Firm Capital Property Trust announces 5.7% increase in monthly distributions and announces revised November and December 2013 cash distributions
TORONTO, Oct. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - Firm Capital Property Trust (TSXV: FCD.UN) ("FCPT" or the "Trust") announced today that its Board of Trustees has approved a 5.7% increase in its monthly distributions to $0.030833 per unit from $0.029166 per unit. On an annualized basis this equates to anticipated distributions of $0.37 per unit up from $0.35.
The previously announced cash distributions of $0.029166 per unit for the months of November and December, 2013 have been amended to $0.030833 per unit to account for the change to the Trust's monthly distributions. These distributions will be paid on or about December 16, 2013 and January 15, 2014 to unitholders of record at the close of business on November 29, 2013 and December 31, 2013, respectively.
The increase in the Trust's monthly distributions is a result of FCPT's improved financial performance and the recent growth of its real estate portfolio. We anticipate this revised distribution will result in an AFFO payout ratio of approximately 85% over the following 12 months.
The policy of FCPT is to pay cash distributions on or about the 15th day of each month to Unitholders of record on the last business day of the preceding month. Distributions paid to Unitholders who are non-residents of Canada will be subject to Canadian withholding tax.
DISTRIBUTION REINVESTMENT PLAN & UNIT PURCHASE PLAN
The Trust has in place a Distribution Reinvestment Plan ("DRIP") and Unit Purchase Plan (the "Plan"). Under the terms of the DRIP, FCPT's Unitholders may elect to automatically reinvest all or a portion of their regular monthly distributions in additional Units, without incurring brokerage fees or commissions. Under the terms of the Plan, FCPT's Unitholders may purchase a minimum of $1,000 of Units per month and maximum purchases of up to $12,000 per annum. Management and trustees have not participated in the DRIP or Plan to date and own approximately 13% of the issued and outstanding trust units of the Trust.
ABOUT FIRM CAPITAL PROPERTY TRUST
Firm Capital Property Trust is focused on creating long-term value for Unitholders, through capital preservation and disciplined investing to achieve stable distributable income. In partnership with management and industry leaders, The Trust plan is to co-own a diversified property portfolio of multi-residential, flex industrial, net lease convenience retail, and core service provider professional space. In addition to stand alone accretive acquisitions, the Trust will make joint acquisitions with strong financial partners and acquisitions of partial interests from existing ownership groups, in a manner that provides liquidity to those selling owners and professional management for those remaining as partners. Firm Capital Realty Partners Inc., through a structure focused on an alignment of interests with the Trust, will source, syndicate and participate in investments.
FORWARD LOOKING INFORMATION
This press release may contain forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "may", "will", "should", "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "predict", "potential", "continue", and by discussions of strategies that involve risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by the Trust regarding, among other things, the use of the net proceeds from the Offering, the closing of the Offering, and the closing of the Acquisition. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and various future events will not occur. Although management of the Trust believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements will occur as anticipated. Neither the Trust nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any forward-looking statements, and no one has any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or such other factors which affect this information, except as required by law.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, which may be made only by means of a prospectus, nor shall there be any sale of the Units in any state, province or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under securities laws of any such state, province or other jurisdiction. The Units of the Firm Capital Property Trust have not been, and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered, sold or delivered in the United States absent registration or an application for exemption from the registration requirements of U.S. securities laws.
SOURCE Firm Capital Property TrustFor further information:
President & Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer