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Morguard North American Residential REIT Announces 2012 Results

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Morguard North American Residential REIT Announces 2012 Results22:46 EST Tuesday, February 19, 2013TSX: MRG.UNMISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Morguard North American Residential REIT (the 'REIT") (TSX:  MRG.UN) today announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2012. The REIT completed its initial public offering of trust units on April 18, 2012.HIGHLIGHTSOn February 19, 2013, six multi-unit residential properties were acquired from Morguard Corporation for a purchase price of US$94,800 funded by assumed mortgage financing of US$61,900.On September 12, 2012, the REIT completed the offering of $150,732 for 12,720,000 trust units sold at a price of $11.85 per trust unit. The proceeds of the offering, after underwriters' commission, were $146,703.On August 29, 2012, the REIT acquired Blue Isle Apartments from a third party vendor for a purchase price of US$40,000 and on October 19, 2012, the REIT completed the financing on the property in the amount of US$26,000On July 31, 2012, the REIT acquired Woodbine Apartments from a third party vendor for a purchase price of US$42,100 and on September 4, 2012, the REIT completed the financing on the property in the amount of US$29,470; andOn July 16, 2012, Village Crossing Apartments was acquired from Morguard Corporation for a purchase price of US$16,347 funded by mortgage financing of US$11,400.         FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS             As at December31, 2012   As atDecember31,2011Operational information        Number of properties   20   17Total suites   6,376   5,439Occupancy %   96.7%   98.3%Weighted average in-place rent   $1,131   $1,119         Summary of Financial Information        (in thousands of dollars, except per unit amounts)                 Total Gross Book Value(1)   $1,000,191   $679,867Debt(2)   422,976   360,605Debt to Gross Book Value(3)   42%   53%Weighted average mortgage interest rate   4.3%   4.4%Weighted average term to maturity   4.7   4.7         Interest coverage(4)   2.11     2.13Revenue   $78,610     $71,923Net operating income   $40,380     $36,446Income before fair value changes   $13,237     $19,317Funds from Operations (FFO)   $19,747     $18,299FFO per unit - diluted (5)   $0.64     $0.72Adjusted Funds from Operations (AFFO)   $18,803     $17,457AFFO per unit - diluted(5)   $0.61     $0.69Distributions per unit (annualized)(5)   $0.60     $0.60FFO payout ratio (5)   93.75%     83.33%AFFO payout ratio(5)   98.36%     84.51%Weighted average number of units outstandingduring year (in thousands)(5)   30,949     25,473        (1)Gross Book Value as defined in the DOT.(2)Represents outstanding principal amount of mortgages payable and Class C LP Units.(3)Calculated as Indebtedness as defined in the DOT divided by Gross Book Value.(4)Interest coverage ratio is defined as income before interest expense, income taxes, non-recurring gains or losses, amortization and interest income over interest expense excluding interest on Class B LP Units.(5)Units are defined to include the Class B LP Units. The 25,473 units issued through the IPO have been considered outstanding through the entire operating year.  Certain measures in the above table are not defined by International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). See "Net Operating Income, FFO, AFFO" below.NET OPERATING INCOME, FFO, AFFONet operating income ("NOI") is an additional IFRS measure that is used by industry analysts, investors and management to measure operating performance of the REIT's properties.  NOI represents income from real estate properties less property operating costs and realty tax expense as presented in the consolidated statement of operations.  Accordingly, NOI excludes certain expenses included in the determination of net income such as trust expenses, interest expense, fair market value adjustments and other indirect operating expenses.  NOI is not a recognized measure under IFRS and, accordingly, the term does not necessarily have a standardized meaning and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other publicly traded entities.FFO is a non-IFRS financial measure, which is an industry standard for evaluating operating performance, but is not indicative of funds available to meet the REIT's cash requirements.  FFO is computed by the REIT in accordance with the current definitions of the Real Property Association of Canada ("REALpac") and is defined as net income before fair value gains/losses on real estate properties, fair value gains/losses on the redeemable Class B LP Units classified as liabilities, distributions on the Class B LP Units, gains/losses on the disposition of real estate properties and deferred income taxes on the U.S. properties.AFFO is a non-IFRS financial measure used by most Canadian real estate investment trusts, but should not be considered as an alternative to net income, cash flow from operations or any other measure prescribed under IFRS.  The Trustees consider AFFO to be a useful measure of cash available for distributions.  AFFO is a supplemental measure to net income that is used in the real estate industry to assess the sustainability of future cash distributions paid to the REIT's unitholders.  AFFO should not be interpreted as an indicator of cash generated from operating activities as it does not consider changes in working capital.  AFFO is defined as FFO adjusted by (i) adding amortization of deferred financing costs assumed by the REIT on the 17 properties that were acquired concurrent with the completion of the IPO, amortization of free rent and amortization of cash flow hedges, (ii) deducting reserves for maintenance capital expenditures, and (iii) making such other adjustments as may be determined by the Trustees in their discretion.  Maintenance capital expenditures are estimated by management and represent capital expenditures that are required to maintain the existing earning potential of a property.  Significant judgment is required to classify capital investments.Recent DevelopmentsOn February 19, 2013, the REIT acquired 1,032 suites in five multi-unit Low-Rise residential properties located in Louisiana and Florida and one multi-unit Mid-Rise property located in Louisiana from Morguard (collectively, the "Morguard Properties"), for an aggregate purchase price of approximately US$94,800 (approximately $95,900), including estimated transaction costs of $800. The purchase price for the Morguard Properties was satisfied by the assumption of certain Fannie Mae insured mortgages in the aggregate amount of approximately US$61,900 (approximately $62,600) as at December 31, 2012, (the "Assumed Fannie Mae Mortgages") and a reduction of the balance owing by Morguard to the REIT under the Morguard Facility by US$32,900 (approximately $33,300). The transaction has an adjustment date of January 1, 2013. The Assumed Fannie Mae Mortgages have an effective weighted average interest rate of 5.7% and a weighted average term to maturity of 3.7 years.  In connection with the acquisition of the Morguard Properties, Morguard has agreed to provide installment payments during the remaining terms of the Assumed Fannie Mae Mortgages to the REIT in order to achieve an effective annual interest rate of 4.7% on the Assumed Fannie Mae Mortgages.  All costs and expenses relating to the assumption by the REIT of the Assumed Fannie Mae Mortgages were paid for by the REIT.  The previously announced agreements to purchase an additional six properties from Morguard were terminated.  The REIT may resume negotiations with Morguard Corporation with respect to these properties as market conditions permit.The REIT's audited 2012 Consolidated Financial Statement and Management's Discussion and Analysis are available on the REIT's website at www.morguard.com and have been filed with SEDAR at www.sedar.com.ABOUT MORGUARD NORTH AMERICAN RESIDENTIAL REITThe REIT is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust established under the laws of the Province of Ontario.  It trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MRG.UN.  With a strategic focus on the acquisition of high-quality multi-unit residential properties in Canada and the United States, the REIT maximizes long-term unit value through active asset and property management. Its portfolio consists of 7,408 residential suites (as of February 19, 2013) located in Ontario, Alberta, Louisiana and Florida, with an IFRS value of approximately $997 million. SOURCE: Morguard North American Residential Real Estate Investment TrustFor further information: Morguard Corporation K. (Rai) Sahi Chief Executive Officer (905) 281-3800 Paul Miatello Chief Financial Officer (905) 281-3800