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Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust Announces Release of Q1 2013 Financial Results

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust Announces Release of Q1 2013 Financial Results

08:00 EDT Wednesday, May 15, 2013

/NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES/

VANCOUVER, May 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust ("PIRET" or the "Trust") (TSX: AAR.UN) is pleased to announce the release of its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2013.

Q1 2013 Financial Results

The financial results, consisting of PIRET's unaudited interim condensed financial statements for the three months ended March 31, 2013, and Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") dated May 15th, 2013, are available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) or the Trust's website (www.piret.ca).

Highlights for the three months ended March 31, 2013:

  • As at March 31, 2013, PIRET's portfolio consists of 97 properties representing gross leasable area ("GLA") of over 8.2 million square feet, an increase from 87 properties and 6.9 million square feet of GLA at December 31, 2012.

  • PIRET raised $69.7 million by issuing 13,800,000 Class A units from a bought deal public offering.

  • The occupancy continues to be consistently strong at 97% for our portfolio as at March 31, 2013, with a weighted average lease term of 9.0 years.

  • Investment properties increased to $873.3 million as at March 31, 2013 from $743.9 million at December 31, 2012 due primarily to the acquisition of 11 properties with 1.3 million square feet of GLA.  With these acquisitions, PIRET continues to execute its accretive growth strategy and diversify its portfolio geographically.  The acquisitions have strengthened the Trust's high quality national and regional tenant base within Canada.

  • Loan to Gross Book Value as at March 31, 2013 was 51.1%, down slightly from 51.9% at December 31, 2012.

  • Revenue for the three months ended March 31st increased 70% from $11.3 million in 2012 to $19.2 million in 2013.

  • Earnings from property operations increased by 64% for the three months ended March 31, 2013 compared to the same period at March 31, 2012 from $8.7 million to $14.3 million. 

  • Funds from operations ("FFO")1 for the three months ended March 31, 2013 increased to $9.0 million compared to $5.5 million for the same period in 2012.  On a per unit basis, FFO for the three months ended March 31, 2013 remained consistent at $0.09 when compared to the same period in 2012.  The FFO payout ratio for the three months ended March 31, 2013 trended downward to 82.4% from 87.2% in the same period in 2012.

  • On an Adjusted funds from operations ("AFFO")1  basis, there was an increase from $5.1 million to $8.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2013 respectively.  On a per unit basis, AFFO was $0.08 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2013.  The AFFO payout ratio continues to trend slightly downwards from 94.6% in 2012 to 92.4% in 2013. 


Selected Financial Information          
  For the three months
ended March 31
($000s, except per unit amounts)   2013     2012
Revenue        19,226        11,331
Net operating income              14,260                8,672
           
Distributions declared per unit              0.08                0.08
FFO (1)  per unit (diluted)              0.09                0.09
     Payout ratio              82.4%                87.2%
AFFO (1)  per unit (diluted)              0.08                0.08
     Payout ratio              92.4%                94.6%
             

Conference Call

As previously announced on April 30, 2013, management will host the conference call at 5:30 pm (EDT), 2:30 pm (PDT), on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, to review the financial results and corporate developments for the three months ended March 31, 2013.

To participate in this conference call, please dial one of the following numbers approximately 10 minutes prior to the commencement of the call, and ask to join the Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust Conference Call.

Dial in numbers:
Toll free dial in number (from Canada and USA)……….………………….....1-888-390-0605
International or Local Toronto………………………………………..….……...1-416-764-8609

Conference Call Replay

If you cannot participate on May 15, a replay of the conference call will be available by dialing one of the following replay numbers. You will be able to dial in and listen to the conference 120 minutes after the meeting end time, and the replay will be available until May 22, 2013.
Please enter the Replay ID# 287109, followed by the # key.
Replay toll free dial in number (from Canada and USA)……….………….....1-888-390-0541
Replay international or local Toronto…………………………………………...1-416-764-8677

___________________________________
1 FFO and AFFO  are widely accepted supplemental measures of financial performance for real estate entities.  However, these measures are not defined under IFRS.  PIRET's MD&A, available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, provides more detail regarding this measure. 

About Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust

PIRET is an unincorporated, open-ended investment trust that acquires, owns and operates a diversified portfolio of income-producing industrial properties in primary markets across Canada. PIRET focuses exclusively on investing in industrial properties and is the largest internally managed publicly traded REIT 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.  The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by PIRET.

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 satisfy the conditions to complete the acquisition, the inability to obtain mortgage financing on expected terms, 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 nor approved the contents of this press release and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

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

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