Minto Apartment REIT Reports 2022 Second Quarter Financial Results
— Strong growth in occupancy and gain-to-lease as the REIT's performance returns to pre-pandemic levels —
OTTAWA, ON, Aug. 9, 2022 /CNW/ - Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust (the "REIT") (TSX: MI.UN) today announced its financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2022 ("Q2 2022" and "YTD 2022", respectively). The Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") for Q2 2022 and YTD 2022 are available on the REIT's website at www.mintoapartments.com and at www.sedar.com.1
"Our financial performance strengthened in the second quarter, supported by steadily improving market conditions. Occupancy continued to increase and we achieved an average gain of 12.1% on new leases signed," said Michael Waters, the REIT's Chief Executive Officer. "As the negative impact of COVID-19 on urban rental markets dissipates, we believe the outlook for our business is very strong. Macro trends like increased immigration and strong interest in Canada from foreign students continue to drive population growth and the demand for housing. Rising interest rates have increased the cost of home ownership and further widened the affordability gap between owning and renting a home, making renting an increasingly attractive option."
"While the current capital market environment is challenging, we are continuing our efforts to maximize revenue, optimize occupancy, manage controllable operating expenses, and maintain a strong liquidity position," Mr. Waters continued. "In that regard, we have initiated a capital recycling program under which we may divest of certain assets and deploy the proceeds to fund higher-growth opportunities within our portfolio. We also recently increased the amount available under our revolving credit facility to $300 million, ensuring that we maintain substantial financial flexibility."
On July 19, 2022, the REIT announced that the Toronto Stock Exchange had accepted its notice to make a normal course issuer bid ("NCIB") for a portion of its Units as appropriate opportunities arise from time to time. The NCIB will be active from July 21, 2022 to July 20, 2023 and permits the REIT to acquire up to 3,847,284 Units, representing approximately 10% of the REIT's public float.
Revenue in Q2 2022 totalled $35.5 million, an increase of 18.8% from $29.9 million in Q2 2021. The increased revenue in Q2 2022 reflected higher occupancy, higher average rents and property acquisitions completed subsequent to Q2 2021. Same Property Portfolio revenue was $32.9 million, an increase of 10.1% from Q2 2021, reflecting the improved occupancy and average monthly rent.
Average monthly rent at the end of Q2 2022 was $1,690, an increase of 3.0% compared to $1,640 as the end of Q2 2021. Average monthly rent for the Same Property Portfolio was $1,695 at the end of Q2 2022, an increase of 3.4% compared to the end of Q2 2021.
Average occupancy was 94.7% in Q2 2022, compared to 91.5% in Q2 2021 and 94.2% in Q1 2022. The significant year-over-year increase in occupancy reflected improving urban rental market conditions in the REIT's major markets.
Operating expenses were 25.8% higher (16.7% for the Same Property Portfolio) in Q2 2022 compared to Q2 2021, reflecting inflationary pressures and acquisitions. In addition, property taxes were higher in Q2 2022 due to refunds received in Q2 2021 relating to successful property tax appeals for prior years. The REIT continues to evaluate opportunities for operational efficiencies and cost reductions.
NOI for Q2 2022 totalled $21.8 million, representing 61.5% of revenue, an increase of 14.8% compared to $19.0 million, or 63.6% of revenue, in Q2 2021. Same Property Portfolio NOI for Q2 2022 was $20.2 million, representing 61.5% of revenue, an increase of 6.4% compared to $19.0 million, or 63.6% of revenue, in Q2 2021.The increase in NOI in Q2 2022 reflected higher revenue, partially offset by higher operating expenses as noted above. Same Property Portfolio NOI growth would have been even higher at 9.9% and Q2 2021 NOI margin would have been 61.6% excluding the impacts of a one-time property tax refund received in Q2 2021 pertaining to certain Ottawa properties of approximately $600 thousand.
FFO in Q2 2022 increased 14.6% to $13.7 million, or $0.2100 per unit, compared to $11.9 million, or $0.2022 per unit, in Q2 2021. The higher FFO in Q2 2022 primarily reflected the positive NOI variance. AFFO in Q2 2022 was $12.0 million, or $0.1840 per unit, an increase of 15.5% compared to $10.4 million, or $0.1757 per unit, in Q2 2021. The increase in AFFO for Q2 2022 was primarily due to the higher FFO, partially offset by an increase in the maintenance capital expenditure reserve from the additions of Le Hill-Park, Niagara West and The International.
The REIT reported net income and comprehensive income of $183.5 million in Q2 2022, compared to $8.7 million in Q2 2021. The positive variance was primarily attributable to a fair value gain on Class B LP Units of Minto Apartment Limited Partnership (the "Partnership") of $172.8 million, compared to a fair value loss on Class B LP Units of $50.8 million in Q2 2021.
The REIT paid cash distributions of $0.1187 per unit for Q2 2022, an increase of 4.3% compared to Q2 2021 and representing an AFFO payout ratio of 65.2%. Cash distributions of $0.1138 per unit were paid in Q2 2021, representing an AFFO payout ratio of 64.8%.
Organic Growth Initiatives: Gain-to-Lease and Repositioning
The REIT signed 667 new leases in Q2 2022, realizing an average gain-to-lease of 12.1%. This resulted in an annualized incremental revenue gain of approximately $1.3 million. It was the highest quarterly gain-to-lease achieved by the REIT since the first quarter of 2020, reflecting the continued improvement in urban rental market conditions. By comparison, the REIT realized gains on new leases of 5.9% in Q2 2021 and 10.8% in Q1 2022. Significant gains were realized in all markets during Q2 2022. As the Canadian economy continued to recover from the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the REIT gradually reduced the use of promotions to drive occupancy.
Management estimates that the REIT holds embedded gain-to-lease potential in its unfurnished suite portfolio of 10.9% as at June 30, 2022, representing future annualized embedded potential revenue of approximately $14.0 million. That compares to embedded gain-to-lease potential of 5.8% and an estimated annualized revenue growth opportunity of $6.3 million as at June 30, 2021, and 10.7% or $12.5 million as at March 31, 2022. The embedded gain-to-lease potential is increasing as Canadian urban rental markets strengthen.
The REIT repositioned a total of 83 suites across its portfolio in Q2 2022. The annualized revenue gains realized on the repositioned suites generated an average annual unlevered return on investment of 8.6%. The REIT has a total of 2,172 suites remaining to be repositioned under its current program.
Property Development and Intensification
The REIT has entered into agreements to provide convertible development loans for the development of five properties: Fifth + Bank and Beechwood in Ottawa, Lonsdale Square in North Vancouver, 810 Kingsway in Vancouver, and University Heights in the Greater Victoria Area. The REIT has exclusive options to purchase each of these properties, or MPI's interest in the case of 810 Kingsway and University Heights, upon stabilization at 95% of their then-appraised fair values.
In addition, the REIT is pursuing development of additional rental suites on available excess land at three Toronto properties: Richgrove, Leslie York Mills, and High Park Village.
Six of these eight opportunities are under construction and all eight projects combined have the potential to increase the REIT's suite count by 2,271 suites, a 27% increase from the REIT's current suite count. Updated information on these opportunities, including development timelines, is available in the REIT's Q2 2022 MD&A.
Capital Recycling Program
The REIT has initiated a capital recycling program in order to optimize its portfolio and redeploy capital into other higher growth opportunities. Under this program, management is exploring the sale of certain assets based on a number of factors including, but not limited to, future growth potential, pro forma geographic diversification, pro forma NOI margin and average age. The capital raised from any divestiture may be re-deployed into other attractive opportunities, which may include property developments, convertible development loans, suite repositionings, and unit repurchases under the REIT's NCIB program.
As of June 30, 2022, the REIT had total debt outstanding of $1.07 billion, with a weighted average interest rate on fixed rate debt of 2.90% and a weighted average term to maturity on fixed rate debt of 4.73 years. The Debt-to-GBV ratio was 39.5%. The REIT's NAV per unit as at June 30, 2022 was $24.24, an increase of 1.0% from $24.00 as at December 31, 2021.
The REIT continues to maintain a strong financial position. Total liquidity was approximately $193.2 million as at June 30, 2022, with a liquidity ratio (total liquidity/total debt) of 18.1%.
Michael Waters, Chief Executive Officer, Julie Morin, Chief Financial Officer, and Jonathan Li, President and Chief Operating Officer, will host a conference call for analysts and investors on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 9:00 am ET. The dial-in numbers for participants are 416-764-8688 or 888-390-0546. In addition, the call will be webcast live at:
A replay of the call will be available until Wednesday, August 17, 2022. To access the replay, dial 416-764-8677 or 888-390-0541 (Passcode: 990814 #). A transcript of the call will be archived on the REIT's website.
About Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust
Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust established pursuant to a declaration of trust under the laws of the Province of Ontario to own, develop, and operate income-producing multi-residential properties located in urban markets in Canada. The REIT owns a portfolio of high-quality income-producing multi-residential rental properties located in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton. For more information on Minto Apartment REIT, please visit the REIT's website at: www.mintoapartments.com.
This news release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities legislation, which reflects the REIT's current expectations regarding future events and in some cases can be identified by such terms as "will" and "expects". Forward-looking information is based on a number of assumptions and is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the REIT's control that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those that are disclosed in or implied by such forward-looking information. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the factors discussed under "Risk Factors" in the REIT's Annual Information Form dated March 8, 2022, which is available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com). The REIT does not undertake any obligation to update such forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable law. This forward-looking information speaks only as of the date of this news release.
Non-IFRS and Other Financial Measures
This news release contains certain non-GAAP and other financial measures which are measures commonly used by publicly traded entities in the real estate industry. Management believes that these metrics are useful for measuring different aspects of performance and assessing the underlying operating and financial performance on a consistent basis. However, these measures do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and are not necessarily comparable to similar measures presented by other publicly traded entities. These measures should strictly be considered supplemental in nature and not a substitute for financial information prepared in accordance with IFRS. The REIT has adopted the guidance under NI 52-112 Non-GAAP and Other Financial Measures Disclosure for the purpose of this news release. These non-IFRS and other financial measures and ratios are defined below:
Reconciliations of Non-IFRS Financial Measures and Ratios
FFO and AFFO
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