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Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust Announces $169.2 Million of Property Acquisitions and $50 Million Equity Financing

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust Announces $169.2 Million of Property Acquisitions and $50 Million Equity Financing16:49 EST Tuesday, November 20, 2012/NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES/VANCOUVER, Nov. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust (TSX: AAR.UN) ("PIRET") announced today that it has entered into conditional agreements to acquire $169.2 million of income producing properties (collectively, the "Acquisitions"), consisting of seven industrial properties representing 1,524,818 square feet of gross leasable area ("GLA") located in Richmond and Surrey, British Columbia, Edmonton, Alberta, Toronto Ontario, and Quebec City, Quebec. The Acquisitions consist of a portfolio of two properties located in Richmond, British Columbia (the "Richmond Portfolio"), another property located in Richmond, British Columbia (the "Second Richmond Property"), one property located in Surrey, British Columbia (the "Surrey Property), two properties located in Edmonton, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario (collectively, the "Edmonton-Toronto Properties") and one property located in Quebec City, Quebec (the "Quebec Property").  The properties are being acquired at a weighted average going-in capitalization rate of 6.25%.PIRET also announced today that it has entered into an agreement to sell to a syndicate of underwriters led by Canaccord Genuity Corp. (the "Underwriters"), on a bought deal basis, 10,530,000 trust units ("Units") at a price of $4.75 per Unit for gross proceeds to PIRET of approximately $50.0 million (the "Financing").  PIRET has also granted the Underwriters an over-allotment option to purchase up to an additional 1,579,500 Units on the same terms and conditions, exercisable at any time, in whole or in part, up to 30 days after the closing of the Financing. The Financing is expected to close on or about December 12, 2012 and is subject to regulatory approval.Use of ProceedsThe net proceeds from the Financing, together with the proceeds of assumed and new mortgages, will be used to fund the acquisitions of the Richmond Portfolio, the Surrey Property and the Edmonton-Toronto Properties.The Richmond Portfolio consists of two multi-tenant industrial properties comprising an aggregate of 927,429 square feet of GLA.  The Richmond Properties are 100% leased to four high quality national and regional tenants with a weighted average remaining lease term of approximately five years.  The purchase price for the Richmond Properties is $102,460,000 million, representing a 6.16% going-in capitalization rate.The Surrey Property consists of one multi-tenant industrial property comprising 38,232 square feet of GLA and will be 100% leased to a high quality regional tenants with a weighted average remaining lease term of approximately 1.8 years.  The purchase price for the Surrey Property is $4.6 million, representing a 5.97% going-in capitalization rate.The Edmonton-Toronto Properties consist of two single-tenant industrial properties comprising an aggregate of 52,782 square feet of GLA and will be 100% leased to a high quality national tenant under 10 year, triple net leases.  The purchase price for the Edmonton-Toronto Properties is $6.5 million, representing a 6.71% going-in capitalization rate.Properties To Be Acquired with Funds on HandThe acquisitions of the Second Richmond Property and the Quebec Property will be funded from cash on hand and with the proceeds from new mortgages.The Second Richmond Property consists of a single-tenant industrial property comprising 412,375 square feet of GLA.  The Second Richmond Property is 100% leased to a large national tenant with a remaining lease term of approximately 10 years.  The purchase price for the Richmond Properties is $44,100,000 million, representing a 6.21% going-in capitalization rate.The Quebec Property consists of a single-tenant industrial property comprising 94,000 square feet of GLA and will be 100% leased to a high quality regional tenant with a remaining lease term of 25 years.  The purchase price for the Quebec Property is $11.5 million, representing a 6.96% going-in capitalization rate.Consistent with PIRET's past practices and in the normal course, PIRET engages in ongoing discussions with respect to possible acquisitions and has entered into acquisition agreements in respect of the properties described above, which are subject to a number of conditions. There can be no assurance that any of these acquisitions will be completed on the terms of such agreement or at all. PIRET continues to actively pursue acquisition and investment opportunities.MortgagesIn aggregate, PIRET intends to place and assume new and existing mortgage financing in respect of the Acquisitions in the aggregate of approximately $97.665 million, bearing an anticipated weighted average interest rate of 4.25%.Darren Latoski, Co-CEO of PIRET, said "PIRET is continuing to take advantage of our well-established pipeline of acquisition opportunities across Canada.  We are pleased to have identified these high quality, well tenanted industrial properties which we can acquire on an accretive basis."About Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust PIRET is an unincorporated, open-ended investment trust established for the purposes of acquiring, owning and operating a diversified portfolio of income-producing industrial properties in primary markets across Canada.  PIRET focuses exclusively on investing in industrial properties and is one of the only publicly traded REITs in Canada that offers investors exclusive exposure to Canada's industrial asset class.Additional information about PIRET is available at www.piret.ca or www.sedar.com.Forward-Looking Information:Certain statements contained in this news release may constitute forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "plan", "expect", "may", "will", "intend", "should", and similar expressions.  These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements.  Forward looking statements in this news release include that the Financing is expected to close on or about December 12, 2012 and that the purchase price of the Acquisitions is expected to be settled with the proceeds of the Financing, cash on hand and approximately $97.665 million of mortgage financing.  The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by PIRET, including: expectations and assumptions concerning receipt of required regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other conditions to the completion of and use of proceeds from the Financing.Although PIRET believes that the expectations and assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements because PIRET can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct.  Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties.  Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks.  These include, but are not limited to, the failure to obtain necessary regulatory approvals or satisfy the conditions to closing the Financing or mortgage financings, competitive factors in the industries in which PIRET operates, prevailing economic conditions, and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of PIRET.The forward-looking statements contained in this news release represent PIRET's expectations as of the date hereof, and are subject to change after such date.  PIRET disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities regulations.THE TORONTO STOCK EXCHANGE HAS NOT REVIEWED AND DOES NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR THE ACCURACY OF THIS RELEASE.NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES.SOURCE: Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust (PIRET)For further information: Andrew Greig, Director of Investor Relations Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust  Suite 910, 925 West Georgia Street Vancouver, BC  V6C 3L2 Phone: (604) 681-5959 or (888) 681-5959 E-mail: agreig@piret.ca www.piret.ca Toronto Stock Exchange - AAR.UN