Press release

SBA Communications Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results; Updates Full Year 2020 Outlook; and Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

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SBA Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: SBAC) (“SBA” or the “Company”) today reported results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Highlights of the third quarter include:

  • Net income of $22.6 million or $0.20 per share and site leasing revenue of $486.8 million
  • AFFO per share growth of 15.3% over the year earlier period on a constant currency basis
  • Repurchased 1.0 million shares cumulatively in the third quarter and subsequent to quarter end
  • Increased full year 2020 outlook for Revenue, Tower Cash Flow, Adjusted EBITDA, and AFFO

“We once again delivered strong financial results in the third quarter, exceeding both our internal and consensus expectations,” commented Jeff Stoops, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We delivered these results while continuing to operate in COVID-19 conditions in all of our markets, with the majority of our and our customers’ employees working remotely but also with a sizeable contingent of essential field personnel out at tower sites every day meeting the needs of our customers and getting the job done in exemplary fashion. I want to express my deepest gratitude to all our employees and those of our customers, and particularly those out in the field. I’m particularly pleased with the safety protocols we have developed, which have allowed us to make individual safety the top priority while at the same time delivering the operational performance our customers and communities need and expect.”

“US wireless customer activity picked up in the third quarter relative to the first half of 2020, although still slightly behind year-ago levels. This was evident from our services results and new domestic lease activity, as all three US nationwide wireless carriers were and are active. Internationally, leasing activity was slightly above the first half of the year as well, but these markets continue to be more impacted by COVID-19 than the US market, both operationally and economically. We are encouraged by the third quarter earnings commentary of a number of our international wireless carrier customers, who reported both improved financial results and future plans for increased capital spending. We remain confident that these markets will improve in terms of wireless carrier investment as the COVID-19 situation improves.”

“Operationally, we continue to perform very well and run a very tight ship, as evidenced by our Tower Cash Flow and Adjusted EBITDA margins. We made what we believe were some very positive and opportunistic balance sheet and capital allocation decisions since our last release. These included re-pricing an interest rate hedge to reduce future cash interest expense, repurchasing a healthy amount of our stock and investment in a number of new high-quality assets. The net result of these actions and our operational performance was to post our highest AFFO per share ever in the third quarter, with the fourth quarter AFFO per share expected to be even higher. We are raising our full year Outlook for 2020 across all key metrics, reflecting these strong third quarter results and our optimism for a strong finish to the year.”

Operating Results

The table below details select financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and comparisons to the prior year period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

% Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

excluding

 

 

Q3 2020

 

Q3 2019

 

$ Change

 

% Change

 

FX (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated

 

($ in millions, except per share amounts)

Site leasing revenue

 

$

486.8

 

$

468.6

 

$

18.2

 

 

 

3.9

%

 

 

8.2

%

Site development revenue

 

 

36.2

 

 

39.0

 

 

(2.8

)

 

 

(7.2

%)

 

 

(7.2

%)

Tower cash flow (1)

 

 

396.8

 

 

376.3

 

 

20.5

 

 

 

5.4

%

 

 

9.1

%

Net income

 

 

22.6

 

 

21.8

 

 

0.8

 

 

 

3.7

%

 

 

18.0

%

Earnings per share – diluted

 

 

0.20

 

 

0.19

 

 

0.01

 

 

 

5.3

%

 

 

18.9

%

Adjusted EBITDA (1)

 

 

373.3

 

 

355.4

 

 

17.9

 

 

 

5.0

%

 

 

8.6

%

AFFO (1)

 

 

270.1

 

 

247.4

 

 

22.7

 

 

 

9.2

%

 

 

14.1

%

AFFO per share (1)

 

 

2.38

 

 

2.15

 

 

0.23

 

 

 

10.7

%

 

 

15.3

%

(1)

 

See the reconciliations and other disclosures under “Non GAAP Financial Measures” later in this press release.

 

Total revenues in the third quarter of 2020 were $522.9 million compared to $507.5 million in the year earlier period, an increase of 3.0%. Site leasing revenue in the quarter of $486.8 million was comprised of domestic site leasing revenue of $391.0 million and international site leasing revenue of $95.8 million. Domestic cash site leasing revenue was $389.6 million in the third quarter of 2020 compared to $371.4 million in the year earlier period, an increase of 4.9%. International cash site leasing revenue was $96.5 million in the third quarter of 2020 compared to $93.4 million in the year earlier period, an increase of 3.4%, or 25.0% on a constant currency basis. Site development revenues were $36.2 million in the third quarter of 2020 compared to $39.0 million in the year earlier period, a decrease of 7.2%.

Site leasing operating profit was $394.0 million, an increase of 4.9% over the year earlier period. Site leasing contributed 98.2% of the Company’s total operating profit in the third quarter of 2020. Domestic site leasing segment operating profit was $326.7 million, an increase of 5.1% over the year earlier period. International site leasing segment operating profit was $67.3 million, an increase of 4.0% over the year earlier period.

Tower Cash Flow for the third quarter of 2020 of $396.8 million was comprised of Domestic Tower Cash Flow of $328.3 million and International Tower Cash Flow of $68.5 million. Domestic Tower Cash Flow for the quarter increased 5.4% over the prior year period and International Tower Cash Flow increased 5.9% over the prior year period, or 26.9% on a constant currency basis. Tower Cash Flow Margin was 81.6% for the third quarter of 2020, as compared to 81.0% for the year earlier period.

Net income for the third quarter of 2020 was $22.6 million, or $0.20 per share, and included a $25.4 million loss, net of taxes, on the currency related remeasurement of U.S. dollar denominated intercompany loans with foreign subsidiaries. Net income for the third quarter of 2019 was $21.7 million, or $0.19 per share, and included a $21.0 million loss, net of taxes, on the currency related remeasurement of U.S. dollar denominated intercompany loans with foreign subsidiaries.

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $373.3 million, a 5.0% increase over the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA Margin was 71.5% in the third quarter of 2020 compared to 70.6% in the third quarter of 2019.

Net Cash Interest Expense was $89.0 million in the third quarter of 2020 compared to $95.3 million in the third quarter of 2019, a decrease of 6.6%.

AFFO for the quarter was $270.1 million, a 9.2% increase over the prior year period. AFFO per share for the third quarter of 2020 was $2.38, a 10.7% increase over the prior year period, and 15.3% on a constant currency basis.

Investing Activities

During the third quarter of 2020, SBA acquired 44 communication sites and one data center for total cash consideration of $73.5 million. SBA also built 75 towers during the third quarter of 2020. As of September 30, 2020, SBA owned or operated 32,724 communication sites, 16,495 of which are located in the United States and its territories, and 16,229 of which are located internationally. In addition, the Company spent $7.2 million to purchase land and easements and to extend lease terms. Total cash capital expenditures for the third quarter of 2020 were $109.3 million, consisting of $8.0 million of non-discretionary cash capital expenditures (tower maintenance and general corporate) and $101.3 million of discretionary cash capital expenditures (new tower builds, tower augmentations, acquisitions, and purchasing land and easements).

Subsequent to the third quarter of 2020, the Company acquired 54 communication sites for an aggregate consideration of $14.6 million in cash. In addition, the Company has agreed to purchase and anticipates closing on 132 additional communication sites for an aggregate amount of $85.0 million. The Company anticipates that the majority of these acquisitions will be consummated by the end of the first quarter of 2021.

Financing Activities and Liquidity

SBA ended the third quarter of 2020 with $10.8 billion of total debt, $7.5 billion of total secured debt, $338.3 million of cash and cash equivalents, short-term restricted cash, and short-term investments, and $10.5 billion of Net Debt. SBA’s Net Debt and Net Secured Debt to Annualized Adjusted EBITDA Leverage Ratios were 7.0x and 4.8x, respectively.

On July 14, 2020, the Company, through a trust, issued $750.0 million of 1.884% Secured Tower Revenue Securities Series 2020-1C which have an anticipated repayment date of January 9, 2026 and a final maturity date of July 11, 2050 and $600.0 million of 2.328% Secured Tower Revenue Securities Series 2020-2C which have an anticipated repayment date of January 11, 2028 and a final maturity date of July 9, 2052 (collectively the “2020 Tower Securities”). The aggregate $1.35 billion of 2020 Tower Securities have a blended interest rate of 2.081% and a weighted average life through the anticipated repayment date of 6.4 years. Net proceeds from this offering were used to repay the entire aggregate principal amount of the 2015-1C Tower Securities ($500.0 million) and the 2016-1C Tower Securities ($700.0 million). The remaining net proceeds were used for general corporate purposes.

On August 4, 2020, the Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, SBA Senior Finance II LLC, terminated its existing $1.95 billion cash flow hedge on a portion of its 2018 Term Loan in exchange for a payment of $176.2 million. On the same date, the Company entered into an interest rate swap with $1.95 billion of notional value accruing interest at one month LIBOR plus 175 basis points for a fixed rate of 1.87% per annum through the maturity date of the 2018 Term Loan. The combination of these transactions will result in an annualized cash interest savings of $37.2 million.

As of the date of this press release, the Company had no amount outstanding under the $1.25 billion Revolving Credit Facility.

During the third quarter of 2020, the Company repurchased 0.6 million shares of its Class A common stock for $175.6 million at an average price per share of $302.63 under its $1.0 billion stock repurchase plan. Subsequent to September 30, 2020, the Company repurchased 0.4 million shares of its Class A common stock for $124.4 million, at an average price per share of $299.54. Shares repurchased were retired.

On November 2, 2020, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized a new $1.0 billion stock repurchase plan, replacing the prior plan authorized on July 29, 2019 which had a remaining authorization of $124.3 million. This new plan authorizes the Company to purchase, from time to time, up to $1.0 billion of our outstanding Class A common stock through open market repurchases in compliance with Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act and/or in privately negotiated transactions at management’s discretion based on market and business conditions, applicable legal requirements and other factors. Shares repurchased will be retired. The new plan has no time deadline and will continue until otherwise modified or terminated by the Company’s Board of Directors at any time in its sole discretion. As of the date of this filing, the Company had the full $1.0 billion of authorization remaining under the new plan.

In the third quarter of 2020, the Company declared and paid a cash dividend of $52.0 million.

In addition, the Company announced today, November 2, 2020, that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.465 per share of the Company’s Class A common stock. The distribution is payable December 17, 2020 to the shareholders of record at the close of business on November 19, 2020.

Outlook

The Company is updating its full year 2020 Outlook for anticipated results. The Outlook provided is based on a number of assumptions that the Company believes are reasonable at the time of this press release. Information regarding potential risks that could cause the actual results to differ from these forward-looking statements is set forth below and in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Company’s full year 2020 Outlook assumes the acquisitions of only those communication sites under contract and anticipated to close at the time of this press release. The Company may spend additional capital in 2020 on acquiring revenue producing assets not yet identified or under contract, the impact of which is not reflected in the 2020 guidance. The Outlook also does not contemplate any additional repurchases of the Company’s stock during 2020, although the Company may ultimately spend capital to repurchase some of its stock during the year.

The Company’s Outlook assumes an average foreign currency exchange rate of 5.65 Brazilian Reais to 1.0 U.S. Dollar, 1.33 Canadian Dollars to 1.0 U.S. Dollar, and 17.5 South African Rand to 1.0 U.S. Dollar throughout the fourth quarter of 2020. When compared to the Company’s full year 2020 Outlook provided August 3, 2020, the variances in the actual third quarter foreign currency exchange rates versus the Company’s assumptions, and the changes in the Company’s foreign currency rate assumptions for the remainder of the year, negatively impacted the 2020 full year Outlook by the amounts indicated in the chart below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change from

 

 

Change from

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 3, 2020

 

 

August 3, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outlook

 

 

Outlook

(in millions, except per share amounts)

 

 

 

 

Full Year 2020

 

 

Due to FX (7)

 

 

Excluding FX (7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Site leasing revenue (1)

 

 

 

 

$

1,947.0

to

$

1,957.0

 

$

(1.0

)

 

$

6.0

 

Site development revenue

 

 

 

 

$

118.0

to

$

128.0

 

$

 

 

$

3.0

 

Total revenues

 

 

 

 

$

2,065.0

to

$

2,085.0

 

$

(1.0

)

 

$

9.0

 

Tower Cash Flow (2)

 

 

 

 

$

1,586.0

to

$

1,596.0

 

$

(0.5

)

 

$

4.5

 

Adjusted EBITDA (2)

 

 

 

 

$

1,485.0

to

$

1,495.0

 

$

(0.5

)

 

$

9.5

 

Net cash interest expense (3)

 

 

 

 

$

362.0

to

$

368.0

 

$

 

 

$

(15.0

)

Non-discretionary cash capital expenditures (4)

 

 

 

 

$

32.0

to

$

38.0

 

$

 

 

$

(1.0

)

AFFO (2)

 

 

 

 

$

1,053.0

to

$

1,079.0

 

$

(0.5

)

 

$

26.0

 

AFFO per share (2) (5)

 

 

 

 

$

9.27

to

$

9.50

 

$

 

 

$

0.25

 

Discretionary cash capital expenditures (6)

 

 

 

 

$

356.0

to

$

366.0

 

$

 

 

$

26.0

 

(1)

The Company’s Outlook for site leasing revenue includes revenue associated with pass through reimbursable expenses.

(2)

See the reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure presented below under “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

(3)

Net cash interest expense is defined as interest expense less interest income. Net cash interest expense does not include amortization of deferred financing fees or non-cash interest expense.

(4)

Consists of tower maintenance and general corporate capital expenditures.

(5)

Outlook for AFFO per share is calculated by dividing the Company’s outlook for AFFO by an assumed weighted average number of diluted common shares of 113.6 million. Our Outlook does not include the impact of any potential future repurchases of the Company’s stock during 2020.

(6)

Consists of new tower builds, tower augmentations, communication site acquisitions and ground lease purchases. Does not include expenditures for acquisitions of revenue producing assets not under contract at the date of this press release.

(7)

Changes from prior outlook are measured based on the midpoint of outlook ranges provided.

 

Conference Call Information

SBA Communications Corporation will host a conference call on Monday, November 2, 2020 at 5:00 PM (EDT) to discuss the quarterly results. The call may be accessed as follows:

When:

 

 

 

Monday, November 2, 2020 at 5:00 PM (EDT), please dial-in by 4:45 PM

Dial-in Number:

 

 

 

(844) 867-6169

Access Code:

 

 

 

6462990

Conference Name:

 

 

 

SBA Third Quarter Results

Replay Available:

 

 

 

November 2, 2020 at 11:00 PM to November 16, 2020 at 12:00 AM (TZ: Eastern)

Replay Number:

 

 

 

(866) 207-1041 – Access Code: 9230723

Internet Access:

 

 

 

www.sbasite.com

 

     

 

Information Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release and our earnings call include forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the Company’s expectations or beliefs regarding (i) the future plans for capital investment by international wireless carrier customers and the impact of economic conditions on capital spending, including the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, (ii) the Company’s financial and operational performance in 2020, including fourth quarter growth in AFFO per share, (iii) the Company’s revised financial and operational guidance for the full year 2020, the assumptions it made and the drivers contributing to its full year guidance and the changes thereto, (iv) the timing of closing for currently pending acquisitions, and (v) foreign exchange rates and their impact on the Company’s financial and operational guidance.

The Company wishes to caution readers that these forward-looking statements may be affected by the risks and uncertainties in the Company’s business as well as other important factors may have affected and could in the future affect the Company’s actual results and could cause the Company’s actual results for subsequent periods to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statement made by or on behalf of the Company. With respect to the Company’s expectations regarding all of these statements, including its financial and operational guidance, such risk factors include, but are not limited to: (1) the ability and willingness of wireless service providers to maintain or increase their capital expenditures; (2) the Company’s ability to identify and acquire sites at prices and upon terms that will provide accretive portfolio growth; (3) the Company’s ability to accurately identify and manage any risks associated with its acquired sites, to effectively integrate such sites into its business and to achieve the anticipated financial results; (4) the Company’s ability to secure and retain as many site leasing tenants as planned at anticipated lease rates; (5) the impact of continued consolidation among wireless service providers, including the impact of the completed T-Mobile and Sprint merger, on the Company’s leasing revenue; (6) the Company’s ability to successfully manage the risks associated with international operations, including risks associated with foreign currency exchange rates; (7) the Company’s ability to secure and deliver anticipated services business at contemplated margins; (8) the Company’s ability to maintain expenses and cash capital expenditures at appropriate levels for its business while seeking to attain its investment goals; (9) the Company’s ability to acquire land underneath towers on terms that are accretive; (10) the economic climate for the wireless communications industry in general and the wireless communications infrastructure providers in particular in the United States, Brazil, South Africa and in other international markets; (11) the ability of Dish to become and compete as a nationwide carrier; (12) the Company’s ability to obtain future financing at commercially reasonable rates or at all; (13) the ability of the Company to achieve its long-term stock repurchases strategy, which will depend, among other things, on the trading price of the Company’s common stock, which may be positively or negatively impacted by the repurchase program, market and business conditions; (14) the Company’s ability to achieve the new builds targets included in its anticipated annual portfolio growth goals, which will depend, among other things, on obtaining zoning and regulatory approvals, weather, availability of labor and supplies and other factors beyond the Company’s control that could affect the Company’s ability to build additional towers in 2020; (15) the extent and duration of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the global economy, on the Company’s business and results of operations, and on foreign currency exchange rates; and (16) the Company’s ability to meet its total portfolio growth, which will depend, in addition to the new build risks, on the availability of sufficient towers for sale to meet our targets, competition from third parties for such acquisitions and our ability to negotiate the terms of, and acquire, these potential tower portfolios on terms that meet our internal return criteria. With respect to its expectations regarding the ability to close pending acquisitions, these factors also include satisfactorily completing due diligence, the amount and quality of due diligence that the Company is able to complete prior to closing of any acquisition and its ability to accurately anticipate the future performance of the acquired towers, the ability to receive required regulatory approval, the ability and willingness of each party to fulfill their respective closing conditions and their contractual obligations and the availability of cash on hand or borrowing capacity under the Revolving Credit Facility to fund the consideration. With respect to the repurchases under the Company’s stock repurchase program, the amount of shares repurchased, if any, and the timing of such repurchases will depend on, among other things, the trading price of the Company’s common stock, which may be positively or negatively impacted by the repurchase program, market and business conditions, the availability of stock, the Company’s financial performance or determinations following the date of this announcement in order to use the Company’s funds for other purposes. Furthermore, the Company’s forward-looking statements and its 2020 outlook assumes that the Company continues to qualify for treatment as a REIT for U.S. federal income tax purposes and that the Company’s business is currently operated in a manner that complies with the REIT rules and that it will be able to continue to comply with and conduct its business in accordance with such rules. In addition, these forward-looking statements and the information in this press release is qualified in its entirety by cautionary statements and risk factor disclosures contained in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Commission on February 24, 2020 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on August 6, 2020.

This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliation of each of these non-GAAP financial measures and the other Regulation G information is presented below under “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

This press release will be available on our website at www.sbasite.com.

About SBA Communications Corporation

SBA Communications Corporation is a first choice provider and leading owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure in North, Central, and South America and South Africa. By “Building Better Wireless,” SBA generates revenue from two primary businesses – site leasing and site development services. The primary focus of the Company is the leasing of antenna space on its multi-tenant communication sites to a variety of wireless service providers under long-term lease contracts. For more information please visit: www.sbasite.com.

 
 
 
 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited) (in thousands, except per share amounts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the three months

 

For the nine months

 

 

ended September 30,

 

ended September 30,

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Site leasing

 

$

486,765

 

 

$

468,572

 

 

$

1,461,523

 

 

$

1,379,758

 

Site development

 

 

36,175

 

 

 

38,975

 

 

 

85,708

 

 

 

121,229

 

Total revenues

 

 

522,940

 

 

 

507,547

 

 

 

1,547,231

 

 

 

1,500,987

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of revenues (exclusive of depreciation, accretion, and amortization shown below):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of site leasing

 

 

92,722

 

 

 

92,993

 

 

 

280,120

 

 

 

279,167

 

Cost of site development

 

 

28,797

 

 

 

30,516

 

 

 

68,417

 

 

 

92,606

 

Selling, general, and administrative expenses (1)

 

 

48,152

 

 

 

42,272

 

 

 

146,856

 

 

 

148,755

 

Acquisition and new business initiatives related adjustments and expenses

 

 

4,124

 

 

 

4,692

 

 

 

12,557

 

 

 

9,669

 

Asset impairment and decommission costs

 

 

8,506

 

 

 

8,240

 

 

 

29,103

 

 

 

23,631

 

Depreciation, accretion, and amortization

 

 

180,302

 

 

 

174,987

 

 

 

541,587

 

 

 

517,590

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

362,603

 

 

 

353,700

 

 

 

1,078,640

 

 

 

1,071,418

 

Operating income

 

 

160,337

 

 

 

153,847

 

 

 

468,591

 

 

 

429,569

 

Other income (expense):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income

 

 

756

 

 

 

1,311

 

 

 

2,340

 

 

 

4,692

 

Interest expense

 

 

(89,791

)

 

 

(96,567

)

 

 

(281,329

)

 

 

(292,681

)

Non-cash interest expense

 

 

(8,323

)

 

 

(662

)

 

 

(13,066

)

 

 

(1,954

)

Amortization of deferred financing fees

 

 

(4,883

)

 

 

(5,157

)

 

 

(15,211

)

 

 

(15,333

)

Loss from extinguishment of debt, net

 

 

(2,599

)

 

 

(457

)

 

 

(19,463

)

 

 

(457

)

Other expense, net

 

 

(42,262

)

 

 

(33,551

)

 

 

(300,144

)

 

 

(21,296

)

Total other expense, net

 

 

(147,102

)

 

 

(135,083

)

 

 

(626,873

)

 

 

(327,029

)

Income (loss) before income taxes

 

 

13,235

 

 

 

18,764

 

 

 

(158,282

)

 

 

102,540

 

Benefit (provision) for income taxes

 

 

9,441

 

 

 

3,002

 

 

 

76,143

 

 

 

(22,813

)

Net income (loss)

 

 

22,676

 

 

 

21,766

 

 

 

(82,139

)

 

 

79,727

 

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

 

(108

)

 

 

(87

)

 

 

461

 

 

 

(87

)

Net income (loss) attributable to SBA Communications Corporation

 

$

22,568

 

 

$

21,679

 

 

$

(81,678

)

 

$

79,640

 

Net income (loss) per common share attributable to SBA Communications Corporation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

0.20

 

 

$

0.19

 

 

$

(0.73

)

 

$

0.70

 

Diluted

 

$

0.20

 

 

$

0.19

 

 

$

(0.73

)

 

$

0.69

 

Weighted average number of common shares

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

111,783

 

 

 

113,037

 

 

 

111,809

 

 

 

112,985

 

Diluted

 

 

113,703

 

 

 

115,184

 

 

 

111,809

 

 

 

114,824

(1)

 

Includes non-cash compensation of $16,606 and $12,281 for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, and $50,291 and $59,017 for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

 
 
 
 
 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except par values)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 30,

 

December 31,

 

 

2020

 

2019

ASSETS

 

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

271,874

 

 

$

108,309

 

Restricted cash

 

 

61,572

 

 

 

30,243

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

 

68,042

 

 

 

132,125

 

Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts

 

 

27,109

 

 

 

26,313

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

29,994

 

 

 

37,281

 

Total current assets

 

 

458,591

 

 

 

334,271

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

2,668,004

 

 

 

2,794,602

 

Intangible assets, net

 

 

3,063,498

 

 

 

3,626,773

 

Right-of-use assets, net

 

 

2,340,035

 

 

 

2,572,217

 

Other assets

 

 

504,554

 

 

 

432,078

 

Total assets

 

$

9,034,682

 

 

$

9,759,941

 

LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS, AND SHAREHOLDERS’ DEFICIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

29,230

 

 

$

31,846

 

Accrued expenses

 

 

62,523

 

 

 

67,618

 

Current maturities of long-term debt

 

 

24,000

 

 

 

522,090

 

Deferred revenue

 

 

155,799

 

 

 

113,507

 

Accrued interest

 

 

33,885

 

 

 

49,269

 

Current lease liabilities

 

 

229,177

 

 

 

247,015

 

Other current liabilities

 

 

16,634

 

 

 

16,948

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

551,248

 

 

 

1,048,293

 

Long-term liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt, net

 

 

10,692,710

 

 

 

9,812,335

 

Long-term lease liabilities

 

 

2,080,916

 

 

 

2,279,400

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

 

181,012

 

 

 

270,868

 

Total long-term liabilities

 

 

12,954,638

 

 

 

12,362,603

 

Redeemable noncontrolling interests

 

 

15,194

 

 

 

16,052

 

Shareholders’ deficit:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock – par value $0.01, 30,000 shares authorized, no shares issued or outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock – Class A, par value $0.01, 400,000 shares authorized, 111,443 shares and 111,775 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively

 

 

1,114

 

 

 

1,118

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

2,563,979

 

 

 

2,461,335

 

Accumulated deficit

 

 

(6,177,879

)

 

 

(5,560,695

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net

 

 

(873,612

)

 

 

(568,765

)

Total shareholders’ deficit

 

 

(4,486,398

)

 

 

(3,667,007

)

Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interests, and shareholders’ deficit

 

$

9,034,682

 

 

$

9,759,941

 

 
 
 
 
 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

(unaudited) (in thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the three months

 

 

ended September 30,

 

 

2020

 

2019

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

22,676

 

 

$

21,766

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation, accretion, and amortization

 

 

180,302

 

 

 

174,987

 

Non-cash asset impairment and decommission costs

 

 

8,514

 

 

 

8,079

 

Non-cash compensation expense

 

 

17,057

 

 

 

12,732

 

Non-cash interest expense

 

 

8,323

 

 

 

662

 

Amortization of deferred financing fees

 

 

4,883

 

 

 

5,157

 

Loss on remeasurement of U.S. dollar denominated intercompany loans

 

 

38,605

 

 

 

32,887

 

Deferred income tax benefit

 

 

(15,397

)

 

 

(8,834

)

Other non-cash items reflected in the Statements of Operations

 

 

7,754

 

 

 

2,421

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

AR and costs and est. earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts, net

 

 

14,145

 

 

 

(9,363

)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

 

(4,550

)

 

 

(3,246

)

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

 

 

28,911

 

 

 

21,281

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

 

1,579

 

 

 

(4,374

)

Accrued interest

 

 

(16,536

)

 

 

(14,741

)

Long-term lease liabilities

 

 

(25,371

)

 

 

(22,325

)

Other liabilities

 

 

19,595

 

 

 

21,789

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

 

290,490

 

 

 

238,878

 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acquisitions

 

 

(80,864

)

 

 

(132,519

)

Capital expenditures

 

 

(28,392

)

 

 

(38,596

)

Proceeds from sale of investments, net of purchases

 

 

171,759

 

 

 

16,684

 

Other investing activities

 

 

(1,911

)

 

 

(5,160

)

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

 

 

60,592

 

 

 

(159,591

)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net repayments under Revolving Credit Facility

 

 

 

 

 

(80,000

)

Proceeds from issuance of Tower Securities, net of fees

 

 

1,336,003

 

 

 

1,153,036

 

Repayment of Tower Securities

 

 

(1,200,000

)

 

 

(920,000

)

Termination of interest rate swap

 

 

(176,200

)

 

 

 

Repurchase and retirement of common stock

 

 

(175,658

)

 

 

(172,962

)

Payment of dividends on common stock

 

 

(52,028

)

 

 

(41,873

)

Other financing activities

 

 

5,754

 

 

 

18,681

 

Net cash used in financing activities

 

 

(262,129

)

 

 

(43,118

)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

 

 

(4,618

)

 

 

(4,301

)

NET CHANGE IN CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS, AND RESTRICTED CASH

 

 

84,335

 

 

 

31,868

 

CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS, AND RESTRICTED CASH:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning of period

 

 

251,638

 

 

 

126,812

 

End of period

 

$

335,973

 

 

$

158,680

 

 
 
 
 
 

Selected Capital Expenditure Detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the three

 

For the nine

 

 

months ended

 

months ended

 

 

September 30, 2020

 

September 30, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in thousands)

Construction and related costs on new builds

 

$

12,114

 

$

40,126

Augmentation and tower upgrades

 

 

8,289

 

 

29,712

Non-discretionary capital expenditures:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tower maintenance

 

 

6,982

 

 

22,162

General corporate

 

 

1,007

 

 

3,371

Total non-discretionary capital expenditures

 

 

7,989

 

 

25,533

Total capital expenditures

 

$

28,392

 

$

95,371

 

Communication Site Portfolio Summary

 

 

Domestic

 

International

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sites owned at June 30, 2020

 

16,478

 

 

16,132

 

32,610

 

Sites acquired during the third quarter

 

22

 

 

22

 

44

 

Sites built during the third quarter

 

 

 

75

 

75

 

Sites decommissioned/reclassified during the third quarter

 

(5

)

 

 

(5

)

Sites owned at September 30, 2020

 

16,495

 

 

16,229

 

32,724

 

 

Segment Operating Profit and Segment Operating Profit Margin

Domestic site leasing and International site leasing are the two segments within our site leasing business. Segment operating profit is a key business metric and one of our two measures of segment profitability. The calculation of Segment operating profit for each of our segments is set forth below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic Site Leasing

 

Int’l Site Leasing

 

Site Development

 

 

For the three months

 

For the three months

 

For the three months

 

 

ended September 30,

 

ended September 30,

 

ended September 30,

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in thousands)

Segment revenue

 

$

390,961

 

 

$

374,705

 

 

$

95,804

 

 

$

93,867

 

 

$

36,175

 

 

$

38,975

 

Segment cost of revenues (excluding depreciation, accretion, and amort.)

 

 

(64,228

)

 

 

(63,836

)

 

 

(28,494

)

 

 

(29,157

)

 

 

(28,797

)

 

 

(30,516

)

Segment operating profit

 

$

326,733

 

 

$

310,869

 

 

$

67,310

 

 

$

64,710

 

 

$

7,378

 

 

$

8,459

 

Segment operating profit margin

 

 

83.6

%

 

 

83.0

%

 

 

70.3

%

 

 

68.9

%

 

 

20.4

%

 

 

21.7

%

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The press release contains non-GAAP financial measures including (i) Cash Site Leasing Revenue; (ii) Tower Cash Flow and Tower Cash Flow Margin; (iii) Adjusted EBITDA, Annualized Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA Margin; (iv) Net Debt, Net Secured Debt, Leverage Ratio, and Secured Leverage Ratio (collectively, our “Non-GAAP Debt Measures”); (v) Funds from Operations (“FFO”), Adjusted Funds from Operations (“AFFO”), and AFFO per share; and (vi) certain financial metrics after eliminating the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates (collectively, our “Constant Currency Measures”).

We have included these non-GAAP financial measures because we believe that they provide investors additional tools in understanding our financial performance and condition.

Specifically, we believe that:

(1) Cash Site Leasing Revenue and Tower Cash Flow are useful indicators of the performance of our site leasing operations;

(2) Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors or other interested parties in evaluating our financial performance. Adjusted EBITDA is the primary measure used by management (1) to evaluate the economic productivity of our operations and (2) for purposes of making decisions about allocating resources to, and assessing the performance of, our operations. Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA helps investors or other interested parties meaningfully evaluate and compare the results of our operations (1) from period to period and (2) to our competitors, by excluding the impact of our capital structure (primarily interest charges from our outstanding debt) and asset base (primarily depreciation, amortization and accretion) from our financial results. Management also believes Adjusted EBITDA is frequently used by investors or other interested parties in the evaluation of REITs. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA is similar to the measure of current financial performance generally used in our debt covenant calculations. Adjusted EBITDA should be considered only as a supplement to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of our performance;

(3) FFO, AFFO and AFFO per share, which are metrics used by our public company peers in the communication site industry, provide investors useful indicators of the financial performance of our business and permit investors an additional tool to evaluate the performance of our business against those of our two principal competitors. FFO, AFFO, and AFFO per share are also used to address questions we receive from analysts and investors who routinely assess our operating performance on the basis of these performance measures, which are considered industry standards. We believe that FFO helps investors or other interested parties meaningfully evaluate financial performance by excluding the impact of our asset base (primarily depreciation, amortization and accretion and asset impairment and decommission costs). We believe that AFFO and AFFO per share help investors or other interested parties meaningfully evaluate our financial performance as they include (1) the impact of our capital structure (primarily interest expense on our outstanding debt) and (2) sustaining capital expenditures and exclude the impact of (1) our asset base (primarily depreciation, amortization and accretion and asset impairment and decommission costs) and (2) certain non-cash items, including straight-lined revenues and expenses related to fixed escalations and rent free periods and the non-cash portion of our reported tax provision. GAAP requires rental revenues and expenses related to leases that contain specified rental increases over the life of the lease to be recognized evenly over the life of the lease. In accordance with GAAP, if payment terms call for fixed escalations, or rent free periods, the revenue or expense is recognized on a straight-lined basis over the fixed, non-cancelable term of the contract. We only use AFFO as a performance measure. AFFO should be considered only as a supplement to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of our performance and should not be considered as an alternative to cash flows from operations or as residual cash flow available for discretionary investment. We believe our definition of FFO is consistent with how that term is defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”) and that our definition and use of AFFO and AFFO per share is consistent with those reported by the other communication site companies;

(4) Our Non-GAAP Debt Measures provide investors a more complete understanding of our net debt and leverage position as they include the full principal amount of our debt which will be due at maturity and, to the extent that such measures are calculated on Net Debt are net of our cash and cash equivalents, short-term restricted cash, and short-term investments; and

(5) Our Constant Currency Measures provide management and investors the ability to evaluate the performance of the business without the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

In addition, Tower Cash Flow, Adjusted EBITDA, and our Non-GAAP Debt Measures are components of the calculations used by our lenders to determine compliance with certain covenants under our Senior Credit Agreement and indentures relating to our 2016 Senior Notes, 2017 Senior Notes, and 2020 Senior Notes. These non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be an alternative to any of the financial measures provided in our results of operations or our balance sheet as determined in accordance with GAAP.

Financial Metrics after Eliminating the Impact of Changes In Foreign Currency Exchange Rates

We eliminate the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates for each of the financial metrics listed in the table below by dividing the current period’s financial results by the average monthly exchange rates of the prior year period, and by eliminating the impact of the remeasurement of our intercompany loans. The table below provides the reconciliation of the reported growth rate year-over-year of each of such measures to the growth rate after eliminating the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates to such measure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020 year

 

Foreign

 

Growth excluding

 

 

over year

 

currency

 

foreign

 

 

growth rate

 

impact

 

currency impact

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total site leasing revenue

 

3.9%

 

(4.3%)

 

8.2%

Total cash site leasing revenue

 

4.6%

 

(4.3%)

 

8.9%

Int’l cash site leasing revenue

 

3.4%

 

(21.6%)

 

25.0%

Total site leasing segment operating profit

 

4.9%

 

(3.6%)

 

8.5%

Int’l site leasing segment operating profit

 

4.0%

 

(20.9%)

 

24.9%

Total site leasing tower cash flow

 

5.4%

 

(3.7%)

 

9.1%

Int’l site leasing tower cash flow

 

5.9%

 

(21.0%)

 

26.9%

Net income

 

3.7%

 

(14.3%)

 

18.0%

Earnings per share – diluted

 

5.3%

 

(13.6%)

 

18.9%

Adjusted EBITDA

 

5.0%

 

(3.6%)

 

8.6%

AFFO

 

9.2%

 

(4.9%)

 

14.1%

AFFO per share

 

10.7%

 

(4.6%)

 

15.3%

 
 
 
 
 

Cash Site Leasing Revenue, Tower Cash Flow, and Tower Cash Flow Margin

The table below sets forth the reconciliation of Cash Site Leasing Revenue and Tower Cash Flow to their most comparable GAAP measurement and Tower Cash Flow Margin, which is calculated by dividing Tower Cash Flow by Cash Site Leasing Revenue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic Site Leasing

 

Int’l Site Leasing

 

Total Site Leasing

 

 

For the three months

 

For the three months

 

For the three months

 

 

ended September 30,

 

ended September 30,

 

ended September 30,

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in thousands)

Site leasing revenue

 

$

390,961

 

 

$

374,705

 

 

$

95,804

 

 

$

93,867

 

 

$

486,765

 

 

$

468,572

 

Non-cash straight-line leasing revenue

 

 

(1,343

)

 

 

(3,319

)

 

 

708

 

 

 

(488

)

 

 

(635

)

 

 

(3,807

)

Cash site leasing revenue

 

 

389,618

 

 

 

371,386

 

 

 

96,512

 

 

 

93,379

 

 

 

486,130

 

 

 

464,765

 

Site leasing cost of revenues (excluding depreciation, accretion, and amortization)

 

 

(64,228

)

 

 

(63,836

)

 

 

(28,494

)

 

 

(29,157

)

 

 

(92,722

)

 

 

(92,993

)

Non-cash straight-line ground lease expense

 

 

2,888

 

 

 

4,048

 

 

 

487

 

 

 

474

 

 

 

3,375

 

 

 

4,522

 

Tower Cash Flow

 

$

328,278

 

 

$

311,598

 

 

$

68,505

 

 

$

64,696

 

 

$

396,783

 

 

$

376,294

 

Tower Cash Flow Margin

 

 

84.3

%

 

 

83.9

%

 

 

71.0

%

 

 

69.3

%

 

 

81.6

%

 

 

81.0

%

 

Forecasted Tower Cash Flow for Full Year 2020

The table below sets forth the reconciliation of forecasted Tower Cash Flow set forth in the Outlook section to its most comparable GAAP measurement for the full year 2020:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full Year 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in millions)

Site leasing revenue

 

 

 

 

$

1,947.0

 

to

$

1,957.0

 

Non-cash straight-line leasing revenue

 

 

 

 

 

(5.5

)

to

$

(0.5

)

Cash site leasing revenue

 

 

 

 

 

1,941.5

 

to

 

1,956.5

 

Site leasing cost of revenues (excluding depreciation, accretion, and amortization)

 

 

 

 

 

(367.0

)

to

$

(377.0

)

Non-cash straight-line ground lease expense

 

 

 

 

 

11.5

 

to

$

16.5

 

Tower Cash Flow

 

 

 

 

$

1,586.0

 

to

$

1,596.0

 

 
 
 

Adjusted EBITDA, Annualized Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA Margin

The table below sets forth the reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to its most comparable GAAP measurement.

 

 

 

For the three months

 

 

ended September 30,

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in thousands)

Net income

 

$

22,676

 

 

$

21,766

 

Non-cash straight-line leasing revenue

 

 

(635

)

 

 

(3,807

)

Non-cash straight-line ground lease expense

 

 

3,375

 

 

 

4,522

 

Non-cash compensation

 

 

17,057

 

 

 

12,732

 

Loss from extinguishment of debt, net

 

 

2,599

 

 

 

457

 

Other expense, net

 

 

42,262

 

 

 

33,551

 

Acquisition and new business initiatives related adjustments and expenses

 

 

4,124

 

 

 

4,692

 

Asset impairment and decommission costs

 

 

8,506

 

 

 

8,240

 

Interest income

 

 

(756

)

 

 

(1,311

)

Total interest expense (1)

 

 

102,997

 

 

 

102,386

 

Depreciation, accretion, and amortization

 

 

180,302

 

 

 

174,987

 

Benefit for taxes (2)

 

 

(9,206

)

 

 

(2,788

)

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

373,301

 

 

$

355,427

 

Annualized Adjusted EBITDA (3)

 

$

1,493,204

 

 

$

1,421,708

(1)

 

Total interest expense includes interest expense, non cash interest expense, and amortization of deferred financing fees.

(2)

For the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, these amounts included $235 and $214, respectively, of franchise and gross receipts taxes reflected in the Statements of Operations in selling, general and administrative expenses.

(3)

Annualized Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as Adjusted EBITDA for the most recent quarter multiplied by four.

 
 

The calculation of Adjusted EBITDA Margin is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the three months

 

 

ended September 30,

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in thousands)

Total revenues

 

$

522,940

 

 

$

507,547

 

Non-cash straight-line leasing revenue

 

 

(635

)

 

 

(3,807

)

Total revenues minus non-cash straight-line leasing revenue

 

$

522,305

 

 

$

503,740

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

373,301

 

 

$

355,427

 

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

 

 

71.5

%

 

 

70.6

%

 
 
 

Forecasted Adjusted EBITDA for Full Year 2020

The table below sets forth the reconciliation of the forecasted Adjusted EBITDA set forth in the Outlook section to its most comparable GAAP measurement for the full year 2020:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full Year 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in millions)

Net loss

 

$

(48.0

)

to

$

(6.0

)

Non-cash straight-line leasing revenue

 

 

(5.5

)

to

 

(0.5

)

Non-cash straight-line ground lease expense

 

 

11.5

 

to

 

16.5

 

Non-cash compensation

 

 

72.5

 

to

$

67.5

 

Loss from extinguishment of debt, net

 

 

18.5

 

to

$

19.5

 

Other expense, net

 

 

307.5

 

to

$

302.5

 

Acquisition and new business initiatives related adjustments and expenses

 

 

19.5

 

to

$

14.5

 

Asset impairment and decommission costs

 

 

40.5

 

to

$

35.5

 

Interest income

 

 

(4.5

)

to

$

(1.5

)

Total interest expense (1)

 

 

417.0

 

to

$

405.0

 

Depreciation, accretion, and amortization

 

 

721.5

 

to

$

712.5

 

Benefit for taxes (2)

 

 

(65.5

)

to

$

(70.5

)

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

1,485.0

 

to

$

1,495.0

(1)

 

Total interest expense includes interest expense, non-cash interest expense, and amortization of deferred financing fees.

(2)

Includes projections for franchise taxes and gross receipts taxes which will be reflected in the Statement of Operations in Selling, general, and administrative expenses.

 
 
 

Funds from Operations (“FFO”) and Adjusted Funds from Operations (“AFFO”)

The table below sets forth the reconciliations of FFO and AFFO to their most comparable GAAP measurement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the three months

 

 

ended September 30,

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

 

2020

 

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

22,676

 

 

$

21,766

 

Real estate related depreciation, amortization, and accretion

 

 

179,265

 

 

 

173,898

 

Asset impairment and decommission costs (1)

 

 

8,506

 

 

 

8,240

 

Adjustments for unconsolidated joint ventures

 

 

 

 

 

233

 

FFO

 

$

210,447

 

 

$

204,137

 

Adjustments to FFO:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-cash straight-line leasing revenue

 

 

(635

)

 

 

(3,807

)

Non-cash straight-line ground lease expense

 

 

3,375

 

 

 

4,522

 

Non-cash compensation

 

 

17,057

 

 

 

12,732

 

Adjustment for non-cash portion of tax (benefit) provision

 

 

(15,397

)

 

 

(8,834

)

Non-real estate related depreciation, amortization, and accretion

 

 

1,037

 

 

 

1,089

 

Amortization of deferred financing costs and debt discounts and non-cash interest expense

 

 

13,206

 

 

 

5,819

 

Loss from extinguishment of debt, net

 

 

2,599

 

 

 

457

 

Other expense, net

 

 

42,262

 

 

 

33,551

 

Acquisition and new business initiatives related adjustments and expenses

 

 

4,124

 

 

 

4,692

 

Non-discretionary cash capital expenditures

 

 

(7,989

)

 

 

(8,809

)

Adjustments for unconsolidated joint ventures

 

 

 

 

 

1,822

 

AFFO

 

$

270,086

 

 

$

247,371

 

Weighted average number of common shares (2)

 

 

113,703

 

 

 

115,184

 

AFFO per share

 

$

2.38

 

 

$

2.15

 

(1)

 

Prior year amounts have been reclassed to conform to the current year presentation.

(2)

For purposes of the AFFO per share calculation, the basic weighted average number of common shares has been adjusted to include the dilutive effect of stock options and restricted stock units.

 
 
 

Forecasted AFFO for the Full Year 2020

The table below sets forth the reconciliation of the forecasted AFFO and AFFO per share set forth in the Outlook section to its most comparable GAAP measurement for the full year 2020:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in millions, except per share amounts)

 

Full Year 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(48.0

)

to

$

(6.0

)

Real estate related depreciation, amortization, and accretion

 

 

713.0

 

to

$

709.0

 

Asset impairment and decommission costs

 

 

40.5

 

to

 

35.5

 

FFO

 

$

705.5

 

to

$

738.5

 

Adjustments to FFO:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-cash straight-line leasing revenue

 

 

(5.5

)

to

 

(0.5

)

Non-cash straight-line ground lease expense

 

 

11.5

 

to

 

16.5

 

Non-cash compensation

 

 

72.5

 

to

 

67.5

 

Adjustment for non-cash portion of tax benefit

 

 

(93.0

)

to

$

(93.0

)

Non-real estate related depreciation, amortization, and accretion

 

 

8.5

 

to

 

3.5

 

Amort. of deferred financing costs and debt discounts

 

 

46.0

 

to

$

42.0

 

Loss from extinguishment of debt, net

 

 

18.5

 

to

 

19.5

 

Other expense, net

 

 

307.5

 

to

 

302.5

 

Acquisition and new business initiatives related adjustments and expenses

 

 

19.5

 

to

 

14.5

 

Non-discretionary cash capital expenditures

 

 

(38.0

)

to

 

(32.0

)

AFFO

 

$

1,053.0

 

to

$

1,079.0

 

Weighted average number of common shares (1)

 

 

113.6

 

to

 

113.6

 

AFFO per share

 

$

9.27

 

to

$

9.50

 

(1)

 

Our assumption for weighted average number of common shares does not contemplate any additional repurchases of the Company’s stock during 2020.

 
 
 

Net Debt, Net Secured Debt, Leverage Ratio, and Secured Leverage Ratio

Net Debt is calculated using the notional principal amount of outstanding debt. Under GAAP policies, the notional principal amount of the Company’s outstanding debt is not necessarily reflected on the face of the Company’s financial statements.

The Net Debt and Leverage calculations are as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 30,

 

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in thousands)

2013-2C Tower Securities

 

$

575,000

 

2014-2C Tower Securities

 

 

620,000

 

2017-1C Tower Securities

 

 

760,000

 

2018-1C Tower Securities

 

 

640,000

 

2019-1C Tower Securities

 

 

1,165,000

 

2020-1C Tower Securities

 

 

750,000

 

2020-2C Tower Securities

 

 

600,000

 

2018 Term Loan

 

 

2,346,000

 

Total secured debt

 

 

7,456,000

 

2016 Senior Notes

 

 

1,100,000

 

2017 Senior Notes

 

 

750,000

 

2020 Senior Notes

 

 

1,500,000

 

Total unsecured debt

 

 

3,350,000

 

Total debt

 

$

10,806,000

 

Leverage Ratio

 

 

 

 

Total debt

 

$

10,806,000

 

Less: Cash and cash equivalents, short-term restricted cash and short-term investments

 

 

(338,329

)

Net debt

 

$

10,467,671

 

Divided by: Annualized Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

1,493,204

 

Leverage Ratio

 

 

7.0x

 

Secured Leverage Ratio

 

 

 

 

Total secured debt

 

$

7,456,000

 

Less: Cash and cash equivalents, short-term restricted cash and short-term investments

 

 

(338,329

)

Net Secured Debt

 

$

7,117,671

 

Divided by: Annualized Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

1,493,204

 

Secured Leverage Ratio

 

 

4.8x