Statements made in this letter that are not historical facts, including statements accompanied by words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “intend,” “likely,” “may,” “plan,” “project,” “realize,” “should,” “transform,” “would,” and other statements of similar expression and other words of similar expression, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
These statements are based on management’s expectations, estimates, assumptions and projections as of the date of this letter and are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are set forth as risk factors in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In this letter, forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, expectations about the performance of our Master Planned Communities segment and other current income-producing properties and future liquidity, development opportunities, development spending and management plans. We caution you not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this letter and do not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events, information or circumstances that arise after the date of this letter except as required by law.
Non-GAAP financial measures
The Company believes that net operating income, or NOI, a non-GAAP financial measure, is a useful supplemental measure of the performance of our Operating Assets because it provides a performance measure that, when compared year over year, reflects the revenues and expenses directly associated with owning and operating real estate properties and the impact on operations from trends in rental and occupancy rates and operating costs. We define NOI as operating revenues (rental income, tenant recoveries and other revenues) less operating expenses (real estate taxes, repairs and maintenance, marketing and other property expenses).
NOI excludes straight-line rents and amortization of tenant incentives, net interest expense, ground rent amortization, demolition costs, amortization, depreciation, development-related marketing costs and Equity in earnings from Real Estate and other affiliates.
We use NOI to evaluate our operating performance on a property-by-property basis because NOI allows us to evaluate the impact that factors, which vary by property, such as lease structure, lease rates and tenant base have on our operating results, gross margins and investment returns.
MPC Segment EBT represents the revenues less expenses of the segment, including interest income, interest expense, depreciation and amortization and equity in earnings of real estate and other affiliates. MPC Segment EBT excludes corporate expenses and other items that are not allocable to the MPC Segment. We present MPC Segment EBT because we use this measure, among others, internally to assess the core operating performance of the segment.
Although we believe that NOI and MPC Segment EBT provide useful information to the investors about the performance of our Operating Assets and MPC’s due to the exclusions noted above, NOI and MPC Segment EBT should only be used as additional measures of the financial performance of such assets and not as an alternative to GAAP net income (loss).
For a reconciliation of NOI and MPC Segment EBT to the most directly comparable GAAP measure see the Reconciliation to Non-GAAP Measures at the end of this letter. No reconciliation of projected NOI is included in this letter because we are unable to quantify certain amounts that would be required to be included in the GAAP measure without unreasonable efforts and we believe such reconciliations would imply a degree of precision that would be confusing or misleading to investors.