PHILADELPHIA--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Independence Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE MKT: IRT) (“IRT”) today announced its first quarter monthly cash dividends on its common stock and provided 2017 earnings guidance.
First Quarter Cash Dividend
On January 12, 2017, IRT’s Board of Directors declared monthly cash dividends for the first quarter of 2017 on IRT’s shares of common stock in the amount of $0.06 per share per month. The monthly dividends total $0.18 per share for the first quarter. The month for which each dividend was declared is set forth below, with the relevant amount per share, record date and payment date set forth opposite the month:
2017 Earnings per Share (“EPS”) and Core Funds from Operations (“CFFO”) Guidance
IRT is providing 2017 full year EPS and CFFO guidance. EPS per diluted share is projected to be in a range of $0.40-$0.44 and CFFO per diluted share is projected to be in the range of $0.72-$0.76.
The primary assumptions underlying this guidance are as follows:
|Same Store Communities|
|Number of properties/units||42 properties/11,677 units|
|Property revenue growth||3.5% to 4.5%|
|Controllable property operating expense growth||1.5% to 2.5%|
|Real estate tax and insurance expense increase||6.5% to 7.5%|
|Property NOI growth||3.5% to 4.5%|
General and administrative expenses
|$7.0 to $8.0 million|
|Acquisition volume||$75 to $100 million|
|Disposition volume||$75 to $100 million|
|Recurring||$6.0 to $7.0 million|
|Value Add||$5.0 to $6.0 million|
The following is a reconciliation of IRT's projected net income (loss) allocable to its common stock to its projected CFFO, a non-GAAP financial measure.
|2017 Full Year EPS and CFFO Guidance (1)||
|Net income (loss) available to common shares||
|Earnings per share||$0.40||-||$0.44|
|2017 EPS and CFFO Guidance|
|Net income (loss) available to common shares||$0.40||-||$0.44|
|Depreciation and amortization||0.41||-||0.41|
|Gains on asset sales||(0.17)||-||(0.17)|
|Share base compensation||0.05||-||0.05|
|Amortization of deferred financing fees||0.03||-||0.03|
|CORE FFO per diluted share allocated to common shareholders||$0.72||-||$0.76|
About Independence Realty Trust, Inc.
Independence Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE MKT: IRT) is an internally-managed real estate investment trust that seeks to own well-located apartment properties in geographic submarkets that it believes support strong occupancy and the potential for growth in rental rates. IRT seeks to provide stockholders with attractive risk-adjusted returns, with an emphasis on distributions and capital appreciation.
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