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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10 - Q

 

(Mark One)

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2012

 

OR

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from _________ to __________.

 

Commission File Number: 000-53165

 

FSP 303 East Wacker Drive Corp.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware 20-8061759
(State or other jurisdiction of (I.R.S. Employer
incorporation or organization) Identification No.)

 

401 Edgewater Place

Wakefield, MA 01880

(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip Code)

 

(781) 557-1300

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

N/A

(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.

 

YES NO

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).

 

YES NO

  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

  Large accelerated filer Accelerated filer
  Non-accelerated filer (Do not check if a smaller reporting company) Smaller reporting company

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).

 

YES NO

 

The number of shares of common stock outstanding was 1 and the number of shares of preferred stock outstanding was 2,210, each as of April 30, 2012.

 
 

FSP 303 East Wacker Drive Corp.

 

Form 10-Q

 

Quarterly Report

March 31, 2012

 

Table of Contents

 

      Page
Part I. Financial Information  
       
  Item 1. Financial Statements  
       
    Consolidated Balance Sheets as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011 2
       
    Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 3
       
    Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 4
       
    Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements 5-7
       
  Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition  
    and Results of Operations 8-12
       
  Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk 13
       
  Item 4. Controls and Procedures 13
       
       
Part II. Other Information  
       
  Item 1. Legal Proceedings 14
       
  Item 1A. Risk Factors 14
       
  Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds 14
       
  Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities 14
       
  Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures 14
       
  Item 5. Other Information 14
       
  Item 6. Exhibits 14
       
Signatures 15

 

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PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1. Financial Statements

FSP 303 East Wacker Drive Corp.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)

 

   March 31,   December 31, 
(in thousands, except share and par value amounts)  2012   2011 
           
Assets:          
           
Real estate investments, at cost:          
 Land  $26,200   $26,200 
 Building and improvements   135,973    135,943 
 Furniture and equipment   591    594 
    162,764    162,737 
           
    Less accumulated depreciation   19,611    18,541 
           
Real estate investments, net   143,153    144,196 
           
Acquired real estate leases, net of accumulated amortization of $6,321 and $6,020, respectively   1,929    2,230 
Acquired favorable real estate leases, net of accumulated amortization of $3,474 and $3,309, respectively   1,719    1,884 
Cash and cash equivalents   18,429    19,384 
Restricted cash   2,023    2,017 
Restricted investment   32,995    32,993 
Tenant rent receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $68 and $60, respectively   318    409 
Step rent receivable   2,290    2,410 
Deferred leasing costs, net of accumulated amortization of $751 and $745, respectively   1,015    1,182 
Deferred financing costs, net of accumulated amortization of $20 and $12, respectively   284    292 
Prepaid expenses and other assets   141    145 
           
     Total assets  $204,296   $207,142 
           
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity:          
           
Liabilities:          
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  $5,424   $7,372 
Tenant security deposits   589    589 
Loan payable   35,000    35,000 
Acquired unfavorable real estate leases, net of accumulated amortization of $88 and $84, respectively   74    78 
           
    Total liabilities   41,087    43,039 
           
Commitments and Contingencies   -    - 
           
Stockholders’ Equity:          
           
 Preferred Stock, $.01 par value, 2,210 shares authorized, issued and outstanding at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011,  aggregate liquidation preference $221,000   -    - 
 Common Stock, $.01 par value, 1 share authorized, issued and outstanding   -    - 
Additional paid-in capital   197,162    197,162 
 Retained earnings and distributions in excess of earnings   (33,953)   (33,059)
           
 Total Stockholders’ Equity   163,209    164,103 
           
 Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity  $204,296   $207,142 
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements. 
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FSP 303 East Wacker Drive Corp.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

 

 

   For the Three Months 
   Ended March 31, 
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)  2012   2011 
         
Revenues:          
    Rental  $5,971   $5,093 
           
       Total revenue   5,971    5,093 
           
Expenses:          
           
    Rental operating expenses   1,745    1,517 
    Real estate taxes and insurance   1,286    1,338 
    Depreciation and amortization   1,532    1,364 
    Interest expense   431    - 
           
      Total expenses   4,994    4,219 
           
Net income before interest income   977    874 
           
Interest income   27    4 
           
Net income attributable to preferred stockholders  $1,004   $878 
           
           
Weighted average number of preferred shares outstanding, basic and diluted   2,210    2,210 
           
Net income per preferred share, basic and diluted  $454   $397 
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

 

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FSP 303 East Wacker Drive Corp.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)

 

   For the Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
(in thousands)  2012   2011 
Cash flows from operating activities:          
    Net income  $1,004   $878 
    Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash          
            provided by operating activities:          
                    Depreciation and amortization   1,540    1,364 
                    Amortization of favorable real estate leases   165    165 
                    Amortization of unfavorable real estate leases   (4)   (4)
                    Increase (decrease) in bad debt reserve   8   (17)
             Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
                    Restricted cash   (6)   - 
                    Tenant rent receivable   83   (16)
                    Step rent receivable   120    2 
                    Prepaid expenses and other assets   16   (7)
                    Accounts payable and accrued expenses   (1,969)   (556)
    Payment of deferred leasing costs   (8)   (242)
           
                       Net cash provided by operating activities   949    1,567 
           
Cash flows from investing activities:          
    Purchase of real estate assets   (6)   (43)
                       Net cash used for investing activities   (6)   (43)
           
Cash flows from financing activities:          
    Distributions to stockholders   (1,898)   (2,298)
           
                      Net used for financing activities   (1,898)   (2,298)
           
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents   (955)   (774)
           
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   19,384    19,585 
           
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period  $18,429   $18,811 
           
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:          
     Cash paid for interest  $423   $- 
           
Disclosure of non-cash investing activities:          
    Accrued costs for purchase of real estate assets  $106   $825 
           
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

 

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FSP 303 East Wacker Drive Corp.

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

1.     Organization, Basis of Presentation, Real Estate and Depreciation, and Financial Instruments

 

Organization

 

FSP 303 East Wacker Drive Corp. (the “Company”) was organized on December 13, 2006 as a corporation under the laws of the State of Delaware to purchase, own, and operate a twenty-eight story multi-tenant office tower containing approximately 859,187 rentable square feet of office and retail space and a 294-stall underground parking garage located in downtown Chicago, Illinois (the “Property”). The Company acquired the Property and commenced operations on January 5, 2007. Franklin Street Properties Corp. (“Franklin Street”) (NYSE Amex: FSP) holds the sole share of the Company’s common stock, $.01 par value per share (the “Common Stock”). Between February 2007 and December 2007, FSP Investments LLC (member, FINRA and SIPC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Franklin Street, completed the sale on a best efforts basis of 2,210 shares of preferred stock, $.01 par value per share (the “Preferred Stock”) in the Company. FSP Investments LLC sold the Preferred Stock in a private placement offering to “accredited investors” within the meaning of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933.

 

All references to the Company refer to FSP 303 East Wacker Drive Corp. and its consolidated subsidiary, collectively, unless the context otherwise requires.

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The unaudited consolidated financial statements of the Company include all the accounts of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiary. These financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Company's financial statements and notes thereto contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

 

The accompanying interim financial statements are unaudited; however, the financial statements have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) in the United States of America for interim financial information and in conjunction with the rules and regulations of the SEC. Accordingly, they do not include all of the disclosures required by GAAP for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting solely of normal recurring matters) necessary for a fair presentation of the financial statements for these interim periods have been included. Operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2012 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending December 31, 2012 or for any other period.

Real Estate and Depreciation

Real estate assets are stated at the lower of cost or fair value, as appropriate, less accumulated depreciation.

Costs related to property acquisition and improvements are capitalized. Typical capital items include new roofs, site improvements, various exterior building improvements and major interior renovations.

Routine replacements and ordinary maintenance and repairs that do not extend the life of the asset are expensed as incurred. Funding for repairs and maintenance items typically is provided by cash flows from operating activities.

Depreciation is computed using the straight-line method over the assets’ estimated useful lives as follows:

  Category Years
  Buildings 39
  Building Improvements 15-39
  Furniture and Equipment 5-7

 

The Company reviews the Property to determine if the carrying amount will be recovered from future cash flows if certain indicators of impairment are identified at the Property. The evaluation of anticipated cash flows is highly subjective and is based in part on assumptions regarding future occupancy, rental rates and capital requirements that could differ materially from actual results in future periods. When indicators of impairment are present and the sum of the undiscounted future cash flows is less than the carrying value of such asset, an impairment loss is recorded equal to the difference between the asset’s current carrying value and its fair value based on discounting its estimated future cash flows. At March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, no impairment charges were recorded.

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FSP 303 East Wacker Drive Corp.

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

1.     Organization, Basis of Presentation, Real Estate and Depreciation, and Financial Instruments (continued)

 

Financial Instruments

 

The Company estimates that the carrying value of cash and cash equivalents and loan payable approximate their fair values based on their short-term maturity and prevailing interest rates.

 

Restricted Cash and Investment

 

The proceeds of the loan payable are required to be held in a restricted reserve account or accounts. As of March 31, 2012, the amount held in restricted cash account was approximately $2,023,000. Restricted investment under the loan payable consists of investments in certificates of deposit and a U.S. Treasury Bill which the Company has the ability and intent to hold until their maturity. As of March 31, 2012, the Company held various certificates of deposit with an original maturity of three to six months at a total carrying value of $18,000,000. The Company also held an investment in a U.S. Treasury Bill that matures on August 23, 2012 with the value of $14,995,000. The Company believes the aggregate fair value is approximately the same as its carrying value.

 

2.      Income Taxes

 

The Company has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust (“REIT”) under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. As a REIT, the Company generally is entitled to a tax deduction for dividends paid to its stockholders, thereby effectively subjecting the distributed net income of the Company to taxation at the shareholder level only. The Company must comply with a variety of restrictions to maintain its status as a REIT. These restrictions include the type of income it can earn, the type of assets it can hold, the number of stockholders it can have and the concentration of their ownership, and the amount of the Company’s income that must be distributed annually.

 

Accrued interest and penalties will be recorded as income tax expense, if the Company records a liability in the future. The Company files income tax returns in the U.S. federal jurisdiction and the State of Illinois jurisdiction. The statute of limitations for the Company’s income tax returns is generally three years and as such, the Company’s returns that remain subject to examination would be primarily from 2008 and thereafter.

 

3.      Loan Payable

 

On August 3, 2011, the Company entered into a mortgage note in favor of John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.) (the “Lender”) to evidence a loan (the “Loan”) in the original principal amount of $35,000,000 that matures on September 1, 2021. The proceeds of the Loan are being held by the Lender for the Company’s benefit in a restricted reserve account or accounts to be drawn upon by the Company from time to time for tenant improvement costs and leasing commissions at the Property upon satisfaction of certain conditions. The Loan bears interest at the fixed rate of 4.83% per annum. The Company is obligated to make monthly payments of interest only for the initial 60 months of the Loan. Thereafter, the Company is obligated to make monthly payments of principal and interest for the remaining 60 months, based on a 25-year amortization schedule, until the maturity date, when all outstanding amounts become due. The Loan is secured, in part, by a mortgage, assignment of leases and rents and security agreement (the “Mortgage”) from the Company in favor of the Lender. The Mortgage constitutes a lien against the Property and has been recorded in the land records of Cook County, Illinois. Subject to customary exceptions, the Loan is nonrecourse to the Company. Interest expense from the Loan for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $423,000. The documents evidencing and securing the Loan include restrictions on property liens and requires compliance with various financial covenants. Financial covenants include the requirement that the Company provide annual reporting. The Company was in compliance with the Loan covenants as of March 31, 2012.

 

Fees paid associated with the Loan were $304,000 and are being amortized on the straight-line basis over the term of the loan. Amortization expense for the three months ended March 31, 2012 is $8,000 and is included in the interest expense in the Company’s Statement of Operations.

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FSP 303 East Wacker Drive Corp.

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

4.      Related Party Transactions

 

The Company has in the past engaged in and currently engages in transactions with a related party, Franklin Street, and its subsidiaries, FSP Investments LLC and FSP Property Management LLC (collectively “FSP”). The Company expects to continue to have related party transactions with FSP in the form of management fees paid to FSP to manage the Company on behalf of its stockholders. FSP Property Management LLC currently provides the Company with asset management and financial reporting services. The asset management agreement between the Company and FSP Property Management LLC requires the Company to pay FSP Property Management LLC a monthly fee equal to one-half of one percent (.5%) of the gross revenues of the Property. The asset management agreement between the Company and FSP Property Management LLC may be terminated by either party without cause at any time, upon at least thirty (30) days’ written notice. For the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 management fees paid were approximately $30,000 and $24,000, respectively.

 

On December 27, 2007, Franklin Street purchased 965.75 shares of the Preferred Stock (or approximately 43.7%) of the Company for consideration totaling $82,813,000. Prior to purchasing any shares of the Preferred Stock, Franklin Street agreed to vote any shares held by it on any matter presented to the holders of the Preferred Stock in a manner that approximates as closely as possible the votes cast in favor of and opposed to such matter by the holders of the Preferred Stock other than Franklin Street and its affiliates. For purposes of determining how Franklin Street votes its shares of the Preferred Stock, abstentions and non-votes by stockholders other than Franklin Street are not considered. Franklin Street is entitled to distributions that are declared on the Preferred Stock.

 

Franklin Street is the sole holder of the Company’s one share of Common Stock that is issued and outstanding. Subsequent to the completion of the private placement of the Preferred Stock in December 2007, Franklin Street has not been entitled to share in our earnings or any dividend related to the Common Stock.

 

5.      Net Income Per Share

 

Basic net income per share is computed by dividing net income by the weighted average number of shares of Preferred Stock outstanding during the period. Diluted net income per share reflects the potential dilution that could occur if securities or other contracts to issue shares were exercised or converted into shares. There were no potential dilutive shares outstanding at March 31, 2012 and 2011.

 

6     Segment Reporting

 

The Company operates in one industry segment, which is real estate ownership of commercial property. The Company owned and operated the Property for all periods presented.

 

7.      Cash Distributions

 

The Company’s board of directors declared and paid cash distributions as follows:

 

Quarter Paid  Distributions
Per Preferred
Share
   Total Distributions 
           
First quarter of 2012  $859   $1,898,390 
           
First quarter of 2011  $1,040   $2,298,400 

 

8.      Subsequent Event

 

The Company’s board of directors declared a cash distribution of $859 per preferred share on April 26, 2012 to the holders of record of the Preferred Stock on May 10, 2012, payable on May 30, 2012.

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

 

The following discussion should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and notes thereto appearing elsewhere in this report and in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011. Historical results and percentage relationships set forth in the consolidated financial statements, including trends which might appear, should not be taken as necessarily indicative of future operations. The following discussion and other parts of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q may also contain forward-looking statements based on current judgments and current knowledge of management, which are subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that our forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainty, including without limitation economic conditions in the United States and in the market where we own the Property, disruptions in the debt markets, risks of a lessening of demand for the type of real estate owned by us, changes in government regulations and regulatory uncertainty, geopolitical events, and expenditures that cannot be anticipated such as utility rate and usage increases, unanticipated repairs, additional staffing, insurance increases and real estate tax valuation reassessments. Although we believe the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. We may not update any of the forward-looking statements after the date this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q is filed to conform them to actual results or to changes in our expectations that occur after such date, other than as required by law.

 

Overview

 

FSP 303 East Wacker Drive Corp., which we refer to as the Company, is a Delaware corporation formed to purchase, own, and operate a twenty-eight story multi-tenant office tower containing approximately 859,187 rentable square feet of office and retail space and a 294-stall underground parking garage located in downtown Chicago, Illinois, which we refer to as the Property.

 

Franklin Street Properties Corp., which we refer to as Franklin Street, is the sole holder of our one share of common stock, $.01 par value per share, which we refer to as the Common Stock, that is issued and outstanding. Between February 2007 and December 2007, FSP Investments LLC (member, FINRA and SIPC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Franklin Street, completed the sale on a best efforts basis of 2,210 shares of our preferred stock, $.01 par value per share, which we refer to as the Preferred Stock. FSP Investments LLC sold the Preferred Stock in a private placement offering to “accredited investors” within the meaning of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933. Since the completion of the placement of the Preferred Stock in December 2007, Franklin Street has not been entitled to share in any earnings or dividend related to the Common Stock.

 

We operate in one business segment, which is real estate operations, and own a single property. Our real estate operations involve real estate rental operations, leasing services and property management services. The main factor that affects our real estate operations is the broad economic market conditions in the United States and, more specifically, the economic conditions in Chicago, Illinois, the relevant submarket. These market conditions affect the occupancy levels and the rent levels on both a national and local level. We have no influence on national or local market conditions.

 

Trends and Uncertainties

Economic Conditions

 

The economy in the United States is continuing to experience a period of limited economic growth, including high levels of unemployment, the failure and near failure of a number of financial institutions and increased credit risk premiums for a number of market participants. Economic conditions may be affected by numerous factors, including but not limited to, inflation and employment levels, energy prices, slow growth and/or recessionary concerns, changes in currency exchange rates, geopolitical events, the regulatory environment and the availability of debt and interest rate fluctuations. Current and future economic factors may negatively affect real estate values, occupancy levels and property income. At this time, we cannot predict the extent or duration of any negative impact that current or future economic factors will have on our business.

 

Real Estate Operations

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The Property was approximately 94% leased as of March 31, 2012 to a diverse group of tenants with staggered lease expirations. Management believes that any tenant that leases 10% or more of the Property’s rentable space is material. As of March 31, 2012, 31 tenants were leasing space at the Property. The Property’s largest tenant is KPMG LLP, or KPMG, which leases 259,090 square feet (approximately 31%) of the Property’s rentable space through August 2012. Groupon, Inc., or Groupon, leases 226,041 square feet (approximately 27%) of the Property’s rentable space through July 2012. AECOM USA, Inc., or AECOM USA, leases 104,086 square feet (approximately 12%) of the Property’s rentable space through September 2014. KPMG is one of the largest accounting firms in the world. Groupon is an internet-based company that features daily bargains on local goods, services and cultural events in more than 300 markets and 35 countries. AECOM USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AECOM Technology Corporation, a provider of professional, technical and management support services (NYSE: ACM), which has guaranteed AECOM USA’s obligations under the lease.

 

We believe that the office market in Chicago has had a difficult past three to four years, with many office properties experiencing declining occupancies and rental rates. We also believe that tenant improvement and leasing costs have risen during this time; and, consequently, the amount of capital necessary to attract good tenants to sign long-term leases has climbed significantly. For the last three years we have known that the Property’s largest tenant, KPMG, currently leasing about 30% of the Property’s rentable space, will be vacating at the end of August 2012. Management has been informed that Groupon, the Property’s second largest tenant, currently leasing about 27% of the Property rentable space, may vacate all or part of its space at the end of July 2012. If that happens, the Property would be 40% or less leased by the end of August 2012. However, we believe that over the last few quarters demand for large blocks of office space within the Chicago central business district has started to improve. The supply of larget contiguous blocks of office space ranging from 100,000 to 600,000 square feet in Class A office towers has been reduced to a limited number of buildings. If the demand from large credit-worthy tenants continues to improve for these large blocks, the Property will be well positioned to provide those prospective tenants with that kind of space. Management has been providing feedback to a number of potential large users regarding the economics, signage and branding possibilities at the Property. In addition, we believe that we have the capital to fund the estimated tenant improvement costs and leasing commissions necessary to re-lease the expiring KPMG and Groupon space. We have been saving rental cash flow over the last few years by keeping dividend levels lower. As of March 31, 2012, our existing cash reserves totaled approximately $16,000,000. In addition, in August 2011 we secured a $35,000,000 loan from John Hancock Life Insurance Company to be used for just such re-leasing costs.

 

Management has not been this optimistic about the prospects for leasing the Property’s large upcoming vacancy in some time. If we can stabilize the Property at a high occupancy level with long-term quality rental income streams from credit-worthy tenants, we could create value for the holders of our Preferred Stock. If successful in re-leasing the large upcoming vacancy under favorable terms, the opportunity for increased dividends and/or a sale of the Property at an attractive price could be a real possibility. Of course, any sale of the Property would be subject to a number of conditions, including approval by our board of directors and a majority of the holders of our Preferred Stock.

 

It is difficult for management to predict what will happen to occupancy and rents in the future because the need for space and the price tenants are willing to pay are tied to both the local economy and to the larger trends in the national economy, such as job growth, interest rates, the availability of credit and corporate earnings, which in turn are tied to even larger macroeconomic and political factors, such as recessionary concerns, volatility in energy pricing and the risk of terrorism. In addition to the difficulty of predicting macroeconomic factors, it is difficult to predict how our local market or tenants (existing and potential) will suffer or benefit from changes in the larger economy. In addition, because the Property is in a single geographical market, these macroeconomic trends may have a different effect on the Property and on its tenants (existing and potential), some of which may operate on a national level. Although we cannot predict how long it will take to lease vacant space at the Property or what the terms and conditions of any new leases will be, we expect to sign new leases at then-current market rates which may be below the expiring rates.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, we believe that vacancy rates decreased slightly and that rental rates improved slightly for buildings in Chicago’s East Loop office market, where the Property is located. These trends may continue, worsen or improve in the future.

 

Management believes that the position of the Property within the East Loop office market is strong and management is optimistic that the existing vacant space will ultimately be leased to new tenants.  In order to further improve the Property’s position in Chicago’s office market, management has implemented a number of lobby upgrades.

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The potential for any of our tenants to default on its lease or to seek the protection of bankruptcy laws exists. If any of our tenants defaults on its lease, we may experience delays in enforcing our rights as a landlord and may incur substantial costs in protecting our investment. In addition, at any time, a tenant may seek the protection of bankruptcy laws, which could result in the rejection and termination of such tenant’s lease and thereby cause a reduction in cash available for distribution to our stockholders. Bankruptcy or a material adverse change in the financial condition of a material tenant would likely have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.

 

Future Tenant Improvement Costs and Leasing Commissions

 

Management believes that the Company will need to be able to quickly access cash in order to fund the potentially significant tenant improvements costs and leasing commissions that may be required to stabilize the occupancy and rent roll at the Property. In anticipation of these future costs, we believe that it is prudent to keep dividend distributions at lower levels for the balance of 2012 until we have a better idea of the Property’s actual future capital and leasing needs. We believe that such a reduction should add to our existing cash reserves that, as of March 31, 2012, totaled approximately $16,000,000.

 

In light of the amount of vacant space that needs to be leased at the Property and the potential for significant tenant improvement allowance costs and leasing commissions, on August 3, 2011, we entered into a mortgage note in favor of John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.), which we refer to as the Lender, to evidence a loan, which we refer to as the Loan, in the original principal amount of $35,000,000 that matures on September 1, 2021. The proceeds of the Loan are being held by the Lender for our benefit in a restricted reserve account or accounts to be drawn upon by us from time to time for tenant improvement costs and leasing commissions at the Property upon satisfaction of certain conditions. The Loan bears interest at the fixed rate of 4.83% per annum. We are obligated to make monthly payments of interest only for the initial 60 months of the Loan. Thereafter, we are obligated to make monthly payments of principal and interest for the remaining 60 months, based on a 25-year amortization schedule, until the maturity date, when all outstanding amounts become due. The Loan is secured, in part, by a mortgage, assignment of leases and rents and security agreement, which we refer to as the Mortgage, from us in favor of the Lender. The Mortgage constitutes a lien against the Property and has been recorded in the land records of Cook County, Illinois. Subject to customary exceptions, the Loan is nonrecourse to the Company. As of March 31, 2012, the Company had not requested that the Lender advance any of the proceeds of the Loan. Interest expense from the Loan for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $423,000. The documents evidencing and securing the Loan include restrictions on property liens and requires compliance with various financial covenants. Financial covenants include the requirement that we provide annual reporting. We were in compliance with the Loan covenants as of March 31, 2012.

 

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Critical Accounting Policies

We have certain critical accounting policies that are subject to judgments and estimates by our management and uncertainties of outcome that affect the application of these policies. We base our estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances. On an on-going basis, we evaluate our estimates. In the event estimates or assumptions prove to be different from actual results, adjustments are made in subsequent periods to reflect more current information. The accounting policies that we believe are most critical to the understanding of our financial position and results of operations and that require significant management estimates and judgments are discussed in Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.

 

Critical accounting policies are those that have the most impact on the reporting of our financial condition and results of operations and those requiring significant judgments and estimates. We believe that our judgments and estimates are consistently applied and produce financial information that fairly presents our results of operations.

No change to our critical accounting policies has occurred since the filing of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.

Results of Operations

 

As of March 31, 2012, the Property was approximately 94% leased to a diverse group of tenants with staggered lease expirations.

 

Comparison of the three months ended March 31, 2012 to the three months ended March 31, 2011

 

Revenue

 

Total revenue increased $0.9 million to $6.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012, as compared to $5.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011. This increase was primarily due to an increase in rental revenue of $0.9 million.

 

Expenses

 

Total expenses increased by approximately $0.8 million to $5.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012, as compared to $4.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011. The increase is predominantly a result of an increase in interest expense of $0.4 million, an increase in operating expenses of $0.2 million and an increase in depreciation and amortization of $0.1 million.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Cash and cash equivalents were $18.4 million at March 31, 2012 and $19.4 million at December 31, 2011. The $1.0 million decrease for the three months ended March 31, 2012 is primarily attributable to $0.9 million provided by operating activities and was offset by $1.9 million used for financing activities..

 

Management believes that the existing cash and cash anticipated to be generated internally by operations will be sufficient to meet working capital requirements, distributions and anticipated capital expenditures for at least the next 12 months.

 

Operating Activities

 

The cash provided by operating activities of $0.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was primarily attributable to a net income of approximately $1.0 million and the add-back of $1.9 million of non-cash activities which was offset by uses arising from other current accounts of $2.0 million.

 

Investing Activities

 

The cash used for investing activities of approximately $6,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was attributable to the purchase of real estate assets.

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Financing Activities

 

Cash used for financing activities of $1.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was attributable to the distributions paid to shareholders.

 

Sources and Uses of Funds

 

The Company’s principal demands on liquidity are cash for operations and distributions to equity holders. As of March 31, 2012, we had approximately $6.0 million in accrued liabilities. In the near term, liquidity is generated by cash from operations.

 

Secured Debt

 

On August 3, 2011, we entered into a mortgage note in favor of John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.), which we refer to as the Lender, to evidence a loan, which we refer to as the Loan, in the original principal amount of $35,000,000 that matures on September 1, 2021. The proceeds of the Loan are being held by the Lender for our benefit in a restricted reserve account or accounts to be drawn upon by us from time to time for tenant improvement costs and leasing commissions at the Property upon satisfaction of certain conditions. The Loan bears interest at the fixed rate of 4.83% per annum. We are obligated to make monthly payments of interest only for the initial 60 months of the Loan. Thereafter, we are obligated to make monthly payments of principal and interest for the remaining 60 months, based on a 25-year amortization schedule, until the maturity date, when all outstanding amounts become due. The Loan is secured, in part, by a mortgage, assignment of leases and rents and security agreement, which we refer to as the Mortgage, from us in favor of the Lender. The Mortgage constitutes a lien against the Property and has been recorded in the land records of Cook County, Illinois. Subject to customary exceptions, the Loan is nonrecourse to the Company. Interest expense from the Loan for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $423,000.

 

The Loan agreement includes restrictions on property liens and requires compliance with various financial covenants. Financial covenants include the requirement that we provide annual reporting. We were in compliance with the Loan covenants as of March 31, 2012.

 

Contingencies

 

We may be subject to various legal proceedings and claims that arise in the ordinary course of our business. Although occasional adverse decisions (or settlements) may occur, we believe that the final disposition of such matters will not have a material adverse effect on our financial position or results of operations.

 

Related Party Transactions

 

We have in the past engaged in and currently engage in transactions with a related party, Franklin Street, and its subsidiaries, FSP Investments LLC and FSP Property Management LLC, which we collectively refer to as FSP. We expect to continue to have related party transactions with FSP in the form of management fees paid to FSP to manage the Company on behalf of our stockholders. FSP Property Management LLC currently provides us with asset management and financial reporting services. The asset management agreement between us and FSP Property Management LLC requires us to pay FSP Property Management LLC a monthly fee equal to one-half of one percent (.5%) of the gross revenues of the Property. The asset management agreement between us and FSP Property Management LLC may be terminated by either party without cause at any time, upon at least thirty (30) days’ written notice. For the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, management fees paid were approximately $30,000 and $24,000, respectively.

 

On December 27, 2007, Franklin Street purchased 965.75 shares of the Preferred Stock (or approximately 43.7%), of the Company for consideration totaling $82,813,000. Prior to purchasing any shares of the Preferred Stock, Franklin Street agreed to vote any shares held by it on any matter presented to the holders of the Preferred Stock in a manner that approximates as closely as possible the votes cast in favor of and opposed to such matter by the holders of the Preferred Stock other than Franklin Street and its affiliates. For purposes of determining how Franklin Street votes its shares of the Preferred Stock, abstentions and non-votes by stockholders other than Franklin Street are not considered. Franklin Street is entitled to distributions that are declared on the Preferred Stock.

 

Franklin Street is the sole holder of the Company’s one share of Common Stock that is issued and outstanding. Subsequent to the completion of the private placement of the Preferred Stock in December 2007, Franklin Street has not been entitled to share in our earnings or any dividend related to the Common Stock of the Company.

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Item 3.       Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 4.      Controls and Procedures.

 

 

Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

Our management, with the participation of our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, evaluated the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures as of March 31, 2012. The term “disclosure controls and procedures,” as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or the Exchange Act, means controls and other procedures of a company that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by a company in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the SEC's rules and forms. Disclosure controls and procedures include, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by a company in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to the company’s management, including its principal executive and principal financial officers, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. Management recognizes that any controls and procedures, no matter how well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable assurance of achieving their objectives and management necessarily applies its judgment in evaluating the cost-benefit relationship of possible controls and procedures. Based on the evaluation of our disclosure controls and procedures as of March 31, 2012, our principal executive officer and principal financial officer concluded that, as of such date, our disclosure controls and procedures were effective at the reasonable assurance level.

 

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

 

No change in our internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) under the Exchange Act) occurred during the quarter ended March 31, 2012 that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

 

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PART II – OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 1.      Legal Proceedings.

 

From time to time, we may be subject to legal proceedings and claims that arise in the ordinary course of our business. Although occasional adverse decisions (or settlements) may occur, we believe that the final disposition of such matters will not have a material adverse effect on our financial position, cash flows or results of operations.

 

Item 1A.      Risk Factors.

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 2.      Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.

 

None.

 

Item 3.      Defaults Upon Senior Securities.

 

None.

 

Item 4.      Mine Safety Disclosures.

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 5.      Other Information.

 

None.

 

Item 6.      Exhibits.

 

See Exhibit Index attached hereto, which is incorporated herein by reference.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

 

 

   FSP 303 East wacker drive corp.
     
     
Date Signature Title
     

Date: May 11, 2012

 

/s/ George J. Carter

George J. Carter

 

President

(Principal Executive Officer)

     

Date: May 11, 2012

 

/s/ Barbara J. Fournier

Barbara J. Fournier

 

Chief Operating Officer

(Principal Financial Officer)

 

 

 

 

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit No. Description
   
31.1* Certification of FSP 303 East Wacker Drive Corp.'s principal executive officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
   
31.2* Certification of FSP 303 East Wacker Drive Corp.'s principal financial officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
   
32.1* Certification of FSP 303 East Wacker Drive Corp.'s principal executive officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
   
32.2* Certification of FSP 303 East Wacker Drive Corp.'s principal financial officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
   
101** The following materials from FSP 303 East Wacker Drive Corp.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, formatted in XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language): (i) the Consolidated Balance Sheets; (ii) the Consolidated Statements of Operations; (iii) the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows; and (iv) the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, tagged as blocks of text.
   
* Filed herewith.
   
** XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) information is furnished and not filed or a part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of Sections 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, is deemed not filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and otherwise is not subject to liability under these Sections.

 

 

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