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Press Release -- April 26th, 2018
Source: Digital Realty Trust
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Digital Realty Reports First Quarter 2018 Results

April 26, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, April 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Realty (NYSE:DLR, news, filings), a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, announced today financial results for the first quarter of 2018.  All per-share results are presented on a fully-diluted share and unit basis.

Highlights

  • Reported net income available to common stockholders of $0.42 per share in 1Q18, compared to $0.41 in 1Q17
  • Reported FFO per share of $1.61 in 1Q18, compared to $1.50 in 1Q17
  • Reported core FFO per share of $1.63 in 1Q18, compared to $1.52 in 1Q17
  • Signed total bookings during 1Q18 expected to generate $61 million of annualized GAAP rental revenue, including a $7 million contribution from interconnection
  • Raised 2018 core FFO per share outlook from $6.45 - $6.60 to $6.50 - $6.60

Financial Results

Digital Realty reported revenues for the first quarter of 2018 of $744 million, a 2% increase from the previous quarter and a 35% increase from the same quarter last year.

The company delivered first quarter 2018 net income of $110 million, and net income available to common stockholders of $86 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, compared to $0.26 per diluted share in the previous quarter and $0.41 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.

Digital Realty generated first quarter 2018 adjusted EBITDA of $451 million, a 5% increase from the previous quarter and a 39% increase over the same quarter last year.

The company reported first quarter 2018 funds from operations of $346 million, or $1.61 per share, compared to $1.48 per share in the previous quarter and $1.50 per share in the same quarter last year.

Excluding certain items that do not represent core expenses or revenue streams, Digital Realty delivered first quarter of 2018 core FFO of $1.63 per share, a 5% increase from $1.55 per share in the previous quarter, and a 7% increase from $1.52 per share in the same quarter last year.

Leasing Activity

"In the first quarter, we signed total bookings expected to generate $61 million of annualized GAAP rental revenue, including a $7 million contribution from interconnection," said Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein.  "As we look toward the remainder of 2018, we are confident in our ability to deliver sustainable growth for stakeholders, driven by broad-based demand across regions, verticals and product lines, along with growing local origination in key growth metros around the world."

The weighted-average lag between leases signed during the first quarter of 2018 and the contractual commencement date was six months.

In addition to new leases signed, Digital Realty also signed renewal leases representing $57 million of annualized GAAP rental revenue during the quarter.  Rental rates on renewal leases signed during the first quarter of 2018 rolled up 3.9% on a cash basis and up 9.7% on a GAAP basis.

New leases signed during the first quarter of 2018 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

$31,832

195,399

$163

25

$107

Powered Base Building

4,822

198,569

24

Colocation

5,491

20,468

268

1

335

Non-Technical

81

2,400

34

Total

$42,226

416,836

$101

26

$119

Europe (1)

Turn-Key Flex

$23

$381

Colocation

783

901

$870

484

Non-Technical

5

158

31

  Total

$811

1,059

$766

$480

Asia Pacific (1)

Turn-Key Flex

$10,554

54,265

$194

7

$125

Non-Technical

60

1,424

42

  Total

$10,614

55,689

$191

7

$125

Interconnection

$7,099

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Grand Total

$60,750

473,584

$113

33

$122

Note:  Totals may not foot due to rounding differences.

(1)

Based on quarterly average exchange rates during the three months ended March 31, 2018. 

Partnerships

In April 2018, Digital Realty launched support for Google Cloud's Partner Interconnect, a new service from Google Cloud that allows customers to connect to Google Cloud Platform from anywhere.  Partner Interconnect provides customers with the ability to extend private, on-premise networks from Digital Realty data centers to the Google Cloud Platform, reaching a broad set of public and private cloud-based service offerings.  The new offering will enable Digital Realty's Service Exchange customers to reach Google Cloud Platform services in Frankfurt, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C.  We expect that additional markets will be brought online later this year.

Investment Activity

During the first quarter of 2018, Digital Realty closed on the sale of 34551 Ardenwood Boulevard, a 323,000 square foot technology manufacturing property in Fremont, CA for $73 million.  The property was 86% leased and was expected to generate cash net operating income of approximately $5 million in 2018, representing an exit cap rate of 7%.  The sale generated net proceeds of $72 million, and Digital Realty recognized a gain on the sale of approximately $25 million in the first quarter of 2018.

Digital Realty also closed on the sale of 200 Quannapowitt Parkway, a substantially vacant 211,000 square foot data center redevelopment project in Wakefield, MA for $15 million.  The sale generated net proceeds of $15 million, and Digital Realty recognized a loss on the sale of approximately $0.4 million in the first quarter of 2018.

Likewise during the first quarter of 2018, Digital Realty closed on the sale of 3065 Gold Camp Drive and 11085 Sun Center Drive, two data centers totaling 109,000 square feet in Rancho Cordova, CA for $51 million.  The properties were 100% leased and were expected to generate cash net operating income of approximately $4 million in 2018, representing an exit cap rate of 8.6%.  The sale generated net proceeds of $50 million, and Digital Realty recognized a gain on the sale of approximately $14 million in the first quarter of 2018.

Subsequent to the end of the quarter, Digital Realty closed on the sale of a portfolio of three mixed-use properties in Austin, TX totaling over 378,000 square feet for $48 million.  The properties were expected to generate cash net operating income of approximately $3 million in 2018, representing an exit cap rate of 6.3%.  The sale generated net proceeds of $46 million, and Digital Realty recognized a gain on the sale of approximately $12 million in the second quarter of 2018.

Digital Realty participated in Megaport's March 2018 follow-on offering, investing an additional $5 million and bringing its total stake in Megaport to 7.6%.

Balance Sheet

Digital Realty had approximately $9.1 billion of total debt outstanding as of March 31, 2018, comprised of $9.0 billion of unsecured debt and approximately $0.1 billion of secured debt.  At the end of the first quarter of 2018, net debt-to-adjusted EBITDA was 5.3x, debt-plus-preferred-to-total enterprise value was 31.5% and fixed charge coverage was 4.3x.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures, including FFO, 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 definitions of FFO, and 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 April 26, 2018, 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 first quarter 2018 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# 4448213 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 May 26, 2018.  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# 10117784.  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 cloud and information technology services, communications and social networking to financial services, manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and consumer products.

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

2018 Outlook

Digital Realty raised its 2018 core FFO per share outlook from $6.45 - $6.60 to $6.50 - $6.60.  The assumptions underlying this guidance are summarized in the following table.

As of

As of

As of

Top-Line and Cost Structure

January 8, 2018

February 15, 2018

April 26, 2018

   2018 total revenue

$3.0 - $3.2 billion

$3.0 - $3.2 billion

$3.0 - $3.2 billion

   2018 net non-cash rent adjustments (1)

($5 - $15 million)

($5 - $15 million)

($5 - $15 million)

   2018 Adjusted EBITDA margin

58.0% - 60.0%

58.0% - 60.0%

58.0% - 60.0%

   2018 G&A margin

5.5% - 6.5%

5.5% - 6.5%

5.5% - 6.5%

Internal Growth

   Rental rates on renewal leases

      Cash basis

Slightly negative

Slightly negative

Slightly negative

      GAAP basis

Up mid-single-digits

Up mid-single-digits

Up mid-single-digits

   Year-end portfolio occupancy

+/- 50 bps

+/- 50 bps

+/- 50 bps

   "Same-capital" cash NOI growth (2)

0% - 3.0%

0% - 3.0%

1.0% - 3.0%

   Foreign Exchange Rates

      U.S. Dollar / Pound Sterling

$1.28 - $1.32

$1.28 - $1.32

$1.35 - $1.40

      U.S. Dollar / Euro

$1.10 - $1.20

$1.10 - $1.20

$1.18 - $1.22

External Growth

   Dispositions

   Dollar volume

$0 - $200 million

$88 - $200 million

$187 - $300 million

   Cap rate

0.0% - 10.0%

0.0% - 10.0%

0.0% - 10.0%

   Development

   CapEx

$0.9 - $1.1 billion

$0.9 - $1.1 billion

$0.9 - $1.1 billion

   Average stabilized yields

10.0% - 12.0%

10.0% - 12.0%

10.0% - 12.0%

   Enhancements and other non-recurring CapEx (3)

$25 - $30 million

$25 - $30 million

$25 - $30 million

   Recurring CapEx + capitalized leasing costs (4)

$160 - $170 million

$160 - $170 million

$160 - $170 million

Balance Sheet

    Long-term debt issuance

   Dollar amount

$0 - $500 million

$0 - $500 million

$0 - $500 million

   Pricing

3.25% - 4.25%

3.25% - 4.25%

3.25% - 4.25%

   Timing

Mid-to-late 2018

Mid-to-late 2018

Mid-to-late 2018

Net income per diluted share

$1.50 - $1.55

$1.50 - $1.55

$1.55 - $1.55

Real estate depreciation and (gain)/loss on sale

$4.90 - $4.95

$4.90 - $4.95

$4.90 - $4.95

Funds From Operations / share (NAREIT-Defined)

$6.40 - $6.50

$6.40 - $6.50

$6.45 - $6.50

Non-core expenses and revenue streams

$0.05 - $0.10

$0.05 - $0.10

$0.05 - $0.10

Core Funds From Operations / share

$6.45 - $6.60

$6.45 - $6.60

$6.50 - $6.60

(1)

Net non-cash rent adjustments represent 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 buildings owned as of December 31, 2016 with less than 5% of the total rentable square feet under development.  It also excludes buildings that were undergoing, or were expected to undergo, development activities in 2017-2018, buildings classified as held for sale, and buildings 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 data centers, 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 expansion of our Google Cloud Partner Interconnect offering; supply and demand for data center and colocation space; our investment in Megaport; impairment losses; our global platform; 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 and net income outlook and underlying assumptions.  These risks and uncertainties include, among others, the following: reduced demand for data centers or decreases in information technology spending; decreased rental rates, increased operating costs or increased vacancy rates; increased competition or available supply of data center space; the suitability of our data centers and data center infrastructure, delays or disruptions in connectivity or availability of power, or failures or breaches of our physical and information security infrastructure or services; our dependence upon significant customers, bankruptcy or insolvency of a major customer or a significant number of smaller customers, or defaults on or non-renewal of leases by customers; breaches of our obligations or restrictions under our contracts with our customers; our inability to successfully develop and lease new properties and development space, and delays or unexpected costs in development of properties; the impact of current global and local economic, credit and market conditions; our inability to retain data center space that we lease or sublease from third parties; difficulty acquiring or operating properties in foreign jurisdictions; our failure to realize the intended benefits from, or disruptions to our plans and operations or unknown or contingent liabilities related to, our recent acquisitions; our failure to successfully integrate and operate acquired or developed properties or businesses; difficulties in identifying properties to acquire and completing acquisitions; risks related to joint venture investments, including as a result of our lack of control of such investments; 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; our failure to obtain necessary debt and equity financing, and our dependence on external sources of capital; financial market fluctuations and changes in foreign currency exchange rates; 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 and goodwill and other intangible asset impairment charges; our inability to manage our growth effectively; losses in excess of our insurance coverage; environmental liabilities and risks related to natural disasters; our inability to comply with rules and regulations applicable to our company; our failure to maintain our status as a REIT for federal income tax purposes; our operating partnership's failure to qualify as a partnership for federal income tax purposes; restrictions on our ability to engage in certain business activities; and changes in local, state, federal and international laws and regulations, including related to taxation, 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, 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

31-Mar-18

31-Dec-17

30-Sep-17

30-Jun-17

31-Mar-17

Rental revenues

$530,925

$517,356

$440,591

$412,576

$404,126

Tenant reimbursements - Utilities

98,576

97,657

78,134

68,407

63,398

Tenant reimbursements - Other

51,503

54,324

29,479

24,935

23,890

Interconnection & other

61,373

60,275

59,851

58,301

57,225

Fee income

1,133

1,386

1,662

1,429

1,895

Other

858

447

208

341

35

Total Operating Revenues

$744,368

$731,445

$609,925

$565,989

$550,569

Utilities

$112,230

$112,055

$95,619

$82,739

$77,198

Rental property operating

113,410

113,445

94,442

91,977

92,141

Property taxes

35,263

36,348

32,586

28,161

26,919

Insurance

3,731

3,223

2,590

2,576

2,592

Depreciation & amortization

294,789

287,973

199,914

178,111

176,466

General & administrative

36,289

44,311

41,477

37,144

33,778

Severance, equity acceleration, and legal expenses

234

1,209

2,288

365

869

Transaction and integration expenses

4,178

15,681

42,809

14,235

3,323

Impairment of investments in real estate

28,992

Other expenses

431

2

3,051

24

Total Operating Expenses

$600,555

$614,247

$543,768

$435,332

$413,286

Operating Income

$143,813

$117,198

$66,157

$130,657

$137,283

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated joint ventures

$7,410

$5,924

$5,880

$8,388

$5,324

Gain (loss) on real estate transactions

39,273

30,746

9,751

380

(522)

Interest and other income

(42)

324

2,813

367

151

Interest (expense)

(76,985)

(73,989)

(71,621)

(57,582)

(55,450)

Tax (expense)

(3,374)

(545)

(2,494)

(2,639)

(2,223)

Gain from early extinguishment of debt

1,990

Net Income

$110,095

$79,658

$12,476

$79,571

$84,563

Net (income) attributable to non-controlling interests

(3,468)

(6,023)

(40)

(920)

(1,025)

Net Income Attributable to Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

$106,627

$73,635

$12,436

$78,651

$83,538

Preferred stock dividends, including undeclared dividends

(20,329)

(20,329)

(16,575)

(14,505)

(17,393)

Issuance costs associated with redeemed preferred stock

(6,309)

Net Income (Loss) Available to Common Stockholders

$86,298

$53,306

($4,139)

$57,837

$66,145

Weighted-average shares outstanding - basic

205,714,173

205,448,689

170,194,254

160,832,889

159,297,027

Weighted-average shares outstanding - diluted

206,507,476

206,185,084

170,194,254

161,781,868

160,421,655

Weighted-average fully diluted shares and units

214,802,763

214,424,363

174,169,511

164,026,578

162,599,529

Net income (loss) per share - basic

$0.42

$0.26

($0.02)

$0.36

$0.42

Net income (loss) per share - diluted

$0.42

$0.26

($0.02)

$0.36

$0.41

Funds From Operations and Core Funds From Operations

Unaudited and in thousands, except per share data

Three Months Ended

Reconciliation of Net Income to Funds From Operations (FFO)

31-Mar-18

31-Dec-17

30-Sep-17

30-Jun-17

31-Mar-17

Net (Loss) Income Available to Common Stockholders

$86,298

$53,306

($4,139)

$57,837

$66,145

Adjustments:

Non-controlling interests in operating partnership

3,480

2,138

(79)

807

904

Real estate related depreciation & amortization (1)

291,686

284,924

196,871

175,010

173,447

Unconsolidated JV real estate related depreciation & amortization

3,476

3,323

2,732

2,754

2,757

(Gain) loss on real estate transactions

(39,273)

(30,746)

(9,751)

(380)

522

Non-controlling interests share of gain on sale of property

3,900

Impairment of investments in real estate

28,992

Funds From Operations

$345,667

$316,845

$214,626

$236,028

$243,775

Funds From Operations - diluted

$345,667

$316,845

$214,626

$236,028

$243,775

Weighted-average shares and units outstanding - basic

214,009

213,688

173,461

163,078

161,475

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

214,803

214,424

174,170

164,027

162,600

Funds From Operations per share - basic

$1.62

$1.48

$1.24

$1.45

$1.51

Funds From Operations per share - diluted (2)

$1.61

$1.48

$1.23

$1.44

$1.50

Three Months Ended

Reconciliation of FFO to Core FFO

31-Mar-18

31-Dec-17

30-Sep-17

30-Jun-17

31-Mar-17

Funds From Operations - diluted

$345,667

$316,845

$214,626

$236,028

$243,775

Adjustments:

Termination fees and other non-core revenues (3)

(858)

(447)

(208)

(341)

(35)

Transaction and integration expenses

4,178

15,681

42,809

14,235

3,323

Gain from early extinguishment of debt

(1,990)

Issuance costs associated with redeemed preferred stock

6,309

Equity in earnings adjustment for non-core items

(3,285)

Severance, equity acceleration, and legal expenses (4)

234

1,209

2,288

365

869

Bridge facility fees (5)

3,182

Other non-core expense adjustments

431

2

3,051

24

Core Funds From Operations - diluted

$349,652

$333,290

$263,758

$253,335

$247,932

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

214,803

214,424

174,170

164,027

162,600

Core Funds From Operations per share - diluted (2)

$1.63

$1.55

$1.51

$1.54

$1.52

(1)   Real Estate Related Depreciation & Amortization:

Three Months Ended

31-Mar-18

31-Dec-17

30-Sep-17

30-Jun-17

31-Mar-17

Depreciation & amortization per income statement

$294,789

$287,973

$199,914

$178,111

$176,466

Non-real estate depreciation

(3,103)

(3,049)

(3,043)

(3,101)

(3,019)

Real Estate Related Depreciation & Amortization

$291,686

$284,924

$196,871

$175,010

$173,447

(2)

For all periods presented, we have excluded the effect of dilutive series C, series F, series G, series H, series I and series J preferred stock, as applicable, that may be converted into common stock upon the occurrence of specified change in control transactions as described in the articles supplementary governing the series C, 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 are included in interest expense.

Adjusted Funds From Operations (AFFO)

Unaudited and in Thousands, Except Per Share Data

Three Months Ended

Reconciliation of Core FFO to AFFO

31-Mar-18

31-Dec-17

30-Sep-17

30-Jun-17

31-Mar-17

Core FFO available to common stockholders and unitholders

$349,652

$333,290

$263,758

$253,335

$247,932

Adjustments:

Non-real estate depreciation

3,103

3,049

3,043

3,101

3,019

Amortization of deferred financing costs

3,060

3,092

2,611

2,518

2,443

Amortization of debt discount/premium

875

858

816

713

697

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense

5,497

3,923

4,636

5,637

3,704

Straight-line rental revenue

(10,266)

(8,705)

(1,692)

(2,110)

(4,058)

Straight-line rental expense

2,547

(635)

4,212

4,343

4,187

Above- and below-market rent amortization

6,666

6,562

(873)

(1,946)

(1,973)

Deferred non-cash tax expense

(216)

(1,100)

284

(1,443)

(653)

Capitalized leasing compensation (1)

(2,998)

(3,567)

(2,945)

(2,740)

(2,634)

Recurring capital expenditures (2)

(27,328)

(45,298)

(34,664)

(26,740)

(29,588)

Capitalized internal leasing commissions (1)

(2,049)

(1,217)

(1,225)

(1,355)

(1,493)

AFFO available to common stockholders and unitholders (3)

$328,543

$290,252

$237,961

$233,313

$221,583

Weighted-average shares and units outstanding - basic

214,009

213,688

173,461

163,078

161,475

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

214,803

214,424

174,170

164,027

162,600

AFFO per share - diluted (4)

$1.53

$1.35

$1.37

$1.42

$1.36

Dividends per share and common unit

$1.01

$0.93

$0.93

$0.93

$0.93

Diluted AFFO Payout Ratio

66.0

%

68.7

%

68.1

%

65.4

%

68.2

%

Three Months Ended

Share Count Detail

31-Mar-18

31-Dec-17

30-Sep-17

30-Jun-17

31-Mar-17

Weighted Average Common Stock and Units Outstanding

214,009

213,688

173,461

163,078

161,475

Add: Effect of dilutive securities

794

736

709

949

1,125

Weighted Avg. Common Stock and Units Outstanding - diluted

214,803

214,424

174,170

164,027

162,600

(1)

Includes only second-generation leasing costs.

(2)

For a definition of recurring capital expenditures, see our earnings press release and supplemental information 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 F, series G, series H, series I and series J preferred stock, as applicable, that may be converted into common stock upon the occurrence of specified change in control transactions as described in the articles supplementary governing the series C, 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

31-Mar-18

31-Dec-17

30-Sep-17

30-Jun-17

31-Mar-17

Assets

Investments in real estate:

Real estate

$15,654,932

$15,163,846

$14,693,479

$11,132,356

$10,858,628

Construction in progress

1,470,065

1,399,684

1,405,740

787,315

780,966

Land held for future development

236,415

352,406

330,101

262,139

229,411

Investments in Real Estate

$17,361,412

$16,915,936

$16,429,320

$12,181,810

$11,869,005

Accumulated depreciation & amortization

(3,439,050)

(3,238,227)

(3,075,294)

(2,929,095)

(2,792,910)

Net Investments in Properties

$13,922,362

$13,677,709

$13,354,026

$9,252,715

$9,076,095

Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures

167,564

163,477

106,374

103,881

112,856

Net Investments in Real Estate

$14,089,926

$13,841,186

$13,460,400

$9,356,596

$9,188,951

Cash and cash equivalents

$22,370

$51

$192,578

$22,383

$14,950

Accounts and other receivables (1)

309,328

276,347

258,490

229,450

195,406

Deferred rent

442,887

430,026

420,348

423,188

418,858

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

2,928,566

2,998,806

3,052,277

1,494,083

1,501,843

Acquired above-market leases, net

165,568

184,375

178,190

19,716

20,826

Goodwill

3,405,110

3,389,595

3,384,394

778,862

757,444

Restricted cash

7,330

13,130

17,753

18,931

10,447

Assets associated with real estate held for sale

41,707

139,538

132,818

87,882

56,154

Other assets

169,125

131,291

135,250

148,480

164,669

Total Assets

$21,581,917

$21,404,345

$21,232,498

$12,579,571

$12,329,548

Liabilities and Equity

Global unsecured revolving credit facility

$952,121

$550,946

$138,477

$563,063

$564,467

Unsecured term loan

1,428,498

1,420,333

1,432,659

1,520,482

1,505,667

Unsecured senior notes, net of discount

6,660,727

6,570,757

6,806,333

4,351,148

4,128,110

Mortgage loans, net of premiums

106,366

106,582

106,775

2,927

3,085

Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

1,012,490

980,218

1,024,394

850,602

804,371

Accrued dividends and distributions

199,761

Acquired below-market leases

225,674

249,465

257,732

76,099

78,641

Security deposits and prepaid rent

207,859

217,898

223,536

181,007

171,692

Liabilities associated with assets held for sale

1,767

5,033

4,660

2,949

3,070

Total Liabilities

$10,595,502

$10,300,993

$9,994,566

$7,548,277

$7,259,103

Redeemable noncontrolling interests – operating partnership

49,871

53,902

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

$219,250

$219,250

Series F Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (3)

$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)

193,540

193,540

193,667

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

2,045

2,044

2,043

1,611

1,584

Additional paid-in capital

11,285,611

11,261,462

11,250,322

5,991,753

5,769,091

Dividends in excess of earnings

(2,177,269)

(2,055,552)

(1,917,791)

(1,722,610)

(1,629,633)

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income, net

(106,096)

(108,432)

(116,732)

(110,709)

(122,540)

Total Stockholders' Equity

$10,253,851

$10,349,082

$10,467,529

$4,996,815

$5,031,463

Non-controlling Interests

Non-controlling interest in operating partnership

$680,400

$698,125

$699,308

$27,909

$32,409

Non-controlling interest in consolidated joint ventures

2,293

2,243

6,586

6,570

6,573

Total Non-controlling Interests

$682,693

$700,368

$705,894

$34,479

$38,982

Total Equity

$10,936,544

$11,049,450

$11,173,423

$5,031,294

$5,070,445

Total Liabilities and Equity

$21,581,917

$21,404,345

$21,232,498

$12,579,571

$12,329,548

(1)

Net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $6,906 and $6,737, as of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.

(2)

Series C Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock, 6.625%, $201,250 and $201,250 liquidation preference, respectively ($25.00 per share), 8,050,000 and 8,050,000 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.

(3)

Series F Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, 6.625%, $0 and $0 liquidation preference, respectively ($25.00 per share), 0 and 0 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, 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 March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, 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 March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, 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 March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.

(7)

Series J Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, 5.250%, $200,000 and $200,000 liquidation preference, respectively ($25.00 per share), 8,000,000 and 8,000,000 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.

(8)

Common Stock: 205,874,914 and 205,470,300 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.

Three Months Ended

Reconciliation of Earnings Before Interest, Taxes,

Depreciation & Amortization (EBITDA) (1)

31-Mar-18

31-Dec-17

30-Sep-17

30-Jun-17

31-Mar-17

Net Income (Loss) Available to Common Stockholders

$86,298

$53,306

($4,139)

$57,837

$66,145

Interest

76,985

73,989

71,621

57,582

55,450

(Gain) from early extinguishment of debt

(1,990)

Tax expense

3,374

545

2,494

2,639

2,223

Depreciation & amortization

294,789

287,973

199,914

178,111

176,466

Impairment of investments in real estate

28,992

EBITDA

$461,446

$415,813

$296,892

$296,169

$300,284

Severance, equity acceleration, and legal expenses

234

1,209

2,288

365

869

Transaction and integration expenses

4,178

15,681

42,809

14,235

3,323

(Gain) loss on real estate transactions

(39,273)

(30,746)

(9,751)

(380)

522

Equity in earnings adjustment for non-core items

(3,285)

Other non-core expense adjustments

431

2

3,051

24

Non-controlling interests

3,468

6,023

40

920

1,025

Preferred stock dividends, including undeclared dividends

20,329

20,329

16,575

14,505

17,393

Issuance costs associated with redeemed preferred stock

6,309

Adjusted EBITDA

$450,813

$428,311

$351,904

$328,862

$323,416

(1)

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

(2)

Cash interest expense is interest expense less amortization of debt discount and deferred financing fees and includes interest that we capitalized. We consider cash interest expense to be a useful measure of interest as it excludes non-cash based interest expense.

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, non-controlling interests share of gain on sale of property, impairment charges, real estate related depreciation and amortization (excluding amortization of deferred financing costs), unconsolidated JV real estate related depreciation & amortization, 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 data centers 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 data centers, 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 other REITs' FFO. 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 (Core FFO) :
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 and (viii) 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 calculate core FFO differently than we do and 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.

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 calculate AFFO differently than we do and 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, depreciation and amortization, and impairment of investments in real estate, 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, equity acceleration, and legal expenses, transaction and integration expenses, (gain) loss on real estate transactions, 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, equity acceleration, and legal expenses, transaction and integration expenses, (gain) loss on real estate transactions, 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 and accordingly, our EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to 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 data centers 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 data centers, 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 calculate NOI and cash NOI differently than we do and, accordingly, our NOI and cash NOI may not be comparable to other REITs' NOI and cash NOI. 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 March 31, 2018, GAAP interest expense was $77 million, capitalized interest was $7 million and scheduled debt principal payments and preferred dividends was $20 million.

Three Months Ended

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

31-Mar-18

31-Dec-17

31-Mar-17

Operating income

$143,813

$117,198

$137,283

Fee income

(1,133)

(1,386)

(1,895)

Other income

(858)

(447)

(35)

Depreciation and amortization

294,789

287,973

176,466

General and administrative

36,289

44,311

33,778

Severance, equity acceleration, and legal expenses

234

1,209

869

Transaction expenses

4,178

15,681

3,323

Other expenses

431

2

Net Operating Income

$477,743

$464,541

$349,789

Cash Net Operating Income (Cash NOI)

Net Operating Income

$477,743

$464,541

$349,789

Straight-line rental revenue

(10,266)

(8,705)

(4,058)

Straight-line rental expense

2,599

(626)

4,258

Above- and below-market rent amortization

6,666

6,633

(1,973)

Cash Net Operating Income

$476,742

$461,843

$348,016

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