Plaza Retail REIT announces solid 2013 annual results driven by new developments and KEYreit acquisition

FREDERICTON, NB, Feb. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Plaza Retail REIT (successor to Plazacorp Retail Properties Ltd.) (TSX: PLZ.UN) ("Plaza") today announced its results for the year ended December 31, 2013.

Plaza had four significant events that contributed to our success during 2013.  Plaza (1) converted to a REIT structure; (2) acquired KEYreit for $348,000,000; (3) graduated to the TSX; and (4) announced the 11th annual increase in distributions to 24¢ per unit for 2014.  These activities created significant one-time costs.  Excluding these costs, our funds from operations per share would have been $0.278 for the year, compared to $0.264 for the prior year, an increase of 5.3%.

Including these one-time costs, Plaza reported funds from operations ("FFO") of $19.3 million, an increase of 19.0% over the same period in the prior year.  FFO per share was $0.260 for the year ended December 31, 2013 ($0.260 per share diluted) compared to $0.264 per share for the year ended December 31, 2012 ($0.264 per share diluted). FFO was positively impacted by growth in total net property operating income and same-asset net property operating income as well as net property operating income from the acquisition of KEYreit.  These were partly offset by:  (i) an increase in administrative expenses, some of which are one-time in nature (relating to the integration of KEYreit, the move to the TSX and the conversion to a REIT structure); and (ii) an increase in finance costs mainly related to the acquisition of KEYreit.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2013, Plaza reported FFO of $4.9 million, an increase of 18.1% over the same period in the prior year.  FFO per share was $0.057 for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 ($0.057 per share diluted) compared to $0.064 per share for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 ($0.064 per share diluted).  Excluding the one-time administrative expenses, FFO per share would have been $0.067, compared to $0.064 per share for the prior year, or a 4.7% increase.

Overall, Plaza recorded a loss for the year ended December 31, 2013 of $13.1 million compared to a profit of $47.1 million for the prior year.  Included in this loss are a non-cash negative fair value adjustment to investment properties of $24.0 million, the one-time administrative costs mentioned previously of $1.4 million and $1.6 million of debenture issuance costs required to be expensed under accounting standards.

Michael Zakuta, President and CEO said, "2013 was a transformative year.  We are very pleased with our accomplishments.  Plaza's success is a confirmation of our value-added and opportunity-driven strategy."

Plaza's summary of FFO is presented below:

 
  3 Months
Ended
December 31,
2013
3 Months
Ended
December 31,
2012
12 Months
Ended
December 31,
2013
12 Months
Ended
December 31,
2012
(000s - except per share amounts) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)
           
Profit (loss) for the period attributable to shareholders $ (9,204) $ 1,058 $ (11,591) $ 43,598 
Add (deduct):                
Loss (gain) on disposal of investment properties and land   (15)   51   90   43
Transaction-related costs on acquisition of KEYreit   -   -   9,061   -
Deferred income taxes   (3,553)   (72)   668   13,176
Tax (refundable tax ) on disposals   (256)   835   (882)   835
Fair value adjustment to investment properties   18,082   4,168   23,989   (34,603)
Fair value adjustment to investments   839   (3,236)   (98)   (9,973)
Fair value adjustment to convertible debentures   (266)   547   (1,628)   673
Equity accounting adjustment   (16)   (27)   558   (48)
Non-controlling interest adjustment   (2,388)   789   (2,479)   2,542
Basic FFO $ 3,223 $ 4,113 $ 17,688 $ 16,243
Adjustment for debenture issuance costs   1,634   -   1,634   -
Basic FFO - adjusted $ 4,857 $ 4,113 $ 19,322 $ 16,243
Interest on dilutive convertible debentures   -   -   -   -
Diluted FFO - adjusted $ 4,857 $ 4,113 $ 19,322 $ 16,243
Basic Weighted Average Shares Outstanding   85,359   63,833   74,426   61,447
Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding   85,359   63,833   74,426   61,447
Basic and diluted FFO per share - adjusted $ 0.057 $ 0.064 $ 0.260 $ 0.264

A copy of Plaza's annual report can be found on the Company's web site at www.plaza.ca or on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Plaza Retail REIT is a leading retail property owner and developer, particularly in Eastern Canada. Plaza has an entrepreneurial focus with strong "value-add" capabilities. Plaza's current portfolio includes interests in 334 properties totaling approximately 6.6 million square feet across Canada and additional lands held for development. Plaza's properties include a mix of strip plazas, stand-alone small box retail outlets and enclosed shopping centres, anchored by approximately 89% national tenants. Total assets have reached almost $1 billion. Plaza is fully internalized, therefore providing unitholders directly with the synergies that come with an internalized management structure. Plaza has proven its strong "value-add" capabilities to develop, redevelop and acquire retail real estate throughout Canada. Plaza has a strong track record of generating growth in distributions, having increased its distributions at least once every year in the last 11 years.

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SOURCE Plaza Retail REIT

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Floriana Cipollone, Chief Financial Officer (416) 848-4583 or Kim Sharpe, Director of Business Development at (506) 460-8261