Gladstone Land Announces First Quarter 2021 Results

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MCLEAN, VA / ACCESSWIRE / May 12, 2021 / Gladstone Land Corporation (NASDAQ:LAND) ("Gladstone Land" or the "Company") today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021. A description of funds from operations ("FFO"), core FFO ("CFFO"), adjusted FFO ("AFFO"), and net asset value ("NAV"), all non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles in the United States) financial measures, appear at the end of this press release. All per-share references are to fully-diluted, weighted-average shares of the Company's common stock, unless noted otherwise. For further detail, please refer to the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (the "Form 10-Q"), which is available on the Investors section of the Company's website at www.GladstoneLand.com.

First Quarter 2021 Activity:

  • Portfolio Activity:

    • Property Acquisitions: Acquired three new farms, consisting of 233 total acres, for approximately $5.6 million. On a weighted-average basis, these farms were acquired at an initial, minimum net capitalization rate of 4.9%. However, the leases on these farms contain certain provisions (e.g., annual rent escalations or participation rents) that are expected to drive cash rents higher in future years.

    • Leasing Activity-Lease Renewals: Executed four new lease agreements on certain of our farms in three different states (CA, CO, and FL) that are expected to result in an aggregate decrease in annual net operating income of approximately $92,000, or 4.3%, over that of the prior leases, all of such decrease occurred on our Colorado farms.

  • Debt Activity:

    • New Long-term Borrowing: Secured a total of approximately $9.9 million of new, long-term borrowings from four different lenders. On a weighted-average basis, these loans will bear interest at an expected effective interest rate of 2.96% and are fixed for the next 8.2 years.

    • Issuance of Series D Term Preferred Stock and Redemption of Series A Term Preferred Stock: Completed a public offering of 2,415,000 shares of 5.00% Series D Cumulative Term Preferred Stock (the "Series D Term Preferred Stock") for total net proceeds of approximately $58.3 million. Approximately $28.8 million of these proceeds were used to redeem all of our then-outstanding shares of 6.375% Series A Cumulative Term Preferred Stock (the "Series A Term Preferred Stock").

    • Interest Patronage: Recorded approximately $2.2 million of interest patronage, or refunded interest, related to our 2020 borrowings from various Farm Credit associations (collectively, "Farm Credit"). In addition, during the three months ended September 30, 2020, we recorded approximately $306,000 of 2020 interest patronage, as certain Farm Credit associations prepaid a portion of the 2020 interest patronage (which related to interest accrued during 2020 but is typically received in 2021). In total, we recorded approximately $2.5 million of 2020 interest patronage related to loans from Farm Credit, which resulted in a 28.7% reduction (approximately 135 basis points) to the stated interest rates on such borrowings.

  • Equity Activity:

    • Series C Preferred Stock: Sold 534,971 shares of our 6.00% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (the "Series C Preferred Stock") for net proceeds of approximately $12.2 million.

    • OP Units: Issued 204,778 OP Units in connection with an acquisition during the quarter, constituting a total fair value of approximately $4.0 million.

    • Common Stock-ATM Program: Sold 1,312,932 shares of our common stock for net proceeds of approximately $22.3 million under our "at-the-market" program (the "ATM Program").

  • Increased and Paid Distributions: Increased the distribution run rate on our common stock by a total of 0.11% and paid monthly cash distributions totaling $0.13485 per share of common stock during the quarter ended March 31, 2021.

First Quarter 2021 Results:

Net income for the quarter was approximately $554,000, compared to approximately $91,000 in the prior quarter. Net loss to common stockholders during the quarter was approximately $2.2 million, or $0.08 per share, compared to approximately $2.4 million, or $0.10 per share, in the prior quarter.

AFFO for the quarter was approximately $4.7 million, an increase of approximately $1.1 million, or 30.6%, from the prior quarter, while AFFO per common share increased to approximately $0.17 for the current quarter, compared to $0.15 for the prior quarter. Common stock dividends declared were approximately $0.13 per share for each quarter. The increase in AFFO was primarily driven by interest patronage amounts recorded during the current quarter related to our Farm Credit borrowings and higher lease revenues recorded during the current quarter as a result of recent acquisitions. Partially offsetting these increases were additional costs incurred in connection with financing recent acquisitions and the additional dividend expense incurred as a result of the issuance of our new Series D Preferred Stock, the proceeds of which have not yet been fully invested. AFFO per common share was further impacted by an increase in the amount of shares of common stock outstanding during the quarter as a result of additional shares issued under our ATM Program during the quarter, the proceeds of which have also not yet been fully invested.

Total cash lease revenues increased by approximately $858,000, or 5.9%, primarily due to additional fixed base cash rents earned during the current quarter from recent acquisitions, partially offset by approximately $1.2 million more of participation rents recorded during the prior quarter. Aggregate related-party fees increased by approximately $512,000 from the prior quarter, primarily driven by higher base management and incentive fees. Excluding related-party fees, our recurring core operating expenses increased by approximately $176,000 from the prior quarter, primarily due to additional property taxes recorded on certain of our properties, as well as other miscellaneous operating expenses incurred related to our recent acquisitions.

Cash flows from operations for the current quarter decreased, primarily due to the timing of when certain rental payments are scheduled to be paid pursuant to their respective leases, as well as advanced rental payments related to new acquisitions and participation rent payments both being received during the prior quarter. Our NAV per share increased by $0.46 from the prior quarter to $12.69 at March 31, 2021, primarily driven by a decrease in the fair value of our fixed, long-term borrowings due to increases in market interest rates and common equity issuances at net offering prices above our estimated NAV per common share at December 31, 2020.

Subsequent toMarch 31, 2021:

  • Portfolio Activity:

    • Property Acquisitions: Acquired one new farm, consisting of 2,285 total acres, for $37.8 million. This farm was acquired at an initial, minimum net capitalization rate of 5.3%. However, the lease on this farm contains certain provisions (e.g., annual rent escalations or participation rents) that are expected to increase cash rents in future years.

    • Leasing Activity-Lease Renewal: Terminated one lease early on a farm in Michigan and immediately re-leased the property to a new tenant. The new lease is expected to result in an increase in annual net operating income of approximately $37,000, or 27.0%, over that of the prior lease.

  • Equity Activity:

    • Series C Preferred Stock: Sold 178,041 shares of our Series C Preferred Stock for net proceeds of approximately $4.1 million.

    • Common Stock-ATM Program: Sold 1,825,452 shares of our common stock for net proceeds of approximately $36.6 million under the ATM Program.

  • Increased Distributions: Increased our distribution run rate by 0.11%, declaring monthly cash distributions of $0.045 per share of common stock (including OP Units held by non-controlling OP Unitholders, if any) for each of April, May, and June 2021. This marks our 22nd distribution increase over the past 25 quarters, during which time we have increased the distribution run rate by 50.0%.

Comments from David Gladstone, President and CEO of Gladstone Land: "The results this quarter showed the full impact of about $156 million of acquisitions that occurred during the last three weeks of 2020, coupled with extremely low interest rates that we secured in financing the acquisitions. In addition, we have been successful in the equity markets lately, particularly with our common stock, and we now have access to some low-cost capital. Our backlog of potential farm acquisitions remains strong, and we are looking forward to the participation rents coming in towards the end of this year."

Quarterly Summary Information
(Dollars in thousands, except per-share amounts)

For and As of the Quarters Ended

Change

Change

3/31/2021

12/31/2020

($ / #)

(%)

Operating Data:

Total operating revenues

$

16,034

$

15,124

$

910

6.0

%

Total operating expenses, net of credits

(9,907)

(7,985)

(1,922)

24.1

%

Other expenses, net

(5,573)

(7,048)

1,475

(20.9)

%

Net income

$

554

$

91

$

463

508.8

%

Less: Aggregate dividends declared on Series B and Series C Preferred

Stock(1)

(2,764)

(2,529)

(235)

9.3

%

Net loss available to common stockholders and non-controlling

OP Unitholders

(2,210)

(2,438)

228

(9.4)

%

Plus: Real estate and intangible depreciation and amortization

6,051

4,646

1,405

30.2

%

Plus: Losses on dispositions of real estate assets, net

798

1,318

(520)

(39.5)

%

Adjustments for unconsolidated entities(2)

9

5

4

80.0

%

FFO available to common stockholders and non-controlling OP

Unitholders

4,648

3,531

1,117

31.6

%

Plus: Acquisition- and disposition-related expenses

70

100

(30)

(30.0)

%

Plus: Other nonrecurring charges, net(3)

43

196

(153)

N/A

CFFO available to common stockholders and non-controlling

OP Unitholders

4,761

3,827

934

24.4

%

Net adjustment for normalized cash rents(4)

(491)

(453)

(38)

8.4

%

Plus: Amortization of debt issuance costs

388

198

190

96.0

%

Plus: Other non-cash charges, net(5)

25

14

11

78.6

%

AFFO available to common stockholders and non-controlling

OP Unitholders

$

4,683

$

3,586

$

1,097

30.6

%

Share and Per-Share Data:

Weighted-average common stock outstanding-basic and diluted

26,874,630

24,340,703

2,533,927

10.4

%

Weighted-average common non-controlling OP Units outstanding

47,782

-

47,782

N/A

Weighted-average total common shares outstanding

26,922,412

24,340,703

2,581,709

10.6

%

Diluted net loss per weighted-average total common share

$

(0.082)

$

(0.100)

$

0.018

(18.0)

%

Diluted FFO per weighted-average total common share

$

0.173

$

0.145

$

0.028

19.0

%

Diluted CFFO per weighted-average total common share

$

0.177

$

0.157

$

0.020

12.5

%

Diluted AFFO per weighted-average total common share

$

0.174

$

0.147

$

0.027

18.1

%

Cash distributions declared per total common share

$

0.135

$

0.135

$

0.000

0.1

%

Balance Sheet Data:

Net investments in real estate, at cost(6)

$

1,048,165

$

1,048,654

$

(489)

-

%

Total assets

$

1,134,466

$

1,067,289

$

67,177

6.3

%

Total indebtedness(7)

$

692,994

$

656,440

$

36,554

5.6

%

Total equity

$

417,667

$

383,790

$

33,877

8.8

%

Total common shares outstanding

27,736,729

26,219,019

1,517,710

5.8

%

Other Data:

Cash flows from operations

$

6,656

$

13,408

$

(6,752)

(50.4)

%

Farms owned

140

137

3

2.2

%

Acres owned

101,312

101,079

233

0.2

%

Occupancy rate(8)

100.0

%

100.0

%

-

%

-

%

Farmland portfolio value

$

1,170,292

$

1,162,524

$

7,768

0.7

%

NAV per common share

$

12.69

$

12.23

$

0.46

3.8

%

(1) Includes (i) cash dividends paid on our Series B and Series C Preferred Stock and (ii) the value of additional shares of Series C Preferred Stock issued pursuant to the dividend reinvestment program.
(2) Represents our pro-rata share of depreciation expense recorded in unconsolidated entities during the period.
(3) Consists primarily of (i) net property and casualty recoveries recorded, net of the cost of related repairs expensed, as a result of the damage caused to certain irrigation improvements by natural disasters on certain of our properties, (ii) one-time listing fees related to our Series D Term Preferred Stock, (iii) the write-off of certain unallocated costs related to a prior universal registration statement, and (iv) certain one-time costs related to the early redemption of our Series A Term Preferred Stock.
(4) This adjustment removes the effects of straight-lining rental income, as well as the amortization related to above-market lease values and lease incentives and accretion related to below-market lease values, deferred revenue, and tenant improvements, resulting in rental income reflected on a modified accrual cash basis. The effect to AFFO is that cash rents received pertaining to a lease year are normalized over that respective lease year on a straight-line basis, resulting in cash rent being recognized ratably over the period in which the cash rent is earned.
(5) Consists of (i) the amount of dividends on the Series C Preferred Stock paid via issuing new shares (pursuant to the dividend reinvestment program) and (ii) our remaining pro-rata share of income (loss) recorded from investments in unconsolidated entities during the period.
(6) Consists of the initial acquisition price (including the costs allocated to both tangible and intangible assets acquired and liabilities assumed), plus subsequent improvements and other capitalized costs associated with the properties, and adjusted for accumulated depreciation and amortization.
(7) Consists of the principal balances outstanding of all indebtedness, including our lines of credit, notes and bonds payable, and our Series D Term Preferred Stock.
(8) Based on gross acreage.

Conference Callfor Stockholders: The Company will hold a conference call on Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) to discuss its earnings results. Please call (877) 407-9046 to join the conference call. An operator will monitor the call and set a queue for any questions. A conference call replay will be available after the call and will be accessible through May 20, 2021. To hear the replay, please dial (877) 660-6853, and use playback conference number 13717650. The live audio broadcast of the Company's conference call will also be available online at the Company's website, www.GladstoneLand.com. The event will be archived and available for replay on the Company's website.

About Gladstone Land Corporation:

Founded in 1997, Gladstone Land is a publicly traded real estate investment trust that acquires and owns farmland and farm-related properties located in major agricultural markets in the U.S. and leases its properties to unrelated third-party farmers. The Company, which reports the aggregate fair value of its farmland holdings on a quarterly basis, currently owns 141 farms, comprised of approximately 104,000 acres in 13 different states, valued at approximately $1.2 billion. Gladstone Land's farms are predominantly located in regions where its tenants are able to grow fresh produce annual row crops, such as berries and vegetables, which are generally planted and harvested annually. The Company also owns farms growing permanent crops, such as almonds, apples, cherries, figs, lemons, olives, pistachios, and other orchards, as well as blueberry groves and vineyards, which are generally planted every 10 to 20-plus years and harvested annually. The Company may also acquire property related to farming, such as cooling facilities, processing buildings, packaging facilities, and distribution centers. Gladstone Land pays monthly distributions to its stockholders and has paid 99 consecutive monthly cash distributions on its common stock since its initial public offering in January 2013. The Company has increased its common distributions 22 times over the prior 25 quarters, and the current per-share distribution on its common stock is $0.045 per month, or $0.54 per year. Additional information, including detailed information about each of the Company's farms, can be found at www.GladstoneLand.com.

Owners or brokers who have farmland for sale in the U.S. should contact:

Lenders who are interested in providing us with long-term financing on farmland should contact Jay Beckhorn at (703) 587-5823 or Jay.Beckhorn@GladstoneCompanies.com.

For stockholder information on Gladstone Land, call (703) 287-5893. For Investor Relations inquiries related to any of the monthly dividend-paying Gladstone funds, please visit www.GladstoneCompanies.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

FFO: The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT") developed FFO as a relative non-GAAP supplemental measure of operating performance of an equity REIT in order to recognize that income-producing real estate historically has not depreciated on the basis determined under GAAP. FFO, as defined by NAREIT, is net income (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding gains (or losses) from sales of property and impairment losses on property, plus depreciation and amortization of real estate assets, and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. The Company believes that FFO per share provides investors with an additional context for evaluating its financial performance and as a supplemental measure to compare it to other REITs; however, comparisons of its FFO to the FFO of other REITs may not necessarily be meaningful due to potential differences in the application of the NAREIT definition used by such other REITs.

CFFO: CFFO is FFO, adjusted for items that are not indicative of the results provided by the Company's operating portfolio and affect the comparability of the Company's period-over-period performance. These items include certain non-recurring items, such as acquisition- and disposition-related expenses, the net incremental impact of operations conducted through our taxable REIT subsidiary, income tax provisions, and property and casualty losses or recoveries. Although the Company's calculation of CFFO differs from NAREIT's definition of FFO and may not be comparable to that of other REITs, the Company believes it is a meaningful supplemental measure of its sustainable operating performance. Accordingly, CFFO should be considered a supplement to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of our performance. For a full explanation of the adjustments made to arrive at CFFO, please read the Company's Form 10-Q, filed today with the SEC.

AFFO: AFFO is CFFO, adjusted for certain non-cash items, such as the straight-lining of rents and amortizations into rental income (resulting in cash rent being recognized ratably over the period in which the cash rent is earned). Although the Company's calculation of AFFO differs from NAREIT's definition of FFO and may not be comparable to that of other REITs, the Company believes it is a meaningful supplemental measure of its sustainable operating performance on a cash basis. Accordingly, AFFO should be considered a supplement to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of our performance. For a full explanation of the adjustments made to arrive at AFFO, please read the Company's Form 10-Q, filed today with the SEC.

A reconciliation of FFO (as defined by NAREIT), CFFO, and AFFO (each as defined above) to net income (loss), which the Company believes is the most directly-comparable GAAP measure for each, and a computation of fully-diluted net income (loss), FFO, CFFO, and AFFO per weighted-average share is set forth in the Quarterly Summary Information table above. The Company's presentation of FFO, CFFO, or AFFO, does not represent cash flows from operating activities determined in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered an alternative to net income as an indication of its performance or to cash flow from operations as a measure of liquidity or ability to make distributions.

NAV: Pursuant to a valuation policy approved by our board of directors, our valuation team, with oversight from the chief valuation officer, provides recommendations of value for our properties to our board of directors, who then review and approve the fair values of our properties. Per our valuation policy, our valuations are derived based on either the purchase price of the property; values as determined by independent, third-party appraisers; or through an internal valuation process, which process is, in turn, based on values as determined by independent, third-party appraisers. In any case, we intend to have each property valued by an independent, third-party appraiser at least once every three years, or more frequently in some instances. Various methodologies are used, both by the appraisers and in our internal valuations, to determine the fair value of our real estate, including the sales comparison, income capitalization (or a discounted cash flow analysis), and cost approaches of valuation. NAV is a non-GAAP, supplemental measure of financial position of an equity REIT and is calculated as total equity available to common stockholders and non-controlling OP Unitholders, adjusted for the increase or decrease in fair value of our real estate assets and encumbrances relative to their respective costs bases. Further, we calculate NAV per share by dividing NAV by our total shares outstanding (inclusive of both our common stock and OP Units held by non-controlling third parties). A reconciliation of NAV to total equity, to which the Company believes is the most directly-comparable GAAP measure, is provided below (dollars in thousands, except per-share amount):

Total equity per balance sheet

$

417,667

Fair value adjustment for long-term assets:

Less: net cost basis of tangible and intangible real estate holdings(1)

$

(1,048,165)

Plus: estimated fair value of real estate holdings(2)

1,170,292

Net fair value adjustment for real estate holdings

122,127

Fair value adjustment for long-term liabilities:

Plus: book value of aggregate long-term indebtedness(3)

692,895

Less: fair value of aggregate long-term indebtedness(3)(4)

(687,914)

Net fair value adjustment for long-term indebtedness

4,981

Estimated NAV

544,775

Less: aggregate fair value of Series B Preferred Stock and Series C Preferred Stock(5)

(192,840)

Estimated NAV available to common stockholders and non-controlling OP Unitholders

$

351,935

Total common shares and non-controlling OP Units outstanding(6)

27,736,729

Estimated NAV per common share and OP Unit

$

12.69

(1) Consists of the initial acquisition price (including the costs allocated to both tangible and intangible assets acquired and liabilities assumed), plus subsequent improvements and other capitalized costs associated with the properties, and adjusted for accumulated depreciation and amortization.
(2) As determined by the Company's valuation policy and approved by its board of directors.
(3) Includes the principal balances outstanding of all long-term borrowings (consisting of notes and bonds payable) and the Series D Term Preferred Stock.
(4) Long-term notes and bonds payable were valued using a discounted cash flow model. The Series D Term Preferred Stock was valued based on its closing stock price as of March 31, 2021.
(5) The Series B Preferred Stock was valued based on its closing stock price as of March 31, 2021, while the Series C Preferred Stock was valued at its liquidation value.
(6) Includes 27,531,951 shares of common stock and 204,778 OP Units held by non-controlling OP Unitholders.

Comparison of our estimated NAV and estimated NAV per share to similarly-titled measures for other REITs may not necessarily be meaningful due to possible differences in the calculation or application of the definition of NAV used by such REITs. In addition, the trading price of our common shares may differ significantly from our most recent estimated NAV per share calculation. The Company's independent auditors have neither audited nor reviewed our calculation of NAV or NAV per share. For a full explanation of our valuation policy, please read the Company's Form 10-Q, filed today with the SEC.

CAUTION CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS:

Certain statements in this press release, including, but not limited to, the Company's ability to maintain or grow its portfolio and FFO, expected increases in capitalization rates, benefits from increases in farmland values, increases in operating revenues, and the increase in NAV per share, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements inherently involve certain risks and uncertainties, although they are based on the Company's current plans that are believed to be reasonable as of the date of this press release. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the Company's ability to procure financing for investments, downturns in the current economic environment, the performance of its tenants, the impact of competition on its efforts to renew existing leases or re-lease real property, and significant changes in interest rates. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by its forward-looking statements are disclosed under the caption "Risk Factors" within the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, as filed with the SEC on February 24, 2021, and certain other documents filed with the SEC from time to time. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.

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