Press Release Details

Digital Realty Reports Third Quarter 2018 Results

October 25, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, announced today financial results for the third quarter of 2018.  All per-share results are presented on a fully-diluted share and unit basis.

Highlights

  • Reported net income available to common stockholders of $0.33 per share in 3Q18, compared to ($0.02) in 3Q17
  • Reported FFO per share of $1.57 in 3Q18, compared to $1.23 in 3Q17
  • Reported core FFO per share of $1.63 in 3Q18, compared to $1.51 in 3Q17
  • Signed total bookings during 3Q18 expected to generate $69 million of annualized GAAP rental revenue, including an $8 million contribution from interconnection
  • Reiterated 2018 core FFO per share outlook of $6.55 - $6.65

Financial Results

Digital Realty reported revenues for the third quarter of 2018 of $769 million, a 2% increase from the previous quarter and a 26% increase from the same quarter last year.

The company delivered third quarter of 2018 net income of $90 million, and net income available to common stockholders of $67 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, compared to $0.32 per diluted share in the previous quarter and ($0.02) per diluted share in the same quarter last year.

Digital Realty generated third quarter of 2018 adjusted EBITDA of $453 million, a 1% decrease from the previous quarter and a 29% increase over the same quarter last year.

The company reported third quarter of 2018 funds from operations of $338 million, or $1.57 per share, compared to $1.64 per share in the previous quarter and $1.23 per share in the same quarter last year.

Excluding certain items that do not represent core expenses or revenue streams, Digital Realty delivered third quarter of 2018 core FFO of $1.63 per share, a 2% decrease from $1.66 per share in the previous quarter, and an 8% increase from $1.51 per share in the same quarter last year.

Leasing Activity

"In the third quarter, we signed total bookings expected to generate $69 million of annualized GAAP rental revenue, including an $8 million contribution from interconnection," said Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein.  "This represents the second-highest bookings in the company's history, close on the heels of our record in the prior quarter.  We also announced our entry into the rapidly growing Brazilian market, and we took proactive steps to secure our supply chain and further strengthen our balance sheet.  We look forward to building on this momentum in the months ahead, setting the stage for sustainable growth into 2019 and beyond."

The weighted-average lag between leases signed during the third quarter of 2018 and the contractual commencement date was five months.

In addition to new leases signed, Digital Realty also signed renewal leases representing $61 million of annualized GAAP rental revenue during the quarter.  Rental rates on renewal leases signed during the third quarter of 2018 rolled up 0.2% on a cash basis and up 1.6% on a GAAP basis.

New leases signed during the third quarter of 2018 by region and product type are summarized as follows:



Annualized GAAP












Base Rent




GAAP Base Rent





GAAP Base Rent

North America


(in thousands)


Square Feet


per Square Foot


Megawatts


per Kilowatt

Turn-Key Flex


$40,958



330,137



$124



33.3




$103


Colocation


8,527



45,081



189



2.4




294


Non-Technical


978



53,916



18







Total


$50,463



429,134



$118



35.7




$116














Europe (1)












Turn-Key Flex


$5,076



32,431



$157



3.3




$130


Colocation


1,800



1,869



963



0.4




353


Non-Technical


51



1,715



30







  Total


$6,927



36,015



$192



3.7




$155














Asia Pacific (1)












Turn-Key Flex


$4,163



23,300



$179



2.4




$146


  Total


$4,163



23,300



$179



2.4




$146














Interconnection


$7,610



N/A



N/A



N/A




N/A














Grand Total


$69,163



488,449



$126



41.7




$121



Note:  Totals may not foot due to rounding differences.

(1)

Based on quarterly average exchange rates during the three months ended September 30, 2018.

Investment Activity

During the third quarter of 2018, Digital Realty closed on the sale of 360 Spear Street, a 155,000 square foot data center in San Francisco, California, for $92 million.  The facility was 39% leased and was expected to generate cash net operating income of approximately $2 million in 2018, representing a nominal exit cap rate of 1.9%.  The sale generated net proceeds of $91 million, and Digital Realty recognized a gain on the sale of approximately $27 million in the third quarter of 2018.

Likewise during the third quarter of 2018, Digital Realty acquired three separate sites in Manassas, Virginia, Sterling, Virginia and Sydney, Australia, totaling 51.5 acres for a combined investment of $40 million, or approximately $773,000 per acre.  The three sites are expected to support the development of approximately 138 megawatts of critical power.  Digital Realty also entered into an agreement to acquire 424 acres of undeveloped land in Loudoun County, Virginia for a purchase price of $236.5 million, or approximately $558,000 per acre.  The site is adjacent to Washington Dulles International Airport and located near bulk transmission lines as well as a major fiber path.  The site is also located less than four miles from Digital Realty's existing data center campuses in Ashburn, Virginia.  Commencement of development on these various land parcels will be subject to market demand, and delivery will be phased to meet future growth requirements upon build-out and lease-up of the company's existing campuses in Northern Virginia and Sydney, Australia.

Likewise during the third quarter of 2018, Digital Realty entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Ascenty, the leading data center provider in Brazil, from private equity firm Great Hill Partners in a transaction valued at approximately $1.8 billion.  Digital Realty separately entered into an independent bilateral equity commitment letter with Brookfield Infrastructure, an affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management, one of the largest owners and operators of infrastructure assets globally, under which Brookfield has committed to fund half of the required initial equity investment, currently estimated to be approximately $613 million, excluding Brookfield's share of the transaction costs, in exchange for 49% of the total equity interests in a joint venture entity expected to ultimately own Ascenty.  The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Balance Sheet

Digital Realty had approximately $9.2 billion of total debt outstanding as of September 30, 2018, comprised of $9.1 billion of unsecured debt and approximately $0.1 billion of secured debt.  At the end of the third quarter of 2018, net debt-to-adjusted EBITDA was 5.2x, debt-plus-preferred-to-total enterprise value was 30.2% and fixed charge coverage was 4.1x.

During the third quarter, Digital Realty executed an offering of 9,775,000 shares of common stock (including 1,275,000 shares from the exercise in full of the underwriters' over-allotment option) at a price of $113.00 per share, subject to forward sale agreements.  The company expects to receive net proceeds of approximately $1.1 billion (net of fees and estimated expenses) upon full physical settlement of the forward sale agreements, expected to be no later than September 27, 2019.

Subsequent to quarter-end, Digital Realty closed a £400 million pound sterling-denominated bond offering of 12-year senior unsecured notes at 3.750% per annum.

Likewise subsequent to quarter-end, Digital Realty completed the refinancing of its global credit facilities.  The combined facilities total $3.3 billion, comprised of a $2.35 billion global revolving credit facility and approximately $916 million of multi-currency term loans.  The company also completed a five-year, ¥33.3 billion (approximately $300 million) Japanese yen-denominated revolving credit facility.  In conjunction with the refinancing, pricing for the global revolving credit facility was tightened by 10 basis points at the company's BBB / Baa2 senior unsecured debt rating, the maturity date was extended by three years and total availability was expanded by $350 million.  The refinancing provides funds for acquisitions, development, debt repayment, working capital and general corporate purposes.

2018 Outlook

Digital Realty reiterated its 2018 core FFO per share outlook of $6.55 - $6.65.  The assumptions underlying this guidance are summarized in the following table.


As of

As of

As of

As of

As of

Top-Line and Cost Structure

January 8, 2018

February 15, 2018

April 26, 2018

July 26, 2018

October 25, 2018

   2018 total revenue

$3.0 - $3.2 billion

$3.0 - $3.2 billion

$3.0 - $3.2 billion

$3.0 - $3.2 billion

$3.0 - $3.2 billion

   2018 net non-cash rent adjustments (1)

($5 - $15 million)

($5 - $15 million)

($5 - $15 million)

($5 - $15 million)

($5 - $15 million)

   2018 Adjusted EBITDA margin

58.0% - 60.0%

58.0% - 60.0%

58.0% - 60.0%

58.0% - 60.0%

58.0% - 60.0%

   2018 G&A margin

5.5% - 6.5%

5.5% - 6.5%

5.5% - 6.5%

5.5% - 6.5%

5.5% - 6.5%







Internal Growth






   Rental rates on renewal leases






      Cash basis

Slightly negative

Slightly negative

Slightly negative

Slightly negative

Slightly negative

      GAAP basis

Up mid-single-digits

Up mid-single-digits

Up mid-single-digits

Up mid-single-digits

Up mid-single-digits

   Year-end portfolio occupancy

+/- 50 bps

+/- 50 bps

+/- 50 bps

+/- 50 bps

+/- 50 bps

   "Same-capital" cash NOI growth (2)

0% - 3.0%

0% - 3.0%

1.0% - 3.0%

1.0% - 3.0%

1.0% - 3.0%







   Foreign Exchange Rates






      U.S. Dollar / Pound Sterling

$1.28 - $1.32

$1.28 - $1.32

$1.35 - $1.40

$1.30 - $1.35

$1.30 - $1.35

      U.S. Dollar / Euro

$1.10 - $1.20

$1.10 - $1.20

$1.18 - $1.22

$1.15 - $1.20

$1.15 - $1.20







External Growth






   Dispositions






   Dollar volume

$0 - $200 million

$88 - $200 million

$187 - $300 million

$199 - $300 million

$292 million

   Cap rate

0.0% - 10.0%

0.0% - 10.0%

0.0% - 10.0%

0.0% - 10.0%

0.0% - 10.0%

   Development






   CapEx

$0.9 - $1.1 billion

$0.9 - $1.1 billion

$0.9 - $1.1 billion

$1.0 - $1.2 billion

$1.2 - $1.4 billion

   Average stabilized yields

10.0% - 12.0%

10.0% - 12.0%

10.0% - 12.0%

10.0% - 12.0%

10.0% - 12.0%

   Enhancements and other non-recurring CapEx (3)

$25 - $30 million

$25 - $30 million

$25 - $30 million

$25 - $30 million

$25 - $30 million

   Recurring CapEx + capitalized leasing costs (4)

$160 - $170 million

$160 - $170 million

$160 - $170 million

$160 - $170 million

$160 - $170 million







Balance Sheet






    Long-term debt issuance






   Dollar amount

$0 - $500 million

$0 - $500 million

$0 - $500 million

$650 million - $1 billion

$1.2 - $1.8 billion

   Pricing

3.25% - 4.25%

3.25% - 4.25%

3.25% - 4.25%

3.25% - 4.50%

3.25% - 4.50%

   Timing

Mid-to-late 2018

Mid-to-late 2018

Mid-to-late 2018

Mid-to-late 2018

Mid-to-late 2018













Net income per diluted share

$1.50 - $1.55

$1.50 - $1.55

$1.55 - $1.55

$1.55 - $1.60

$1.55 - $1.60

Real estate depreciation and (gain)/loss on sale

$4.90 - $4.95

$4.90 - $4.95

$4.90 - $4.95

$4.95 - $4.95

$4.95 - $4.95

Funds From Operations / share (NAREIT-Defined)

$6.40 - $6.50

$6.40 - $6.50

$6.45 - $6.50

$6.50 - $6.55

$6.50 - $6.55

Non-core expenses and revenue streams

$0.05 - $0.10

$0.05 - $0.10

$0.05 - $0.10

$0.05 - $0.10

$0.05 - $0.10

Core Funds From Operations / share

$6.45 - $6.60

$6.45 - $6.60

$6.50 - $6.60

$6.55 - $6.65

$6.55 - $6.65



(1)

Net non-cash rent adjustments represent the sum of straight-line rental revenue, straight-line rent expense as well as the amortization of above- and below-market leases (i.e., FAS 141 adjustments). 

(2)

The "same-capital" pool includes buildings owned as of December 31, 2016 with less than 5% of the total rentable square feet under development.  It also excludes buildings that were undergoing, or were expected to undergo, development activities in 2017-2018, buildings classified as held for sale, and buildings sold or contributed to joint ventures for all periods presented. 

(3)

Other non-recurring CapEx represents costs incurred to enhance the capacity or marketability of operating data centers, such as network fiber initiatives and software development costs. 

(4)

Recurring CapEx represents non-incremental improvements required to maintain current revenues, including second-generation tenant improvements and leasing commissions.  Capitalized leasing costs include capitalized leasing compensation as well as capitalized internal leasing commissions. 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures, including FFO, core FFO, and Adjusted EBITDA.  A reconciliation from U.S. GAAP net income available to common stockholders to FFO, a reconciliation from FFO to core FFO, and definitions of FFO, and core FFO are included as an attachment to this document.  A reconciliation from U.S. GAAP net income available to common stockholders to Adjusted EBITDA, a definition of Adjusted EBITDA and definitions of net debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA, debt-plus-preferred-to-total enterprise value, cash NOI, and fixed charge coverage ratio are included as an attachment to this document.

Investor Conference Call

Prior to Digital Realty's investor conference call at 5:30 p.m. EDT / 2:30 p.m. PDT on October 25, 2018, a presentation will be posted to the Investors section of the company's website at http://investor.digitalrealty.com.  The presentation is designed to accompany the discussion of the company's third quarter 2018 financial results and operating performance.  The conference call will feature Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein and Chief Financial Officer Andrew P. Power.

To participate in the live call, investors are invited to dial (888) 317-6003 (for domestic callers) or (412) 317-6061 (for international callers) and reference the conference ID# 0813657 at least five minutes prior to start time.  A live webcast of the call will be available via the Investors section of Digital Realty's website at http://investor.digitalrealty.com.

Telephone and webcast replays will be available after the call until November 27, 2018.  The telephone replay can be accessed by dialing (877) 344-7529 (for domestic callers) or (412) 317-0088 (for international callers) and providing the conference ID# 10124567.  The webcast replay can be accessed on Digital Realty's website.

About Digital Realty

Digital Realty supports the data center, colocation and interconnection strategies of more than 2,300 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centers located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.  Digital Realty's clients include domestic and international companies of all sizes, ranging from cloud and information technology services, communications and social networking to financial services, manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and consumer products.

Contact Information

Andrew P. Power
Chief Financial Officer
Digital Realty
(415) 738-6500

John J. Stewart / Maria S. Lukens
Investor Relations
Digital Realty
(415) 738-6500

Consolidated Quarterly Statements of Operations

Unaudited and in Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Data






Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended


30-Sep-18

30-Jun-18

31-Mar-18

31-Dec-17

30-Sep-17


30-Sep-18

30-Sep-17

Rental revenues

$541,073


$534,556


$530,925


$517,356


$440,591



$1,606,554


$1,257,293


Tenant reimbursements - Utilities

105,822


100,084


98,576


97,657


78,134



304,482


209,939


Tenant reimbursements - Other

57,282


55,639


51,503


54,324


29,479



164,424


78,304


Interconnection & other

62,760


61,770


61,373


60,275


59,851



185,903


175,377


Fee income

1,469


2,343


1,133


1,386


1,662



4,945


4,986


Other

518


527


858


447


208



1,903


584


Total Operating Revenues

$768,924


$754,919


$744,368


$731,445


$609,925



$2,268,211


$1,726,483











Utilities

$127,239


$115,470


$112,230


$112,055


$95,619



$354,939


$255,556


Rental property operating

118,732


114,852


113,410


113,445


94,442



346,994


278,560


Property taxes

34,871


27,284


35,263


36,348


32,586



97,418


87,666


Insurance

2,653


2,606


3,731


3,223


2,590



8,990


7,758


Depreciation & amortization

293,957


298,788


294,789


287,973


199,914



887,534


554,491


General & administration

40,997


44,277


36,289


44,311


41,477



121,563


112,399


Severance, equity acceleration, and legal expenses

645


1,822


234


1,209


2,288



2,701


3,522


Transaction and integration expenses

9,626


5,606


4,178


15,681


42,809



19,410


60,367


Impairment of investments in real estate





28,992




28,992


Other expenses

1,139


152


431


2


3,051



1,722


3,075


Total Operating Expenses

$629,859


$610,857


$600,555


$614,247


$543,768



$1,841,271


$1,392,386











Operating Income

$139,065


$144,062


$143,813


$117,198


$66,157



$426,940


$334,097











Equity in earnings of unconsolidated joint venture

$8,886


$7,438


$7,410


$5,924


$5,880



$23,734


$19,592


Gain on real estate transactions

26,577


14,192


39,273


30,746


9,751



80,042


9,609


Interest and other income

(981)


3,398


(42)


324


2,813



2,375


3,331


Interest (expense)

(80,851)


(78,810)


(76,985)


(73,989)


(71,621)



(236,646)


(184,653)


Tax (expense)

(2,432)


(2,121)


(3,374)


(545)


(2,494)



(7,927)


(7,356)


Gain from early extinguishment of debt





1,990




1,990


Net Income

$90,264


$88,159


$110,095


$79,658


$12,476



$288,518


$176,610











Net (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests

(2,667)


(2,696)


(3,468)


(6,023)


(40)



(8,831)


(1,985)


Net Income Attributable to Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

$87,597


$85,463


$106,627


$73,635


$12,436



$279,687


$174,625











Preferred stock dividends, including undeclared dividends

(20,329)


(20,329)


(20,329)


(20,329)


(16,575)



(60,987)


(48,473)


Issuance costs associated with redeemed preferred stock








(6,309)











Net Income (Loss) Available to Common Stockholders

$67,268


$65,134


$86,298


$53,306


($4,139)



$218,700


$119,843











Weighted-average shares outstanding - basic

206,118,472


205,956,005


205,714,173


205,448,689


170,194,254



205,931,031


163,481,306


Weighted-average shares outstanding - diluted

206,766,256


206,563,079


206,507,476


206,185,084


170,194,254



206,555,627


164,371,096


Weighted-average fully diluted shares and units

214,937,168


214,895,273


214,802,763


214,424,363


174,169,511



214,824,010


166,937,862











Net income (loss) per share - basic

$0.33


$0.32


$0.42


$0.26


($0.02)



$1.06


$0.73


Net income (loss) per share - diluted

$0.33


$0.32


$0.42


$0.26


($0.02)



$1.06


$0.73


 

Funds From Operations and Core Funds From Operations

Unaudited and in Thousands, Except Per Share Data





Reconciliation of Net Income to Funds From Operations (FFO)

Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended

30-Sep-18

30-Jun-18

31-Mar-18

31-Dec-17

30-Sep-17


30-Sep-18

30-Sep-17










Net Income (Loss) Available to Common Stockholders

$67,268


$65,134


$86,298


$53,306


($4,139)



$218,700


$119,843


Adjustments:









Non-controlling interests in operating partnership

2,700


2,700


3,480


2,138


(79)



8,880


1,632


Real estate related depreciation & amortization (1)

290,757


295,750


291,686


284,924


196,871



878,193


545,328


Unconsolidated JV real estate related depreciation & amortization

3,775


3,722


3,476


3,323


2,732



10,973


8,243


(Gain) on real estate transactions

(26,577)


(14,192)


(39,273)


(30,746)


(9,751)



(80,042)


(9,609)


Non-controlling interests share of gain on sale of property




3,900






Impairment of investments in real estate





28,992




28,992


Funds From Operations

$337,923


$353,114


$345,667


$316,845


$214,626



$1,036,704


$694,429











Funds From Operations - diluted

$337,923


$353,114


$345,667


$316,845


$214,626



$1,036,704


$694,429











Weighted-average shares and units outstanding - basic

214,289


214,288


214,009


213,688


173,461



214,199


166,048


Weighted-average shares and units outstanding - diluted (2)

214,937


214,895


214,803


214,424


174,170



214,824


166,938











Funds From Operations per share - basic

$1.58

$1.65

$1.62

$1.48

$1.24


$4.84

$4.18










Funds From Operations per share - diluted (2)

$1.57

$1.64

$1.61

$1.48

$1.23


$4.83

$4.16




















Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended

Reconciliation of FFO to Core FFO

30-Sep-18

30-Jun-18

31-Mar-18

31-Dec-17

30-Sep-17


30-Sep-18

30-Sep-17










Funds From Operations - diluted

$337,923


$353,114


$345,667


$316,845


$214,626



$1,036,704


$694,429


Adjustments:









Termination fees and other non-core revenues (3)

(518)


(3,663)


(858)


(447)


(208)



(5,039)


(584)

Transaction and integration expenses

9,626


5,606


4,178


15,681


42,809



19,410


60,367


Gain from early extinguishment of debt





(1,990)




(1,990)


Issuance costs associated with redeemed preferred stock








6,309


Equity in earnings adjustment for non-core items








(3,285)


Severance, equity acceleration, and legal expenses (4)

645


1,822


234


1,209


2,288



2,701


3,522


Bridge facility fees (5)





3,182




3,182


Other non-core expense adjustments

2,269


152


431


2


3,051



2,852


3,075


Core Funds From Operations - diluted

$349,945


$357,031


$349,652


$333,290


$263,758



$1,056,628


$765,025











Weighted-average shares and units outstanding - diluted (2)

214,937


214,895


214,803


214,424


174,170



214,824


166,938











Core Funds From Operations per share - diluted (2)

$1.63

$1.66

$1.63

$1.55

$1.51


$4.92

$4.58














(1)   Real Estate Related Depreciation & Amortization:

Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended


30-Sep-18

30-Jun-18

31-Mar-18

31-Dec-17

30-Sep-17


30-Sep-18

30-Sep-17










Depreciation & amortization per income statement

$293,957


$298,788


$294,789


$287,973


$199,914



$887,534


$554,491


Non-real estate depreciation

(3,200)


(3,038)


(3,103)


(3,049)


(3,043)



(9,341)


(9,163)











Real Estate Related Depreciation & Amortization

$290,757


$295,750


$291,686


$284,924


$196,871



$878,193


$545,328




(2)

For all periods presented, we have excluded the effect of dilutive series C, series F, series G, series H, series I and series J preferred stock, as applicable, that may be converted into common stock upon the occurrence of specified change in control transactions as described in the articles supplementary governing the series C, series F, series G, series H, series I, and series J preferred stock, as applicable, which we consider highly improbable.  See above for calculations of diluted FFO available to common stockholders and unitholders and the share count detail section of the reconciliation of core FFO to AFFO for calculations of weighted average common stock and units outstanding.



(3)

Includes lease termination fees and certain other adjustments that are not core to our business.



(4)

Relates to severance and other charges related to the departure of company executives and integration-related severance.



(5)

Bridge facility fees are included in interest expense.

 

Adjusted Funds From Operations (AFFO)

Unaudited and in Thousands, Except Per Share Data



Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended

Reconciliation of Core FFO to AFFO

30-Sep-18

30-Jun-18

31-Mar-18

31-Dec-17

30-Sep-17


30-Sep-18

30-Sep-17










Core FFO available to common stockholders and unitholders

$349,945


$357,031


$349,652


$333,290


$263,758



$1,056,628


$765,025


Adjustments:









Non-real estate depreciation

3,200


3,038


3,103


3,049


3,043



9,341


9,163


Amortization of deferred financing costs

3,066


2,953


3,060


3,092


2,611



9,079


7,572


Amortization of debt discount/premium

902


882


875


858


816



2,659


2,226


Non-cash stock-based compensation expense

5,823


8,419


5,497


3,923


4,636



19,741


13,977


Straight-line rental revenue

(10,511)


(8,489)


(10,266)


(8,705)


(1,692)



(29,266)


(7,860)


Straight-line rental expense

2,482


2,669


2,547


(635)


4,212



7,698


12,742


Above- and below-market rent amortization

6,552


6,794


6,666


6,562


(873)



20,012


(4,792)


Deferred non-cash tax expense

(1,783)


(1,137)


(216)


(1,100)


284



(3,135)


(1,812)


Capitalized leasing compensation (1)

(2,606)


(2,825)


(2,998)


(3,567)


(2,945)



(8,429)


(8,319)


Recurring capital expenditures (2)

(22,500)


(34,447)


(27,328)


(45,298)


(34,664)



(84,275)


(90,992)


Capitalized internal leasing commissions (1)

(2,547)


(2,822)


(2,049)


(1,217)


(1,225)



(7,418)


(4,073)











AFFO available to common stockholders and unitholders (3)

$332,023


$332,066


$328,543


$290,252


$237,961



$992,635


$692,857











Weighted-average shares and units outstanding - basic

214,289


214,288


214,009


213,688


173,461



214,199


166,048


Weighted-average shares and units outstanding - diluted (4)

214,937


214,895


214,803


214,424


174,170



214,824


166,938











AFFO per share - diluted (4)

$1.54


$1.55


$1.53


$1.35


$1.37



$4.62


$4.15











Dividends per share and common unit

$1.01


$1.01


$1.01


$0.93


$0.93



$3.03


$2.79











Diluted AFFO Payout Ratio

65.4

%

65.4

%

66.0

%

68.7

%

68.1

%


65.6

%

67.2

%



























Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended

Share Count Detail

30-Sep-18

30-Jun-18

31-Mar-18

31-Dec-17

30-Sep-17


30-Sep-18

30-Sep-17










Weighted Average Common Stock and Units Outstanding

214,289


214,288


214,009


213,688


173,461



214,199


166,048


Add: Effect of dilutive securities (excludes 5.50% debentures)

648


607


794


736


709



625


890











Weighted Avg. Common Stock and Units Outstanding - diluted

214,937


214,895


214,803


214,424


174,170



214,824


166,938




(1)

Includes only second-generation leasing costs.



(2)

Recurring capital expenditures represent non-incremental building improvements required to maintain current revenues, including second-generation tenant improvements and external leasing commissions.  Recurring capital expenditures do not include acquisition costs contemplated when underwriting the purchase of a building, costs which are incurred to bring a building up to Digital Realty's operating standards, or internal leasing commissions.



(3)

For a definition and discussion of AFFO, see the definitions section.  For a reconciliation of net income available to common stockholders to FFO and core FFO, see above.



(4)

For all periods presented, we have excluded the effect of dilutive series C, series F, series G, series H, series I and series J preferred stock, as applicable, that may be converted into common stock upon the occurrence of specified change in control transactions as described in the articles supplementary governing the series C, series F, series G, series H, series I, and series J preferred stock, as applicable, which we consider highly improbable. See above for calculations of diluted FFO available to common stockholders and unitholders and for calculations of weighted average common stock and units outstanding.

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets

Unaudited and in Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Data



30-Sep-18

30-Jun-18

31-Mar-18

31-Dec-17

30-Sep-17

Assets






Investments in real estate:






Real estate

$16,062,402


$15,969,938


$15,654,932


$15,163,846


$14,693,479


Construction in progress

1,464,010


1,323,998


1,470,065


1,399,684


1,405,740


Land held for future development

284,962


261,368


236,415


352,406


330,101


Investments in real estate

$17,811,374


$17,555,304


$17,361,412


$16,915,936


$16,429,320


Accumulated depreciation and amortization

(3,755,596)


(3,588,124)


(3,439,050)


(3,238,227)


(3,075,294)


Net Investments in Properties

$14,055,778


$13,967,180


$13,922,362


$13,677,709


$13,354,026


Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures

169,919


167,306


167,564


163,477


106,374


Net Investments in Real Estate

$14,225,697


$14,134,486


$14,089,926


$13,841,186


$13,460,400








Cash and cash equivalents

$46,242


$17,589


$22,370


$51


$192,578


Accounts and other receivables (1)

308,709


282,287


309,328


276,347


258,490


Deferred rent

454,412


445,766


442,887


430,026


420,348


Acquired in-place lease value, deferred leasing costs and other real estate intangibles, net

2,734,158


2,823,275


2,928,566


2,998,806


3,052,277


Acquired above-market leases, net

135,127


150,084


165,568


184,375


178,190


Goodwill

3,373,342


3,378,325


3,405,110


3,389,595


3,384,394


Restricted cash

8,068


9,443


7,330


13,130


17,753


Assets associated with real estate held for sale



41,707


139,538


132,818


Other assets

176,355


170,168


169,125


131,291


135,250








Total Assets

$21,462,110


$21,411,423


$21,581,917


$21,404,345


$21,232,498








Liabilities and Equity






Global unsecured revolving credit facility

$590,289


$466,971


$952,121


$550,946


$138,477


Unsecured term loans

1,352,969


1,376,784


1,428,498


1,420,333


1,432,659


Unsecured senior notes, net of discount

7,130,541


7,156,084


6,660,727


6,570,757


6,806,333


Mortgage loans, net of premiums

106,072


106,245


106,366


106,582


106,775


Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

1,059,355


1,031,794


1,012,490


980,218


1,024,394


Accrued dividends and distributions




199,761



Acquired below-market leases

208,202


216,520


225,674


249,465


257,732


Security deposits and prepaid rent

233,667


207,292


207,859


217,898


223,536


Liabilities associated with assets held for sale



1,767


5,033


4,660


Total Liabilities

$10,681,095


$10,561,690


$10,595,502


$10,300,993


$9,994,566








Redeemable non-controlling interests - operating partnership

17,553


52,805


49,871


53,902


64,509








Equity






Preferred Stock:  $0.01 par value per share, 110,000,000 shares authorized:






Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (2)

$219,250


$219,250


$219,250


$219,250


$219,250


Series G Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (3)

241,468


241,468


241,468


241,468


241,468


Series H Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (4)

353,290


353,290


353,290


353,290


353,290


Series I Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (5)

242,012


242,012


242,012


242,012


242,012


Series J Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (6)

193,540


193,540


193,540


193,540


193,667


Common Stock: $0.01 par value per share, 315,000,000 shares authorized (7)

2,049


2,047


2,045


2,044


2,043


Additional paid-in capital

11,333,035


11,310,132


11,285,611


11,261,462


11,250,322


Dividends in excess of earnings

(2,455,189)


(2,314,291)


(2,177,269)


(2,055,552)


(1,917,791)


Accumulated other comprehensive (loss), net

(103,201)


(107,070)


(106,096)


(108,432)


(116,732)


Total Stockholders' Equity

$10,026,254


$10,140,378


$10,253,851


$10,349,082


$10,467,529








Noncontrolling Interests






Noncontrolling interest in operating partnership

$671,269


$654,261


$680,400


$698,125


$699,308


Noncontrolling interest in consolidated joint ventures

65,939


2,289


2,293


2,243


6,586








Total Noncontrolling Interests

$737,208


$656,550


$682,693


$700,368


$705,894








Total Equity

$10,763,462


$10,796,928


$10,936,544


$11,049,450


$11,173,423








Total Liabilities and Equity

$21,462,110


$21,411,423


$21,581,917


$21,404,345


$21,232,498




(1)

Net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $9,060 and $6,737, as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.



(2)

Series C Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock, 6.625%, $201,250 and $201,250 liquidation preference, respectively ($25.00 per share), 8,050,000 and 8,050,000 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.



(3)

Series G Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, 5.875%, $250,000 and $250,000 liquidation preference, respectively ($25.00 per share), 10,000,000 and 10,000,000 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.



(4)

Series H Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, 7.375%, $365,000 and $365,000 liquidation preference, respectively ($25.00 per share), 14,600,000 and 14,600,000 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.



(5)

Series I Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, 6.350%, $250,000 and $250,000 liquidation preference, respectively ($25.00 per share), 10,000,000 and 10,000,000 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.



(6)

Series J Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, 5.250%, $200,000 and $200,000 liquidation preference, respectively ($25.00 per share), 8,000,000 and 8,000,000 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.



(7)

Common Stock: 206,267,055 and 205,470,300 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.

 

Reconciliation of Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation & Amortization and Financial Ratios

Unaudited and in Thousands


Reconciliation of Earnings Before Interest, Taxes,

Depreciation & Amortization (EBITDA) (1)

Three Months Ended

30-Sep-18

30-Jun-18

31-Mar-18

31-Dec-17

30-Sep-17







Net Income (Loss) Available to Common Stockholders

$67,268

$65,134


$86,298


$53,306


($4,139)


Interest

80,851


78,810


76,985


73,989


71,621


(Gain) from early extinguishment of debt





(1,990)


Tax expense

2,432


2,121


3,374


545


2,494


Depreciation & amortization

293,957


298,788


294,789


287,973


199,914


Impairment of investments in real estate





28,992


EBITDA

$444,508


$444,853


$461,446


$415,813


$296,892


Severance, equity acceleration, and legal expenses

645


1,822


234


1,209


2,288


Transaction and integration expenses

9,626


5,606


4,178


15,681


42,809


(Gain) on real estate transactions

(26,577)


(14,192)


(39,273)


(30,746)


(9,751)


Other non-core adjustments, net

2,269


(2,984)


431


2


3,051


Non-controlling interests

2,667


2,696


3,468


6,023


40


Preferred stock dividends, including undeclared dividends

20,329


20,329


20,329


20,329


16,575


Adjusted EBITDA

$453,467


$458,130


$450,813


$428,311


$351,904




(1)

For definitions and discussion of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, see the definitions section. 

Definitions

Funds From Operations (FFO) :
We calculate funds from operations, or FFO, in accordance with the standards established by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, or NAREIT.  FFO represents net income (loss) (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding gains (or losses) from real estate transactions, non-controlling interests share of gain on sale of property, impairment of investment in real estate, real estate related depreciation and amortization (excluding amortization of deferred financing costs), unconsolidated JV real estate related depreciation & amortization, non-controlling interests in operating partnership and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures.  Management uses FFO as a supplemental performance measure because, in excluding real estate related depreciation and amortization and gains and losses from property dispositions and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures, it provides a performance measure that, when compared year over year, captures trends in occupancy rates, rental rates and operating costs.  We also believe that, as a widely recognized measure of the performance of REITs, FFO will be used by investors as a basis to compare our operating performance with that of other REITs.  However, because FFO excludes depreciation and amortization and captures neither the changes in the value of our data centers that result from use or market conditions, nor the level of capital expenditures and capitalized leasing commissions necessary to maintain the operating performance of our data centers, all of which have real economic effect and could materially impact our financial condition and results from operations, the utility of FFO as a measure of our performance is limited.  Other REITs may not calculate FFO in accordance with the NAREIT definition and, accordingly, our FFO may not be comparable to other REITs' FFO. FFO should be considered only as a supplement to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of our performance.

Core Funds from Operations (Core FFO) :
We present core funds from operations, or core FFO, as a supplemental operating measure because, in excluding certain items that do not reflect core revenue or expense streams, it provides a performance measure that, when compared year over year, captures trends in our core business operating performance. We calculate core FFO by adding to or subtracting from FFO (i) termination fees and other non-core revenues, (ii) transaction and integration expenses, (iii) gain from early extinguishment of debt, (iv) issuance costs associated with redeemed preferred stock, (v) equity in earnings adjustment for non-core items, (vi) severance, equity acceleration, and legal expenses, (vii) bridge facility fees and (viii) other non-core expense adjustments. Because certain of these adjustments have a real economic impact on our financial condition and results from operations, the utility of core FFO as a measure of our performance is limited. Other REITs may calculate core FFO differently than we do and accordingly, our core FFO may not be comparable to other REITs' core FFO. Core FFO should be considered only as a supplement to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of our performance.

Adjusted Funds from Operations (AFFO) :
We present adjusted funds from operations, or AFFO, as a supplemental operating measure because, when compared year over year, it assesses our ability to fund dividend and distribution requirements from our operating activities. We also believe that, as a widely recognized measure of the operations of REITs, AFFO will be used by investors as a basis to assess our ability to fund dividend payments in comparison to other REITs, including on a per share and unit basis. We calculate AFFO by adding to or subtracting from core FFO (i) non-real estate depreciation, (ii) amortization of deferred financing costs, (iii) amortization of debt discount/premium, (iv) non-cash stock-based compensation expense, (v) straight-line rental revenue, (vi) straight-line rental expense, (vii) above- and below-market rent amortization, (viii) deferred non-cash tax expense, (ix) capitalized leasing compensation, (x) recurring capital expenditures and (xi) capitalized internal leasing commissions. Other REITs may calculate AFFO differently than we do and accordingly, our AFFO may not be comparable to other REITs' AFFO. AFFO should be considered only as a supplement to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of our performance.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA :
We believe that earnings before interest, loss from early extinguishment of debt, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and impairment of investments in real estate, or EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA (as defined below), are useful supplemental performance measures because they allow investors to view our performance without the impact of non-cash depreciation and amortization or the cost of debt and, with respect to Adjusted EBITDA, severance, equity acceleration, and legal expenses, transaction and integration expenses, (gain) loss on real estate transactions, equity in earnings adjustment for non-core items, other non-core adjustments, net, noncontrolling interests, preferred stock dividends, including undeclared dividends, and issuance costs associated with redeemed preferred stock. Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA excluding severance, equity acceleration, and legal expenses, transaction and integration expenses, (gain) on real estate transactions, other non-core adjustments, net, non-controlling interests, and preferred stock dividends, including undeclared dividends. In addition, we believe EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of REITs. Because EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are calculated before recurring cash charges including interest expense and income taxes, exclude capitalized costs, such as leasing commissions, and are not adjusted for capital expenditures or other recurring cash requirements of our business, their utility as a measure of our performance is limited.  Other REITs may calculate EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do and accordingly, our EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to other REITs' EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA.  Accordingly, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should be considered only as supplements to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of our financial performance.

Net Operating Income (NOI) and Cash NOI :
Net operating income, or NOI, represents rental revenue, tenant reimbursement revenue and interconnection revenue less utilities expense, rental property operating expenses, property taxes and insurance expenses (as reflected in the statement of operations). NOI is commonly used by stockholders, company management and industry analysts as a measurement of operating performance of the company's rental portfolio. Cash NOI is NOI less straight-line rents and above- and below-market rent amortization. Cash NOI is commonly used by stockholders, company management and industry analysts as a measure of property operating performance on a cash basis. However, because NOI and cash NOI exclude depreciation and amortization and capture neither the changes in the value of our data centers that result from use or market conditions, nor the level of capital expenditures and capitalized leasing commissions necessary to maintain the operating performance of our data centers, all of which have real economic effect and could materially impact our results from operations, the utility of NOI and cash NOI as measures of our performance is limited. Other REITs may calculate NOI and cash NOI differently than we do and, accordingly, our NOI and cash NOI may not be comparable to other REITs' NOI and cash NOI. NOI and cash NOI should be considered only as supplements to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as measures of our performance.

Additional Definitions
Net debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA ratio is calculated using total debt at balance sheet carrying value, plus capital lease obligations, plus our share of JV debt, less unrestricted cash and cash equivalents divided by the product of Adjusted EBITDA (inclusive of our share of JV EBITDA) multiplied by four.

Debt-plus-preferred-to-total enterprise value is mortgage debt and other loans plus preferred stock divided by mortgage debt and other loans plus the liquidation value of preferred stock and the market value of outstanding Digital Realty Trust, Inc. common stock and Digital Realty Trust, L.P. units, assuming the redemption of Digital Realty Trust, L.P. units for shares of Digital Realty Trust, Inc. common stock.

Fixed charge coverage ratio is Adjusted EBITDA divided by the sum of GAAP interest expense, capitalized interest, scheduled debt principal payments and preferred dividends. For the quarter ended September 30, 2018, GAAP interest expense was $81 million, capitalized interest was $10 million and scheduled debt principal payments and preferred dividends was $20 million.


Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended

Reconciliation of Net Operating Income (NOI) (in thousands)

30-Sep-18

30-Jun-18

30-Sep-17


30-Sep-18

30-Sep-17








Operating income

$139,065


$144,062


$66,157



$426,940


$334,097









Fee income

(1,469)


(2,343)


(1,662)



(4,945)


(4,986)


Other income

(518)


(527)


(208)



(1,903)


(584)


Depreciation and amortization

293,957


298,788


199,914



887,534


554,491


General and administrative

40,997


44,277


41,477



121,563


112,399


Severance, equity acceleration, and legal expenses

645


1,822


2,288



2,701


3,522


Transaction expenses

9,626


5,606


42,809



19,410


60,367


Impairment in investments in real estate



28,992




28,992


Other expenses

1,139


152


3,051



1,722


3,075









Net Operating Income

$483,442


$491,837


$382,818



$1,453,022


$1,091,373
















Cash Net Operating Income (Cash NOI)














Net Operating Income

$483,442


$491,837


$382,818



$1,453,022


$1,091,373









Straight-line rental revenue

(10,511)


(8,489)


(1,692)



(29,266)


(7,859)


Straight-line rental expense

2,479


2,691


4,128



7,770


12,701


Above- and below-market rent amortization

6,552


6,794


(873)



20,012


(4,792)









Cash Net Operating Income

$481,962


$492,833


$384,381



$1,451,538


$1,091,423


Forward-Looking Statements  

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, which are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially. Such forward-looking statements include statements relating to: the Ascenty acquisition and related financings, the proposed joint venture with Brookfield, expected physical settlement of the forward sale agreements and use of proceeds from any such settlement, our expected investment and expansion activity, supply and demand for data center and colocation space, our acquisition and disposition activity, pricing and net effective leasing economics, market dynamics and data center fundamentals, our strategic priorities, rent from leases that have been signed but have not yet commenced and other contracted rent to be received in future periods, rental rates on future leases, lag between signing and commencement, cap rates and yields, investment activity, the company's FFO, core FFO and net income 2018 outlook and underlying assumptions, information related to trends, our strategy and plans, leasing expectations, weighted average lease terms, the exercise of lease extensions, lease expirations, debt maturities, annualized rent at expiration of leases, the effect new leases and increases in rental rates will have on our rental revenue, our credit ratings, construction and development activity and plans, projected construction costs, estimated yields on investment, expected occupancy, expected square footage and IT load capacity upon completion of development projects, 2018 backlog NOI, NAV components, and other forward-looking financial data.  Such statements are based on management's beliefs and assumptions made based on information currently available to management.  Such statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions and are not guarantees of future performance and may be affected by known and unknown risks, trends, uncertainties and factors that are beyond our control.  Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, estimated or projected.  Some of the risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements include, among others, the following:

  • reduced demand for data centers or decreases in information technology spending;
  • decreased rental rates, increased operating costs or increased vacancy rates;
  • increased competition or available supply of data center space;
  • the suitability of our data centers and data center infrastructure, delays or disruptions in connectivity or availability of power, or failures or breaches of our physical and information security infrastructure or services;
  • our dependence upon significant customers, bankruptcy or insolvency of a major customer or a significant number of smaller customers, or defaults on or non-renewal of leases by customers;
  • breaches of our obligations or restrictions under our contracts with our customers;
  • our inability to successfully develop and lease new properties and development space, and delays or unexpected costs in development of properties;
  • the impact of current global and local economic, credit and market conditions;
  • our inability to retain data center space that we lease or sublease from third parties;
  • difficulty acquiring or operating properties in foreign jurisdictions;
  • our failure to realize the intended benefits from, or disruptions to our plans and operations or unknown or contingent liabilities related to, our recent acquisitions;
  • our failure to successfully integrate and operate acquired or developed properties or businesses, including Ascenty;
  • difficulties in identifying properties to acquire and completing acquisitions;
  • risks related to joint venture investments (including the proposed joint venture with Brookfield), including as a result of our lack of control of such investments;
  • risks associated with using debt to fund our business activities, including re-financing and interest rate risks, our failure to repay debt when due, adverse changes in our credit ratings or our breach of covenants or other terms contained in our loan facilities and agreements;
  • our failure to obtain necessary debt and equity financing, and our dependence on external sources of capital;
  • financial market fluctuations and changes in foreign currency exchange rates;
  • adverse economic or real estate developments in our industry or the industry sectors that we sell to, including risks relating to decreasing real estate valuations and impairment charges and goodwill and other intangible asset impairment charges;
  • our inability to manage our growth effectively;
  • losses in excess of our insurance coverage;
  • environmental liabilities and risks related to natural disasters;
  • our inability to comply with rules and regulations applicable to our company;
  • Digital Realty Trust, Inc.'s failure to maintain its status as a REIT for federal income tax purposes;
  • Digital Realty Trust, L.P.'s failure to qualify as a partnership for federal income tax purposes;
  • restrictions on our ability to engage in certain business activities; and
  • changes in local, state, federal and international laws and regulations, including related to taxation, real estate and zoning laws, and increases in real property tax rates.

The risks included here are not exhaustive, and additional factors could adversely affect our business and financial performance.  We discussed a number of additional material risks in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, our current report on Form 8-K filed on September 24, 2018 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Those risks continue to be relevant to our performance and financial condition.  Moreover, we operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment.  New risk factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for management to predict all such risk factors, nor can it assess the impact of all such risk factors on the business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. We expressly disclaim any responsibility to update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  Digital Realty, Digital Realty Trust, the Digital Realty logo, Turn-Key Flex and Powered Base Building are registered trademarks and service marks of Digital Realty Trust, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

 

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