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Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. Reports 2023 First Quarter Results

SAN DIEGO, April 25, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (NASDAQ:ROIC) announced today financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2023.


  • $8.1 million of net income attributable to common stockholders ($0.06 per diluted share)
  • $33.8 million in Funds From Operations (FFO)(1) ($0.25 per diluted share)
  • FFO per diluted share guidance for 2023 reaffirmed ($1.05 - $1.11 per diluted share)
  • 98.3% portfolio lease rate at 3/31/23 (all-time record high)
  • 559,157 square feet of leases executed (most active quarter on record)
  • 11.3% increase in same-space cash base rents on new leases (6.2% on renewals)
  • 0.7% decrease in same-center cash net operating income (1Q‘23 vs. 1Q‘22)
  • $15.4 million property disposition currently under contract
  • Unsecured credit facility maturity extended by three years (from 1Q‘24 to 1Q‘27)
  • $150.0 million of interest rate swap agreements entered into (5.4% fixed interest rate)
  • 84.2% of total principal debt outstanding effectively fixed-rate at 3/31/23
  • 6.7x net principal debt-to-annualized EBITDA ratio for 1Q‘23
  • Awarded 2023 Green Lease Leader by U.S. Department of Energy
  • $0.15 per share cash dividend declared

(1) A reconciliation of GAAP net income to FFO is provided at the end of this press release.

Stuart A. Tanz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. stated, “Capitalizing on the ongoing strong demand for space, we posted our most active quarter to date, setting a new record in terms of square footage leased during the quarter and in terms of achieving a new record high portfolio lease rate. We also posted our 45th consecutive quarter of achieving releasing rent growth. While working to enhance the value of our portfolio through our leasing initiatives, we are also working to enhance our financial flexibility. During the first quarter, we extended our credit facility maturity by another three years and lowered our floating-rate debt down to 15.8% of our total debt.” Tanz added, “Looking ahead, we are on track thus far to achieve our previously stated objectives for 2023.”


For the three months ended March 31, 2023, GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders was $8.1 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, as compared to GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders of $11.6 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2022. FFO for the first quarter of 2023 was $33.8 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, as compared to $36.2 million, or $0.28 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2022. ROIC reports FFO as a supplemental performance measure in accordance with the definition set forth by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. A reconciliation of GAAP net income to FFO is provided at the end of this press release.

For the first quarter of 2023, same-center net operating income (NOI) was $50.6 million, as compared to $51.0 million in same-center NOI for the first quarter of 2022, representing a 0.7% decrease. Included in same-center NOI for the first quarter of 2023 was $0.8 million in snow removal expense primarily related to storms in the Seattle metropolitan area during the first quarter of 2023. ROIC reports same-center comparative NOI on a cash basis. A reconciliation of GAAP operating income to same-center comparative NOI is provided at the end of this press release.


During the first quarter of 2023, ROIC amended its $600.0 million unsecured credit facility, extending the maturity date by three years (from February 2024 to March 2027). Additionally, borrowings outstanding on the credit facility now bear interest based on the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (“SOFR”) with an adjusted pricing grid, along with a Sustainability Metric feature, and related pricing grid. Existing provisions to extend the maturity date for two consecutive six-month periods (through March 2028) and the accordion feature, which allows ROIC to increase the credit facility to $1.2 billion, were maintained. ROIC also amended its $300.0 million unsecured term loan to be based on SOFR. The term loan’s accordion feature provision, which allows ROIC to increase the term loan to $500.0 million, was maintained. Additionally, during the first quarter of 2023, ROIC entered into interest rate swap agreements fixing the interest rate at 5.4% through August 2024 on $150.0 million of its $300.0 million unsecured term loan.

At March 31, 2023, ROIC had total real estate assets (before accumulated depreciation) of approximately $3.4 billion and approximately $1.4 billion of principal debt outstanding, of which approximately $1.3 billion was unsecured debt, including $67.0 million outstanding on its $600.0 million unsecured credit facility. For the first quarter of 2023, ROIC’s net principal debt-to-annualized EBITDA ratio was 6.7 times, and 84.2% of its total principal debt outstanding was effectively fixed-rate at March 31, 2023.


ROIC currently has an agreement to sell one property for approximately $15.4 million located in the Portland metropolitan area, subject to the completion of customary closing conditions.


At March 31, 2023, ROIC’s portfolio was 98.3% leased. During the first quarter of 2023, ROIC executed 107 leases, totaling 559,157 square feet, including 34 new leases, totaling 47,353 square feet, achieving an 11.3% increase in same-space comparative base rent, and 73 renewed leases, totaling 511,804 square feet, achieving a 6.2% increase in base rent. ROIC reports same-space comparative base rent on a cash basis.


ROIC’s Chief Accounting Officer, Laurie Sneve will be retiring, effective May 10, 2023. ROIC’s Corporate Controller, Lauren Silveira will be assuming the position of Chief Accounting Officer. Tanz commented, “Laurie Sneve has been instrumental in the growth and success of ROIC over the past decade and I am truly grateful for her invaluable contributions and leadership. All of us at ROIC wish her the very best in retirement. With Laurie retiring, we are pleased to announce the promotion of Lauren Silveira. Lauren has been an integral part of the ROIC team since 2013, and I look forward to working with Lauren in her new executive role.”


ROIC has been selected as a 2023 Green Lease Leader by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance and the Institute for Market Transformation. For the third consecutive year, ROIC was awarded “Gold” level designation in recognition of its continued success in collaborating with tenants on energy efficiency, decarbonization, air quality and other critical environmental issues.


On April 7, 2023, ROIC distributed a $0.15 per share cash dividend. On April 25, 2023, the Board declared a cash dividend of $0.15 per share, payable on July 7, 2023 to stockholders of record on June 16, 2023.


ROIC will conduct a conference call to discuss its results on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

To participate in the conference call, click on the following link (ten minutes prior to the call) to register:

Once registered, participants will have the option of: 1) dialing in from their phone (using a PIN); or 2) clicking the “Call Me” option to receive an automated call directly to their phone.

The conference call will also be available live (in a listen-only mode) at:

The conference call will be recorded and available for replay following the conclusion of the live broadcast and will be accessible up to one year on ROIC’s website, specifically on its Investor Relations Events & Presentations page:


Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (NASDAQ: ROIC), is a fully-integrated, self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) that specializes in the acquisition, ownership and management of grocery-anchored shopping centers located in densely-populated, metropolitan markets across the West Coast. As of March 31, 2023, ROIC owned 93 shopping centers encompassing approximately 10.6 million square feet. ROIC is the largest publicly-traded, grocery-anchored shopping center REIT focused exclusively on the West Coast. ROIC is a member of the S&P SmallCap 600 Index and has investment-grade corporate debt ratings from Moody's Investor Services, S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings, Inc. Additional information is available at:

When used herein, the words "believes," "anticipates," "projects," "should," "estimates," "expects," “guidance” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements with the meaning of that term in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and in Section 21F of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Certain statements contained herein may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.   Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results of ROIC to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Information regarding such risks and factors is described in ROIC's filings with the SEC, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, which is available at:

Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share data)

 March 31, 2023
 December 31, 2022
Real Estate Investments:   
Land$958,300  $958,236 
Building and improvements 2,455,644   2,452,857 
  3,413,944   3,411,093 
Less:  accumulated depreciation 593,277   578,593 
  2,820,667   2,832,500 
Mortgage note receivable 4,764   4,786 
Real Estate Investments, net 2,825,431   2,837,286 
Cash and cash equivalents 11,536   5,598 
Restricted cash 2,132   1,861 
Tenant and other receivables, net 59,298   57,546 
Deposits 500   500 
Acquired lease intangible assets, net 50,410   52,428 
Prepaid expenses 4,219   5,957 
Deferred charges, net 31,576   26,683 
Other assets 16,411   16,420 
Total assets$3,001,513  $3,004,279 
Term loan$299,344  $299,253 
Credit facility 67,000   88,000 
Senior Notes 947,260   946,849 
Mortgage notes payable 60,699   60,917 
Acquired lease intangible liabilities, net 148,769   152,117 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 54,628   22,885 
Tenants’ security deposits 7,832   7,701 
Other liabilities 43,087   41,959 
Total liabilities 1,628,619   1,619,681 
Commitments and contingencies   
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value 50,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding     
Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 500,000,000 shares authorized; 125,024,887 and 124,538,811 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively 12   12 
Additional paid-in capital 1,612,150   1,612,126 
Accumulated dividends in excess of earnings (326,686)  (315,984)
Accumulated other comprehensive income 9   14 
Total Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. stockholders’ equity 1,285,485   1,296,168 
Non-controlling interests 87,409   88,430 
Total equity 1,372,894   1,384,598 
Total liabilities and equity$3,001,513  $3,004,279 

Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)

 Three Months Ended March 31,
  2023   2022 
Rental revenue$78,999  $75,037 
Other income 297   1,436 
Total revenues 79,296   76,473 
Operating expenses   
Property operating 14,202   12,091 
Property taxes 8,844   8,520 
Depreciation and amortization 25,104   23,762 
General and administrative expenses 5,320   5,240 
Other expense 172   179 
Total operating expenses 53,642   49,792 
Operating income 25,654   26,681 
Non-operating expenses   
Interest expense and other finance expenses (16,958)  (14,215)
Net income 8,696   12,466 
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests (554)  (825)
Net Income Attributable to Retail Opportunity Investments Corp.$8,142  $11,641 
Earnings per share – basic and diluted$0.06  $0.09 
Dividends per common share$0.15  $0.13 

(In thousands)

 Three Months Ended March 31,
  2023  2022
Net income attributable to ROIC$8,142 $11,641
Plus:  Depreciation and amortization 25,104  23,762
Funds from operations – basic 33,246  35,403
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests 554  825
Funds from operations – diluted$33,800 $36,228

(In thousands, except number of shopping centers and percentages)

  Three Months Ended March 31,
   2023   2022  $ Change % Change
Number of shopping centers included in same-center analysis 87   87     
Same-center leased rate 98.2%  97.4%   0.8%
 Base rents$53,897  $52,621  $1,276  2.4%
 Percentage rent 365   199   166  83.4%
 Recoveries from tenants 19,396   18,114   1,282  7.1%
 Other property income 117   1,046   (929) (88.8)%
 Bad debt (910)  (584)  (326) 55.8%
Total Revenues 72,865   71,396   1,469  2.1%
Operating Expenses       
 Property operating expenses 13,786   12,082   1,704  14.1%
 Property taxes 8,461   8,347   114  1.4%
Total Operating Expenses 22,247   20,429   1,818  8.9%
Same-Center Cash Net Operating Income$50,618  $50,967  $(349) (0.7)%

(In thousands)

 Three Months Ended March 31,
  2023   2022 
GAAP operating income$25,654  $26,681 
Depreciation and amortization 25,104   23,762 
General and administrative expenses 5,320   5,240 
Other expense 172   179 
Straight-line rent (347)  (451)
Amortization of above- and below-market rent (2,864)  (3,057)
Property revenues and other expenses (1) 5   (96)
Total Company cash NOI 53,044   52,258 
Non same-center cash NOI (2,426)  (1,291)
Same-center cash NOI$50,618  $50,967 

(1)   Includes anchor lease termination fees, net of contractual amounts, if any, expense and recovery adjustments related to prior periods and other miscellaneous adjustments.


Funds from operations (“FFO”), is a widely recognized non-GAAP financial measure for REITs that the Company believes when considered with financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP, provides additional and useful means to assess its financial performance. FFO is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties to evaluate the performance of REITs, most of which present FFO along with net income as calculated in accordance with GAAP. The Company computes FFO in accordance with the “White Paper” on FFO published by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”), which defines FFO as net income attributable to common stockholders (determined in accordance with GAAP) excluding gains or losses from debt restructuring, sales of depreciable property and impairments, plus real estate related depreciation and amortization, and after adjustments for partnerships and unconsolidated joint ventures.

The Company uses cash net operating income (“NOI”) internally to evaluate and compare the operating performance of the Company’s properties. The Company believes cash NOI provides useful information to investors regarding the Company’s financial condition and results of operations because it reflects only those income and expense items that are incurred at the property level, and when compared across periods, can be used to determine trends in earnings of the Company’s properties as this measure is not affected by the non-cash revenue and expense recognition items, the cost of the Company’s funding, the impact of depreciation and amortization expenses, gains or losses from the acquisition and sale of operating real estate assets, general and administrative expenses or other gains and losses that relate to the Company’s ownership of properties. The Company believes the exclusion of these items from operating income is useful because the resulting measure captures the actual revenue generated and actual expenses incurred in operating the Company’s properties as well as trends in occupancy rates, rental rates and operating costs. Cash NOI is a measure of the operating performance of the Company’s properties but does not measure the Company’s performance as a whole and is therefore not a substitute for net income or operating income as computed in accordance with GAAP. The Company defines cash NOI as operating revenues (base rent and recoveries from tenants), less property and related expenses (property operating expenses and property taxes), adjusted for non-cash revenue and operating expense items such as straight-line rent and amortization of lease intangibles, debt-related expenses and other adjustments. Cash NOI also excludes general and administrative expenses, depreciation and amortization, acquisition transaction costs, other expense, interest expense, gains and losses from property acquisitions and dispositions, extraordinary items, tenant improvements and leasing commissions. Other REITs may use different methodologies for calculating cash NOI, and accordingly, the Company’s cash NOI may not be comparable to other REITs.

Nicolette O’Leary
Director of Investor Relations

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