Extra Space Storage Inc. (NYSE:EXR) Q2 2020 Results Conference Call August 5, 2020 1:00 PM ET

Company Participants

Jeff Norman – Vice President, Investor Relations

Joe Margolis – Chief Executive Officer

Scott Stubbs – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Conference Call Participants

Rick Skidmore – Goldman Sachs

Smedes Rose – Citibank

Jeff Spector – Bank of America

Todd Thomas – KeyBanc Capital Market

Samir Khanal – Evercore

Ryan Lumb – Green Street Advisors

Mike Mueller – JP Morgan

John Kim – BMO Capital Markets

Ronald Kamdem – Morgan Stanley

Michael Bilerman – Citi

Steve Sakwa – Evercore ISI

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to the Q2 2020 Extra Space Storage Inc., Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Following the speakers presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session [Operator Instructions]

I would now like to hand the conference over to your speaker today Mr. Jeff Norman. Thank you. Please go ahead sir.

Jeff Norman

Thank you, Oren. Welcome to Extra Space Storage’s second quarter 2020 earnings call. In addition to our press release, we have furnished unaudited supplemental financial information on our website. Please remember that management’s prepared remarks and answers to your questions may contain forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.

Actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied by our forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties associated with the Company’s business. These forward-looking statements are qualified by the cautionary statements contained in the Company’s latest filings with the SEC, which we encourage our listeners to review.

Forward-looking statements represent management’s estimates as of today, August 5, 2020. The Company assumes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements because of changing market conditions or other circumstances after the date of this conference call.

I would now like to turn the call over to Joe Margolis, Chief Executive Officer.

Joe Margolis

Thank you, Jeff, and thank you everyone for joining us on today’s call. The second quarter presented unique challenges to our country, our industry, and Extra Space. I am incredibly thankful to our employees to help to continue to operate our stores, service our customers, grow our company, strengthen our balance sheet and to do all the day-to-day blocking and tackling, that allows us to optimize our performance.

All these good work was done in unusual and sometimes difficult working situations and often with added personal and family stress and uncertainty. It is said that crises does not create character, but reveals character. And I could not be prouder of the character the Extra Space team has shown during these past several months. This quarter also presented a stark reminder of racial injustice in our country.

Approximately 40% of our teammates are black or other people of color, and I am proud them recruiting, developing and retaining diverse talent that’s been a focus of our company for many years. It is not a new initiative. However, the tragic events of the last two months reinforced to me that Extra Space is a values-driven company with a great inclusive culture, we can do better.

In response, we have enhanced our existing diversity and inclusion initiatives and have taken several concrete steps to improve as a company. These steps are consistent with our company values and I am committed and our response will not be limited to making statements or temporary steps, but we’ll be continuing and substantive.

Turning to our performance in the second quarter. Most importantly, we were able to grow FFO in the quarter on a year-over-year basis. We have started to see several positive trends on which Scott will provide further detail. Our platform is able to find and capture high-value customers. Rentals have normalized and vacates remain muted.

As a result, our occupancy is at an all time high and prices have begun to move in the right direction. Where we can, we have resumed more normal pricing, operational practices and auctions. However, these positive trends should not obscure the macro and industry specific risks we still face. There are still uncertainties with respect to the course and length of the virus, its economic impact and its effect on consumers and their willingness to pay for storage.

While our occupancy is at an all time high, until recently we have not been allowed to initiate the auction process in several markets, which represents approximately 47% of our same-store NOI. As a result at the end of June, approximately 150 basis points of our occupancy is from non-paying tenants due to delays in auction.

By the end of July, this inflated occupancy increased to approximately 200 basis points. We are now moving forward with auctions in most states, but due to notice periods, actual auctions in several states won’t begin until September, which will be outside of the peak-leasing season for re-tenanting these units.

Occupancy has also benefited from lower-than-normal vacant. I do not personally believe that, the moderation in vacates represents a permanent behavioral shift of our customers. Instead, at some point, more historically normal activity will resume and we will see vacates increase, putting further pressure on occupancy, when we may not have our full set of tools available to optimize returns, due to government state emergency orders or regulations.

Also the non-COVID headwinds that we had coming into 2020 are still present. While we believe the pandemic has delayed new deliveries and may reduce new projects and planning, properties are still being delivered, and there is still excess inventory leasing up in many markets, which is depressing rate growth.

So, while we are encouraged by recent results, there are enough remaining uncertainties and risks that we are not in a position to reinstate guidance. The possible outcomes remain too broad for guidance to be meaningful, depending on how the risks I’ve outlined play out. We will continue to be transparent on all metrics and answer questions that you may have, and we will continue to work hard every day and remain laser-focused on maximizing shareholders long-term value.

And now, I’d like to wish Scott a happy birthday and turn the time over him to walk through some of the metrics that I mentioned.

Scott Stubbs

Thank you, Joe, and hello everyone. All of our properties are open and have been fully operating since May. We modified our stores by adding plexiglass partitions, stantions to direct the flow of traffic and sanitation stations to provide a safer experience for our customers and our employees. These updates have been effective and as demand started to pick up through the quarter. Our rentals rebounded improving from a negative 35% year-over-year delta in April to a positive 4% rental growth rate in June.

Vacates for the quarter were approximately 17% lower year-over-year, resulting in strong occupancy growth, which went from a negative 60 basis point year-over-year gap at the end of April to a positive 100 basis point gap at the end of the quarter. At the end of July, this has expanded to 150 basis points. However, this increased occupancy came at a price. Our average achieved rate for the quarter was down approximately 17%. and as Joe mentioned, our quarter end occupancy was inflated by 150 basis points from non-paying customers.

In May, we restarted our collection efforts, which have been successful. Accounts receivable less than 60 days have dropped back to historical levels; however, due to the delayed auctions and in key states such as California, New Jersey and New York, we are still working accounts receivable greater than 60 days through the system. Today, accounts receivable greater than 60 days as a percentage of rental income are running approximately 325 basis points higher than historical levels, and we have recognized a loss on aged accounts receivable based on estimated collections.

All of these factors together with temporarily pausing existing customer rate increases in March, April and May will continue to drag on revenue growth in the back half of the year. While street rates and rental activity have improved significantly, it will take time for the impact of May and June’s lower achieved rates to flow through to revenue. And we do not anticipate positive same-store revenue growth in the second half of the year.

While we are being proactive with controlling expenses to offset lower revenue, we will continue to have expense pressure from payroll, property taxes and marketing expense. Property level performance will continue to be challenged in the back half of the year, but we are finding success in other parts of the business and have strengthened our balance sheet. We continue to find ways to grow externally and to accretively deploy capital in the self storage space. We have closed 52 million in bridge loans year-to-date with another $170 million under agreement to close in 2020 and 2021.

In July, we purchased a $103 million senior mezzanine note at a discount with an anticipated yield to maturity of 6.1%. Our third-party management platform provides capital light growth, providing management fees and tenant insurance driving non same-store income. We are also vigilantly pursuing acquisition opportunities and will act swiftly when we identify transactions that we believe add value to our shareholders. We continue to strengthen our balance sheet with the addition of a new $300 million revolving credit facility and the closing of a $425 million private placement transaction during the quarter.

Funds from the private placement transaction will be taken through delayed draw to pay-off our convertible notes and will increase our weighted-average debt maturity. As Joe mentioned, we haven’t been immune to the impact of COVID-19 and the pandemic has had and will continue to have an adverse impact on our business. That said, it is good to be in storage and our company is well-positioned to navigate the current landscape. Our team has a track record of consistent high-level execution, and we will continue to find ways to provide value to our shareholders regardless of the economic climate.

With that, let’s turn it over to Oran to start our Q&A.

Question-And-Answer Session

Operator

Yes, sir. [Operator Instructions] And our first question comes from Rick Skidmore from Goldman Sachs.

Rick Skidmore

Hi. Good morning, Joe and Scott. Scott, can you talk about the Company’s bad debt policy and how you think about expensing? And what the amount was a in the quarter that you expense? And how you think about the accounts receivable greater than 60 days going forward? Thanks.

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Scott Stubbs

Thanks, Rick. So our bad debt has historically run at 1.6% to 1.8% of our revenue. During the quarter, our bad debt expense was about 50% higher than that. And that primarily has to do with the older accounts receivable and the things that have gone to auction. Our policy is to reserve for the majority of all accounts receivable that are 90 days or more past due. So much of what’s in the 60 days and certainly almost all of what’s in the 90 days or more past due has already flown through bad debt.

Rick Skidmore

And then maybe just shifting Joe to supply growth and talk about supply. What are you seeing in terms of perhaps delays in supply growth and deliveries and which particular markets do you see that supply growth particularly challenging currently?

Joe Margolis

So, we do see delays in delivery of new product. One of the reasons — well, we did have a good quarter with respect to new properties taken into our management platform, it was a little less than anticipated because some projects were delayed and won’t be taken on until later in the year, but we absolutely are both experiencing and seeing delays and new products being delivered. The markets that we’re concerned with are still the same markets that we were concerned with before. It’s the Texas and Florida, Boroughs of New York City and some markets like that. There really COVID hasn’t changed the markets that are faced with supply versus the ones.

Operator

And our next question comes from Rose from Citibank.

Smedes Rose

I wanted to ask you this a little bit more about the existing customer rate increases. I think in June you provided an update where you were able to increase rates in 27 out of 40 states in which you were operating. What is that now? And I guess what percentage of customers are have been, or are expected to receive rate increases, maybe you could just talk a little bit about the acceptance rate what you’ve seen so far as you push out rate increases for those who can get them?

Joe Margolis

So, there’s six states now where we’re prohibited from issuing existing customer rate increase notices, and a few of those States, we have some meaningful exposure to, and then there’s another 14 States where our ability is limited to a certain percentage and in some case that percentage is so high, it’s a meaningless limit. So far as we have re-instituted existing customer rate increase notices, we have not seen any change in behavior. We’ve not seen increased move out in response to those notices. Although I would also caution you it’s something we’re closely monitoring and we’re probably still early in that game. We’re interested to see what happens when the additional unemployment insurance runs out factors like that. So something we’re watching closely, Smedes.

Smedes Rose

Okay. And then could you just talk a little bit more about the mezz loan that you mentioned that you purchased is that backed by a portfolio of assets and kind of, how are you thinking about that kind of loan to own, or just to get the yield or maybe a little more color there?

Joe Margolis

Sure. So it’s absolutely a portfolio of 64 self storage assets. You know, they’re in markets that overlay our footprint and as with any loan we make, if we end up having to own the assets, we’re fully capable of operating them and adding value, and that’s not a negative experience for us. So, we are always looking for opportunities to smartly invest our shareholders’ money in creative position with the good risk posture. Our position in the first year is about $53 a square foot. So we feel pretty good about that. We think we’re getting a fair return and we’re very comfortable with the risk posture of the investment.

Operator

And your next question comes from Mr. Jeff Spector from Bank of America.

Jeff Spector

Thank you. Good afternoon. Appreciate Joe, your balanced comments in your introductory remarks and just trying to think about many of the lessons you learned during some of the worst months we seen, let’s say, March, April into May and recognizing of course the risks in the coming months. Would you do anything different in the coming months, let’s say, if the reopening or closings continue versus what you initially did?

Joe Margolis

So, I can’t tell you we were perfect. We certainly did things and learned lessons that we will apply in the future. One thing that I will tell you that a company like Extra Space that has a large portfolio has an advantage is we don’t have to guess too much things. So as we were going, was we were faced with many of these new situations. We very quickly tried different things in a test basis in several hundred stores and learned what worked and what didn’t.

So we didn’t have to make kind of final decisions for the whole portfolio. And that was very beneficial, because we were faced with new customer situation, new customer behavior. We were able to quickly get to what performs best. And we’ll certainly take those lessons with us in the future, and also take our testing culture and approach to new situations with us as well.

Jeff Spector

And, again, just thinking about the comments, in particular the risk of, with your auctions, and a lot of them, let’s say happening in September outside peak leasing. I mean, we’ve heard other sectors, people comment that this year that maybe there’s no peak leasing, maybe there’s just steady leasing, maybe there’s even pent up demand. Like, again, I’m just trying to get a feel for your comments. And I totally respect and get the comments that we need to be cautious here. There’s still a lot of risk. I think expectations coming into the year, by the way, we’re pretty low. But I mean, do you think that there actually was peak leasing or is this just, could the fall surprises?

Joe Margolis

I agree with you, I think we don’t know. I think we’re in a new situation. And we don’t know, if there will be steady leasing if there is pent up demand or if we’ll see the more traditional leasing patterns. And it’s one of the reasons we’re uncomfortable providing guidance on what’s going to happen for the rest of the year, because there are these unknowns.

Operator

And our next question comes from Mr. Todd Thomas from KeyBanc Capital Market.

Todd Thomas

Just first question. Following up on the bad debt expense, Scott, you’ve indicated that historically, the reserves 1.2% to 1.8% of revenue, so 50% greater this quarter and incremental 80 to 90 basis points of bad debt. Is that going to trend higher in future quarters or will that normalize beginning in third quarter as you work through some of the options and delinquencies?

Scott Stubbs

So, we would — I think July will be a little bit higher, but we would expect it to normalize going forward. And what we’re basing that on is, if you look at our zero to 68 ARs, they’re backing historical norms, they’re not continuing to grow. So assuming that continues, that trend continues those 0 to 60 become your 60 plus, if they were not paying. And so, the fact that they’ve gone back to historical norms, hopefully, everything else goes back to historical norms from here. So by the end of July, you’ve recognized majority of your bad debt related to this.

Todd Thomas

And then the delayed auction activities, that’s causing that, this inflated sort of physical occupancy. Have you started getting back in it at all or with notice periods, as you mentioned, is that process really just beginning now? And then as we think about the auction activity is increasing in the months ahead. Is that going to result in an influx of rentable units and effective sort of increase in supply coming back to the market over the next few months? Or is that not the right way to think about it?

Joe Margolis

So, we have, one of the negatives of the delayed auction is the opportunity costs to nothing ever get the unit back. So we actually absolutely will try where we can to work with our tenants, and make some arrangement where they turn this, the unit back to us, so we can we can have it. But the majority of the units have to go through the auction process. We won’t get them back until late in the third quarter. And at that point, we’ll have to return to them. And kind of similar to Jeff’s question earlier, we’ll see what the environment is done to do so.

Todd Thomas

And then can you just comment on what the recovery rates or I guess the collection rates have been like on the ARs here. Are you seeing bigger, right off and you have historically. Is there any information you can share on that?

Scott Stubbs

Todd, our recoveries have actually been slightly better than the historical norm. No. We’ll see if that continues, but that’s been our experience so far on the auctions that have happened.

Todd Thomas

What do you attribute that to?

Scott Stubbs

Some of these people might just be choosing not to pay and so they may just be paying late versus having a true problem. I don’t know for sure. That’s some of our speculation.

Joe Margolis

One thing we see across other asset classes is when the government tells you, you don’t have to pay, or the government tells you there’s no penalties, if you don’t have to pay. Some people just choose not to do so.

Operator

And our next question comes from Mr. Samir with Evercore.

Samir Khanal

Scott, as we think about the headwinds we’re facing now and you’ve talked about the occupancy being inflated 200 basis points, 225 basis points of AR, which could potentially be bad debt. Is this a set up to a quarter or third quarter where things are going to get worse before they get better? Or do you think the second quarter is sort of a trough and revenue growth. And then there’s sort of enough tailwinds where we start to see improvement going into the back half of this year? Where things are still negative but less bad?

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Scott Stubbs

So first of all, I think just to clarify one thing that AR the majority of that has a large majority of that has already been written off. So you basically reserved for it in the second quarter, once they hit that 60 to 90 days, especially the 90-day accounts receivable have been reserved for. So we don’t expect that to be a negative in the third quarter to the degree it was in the second quarter. We do expect those units coming back online to be a potential headwind for us.

Samir Khanal

And what about it just kind of following up with tailwind, you think there’s enough sort of tailwinds here to see some improvement in revenue growth where things are going to be less negative, or that’s too early to say right now?

Scott Stubbs

I mean, we always hope for and we have confidence in our team in our systems that we’re going to get every dollar we can optimize performance, but I would tell you there’s enough uncertainties in macro economy and other factors that we can’t say for certain now.

Samir Khanal

Okay. And I guess just another question for me, and I know this was addressed a little bit earlier on ECRI, but just maybe a little bit more color, California is well documented with what’s sort of a 10% max or increase in that, and I think some of the other states and municipalities have applied restrictions as well. But what do you think — how should we think about sort of the push backs you were getting from states and municipalities? And it’s not really a question for this year’s growth, but as we think about maybe growth in the next year, how should we think about growth from the ECRI perspective?

Joe Margolis

Well, we would hope that, these restrictions would be lifted and we can go back to our normal operating practice with prospective ECRI auctions. But, we don’t control that. So, our job is to control what we can control and maximize performance and follow the line in other place.

Scott Stubbs

Samir, the other thing I would maybe add there is, they’re not necessarily additive in a normal year, but in a year like this, where they are going to be below average, if you have certain states that either don’t allow them or allow them to a limited amount, it does make it difficult to continue to grow your revenues, especially for customers who came in at a level significantly below street rate. It’s difficult for us to move them more quickly to the average rate there.

Operator

And our next question comes from Mr. Ryan Lumb from Green Street Advisors.

Ryan Lumb

Thanks. Joe, last quarter, you said that, you were likely to seek good number of distress, maybe see about deals or stores in some stage of lease up coming to market, given the stress in the market. Given what appears to be at least some improvement in demand in recent weeks, do you still anticipate the same volume of distressed assets, coming to market maybe this year or next?

Joe Margolis

Yes. I think, there’s going to be a number of stores that were not stabilized that the owner or the lender or the equity investor is going to force some type of capital event. So I would say, yes.

Ryan Lumb

Okay. And then, I think you’ve had mentioned in the past that operating changed so dramatically in March and April that, many of the rules or relationships that govern sort of revenue management system were either sort of less effective or not applicable to very human environment and the approach to revenue management had to sort of temporarily be reworked. I’m just curious any color would be great. To what extent has you approached your revenue management sort of returned to normal, or are we still operating in sort of a different and trying new things?

Joe Margolis

I guess part of my answer is I would say it Extra Space, we’re always trying new things. We’re always testing, innovating, trying to make the tools a little sharper and seeing what works. As I said earlier, I think we’ve learned a lot through this experience, some of which may be the permanent lessons and some may just be temporary. We are seeing more return to normal in terms of customer behavior. So for example our walking traffic has improved significantly. And that’s an important metric that we look at and govern some of our behavior.

Operator

[Operator Instructions] And our next question comes from the line of Mr. Mike Mueller of JP Morgan.

Mike Mueller

A couple questions and I’ve had phone issues, so I apologize if this was addressed earlier. First, can you disclose if you have already, what the rate is on the most investment that you made? And then second, if you’re working C of O deals in the market today, have you seen any meaningful changes to pricing?

Joe Margolis

So, we have not approved a new C of O deal certainly in 2020, maybe even for 12 months. I’d have to think about that, but we have certainly not approved a new C of O deal in 2020. The just, pricing doesn’t seem to make sense for us now. The rate, the base rate on our note is 5.5% and the yield to maturity is 6.1% on the C of O deal.

Operator

And our next question comes from the line of a John Kim with BMO Capital Markets.

John Kim

I think Scott, you mentioned in the external pressure on payrolls, which I thought was interesting, just given the unemployment rates. But I was wondering you can comment on that as well as the potential ability to more permanently alleviate this cost with either touch of leasing or available employee hours?

Scott Stubbs

Yes. So, the payroll cost comes, the pressure on payroll comes more from a tough count from last year. Our payroll was actually very low last year in wonderful quarters, I believe we were negative. So, it’s the tough comps, is the main comment there. In terms of what we’re looking at and, we think our managers are important, we think they’re an important part of the sales process. We’re always looking for opportunities to go touch less and deliver our customers the product in the manner that they would like to consume it.

So, the example I would give you is pre-COVID. I think most people enjoyed working with a manager like their managers they were very successful in leasing units. Since this has happened, we’ve gone to a touch less process where your Managers are involved via telephone. And we have expanded that even further where they can do a complete rental online at 3 am with no manager involvement, and that’s at, I believe, about 1200 of our stores as of today. So we continue to evolve that.

John Kim

Okay. And you also mentioned that you are actively or more actively pursuing acquisition. I was wondering if you can elaborate on how pricing has moved and if you’re seeing more interesting opportunities in newly developed products, stabilized assets, or more potential mezz investments.

Scott Stubbs

So I’ll clarify in my remarks. I didn’t mean to give the impression we are more actively pursuing acquisitions. We’re always pursuing acquisitions. We’re always looking for ways to smartly grow this company. And we’re lucky to be in a great capital position where we have plenty of capital of all different sorts to pursue any acquisition that we think makes sense.

The acquisition market has been somewhat muted in terms of things coming to the market and particularly things that seem to make sense for us. But we’re always trying to find smart ways to present a good risk profile for us to grow the Company. So whether that’s acquisitions, acquisitions adventures, reinvesting in our existing properties through expansions, a bridge loans, buying the mezz loan that we just bought. We’re just going to try to be smart allocators of capital

So I don’t think pricing has moved for stabilized properties, and there’s not a ton of cost out there, but if you have a stabilized self storage asset, it’s going to attract in a good market. It’s going to attract they’re very low cap rate because people understand the stability of cash flow that comes from the self storage assets, rates are low and the alternatives are, are not as good.

So I think, cap rates are still low. What is much more difficult to say is on a lease of asset. One’s view of the Cap rate depends on one’s view of the timing and rate on which you can lease up that store and people can have very, very different views of what that is. And I would say pricing is uncertain.

Operator

And our next question comes from a Ronald Kamdem with Morgan Stanley.

Ronald Kamdem

Two quick ones from me. One was just going back to sort of the bad debt. I know the apartment peers variations geographically. Just curious, when I think about States like New York, New Jersey California, was there any sort of notable differences there versus sort of the average of the portfolio or any other color you can provide?

Joe Margolis

Some observations we can make. We are seeing higher AR at stores that are in markets with lower household income and also at stores, if there’s more cash paying customers as opposed to credit cards. But the biggest impact is if you kind of get the trifecta of lower household income, lots of cash paying customers, and you’re in a state where we can option that’s where we have the highest.

Ronald Kamdem

Got it understand. The other question was, we’re hearing a lot more about theme de-urbanization, people moving from urban to suburban and curious when you think about your portfolio, are you seeing that translating into potentially more traffic or more demand on the margin for your suburban versus the urban part of the portfolio or it’s just too tough to tell.

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Joe Margolis

So I would say we’re seeing good demand across our portfolio. And if there is that trend, it is probably too early to tell. But one of the advantages of having a broadly diversified portfolio across a lot of primary and secondary are urban and suburban, however you want to characterize them growth, Mark, you know, we should be in a good balanced position to benefit from that if it occurs.

Ronald Kamdem

And you’ve mentioned July occupancy did you provide July achieved rates as well?

Scott Stubbs

We did not — let me just kind of give you a little history of the rates through the quarter and how they progressed. Negative 10% in April, negative 20% in May, misses are achieved rates, negative 16% in June, and then July and achieved rates were effectively flat. Now, that sounds great if you don’t put that in context, and the context I would give you is 1 July was an easy comp.

Last year, we actually dropped rates in July to increase our occupancy. And then two we’ve seen a shift in channel in July, where we’ve seen more tenants coming walking in and renting an effective through our highest camp, it’s a highest price channel. So we’re encouraged by July and especially the trend of going from being so negative in May to being flat in July, but I think that probably helps that will context there.

Operator

Our next question comes from Mr. Rose from Citi.

Michael Bilerman

It’s Michael Bilerman here. Joe, you made the SmartStop preferred investment last October 150 million which had a $15 million add on future. Did you invest that in the quarter? Or do you have plans to buy October, which I think was the one year timeline?

Joe Margolis

So, that’s a decision SmartStop will make we can’t force them to take that money, they have the option to take that money.

Michael Bilerman

And your discussions with them will make that likely or unlikely, would you, which way are they going to draw that capital and do you have any sort of details and how the portfolio is trending?

Joe Margolis

So SmartStop would be the appropriate folks to ask if they want to take the capital and I don’t want to speak for them. And we do monitor their portfolio. And I think they’re a mirror good manager and they’re performing similar to other good managers in the country.

Michael Bilerman

And how do you, when you look at the competitive landscape. What are you seeing from the larger institutionally owned platforms versus the smaller operators and what sort of opportunities but also challenges? Does that present and still a pretty dispersed set of owners in terms of the competitive landscape?

Joe Margolis

It’s a difficult question to answer, Michael, because there’s not a lot of clarity as to how some of the real small folks are behaving. Really don’t know what their occupancy rate sensors are until, they want to sell it and you can take a look at their financials. In general, when we see smaller operators either, because they want us to take over management of their stores or because they’re putting their store for sale, we can do better than they can. It’s just as simple as that. We can run the stores better, we can throw them up more, and we can get higher rates. And I don’t think that has changed at all because of COVID. If anything, I think maybe because more customers are now accessing stores through the web, our advantages may have improved.

Michael Bilerman

And then you said the yield on the mezz was in the five with a six one yield to maturity. Where you stand within the capital stack? And if you could talked a little bit about the per square foot sort of value, but can talk about the capital structure that the yield — and I recognize rates are low, but they yield for mezz seems light. So maybe you can just talk through the dynamics a little bit.

Joe Margolis

Yes. So, I can’t really talk about capital status. The question I would ask, right — it’s a great question. What percentage are you? But, I can’t really talk about that because I want to talk about part valuation of the portfolio. But if you think about self storage in a $53 a square foot number, it will tell you, we’re in a pretty secure, very secure part of the capital stack. So…

Michael Bilerman

So maybe just talking about that capital structure, without giving us the equity value, maybe just talk through how much debt is there? Is there other sort of loans that are outstanding, just to understand the pieces that are in front of you or behind you?

Joe Margolis

So, there is about $100 million dollar first, there’s our piece, and then there’s a junior mezz of about $82 million, and then there’s the equity. So, our loan to value is much lower than a traditional mezz where you would expect to see a higher interest rate.

Michael Bilerman

Right, 82 of junior. So this thing’s got to fall pretty dramatically for you to be in ownership position versus just getting repaid.

Joe Margolis

Correct.

Michael Bilerman

But you got to blow through that $82 million of junior mezz.

Joe Margolis

That’s correct.

Michael Bilerman

And then, is there anything on the valet storage side that you’ve witnessed sort of during this pandemic? Is that increased at all? Are you finding that an increased competitive source at all, as people want to maybe just store their goods and let someone else grab it from them?

Joe Margolis

I would not say, we seen an increased competition from valet during the pandemic. We’ve not observed that.

Michael Bilerman

I certainly would want them to come into my home, but I just didn’t know whether there was just given the movement of people, whether that was being used by others.

Joe Margolis

Yes.

Michael Bilerman

Thank you very much.

Joe Margolis

Thanks, Michael.

Michael Bilerman

Alright, thank you.

Operator

And our next question comes from the line of Jonathan Hughes with Raymond, James.

Jonathan Hughes

Hey, good morning out there. On the external growth front, have you guys looked at any large portfolios lately, or just one-off? I know you mentioned you always look at extra growth opportunities. We did see a big portfolio transact recently curious if you looked at that one or if it’s more of a focus on the one-off opportunities.

Joe Margolis

We’re an active acquirer every year of storage, and because of that, we’re brought and we see every opportunity in the market. We underwrite them all. We look hard at them and we think that we can acquire in a creative fashion, we’ll try to execute, and if not, we’ll let it go. So, I feel confident saying that, we see and analyze everything that’s out there.

Jonathan Hughes

Okay. And then can you quantify NOI exposure to those six states that are prohibiting the rate increases? Is that similar or maybe identical to the I think 47% of NOI under option restrictions?

Joe Margolis

It’s much less than the 47%. I’m looking at the states now. I don’t have a number for you. We can get back.

Jonathan Hughes

Yes.

Joe Margolis

We will get that number to you.

Operator

And our next question comes from a Mr. Steve Sakwa with Evercore ISI.

Steve Sakwa

Just wanted to ask about new supply and kind of the pipeline, I guess the macro data still shows it being relatively elevated and kind of the future pipeline still high as well. So I’m just curious if you kind of think that that data is accurate or kind of overstate and what do you think it really takes to see the pipeline materially come down? Because I know, some of the starts and completions got delayed. But, it still seems like there’s new projects going in, which sort of seems hard to think that they tenfold today but just curious on your thoughts moving forward?

Joe Margolis

Yes. So, macro data is always interesting. But it’s important to remember that we’re in a very, very micro market business. So, you know the facts, it’s much more interesting where the stores are going than how many of them are going. So, if development turns off in a market that has been over supplied, that marker will recover, even if the macro data shows development is in other markets.

So we see them macro data that’s available it is a little overstated. It is also subject to delays. Even in non-COVID years. There’s been substantial delays, I think they don’t take projects off their list to get killed as quickly as they could. It’s not a criticism. It’s hard information we get. But I’m not disagreeing with your point that we’re still in the development cycle, there still are going to be projects that are going to be delivered and it’s still something we’re going to have to operate through in many markets.

Steve Sakwa

And I guess just maybe as a follow up, I mean, when would you expect kind of, I guess a sharper fall off of new supply in your sub markets? Is that more like the back half of ’21 or we really looking more like at 22 at this point?

Joe Margolis

I think it’s going to be a gradual decline in deliveries across all markets is supposed to develop, it’s going to fall off a cliff and there’ll be no more development anymore.

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen at this time we have no further questions. Mr. Joe, would you like to have any last remarks?

Joe Margolis

Yes, so thank you everyone for your interest. As I said earlier, we have some headwinds. We’re battling through them. We will control, we can control and focus our efforts on enhancing shareholder value, regardless of what gets thrown at us. I hope everyone in their families are well. We will get through this and we want a better time soon. Thank you very much.

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, this does conclude today’s conference call. Thank you very much for participating. You may now disconnect.



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