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Safehold Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2023 Results

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Safehold Inc. (SAFE) reported strong financial results for Q4'23 and FY'23, with revenue of $103.0 million and $352.6 million, respectively. Net income for Q4'23 was $41.2 million, while FY'23 showed a net loss of ($55.0) million. Earnings per share for Q4'23 were $0.58 and ($0.82) for FY'23. Key highlights include a merger with iStar, credit ratings upgrades, and successful capital raising initiatives.
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  • Strong Q4'23 and FY'23 financial results with revenue of $103.0 million and $352.6 million, respectively.
  • Net income of $41.2 million for Q4'23 and a net loss of ($55.0) million for FY'23.
  • Earnings per share of $0.58 for Q4'23 and ($0.82) for FY'23.
  • Key highlights include a merger with iStar, credit ratings upgrades, and successful capital raising initiatives.
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The reported figures by Safehold Inc. reflect a complex fiscal year, with the company navigating through significant events such as a merger and the involvement of new major shareholders. A key highlight is the substantial net income fluctuation, which, when adjusted for non-recurring gains and costs, suggests a more stable financial performance. The capital raised through common equity and the formation of a joint venture with a sovereign wealth fund indicate strategic moves to bolster the company's financial foundation and liquidity.

Furthermore, the credit rating upgrade by Moody's and the positive outlook by Fitch Ratings are indicative of improved creditworthiness, which could potentially lower borrowing costs and suggest confidence in the company's financial stability and growth prospects. These factors are critical when considering the company's ability to sustain operations and expand in the face of economic uncertainties.

Safehold Inc.'s internalization of its management structure and the closure of a merger with iStar could streamline operations and reduce management expenses in the long term. This structural change, combined with the addition of MSD Partners as a major shareholder, may influence investor perceptions positively due to the potential for enhanced governance and strategic oversight.

In the context of the real estate investment market, the company's formation of a $500 million joint venture with a leading sovereign wealth fund is a strategic expansion that leverages external expertise and capital. This move could diversify the company's portfolio and risk, which is particularly relevant in a market that is sensitive to economic cycles and interest rate changes.

The economic environment described as 'uncertain' by Safehold's CEO is likely a reference to broader macroeconomic factors such as fluctuating interest rates, inflation and potential recessionary pressures. These conditions can have a pronounced impact on real estate investment trusts (REITs) like Safehold Inc., as they affect property values, rental incomes and investor appetite for risk.

The company's optimistic outlook, despite these challenges, may be grounded in its strategic initiatives and the resilience of its underlying asset portfolio. However, it's important for stakeholders to consider the potential for continued volatility in the real estate market and the broader economy, which could impact the company's performance in the short to medium term.

NEW YORK, Feb. 12, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Safehold Inc. (NYSE: SAFE) reported results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2023.

SAFE published a presentation detailing these results which can be found on its website, www.safeholdinc.com in the "Investors" section.

Highlights from the earnings announcement include:

  • Q4'23 revenue was $103.0 million, and FY'23 was $352.6 million
  • Q4'23 net income attributable to common shareholders was $41.2 million, or $25.5 million excluding non-recurring gains, and FY'23 net income attributable to common shareholders was ($55.0) million, or $96.8 million excluding merger and Caret related costs and non-recurring gains
  • Q4'23 earnings per share was $0.58, or $0.36 excluding non-recurring gains, and FY'23 earnings per share was ($0.82), or $1.45 excluding merger and Caret related costs and non-recurring gains
  • 2023 Highlights Include:
    • Corporate: Closed merger with iStar, internalizing Safehold's management structure and adding MSD Partners as major shareholder and Caret investor
    • Credit: Received credit ratings upgrade to A3 from Moody's Investors Services and placed on Positive Outlook by Fitch Ratings, Inc.
    • Capital: Raised $152 million through the issuance of common equity; closed additional $500 million unsecured revolving credit facility; formed $500 million joint venture with leading sovereign wealth fund

"Despite the challenges posed by an uncertain economic environment, 2023 was a transformational year for Safehold," said Jay Sugarman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We remain optimistic about the future, and as transaction activity increases, are well-positioned to serve our customers and drive the expansion of the modern ground lease industry."

The Company will host an earnings conference call reviewing this presentation beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, February 13, 2024. This conference call will be broadcast live and can be accessed by all interested parties through Safehold's website and by using the dial-in information listed below:

Dial-In:

888.506.0062

International:

973.528.0011

Access Code:

264970

A replay of the call will be archived on the Company's website. Alternatively, the replay can be accessed via dial-in from 2:00 p.m. ET on February 13, 2024 through 12:00 a.m. ET on February 27, 2024 by calling:

Replay:

877.481.4010

International:

919.882.2331

Access Code:

49838

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

Net income attributable to Safehold Inc. common shareholders excluding merger and Caret related costs and non-recurring gains, and EPS excluding merger and Caret related costs and non-recurring gains are non-GAAP measures used as supplemental performance measures to give management and investors a view of net income and EPS more directly derived from operating activities in the period in which they occur. Net income attributable to Safehold Inc. common shareholders excluding merger and Caret related costs and non-recurring gains is calculated as net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders, prior to the effect of non-recurring gains, and, for periods prior to the fourth quarter of 2023, charges related to the merger, administration of Caret, origination of the Secured Term Loan to SAFE and goodwill impairment, all as adjusted to exclude corresponding amounts allocable to noncontrolling interests. It should be examined in conjunction with net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders as shown in our consolidated statements of operations. EPS excluding non-recurring gains, merger and Caret related costs is calculated as net income attributable to Safehold Inc. common shareholders excluding non-recurring gains and, for periods prior to the fourth quarter of 2023, merger and Caret related costs, divided by the weighted average number of common shares. These metrics should not be considered as alternatives to net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders or EPS, respectively (in each case determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America ("GAAP")). These measures may differ from similarly-titled measures used by other companies. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are presented below.

Earnings Reconciliation (all figures in thousands except per share figures)1

           Q4'23               FY'23

Net income (loss) attributable to Safehold Inc. common shareholders

$41,184

($54,973)

Add: Impairment of Goodwill

-

145,365

Add: Merger and Caret related costs

-

22,082

Less: Gain on sale of ground leases

(447)

(447)

Less: Non-amortizable hedge gains

(15,191)

(15,191)

Net income excluding merger and Caret related costs and non-recurring gains  

$25,547

$96,837

Weighted average number of common shares – basic

71,068

66,690

Weighted average number of common shares – diluted for net income excluding
merger & Caret related costs and non-recurring gains for the period

71,115

66,702

EPS excluding merger and Caret related costs non-recurring gains (basic
& diluted)

$0.36

$1.45




1 All numbers net of impact attributable to noncontrolling interests.

About Safehold:

Safehold Inc. (NYSE: SAFE) is revolutionizing real estate ownership by providing a new and better way for owners to unlock the value of the land beneath their buildings. Having created the modern ground lease industry in 2017, Safehold continues to help owners of high quality multifamily, office, industrial, hospitality, student housing, life science and mixed-use properties generate higher returns with less risk. The Company, which is taxed as a real estate investment trust (REIT), seeks to deliver safe, growing income and long-term capital appreciation to its shareholders. Additional information on Safehold is available on its website at www.safeholdinc.com.

Company Contact:
Pearse Hoffmann
Senior Vice President
Capital Markets & Investor Relations
T 212.930.9400
E investors@safeholdinc.com 

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SOURCE Safehold

Safehold Inc. reported revenue of $103.0 million for Q4'23 and $352.6 million for FY'23.

Safehold Inc. recorded a net income of $41.2 million in Q4'23 and a net loss of ($55.0) million in FY'23.

Safehold Inc. reported earnings per share of $0.58 in Q4'23 and ($0.82) in FY'23.

Key highlights for Safehold Inc. in 2023 include a merger with iStar, credit ratings upgrades, and successful capital raising initiatives.
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