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National Storage Affiliates Trust Reports 2018 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

February 25, 2019

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 25, 2019--National Storage Affiliates Trust (“NSA” or the “Company”) (NYSE: NSA) today reported the Company’s fourth quarter and full year 2018 results.

Fourth Quarter 2018 Highlights

Full Year 2018 Highlights

Highlights Subsequent to Year-End

Arlen Nordhagen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “2018 was a banner year for the growth of NSA and our iStorage brand, with the formation of our 2018 Joint Venture and our investment in nearly $1.7 billion of self storage properties. We’re excited to carry this momentum into 2019 as we have closed on the addition of our previously announced ninth PRO, Southern Self Storage, and entered into agreements to add our tenth PRO, Moove In Self Storage. Moove In is led by John Gilliland, a past Chairman of the national Self Storage Association, and his team brings decades of valuable experience in the northeastern U.S. self storage market to NSA.”

Financial Results

Net income increased $2.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2018 and increased $10.3 million for full year 2018 as compared to the same periods in 2017. The increase was primarily the result of incremental NOI generated from 57 wholly-owned self storage properties acquired during full year 2018 and same store NOI growth, partially offset by increases in depreciation and amortization and interest expense.

The increases in FFO and Core FFO for the fourth quarter of 2018 and full year 2018 were primarily the result of incremental NOI from properties acquired during full year 2018, same store NOI growth, and incremental FFO from the Company’s unconsolidated real estate ventures, partially offset by higher interest expense and the payment of dividends on preferred shares.

Same Store Operating Results (376 Properties)

Year-over-year same store total revenues increased 4.2% for the fourth quarter of 2018 and 4.0% for full year 2018 as compared to the same periods in 2017. The increase in the fourth quarter of 2018 was driven primarily by a 4.4% increase in average annualized rental revenue per occupied square foot partially offset by a 50 basis point decrease in average occupancy. The full year 2018 increase resulted primarily from a 4.1% increase in average annualized rental revenue per occupied square foot partially offset by a 20 basis point decrease in average occupancy.

Year-over-year same store property operating expenses increased 2.0% for the fourth quarter of 2018 and 2.6% for full year 2018 as compared to the same periods in 2017. These increases primarily resulted from increases in property taxes, personnel costs and repairs and maintenance expenses.

Investment Activity

NSA acquired seven wholly-owned self storage properties located in four states consisting of approximately 0.4 million rentable square feet configured in approximately 3,000 storage units during the fourth quarter of 2018. Consideration for these acquisitions included approximately $49.2 million of net cash, the issuance of approximately $2.0 million of OP equity and the assumption of approximately $0.2 million of other working capital liabilities.

During the year ended December 31, 2018, NSA formed the 2018 Joint Venture, in which the Company has a 25% ownership interest, with an affiliate of Heitman America Real Estate REIT LLC. In September 2018, the 2018 Joint Venture completed the acquisition of a portfolio of 112 self storage properties located across 17 states and Puerto Rico, consisting of over 8 million rentable square feet configured in over 68,000 storage units for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $1.325 billion. Immediately following the closing of the acquisition, the 2018 Joint Venture distributed the six self storage properties in the portfolio located in Puerto Rico and a single self storage property located in Ohio to NSA.

Including the seven self storage properties acquired by NSA from the 2018 Joint Venture discussed above, during the full year 2018, NSA invested $356.6 million in the acquisition of 57 wholly-owned self storage properties located in 13 states and Puerto Rico consisting of approximately 3.2 million rentable square feet configured in approximately 28,000 storage units.

During the year ended December 31, 2018, NSA’s 2016 Joint Venture invested in three self storage properties and an expansion project at an existing property for $28.5 million, comprising approximately 0.2 million rentable square feet, configured in approximately 1,300 storage units.

Subsequent to December 31, 2018, NSA acquired 23 wholly-owned self storage properties located in six states consisting of approximately 1.3 million rentable square feet configured in approximately 11,000 storage units for approximately $147.0 million. Consideration for these acquisitions included approximately $122.9 million of net cash, the issuance of approximately $23.7 million of OP units, subordinated performance units and Series A-1 preferred units and the assumption of approximately $0.4 million of other working capital liabilities.

In addition, in February 2019, NSA entered into definitive agreements to add Moove In Self Storage of York, Pennsylvania as NSA’s tenth PRO. Moove In currently owns 19 self storage properties and operates a total of 23 self storage properties under the Moove In Self Storage brand in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York. Upon closing, Moove In intends to contribute six self storage properties to NSA as part of the initial contribution transaction, and Moove In’s remaining properties will be added to NSA’s captive pipeline. The Company expects the initial contribution transaction and related closing documentation, including the entry into a facilities portfolio management agreement, to close during the first quarter of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions.

Balance Sheet

NSA entered into an agreement with a lender for a new $75 million term loan during the fourth quarter of 2018. The term loan matures in ten years and has an effective interest rate of 4.62%. NSA used the proceeds from the term loan to repay outstanding amounts under its revolving line of credit.

Common Share Dividends

On February 21, 2019, NSA’s Board of Trustees declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.30 per common share, which will be paid on March 29, 2019 to shareholders of record as of March 15, 2019.

2019 Guidance

Tamara Fischer, President and Chief Financial Officer, commented, “Our same store pool in 2019 will increase by 63 stores for a total of 439 stores. These newly added stores are geographically diversified across 19 states and we anticipate these stores to have a relatively neutral impact on our projected 2019 same store revenue growth. In addition, we’ve already acquired or have under contract to acquire an additional 30 wholly-owned self storage properties for approximately $190 million during the first quarter of 2019, reflecting our continued commitment to our growth initiatives as we begin 2019.”

The following table outlines NSA’s FFO guidance estimates and related assumptions for the year ended December 31, 2019:

Supplemental Financial Information

The full text of this earnings release and supplemental financial information, including certain financial information referenced in this release, are available on NSA’s website at http://ir.nationalstorageaffiliates.com/quarterly-reporting and as exhibit 99.1 to the Company’s Form 8-K furnished to the SEC on February 25, 2019.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures & Glossary

This press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP measures are presented because NSA’s management believes these measures help investors understand NSA’s business, performance and ability to earn and distribute cash to its shareholders by providing perspectives not immediately apparent from net income (loss). These measures are also frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties. The presentation of FFO, Core FFO and NOI in this press release are not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. In addition, NSA’s method of calculating these measures may be different from methods used by other companies, and, accordingly, may not be comparable to similar measures as calculated by other companies that do not use the same methodology as NSA. These measures, and other words and phrases used herein, are defined in the Glossary in the supplemental financial information and, where appropriate, reconciliations of these measures and other non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP measures are included in the Schedules to this press release and in the supplemental financial information.

Quarterly Teleconference and Webcast

The Company will host a conference call at 1:00pm Eastern Time on Monday, February 25, 2019 to discuss its financial results. At the conclusion of the call, management will accept questions from certified financial analysts. All other participants are encouraged to listen to a webcast of the call by accessing the link found on the Company’s website at www.nationalstorageaffiliates.com.

Conference Call and Webcast: Date/Time: Monday, February 25, 2019, 1:00pm ET Webcast available at: www.nationalstorageaffiliates.com Domestic (Toll Free US & Canada): 877.407.9711 International: 412.902.1014

Replay: Domestic (Toll Free US & Canada): 877.660.6853 International: 201.612.7415 Conference ID: 13686870

A replay of the call will be available for one week through Monday, March 4, 2019. A replay of the webcast will be available for 30 days on NSA’s website at www.nationalstorageaffiliates.com.

Upcoming Industry Conferences

NSA management is scheduled to participate in the 2019 Wells Fargo Real Estate Forum on February 27, 2019 in New York, New York and in Citi’s 2019 Global Property CEO Conference on March 4 – 6, 2019 in Hollywood, Florida.

About National Storage Affiliates Trust

National Storage Affiliates Trust is a Maryland real estate investment trust focused on the ownership, operation and acquisition of self storage properties located within the top 100 metropolitan statistical areas throughout the United States. The Company currently holds ownership interests in and operates 698 self storage properties located in 34 states and Puerto Rico with approximately 44.3 million rentable square feet. NSA is one of the largest owners and operators of self storage properties among public and private companies in the U.S. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.nationalstorageaffiliates.com. NSA is included in the MSCI US REIT Index (RMS/RMZ), the Russell 2000 Index of Companies and the S&P SmallCap 600 Index.

NOTE REGARDING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking statements as such term is defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and such statements are intended to be covered by the safe harbor provided by the same. Forward-looking statements are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and are generally beyond the Company’s control. These forward-looking statements include information about possible or assumed future results of the Company’s business, financial condition, liquidity, results of operations, plans and objectives. Changes in any circumstances may cause the Company’s actual results to differ significantly from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. When used in this release, the words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “plan,” “continue,” “intend,” “should,” “may” or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Statements regarding the following subjects, among others, may be forward-looking: market trends in the Company’s industry, interest rates, the debt and lending markets or the general economy; the Company’s business and investment strategy; the acquisition of properties, including those under contract, our ability to execute on our acquisition pipeline; the timing of acquisitions under contract; and the Company’s guidance estimates for the year ended December 31, 2019. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the other documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements, and other risks, uncertainties and factors are based on the Company’s beliefs, assumptions and expectations of its future performance, taking into account all information currently available to the Company. Forward-looking statements are not predictions of future events. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

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CONTACT: National Storage Affiliates Trust

Investor/Media Relations

George Hoglund, CFA

Vice President - Investor Relations

720.630.2160

ghoglund@nsareit.net

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA COLORADO

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: REIT CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY COMMERCIAL BUILDING & REAL ESTATE

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