NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 1, 2018--Paramount Group, Inc. (NYSE: PGRE) (“Paramount” or the “Company”) reported its financial results today for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Second Quarter Highlights:

Reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $34.8 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, compared to net income attributable to common stockholders of $103.0 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. Reported Core Funds from Operations (“Core FFO”) attributable to common stockholders of $57.9 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, compared to $54.6 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. Updated its full year 2018 Earnings Guidance as follows: Estimated net loss attributable to common stockholders is expected to be between $0.14 and $0.10 per diluted share, compared to its prior estimate of net income attributable to common stockholders of $0.02 to $0.06 per diluted share.Estimated Core FFO attributable to common stockholders is expected to be between $0.93 and $0.97 per diluted share, compared to its prior estimate of $0.92 to $0.96 per diluted share. Reported a 5.9% increase in Same Store Cash Net Operating Income (“NOI”) and a 6.1% increase in Same Store NOI in the quarter ended June 30, 2018, compared to the same period in the prior year. Leased 312,522 square feet, of which the Company’s share was 278,845 square feet that was leased at a weighted average initial rent of $76.78 per square foot. Of the square footage leased, 87,646 square feet represented second generation space, for which the Company achieved a positive mark-to-market of 19.8% on a cash basis and 8.7% on a GAAP basis. Increased leased occupancy and same store leased occupancy by 240 basis points to 96.4% at June 30, 2018 from 94.0% at March 31, 2018. Declared a second quarter cash dividend of $0.10 per common share on June 15, 2018, which was paid on July 13, 2018.

Financial Results

Quarter Ended June 30, 2018

Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $34.8 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, compared to net income attributable to common stockholders of $103.0 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Funds from Operations (“FFO”) attributable to common stockholders was $58.9 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, compared to $62.3 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. FFO attributable to common stockholders for the quarters ended June 30, 2018 and 2017 includes the impact of non-core items, which are listed in the table on page 9. The aggregate of these items, net of amounts attributable to noncontrolling interests, increased FFO attributable to common stockholders for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 and 2017 by $1.0 million and $7.7 million, or $0.01 and $0.04 per diluted share, respectively.

Core FFO attributable to common stockholders, which excludes the impact of the non-core items listed on page 9, was $57.9 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, compared to $54.6 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2018

Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $33.7 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to net income attributable to common stockholders of $103.4 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2017.

FFO attributable to common stockholders was $112.6 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to $113.9 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2017. FFO attributable to common stockholders for the six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017 includes the impact of non-core items, which are listed in the table on page 9. The aggregate of these items, net of amounts attributable to noncontrolling interests, decreased FFO attributable to common stockholders for the six months ended June 30, 2018 by $0.3 million, or $0.00 per diluted share, and increased FFO attributable to common stockholders for the six months ended June 30, 2017 by $7.8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share.

Core FFO attributable to common stockholders, which excludes the impact of the non-core items listed on page 9, was $112.9 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to $106.1 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2017.

Portfolio Operations

Quarter Ended June 30, 2018

Same Store Cash NOI increased by $4.8 million, or 5.9%, to $86.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 from $82.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. Same Store NOI increased by $6.0 million, or 6.1%, to $104.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 from $98.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

During the quarter ended June 30, 2018, the Company leased 312,522 square feet, of which the Company’s share was 278,845 square feet that was leased at a weighted average initial rent of $76.78 per square foot. This leasing activity, partially offset by lease expirations in the quarter, increased leased occupancy and same store leased occupancy (properties owned by the Company in both reporting periods) by 240 basis points to 96.4% at June 30, 2018 from 94.0% at March 31, 2018. Of the 312,522 square feet leased in the second quarter, 87,646 square feet represented second generation space (space that had been vacant for less than twelve months) for which the Company achieved positive mark-to-markets of 19.8% on a cash basis and 8.7% on a GAAP basis. The weighted average lease term for leases signed during the second quarter was 13.7 years and weighted average tenant improvements and leasing commissions on these leases were $10.37 per square foot per annum, or 13.5% of initial rent.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2018

Same Store Cash NOI increased by $15.9 million, or 10.3%, to $170.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018 from $154.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017. Same Store NOI increased by $12.0 million, or 6.3%, to $202.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018 from $190.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017.

During the six months ended June 30, 2018, the Company leased 597,689 square feet, of which the Company’s share was 495,693 square feet that was leased at a weighted average initial rent of $80.74 per square foot. This leasing activity, partially offset by lease expirations in the six months, increased leased occupancy and same store leased occupancy (properties owned by the Company in both reporting periods) by 290 basis points to 96.4% at June 30, 2018 from 93.5% at December 31, 2017. Of the 597,689 square feet leased in the six months, 248,861 square feet represents second generation space (space that has been vacant for less than twelve months) for which the Company achieved positive mark-to-markets of 18.4% on a cash basis and 11.7% on a GAAP basis. The weighted average lease term for leases signed during the six months was 11.4 years and weighted average tenant improvements and leasing commissions on these leases were $9.62 per square foot per annum, or 11.9% of initial rent.

Guidance

The Company is updating its Estimated Core FFO Guidance for the full year of 2018, which is reconciled below to estimated net loss attributable to common stockholders per diluted share in accordance with GAAP. The Company estimates that net loss attributable to common stockholders will be between $0.14 and $0.10 per diluted share, compared to its prior estimate of net income attributable to common stockholders of $0.02 to $0.06 per diluted share, resulting primarily from a real estate impairment loss that was recognized in the quarter ended June 30, 2018. The estimated net loss attributable to common stockholders per diluted share is not a projection and is being provided solely to satisfy the disclosure requirements of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Based on the Company’s performance for the six months ended June 30, 2018 and its outlook for the remainder of 2018, the Company is raising its Estimated 2018 Core FFO Guidance to be between $0.93 and $0.97 per diluted share, up from its prior range of $0.92 to $0.96 per diluted share. This represents an increase of $0.01 per diluted share at the midpoint of the Company’s guidance resulting primarily from better than expected portfolio performance.

Except as described above, these estimates reflect management’s view of current and future market conditions, including assumptions with respect to rental rates, occupancy levels and the earnings impact of the events referenced in this release and otherwise to be referenced during the conference call referred to below. These estimates do not include the impact on operating results from possible future property acquisitions or dispositions, capital markets activity or unrealized gains or losses on real estate fund investments. The estimates set forth above may be subject to fluctuations as a result of several factors, including the straight-lining of rental income and the amortization of above and below-market leases. There can be no assurance that the Company’s actual results will not differ materially from the estimates set forth above.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. You can identify these statements by our use of the words “assumes,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “guidance,” “intends,” “plans,” “projects” and similar expressions that do not relate to historical matters. You should exercise caution in interpreting and relying on forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond the Company’s control and could materially affect actual results, performance or achievements. These factors include, without limitation, the ability to enter into new leases or renew leases on favorable terms, dependence on tenants’ financial condition, the uncertainties of real estate development, acquisition and disposition activity, the ability to effectively integrate acquisitions, the costs and availability of financing, the ability of our joint venture partners to satisfy their obligations, the effects of local, national and international economic and market conditions, the effects of acquisitions, dispositions and possible impairment charges on our operating results, regulatory changes, including changes to tax laws and regulations, and other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake a duty to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

FFO is a supplemental measure of our performance. We present FFO in accordance with the definition adopted by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“Nareit”). Nareit defines FFO as GAAP net income or loss adjusted to exclude net gains from sales of depreciated real estate assets, impairment losses on depreciable real estate and depreciation and amortization expense from real estate assets, including our share of such adjustments of unconsolidated joint ventures. FFO is commonly used in the real estate industry to assist investors and analysts in comparing results of real estate companies because it excludes the effect of real estate depreciation and amortization and net gains on sales, which are based on historical costs and implicitly assume that the value of real estate diminishes predictably over time, rather than fluctuating based on existing market conditions. In addition, we present Core FFO as an alternative measure of our operating performance, which adjusts FFO for certain other items that we believe enhance the comparability of our FFO across periods. Core FFO, when applicable, excludes the impact of certain items, including, transaction related costs, realized and unrealized gains or losses on real estate fund investments, unrealized gains or losses on interest rate swaps, severance costs and gains or losses on early extinguishment of debt, in order to reflect the Core FFO of our real estate portfolio and operations. In future periods, we may also exclude other items from Core FFO that we believe may help investors compare our results.

FFO and Core FFO are presented as supplemental financial measures and do not fully represent our operating performance. Other REITs may use different methodologies for calculating FFO and Core FFO or use other definitions of FFO and Core FFO and, accordingly, our presentation of these measures may not be comparable to other real estate companies. Neither FFO nor Core FFO is intended to be a measure of cash flow or liquidity. Please refer to our financial statements, prepared in accordance with GAAP, for purposes of evaluating our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

NOI is used to measure the operating performance of our properties. NOI consists of property-related revenue (which includes rental income, tenant reimbursement income and certain other income) less operating expenses (which includes building expenses such as cleaning, security, repairs and maintenance, utilities, property administration and real estate taxes). We also present Cash NOI which deducts from NOI, straight-line rent adjustments and the amortization of above and below-market leases, net, including our share of such adjustments of unconsolidated joint ventures. In addition, we present PGRE's share of NOI and Cash NOI which represents our share of NOI and Cash NOI of consolidated and unconsolidated joint ventures, based on our percentage ownership in the underlying assets. We use NOI and Cash NOI internally as performance measures and believe they provide useful information to investors regarding our financial condition and results of operations because they reflect only those income and expense items that are incurred at property level.

Same Store NOI is used to measure the operating performance of properties that were owned by us in a similar manner during both the current period and prior reporting periods and represents Same Store NOI from consolidated and unconsolidated joint ventures based on our percentage ownership in the underlying assets. Same Store NOI also excludes lease termination income, bad debt expense and certain other items that may vary from period to period. We also present Same Store Cash NOI, which excludes the effect of non-cash items such as the straight-lining of rental revenue and the amortization of above and below-market leases.

A reconciliation of each non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure can be found in this press release and in our Supplemental Information for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, which is available on our website.

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host a conference call and audio webcast on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET), during which management will discuss the second quarter results and provide commentary on business performance. A question and answer session with analysts and investors will follow the prepared remarks.

The conference call can be accessed by dialing 877-407-0789 (domestic) or 201-689-8562 (international). An audio replay of the conference call will be available from 1:00 p.m. ET on August 2, 2018 through August 9, 2018 and can be accessed by dialing 844-512-2921 (domestic) or 412-317-6671 (international) and entering the passcode 13681171.

A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available through the “Investors” section of the Company’s website, www.paramount-group.com. A replay of the webcast will be archived on the Company’s website.

About Paramount Group, Inc.

Headquartered in New York City, Paramount Group, Inc. is a fully-integrated real estate investment trust that owns, operates, manages, acquires and redevelops high-quality, Class A office properties located in select central business district submarkets of New York City, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. Paramount is focused on maximizing the value of its portfolio by leveraging the sought-after locations of its assets and its proven property management capabilities to attract and retain high-quality tenants.

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