CubeSmart Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual 2023 Results

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MALVERN, Pa., Feb. 29, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CubeSmart (NYSE: CUBE) today announced its operating results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2023.

“We closed 2023 with another solid quarter as we experienced more stable trends compared to earlier in the year. New York City generated portfolio-leading growth, showcasing the strength of the market’s demand profile and the muted new supply backdrop,” commented President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher P. Marr. “Looking to 2024, our strong platform and team, coupled with our significant balance sheet capacity, have us well-positioned to execute our growth strategy in any macroeconomic climate.”

Key Highlights for the Fourth Quarter

  • Reported diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) attributable to the Company’s common shareholders of $0.50.
  • Reported funds from operations (“FFO”), as adjusted, per diluted share of $0.70.
  • Increased same-store (592 stores) net operating income (“NOI”) 1.2% year over year, driven by 0.4% revenue growth and a 1.8% decrease in property operating expenses.
  • Averaged same-store occupancy of 90.8% during the quarter and ended the quarter at 90.3%.
  • Closed on one property acquisition for $22.0 million.
  • Increased the quarterly dividend 4.1% to an annualized rate of $2.04 per common share from the previous annualized rate of $1.96 per common share.
  • Added 43 stores to our third-party management platform during the quarter, bringing our total third-party managed store count to 795.

Financial Results

Net income attributable to the Company’s common shareholders was $112.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2023, compared with $81.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2022. A significant driver of the year over year increase was decreased amortization of in-place lease intangibles related to stores acquired in December 2021. Diluted EPS attributable to the Company’s common shareholders increased to $0.50 for the fourth quarter of 2023, compared with $0.36 for the same period last year.

Net income attributable to the Company’s common shareholders for the year ended December 31, 2023 was $410.8 million, compared with $291.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2022. A significant driver of the year over year increase was decreased amortization of in-place lease intangibles related to stores acquired in December 2021. Diluted EPS attributable to the Company’s common shareholders increased to $1.82 for the year ended December 31, 2023, compared with $1.29 for the prior year.

FFO, as adjusted, was $158.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2023, compared with $152.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2022. FFO, as adjusted, per diluted share increased 4.5% to $0.70 for the fourth quarter of 2023, compared with $0.67 for the same period last year.  

FFO, as adjusted, for the year ended December 31, 2023 was $609.4 million, compared with $574.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2022. FFO per share, as adjusted, increased 5.9% to $2.68 for the year ended December 31, 2023, compared with $2.53 for the year ended December 31, 2022.

Investment Activity

Acquisition Activity

During the quarter and year ended December 31, 2023, the Company acquired one store located in New Jersey for $22.0 million. Subsequent to year-end, the Company acquired a two-store portfolio in Connecticut for $20.2 million.

Development Activity

The Company has agreements with developers for the construction of self-storage properties in high-barrier-to-entry locations. As of December 31, 2023, the Company had four joint venture development properties under construction. The Company anticipates investing a total of $94.2 million related to these projects and had invested $51.2 million of that total as of December 31, 2023. The stores are located in New Jersey (1) and New York (3) and are expected to open at various times during 2024 and 2025. During the quarter, the Company opened for operation approximately 19.4% of the total expected rentable square feet of its joint venture development property in Astoria, New York, in which the Company is anticipated to have a total investment of $40.1 million upon the store’s completion during the second quarter of 2024.

Third-Party Management

As of December 31, 2023, the Company’s third-party management platform included 795 stores totaling 51.9 million rentable square feet. During the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2023, the Company added 43 stores and 167 stores, respectively, to its third-party management platform.

Same-Store Results

The Company’s same-store portfolio as of December 31, 2023 included 592 stores containing 42.3 million rentable square feet, or approximately 95.9% of the aggregate rentable square feet of the Company’s 611 consolidated stores. These same-store properties represented approximately 96.6% of the Company’s property NOI for the three months ended December 31, 2023.

Same-store physical occupancy as of December 31, 2023 and 2022 was 90.3% and 91.3%, respectively. Same-store revenues for the fourth quarter of 2023 increased 0.4% and same-store operating expenses decreased 1.8% from the same quarter in 2022. Same-store NOI increased 1.2% from the fourth quarter of 2022 to the fourth quarter of 2023.

Operating Results

As of December 31, 2023, the Company’s total consolidated portfolio included 611 stores containing 44.1 million rentable square feet and had physical occupancy of 89.8%.

Revenues increased $4.1 million and property operating expenses decreased $1.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2023, as compared to the same period in 2022. Increases in revenues were primarily attributable to revenues generated from property acquisitions and recently opened development properties as well as increased rental rates on our same‐store portfolio. Decreases in property operating expenses were primarily attributable to decreases in expenses from same-store properties largely related to property taxes.

Interest expense decreased from $23.6 million during the three months ended December 31, 2022 to $22.6 million during the three months ended December 31, 2023, a decrease of $1.0 million. The decrease was attributable to a decrease in the average outstanding debt balance and lower interest rates during the 2023 period compared to the 2022 period. The average outstanding debt balance decreased to $2.97 billion during the three months ended December 31, 2023 as compared to $3.06 billion during the three months ended December 31, 2022. The weighted average effective interest rate on our outstanding debt decreased to 3.00% for the three months ended December 31, 2023 compared to 3.02% during the three months ended December 31, 2022.

Financing Activity

During the three months ended December 31, 2023, the Company did not sell any common shares of beneficial interest through its at-the-market ("ATM") equity program. As of December 31, 2023, the Company had 5.8 million shares available for issuance under the existing equity distribution agreements.

Quarterly Dividend

On December 7, 2023, the Company declared a quarterly dividend of $0.51 per common share, a 4.1% increase compared to the Company’s previously declared quarterly dividend of $0.49 per share. The dividend was paid on January 16, 2024 to common shareholders of record on January 2, 2024.

2024 Financial Outlook

“We had a successful year in 2023 as we continued our disciplined approach to capital allocation, expanded our overall store count by 10% through additions to our third-party managed platform, and improved our already strong balance sheet position,” commented Chief Financial Officer Tim Martin. “Given the volatility in storage fundamentals coupled with the uncertain macroeconomic backdrop, our initial 2024 guidance contemplates a wide range of potential outcomes.”

The Company estimates that its fully diluted earnings per share for 2024 will be between $1.69 and $1.79, and that its fully diluted FFO per share, as adjusted, for 2024 will be between $2.59 and $2.69. Due to uncertainty related to the timing and terms of transactions, the impact of any potential future speculative investment activity is excluded from guidance. For 2024, the same-store pool will consist of 598 properties totaling 43.0 million rentable square feet.

 Current Ranges for
2024 Full Year Guidance Range SummaryAnnual Assumptions
Same-store revenue growth (1.25%) to  1.25%
Same-store expense growth 5.50% to  7.00%
Same-store NOI growth (4.00%) to  0.00%
          
Acquisition of consolidated operating properties$100.0M  to $200.0M 
Dilution from properties in lease-up$(0.02) to $(0.03)
          
Property management fee income$40.5M  to $42.5M 
General and administrative expenses$59.5M  to $61.5M 
Interest and loan amortization expense$97.0M  to $99.0M 
Full year weighted average shares and units 227.7M     227.7M 
          
Diluted earnings per share attributable to common shareholders$1.69  to $1.79 
Plus: real estate depreciation and amortization 0.90     0.90 
FFO, as adjusted, per diluted share$2.59  to $2.69 
          
1st Quarter 2024 GuidanceRange
Diluted earnings per share attributable to common shareholders$0.41  to $0.43 
Plus: real estate depreciation and amortization 0.22     0.22 
FFO, as adjusted, per diluted share$0.63  to $0.65 
          

Conference Call

Management will host a conference call at 11:00 a.m. ET on Friday, March 1, 2024 to discuss financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2023.

A live webcast of the conference call will be available online from the investor relations page of the Company’s corporate website at www.cubesmart.com. Telephone participants may join on the day of the call by dialing 1 (888) 575-5163 using conference ID 14924806.

After the live webcast, the webcast will be available on CubeSmart’s website. In addition, a telephonic replay of the call will be available through March 14, 2024 by dialing 1 (877) 674-7070 using conference number 924806#.

Supplemental operating and financial data as of December 31, 2023 is available in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s corporate website.

About CubeSmart

CubeSmart is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust. The Company's self-storage properties are designed to offer affordable, easily accessible and, in most locations, climate-controlled storage space for residential and commercial customers. According to the 2023 Self-Storage Almanac, CubeSmart is one of the top three owners and operators of self-storage properties in the United States.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Funds from operations (“FFO”) is a widely used performance measure for real estate companies and is provided here as a supplemental measure of operating performance. The April 2002 National Policy Bulletin of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (the “White Paper”), as amended, defines FFO as net income (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding gains (or losses) from sales of real estate and related impairment charges, plus real estate depreciation and amortization, and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures.

Management uses FFO as a key performance indicator in evaluating the operations of the Company's stores. Given the nature of its business as a real estate owner and operator, the Company considers FFO a key measure of its operating performance that is not specifically defined by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. The Company believes that FFO is useful to management and investors as a starting point in measuring its operational performance because FFO excludes various items included in net income that do not relate to or are not indicative of its operating performance such as gains (or losses) from sales of real estate, gains from remeasurement of investments in real estate ventures, impairments of depreciable assets, and depreciation, which can make periodic and peer analyses of operating performance more difficult. The Company’s computation of FFO may not be comparable to FFO reported by other REITs or real estate companies.

FFO should not be considered as an alternative to net income (determined in accordance with GAAP) as an indication of the Company’s performance. FFO does not represent cash generated from operating activities determined in accordance with GAAP and is not a measure of liquidity or an indicator of the Company’s ability to make cash distributions. The Company believes that to further understand its performance, FFO should be compared with its reported net income and considered in addition to cash flows computed in accordance with GAAP, as presented in its consolidated financial statements.

FFO, as adjusted represents FFO as defined above, excluding the effects of acquisition related costs, gains or losses from early extinguishment of debt, and other non-recurring items, which the Company believes are not indicative of the Company’s operating results.

The Company defines net operating income, which it refers to as “NOI,” as total continuing revenues less continuing property operating expenses. NOI also can be calculated by adding back to net income (loss): interest expense on loans, loan procurement amortization expense, loss on early extinguishment of debt, acquisition related costs, equity in losses of real estate ventures, other expense, depreciation and amortization expense, general and administrative expense, and deducting from net income (loss): equity in earnings of real estate ventures, gains from sales of real estate, net, other income, gains from remeasurement of investments in real estate ventures and interest income. NOI is a measure of performance that is not calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Management uses NOI as a measure of operating performance at each of its stores, and for all of its stores in the aggregate. NOI should not be considered as a substitute for net income, cash flows provided by operating, investing and financing activities, or other income statement or cash flow statement data prepared in accordance with GAAP.

The Company believes NOI is useful to investors in evaluating operating performance because it is one of the primary measures used by management and store managers to evaluate the economic productivity of the Company’s stores, including the ability to lease stores, increase pricing and occupancy, and control property operating expenses. Additionally, NOI helps the Company’s investors meaningfully compare the results of its operating performance from period to period by removing the impact of its capital structure (primarily interest expense on outstanding indebtedness) and depreciation of the basis in its assets from operating results.

Forward-Looking Statements

This presentation, together with other statements and information publicly disseminated by CubeSmart (“we,” “us,” “our” or the “Company”), contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the “Exchange Act.” Forward-looking statements include statements concerning the Company’s plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events, future revenues or performance, capital expenditures, financing needs, plans or intentions relating to acquisitions and other information that is not historical information. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “believes,” “expects,” “estimates,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “anticipates,” or “intends” or the negative of such terms or other comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy. Such statements are based on assumptions and expectations that may not be realized and are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy and some of which might not even be anticipated. Although we believe the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, future events and actual results, performance, transactions or achievements, financial and otherwise, may differ materially from the results, performance, transactions or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. As a result, you should not rely on or construe any forward-looking statements in this presentation, or which management or persons acting on their behalf may make orally or in writing from time to time, as predictions of future events or as guarantees of future performance. We caution you not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this presentation or as of the dates otherwise indicated in such forward-looking statements. All of our forward-looking statements, including those in this presentation, are qualified in their entirety by this statement.

There are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in or contemplated by this presentation. Any forward-looking statements should be considered in light of the risks and uncertainties referred to in Item 1A. “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

These risks include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • adverse changes in economic conditions in the real estate industry and in the markets in which we own and operate self-storage properties;
  • the effect of competition from existing and new self-storage properties and operators on our ability to maintain or raise occupancy and rental rates;
  • the failure to execute our business plan;
  • adverse impacts from pandemics, quarantines and stay at home orders, including the impact on our ability to operate our self-storage properties, the demand for self-storage, rental rates and fees and rent collection levels;
  • reduced availability and increased costs of external sources of capital;
  • increases in interest rates and operating costs;
  • financing risks, including the risk of over-leverage and the corresponding risk of default on our mortgage and other debt and potential inability to refinance existing or future debt;
  • counterparty non-performance related to the use of derivative financial instruments;
  • risks related to our ability to maintain our qualification as a real estate investment trust (“REIT”) for federal income tax purposes;
  • the failure of acquisitions and developments to close on expected terms, or at all, or to perform as expected;
  • increases in taxes, fees and assessments from state and local jurisdictions;
  • the failure of our joint venture partners to fulfill their obligations to us or their pursuit of actions that are inconsistent with our objectives;
  • reductions in asset valuations and related impairment charges;
  • cybersecurity breaches, cyber or ransomware attacks or a failure of our networks, systems or technology, which could adversely impact our business, customer and employee relationships or result in fraudulent payments;
  • changes in real estate, zoning, use and occupancy laws or regulations;
  • risks related to or consequences of earthquakes, hurricanes, windstorms, floods, other natural disasters or acts of violence, pandemics, active shooters, terrorism, insurrection or war that impact the markets in which we operate;
  • potential environmental and other material liabilities;
  • governmental, administrative and executive orders, regulations and laws, which could adversely impact our business operations and customer and employee relationships;
  • uninsured or uninsurable losses and the ability to obtain insurance coverage, indemnity or recovery from insurance against risks and losses;
  • our ability to attract and retain talent in the current labor market;
  • other factors affecting the real estate industry generally or the self-storage industry in particular; and
  • other risks identified in Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K and, from time to time, in other reports that we file with the SEC or in other documents that we publicly disseminate.

Given these uncertainties, we caution readers not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise except as may be required in securities laws.

Contact:

CubeSmartJosh SchutzerVice President, Finance(610) 535-5700

 
CUBESMART AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(in thousands, except share data)
 
  December 31,
     2023     2022 
   (unaudited)   
ASSETS      
Storage properties $7,367,613  $7,295,778 
Less: Accumulated depreciation  (1,416,377)  (1,247,775)
Storage properties, net (including VIE assets of $180,615 and $167,180, respectively)  5,951,236   6,048,003 
Cash and cash equivalents  6,526   6,064 
Restricted cash  1,691   2,861 
Loan procurement costs, net of amortization  3,995   5,182 
Investment in real estate ventures, at equity  98,288   105,993 
Assets held for sale     3,745 
Other assets, net  163,284   153,982 
Total assets $6,225,020  $6,325,830 
       
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY      
Unsecured senior notes, net $2,776,490  $2,772,350 
Revolving credit facility  18,100   60,900 
Mortgage loans and notes payable, net  128,186   162,918 
Lease liabilities - finance leases  65,714   65,758 
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities  201,419   214,384 
Distributions payable  115,820   111,190 
Deferred revenue  38,483   38,757 
Liabilities held for sale     1,773 
Total liabilities  3,344,212   3,428,030 
       
Noncontrolling interests in the Operating Partnership  60,276   57,419 
       
Commitments and contingencies      
       
Equity      
Common shares $.01 par value, 400,000,000 shares authorized, 224,921,053 and 224,603,462 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively  2,249   2,246 
Additional paid-in capital  4,142,229   4,125,478 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (411)  (491)
Accumulated deficit  (1,345,239)  (1,301,030)
Total CubeSmart shareholders’ equity  2,798,828   2,826,203 
Noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries  21,704   14,178 
Total equity  2,820,532   2,840,381 
Total liabilities and equity $6,225,020  $6,325,830 

 
CUBESMART AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(in thousands, except per share data)(unaudited)
 
  For the year ended December 31,
     2023     2022     2021 
          
REVENUES         
Rental income $911,999  $879,289  $707,751 
Other property related income  101,793   96,166   83,605 
Property management fee income  36,542   34,169   31,208 
Total revenues  1,050,334   1,009,624   822,564 
OPERATING EXPENSES         
Property operating expenses  294,780   293,260   252,104 
Depreciation and amortization  201,238   310,610   232,049 
General and administrative  57,041   54,623   47,809 
Total operating expenses  553,059   658,493   531,962 
OTHER (EXPENSE) INCOME         
Interest:         
Interest expense on loans  (93,065)  (93,284)  (78,448)
Loan procurement amortization expense  (4,141)  (3,897)  (8,168)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt        (20,328)
Equity in earnings of real estate ventures  6,085   48,877   25,275 
Gains from sales of real estate, net        32,698 
Other  6,281   (10,355)  (10,818)
Total other expense  (84,840)  (58,659)  (59,789)
NET INCOME  412,435   292,472   230,813 
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests in the Operating Partnership  (2,535)  (1,931)  (7,873)
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries  857   722   542 
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE COMPANY’S COMMON SHAREHOLDERS $410,757  $291,263  $223,482 
          
Basic earnings per share attributable to common shareholders $1.82  $1.29  $1.10 
Diluted earnings per share attributable to common shareholders $1.82  $1.29  $1.09 
          
Weighted average basic shares outstanding  225,424   224,928   203,832 
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding  226,241   225,881   205,009 

 
Same-Store Results (592 stores)(in thousands, except percentages and per square foot data)(unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended    Year Ended   
  December 31, Percent  December 31, Percent 
     2023     2022     Change 2023     2022     Change
                   
REVENUES                  
Rental income $222,301  $221,086  0.5 %   $882,011  $853,939  3.3 %
Other property related income  9,354   9,628  (2.8)%    38,420   35,718  7.6 %
Total revenues  231,655   230,714  0.4 %    920,431   889,657  3.5 %
                   
OPERATING EXPENSES                  
Property taxes (1)  20,356   23,526  (13.5)%    93,550   94,991  (1.5)%
Personnel expense  13,219   12,942  2.1 %    52,854   54,002  (2.1)%
Advertising  4,334   4,306  0.7 %    20,174   18,682  8.0 %
Repair and maintenance  2,856   2,659  7.4 %    10,454   9,602  8.9 %
Utilities  5,189   5,210  (0.4)%    22,336   22,250  0.4 %
Property insurance  3,072   2,133  44.0 %    10,872   8,188  32.8 %
Other expenses  8,986   8,310  8.1 %    35,207   34,118  3.2 %
                   
Total operating expenses  58,012   59,086  (1.8)%    245,447   241,833  1.5 %
                   
Net operating income (2) $173,643  $171,628  1.2 %   $674,984  $647,824  4.2 %
                   
Gross margin  75.0 %   74.4 %      73.3 %   72.8 %    
                   
Period end occupancy  90.3 %   91.3 %      90.3 %   91.3 %    
                   
Period average occupancy  90.8 %   91.9 %      91.8 %   93.2 %    
                   
Total rentable square feet  42,338         42,338       
                   
Realized annual rent per occupied square foot (3) $23.12  $22.72  1.8 %   $22.70  $21.65  4.8 %
                   
Reconciliation of Same-Store Net Operating Income to Net Income                  
                   
Same-store net operating income (2) $173,643  $171,628     $674,984  $647,824    
Non same-store net operating income (2)  6,102   4,641      21,760   17,262    
Indirect property overhead (4)  14,094   12,225      58,810   51,278    
Depreciation and amortization  (50,566)  (69,433)     (201,238)  (310,610)   
General and administrative expense  (13,982)  (12,983)     (57,041)  (54,623)   
Interest expense on loans  (22,626)  (23,555)     (93,065)  (93,284)   
Loan procurement amortization expense  (1,030)  (1,012)     (4,141)  (3,897)   
Equity in earnings of real estate ventures  1,603   1,345      6,085   48,877    
Other  5,899   (684)     6,281   (10,355)   
                   
Net income $113,137  $82,172     $412,435  $292,472    
                   

(1)   For comparability purposes, current year amounts related to the expiration of certain real estate tax abatements have been excluded from the same-store portfolio results ($174k and $678k for the three months and year ended December 31, 2023, respectively).

(2)   Net operating income (“NOI”) is a non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) financial measure. The above table reconciles same-store NOI to GAAP Net income.

(3)   Realized annual rent per occupied square foot is computed by dividing annualized rental income by the weighted average occupied square feet for the period.

(4)   Includes property management income earned in conjunction with managed properties.

Non-GAAP Measure – Computation of Funds From Operations(in thousands, except percentages and per share and unit data)(unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended  Year Ended
  December 31, December 31,
  2023   2022  2023  2022 
             
Net income attributable to the Company's common shareholders $112,667  $81,862  $410,757  $291,263 
             
Add (deduct):            
Real estate depreciation and amortization:            
Real property  48,627   68,103   194,845   305,845 
Company's share of unconsolidated real estate ventures  2,093   2,141   8,446   9,320 
Gains from sales of real estate, net (1)        (1,477)  (45,705)
Noncontrolling interests in the Operating Partnership  665   527   2,535   1,931 
             
FFO attributable to the Company's common shareholders and third-party OP unitholders $164,052  $152,633  $615,106  $562,654 
             
(Deduct) add:            
Gain on involuntary conversion (2)  (4,827)     (4,827)   
Property damage related to hurricane, net of expected insurance proceeds  (844)  (312)  (844)  1,266 
Transaction-related expenses (3)           10,546 
             
FFO, as adjusted, attributable to the Company's common shareholders and third-party OP unitholders $158,381  $152,321  $609,435  $574,466 
             
Earnings per share attributable to common shareholders - basic $0.50  $0.36  $1.82  $1.29 
Earnings per share attributable to common shareholders - diluted $0.50  $0.36  $1.82  $1.29 
FFO per share and unit - fully diluted $0.72  $0.67  $2.70  $2.47 
FFO, as adjusted per share and unit - fully diluted $0.70  $0.67  $2.68  $2.53 
             
Weighted average basic shares outstanding  225,546   225,088   225,424   224,928 
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding  226,242   225,876   226,241   225,881 
Weighted average diluted shares and units outstanding  227,571   227,325   227,634   227,402 
             
Dividend per common share and unit $0.51  $0.49  $1.98  $1.78 
Payout ratio of FFO, as adjusted  72.9 % 73.1 % 73.9 % 70.4 
                 

(1)   For the year ended December 31, 2022, $45.7 million represents gains related to the sale by 191 IV CUBE Southeast LLC ("HVPSE") of all 14 of its self-storage properties on August 30, 2022. A portion of the proceeds from the sale were held back to pay venture-level expenses. For the year ended December 31, 2023, $1.7 million represents distributions in excess of our investment in HVPSE from the proceeds that were held back from this sale. These amounts are included in equity in earnings of real estate ventures within our consolidated statements of operations. In addition, the year ended December 31, 2023 includes a $0.2 million loss related to the sale of the California Yacht Club, which was acquired in 2021 as part of the Company's acquisition of LAACO, Ltd. This amount is included in the component of other (expense) income designated as Other within our consolidated statements of operations.

(2)   Relates to a store that was subject to an involuntary conversion by the Department of Transportation of the State of Illinois on December 19, 2023. This amount is included in the component of other (expense) income designated as Other within our consolidated statements of operations.

(3)   For the year ended December 31, 2022, transaction-related expenses include severance expenses ($10.3 million) and other transaction expenses ($0.2 million). Prior to our acquisition of LAACO, Ltd. on December 9, 2021, the predecessor company entered into severance agreements with certain employees, including members of their executive team. These costs were known to us and the assumption of the obligation to make these payments post-closing was contemplated in our net consideration paid in the transaction. In accordance with GAAP, and based on the specific details of the arrangements with the employees prior to closing, these costs are considered post-combination compensation expenses. Transaction-related expenses are included in the component of other (expense) income designated as Other within our consolidated statements of operations.

 

 

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