NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS IN SUBSIDIARIES
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2022
|Noncontrolling Interest [Abstract]|
|NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS IN SUBSIDIARIES||NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS IN SUBSIDIARIES
Noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries in the accompanying consolidated financial statements relate to (i) common units (“Common Units”) and LTIP units in the Operating Partnership, held by parties other than the General Partner (“Limited Partners”), and (ii) interests in consolidated joint ventures for the portion of such ventures not owned by the Company.
Pursuant to ASC 810, Consolidation, on the accounting and reporting for noncontrolling interests and changes in ownership interests of a subsidiary, changes in a parent’s ownership interest (and transactions with noncontrolling interests unitholders in the subsidiary) while the parent retains its controlling interest in its subsidiary should be accounted for as equity transactions. The carrying value of the noncontrolling interests shall be adjusted to reflect the change in its ownership interest in the subsidiary, with the offset to equity attributable to the parent. Accordingly, as a result of equity transactions which caused changes in ownership percentages between Veris Residential, Inc. stockholders’ equity and noncontrolling interests in the Operating Partnership that occurred during the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company has increased noncontrolling interests in the Operating Partnership and decreased additional paid-in capital in Veris Residential, Inc. stockholders’ equity by approximately $2.4 million as of December 31, 2022.
NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS IN OPERATING PARTNERSHIP (applicable only to General Partner)
During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company redeemed for cash 110,084 common units at their fair value of $1.8 million.
Certain individuals and entities own common units in the Operating Partnership. A common unit and a share of Common Stock of the General Partner have substantially the same economic characteristics in as much as they effectively share equally in the net income or loss of the Operating Partnership. Common unitholders have the right to redeem their common units, subject to certain restrictions. The redemption is required to be satisfied in shares of Common Stock, cash, or a combination thereof, calculated as follows: one share of the General Partner’s Common Stock, or cash equal to the fair market value of a share of the General Partner’s Common Stock at the time of redemption, for each common unit. The General Partner, in its sole discretion, determines the form of redemption of common units (i.e., whether a common unitholder receives Common Stock, cash, or any combination thereof). If the General Partner elects to satisfy the redemption with shares of Common Stock as opposed to cash, it is obligated to issue shares of its Common Stock to the redeeming unitholder. Regardless of the rights described above, the common unitholders may not put their units for cash to the General Partner or the Operating Partnership under any circumstances. When a unitholder redeems a common unit, noncontrolling interests in the Operating Partnership is reduced and Veris Residential, Inc. Stockholders’ equity is increased.
From time to time, the Company has granted LTIP awards to executive officers of the Company. All of the LTIP Awards granted through January 2021 are in the form of units in the Operating Partnership. See Note 15: Veris Residential, Inc. Stockholders’ Equity and Veris Residential, L.P.’s Partners’ Capital – Long-Term Incentive Plan Awards.
LTIP Units are designed to qualify as “profits interests” in the Operating Partnership for federal income tax purposes. As a general matter, the profits interests characteristics of the LTIP Units mean that initially they will not be economically equivalent in value to a common unit. If and when events specified by applicable tax regulations occur, LTIP Units can over time increase in value up to the point where they are equivalent to common units on a one-for-one basis. After LTIP Units are fully vested, and to the extent the special tax rules applicable to profits interests have allowed them to become equivalent in value to common units, LTIP Units may be converted on a one-for-one basis into common units. Common units in turn have a one-for-one relationship in value with shares of the General Partner’s common stock, and are
redeemable on a one-for-one basis for cash or, at the election of the Company, shares of the General Partner’s common stock.
AO LTIP Units (Appreciation-Only LTIP Units)
On March 13, 2019, the Company granted 625,000 AO LTIP Units pursuant to the AO Long-Term Incentive Plan Award Agreement. See Note 15: Veris Residential, Inc. Stockholders’ Equity and Veris Residential, L.P.’s Partners’ Capital – AO LTIP Units (Appreciation-Only LTIP Units).
AO LTIP Units are a class of partnership interests in the Operating Partnership that are intended to qualify as “profit interests” for federal income tax purposes and generally only allow the recipient to realize value to the extent the fair market value of a share of Common Stock exceeds the threshold level set at the time the AO LTIP Units are granted, subject to any vesting conditions applicable to the award. The value of vested AO LTIP Units is realized through conversion of the AO LTIP Units into Common Units. The number of Common Units into which vested AO LTIP Units may be converted is determined based on the quotient of (i) the excess of the fair market value of the Common Stock on the conversion date over the threshold level designated at the time the AO LTIP Unit was granted, divided by (ii) the fair market value of the Common Stock on the conversion date. AO LTIP Units, once vested, have a finite term during which they may be converted into Common Units, not in excess of ten years from the grant date of the AO LTIP Units.
The following table sets forth the changes in noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries which relate to the common units and LTIP units in the Operating Partnership for the years ended December 31, 2022, 2021 and 2020:
Noncontrolling Interests Ownership in Operating Partnership
As of December 31, 2022 and 2021, the noncontrolling interests common unitholders owned 9.3 percent and 9.0 percent of the Operating Partnership, respectively.
NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS IN CONSOLIDATED JOINT VENTURES (applicable to General Partner and Operating Partnership)
The Company consolidates certain joint ventures in which it has ownership interests. Various entities and/or individuals hold noncontrolling interests in these ventures.
The Company’s interests in a potential future development provides for the initial distributions of net cash flow solely to the Company, and thereafter, other parties have participation rights in 50 percent of the excess net cash flow remaining after the distribution to the Company of the aggregate amount equal to the sum of: (a) the Company’s capital contributions, plus (b) an IRR of 10 percent per annum.
The entire disclosure for noncontrolling interest in consolidated subsidiaries, which could include the name of the subsidiary, the ownership percentage held by the parent, the ownership percentage held by the noncontrolling owners, the amount of the noncontrolling interest, the location of this amount on the balance sheet (when not reported separately), an explanation of the increase or decrease in the amount of the noncontrolling interest, the noncontrolling interest share of the net Income or Loss of the subsidiary, the location of this amount on the income statement (when not reported separately), the nature of the noncontrolling interest such as background information and terms, the amount of the noncontrolling interest represented by preferred stock, a description of the preferred stock, and the dividend requirements of the preferred stock.
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