DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 9, 2018--Spirit MTA REIT (NYSE: SMTA) ("SMTA" or the "Company"), a net-lease real estate investment trust ("REIT") headquartered in Dallas, Texas, today reported its financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Unless otherwise specified, the second quarter 2018 highlights and financial statements that follow include two months of financial and operating information for the Company's predecessor entities (the "Predecessor Entities") and one month of financial and operating results for SMTA as a stand-alone company.

SECOND QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

On May 31, 2018, the Spin-Off from Spirit Capital Realty, Inc. ("Spirit") was completed with the distribution of one share of SMTA common stock for every ten shares of Spirit common stock held by each of Spirit's stockholders as of May 18, 2018, with 42,851,010 total shares of SMTA common stock issued in conjunction with the Spin-Off. Invested $16.7 million in acquiring four properties and other revenue producing capital expenditures. The newly acquired properties have a weighted average lease term of 14.1 years and an initial weighted-average cash yield of approximately 7.06%. Disposed of ten properties for $26.3 million in gross proceeds. Among the sales were three properties leased to Shopko for gross proceeds of $15.6 million, at a weighted average capitalization rate of 7.92%.

CEO COMMENTS

“We are very pleased to report our financial and operating results as a stand-alone Company, having completed our Spin-Off transaction from Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. during the quarter. SMTA provides an attractive and unique opportunity for investors to benefit from the monetization of a portfolio of non-core assets and the growth of our seasoned master funding vehicle. During the second quarter, we completed $26.3 million of dispositions, including three properties leased to Shopko. Together with our highly incentivized asset manager, Spirit Realty Capital, Inc., we intend to allocate our capital in accordance with our proprietary portfolio management tools, which we believe will enhance shareholder value over the long term,” stated SMTA Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Ricardo Rodriguez.

FINANCIAL RESULTS

Total revenues for the Master Trust 2014 and Other Properties segments were $44.8 million and $16.2 million, respectively, for the three months ended June 30, 2018, compared to $41.5 million and $15.7 million for the same period last year. Total revenues for the Master Trust 2014 and Other Properties segments were $90.0 million and $31.0 million, respectively, for the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to $82.8 million and $32.3 million for the same period last year. Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $0.3 million, or $0.01 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2018, compared to net income of $9.3 million for the same period a year ago. Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $7.9 million or $0.18 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to net income of $23.3 million for the same period a year ago. FFO per diluted share was $0.40 and $0.62 for the three months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively. FFO per diluted share was $0.86 and $1.32 for the six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively. AFFO for the three months ended June 30, 2018 was $25.8 million, compared to $31.6 million for the same period a year ago. AFFO per diluted share was $0.60 and $0.74 for the three months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively. AFFO for the six months ended June 30, 2018 was $52.7 million, compared to $63.4 million for the same period a year ago. AFFO per diluted share was $1.23 and $1.48 for the six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively. On June 14, 2018, the Board of Directors of Spirit MTA SubREIT, Inc. ("SubREIT") declared a quarterly cash dividend of $15.00 per share of 18% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (the "SubREIT Preferred Stock"), pro rated for the period from June 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018, which equates to an annualized cash dividend of $180.00 per share. The quarterly dividend was paid on June 29, 2018. On June 19, 2018, the Board of Trustees of SMTA declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.21 per share of 10% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (the "SMTA Preferred Stock"), pro rated for the period from May 31, 2018 to June 30, 2018, which equates to an annualized cash dividend of $2.50 per share. The quarterly dividend was paid on June 29, 2018. On August 9, 2018, the Board of Trustees of SMTA declared a total cash dividend of $0.33 per common share, comprising $0.08 for the month ended June 30, 2018 and $0.25 for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, to be paid on October 15, 2018 to holders of record as of September 28, 2018, and a cash dividend of $0.625 per share of SMTA Preferred Stock to be paid on September 28, 2018 to holders of record as of September 14, 2018. On August 9, 2018, the Board of Directors of SubREIT declared a quarterly cash dividend of $45.00 per share of SubREIT Preferred Stock to be paid on September 28, 2018 to holders of record as of September 14, 2018. The amount and timing of dividends for 2018 and beyond, will be at the discretion of the Board of Trustees and made pursuant to the Company's Dividend Policy. The Board of Trustees' decisions regarding the payment of dividends will depend on many factors, including, but not limited to, maintaining the Company's REIT tax status, timing and magnitude of disposition activities, investment opportunities and working capital needs.

SECOND QUARTER PORTFOLIO HIGHLIGHTS

During the three months ended June 30, 2018, SMTA invested $16.7 million in acquiring four properties and other revenue producing capital expenditures, all related to the Master Trust 2014 portfolio. The newly acquired properties have a weighted average lease term of 14.1 years and an initial weighted-average cash yield of approximately 7.06%. During the three months ended June 30, 2018, SMTA disposed of ten properties for $26.3 million in gross proceeds, including the sale of three income producing properties. Among the disposals were five properties within Master Trust 2014 for gross proceeds of $5.3 million, three properties leased to Shopko for gross proceeds of $15.6 million and two additional properties for $5.4 million in gross proceeds. As of June 30, 2018, SMTA's diversified real estate portfolio, comprised of 888 owned properties, with 784 and 104 in the Master Trust 2014 and Other Properties segments, respectively, was 98.8% occupied with a weighted average remaining lease term of 10.1 years.

FIRST HALF PORTFOLIO HIGHLIGHTS

During the six months ended June 30, 2018, SMTA invested $16.9 million in four properties and other revenue producing capital expenditures, all related to the Master Trust 2014 portfolio. The newly acquired properties have a weighted average lease term of 14.1 years and an initial weighted-average cash yield of approximately 7.06%. During the six months ended June 30, 2018, SMTA disposed of 30 properties for $44.2 million in gross proceeds, including the sale of 23 income producing properties for $33.5 million. Among the disposals were 25 properties within Master Trust 2014 for gross proceeds of $23.2 million, three properties leased to Shopko for gross proceeds of $15.6 million and two additional properties for $5.4 million in gross proceeds.

BALANCE SHEET, LIQUIDITY & CAPITAL MARKETS

On May 31, 2018, in conjunction with the Spin-Off, 42,851,010 shares of SMTA common stock were issued to the holders of Spirit common stock at a ratio of one share of SMTA common stock for every ten shares of Spirit common stock. In conjunction with the Spin-Off, SMTA issued to Spirit Realty, L.P. and one of its affiliates, both wholly-owned subsidiaries of Spirit, 6.0 million shares of SMTA Preferred Stock, with an aggregate liquidation preference of $150.0 million. The SMTA Preferred Stock pays cash dividends at the rate of 10.0% per annum on the liquidation preference of $25.00 per share (equivalent to $0.625 per share on a quarterly basis and $2.50 per share on an annual basis). In conjunction with the Spin-Off, SubREIT issued 5,000 shares of SubREIT Preferred Stock to a third party, with an aggregate liquidation preference of $5.0 million. The SubREIT Preferred Stock pays cash dividends at the rate of 18.0% per annum on the liquidation preference of $1,000.00 per share (equivalent to $45.00 per share on a quarterly basis and $180.00 per share on an annual basis). Unencumbered Assets totaled $604.1 million as of June 30, 2018, representing approximately 21% of SMTA's total real estate investments. As of June 30, 2018, Encumbered Assets made up $2.1 billion of total real estate investments, with all but one property, with a real estate investment amount of $123.3 million, included in Master Trust 2014. Adjusted Debt to Annualized Adjusted EBITDA re was 9.6x as of June 30, 2018, based on the one month ended June 30, 2018. Sold three properties leased to Shopko for gross proceeds of $15.1 million during the period from July 1, 2018 through August 7, 2018. As of August 7, 2018, SMTA had approximately $55.1 million in cash and cash equivalents. As of August 7, 2018, SMTA had additional funds available for acquisitions of approximately $54.8 million in its SMTA Master Trust Program release accounts. As of August 7, 2018, our outstanding common share count is 43,000,862.

EARNINGS WEBCAST

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ABOUT SPIRIT MTA REIT

Spirit MTA REIT (NYSE: SMTA) is a net-lease REIT headquartered in Dallas, Texas. SMTA owns one of the largest, most diversified and seasoned commercial real estate backed master funding vehicles. Our strategy relies on the disposition of non-core properties, disciplined acquisitions, and proactive portfolio management. SMTA is managed by Spirit Realty Capital, L.P, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Spirit (NYSE: SRC), one of the largest publicly traded triple net-lease REITs.

As of June 30, 2018, our diversified portfolio was comprised of 888 properties, including properties securing mortgage loans made by the Company. Our properties, with an aggregate gross leasable area of approximately 20.0 million square feet, are leased to approximately 205 tenants across 45 states and 23 industries. More information about Spirit MTA REIT can be found on the investor relations page of the Company's website at www.spiritmastertrust.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING AND CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "expect," "plan," "will," "estimate," "project," "intend," "believe," "guidance," and other similar expressions that do not relate to historical matters. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, which include, but are not limited to, SMTA's ability to realize its asset disposition plan by selling down assets leased to Shopko; SMTA's significant leverage, which may expose it to the risk of default under its debt obligations; risks associated with using debt to fund SMTA's business activities (including its ability to use Master Trust 2014, an asset-backed securitization trust, as its main financing vehicle, changes in interest rates and conditions of the debt capital markets, generally); SMTA's dependence on its external manager, Spirit Realty, L.P., to conduct its business and achieve its investment objectives; SMTA's continued ability to source new investments; unknown liabilities acquired in connection with acquired properties or interests in real-estate related entities; general risks affecting the real estate industry and local real estate markets (including, without limitation, the market value of SMTA's properties, the inability to enter into or renew leases at favorable rates, portfolio occupancy varying from expectations, dependence on tenants' financial condition and operating performance, and competition from other developers, owners and operators of real estate); the financial performance of SMTA's tenants and the demand for traditional retail and restaurant space; potential fluctuations in the consumer price index; risks associated with SMTA's failure to maintain its status as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and other additional risks discussed in SMTA's most recent filings with the SEC, including its registration statement on Form 10, as amended. SMTA expressly disclaims any responsibility to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

NOTICE REGARDING NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

In addition to U.S. GAAP financial measures, this press release may refer to certain non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures are in addition to, not a substitute for or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered replacements for, and should be read together with, the most comparable GAAP financial measures. Definitions of non-GAAP financial measures, reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and statements of why management believes these measures are useful to investors are included below.

REPORTING DEFINITIONS AND EXPLANATIONS

Adjusted Funds from Operations (AFFO) AFFO is a non-GAAP financial measure of operating performance used by many companies in the REIT industry. We adjust FFO to eliminate the impact of certain items that we believe are not indicative of our core operating performance, including restructuring and divestiture costs, other G&A costs associated with relocation of the Company's headquarters, transactions costs associated with our proposed Spin-Off, default interest and fees on non-recourse mortgage indebtedness, debt extinguishment gains (losses), transaction costs incurred in connection with the acquisition of real estate investments subject to existing leases and certain non-cash items. These certain non-cash items include non-cash revenues (comprised of straight-line rents, amortization of above and below market rent on our leases, amortization of lease incentives, amortization of net premium (discount) on loans receivable, provision for bad debts and amortization of capitalized lease transaction costs), non-cash interest expense (comprised of amortization of deferred financing costs and amortization of net debt discount/premium) and non-cash compensation expense (stock-based compensation expense). In addition, other equity REITs may not calculate AFFO as we do, and, accordingly, our AFFO may not be comparable to such other equity REITs’ AFFO. AFFO does not represent cash generated from Operating activities determined in accordance with GAAP, is not necessarily indicative of cash available to fund cash needs and should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss) (determined in accordance with GAAP) as a performance measure.

Adjusted EBITDA re represents EBITDA re, or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization for real estate, modified to include other adjustments to GAAP net income (loss) for transaction costs, severance charges, real estate acquisition costs, debt transactions and other items that we do not consider to be indicative of our on-going operating performance. We focus our business plans to enable us to sustain increasing shareholder value. Accordingly, we believe that excluding these items, which are not key drivers of our investment decisions and may cause short-term fluctuations in net income (loss), provides a useful supplemental measure to investors and analysts in assessing the net earnings contribution of our real estate portfolio. Because these measures do not represent net income (loss) that is computed in accordance with GAAP, they should not be considered alternatives to net income (loss) or as an indicator of financial performance. A reconciliation of net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders (computed in accordance with GAAP) to EBITDA re and Adjusted EBITDA re is included at the end of this release.

Annualized Adjusted EBITDA re is calculated by multiplying Adjusted EBITDA re of a quarter by four. Our computation of Adjusted EBITDA re and Annualized Adjusted EBITDA re may differ from the methodology used by other equity REITs to calculate these measures and, therefore, may not be comparable to such other REITs. A reconciliation of Annualized Adjusted EBITDA re is included at the end of this release.

Adjusted Debt represents interest bearing debt (reported in accordance with GAAP) adjusted to exclude unamortized debt discount/premium, deferred financing costs, cash and cash equivalents and cash reserves on deposit with lenders as additional security. By excluding these amounts, the result provides an estimate of the contractual amount of borrowed capital to be repaid, net of cash available to repay it. We believe this calculation constitutes a beneficial supplemental non-GAAP financial disclosure to investors in understanding our financial condition. A reconciliation of interest bearing debt (reported in accordance with GAAP) to Adjusted Debt is included at the end of this release.

Adjusted Debt to Annualized Adjusted EBITDA re is a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure we use to evaluate the level of borrowed capital being used to increase the potential return of our real estate investments and a proxy for a measure we believe is used by many lenders and ratings agencies to evaluate our ability to repay and service our debt obligations over time. We believe this ratio is a beneficial disclosure to investors as a supplemental means of evaluating our ability to meet obligations senior to those of our equity holders. Our computation of this ratio may differ from the methodology used by other equity REITs and, therefore, may not be comparable to such other REITs.

EBITDA re is a non-GAAP financial measure and is computed in accordance with standards established by NAREIT. EBITDAre is defined as net income (loss) (computed in accordance with GAAP), plus interest expense, plus income tax expense (if any), plus depreciation and amortization, plus (minus) losses and gains on the disposition of depreciated property, plus impairment write-downs of depreciated property and investments in unconsolidated real estate ventures, plus adjustments to reflect the Company's share of EBITDAre of unconsolidated real estate ventures.

Encumbered Assets represent the assets in our portfolio that are subject to mortgage indebtedness, through Master Trust 2014 or CMBS debt. The asset value attributed to these assets is the Real Estate Investment.

Funds from Operations (FFO) We calculate FFO in accordance with the standards established by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). FFO represents net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders (computed in accordance with GAAP) excluding real estate-related depreciation and amortization, impairment charges and net (gains) losses from property dispositions. FFO is a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure. We use FFO as a supplemental performance measure because we believe that FFO is beneficial to investors as a starting point in measuring our operational performance. Specifically, in excluding real estate-related depreciation and amortization, gains and losses from property dispositions and impairment charges, which do not relate to or are not indicative of operating performance, FFO provides a performance measure that, when compared year over year, captures trends in occupancy rates, rental rates and operating costs. We also believe that, as a widely recognized measure of the performance of equity REITs, FFO will be used by investors as a basis to compare our operating performance with that of other equity REITs. However, because FFO excludes depreciation and amortization and does not capture the changes in the value of our properties that result from use or market conditions, all of which have real economic effects and could materially impact our results from operations, the utility of FFO as a measure of our performance is limited. In addition, other equity REITs may not calculate FFO as we do, and, accordingly, our FFO may not be comparable to such other equity REITs’ FFO. Accordingly, FFO should be considered only as a supplement to net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders as a measure of our performance.

Master Trust 2014 is an asset-backed securitization trust established in 2005, and amended and restated in 2014, which issues non-recourse notes collateralized by commercial real estate, net-leases and mortgage loans from time to time. This liability is discussed in greater detail in our financial statements and the notes thereto included in our periodic reports filed with the SEC.

Occupancy is calculated by dividing the number of economically yielding Owned Properties in the portfolio as of the measurement date by the number of total Owned Properties on said date.

Owned Properties refers to properties owned fee-simple or ground leased by Company subsidiaries as lessee.

Real Estate Investment represents the Gross Investment plus improvements less impairment charges.

Unencumbered Assets represent the assets in our portfolio that are not subject to mortgage indebtedness, which we use to evaluate our potential access to capital and in our management of financial risk. The asset value attributed to these assets is the Real Estate Investment.

Weighted Average Remaining Lease Term is calculated by dividing the sum product of (a) a stated revenue or sales price component and (b) the lease term for each lease by (c) the sum of the total revenue or sales price components for all leases within the sample.

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