Digital Realty Trust, Inc. Reports First Quarter FFO Of $1.06 Per Share

SAN FRANCISCO, April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/– Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center solutions, today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2012.  All per share results are on a diluted share and unit basis.

Recent Highlights:

  • Reported FFO of $1.06 per share for the first quarter of 2012, up 3.9% from $1.02 per share for the first quarter of 2011.  Excluding certain items that do not represent ongoing expenses or revenue streams in each quarter, first quarter 2012 core FFO was $1.06 per share, up 2.9% from first quarter 2011 core FFO of $1.03 per share;
  • Reported net income for the first quarter of 2012 of $49.3 million and net income available to common stockholders of $39.2 million, or $0.36 per share, up 9.1% from $0.33 per share for the first quarter of 2011;
  • Closed a new $750 million U.S. dollar equivalent Unsecured Multicurrency 5-year Term Loan, which can be increased by $100 million to $850 million U.S. dollar equivalent;
  • Completed the sale of 7.3 million shares of 6.625% Series F Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, including partial exercise of the underwriter’s over-allotment option, and raising net proceeds of $175.8 million;
  • Generated approximately $62.7 million of net proceeds from the issuance of approximately 957,000 shares of common stock under the At-the-Market (“ATM”) equity distribution program at an average price of $66.19 per share during the first quarter of 2012;
  • Acquired a data center and office campus in suburban Dallas, consisting of eight buildings totaling approximately 819,000 square feet and 39 acres of developable land for approximately $123.0 million;
  • Announced a joint venture partnership with Savvis to acquire a 165,000-square-foot (15,247-square-meter) property in Hong Kong.  Subject to certain conditions, the acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2012;
  • Signed leases during the first quarter of 2012, including leases signed for colocation space, expected to generate approximately $18.2 million in annualized GAAP rental revenue;
  • Commenced leases during the first quarter of 2012, including leases commenced for colocation space, totaling over $25.8 million of annualized GAAP rental revenue; and
  • Increased quarterly common stock dividend by 7.4% for the first quarter of 2012 to $0.73 per share.

Funds from operations (“FFO”) was $132.5 million in the first quarter of 2012, or $1.06 per share, up 3.9% from $1.02 per share in both the previous quarter and in the first quarter of 2011.  First quarter 2012 FFO results were not significantly impacted by items that do not represent ongoing expenses or revenues streams.

FFO is a supplemental non-GAAP performance measure used by the real estate industry to measure the operating performance of real estate investment trusts.  FFO and core FFO should not be considered as substitutes for net income determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP as measures of financial performance.  A reconciliation from U.S. GAAP net income available to common stockholders to FFO, a definition of FFO, a reconciliation from FFO to core FFO, and a definition of core FFO are included as an attachment to this press release.

Net income for the first quarter of 2012 was $49.3 million, compared to $47.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 and $39.0 million for the first quarter of 2011.  Net income available to common stockholders in the first quarter of 2012 was $39.2 million, or $0.36 per share, compared to $36.0 million, or $0.34 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2011, and $31.0 million, or $0.33 per share, in the first quarter of 2011.

The Company reported total operating revenues of $283.1 million in the first quarter of 2012, up 12.9% from $250.7 million in the first quarter of 2011, and up 4.6% from $270.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

“With now over seven years of industry leading performance as a data center REIT, we are very pleased to report another quarter of solid results,” said Michael F. Foust, Chief Executive Officer of Digital Realty.  “These results are primarily driven by our unique value proposition, consisting of our suite of customer-driven solutions, financial strength and data center expertise, global footprint and supply chain management.  As our portfolio expands in both domestic and international markets, we believe that these unique attributes will continue to serve our customers and shareholders alike.”

Acquisitions Activity

In February 2012, the Company acquired an 819,000 square foot operating data center and office campus, located in Lewisville, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.  The purchase price was approximately $123.0 million.  The campus totals over 168 acres, which includes eight buildings and 39 acres of land for future development.  The property, currently known as Convergence Business Park, is 99% leased on a long-term basis to eight tenants.

Subsequent to the end of the first quarter, in April 2012Digital Realty and Savvis, a CenturyLink company, announced their joint venture partnership, formed to acquire a 165,000-square-foot (15,247-square-meter) property in Hong Kong.  Subject to certain conditions, the acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2012.  The property is located at Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate in New Territories, approximately 12 miles from downtown Hong Kong.  Upon redevelopment, the building will be capable of supporting approximately 5.76 megawatts of IT load capacity.

As of April 26, 2012, the Company’s portfolio comprised 102 properties, excluding three properties held in unconsolidated joint ventures, consisting of 148 buildings totaling approximately 19.1 million net rentable square feet, including 2.2 million square feet of space held for redevelopment.  The portfolio is strategically located in 31 key data center markets throughout North America, Europe, Singapore and Australia.

Balance Sheet Update

Total assets grew to approximately $6.4 billion at March 31, 2012 from $6.1 billion at December 31, 2011.  Total debt increased to $3.3 billion at March 31, 2012 from $2.9 billion at December 31, 2011. Stockholders’ equity was approximately $2.6 billion at March 31, 2012, up slightly from approximately $2.5 billion at December 31, 2011.

During the first quarter of 2012, under its ATM equity distribution program, the Company generated approximately $62.7 million of net proceeds from the issuance of approximately 957,000 shares of common stock at an average price of $66.19 per share.

On April 17, 2012, the Company closed a new $750 million U.S. dollar equivalent Unsecured Multicurrency Term Loan.  The term loan matures in April 2017 and can be increased by $100 million to $850 million U.S. dollar equivalent. Pricing is based on the Company’s unsecured debt ratings and is currently 145 basis points over the applicable index for floating rate advances. Funds may be drawn in U.S, Singapore and Australian dollars, as well as Euro and Pound Sterling denominations with the option to add Hong Kong dollars and Yen upon an accordion exercise. The new term loan provides funds for acquisitions, repayment of indebtedness, development and redevelopment, working capital and general corporate purposes.

On April 17, 2012, the Company completed the conversion of all of its outstanding Series C Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock into its common stock.  Year to date through April 16, 2012, holders of the Company’s Series D Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock converted 13,207 shares with a liquidation preference value of $330,175 into 8,293 newly issued shares of common stock.  Approximately 49.5% of the shares of Series D Preferred Stock originally issued remain outstanding.

“Our disciplined approach to managing our balance sheet includes accessing capital from a variety of sources that enable us to fund the growth of the Company at the most favorable terms available,” said A. William Stein, CFO and Chief Investment Officer for Digital Realty.  “As important as prudently funding our growth, our financial resources are also a key differentiator with customers, making us a stable, reliable long-term partner.  These resources give us the ability to help finance and support our customers’ growth while continuing to grow our portfolio.”

The Company is not revising its 2012 FFO guidance range of $4.34 to $4.48 per share and its underlying assumptions at this time.

Investor Conference Call Details

Digital Realty will host a conference call on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET to discuss its first quarter 2012 financial results and operating performance.  The conference call will feature Chief Executive Officer, Michael F. Foust, and Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer, A. William Stein.  To participate in the live call, investors are invited to dial +1 (888) 701-6680 (for domestic callers) or +1 (706) 634-5758 (for international callers) and quote the conference ID # 68386062 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 www.digitalrealty.com.  Please go to the website at least 15 minutes early to register and download and install any necessary audio software.  If you are unable to listen to the live conference call, a telephone and webcast replay will be available until 11:59 pm ET on Thursday, May 17, 2012.  The telephone replay can be accessed two hours after the call by dialing +1 (855) 859-2056 (for domestic callers) or +1 (404) 537-3406 (for international callers) and using the conference ID # 68386062.  The webcast replay can be accessed on Digital Realty’s website immediately after the live call has concluded.

About Digital Realty

Digital Realty Trust, Inc. focuses on delivering customer driven data center solutions by providing secure, reliable and cost effective facilities that meet each customer’s unique data center needs. Digital Realty’s customers include domestic and international companies across multiple industry verticals ranging from information technology and Internet enterprises, to manufacturing and financial services. Digital Realty’s 102 properties, excluding three properties held as investments in unconsolidated joint ventures, comprise approximately 19.1 million square feet as of April 26, 2012, including 2.2 million square feet of space held for redevelopment. Digital Realty’s portfolio is located in 31 markets throughout Europe, North America, Singapore and Australia. Additional information about Digital Realty is included in the Company Overview, which is available on the Investors page of Digital Realty’s website at http://www.digitalrealty.com.

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