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H&R REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST Announces Increase to Senior Unsecured Debenture Financing

Friday, January 21, 2011

H&R REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST Announces Increase to Senior Unsecured Debenture Financing17:54 EST Friday, January 21, 2011/NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES. ANY FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS RESTRICTION MAY CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF U.S. SECURITIES LAW./TORONTO, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - H&R Real Estate Investment Trust ("H&R") (TSX: HR.UN; HR.DB; HR.DB.B; HR.DB.C; HR.DB.D) is pleased to announce that as a result of strong investor demand for its public offering of Series D senior unsecured debentures which was announced on January 20, 2011, the size of the offering has been increased by C$30 million, to C$180 million. These debentures will bear interest at the rate of 4.778% and will mature on July 27, 2016. The offering is being underwritten by a syndicate co-led by RBC Capital Markets and CIBC World Markets.The net proceeds from the offering of the Series D Debentures will be utilized by the REIT to fund future property acquisitions, including to the extent necessary Atrium on Bay, and for general trust purposes.DBRS Limited has provided H&R with a provisional credit rating of BBB with a stable trend relating to the Series D Debentures. Closing is expected to occur on or about January 27, 2011.The offering of the Series D Debentures is being made under H&R's existing short form base shelf prospectus dated May 11, 2009, as amended. The terms of the offering of the Series D Debentures will be described in a prospectus supplement to be filed with Canadian securities regulators.Forward-looking StatementsCertain information in this news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws (also known as forward-looking statements) including, among others, statements relating to the objectives of H&R REIT and H&R Finance Trust (together, "H&R"), strategies to achieve those objectives, H&R's beliefs, plans, estimates, and intentions, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events, results, circumstances, performance or expectations that are not historical facts including, in particular, H&R REIT's expectation regarding the closing of the offering of Series D Debentures and future acquisition of properties. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by words such as "outlook", "objective", "may", "will", "expect", "intend", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "should", "plans", "project", "budget" or "continue" or similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events. Such forward-looking statements reflect H&R's current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are based on H&R's estimates and assumptions that are subject to risk and uncertainties, including those discussed in H&R's materials filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities from time to time, which could cause the actual results and performance of H&R to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this news release. Those risks and uncertainties include, among other things, risks related to: prices and market value of securities of H&R; availability of cash for distributions; development and financing relating to The Bow development; restrictions pursuant to the terms of indebtedness; liquidity; credit risk and tenant concentration; interest rate and other debt related risk; tax risk; ability to access capital markets; dilution; lease rollover risk; construction risks; currency risk; unitholder liability; co-ownership interest in properties; competition for real property investments; environmental matters; reliance on one corporation for management of substantially all H&R REIT's properties; changes in legislation and indebtedness of H&R. Material factors or assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making an estimate set out in the forward-looking statements include that the general economy is stable; local real estate conditions are stable; interest rates are relatively stable; and equity and debt markets continue to provide access to capital. H&R cautions that this list of factors is not exhaustive. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are based upon what H&R believes is reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements in this news release are qualified by these cautionary statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of today and H&R, except as required by applicable law, assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new information or the occurrence of future events or circumstances.For further information: Larry Froom, Chief Financial Officer, H&R REIT, (416) 635-7520, or e-mail info@hr-reit.com