SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
|☒||ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934|
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020
|☐||TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934|
For the transition period from to .
Commission file number 1-34907
STAG INDUSTRIAL, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction of||(IRS Employer Identification No.)|
|incorporation or organization)|
|One Federal Street|
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip code)|
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||Trading symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common Stock, $0.01 par value||STAG||New York Stock Exchange|
|6.875% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, $0.01 par value||STAG-PC||New York Stock Exchange|
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None
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The aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates of the registrant was approximately $4,360 million based on the closing price on the New York Stock Exchange as of June 30, 2020.
Number of shares of the registrant’s common stock outstanding as of February 9, 2021: 158,399,472
Number of shares of 6.875% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock as of February 9, 2021: 3,000,000
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
Portions of the registrant’s definitive Proxy Statement with respect to its 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be filed not later than 120 days after the end of the registrant’s fiscal year are incorporated by reference into Part II, Item 5 and Part III, Items 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 hereof as noted therein.
STAG INDUSTRIAL, INC.
Table of Contents
As used herein, except where the context otherwise requires, “Company,” “we,” “our” and “us,” refer to STAG Industrial, Inc. and our consolidated subsidiaries and partnerships, including our operating partnership, STAG Industrial Operating Partnership, L.P. (“Operating Partnership”).
This report, including the information incorporated by reference, contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor from civil liability provided for such statements by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (set forth in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)). You can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “plans,” “projects,” “seeks,” “should,” “will,” and variations of such words or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements in this report include, among others, statements about our future financial condition, results of operations, capitalization rates on future acquisitions, our business strategy and objectives, including our acquisition strategy, occupancy and leasing rates and trends, and expected liquidity needs and sources (including capital expenditures and the ability to obtain financing or raise capital). Our forward-looking statements reflect our current views about our plans, intentions, expectations, strategies and prospects, which are based on the information currently available to us and on assumptions we have made. Although we believe that our plans, intentions, expectations, strategies and prospects as reflected in or suggested by our forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that our plans, intentions, expectations, strategies or prospects will be attained or achieved and you should not place undue reliance on these forward‑looking statements. Furthermore, actual results may differ materially from those described in the forward‑looking statements and may be affected by a variety of risks and factors including, without limitation:
•the factors included in this report, including those set forth under the headings “Business,” “Risk Factors,” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations;”
•the ongoing adverse effects of the public health crisis of the novel coronavirus disease (“COVID-19”) pandemic, or any future pandemic, epidemic or outbreak of infectious disease, on the financial condition, results of operations, cash flows and performance of the Company and its tenants, the real estate market and the global economy and financial markets;
•our ability to raise equity capital on attractive terms;
•the competitive environment in which we operate;
•real estate risks, including fluctuations in real estate values, the general economic climate in local markets and competition for tenants in such markets, and the repurposing or redevelopment of retail properties into industrial properties (in part or whole);
•decreased rental rates or increased vacancy rates;
•potential defaults (including bankruptcies or insolvency) on or non-renewal of leases by tenants;
•acquisition risks, including our ability to identify and complete accretive acquisitions and/or failure of such acquisitions to perform in accordance with projections;
•the timing of acquisitions and dispositions;
•technological developments, particularly those affecting supply chains and logistics;
•potential natural disasters, epidemics, pandemics, and other potentially catastrophic events such as acts of war and/or terrorism;
•international, national, regional and local economic conditions;
•the general level of interest rates and currencies;
•potential changes in the law or governmental regulations and interpretations of those laws and regulations, including changes in real estate and zoning laws or real estate investment trust (“REIT”) or corporate income tax laws, and potential increases in real property tax rates;
•financing risks, including the risks that our cash flows from operations may be insufficient to meet required payments of principal and interest and we may be unable to refinance our existing debt upon maturity or obtain new financing on attractive terms or at all;
•credit risk in the event of non-performance by the counterparties to the interest rate swaps and revolving and unfunded debt;
•how and when pending forward equity sales may settle;
•lack of or insufficient amounts of insurance;
•our ability to maintain our qualification as a REIT;
•our ability to retain key personnel;
•litigation, including costs associated with prosecuting or defending claims and any adverse outcomes; and
•possible environmental liabilities, including costs, fines or penalties that may be incurred due to necessary remediation of contamination of properties presently owned or previously owned by us.
Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made. New risks and uncertainties arise over time, and it is not possible for us to predict those events or how they may affect us. Moreover, you should interpret many of the risks identified in this report, as well as the risks set forth above, as being heightened as a result of the ongoing and numerous adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Except as required by law, we are not obligated to, and do not intend to, update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Item 1. Business
In this report:
We define “GAAP” as generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.
We define “total annualized base rental revenue” as the contractual monthly base rent as of December 31, 2020 (which differs from rent calculated in accordance with GAAP) multiplied by 12. If a tenant is in a free rent period as of December 31, 2020, the total annualized base rental revenue is calculated based on the first contractual monthly base rent amount multiplied by 12.
We define “occupancy rate” as the percentage of total leasable square footage for which either revenue recognition has commenced in accordance with GAAP or the lease term has commenced as of the close of the reporting period, whichever occurs earlier.
We define the “Value Add Portfolio” as properties that meet any of the following criteria: (i) less than 75% occupied as of the acquisition date; (ii) will be less than 75% occupied due to known move-outs within two years of the acquisition date; (iii) out of service with significant physical renovation of the asset; or (iv) development.
We define “Stabilization” for properties being redeveloped as the earlier of achieving 90% occupancy or 12 months after completion. With respect to properties acquired and immediately added to the Value Add Portfolio, (i) if acquired with less than 75% occupancy as of the acquisition date, Stabilization will occur upon the earlier of achieving 90% occupancy or 12 months from the acquisition date; or (ii) if acquired and will be less than 75% occupied due to known move-outs within two years of the acquisition date, Stabilization will occur upon the earlier of achieving 90% occupancy after the known move-outs have occurred or 12 months after the known move-outs have occurred.
We define the “Operating Portfolio” as all warehouse and light manufacturing assets that were acquired stabilized or have achieved Stabilization. The Operating Portfolio excludes non-core flex/office assets, assets contained in the Value Add Portfolio, and assets classified as held for sale.
We define a “Comparable Lease” as a lease in the same space with a similar lease structure as compared to the previous in-place lease, excluding new leases for space that was not occupied under our ownership.
We define “SL Rent Change” as the percentage change in the average monthly base rent over the term of the lease that commenced during the period compared to the Comparable Lease for assets included in the Operating Portfolio. Rent under gross or similar type leases are converted to a net rent based on an estimate of the applicable recoverable expenses, and this calculation excludes the impact of any holdover rent.
We define “Cash Rent Change” as the percentage change in the base rent of the lease commenced during the period compared to the base rent of the Comparable Lease for assets included in the Operating Portfolio. The calculation compares the first base rent payment due after the lease commencement date compared to the base rent of the last monthly payment due prior to the termination of the lease, excluding holdover rent. Rent under gross or similar type leases are converted to a net rent based on an estimate of the applicable recoverable expenses.
We define a “New Lease” as any lease that is signed for an initial term equal to or greater than 12 months for any vacant space, including a lease signed by a new tenant or an existing tenant that is expanding into new (additional) space.
We define “Renewal Lease” as a lease signed by an existing tenant to extend the term for 12 months or more, including (i) a renewal of the same space as the current lease at lease expiration, (ii) a renewal of only a portion of the current space at lease expiration, or (iii) an early renewal or workout, which ultimately does extend the original term for 12 months or more.
We are a REIT focused on the acquisition, ownership and operation of single-tenant, industrial properties throughout the United States. We seek to (i) identify properties for acquisition that offer relative value across all locations, industrial property types, and tenants through the principled application of our proprietary risk assessment model, (ii) operate our properties in an efficient, cost-effective manner, and (iii) capitalize our business appropriately given the characteristics of our assets. We are a Maryland corporation and our common stock is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) under the symbol “STAG.”
We are organized and conduct our operations to qualify as a REIT under Sections 856 through 860 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), and generally are not subject to federal income tax to the extent we currently distribute our income to our stockholders and maintain our qualification as a REIT. We remain subject to state and local taxes on our income and property and to U.S. federal income and excise taxes on our undistributed income.
As of December 31, 2020, we owned 492 buildings in 39 states with approximately 98.2 million rentable square feet, consisting of 409 warehouse/distribution buildings, 73 light manufacturing buildings, eight flex/office buildings, one Value Add Portfolio building, and one building classified as held for sale. We own both single- and multi-tenant properties, although we focus on the former. As of December 31, 2020, our buildings were approximately 96.9% leased to 444 tenants, with no single tenant accounting for more than approximately 3.8% of our total annualized base rental revenue and no single industry accounting for more than approximately 12.4% of our total annualized base rental revenue. We intend to maintain a diversified mix of tenants to limit our exposure to any single tenant.
As of December 31, 2020, our Operating Portfolio was approximately 97.2% leased and our SL Rent Change on new and renewal leases together grew approximately 8.2% and 18.2% during the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively and our Cash Rent Change on new and renewal leases together grew approximately 2.2% and 10.0% during the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.
We have a fully-integrated acquisition, leasing and asset management platform, and our senior management team has a significant amount of single-tenant, industrial real estate experience. Our mission is to continue to be a disciplined, relative value investor and a leading owner and operator of single-tenant, industrial properties in the United States. We seek to deliver attractive stockholder returns in all market environments by providing a covered dividend combined with accretive growth.
We are structured as an umbrella partnership REIT, also known as an UPREIT, and own all of our properties and conduct substantially all of our business through our Operating Partnership, which we control and manage. As of December 31, 2020, we owned approximately 98.0% of the common equity of our Operating Partnership, and our current and former executive officers, directors, senior employees and their affiliates, and third parties who contributed properties to us in exchange for common equity in our Operating Partnership, owned the remaining 2.0%. We completed our initial public offering of common stock and related formation transactions, pursuant to which we succeeded our predecessor, on April 20, 2011.
Our primary business objectives are to own and operate a balanced and diversified portfolio of binary risk investments (individual single-tenant industrial properties) that maximize cash flows available for distribution to our stockholders, and to enhance stockholder value over time by achieving sustainable long-term growth in distributable cash flow from operations per share.
We believe that our focus on owning and operating a portfolio of individually-acquired, single-tenant industrial properties throughout the United States will, when compared to other real estate portfolios, generate returns for our stockholders that are attractive in light of the associated risks for the following reasons.
•Buyers tend to price an individual, single-tenant, industrial property according to the binary nature of its cash flows; with only one potential tenant, any one property is either generating revenue or not. Furthermore, tenants typically cover operating expenses at a property and when a property is not generating revenue, we, as owners, are responsible for paying these expenses. We believe the market prices these properties are based upon a higher risk profile due to the single-tenant nature of these properties and therefore applies a lower value relative to a diversified cash flowing investment.
•The acquisition and contribution of these single-tenant properties to an aggregated portfolio of these individual binary risk cash flows creates diversification, thereby lowering risk and creating value.
•Industrial properties generally require less capital expenditure than other commercial property types and single-tenant properties generally require less expenditure for leasing, operating and capital costs per property than multi-tenant properties.
•Other institutional, industrial real estate buyers tend to focus on properties and portfolios in a select few primary markets. In contrast, we focus on individual properties across many markets. As a result, our typical competitors are local investors who often do not have the same access to debt or equity capital as us. In our fragmented, predominantly non-institutional environment, a sophisticated, institutional platform with access to capital has execution and operational advantages.
Our focus on single-tenant properties is not exclusive; we also own multi-tenant properties, as a result of acquiring properties with more than one tenant or of originally single-tenant properties re-leasing to multiple tenants.
We are subject to various laws, ordinances, rules and regulations of the United States and the states and local municipalities in which we own properties, including regulations relating to common areas and fire and safety requirements. We believe that we or our tenants, as applicable, have the necessary permits and approvals to operate each of our properties.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Our properties must comply with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended (the “ADA”) to the extent that such properties are “public accommodations” as defined under the ADA. Under the ADA, places of public accommodation must meet certain federal requirements related to access and use by disabled persons. The ADA may require removal of structural barriers to access by persons with disabilities in certain public areas of our properties where such removal is readily achievable. Although we believe that the properties in our portfolio in the aggregate substantially comply with current requirements of the ADA, and we have not received any notice for correction from any regulatory agency, we have not conducted a comprehensive audit or investigation of all of our properties to determine whether we are in compliance and therefore we may own properties that are not in compliance with the ADA.
ADA compliance is dependent upon the tenant’s specific use of the property, and as the use of a property changes or improvements to existing spaces are made, we will take steps to ensure compliance. Noncompliance with the ADA could result in additional costs to attain compliance, the imposition of fines by the federal government or the award of damages or attorney’s fees to private litigants. The obligation to make readily achievable accommodations is an ongoing one, and we will continue to assess our properties and to make alterations to achieve compliance as necessary.
Our properties are subject to various federal, state and local environmental laws. Under these laws, courts and government agencies have the authority to require us, as the owner of a contaminated property, to clean up the property, even if we did not know of or were not responsible for the contamination. These laws also apply to persons who owned a property at the time it became contaminated, and therefore it is possible we could incur these costs even after we sell a property. In addition to the costs of cleanup, environmental contamination can affect the value of a property and, therefore, an owner’s ability to borrow using the property as collateral or to sell the property. Under applicable environmental laws, courts and government agencies also have the authority to require that a person who sent waste to a waste disposal facility, such as a landfill or an incinerator, pay for the clean-up of that facility if it becomes contaminated and threatens human health or the environment. We invest in properties historically used for industrial, light manufacturing and commercial purposes. Some of our properties contain, or may have contained, or are adjacent to or near other properties that have contained or currently contain, underground storage tanks used to store petroleum products and other hazardous or toxic substances, which create a potential for the release of petroleum products or other hazardous or toxic substances. We also own properties that are on or are adjacent to or near other properties upon which other persons, including former owners or tenants of our properties, have engaged, or may in the future engage, in activities that may generate or release petroleum products or other hazardous or toxic substances.
Environmental laws in the United States also require that owners of buildings containing asbestos properly manage and maintain the asbestos, adequately inform or train those who may come into contact with asbestos and undertake special precautions, including removal or other abatement, in the event that asbestos is disturbed during building renovation or demolition. These laws may impose fines and penalties on owners or who fail to comply with these requirements and may allow third parties to seek recovery from owners for personal injury associated with exposure to asbestos. Some of our buildings are known to have asbestos containing materials, and others, due to the age of the building and observed conditions, are suspected of having asbestos containing materials. We do not believe these conditions will materially and adversely affect us. In most or all instances, no immediate action was recommended to address the conditions.
Furthermore, various court decisions have established that third parties may recover damages for injury caused by property contamination. For instance, a person exposed to asbestos at one of our properties may seek to recover damages if he or she suffers injury from the asbestos. Lastly, some of these environmental laws restrict the use of a property or place conditions on various activities. An example would be laws that require a business using chemicals to manage them carefully and to notify local officials that the chemicals are being used.
We could be responsible for any of the costs discussed above. The costs to clean up a contaminated property, to defend against a claim, or to comply with environmental laws could be material and could adversely affect the funds available for distribution to our stockholders. All of our properties were subject to a Phase I or similar environmental assessment by independent environmental consultants at the time of acquisition. We generally expect to continue to obtain a Phase I or similar environmental assessment by independent environmental consultants on each property prior to acquiring it. However, these environmental assessments may not reveal all environmental costs that might have a material adverse effect on our business, assets, results of operations or liquidity and may not identify all potential environmental liabilities.
At the time of acquisition, we add each property to our portfolio environmental insurance policy that provides coverage for potential environmental liabilities, subject to the policy’s coverage conditions and limitations.
We can make no assurances that future laws, ordinances or regulations will not impose material environmental liabilities on us, or the current environmental condition of our properties will not be affected by tenants, the condition of land or operations in the vicinity of our properties (such as releases from underground storage tanks), or by third parties unrelated to us.
We carry comprehensive general liability, fire, extended coverage and rental loss insurance covering all of the properties in our portfolio under a blanket insurance policy. In addition, we maintain a portfolio environmental insurance policy that provides coverage for potential environmental liabilities, subject to the policy’s coverage conditions and limitations. Generally, we do
not carry insurance for certain losses, including, but not limited to, losses caused by floods (unless the property is located in a flood plain), earthquakes, acts of war, acts of terrorism or riots. We carry employment practices liability insurance that covers us against claims by employees, former employees or potential employees for various employment related matters including wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment in the workplace, hostile work environment, and retaliation, subject to the policy’s coverage conditions and limitations. We carry comprehensive cyber liability insurance coverage that covers us against claims related to certain first party and third party losses including data restoration costs, crisis management expenses, credit monitoring costs, failure to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures, invasion of customer’s privacy and negligence, subject to the policy’s coverage conditions and limitations. We also carry directors and officers insurance. We believe the policy specifications and insured limits are appropriate and adequate given the relative risk of loss, the cost of the coverage and standard industry practice; however, our insurance coverage may not be sufficient to cover all of our losses.
In acquiring our target properties, we compete primarily with local or regional operators due to the smaller, single asset (versus portfolio) focus of our acquisition strategy. From time to time we compete with other public industrial property sector REITs, single-tenant REITs, income oriented non-traded REITs, and private real estate funds. Local real estate investors historically have represented our predominant competition for deals and they typically do not have the same access to capital that we do as a publicly traded institution. We also face significant competition from owners and managers of competing properties in leasing our properties to prospective tenants and in re-leasing space to existing tenants.
We manage our operations on an aggregated, single segment basis for purposes of assessing performance and making operating decisions, and accordingly, have only one reporting and operating segment. See Note 2 in the accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements under “Segment Reporting.”
Human Capital Management
We believe that demonstrating strong financial performance while also promoting awareness and respect for fundamental human rights is important to long-term value creation, business continuity and corporate success. As part of our commitment to providing a work environment that attracts, develops and retains high-performing individuals and that treats employees with dignity and respect:
•We offer equal employment opportunities to all of our employees and seek to foster a diverse and vibrant workplace with employees who possess a broad range of experiences, backgrounds and skills. We continually assess and strive to enhance employee satisfaction and engagement. Our employees, many of whom have a relatively long tenure with our company, are offered regular opportunities to participate in personal growth and professional development programs and social or team building events. We seek to identify and develop future leaders within our company and periodically review with our Chief Executive Officer and board of directors the identity, skills and characteristics of those persons who could succeed to senior and executive positions.
•We endeavor to maintain a workplace free from discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, military or veteran status, and political affiliate or activities, among others. We conduct training to prevent discrimination and harassment and monitor and address employee conduct.
•We are committed to compensating our employees well and at competitive industry rates while, at the same time, monitoring our compensation programs to ensure that we are continuously attracting and retaining top talent. We also provide our employees with highly competitive health and wellness benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life and short-term disability insurance, with the premiums therefor entirely paid by the Company. We also offer flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care, a program to pay commuting and office parking costs with pre-tax income and a competitive vacation policy, including paid holidays, personal time off and a variety of leave benefits. In addition, in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States, we prioritized the health and safety of our employees. By mid-March, we transitioned substantially all employees to working remotely with no disruption to our financial, operational, communications and other systems.
•We seek to foster a corporate culture where our many stakeholders, including our employees, engage in the topic of community development and collaborate to extend resources towards the advancement of this principle. In furtherance of this commitment, we partner with and support local charitable organizations that we believe are contributing to the growth and development of the community, particularly at-risk youth. In recent years, our employees have donated and coordinated substantial fundraising and have spent many hours volunteering to support children and young adults through a variety of charities with which we partner.
As of December 31, 2020, we employed 78 employees. None of our employees are represented by a labor union.
Additional information regarding our human capital programs and initiatives will be included in our definitive Proxy Statement for our 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and is currently available under the “Corporate Responsibility” section of our website at www.stagindustrial.com. However, the information located on, or accessible from, our website is not, and should not be deemed to be, part of this report or incorporated into any other filing that we submit to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).
Our Corporate Structure
We were incorporated in Maryland on July 21, 2010, and our Operating Partnership was formed as a Delaware limited partnership on December 21, 2009.
We are structured as an UPREIT; our publicly-traded entity, STAG Industrial, Inc., is the REIT in the UPREIT structure, and our Operating Partnership is the umbrella partnership. We own a majority, but not all, of the Operating Partnership. We also wholly own the sole general partner (the manager) of the Operating Partnership. Substantially all of our assets are held in, and substantially all of our operations are conducted through, the Operating Partnership. Shares of our common stock are traded on the NYSE under the symbol “STAG.” The limited partnership interests in the Operating Partnership, which we sometimes refer to as “common units,” are not and cannot be publicly traded, although they may provide liquidity through an exchange feature described below. Our UPREIT structure allows us to acquire properties on a tax-deferred basis by issuing common units in exchange for the property.
The common units of limited partnership interest in our Operating Partnership correlate on a one-for-one economic basis to the shares of common stock in the REIT. Each common unit receives the same distribution as a share of our common stock, the value of each common unit is tied to the value of a share of our common stock and each common unit, after one year, generally may be redeemed (that is, exchanged) for cash in an amount equivalent to the value of a share of common stock or, if we choose, for a share of common stock on a one-for-one basis. When redeeming common units for cash, the value of a share of common stock is calculated as the average common stock closing price on the NYSE for the 10 trading days immediately preceding the redemption notice date.
The following is a simplified diagram of our UPREIT structure at December 31, 2020.
Our principal executive offices are located at One Federal Street, 23rd Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. Our telephone number is (617) 574-4777.
Our website is www.stagindustrial.com. Our Annual Report on Form 10-K, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, our Current Reports on Form 8-K and any amendments to any of those reports that we file with the SEC are available free of charge as soon as reasonably practicable through our website at www.stagindustrial.com. Also posted on our website, and available in print upon request, are charters of each committee of the board of directors, our code of business conduct and ethics and our corporate governance guidelines. Within the time period required by the SEC, we will post on our website any amendment to the code of business conduct and ethics and any waiver applicable to any executive officer, director or senior financial officer. The information found on, or otherwise accessible through, our website is not incorporated into, and does not form a part of, this report or any other report or document we file with or furnish to the SEC.
All reports, proxy and information statements and other information we file with the SEC are also available free of charge through the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.
Item 1A. Risk Factors
The following risk factors and other information included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K should be carefully considered. The risks and uncertainties described below are not the only risks we face. Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that we may currently deem immaterial also may impair our business operations. If any of the following or other
risks occur, our business, operating results, financial condition, cash flows and distributions, as well as the market prices for our securities, could be materially adversely affected.
Risks Related to Our Business and Operations
The COVID-19 pandemic or any future pandemic, epidemic or outbreak of infectious disease could have material and adverse effects on our business, operating results, financial condition and cash flows and the markets in which we operate.
The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted global economic activity, caused significant volatility and negative pressure in financial markets and has had adverse effects on almost every industry, directly or indirectly. Additionally, in June 2020, the National Bureau of Economic Research announced that the United States entered into a recession in February 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic or any future pandemic, epidemic or outbreak of infectious disease could have material and adverse effects on our business, financial condition, operating results and cash flows due to, among other factors:
•government authorities requiring the closure of offices or other businesses or instituting quarantines of personnel as the result of, or in order to avoid, exposure to a contagious disease;
•disruption in supply and delivery chains;
•a general decline in business activity and demand for real estate;
•the repurposing or redevelopment of retail properties made defunct by the pandemic into industrial properties;
•reduced economic activity, general economic decline or recession, which may impact our tenants’ businesses, financial condition and liquidity and may cause one or more of our tenants to be unable to make rent payments to us timely, or at all, or to otherwise seek modifications of lease obligations;
•difficulty accessing debt and equity capital on attractive terms, or at all, and a severe disruption and instability in the global financial markets or deteriorations in credit and financing conditions, which may affect our access to capital necessary to fund business operations or address maturing liabilities on a timely basis; and
•the potential negative impact on the health of our personnel, particularly if a significant number of our employees are impacted, which would result in a deterioration in our ability to ensure business continuity during a disruption.
While we did not incur significant disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic during the year ended December 31, 2020, a number of our tenants requested rent deferral or rent abatement as a result of the pandemic. In response to such requests, we entered into rent deferral agreement with certain tenants which resulted in approximately $2.1 million of rent deferrals during the year ended December 31, 2020.
The ultimate adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic or a similar health epidemic is highly uncertain and subject to change. We do not yet know the full extent of potential impacts on our business and operations, our tenant’s business and operations or the global economy as a whole. While the spread of COVID-19 may eventually be contained or mitigated, there is no guarantee that a future outbreak or any other widespread epidemics will not occur, or that the global economy will recover, either of which could materially harm our business. The COVID-19 pandemic presents material uncertainty and risk with respect to our business, operating results, financial condition and cash flows. Moreover, many risk factors set forth below should be interpreted as heightened risks as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adverse economic conditions may adversely affect our operating results and financial condition.
Our operating results and financial condition may be affected by market and economic challenges and uncertainties, which may result from a general economic downturn experienced by the nation as a whole, by the local economies where our properties are located or our tenants conduct business, or by the real estate industry, including the following:
•poor economic conditions may result in tenant defaults under leases and extended vacancies at our properties;
•re-leasing may require concessions or reduced rental rates under the new leases due to reduced demand;
•adverse capital and credit market conditions may restrict our operating activities; and
•constricted access to credit may result in tenant defaults, non-renewals under leases or inability of potential buyers to acquire properties held for sale.
Also, to the extent we purchase real estate in an unstable market, we are subject to the risk that if the real estate market ceases to attract the same level of capital investment in the future, or the number of companies seeking to acquire properties decreases, the value of our investments may not appreciate or may decrease significantly below the amount we paid for these investments. Our operating results and financial condition could be negatively affected to the extent that an economic slowdown or downturn is prolonged or becomes more severe.
Our investments are concentrated in the industrial real estate sector, and we would be adversely affected by an economic downturn in that sector.
As of December 31, 2020, the majority of our buildings were industrial properties. This concentration may expose us to the risk of economic downturns in the industrial real estate sector to a greater extent than if our properties were more diversified across other sectors of the real estate industry.
We are subject to geographic and industry concentrations that make us susceptible to adverse events with respect to certain markets and industries.
We are subject to certain geographic and industry concentrations with respect to our properties. See the “Geographic Diversification” table in Item 2, “Properties” for details of geographic concentration of our properties and the “Industry Diversification” table in Item 2, “Properties” for details of industry concentration of our properties. As a result of these concentrations, any adverse event or downturn in local economic conditions or industry conditions, changes in state or local governmental rules and regulations, acts of nature, epidemics, pandemics or other public health crises (including the COVID-19 pandemic) and actions taken in response thereto, and other factors affecting these markets or industries could adversely affect us and our tenants operating in those markets or industries. If any tenant is unable to withstand such adverse event or downturn or is otherwise unable to compete effectively in its market or business, it may be unable to meet its rental obligations, seek rental concessions, be unable to enter into new leases or forced to declare bankruptcy and reject our leases, which could materially and adversely affect us.
We have owned many of our properties for a limited time, and we may not be aware of characteristics or deficiencies involving any one or all of them.
Of the properties in our portfolio at December 31, 2020, 262 buildings totaling approximately 54.8 million rentable square feet have been acquired in the past five years. These properties may have characteristics or deficiencies unknown to us that could affect their valuation or revenue potential and such properties may not ultimately perform up to our expectations. We cannot assure you that the operating performance of the properties will not decline under our management.
Our growth depends upon future acquisitions of properties, and we may be unable to consummate acquisitions on advantageous terms and acquisitions may not perform as we expect.
The acquisition of properties entails various risks, including the risk that our investments may not perform as we expect. Our ability to continue to acquire properties in our pipeline that we believe to be suitable and compatible with our growth strategy may be constrained by numerous factors, including our ability to negotiate and execute a mutually-acceptable definitive purchase and sale agreement with the seller, our completion of satisfactory due diligence and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including the receipt of third-party consents and approvals. Further, we face competition for attractive investment opportunities from other well-capitalized real estate investors, including publicly-traded and non-traded REITs, private equity investors and other institutional investment funds that may have greater financial resources and a greater ability to borrow funds to acquire properties, the ability to offer more attractive terms to prospective tenants and the willingness to accept greater risk or lower returns than we can prudently manage. This competition may increase the demand for our target properties and, therefore, reduce the number of, or increase the price for, suitable acquisition opportunities, all of which could materially and adversely affect us. This competition will increase as investments in real estate become increasingly attractive relative to other forms of investment. In addition, we expect to finance future acquisitions through a combination of secured and unsecured borrowings, proceeds from equity or debt offerings by us or our Operating Partnership or its subsidiaries and proceeds from property contributions and divestitures which may not be available and which could adversely affect our cash flows.
We may face risks associated with acquiring properties in unfamiliar markets.
We have acquired, and may continue to acquire, properties in markets that are new to us. When we acquire properties located in these markets, we face risks associated with a lack of market knowledge or understanding of the local economy (including that competitors and counterparties may have much greater knowledge and understanding), forging new business relationships in the area and unfamiliarity with local government and laws.
A significant portion of our properties have leases that expire in the next two years and we may be unable to renew leases, lease vacant space or re-lease space on favorable terms
Our operating results, cash flows, cash available for distribution, and the market price of our securities would be adversely affected if we are unable to lease, on economically favorable terms, a significant amount of space in our properties. Our properties may have some level of vacancy at the time of our acquisition and may incur a vacancy either by the continued default of a tenant under its lease or the expiration of one of our leases. As of December 31, 2020, leases with respect to approximately 18.2% (excluding month-to-month leases) of our total annualized base rental revenue will expire before December 31, 2022. We cannot assure you that expiring leases will be renewed or that our properties will be re-leased at base rental rates equal to or above the current market rental rates. In addition, our ability to release space at attractive rental rates will depend on (i) whether the property is specifically suited to the particular needs of a tenant and (ii) the number of vacant or partially vacant industrial properties in a market or sub-market. In connection with a vacancy at one of our properties, we may face difficulty obtaining, or be unable to obtain, a new tenant for the vacant space. If the vacancy continues for a long period of time, we may suffer reduced revenue resulting in less cash available for distribution to stockholders and the resale value of the property could be diminished.
We face significant competition for tenants, which may negatively impact the occupancy and rental rates at our properties.
We compete with other owners, operators and developers of real estate, some of which own industrial properties in the same markets and sub-markets in which our properties are located. If our competitors offer space at rental rates below current market rates or below the rental rates we currently charge our tenants, we may lose potential tenants, and we may be pressured to lower our rental rates or to offer more substantial tenant improvements, early termination rights, below-market renewal options or other lease incentive payments to remain competitive. Competition for tenants could negatively impact the occupancy and rental rates of our properties.
Default by one or more of our tenants could materially and adversely affect us, and bankruptcy laws limit our remedies in the event of a tenant default.
Any of our tenants may experience an adverse event or downturn in its business at any time that may significantly weaken its financial condition or cause its failure, as has occurred during the pendency of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, such a tenant may fail to make rental payments when due, decline to extend or renew its lease upon expiration and/or declare bankruptcy and reject our lease. The default, financial distress or bankruptcy of a tenant could cause interruptions in the receipt of rental revenue and/or result in a vacancy, which is, in the case of a single-tenant property, likely to result in the complete reduction in the operating cash flows generated by the property and may decrease the value of that property. In addition, a majority of our leases generally require the tenant to pay all or substantially all of the operating expenses associated with the ownership of the property, such as utilities, real estate taxes, insurance and routine maintenance. Following a vacancy at a single-tenant property, we will be responsible for all of the operating costs at such property until it can be re-let, if at all.
The bankruptcy or insolvency of a tenant could diminish the income we receive from that tenant’s lease and we may not be able to evict a tenant solely because of its bankruptcy filing. On the other hand, a bankruptcy court might authorize the tenant to terminate its lease with us. If that happens, our claim against the bankrupt tenant for unpaid future rent would be an unsecured pre-petition claim, subject to statutory limitations, and therefore such amounts received in bankruptcy are likely to be substantially less than the remaining rent we otherwise were owed under the lease. In addition, any claim we have for unpaid past rent could be substantially less than the amount owed.
If our tenants are unable to obtain financing necessary to continue to operate their businesses and pay us rent, we could be materially and adversely affected.
Many of our tenants rely on external sources of financing to operate their businesses. The U.S. financial and credit markets may experience liquidity disruptions, resulting in the unavailability of financing for many businesses. If any of these tenants is unable to obtain financing necessary to continue to operate its business, it may be unable to meet its rental obligations, unable to enter into new leases or forced to declare bankruptcy and reject our leases, which could materially and adversely affect us.
Risks Related to Our Organization and Structure
Our growth depends on external sources of capital, which are outside of our control and affect our ability to finance acquisitions, take advantage of strategic opportunities, satisfy debt obligations and make distributions to stockholders.
In order to maintain our qualification as a REIT, we are generally required under the Code to annually distribute at least 90% of our net taxable income, determined without regard to the dividends paid deduction and excluding any net capital gain. In addition, we will be subject to federal income tax at regular corporate rates to the extent that we distribute less than 100% of our net taxable income, including any net capital gains. Because of these requirements, we may not be able to fund future capital needs, including acquisition financing, from operating cash flow and rely on third-party sources to fund our capital needs. Our access to third-party sources of capital depends, in part, on general market conditions, the market’s perception of our growth potential, our current debt levels, our current and expected future earnings, our cash flow and distributions and the market price of our common stock. If we cannot raise equity or obtain financing from third-party sources on favorable terms, or at all, we may not be able to acquire properties when opportunities exist, meet the capital and operating needs of our existing properties or satisfy our debt service obligations. To the extent that capital is not available to acquire properties, profits may not be realized or their realization may be delayed, which could result in an earnings stream that is less predictable than some of our competitors or a failure to meet our projected earnings and distributable cash flow levels in a particular reporting period.
Further, in order to meet the REIT distribution requirements and avoid the payment of income and excise taxes, we may need to borrow funds on a short-term basis even if the then-prevailing market conditions are not favorable for these borrowings. These short-term borrowing needs could result from differences in timing between the actual receipt of cash and inclusion of income for federal income tax purposes or the effect of non-deductible capital expenditures, the creation of reserves, certain restrictions on distributions under loan documents or required debt or amortization payments.
Certain provisions of our governing documents and Maryland law may delay or prevent a transaction or a change of control that might be in the best interest of stockholders.
Our charter and bylaws, the Operating Partnership agreement and Maryland law contain provisions that may delay or prevent a transaction or a change of control, including, among other provisions, the following:
Our charter contains 9.8% ownership limits. Our charter, subject to certain exceptions, authorizes our directors to take such actions as are necessary and desirable to limit any person to actual or constructive ownership of no more than 9.8% in value or in number of shares, whichever is more restrictive, of the outstanding shares of our capital stock and no more than 9.8% in value or in number of shares, whichever is more restrictive, of the outstanding shares of our common stock. In addition, our charter provides that generally no person may own more than 9.8% in value or in number of shares, whichever is more restrictive, of our outstanding 6.875% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Series C Preferred Stock”). While our board of directors, in its sole discretion, may exempt a proposed transferee from the ownership limits, it may not grant an exemption to any proposed transferee whose ownership could jeopardize our REIT status. These ownership limits may delay or prevent a transaction or a change of control that might be in the best interest of stockholders.
Our board of directors may create and issue a class or series of preferred stock without stockholder approval. Subject to the rights of holders of Series C Preferred Stock, our board of directors may amend our charter, without stockholder approval, to (i) increase or decrease the aggregate number of shares of common stock or the number of shares of stock of any class or series, (ii) designate and issue from time to time one or more classes or series of preferred stock, (iii) classify or reclassify any unissued shares of stock, and (iv) determine the relative rights, preferences and privileges of any class or series of preferred stock. The issuance of preferred stock could have the effect of delaying or preventing a transaction or a change of control that might be in the best interests of stockholders.
Certain provisions in the Operating Partnership agreement may delay or prevent a change of control. Provisions in the Operating Partnership agreement could discourage third parties from making proposals involving an unsolicited acquisition or change of control transaction, although some stockholders might consider such proposals, if made, desirable. These provisions include, among others, redemption rights, transfer restrictions on our common units, the ability of the general partner to amend certain provisions in the Operating Partnership agreement without the consent of limited partners and the right of limited partners to consent to certain mergers and transfers of the general partnership interest. In addition, any potential change of control transaction may be further limited as a result of provisions related to the LTIP units, which require us to preserve the rights of LTIP unit holders and may restrict us from amending the Operating Partnership agreement in a manner that would have an adverse effect on the rights of LTIP unit holders.
Certain provisions of Maryland law could delay or prevent a change in control. Title 8, Subtitle 3 of the Maryland General Corporation Law (“MGCL”), permits our board of directors, without stockholder approval and regardless of what is currently
provided in our charter or bylaws, to implement takeover defenses, some of which (for example, a classified board) we do not currently have. These provisions and other provisions of Maryland law may have the effect of inhibiting a third party from making an acquisition proposal for our company or delaying or preventing a change of control under circumstances that might be in the best interest of stockholders.
Our board of directors can take many actions without stockholder approval.
Our board of directors has the general authority to oversee our operations and determine our major corporate policies. This authority includes significant flexibility and allows the board to take many actions, without stockholder approval, that could increase our operating expenses, impact our ability to make distributions or reduce the value of our assets. For example, our board of directors can, among other things, (i) change our investment, financing and borrowing strategies and our policies with respect to all other activities, including distributions, leasing, debt, capitalization and operations (including creditworthiness standards with respect to our tenants), (ii) subject to provisions in our charter, prevent the ownership, transfer and accumulation of shares in order to protect our status as a REIT or for any other reason deemed to be in the best interests of us and our stockholders, (iii) issue additional shares (which could dilute the ownership of existing stockholders) and, subject to the rights of holders of Series C Preferred Stock, increase or decrease the aggregate number of shares or the number of shares of any class or series or classify or reclassify any unissued shares, without obtaining stockholder approval, and (iv) determine that it is no longer in our best interests to continue to qualify as a REIT.
Our rights and the rights of our stockholders to take action against our directors and officers are limited.
Maryland law provides that a director or officer has no liability in that capacity if he or she performs his or her duties in good faith, in a manner he or she reasonably believes to be in our best interests and with the care that an ordinarily prudent person in a like position would use under similar circumstances. In addition, our charter eliminates our directors’ and officers’ liability to us and our stockholders for monetary damages, except for liability resulting from actual receipt of an improper benefit or profit in money, property or services or active and deliberate dishonesty established by a final judgment and which is material to the cause of action. Our bylaws require us to indemnify our directors and officers to the maximum extent permitted by Maryland law for liability actually incurred in connection with any proceeding to which they may be made, or threatened to be made, a party, except to the extent that the act or omission of the director or officer was material to the matter giving rise to the proceeding and was either committed in bad faith or was the result of active and deliberate dishonesty, the director or officer actually received an improper personal benefit in money, property or services, or, in the case of any criminal proceeding, the director or officer had reasonable cause to believe that the act or omission was unlawful. As a result, we and our stockholders may have more limited rights against our directors and officers than might otherwise exist under common law. In addition, we may be obligated to fund the defense costs incurred by our directors and officers.
Our fiduciary duties as sole member of the general partner of our Operating Partnership could create conflicts of interest, which may impede business decisions that could benefit our stockholders.
We have fiduciary duties to the other limited partners in our Operating Partnership, including members of our senior management team and board who are limited partners in our Operating Partnership through the receipt of common units or long-term incentive plan units in our Operating Partnership (“LTIP units”) granted under the STAG Industrial, Inc. 2011 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended and restated (the “2011 Plan”), the discharge of which may conflict with the interests of our stockholders. In addition, those persons holding common units will have the right to vote on certain amendments to the Operating Partnership agreement. These voting rights may be exercised in a manner that conflicts with the interests of our stockholders. For example, we are unable to modify the rights of limited partners to receive distributions as set forth in the Operating Partnership agreement in a manner that adversely affects their rights without their consent, even though such modification might be in the best interest of our stockholders.
Conflicts also may arise when the interests of our stockholders and the limited partners of our Operating Partnership diverge, particularly in circumstances in which there may be an adverse tax consequence to the limited partners. As a result of unrealized built-in gain attributable to contributed properties at the time of contribution, some holders of common units, including members of our management team, may suffer more adverse tax consequences than our stockholders upon the sale or refinancing of certain properties, including disproportionately greater allocations of items of taxable income and gain upon a realization event. As those holders will not receive a correspondingly greater distribution of cash proceeds, they may have different objectives regarding the appropriate pricing, timing and other material terms of any sale or refinancing of certain properties, or whether to sell or refinance such properties at all.
We are subject to financial reporting and other requirements for which our accounting, internal audit and other systems and resources may not be adequately prepared and we may not be able to accurately report our financial results.
We are subject to reporting and other obligations under the Exchange Act, including the requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Section 404 requires annual management assessments of the effectiveness of our internal controls over financial reporting and a report by our independent registered public accounting firm addressing these assessments. These reporting and other obligations place significant demands on our management, administrative, operational, internal audit and accounting resources and cause us to incur significant expenses. We may need to upgrade our systems or create new systems; implement additional financial and management controls, reporting systems and procedures; expand our internal audit function; or hire additional accounting, internal audit and finance staff. Any failure to maintain effective internal controls could have a material adverse effect on our business, operating results and market prices of our securities.
Risks Related to Ownership of Our Common Stock
The market price and trading volume of our common stock may be volatile.
The market price for our common stock, particularly at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, has experienced significant price and volume fluctuations, often without regard to our operating performance. For example, during the year ended December 31, 2020, the trading price for our common stock ranged from a low of $17.54 at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 to a high of $34.50 in November 2020. If the market price of our common stock declines significantly, you may be unable to sell your shares at or above the price at which you acquired them. A number of factors could negatively affect the market price or trading volume of our common stock, many of which are out of our control, including:
•actual or anticipated variations in our quarterly operating results or those of our competitors;
•publication of research reports about us, our competitors, our tenants or the real estate industry;
•changes in our distribution policy;
•increases in market interest rates that lead purchasers of our shares to demand a higher yield;
•the market’s perception of equity investments in REITs and changes in market valuations of similar REITs;
•difficulties or inability to access capital or extend or refinance existing debt or an adverse market reaction to any increased indebtedness we incur in the future;
•a change in credit ratings issued by analysts or nationally recognized statistical rating organizations;
•additions or departures of key management personnel;
•actions by institutional stockholders or speculation in the press or investment community; and
•general U.S. and worldwide market and economic conditions.
The cash available for distribution to stockholders may not be sufficient to make distributions at expected levels, nor can we assure you of our ability to make distributions in the future.
Distributions will be authorized and determined by our board of directors in its sole discretion from time to time and will depend upon a number of factors, including cash available for distribution, our operating results, operating expenses and financial condition (especially in relation to our anticipated future capital needs), REIT distribution requirements under the Code and other factors the board deems relevant. Consequently, our distribution levels may fluctuate. In addition, to the extent that we make distributions in excess of our current and accumulated earnings and profits, such distributions would generally be considered a return of capital for federal income tax purposes to the extent of the holder’s adjusted tax basis in its shares. A return of capital is not taxable, but it has the effect of reducing the holder’s adjusted tax basis in its investment. To the extent that distributions exceed the adjusted tax basis of a holder’s shares, they will be treated as gain from the sale or exchange of such stock. Further, if we borrow funds to make distributions, our future interest costs would increase, thereby reducing our earnings and cash available for distribution from what they otherwise would have been.
Future offerings of debt or equity securities may adversely affect the market prices of our securities.
In the future, we may attempt to increase our capital resources by making additional offerings of debt securities, which would be senior to our common stock upon liquidation (including commercial paper, medium-term notes and senior or subordinated notes), or equity securities, which would dilute our existing stockholders and may be senior to our common stock for the purposes of distributions (including classes of preferred or common stock). Upon liquidation, holders of our debt securities and shares of preferred stock and lenders with respect to other borrowings will receive a distribution of our available assets prior to the holders of our common stock. Additional equity offerings may dilute the holdings of our existing stockholders or reduce the market prices of our securities, or both. Holders of our common stock are not entitled to preemptive rights or other protections against dilution. Our outstanding Series C Preferred Stock ranks, and future issuances of preferred stock will rank, senior to our common stock and also has, or will have, a preference upon our dissolution, liquidation or winding up of our affairs and a preference on distribution payments that could limit our ability to make distributions to holders of common stock. Because our decision to issue securities in any future offering will depend on market conditions and other factors beyond our control, we cannot predict or estimate the amount, timing or nature of our future offerings. Thus, our stockholders bear the risk of our future offerings reducing the market prices of our securities and diluting their proportionate ownership.
The number of shares of our common stock available for future sale could adversely affect the market price of our common stock, and future sales of common stock may be dilutive to existing stockholders.
Sales of a substantial number of shares of our common stock in the public market or the perception that such sales might occur could adversely affect the market price of our common stock. The exchange of common units for common stock, the vesting of equity awards granted under the 2011 Plan, the issuance of our common stock or common units in connection with acquisitions and other issuances of our common stock or common units could have an adverse effect on the market price of our common stock. In addition, the existence of shares of our common stock reserved for issuance under the 2011 Plan or upon exchange of common units may adversely affect the terms upon which we may be able to obtain additional capital through the sale of equity securities. We also have filed a registration statement with the SEC allowing us to offer, from time to time, an indefinite amount of equity securities (including common and preferred stock) on an as-needed basis and subject to our ability to affect offerings on satisfactory terms based on prevailing conditions. Our board of directors has authorized us to issue shares up to $600 million of common stock in our “at-the-market” program under such registration statement. Our ability to execute our business strategy depends on our access to an appropriate blend of debt financing, including unsecured lines of credit and other forms of secured and unsecured debt, and equity financing, including issuances of common and preferred stock. No prediction can be made about the effect that future distributions or sales of our common stock will have on the market price of our common stock. In addition, future sales by us of our common stock may be dilutive to existing stockholders.
We have previously entered into forward sale agreements and may in the future enter into additional forward sale agreements, including under our “at-the-market” program or in follow-on offerings, that subject us to certain risks. As of December 31, 2020, we remained obligated to issue (subject to our right to elect cash settlement or net share settlement) a total of 4,681,923 shares of our common stock pursuant to our existing forward sale agreements. Settlement provisions contained in our forward sale agreements could result in substantial dilution to our earnings per share and return on equity or result in substantial cash payment obligations (including upon an acceleration of the forward sale agreement by the forward purchaser under certain circumstances). In addition, in the case of our bankruptcy or insolvency, any forward sale agreement will automatically terminate, and we would not receive the expected proceeds from the sale of our common stock under such agreement.
General Real Estate Risks
Our performance is subject to general economic conditions and risks associated with our real estate assets.
The investment returns available from equity investments in real estate depend on the amount of income earned and capital appreciation generated by the properties, as well as the expenses incurred in connection with the properties. If our properties do not generate income sufficient to meet operating expenses, including debt service and capital expenditures, then our ability to make distributions to stockholders could be adversely affected. In addition, there are significant expenditures associated with an investment in real estate (such as mortgage payments, real estate taxes and maintenance costs) that generally do not decline when circumstances reduce the income from the property. Income from and the value of our properties may be adversely affected by, among other things:
•a global economic crisis that results in increased budget deficits and weakened financial condition of international, national and local governments, which may lead to reduced governmental spending, tax increases, public sector job losses, increased interest rates, currency devaluations, defaults on debt obligations or other adverse economic events;
•other periods of economic slowdown or recession, rising interest rates or declining demand for real estate, or the public perception that any of these events may occur;
•tenant turnover, the attractiveness of our properties to potential tenants and changes in supply of, or demand for, similar or competing properties in an area (including from general overbuilding or excess supply in the market);
•technological changes, such as reconfiguration of supply chains, autonomous vehicles, drones, robotics, 3D printing, online marketplaces for industrial space, or other developments;
•our ability to control rental rates and changes in operating costs and expenses, including costs of compliance with tax, real estate, environmental and zoning laws, rules and regulations and our potential liability thereunder;
•changes in the cost or availability of insurance, including coverage for mold or asbestos;
•unanticipated changes in costs associated with known adverse environmental conditions or retained liabilities for such conditions;
•periods of high interest rates and tight money supply;
•future terrorist attacks, which may result in declining economic activity, which could reduce the demand for, and the value of, our properties, and may adversely affect our tenants’ business and their ability to continue to honor their existing leases; and
•disruptions in the global supply chain caused by political, regulatory or other factors, including geopolitical developments outside the United States, such as the effects of the United Kingdom’s referendum to withdraw from the European Union.
Real estate investments are not as liquid as other types of investments.
The lack of liquidity in real estate investments may limit our ability to vary our portfolio and react promptly to changes in economic or other conditions. In addition, significant expenditures associated with real estate investments, such as mortgage payments, real estate taxes and maintenance costs, are generally not reduced when circumstances cause a reduction in income from the investments. We intend to comply with the safe harbor rules relating to the number of properties that can be sold each year, the tax basis and the costs of improvements made to such sale properties, and other items that enable a REIT to avoid punitive taxation on property sales. Thus, our ability at any time to sell properties or contribute properties to real estate funds or other entities in which we have an ownership interest may be restricted.
Uninsured losses may adversely affect your returns.
There are certain losses, including losses from floods, earthquakes, acts of war, acts of terrorism or riots, that are not generally insured against or that are not generally fully insured against because it is not deemed economically feasible or prudent to do so. In addition, changes in the cost or availability of insurance could expose us to uninsured casualty losses. In the event that any of our properties incurs a casualty loss that is not fully covered by insurance, the value of our assets will be reduced by the amount of any such uninsured loss, we could experience a significant loss of invested capital and potential revenue in the property, we could remain obligated under any recourse debt associated with the property, and we may have no source of funding to repair or reconstruct the damaged property. Moreover, we may be liable for our Operating Partnership’s unsatisfied recourse obligations, including any obligations incurred by our Operating Partnership as the general partner of joint ventures.
Environmentally hazardous conditions may adversely affect our operating results.
Under various federal, state and local environmental laws, a current or previous owner of real property may be liable for the cost of remediation or removing hazardous or toxic substances on such property. Such laws often impose liability whether or not the owner knew of, or was responsible for, the presence of such hazardous or toxic substances. Even if more than one person may have been responsible for the contamination, each person covered by the environmental laws may be held responsible for all of the clean‑up costs incurred. In addition, third parties may sue the property owner for damages based on personal injury, natural resources, property damage or other costs, including investigation and clean‑up costs, resulting from the
environmental contamination. The presence of hazardous or toxic substances on one of our properties, or the failure to properly remediate a contaminated property, could give rise to a lien in favor of the government for costs it may incur to address the contamination, or otherwise adversely affect our ability to sell or lease the property or borrow using the property as collateral. Environmental laws also may impose restrictions on the manner in which property may be used or businesses may be operated. A property owner who violates environmental laws may be subject to sanctions which may be enforced by governmental agencies or, in certain circumstances, private parties. In connection with the acquisition and ownership of our properties, we may be exposed to such costs. The costs of compliance with environmental regulatory requirements, defending against environmental claims or remediation of any contaminated property could materially adversely affect our business, operating results and cash available for distribution to stockholders.
Some of our properties contain asbestos‑containing building materials. Environmental laws require owners of buildings containing asbestos properly manage and maintain the asbestos, adequately inform or train those who may come into contact with asbestos and undertake special precautions in the event that asbestos is disturbed during building renovation or demolition. These laws may impose fines and penalties on owners who fail to comply with these requirements and may allow third parties to seek recovery from owners for personal injury associated with exposure to asbestos. In addition, some of our properties contain, or may have contained, or are adjacent to or near other properties that have contained or currently contain, underground storage tanks used to store petroleum products and other hazardous or toxic substances, which create a potential for the release of petroleum products or other hazardous or toxic substances. We also own properties that are on or are adjacent to or near other properties upon which other persons, including former owners or tenants of our properties, have engaged, or may in the future engage, in activities that may release petroleum products or other hazardous or toxic substances.
Before acquiring a property, we typically obtain a preliminary assessment of environmental conditions at the property, often referred to as “Phase I environmental site assessment.” However, this environmental assessment does not include soil sampling or subsurface investigations and typically does not include an asbestos survey. We may acquire properties with known adverse environmental conditions and/or material environmental conditions, liabilities or compliance concerns may arise after the environmental assessment has been completed. Further, in connection with property dispositions, we may agree to remain responsible for, and to bear the cost of, remediating or monitoring certain environmental conditions on the properties. Moreover, there can be no assurance that future laws, ordinances or regulations will not impose any material environmental liability, or the current environmental condition of our properties will not be affected by tenants, by the condition of land or operations in the vicinity of our properties (such as releases from underground storage tanks), or by third parties unrelated to us.
We are exposed to the potential impacts of future climate change and climate change-related risks.
Our properties may be exposed to rare catastrophic weather events, such as severe storms, floods or wildfires. If the frequency of extreme weather events increases due to climate change, our exposure to these events could increase. In addition, in connection with any development, redevelopment or renovation project, we may be harmed by potential changes to the supply chain or stricter energy efficiency standards for industrial buildings. To the extent climate change causes shifts in weather patterns, our markets could experience negative consequences, including declining demand for industrial space and our inability to operate our buildings. Climate change may also have indirect negative effects on our business by increasing the cost of, or decreasing the availability of, property insurance on terms we find acceptable and increasing the cost of energy, building materials and snow removal at our properties. In addition, compliance with new laws or regulations relating to climate change, including compliance with “green” building codes, may require us to make improvements to our existing properties or result in increased operating costs that we may not be able to effectively pass on to our tenants. Any such laws or regulations could also impose substantial costs on our tenants, thereby impacting the financial condition of our tenants and their ability to meet their lease obligations and to lease or re-lease our properties.
Compliance or failure to comply with the ADA and other regulations could result in substantial costs.
Under the ADA, places of public accommodation must meet certain federal requirements related to access and use by disabled persons. Noncompliance with these requirements could result in additional costs to attain compliance, the imposition of fines by the federal government or the award of damages or attorney’s fees to private litigants. If we are required to make unanticipated expenditures to comply with the ADA or other regulations, including removing access barriers, then our cash flows and cash available for distribution may be adversely affected. In addition, changes to the requirements set forth in the ADA or other regulations or the adoption of new requirements could require us to make significant unanticipated expenditures.
The ownership of properties subject to ground leases exposes us to certain risks.
We currently own and may acquire additional properties subject to ground leases, or leasehold interests in the land underlying the building. As lessee under a ground lease, we are exposed to the possibility of losing the property upon expiration, or an
earlier breach by us, of the ground lease. Our ground leases may also contain provisions that limit our ability to sell the property or require us to obtain the consent of the landlord in order to assign or transfer our rights and obligations under the ground lease in connection with a sale of the property, which could adversely impact the price realized from any such sale. We also own properties that benefit from payment in lieu of tax (“PILOT”) programs or similar programs through leasehold interests with the relevant municipality serving as lessor. While we have the right to purchase the fee interests in these properties for a nominal purchase price, in the event of such a conversion of our ownership interests, any preferential tax treatment offered by the PILOT programs will be lost.
We may be unable to sell properties, including as a result of uncertain market conditions.
We expect to hold our properties until a sale or other disposition is appropriate given our investment objectives. Our ability to dispose of any property on advantageous terms depends on factors beyond our control, including competition from other sellers and the availability of attractive financing for potential buyers. Due to the uncertainty of market conditions that may affect future property dispositions, we cannot assure you that we will be able to sell our properties at a profit. Accordingly, the extent to which you will receive cash distributions and realize potential appreciation on our investments will be dependent upon fluctuating market conditions. Furthermore, we cannot assure you that we will have the funds that may be required to correct defects or to make improvements before a property can be sold.
If we sell properties and provide financing to purchasers, defaults by the purchasers would adversely affect our cash flows.
Under certain circumstances, we may sell properties by providing financing to purchasers. If we provide financing to purchasers, we will bear the risk that the purchaser may default, which could adversely affect our cash flows and ability to make distributions to stockholders and may result in litigation and increased expenses. Even in the absence of a purchaser default, the reinvestment or distribution of the sales proceeds will be delayed until the promissory notes (or other property we may accept upon a sale) are actually paid, sold or refinanced.
Risks Related to Our Debt Financings
Our operating results and financial condition could be adversely affected if we are unable to make required payments on our debt.
Our charter and bylaws do not limit the amount of indebtedness we may incur, and we are subject to risks normally associated with debt financing, including the risk that our cash flows will be insufficient to meet required payments of principal and interest. There can be no assurance that we will be able to refinance any maturing indebtedness, that such refinancing would be on terms as favorable as the terms of the maturing indebtedness or that we will be able to otherwise obtain funds by selling assets or raising equity to make required payments on maturing indebtedness. In particular, loans obtained to fund property acquisitions may be secured by first mortgages on such properties. If we are unable to make our debt service payments as required, a lender could foreclose on the properties securing its debt, which would cause us to lose part or all of our investment. Certain of our existing secured indebtedness is, and future secured indebtedness may be, cross-collateralized and, consequently, a default on this indebtedness could cause us to lose part or all of our investment in multiple properties.
Increases in interest rates could increase our required debt payments and adversely affect our ability to make distributions to stockholders.
As of December 31, 2020, we had total outstanding debt of approximately $1.7 billion, including $107.0 million of debt subject to variable interest rates (excluding amounts that were hedged to fix rates), and we expect that we will incur additional indebtedness in the future. Interest we pay on outstanding debt reduces our cash available for distribution. Since we have incurred and may continue to incur variable rate debt, increases in interest rates by the Federal Reserve or changes in the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”), or its replacement, would raise our interest costs, which reduces our cash flows and our ability to make distributions. If we are unable to refinance our indebtedness at maturity or meet our payment obligations, our financial condition and cash flows would be adversely affected, and we may lose the properties securing such indebtedness. In addition, if we need to repay existing debt during periods of rising interest rates, we could be required to sell one or more of our properties at times which may not permit realization of the maximum return on such investments.
We may be adversely affected by developments in the LIBOR market or the use of alternative reference rates.
As of December 31, 2020, approximately 63.3% or $1.1 billion of our outstanding debt was indexed to LIBOR. In July 2017, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (the “FCA”) announced its intention to stop compelling banks to submit rates for the calculation of LIBOR after 2021. As a result, the Federal Reserve Board organized the Alternative Reference Rates Committee
(“ARRC”), which identified the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (“SOFR”) as its preferred alternative for U.S. dollar LIBOR in derivatives and other financial contracts. We are not able to predict when LIBOR will cease to be available or whether SOFR will become the market benchmark in its place. Any changes adopted by the FCA or other authorities or institutions in the methods used for determining LIBOR or the transition from LIBOR to a successor benchmark may result in, among other things, a sudden or prolonged increase in LIBOR, a delay in the publication of LIBOR, higher interest obligations arising from such successor benchmark and changes in the rules or methodologies for determining LIBOR in the overall debt capital markets, which may discourage market participants from continuing to administer or to participate in variable rate debt tied to LIBOR or such successor benchmark. If LIBOR as determined in accordance with the terms of our particular debt is no longer available, whether before or after 2021, the interest rates on such debt would be determined using various alternative methods, any of which may result in interest obligations which are more than or do not otherwise correlate over time with the payments that would have been made on such debt if LIBOR was available in its current form. As a result, there can be no assurance that any of the aforementioned developments or changes will not result in financial market disruptions, significant increases in benchmark interest rates, substantially higher financing costs or a shortage of available debt financing, any of which could have an adverse effect on us.
Our loan covenants could limit our flexibility and adversely affect our financial condition and ability to make distributions.
Our existing mortgage notes and unsecured loan agreements require us to comply with certain financial and other covenants, including loan-to-collateral-value ratios, debt service coverage ratios, leverage ratios, fixed charge coverage ratios and, in the case of an event of default, limitations on our ability to make distributions. In addition, our existing unsecured loan agreements contain, and future borrowing facilities may contain, certain cross-default provisions which are triggered in the event that other material indebtedness is in default. These cross-default provisions may require us to repay or restructure the facilities in addition to any mortgage or other debt that is in default. New indebtedness that we may incur in the future may contain financial or other covenants more restrictive than those in our existing loan agreements.
We are a holding company and conduct substantially all of our business through our Operating Partnership. As a result, we rely on distributions from our Operating Partnership to pay dividends (including distributions required to maintain our REIT status) and to meet our debt service and other obligations. The ability of our Operating Partnership to make distributions to us depends on the operating results of our Operating Partnership and its subsidiaries and on the terms of any loans that encumber the properties owned by them. Such loans may contain lock box arrangements, reserve requirements, financial covenants and other provisions that restrict the distribution of funds in the event of a default. For example, our mortgage notes prohibit, in the event of default, the distribution of any cash from the defaulting borrower subsidiary to our Operating Partnership. As a result, a default under any of these loans by the borrower subsidiaries could cause us to have insufficient cash to make the distributions and meet our debt service and other obligations.
If debt is unavailable at reasonable rates, we may not be able to finance acquisitions or refinance our existing debt.
If debt is unavailable at reasonable rates, we may not be able to finance acquisitions or refinance existing debt when the loans come due on favorable terms, or at all. Most of our financing arrangements require us to make a lump-sum or “balloon” payment at maturity. Our ability to make a balloon payment at maturity is uncertain and, in the event that we do not have sufficient funds to repay the debt at maturity, we will need to refinance this debt. If interest rates are higher when we refinance such debt, our net income could be reduced. If the credit environment is constrained at the time the balloon payment is due, we may not be able to refinance the existing financing on acceptable terms and may be forced to choose from a number of unfavorable options, including agreeing to unfavorable financing terms, selling one or more properties on disadvantageous terms or defaulting on the loan and permitting the lender to foreclose. In addition, we locked in our fixed-rate debt at a point in time when we were able to obtain favorable interest rates, principal amortization and other terms. When we refinance this debt, prevailing interest rates and other factors may result in paying a greater amount of debt service, which will adversely affect our cash flow, and, consequently, our cash available for distribution to stockholders.
Our hedging strategies may not be successful in mitigating our risks associated with interest rates.
Our various derivative financial instruments involve certain risks, such as the risk that the counterparties may fail to honor their obligations under these arrangements, that these arrangements may not be effective in reducing our exposure to interest rate changes and that a court could rule that such agreements are not legally enforceable. These instruments may also generate income that may not be treated as qualifying REIT income for purposes of REIT income tests. In addition, the nature, timing and costs of hedging transactions may influence the effectiveness of our hedging strategies. Poorly designed strategies or improperly executed transactions could actually increase our risk and losses. We cannot assure you that our hedging strategies and derivative financial instruments will adequately offset the risk of interest rate volatility or that such instruments will not result in losses that may adversely impact our financial condition.
Adverse changes in our credit ratings could negatively affect our financing activity.
The credit ratings of our unsecured debt are based on our operating performance, liquidity and leverage ratios, overall financial position and other factors employed by the credit rating agencies. Our credit ratings can affect the amount of capital we can access, as well as the terms and pricing of any debt we may incur. There can be no assurance that we will be able to maintain our current credit ratings, and in the event our credit ratings are downgraded, we would incur greater borrowing costs and may encounter difficulty in obtaining additional financing. Also, a downgrade in our credit ratings may trigger additional payments or other negative consequences under our unsecured credit facility and other debt instruments. Adverse changes in our credit ratings could harm our business and, in particular, our financing, refinancing and other capital market activities, ability to manage debt maturities, future growth and acquisition activity.
U.S. Federal Income Tax Risks
Failure to qualify as a REIT would reduce our net earnings available for investment or distribution.
Our qualification as a REIT will depend upon our ability to meet requirements regarding our organization and ownership, distributions of our income, the nature and diversification of our income and assets and other tests imposed by the Code. If we fail to qualify as a REIT for any taxable year after electing REIT status, we will be subject to federal income tax on our taxable income at regular corporate rates. In addition, we would generally be disqualified from treatment as a REIT for the four taxable years following the year in which we failed to qualify as a REIT. Losing our REIT status would reduce our net earnings available for investment or distribution to stockholders because of the additional tax liability. In addition, dividends to stockholders would no longer qualify for the dividends‑paid deduction and we would no longer be required to make distributions. If this occurs, we might be required to borrow funds or liquidate some investments in order to pay the applicable tax.
Even if we maintain our qualification as a REIT for federal income tax purposes, we may be subject to other tax liabilities that reduce our cash flow and our ability to make distributions to stockholders.
Even if we maintain our qualification as a REIT for federal income tax purposes, we may be subject to some federal, state and local taxes. For example:
•To the extent that we satisfy the REIT distribution requirements but distribute less than 100% of our REIT taxable income, we will be subject to federal corporate income tax on the undistributed income.
•We will be subject to a 4% nondeductible excise tax on the amount, if any, by which distributions we pay in any calendar year are less than the sum of 85% of our ordinary income, 95% of our capital gain net income and 100% of our undistributed income from prior years.
•If we have net income from the sale of foreclosure property that we hold primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business or other non‑qualifying income from foreclosure property, we must pay a tax on that income at the highest corporate income tax rate.
•If we sell an asset, other than foreclosure property, that we hold primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business, our gain would be subject to the 100% “prohibited transaction” tax unless such sale were made by our taxable REIT subsidiary (“TRS”) or if we qualify for a safe harbor from tax.
•Our TRS will be subject to federal, state and local income tax at regular corporate rates on any income that it earns.
REIT distribution requirements could adversely affect our ability to execute our business plan.
From time to time, we may generate taxable income greater than our income for financial reporting purposes, or our taxable income may be greater than our cash available for distribution to stockholders. If we do not have other funds available in these situations, we could be required to borrow or raise equity on unfavorable terms, sell investments at disadvantageous prices, make taxable distributions of our stock or debt securities or find another alternative source of funds to distribute enough of our taxable income to satisfy the REIT distribution requirement and to avoid corporate income tax and the 4% excise tax in a particular year. These alternatives could increase our costs or reduce the value of our equity. In addition, to maintain our
qualification as a REIT, we must satisfy certain tests on an ongoing basis concerning, among other things, the sources of our income, nature of our assets and the amounts we distribute to our stockholders. We may be required to make distributions to stockholders at times when it would be more advantageous to reinvest cash in our business or when we do not have funds readily available for distribution. Thus, compliance with the REIT requirements may hinder our ability to operate solely on the basis of maximizing profits and the value of our stockholders’ investment.
Re-characterization of sale‑leaseback transactions may cause us to lose our REIT status.
In certain circumstances, we expect to purchase properties and lease them back to the sellers of such properties. While we intend to structure such a sale‑leaseback transaction such that the lease will be characterized as a “true lease” for tax purposes, we cannot assure you that the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) will not challenge such characterization. In the event that any such sale‑leaseback transaction is challenged and re-characterized as a financing transaction or loan for federal income tax purposes, deductions for depreciation and cost recovery relating to such property would be disallowed. If a sale‑leaseback transaction were so re-characterized, we might fail to satisfy the REIT qualification “asset tests” or “income tests” and, consequently, lose our REIT status effective with the year of re-characterization. Alternatively, the amount of our REIT taxable income could be recalculated which might also cause us to fail to meet the distribution requirement for a taxable year.
The prohibited transactions tax may limit our ability to engage in certain transactions.
A REIT’s net income from prohibited transactions is subject to a 100% tax. In general, prohibited transactions are dispositions of property, other than foreclosure property, held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business. Although a safe harbor to the characterization of a disposition as a prohibited transaction is available, we cannot assure you that we can comply with the safe harbor or that we will avoid owning property that may be characterized as held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business. Consequently, we may choose not to engage in certain dispositions or may conduct such dispositions through a TRS.
We may be subject to adverse legislative or regulatory tax changes.
Federal income taxation rules are constantly under review by the IRS, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and persons involved in the legislative process. Changes to tax laws, with or without retroactive application, through new legislation, Treasury Regulations, administrative interpretations or court decisions could adversely affect us or our stockholders, including by negatively affecting our ability to qualify as a REIT or the federal income tax consequences of such qualification, or reducing the relative attractiveness of an investment in a REIT compared to a corporation not qualified as a REIT. Additional changes to the tax laws are likely to continue to occur and we cannot predict how such changes might affect us or our stockholders.
The U.S. federal income tax treatment of the cash that we might receive from cash settlement of our forward sale agreements is unclear and could jeopardize our ability to meet the REIT qualification requirements.
In the event that we elect to settle our existing or any future forward sale agreements for cash and the settlement price is below the forward sale price, we would be entitled to receive a cash payment from the forward purchaser. Under Section 1032 of the Code, generally, no gains and losses are recognized by a corporation in dealing in its own shares, including pursuant to a “securities futures contract,” as defined in the Code. Although we believe that any amount received by us in exchange for our stock would qualify for the exemption under Section 1032 of the Code, because it is not entirely clear whether a forward sale agreement qualifies as a “securities futures contract,” the U.S. federal income tax treatment of any cash settlement payment we receive is uncertain. In the event that we recognize a significant gain from the cash settlement of a forward sale agreement, we might not be able to satisfy the gross income requirements applicable to REITs under the Code. In that case, we may be able to rely upon the relief provisions under the Code in order to avoid the loss of our REIT status. Even if the relief provisions apply, we would be subject to a tax based on the amount of non-qualifying income. In the event that these relief provisions were not available, we could lose our REIT status under the Code.
Other General Risks
We face risks associated with system failures through security breaches or cyber-attacks, as well as other significant disruptions of our information technology (“IT”) networks and related systems.
We face risks associated with security breaches, whether through cyber-attacks, computer viruses, attachments to e-mails, phishing schemes, persons inside our organization or persons with access to systems inside of our organization, and other significant disruptions of our IT networks and related systems. The risk of a security breach or disruption, particularly through
cyber-attack, has generally increased as the number, intensity and sophistication of attempted attacks from around the world have increased. Our IT networks and related systems are essential to the operation of our business and our ability to perform day-to-day operations and, in some cases, may be critical to the operations of certain of our tenants. There can be no assurance that our security measures taken to manage the risk of a security breach or disruption will be effective or that attempted security breaches or disruptions would not be successful or damaging. Even the most well protected information, networks, systems and facilities remain potentially vulnerable because the techniques used in such attempted security breaches evolve and generally are not recognized until launched against a target, and in some cases are designed to not be detected and, in fact, may not be detected. Accordingly, we may be unable to anticipate these techniques or to implement adequate security barriers or other preventative measures, and thus it is impossible for us to mitigate this risk entirely. A security breach or disruption involving our IT networks and related systems could disrupt the proper functioning of our networks and systems; result in misstated financial reports, violations of loan covenants and/or missed reporting deadlines; result in our inability to monitor our compliance with REIT qualification rules and regulations; result in the unauthorized access to, and destruction, loss, theft, misappropriation or release of proprietary, confidential, sensitive or otherwise valuable information, which others could use to compete against us or for disruptive, destructive or otherwise harmful purposes; require significant management attention and resources to remedy any damages that result; subject us to claims for breach of contract or failure to safeguard personal information, damages, credits, penalties or termination of leases or other agreements; or damage our reputation among our tenants and investors generally.
Additionally, we face potential heightened cybersecurity risks during the COVID-19 pandemic as our level of dependence on our IT networks and related systems increases, stemming from employees working remotely, and the number of malware campaigns and phishing attacks preying on the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic increases. These heightened cybersecurity risks may increase our vulnerability to cyber-attacks and cause disruptions to our internal control procedures.
We depend on key personnel; the loss of their full service could adversely affect us.
Our success depends to a significant degree upon the continued contributions of certain key personnel including, but not limited to, our executive officers, whose continued service is not guaranteed, and each of whom would be difficult to replace. Our ability to retain our management team or to attract suitable replacements should any members of the management team leave is dependent on the competitive nature of the employment market. The loss of services from key members of the management team or a limitation in their availability could adversely impact our operating results, financial condition and cash flows. Further, such a loss could be negatively perceived in the capital markets. Each executive officer may terminate his employment at any time and, under certain conditions, may receive cash severance, immediate vesting of equity awards and other benefits under employment agreements, equity award agreements and our retirement vesting program. In addition, in the case of certain terminations, executive officers would not be restricted from competing with us after their departure. As of December 31, 2020, we have not obtained and do not expect to obtain key man life insurance on any of our key personnel. We also believe that, as we expand, our future success depends, in large part, upon our ability to hire and retain highly skilled managerial, investment, financing, operational and marketing personnel. Competition for such personnel is intense, and we cannot assure you that we will be successful in attracting and retaining such skilled personnel.
Our compensation plans may not be tied to or correspond with our improved financial results or the market prices for our securities, which may adversely affect us.
The compensation committee of our board of directors is responsible for overseeing our compensation and employee benefit plans and practices, including our executive compensation plans and our incentive compensation and equity-based compensation plans. The compensation committee has significant discretion in structuring these compensation packages and may make compensation decisions based on any number of factors. As a result, compensation awards may not be tied to or correspond with improved financial results at our company or the market prices for our securities.
Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments
Item 2. Properties
As of December 31, 2020, we owned the properties in the following table.
|Asset Type||Total Rentable|
|Alabama||Birmingham ||3||Warehouse / Distribution||295,748|
|Montgomery ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||332,000|
|Phenix City ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||117,568|
|Asset Type||Total Rentable|
|Arkansas||Rogers ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||400,000|
|Arizona||Avondale ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||186,643|
|Chandler ||1||Light Manufacturing||104,352|
|Mesa ||1||Light Manufacturing||71,030|
|Tucson ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||129,047|
|California||Lodi ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||400,340|
|McClellan ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||160,534|
|Rancho Cordova ||2||Warehouse / Distribution||106,663|
|Sacramento ||2||Warehouse / Distribution||274,221|
|San Diego ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||205,440|
|Stockton ||2||Warehouse / Distribution||113,716|
|Colorado||Grand Junction ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||82,800|
|Johnstown ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||132,194|
|Longmont ||1||Light Manufacturing||64,750|
|Connecticut||Avon ||1||Light Manufacturing||78,400|
|East Windsor ||2||Warehouse / Distribution||271,111|
|Milford ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||200,000|
|North Haven ||3||Warehouse / Distribution||824,727|
|Wallingford ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||105,000|
|Delaware||New Castle ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||485,987|
|Florida||Daytona Beach ||1||Light Manufacturing||142,857|
|Fort Myers ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||260,620|
|Jacksonville ||5||Warehouse / Distribution||1,256,750|
|Lake Worth ||2||Warehouse / Distribution||157,758|
|Lake Worth ||1||Light Manufacturing||42,158|
|Lakeland ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||215,280|
|Ocala ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||619,466|
|Orlando ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||155,000|
|Orlando ||1||Light Manufacturing||215,900|
|Pensacola ||1||Flex Office||30,620|
|Tampa ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||78,560|
|West Palm Beach ||1||Light Manufacturing||112,353|
|Georgia||Augusta ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||203,726|
|Calhoun ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||151,200|
|Dallas ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||92,807|
|Forest Park ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||373,900|
|Norcross ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||152,036|
|Savannah ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||504,300|
|Shannon ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||568,516|
|Smyrna ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||102,000|
|Statham ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||225,680|
|Stone Mountain ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||78,000|
|Iowa||Ankeny ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||200,011|
|Council Bluffs ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||90,000|
|Des Moines ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||121,922|
|Marion ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||95,500|
|Idaho||Idaho Falls ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||78,690|
|Illinois||Itasca ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||202,000|
|Batavia ||2||Warehouse / Distribution||204,642|
|Asset Type||Total Rentable|
|Belvidere ||9||Warehouse / Distribution||1,364,222|
|Cary ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||79,049|
|DeKalb ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||146,740|
|Gurnee ||2||Warehouse / Distribution||562,500|
|Harvard ||1||Light Manufacturing||126,304|
|Hodgkins ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||408,074|
|Libertyville ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||251,961|
|Libertyville ||1||Flex Office||35,141|
|Lisle ||1||Light Manufacturing||105,925|
|Machesney Park ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||80,000|
|McHenry ||2||Warehouse / Distribution||169,311|
|Montgomery ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||584,301|
|Sauk Village ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||375,785|
|Schaumburg ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||67,817|
|Waukegan ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||131,252|
|West Chicago ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||249,470|
|West Chicago ||5||Light Manufacturing||305,874|
|Wood Dale ||1||Light Manufacturing||137,607|
|Woodstock ||1||Light Manufacturing||129,803|
|Indiana||Albion ||7||Light Manufacturing||261,013|
|Elkhart ||2||Warehouse / Distribution||170,100|
|Fort Wayne ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||108,800|
|Goshen ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||366,000|
|Greenwood ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||446,500|
|Kendallville ||1||Light Manufacturing||58,500|
|Lafayette ||3||Warehouse / Distribution||466,400|
|Lebanon ||3||Warehouse / Distribution||2,065,393|
|Marion ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||249,920|
|Portage ||2||Warehouse / Distribution||786,249|
|South Bend ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||225,000|
|Yoder ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||764,177|
|Kansas||Edwardsville ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||270,869|
|Lenexa ||3||Warehouse / Distribution||581,059|
|Olathe ||2||Warehouse / Distribution||725,839|
|Wichita ||3||Warehouse / Distribution||248,550|
|Kentucky||Bardstown ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||102,318|
|Danville ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||757,047|
|Erlanger ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||108,620|
|Florence ||2||Warehouse / Distribution||641,136|
|Hebron ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||109,000|
|Louisville ||2||Warehouse / Distribution||497,820|
|Walton ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||224,921|
|Louisiana||Baton Rouge ||3||Warehouse / Distribution||532,036|
|Shreveport ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||420,259|
|Massachusetts||Chicopee ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||217,000|
|Malden ||2||Light Manufacturing||109,943|
|Middleborough ||1||Light Manufacturing||80,100|
|Norton ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||200,000|
|South Easton ||1||Light Manufacturing||86,000|
|Stoughton ||2||Warehouse / Distribution||258,213|
|Taunton ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||350,326|
|Westborough ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||121,700|
|Maryland||Elkridge ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||167,410|
|Hampstead ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||1,035,249|
|Asset Type||Total Rentable|
|White Marsh ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||60,000|
|Maine||Belfast ||5||Flex Office||306,554|
|Biddeford ||2||Warehouse / Distribution||265,126|
|Gardiner ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||265,000|
|Lewiston ||1||Flex Office||60,000|
|Portland ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||100,600|
|Michigan||Belleville ||1||Light Manufacturing||160,464|
|Canton ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||491,049|
|Chesterfield ||4||Warehouse / Distribution||478,803|
|Grand Rapids ||2||Warehouse / Distribution||445,137|
|Holland ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||195,000|
|Kentwood ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||210,120|
|Kentwood ||1||Light Manufacturing||85,157|
|Lansing ||4||Warehouse / Distribution||770,425|
|Livonia ||2||Warehouse / Distribution||285,306|
|Marshall ||1||Light Manufacturing||57,025|
|Novi ||3||Warehouse / Distribution||685,010|
|Plymouth ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||125,214|
|Redford ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||135,728|
|Romulus ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||303,760|
|Romulus ||1||Light Manufacturing||274,500|
|Sterling Heights ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||108,000|
|Walker ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||210,000|
|Warren ||3||Warehouse / Distribution||733,500|
|Zeeland ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||230,200|
|Minnesota||Blaine ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||248,816|
|Bloomington ||1||Light Manufacturing||145,351|
|Brooklyn Park ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||200,720|
|Carlos ||1||Light Manufacturing||196,270|
|Eagan ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||276,550|
|Maple Grove ||2||Warehouse / Distribution||207,875|
|Mendota Heights ||1||Warehouse / Distribution||87,183|
|New Hope ||1||Light Manufacturing||107,348|
|Oakdale ||2||Warehouse / Distribution||210,044|
|Plymouth ||3||Warehouse / Distribution||357,085|