PROREIT announces first distribution and completes acquisition of an office property in Pointe-Claire, Quebec
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MONTRÉAL, Dec. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - PRO Real Estate Investment Trust ("PROREIT" or the "REIT") (TSXV: PRV.UN) announced today its first cash distribution of $0.0198 per trust unit of the REIT for the period from November 26, 2013 (closing date of the REIT's public offering) to December 31, 2013. The distribution will be payable on January 15, 2014 to unitholders of record as at December 31, 2013.
Acquisition of Office Property
PROREIT is also pleased to announce today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of an office property located at 325 Hymus Boulevard in Pointe-Claire, Québec.
The property was acquired today for $3.38 million (excluding closing and transaction costs), of which approximately $1.01 million was satisfied through the issuance of Class B limited partnership units of PRO REIT Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of the REIT, at a price per unit of $2.40. The balance of the purchase price was satisfied through the use of PROREIT's revolving credit facility which was expanded to a maximum availability of $9 million from its original $6.9 million with the inclusion of this property as additional security. The purchase price represents a going-in capitalization rate of approximately 8.25% on in place cash flows and will be immediately accretive to the REIT.
With the completion of this acquisition, PROREIT's portfolio is now comprised of nine commercial properties totalling 396,872 square feet of gross leasable area. The portfolio of the REIT is diversified by property type and geography across Eastern Canada, including the Greater Montréal Area and certain urban centres of Atlantic Canada.
PROREIT (www.proreit.com) is an unincorporated open-ended real estate investment trust established pursuant to a declaration of trust under the laws of the Province of Ontario. PROREIT was established in March 2013 to own a portfolio of diversified commercial real estate properties in Canada, with a focus on primary and secondary markets in Québec, Atlantic Canada and Ontario.
This news release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. Forward-looking information is based on a number of assumptions and is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond PROREIT's control, that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those that are disclosed in or implied by such forward-looking information.
Forward-looking information contained in this press release includes, without limitation, statements pertaining to the proposed acquisition described in this press release. PROREIT's objectives and forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions, including that (i) PROREIT will receive financing on favourable terms; (ii) the future level of indebtedness of PROREIT and its future growth potential will remain consistent with PROREIT's current expectations; (iii) there will be no changes to tax laws adversely affecting PROREIT's financing capacity or operations; (iv) the impact of the current economic climate and the current global financial conditions on PROREIT's operations, including its financing capacity and asset value, will remain consistent with PROREIT's current expectations; (v) the performance of PROREIT's investments in Canada will proceed on a basis consistent with PROREIT's current expectations; and (vi) capital markets will provide PROREIT with readily available access to equity and/or debt.
The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement and the "Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" in the final short form prospectus of the REIT dated November 19, 2013, available under the REIT's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com (the "Prospectus"). All forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date of this press release. PROREIT does not undertake to update any such forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
Additional information about these assumptions and risks and uncertainties is contained in the Prospectus under "Risk Factors".
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
SOURCE Pro Real Estate Investment TrustFor further information:
PRO Real Estate Investment Trust
James W. Beckerleg
President and Chief Executive Officer
PRO Real Estate Investment Trust
Gordon G. Lawlor, CA
Chief Financial Officer