CMCT Increases Common Stock Dividend
DALLAS--CMCT (NASDAQ: CMCT and TASE: CMCT-L) announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.085 per share of common stock, an approximate 13% increase from the prior quarter. This dividend represents a 4.6% annualized yield utilizing the March 7 closing price. The dividend will be paid on April 1, 2022 to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 19, 2022.
“The board is pleased to declare this initial increase in our dividend,” said David Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of CMCT. “Our goal is to continue to grow the dividend as we benefit from our dramatically reduced cost structure, an improving leasing environment and continued progress on our value-add assets.”
In January 2022, CMCT announced that CIM Group, the manager to CMCT, agreed to a fee waiver that is expected to reduce CMCT’s management fee by approximately 55%, resulting in $0.21 per share of annualized cost savings. The fee waiver went into effect January 1, 2022 (the fee for the fourth quarter of 2021 was calculated under the prior fee structure). Management has recommended to the Board that CMCT over time use substantially all of the cost savings achieved by the lower management fee to reward common stockholders through dividend increases starting with this initial increase.
In addition, the Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.34375 per share of CMCT's Series A Preferred Stock for the second quarter of 2022. The dividend will be payable as follows: $0.114583 per share to be paid on May 16, 2022 to Series A Preferred Stockholders of record on May 5, 2022; $0.114583 per share to be paid on June 15, 2022 to Series A Preferred Stockholders of record on June 5, 2022; and $0.114583 per share to be paid on July 15, 2022 to Series A Preferred Stockholders of record on July 5, 2022.
The Board of Directors has also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.353125 per share of CMCT’s Series D Preferred Stock for the second quarter of 2022. The dividend will be payable as follows: $0.117708 per share to be paid on May 16, 2022 to Series D Preferred Stockholders of record on May 5, 2022; $0.117708 per share to be paid on June 15, 2022 to Series D Preferred Stockholders of record on June 5, 2022; and $0.117708 per share to be paid on July 15, 2022 to Series D Preferred Stockholders of record on July 5, 2022. For shares of Series A Preferred Stock and Series D Preferred Stock issued during the second quarter of 2022, as the case may be, the dividend will be prorated from the date of issuance, and the monthly dividend payments will reflect such proration, as applicable.
CMCT is a real estate investment trust that seeks to own, operate and develop premier multifamily and creative office assets in vibrant and emerging communities throughout the United States. CMCT is a leader in creative office, acquiring and developing properties catering to rapidly growing industries such as technology, media and entertainment. CMCT seeks to apply the expertise of CIM to the acquisition, development and operation of top-tier multifamily properties situated in dynamic markets with similar business and employment characteristics to its creative office investments. CMCT is operated by affiliates of CIM Group, L.P., a vertically-integrated owner and operator of real assets with multi-disciplinary expertise and in-house research, acquisition, credit analysis, development, finance, leasing, and onsite property management capabilities. (www.creativemediacommunity.com).
This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”), which are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. Such forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “project,” “target,” “expect,” “intend,” “might,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “could,” “would,” “continue,” “pursue,” “potential,” “forecast,” “seek,” “plan,” “should,” or “goal” or the negative thereof or other variations or similar words or phrases. Such forward-looking statements include, among others, statements about CMCT’s plans and objectives relating to future growth and the future dividend of CMCT’s common stock. Such forward-looking statements are based on particular assumptions that management of CMCT has made in light of its experience, as well as its perception of expected future developments and other factors that it believes are appropriate under the circumstances. Forward-looking statements are necessarily estimates reflecting the judgment of CMCT’s management and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include those associated with (i) the scope, severity and duration of the current pandemic of COVID-19, and actions taken to contain the pandemic or mitigate its impact, and the winding-down of or termination of governmental assistance programs implemented to address the pandemic, (ii) the adverse effect of COVID-19 on the financial condition, results of operations, cash flows and performance of CMCT and its tenants and business partners, the real estate market and the global economy and financial markets, among others, (iii) the timing, form, and operational effects of CMCT’s development activities, (iv) the ability of CMCT to raise in place rents to existing market rents and to maintain or increase occupancy levels, (v) fluctuations in market rents, including as a result of COVID-19, (vi) the effects of inflation and higher interest rate on the operations and profitability of CMCT and (vii) general economic, market and other conditions. Additional important factors that could cause CMCT’s actual results to differ materially from CMCT’s expectations are discussed under the section “Risk Factors” in CMCT’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020. The forward-looking statements included herein are based on current expectations and there can be no assurance that these expectations will be attained. Assumptions relating to the foregoing involve judgments with respect to, among other things, future economic, competitive and market conditions and future business decisions, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of which are beyond CMCT’s control. Although CMCT believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements are reasonable, any of the assumptions could be inaccurate and, therefore, there can be no assurance that the forward-looking statements included herein will prove to be accurate. In light of the significant uncertainties inherent in the forward-looking statements included herein, the inclusion of such information should not be regarded as a representation by CMCT or any other person that CMCT’s objectives and plans will be achieved. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. CMCT does not undertake to update them to reflect changes that occur after the date they are made, except as may be required by applicable law.