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Melcor REIT Announces 2013 Annual Results Exceeding Forecast; Forecast Revised Upward

EDMONTON, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/10/14 -- Melcor REIT (TSX: MR.UN) -


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Annual Highlights                     Nine-month Forecast Highlights

- Rental Revenue of $39.33 million     - Rental Revenue of $29.64 million,
   for growth of 5% over 2012.            exceeding forecast by 4%

- Net rental income of $23.40 million  - Net rental income of $17.55
   for growth of 6% over 2012.            million, exceeding forecast by 6%

- Fair value gains of $16.95 million   - Adjusted funds from operations
   resulted in a 4% increase in the       (AFFO) of $10.49 million or $0.56
   fair value of our portfolio over       per unit, exceeding forecast by
   December 31, 2012.                     5%.

- Debt to Gross Book Value (GBV)       - Distributions of $0.05625 per trust
   ratio of 51%, within our target        unit (as forecast) were paid in
   range of 50%-55%.                      each of the REIT's eight months of
                                          operations.

- Gross leasable area increased by 8%    Comparison to the forecast period
   through two property acquisitions      (April - December 2013) is
   completed during the year. A third     presented above. In the prospectus
   property was added to our              dated April 19, 2013, a 12-month
   portfolio subsequent to year-end,      forecast (April 2013 to March
   increasing our GLA by 12% since        2014) was presented.
   IPO.
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Melcor REIT announced results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2013. For the twelve-month period ending March 31, 2014 we will be comparing our results to the financial forecast disclosed in our prospectus dated April 19, 2013, which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Darin Rayburn, CEO of Melcor REIT commented: "Since our IPO, we've been focused on delivering the results we promised to you. I'm very pleased to report strong results for 2013 that do just that: we've not only delivered as promised, we exceeded forecast on all significant measures. Strong leasing activity and successful property acquisitions contributed to these results and position us for continued growth in 2014 and beyond."

Rayburn continued: "Today, there are many positive factors that will continue to shape our growth and our future. We have a well established and diversified portfolio of assets in high growth Western Canadian markets. We have a solid pipeline of high quality assets being developed over the next 5 - 10 years. We have an exceptional and experienced team managing and leasing our properties and overseeing strategic investment in our assets to maximize their potential. We remain confident in our future and our ability to continue to deliver results and consistent returns to unitholders."

Financial Highlights for the year include:


--  Successful IPO of Melcor REIT and acquired 27 income-producing
    properties representing 1.57 million sq. ft. from Melcor. The REIT
    raised gross proceeds of $91.3 million through the issuance of 9,130,000
    units.

--  The successful execution of operational strategies contributed to:

    --  5% growth in both revenue and NOI over 2012. Revenue growth was
        driven by higher average base rent (per sq. ft.), increase in GLA
        following two property acquisitions in 2013, and other revenues.
        Revenue growth outpaced the increase in direct operating expenses
        resulting in NOI growth over 2012.
    --  FFO and AFFO 6% and 5% ahead of forecast, respectively. The increase
        reflects higher NOI achieved. Please refer to the Operational
        Highlights below for additional information on the factors that
        contributed to our financial results.

Selected Financial Information


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Financial Highlights
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                                            Year Three-months     Financial
                                           ended        ended   Forecast(i)
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($000s)                                     2013    Q4 - 2013     Q4 - 2013
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Non-Standard Key Performance
 Indicators(ii)
Rental revenue                            39,325       10,070         9,556
Net rental income                         23,395        5,696         5,612
Net operating income (NOI)                25,295        6,231         6,212
Same asset NOI                            22,457        5,172           n/a
Funds from Operations (FFO)               15,903        3,723         3,941
Adjusted Funds from Operations (AFFO)     13,916        3,344         3,518

Per unit metrics(1)
FFO                                         0.85         0.20          0.21
AFFO                                        0.75         0.18          0.19
Distributions                              0.450        0.169         0.169
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(i)Financial forecast is for the three-months ended December 31, 2013.
(ii)Refer to the following section, Non-Standard Measures, for metric
information.
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                                                    31-Dec-13     31-Dec-12
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Total assets ($000s)                                  454,743       396,845
Debt ($000s)(2)                                       215,601       180,002
Debt to GBV ratio                                          51%           46%
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(1)  Calculated as if the trust units and Class B LP Units were outstanding
     during the entire current and comparative periods.
(2)  Calculated as the sum of total amount drawn on revolving credit
     facility, mortgages payable and Class C LP Units, excluding unamortized
     fair value adjustment on Class C LP Units.

Operational Highlights for the year include:


--  Executed the strategy through the first eight-months of operations,
    leading to financial and operating results which exceeded forecast.
    These strategies include:

    --  Focus on leasing programs and strong leasing activity, leading to
        increased rental rates on new and renewed leases signed in 2013. In
        conjunction with higher rates on leases with escalating rent leases,
        this led to a 7% increase in weighted average base rent.
    --  Growth through acquisition: Completed three acquisitions, which
        diversified our portfolio and increased GLA by 8% since the IPO on
        May 1, 2013. With an additional acquisition in January 2014, GLA has
        grown by 12% since the IPO. These accretive income producing
        properties were (purchase price excludes closing costs):
        --  Coast Home Centre, Q3-2013: a 59,725 sq. ft. retail property in
            Edmonton for $12.30 million.
        --  Liberty Crossing, Q4-2013: a 63,317 sq. ft. retail property in
            Red Deer for $13.25 million.
        --  LC Industrial, Q1-2014: a 67,610 sq. ft. industrial warehouse in
            Lethbridge for $5.93 million (subsequent event).
    --  Asset enhancement: Completed substantial redevelopment of two office
        properties, leading to significantly increased occupancy for these
        properties.

Selected Operational Information


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Operational Highlights
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                                                     31-Dec-13    31-Dec-12
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Number of properties                                        29           27
Gross Leasable Area (GLA) (sq. ft.)                  1,691,920    1,571,474
Occupancy % (weighted GLA)                                  91%          91%
Weighted average base rent (per sq. ft.)                $17.49       $16.35
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Re-forecast Q1-2014

Based on our results to date and the additional properties acquired, management has revised the forecast for the remaining three months of the forecast period. The following summarizes the revised key metrics for Q1-2014.


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                                             Revised   Prospectus
                                            Forecast  Forecast(i)  % Change
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Net rental income                              6,117        5,572         9%
Net income and comprehensive income            1,884        1,533        19%
Funds from Operations (FFO)                    4,301        3,950         8%
Adjusted Funds from Operations (AFFO)          3,795        3,516         7%
FFO                                             0.23         0.21         9%
AFFO                                            0.20         0.19         5%
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(i)Prospectus forecast is for the three months ended March 31, 2014 as included in our prospectus dated April 19, 2013.

MD&A and Financial Statements

Information included in this press release is a summary of results. This press release should be read in conjunction with Melcor REIT's 2013 Annual Report to unitholders. Melcor REIT's consolidated financial statements and management's discussion and analysis for the three-months and year ended December 31, 2013 can be found on the REIT's website at www.MelcorREIT.ca or on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).

Conference Call & Webcast

Unitholders and interested parties are invited to join CEO Darin Rayburn and CFO Jonathan Chia on a conference call to be held Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM ET. Call 416-340-8530 in the Toronto area; 800-769-8320 toll free.

The call will be webcast at www.gowebcasting.com/5178. A replay of the call will be available shortly after the call is concluded at the same address.

Annual General Meeting

We invite unitholders to join us at Melcor REIT's annual meeting on April 24, 2014 at 9:00 am MDT. The meeting will be held in the Empire Ballroom at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, 10065 - 100 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta. We look forward to seeing you there.

About Melcor REIT

Melcor REIT is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust. Melcor REIT owns, acquires, manages and leases quality retail, office and industrial income-generating properties with exposure to high growth western Canadian markets. Its portfolio is currently made up of interests in 30 properties representing approximately 1.76 million square feet of gross leasable area located across Alberta and in Regina, Saskatchewan; and Kelowna, British Columbia. For more information, please visit www.MelcorREIT.ca.

Non-Standard Measures

NOI, FFO and AFFO are key measures of performance used by real estate operating companies; however, they are not defined by International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), do not have standard meanings and may not be comparable with other industries or income trusts. These non-IFRS measures are more fully defined and discussed in the REIT's Management Discussion and Analysis for the period ended December 31, 2013, which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities legislation, which reflects the REIT's current expectations regarding future events. Forward-looking information is based on a number of assumptions and is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the REIT's control, that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those that are disclosed in or implied by such forward-looking information. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general and local economic and business conditions; the financial condition of tenants; the REIT's ability to refinance maturing debt; leasing risks, including those associated with the ability to lease vacant space; and interest rate fluctuations. The REIT's objectives and forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions, including that the general economy remains stable, interest rates remain stable, conditions within the real estate market remain consistent, competition for acquisitions remains consistent with the current climate and that the capital markets continue to provide ready access to equity and/or debt. All forward-looking information in this press release speaks as of the date of this press release. The REIT does not undertake to update any such forward-looking information whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Additional information about these assumptions and risks and uncertainties is contained in the REIT's filings with securities regulators.

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