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CT REIT Announces 2014 Second Quarter Results

  • Results aligned with Forecast
  • Completed acquisitions add over one million square feet of GLA as of July 31, 2014

TORONTO, Aug. 5, 2014 /CNW/ - CT Real Estate Investment Trust (CT REIT), (TSX: CRT.UN) today reported its condensed consolidated financial results for the period April 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014.

"This has been a very productive quarter and we're pleased with the strategic acquisitions that have been made," said Ken Silver, Chief Executive Officer, CT REIT. "We continue to execute on our growth strategy and are in a strong position going into the second half of our first year of operations."

Acquisitions

Subsequent to the quarter end, CT REIT completed two previously unannounced acquisitions.

CT REIT and Oxford Properties each acquired a one-third leasehold interest in Canada Square, a mixed-use commercial development at the intersection of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue in Toronto, Ontario which houses Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited's ("CTC") head office. The complex comprises 844,000 square feet of GLA including three interconnected office towers, a multiplex cinema, a shopping concourse and a 745 stall parking facility. The transaction closed on July 17, 2014. 

In addition, on July 30, 2014, CT REIT acquired a 201,000 square foot distribution centre located in the south east quadrant of Calgary, Alberta. The property is adjacent to the CP rail yards and an existing CTC distribution centre.  CTC has agreed to lease terms with CT REIT for a new lease to commence early in 2015, following expiry of the existing tenancy.

Combined, these two investments represent approximately $90 million dollars, including transaction costs, to CT REIT which has assumed debt on both properties amounting to $39 million, having a weighted average interest rate of 4.1% and a weighted average term to maturity of 3.3 years. One of the two loans bears interest at a floating rate. The balance of the purchase price was funded by cash on hand and draws on CT REIT's line of credit. These two investments are expected to earn a weighted average going-in capitalization rate of 7.3%.

In the second quarter, CT REIT closed seven previously announced acquisitions at a total cost of $94.0 million, of which $34.4 million was paid in cash, $19.4 million was satisfied with the issuance of Class B LP Units to CTC (1,737,701 units at $11.20 per unit) and the balance of $40.1 million was satisfied with the issuance of Class C LP Units to CTC. These Class C LP Units provide a weighted average annual distribution rate of 2.21% and will either have the rates reset in May 2017 or be redeemed.

"We are delighted to be advancing our growth agenda in closing on our previously announced transactions and investing in two significant properties that are outstanding additions to our already strong national portfolio. The relationship with CTC continues to provide significant benefits to CT REIT and drives our growth strategies," added Silver.

CT REIT remains committed to expansion and development expenditures representing $31.0 million in costs, primarily owing to CTC, the majority of which is expected to be incurred during the remainder of 2014.

All previously announced projects are progressing on schedule. Due to the seasonal nature of construction, the majority of the construction costs are anticipated in the second half of 2014.

Financial and Operational Summary


(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per Unit, Unit and square footage amounts)

 Q2 2014 


Q2 2014 Forecast


Variance


 YTD 2014 


 YTD 2014 Forecast 


Variance

Property revenue

$

83,364

$

83,273

$

91

$

166,044

$

166,438

$

(394)

Net operating income 1

$

58,681

$

57,616

$

1,065

$

116,730

$

115,019

$

1,711

Net income

$

45,689

$

42,246

$

3,443

$

215,353

$

84,464

$

130,889

Net income/Unit (basic) 2

$

0.264

$

0.241

$

0.023

$

1.198

$

0.481

$

0.717

Net income/Unit (diluted) 4

$

0.200

$

0.176

$

0.024

$

0.751

$

0.350

$

0.401

Funds from operations 1

$

42,829

$

42,246

$

583

$

85,534

$

84,464

$

1,070

Funds from operations/Unit (diluted)  1, 2, 3

$

0.238

$

0.241

$

(0.003)

$

0.476

$

0.481

$

(0.005)

Adjusted funds from operations 1

$

32,228

$

31,590

$

638

$

64,546

$

63,153

$

1,393

Adjusted funds from operations/Unit (diluted) 1, 2, 3

$

0.179

$

0.180

$

(0.001)

$

0.359

$

0.360

$

(0.001)














Distributions/Unit 2

$

0.163

$

0.163

$

-

$

0.325

$

0.325

$

-

AFFO payout ratio


91%


90%


(1%)


91%


90%


(1%)

Weighted average number of Units outstanding 2














Basic


179,863,455


175,620,865


4,242,590


179,734,189


175,620,865


4,113,324


Diluted 4


342,001,032


355,620,865


(13,619,833)


340,944,721


355,620,865


(14,676,144)


Diluted (non-GAAP) 3


179,904,380


175,620,865


4,283,515


179,771,050


175,620,865


4,150,185

Indebtedness ratio 1


48.1%


50.4%


2.3%


48.1%


50.4%


2.3%

Interest coverage (times) 1


3.10


3.07


0.03


3.10


3.09


0.01

Debt / enterprise value ratio 1


47.2%


50.6%


3.4%


47.2%


50.6%


3.4%

Rentable square footage 5


19,447,099


18,887,158


559,941


19,447,099


18,887,158


559,941

Occupancy rate 6


99.9%


99.9%


-


99.9%


99.9%


-

1 Non-GAAP key performance indicators. Refer to Part IX of the MD&A for further information.

2 Total Units consists of both REIT Units and Class B LP Units outstanding.

3 Diluted Units used in calculating non-GAAP measures include restricted and deferred units issued under various plans and exclude the effect of assuming that all of the Class C LP Units will be settled with Class B LP Units.

4 Diluted Units determined in accordance with IFRS includes restricted and deferred units issued under various plans and the effect of assuming that all of the Class C LP Units will be settled with Class B LP Units. Refer to Part VI of the MD&A.

5 Rentable square footage refers to retail and distribution properties and excludes development lands.

6 Refers to retail and distribution properties and excludes development lands.







 

Financial Highlights

Net Operating Income* – For the second quarter, NOI including straight line rent and land lease expenses amounted to $58.7 million which is $1.1 million higher than the Financial Forecast for the second quarter ("the Forecast"). Acquisitions completed to date contributed $727 thousand of NOI in the quarter. The Forecast did not assume any acquisitions in 2014.  Approximately $243 thousand of the variance in NOI relates to an improved rate of recovery of operating expenses as compared to the Forecast. The variance from the Forecast reflects a different timing of recording property tax expense than is reflected in the actual results. This difference contributed approximately $62 thousand to the variance, and is expected to reverse during the year.

Net Income - Net income of $45.7 million was $3.4 million higher than the Forecast due to fair market value adjustments of $2.9 million recorded on investment properties during the quarter. Investment properties were subject to external appraisals when initially acquired in 2013. At June 30, 2014, management's determination of fair value was updated for current market assumptions, utilizing market capitalization rates provided by independent valuation professionals.  CT REIT also obtained independent valuations for certain properties based on a four-year rotation cycle during which substantially all of its properties will be independently valued.

Funds from Operations* - FFO for the period was $42.8 million or $0.238 per unit as compared to Forecast of $42.2 million or $0.241 per unit, largely due to the impact of NOI variances, including different timing assumptions for recognizing property taxes than is reflected in the Forecast; an improved rate of recovery of operating expenses as compared to the Forecast; acquisitions made to-date as the Forecast did not assume any acquisitions in 2014; and differing assumptions in the Forecast for general and administrative expenses.

Adjusted Funds From Operations* - AFFO for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014 amounted to $32.2 million or $0.179 per unit compared to the Forecast of $31.6 million or $0.180 per unit. AFFO per unit was negatively impacted by the dilution resulting from the exercise of the over-allotment option granted in connection with the IPO.

Distributions – Distributions declared during the quarter totalled $0.1625 per unit for an AFFO payout ratio of 91% which is in line with CT REIT's Forecast of 90%.

*AFFO, FFO and NOI are non-GAAP measures. Refer to Non-GAAP section.

Operating Results

Leasing - CTC is CT REIT's largest tenant. At June 30, 2014, CTC represented 97.1% of total GLA and 97.1% of annual base minimum rent.

Occupancy – At June 30, 2014, CT REIT's portfolio occupancy rate was 99.9%, unchanged from the close of the IPO.

The following table reconciles FFO and AFFO to GAAP net income and comprehensive income:

(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per unit amounts)

Q2 2014

Q2 2014

 Forecast

Variance

YTD 2014

YTD 2014

 Forecast

Variance

Property revenue

$         83,364

$       83,273

$             91

$     166,044

$     166,438

$           (394)

Property expense

(17,785)

(18,657)

872

(35,690)

(37,420)

1,730

General and administrative expense

(2,499)

(2,009)

(490)

(4,357)

(4,055)

(302)

Interest income

133

-

133

291

-

291

Interest and other financing charges

(20,384)

(20,361)

(23)

(40,754)

(40,499)

(255)

Fair value adjustment on investment properties

2,860

-

2,860

129,819

-

129,819

Net Income and comprehensive income

45,689

42,246

3,443

215,353

84,464

130,889


Fair value adjustment of investment property

(2,860)

-

(2,860)

(129,819)

-

(129,819)

Funds from operations

42,829

42,246

583

85,534

84,464

1,070


Properties straight-line rent adjustment

(6,936)

(7,032)

96

(13,714)

(14,063)

349


Land lease straight-line expense adjustment

38

32

6

90

64

26


Capital expenditure reserve1

(3,703)

(3,656)

(47)

(7,364)

(7,312)

(52)

Adjusted funds from operations

$         32,228

$       31,590

$            638

$       64,546

$       63,153

$         1,393


FFO per Unit - basic

$          0.238

$         0.241

$        (0.003)

$         0.476

$         0.481

$        (0.005)


FFO per Unit - diluted 2

$          0.238

$         0.241

$        (0.003)

$         0.476

$         0.481

$        (0.005)


AFFO per Unit - basic

$          0.179

$         0.180

$        (0.001)

$         0.359

$         0.360

$        (0.001)


AFFO per Unit - diluted 2

$           0.179

$         0.180

$        (0.001)

$         0.359

$         0.360

$        (0.001)


AFFO payout ratio

91%

90%

(1%)

91%

90%

(1%)


Distribution per Unit

$           0.163

$         0.163

$              -

$         0.325

$         0.325

$              -

1 Normalized Q2 2014 and YTD 2014 maintenance capital expenditures are approximately $3,703 and $7,364, respectively. In Q2 2014 and YTD 2014, $866 and $976, respectively, of actual sustaining capital expenditures were incurred. 

2 For the purposes of calculating diluted FFO and AFFO per Unit, diluted Units includes restricted and deferred units issued under various plans and excludes the effects of settling the Class C LP Units with Class B LP Units.

Non-GAAP Financial Key Performance Indicators

CT REIT uses non-GAAP key performance indicators including: NOI, FFO, FFO per Unit AFFO and AFFO per Unit.  Management believes these non-GAAP measures provide useful supplemental information to both management and investors in measuring the financial performance and financial condition of CT REIT for the reasons outlined below.  When calculating diluted FFO and AFFO per Unit, management excludes the effect of settling the Class C LP Units with Class B LP Units, which is required when calculating diluted Units in accordance with IFRS.

These measures and ratios do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and therefore they may not be comparable to similarly titled measures and ratios presented by other publicly traded REITs, and should not be construed as an alternative to other financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP.

Net Operating Income

CT REIT defines NOI as property revenue less property expense, adjusted for straight-line rent and land lease adjustments. Management believes that calculating the NOI measure on a cash basis provides a more useful presentation of performance over which management has control. 

Funds From Operations

FFO is not a term defined under IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures used by other real estate entities. CT REIT calculates its FFO in accordance with the Real Property Association of Canada White Paper on FFO for IFRS issued in March 2014. The purpose of the White Paper was to provide reporting issuers and investors with greater guidance on the definition of FFO and to help promote more consistent disclosure amongst reporting issuers.

Management believes that FFO provides an operating performance measure that, when compared period-over-period, reflects the impact on operations of trends in occupancy levels, rental rates, operating costs and realty taxes, acquisition activities and interest costs, and provides a perspective of the financial performance that is not immediately apparent from net income determined in accordance with IFRS.  FFO adds back to net income items that do not arise from operating activities, such as fair value adjustments.

FFO, however, still includes non-cash revenues related to accounting for straight-line rent and makes no deduction for the recurring capital expenditures necessary to sustain the existing earnings stream.

Adjusted Funds From Operations

AFFO is a supplemental measure of operating performance widely used in the real estate industry.  Management believes that AFFO is an effective measure of the cash generated from operations, after providing for operating capital requirements which are referred to as 'productive capacity maintenance expenditures.' 

CT REIT calculates AFFO by adjusting FFO for non-cash income and expense items such as amortization of straight-line rents and finance charges. FFO is also adjusted for a reserve for maintaining productive capacity required for sustaining property infrastructure and revenue from real estate properties and direct leasing costs. Property capital expenditures do not occur evenly during the fiscal year or from year to year. The property capital reserve in the AFFO calculation is intended to reflect an average annual spending level. 

There is currently no standard industry-defined measure of AFFO. As such, CT REIT's method of calculating AFFO may differ from that of other real estate entities and, accordingly, may not be comparable to such amounts reported by other issuers.

Interest Coverage Ratio

Interest coverage ratios test an entity's ability to service its debt, including construction financing or development debt. Generally speaking, the higher the ratio is, the lower the risk of default on debt.

Indebtedness Ratio

CT REIT has adopted an indebtedness ratio guideline which management uses as a measure to evaluate its leverage and the strength of its equity position, expressed as a percentage of financing provided by debt.  CT REIT's Declaration of Trust limits its Indebtedness (plus the aggregate par value of the Class C LP Units) to a maximum of 60% of the gross book value, excluding convertible debentures, and 65% including convertible debentures.  Gross book value is defined as total assets as reported on the latest consolidated balance sheet. 

Debt to Enterprise Value Ratio

Management uses debt to enterprise value ratio as an additional measure to evaluate CT REIT's leverage position and is defined as total debt as a percentage of enterprise value.  Enterprise value is defined as the sum of the period end Units and the Class B LP Units outstanding multiplied by the period end Unit closing price, plus total debt.

Management Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) and Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes

Information in this press release is a select summary of results.  This press release should be read in conjunction with CT REIT's MD&A for the period ended June 30, 2014 ("the Q2  MD&A") and Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes for the period ended June 30, 2014, which are available on CT REIT's website at: www.ctreit.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

To view a PDF version of CT REIT's 2014 second quarter results please see:
http://files.newswire.ca/1307/2014Q2MDAFSNotes.pdf

 

Forward–Looking Statements

This document contains forward-looking information that reflects management's current expectations related to matters such as future financial performance and operating results of CT REIT. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purposes of providing information about CT REIT's future outlook and anticipated events or results and may include statements regarding known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results to differ materially from those indicated. Such factors include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, financial position, business strategy, availability of acquisition opportunities, budgets, capital expenditures, financial results, taxes, plans and objectives of or involving CT REIT. Particularly, statements regarding future acquisitions, results, performance, achievements, prospects or opportunities for CT REIT or the real estate industry are forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking information can be identified by such terms such as "may", "might", "will", "could", "should", "would", "occur", "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "intend", "estimate", "predict", "potential", "continue", "likely", "schedule", or the negative thereof or other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. Forward-looking information is based on the reasonable assumptions, estimates, analysis and opinions of management made in light of its experience and perception of trends, current conditions and expected developments, as well as other factors that management believes to be relevant and reasonable at the date that such statements are  made.

CT REIT has based these forward-looking statements on factors and assumptions about future events and financial trends that it believes may affect its financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs, including that the Canadian economy will remain stable over the next 12 months, that inflation will remain relatively low, that tax laws remain unchanged, that conditions within the real estate market, including competition for acquisitions, will be consistent with the current climate, that the Canadian capital markets will provide CT REIT with access to equity and/or debt at reasonable rates when required and that CTC will continue its involvement with CT REIT on the basis described in its 2013 Annual Information Form ("AIF").

Although the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon assumptions that management believes are reasonable based on information currently available to management, there can be no assurance that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond CT REIT's control, that may cause CT REIT's or the industry's actual results, performance, achievements, prospects and opportunities in future periods to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the factors discussed under "Risk Factors" section of the 2013 AIF and also in the MD&A.

For more information on the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause CT REIT's actual results to differ from current expectations, please also refer to CT REIT's public filings available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and at www.ctreit.com.

CT REIT cautions that the foregoing list of important factors and assumptions is not exhaustive and other factors could also adversely affect its results. Investors and other readers are urged to consider the foregoing risks, uncertainties, factors and assumptions carefully in evaluating the forward-looking information and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking information. Statements that include forward-looking information do not take into account the effect that transactions or non-recurring or other special items announced or occurring after the statements are made have on CT REIT's business. For example, they do not include the effect of any dispositions, acquisitions, asset write-downs or other charges announced or occurring after such statements are made. The forward-looking information contained herein is based on certain factors and assumptions made as of the date hereof. CT REIT does not undertake to update the forward-looking information, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by it or on its behalf, to reflect new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.

Information contained in or otherwise accessible through the websites referenced in this press release (other than CT REIT's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com) does not form part of this press release and is not incorporated by reference into this press release. All references to such websites are inactive textual references and are for information only.

Additional information about the Company has been filed electronically with various securities regulators in Canada through SEDAR and is available online at www.sedar.com.   

Conference Call

CT REIT will conduct a conference call to discuss information included in this news release and related matters at 8:00 a.m. ET on August 6, 2014. The conference call will be available simultaneously and in its entirety to all interested investors and the news media through a webcast at http://ctreit.com/en/investors/financial-reporting, and will be available through replay at this website for 12 months.

About CT Real Estate Investment Trust

CT Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:CRT.UN) is an unincorporated, closed end real estate investment trust formed to own income producing commercial properties primarily located in Canada. Its portfolio is comprised of more than 260 properties totaling approximately 19.9 million square feet of GLA, consisting of retail properties and two distribution centres, located across Canada. Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited is CT REIT's most significant tenant. For more information, visit ctreit.com

Selected Financial Information

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)











As at





(C$ in thousands)

June 30, 2014

December 31, 2013

Assets





Non-current assets






Investment properties

$

3,800,783

$

3,547,864


Other assets


2,224


638



3,803,007


3,548,502






Current assets






Tenant and other receivables


13,540


696


Other assets


15,907


7,055


Cash and cash equivalents


9,764


46,999



39,211


54,750

Total assets

$

3,842,218

$

3,603,252






Liabilities





Non-current liabilities






Class C LP Units

$

1,847,279

$

1,800,000


Other liabilities


366


275



1,847,645


1,800,275






Current liabilities






Accounts payable and other liabilities


27,048


12,864


Distributions payable


9,827


9,727



36,875


22,591

Total liabilities


1,884,520


1,822,866






Equity






Unitholders' equity


960,048


880,199


Non-controlling interests


997,650


900,187

Total equity


1,957,698


1,780,386

Total liabilities and equity

$

3,842,218

$

3,603,252

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and 

Comprehensive Income (Unaudited)








(C$ in thousands)


For the three months

 ended June 30, 2014


For the six months

 ended June 30, 2014






Property revenue 

$

83,364

$

166,044

Property expense


(17,785)


(35,690)

General and administrative expense 


(2,499)


(4,357)

Interest income


133


291

Interest and other financing charges


(20,384)


(40,754)

Fair value adjustment on investment properties


2,860


129,819

Net income and comprehensive income

$

45,689

$

215,353

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)











(C$ in thousands)


For the three months
ended June 30, 2014


For the six months
ended June 30, 2014

Cash generated from (used for):





Operating activities






Net income

$

45,689

$

215,353


Add (deduct):







Fair value adjustment on investment properties


(2,860)


(129,819)



Straight-line rental income


(6,936)


(13,714)



Straight-line land lease expense


38


90



Interest and other financing charges


20,384


40,754


Changes in working capital and other


(8,943)


(9,468)

Cash generated from operating activities


47,372


103,196






Investing activities






Acquisition of investment properties


(34,428)


(41,465)


Capital expenditures recoverable from tenants


(866)


(976)

Cash used for investing activities


(35,294)


(42,441)






Financing activities






Unit distributions


(14,022)


(28,299)


Class B LP Unit distributions


(14,554)


(29,107)


Class C LP Unit distributions paid or loaned


(20,334)


(40,584)

Cash used for financing activities


(48,910)


(97,990)

Cash used in the period


(36,832)


(37,235)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period


46,596


46,999

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

9,764

$

9,764

SOURCE CT REIT

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WebRTC defines no default signaling protocol, causing fragmentation between WebRTC silos. SIP and XMPP provide possibilities, but come with considerable complexity and are not designed for use in a web environment. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Matthew Hodgson, technical co-founder of the Matrix.org, discussed how Matrix is a new non-profit Open Source Project that defines both a new HTTP-based standard for VoIP & IM signaling and provides reference implementations.
"ElasticBox is an enterprise company that makes it very easy for developers and IT ops to collaborate to develop, build and deploy applications on any cloud - private, public or hybrid," stated Monish Sharma, VP of Customer Success at ElasticBox, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The definition of IoT is not new, in fact it’s been around for over a decade. What has changed is the public's awareness that the technology we use on a daily basis has caught up on the vision of an always on, always connected world. If you look into the details of what comprises the IoT, you’ll see that it includes everything from cloud computing, Big Data analytics, “Things,” Web communication, applications, network, storage, etc. It is essentially including everything connected online from ha...
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, discussed single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series dat...
An entirely new security model is needed for the Internet of Things, or is it? Can we save some old and tested controls for this new and different environment? In his session at @ThingsExpo, New York's at the Javits Center, Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, reviewed hands-on lessons with IoT devices and reveal a new risk balance you might not expect. Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, has more than nineteen years' experience managing global security operations and asse...
SYS-CON Events announced today Isomorphic Software, the global leader in high-end, web-based business applications, will exhibit at SYS-CON's DevOps Summit 2015 New York, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Isomorphic Software is the global leader in high-end, web-based business applications. We develop, market, and support the SmartClient & Smart GWT HTML5/Ajax platform, combining the productivity and performance of traditional desktop software ...