SmartStop Self Storage REIT, Inc. Reports 2020 Full Year Results

LADERA RANCH, Calif., March 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- SmartStop Self Storage REIT, Inc. ("SmartStop"), a self-managed and fully-integrated self storage company with approximately $1.7 billion of self storage assets under management, announced its overall results for twelve months ended December 31, 2020.

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"SmartStop posted another strong year with FFO, as adjusted growth of 91% over the prior year as well as best-in-class same-store revenue and NOI growth as compared to our publicly traded peers," said H. Michael Schwartz, Executive Chairman of SmartStop. "The power of the SmartStop® Self Storage platform was on full display this year, substantiating the investments we've made in the platform as well as the fantastic team that's worked tirelessly to build our company. While 2020 was one of the most unprecedented years that our sector has seen, the current operating environment reinforces the resilient nature of our industry and portfolio. We believe the company is well positioned to deliver strong risk-adjusted returns and grow stockholder value in 2021 and beyond."

Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2020 Financial Highlights:

  • Total self storage-related revenues increased by approximately $7.0 million, or 6.8%, when compared to the same period in 2019.
  • FFO, as adjusted, increased by approximately $5.2 million, or 91%, when compared to the same period in 2019.
  • Same-store revenues increased by 3.6% compared to the same period in 2019.
  • Same-store NOI increased by 7.8% compared to the same period in 2019.
  • Same-store average physical occupancy increased by 2.0% to 90.6% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, compared to 88.6% during the same period in 2019.
  • Same-store annualized revenue per occupied square foot was approximately $16.18 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, which represented an increase of approximately 1.1% when compared to the same period in 2019.
  • Managed REIT Platform revenue of approximately $8.0 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, up significantly from $3.1 million during the same period in 2019.

"In addition to our strong operating performance, on March 17, 2021, we executed on a strategic transaction to drive further growth and scalability, by closing the merger with Strategic Storage Trust IV, Inc. ("SST IV")," continued Mr. Schwartz. "We are excited to welcome SST IV stockholders in a merger that allows us to recognize expense efficiencies and reduce borrowing costs, among other benefits, and better positions the combined company to execute on future growth plans. Additionally, in tandem with the closing of the merger, we secured a new $500 million credit facility, which was primarily used to refinance existing debt of both SmartStop and SST IV at significantly more attractive rates. This facility allows us to continue to execute our growth strategy utilizing a lower cost of debt capital, helping us drive stockholder returns going forward."

Closed the All-Stock Acquisition of Strategic Storage Trust IV, Inc.

On March 17, 2021, SmartStop and SST IV announced that the companies closed a merger in which SST IV merged into a subsidiary of SmartStop, in an all-stock transaction with a value of approximately $380 million (which includes outstanding debt of SST IV assumed or repaid but excludes transaction costs) (the "Merger"). The Merger positions the combined company to achieve further economies of scale and drive incremental growth as it takes advantage of the benefits of a larger aggregate portfolio. As a result of the Merger, SmartStop acquired all of the real estate owned by SST IV, consisting of 24 wholly-owned self storage facilities located across nine states and six joint venture properties located in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada. The total SST IV portfolio, including joint venture property estimates at completion of development, represents approximately 22,500 self storage units and 2.6 million net rentable square feet. The resulting consolidated portfolio consists of 136 wholly-owned properties and six joint venture properties with a combined gross book value of approximately $1.5 billion of self storage assets.

Closed a $500 Million Multi-Currency Credit Facility

On March 17, 2021, SmartStop announced that it entered into a multi-currency credit facility (the "Credit Facility") of up to $500 million with a syndicate of banks led by KeyBank National Association, Wells Fargo, N.A., Citibank, N.A. and Bank of Montreal. The facility consists of a $250 million revolving credit facility (the "Revolver") and a $250 million term loan (the "Term Loan"), and has an accordion feature permitting expansion of the Credit Facility up to $850 million, subject to certain conditions. The Revolver has a three-year term with a maturity date of March 17, 2024 and a one-year extension option. The Term Loan has a five-year term with a maturity date of March 17, 2026. Borrowings under the Credit Facility may be in either U.S. dollars or Canadian dollars at SmartStop's election. Initial advances under the Term Loan bear interest at 195 basis points over 30-day LIBOR or 30-day CDOR, while initial advances under the Revolver bear interest at 200 basis points over 30-day LIBOR or 30-day CDOR. The Credit Facility is initially secured by a pledge of equity interests in certain of SmartStop's property owning subsidiaries. SmartStop can elect to release the pledges upon the achievement of certain financial conditions, making the Credit Facility fully unsecured and resulting in a reduction in the applicable interest rate, among other changes.

Issuance of Series A Preferred Stock

On October 26, 2020, SmartStop exercised its option to issue an additional 50,000 shares of Series A Preferred Stock to Extra Space Storage LP, a subsidiary of Extra Space Storage Inc. (NYSE: EXR), pursuant to a preferred stock purchase agreement between SmartStop and Extra Space Storage LP announced in October of 2019. The proceeds from the $50 million issuance were used to pay down existing debt, finance self storage acquisitions, and for working capital or other general corporate purposes.

COVID-19 Update

SmartStop continues to operate its stores with safety and social distancing procedures in place, including the use of masks and plastic dividers. Additionally, SmartStop's corporate headquarters and dedicated call center continue to meet the needs of the business while working remotely.

Many of the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in the second quarter of 2020 subsided. In fact, certain trends such as the broader shift of people working from home, migration patterns away from dense urban markets, and strength in the housing market helped drive the growth in self storage demand in the second half of 2020. SmartStop's rental activity during the fourth quarter was strong, existing customer rate increases resumed in most markets, customer collections remained relatively consistent, and asking rates to new customers continued to improve on a year-over-year basis.

Below is a summary of the business indicators, drivers, and metrics which were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Resumed existing customer rate increases on a modified basis beginning July 2020 and through the third and fourth quarters of 2020, after pausing rate increases for our existing customers during second quarter 2020;
  • A reduction in late fees during full year 2020 of approximately 19% on a same-store basis as compared to full year 2019, an improvement from second quarter 2020, in which quarterly same-store late fees declined 35% year-over-year;
  • Same-store move-ins increased approximately 6% during full year 2020 as compared to full year 2019, an improvement from the decline of approximately 5% year-over-year during the second quarter 2020;
  • Same-store move outs declined approximately 5% during full year 2020 as compared to full year 2019, as compared to the decline of approximately 12% year-over-year for the second quarter 2020;
  • Same-store asking rates for new customers increased during the fourth quarter 2020 as compared to fourth quarter 2019, after a decline year-over-year during the second quarter 2020;
  • Rents billed and collected within the same month remained consistent on year-over-year basis at approximately 97% during the full year of 2020.

Declared Distributions

On December 3, 2020, SmartStop's board of directors declared a distribution rate for the first quarter of 2021, of approximately $0.00164 per day per share on the outstanding shares of common stock payable to both Class A and Class T stockholders. Such distributions payable to each stockholder of record during a month will be paid the following month.

Partial Reinstatement of Share Redemption Program

On August 20, 2020, SmartStop's board of directors partially reinstated its Share Redemption Program ("SRP"). Currently, our SRP remains suspended other than for redemptions sought in connection with a stockholder's death, qualifying disability, or confinement to a long-term care facility or other exigent circumstances. The board further determined to revise the redemption price per share for all redemptions under the SRP to the most recently-published estimated net asset value per share.

Contact:

David Corak
VP of Corporate Finance
SmartStop Self Storage REIT, Inc.
949-429-6600
ir@smartstop.com 

 

SMARTSTOP SELF STORAGE REIT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS




December 31,




2020



2019


ASSETS









Real estate facilities:









Land


$

335,800,354



$

332,350,688


Buildings



810,480,845




780,969,455


Site improvements



63,821,383




60,505,225





1,210,102,582




1,173,825,368


Accumulated depreciation



(115,903,045)




(83,692,491)





1,094,199,537




1,090,132,877


Construction in process



1,761,303




12,237,722


Real estate facilities, net



1,095,960,840




1,102,370,599


Cash and cash equivalents



72,705,624




62,279,757


Restricted cash



7,952,052




6,291,366


Investments in and advances to Managed REITs



15,624,389




6,072,399


Other assets, net



7,734,276




6,318,037


Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization



12,406,427




30,040,426


Trademarks, net of accumulated amortization



16,194,118




19,688,167


Goodwill



53,643,331




78,372,980


Total assets


$

1,282,221,057



$

1,311,433,731


LIABILITIES AND EQUITY









Debt, net


$

717,952,233



$

712,733,002


Accounts payable and accrued liabilities



23,038,976




18,576,230


Due to affiliates



667,429




1,624,474


Distributions payable



6,650,317




5,159,105


Contingent earnout



28,600,000




31,100,000


Deferred tax liability



8,380,215




6,609,571


Total liabilities



785,289,170




775,802,382


Commitments and contingencies









Redeemable common stock



57,335,575




43,391,362


Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized:









Series A Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value; 200,000 shares authorized; 200,000 and 150,000 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively, with aggregate liquidation preferences of $202,928,620, and $151,665,753 at December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively



196,356,107




146,426,164


Equity:









SmartStop Self Storage REIT, Inc. equity:









Class A common stock, $0.001 par value; 350,000,000 shares authorized; 52,660,402 and 51,435,124 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively



52,661




51,435


Class T common stock, $0.001 par value; 350,000,000 shares authorized; 7,903,911 and 7,699,893 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively



7,904




7,700


Additional paid-in capital



492,408,006




491,433,240


Distributions



(163,953,169)




(128,642,787)


Accumulated deficit



(141,444,880)




(87,090,486)


Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)



(3,834,228)




(1,955,335)


Total SmartStop Self Storage REIT, Inc. equity



183,236,294




273,803,767


Noncontrolling interests in our Operating Partnership



59,982,111




71,988,256


Other noncontrolling interests



21,800




21,800


Total noncontrolling interests



60,003,911




72,010,056


Total equity



243,240,205




345,813,823


Total liabilities and equity


$

1,282,221,057



$

1,311,433,731


 

SMARTSTOP SELF STORAGE REIT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)




Year Ended

December 31,

2020



Year Ended

December 31,

2019



Year Ended

December 31,

2018


Revenues:













Self storage rental revenue


$

104,888,883



$

99,494,560



$

78,473,091


Ancillary operating revenue



5,286,042




3,706,700




1,939,166


Managed REIT Platform revenue



8,048,630




3,068,306





Reimbursable costs from Managed REITs



5,800,808




3,258,983





Total revenues



124,024,363




109,528,549




80,412,257


Operating expenses:













Property operating expenses



38,305,199




35,723,111




25,228,704


Property operating expenses – affiliates






6,605,670




10,254,634


Managed REIT Platform expenses



2,806,921




2,739,556





Reimbursable costs from Managed REITs



5,800,808




3,258,983





General and administrative



16,471,199




10,461,453




4,848,447


Depreciation



32,294,627




29,605,278




20,379,694


Intangible amortization expense



9,777,116




11,493,394




2,422,997


Self administration transaction expenses






1,572,238





Acquisition expenses – affiliates






84,061




72,179


Other acquisition expenses



1,366,092




141,489




1,054,159


Contingent earnout adjustment



(2,500,000)




200,000





Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets



36,465,732








Impairment of investments in Managed REITs



4,376,879








Total operating expenses



145,164,573




101,885,233




64,260,814


Gain on sale of real estate






3,944,696





Operating income (loss)



(21,140,210)




11,588,012




16,151,443


Other income (expense):













Interest expense



(32,597,613)




(37,563,247)




(18,002,274)


Interest expense – accretion of fair market value of secured debt



130,682




131,611




413,353


Interest expense – debt issuance costs



(3,586,381)




(3,996,676)




(1,582,049)


Net loss on extinguishment of debt






(2,647,633)





Gain resulting from acquisition of unconsolidated affiliates






8,017,353





Other



5,986,719




(624,958)




(701,203)


Net loss



(51,206,803)




(25,095,538)




(3,720,730)


Net loss attributable to the noncontrolling interests in our Operating Partnership



6,901,931




2,010,959




22,353


Less: Distributions to preferred stockholders



(10,049,522)




(1,665,754)





Net loss attributable to SmartStop Self Storage REIT, Inc. common stockholders


$

(54,354,394)



$

(24,750,333)



$

(3,698,377)


Net loss per Class A share – basic and diluted


$

(0.91)



$

(0.42)



$

(0.06)


Net loss per Class T share – basic and diluted


$

(0.91)



$

(0.42)



$

(0.06)


Weighted average Class A shares outstanding – basic and diluted



51,813,718




50,734,472




49,902,967


Weighted average Class T shares outstanding – basic and diluted



7,802,689




7,607,654




7,441,250


 

SMARTSTOP SELF STORAGE REIT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NON-GAAP MEASURE – COMPUTATION OF MODIFIED FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)




Year Ended

December 31,

2020



Year Ended

December 31,

2019



Year Ended

December 31,

2018


Net loss (attributable to common stockholders)


$

(54,354,394)



$

(24,750,333)



$

(3,698,377)


Add:













Depreciation of real estate



31,711,102




29,188,668




20,134,068


Amortization of real estate related intangible assets



5,110,207




8,441,245




2,422,997


Deduct:













Gain resulting from acquisition of unconsolidated affiliates(1)






(8,017,353)





Gain on sale of real estate






(3,944,696)





Adjustment for noncontrolling interests



(4,756,580)




(2,079,045)




(154,213)


FFO (attributable to common stockholders)



(22,289,665)




(1,161,514)




18,704,475


Other Adjustments:













Intangible amortization expense - contracts(2)



4,666,909




3,052,149





Acquisition expenses(3)



1,366,092




225,550




1,126,338


Self administration transaction expenses(4)






1,572,238





Contingent earnout adjustment(5)



(2,500,000)




200,000





Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets(6)



36,465,732








Impairment of investments in Managed REITs(6)



4,376,879








Accretion of fair market value of secured debt(7)



(130,682)




(131,611)




(413,353)


Net loss on extinguishment of debt(8)






2,647,633





Foreign currency and interest rate derivative losses, net(9)



203,995




730,719




151,777


Adjustment of deferred tax liabilities(2)



(5,926,732)




(806,083)





Adjustment for noncontrolling interests



(5,321,725)




(619,663)




(3,957)


FFO, as adjusted (attributable to common stockholders)


$

10,910,803



$

5,709,418



$

19,565,280




(1)

Such gain was recorded as a result of obtaining control of certain of SmartStop Tenant Programs joint ventures in the Self Administration Transaction and in accordance with the NAREIT White Paper was excluded from the determination of FFO.



(2)

These items represent the amortization or adjustment of assets or liabilities acquired in the Self Administration Transaction. As these item are adjustments related to acquisitions, FFO is adjusted for their effect to arrive at FFO, as adjusted, as a means of determining a comparable sustainable operating performance metric to other real estate companies.



(3)

In evaluating investments in real estate, SmartStop differentiates the costs to acquire the investment from the operations derived from the investment. Such information would be comparable only for publicly registered, non-traded REITs that have generally completed their acquisition activity and have other similar operating characteristics. 



(4)

Self administration transaction expenses consist primarily of legal fees, as well as fees for other professionals and financial advisors incurred in connection with the Self Administration Transaction. SmartStop believes that adjusting for such non-recurring items provides useful supplemental information because such expenses may not be reflective of on-going operations and is consistent with management's analysis of SmartStop's operating performance.



(5)

The contingent earnout adjustment represents the adjustment to the fair value of the Class A-2 Units issued in connection with the Self Administration Transaction. FFO is adjusted to arrive at FFO, as adjusted, as this acquisition related item is not a primary driver in SmartStop's decision-making process and excluding this provides investors a view of SmartStop's continuing operating portfolio performance over time.



(6)

The impairment charges relate to SmartStop's goodwill, intangible assets and investments in the Managed REIT Platform acquired in the Self Administration Transaction. SmartStop believes that adjusting for such non-recurring items provides useful supplemental information because such expenses may not be reflective of on-going operations and is consistent with management's analysis of SmartStop's operating performance and provides for a means of determining a comparable sustainable operating performance metric.



(7)

This represents the difference between the stated interest rate and the estimated market interest rate on assumed notes as of the date of acquisition. Such amounts have been excluded from FFO, as adjusted, because SmartStop believes FFO, as adjusted, provides useful supplementary information by focusing on operating fundamentals, rather than events not related to SmartStop's normal operations. SmartStop is responsible for managing interest rate risk and do not rely on another party to manage such risk.



(8)

The net loss associated with the extinguishment of debt includes prepayment penalties, the write-off of unamortized deferred financing fees, and other fees incurred.  SmartStop believes that adjusting for such non-recurring items provides useful supplemental information because such losses may not be reflective of on-going transactions and operations and is consistent with management's analysis of SmartStop's operating performance.



(9)

This represents the mark-to-market adjustment for SmartStop's derivative instruments not designated for hedge accounting and the ineffective portion of the change in fair value of derivatives recognized in earnings, as well as changes in foreign currency related to SmartStop's foreign equity investments not classified as long term. These derivative contracts are intended to manage the Company's exposure to interest rate and foreign currency risk which may not be reflective of SmartStop's ongoing performance and may reflect unrealized impacts on SmartStop's operating performance. Such amounts are recorded in "Other" within SmartStop's consolidated statements of operations.

Non-cash Items Included in Net Loss:

Provided below is additional information related to selected non-cash items included in net loss above, which may be helpful in assessing SmartStop's operating results:

  • Interest expense - debt issuance costs of approximately $3.6 million, $4.0 million, and $1.6 million respectively, were recognized for the years ended December 31, 2020, 2019, and 2018.

SMARTSTOP SELF STORAGE REIT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NON-GAAP MEASURE – COMPUTATION OF SAME-STORE OPERATING RESULTS
(Unaudited)

The following table sets forth operating data for SmartStop's same-store facilities (those properties included in the consolidated results of operations since January 1, 2019) for the year ended December 31, 2020 and 2019. SmartStop considers the following data to be meaningful as this allows for the comparison of results without the effects of acquisition, lease up, or development activity.



Same-Store Facilities



Non Same-Store Facilities


Total




2020



2019



%

Change



2020



2019



%

Change


2020



2019



%

Change


Revenue (1)


$

84,147,601



$

81,245,804




3.6

%


$

26,027,324



$

21,955,456



N/M


$

110,174,925



$

103,201,260




6.8

%

Property operating expenses (2)



27,301,271




28,490,131




(4.2)

%



11,003,928




10,216,091



N/M



38,305,199




38,706,222




(1.0)

%

Property operating income


$

56,846,330



$

52,755,673




7.8

%


$

15,023,396



$

11,739,365



N/M


$

71,869,726



$

64,495,038




11.4

%

Number of facilities



83




83








29




29






112




112






Rentable square feet (3)



6,029,600




6,029,600








2,208,000




2,194,700






8,237,600




8,224,300






Average physical occupancy (4)



90.6

%



88.6

%






N/M



N/M






89.4

%



86.3

%





Annualized revenue per occupied square foot (5)


$

16.18



$

16.00







N/M



N/M





$

15.65



$

15.57








N/M - Not meaningful


(1)

Revenue includes rental revenue, Tenant Programs revenue, ancillary revenue, and administrative and late fees.



(2)

Property operating expenses excludes corporate general and administrative expenses, asset management fees, interest expense, depreciation, amortization expense, and acquisition expenses, but includes property management fees as applicable. Property operating expenses for the years ended December 31, 2020 also includes COVID-19 related costs, including specialized cleaning costs, the purchase of personal protective equipment, and bonuses to SmartStop's store and field personnel, totaling approximately $0.6 million. On a same-store basis, COVID-19 related costs represented approximately $0.4 million of the total property operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2020.



(3)

Of the total rentable square feet, parking represented approximately 678,000 square feet and 695,000 square feet as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively. On a same-store basis, for the same periods, parking represented approximately 547,000 square feet.



(4)

Determined by dividing the sum of the month-end occupied square feet for the applicable group of facilities for each applicable period by the sum of their month-end rentable square feet for the period.



(5)

Determined by dividing the aggregate realized revenue for each applicable period by the aggregate of the month-end occupied square feet for the period. Properties are included in the respective calculations in their first full month of operations, as appropriate. SmartStop has excluded the realized rental revenue and occupied square feet related to parking herein for the purpose of calculating annualized revenue per occupied square foot.

SmartStop's same-store revenue increased by approximately $2.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to the year ended December 31, 2019 primarily due to higher occupancy, higher annualized revenue per occupied square foot, and an increase in Tenant Program revenues as a result of the Self Administration Transaction. Revenue growth was negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting waived late fees, and the suspension of existing customer rate increases during the second quarter of 2020.

SmartStop's same-store property operating expenses decreased by approximately $1.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to the year ended December 31, 2019 primarily due to the elimination of property management fees effective June 28, 2019, partially offset by an increase in compensation expense as a result of the Self Administration Transaction, increased advertising expenses, and COVID-19 related costs.

The following table presents a reconciliation of net loss as presented on SmartStop's consolidated statements of operations to property operating income, as stated above, for the periods indicated:



For the Year Ended December 31,




2020



2019


Net loss


$

(51,206,803)



$

(25,095,538)


Adjusted to exclude:









Managed REIT Platform revenue



(8,048,630)




(3,068,306)


Asset management fees (1)






3,622,559


Managed REIT Platform expenses



2,806,921




2,739,556


General and administrative



16,471,199




10,461,453


Depreciation



32,294,627




29,605,278


Intangible amortization expense



9,777,116




11,493,394


Self administration transaction expenses






1,572,238


Acquisition expenses – affiliates






84,061


Other property acquisition expenses



1,366,092




141,489


Contingent earnout adjustment



(2,500,000)




200,000


Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets



36,465,732





Impairment of investments in Managed REITs



4,376,879





Gain on sale of real estate






(3,944,696)


Interest expense



32,597,613




37,563,247


Interest expense—accretion of fair market value of secured debt



(130,682)




(131,611)


Interest expense—debt issuance costs



3,586,381




3,996,676


Net loss on extinguishment of debt






2,647,633


Gain resulting from acquisition of unconsolidated affiliates






(8,017,353)


Other



(5,986,719)




624,958


Total property operating income


$

71,869,726



$

64,495,038


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING NOI, FFO, and MFFO

Net Operating Income ("NOI")

NOI is a non-GAAP measure that SmartStop defines as net income (loss), computed in accordance with GAAP, generated from properties before corporate general and administrative expenses, asset management fees, interest expense, depreciation, amortization, acquisition expenses and other non-property related expenses. SmartStop believes that NOI is useful for investors as it provides a measure of the operating performance of its operating assets because NOI excludes certain items that are not associated with the ongoing operation of the properties. Additionally, SmartStop believes that NOI (also referred to as property operating income) is a widely accepted measure of comparative operating performance in the real estate community. However, SmartStop's use of the term NOI may not be comparable to that of other real estate companies as they may have different methodologies for computing this amount.

Funds from Operations ("FFO") and FFO, as Adjusted

Funds from Operations

Funds from operations ("FFO") is an industry wide metric promulgated by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, or NAREIT, which SmartStop believes to be an appropriate supplemental measure to reflect the operating performance of a REIT. The use of FFO is recommended by the REIT industry as a supplemental performance measure.

SmartStop defines FFO, a non-GAAP measure, consistent with the standards established by the White Paper on FFO approved by the Board of Governors of NAREIT, or the White Paper. The White Paper defines FFO as net income (loss) computed in accordance with GAAP, excluding gains or losses from sales of property and asset impairment write downs, plus depreciation and amortization, and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. Additionally, gains and losses from change in control are excluded from the determination of FFO. Adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures are calculated to reflect FFO on the same basis. SmartStop's FFO calculation complies with NAREIT's policy described above.

FFO, as Adjusted

SmartStop uses FFO, as adjusted, as an additional non-GAAP financial measure to evaluate its operating performance. SmartStop previously used Modified Funds from Operations ("MFFO") (as defined by the Institute for Portfolio Alternatives) as a non-GAAP measure of operating performance. Management replaced the MFFO measure with FFO, as adjusted, because FFO, as adjusted, provides investors with supplemental performance information that is consistent with the performance models and analysis used by management. In addition, FFO, as adjusted, is a measure used among SmartStop's peer group, which includes publicly traded REITs. Further, SmartStop believes FFO, as adjusted, is useful in comparing the sustainability of its operating performance with the sustainability of the operating performance of other real estate companies.

In determining FFO, as adjusted, SmartStop makes further adjustments to the NAREIT computation of FFO to exclude the effects of non-real estate related asset impairments and intangible amortization, acquisition related costs, contingent earnout expenses, adjustments of fair value of debt adjustments, gains or losses from extinguishment of debt, accretion of deferred tax liabilities, realized and unrealized gains/losses on foreign exchange transactions, and gains/losses on foreign exchange and interest rate derivatives not designated for hedge accounting, which SmartStop believes are not indicative of the Company's overall long-term operating performance. SmartStop excludes these items from GAAP net income to arrive at FFO, as adjusted, as they are not the primary drivers in its decision-making process and excluding these items provides investors a view of its continuing operating portfolio performance over time and makes its results more comparable period to period and to other REITs, which in any respective period may experience fluctuations in such acquisition, merger or other similar activities that are not of a long-term operating performance nature.  FFO, as adjusted, also reflects adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and jointly owned investments. SmartStop uses FFO, as adjusted, as one measure of operating performance when SmartStop formulates corporate goals and evaluate the effectiveness of its strategies.

Presentation of FFO and FFO, as adjusted, is intended to provide useful information to investors as they compare the operating performance of different REITs, although it should be noted that not all REITs calculate FFO and FFO, as adjusted, the same way, so comparisons with other REITs may not be meaningful. Furthermore, FFO and FFO, as adjusted, are not necessarily indicative of cash flow available to fund cash needs and should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss) or income (loss) from continuing operations as an indication of SmartStop's performance, as an alternative to cash flows from operations, which is an indication of liquidity, or indicative of funds available to fund SmartStop's cash needs including SmartStop's ability to make distributions to its stockholders. FFO and FFO, as adjusted, should not be considered as an alternative to net income (determined in accordance with GAAP) and should be reviewed in conjunction with other measurements as an indication of SmartStop's performance.

Neither the SEC, NAREIT, nor any other regulatory body has passed judgment on the acceptability of the adjustments that SmartStop uses to calculate FFO or FFO, as adjusted. In the future, the SEC, NAREIT or another regulatory body may decide to standardize the allowable adjustments across the publicly registered, non-traded REIT industry and SmartStop would have to adjust its calculation and characterization of FFO or FFO, as adjusted.

About SmartStop Self Storage REIT, Inc. ("SmartStop"):

SmartStop is a self-managed REIT with a fully integrated operations team of approximately 400 self storage professionals focused on growing the SmartStop® Self Storage brand. SmartStop, through its indirect subsidiary SmartStop REIT Advisors, LLC, also sponsors other self storage programs. SmartStop is the tenth-largest self storage company in the U.S., with approximately $1.7 billion of real estate assets under management, including an owned and managed portfolio of 152 properties in 19 states and Toronto, Canada and comprising approximately 103,000 units and 11.6 million rentable square feet. SmartStop and its affiliates own or manage 16 operating self storage properties in the Greater Toronto Area, which total approximately 13,300 units and 1.4 million rentable square feet. Additional information regarding SmartStop is available at www.smartstopselfstorage.com.

Certain of the matters discussed in this communication constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements can generally be identified by our use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "estimate," "believe," "continue," or other similar words. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements and any such forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to the following cautionary statements.

All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof and are based on current expectations and involve a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the expected effects and benefits of the SST IV merger, the SSGT merger, the self administration transaction and the Series A Preferred equity investment, including anticipated future financial and operating results and synergies, as well as all other statements in this press release, other than historical facts. There are several factors which could cause actual plans and results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the following: (i)  risks related to disruption of management's attention from SmartStop's ongoing business operations due to the SST IV merger, the self administration transaction, or other business matters; (ii) significant transaction costs, including financing costs, and unknown liabilities; (iii) failure to realize the expected benefits and synergies of either of the SST IV merger, the SSGT merger or the self administration transaction in the expected timeframes or at all; (iv) costs or difficulties related to the integration of acquired self storage facilities and operations, including facilities acquired through the SST IV merger, the SSGT merger and operations acquired through the self administration transaction; (v) changes in the political and economic climate, economic conditions and fiscal imbalances in the United States, and other major developments, including wars, natural disasters, epidemics and pandemics, including the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), military actions, and terrorist attacks; (vi) changes in tax and other laws and regulations; or (vii) difficulties in SmartStop's ability to attract and retain qualified personnel and management.

Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. In addition, the forward-looking statements represent SmartStop's views as of the date on which such statements were made. SmartStop anticipates that subsequent events and developments may cause its views to change. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing SmartStop's views as of any date subsequent to the date hereof. Additional factors that may affect the business or financial results of SmartStop are described in the risk factors included in SmartStop's filings with the SEC, including SmartStop's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K, which factors are incorporated herein by reference, all of which are filed with the SEC and available at www.sec.gov. SmartStop expressly disclaims a duty to provide updates to forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or other occurrences.

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SOURCE SmartStop Self Storage REIT, Inc.

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