SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY AND NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS
|3 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2023
|SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY AND NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS||SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY AND NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS
At the Market ("ATM") Program
On February 27, 2019, the Company entered into a sales agreement with certain sales agents, pursuant to which the Company may sell from time to time up to an aggregate of $250.0 million of common shares of beneficial interest, $0.01 par value per share of the Company ("common shares") and 6.000% Series A cumulative redeemable Preferred Shares of beneficial interest ("Series A Preferred Shares") in sales deemed to be "at the market" offerings (the "sales agreement"). On May 19, 2021, the Company entered into an amendment to the sales agreement with certain sales agents, whereby the Company increased the aggregate gross sale price under the program to $400.0 million, which included $31.0 million of the remaining available offered shares. The sales agreement contemplates that, in addition to the issuance and sale by the Company of offered shares to or through the sale agents, the Company may enter into separate forward sale agreements with any forward purchaser. Forward sale agreements, if any, will include only the Company's common shares and will not include any Series A Preferred Shares. If the Company enters into a forward sale agreement with any forward purchaser, such forward purchaser will attempt to borrow from third parties and sell, through the related agent, acting as sales agent for such forward purchaser (each, a "forward seller"), offered shares, in an amount equal to the offered shares subject to such forward sale agreement, to hedge such forward purchaser’s exposure under such forward sale agreement. The Company may offer the common shares and Series A Preferred Shares through the agents, as the Company's sales agents, or, as applicable, as forward seller, or directly to the agents or forward sellers, acting as principals, by means of, among others, ordinary brokers’ transactions on the NYSE or otherwise at market prices prevailing at the time of sale or at negotiated prices.
During the three months ended March 31, 2023, the Company did not sell any common shares through the ATM program. As of March 31, 2023, the Company had $169.1 million of capacity remaining under its ATM Program.
Common Share Repurchase Program
On July 11, 2022, the Company approved a share repurchase program authorizing, but not obligating, the repurchase of up to $400.0 million of the Company's common shares of beneficial interest from time to time. The timing, manner, price and amount of any repurchase transactions will be determined by the Company in its discretion and will be subject to share price, availability, trading volume and general market conditions. During the three months ended March 31, 2023 the Company repurchased 1,622,874 common shares for approximately $69.3 million.
Series B Preferred Shares
On March 15, 2023, the Company classified 7,000,000 of the Company's authorized but unissued preferred shares of beneficial interest as 6.000% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares ("Series B Preferred Shares"). The Series B Preferred Shares rank senior to the Company’s common shares of beneficial interest, and on parity with the Company’s 6.000% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares of Beneficial Interest (“Series A Preferred Shares”) and any future equity shares that the Company may later authorize or issue and that by their terms are on parity with the Series B Preferred Shares, and junior to any other class of the Company’s shares expressly designated as ranking senior to the Series B Preferred Shares. The Series B Preferred Shares have a per share liquidation preference of $25.00 per share and receive distributions at an annual rate of 6.000%. These distributions are payable quarterly in arrears on or about the last day of March, June, September and December of each year, beginning on June 30, 2023. The first dividend would be a pro rata dividend from and including March 16, 2023 to and including June 30, 2023. Generally, Series B Preferred Shares are not redeemable prior to September 15, 2043.
On March 16, 2023, the Company issued 5,668,128 Series B Preferred Shares for approximately $139.6 million, to an affiliate of Personal Mini, in connection with the acquisition of a portfolio of 15 properties. As part of the acquisition transaction, the Company recorded a $26.1 million promissory note receivable from an affiliate of Personal Mini. Proceeds from the promissory note were used by the affiliate of Personal Mini to acquire $26.1 million of subordinated performance units. The promissory note bears interest at a rate equivalent to the dividends paid on 1,059,683 of the Series B Preferred Shares. As a result of these agreements, in accordance with GAAP, the $26.1 million promissory note receivable, interest income on the note receivable, $26.1 million of Series B Preferred Shares value, and dividends on such Series B Preferred Shares have been offset in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets, statements of operations, and statements of changes in equity, resulting in a net amount presented as proceeds from the issuance of Series B Preferred Shares of $113.3 million.
All of the OP equity in the Company's operating partnership not held by the Company are reflected as noncontrolling interests. Noncontrolling interests also include ownership interests in DownREIT partnerships held by entities other than the Company's operating partnership. NSA is the general partner of its operating partnership and is authorized to cause its operating partnership to issue additional partner interests, including OP units and subordinated performance units, at such prices and on such other terms as it determines in its sole discretion.
As of March 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022, units reflecting noncontrolling interests consisted of the following:
Series A-1 Preferred Units
The 6.000% Series A-1 Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Units ("Series A-1 preferred units") rank senior to OP units and subordinated performance units in the Company's operating partnership with respect to distributions and liquidation. The Series A-1 preferred units have a stated value of $25.00 per unit and receive distributions at an annual rate of 6.000%. These distributions are cumulative. The Series A-1 preferred units are redeemable at the option of the holder after the first anniversary of the date of issuance, which redemption obligations may be satisfied at the Company’s option in cash in an amount equal to the market value of an equivalent number of the Series A Preferred Shares or the issuance of Series A Preferred Shares on a one-for-one basis, subject to adjustments. The Series A Preferred Shares are redeemable by the Company for a cash redemption price of $25.00 per share, plus accrued but unpaid dividends beginning in October 2022. The increase in Series A-1 preferred units outstanding from December 31, 2022 to March 31, 2023 was due to the issuance of 33,441 Series A-1 preferred units in connection with the termination of a lease and the contribution of the development rights for vacant land owned by the Company at one of the Company’s self storage facilities.
OP Units and DownREIT OP units
OP units in the Company's operating partnership are redeemable for cash or, at the Company's option, exchangeable for the Company's common shares on a one-for-one basis, and DownREIT OP units are redeemable for cash or, at the Company's option, exchangeable for OP units in its operating partnership on a one-for-one basis, subject to certain adjustments in each case. The holders of OP units are generally not entitled to elect redemption until one year after the issuance of the OP units. The holders of DownREIT OP units are generally not entitled to elect redemption until five years after the date of the contributor's initial contribution.
The increase in OP units outstanding from December 31, 2022 to March 31, 2023 was due to (i) 2,545,063 OP units issued upon the non-voluntary conversion of 926,623 subordinated performance units (as discussed further below) in connection with Move It's retirement, (ii) 481,811 OP units issued upon the voluntary conversion of 397,000 subordinated performance units, (iii) the conversion of 85,696 LTIP units into an equivalent number of OP units, partially offset by the redemption of 67,431 OP units for an equal number of common shares.
The increase in DownREIT OP units outstanding from December 31, 2022 to March 31, 2023 was due to 195,573 DownREIT OP units issued upon the voluntary conversion of 203,637 DownREIT subordinated performance units.
Subordinated Performance Units and DownREIT Subordinated Performance Units
Subordinated performance units may also, under certain circumstances, be convertible into OP units which are exchangeable for common shares as described above, and DownREIT subordinated performance units may, under certain circumstances, be exchangeable for subordinated performance units on a one-for-one basis. Subordinated performance units are only convertible into OP units after a two year lock-out period and then generally (i) at the holder’s election only upon the achievement of certain performance thresholds relating to the properties to which such subordinated performance units relate or (ii) at the Company's election upon a retirement event of a PRO that holds such subordinated performance units or upon certain qualifying terminations. The holders of DownREIT subordinated performance units are generally not entitled to elect redemption until at least five years after the date of the contributor's initial contribution.
Following such lock-out period, a holder of subordinated performance units in the Company's operating partnership may elect a voluntary conversion one time each year on or prior to December 1st to convert a pre-determined portion of such subordinated performance units into OP units in the Company's operating partnership, with such conversion effective January 1st of the following year, with each subordinated performance unit being converted into the number of OP units determined by dividing the average cash available for distribution, or CAD, per unit on the series of specific subordinated performance units over the one-year period prior to conversion by 110% of the CAD per unit on the OP units determined over the same period. CAD per unit on the series of specific subordinated performance units and OP units is determined by the Company based generally upon the application of the provisions of the LP Agreement applicable to the distributions of operating cash flow and capital transactions proceeds.
The decrease in subordinated performance units outstanding from December 31, 2022 to March 31, 2023 was due to the conversion of 926,623 subordinated performance units into 2,545,063 OP units in connection with the retirement of Move It, and the voluntary conversion of 397,000 subordinated performance units into 481,811 OP units, partially offset by the issuance of 701,646 subordinated performance units for co-investment by the Company's PROs in connection with the acquisition of self storage properties.
The decrease in DownREIT subordinated performance units outstanding from December 31, 2022 to March 31, 2023 was due to the voluntary conversion of 203,637 DownREIT subordinated performance units into 195,573 DownREIT OP units.
LTIP units are a special class of partnership interest in the Company's operating partnership that allow the holder to participate in the ordinary and liquidating distributions received by holders of the OP units (subject to the achievement of specified levels of profitability by the Company's operating partnership or the achievement of certain events). LTIP units may also, under certain circumstances, be convertible into OP units on a one-for-one basis, which are then exchangeable for common shares as described above.
The increase in LTIP units outstanding from December 31, 2022 to March 31, 2023 was due to issuance of 113,704 compensatory LTIP units to employees, net of forfeitures, partially offset by the conversion of 85,696 LTIP units into an equivalent number of OP units.
The entire disclosure for shareholders' equity comprised of portions attributable to the parent entity and noncontrolling interest, including other comprehensive income. Includes, but is not limited to, balances of common stock, preferred stock, additional paid-in capital, other capital and retained earnings, accumulated balance for each classification of other comprehensive income and amount of comprehensive income.
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