DigitalBridge Announces Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

BOCA RATON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#digitalbridge–DigitalBridge Group, Inc. (NYSE: DBRG) and subsidiaries (collectively, “DigitalBridge,” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022.

A Third Quarter 2022 Earnings Presentation and a Supplemental Financial Report are available in the Events & Presentations and Financial Information sections, respectively, of the Shareholders tab on the Company’s website at www.digitalbridge.com. This information has also been furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a Current Report on Form 8-K.

Marc Ganzi, CEO of DigitalBridge, said, “During the third quarter, we continued to form capital around great companies and investment strategies, delivered attractive outcomes for our investors, and further simplified our business and capital structure. Despite macro headwinds, our portfolio companies continue to demonstrate strong growth, highlighting the resilience of the digital infrastructure sector.”

The Company reported third quarter 2022 total revenues of $297 million, GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders of $(63) million, or $(0.39) per share, and Distributable Earnings of $39 million, or $0.22 per share.

Common and Preferred Dividends

During the third quarter 2022, the Company’s Board of Directors reinstated the Company’s quarterly common stock dividend and declared a cash dividend of $0.01 per common share. Such dividend was paid on October 17, 2022 to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 30, 2022.

On November 3, 2022, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.01 per common share to be paid on January 17, 2023 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 31, 2022; and declared cash dividends with respect to each series of the Company’s cumulative redeemable perpetual preferred stock in accordance with the terms of such series, as follows: Series H preferred stock: $0.4453125 per share; Series I preferred stock: $0.446875 per share; and Series J preferred stock: $0.4453125 per share, which will be paid on January 17, 2023 to the respective stockholders of record on January 10, 2023.

Third Quarter 2022 Conference Call

The Company will conduct its quarterly earnings conference call and presentation to discuss the Third Quarter 2022 financial results on Friday, November 4, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET). The earnings presentation will be broadcast live over the Internet and a webcast link can be accessed on the Shareholders section of the Company’s website at ir.digitalbridge.com/events. To participate in the event by telephone, please dial (877) 407-4018 ten minutes prior to the start time (to allow time for registration). International callers should dial (201) 689-8471.

For those unable to participate during the live call, a replay will be available starting November 4, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. ET. To access the replay, dial (844) 512-2921 (U.S.), and use passcode 13733322. International callers should dial (412) 317-6671 and enter the same conference ID number.

About DigitalBridge Group, Inc.

DigitalBridge (NYSE: DBRG) is a leading global digital infrastructure firm. With a heritage of over 25 years investing in and operating businesses across the digital ecosystem including cell towers, data centers, fiber, small cells, and edge infrastructure, the DigitalBridge team manages a $50 billion portfolio of digital infrastructure assets on behalf of its limited partners and shareholders. Headquartered in Boca Raton, DigitalBridge has key offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, and Singapore. For more information, visit: www.digitalbridge.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” or “potential” or the negative of these words and phrases or similar words or phrases which are predictions of or indicate future events or trends and which do not relate solely to historical matters. You can also identify forward-looking statements by discussions of strategy, plans or intentions.

Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and contingencies, many of which are beyond the Company’s control, and may cause the Company’s actual results to differ significantly from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. Factors that might cause such a difference include, without limitation, the duration and severity of the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, driven by, among other factors, the treatment developments and public adoption rates and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines against emerging variants of COVID-19; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global market, economic and environmental conditions generally and in the digital and communications technology and investment management sectors; the effect of COVID-19 on the Company’s operating cash flows, debt service obligations and covenants, liquidity position and valuations of its real estate investments, as well as the increased risk of claims, litigation and regulatory proceedings and uncertainty that may adversely affect the Company; our status as an owner, operator and investment manager of digital infrastructure and real estate and our ability to manage any related conflicts of interest; our ability to obtain and maintain financing arrangements, including securitizations, on favorable or comparable terms or at all; the impact of initiatives related to our digital transformation, including the strategic investment by Wafra and the formation of certain other investment management platforms, on our growth and earnings profile; whether the transaction with AMP Capital will be completed within the time frame and on the terms anticipated or at all, and whether we will realize any of the anticipated benefits from the transaction; whether we will realize any of the anticipated benefits of our strategic partnership with Wafra, including whether Wafra will make additional investments in our Digital IM and Digital Operating segments; our ability to integrate and maintain consistent standards and controls, including our ability to manage our acquisitions in the digital industry effectively; the impact to our business operations and financial condition of realized or anticipated compensation and administrative savings through cost reduction programs; our business and investment strategy, including the ability of the businesses in which we have a significant investment (such as BrightSpire Capital, Inc. (BRSP)) to execute their business strategies; BRSP’s trading price and its impact on the carrying value of the Company’s investment in BRSP, including whether the Company will recognize further other-than-temporary impairment on its investment in BRSP; performance of our investments relative to our expectations and the impact on our actual return on invested equity, as well as the cash provided by these investments and available for distribution; our ability to raise new investment funds and vehicles and transfer warehoused investments; our ability to grow our business by raising capital for the companies that we manage; our ability to deploy capital into new investments consistent with our digital business strategies, including the earnings profile of such new investments; the availability of, and competition for, attractive investment opportunities; our ability to achieve any of the anticipated benefits of certain joint ventures, including any ability for such ventures to create and/or distribute new investment products; our ability to satisfy and manage our capital requirements; our expected hold period for our assets and the impact of any changes in our expectations on the carrying value of such assets; the general volatility of the securities markets in which we participate; changes in interest rates and the market value of our assets; interest rate mismatches between our assets and any borrowings used to fund such assets; effects of hedging instruments on our assets; the impact of economic conditions on third parties on which we rely; any litigation and contractual claims against us and our affiliates, including potential settlement and litigation of such claims; our levels of leverage; adverse domestic or international macroeconomic factors, including those resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain difficulties, inflation, a potential economic slowdown or recession; the impact of legislative, regulatory and competitive changes; the impact of our transition from a REIT to a C-corporation for tax purposes, and the related liability for corporate and other taxes; whether we will be able to utilize existing tax attributes to offset taxable income to the extent contemplated; our ability to maintain our exemption from registration as an investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”); changes in our board of directors or management team, and availability of qualified personnel; our ability to make or maintain distributions to our stockholders; and our understanding of our competition; and other risks and uncertainties, including those detailed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarters ended March 31, 2022 and June 30, 2022, each under the heading “Risk Factors,” as such factors may be updated from time to time in the Company’s subsequent periodic filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). All forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s good faith beliefs, assumptions and expectations, but they are not guarantees of future performance. Additional information about these and other factors can be found in the Company’s reports filed from time to time with the SEC.

The Company cautions investors not to unduly rely on any forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company is under no duty to update any of these forward-looking statements after the date of this press release, nor to conform prior statements to actual results or revised expectations, and the Company does not intend to do so.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except per share data)

 

 

September 30, 2022

 

December 31, 2021

 

 

(unaudited)

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

636,366

 

 

$

1,602,102

 

Restricted cash

 

 

134,024

 

 

 

99,121

 

Real estate, net

 

 

6,141,415

 

 

 

4,972,284

 

Loans receivable

 

 

174,389

 

 

 

173,921

 

Equity and debt investments

 

 

1,050,356

 

 

 

935,153

 

Goodwill

 

 

761,368

 

 

 

761,368

 

Deferred leasing costs and intangible assets, net

 

 

1,745,560

 

 

 

1,187,627

 

Assets held for disposition

 

 

72,593

 

 

 

3,676,615

 

Other assets

 

 

964,647

 

 

 

740,395

 

Due from affiliates

 

 

60,111

 

 

 

49,230

 

Total assets

 

$

11,740,829

 

 

$

14,197,816

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Debt, net

 

$

5,325,615

 

 

$

4,860,402

 

Accrued and other liabilities

 

 

1,662,606

 

 

 

928,042

 

Intangible liabilities, net

 

 

31,304

 

 

 

33,301

 

Liabilities related to assets held for disposition

 

 

60

 

 

 

3,088,699

 

Dividends and distributions payable

 

 

16,527

 

 

 

15,759

 

Total liabilities

 

 

7,036,112

 

 

 

8,926,203

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

Redeemable noncontrolling interests

 

 

96,028

 

 

 

359,223

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock, $0.01 par value per share; $827,779 and $883,500 liquidation preference; 250,000 shares authorized; 33,111 and 35,340 shares issued and outstanding

 

 

800,355

 

 

 

854,232

 

Common stock, $0.04 par value per share

 

 

 

 

Class A, 949,000 shares authorized; 162,975 and 142,144 shares issued and outstanding

 

 

6,519

 

 

 

5,685

 

Class B, 1,000 shares authorized; 166 shares issued and outstanding

 

 

7

 

 

 

7

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

7,793,492

 

 

 

7,820,807

 

Accumulated deficit

 

 

(6,941,658

)

 

 

(6,576,180

)

Accumulated other comprehensive income

 

 

(4,056

)

 

 

42,383

 

Total stockholders’ equity

 

 

1,654,659

 

 

 

2,146,934

 

Noncontrolling interests in investment entities

 

 

2,890,162

 

 

 

2,653,173

 

Noncontrolling interests in Operating Company

 

 

63,868

 

 

 

112,283

 

Total equity

 

 

4,608,689

 

 

 

4,912,390

 

Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interests and equity

 

$

11,740,829

 

 

$

14,197,816

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data, unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

 

 

2022

 

2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

Property operating income

 

$

244,336

 

 

$

194,854

 

 

Interest income

 

 

8,725

 

 

 

3,086

 

 

Fee income

 

 

41,263

 

 

 

50,226

 

 

Other income

 

 

2,299

 

 

 

4,008

 

 

Total revenues

 

 

296,623

 

 

 

252,174

 

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

Property operating expense

 

 

105,987

 

 

 

80,226

 

 

Interest expense

 

 

53,032

 

 

 

39,895

 

 

Investment expense

 

 

9,510

 

 

 

7,263

 

 

Transaction-related costs

 

 

3,879

 

 

 

936

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

145,594

 

 

 

129,186

 

 

Compensation expense

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and equity-based compensation

 

 

65,544

 

 

 

55,933

 

 

Carried interest and incentive fee compensation

 

 

80,831

 

 

 

31,736

 

 

Administrative expenses

 

 

29,909

 

 

 

28,933

 

 

Total expenses

 

 

494,286

 

 

 

374,108

 

 

Other income (loss)

 

 

 

 

 

Other gain (loss), net

 

 

25,908

 

 

 

4,657

 

 

Equity method earnings (losses)

 

 

(52,382

)

 

 

6,987

 

 

Equity method earnings (losses) – carried interest

 

 

121,698

 

 

 

58,382

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

 

 

(102,439

)

 

 

(51,908

)

 

Income tax benefit (expense)

 

 

7,841

 

 

 

10,973

 

 

Income (loss) from continuing operations

 

 

(94,598

)

 

 

(40,935

)

 

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

 

 

(26,389

)

 

 

(10,429

)

 

Net income (loss)

 

 

(120,987

)

 

 

(51,364

)

 

Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests:

 

 

 

 

 

Redeemable noncontrolling interests

 

 

(6,442

)

 

 

7,269

 

 

Investment entities

 

 

(60,623

)

 

 

(124,301

)

 

Operating Company

 

 

(4,834

)

 

 

4,311

 

 

Net income (loss) attributable to DigitalBridge Group, Inc.

 

 

(49,088

)

 

 

61,357

 

 

Preferred stock redemption

 

 

(1,098

)

 

 

2,865

 

 

Preferred stock dividends

 

 

15,283

 

 

 

17,456

 

 

Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders

 

$

(63,273

)

 

$

41,036

 

 

Loss per share—basic

 

 

 

 

 

Loss from continuing operations per share—basic

 

$

(0.30

)

 

$

(0.23

)

 

Net loss attributable to common stockholders per share—basic

 

$

(0.39

)

 

$

0.33

 

 

Loss per share—diluted

 

 

 

 

 

Loss from continuing operations per share—diluted

 

$

(0.30

)

 

$

(0.23

)

 

Net loss attributable to common stockholders per share—diluted

 

$

(0.39

)

 

$

0.33

 

 

Weighted average number of shares

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

162,398

 

 

 

121,458

 

 

Diluted

 

 

162,398

 

 

 

121,458

 

 

Distributable Earnings (DE)

(In thousands, except per share data, unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

September 30,

2022

 

September 30,

2021

 

Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders

$

(63,273

)

 

$

41,036

 

 

Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling common interests in Operating Company

 

(4,834

)

 

 

4,311

 

 

Net income (loss) attributable to common interests in Operating Company and common stockholders

 

(68,107

)

 

 

45,347

 

 

Adjustments for Distributable Earnings (DE):

 

 

 

 

Transaction-related and restructuring charges(1)

 

23,249

 

 

 

19,501

 

 

Non-real estate (gains) losses, excluding realized gains or losses of digital assets within the Corporate and Other segment

 

51,162

 

 

 

11,319

 

 

Net unrealized carried interest

 

(1,228

)

 

 

(27,953

)

 

Equity-based compensation expense

 

18,619

 

 

 

9,038

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

149,131

 

 

 

140,110

 

 

Straight-line rent revenue and expense

 

(8,895

)

 

 

(1,925

)

 

Amortization of acquired above- and below-market lease values, net

 

80

 

 

 

(172

)

 

Impairment loss

 

 

 

 

(8,210

)

 

Gain from sales of real estate

 

 

 

 

(514

)

 

Non-revenue enhancing capital expenditures

 

(10,992

)

 

 

(1,349

)

 

Debt prepayment penalties and amortization of deferred financing costs and debt premiums and discounts

 

5,627

 

 

 

7,651

 

 

Adjustment to reflect BRSP cash dividend declared

 

10,201

 

 

 

9,478

 

 

Preferred share redemption (gain) loss

 

 

 

 

2,865

 

 

Income tax effect on certain of the foregoing adjustments

 

 

 

 

1,663

 

 

Adjustments attributable to noncontrolling interests in investment entities

 

(136,338

)

 

 

(83,074

)

 

DE from discontinued operations

 

6,808

 

 

 

(123,075

)

 

After-tax DE

$

39,317

 

 

$

700

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DE per common share / common OP unit(2)

$

0.22

 

 

$

0.01

 

 

DE per common share / common OP unit—diluted(2)(3)

$

0.22

 

 

$

0.01

 

 

Weighted average number of common OP units outstanding used for DE per common share and OP unit(2)

 

176,827

 

 

 

136,669

 

 

Weighted average number of common OP units outstanding used for DE per common share and OP unit—diluted (2)(3)

 

179,296

 

 

 

136,669

 

 

_________

(1)

Restructuring charges primarily represent costs and charges incurred as a result of corporate restructuring and reorganization to implement the digital evolution. These costs and charges include severance, retention, relocation, transition, shareholder settlement and other related restructuring costs, which are not reflective of the Company’s core operating performance.

(2)

Calculated based on weighted average shares outstanding including participating securities and assuming the exchange of all common OP units outstanding for common shares.

(3)

For the three months ended September 30, 2022, included in the calculation of diluted DE per share are Class A common stock or OP units issuable in connection with performance stock units, performance based restricted stock units and Wafra’s warrants, of which the issuance and/or vesting are subject to the performance of the Company’s stock price or the achievement of certain Company specific metrics. For the three months ended September 30, 2022, excluded from the calculation of diluted DE per share are the effects of adding back interest expense associated with convertible senior notes and weighted average dilutive common share equivalents for the assumed conversion of the convertible senior notes as the effect of including such interest expense and common share equivalents would be antidilutive. For the three months ended September 30, 2021, excluded from the calculation of diluted DE per share are Class A common stock or OP units issuable in connection with performance stock units, performance based restricted stock units and Wafra’s warrants, of which the issuance and/or vesting are subject to the performance of the Company’s stock price or the achievement of certain Company specific metrics, and the effect of adding back interest expense associated with convertible senior notes and weighted average dilutive common share equivalents for the assumed conversion of the convertible senior notes as the effect of including such interest expense and common share equivalents would be antidilutive.

Distributable Earnings (DE)

DE is an after-tax measure that differs from GAAP net income or loss from continuing operations as a result of the following adjustments, including adjustment for our share of similar items recognized by our equity method investments: transaction-related and restructuring charges; realized and unrealized gains and losses, except realized gains and losses from digital assets in Corporate and Other; depreciation, amortization and impairment charges; debt prepayment penalties, and amortization of deferred financing costs, debt premiums and debt discounts; our share of unrealized carried interest, net of associated compensation expense; equity-based compensation expense; equity method earnings from BrightSpire Capital, Inc. (BRSP) which is replaced with dividends declared by BRSP; effect of straight-line lease income and expense; impairment of equity investments directly attributable to decrease in value of depreciable real estate held by the investee; non-revenue enhancing capital expenditures; income tax effect on certain of the foregoing adjustments. Income taxes included in DE reflect the benefit of deductions arising from certain expenses that are excluded from the calculation of DE, such as equity-based compensation, as these deductions do decrease actual income tax paid or payable by the Company in any one period. There are no differences in the Company’s measurement of DE and AFFO. Therefore, previously reported AFFO is the equivalent to DE and prior period information has not been recast. DE is presented on a reportable segment basis and for the Company in total.

We believe that DE is a meaningful supplemental measure as it reflects the ongoing operating performance of our core business by generally excluding items that are non-core in nature and allows for better comparability of operating results period-over-period and to other companies in similar lines of business.

Contacts

Investor Contacts:
Severin White

Managing Director, Head of Public Investor Relations

severin.white@digitalbridge.com
212-547-2777