I think what you're saying makes sense maybe in the broad sense, right? Where, but what we're specific.

So we've got our land is is is not out on the frontier. We're not in a zone where there's a lot of development. So tenants whether existing tenants or new tenants they want to be in this location. We own the land and we can build the building.

So I actually think that because we can build spec and we can get the rates we're looking for in the spec market. The built the suit market they're going to pay the same if that makes sense.

Barry Oxford -- Colliers Securities -- Analyst

OK. Yes, it does.

Jeff Witherell -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. So that's that was all the impetus for Atlanta was when the existing tenants wanted to expand. They want to be real close by. So what happens in this business is those tenants seem to think they kind of have you and they negotiate for a while and the months roll by and you kind of figure out a build to suit.

And then, we decide to move forward and start building on spec and those tenants usually come around pretty quickly and start asking for an update.

Barry Oxford -- Colliers Securities -- Analyst

So it's kind of a hybrid maybe.

Jeff Witherell -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Exactly.

Barry Oxford -- Colliers Securities -- Analyst

Yeah. OK. No. No.

All of that makes sense. And then Jeff I know it's hard to comment on the dividend, but if I'm just kind of looking at this just in my mind 58% payout ratio you look like you're going to have a strong run rate going into 2022. There's no reason to think that 2022 won't be a good year. Should I be thinking about a dividend increase? Given the fact that you guys probably at some point start pushing the bottom end of the weight loss.

Jeff Witherell -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

If we --

Barry Oxford -- Colliers Securities -- Analyst

As far as payout.

Right. So I think it's good to think in terms of we're going to look at this annually. Though we're not going to be discussing this every single quarter moving things around. We have a great handle.

Dan and the team have a great handle on where we are from a tax perspective. So we don't really see a need to have to do anything from a tax perspective for the next couple of quarters. So but -- as we are big believers in why rates were invented in the first place, which was a dividend income. So with big believers in that, we love the payout ratio where we are.

I think we're one of the lowest out there and we've got a lot of work to do on the balance sheet and retaining that capital we think is going to be very helpful as we look to possibly removing some of these preferred. And then if you're too. So I think we've got a great handle on it.

Perfect. Thanks for the color.

Jeff Witherell -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Barry Oxford -- Colliers Securities -- Analyst

Thanks, guys.

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, this will conclude our question and answer session. I'd like to turn the conference back over to Jeff Witherell for any closing remarks.

Jeff Witherell -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Great. Thanks, everyone for joining us this morning. As usual, we are available for questions and follow-ups. So, have a great day.

Thank you.

Operator

[Operator signoff]

Duration: 45 minutes

Call participants:

Tripp Sullivan -- Investor Relations Contact Officer

Jeff Witherell -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Pen White -- President and Chief Investment Officer

Jim Connolly -- Executive Vice President of Asset Management

Dan Wright -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Dave Rodgers -- Baird -- Analyst

Craig Mailman -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Gaurav Mehta -- National Securities -- Analyst

Connor Siversky -- Berenberg Capital Markets -- Analyst

Barry Oxford -- Colliers Securities -- Analyst

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