This excerpt taken from the EQR 8-K filed Aug 15, 2006.
2006 Same-Store Assumptions
These 2006 assumptions are based on current expectations and are forward-looking.
Non-same store operating results increased $78.6 million and consist primarily of properties acquired in calendar years 2005 and 2004 as well as our corporate housing business.
Fee and asset management revenues, net of fee and asset management expenses, decreased by $1.5 million primarily as a result of lower income earned from Ft. Lewis and managing fewer properties for third parties and unconsolidated entities. As of December 31, 2005 and 2004, the Company managed 16,269 units and 17,988 units, respectively, for third parties and unconsolidated entities.
Property management expenses from continuing operations include off-site expenses associated with the self-management of the Companys properties as well as management fees paid to any third party management companies. These expenses increased by approximately $10.2 million or 13.3%. This increase is primarily attributable to higher overall payroll costs including bonuses, long-term compensation costs and an increase of the Companys match for employee 401(k) contributions.
Depreciation expense from continuing operations, which includes depreciation on non-real estate assets, increased $59.2 million primarily as a result of additional depreciation expense on newly acquired properties and capital expenditures for all properties owned.
General and administrative expenses, which include corporate operating expenses, increased approximately $22.4 million between the periods under comparison. This increase was primarily due to higher executive compensation expense due to severance costs of $9.8 million for several executive officers, $7.9 million of additional accruals specific to performance shares for selected executive officers and a $2.5 million profit sharing accrual to be paid in the first quarter of 2006. The Company anticipates
that general and administrative expenses will approximate $50.0 million for the year ending December 31, 2006. The above assumption is based on current expectations and is forward-looking.
Interest and other income from continuing operations increased approximately $59.6 million, primarily as a result of the $57.1 million in cash received for the Companys ownership interest in Rent.com, which was acquired by eBay, Inc.
Interest expense from continuing operations, including amortization of deferred financing costs, increased approximately $55.3 million primarily as a result of higher overall debt balances as well as higher variable interest rates. During the year ended December 31, 2005, the Company capitalized interest costs of approximately $13.7 million as compared to $14.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2004. This capitalization of interest primarily relates to consolidated projects under development. The effective interest cost on all indebtedness for the year ended December 31, 2005 was 6.16% as compared to 5.87% for the year ended December 31, 2004.
Income (loss) from investments in unconsolidated entities increased approximately $7.8 million between the periods under comparison. This increase is primarily the result of consolidation of properties that were previously unconsolidated in the first quarter of 2004.
Net gain on sales of unconsolidated entities decreased $3.3 million, primarily due to a decrease in the number of unconsolidated entities sold.
Net gain on sales of land parcels increased $24.8 million, primarily due to an increase in the number of land parcels sold and large gains recorded on two land parcels located in Tysons Corner, Virginia.
Discontinued operations, net of minority interests, increased approximately $332.1 million between the periods under comparison. This increase is primarily the result of higher per unit sales prices and lower real estate net book values for properties sold during the year ended December 31, 2005 as compared to the same period in 2004 as well as higher condominium sales. The Company recognized $91.6 million and $32.1 million of net incremental gain on sales of condominium units (net of provision for income taxes) for the years ended December 31, 2005 and 2004, respectively. Discontinued operations, net of minority interests includes our Lexford Housing Division, which is held for sale as of June 30, 2006. See Note 13 in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for further discussion.