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TORONTO, May 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — STORAGEVAULT CANADA INC. (“StorageVault” or the “Corporation”) (SVI-TSX-V) reported the Corporation’s 2019 first quarter results and increases its dividend. Iqbal Khan, Chief Financial Officer, commented:
“Commencing fiscal 2019, 89 stores qualify as Existing Self Storage – with both revenue and net operating income accounting for over 75% of our total revenues and net operating income. The quarter’s results were above our projections and puts us on pace to achieve our expected annual results. We continue to focus on acquisitions and improving our operational performance. Year to date, we have closed or announced $373 million in acquisitions, $308 million closed in Q2, surpassing our goal of $100 million for fiscal 2019. Our net operating income on existing self storage stores increased by 8.1% for Q1 2019 over Q1 2018. This result was achieved through strong same storage revenue growth of 7.4%.”
2019 First Quarter Results
The Q1 2019 net loss of $8.8 million (net loss of $7.8 million for Q1 2018) is after $15.6 million of depreciation and amortization, which was offset by a deferred tax recovery of $1.5 million, both non-cash items.
Revenue for the first quarter increased to $26.2 million compared to $20.9 million in Q1 2018 and net operating income (NOI), a non-IFRS measure, grew to $17.4 million from $13.6 million for the comparative period. As a result of acquisition and integration costs incurred ($2.0 million in Q1 2019 versus $0.5 million in Q1 2018) for acquisitions closed or announced in fiscal 2019 to date, cash flow from operations was $5.6 million in Q1 2019 compared to $6.1 million in Q1 2018. Cash balance at the end of the quarter was $20.5 million.
As a result of our revenue management program, increased occupancy and operational efficiency, Existing Self Storage store revenue increased 7.4% compared to the same period last year, and NOI, a non-IFRS measure, increased 8.1% compared to the same period last year. Due to acquisition and integrations costs incurred ($2.0 million in Q1 2019 versus $0.5 million in Q1 2018) for the $373 million of acquisitions closed or announced in fiscal 2019 to date, funds from operations (FFO), a non-IFRS measure, were $5.3 million for Q1 2019 compared to $5.8 million in Q1 2018, an 8.3% change from the same period last year. Adjusted funds from operations (AFFO), a non-IFRS measure, were $7.3 million for Q1 2019 compared to $6.3 million in Q1 2018, a 16.1% increase from the same period last year.
For a reconciliation of the above NOI, FFO, and AFFO amounts to IFRS, please see the Corporation’s Management’s Discussion & Analysis for the three months ended March 31, 2019 filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Based on the strong quarterly and year over year results, StorageVault is increasing its quarterly dividend by 0.5% beginning Q2 2019.
StorageVault is focused on owning and operating storage in the top markets in Canada. Our goal is to have multiple stores in each market, with complementary portable storage units, to take advantage of economies of scale. Our growth strategy is focused on acquisitions, organic growth, expansion of our existing stores and expansion of our portable storage business.
For comprehensive disclosure of StorageVault’s performance for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and its financial position as at such date, please see StorageVault’s Unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the three months ended March 31, 2019 filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Non-IFRS Financial Measures
Management uses both IFRS and Non-IFRS Measures to assess the financial and operating performance of the Corporation’s operations. These Non-IFRS Measures are not recognized measures under IFRS, do not have a standardized meaning under IFRS and are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The Non-IFRS Measures referenced in this news release include the following:
- Net Operating Income (“NOI”) – NOI is defined as storage and related services revenue less related property operating costs. NOI does not include interest expense or income, depreciation and amortization, corporate administrative costs, stock based compensation costs or taxes. NOI assists management in assessing profitability and valuation from principal business activities.
- Funds from Operations (“FFO”) – FFO is defined as net income (loss) excluding gains or losses from the sale of depreciable real estate, plus depreciation and amortization, stock based compensation expenses, and deferred income taxes; and after adjustments for equity accounted entities and non-controlling interests. The Corporation believes that FFO can be a beneficial measure, when combined with primary IFRS measures, to assist in the evaluation of the Corporation’s ability to generate cash and evaluate its return on investments as it excludes the effects of real estate amortization and gains and losses from the sale of real estate, all of which are based on historical cost accounting and which may be of limited significance in evaluating current performance.
- Adjusted Funds from Operations (“AFFO”) – AFFO is defined as FFO plus acquisition and integration costs. Acquisition and integration costs are one time in nature to the specific assets purchased in the current period or pending and are expensed under IFRS.
- Existing Self Storage – means stores that the StorageVault has owned or leased since the beginning of the previous fiscal year.
NOI, FFO, AFFO and Existing Self Storage, should not be viewed as an alternative to, in isolation from, or superior to, net income or cash flow from operations, or results from StorageVault’s comprehensive operations, respectively, or other measures calculated in accordance with IFRS. NOI, FFO and AFFO should not be interpreted as an indicator of cash generated from operating activities and is not indicative of cash available to fund operating expenditures, or for the payment of cash distributions. Existing Self Storage should not be considered a measure of StorageVault’s comprehensive operations. NOI, FFO, AFFO and Existing Self Storage are simply additional measures of operating performance which highlight trends in StorageVault’s core business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on IFRS financial measures. StorageVault’s management also uses these non-IFRS measures in order to facilitate operating performance comparisons from period to period and to prepare operating budgets. In addition, the Corporation’s definitions of NOI, FFO, AFFO and Existing Self Storage may differ from that of other issuers.
About StorageVault Canada Inc.
StorageVault owns and operates 199 storage locations in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia. StorageVault owns 148 of these locations plus over 4,600 portable storage units representing over 7.9 million rentable square feet.
For further information, contact Mr. Steven Scott or Mr. Iqbal Khan:
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