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Press Release -- October 26th, 2017
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Digital Realty Reports Third Quarter 2017 Results

October 25, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Realty (NYSE:DLR, news, filings), a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, announced today financial results for the third quarter of 2017.  All per-share results are presented on a fully-diluted share and unit basis.

Highlights

  • Reported net loss available to common stockholders of ($0.02) per share in 3Q17, compared to $1.25 per share in 3Q16
  • Reported FFO per share of $1.23 in 3Q17, compared to $1.31 in 3Q16
  • Reported core FFO per share of $1.51 in 3Q17, compared to $1.44 in 3Q16
  • Signed total bookings during 3Q17 expected to generate $58 million of annualized GAAP rental revenue, including an $8 millioncontribution from interconnection
  • Raised 2017 core FFO per share outlook to $6.00 - $6.10 from $5.95 - $6.10

Financial Results

Digital Realty reported third quarter of 2017 revenues of $610 million, an 8% increase from the previous quarter and a 12% increase from the same quarter last year.

The company delivered third quarter of 2017 net income of $12 million, and a net loss available to common stockholders of ($4) million, or ($0.02) per diluted share, compared to net income available to common stockholders of $0.36 per diluted share in the previous quarter and $1.25 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.

Digital Realty generated third quarter of 2017 adjusted EBITDA of $352 million, a 7% increase from the previous quarter and a 15% increase over the same quarter last year.

The company reported third quarter of 2017 funds from operations ("FFO") on a fully diluted basis of $215 million, or $1.23 per share, compared to $1.44 per share in the previous quarter and $1.31 per share in same quarter last year.

Excluding certain items that do not represent core expenses or revenue streams, Digital Realty delivered third quarter of 2017 core FFO of $1.51 per share, a 2% decrease from $1.54 per share in the previous quarter, and a 5% increase from $1.44 per share in the same quarter last year.

Leasing Activity

"During the third quarter of 2017, we signed total bookings representing $58 million of annualized GAAP rental revenue, including an $8 million contribution from interconnection," said Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein.  "Our third-quarter activity showcased the strengths of our diversified business, particularly the strategic importance of our expanded footprint in Ashburn, the largest and fastest-growing data center market in the world.  In addition, colocation and interconnection continue to provide stable and healthy revenue drivers.  Heading into the end of the year, we continue to see healthy demand across all three lines of the business, and are focused on fully integrating DuPont Fabros while executing against our goals as a combined organization."

The weighted-average lag between leases signed during the third quarter of 2017 and the contractual commencement date was four months.

In addition to new leases signed, Digital Realty also signed renewal leases representing $66 million of annualized GAAP rental revenue during the quarter.  Rental rates on renewal leases signed during the third quarter of 2017 rolled down 3.8% on a cash basis and up 1.5% on a GAAP basis.

New leases signed during the third quarter of 2017 by region and product type are summarized as follows:

Annualized GAAP

Base Rent

GAAP Base Rent

GAAP Base Rent

North America

(in thousands)

Square Feet

per Square Foot

Megawatts

per Kilowatt

Turn-Key Flex

$42,431

315,300

$135

32

$112

Colocation

5,077

18,092

281

1

355

Non-Technical

2,058

102,203

20

Total

$49,566

435,595

$114

33

$121

Europe (1)

Turn-Key Flex

Powered Base Building

Colocation

$839

1,538

$546

$409

Non-Technical

  Total

$839

1,538

$546

$409

Asia Pacific (1)

Turn-Key Flex

$15

$412

  Total

$15

$412

 Interconnection

$7,678

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Grand Total

$58,098

437,133

$115

33

$122

Note:  Totals may not foot due to rounding differences.

(1)

Based on quarterly average exchange rates during the three months ended September 30, 2017. 

Investment Activity

During the third quarter of 2017, Digital Realty completed the previously announced acquisition of DuPont Fabros in an all-stock transaction valued at $7.9 billion in enterprise value.

Digital Realty also acquired land parcels adjacent to the company's existing holdings in Osaka, Japan and Garland, TX during the third quarter of 2017 for a total purchase price of approximately $10 million.  The two parcels total 20 acres, and are expected to support the development of up to 51 megawatts of critical power.  Commencement of development will be subject to market demand and delivery will be phased to facilitate customer expansion requirements upon completion of the company's existing projects in Osaka and Richardson, TX.

Likewise during the third quarter of 2017, Digital Realty recognized impairment losses of approximately $29 million on assets held for sale to reduce the carrying value of three properties to their estimated fair market value at September 30, 2017.

Separately, Digital Realty closed on the sale of 8025 North Interstate 35, a 62,000 square foot Powered Base Building data center in Austin, TX for $20 million.  The property was 100% leased and was expected to generate cash net operating income of approximately $1 million in 2017, representing an exit cap rate of 5%.  The sale generated net proceeds of approximately $20 million, and Digital Realty recognized a gain on the sale of approximately $10 million in the third quarter of 2017.

Subsequent to the end of the quarter, Digital Realty closed on the sale of 44874 Moran Road, a 78,000 square foot data center in Sterling, VA for $34 million.  The property was 100% leased and was expected to generate cash net operating income of approximately $3 million in 2017, representing an exit cap rate of 7%.  The property was held in a consolidated joint venture, in which Digital Realty owned a 75% stake.  The sale generated net proceeds of $34 million, and Digital Realty expects to recognize a gain on the sale of approximately $15 million during the fourth quarter, or roughly $12 million, net of non-controlling interests.

Likewise subsequent to the end of the quarter, Digital Realty entered into a 50/50 joint venture with Mitsubishi Corporation to provide data center solutions in Japan.  Mitsubishi Corporation will contribute two existing data center facilities in the western Tokyo suburb of Mitaka, while Digital Realty will contribute its recently completed data center development project in Osaka.  The three seed assets are collectively valued at approximately 40 billion Japanese Yen, or approximately $350 million.

Also subsequent to quarter-end, Digital Realty entered into an agreement to acquire a 250,000 square foot data center on a 19-acre site in Northlake, Illinois from a non-traded, publicly registered REIT for a purchase price of $315 million.  The property is located approximately four miles from the company's Franklin Park campus.  Roughly three-fourths of the building has been developed and is fully leased, with the remaining 65,000 square feet of shell space available for build-out of approximately eight megawatts of critical load from a dedicated on-site sub-station.  The transaction remains subject to certain closing conditions, and Digital Realty cannot provide any assurances if, or when the transaction will close.

Balance Sheet

Digital Realty had approximately $8.5 billion of total debt outstanding as of September 30, 2017, substantially all of which was unsecured.  At the end of the third quarter of 2017, net debt-to-adjusted EBITDA was 6.0x, debt-plus-preferred-to-total enterprise value was 27.8% and fixed charge coverage was 3.9x.

During the third quarter of 2017, Digital Realty completed the following financing transactions.

  • On July 21, 2017, Digital Realty issued £250 million of 2.75% Sterling-denominated notes due 2024 and £350 million of 3.30% Sterling-denominated notes due 2029, generating gross proceeds of approximately $780 million.
  • On August 7, 2017, Digital Realty issued $350 million of 2.75% notes due 2023 and $1.0 billion of 3.70% notes due 2027.
  • Also on August 7, 2017, Digital Realty closed an offering of eight million shares of 5.25% Series J Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock at a price of $25.00 per share, generating gross proceeds of $200 million.
  • On September 14, 2017, Digital Realty closed the acquisition of DuPont Fabros, and exchanged approximately 43 million shares of DLR Common Stock and six million Operating Partnership Units for all of the outstanding common shares and units of DuPont Fabros, representing total consideration of approximately $6 billion.
  • Likewise in conjunction with the closing of the DuPont Fabros acquisition on September 14, 2017, Digital Realty exchanged all the outstanding shares of DuPont Fabros' Series C Preferred Stock for 8.05 million shares of Digital Realty Series C Preferred Stock, with a total liquidation value of $201 million.
  • Digital Realty also purchased a portion of the DuPont Fabros 5.875% notes due 2021 and redeemed the remainder in mid-September. The aggregate principal amount totaled $600 million.
  • Subsequent to the end of the quarter, Digital Realty redeemed DuPont Fabros' 5.625% notes due 2023. When Digital Realty assumed the bonds, the fair market value of $266 million was recorded on the balance sheet. The aggregate principal amount totaled $250 million and was redeemed in October 2017.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures, including FFO, core FFO, constant-currency core FFO, and Adjusted EBITDA.  A reconciliation from U.S. GAAP net income available to common stockholders to FFO, a reconciliation from FFO to core FFO and constant-currency core FFO, and definitions of FFO, core FFO and constant-currency core FFO are included as an attachment to this document.  A reconciliation from U.S. GAAP net income available to common stockholders to Adjusted EBITDA, a definition of Adjusted EBITDA and definitions of net debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA, debt-plus-preferred-to-total enterprise value, cash NOI, and fixed charge coverage ratio are included as an attachment to this document.

Investor Conference Call

Prior to Digital Realty's investor conference call at 5:30 p.m. EDT / 2:30 p.m. PDT on October 25, 2017, a presentation will be posted to the Investors section of the company's website at http://investor.digitalrealty.com.  The presentation is designed to accompany the discussion of the company's third quarter 2017 financial results and operating performance.  The conference call will feature Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein and Chief Financial Officer Andrew P. Power.

To participate in the live call, investors are invited to dial (888) 317-6003 (for domestic callers) or (412) 317-6061 (for international callers) and reference the conference ID# 9681339 at least five minutes prior to start time.  A live webcast of the call will be available via the Investors section of Digital Realty's website at http://investor.digitalrealty.com.

Telephone and webcast replays will be available after the call until November 22, 2017.  The telephone replay can be accessed by dialing (877) 344-7529 (for domestic callers) or (412) 317-0088 (for international callers) and providing the conference ID# 10111773.  The webcast replay can be accessed on Digital Realty's website.

About Digital Realty

Digital Realty supports the data center, colocation and interconnection strategies of more than 2,300 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centers located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.  Digital Realty's clients include domestic and international companies of all sizes, ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, gaming, life sciences and consumer products.

Additional information about Digital Realty is included in the Company Overview, available on the Investors page of Digital Realty's website at www.digitalrealty.com.  The Company Overview is updated periodically, and may contain material information and updates.  To receive e-mail alerts when the Company Overview is updated, please visit the Investors page of Digital Realty's website.

Contact Information

Andrew P. Power
Chief Financial Officer
Digital Realty
(415) 738-6500

John J. Stewart / Maria S. Lukens
Investor Relations
Digital Realty
(415) 738-6500

2017 Outlook

Digital Realty raised its 2017 core FFO per share outlook from $5.95 - $6.10 to $6.00 - $6.10.  The assumptions underlying this guidance are summarized in the following table.

As of

As of

As of

As of

As of

Top-Line and Cost Structure

Jan. 3, 2017

Feb. 16, 2017

Apr. 27, 2017

July 27, 2017

October 25, 2017

   2017 total revenue

$2.2 - $2.3 billion

$2.2 - $2.3 billion

$2.2 - $2.3 billion

$2.2 - $2.3 billion

$2.4 - $2.5 billion

   2017 net non-cash rent adjustments (1)

($5 - $10 million)

($5 - $10 million)

($5 - $10 million)

($5 - $10 million)

($5 - $10 million)

   2017 Adjusted EBITDA margin

57.0% - 59.0%

57.0% - 59.0%

57.0% - 59.0%

57.0% - 59.0%

57.0% - 59.0%

   2017 G&A margin

6.0% - 7.0%

6.0% - 7.0%

6.0% - 7.0%

6.0% - 7.0%

6.0% - 7.0%

Internal Growth

   Rental rates on renewal leases

      Cash basis

Slightly positive

Slightly positive

Slightly positive

Slightly positive

Slightly positive

      GAAP basis

Up high single-digits

Up high single-digits

Up high single-digits

Up high single-digits

Up high single-digits

   Year-end portfolio occupancy

+/- 50 bps

+/- 50 bps

+/- 50 bps

+/- 50 bps

+/- 50 bps

   "Same-capital" cash NOI growth (2)

2.0% - 3.0%

2.0% - 3.0%

2.0% - 3.0%

2.0% - 3.0%

3.0% - 3.5%

   Foreign Exchange Rates

      U.S. Dollar / Pound Sterling

$1.20 - $1.24

$1.20 - $1.24

$1.20 - $1.28

$1.22 - $1.30

$1.26 - $1.30

      U.S. Dollar / Euro

$1.00 - $1.05

$1.00 - $1.05

$1.00 - $1.10

$1.05 - $1.15

$1.10 - $1.15

External Growth

   Dispositions

   Dollar volume

$0 - $200 million

$0 - $200 million

$0 - $200 million

$0 - $200 million

$50 - $200 million

   Cap rate

0.0% - 10.0%

0.0% - 10.0%

0.0% - 10.0%

0.0% - 10.0%

0.0% - 10.0%

   Development

   CapEx

$0.8 - $1.0 billion

$0.8 - $1.0 billion

$0.8 - $1.0 billion

$0.8 - $1.0 billion

$0.9 - $1.0 billion

   Average stabilized yields

10.0% - 12.0%

10.0% - 12.0%

10.0% - 12.0%

10.0% - 12.0%

10.0% - 12.0%

   Enhancements and other non-recurring CapEx (3)

$20 - $25 million

$20 - $25 million

$20 - $25 million

$20 - $25 million

$20 - $25 million

   Recurring CapEx + capitalized leasing costs (4)

$125 - $135 million

$125 - $135 million

$125 - $135 million

$125 - $135 million

$125 - $135 million

Balance Sheet

    Long-term debt issuance

    Dollar amount

$400 - $600 million

$400 - $600 million

$400 - $600 million

$770 million

$2.3 billion

    Pricing

3.50% - 4.25%

3.50% - 4.25%

3.50% - 4.25%

3.1%

3.1%

    Timing

Mid-to-late 2017

Mid-to-late 2017

Mid-to-late 2017

Mid-2017

Mid-2017

Net income per diluted share

$1.60 - $1.75

$1.60 - $1.75

$1.55 - $1.65

$1.55 - $1.65

$1.10 - $1.15

Real estate depreciation and (gain)/loss on sale

$4.20 - $4.20

$4.20 - $4.20

$4.30 - $4.30

$4.30 - $4.30

$4.60 - $4.60

Funds From Operations / share (NAREIT-Defined)

$5.80 - $5.95

$5.80 - $5.95

$5.85 - $5.95

$5.85 - $5.95

$5.70 - $5.75

Non-core expense and revenue streams

$0.10 - $0.15

$0.10 - $0.15

$0.10 - $0.15

$0.10 - $0.15

$0.30 - $0.35

Core Funds From Operations / share

$5.90 - $6.10

$5.90 - $6.10

$5.95 - $6.10

$5.95 - $6.10

$6.00 - $6.10

Foreign currency translation adjustments

$0.05 - $0.15

$0.05 - $0.15

$0.05 - $0.15

$0.05 - $0.15

$0.05 - $0.10

Constant-Currency Core FFO / share

$5.95 - $6.25

$5.95 - $6.25

$6.00 - $6.25

$6.00 - $6.25

$6.05 - $6.20

(1)

Net non-cash rent adjustments represents the sum of straight-line rental revenue, straight-line rent expense as well as the amortization of above- and below-market leases (i.e., FAS 141 adjustments). 

(2)

The "same-capital" pool includes properties owned as of December 31, 2015 with less than 5% of the total rentable square feet under development.  It also excludes properties that were undergoing, or were expected to undergo, development activities in 2016-2017, properties classified as held for sale, and properties sold or contributed to joint ventures for all periods presented. 

(3)

Other non-recurring CapEx represents costs incurred to enhance the capacity or marketability of operating properties, such as network fiber initiatives and software development costs. 

(4)

Recurring CapEx represents non-incremental improvements required to maintain current revenues, including second-generation tenant improvements and leasing commissions.  Capitalized leasing costs include capitalized leasing compensation as well as capitalized internal leasing commissions. 

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements which are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially, including statements related to the merger with DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc.; supply and demand for data center and colocation space; the expected timing, benefits and development of recent land acquisitions; impairment losses; our joint venture in Japan; acquisition and disposition activity, including transactions which are under agreement but subject to closing conditions; market dynamics and data center fundamentals; our strategic priorities; rent from leases that have been signed but have not yet commenced and other contracted rent to be received in future periods; rental rates on future leases; lag between signing and commencement; cap rates and yields; investment activity; expected capital markets activity; and the company's FFO, core FFO, constant-currency core FFO and net income outlook and underlying assumptions.  These risks and uncertainties include, among others, the following: the impact of current global economic, credit and market conditions; current local economic conditions in the metropolitan areas in which we operate; decreases in information technology spending, including as a result of economic slowdowns or recession; adverse economic or real estate developments in our industry or the industry sectors that we sell to (including risks relating to decreasing real estate valuations and impairment charges); our dependence upon significant tenants; bankruptcy or insolvency of a major tenant or a significant number of smaller tenants; defaults on or non-renewal of leases by tenants; our failure to obtain necessary debt and equity financing; risks associated with using debt to fund our business activities, including re-financing and interest rate risks, our failure to repay debt when due, adverse changes in our credit ratings or our breach of covenants or other terms contained in our loan facilities and agreements; financial market fluctuations; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; our inability to manage our growth effectively; difficulty acquiring or operating properties in foreign jurisdictions; our failure to successfully integrate and operate acquired or developed properties or businesses; the suitability of our properties and data center infrastructure, delays or disruptions in connectivity, failure of our physical and information security infrastructure or services or availability of power; risks related to joint venture investments, including as a result of our lack of control of such investments; delays or unexpected costs in development of properties; decreased rental rates, increased operating costs or increased vacancy rates; increased competition or available supply of data center space; our inability to successfully develop and lease new properties and development space; difficulties in identifying properties to acquire and completing acquisitions; our inability to acquire off-market properties; the impact of the United Kingdom's referendum on withdrawal from the European Union on global financial markets and our business; our inability to comply with the rules and regulations applicable to reporting companies; our failure to maintain our status as a REIT; possible adverse changes to tax laws; restrictions on our ability to engage in certain business activities; environmental uncertainties and risks related to natural disasters; losses in excess of our insurance coverage; changes in foreign laws and regulations, including those related to taxation and real estate ownership and operation; and changes in local, state and federal regulatory requirements, including changes in real estate and zoning laws and increases in real property tax rates. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see the reports and other filings by the company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2017 and June 30, 2017 and current report on Form 8-K filed July 10, 2017.  The company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Consolidated Quarterly Statements of Operations
Unaudited and in thousands, except share and per share data

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

30-Sep-17

30-Jun-17

31-Mar-17

31-Dec-16

30-Sep-16

30-Sep-17

30-Sep-16

Rental revenues

$440,591

$412,576

$404,126

$399,062

$395,212

$1,257,293

$1,143,449

Tenant reimbursements - Utilities

78,134

68,407

63,398

63,956

68,168

209,939

189,486

Tenant reimbursements - Other

29,479

24,935

23,890

23,853

27,497

78,304

78,608

Interconnection & other

59,851

58,301

57,225

55,094

53,897

175,377

149,223

Fee income

1,662

1,429

1,895

1,718

1,517

4,986

4,567

Other

208

341

35

33,104

2

584

93

Total Operating Revenues

$609,925

$565,989

$550,569

$576,787

$546,293

$1,726,483

$1,565,426

Utilities

$95,619

$82,739

$77,198

$76,896

$85,052

$255,556

$229,365

Rental property operating

94,442

91,977

92,141

92,372

92,140

278,560

261,544

Property taxes

32,586

28,161

26,919

27,097

20,620

87,666

75,400

Insurance

2,590

2,576

2,592

2,369

2,470

7,758

7,123

Depreciation & amortization

199,914

178,111

176,466

176,581

178,133

554,491

522,743

General & administrative

41,477

37,144

33,778

40,481

43,555

112,399

106,044

Severance, equity acceleration, and legal expenses

2,288

365

869

672

2,580

3,522

5,536

Transaction and integration expenses

42,809

14,235

3,323

8,961

6,015

60,367

11,530

Impairment of investments in real estate

28,992

28,992

Other expenses

3,051

24

236

(22)

3,075

(23)

Total Operating Expenses

$543,768

$435,332

$413,286

$425,665

$430,543

$1,392,386

$1,219,262

Operating Income

$66,157

$130,657

$137,283

$151,122

$115,750

$334,097

$346,164

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated joint ventures

$5,880

$8,388

$5,324

$4,742

$4,152

$19,592

$12,362

Gain (loss) on real estate transactions

9,751

380

(522)

(195)

169,000

9,609

170,097

Interest and other income

2,813

367

151

(970)

355

3,331

(3,594)

Interest (expense)

(71,621)

(57,582)

(55,450)

(56,226)

(63,084)

(184,653)

(180,254)

Tax (expense)

(2,494)

(2,639)

(2,223)

(2,304)

(3,720)

(7,356)

(8,081)

Gain (loss) from early extinguishment of debt

1,990

(29)

(18)

1,990

(982)

Net Income

$12,476

$79,571

$84,563

$96,140

$222,435

$176,610

$335,712

Net (income) attributable to non-controlling interests

(40)

(920)

(1,025)

(1,065)

(3,247)

(1,985)

(4,600)

Net Income Attributable to Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

$12,436

$78,651

$83,538

$95,075

$219,188

$174,625

$331,112

Preferred stock dividends, including undeclared dividends

(16,575)

(14,505)

(17,393)

(17,393)

(21,530)

(48,473)

(66,378)

Issuance costs associated with redeemed preferred stock

(6,309)

(10,328)

(6,309)

(10,328)

Net (Loss) Income Available to Common Stockholders

($4,139)

$57,837

$66,145

$77,682

$187,330

$119,843

$254,406

Weighted-average shares outstanding - basic

170,194,254

160,832,889

159,297,027

158,956,606

147,397,853

163,481,306

146,930,939

Weighted-average shares outstanding - diluted

170,194,254

161,781,868

160,421,655

159,699,411

149,384,871

164,371,096

147,655,184

Weighted-average fully diluted shares and units

174,169,511

164,026,578

162,599,529

162,059,914

151,764,542

166,937,862

150,076,482

Net (loss) income per share - basic

($0.02)

$0.36

$0.42

$0.49

$1.27

$0.73

$1.73

Net (loss) income per share - diluted

($0.02)

$0.36

$0.41

$0.49

$1.25

$0.73

$1.72

Funds From Operations and Core Funds From Operations
Unaudited and in thousands, except per share data

Reconciliation of Net Income to Funds From Operations (FFO)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

30-Sep-17

30-Jun-17

31-Mar-17

31-Dec-16

30-Sep-16

30-Sep-17

30-Sep-16

Net (Loss) Income Available to Common Stockholders

($4,139)

$57,837

$66,145

$77,682

$187,330

$119,843

$254,406

Adjustments:

Non-controlling interests in operating partnership

(79)

807

904

1,154

3,024

1,632

4,144

Real estate related depreciation & amortization (1)

196,871

175,010

173,447

173,523

175,332

545,328

509,287

Impairment charge related to Telx trade name

6,122

Unconsolidated JV real estate related depreciation & amortization

2,732

2,754

2,757

2,823

2,810

8,243

8,424

(Gain) loss on real estate transactions

(9,751)

(380)

522

195

(169,000)

(9,609)

(170,097)

Impairment of investments in real estate

28,992

28,992

Funds From Operations

$214,626

$236,028

$243,775

$255,377

$199,496

$694,429

$612,286

Funds From Operations - diluted

$214,626

$236,028

$243,775

$255,377

$199,496

$694,429

$612,286

Weighted-average shares and units outstanding - basic

173,461

163,078

161,475

161,317

149,778

166,048

149,352

Weighted-average shares and units outstanding - diluted (2)

174,170

164,027

162,600

162,060

151,765

166,938

150,076

Funds From Operations per share - basic

$1.24

$1.45

$1.51

$1.58

$1.33

$4.18

$4.10

Funds From Operations per share - diluted (2)

$1.23

$1.44

$1.50

$1.58

$1.31

$4.16

$4.08

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

Reconciliation of FFO to Core FFO

30-Sep-17

30-Jun-17

31-Mar-17

31-Dec-16

30-Sep-16

30-Sep-17

30-Sep-16

Funds From Operations - diluted

$214,626

$236,028

$243,775

$255,377

$199,496

$694,429

$612,286

Adjustments:

Termination fees and other non-core revenues (3)

(208)

(341)

(35)

(33,104)

(2)

(584)

(93)

Transaction and integration expenses

42,809

14,235

3,323

8,961

6,015

60,367

11,530

Gain (loss) from early extinguishment of debt

(1,990)

29

18

(1,990)

982

Issuance costs associated with redeemed preferred stock

6,309

10,328

6,309

10,328

Equity in earnings adjustment for non-core items

(3,285)

(3,285)

Severance, equity acceleration, and legal expenses (4)

2,288

365

869

672

2,580

3,522

5,536

Bridge facility fees (5)

3,182

3,182

Loss on currency forwards

3,082

Other non-core expense adjustments

3,051

24

236

(22)

3,075

(23)

Core Funds From Operations - diluted

$263,758

$253,335

$247,932

$232,171

$218,413

$765,025

$643,628

Weighted-average shares and units outstanding - diluted (2)

174,170

164,027

162,600

162,060

151,765

166,938

150,076

Core Funds From Operations per share - diluted (2)

$1.51

$1.54

$1.52

$1.43

$1.44

$4.58

$4.29

(1)   Real Estate Related Depreciation & Amortization:

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

30-Sep-17

30-Jun-17

31-Mar-17

31-Dec-16

30-Sep-16

30-Sep-17

30-Sep-16

Depreciation & amortization per income statement

$199,914

$178,111

$176,466

$176,581

$178,133

$554,491

$522,743

Non-real estate depreciation

(3,043)

(3,101)

(3,019)

(3,058)

(2,801)

(9,163)

(7,334)

Impairment charge related to Telx trade name

(6,122)

Real Estate Related Depreciation & Amortization

$196,871

$175,010

$173,447

$173,523

$175,332

$545,328

$509,287

(2)

For all periods presented, we have excluded the effect of dilutive series C, series E, series F, series G, series H, series I and series J preferred stock, as applicable, that may be converted upon the occurrence of specified change in control transactions as described in the articles supplementary governing the series C, the series E, series F, series G, series H, series I, and series J preferred stock, as applicable, which we consider highly improbable.  See above for calculations of diluted FFO available to common stockholders and unitholders and below for calculations of weighted average common stock and units outstanding.

(3)

Includes lease termination fees and certain other adjustments that are not core to our business.

(4)

Relates to severance and other charges related to the departure of company executives and integration related severance.

(5)

Bridge facility fees included in interest expense.

Adjusted Funds From Operations (AFFO)
Unaudited and in Thousands, Except Per Share Data

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

Reconciliation of Core FFO to AFFO

30-Sep-17

30-Jun-17

31-Mar-17

31-Dec-16

30-Sep-16

30-Sep-17

30-Sep-16

Core FFO available to common stockholders and unitholders

$263,758

$253,335

$247,932

$232,171

$218,413

$765,025

$643,628

Adjustments:

Non-real estate depreciation

3,043

3,101

3,019

3,058

2,801

9,163

7,334

Amortization of deferred financing costs

2,611

2,518

2,443

2,455

2,550

7,572

7,454

Amortization of debt discount/premium

816

713

697

693

693

2,226

2,029

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense

4,636

5,637

3,704

3,774

4,041

13,977

12,091

Straight-line rental revenue

(1,692)

(2,110)

(4,058)

(5,210)

(6,032)

(7,860)

(19,043)

Straight-line rental expense

4,212

4,343

4,187

5,096

6,402

12,742

17,990

Above- and below-market rent amortization

(873)

(1,946)

(1,973)

(2,048)

(2,002)

(4,792)

(6,265)

Deferred non-cash tax expense

284

(1,443)

(653)

(1,279)

(189)

(1,812)

1,117

Capitalized leasing compensation (1)

(2,945)

(2,740)

(2,634)

(3,644)

(2,795)

(8,319)

(7,945)

Recurring capital expenditures (2)

(34,664)

(26,740)

(29,588)

(21,246)

(15,252)

(90,992)

(54,230)

Capitalized internal leasing commissions

(1,225)

(1,355)

(1,493)

(1,835)

(1,786)

(4,073)

(5,487)

AFFO available to common stockholders and unitholders (3)

$237,961

$233,313

$221,583

$211,984

$206,844

$692,857

$598,673

Weighted-average shares and units outstanding - basic

173,461

163,078

161,475

161,317

149,778

166,048

149,352

Weighted-average shares and units outstanding - diluted (4)

174,170

164,027

162,600

162,060

151,765

166,938

150,076

AFFO per share - diluted (4)

$1.37

$1.42

$1.36

$1.31

$1.36

$4.15

$3.99

Dividends per share and common unit

$0.93

$0.93

$0.93

$0.88

$0.88

$2.79

$2.64

Diluted AFFO Payout Ratio

68.1

%

65.4

%

68.2

%

67.3

%

64.6

%

67.2

%

66.2

%

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

Share Count Detail

30-Sep-17

30-Jun-17

31-Mar-17

31-Dec-16

30-Sep-16

30-Sep-17

30-Sep-16

Weighted Average Common Stock and Units Outstanding

173,461

163,078

161,475

161,317

149,778

166,048

149,352

Add: Effect of dilutive securities

709

949

1,125

743

1,987

890

724

Weighted Avg. Common Stock and Units Outstanding - diluted

174,170

164,027

162,600

162,060

151,765

166,938

150,076

(1)

Includes only second generation leasing costs.

(2)

For a definition of recurring capital expenditures, see our supplemental operating and financial data package.

(3)

For a definition and discussion of AFFO, see below.  For a reconciliation of net income available to common stockholders to FFO and core FFO, see above.

(4)

For all periods presented, we have excluded the effect of dilutive series C, series E, series F, series G, series H, series I and series J preferred stock, as applicable, that may be converted upon the occurrence of specified change in control transactions as described in the articles supplementary governing the series C, series E, series F, series G, series H, series I, and series J preferred stock, as applicable, which we consider highly improbable. See above for calculations of diluted FFO available to common stockholders and unitholders and above for calculations of weighted average common stock and units outstanding.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

Unaudited and in thousands, except share and per share data

30-Sep-17

30-Jun-17

31-Mar-17

31-Dec-16

30-Sep-16

Assets

Investments in real estate:

Real estate

$14,693,479

$11,132,356

$10,858,628

$10,630,514

$10,607,440

Construction in progress

1,405,740

787,315

780,966

732,430

681,189

Land held for future development

330,101

262,139

229,411

195,525

223,236

Investments in Real Estate

$16,429,320

$12,181,810

$11,869,005

$11,558,469

$11,511,865

Accumulated depreciation & amortization

(3,075,294)

(2,929,095)

(2,792,910)

(2,668,509)

(2,565,368)

Net Investments in Properties

$13,354,026

$9,252,715

$9,076,095

$8,889,960

$8,946,497

Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures

106,374

103,881

112,856

106,402

105,819

Net Investments in Real Estate

$13,460,400

$9,356,596

$9,188,951

$8,996,362

$9,052,316

Cash and cash equivalents

$192,578

$22,383

$14,950

$10,528

$36,445

Accounts and other receivables (1)

258,490

229,450

195,406

203,938

208,097

Deferred rent

420,348

423,188

418,858

412,269

412,977

Acquired in-place lease value, deferred leasing costs and other real estate intangibles, net

3,052,277

1,494,083

1,501,843

1,522,378

1,526,563

Acquired above-market leases, net

178,190

19,716

20,826

22,181

24,554

Goodwill

3,384,394

778,862

757,444

752,970

780,099

Restricted cash

17,753

18,931

10,447

11,508

11,685

Assets associated with real estate held for sale

132,818

87,882

56,154

56,097

55,915

Other assets

135,250

148,480

164,669

204,354

190,384

Total Assets

$21,232,498

$12,579,571

$12,329,548

$12,192,585

$12,299,035

Liabilities and Equity

Global unsecured revolving credit facility

$138,477

$563,063

$564,467

$199,209

$153,189

Unsecured term loan

1,432,659

1,520,482

1,505,667

1,482,361

1,521,613

Unsecured senior notes, net of discount

6,806,333

4,351,148

4,128,110

4,153,797

4,238,435

Mortgage loans, net of premiums

106,775

2,927

3,085

3,240

111,750

Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

1,024,394

850,602

804,371

824,878

823,905

Accrued dividends and distributions

144,194

Acquired below-market leases

257,732

76,099

78,641

81,899

86,888

Security deposits and prepaid rent

223,536

181,007

171,692

168,111

163,787

Liabilities associated with assets held for sale

4,660

2,949

3,070

2,599

2,820

Total Liabilities

$9,994,566

$7,548,277

$7,259,103

$7,060,288

$7,102,387

Redeemable noncontrolling interests – operating partnership

64,509

Equity

Preferred Stock:  $0.01 par value per share, 110,000,000 shares authorized:

Series C Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock (2)

$219,250

Series F Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (3)

$176,191

$176,191

$176,191

Series G Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (4)

$241,468

241,468

241,468

241,468

241,468

Series H Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (5)

353,290

353,290

353,290

353,290

353,290

Series I Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (6)

242,012

242,012

242,012

242,012

242,012

Series J Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (7)

193,667

Common Stock: $0.01 par value per share, 315,000,000 shares authorized (8)

2,043

1,611

1,584

1,582

1,581

Additional paid-in capital

11,250,322

5,991,753

5,769,091

5,764,497

5,759,338

Dividends in excess of earnings

(1,917,791)

(1,722,610)

(1,629,633)

(1,547,420)

(1,483,223)

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income, net

(116,732)

(110,709)

(122,540)

(135,605)

(131,936)

Total Stockholders' Equity

$10,467,529

$4,996,815

$5,031,463

$5,096,015

$5,158,721

Non-controlling Interests

Non-controlling interest in operating partnership

$699,308

$27,909

$32,409

$29,684

$31,088

Non-controlling interest in consolidated joint ventures

6,586

6,570

6,573

6,598

6,839

Total Non-controlling Interests

$705,894

$34,479

$38,982

$36,282

$37,927

Total Equity

$11,173,423

$5,031,294

$5,070,445

$5,132,297

$5,196,648

Total Liabilities and Equity

$21,232,498

$12,579,571

$12,329,548

$12,192,585

$12,299,035

(1)

Net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $6,187 and $7,446 as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively.

(2)

Series C Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock, 6.625%, $201,250 and $0 liquidation preference, respectively ($25.00 per share), 8,050,000 and 0 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively.

(3)

Series F Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, 6.625%, $0 and $182,500 liquidation preference, respectively ($25.00 per share), 0 and 7,300,000 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively.  All outstanding shares of Series F Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock were redeemed on April 5, 2017.

(4)

Series G Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, 5.875%, $250,000 and $250,000 liquidation preference, respectively ($25.00 per share), 10,000,000 and 10,000,000 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively.

(5)

Series H Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, 7.375%, $365,000 and $365,000 liquidation preference, respectively ($25.00 per share), 14,600,000 and 14,600,000 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively.

(6)

Series I Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, 6.350%, $250,000 and $250,000 liquidation preference, respectively ($25.00 per share), 10,000,000 and 10,000,000 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively.

(7)

Series J Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, 5.250%, $200,000 and $0 liquidation preference, respectively ($25.00 per share), 8,000,000 and 0 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively.

(8)

Common Stock: 205,433,495 and 146,384,247 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively.

Reconciliation of Earnings Before Interest, Taxes,

Depreciation & Amortization (EBITDA) (1)

Three Months Ended

30-Sep-17

30-Jun-17

31-Mar-17

31-Dec-16

30-Sep-16

Net (Loss) Income Available to Common Stockholders

($4,139)

$57,837

$66,145

$77,682

$187,330

Interest

71,621

57,582

55,450

56,226

63,084

(Gain) loss from early extinguishment of debt

(1,990)

29

18

Tax expense

2,494

2,639

2,223

2,304

3,720

Depreciation & amortization

199,914

178,111

176,466

176,581

178,133

Impairment of investments in real estate

28,992

EBITDA

$296,892

$296,169

$300,284

$312,822

$432,285

Severance-related expense, equity acceleration, and legal expenses

2,288

365

869

672

2,580

Transaction and integration expenses

42,809

14,235

3,323

8,961

6,015

(Gain) loss on real estate transactions

(9,751)

(380)

522

195

(169,000)

Non-cash (gain) on lease termination (2)

(29,205)

Equity in earnings adjustment for non-core items

(3,285)

Other non-core expense adjustments

3,051

24

236

(22)

Non-controlling interests

40

920

1,025

1,065

3,247

Preferred stock dividends, including undeclared dividends

16,575

14,505

17,393

17,393

21,530

Issuance costs associated with redeemed preferred stock

6,309

10,328

Adjusted EBITDA

$351,904

$328,862

$323,416

$312,139

$306,963

(1)

For definition and discussion of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, see below.

(2)

Q4 2016 amount included in Other revenue on the income statement.

Definitions

Funds from Operations (FFO):
We calculate funds from operations, or FFO, in accordance with the standards established by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, or NAREIT.  FFO represents net income (loss) (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding gains (or losses) from real estate transactions, impairment charges, real estate related depreciation and amortization (excluding amortization of deferred financing costs), non-controlling interests in operating partnership and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures.  Management uses FFO as a supplemental performance measure because, in excluding real estate related depreciation and amortization and gains and losses from property dispositions and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures, it provides a performance measure that, when compared year over year, captures trends in occupancy rates, rental rates and operating costs.  We also believe that, as a widely recognized measure of the performance of REITs, FFO will be used by investors as a basis to compare our operating performance with that of other REITs.  However, because FFO excludes depreciation and amortization and captures neither the changes in the value of our properties that result from use or market conditions, nor the level of capital expenditures and capitalized leasing commissions necessary to maintain the operating performance of our properties, all of which have real economic effect and could materially impact our financial condition and results from operations, the utility of FFO as a measure of our performance is limited.  Other REITs may not calculate FFO in accordance with the NAREIT definition and, accordingly, our FFO may not be comparable to such other REITs' FFO.  Accordingly, FFO should be considered only as a supplement to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of our performance.

Core Funds from Operations:
We present core funds from operations, or core FFO, as a supplemental operating measure because, in excluding certain items that do not reflect core revenue or expense streams, it provides a performance measure that, when compared year over year, captures trends in our core business operating performance. We calculate core FFO by adding to or subtracting from FFO (i) termination fees and other non-core revenues, (ii) transaction and integration expenses, (iii) gain (loss) from early extinguishment of debt, (iv) issuance costs associated with redeemed preferred stock, (v) equity in earnings adjustment for non-core items (vi) severance, equity acceleration, and legal expenses, (vii) bridge facility fees, (viii) loss on currency forwards and (ix) other non-core expense adjustments. Because certain of these adjustments have a real economic impact on our financial condition and results from operations, the utility of core FFO as a measure of our performance is limited. Other REITs may not calculate core FFO in a consistent manner. Accordingly, our core FFO may not be comparable to other REITs' core FFO. Core FFO should be considered only as a supplement to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of our performance.

Constant-Currency Core Funds from Operations:
We calculate constant-currency core funds from operations by adjusting the core funds from operations for foreign currency translations.

Adjusted Funds from Operations (AFFO):
We present adjusted funds from operations, or AFFO, as a supplemental operating measure because, when compared year over year, it assesses our ability to fund dividend and distribution requirements from our operating activities. We also believe that, as a widely recognized measure of the operations of REITs, AFFO will be used by investors as a basis to assess our ability to fund dividend payments in comparison to other REITs, including on a per share and unit basis. We calculate AFFO by adding to or subtracting from core FFO (i) non-real estate depreciation, (ii) amortization of deferred financing costs, (iii) amortization of debt discount/premium, (iv) non-cash stock-based compensation expense, (v) straight-line rent revenue, (vi) straight-line rent expense, (vii) above- and below-market rent amortization, (viii) deferred non-cash tax expense, (ix) capitalized leasing compensation, (x) recurring capital expenditures and (xi) capitalized internal leasing commissions. Other REITs may not calculate AFFO in a consistent manner. Accordingly, our AFFO may not be comparable to other REITs' AFFO. AFFO should be considered only as a supplement to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of our performance.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA:
We believe that earnings before interest, loss from early extinguishment of debt, income taxes and depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA (as defined below), are useful supplemental performance measures because they allow investors to view our performance without the impact of non-cash depreciation and amortization or the cost of debt and, with respect to Adjusted EBITDA, severance-related expense, equity acceleration, and legal expenses, transaction and integration expenses, (gain) loss on real estate transactions, non-cash (gain) on lease termination, equity in earnings adjustment for non-core items, other non-core expense adjustments, noncontrolling interests, preferred stock dividends, including undeclared dividends, and issuance costs associated with redeemed preferred stock. Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA excluding severance-related expense, equity acceleration, and legal expenses, transaction and integration expenses, (gain) loss on real estate transactions, non-cash (gain) on lease termination, equity in earnings adjustment for non-core items, other non-core expense adjustments, non-controlling interests, preferred stock dividends, including undeclared dividends, and issuance costs associated with redeemed preferred stock. In addition, we believe EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of REITs. Because EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are calculated before recurring cash charges including interest expense and income taxes, exclude capitalized costs, such as leasing commissions, and are not adjusted for capital expenditures or other recurring cash requirements of our business, their utility as a measure of our performance is limited.  Other REITs may calculate EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do; accordingly, our EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to such other REITs' EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA.  Accordingly, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should be considered only as supplements to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of our financial performance.

Net Operating Income (NOI) and Cash NOI:
Net operating income, or NOI, represents rental revenue, tenant reimbursement revenue and interconnection revenue less utilities expense, rental property operating expenses, property taxes and insurance expenses (as reflected in the statement of operations). NOI is commonly used by stockholders, company management and industry analysts as a measurement of operating performance of the company's rental portfolio. Cash NOI is NOI less straight-line rents and above and below market rent amortization. Cash NOI is commonly used by stockholders, company management and industry analysts as a measure of property operating performance on a cash basis. However, because NOI and cash NOI exclude depreciation and amortization and capture neither the changes in the value of our properties that result from use or market conditions, nor the level of capital expenditures and capitalized leasing commissions necessary to maintain the operating performance of our properties, all of which have real economic effect and could materially impact our results from operations, the utility of NOI and cash NOI as measures of our performance is limited. Other REITs may not calculate NOI and cash NOI in the same manner we do and, accordingly, our NOI and cash NOI may not be comparable to such other REITs' NOI and cash NOI. Accordingly, NOI and cash NOI should be considered only as supplements to net income computed in accordance with GAAP as measures of our performance.

Additional Definitions
Net debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA ratio is calculated using total debt at balance sheet carrying value, plus capital lease obligations, plus our share of JV debt, less unrestricted cash and cash equivalents divided by the product of Adjusted EBITDA (inclusive of our share of JV EBITDA) multiplied by four.

Debt-plus-preferred-to-total enterprise value is mortgage debt and other loans plus preferred stock divided by mortgage debt and other loans plus the liquidation value of preferred stock and the market value of outstanding Digital Realty Trust, Inc. common stock and Digital Realty Trust, L.P. units, assuming the redemption of Digital Realty Trust, L.P. units for shares of Digital Realty Trust, Inc. common stock.

Fixed charge coverage ratio is Adjusted EBITDA divided by the sum of GAAP interest expense, capitalized interest, scheduled debt principal payments and preferred dividends. For the quarter ended September 30, 2017, GAAP interest expense was $72 million, capitalized interest was $5 million and scheduled debt principal payments and preferred dividends was $17 million.

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

Reconciliation of Net Operating Income (NOI) (in thousands)

30-Sep-17

30-Jun-17

30-Sep-16

30-Sep-17

30-Sep-16

Operating income

$66,157

$130,657

$115,750

$334,097

$346,164

Fee income

(1,662)

(1,429)

(1,517)

(4,986)

(4,567)

Other income

(208)

(341)

(2)

(584)

(93)

Depreciation and amortization

199,914

178,111

178,133

554,491

522,743

General and administrative

41,477

37,144

43,555

112,399

106,044

Severance related expense, equity acceleration, and legal expenses

2,288

365

2,580

3,522

5,536

Transaction expenses

42,809

14,235

6,015

60,367

11,530

Impairment in investments in real estate

28,992

28,992

Other expenses

3,051

24

(22)

3,075

(23)

Net Operating Income

$382,818

$358,766

$344,492

$1,091,373

$987,334

Cash Net Operating Income (Cash NOI)

Net Operating Income

$382,818

$358,766

$344,492

$1,091,373

$987,334

Straight-line rent, net

2,436

2,206

205

4,842

(1,677)

Above- and below-market rent amortization

(873)

(1,946)

(2,002)

(4,920)

(6,265)

Cash Net Operating Income

$384,381

$359,026

$342,695

$1,091,295

$979,392

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