Saturday, February 11th, 2012 - Brookfield Office Properties Inc

Comparable FFO Grows 18% in 2011 and 11% in the Fourth Quarter

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Feb 10, 2012 -- Brookfield Office Properties Inc. (NYSE: BPO) (TSX: BPO) today announced that net income attributable to common shareholders for the year ended December 31, 2011 was $1.69 billion or $2.92 per diluted share, compared with $1.55 billion or $2.73 per diluted share in 2010. Net income attributable to common shareholders for quarter ended December 31, 2011 was $338 million or $0.58 per diluted share, compared with $971 million or $1.70 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Funds from operations ("FFO") for our commercial operations for the year ended December 31, 2011 increased to $605 million or $1.08 per diluted common share, from $514 million or $0.94 per diluted common share in 2010 on a comparable basis as capital was redeployed from the residential operations business into the more stable commercial property platform. FFO for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 was $151 million or $0.26 per diluted common share, compared with $136 million or $0.25 per diluted common share during the same period in 2010 on a comparable basis:

 

(US Millions, except per share                                                amounts)                         Three Months Ended    Twelve Months Ended                                   --------------------  --------------------                                     12/31/11  12/31/10   12/31/11   12/31/10                                   ---------- ---------  ---------  ---------  Total FFO                        $      151 $     216  $     640  $     727  Less: one-time items                     --       (32)       (22)       (85) Less: discontinued residential                                                operations                              --       (48)       (13)      (128)                                  ---------- ---------  ---------  ---------  Comparable FFO                   $      151 $     136  $     605  $     514  Per share                        $     0.26 $    0.25  $    1.08  $    0.94                                   ---------- ---------  ---------  ---------  

FFO, including the residential business which was sold early in the year, and one-time items was $640 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 or $1.14 per diluted common share compared with 2010 FFO of $727 million or $1.37 per diluted common share. For the fourth quarter of 2010, FFO was $216 million or $0.40 per diluted common share.

Commercial property net operating income for the year increased to $1.01 billion, compared with $729 million in 2010, largely as a result of the contribution from the Australian portfolio acquired in September 2010 and other acquisitions during the year. Commercial property net operating income for the fourth quarter of 2011 increased to $305 million, compared with $203 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, largely due to the impact of the property acquisitions and the consolidation of the U.S. Office Fund.

OUTLOOK

"During 2011 we signed 10.1 million square feet of leases, a new record for us and a testament to improving office fundamentals and emerging confidence in many of our markets," stated Ric Clark, chief executive officer of Brookfield Office Properties. "We have built a strong foundation in 2011 upon which to grow, not only through our leasing achievements but through various capital initiatives and preparations to launch selective developments."

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FOURTH QUARTER

Leased 2.7 million square feet of space during the quarter at an average net rent of $29.50 per square foot, representing a 4% increase over expiring net rents in the period, bringing the total amount of space leased for the year to 10 million square feet. This was the highest volume ever for the company, surpassing 2007's record output by 22%. The portfolio occupancy rate finished the quarter at 93.2%. Highlights from the quarter include:

New York -- 919,000 square feet

 

  • Bank of America/Merrill Lynch: 767,000-square-foot renewal at the World Financial Center
  • Getco: 45,000-square-foot new lease at One Liberty Plaza

Houston -- 516,000 square feet

 

  • Continental Airlines: 223,000-square-foot lease extension at Continental Center II
  • ENI: 141,000-square-foot new lease at Two Allen Center

Toronto -- 399,000 square feet

 

  • Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt: 191,000-square-foot renewal at First Canadian Place
  • MCW Consultants: 35,000-square-foot new lease at Queen's Quay Terminal

Los Angeles -- 386,000 square feet

 

  • Kirkland & Ellis: 102,000-square-foot renewal at Bank of America Plaza
  • Alston & Bird: 81,000-square-foot new lease at Bank of America Plaza

Washington, DC -- 235,000 square feet

 

  • USAC: 72,000-square-foot renewal and expansion at 2000 L St.
  • Carahsoft: 25,000-square-foot new lease at Sunrise Tech Center III (VA)

Actively recycled capital, selling 53 State Street in Boston for $610 million and Newport Tower, Jersey City for $377 million, and reinvesting into new opportunistic investments, including a 51% interest in 1801 California Street, Denver for $215 million and a 49% interest in Four World Financial Center, New York for $264 million.

Completed new property-level financings totaling approximately $500 million, including permanent financing of Bay Adelaide Centre in Toronto for C$405 million at a rate of 4.4%, maturing in 2021.

Consolidated Canadian office assets within Canadian REIT subsidiary which is separately traded. A 25% interest in nine Canadian office properties was sold to 83%-owned Brookfield Office Properties Canada ("BOX") for C$222 million and the assumption of debt.

Issued C$200 million in senior notes with a January 2017 maturity date and a yield of 4.30%, subsequent to the fourth quarter. The net proceeds of the issue have been used to repay higher-rate debt in an effort to continue to capitalize on the low interest-rate environment and extend maturities.

Increased corporate revolver by $35 million to $695 million, subsequent to the fourth quarter.

GUIDANCE
Brookfield Office Properties announced full-year 2012 diluted funds from operations to be in the range of $613 million to $637 million, or $1.07 to $1.12 per share, with a mid-point of $626 million or $1.10 per share. The primary assumptions used for the mid-point of this guidance range are:

 

  • an increase in occupancy from 93.2% to 94% by end of 2012;
  • growth in same property net operating income of approximately 1.5% in 2012 compared with 2011;
  • lease termination income of $10 million;
  • an exchange rate that assumes a stronger Canadian dollar at $0.99 to US$1.00 and a stronger Australian dollar at $0.96 to US$1.00;
  • no acquisitions, and dispositions amounting to net proceeds of approximately $200 million which are expected to be sold in the first half of the year with proceeds assumed to repay bank lines.

All dollar references are in U.S. dollars unless noted otherwise.

Dividend Declaration
The Board of Directors of Brookfield Office Properties declared a quarterly common share dividend of $0.14 per share payable on March 30, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 1, 2012. Shareholders resident in the United States will receive payment in U.S. dollars and shareholders resident in Canada will receive their dividends in Canadian dollars at the exchange rate on the record date, unless they elect otherwise. Common shareholders have the option to participate in the company's Dividend Reinvestment Program, in which all or a portion of cash dividends can be automatically reinvested in common shares. The quarterly dividends payable for the Class AAA Series F, G, H, I, J, K, L, N, P and R preferred shares were also declared payable on March 30, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 15, 2012.

Net Operating Income and FFO
This press release and accompanying financial information make reference to net operating income and funds from operations on a total and per share basis. Net operating income is defined as income from property operations after operating expenses have been deducted, but prior to deducting financing, administrative, fair value adjustments and income tax expenses. Brookfield Office Properties defines FFO attributable to common shareholders as income before fair value adjustments, income taxes and certain other non-cash items as and when they arise, less non-controlling interests in the foregoing. FFO is determined as FFO from consolidated properties, FFO from equity accounted investments and FFO from discontinued operations. The company uses net operating income and FFO to assess its operating results. Net operating income is important in assessing operating performance and FFO is a widely-used measure to analyze real estate. The company provides the components of net operating income and a full reconciliation from net income to FFO with the financial information accompanying this press release. The company reconciles FFO to net income as opposed to cash flow from operating activities as it believes net income is the most comparable measure. Net operating income and FFO are both measures which do not have any standard meaning and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release, particularly the "Outlook" and "Guidance" sections, contain forward-looking statements and information within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. Although Brookfield Office Properties believes that the anticipated future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements and information are based upon reasonable assumptions and expectations, the reader should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and information because they involve assumptions, known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the company to differ materially from anticipated future results, performance or achievement expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and information. Accordingly, the company cannot give any assurance that its expectations will in fact occur and cautions that actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements and information include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions; local real estate conditions, including the development of properties in close proximity to the company's properties; timely leasing of newly-developed properties and re-leasing of occupied square footage upon expiration; dependence on tenants' financial condition; the uncertainties of real estate development and acquisition activity; the ability to effectively integrate acquisitions; interest rates; availability of equity and debt financing; the impact of newly-adopted accounting principles on the company's accounting policies and on period-to-period comparisons of financial results, and other risks and factors described from time to time in the documents filed by the company with the securities regulators in Canada and the United States, including in the Annual Information Form under the heading "Business of Brookfield Properties - Company and Real Estate Industry Risks," and in the company's most recent interim report under the heading "Management's Discussion and Analysis." The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Conference Call
Analysts, investors and other interested parties are invited to participate in the company's live conference call reviewing fourth quarter and full-year 2011 results on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. eastern time. Scheduled speakers are Ric Clark, chief executive officer, and Bryan Davis, chief financial officer. Management's presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.

To participate in the conference call, please dial 888.437.9357, pass code 3849599, five minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call. Live audio of the call will also be available via webcast at www.brookfieldofficeproperties.com. A replay of this call can be accessed through March 10, 2012 by dialing 888.203.1112, pass code 3849599. A replay of the webcast, as well as a podcast download, will be available at www.brookfieldofficeproperties.com for one year.

Supplemental Information
Investors, analysts and other interested parties can access Brookfield Office Properties' Supplemental Information Package before the market open on February 10, 2012 at www.brookfieldofficeproperties.com under the Investors/Financial Reports section. This additional financial information should be read in conjunction with this press release.

Brookfield Office Properties Profile
Brookfield Office Properties owns, develops and manages premier office properties in the United States, Canada and Australia. Its portfolio is comprised of interests in 110 properties totaling more than 78 million square feet in the downtown cores of New York, Washington, D.C., Houston, Los Angeles, Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, making Brookfield the global leader in the ownership and management of office assets. Landmark properties include the World Financial Center in Manhattan, Brookfield Place in Toronto, Bank of America Plaza in Los Angeles, Bankers Hall in Calgary, Darling Park in Sydney and City Square in Perth. The company's common shares trade on the NYSE and TSX under the symbol BPO. For more information, visit www.brookfieldofficeproperties.com.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

(US Millions, except per share amounts)  December 31, 2011 December 31, 2010                                          ----------------- -----------------                                                                              Assets                                                                       Investment properties                                                          Commercial properties                  $          19,258 $          12,742   Commercial developments                            1,412             1,050 Equity accounted investments(1)                      2,256             2,957 Receivables and other                                1,290             1,596 Restricted cash and cash equivalents                    69                42 Cash and cash equivalents                              434               142 Assets held for sale(2)                                425             1,891                                          ----------------- ----------------- Total assets                             $          25,144 $          20,420                                          ----------------- -----------------                                                                              Liabilities                                                                  Commercial property debt                 $          10,635 $           7,261 Accounts payable and other liabilities               1,072               936 Deferred tax liabilities                               547               366 Liabilities associated with assets held                                       for sale(3)                                           217               749 Capital securities                                     994             1,038                                          ----------------- ----------------- Total liabilities                                   13,465            10,350                                          ----------------- ----------------- Equity                                                                       Preferred equity                                     1,095               848 Common equity                                        9,080             7,959                                          ----------------- ----------------- Total shareholders' equity                          10,175             8,807 Non-controlling interests                            1,504             1,263                                          ----------------- ----------------- Total equity                                        11,679            10,070                                          ----------------- ----------------- Total liabilities and equity             $          25,144 $          20,420                                          ----------------- ----------------- Book value per common share              $           17.90 $           15.75 Book value per common share - pre-tax    $           18.94 $           16.46                                          ----------------- ----------------- (1) Includes properties and entities held through joint ventures and             associates                                                               (2) Comprises $423 million of commercial properties, nil of residential          development inventory, and $2 million of other assets at December 31,        2011 (December 31, 2010 -- $316 million, $1,244 million, and $331            million, respectively)                                                   (3) Comprises $210 million of commercial property debt, nil of residential       development debt, and $7 million of other liabilities at December 31,        2011 (December 31, 2010 -- $165 million, $489 million, and $95 million,      respectively)                                                            

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

 

(US Millions)                      Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended                                    --------------------  -------------------                                     12/31/11   12/31/10   12/31/11  12/31/10                                    ---------  ---------  --------- ---------  Total revenue                     $     527  $     397  $   1,787 $   1,326                                    ---------  ---------  --------- ---------  Net operating income                                                         Commercial operations                   305        203      1,014       729  Interest and other income                16         54        130       110                                    ---------  ---------  --------- ---------                                          321        257      1,144       839  Expenses                                                                     Interest                                                                       Commercial property debt              142        101        483       322    Capital securities - corporate         14         15         57        58  General and administrative               37         34        140       123  Depreciation                              2          1          9         9                                    ---------  ---------  --------- ---------  Income before gains (losses),                                                 share of net earnings (losses)                                               from equity accounted                                                        investments and income taxes           126        106        455       327  Gains (losses) and other items            -         (1)       150        (1) Fair value gains                        302        582        957       641  Share of net earnings from equity                                             accounted investments(1)               110        246        599       604                                    ---------  ---------  --------- ---------  Income before income tax expense        538        933      2,161     1,571  Income tax expense (benefit)            140        (71)       314        (6)                                   ---------  ---------  --------- ---------  Net income from continuing                                                    operations                             398      1,004      1,847     1,577  Income (loss) from discontinued                                               operations                              (4)        38         49       109                                    ---------  ---------  --------- ---------  Net income                              394      1,042      1,896     1,686  Non-controlling interests                56         71        206       134                                    ---------  ---------  --------- ---------  Net income attributable to common                                             shareholders                     $     338  $     971  $   1,690 $   1,552                                    =========  =========  ========= =========  (1) Includes valuation gains of $79 million and $177 million, respectively,      for the three months ended December 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010 and       gains of $389 million and $318 million for the twelve months ended           December 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively.                   



                               Three Months Ended      Twelve Months Ended                               ------------------------ -----------------------                               12/31/11     12/31/10    12/31/11    12/31/10                              -----------  ----------- ----------- ----------- Earnings (loss) per share                                                     attributable to common                                                       shareholders - basic                                                        Continuing operations       $      0.65  $      1.84 $      3.15 $      2.80 Discontinued operations           (0.01)        0.07        0.09        0.22                             -----------  ----------- ----------- -----------                             $      0.64  $      1.91 $      3.24 $      3.02                             -----------  ----------- ----------- ----------- 



                               Three Months Ended      Twelve Months Ended                               ------------------------ -----------------------                               12/31/11     12/31/10    12/31/11    12/31/10                              -----------  ----------- ----------- ----------- Earnings (loss) per share                                                     attributable to common                                                       shareholders -diluted                                                       Continuing operations       $      0.59  $      1.63 $      2.83 $      2.53 Discontinued operations           (0.01)        0.07        0.09        0.20                             -----------  ----------- ----------- -----------                             $      0.58  $      1.70 $      2.92 $      2.73                             -----------  ----------- ----------- ----------- 

RECONCILATION TO FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS

 

(US Millions, except per share                                                amounts)                          Three Months Ended    Twelve Months Ended                                   --------------------  --------------------                                    12/31/11   12/31/10   12/31/11   12/31/10                                   ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- Net income (loss) attributable to                                             common shareholders              $     338  $     971  $   1,690  $   1,552 Add (deduct) non-cash and certain                                             other items:                                                                  Fair value and other (gains)                                                  losses                              (302)      (582)      (957)     (641)   Fair value adjustments in                                                     earnings from equity accounted                                               investments                          (79)      (177)      (389)     (350)   Gains (losses) and other items          -          1       (150)         1   Non-controlling interests in                                                  above items                           46         55        151         79   Income taxes                          140        (71)       314        (6)   Discontinued operations(1)              8         20        (15)        49   Cash payments under interest                                                  rate swap contracts                    -         (1)        (4)      (10)                                   ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- Funds from operations before                                                  gains                                  151        216        640        674 Realized gain on investment               -          -          -         53                                   ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- Funds from operations             $     151  $     216  $     640  $     727 Preferred share dividends               (17)       (12)       (58)      (39)                                   ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- FFO attributable to common                                                    shareholders                     $     134  $     204  $     582  $     688                                   ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- Weighted average common shares                                                outstanding                          506.1      506.8      507.9      506.2 FFO per common share              $    0.26  $    0.40  $    1.14  $    1.37                                   ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- (1) Reflects fair value and other gains net of income taxes                  



(US Millions, except per share                                                amounts)                          Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended                                    -------------------  --------------------                                     12/31/11  12/31/10   12/31/11   12/31/10                                    --------- ---------  ---------  ---------  Total FFO                         $     151 $     216  $     640  $     727  Less: one-time items                      -       (32)       (22)       (85) Less: discontinued residential                                                operations                               -       (48)       (13)      (128)                                   --------- ---------  ---------  ---------  Comparable FFO                    $     151 $     136  $     605  $     514  Per share                         $    0.26 $    0.25  $    1.08  $    0.94                                    --------- ---------  ---------  ---------  

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY NET OPERATING INCOME

 

(US Millions)                     Three Months Ended    Twelve Months Ended                                   --------------------  --------------------                                    12/31/11   12/31/10   12/31/11   12/31/10                                   ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  Revenue from continuing                                                       operations                      $     510  $     340  $   1,677  $   1,224  Operating expenses                    (205)      (137)      (663)      (495)                                  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  Net operating income             $     305  $     203  $   1,014  $     729                                   ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  

DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

 

(US Millions)                     Three Months Ended    Twelve Months Ended                                   --------------------  --------------------                                    12/31/11   12/31/10   12/31/11   12/31/10                                   ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  Commercial revenue from                                                       discontinued operations         $      14  $      14  $      55  $      56  Operating expenses                      (8)        (7)       (28)       (29)                                  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  Commercial net operating income                                               from discontinued operations            6          7         27         27  Residential development revenue          -        195         83        554  Operating expenses                       -       (147)       (70)      (426)                                  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  Residential development net                                                   operating income                        -         48         13        128  Interest and other income                -          5          1         13  Interest expense                        (2)        (2)        (7)       (10)                                  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  Funds from discontinued                                                       operations                              4         58         34        158  Fair value and other gains                                                    (losses)                               (9)        (6)        19        (10) Income taxes related to                                                       discontinued operations and                                                  other                                   1        (14)        (4)       (39)                                  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  Discontinued operations          $      (4) $      38  $      49  $     109                                   ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  

 

 

 

  

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